More Max Factor!

I’ve reviewed Max Factor products a few times before on the blog and I’ve also shared memories about growing up with the brand here. Today I wanted to update you on some new additions to the range.

First up it’s the Marilyn Monroe lipstick collection. Last year Max Factor signed Marilyn Monroe to the brand as the Glamour Ambassador and launched #GlamJan – a campaign to inspire women to wear a slick of red lipstick and glam-up in January.

Yep, I know – I’m a bit late for this year’s glam Jan. More like fabulous Feb I reckon but I do have an excuse. You see, what happened was I heard about the launch of Marilyn Monroe red lipsticks with 4 shades, each tailored to different skin tones including Marilyn’s original shade, Ruby Red.

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Here they all are – all four … erm ….well…. three of them. That’s the problem I was faced with. Unfortunately, and even after trying several times over a couple of weeks I only received 3 out of the 4 shades which are:

Ruby Red: Marilyn’s iconic lip look (this is the one that has evaded me)

Berry Red: for cool tones

Sunset Red: for warm tones

Cabernet Red: for dark tones

The Marilyn shades are produced in the Colour Elixir Lipstick formula which includes shea, avocado and aloe butters and anti-oxidant white tea. The formula actively improves lip moisture to achieve a smoother surface in just a week. The colour is highly pigmented and gives a true glam look.

It’s often hard to choose a red that’s right for you but the key (they say) is to find one that suits your skin tone and I’ve been using Berry Red (that’s the one on the right in the photo). I’d say that this is more strawberry than the deeper red that’s usually associated with berry coloured lipstick. It’s one of those things I find with red lipstick though and that’s if you wear it you feel confident – but sometimes you need to feel confident before you can wear it. Still perhaps we should all think more like Marilyn and think Glam! They cost £7.99 here.

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Then completely separately I was sent this False Lash Effect Mascara – again this is intended to give a glam iconic look inspired by Marilyn Monroe.

This mascara is designed for volume and wraps each lash for a false lash effect. It has Max Factor’s biggest ever brush with 50% more bristles to double lash size appearance compared to bare lashes and it doesn’t flake or smudge. The brush is a little chunky for my tiny lashes but it’s manageable and it costs £10.99 here.

So, I think if you feel glam in Jan, fabulous in Feb, or Magnificent in March these might be just the help you need!

Do you love Max Factor? Tell me why in the comments.

Hazel

Some products were gifted for review and the post contains affiliate links.

Getting Reacquainted with Trilogy Products

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I’ve tried and reviewed several trilogy products over the last couple of years and am always impressed with them. As a blogger I’m often trying out the latest skincare products but when the review is done I often returned to tried and tested favourites and they often include something from Trilogy. I’m currently using the Make-up Be Gone Cleansing Balm as the first stage in my evening cleansing programme. It’s so comforting, gently taking off the day without having to rub hard to get off mascara is bliss.

Anyway, I suppose what I’m saying is that perhaps Trilogy is one of the brands I’ve been taking for granted. It’s reliably and consistently good but doesn’t really make much of a fuss about how good it is.

Last  week was little bit different though as I was invited to an event to introduce the new Trilogy  Age-Proof range which has been reformulated with Glycablend. It was also an opportunity to get reacquainted with some of my other favourites. Oh and I got to try a super earl grey and gin cocktail too!

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The Trilogy  Age-Proof range includes oil, serum, day and night creams, cleanser, toner, and a lightening treatment. I got to bring home the Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil is formulated with Trilogy’s latest innovative ingredient, Glycablend, which helps to subdue the naturally-occurring process of glycation – one of the key causes of ageing in mature skin. Glycablend promises to improve the skin’s overall texture, minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and restore radiance. It also contains antioxidant co-enzyme Q10, tamanu, macadamia and black caraway seed oils and apparently all you need is 2-3 drops day and night.

I’m going to be trialing this oil over the coming weeks and will update you on my findings. if you want to trial it along with me then you can find it here for £29.50.

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I was also reminded about Trilogy’s Certified Organic Rosehip Oil which has picked up 20 international awards over the last three years and the Rosehip Oil Antioxidant Plus which I’ve reviewed before here.

I think that everyone should have at least one Trilogy product in their armoury – thing is I think they might be addictive and I can’t promise that you’ll be able to stop at one!

Here’s where to feed your addiction!

Have you tried any Trilogy products?

Hazel

This post contains products gifted to me for review and affiliate links.

 

 

Strand On Beauty’s 2nd Birthday Giveaway with DHC

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Thank you!

It’s time to thank all of you lovely friends and followers for supporting Strand On Beauty for over 2 years. It was on 19 January that I reached the 2 year point and I really can’t believe that what started out as something to do on a quiet Sunday afternoon has turned out to be one of my biggest successes. Of course I couldn’t have achieved anything without you reading what I write and I wouldn’t have experienced so many amazing beauty products if brands and PRs hadn’t had faith in me too.

 

The Giveaway

Here’s your chance to share in my good fortune and experience one of the most exciting brands that I’ve come across -it’s the Japanese skincare brand DHC! They’re a little bit special and once you try them you’ll wonder how you ever managed without them. They’ve put together 10 of their best loved products as the Tokyo collection and one lucky winner will win the whole collection worth £108.40!

 

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Deep Cleansing Oil – the number one worldwide  bestseller

Eyelash Tonicbrittle lashes be gone

Liquid Liner Ex the eyeliner of your dreams

Lip Cream – drench your lips in serious moisture

Make Off Sheet – late night lifesaver

Mascara Perfect Pro Double Protection – tiny brush, big lashes

Revitalising Moisture Strips: Eyes – lose the eye luggage in 20 minutes

Blotting Paper – shine stopper

Olive Virgin Oil Swabs – beauty fail fixers

Velvet Skin Coat – instantly perfect the look of your skin

How to enter

Entry is by Rafflecopter hereThe giveaway is international. The closing date is 21 February 2015 at 12.00AM The winner will be contacted by e-mail and announced on Twitter. The winner will need to provide their address so entrants under 18 should have their parents permission to enter.

If you just can’t wait to try then you can find DHC products for sale here!

Good Luck everyone!

Hazel

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GOSH SS16 Launch

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I know that you love to hear about GOSH product launches as I get so many views when I write about them. I think there are a number of reasons why that is but put simply they’re gorgeous, they’re affordable and they’re fun!

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The Primer+ Base Plus Illuminating Skin Perfector gives skin a spectacular glow together with a youthful, healthier-looking complexion. Designed to even skin tone, reduce imperfections and fine lines, and smooth pores the formula includes Silsoft E-Pearl to provide moisture and skin lightening benefit. ProRenew Complex stimulates the skin’s ability to self-renew and it also includes Sea Buckthorn and vitamin E. It’s available here priced £14.99.

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There’s been a lot of chatter about lip oils and I know you’ve seen them from high end brands but now there’s an affordable option. This nourishing Lip Oil provides a glossy look combined with beneficial ingredients, giving a hint of colour and more hydration than a lip balm. Available in four shades (above are Sea Buckthorn & Rose) the oils leave lips feeling nourished with a special blend of four oils including Sea Buckthorn, Moringa Oil, Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil, and  VITASKIN® E derived from Raspberry Oil. These little beauties are just £7.49 each here. I think that these are great to prevent chapped lips in the extreme weather too.

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GOSH’s Velvet Touch Matte Lipstick collection has been a hit from the get go. Now there are four new shades – featured above are  Smoothie and Raisin. They have a creamy matte formula with intense colour. They’re enriched with natural waxes and hyaluronic acid to moisturise, hydrate, smooth and soothe.  They’re £6.99 each here.

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There’s a new addition to the GOSH 9 Shades Palette range and this one is Cool in Copenhagen (£10.99). Are we all done with nude palettes? I think not! This baby has 9 highly pigmented matt shades inspired by the coolness and colours of Nordic lights.

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Highlighters seem to be addictive and however many shades and types we try they’re never enough! These GOSH Lumi Drops are gorgeous! I found they they really complemented the glow from the  skin perfector. They have a shimmery finish with reflecting pearl pigments. There are three shades. Pictured above is Peach. I applied it across my cheekbones and to my outer eye but you can mix it with your foundation to create a radiant finish.  They’ll be available from Superdrug – £7.99 each here (they just don’t seem to be available there yet!)

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I’ve been wearing this GOSH Rebel Eyes mascara each day since I got it. It’s perfect for enhancing my very short lashes. The formula is designed to nourish and protect includes castor oil and sea buckthorn oil and adds volume and length. It also includes a polymer to give length and curl and a flexible film means its long lasting. It will be available here at £8.99.

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These Forever Matt Eye Shadow crayons (£6.29)  are so easy to use, and they go on like a dream – and they’re waterproof! They’re creamy and velvety (and don’t need sharpening – hurrah!) They’re said to last up to eight hours but I wore mine all day at work and they far outlasted the eight hour mark. You have a small amount of time to blend them if you wish and after that they’re set for the day. There are four new shades – above are Twisted Brown and Dark Brown.

 

What a lovely start to the new season! What do you think? Which are the pieces that you just can’t wait to try?

Hazel

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Launch – DHC Beauty Lift Series

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I was reading an exchange of views on a Twitter chat today about what makes bloggers want to go to an event and people came up with a whole list of criteria that included great brand, interesting product, fun location, plenty to do, opportunity to network, informative and welcoming PR and with the odd drink or nibble thrown in too. I can tell you that the launch this week of the DHC Beauty Lift Series ticked every box!

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It was such a cool idea to have the launch in the “sexy, subterranean Schochu Lounge so as to immerse all the guests in Japanese culture from the get go. This was particularly important for those of us who were new to the brand. I’d already fallen in love with several of the DHC products – the velvet coat primer, and the liquid eyeliner are two must haves. These form part of something DHC are marketing as the Tokyo collection which is a kind of capsule collection of all the best sellers.

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Still the star of the show was the new range and we were all eager to try it, despite the distractions of delicious food and cocktails, a chance to learn a Japanese craft and how to get the perfect winged eyeliner. It’s all about the product you use of course and the DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX is the business!

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Sorry, I got distracted! Let me tell you about the new range.

Beauty Lift Lotion (£34) is a soothing, hydrating toner to reduce the look of fine lines and prepares the skin for moisture.

Beauty Lift Essence (£35) is a silky soft serum to hydrate, fight fine lines and give skin a smoother lifted appearance. It’s the perfect prep for moisturiser.

Beauty Lift Milk (£34) is a lightweight, milky textured barrier-supporting moisturiser that gives the appearance of a more lifted look. Fine lines are minimised to give a smoother looking complexion.

Beauty Lift Cream (£41.00) is a rich, intensive, moisturising cream perfect for overnight use. The hydrating formula minimises the appearance of fine lines and promotes a firmer, more lifted looking skin.

Due to launch 1 March 2016 the DHC Beauty Lift series is available at DHC here. You can also find selected DHC products at Escentual here.

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I can’t confirm yet if all DHC’s claims for Beauty Lift are true but I’ve started using it this weekend and initial results are promising and my skin does look lifted. I’ll get back to you with a bit more info when I’ve tried and tested them.

Are you new to DHC or do you have some favourites?

Hazel

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Empties December 2015 & January 2016

December went past in a flash and I didn’t get the chance to write an empties post and anyway I hadn’t used up many products so I thought I’d leave it till the end of January and now look what’s happened I’ve got a whole heap of stuff to tell you about! So make yourself a cup of coffee before you read this, it’s a good one!

Zo Skin Health Offects Hydrating Cleanser

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This Offects Hydrating Cleanser is one of the new brands that I discovered when I visited Omniya. it gently cleanses and repairs surface damage too!

Offects Hydrating Cleanser includes panthenol to soothe repair and restore and allantoin to clean away dead skin cells and supports cellular renewal.

I can tell you I loved this product and used it all up before I had a chance to review it!

You can find your nearest stockist here

Superdrug Hairspray Extra Firm Hold

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It’s really been quite a while since I bought or used any hairspray but this came in such a handy size that I started to carry it around and use it. It worked well, didn’t have a toxic smell or make me cough and it’s only 89p for 75ml here

La Roche Posay Redermic C10

La Roche Posay Redermic C10

Recommended by the experts at Omniya I knew that I needed a product that contained Vitamin C. I’ve already reviewed this La Roche Posay Redermic C10 for you here.

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel

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This Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Purifying Gel is one of the super Vichy Normaderm range. I’ve had it a while but returned to it recently to finish it up! It’s available here for £11.50.

Burberry Kiss Lipstick Nude Pink

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This is such a great quality product, even the sample is so well presented. I used it up to the last bit and then bought the full size. I love that it has a magnetic case that closes with a reassuring click and of course has the trademark Burberry print on the case and lipstick itself. I reviewed it here and it cost £25 here.

Roger & Gallet Gingembre Rouge Lait Sorbet

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Gorgeous to look and and beautifully scented I used this body lotion every night particularly on my feet and shins to keep dryness away and to make me feel great. I reviewed the lotion and shower gel here. The lotion costs £14 here.

Paul Mitchell Forever Blonde Shampoo & Conditioner

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So I’ve used up two thirds of this Paul Mitchell gift set and would probably have used up the other third if I could remember where I put it! Great looking and effective products I’ve reviewed them here. The set cost £35 but is now out of stock but you can buy the products in other sets and sizes here.

Woods Of Windsor Cedar Woods Moisturising Hand Wash

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From the traditional English brand Woods of Windsor this was a treat that I love having in my bathroom. It’s a class act. It’s reviewed here and costs just £5.99 but is currently on offer for £3 for 350ml here.

Benefit Air Patrol

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This little sample packed a whole lot of staying power! Loved how it made the colour of my shadow true to the pan too. I reviewed it here. You can buy the full size here for £21.50.

Nuskin Tru Face Ideal Eyes

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Nuskin is a brand that I don’t really feel I’ve got the true measure of. I’ve tried so many products from their range and without fail they deliver on their promise. They are a little pricey though and the packaging doesn’t quite hit the spot for me. Still, I’ve used every drop of this Nuskin Tru Face Ideal Eyes it must be good! It costs £42.41 here.

Dermalogica Multi- Active Toner

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A light hydrating toner that doesn’t leave your skin feeling tight. It comes with a pump spray so that you can spritz your face allowing it to dry on your skin after cleansing. Must have had a duff bottle though as my pump failed after a couple of uses. Still loved it so much that I used it on cotton wool pads instead – to the very last drop. Containing cucumber and arnica this Dermalogica Multi- Active Toner costs £27.30.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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I resisted the hype as long as I could and then I got sucked in after I tried this sample size Benefit They’re Real MascaraA brilliant mascara that surpirsingly was further improved by using the Benefit The’re Real Primer Mascara underneath.  The primer mascara costs £18.50 here  and the mascara is £19.50 here.

So I’m pretty proud of myself for using up things and not going out and spending on more new things! There are definitely one or two things here that I’ll miss though and can see myself repurchasing. Are there any of your favourites here?

Hazel

Some products in this post were gifted for review and it contains affiliate links.

In praise of blogging….

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Thinking about why it is that blogging is such a good medium for spreading the word about beauty it came to me that it’s because it’s such a flexible way of connecting with people. It can be that most basic of dialogue that’s written in a diary-like way – the original “web log” style that conveys your thoughts like a whispered secret to a friend; or like the kind of conversation when your work mate sees you slicking on your lipstick and just has to know what colour it is. In its most sophisticated form it can out-do any print magazine with photos, graphics and content.

The blogging world is fast and furious, it’s reactive and it sets a cracking pace. Bloggers don’t need to plan their edits and print-runs months in advance (although some do) so they can see a look they like on the street or try on a product at home and get something down on the page right away.

Blogging is a powerful force that can take just a few words and a photo to make you need to try a product so strongly that before you’ve scrolled to the bottom of the page you’ve clicked on the link to buy that product. Once you’ve entered into the blogging world as a reader or a writer you look to the blogosphere for beauty news and reviews, tips and tricks and you trust what you read. That’s because you’ve got to know about the writer, they’re visible and accessible and real.

For the beauty industry, bloggers are a huge pool of talent with fire in their belly just waiting to spread the word. For some brands they are a total replacement for traditional marketing and advertising methods. For example brands like La Roche-Posay don’t advertise at all in the UK and rely on the power of bloggers to tell their story for them. It’s bloggers who piled on the pressure for them to launch products in the UK that they’d previously had to travel to France to stockpile.

Sometimes us bloggers can be treated as the poor relation to print press and perhaps not all brands have quite grasped how best to utilise the power and expertise of bloggers. Many of us aren’t bloggers by profession but that doesn’t mean we’re not professional. And we certainly have influence.

Interaction with brands and PRs can be a little bit like the Wild West at the moment and there isn’t a code of practice or way of working that is standard across the piece for either blogger or brand There’s still a bit of bad behaviour on both sides with some bloggers thinking that the minute they put their virtual pen to paper they should get freebies and with brands often expecting free work from bloggers just for the prestige. I think that this is something that will evolve over time and there will be winners and losers.

For my part I’ve been around since the days when the likes of Mary Quant and Biba were taking the beauty world by storm and the World Wide Web was many years away. So I have a bit of a different view of beauty and life than the typical teen or twenties blogger but that doesn’t matter in the slightest. I have a place at the table – and as Mr MacDonald says “I’m Lovin It!”

 

Aloree Skin Rescue Regenerating Elixir Oil

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When I was thinking about introducing you to the Aloree Skin Rescue Regenerating Elixir Oil I considered that it was just another face oil that I should add on to my face oil series but I think that perhaps this one is a little different. Have a read of this and then see if you agree.

This Skin Rescue Regenerating Elixir Oil is produced by a new  French natural skincare brand Alorée. Their research has found that chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants that converts sunlight to energy is a powerful anti-ageing ingredient. Alorée is currently the only skincare range that has been able to extract the active ingredient chlorophyll and capture its highly effective anti-ageing properties.

The range consists of organic and natural skincare products is certified according to the ECOCERT organic standard, which indicates that the brand is natural, organic and free from parabens, silicones, petrochemicals and potentially harmful ingredients. Each product contains the unique chlorophyll rich complex C.H.C.

This complex contains chlorophyll from young organic barley shoots as well as polyphenols, vitamin E, organic grape seed oil, organic camelina oil and organic muscat rosebush oil. It is high in antioxidants and helps to boost skin cell metabolism to leave the skin moisturised, brighter, rejuvenated and visibly younger.

 

So that’s what they say. Now it’s time to find out how I got on with the Alorée Skin Rescue Regenerating Elixir Oil. The oil comes in a small bottle with a dropper. I know that droppers are fashionable as they fit in with the whole medical look but I find them a little annoying and would prefer a pump but that’s just personal choice.

The oil is clear but with a reassuring green hue. I mean it should be green if it’s got chloropyll in it right? Don’t worry, the colour doesn’t show itself on your skin and just a few drops are enough to cover your face and neck. It sinks in well to the skin but does leave a sheen but that’s easily covered with mattifying primer or foundation.

I’ve been using the oil for around a week both morning and evening and my skin definitely feels well moisturised and that feeling last throughout the day. On the brightening and rejuvenation front I’ll need to let you know more once I’ve completed a month’s treatment. And I will do that because I’m sure that I’m going to keep on using this product right to the end.

The 15ml size is enough to last for 30 days and costs £32.00 so that’s a little over a pound a day. Not bad to try out something so innovative I’d say!

Alorée is now available in the UK from selected WholeFoods stores and from independent stockists nationwide as well as www.aloree.co.uk Prices range from £9.90 to £32.00.

Have you come across this brand yet? If so I’d love to know what you think.

Hazel

This product was gifted to me for review.

 

 

 

 

 

Weekend Wishlist 17 – The Home Style Edition

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  1. Botanical Embroidered Bedding Set Marks & Spencer from £69.00
  2. Floral Birds Trinket Box  Marks & Spencer £29.50
  3. Jo Malone London Scented Travel Candle Collection House of Fraser £64.00
  4. Love You More Plaque Marks & Spencer £6.00
  5. John Lewis Tweet Birds Cushion John Lewis £20.00
  6. Balenciaga Rosabotanica Eau de Parfum  John Lewis from £64.00

I’ve just been finding out a bit today about extending the lease on my flat and that’s got me thinking about giving it a bit of a refresh. With the temperature set to be about 15C tomorrow I’m starting to think of Spring and a fresh, floral and romantic look. So, here are a few bits that caught my eye to give my bedroom a bit of a lift and a move away from autumn berry shades.

What do you think?

Hazel

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – Facial Cleanser

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In all the time that I’ve been using beauty products from the amazing Japanese skincare experts DHC I’d never tried their awarding winning Deep Cleansing Oil. Then just before Christmas I received the cutest gift of this travel size bottle along with the little Japanese doll. (The message says happy new year by the way.)

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is the perfect make-up remover for all skin types. It’s a water-soluble oil cleanser that’s a blend of rosemary leaf oil and olive oil. It removes make-up, dirt and excess oil without leaving your skin feeling oily. It’s infused with vitamin E to prevent the build up of free radicals.

Directions are to massage it onto dry skin with dry hands to loosen and dissolve make-up and then to rinse away thoroughly. I’ve been using the oil all this week. I used it to remove make-up and I massage it all over my face and neck concentrating most on removing my eye make up. It dissolves my mascara easily including those hard to move brands we all struggle with. I then remove the oil with a hot wet flannel. It makes my skin feel really clean and bright and I could leave it there but I like to double cleanse with a gel or foam cleanser and sometimes a toner too. Plenty to choose from from DHC here.

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil comes in 70ml (£11) and 200ml (£21.50) sizes here. Both have pump dispensers which is great to make sure that you don’t waste a drop.

There are so many gorgeous DHC products to choose from, I always want them all! If you’ve tried any of their products tell me which is your favourite in the comments below.

Hazel

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