Beauteque Monthly – The Subscription Box With A Bit Of Everything

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Over the last year or so I have been wanting to get a monthly subscription box but when looking into it I have become overwhelmed and spoilt for choice. They can come in very expensive sometime for only a few sample sized products.

I really wanted something more!

Recognising the struggle my sister in-law SJ (Her Instagram is @sjmorgan89 if you want cute pics of skincare and makeup) came to the rescue. She is a massive fan of Korean skincare, has great skin herself and is generally a woman in the know about everything. SJ suggested I take a look at the Beauteque monthly website as they offer different types of subscription boxes depending on what you are looking for. One being the ‘mask maven’ box for $13.00 / £9.90 a month and the other being their ‘beauty box’ for $22.00 / £16.75 per month with no twelve month contract and being able to cancel whenever you wanted.

Knowing I was going off a good recommendation I took the plunge and ordered the beauty box, I am currently going into my third month of receiving these goodies and have never looked back.

Each month is based around a theme (July’s being Deep Detox), inside your box are six full sized products that are relevant to the theme and can range from skincare, make up to nail polish and sleep masks. All the products are available as separates on the Beauteque website so if you find something you really love it is so easy to restock.

The Deep Detox box consisted of :

Jayeon Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge ($5.99 / £4.56) – When you first remove this sponge feels like a rock but once you leave to stand in water it puffs out and becomes a great exfoliating product. Due to the infusion of charcoal it really does help give your skin and intense clean whilst still being gentle and non abrasive.

Farm Stay Charcoal Pure Cleansing Foam ($11.99 / $9.13) 180ml – Use this with the sponge to achieve a deep clean. I have spot prone skin and when I first started using this cleanser I did get a breakout due to the detoxifying properties in the formula but after a few days this cleared up and my skin has stayed incredibly clear and blackhead free since.

Baviphat Urban Dollkiss Carbonated Charcoal Clay Mask ($20.00 / £15.23) 100ml – I have really enjoyed this mask. The tub is huge and you really do not need a lot of product for application as the clay is quite thick. It comes with a small spatula to apply and as it develops on the skin it is very fun watching it bubble. The mask gave my skin a radiance and left it feeling very clean and clear.

Purederm Charcoal Design Nose Pore Strips ($5.99 / £4.56) six strips – I can’t go into to much detail about these as I haven’t had the time to use them. I can say they remind me a lot like the traditional nose strips only are larger in size so they cover a bigger surface area of the nose and surrounding cheek. They do have a pretty design on the strip which makes them nice to look at and has me dying to try them so hopefully I will get the time soon.

Vacci Royal Luminant Auto Eyebrow Pencil ($8.99 / £6.85) full sized – One end is the eyebrow pencil and to the other is a spoolie both with lids so good for travelling. The barrel of the pencil is a lot thicker to other brow pencils I have and made application surprisingly easier, the colour was a little lighter then I would normally choose but blended well. The pencil is very soft and you don’t have to be firm to build up colour. The eye pencil was a nice little make up token in the skincare based set.

Siero Surface Moisture Mask Pack ($4.99 / £3.80) – Each month you get a sheet mask pack which comes with three elements this particular one comes with a peeling gel, a vitamin booster and then the sheet mask itself. The three step masks’ have become a favourite at home treatment for me. It’s a quick and easy way to gain the luxury “at a spa” feel whilst helping the skin to regain lost moisture and giving it some TLC.

Three months in and I still look forward to what is going to be in my latest Beauteque box. I love that every product is full sized, due to this you really have the chance to try out and make sure it is working for you before committing to buying. The different themes each month add to the excitement as you are never sure what you are going to get but know that each product will be used. I am so glad SJ gave me the heads up with this subscription box as they are really enjoyable and the perfect thing I was looking for.

Do you have a subscription box you love? Are you completely and utterly overwhelmed when trying to find the right one for you? (there are so many out there now) Let me know your thought on where you stand with subscription boxes in the comments below or on Twitter @Katesbeautyhome.

Hope you have enjoyed this post, the next will be up Friday.

Kate x

7 Step Skincare Routine – Giving Me A Smiley Face

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I have recently learnt a lot about skincare through reading various books and researching online and gone are the days of just cleanse, tone and moisturise. In replacement is a seven step skincare routine both day and night that takes me a maximum of ten minutes and has left my skin the best it has ever been. Since starting this routine my breakouts have dramatically lessened and my skin is healthier and clearer to the point where I actually go outside without make up on and don’t worry about how my skin looks.

Today I’m going to be talking the steps I take, the products I use and how they help my skin.

Step One : I use an oil based cleanser to start as this is great for removing all traces of dirt from the face and really breaks down make up to leave you feeling clean. My current favourite is the Simple Kind to skin hydrating cleansing oil (£6.99) as it is designed for sensitive skin and contains pure grape seed oil which can help prevent blemishes without clogging pores.

Step Two – It is time to re – cleanse, using the Garnier skin active cleansing milk (£3.49) I re wash my face making sure all traces of oil or left over build up of dirt are removed. I use a cleansing milk as for me this is much gentler to the skin and less drying. I suffer with a lot of redness and sometimes inflammation so with the Garnier cleanser having added rose water this helps to prevent and lessen these two problems.

Step Three – I use two facial pads to apply toner as this is the least messy way and I love how refreshing and instantly moisturising a toner is for my skin. My go to toner at the moment is the Esfolio sea grape marine water toner ($18.99 / £14.45). Sea grape (not to be confused with grape seed) helps to maintain a youthful appearance and have a natural collagen which can only be a benefit for my skin.

Step Four  – Previously I have struggled with serum and finding the right one for my skin type. I often find them very thick and pore blocking. After a recommendation from my sister in – law I have changed to the It’s Skin power 10 formula (£13.00) and it has changed my view on serums altogether. It’s a lovely water based formula that applies easily to the skin, giving instant hydration and an all round softness. I went for the VB effector as this helps restore skins natural PH balance so can also help with the reduction of redness, but they have many other types available to different skin needs.

Step Five – Medi flower collagen wrinkle eye cream ($5.99 / £4.58) has been my holy grail of eye creams, it has a light texture which is easy to apply, no stinging to my eyes and the added collagen helps firm the skin. I also find this very moisturising leaving my under eye hydrated and comfortable all day long.

Step Six – A lightweight moisturiser with added SPF as “protection is the best form of prevention” and I want to keep my face as smooth as I can for as long as possible. I am currently using Simple protecting light moisturiser with SPF 15 (£4.29) as I like to feel hydrated by my moisturiser but for it not to feel heavy or greasy on. This gives me just that and with the added SPF for under five pound it’s a product I’ve really come to like.

Step Seven – The final step I take is to use another moisturiser that focuses on hydration of the skin. I do not use this straight after the previous one but throughout the day if my skin is feeling slightly dry in places. I have just hit pan on my A’Pieu Aqua nature clouding cream ($13.99 / £10.65) and will be purchasing another as for me this has really helped to hydrate my skin though out the day whilst helping to improve the clarity of my skin.

As i said at the beginning this routine takes me around 7 – 10 minutes to complete and is really worth the efforts as I cannot explain how much clearer my skin has become since sticking to a more in depth system. To add to this I do treat my skin to a facial mask twice a week, one being a detox mask and one being heavy on hydration.

Let me know in the comments what your go to routine is and what skincare products you can’t live without. Do you manage to stick to a morning and evening routine? What are your favourite parts of your routine? (mine would be serum, I love how my skin feels after it’s been applied). As always you can find me on twitter @Katesbeautyhome if you fancy chatting beauty products.

Next post shall be on Friday so until then I hope you enjoyed reading.

Kate x

Links

Simple hydrating cleansing oil – https://www.superdrug.com/Simple/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Hydrating-Cleansing-Oil-125ml/p/709201?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4faCjJe13AIVwbHtCh0fng1YEAQYASABEgJh2PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPSgkpGXtdwCFe0W0wodmE8NwQ

Garnier skin active cleansing milk – https://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIt6OOjpm13AIVTM-yCh3FLgvZEAYYAyABEgKo3PD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Esfolio sea grape marine water toner – https://www.beauteque.com/esfolio-marine-water-daily-toner/

It’s skin power 10 formula –  https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/itsskin/itsskinpower10formulavbeffector/

Medi flower collagen wrinkle eye cream – https://www.beauteque.com/medi-flower-collagen-eye-cream/

Simple protecting light moisturiser – https://www.boots.com/simple-kind-to-skin-hydrating-light-moisturiser-125ml-10023879?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Toiletries+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Simple&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhYyzhKK13AIVDRQbCh3ALQsiEAkYBCABEgLQkfD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

A’Pieu aqua nature clouding cream – https://www.beauteque.com/apieu-aqua-nature-dewdrop-clouding-cream-50ml/

 

 

Glam Glow Power Ranger Edition, a bit of nostalgia or packing a punch?

One of my most recent purchases has been the Glam Glow Goldar mask from their limited edition Power Ranger theme. I have been dying to try Glam Glow products for ages but I’ll be honest their pricing has always put me off as I haven’t wanted to spend that much on a face mask I’m unsure is going to work for me. Luckily I found this one in the cosmetic shop at the McArthur Glen retail park for a slightly cheaper £18.00 which for me was more bearable price.

Once home I couldn’t wait to try it out and here are my first impressions:

Inside the box you get the Goldar mask which weighs in at 30 grams, my guessing this would be about three applications tops as it is a peel off mask so you do have to build quite a thick layer of product to enable easy peeling. You are also given a sample of Glam Glow’s mud mask that I am yet to try, plus a set of instructions stating to apply to clean dry face, 20/30 mins and peel off. This particular mask is meant be “tightening and toning, making the skin firmer and more defined”. So far so good.

Upon opening and applying the mask it went a bit down hill for me. The mask itself is gold in colour which looks cute and is fun when terrorising your husband singing “Hey Gold member” for the next thirty minutes (honestly I did not do this!!) but there were to many things I just didn’t like about this.

Firstly the formula itself has a very strong scent that was quite chemically and I found it rather unpleasant. I will note as the product dries down the smell does lessen and is no where near as harsh as when first applied but the initial attack on my nostrils was just to much for me to get over.

During application the mask also gave my face a tingling sensation which I did not feel comfortable about. I wouldn’t say it stung and I didn’t have fear of taking it off and being Freddie Kruger but it was again something I found unpleasant. As with the smell the sensation does settle down as the product dries.

So far with twenty to thirty minutes to go before removal, the only thing I am liking is that I have a gold face and feel I may actually be the world cup (well the ball on the top anyway).

Once dry removal is surprisingly easy. I would go as far as to say it was the easiest peel off mask I’ve ever removed, there is no sticky residue and it peels away in one whole piece leaving little to no excess on the skin.

The mask itself seems to dry like a latex material which is quite hard to break up unless using your nails. My reasons for mentioning this is all other peel offs I have used seem to be rather thin and break easily when removing making it harder to get every bit off the skin and therefore making it more of a hassle to remove. I like that this is not the case with the Glam Glow mask.

As I said at the beginning of this journey the Goldar mask promises tightening and firming to the skin, how does this weigh up?

To look at, honestly my skin does not look any different as far as being more defined and lifted, I’m not all of a sudden Love Island’s Megan (but that would be unrealistic now wouldn’t it).

To touch my skin is tighter, feels a lot firmer and considering this mask was not a hydration mask my skin is surprisingly soft.

Overall would I buy this product again?

Sorry but it’s a No from me. The usual retail price for 30g of Goldar mask is £24.00 and for three applications when the box states best results are achieved when using the mask at least twice a week I just find it not worth the money. The mask does live up to some of the claims and my skin did feel good after usage. The colour was fun and removal was extremely easy with little to no mess. In all honest if I am going to spend this amount on a face mask I would rather have one that I live for then one I think is mediocre. I will be trying out the Glam Glow mud mask sample included just to see if I gain a different experience from the brand and find something I love.

Let Me know in the comments section if you have any Glam Glow products you love that I could try out or even if you’ve have a different view on this particular one then I do. Do you have any other brands in the same price bracket that I should try?

You can also give me suggestions on twitter @Katesbeautyhome as this is where I am most active.

Hope you enjoyed this little first impressions the mask is available at the link below and is currently on sale at feelunique.com for £18.00 (no this is not an Ad but literally the cheapest place to buy it online if you were interested).

Thank you

Kate

Links

https://www.feelunique.com/p/GLAMGLOW-GRAVITYMUD-Firming-Treatment-30g-Gold-Power-Rangers-Edition?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_6DLi6uQ3AIVDDwbCh2g8gnHEAkYASABEgLh-fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

March High Street Skincare Favorites

At the moment skincare has become the be all and end all to my life! Probably due to the fact I’ve hit my thirties and live in fear that I’m going to wake up one morning and my skin will resemble a Shar Pei (cute on the dog not on my face).  As my fear is so rife I have decided to do my first products of the month around affordable skincare that is helping my face stay healthy and wrinkle free.

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I’ve really changed my skincare routine in the last few months and it has really started to make a difference to the texture of my skin and helped prevent breakouts. After reading Sali Hughes’ Pretty Honest I began to realise how important skincare is not just for prevention of wrinkles but due to skin being our biggest organ that is constantly exposed to the elements so it’s going to need some TLC and if you take the few minutes to get your routine in place your skin will most definitely thank you for it.

Upon Sali’s advice the first thing I have done is changed my everyday facial scrub to a cleansing milk. I have currently been using the Garnier Natural Rose water cleanser (linked down below) and at £3.50 for a 200ml bottle it has become a staple. The bottle is only currently half way through and I have been using it day and night for at least two months (if only other things lasted this long!)

Before I did not realise how other more soapy products had been dehydrating my face and stripping it of its natural oils. The poor thing must have been crying out for moisture like a man lost in the Sahara.  Garnier’s cleansing milk is so much kinder and gentle to the skin whilst still leaving it feeling clean and make up free. My face generally feels softer, less tight  and due to it being specifically for dry and sensitive skin I am also left with a lot less redness immediately after washing.

I have recently received a few compliment due to the improvement of my skin (I am prone to bad breakouts and get a lot of redness) and I do believe it is from changing the start of my skincare routine to a cleansing milk. Garnier’s is affordable and does the job well, you can literally see the dirt being removed from your face on the cotton pad!  The rose water adds a nice scent that does not overpower of cause irritation to the face and my skin is left feeling clean and much softer then before. To date I have not had one breakout since I began using this months ago.

My second product of the month is a total bargain, so much so that I have bought four and have one in my bag, bedroom, car and bathroom. What is this fantastically cheap product?

Introducing Palmer’s cocoa butter lip balm that retails for an amazing £1.49 for 4g/15 oz. The smell of this lip balm is fantastic the cocoa is so strong you feel as if your lips have been dipped in chocolate. The butter like texture leaves lips feeling incredibly soft and moisturised without being sticky. As an added bonus the balm is also enriched with vitamin E and has a SPF of 15 so as well as keeping your lips kissable all day long your also being protected from the harmful sun rays and wrinkles (what’s not to like). This has helped during times when my lips have felt a bit chapped and sore, leaving my lips soothed.

My favourite lip balm brand is the EOS and I can say the Palmers’ is on an even keel and half the price, as I stated above I now have them littered around the house!

My next current favourite is an oldie but a goody the Nivea Aqua effect regenerating night cream. It’s a product I started using a few years ago which got lost in the pack of my ever growing cosmetics cabinet, it wasn’t until I saw it at Boots a couple of months ago that I snapped it up and reignited the love.

I am so thankful that my retinas stumbled upon this again as it is the thickest most intensely moisturising product I have ever used. It retails for £3.90 for 50ml and has the ability to last you a lifetime due to the amount you need to use as this cream is rich.

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin then this night cream could be the one for you. I personally have dehydrated skin but I do tend to get an oily t-zone so I worried at first this would be to intense and bring me out in blemishes especially around the t-zone area. I was wrong! Ever night I massage this into my skin and neck and in the morning I wake up with the softest most plumped out skin I have had in years.

I’m not going to lie when you put it on at night it is a heavy cream that leaves you looking greased up but by morning your skin will be doing a Shangela “Halleloo”. 

It is the most intense moisturising cream I have ever used, I am so glad I’ve found it again. My skin is the most hydrated it has ever been, it’s texture has changed and not one breakout, I could not sing the praises of this cream enough and for under £4.00 it’s fast becoming one of my ride or die products once again.

Last but not least on my current skincare faves for the month of March is the new Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcol black tissue mask (currently £1.99 at Superdrug linked below). This mask promises to be hydrating and pore – tightening which is something this girl needs. Enlarged pores have become the devil.

Very much like the skinactive moisture bomb it is a sheet mask only it is black in colour. It has a different smell to the moisture bomb and reminded me slightly of sea weed but if it’s going to shrink those pores it was worth a go.

The formula for this mask is very sticky even after the fifteen minutes setting time I was surprised with how much product was left on my face and the sheet itself (I rubbed the sheet over my face to help my skin soak up the excess). It is a very hydrating mask but the stickiness gives it a primer vibe which I was more surprised by then mad at.

Pore wise I don’t feel on first use it helped to minimise the appearance but when I used two a week for about three weeks I did begin to see a difference in areas where my pores are enlarged such as my nose and chin.

Overall as with the moisture bomb if you are looking for something penny saving with good hydration for the skin and if you are stocking up on a few to gain the pore minimising effect then this is a good product.

I can’t believe we are four months into 2018, let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 what your product for March were? Have you tried any of the above? if so did you love or hate them?

Until my next post.

Kate x

 

Links

http://www.boots.com/garnier-skinactive-naturals–rose-milk-cleanser-200ml-10229295p?cm_mmc=bmm-_-Google+Boots+PLAs-_-BAU-_-C=%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Boots+Shopping+-+Category+-+Beauty+-+Desktop_%28GB%3AWhoop%21%29+Garnier&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6OSw6fSt2gIVCrvtCh3TrQHiEAYYASABEgJEcvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds (Garnier Rose water cleanser – available on the three for two)

https://www.superdrug.com/Palmer%27s/Palmer%27s-Cocoa-Butter-Lip-Balm/p/379131?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-qudlvWt2gIVyLftCh0DpAWKEAQYASABEgKxZ_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=COGjopj1rdoCFdWeGwodYFwOtw (Palmer cocoa lip balm  – currently 25% off)

https://www.notino.co.uk/nivea/aqua-effect-regenerating-night-cream-for-normal-to-mixed-skin/?item=96189&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI6enH6_Wt2gIV7BXTCh1pNgHwEAYYASABEgLjgfD_BwE (Nivea aqua effect regenerating night cream)

https://www.superdrug.com/Skin/Face/Face-Masks/Garnier-SkinActive-Charcoal-and-Algae-Hydrating-Sheet-Mask/p/754167?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4Zyw_oGu2gIVyrvtCh3bPwheEAQYASABEgJN2vD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CPzeuoGCrtoCFUSMUQod0zMO7w (Garnier Skin Active pure charchoal black tissue mask)

 

 

Money’s tight . . . It’s OK pamper yourself

We’ve all been there, it’s mid month there is another two weeks until pay day and the bank account is pretty bleak to say the least. There seems to be new products coming out left right and centre and sometimes money just will not stretch far enough for the little luxury product we’ve had our eye on, so in honour of our poor times I’ve looked up and tried some DIY skincare that are easy to achieve at home and cheap as chips to make (all sites used for ingredients are linked below).

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I’ll start with a mint lip scrub that promises to exfoliate, nourish and most importantly for me plump up your lips.

You will need to find in your kitchen:

20g of brown sugar

20ml of olive oil

2-3 drops of peppermint oil (I got mine for 99p off amazon).

Mix them all together and you have yourself a home made lip scrub with the added satisfaction of making it yourself.

Honestly it’s not a very good looking scrub but the strong scent of peppermint mean your going to smell like a polo after use so it has its perks.

The scrub itself is very gentle whilst still giving you the exfoliation needed for smooth lips. It made mine feel a lot softer and the olive oil gave added moisture without leaving my lips greasy.

Plumping wise this was a let down, there was no tingling sensation or any change in the way my lips looked. I also used a lot more drops then the suggested three as I do like to go all out for a promise of fuller lips (without turning to the needle).

Overall the scrub works to exfoliate and gain smoother lips but if you wanted to achieve the plumping effect it may be best to try something else. This is cheap and easy to make and can be knocked up in about two minutes so if your looking for a quick, easy way to improve your lips when your strapped for cash this is effective.

Next up is a hand scrub that I found on a lovely little blog called living thenourishedlife. The author Elizabeth has many DIY recipes and other healthy tips for life. The homemade hand scrub promises soft hands and the things you will need are listed below.

1tbsp Coconut oil

2tbsp raw honey

1/4 cup of sea salt

1/4 cup of organic sugar

1tbsp of lemon juice

Once you’ve mixed them all together you have something that looks a lot better then the lip scrub, the smell is delicious, plus there is enough for around three applications depending on how generous you are with your usage and it can be kept in the fridge.

The scrub is very rich and thick, you can spend a good few minutes rubbing it into the skin without it being uncomfortable or harsh. I found the more you scrubbed this into your hands the stronger the smell became which was very relaxing and satisfying.

Once washed off my hands felt incredible, they were so soft and smooth. All traces of dry skin had been removed and the coconut oil had left my hands so nourished and moisturised. You can literally wash your hands about thirty times afterwards and they will still feel so soft thanks to the coconut oil.

This is definitely one I will be making over and over again! It’s just so easy to achieve and it really works. I’m going to be using it on both my hands and feet next time.

Last on the list of DIY projects has been the cocoa dream hydration mask, which is said to give a healthy glow and was found on the marie claire website (ingredients listed below)

1/4 avacardo

1tbs cocoa powder

1tbs honey

The hydration mask took a few minutes to make and it reminds me of something that falls out of my dog after he’s eaten a bone and yet smells like warm homemade brownies. This being said beware the kids/animals/husband may lick it off your face!

Application wise this is difficult, I used a foundation brush and due to the masks texture it goes on clumpy, which then becomes streaky and patchy as you try to even out but once you’ve got there it is a comfortable mask that does not irritate as it dries down.

As with the application the removal is messy! The overall effects of the mask seem to have been good. My redness has been reduced and my skin feels soft so I can see how over a period of use how this would give skin a glow.

Hydration wise I did not feel like there were any benefits. I would actually advise using a moisturiser straight after washing off as my skin felt very dry and tight.

Due to the reduction in the redness of my skin (I do get a lot of redness) I would try this again as it’s quick, cheap and easy without causing to much irritation. I will however have the moisturiser on standby for after removal.

So my DIY experience has been a bit hit and miss. All the products I have tried worked to a certain extent (the hand scrub being my favourite and most successful). I think it’s a great idea for poorer times to give yourself a little TLC and each product was so easy and quick to make plus there are so many more ideas available online you could try many different ones.

Let me know if you’ve made any of your own great product, has the process been easy? and did they work? You can comment below or chat to me on twitter @KateL564

Thank you for reading

Kate x

Links

https://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/how-to/a2830/best-homemade-face-masks/ (Cocoa Dream Face-mask)

https://www.superdrug.com/blog/beauty-manuals/make-lip-scrub (Mint Lip Scrub)

https://livingthenourishedlife.com/want-to-get-soft-hands-try-my-homemade/ (Home Made Hand Scrub found on https://livingthenourishedlife.com/ by Elizabeth she offers many DIY recipes for beauty products and her blog is really worth taking a look at)

Garnier putting the BOMB in moisturising?

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The latest sheet masks I have come across are the Garnier Skin active Moisture Bomb tissues mask. These babies promise to be intensely hydrating, comfort and soothe skin giving a softer feel and hydration for a week and for £3.00 each from Boots they are worth a try as atm my skin is dry!!

To give a little insight to my current skin condition, I have recently had three birthday parties to attend and a wedding so my face has been abused by the make up gun with no real time for recovery so I am expecting a lot from these tissue masks in terms of soothing the tightness and blemishes I have developed, whilst providing enough moisture to make the Sahara feel like its in a tsunami.

To start obviously you need a clean dry face and then you just apply the sheet mask to the face and wait fifteen minutes (I will be leaving mine on for thirty minutes as I really don’t think I’ve mentioned how dry my skin currently is…)

First impressions, it is incredibly wet as with many other sheet masks I have used, I’m hoping this is a indicator to how much moisture will secrete into my skin.

Opening up the mask there is a blue film on the outside as a indicator of which side to apply to the face. I liked this as it lets you position the mask comfortably and gives the material more strength so that as you position the sheet does not rip and tear. Word of warning once you remove the blue film the sheet does in fact become very flimsy and adjusting became a delicate task so try and position it exactly right before removing the film.

Positioning wise it is easy to master with eye and mouth holes placed well and big enough to feel comfortable. The nose section has been stencilled out nicely and it really sculpt to the shape of your nose. From using other sheet masks I have had them rise up from the corners of my nose as I’ve pulled them into position on my cheek area so I do like how Garnier have made the nose section so user friendly. Smell wise the mask is non offensive, nothing chemically, but also no overpowering floral smell.

As stated earlier I left my mask on for thirty minutes and once removed I was left excess product on my face so with clean hands I just massaged it in and left it to soak into the skin. My face did have a sticky feeling for about an hour after using the mask (a bit “it rubs the lotion on it’s skin”) until the product had completely dried down. Again this is something I enjoyed as I felt my face was gaining the real hydration it needed.

Immediate changes in skin appearance were limited, the dry patches around the corners of my nose, cheeks and chin had disappeared but there was no changes to redness around my spotty areas. My skin did feel plumper and a lot more moisturised.

The morning after there are a lot more improvements to be seen!! My blemish areas are a lot less red and tight (no longer hurt and feel really soothed), they have also shrunk to half their size which can’t be anything other then pleasing. My skin feels super smooth and the dry patches are banished back to the depths of hell. There is a real improvement to my skin just by removing the redness and zapping the spot size I have clearer skin.

To gain a full week of hydration Garnier suggest that you use three tissue masks through the week which I will be doing as if it has given this much hydration and left my skin so soft after one application I can only think three will leave it in great condition.

Overall as a high street product and for £3.00 the hydrating tissue masks do the job. They are great if you have been overdoing it on the make up and your skin has become dull and dry as the moisturising is intense and gives the results you will need to regain your skins hydration.

Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @KateL564 if you have used these and like or dislike them. As always suggestions to alternative products you have been using are always appreciated. If you’ve enjoyed this post give it a like or check out my page for other make up and beauty products.

Links

www.boots.com/search/moisture+bomb+tissue

 

Repair The Hair

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Since the age of fifteen I have used and abused my hair, dying it every colour of the rainbow, using extensions and frying it to within a inch of its sorry life with straighteners.

During three pregnancies it only became worse with ends snapping off and it falling out by the handful. My poor follicles have been crying out for an eternity for some love and attention so it’s about time I heard them and gave my tresses the respect they deserved in hope they would forgive me.

Over the last few months I have bought a vast amount of shampoos and conditioners ranging in price from Wella SP repair (£11.50 for 250ml), Revlon professional be fabulous repair (£8.50 for 250ml) and Herbal Essences bio: renew repair (£4.50 for 400ml). Believe me the list really does go on.

It is the Herbal Essences that I will be talking about today, not because it is the most affordable but because the condition of my hair since using it has improved so much it has been shocking.

The bottle states the repair shampoo with argan oil of morocco helps “purify and protect against what your hair gets used to over time. Resulting in soft, free flowing hair”. To note I have been using this with the matching conditioner which states the same effects.

Problems I have been having before is my hair is so brittle due to being mistreated but also very fine that when I start using too many products, especially a conditioner, it can resemble the chip fat look within twenty four hours of washing. It becomes hard work trying to fit in washing it every night and dry shampoo’s have been a failure as they simply add to drying out my hair even more.

Herbal Essences bio: renew has been a gift from god!! Taking away the constant need to re wash my hair and giving it three days of happiness with a silky soft feel and healthy shine.

Due to the price I have been particularly impressed, I just didn’t think I would find something in such a low budget that actually improved the standard of my hair. And to the extent it has done so!

As I stated earlier from using this the last few weeks I can now go up to three days without the dire need to wash my hair again but the icing on the cake has been the condition in which my hair has improved.

The roots feel nourished and looked after, the ends are less brittle and appear smoother and the softness to my hair is something else. I genuinely do not believe my hair has felt this good in years, it has really given it a new lease of life, changing my views towards my hair from it being hard work to wanting to look after and protect it.

Let me know if you have tried this out and if it works for you or if it just isn’t your product. Also if you have any other recommendations on hair care products I’d love to hear them. Comment below or tweet @KateL564.

Kate

Olay saves the day

IMG_0306.JPGSkincare has become one of my obsessions after hitting the big 30 and one of my latest purchases has been the Olay total effects 7 in one, eye transforming cream. This claims to be an all in one anti ageing eye treatment which delivers 7 skin benefits for around the eye area (with claims like this I thought it was worth a bash).

After using it for the last three weeks I am starting to believe the hype. The product retails on the Olay website for £14.99 but is currently on sale at Asda supermarkets for £8 which for an eye cream that works is pretty reasonable. Being honest it doesn’t come in any fancy packaging (just the normal Olay box) and the pot itself is just a sleek black lid and glass bottom.

When you open the jar it is full to the brim with product and the first thing I wasn’t expecting is the colour which is like a concealer, they didn’t specify on the box that you needed specific shades. Luckily after checking on their website you don’t as the cream becomes translucent once rubbed into skin, so my panic was quickly averted.

As I stated earlier I began to use the cream three weeks ago and I have really seen an improvement in my eye area.

Due to the cream being coloured as you start to tap it gently in you can see that it instantly gives you a more awake look clearing up any redness or dark circles.

It is also surprisingly moisturising without lying heavy on the eye and giving the weighted feeling. One of my biggest hates with eye cream is putting it on and feeling like I have covered my eyes in cement just to cover the cracks. Olay’s cream (thank you Jesus) does not do this and to add it also doesn’t make the under eye feel tight like I have had with some other creams.

Putting make up on top of this cream has not been a problem, I use foundation, concealer and powder and have not noticed any build up or cracking whilst using this. My make up applies as normal so I haven’t had to make any changes in order to accommodate the use of the eye cream.

Actual changes to my eye area have been welcomed, the under eye feels so smooth and nourished, the dreaded dark eye bags you get from having young children have improved dramatically and I feel that’s because the skin feels firmer and my undereye does not look as hooded. The cream also evening out my skin tone on the eye area helps here too.

You really wouldn’t know I have been using this product day and night for three weeks straight by looking in the jar! I have barley sunken the surface and when the bottle is 15ml I have realised just how long that is going to last me, so even if you didn’t manage to get it at sale price I still believe it is well worth the £14.99 RRP.

For me this product has really worked and I am really enjoying using it. I have seen improvements and I am really glad I have finally found an eye product I adore! It was becoming more of a nightmare than IT is to young children who shouldn’t watch it!

As always let me know your views in the comments or on twitter @KateL564 your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Bye for now.

Kate

Links

www.olay.co.uk

www.asda.com

 

 

Tony Moly spree!

IMG_0278I have seen the Tony Moly sheet masks floating about online for while and have been dying to try them so I bought a bundle and whilst I was at it I ordered the panda dream eye stick (their packaging is too cute to resist). The masks are currently on sale at cultbeauty.co.uk for £5 a packet. One packet containing one sheet mask. The panda dream cooling eye stick is £12.50. Amazon have a bundle of eleven masks for £10.58 with prime delivery and beautyandseoul.co.uk have the masks at £2.50 each.

The mask I have used for this review is the Makegolli mask sheet skin purifying which claims to make uneven skin tone more radiant and glowing. So let’s try these things out!

This  particular mask is described  as a 3 layer pulp sheet with added aloe extract. The first thing you notice when removing from the packet is it is saturate with product. There is no strong smell of chemicals or fragrance which I like as I don’t like things smelling harsh that I then intend to put on my face. I’d fear taking it off and looking like Freddy Kruger. Anyway the smell is a clean smell but not overpowering.

The next part was a challenge, unfolding the mask as gently as I could to place on the face. I’m going to note that you really do have to be gentle with these, the sheet is so thin and saturate that if you go in with hulk hands they will rip right up. Once open the mask is easy to apply to the face and the positioning or the holes for eyes, nose etc are comfortable, as you pat down to ensure the placement of sheet you can feel the material tighten so you know the thing is not moving until you want it to.

During the relaxation period of 20-30 minutes the mask did not move which was really great, I was quite busy at the time making food for the Mr and myself so I was in a hot room and it stayed on. With three little ones and loads to do I don’t really have the time to lie whilst my mask takes effect, being able to wear this on the go was ideal and a plus for me.

Taking the mask off I experienced an immediate cooling sensation and as I massaged in the excess product my skin did feel like it became a lot tighter. On closer inspection I can see the redness in my cheeks has gone down a lot although there is some still visible on my nose, but the skin itself feels extremely hydrated and nice and firm which is an improvement.

To conclude on the mask! Are they fun, easy to use and give results? Yes they are and I would use them again although they are not up there with my favourites. Price wise I think they are fine, enjoyable and within the right price bracket. Their packaging is delightful and they are a fun product that gives results so I will give them a thumbs up.

On the other hand their panda dreams cooling eye stick is just not for me!! I do not get it!!

The box states that is is for use when under eye feels tired or dry for instant cooling… I will say yes it does give a cooling sensation but for me that was about it all did!

I was also not sure when to use it as I have never really experienced dry under eye, I assume that if you have experienced the dry under eye this may be for you. The product can be used throughout the day but placing it on top of concealer is not advised as it just made a mess of my face.

I don’t really know what else to say about this apart from the packaging being adorable. Please if anyone has mastered this stick and it really works for them let me know as I would be really interested to see if maybe I’m missing something whilst using it! Until then this is a big ass no in my book purely because it doesn’t seem to do anything apart from be cute looking.

Again big thank you for reading and as always if you have different opinions or other review ideas for me give me a comment or tweet me @KateL564

Kate

links

www.cultbeauty.co.uk

www.amazon.co.uk

www.beautyandseoul.co.uk

 

 

 

 

The facial oil that saved my life!!

IMG_0263.JPGSo since my twenties have now come and gone and I grow ever closer to the mid thirties I have noticed changes in my skin. The years of abuse from sleeping in my make up (mainly after too many night out) have left my pores more visible and the moisture that I once took advantage of has all but evaporated. The skin left has been dull with dry patches and pores like rabbit burrows. I needed something to save me from this very bleak situation before it was too late… cue my saving grace Daniele de Winters facial oil!!

The Foret Precieuse clarifying facial oil does not come in cheap at £53.00 on the Daniele de Winter website and £66.00 on BeautyBay (it is currently on sale at Beauty Bay for around £20) and it was not particularly the first thing I wanted to blog about because of this, but this product is phenomenal!!

The oil comes in elegant packaging that is lovely for display if you are into that kind of thing. As you open the box you find the oil which has its own little circular cardboard base to ensure it is safe when placed back in the box. The bottle itself is sleek and quite weighted, but the first thing you will notice is the smell which is a strong lavender which despite what I have just said is not overpowering or off putting but relaxing and places me in the mindset of a spa.

So packaging and appearance done it was time to test! The first thing I noticed was there are no instructions available on or inside the box, but with a quick look online you can find them on their website (linked below). I placed drops of the oil on areas of my face and massaged for five minutes. At first it does feel a bit like I was covering myself in fish oil but after a minute once the product had had time to start soaking into the skin I could just feel how hydrating this was going to be for my face. Once I had toned, swilled and moisturised my face I was free to go on with my day. Throughout the day my face felt so nourished and soft a texture which I have not encountered for a while. It is now the day after and after washing my face last night and this morning I can still feel the texture change, the moisture and just general appearance of glowing skin.

The final verdict for this is although it is pricy, I do feel it is worth treating yourself  with. It is to be used two or three times a week depending on the skins personal needs and at a bottle size of 50ml I do believe you get a lot of bang for your buck (only a few drops around the face is needed for the product to work). In all honesty it has transformed my skin and given it the TLC it really needed, it will defiantly become one of my skincare staples.

Let me know if you have used the product and had the same or different experience as I’m always interested in others opinions when it comes to beauty.

Kate

links

www.beautybay.com

www.danieledewinter.co.uk