More Christmas Beauty Gifts Under £20

These days when I pop in to buy a sandwich for lunch at M&S I always get distracted and sucked into exploring the beauty section. So recently I’ve been taking a look at what they have to offer for Christmas and have come up with some of my favourites for you. As with the post I did on John Lewis’ gift offering I’ve kept all the choices under the £20 price point.

NUXE Stars Set

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This Nuxe Stars gift set contains:

  • Huile Prodigieuse 50ml
  • Prodigieux le Parfum 15ml

They say:

“With its unique concentration of 6 precious oils, this multi-usage dry oil will leave your skin soft and silky in a single step, while your hair will be left with amazing softness and shine

Discover or rediscover the mythical and iconic fragrance of huile prodigieuse® in a warm and heady perfume!”

I’ve yet to try any Nuxe products but I think that this set is an affordable chance to have a dabble! It costs £20 here.Rituals

RITUALS Ancient Beauty Gift Set

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I’ve really fallen in love with the Rituals brand since getting I was gifted a shower foam right at the beginning of my blogging “career”. Nothing I’ve tried since comes up to scratch. This lovely RITUALS Ancient Beauty Gift Set gift contains:

  • body scrub
  • shower foam
  • shampoo
  • body cream

This lovely gift costs £17.50 here.

LEIGHTON DENNY Nail Wonderland Gift Set

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This LEIGHTON DENNY Nail Wonderland Gift Set is such a treat! 5 lovely shades to play with.

Set includes:  5 x high performance nail colour 4.6ml, 1 x nail art dotting & brush tool, 2 x nail art sponge

It costs just £18.00 here.

STILA Trio Make Up Set

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This set is such fun! I’ve been wanting to try some Stila products ever since I saw some at a showcase. They were so popular that I couldn’t get anywhere near them to try and several months later I still haven’t tried a single item. I’m such a bad beauty blogger. This STILA Trio Make Up Set contains lip glaze in banana 2.4ml, convertible colour magnolia 4.25g, smudge stick in lion fish 0.28g, rhinestone headband and a redeemable gift card for Baublebar.com

It costs just £20 here for the set which has a value of £44.00 – lovely!

BRITISH BEAUTY BLOGGER Bronzing Gift Set

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Last for today is this great BRITISH BEAUTY BLOGGER Bronzing Gift Set. This is blogging guru has the best blog that is honest and on the money every single time. She’s got together with M&S to launch this limited edition range. She really knows her stuff and I just know that this gift is worth its weight in gold. The set contains a metallic nail polish with a face and body bronzer. It costs just £15.00 here - snap it up!

I hope that you’re all enjoying your Christmas shopping and that this has been a little help. I’ve loved compiling it!

Hazel

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Latest reviews – W7 makeup

W7 make up 2Fellow bloggers will know the feeling excitement that happens when you get home from a long day at work and you spy a padded envelope waiting for you on the hall table. Well yesterday was one of those days and the envelope in question contained this lovely collection of W7 make up.

So this morning after taking the usual blogger snaps while there was half decent light (I’ll never make a living as a photographer will I!) I tried out all of the products in conjunction with some of my other favourites to make up my face to go to work.

First thing I tried was the W7 Porefection. This is branded as “A smoothing face primer that reduces the appearance of pores and helps keep makeup in place throughout the day.”

I found that the texture and colour of the primer was very similar to Benefit’s Porefessional – a light beige that glides on easily. I found that it did mattify my skin and that it did make my pores look a bit less prominent. I only used it in the areas that I have enlarged pores rather than as a complete base for make-up as I like to use a primer with an SPF as the foundation I use currently doesn’t have one. That means that I wasn’t able to say whether W7 Porefection helped to keep make-up in place. It comes in a really handy size for my make up bag so it’s there to touch up the odd bit of shine during the day. It’s also a very reasonable £4,95 here.

W7 nude pallette

Next  I tried out this gorgeous little W7 Naked Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. I wasn’t expecting too much . I think I’m nearing saturation point with nude palettes. Still I was pleasantly surprised to see that there wasn’t much of a shimmer to the shades although I wouldn’t say they are 100% matte excellent for my crepey lids!

I chose the two mid shades for the lid and the crease and found that the colours went on easily and blended well. They lasted for a good few hours  before needing any touching up. Again the size of the palette was just right to stash in my make-up bag and you really can’t grumble at the £5.95 price tag for 4 shades. Here’s where you can find it.

W7 Wildlash

The time then came for me to try out the W7 Wild lash mascara – I’m guessing this is a new release as I can’t find it on the W7 site currently.  It seems to be available on a number of other sites for a couple of pounds.

I keep on hoping that one of these days I’ll find a high street brand that does the job for me. This time I was pleased to find that the black was a very intense black. Sadly there was little substance to the mascara and so it didn’t build up or lengthen my lashes. I could tolerate that but was really disappointed to discover after a few hours wear that the colour had smudged badly under my eyes. That’s a definite no-no for me and so I can’t recommend it.

W7 lip colour

I saved the best till last. This is the W7 Full Time Lip Colour which promises to stay on 24:7. I have to say I was really sceptical. I doubted that it would last more than a couple of hours. I should say that I did have a little try of this last evening. I was pondering on whether the autumn colour (it’s called Wicked) would suit me so I dotted a bit on my hand. It looked pretty good and so went in to have my shower expecting that it would wipe off in an instant. Using shower gel, I scrubbed at it. It wouldn’t budge. Then I tried two different cleansers and a toner. No go – it was still as strong as when I put it there. Finally I tried a cleansing oil and with a bit of gentle pressure it came off. That was impressive!

Today I used it properly. The colour is rich and intense. I was really careful not to make any mistakes with it as I knew they would take a lot of effort to remove and correct. Then I added the gloss and I was good to go.

I’m sitting here now 16 hours and several meals, snacks and drinks later and I still have the colour on my lips. The gloss is gone but the colour is only slightly faded. Such a good product for an amazing £4.95 here.

What was also really lovely was that all together the colours and textures of the products gave me a great look. A nude eye and a strong lip – a stong confident look to face the day. I got compliments from colleagues about the pop of the lip colour and that made  me feel good.

Good job W7!

Hazel

These products were gifted to me for review but the opinion are my own.

Christmas Beauty Gifts For Under £20

It’s alway hard to choose gifts at Christmas that are affordable and yet are the kind of gifts that you’d want to receive yourself. So I’ve been looking around to see what’s available that fits the bill and these are some beauties that I’ve found on johnlewis.com 

Liz Earle Christmas Skincare Discovery Gift Set

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This set has been specially designed for the christmas season. It’s the Liz Earle skincare discovery gift set. I can’t imagine that there isn’t a beauty lover in the land that hasn’t either bought or at least heard of Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish.

The set is exclusive to John Lewis and includes:
  • Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser, 100ml
  • Liz Earle Instant Boost™ Skin Tonic spritz, 30ml
  • 2 x Muslin Cloths

It costs £16.50 here.

 The cleanse & polish formulation promotes concentrated yet gentle cleansing power and works on every age and skin type. Free from mineral oil, it has a rich and creamy texture and swiftly removes all traces of face and eye make up with a pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells and help reveal clean, soft and radiant skin.
Naturally active ingredients include eucalyptus and cocoa butter for smoother, clearer skin.
The heavenly floral-scented, non-drying tonic spritz refreshes, soothes and brightens your skin. Gentle and alcohol-free, it also adds a fine layer of moisture.
Naturally active ingredients include organic aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.
 Lancôme Mini Juicy Tubes Gift Set
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This Lancôme Mini Juicy Tubes Gift Set is such a fun, pretty set. these are gorgeous to have in your bag for a night out and they slick on straight from the tube.

The set contains:

  • Lancôme Sweet Lips, Lychee, 7ml
  • Lancôme Sweet Lips, Marshmallow, 7ml
  • Lancôme Sweet Lips, Fraise, 7ml
  • Lancôme Sweet Lips, Cerise, 7ml

It costs £18.00 here.

REN Mini Gift Set 2014

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This cute REN Mini Gift Set 2014 ticks all the boxes because it contains the amazing quality products from REN in travel sizes that are perfect for the holiday season.

It’s a four piece gift that contains 50ml travel sizes of best-selling Moroccan Rose range and uplifting Revivo-Tonic.

It costs £16.00 here.

Clinique Whole Lotta Chubby Gift SetChubby

This Clinique Whole Lotta Chubby Gift Set can’t fail to delight. Everyone should have at least one chubby stick in their make-up bag and this one gives you 4 and a bag to put them in for just £18.00 here.

Set contains:

  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, Woopin’ Watermelon, 1.2g
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, Plushest Punch, 1.2g
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, Pudgy Peony, 1.2g
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, Grandest Grape, 1.2g

Gorgeous aren’t they?

Benefit Goodies A Go Go Gift Set

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 This Benefit Goodies A Go Go Gift Set contains all you need for great looking eyes. It comes in a collectible tin that includes:

  • Benefit Longwear Powder Shadow in call my buff, thanks a latte, gilt-y pleasure and kiss me, I’m tipsy
  • Benefit stay don’t stray mini in light/medium
  • Benefit they’re real! mini

If you love Benefit you’ll want this one for yourself and it costs £17.55 here.

See what I mean now you’ve seen these you want them all for yourself and don’t want to gift them at all!

Are any of these your favourites?

Let me know what you think.

Hazel

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Review – Rose Infernale Terry de Gunzburg

Rose Infernale

Oh my goodness – what to say about Rose Infernale by Terry de Gunzburg! It’s not so long ago that I didn’t know a thing about Terry de Gunzburg. In fact, I only started to hear a little about her when I discovered the delights of Space NK and the gorgeous if extravagant By Terry cosmetic range. Thing is even then I thought that Terry was a man. Yes I know, I’m an idiot. But that’s what comes from earning a pittance as a civil servant and not mixing with the kind of people that only buy the very best.

So I can tell you, this fragrance is exquisite. The liquid is dark, mysterious and purple – it looks as though it’s a potion that Malificent would create to cast a spell. It’s contained within a magnificent bottle, heavy and expensive – it ticks all the boxes for me.

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Described as oriental avant-garde, floral,smoky and spicy this fragrance melts together Indonesain Nutmeg, Turkish Damasena Rose, Somalian Frankincense and Haitian Vetiver.

Reading the descriptors above, I expected something overpowering and heavy and so I was surprised to encounter a scent that evoked a faint memory of an Egyptian holiday where perfumes and spices intermingle and linger on the breeze as you past through the bazaar. And yet it’s more gentle than that, lighter more sophisticated. It’s certainly hard to pin down, it lingers on the skin but doesn’t assault the senses. This is definitely a class act.  I would expect nothing less from Terry de Gunzberg in her quest for Opulence and voluptuousness.

I don’t often advocate crime – but really do what you have to do to get this on your dressing table – beg, borrow or steal……

It’s available to buy at House of Fraser and Selfridges for £127.00 for 100ml.

Have you got any special By Terry products? Are they worth the hype?

Hazel

Review – DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips for Eyes & Mouth

I’ve been trying out all kinds of skin care in the 10 months that I’ve been blogging but these products are the first that I’ve tried that specifically target the areas of my face that cause me the most concern – my under eye area and most significant of all for me the lines around my mouth.

Picture of Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Eyes

First off I tried the Revitalizing Moisture Strips: EyesThese are “soft, comfortable polymer gel strip masks for your vulnerable under-eye area. They deliver nourishing ingredients that work to alleviate dark circles and reduce puffiness – in just 20 minutes. Helps fight the appearance of fatigue and fine lines. Beneficial ingredients include brightening mulberry, alpha-arbutin and peony to combat discolouration, and antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract and soy to promote younger-looking eyes.”

The instructions say that you should apply them for 20 minutes but if you want you can leave them on over night. I thought that I would try them overnight to give them the best chance of working. The strips were easy to open and to apply. Immediately there was a calming effect and I knew that they would really work. Something was definitely happening. I got into bed and settled down to sleep but I couldn’t. The cooling effect of the strips was very intense. It wasn’t unpleasant but it was very powerful and I couldn’t relax. So after 20 minutes I removed the patches. The area felt smooth, calmed and moist. I can’t say that I could see a visible difference but I think that with repeated use (once a week) the effect would build. I think that I might apply them in the morning next time while I’m having my morning cup of coffee.

They cost £7.95 for 6 sachets of 2 strips here.

Picture of Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Mouth

Next I couldn’t wait to try the Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Mouth. I have quite nose to mouth lines and pucker lines on my top lip. Now I know this comes with age but I thought it would be worth a try to see if there is a product that can help to soften them. They say:

“Line-fighting DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips: Mouth soft polymer gel strip masks gently adhere to the area around your mouth to help firm and brighten for younger-looking skin. Infused with beneficial botanicals to moisturise, fight discolouration and visibly smooth lines. Features nourishing, antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract, brightening alpha-arbutin and mulberry”

Again these were easy to apply. Again there is a prescribed 20 minute time span for application. Oddly thought they don’t suggest that you can leave them on over night. So I set the timer for 20 minutes. After about 10 minutes they started to tickle – and I don’t mean itch – it just felt a little odd but I can only think that this was a sign that the ingredients were working. When I took off the strips I could see a real plumping effect that took the hard edge off my lines. I liked it! Again this is prescribed for weekly application so I’ll definitely be trying again soon.

These are a little more expensive at £9.50 for 6 sachets here.  But I think that both sets are great value for money. I just love this brand more with each product I try!

Have you tried any thing from DHC yet?

Hazel

I was gifted these products for review but the views are my own.

Review – amalian Beautifying Cleansing Milk & Energizing Tonic Water

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amalian® Skincare is a brand that I hadn’t heard of until recently. Their products fall into the area of beauty that I would call cosmeceuticals. Basically these are products that contain a much higher concentration of active ingredients, and are somewhere between prescription/pharmaceutical products and cosmetics. The company was founded in 2007 and its main shareholder Dr Christine F Kreiner is a pharmaceutical chemist.

The buzz words in hydrating skincare these days are hyaluronic acid and amalian® Skincare make the best of this and many other amazing active ingredients to bring you their anti-aging cosmetics.

They say:

 “The amalian® Skincare range is highly effective, composed of natural ingredients and contains deep acting hyaluronic acid. amalian® Skincare has unique characteristics based on a novel formula with an innovative complex of lecithin and hyaluronic acid. The phosphor-lipids of the lecithin serve as a gliding aid to carry the hyaluronic acid to deeper skin layers, where the biological activity of hyaluronic acid can take effect: high moisture binding capacity, stimulation of endogenous collagen, binding of harmful free radicals and stimulation of wound healing. amalian® Skincare products are characterised by rapid and deep penetration into the skin. The products do not contain such ingredients as silicone oils (“Dimethicone”) or paraffin oils and therefore they are not hindered by an oily layer, which prevent deep effectiveness. After only a few days’ use, the skin feels smoother, younger and more elastic. Fine lines and wrinkles disappear and deep folds are visibly reduced.”

That’s a whole lot of science I know – and what you really want to know is will this brand make me look young and beautiful!

So here’s what I’ve found so far. I’ve been trialling two products, the amalian® Beautifying Cleansing Milk and amalian® Energizing Tonic Water, for the last ten days.

Cleansing Milk

First the amalian® Beautifying Cleansing Milk. I applied the cleansing milk to my face and neck with a cotton pad and removed it the same way. You can remove it with water if you prefer. The product is mildly scented and I would say is somewhere between a milk and cream in consistency. Its not at all greasy and is both mild and effective enough to remove eye make-up including mascara. My skin looked and felt really clean after using it and not at all tight. It felt very gentle.

It comes in a squeezy bottle which is easy to handle, a bit like a shampoo bottle. For preference I’d rather have a pump action but that’s just me being picky. Regular readers will know that I like luxurious packaging. My experience though with cosmeceutical brands is that they tend to make their packaging look more medical than cosmetic. It’s a trend that’s reflected in other brands too but I just like my bathroom and bedroom to be filled with beautiful things – form over function and all that!

It retails at £21.80 for 150ml so it’s leaning towards being a high end product and I’d like to see it come in a box with an instruction leaflet telling me a bit more about how to use the product and what it contains. There are some great ingredients here including jojoba oil, papaya extract, Niacinamide, vitamins and urea. Together these ingredients vitalise, hydrate and regenerate. They remove impurities, excess oil, make up and mascara.

Alongside the cleansing milk I tried out the amalian® Energizing Tonic Water. This is in effect a toner but without Tonerbeing harsh and drying. I think the thing that’s most remarkable about this tonic water is that you can use it on the eyes to remove mascara. It’s alcohol-free and based on Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate the skin after cleansing. That’s why it works so well with the cleansing milk. It’s enriched with Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), papaya, fruit extract and radical scavenger, a blend of botanical extracts, designed to exfoliate dead skin cells, calm, refresh and revitalize the skin.

This retails at £25.90 for 150ml.

Amalian skincare is available nationwide and the full list of stockists is here.

If you prefer to buy on-line they are available at:

Have you heard of amalian? Or tried any of their products? I’d love to hear what you think.

Hazel

This post is sponsored by amalian but the content of this review is my own opinion and not prescribed by them.

Strand on Beauty & Neal’s Yard Remedies Giveaway

I’m so excited to tell you about this amazing giveaway – it’s my biggest one yet! I’ve got together with the fabulous people at Neal’s Yard Remedies to give one of you lovely followers the Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intensetm Duo worth £120!

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I’d find it hard to believe you if you said that hadn’t already heard tons about this brand but just in case let me tell you a little about them. They’re all about organic, natural health and beauty. The products are made in England and they’ve been going since 1981. If you’d like to know more here’s where to look.

About the prize

Frankincense Intensetm Concentrate and Cream have been scientifically formulated to work together; the Concentrate gives skin an instant age-defying boost, the Cream gives lasting age-defying results and effective, firming and toning hydration. Use them together for best age-defying results. Independent consumer trials using Concentrate & Cream together found:

• 85% agreed their skin feels smoother
• 82% agree their skin looks & feels firmer
• 79% agree their wrinkles are visibly reduced
• 79% agree their skin looks & feels younger

How to enter

To be in with a chance to win entry is by via Rafflecopter here. The giveaway closes at midnight on 23 November 2014. It’s open to UK residents only.

Under the Influence

I’ve always thought of myself as a bit different from your average beauty blogger. Aside from the obvious age difference (most bloggers are 30-40 years younger than me!) I’ve never bought products “for the blog” or to complete a collection or bought something just because someone else says I should. My normal rules are that if something runs out I replace it with the best I can afford and occasionally I buy myself a treat. So it’s a bit complicated to explain why I ended up buying 3 make-up items  in Boots the other lunch time when I went out to buy shampoo and cotton wool pads.

I don’t really want to apportion blame for what happened but I think I have to on this occasion - it’s Kal @ClutteredC with a bit of help from Boots and their 3 for 2 offers!

So, I went into Boots to buy the cotton wool and shampoo and remembered that I had a voucher for £2 off if you buy 2 Sleek products. I needed to replace my Sleek Eyebrow StylistEyebrow Stylist which I’ve reviewed previously hereI found the stand and was drawn to the Sleek Highlighting Palette – Precious Metals which was at eye level. I struggled to apply the rules – had I run out of highlighter - no. I kept thinking how lovely it had looked on Kal’s blog, I’m a sucker for shiny things and I thought about how the metallics might look on my eyes. Precious Metals2I deliberately chose to ignore the fact that older skin isn’t flattered by shimmer. I wanted it and I thought – there that’s me done with my two purchases and I’d have “saved” £2. But then I remembered that I’d seen the 3 for 2 sign on the way into Boots.  I could “save” even more if I bought one more thing. I’d been planning on saving to buy a NARS concealer so decided that buying a cheaper brand would save me more and so I selected the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer.Concealer

I paid up and left  before realising that I hadn’t bought the cotton wool, the shampoo or my lunch! Verdict I’m extremely  vulnerable to being influenced by bloggers (yes I mean you Kal!) and  Boots marketing techniques.

I went off to M&S for lunch stopping in the beauty section for cotton wool and shampoo…. but that’s a whole other story about impulse buying!

Are you easily influenced? Share your stories with me below. Oh and I’ll review the palette and concealer another day and see if I can influence you too!

Hazel

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Reviews – SkinPep Day & Night Creams

About 10 days ago I got a really lovely delivery from SkinPep. They’re the nice people who agreed to collaborate with me on a giveaway. If you haven’t already entered then there is still time here.

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As well as giving me the amasing giveaway prize they sent me some other goodies to try. I’ve been using the SkinPep Collagen Renew Day Cream every day and the SkinPep Collagen Renew Night Cream every night for the last 10 days. So it’s time to tell you what I think so far.

SkinPep® Collagen Renew – Peptide Repair Day Cream

Both of these creams are smartly packaged in a style that bridges the medical and the cosmetic worlds. The bottle is glass and substantial and so for me they look expensive enough for me to like how they look on my shelf as well as having a convincing scientific look. The SkinPep® Collagen Renew – Peptide Repair Day Cream is a light easily and quickly absorbed cream. It’s delightfully scented without being over powering. I know some people like to have fragrance free products but I’m not one of them and I like my products to smell sensual and luxurious.

They say:

“Our exceptionally high quality, light, cream is unlike other greasy heavier Creams. Collagen Renew Peptide Repair Day Cream’s silky refined texture allows max absorption of Peptides, Sodium Hyaluronate, Retinol & Vitamin C etc. Supports collagen and elastin in skin cells to reduce fine lines & wrinkles.

Daily use of Growth Factors and plumping nutrients can soften skin roughness and improve the appearance of age spots and even out pigmentation. Hypo-allergenic daily hydration with smooth soft silky skin.”

It contains:

Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Japanese Algae (Sea Weed), Grape Seed Extract, Red Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract.Skin moisturisers, Glycerine, Shea Butter, Lecithin, Aloe Vera, Evening Primrose Oil and Hydrolised collagen provide excellent skin Hydration condition

It’s always hard to assess the effect that face creams have without photographic or even scientific evidence. But you do know how your skin feels and looks. Over the last few days I’ve felt good about mine. It looks fresher with a dewy look. It feels firmer and plumper and I like what I see in the mirror. And in my book, that ain’t bad!

SkinPep® Collagen Renew – Growth Factor Night Cream

This SkinPep® Collagen Renew – Growth Factor Night Cream is a pale yellow colour rather than the crisp white of the day cream. The scent is more “herby” and whilst it’s not unpleasant I prefer the scent of the day cream. The formula is richer but it quickly sinks in and so your skin isn’t left feeling greasy while you sleep.

They say:

“Our thick, super Hydrating, high quality, night cream is unlike other night creams. Loaded with skin conditioning agents, antioxidants and Growth factors, it silky refined texture allows max absorption of its key cell cummunicating ingredients. Supports collagen and elastin in skin cells to reduce fine lines & wrinkles while you sleep.

Padina Pavonica Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Glycerine have been added for optimal collagen hydration. Shea Butter, Evening Primrose oil, and Jojoba oil minimise liquid evaporation to combat dryness and ensure excellent skin moisturisation.”

 It also contains:

Vitamin K, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea) Extract. Resveratrol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Niacinamide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat), Kernel Ext, Red Ginseng Ext, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Ext, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Ext, Panthenol, (CO-Q10), Resveratrol, Japanese Algae Ext, Tocopheryl Acetate, Adenosine, Retinyl Palmitate, Ferulic Acid.

I felt that the cream had really been doing it’s work over night. It felt firmer and what I liked was that it didn’t feel greasy although it did feel incredibly soft. Obviously these creams are designed to complement each other and the effect I can see in the mirror was a result of both of these creams being used in tandem over a 10 day period.

How much do they cost? Well nothing good comes cheap does it? But what I love is that you can order samples to make sure that you like the product before you invest.

Day cream costs
2ml sachet : £4.99
30ml bottle : £34.99
50ml bottle : £59.99

Night cream costs
2ml sachet : £5.99
30ml bottle : £39.99
50ml bottle : £64.99

I can’t fault any of the products I’ve tried from Skin Pep so far. Have you tried any yet?

Hazel

Reviews – shower gels

Buy Rituals Zensation Foaming Shower Gel, 200ml Online at johnlewis.com

A while back I tried this Rituals Zensation Blossom Foaming Shower Gel and I loved it. Ever since then this has set the bar for every shower gel I try and it’s definitely a tough one to beat.

Still, I thought you’d like to know about two more shower products that I’ve been trying. The first is from Superdrug.

Superdurg Strawberry and Raspberry Fruity Foam Burst

It’s the Superdrug Strawberry & Raspberry Shower Foam. This was given to me as part of a challenge from Superdrug. They asked me to try some of their own brand products in place of their usual brands so that I could compare quality and also save money in the long run. You can see more about that challenge here. The shower foam has a gorgeous fruity fragrance (ooh I love alliteration!). The product comes out of the can as a gel but changes to foam as soon as it hits the skin. I tend to use it on a shower puff (is that what you call one of those scratchy things?) I found that it isn’t as rich as the Rituals brand and that you need more of the product but otherwise it does a really great job. And the plus is that it only cost £1.99 here!

The other new product that I tried (well it was new to me) was the Australian Bodycare Tea Tree Oil Foaming Skin Wash. I had high hopes for this product as I had met the lovely people from Austalian Bodycare earlier in the year at the Pegasus Beauty ShowcaseThey told me all about the amazing company and products and I liked everything that I tried but…..I’m so sorry the product works really well and foams nicely …..I can’t bear the smell – it’s indescribable but I just loathe it. It doesn’t smell  fresh  and clean – just awful!

They say it’s

“an all over body wash with a non-irritating soap formula. Formulated as a liquid that creates foam during dispensing. A small volume of soap in a dose is expanded to a large volume by addition of air. Improved “spreadability” of a foam compared to a high viscous ordinary body wash. Addition of allantoin for skin maintenance /repair. Contains lactic acid to condition skin. Low but still significant content of Tea Tree Oil (0,5%). Low concentration for intimate washing after Brazilian and Hollywood waxing. Low pH (due to lactic acid). !

If you think that it might just be me that it doesn’t suit or you recognise the benefits of the formula and want to give it a go it’s on sale here for £12.35.

So what’s the verdict? My favourite was Rituals but for value for money it has to be Superdrug!

Have you got any products that you won’t skimp on or are there some that you’re happy to use a cheaper version to save  money. Do tell!

Hazel
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