I don't generally buy magazines at all, only occassionaly when I happen to spot them in a shop window with a good deal. The Novemeber issue of InStyle Magazine caught my eye with their free offer of a REN skincare set that was worth £12 - the magazine was £2. I hadn't tried anything by REN before, so thought this was a good chance to try some of their products out.
I've yet to try the Active 7 Eye Gel but I've just finished up the Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. I've been using this for my morning cleanse and have really enjoyed using this, it's a lot quicker to use in the mornings than my usual balm cleanser. Although it's a cleansing 'milk', it's more of a cream consitency and it doesn't really emulsify, you just massage in and wash off. I've found it to be really gentle, it smells nice and fresh but not overpowering and I think it would be great for sensitve skin.
As much as I've loved the Cleansing Milk, I think I'm an even bigger fan of the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. Again, aimed at more sensitive skin types, this cream helps to calm any redness or discomfort. I can't really say that I have sensitive skin but can imagine that it would be beneficial to sensitive skin types - it's a very gentle cream, smells fresh but not too strong, is rich in texture but absorbs nicely without leaving skin shiny. I love the rich feel to it and think it will be great for the winter months. I'm thinking about purchasing the full sizes of both of these - will let you know what I think about the Active 7 Eye Gel once I've tried it out!
Claims: Collection claim this "Vibrant, lightweight and long lasting, these lip-loving stains are easy to apply and give smudge-proof perfection"
Packaging: Like a lot of the latest lip stains available, this comes in a felt tip style pen.
Thoughts: If you're after a product that will stay on your lips all evening without needing any touch ups, then this is the one - I can apply this in the morning and it's still there at 2pm (the staying power even lasts through eating and drinking) so far I only have this in shade 'Kiss' so I can only vouch for that colour but I shall definitely be purchasing more. This stain can be applied more heavily, keeping lips parted whilst it dries or more lightly, keeping lips parted for a short while and then rubbing the lips together to blend the stain more - it's important to keep the lips parted a little first otherwise the stain budges too much and you end up with darker patches in places.
Pros: Really does stain the lips
Lovely sweet scent
Good value for money
Good colour range
Cons: The nib sometimes seems a little dry at the end but nothing a quick shake doesn't fix
Would I recommend this product?: Yes, in particular this shade. Its a great berry shade for winter months and has also looked great with a tan.
You can purchase Colour Pout Lip Stain from:
Labels: Lip product
Price: £5.50 for 50ml and £10.75 for 150ml
Size: 50ml also available as 150ml bottle
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, PEG-60 almond glycerides, Glycerin, Decyl glucoside, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Euphrasia officinalis (eyebright) extract, Centaurea cyanus (cornflower) flower extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Potassium sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium methylparaben, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Sodium propylparaben, Citric acid.
Claims: Wake up and revitalise eyes with cotton wool pads soaked in this gentle, soothing herbal lotion.
Non-oily, it is ideal for irritated eyes and suitable for contact lens wearers.
Apply to a cotton wool pad to clean and wake up your eyes first thing.
Naturally active ingredients include eyebright, witch hazel, aloe vera and cornflower to help tone, cool and refresh tired, puffy eyes.
Formula: Although it's a 'lotion', it's more of a liquid compared to what I think of as a lotion.
Packaging: Screw top bottle - great for travelling.
Thoughts: This isn't something I'd have ever bought myself but I received a 50ml bottle as a freebie with a Liz Earle order. I am however, glad I've had the chance to try it.
Eyebright is a soothing lotion made from naturally active ingredients - cornflower, witch hazel and organic aloe vera. As it's a 'lotion', I was expecting something of a thick consistency but it's actually a liquid. This makes it very easy to pour out onto a cotton wool pad and leave to soak on your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Upon applying, it feels really cool and somehow manages to stay really cool in the bottle, even in hot weather. This also makes it nice to use in a hot bath if you have a bit more time and feels relaxing. I haven't used it to take eye make up off as I'm happy with my make up remover and don't use a separate product for my eyes, but I do really like it as more of a 'treatment', I guess. When I remove the cotton pads, I sweep them around the eyes and as the area dries off, it feels as though the skin tightens slightly, which is always a bonus to me!
Having not been something I would have picked out to buy myself and having had the chance to try it, it's something that I will repurchase. It's been especially soothing in the hot weather that the UK has had recently and would be great to take away on a hot holiday. I don't wear contact lenses myself but can imagine that some people's eyes may get a bit irritated after wearing them for long periods, and this would work well for soothing any irritation or puffiness.
Pros: Suitable for contact lens wearers. Available in two sizes.
Cons: The only con for me, is that it states to use within 6 months of opening - it has lasted me much longer than this as you only use a small amount each time.
Would I recommend this product?: Yes. Although perhaps not a neccesity to your routine, it's certainly refreshing and particularly great for soothing your eyes in hot weather.
You can purchase Liz Earle Eye Bright from:
Selected Boots stores
I can't believe it's taken me so long to write a review of a Liz Earle product! Expect some more Liz Earle reviews in the near future.
Labels: eye product
The correct way to wear a hair/kirby grip or bobby pin is with the wavy side down. The waves help to grip the hair and keep the grip in place more securely.
I used to use it with the waves facing up and they never used to stay in my hair. Personally, I think it makes a lot of difference using it the 'correct' way.
Labels: hair product
Price: Shampoo £10.95, Intensive Care Treatment £12.95
Size: Shampoo 250ml, Intensive Care Treatment 200ml
Packaging: I love the overall design of the packaging; the font, the colours and the tubes give it a luxorious feel with practicality.
Thoughts: I've been trying out a shampoo and treatment by Neal & Wolf, which we were sent to try. Neal & Wolf is a professional haircare brand that offers affordable but luxorious products. I've been trying out the Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo and Harmony Intensive Care Treatment. The first thing I'm going to comment on is the smell - amazing! It comes to no surprise that, "the fragrances have been created by the perfume house behind some of the world’s finest scents." I really cannot get enough of the smell. The products themselves don't disappoint either...
The Ritual Daily Cleansing Shampoo is an infusion of silk and milk proteins with the aim to combat flyaway hair and create a brilliant shine. You're advised to double shampoo. This isn't something I do every time I wash my hair but I do try to do it once a week or if my hair feels like it needs it, to rid of product build up. When I do double shampoo with this, I notice that the shampoo really lathers up on the second application and I can really feel a difference to the cleanliness of my hair. I don't want to keep banging on about the smell (it really is great, though) but once my hair's dry, the smell lingers, and I love this. My hair is also noticeably smoother, more managable and has a great shine to it.
I've been following the shampoo with the Harmony Intensive Care Treatment, which has been "created to repair damaged hair, using a unique combination of intensive conditioners that deliver an instant transformation." I have long hair, so apply a fair amount of this to the mid lengths of my hair and just wipe any excess over my roots. You're advised to massage through wet hair for 3-5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. I generally give my hair a bit of a squeeze after shampooing, massage the treatment into my hair, twist into a bun and clip up while I carry on showering. I then give it another massage after and rinse thoroughly. The treatment has a thicker consitency compared to your average conditioner, so gives it that luxorious treatment feel and as soon as I rinse the conditoner off, I can feel a difference to my hair. Again, once dry my hair is noticeably shiny, more managable, and I actually think using these products, makes my hair look thicker.
I love that the Neal & Wolf range is affordable but has a luxorious feel, both in the packaging design and the product itself. I also Like the fact that they're in tubes as they're great for travelling, particularly the treatment, so you don't have to take a big tub away with you if you like to use an intensive conditoner whilst away. The fact that they're in tubes, also means that you're able to get the most out of the product.
Pros: Affordable products that deliver and smell amazing.
Cons: I really can't think of a negative thing about these.
Would I recommend these products?: Absolutely.
You can purchase Neal & Wolf haircare from:
Neal & Wolf
BeautyBay - Currently on offer at great prices. You can also get a twin pack of the shampoo for just £12.76.
Labels: hair product
Claims: 'formulated to provide rich, consistent colour using ingredients that have virtually no irritancy potential. They are comfortable to apply and sharpen to a fine point to allow for a precise application. Eye Pencils can be used to create a sharp line or a softer, smoky effect. They are long-lasting and won't cake or streak.'
Packaging: This eyeliner comes in a small cardboard box, which would be ideal if you like to keep your makeup super organised and stack products but I personally just threw it away.
Thoughts: I switched from using black eyeliner to brown quite some time ago now as it doesn't look as harsh and this colour is perfect. It's certainly not a lighter shade of brown - the name suits it perfectly -but it's certainly not too dark either. I use this for my top line and lower lash line and find it glides on easily so there is no need for any pulling or tugging on the delicate eye area. This eyeliner also blends nicely, especially if using your finger - the heat from your skin softens it even more. If you like to wear eyeliner on your waterline, this does last for quite some time but you will need to reapply it as it doesn't stay for hours on end. The price may seem a little more for an eyeliner but they do last for months on end, even with regular use and sharpening.
Pros: Soft and glides on easily.
Formula is available in more shades.
Cons: The softness can cause it to break off easily when sharpening but I can cope with that!
Would I recommend this product?: I would definitely recommend this product, it has fast become my favourite eyeliner.
You can purchase MAC eye pencils from:
Labels: eye product
We were in London yesterday and headed to Zest Pharmacy on Broadwick Street to purchase some Bioderma Crealine H2O. We picked up a couple of 500ml bottles that were £14.99 each. They also had some smaller bottles for £9.99. You can Purchase it on their site here and I've just seen that they're also selling the small 100ml bottles online as well. I'd snap one up quick if you are looking to purchase...as we were in the queue two more girls joined, with Bioderma in hand ;)
We also popped in to the Pixi store on Carnaby Street to purchase some Glow Tonic but unfortunately they were out of stock (again!) but we were told that they are expecting a delivery of Glow Tonic this Friday.