My latest make-up remover is the Bi-Phase Eye Make-Up Remover from Nurture. It is definitely one of the best make-up removers I have ever tried as it is so gentle and dissolves my eye make-up so quickly. It hardly takes any rubbing to get rid of everything from around my eyes! You need to shake the bottle before you use it to mix up the two phases of the remover. One phase is an oil based cleanser and the other is to soothe and moisturise. As it is quite oily, I have found that it can leave my skin feeling a little greasy if I use too much but if I leave it to sink in it actually works well as a moisturiser. The Bi-Phase Make-Up Remover costs £6.95 for 150ml and is 100% worth it!
A few weeks ago Boots had a deal where you could get a free set of No7 goodies if you bought two No7 products. I needed new mascara so bought two to get my freebies. One of the free gifts was the No7 Moisture Drench lipstick in Mulberry. I only own one other lipstick and it happens to be from the same range. I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off a lipstick that looks so red but it actually looks ok as it’s not too bright. The colour is more sheer than it looks in the tube but you can build it up easily enough to a deep colour if that’s what you prefer. I love that this lipstick feels almost like a lip balm and doesn’t dry my lips out at all. It’s nice to be able to mix up my makeup a little with brighter than normal lips!
I ordered a few things from L’Occitane at Christmas and as I spent over a certain amount (can’t remember what it was now!) I got a free tub of Precious Cream. Precious Cream is a moisturiser for normal to dry skin which promises to improve firmness and correct wrinkles. I have a small 15ml sample size but I’ve been using it for probably over 6 weeks now and am not even half way through! The actual full sized tub which cost £43 is 50ml and it would probably last months as a little goes a really long way. I really love this moisturiser and would go as far as to say it is the best I have ever used. It leaves my skin feeling soft but not greasy or sticky and it smells lovely. The scent is quite unusual, it reminds me of drinking Pimms in the summer, but it’s not overly strong. I think the blue glass tub itself is really cute too!
You may know that my favourite ever mascara is the No7 Extreme Length but the Avon Supershock mascara which had was given at Christmas comes a really close second. (Sorry for the slightly fuzzy photo, I took this before I went out one night so didn’t have very good lighting and forgot to take another one in daylight before the tube ran out!) The formula is almost identical to the Extreme Length – even though it is supposed to be volumising as opposed to lengthening. It stays put all day without flaking or smudging under the eye. The only thing that bothers me slightly is the brush. It is a similar style to the Extreme Length brush so is really good at separating out lashes but it is quite a bit bigger making it harder to use. The Supershock mascara is cheaper though and Avon sometimes have some really good deals so I will be looking out for this mascara in the future!
This Barefoot Botanicals Rosa Fina Cleansing Milk is one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used. It smells amazing and the packaging is lovely. The cleanser really suits my skin and makes it feel really clean and hydrated. It’s quite expensive (£20.95 from MyPure) but I would buy it again as I think it’s amazing!
Jemma Kidd i Define Volumising Mascara was the free gift in the December issue of Marie Claire. Jemma Kidd Make-Up went into administration last October so I’m not entirely sure why it was in the magazine – maybe they were trying to get rid of stock?! Anyway, I don’t think you are missing much if you have never tried this mascara – it is ok but nothing special. The packaging is nice enough but doesn’t really stand out to me. The brush is too big for the tube so you can get big blobs of mascara unless you brush the excess off. I found the brush hard to use at first as I was used to the small brush with the No7 Extreme Length mascara. The mascara can make all of you lashes stick together but I’ve managed to find a way to apply it which seems to work… you need to apply at least three really, really, really thin layers. I don’t think it should be called a volumising mascara as it really doesn’t give all that much volume – not even as much as my No7 lengthening mascara! It is ok as an everyday mascara but I do find that if flakes off quite quickly. I usually only wear it on weekends if I know I will only be out of the house for a few hours. It pretty much disappeared from my lashes when I wore it for a nine hour day at work. So, all in all, I am not all that disappointed that I won’t be able to buy this mascara again but I will finish off the tube I have.
Hand cream: I think hand cream is an all year round essential but I find that I especially need to use it during the winter. Neutrogena have some really intense but affordable hand creams which are perfect for protecting your hands against the cold. The Nourishing Hand Cream (£4.09 for 75ml) is light enough for everyday use and the classic hand cream (£3.85 for 50ml) gives extra moisture.
Body Lotion: I am always looking for good body lotions. I like to use the Body Shop body butters – I had the Coco Butter for Christmas which is gorgeous – but they are quite expensive. I tend to swap between using my fancy moisturisers and more everyday ones. I think the Vaseline range are great and are really affordable at £4.49 for 400ml from Boots. I’ve also used the Aveeno Skin Relief Shea Butter (£5.49 for 200ml at Boots) a few times as well. This winter though my favourite has to be the Dove Winter Care Cream (£3.29 for 150ml) which smells amazing and makes my skin feel really soft. They also have a body lotion version which costs £3.99 for 250ml.
Lip balm: This winter my favourite lip balm has been the Lanolips 101 Ointment which costs £11.22 for 17.5g. It’s so good at repairing chapped lips. The Qsilica Paw Paw Rescue Ointment is a similar but is cheaper at £8.95 for 25ml.
Hair care: My hair gets really, really dry in cold weather if I don’t use a good leave in conditioner. Over the years I’ve tried so many different leave in conditioners but the best by far is the Advanced Techniques Quick Touch Leave In Conditioner from Avon. It is really light so doesn’t weigh down your hair or make it look greasy and it is really cheap! I use it almost every day to control my frizz and stop my hair drying out. Another brilliant product which I’ve only found in the last few months is the Carino Miracle Oil from Aldi. It contains argan oil which is very moisturising and it good for keeping hair looking healthy. It is also much cheaper than proper argan oil!
What are your winter essentials? I would love to know!
A few weeks ago I ran out of moisturiser so decided to order the YesTo Carrots day cream from MyPure which is for normal to dry skin. I really like the packaging and the moisturiser smells lovely but unfortunately I seem to be allergic to something in it – it gave me little itchy red patches on my face. I’ve only had an allergic reaction to a product once (the Dr Organic Rose Otto Cleansing Milk) and the reaction to the Yes To Carrots moisturiser was not as bad. I have no idea what it was that caused the reaction as MyPure only sells products without nasty chemicals. It’s a bit annoying as it looks like it should be a really good moisturiser! Has anyone else had a reaction to this day cream?