I hope you’ve had a fabulous weekend! We had sunshine at last yesterday, and after the latest storm has passed it’s due to get hot again later in the week. Time to paint my toe nails and get those sandals on!
I’ve got a little treat for you today – my June beauty favourites AND Code Beautiful lip duo giveaway! You can enter via the widget at the bottom of the post, but first let me tell you a bit about the prize!
The Code Beautiful Smooth Soft Lip Liner is a lip liner, lipstick and lip plumper all in one. It prevents lip gloss or lipstick from bleeding and feathering without leaving harsh lines. It’s soft and glides on smoothly, with fantastic colour payoff. Plus, it’s packed with ingredients that stimulate collagen, conditions the lips and create volume.
The self-sharpening technology means you simply twist the lid until it clicks to sharpen for precision lining. The soft Nude Blush colour creates a blendable, natural look that compliments all skin tones. I’m very picky about lip liners and I can honestly say this is the best I’ve ever used! It’s so easy to apply – it doesn’t drag, it transfers colour effortlessly and it stays put all day.
I’ve been using the lip liner with my favourite Kiko lipstick in shade 406 (a perfect match) and Code Beautiful Lip Intense Plumper. The lip plumper is infused with coconut sweet almond oil, peppermint oil and hyaluronic acid. You can use it as a treatment on its own, or let it dry and apply lipstick over it. The minty tingling sensation is quite pleasant, not intense like some lip plumpers. On the wand it looks quite a vivid pink but because it’s sheer it’s much more subtle on. It keeps my lips moisturised all day (I reapply after eating and drinking) and I think my lips look fuller.
Both the Smooth Soft Lip Liner and Lip Intense Plumper are cruelty free and vegan. They cost £18 and £20 respectively, which I think is pretty good value given the quality. I will definitely be buying replacements when these run out.
The Face It Makeup Remover Cloth is unlike any other face cloth I’ve used, mainly because of the fabulous heart shape. I’ve got tons of muslin cloths that came with my favourite Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, but this one is by far more effective. The two little finger pockets keep it securely on your hands so you can massage your face for a luxurious spa-like treatment. After each use, simply wash it out with soap and warm warm water and leave to dry. It comes with a suction pad with a hook so you can hang it up in the shower from the loop at the bottom.
The Sesderma ATOPISES Body Milk (£37.82, 400ml) is a daily moisturiser for use on atopic and extremely dry skin. It’s claimed that when used regularly it helps contain a potential secondary infection, calms and relieves outbreaks. Thanks to its emollient action and excellent skin compatibility it keeps skin protected and moisturised. According to the company’s product description it is particularly effective when used to supplement corticoids and immunomodulator treatments. Key ingredients are Boswellic acid, ceramides, Tranexamic acid and vine extract.
Of the two body milks this was my favourite. It has a pleasant, subtle fragrance and sinks into my skin instantly. It leaves no stickiness or greasy feeling so I can get dressed straight after applying without it all coming off on my clothes.
I was also sent the Sesderma AGLICOLIC Classic Body Milk (£34.80, 200ml) to try at the same time. This body milk contains a combination of liposomed glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera that has been designed to renew, regenerate and hydrate the skin. The glycolic acid used in this skincare product is extracted from sugar cane, grapes and beets. It has a very low molecular weight so it penetrates deeply into the skin. It is used for its anti-ageing properties, in keratinisation disorders, pigmentation, acne, actinic and seborrheic keratosis.
Key ingredients are Boswellic acid, Glycolic acid, and milk proteins, which as a vegan means I won’t continue using this moisturiser. I would normally check for animal derivatives before buying/using a beauty product, but I dropped the ball on this one. However, non-vegans may well love this product.
Both body milks are expensive – much more than I would consider paying for a body moisturiser. However, if you need a more specialised product for a particular skin condition these are worth considering.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t bear ragged cuticles or rough nails. Some few years ago I trained as a nail technician when I was at a bit of a crossroads in life. Although I never did work as one, I’m still very particular about cuticle maintenance and keeping my nails short and neat. I always like to have some nail tools to hand (pardon the pun) in case of a mishap, so having these from Rubis to pop in my makeup bag is really, erm, handy.
The Rubis nail scissors are high quality Swiss made, with ergonomically shaped handle grips for maximum comfort and stability. I have to keep my toe nails short and these scissors cut them easily without splitting or leaving any sharp edges. They are made of Martensitic steel, which is acid-proof and rust-resistant.
The Nail Push & Clean is such a useful little tool to have in your manicure/pedicure armoury. You can use the two points on the three-sided nail cleaner to clean your fingernails; the point on the long side provides an easy way of cleaning the edges of your nails, while the point on the short side is for cleaning the corners. It is made of high-quality surgical steel, so you can disinfect and sterilize the Rubis cuticle pusher without a problem. No excuse for dirty nails now!
Disclaimer: I was gifted the products featured in this post in exchange for a review. All words and opinions are my own and completely honest. This post contains affiliates links which means I may earn a small commission for any purchases made through them, at no extra cost to you. This helps towards the running costs of the blog and is very much appreciated.