Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (unscented) – I finally get the hype

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What is it?

This product is marketed as a skin protectant balm and has many, many uses.

 

The Review:

I have to admit, I have previously owned the scented version of this product as I was given it after a catwalk show and apart from using it a couple of times as lip balm, I just didn’t get the hype. It smells funny, it’s thick and I just didn’t understand the product.

A couple of years later, a photoshoot/travelling marathon in London, Italy and then Paris left me with dry cracked sore lips, worse than I have ever experienced. I had redness all around my mouth, I couldn’t open my mouth properly for fear of re-splitting the sides and nothing was helping. After googling furiously about what to do to help, the 8 Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden kept cropping up again and again. Having exhausted all products from Carmex and Blistex (even the medicated stuff) I rummaged through my drawers and found a tub of the unscented version that I had picked up in a Boots sale for under £10 and smothered the area in it.

After 24hrs of reapplication I was stunned. The redness was almost gone, my lips were less sore, smoother and the splits at the sides had almost completely cleared. Now, I really get this product, I cannot live without it.

I have since started using it for numerous other things such as:

Smoothing the ends of my hair

As an intense hydrating mask when my skin is really dry

For soothing sunburn

For rough dry hands

Helping heal small cuts

Holding eyebrows in place

A glossy finish on the eyes

Giving the skin a healthy glow by placing on the tops of cheekbones

The list goes on and on and on. The only downside I can think of is maybe the price, it’s fairly expensive stuff but as shown above, can be used for lots of different things. The smell isn’t great but an unscented version is now available and this product lasts a long time as so little is needed for each use.

 

Worth the Money?

This will set you back around the £15 mark for 30ml depending on where you buy it but places such as ‘Fragrance Direct’ and ‘Cheap Smells’ often carry this product as a discount. Amazon is also a good one to check out but beware of the cost of the post and packaging as this can cancel out the discount sometimes!

This product is a multitasker and now I finally see why it is so loved by so many. A true gem and totally owrth the money AND the hype. Thoroughly recommend. The unscented version is available at Feelunique.com – the link for 30ml for under £15 is below 🙂

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Elizabeth-Arden-Eight-Hour-Cream-Skin-Protectant-Fragrance-Free-30ml

 

For a Beautiful Body – The Body Shop Body Polish

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What is it?

A body polish available in a wide range of scents containing small round beads for getting rid of flaky skin/dry patches gently but effectively.

 

the body shop satsuma body polish

 

The Review

This is great for before self tanning as it’s more like a shower gel polish. It doesn’t leave any kind of residue on the skin so ideal for fake tanners! It contains small round beads that when buffed into damp skin, exfoliate away dead skin cells and flaky patches gently but effectively whilst the the liquid foams up beautifully leaving you clean, smelling gorgeous and smooth. This product is affordable and available in lots of other fruity OR floral scents so there’s something for everyone. I went for fruity and got the Satsuma scent 🙂

 

Worth the Money?

Yep. As usual, The Body Shop hits the mark with this product. Affordable, works and smells yummy. What’s not to like?

£10 for a big tube – 200ml – available here:

http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-scrubs/satsuma-body-polish.aspx

 

The Body Shop Beautifying Oil

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What is it?

An all purpose moisturising beauty oil that can be used on the face, body and hair.

 

The Review:

This oil comes in lots of different smells varying from fruity ones to floral ones. It’s a really deeply nourishing mixture of nut oils that are all responsibly sourced and can be used on the face, body and hair.

I personally have not used it on my face for two reasons – the first being that anything that is fairly strongly scented I get nervous about putting on my face and the second is that I have combination skin so I don’t want or need to be putting anything that’s oily on it. If I had dry skin then I would definitely give it a go though as this oil sinks in beautifully and doesn’t just sit on the skin and leave you feeling sticky.

This product is amazing on the body, it moisturises the skin without leaving that annoying greasiness that I hate so much! I can apply the oil and put my clothes straight on without it being uncomfortable or staining my clothes and for once they don’t get stuck to me either yay! It sinks in so quickly and smells AMAZING! There is definitely a scent for everyone.

This oil also works on the hair really nicely too, helping to nourish and protect it from frizz. I like to put a really small amount in towel dried hair, focusing on the ends and find that this really helps it look smooth and frizz free. You can also use this on dry hair but be VERY careful with this. The first time I did this, I used too much and the ends just looked greasy 😦 You need a TINY amount on dry hair which you should rub between your hands first and spread evenly through the ends. I have discovered you can use this oil as a hair treatment by putting it into dry hair and sleeping it and washing it out in the morning, or just leave it in for 30/45 mins and wash out the same evening. This achieves super healthy, shiny, smooth looking hair.

 

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Worth the Money?

100ml is £9.00 and this product has so many uses! I feel like it is absolutely worth the money and a little goes a very long way so the bottle will last you a long time. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Cannot fault.

Available online and in The Body Shop stores :

I have the Satsuma one – http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/bath-body-care/body-moisturisers/satsuma-beautifying-oil.aspx

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

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What are they?

Longer lasting sort of ‘liquid lipsticks’… Gorgeous.

 

The Review:

There are 8 shades in the collection ranging from nude to bright vivid red. There is definitely something for everyone and there are some great wearable every days pinks too. The packaging is lovely and you can see the product in the tube which is fantastic!

Application is a dream with a doe foot like applicator with a twist – the product collects in a little hollow in the applicator (see the above picture). Genius! You can use the colour straight like that for the full on gorgeously pigmented colour or wipe it off a little for a more natural colour. They apply with a gloss like shine and then settle to a subtle sheen.

The pigmentation is beautiful, colour range is fantastic and the the product is long lasting – perfect for night out, especially as the colours don’t bleed at all. An added bonus is that they are so comfortable to wear, they don’t dry my lips out like some other long lasting lippies I’ve tried. Can’t fault them!

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From top to bottom: Apocaliptic, Nova and Celestial.

 

 

Worth the money?

Absolutely! These are fantastic and at £5.99 are very affordable.

You can get them on the Rimmel website, Boots and Superdrug 🙂 GO GET ‘EM GIRLIES!

 

http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-London-Apocalips-Lip-Lacquer_1296026/

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder

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What is it?

A foundation setting powder that mattifies the face and helps prevent oiliness. Claims ‘up to 5 hours natural shine controlwith natural minerals’ and ‘helps minimise the appearance of pores’.

The Review

I discovered this product through a youtube beauty guru and had been looking for something to replace my MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural –  not that I don’t like it anymore – just that it is expensive, even though it lasts a long time.

I purchased the colour 005 Sandy Beige and when I tried it over my usual foundation routine for the very first time, I was thoroughly impressed. Although it didn’t add any extra coverage (incidentally this is something I don’t really need) it glided on beautifully.

It has a very light, smooth texture on the skin and such a natural finish that although it is mattifying (and it does this very well) I feel it’s barely detectable on your skin, lacking that sometimes common ‘cakey’ look.

Although I was impressed with the initial application, the real test would be how well, and how long it controls the oil for. To my surprise, as the packaging suggests, it did last the full 5 hours on me and even after that I didn’t feel it had worn off so badly that I HAD to reapply. I suspect on very oily skin it could last a little less, perhaps around 3 or 4 hours but I am so impressed with this product it has actually completely replaced my MAC powder.

I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and much prefer the more natural finish. The only issue I can see anyone having with this is the colour selection.

There are only 7 shades and they are all for light skin tones apart from the ‘Transparent’.

I know that sometimes transparent/translucent shades can look ashy and unnatural on darker skin tones and as I’m not of that colouring I can’t comment on whether this shade from Rimmel does have this issue or not.

Worth The Money?

Absolutely, for £3.99, a natural finish and the product delivering on all of it’s claims, this has replaced my MAC powder. If you can get great products for less that work just as well then why not?

This product is readily available on the highstreet in Boots and Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets with a make up section and online:

http://uk.rimmellondon.com/products/face/stay-matte-pressed-powder

Alpha H Liquid Gold – Skin Saviour

 

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What is it?

This is basically a chemical exfoliator, it contains Glycolic Acid which breaks down the dead skin cells and as a result it leaves your skin looking amazing! It smoothes, firms and freshens the skin whilst helping with break outs too – yay!

 

The Review:

My skin looks so much healthier and happier the day after I use it and it really is an overnight transformation.

I tend to use this two or three times a week, I put a small amount on a cotton pad and apply it before I go to bed after removing makeup and washing my face.

You can also wait for it to dry on your face and use your moisturiser as normal for a gentler treatment, however I prefer to really go for it and skip my moisturiser on days I use this.

I’ve noticed a HUGE difference in the overall quality of my skin. Break outs are few and far between, my skin is less dull and more glowy.  I feel it has dramatically reduced the number of breakouts  I get as well as speeding up the time it takes for any small active break outs to heal.

 

Worth the Money?

The price of this product varies depending on where you buy it, I bought mine for £42 plus postage from amazon for 200ml so shopping around a little is a good idea.

I think it’s a fair price for a large quantity of product that is going to last a very long time. You can get just 100ml of product for around the £30 mark and I realise that’s not cheap either.

However, if you have dull, lifeless skin or very problematic skin this stuff is amazing! Bearing in my mind my skin is pretty good, I still feel it’s makes a massive difference and the only way to really understand it is to see for yourself!

I got mine from Amazon, so here is a link to 100ml :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alpha-H-Liquid-Gold-100ml/dp/B0018ME4SS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357485627&sr=8-1

 

Lookfantastic also have 200ml for £44.95 – much better value!

http://www.lookfantastic.com/alpha-h-liquid-gold-200ml-supersize/10359744.html

 

Sleek Blush By3 Palette – Initial thoughts

 

 

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What is it?


A Sleek blusher palette containing 3 shades of blusher – 2 matte shades and one shimmery shade. The one I have is shown here and is the orange/peach/coral palette.

 

Initial thoughts:

These palettes come in a few different colour ways and contain 3 highly pigmented blusher colours all in a sleek black palette ideal for travelling.

These are highly pigmented, smooth, blendable and great value for money. In the palette I bought, there are two matte shades – a bright orange and a bright coral – and a shimmery peach too. I can’t say I know about the other colour ways as I didn’t look at them properly in the shop but I believe that there’s a pink toned palette and also a brown/bronze coloured one. I would assume the ratio of matte to shimmery shades would be the same for the other palette but perhaps not. If you have any of the others then feel free to comment below and let us all know!

 

Worth the money?

As with all the Sleek make up I own, I was thoroughly impressed. The matte shades are pigmented and smooth, these colours aren’t chalky and it’s great to have a shimmery shade and matte shades all in one palette. The packaging is great for travelling, sturdy and yet not to bulky – sleek, slim and simple with the added bonus of a large mirror.

These palettes cost £9.99 here in the UK and are available from the Sleek website or Superdrug.

http://www.sleekmakeup.com/

 

 

 

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray

 

What is it?

A heat protection spray infused with keratin that claims to protect from heat styling, make hair sleeker, shinier and more manageable without weighing down the hair.

 

The Review

To be completely honest, I’m not going to string this out as there’s not much to say really! This does exactly what it says it does on the bottle.

The spray bottle is lovely and this stuff comes out in a beautiful fine mist. It smells lovely, doesn’t weigh my hair down, doesn’t leave it sticky in any way and makes my hair feel super soft.

A beautiful smooth and shiny finish even if only used when blow drying – perfect!

 

Worth the Money?

This can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug or even larger chain supermarkets (as usual) for the very reasonable price of £5.99. I love this and will be repurchasing it full price, HOWEVER, Superdrug has it for only £2.95 at the moment so I suggest you all go and grab some while it lasts! Even at full price though, this product is fantastic.

This product is part of a range so if you fancy giving the treatment mask or shampoo or conditioner a go then leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts! I have been using the shampoo as well and I really like it 🙂

 

http://www.superdrug.com/haircare/tresemme-keratin-spray-200ml/invt/512461/

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

What is it?

A concealer, corrector and setting powder all in one small pot.
The Review
Flip the top and you have the infamous ‘Secret Camouflage’ concealer and a thinner almost sticky peachy corrector for the eye area. Close this and twist the top off and you have a translucent powder underneath.
I have nothing bad to say about this product. It has a great coverage concealer for blemishes/discolouration/the usual imperfections that recquire a good concealer. The concealer covers everything really well and feels similar to MAC’s studio fix concealer pot. If you need to build it up you can, it doesn’t, however, look cakey and it blends really well.
The corrector is a pale peachy/salmon colour, ideal for covering dark circles. Just like the regular concealer in this pot, it covers brilliantly without looking cakey.
The powder is very finely milled and kept my oily t-zone at bay for a good 6 hours before I felt the need to top up a little.
This product has everything in one little pot! I travel a lot for work so this is ideal for me. Even if you don’t travel it’s a great size for your make-up bag/handbag and with 3 items in one it will save you space 🙂
Worth the Money?
Laura Mercier is obviously a high end brand loved by many of the beauty community and unfortunately the price does match the hype. This pot will set you back £29.00 but then you are getting 3 different products so at roughly £10 each for products that really work and are in a compact little kit I think it’s worth it.
The Undercover Pot by Laura Mercier can be found at most department stores, the official website and Space NK where I purchased mine. Feel free to shop around on places like Amazon for a better price but here’s the link for the product and Space NK:

L’oreal Triple Resist Range – Hair saviours!

 

 

What is it?

A range of hair products containing Arganine – an essential amino acid vital to the hair fibre.

L’oreal says: ” You put your hair through daily torture and sometimes it can lack essential nourishment. Weakened, your hair has a tendency to break and fall out. Introducing new Elvive Triple Resist range enriched in ARGININE + PROTEIN. The formula provides a triple action: reinforced, nourished from root to tip and stronger. ”

The range has a shampoo, conditioner, 60 second treatment masque and a ‘reinforcing treatment’ in the form of a root spray.

 

 

The Review:

I ran out of the shampoo and conditioner I was using and decided I would just buy the whole set of products from this range … I figure this was justifiable as to get the maximum benefits, like most brands say, you should probably use the whole set of products in conjunctions with each other… also J-Lo looking super hot in the ads was perhaps also a contributing factor …

Just as a side note, I am not particularly into super expensive shampoo and conditioners, I would prefer to spend more money on hair treatments and oils and tend to buy shampoo and conditioners that are readily available in Boots or Superdrug.

 

I’ve been using these lovelies for about 3 weeks now and I’m loving them!

The whole range smells yummy but it’s not overpowering. The shampoo lathers up nicely and feels like it gives my hair a really good clean without making it dry or weighing it down.

The conditioner left my hair ridiculously smooth, shiny and manageable, again, without weighing down my hair.

The 60 second treatment leaves my hair even shinier and lovely and smooth. It also made my ends look dramatically better and i love the fact that it’s such a quick treatment. For an extra treat I have wrapped my hair in clingfilm and left it on for half an hour a couple of times, also with great results.

The reinforcing treatment was a weird concept to me at first, you can use it on wet or dry hair and spritz it into your roots. You then massage it into your scalp and can use it up to 2 times a day. I have been using it on towel – dried hair and noticed that my hair has been feeling healthier, although I can’t say I’ve noticed anything  else.

I did read a few reviews on this range prior to purchase and a couple of people said that there was an issue of these products leaving residue, making their hair look dirty and one person who had used the root spray said it had made their scalp sore.

I have had none of these issues but would suggest making sure you wash out the conditioner and masque properly and go easy on the treatment spray!

 

 

Worth the Money?

I really like this range and will be repurchasing it. If you have fragile hair then this will be great for you and when the prices are so reasonable and the products readily available on the highstreet or supermarkets I don’t think you can really go wrong. They come if quite big sizes too so they are definitely gonna last fairly long time.

The shampoo and conditioner are £3.99 each, the masque is £4.99 and the reinforcing treament (root spray) is also around the £5 mark – I couldn’t find a definitive price for you! It is generally much cheaper to shop around a bit as different shops have different prices on these items.

These products can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug, larger chain supermarkets and the L’oreal Paris website:

 

http://www.loreal-paris.co.uk/haircare/women/elvive-triple-resist/reinforcing-shampoo.aspx