Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Happy Friday! Are you all ready for the weekend? I know I am after this morning’s 5am alarm call! Today I’m sharing my latest beauty indulgence, the Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition from QVC. The Tili boxes have all had rave reviews and it’s easy to see why: you get to try a selection of high-end beauty products at a fraction of the RRP. Best of all is that you don’t have to subscribe and you can see exactly what you’re getting. In the past I’ve bought other beauty boxes and probably loved and used up about half the contents, with the rest left to clutter up my bathroom cabinet for all eternity.

For me, this box contains the perfect combination of skincare, cosmetics and bodycare, with a decent-sized perfume to top it off.

For £20 you get a selection of new launches, cult brands and well-established favourites. I bought the first three Tili boxes, but skipped the fourth because it just didn’t appeal to me enough – either I already had some of the selected products or I knew I wouldn’t use them. On the other hand, this fifth edition had me clicking ‘add to basket’ immediately. For me, this box contains the perfect combination of skincare, cosmetics and bodycare, with a decent-sized perfume to top it off.

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Inside the Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick (1g) in Colada

This lipstick was the real hook for me. I’m a fairly recent convert to the Tarte brand, but I have loved everything I’ve tried so far (you can see my review of the Maneater set here). Colada is a peachy-brown nude shade that is right up my street.  This moisture-rich, long-lasting lipstick provides full, creamy coverage that doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s not a full-sized tube, but it’s ideal for popping in my handbag for touch-ups throughout the day.

Bareminerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour (4ml) in Juju

This deep rosy mauve shade will suit most people. The creamy full-coverage lip colour contains primer-infused formula, that gives a soft satin-matte finish. I’m generally not all that keen on matte finish lipsticks but this is one I know I will use regularly. It doesn’t have that strange drying effect that some other similar products have and the colour is within my go-to range of shades.

Gatineau Floracil Plus Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover (118ml)

I’m a micellar water devotee, but the right eye make-up remover can tempt me to stray every so often. The Gatineau Floracil is a fragrance-free bi-phase formula enriched with Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Vitamin E. It claims to instantly remove mascara (waterproof), heavy-duty eyeshadow and eyeliner to leave your eye area and lashes feeling smooth and conditioned. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but at £18 for 118ml I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying it after this one runs out. One to save for my travel wash bag.

Shay & Blue Blood Orange eau de parfum (10ml)

This is a rich, zesty fragrance with bursts of citrus underpinned with a sensual blend of musk, woods and leather. This fragrance manages to be zingy and exotic at the same time. I received a Shay & Blue fragrance in another beauty box which I quite liked, but not enough to wear regularly. I definitely prefer this one.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (10ml)

This lightweight satin-feel formula is designed to reduce the appearance of dark spots, even out skin tone and boost radiance to leave your complexion looking brighter and glowing. I haven’t been using it long enough to gauge its effectiveness, but I do like the texture and feel of this serum. The milky-coloured liquid sinks into the skin instantly. It’ll be interesting to see the results over a longer period of use.

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil (15ml)

The full-sized version of this body oil comes in a spray, which I dare say makes for a much easier application than trying to pour it into your hand first. The lightweight formula melts into the skin to leave skin feeling smooth, supple and soft. It’s enriched with over 50% almond oil, plus camelina oil, but doesn’t feel at all greasy. At £36 for 100ml it’s not cheap, but it’d be nice for treat.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (15ml)

I’ve used this papaya enzyme peel many times so this is one of the products I know I will use up. It’s a creamy, exfoliating formula formulated to revitalise the look of dull skin and leave your complexion looking bright and feeling soft. It’s enriched with natural fruit enzymes of papaya and pineapple, plus vitamin E and marine algae. This treatment always perks my skin up when it’s looking a bit lacklustre.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat (18ml)

Ever since I stopped having gel overlays on my nails they’ve been desperately trying to recover. Almost a year later they are still not as strong and resilient as they should be. Peeling and flaking is the main issue so I like to keep them well protected. This pink gel coat creates a thick, protein-rich coating to help to maintain your nails’ natural strength, with a pink tint to bring out the colour in your nail for an enhanced finish. The keratin-rich formula includes an optical brightener that filters out any yellow appearance in your nails, bringing out the natural color in your nail bed and making the whites of your nails appear whiter. It’s recommended that you apply it directly to your natural nails once a week and re-coat anytime. It can be removed with any nail polish remover. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (50ml)

I received the body cream from this range in a previous beauty box (I included it in my January beauty favourites) and loved the delicate fragrance. This luxurious shower gel turns into a creamy foam upon contact with water to gently cleanse your skin and leave it fragranced with the uplifting scent of cherry blossom. A lovely travel-sized shower gel to pop in my wash bag.

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick Colada

Have you bought any of the Tili boxes? Are any of these products amongst your favourites?

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Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler

We all love that “just left the salon” look when we have our hair done don’t we? When I have my hair cut my hairdresser always straightens my hair to perfection, leaving it silky smooth and shiny. Despite my best efforts I’d never been able to achieve the same results…until I tried the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler. The flat iron is so easy to use and heats up incredibly quickly – 230C in under 15 seconds! Irresistible Me is a US company so the straighteners have an American plug, but I bought an adapter for less than £5 from Argos and it works perfectly!

It’s dual voltage and changes automatically depending on where you are in the world

It’s dual voltage and changes automatically depending on where you are in the world. The digital temperature display also changes between Celsius and Fahrenheit depending on the supplied voltage. The design is sleek and stylish (red just happens to be my favourite colour!) and it’s very lightweight, so it’s ideal for taking on your travels.

Irresistible Me diamond hair styler

The buttons are on the inside so you don’t accidentally change the temperature or turn it off when using it. You can adjust the heat to suit according to your hair type. The extra long 360° cord swivels around so it won’t get twisted and tangled as you move. It shuts down automatically in 30 minutes and comes in a beautifully designed box with magnetic closing that you can use to store it in.

Irresistible Me diamond hair styler

Irresistible Me diamond hair styler

To be honest, I’m not well-practised when it comes to using straighteners, mainly because when I tried in the past it was with cheap ones that just dried my hair without actually straightening it. With the first sweep of the Diamond flat iron I knew immediately that my technique wasn’t to blame – I just hadn’t been using the right tool.

I transformed my hair from fluffy to straight and sleek in around five minutes.

The 1” floating plate self-adjusts, eliminating any pressure points so that the flat iron can work through your hair smoothly without pulling. I transformed my hair from fluffy to straight and sleek in around five minutes. The tourmaline-infused ceramic floating plates, which are coated with crushed diamonds, produce infra-red heat that’s less damaging to hair than regular heat. The diamond and tourmaline technology protects hair, helping to retain all the natural hair oils, colour and moisture. The styling will last longer against air humidity and everyday stress.

Irresistible Me Diamond hair styler before photo

Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler flat iron

 

Irresistible Me Diamond hair styler after photo

I first used the straighteners the day before a very early flight to Madrid (post on that trip to come soon) so I wanted my hair to still look smooth when I got up in the middle of the night. To my amazement it stayed shiny and straight all the next day, even after sleeping on the plane and spending a day at an amusement park in incredible heat. I went out to dinner that evening without having to wash my hair…more time for eating and drinking!

I am so happy with the Irresistible Me Diamond Hair Styler and don’t know how I managed without it now! What are your favourite hair styling tools? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @thestylesplash 🙂

 

I was gifted the Diamond Hair Styler in exchange for a review. All my opinions are completely honest and unbiased. 

 

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Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Edit box

Up until recently I’ve been resisting buying any more beauty boxes because the bathroom cabinet was overflowing with various lotions and potions, but the Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Edit was too good to pass up. Costing £20 for products worth £104, the box was incredibly good value for money and full of items I was sure I’d use. With a few trips to warmer climes planned the Ladival Sun Protection Spray SPF 30 and St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mist made the box worth buying.

The Ladival SPF 30 150ml (full size) costs £13.50 at Boots.* The water resistant spray protects against UVA and UVB rays, as well as Infrared-A rays, claiming to provide four times more protection compared to standard UVA/UVB sun protection products.  Ladival lotions and sprays are available in SPF 15, 30, 50 and 50+, as well as a kids’ range, and all are water resistant. They are free from preservatives, colourants, perfume and parabens so it’s suitable for sensitive skin. I’ve used it quite a lot over the Summer, and while it doesn’t have that “holiday smell” that a lot of sun creams have, it was easy to apply and absorbed easily. I used it in temperatures ranging from the low 20s to high 30s, although I do stay in the shade when possible, wear a hat and apply SPF 50 to my face and décolletage. It’s not expensive, but on the other hand you can find decent sun creams for less, so I’m not sure if I’d buy it in future.

To achieve a tan without the sun damage I usually fake it before going on holiday. Occasionally I have a spray tan at a salon, but more often than not I apply one myself at home. The St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mist is really easy to apply thanks to the spray can. It is a bit messy so I’d advise doing it in the shower or over the bath. I found that I still needed to blend well with a tan mitt but it did dry streak-free and developed into a lovely bronze hue, not at all orangey. It seems to be sold out at quite a few retailers, suggesting it’s very popular, but I’ve found it in stock at Superdrug for £20.99 for 200ml.*

The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare range is free from a whole host of nasties, including parabens and mineral oils.

If you’ve read some of my previous beauty posts you’ll probably know that I’m a huge fan of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, so any new cleanser I try has a lot to live up to. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser has a very similar formula to the Cleanse and Polish and shares the same cruelty-free, natural ethos. The creamy cleanser is applied to dry skin, massaged in and removed with the bamboo muslin cloth which comes with it. Camomile, Bergamot, Rosemary and Eucalyptus essential oils soothe and cleanse the skin, while botanicals Hibiscus, Baobab, Mongongo oil and Kigelia Africana nourish and firm the skin. The Aurelia Probiotic Skincare range is free from a whole host of nasties, including parabens and mineral oils. I took the 30ml tube on holiday with me and my skin loved it. In fact I was so impressed with it that I added another one to a “build your own” box from Latest in Beauty (more on that in another post). I could happily use the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish alongside one another as they are very much alike, although the C&P is better value for money.

Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Edit box

Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Edit box

Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Edit box

I’m not usually a fan of matte lipstick as they can be drying but I really like the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor. The smooth, velvety gel formula is intensely pigmented and has brilliant staying power. The shade supplied was Devotion – a deep pink that would suit all skin tones. I’ve been carrying it around in my handbag for weeks and find it easy for quick touch ups during the day. It’s available in seven shades.

The only other product I’ve got around to using is the Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil. Fragranced with sweet almond, vanilla and orange blossom it leaves skin delicately scented and with a hint of gold shimmer. You can find it at M&S in the UK for £10 for a 200ml tube.*

I was really intrigued by the Grounded Coffee Scrub as I’d been planning to make my own scrub from discarded coffee grounds. I’ve read loads of blog posts on how to make your own scrub with coffee, sugar and oil but never actually got further than writing down the instructions. The caffeine is meant to help reduce the appearance of cellulite so it’s got to be worth a go right?  The 30g sachet of the chocolate orange variety I received has the most wonderful smell and I was all ready to try it when I read that you’re meant to leave it on for 10 minutes. Well as you can imagine, it could get very messy waiting around covered in coffee grounds so that one will have to wait for when I’ve got time to stand in the bathroom for ten minutes while it works its magic!

Described as an alternative to dry shampoo, this body-building spray uses patented polymers to absorb oil at the roots.

When it comes to styling my hair I spend a considerable amount of time trying to achieve a smooth, frizz-free finish. But occasionally I like to pump up the volume and go for a more bouncy, natural look – even more so now I’ve had a few inches cut off. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is an invisible dry spray that builds volume and adds texture. Described as an alternative to dry shampoo, this body-building spray uses patented polymers to absorb oil at the roots. This versatile styling spray can also be used on clean hair to add lift at the roots, texture and volume without any powdery white residue. The paraben-free formula claims to protect colour with a multi-layered UV protection system and leaves hair smelling beautiful with Oribe’s signature scent. I’ve yet to try this spray out properly yet, but I do love the smell. A handy product to keep in your desk drawer for those evenings out straight after work.

The other product in the box I haven’t used yet is the Wow Luxury Face Mask. Described as a natural alternative to injectables, the aqua gel mask has been created with the newly developed Transdermal Cosmetics Delivery technology. It’s activated by skin temperature to allow the anti-aging ingredients to reach the deeper layers of the skin. Enriched with peptides and vegetable cell extract, it claims to deliver intense hydration, visibly reduce pore sizes, wrinkles and inhibit muscle contraction. It’s recommended that you leave the mask on for 20-40 minutes (the longer the better) and while improvements will be most noticeable for the following 24 hours, the effects can be felt for up to seven days. Sounds promising…I’ll let you know how I get on with it!

Latest in Beauty Glamour Summer Edit box Revlon Ultra HD Matte lipcolourRevlon HD Ultra Matte Lipcolor in Devotion.

 

Contents:

Grounded Chocolate Orange Body Scrub 30g

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray 75ml

St Tropez Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mist 125ml

Ladival Sun Protection Spray SPF30 150ml

Nuxe Prodigieux Shower Oil 30ml

Aurrelia Miracle Cleanser 30ml and bamboo muslin cloth

Wow Mask Luxury Facial Mask

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare £10 giftcard

The box is now sold out but you can buy the items individually if you fancy giving any a try.

Have you tried any of these products? If you have I’d love to know what you think to them…drop me a line in the comments!

 

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*All prices correct at time of writing.

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Feather and Bone face gems face wash Although I have my favourite skincare products I do love to try out different ones. Recently I’ve been testing a few new cleansers – from variations on the tried and tested, to products that are completely new to me. Probably the most unusual is Feather and Bone’s Face Gems. When the company emailed me about Face Gems I have to admit that I was very intrigued about the whole concept: it’s a cleanser in a tablet form that you add a few drops of water to, which then makes a paste.

You pop one of the tablets from the blister pack onto the palm of your hand, add 5-10 drops of water to make a paste, apply to your face and rinse off.

They are made from natural ingredients: sandalwood to cleanse, fuller’s earth to exfoliate and starch to moisturise. The instructions are simple: you pop one of the tablets from the blister pack onto the palm of your hand, add 5-10 drops of water to make a paste, apply to your face and rinse off.  I did find getting the consistency of the paste just right a little tricky – not enough water and the tablet is hard to break up, too much and it becomes too runny, but I think after a few uses it’d become easier to judge. Once applied I looked like I’d covered my face in mud or applied too much fake tan, but it rinses off very easily to leave clean and refreshed skin. They are suitable for all skin types and due to the natural ingredients they are very gentle on the skin.  The big plus point for me is that they are so convenient to take away on holidays or camping trips – they are very light and don’t take up much room, and if you are travelling by plane with only hand luggage you won’t have to worry about the liquid restrictions…brilliant! The Face Gems cost $15 (just under £10 at the current exchange rate) for a box of 60.

Flint and Flint Glycolic cleanser

On the other end of the cleanser spectrum is Flint and Flint’s Glycolic Cleanser. This was recommended to me by the beauty therapists at Skin Health Spa prior to a glycolic peel facial. I was advised to use it once a day for the two weeks leading up to my appointment in order to prepare the skin for the treatment and maximise results. It contains 12% glycolic acid so it’s not an everyday cleanser – after the treatment I was advised to use it 2-3 times a week, and to use a high level SPF as skin is extra sensitive to sun damage after a peel. After the treatment my skin felt smoother than it ever has and there was no down time – no redness or irritation.

…you can also use this cleanser as an overnight spot treatment, and to relieve the itchiness of an insect sting…

The cleanser also contains Panthenol to protect the skin and promote healing, and Defensil which is described as a “skin-conditioning agent that normalises sensitive skin”. It has a gel consistency which you apply to a wet face, leave for 2 minutes and rinse off. You don’t need much so I expect it will last quite a while. On the website it says that you can also use this cleanser as an overnight spot treatment, and to relieve the itchiness of an insect sting, so I’m planning on decanting a small amount of this to take on holiday with me. Flint and Flint Glycolic Cleanser costs £30 for 100ml.

Skin vitamin rich cleanser I don’t often use a creamy cleanser that requires removal with cotton wool, which explains why this has sat in my bathroom cabinet for a year! My preferred cleansing routine consists of a micellar water followed by a wash-off cleansing cream or gel, but this Sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser was part of a bargain bundle consisting of six products that was offered as a Groupon deal. I tend to use it for a quick cleanse when I want to leave my eye make up on but just refresh my skin. The key ingredients are Evening Primrose oil for its soothing and healing properties, Allantoin to moisturise, and vitamins A, C and E to protect skin from free radicals. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated, but most of all I love the fragrance, which to me smells like sun cream…every time I use it I’m reminded of beach holidays! The Vitamin Rich Cleanser costs £14.75 for a 200ml bottle.

Urban Veda Daily Purifying Wash

When I received a travel size tube of Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash in a beauty box I relegated it to the stash of products deemed unsuitable for my skin type – as soon as I read the “for oil-prone skin” on the tube I assumed it would completely dry my skin out. How wrong I was! I grabbed it one morning as I was diving in to the shower (running late as usual!) and I was immediately won over by the lovely minty freshness. If you’ve ever used a minty shower gel you’ll know that fresh, slightly cold feeling you get when you apply it to the skin.

It’s pleasantly cooling to use after a workout, and it doesn’t make my skin feel at all tight or dry, just really smooth and calmed.

Well this cleanser does the same thing, albeit very gently (ingredients include tea tree, orange, anise, spearmint, wild mint and eucalyptus oils as well as witch hazel).  It’s pleasantly cooling to use after a workout, and it doesn’t make my skin feel at all tight or dry, just really smooth and calmed. Even though I have predominantly dry skin, I am still prone to the mid afternoon shiny T-zone, but on the days I used this cleanser I noticed my nose and forehead were less shiny later in the day. I was really surprised at how much I liked this gel cleanser, and even though it’s not aimed at my skin type I’d definitely consider buying a full size tube. Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash costs £12.99 for 150ml.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Ltd Edition trio

Well I had to save the best for last…Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is my favourite cleanser, and even though I love the original it’s always a joy to try out the limited editions. When I first saw this 20th anniversary trio on the website I was very tempted to order straight away as I expected it to sell out, so when it was reduced in the sale I was amazed and snapped it up! I had tried the Orange Flower and Chamomile version before, but the Grapefruit and Patchouli, and Rose and Lavender combinations were new to me.

I absolutely love all three versions, which I use according to mood and time of day…

I absolutely love all three versions, which I use according to mood and time of day; I like to use the Grapefruit and Patchouli in the morning because it has a wonderfully energising fragrance, while the relaxing aroma of the Orange Flower and Chamomile is perfect to use before bedtime. I find the Rose and Lavender suitable for any time of the day, as it’s incredibly soothing and comforting.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish anniversary trio

Over the past month or so I’ve been a bit more adventurous with my cleansing routine, and while I’ll always have my favourites, it’s been good to discover new products. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is the cleanser I use the most, but all of the products I’ve tried have a place in my skincare routine.

 

Do you have an all time favourite cleanser? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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May empties Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Last month I came to the end of some truly fabulous products, so good that I’d been trying to eke them out as long as possible. In an effort to clear some space in the bathroom I’ve ended up with quite a few May empties. The items I was really sorry to use up were the two Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Editions.  I’d been using the Sweet Orange and Mint in the morning for a zesty and fresh start to the day, while saving the soothing Orange Flower and Chamomile version for night time.

My favourite cleanser

I’ve been a fan of Cleanse and Polish for many years now. While I find it impossible to fault the original version, I can never resist buying the limited editions. Luckily for me (and every other Cleanse and Polish devotee) Liz Earle is celebrating its 20th birthday with some amazing offers. One of those is a limited edition Cleanse & Polish Beauty Trio. The set contains 3 x 100ml pumps in calming Rose & Lavender, zesty Grapefruit & Patchouli and soothing Orange Flower & Chamomile, plus 2 muslin cloths for £35. Too good to resist I reckon!

May empties Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish limited editions

May empties Murad Essential C cleanser

The broad spectrum SPF 30 of the Essential-C Day Moisture provides a good level of protection from UVA and UVB rays…

Another skincare system I’m a fan of is Murad’s Essential-C range, which I find works particularly well for me in warmer weather; in fact it made it onto my list of Beauty Essentials for Running. The broad spectrum SPF 30 of the Essential-C Day Moisture provides a good level of protection from UVA and UVB rays, although I like to apply a separate sunscreen on top as well. The eye cream has an SPF of 15, which is a little low for my liking, although I’m never without big sunglasses, even in Winter. I like to use this cleanser after a workout as I find an emulsifying cleanser more convenient to use in the shower than over the sink, and the citrus fragrance is refreshing and energising.

The Intensive-C Radiance Peel is one of my favourite treatments because it’s so easy to use.

The texture of the Advanced Active Radiance Serum is quite thin and runny. Although it sinks into the skin quickly I didn’t find it particularly hydrating. However, it did give my skin an energising boost which complimented the other products in the range. I also used it up very quickly. The Intensive-C Radiance Peel is one of my favourite treatments because it’s so easy to use. You only have to leave it on for up to 10 minutes and it leaves my skin feeling fresher, cleaner and brighter, without the tight shiny feeling you get with some face masks. I first reviewed Murad’s Essential-C range on Style Splash here.

May empties Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour range

The hand cream is another high performing product, as you’d expect from this range.

Over the past 18 months I’ve never been without an Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant stick in my makeup bag. I first discovered this amazing lip balm when I bought the Elizabeth Arden Eight Winter Essentials kit. I’ve been quite lucky because I also bought my mum one of these gift sets and she gave me her lip protectant stick. Just as that was running out I bought the Latest in Beauty Dream Box 2 which contained one. It’s an incredibly useful item to have in your makeup bag because in addition to being an excellent lip balm it can be used on scrapes, sore bits and blisters (just remember to apply it with your finger or wipe the stick afterwards!)

The hand cream is another high performing product, as you’d expect from this range. Somehow it manages to stay on my hands even after I’ve washed them several times. The fragrance might not be to everyone’s liking but if you can overlook that I’m sure your hands will thank you for slapping this on.

Santuary 30 Day Youth Revolution

The mask is thick and gloopy which takes 15-20 minutes to dry…then comes the really satisfying bit…peeling it off!

The Sanctuary 30 Day Youth Revolution kit and Power Peptide Serum were absolute bargains at just £6 and £5 respectively, which I bought back in October. I have to admit that I wasn’t disciplined enough to use the mask twice a week as advised, but even using it less frequently my skin still felt the benefit.

The mask is thick and gloopy which takes 15-20 minutes to dry…then comes the really satisfying bit…peeling it off! Is it just me that loves doing that? Well apparently not as my daughter insisted on doing it for me every time! The mask contains glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and stimulate renewal. I really enjoyed using this mask, even if it is a bit messy – having a brush included in the kit helps. but even though I washed it out thoroughly after every use it still went hard.

The Anti-Wrinkle Activation Serum gave a nice boost of radiance to my skin. Like the Murad serum, it’s quite runny but I didn’t need to use loads so it did last quite well. I also used the Power Peptide Serum intermittently, which contains Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid. Given the impressive ingredients I had really high hopes for this product, but I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be. In fact I didn’t notice much of an improvement in skin tone or texture but as it only cost £5 I’m not too disappointed. However, I would definitely purchase the 30 Day Youth Revolution kit again, in fact I’ve been back to the Factory Shop to see if I can pick another bargain up but sadly they’re no longer in stock.

Clinique CC Cream and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation

When BB and then CC creams exploded onto the market a few years ago I was a bit confused about the whole concept.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra is my favourite base and one that I use daily. I’ve tried many different foundations but I always come back to this. It gives lasting coverage and blends in so well. It’s not cheap but for me it’s worth the splurge. When BB and then CC creams exploded onto the market a few years ago I was a bit confused about the whole concept. I don’t like tinted moisturisers (they just seem a bit neither here nor there to me) so I didn’t think a CC cream would impress me. However, I was quite surprised at the level of coverage the Clinique cream gave and how well it blended in. It left a more dewy finish than I’m used to, which often resulted in a shiny nose and forehead by mid-afternoon. But for holidays when you don’t necessarily want full coverage it’s a great product, especially as it contains an SPF 30.

Benefit Dandelion lip gloss and Gimme Brow

I am quite fussy when it comes to lip glosses – I don’t like the really gloopy and sticky ones that your hair gets stuck to on a breezy day…yuk!

Last but not least, two fabulous products from Benefit. The Dandelion Ultra Plush lip gloss is the first lip product I’ve tried from Benefit, and now I’m asking myself why I hadn’t tried it before! I am quite fussy when it comes to lip glosses – I don’t like the really gloopy and sticky ones that your hair gets stuck to on a breezy day…yuk! So the silky texture of this Benefit beauty really floated my boat. I’ll certainly be buying the full size version and probably in several other shades too…It just goes to show that giving out mini versions as free gifts really works as a marketing strategy!

Back in May I reviewed Gimme Brow alongside L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper, and despite preferring the Benefit gel I was swayed by the more purse friendly drug store version. After a couple of months of using the cheaper product I’m now sitting on the fence, mainly because I find the brush a bit cumbersome and the colour is a little too dark and warm-toned for me. Yes there is a big difference in price but I guess it’s true that you get what you pay for. I always did have expensive taste!

Have you tried any of these products? If you have I’d love to know what you thought…please let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

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