Sunday, 28 May 2017

FAVOURITES: May 2017


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream £24.00 for 170g (Link)
Having introduced a stronger retinol to my routine in April I definitely experienced the skin flaking and dryness especially around my eyes and whilst my routine was helping I starting using my FAB Ultra Repair Cream and after a couple of nights that all disappeared and my skin returned to normal. This is a great cream for when your skin barrier needs repairing, it's rich but not at all greasy and doesn't sit on the skin and therefore clog pores. I wouldn't use this as a day cream personally due to the oilier nature of my skin but I did on one occasion and was surprised my makeup stayed put all day. If you find you get itchy skin or if something has irritated it (Hello Hayfever eyes!) this really does help calm and restore your skin to normality. The tube is £10 for 28g or a 170g is £24 which I think is a bargain.

Farmacy Sleep Tight Night Balm £42.00 for 50ml (Link)
I recently purchased the Skin Saviour Kit (Link) from Cult Beauty which is a collection of the best selling products by Farmacy which contained this little beauty. Sleep Tight is an overnight balm that you massage into the skin as the last step in your routine, it starts out as a jelly like balm and turns to oil with the warmth of your hands. It cocoon’s your complexion overnight hydrating to the max and preventing any moisture loss. It's jammed packed with oils like sweet almond, sunflower, evening primrose, jojoba, grape to name a few which will nourish and plump up your skin without clogging pores and Echinacea GreenEnvy™ which is a natural form of Cichoric acid; an antioxidant that helps support a more evenly toned complexion and helps to reduce redness. I think for £42 the 150ml pot will last forever as you need so little each night so definitely worth the cost and I will be purchasing a full size.

Yu Ling Jade Facial Roller £43.00 (Link)
I have been using this religiously with the Farmacy Sleep Tight and it’s a match made in heaven; it helps to press the balm/oil into my complexion as well as providing a facial massage which firms and tones the facial muscles. I’ve seen a lovely improvement in the tone, texture and overall firmness of my complexion since starting this routine and it's so relaxing to do each night.

LA Girl Pro-Conceal £5.00 (Link)
I’m definitely a ‘high-end’ girl when it comes to skincare and makeup; over the years I’ve concluded that you get what you pay for, there are definitely exceptions to the rule and these concealers by LA Girl are most certainly one. The peach corrector is fabulous at counteracting those dark blue/purple circles under the eyes and the concealer brightens and conceals like a dream. I think I enjoy these so much because the texture is wonderful; lightweight, pigmented and they smooth the under area which to someone with dry skin caused by retinol is a revelation. All this and they’re cheap as chips.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone £32.00 (Link)
I’ll admit I wasn’t that much into highlighters like the rest of the globe until I’d found this shade from Becca, I found highlighters always seem to emphasise or highlight if you will textural issues on my skin. I don’t know if it’s the texture that improved or this formula that is the dogs bo**ocks but I utterly love the wonderful subtle glow it gives my face and I wear it every single day. It’s so effortless to blend and the shade is perfect for me; not too gold, not too pink, everyone went a bit nutty for the Prosecco Pop but it looked so dark on a lot of complexions that I didn't get the hype, for us lighter gals Moonstone is definitely the way to go.

Mac Liptensity in Doe £17.50 (Link)
I’m one of those on a night out who always wears a red lip. It’s my statement look and as I have so few nights out I always like to look like I’ve made an effort and try and use up the 50 ‘ever so slightly different’ toned orangey reds in my collection. However recently I decided I needed a change and purchased a liptensity from Mac for an evening of cockatails in Manchester. It was lovely to not worry about smudging lipstick/whether it needed topping up etc and I actually had a better more relaxed night because of it. This formula is so smooth and hydrating and one of those lipsticks you can just apply without a mirror whilst waiting for your cocktail to be mixed or at your desk if you need a top up throughout the day. Shade wise I chose Doe which is a darker brownish nude which was a perfect choice for my skin tone and I do dab it over some lip balm as a sheer lippy day to day. 

So those have been my favourites over May and April really, what have you been loving? Anything new I need to try?

Friday, 19 May 2017

REVIEW: Clinique Fresh Pressed 7 Day System


When I first heard about this new launch from Clinique I knew I had to try it out, I am a firm believer in the power of vitamin C for a radiant and even complexion. This intense 7 day system contains 7 daily use powder cleansing sachets and a 7 day supply of the booster serum which you use twice a day. The concept isn’t exactly revolutionary as The Body Shop released a 10 day Vitamin C Boosting Concentrate about a decade ago and Philosophy have had their Vitamin C powder out for years which you mix into a serum or moisturiser, whether they have been clinically tested for sensitive skins is something I doubt and the Clinique 7 Day System has been so it’s suitable to every skin type to use. 

Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser

These little sticks contain a powdered cleanser formulated with 10% vitamin C as well as salicylic acid, each morning you empty the sachet onto a wet palm and rub together to activate the formula then apply to the skin avoiding the eyes. I tend to leave on whilst brushing my teeth so it has some time on my skin and then rinse off. My skin feels smoother and brighter after each use and I’ve not noticed my skin feeling tight or dry either. The sachets are great for travel but I think the packaging is a bit wasteful as most of it is empty space and if I was to purchase just the cleanser on its own I would personally prefer it in an airtight container of some sort rather than the individual packets.

Fresh Pressed Daily Booster

This serum is designed to be mixed into your moisturiser twice a day, I actually tend to mix in with my first stage essence; in my head, it means it’s the most potent as it’s the first thing on my skin after cleansing and toning. Not only containing 10% vitamin C the Booster is also blended with Molasses and Mulberry Root to help fade pigmentation, grape extract for antioxidants, salicylic acid which gently exfoliates helping the other ingredients penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin and there’s also some anti-inflammatory ingredients like cucumber, caffeine and betain algae so the formula doesn’t irritate your complexion.

In contrast to the cleanser’s packaging I really like the dispenser, due to the l-ascorbic acid being a very unstable ingredient when mixed with water on first use you peel back the foil on top and release the powdered ingredients into the liquid and shake. This formula then stays ‘Fresh’ for 7 days use and then you are supposed to discard, which I think is a tad hasty and I just used until it’s finished as again it’s very wasteful and I doubt it has spoiled.

Overall I have really enjoyed using this 7 day system, at £25 it’s a good course to use whenever your skin needs brightening and any pigmentation fading as I saw a huge difference in these areas to the point of actually forgetting to use foundation one day as my skin was so even in tone I thought I had already applied it (It was a Monday for reference). I have some pigmentation just under the outer corner of each eye on top of my cheek bones and they have faded dramatically with the use of this system which I’m thrilled about.

The 7 days is a good course to see actual improvements and although I’d like to use every day it would be a very expensive habit; I will say I did use half a sachet of the cleanser at a time to make it last longer and the booster didn’t seem to run out using a couple of drops a day in 7 days so in total the system lasted around 14 days which reduces the price per use. I will purchase this again and I am tempted to invest in the cleanser and booster individually because I actually don’t know which product has improved my skin the most or if it’s the combination of the both so I think an experiment needs to be carried out using just the cleanser on one half of my face and the booster on the other.

Clinique seem to be finally moving away from their three step system and releasing some fantastic products that deliver real results without being too hefty on the purse strings, there is a new Moisture Surge serum release that I definitely need to try out. Have you tried any of Clinique's newer offerings?