Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Vichy Idealia Moisturiser Review

Vichy Idealia Moisturiser £29.99 available from Boots 

Vichy is a brand that I am slowly that I am getting to know and there are a couple of products that have really stood out so far for me. The Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating cream has been my go to day time moisturiser for a few weeks now, in a bid to help inject a little bit of radiance back into my skin. They enlisted the help of hundreds of women across four countries, of various ages and ethnicities, to which they identified that there was a loss of 'ideal skin'. This 'ideal skin' doesn't just include wrinkles and loss of firmness but also the challenge we face to maintain an even, smooth complexion whilst also keeping a youthful glow. So using this information Vichy created their Idealia skincare products aiming to restore  healthy looking skin that is more even, refined, youthful and radiant. I have certainly noticed a difference in my own skin after 8 weeks of using it, my skin is slowly becoming smoother, more radiant and even. It has a lovely refreshing feel to it, the cream itself is quite thick but somehow has the lightness of a gel, melting into my skin leaving no residue behind but still injecting moisture. Enriched with Vichy thermal spa water helping the skin to fortify and regenerate itself  whilst soothing even sensitive skin. The immediate effect is a soft radiance that creates a natural glow, there is something about this moisturiser that feels like it is bringing my skin back to life. I have been wearing more BB and CC creams recently and pairing them with Vichy Idealia, they seem to be a perfect partner both working to create a dewy even finish. 

Vichy Idealia has new DRM Bright and LHA technology which is the first formula to act on each layers to help reduce blemishes and visible redness. Having been tried and tested under dermatological conditions, the range is Hypoallergenic, Noncomedogenic and Paraben free so no matter what type of skin you have, dry, sensitive or slightly oily you will see results. it has been proven safe for even the most sensitive of skin. 

Obviously I can't comment on the claims of youthful, plumped skin and a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles as I don't have any of those problems yet. However as I said above my skin is certainly more refined with my pores appearing reduced, my uneven skin tone is slowly becoming more even and the biggest improvement I have noticed is the overall look of my skin being healthy and radiant. 

I definitely recommend anyone looking for a new moisturiser, serum or BB cream to check out the Vichy Idealia range as it has become a permanent fixture in my morning routine. Let me know if you have tried anything from the Idealia range? 

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-up Remover Review

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-up Remover £21.00 available from Decleor

Decleor for me is one of those brands that just feels like I'm adding a touch of luxury to my routine when I use one of their products. Decleor has years of experience in creating great products that give you a luxurious spa experience in the comfort of your own home.  The newest addition to the Decleor make-up removal family is a biphased formula, the  Cornflower water mixed with the Carnellia oil easily melts through even the best waterproof mascara. Eye make-up remover is something I run out of very quickly, I'm always looking for that perfect formula that isn't greasy (I hate the feeling of my eyes being coated after using an oily cleanser), that also feels refreshing but that can remove all my makeup with ease. This is so quick to use just shake up the bottle and soak a cotton wool pad, gently press it onto your eye for a few seconds (longer if you have on eyeliner, false lashes etc) and then wipe away. If you are having trouble removing your makeup with ease just let the cotton wool soak in a little longer, so you aren't tugging at your eye over and over. Overall I am loving the results from this and haven't used another product for months, although I do wince at spending £21.00 each time I buy a bottle I am quickly reassured that I know it will quickly remove my makeup whilst keeping my eyes refreshed.

Are you a Decleor fan? Have you tried the new Aroma Cleanse Eye Make-up Remover yet?

Thursday, 4 April 2013

March Favourites 2013

Origins Drink It Up Intensive overnight mask does a brilliant job at quenching skins thirst if you are suffering from dry or dehydrated skin. Simply pop on just before you go to bed and when you wake up your skin will be plumped, soft and nourished. This has been a staple in my skincare routine for over a year now, it is a really simple way to keep my skin moistured. 
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Recently my my legs have been very dry and I have been slapping on this soothing repairing balm a new launch from La Roche-Posy and it is fab. The multipurpose balm is suitable for even the dryest of skins, it can be used pretty much every where from cracked lips, as a face cream, your body or on minor grazes and burns. It provides relief to dry itchy skin and will leave your skin feeling thoroughly moistured all day.
Indeed labs Hydraluron Moisture Booster seems to be well loved in the beauty community and now I'm a fan too. You need a small amount of the thick clear gel for your face, it is absorbed very fast and gives a nice plump nourished feel to my skin, very very soft in fact. I love the way my skin looks and feels after applying this and has made it a must have everyday for me now. 

Liz Earle Powder Blush in 05 Coral has been my everyday blusher for ages now and it is one of those products you use so much that you forget to actually blog about it. The coral shade is perfect for brightening up my skin and stays in place all day. I am a massive fan of the Liz Earle makeup range, everything I have tried I have loved. 
Liz Earle Perfect Fix Concealer in 04 Medium another great product from Liz Earle, this conceals nicely and doesn't feel cakey, creamy texture that blends in well. Set with a little loose powder and this won't budge. I highly recommend you have a look at the Liz Earle makeup range as there are lots of lovely products to check out.

Topshop Glow in Polished this was my first dabble into Topshops makeup range and I have to say for a fashion brand it is actually really nice. This does give a gorgeous glow, I like to dap a little on my cheek bones, brow and cupids bow to grab the light. I can't say a bad word and has definitely made me want to go back to check out some more from the range. Let me know if you have any suggestions?
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Nectar another staple in my makeup bag. This works beautifully alone as a sheer wash of colour, or on top as a highlighter or over a matte blush to give it some more dimension. 

Revlon Colourburst Lip Butters in 090 Sweet Tart (left) and 095 Crème Brulee (right) I am very late in trying these out, they did sit in my makeup drawer waiting to be tested and I have finally got around to it. I love the creamy testure but still with plenty of colour, with a great selection of shades as well. I have now managed to buy quite a few colours and these two are my top picks, I love Sweet Tart a little more as I am having a bit of a colour moment right now. 
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 020 Lovesick Passionnee another product that I have just gotten around to trying this month and another product I have loved using. so easy to apply and pop in my handbag for touch ups. Very moisturising and the colour line up is good. I love this medium-bright pink and on days when I have just wanted some easy to wear I have found myself reaching for this.
Sleek MakeUP Truly Mattely Deeply in Jazz I posted a picture of myself wearing this on Instagram last week as I love the texture and finish to this. The colour is super bright and the matte texture makes it really pop, no need to worry about any transfer here and this staying power is amazing. Make sure you apply some lipbalm before you use this, because it is a matte formula any dry or cracked lips will be noricable.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in 17 I'm sure you have seen plenty about these but I have to mention it as I have again been reaching for this medium pink shade quite a few times. It's such an easy product (can you see a theme here for easy to wear lip products? Having a lazy makeup month) lipstick, stain and gloss all in one. There are plenty of shades to go for, from nudes to impacting reds, I have amassed quite the collection as I love them for the comfortable glossy finish. Do go have a play at your nearest counter, I highly recommend the Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains

What have been your faves this month? 

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

REN Micro Polish Cleanser Review

REN Micro Polish Cleanser £20 available from SpaceNK and REN

Since I became obsessed with all things beauty, I also became obsessed with all things skincare and I always love to try new products. I tend to go for the same products, anything that will help clear, brighten and renew my skins texture. Enter this little gem from REN their Micro Polish Cleanser which is a creamy exfoliating cleanser, that not only thoroughly cleanses my skin but also sloughs off any dead skin cells revealing brighter clearer skin. Formulated with a mix of Papain, Glycolic Acid and Amber Microbeads, with a sweet scent, this not only deeply cleans your skin but it reduces pore size too and helps to minimize fine lines. I use this more as a facial cleanser than a scrub because it is so creamy, it is perfect for use everyday but if you wanted to use it more as a scrub then 2-3 times a week would be fine. Overall this is a lovely product if you are looking to improve your complexion and give it a bit of a boost. My skin has been looking great thanks to this and a few other products that I will be sharing over the next week so stay tuned. 

Are you a REN fan? Let me know which products are your favourites in the comments.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion Review

Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion £50.00 available from SpaceNK

This has pretty much been glued to my bathroom shelf lately, my skin has been suffering due to my ill health and I have been trying to find some products to help sort it out. The Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion has been brilliant at rejuvenating my skin and polishing away clogged pores. With natural exfoliants of Silica, Pearl and Lava that give this a creamy feel yet you can still feel it working, something that for me is a must I need to feel an exfoliator working to get deep into my pores. It is still however alright to be used on even sensitive skins. The formulation has been made to help reduce the look of pores, age spots, fade discolouration/pigmentation and smoothing the skin so lines & wrinkles will appear lessened. Simply take a small amount and massage in a circular motion on damp, or dry skin depending on what you prefer, then rinse off with warm water and you reveal new bright skin. I love how my skin feels after using this twice a week, I haven't touched another exfoliator since I started using this as none have given me results like this. If you are looking to try something new and really want to improve your skins texture and appearance, you have to try this out I really can't say a bad word about it.

Do you have a favourite Darphin product, tell me in the comments! Or let me know if you love this too?

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder Review

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder £41.00 from SpaceNK

By Terry is one of my favourite brands, though it is an expensive brand, I can't think of a bad thing to say about anything I've tried. The Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder is a new product in the fact the powder is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and it gives you a flawless soft finish. This finely milled powder is all about perfecting your skin, smoothing, concealing pores, blurring imperfections and all without any feeling of wearing a powder. Impressive. You can use this under makeup as a primer or over to set everything, being formulated with the Hyaluronic Acid means it will help to retain moisture in your skin, keeping your skin flawless. The fact you need such a small amount lets this product go the distance, I apply this using the rolling method with my fingers to areas that I need to blur (pores mainly) and then dust a little over the rest of my face. I would love to see By Terry bring this out in a compact version which would make it easier for travelling, but that's only because my makeup bag is tiny so anything compact is a plus for me.

Don't be put off by the price as this is a truly amazing product that will give your skin a flawless finish, do pop into your nearest By Terry counter to try this out and you won't be disappointed.

What are your thoughts about this new powder, have you tried it out?