October skincare haul

A change in the weather calls for a skincare rethink and this month I’ve got plenty of new products to try out. The best thing is they were all incredible bargains! My local Factory Shop is selling Sanctuary skincare at rock bottom prices, with gift sets at just £6 and moisturisers and serums for £5. Naturally I snapped up a few items for myself and I may well store a few more away for Christmas presents. I’m most excited about trying the 30 Day Youth Revolution…I love those peel-off face masks!





The cherry on the cake was this gift with purchase for spending £20 on skincare. I wasn’t expecting it, but it was a nice surprise at the checkout!


The second amazing skincare bargain I bagged is this set from Sk:n which was a Groupon offer. The bundle is said to be worth £140 and it was being offered on Groupon for just £25.  I had never tried the brand before but for that price I thought it was worth a punt.  The only slight downside was I had to collect it from one of the Sk:n clinics as home delivery was not an option. Luckily there is one a short tram ride from where I work near Manchester so it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience, especially for that price. There were different options to choose from depending on skin type. I opted for the anti-ageing set which should have included a neck cream, but they had run out of that so gave me a cream to treat mature and sun-damaged skin instead. Included in the set is a voucher for £25 off a treatment at the clinic. I’ll be testing out all of these products and posting a review soon!


Have you tried any of these products and if so what did you think to them?


Thanks for reading!





Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Winter Essentials Kit

Today’s beauty review may seem a little out of season but if you’ve ever tried a product from Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour range you’ll know they are all-year-round beauty staples. I bought this kit around Christmas time when it was on offer for just £16, which is an absolute steal. Included in it are a 30ml Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, a 30ml Intensive Hand Moisturizing Treatment, a 3.7g Lip Protectant Stick, a pair of cotton gloves and socks, and a rather chic red zip-up case.

The original Skin Protectant was created by Elizabeth Arden in 1930 and was used to soothe her thoroughbred horses’ legs!

The original Skin Protectant was created by Elizabeth Arden in 1930 and was used to soothe her thoroughbred horses’ legs! It was soon found to be equally effective on people and has since won numerous beauty awards. If you’ve never tried it before and are thinking of giving it a go do bear in mind that it’s not the type of cream you can slather all over your face (there are day and night time moisturisers in the range though). It is more of an ointment or salve and feels a little like Vaseline on the skin.  I mainly use it to prevent chafing when I’m running as my sports bra rubs sore patches around my rib cage on long runs without it. It’s also great for grazes, burns, dry patches and using on your feet if you’re wearing shoes that rub.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Winter Essentials Kit

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Winter Essentials Kit

Unlike most other hand creams which you have to reapply every time you wash your hands, this sinks into the skin and leaves hands lovely and soft, even after multiple washes…

The Intensive Hand Moisturizing Hand Treatment is probably the best hand cream I’ve tried. Unlike most other hand creams which you have to reapply every time you wash your hands, this sinks into the skin and leaves hands lovely and soft, even after multiple washes. Yet there is not even a hint of greasiness. I can’t recommend this product highly enough. My only (very slight) gripe with it is that it doesn’t contain an SPF, which is a shame – almost perfect but not quite. The gloves and socks were a nice addition to the set but to be honest I don’t use them. The socks are a bit too small and I don’t like wearing gloves in bed so the overnight moisture treatment really isn’t for me.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Winter Essentials Kit Lip Protectant

The Lip Protectant stick is another great product from the Eight Hour range. It is like a solid version of the original cream and has the same signature fragrance, which judging by some of the comments I’ve read, doesn’t appeal to everyone. The good news is there’s a fragrance-free version of the original cream, and if you like a hint of colour in your lip balm the Lip Protectant is available in a tinted version in four shades.

I was really happy with this set, I loved the products and the case is perfect for keeping makeup or jewellery in.

Have you tried anything from the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour range? If so did you like it? Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day!




Murad Complete Renewal set

The Murad Complete Renewal set was one of two I got for Christmas, and as we’re now well into the Summer I feel as though I’ve had ample time to test it out thoroughly! The Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and eye cream were only small pots so I got through them quite quickly. I had tried out the moisturiser before and found it to be very nourishing and hydrating without being too heavy or greasy, making it suitable for all year round.

The eye cream was equally pleasant to use, although if you’re looking for an eye cream that has specific anti-ageing properties this probably isn’t the cream for you. Neither of these have an SPF so can be used morning and night, but you would need to apply a separate sunscreen for daytime.

The AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is designed to be used a couple of times a week rather than daily. It contains glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to dissolve skin cell buildup, as well as jojoba beads to polish and retexturise skin. My skin did feel clearer after using the cleanser and along with the Intensive-C Radiance Peel, which I apply once a week, (see review here) freshens my skin and helps keep congestion at bay.

At first I was using this treatment once or twice a week at night but I wasn’t really seeing any results. I’ve now increased usage to roughly five times per week…

Of all the products in the set I was most excited about the Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles. I’ve always approached retinol-based products with caution as over use can cause irritation. At first I was using this treatment once or twice a week at night but I wasn’t really seeing any results. I’ve now increased usage to roughly five times per week and I do think I’ve seen a small improvement, but as I’ve also recently changed moisturiser it’s impossible to attribute this solely to the Time Release Retinol Concentrate. You can apply it daily under moisturiser in the morning and at night, but Murad advises restricting it to night time usage if the skin starts to become irritated. It claims to reduce deep wrinkles by 45% in six weeks so I will try using it twice daily to see if it makes a difference, in particular on my forehead.

Murad Complete Renewal set

Overall I do like the products in this set and I’ve enjoyed using them, especially the Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, but given the fairly hefty price tag I’m not sure I’d rush out to buy them again when there are so many other products to try. In short I liked them, but probably not quite enough to repurchase in the near future.  I’m still reserving judgement on the Time Release Retinol Concentrate until I up the usage to twice daily.

Murad Hydro-dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Prices stated on Murad website at time of publishing:

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, £64 for 50ml.

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes, £57 for 15ml.

Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles, £65 for 15ml.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, £34 for 200ml.

Are you a fan of Murad skincare? I’d love to hear your comments. Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

Body Shop products

Just before Christmas I picked up a few bargains in the Body Shop sale. I was eager to try the lip liners as in my teens and early twenties the Body Shop's lip pencil in Beech was one of my makeup essentials. While beauty editors were raving about Mac's Spice lip liner being the perfect nude shade I was looking for something a little more affordable. Considering the Body Shop pencils are currently £8 full price - only £4 less than Mac's it doesn't seem like much of a saving now! As I bought these in the sale I wasn't too bothered if they turned out to be a disappointment. I really like the colours, Beech is darker than I remember but it's a great everyday shade, as is Pink Brown. Both shades are very natural and I would say flattering to all skin tones. The texture is a little on the hard side which does mean lipstick bleed is greatly reduced but they don't have the staying power of some of the other budget brands I've tried. All in all I probably would repurchase but only in the sale. 

Body Shop lipliner swatches

The Shea Butter Body Whip was a whim purchase and a gets a big thumbs up from me. Having never tried it before I had no expectations and only reviews on the Body Shop's site to go by. I really can't fault it – the texture is lovely and makes my skin feel so smooth and soft. The smell is divine,  a sweet and nutty fragrance which may not be to everyone's taste but I love it. The scent is faintly reminiscent of suntan lotions and holidays. I'd definitely buy this again.

Included in the order was a free Vitamin E Moisture Cream, another first for me. It's a light texture, not really rich enough for my skin during the colder months but I do like to use it on my neck and decolletage. It's one of the Body Shop's best sellers and according to customers reviews on the site it's a great moisturiser for those with sensitive and/or combination skin. Vitamin E Moisture Cream is £10 for 50ml so very reasonably priced. The Body Shop has a discount code on offer at the moment, with £5 off a £15 spend, £10 off £25 and a £25 saving on a £50 order. Mmmm…very tempting!


Thanks for reading, have a lovely day xxx