Superdrug Vitamin E Skincare Range

Superdrug Skincare Review

With autumn fast approaching, my skin is definitely on the dryer side. Having tried out Superdrug’s Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisturising Day Cream (and really enjoyed it), I thought I’d give a few other bits from the range a go, and boy have I found some treasures.

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Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser 

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This is by far the cheapest hot cloth cleanser on the market, at a fantastic £4.99. I get on really well with hot cloth cleansers – essentially because I’m lazy and don’t like to use both a cleanser and make-up remover, but also because it really nourishes and gives your skin that extra kick of moisture it needs in the colder months. I’ve tried No. 7’s Hot Cloth Cleanser which is also nice, as well as the classic Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish – neither of which I can speak negatively of – however you just can’t argue with Superdrug’s price, particularly when the product is lovely. It takes my make-up off really easily, and leaves it feeling squeaky clean and nourished. Lovely.

Vitamin E Dual Phase Cleansing Oil

Sometimes after cleansing my face I feel there’s perhaps a few bits I’ve missed, and a double cleanse is never a bad thing. Using this cleansing oil as a second step gives the extra nourishment of an oil while focusing on particular areas that need an extra cleanse, such as the t-zone. But please be aware, your eyes will not be a fan of this, as I found the first time I tried it and had to wash out my poor stingy eyes. But on the skin? Works a dream.

Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist 


superdrug makeup removerFacial Mists/Toners are products I don’t often feel are worth the hype, as there aren’t instant effects and I usually tend to get a direct spray to the eye-ball (noticing a trend here?). However, since loving the Lush Tea-tree Toner, I felt that I’ve perhaps misjudged them, so added this to my collection and it is lovely. Yes, definitely a princess product that is difficult to justify if you’re in a rush, but it definitely wakes you up, and gives the feeling that your skin is now sealed with moisture.

Vitamin E SPF 15 Moisturising Day Cream

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As mentioned previously, the day cream in this range was the first product I used, and it continues to impress. Not only does it moisturize without leaving your skin feeling greasy and tacky, but it also has SPF 15, a lovely little extra that means your skin is protected for the day without having to worry about sun-cream.

All in all, a lovely, affordable range that far excels the price you pay. Each of these products recommend you use them in conjunction with others from the collection to see their full potential, and while I normally believe this to be merely a clever marketing ploy,these products really do work beautifully together.  I’m really interested in giving the Vitamin E Serum a go, as well as the Shower Moisturizer. Please leave a comment if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve mentioned, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

H&M Is Lovely For Clothing – Who Knew They Did Jewellery So Well?

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H&M Jewellery Review

Most of my gym clothes are from H&M, as they do loose fitting, comfortable clothing really nicely, and at a much cheaper price than more premium sports brands. I also really enjoy their main clothing range, they very much excel when it comes to basics, like black skirts, jeans and jumpers.

I was recently having a little browse in my local H&M, and decided to brave the accessory racks.  I tend to ignore these sections in high street fashion stores as they can (understandably) be forgotten, to the point where it becomes a sparkly jungle of doom – but boy was I wrong here.
h&m jewelleryNot only were the sections neat, tidy and organised, but the pieces were absolutely beautiful. There were sections for gold, rose-gold and silver, and H&M seemed to stock the same pieces across all three ranges, so you could choose which colour you found suited you best. They stocked some beautiful necklaces and earrings, very simple and delicate – and not un-similar to a few very chic pieces I’ve spotted Essie-Button wearing in some of her videos.

But today, I am here to rave about their ring collection. They had a selection of ordinary and midi rings, all well stocked in different sizes and colours, but still maintaining the simplistic hue that I so love about H&M clothing. None of the rings were too sparkly or over-the-top, but they certainly weren’t boring either, and at £2.99 for a pack of seven, I found it overwhelmingly difficult not to pop them in my basket – and as you can see, I did.

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They are extremely easy to layer, and certainly rival brands such as River Island and Topshop which are able to charge much more for virtually the same products. I chose gold as most of my other jewellery is gold, but the silver and rose-gold pieces looked equally as beautiful – in fact I may have to pop in store soon to pick up some rose-gold necklaces…. I’ll keep you posted.

 

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush: Are We Being Treated to an Hourglass Dupe?

Max Factor is a brand that I’ve never really given enough attention. I’m more of a Bourjois fan when it comes to drugstore makeup, but decided to be adventurous on my latest trip to Boots. I instantly spotted these beauties; Max Factor’s ‘Creme Puff Blushes’, and of course, I indulged.
After swatching to my heart’s content, I chose two; ‘Nude Mauve’ and ‘Lovely Pink’. There are four other colours in the range; ‘Alluring Rose’, ‘Gorgeous Berries’, ‘Lavish Mauve’ and ‘Seductive Pink’. The names could be better, but I’ll brush past that as I love the formulas.
Beautifully soft, and surprisingly pigmented for a drugstore blush, these lovelies are a treat to use – but this is not the wow factor for me about this product. They are a wonderful dupe for the Hourglass ‘Ambient Lighting Blushes’, and this is a factor not to be overlooked. As with Hourglass, Max Factor have created a blush/highlighter hybrid, and have done so for nearly a third of the price. They combine a beautiful flush to the cheeks with an iridescent highlight to match, and they’ve done so very well. There’s also a really nice range of colours for a drugstore blush; usually we are only treated to two or three shades, so six is very reasonable.

In the picture to the above, I applied a little of ‘Nude Mauve’ to the very tops of my cheekbones. With this sort of deeper, almost brown, pink shade it creates a contouring effect if used sparingly on the cheekbones rather than the apples of the cheeks, which I believe to be a much more flattering way to apply blush anyway. With the slightly deeper, cooler toned colour to this blush, we are well and truly bringing cheek bones my somewhat shapeless face.

‘Lovely Pink’ is also very beautiful, a lovely baby pink with gold shimmer, but perhaps the assumed favourite. For me ‘Nude Mauve’ is the underdog, but also the one I was most drawn to, as it’s subtle, but certainly not lacking in pigmentation.

Overall, these blushes are scoring some serious points for the drugstore. No, the packaging isn’t quite as luxurious, but if the beautiful gold casing Hourglass provides leaves me an extra £20 down, Max Factor wins this round in the blush game for me.

Makeup in picture: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum (52 Vanille); No. 7 Match Made Concealer (Medium); Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (Nude Mauve); Benefit Brows A-Go-Go; Barry M Bold Waterproof Eyeliner (Black); L’oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara (Black).

The Body Shop: A Skincare Verdict

The Body Shop is a brand that I always go back to, most likely because I have used it for so long. I can remember being a little girl and my mum using The Body Shop satsuma soaps; then later being a young teen smothering my lips in their strawberry pot lip balms.

It seems that, while smelling like a fruit basket is something I’d never turn down, The Body Shop are establishing themselves as a more sophisticated brand, particularly when it comes to skincare. The products this post is based around have much more subtle scents, and are focused on a more gentle, soothing experience while considering everyone’s individual skincare routine.

A wonderful place to begin is with the product that always comes first in my evening skin-care regime, the ‘Camomile Gentle Eye Make-up Remover’. I confess that I do use this to remove the majority of my make-up (not just my eye make-up), and I find it does so very nicely. With a small amount on a cotton pad, even waterproof mascara can be easily budged, and this never stings my eyes. The packaging is simple, yet divine; it’s gentle on the skin and delicate eye area, while providing a wonderful first cleanse to prep your skin for the next step.

Now, unfortunately, I have never fully tested a cleanser by The Body Shop . I know, shoot me down. I’m just currently still obsessed with Lush’s ‘Ultrabland’, but perhaps when I use the last of it I’ll choose either the ‘Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter’, or the ‘Vitamin E Cream Cleanser’. If you have any suggestions or have tried any these that need to be raved about, please let me know!

Speaking of the Vitamin E range, I am border-line infatuated with the ‘Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil’. This product has the most soothing scent (I may have had a little sniff in between sentences), and the consistency is marvellous. It sinks into the skin incredibly quickly, without leaving a residue but still giving the skin a supple, enriched feeling. While this is a staple in my evening skin-care routine, I do use a drop of this in the morning, as it makes my moisturiser and foundation apply like a dream. At £13 this is the most expensive of the three products, however it is much more affordable than most facial oils on the market, particularly as this combines your serum and oil step as one.

Last, but certainly not least, is the lovely ‘Vitamin E Illuminating Moisture Cream’, and boy, is this illuminating. It’s pink in colour, which at first put me off, however this creates a fabulous glow, the pink counteracting any dullness or pigmentation your skin may have. You do need to really work this into the skin, but hey, who doesn’t like a facial massage at the end of the day? This product’s brightening factors really make me want to try the Vitamin E Eye Cream, as it could help conceal dark circles even before makeup. This is a nourishing, yet light moisturiser, and one that I have sadly almost used up. Body Shop, please make this in a bigger size!

Certainly don’t hesitate to let me know your favourites from The Body Shop – they’ve upped their game hugely in the last few years. Don’t get me wrong, their body butters and lip balms will forever be cult classics, but I am loving their new releases. Big thumbs up from me.

Lush ‘Ultrabland’ – is boring best?

An avid lover of Lush products, I have tried a fair few of their cleansers. However, nothing quite lives up to ‘Ultrabland’.

Now don’t be mistaken; this product certainly isn’t bland in its effectiveness – ‘Ultrabland’ is gentle, suitable for all skin types and leaves the skin feeling supple and cleansed without a harsh smell or stripped feeling as some other cleansers do.

The only aspect of ‘Ultrabland’ that, at first, threw me off was the texture. It has a somewhat thick, oily residue to it, and originally I found this difficult to work with. However, with a little help from some online reviews I found that this was more of a cleansing balm than any other cleansers I’d tried before from Lush, such as ‘Angels on Bare Skin’ and ‘Herbalism’. It is best applyed by thoroughly massaging into the skin, and removing with a hot cloth/flannel (I prefer the latter). Using hot water breaks the cleanser down and makes it easy to remove, while the flannel gently exfoliates the skin.

I cannot stress enough how wonderful this leaves my skin feeling. My skin has always been combination, and I never really considered using an oil based cleaner before incase it were to bring out the oily nature in my skin. Adding a little oil to your skin however can prevent breakouts, resulting in your skin not over-producing oil due to a lack of it. ‘Ultrabland’ is rich in almond oil, which is great for soothing dry and irritated skin, as well as maintaining a beautiful glow. Despite never suffering too badly with sensitive skin, I wish I’d tried this years ago, as my skin drinks this morning and night.

This may be perhaps the most ‘boring’ of Lush’s fabulous skin-care range, but for me boring is best if your skin can be a little sensitive, and ‘Ultrabland’ is great at bringing your skin back to basics. Follow with a simple serum and/or moisturizer, and you’re good to go.