Saturday, 22 September 2012

September Glossybox

 Clockwise from left: Lady Gaga Fame Fragrance, Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum and 5 Minute Facial, Vichy Idealia Day Care Cream, Maghrabian Hair Oil, Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

So my September Glossybox has finally arrived! It feels like ages since I received Augusts' one (which I admit I was slightly let down by and hence didn't review) but this month has perked me up again! It is also a special edition box designed by Maggie Li, and look how adorable it is!
Although there are no full size products in this months box, there is a generous selection of items which I have been trying out and really enjoying.  The Lady Gaga 'Fame' fragrance is quite interesting. I had read about it and the fact that it was a black liquid which sprays clear was something which I found really intriguing.  The scent is quite nice, I don't love it, and hence won't be buying the full size version, but it is pleasant, and quite florally (is that even a word!)  I actually like being sent small perfume samples like this as they are so easy to just keep in your bag whenever you fancy a quick spritz.  I have so many rolling around right now in my handbag, and it just makes it so much easier than taking a whole bottle out with you.
The Maghrabian hair oil is quite nice too. It's very delicately scented, and although the oil comes out the bottle quite thick, it goes onto the hair without a trace of residue, and helps reduce the appearance of dryness.  I've tried a lot of hair oils and this one really does feel high quality.  I'm not sure whether I'd splash out £13 for the 50ml bottle, but I'll see how I feel once I've used it a few times!
But now onto the three products which I really like from this months box.

The Vichy Idealia Day Cream is really lovely.  It's got a delicate fragrance, and the consistency is quite thick, something which I really like, especially as the weather is getting cooler I like to wear a moisturiser with a bit more thickness to it.  It claims to smooth and illuminate the skin.  The smoothing part I agree with, it makes my complexion appear slightly more even, and almost acts as a primer, making my foundation look even and preventing it from sinking into my pores.  The illuminating part, I'm not so sure, but I'm not disappointed. To be honest I've tried a few 'illuminating' products and they've never really made much difference to my skin.  I only wish this contained an SPF, as that really is a key selling point to me when buying a moisturiser!

Now I'm not the sort of individual who tries to always use 'natural' products, however I am becoming more and more aware of what I am using on my skin.  The Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream is an example of such natural products, and it claims to sooth tired eyes, smooth away dark shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines.  I mentioned in my previous post that I am noticing fine lines beginning to appear around my eyes, so any product which claims to reduce them is always good for me!  This product really is lovely on the skin.  It's a cream, but when applied it almost feels gel-like, cooling and sinking into the skin with no trace or residue.  It also does reduce the fine lines around my eyes - in fact they virtually disappear when I apply this! 

I've heard of both these Rodial products before, but never thought to try them due to the price tag.  However I was pleased to receive two samples of both the 5 minute facial and the Glamoxy snake serum.  The 5 minute facial is a triple action resurfacing gommage clay mask, which is soothing on the skin and made my skin feel super soft after using it.  I used to use masks all the time, but stopped recently for some reason. Using this product has given me a new incentive to try out face masks again. I particularly love clay based masks as I find them to be most gentle on my slightly sensitive skin.
The snake serum is also impressive.  It applies smoothly and sinks into the skin without a trace. Having been getting into using facial serums recently, I am always happy to receive samples to try, as there are just so many options available on the market that it can be difficult to know which one to go for.  However, the price tag of £29 for just 10ml of product is something which puts me off slightly. I need to get a better job!

Have you received your Glossybox? What do you think about the products?

S x

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sen Eyes and Lips Moisturising Gel

I have begun to take a bigger interest in products which assist in improving the skin from signs of ageing.  Now I'm not into intense anti-wrinkle products just yet, but I am keen to take on the mantra of 'prevention is the best cure' when it comes to keeping my skin looking young.  Lately I have noticed that I have been starting to develop a few fine lines around my eye area, which isn't a huge deal, but it does make my concealer sit in them slightly which ends up making them more noticeable! 

I discovered the Sen Eyes and Lips 24-hour Eye Contour Moisturising Gel (what a mouthful!) during my hunt in TK Maxx a few weeks ago, so I decided to give it a try.  I was sold by the expensive looking packaging, the generous size and the price (£5.99, with an RRP of £21.99).  Having used this product for a few weeks now, I really really like it.  The gel is super light and soft, and sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a tacky feeling which I have experienced with other eye gels in the past.  The fact that it does sink in so quickly means I can apply my concealer virtually immediately and it doesn't settle on top of the product.

The gel has also certainly improved the fine lines around my eyes.  I think the primary reason for the development of the lines around this area is lack of proper moisturisation, both in terms of products and myself (I really don't drink as much water as I should!).  However  I am noticing a real difference after using this product.  

I believe the actual Sen stores have now closed in this country, however there are numerous outlets online where you can get hold of their products. Having been so impressed with this one, I am eager to try more! 

S x

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Essie 'Smooth Trick' Cuticle Oil

I have been absolutely loving this Smooth Trick cuticle oil by Essie lately.  I've been somewhat neglecting my nails recently, I don't know why but I just have been to lazy to maintain them and keep them looking nice and strong.  I have naturally brittle nails anyway so trying to get them looking in tip top condition is always a challenge for me.

However after getting fed up of them looking dull and generally rubbish, I decided to get back on it with nail care.  First stop, cuticles! My cuticles have been super dry and rough lately, splitting quite a lot which is really quite sore. So I set out on a mission to find a great cuticle oil to help repair and restore them.  I came across this little beauty in TK Maxx for a steal at just £3.99, and I am loving it.  The packaging is gorgeous, and what I love most is the applicator tip.  It is a soft, transparent 'pointer' which allows you to apply the product cleanly and evenly around the cuticles. It is also ever so delicately scented, which I love. The fact the product comes in such a handy tube makes it ideal for applying on the go mess-free, so it's perfect for when your cuticles are feeling in a little need of some attention.

I have been using this for about a week now, and already the condition of my cuticles has improved dramatically.  I have never really looked at the beauty section of TK Maxx before, but after finding this little gem (and a few other bargains which I shall review soon) I will most definately be going back for more!

Have you tried any cuticle oils? What are your favourites?

S x

Friday, 7 September 2012

Sanctuary Pore Refining Toner

Recently I have re-ignited my search for the ultimate pore-reducing product. I have very large pores either side of my nose and on my forehead, which have been the bane of my life for years now! I know that they are mainly due to genetics, so I'm aware I'm never going to be one of those lucky souls who has perfectly flawless and poreless skin. However I am keen to try and reduce the size of them and try out products to see which (if any) work in doing so.

I came across the Sanctuary Pore Refining Toner in Boots a few weeks ago, and decided to give it a go. At first I was about to purchase the full size bottle which retails for around £8, when I spotted this smaller version for around £2.40 and decided it would be the more sensible option; if it doesn't work, then I wouldn't of wasted too much money!

I apply this product using a cotton wool pad after cleansing. It smells really gorgeous and unlike products similar to this which claim to reduce pore size, it doesn't sting my skin at all.  However, when it comes down to it, does it really make my pores smaller? Well, yes, it does. Albeit temporarily.  I certainly reduces the size, making my skin feel really soft and I like the fact that it allows my make-up to appear more even when applied.  At this stage, I am not sure for definite if I will re-purchase this, but I think I might, if nothing better comes along!

Have you tried any pore minimising products? What worked for you?

S x

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Sleek Blemish Balm

With the seemingly huge amount of BB creams that have hit the market over the last year, I for one have found it something of a challenge to find one that I felt would work for me.  I have sampled different brands here and there, but have just never been tempted to buy one.  I'm quite difficult to please when it comes to foundations, as once I have found one which works for me, I don't tend to switch to anything else.  However when I read about Sleek's offering to the BB cream world, I was really keen to try it.  The main reason was due to it claiming to be a 'full coverage' blemish balm - I have quite uneven skin and so coverage is a very important element for me when considering a new foundation. 

The first thing I love about Sleek's BB Cream is the packaging. I love it's simple, 'sleek' (ha ha) look and the size of the tube - you get 50mls of product which I feel is very generous.  The consistency of the balm is very thick, as you can see from the images below, I have a very small amount on the back of my hand and you can see how far this spreads.

I have oily/combination skin, and I find this does sit really nicely on my skin.  The coverage is good, akin to my Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation, so I would class one layer as medium coverage. For me personally, to achieve full coverage requires two layers, however I found on me it looked a little 'cakey.' It leaves a slightly dewy finish, and I found I didn't need to powder straight away, however after about 4 hours I looked a little shiny, but nothing terrible and nothing a little powder can't sort.

The only downside I have to give for this product is the colour.  Their are four options, Fair, Light, Medium and Dark. I opted for Light, which has actually turned out to be too dark for me. It is ok when I have just fake tanned my face, the match is pretty good.  However I wouldn't be able to wear this without having pre-tanned my face first, unless I mix it with a light foundation.  I also find that the colour of the product when wet (as soon as it comes out of the tube) and the colour once it is on my face and 'dry' is dramatically different; it goes much darker once it is applied to the face.

Overall, I really like this BB cream. I think I am going to purchase the 'Fair' shade as now Autumn is drawing nearer, I don't tend to go as deep with my tan.  However for £8.99, I feel the price is very reasonable, especially for the amount of product you get :)

S x