Being someone with combination skin I never thought I would be able to use a moisturising face mask. Even though I have combination skin it can become dehydrated, especially on my cheeks, so I do like to add intensive moisture into my routine if I can. Prior to using this product I thought I would wake up with spotty, oily feeling skin. I saw this on offer in Boots a long time ago I decided to take the plunge and try it.
The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask – wow what a mouthful – claims to stop dry and dehydrated skin in its tracks and leave your skin looking luminous and dewy in the morning. Now, luminous and dewy are not usually two things someone with combination/oily skin wants from their skin care, however I find this product leaves my skin looking plump and hydrated in the morning with no excess oil in sight.
The mask goes on clear so, as they claim, it could be used to help keep moisture locked in on long-haul flights – no one would even know you were wearing it. It has a sweet fruity smell which does linger on the skin but it is not over powering if you are sensitive to highly fragranced products. Once applied the mask does not feel tacky and begins to sink in quite quickly but you can feel it on your skin for a while after it is applied, so that is something to be aware of if you do not like the feeling of product on your skin.
I have mainly been using this once a week after I have used a manual face scrub to soothe my skin and add some intense moisture over night. You only need to use a small amount, around a 50p piece size – but you can apply more if you like – so this pot will last a long time. I believe it is a similar product to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask but is nearly half the price, though I have not tried the Origins so I can’t say for sure if it is a dupe.
The Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Mask retails for £13 and is available from Boots in the UK. (At the time of posting it is currently included in the buy one get one half price offer)
This product is a miracle worker – no joke. Around six months ago I was suffering from constant sore bumps under my skin on my chin, almost like cystic acne, and no matter what I used or didn’t use they wouldn’t go away. One would disappear and another would reappear over night. I could not for the life me figure out what was causing it but it was so frustrating as I had never suffered that badly with my skin before. I spent some time reading blog posts on various treatments I could try and came across this review from Kate at Gh0stparties of the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil and it sounded perfect so I placed an order and waited patiently – or not so – for it to arrive.
As soon as it arrived I couldn’t wait to start using it, so that night once I had cleansed and toned I applied a few drops to the palm of my hand and massaged it into my skin, focussing on my chin. The instructions say to use 2-3 drops so that is what I started off with, now I use about 5-6 drops every other night. The oil feels lovely and hydrating on the skin, but don’t worry oily skinned gals can still use this, and it sinks in quite quickly, though I probably wouldn’t use this in the morning as I am not sure how it would sit under makeup.
I have been using the Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil every other night for approximately six months and I am just under half way through the bottle. Around a month after I started using this oil I saw a marked improvement in my skin, and now I do not suffer from those pesky under the skin bumps at all. I just get the usual small spots around that time of the month or when I have eaten too much chocolate! I don’t think I will ever be without this oil in my skin care routine as it really has changed my skin and I feel so much more confident now to go out without makeup because of it.
Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil retails for £22 for 30ml and is available here.
Wet ‘n’ Wild is not a brand that is easily obtainable in the UK and this is such a shame as the brand gets a lot of great reviews from American bloggers. I found some of their products whilst browsing the beauty section of Amazon.co.uk a while ago and took the plunge and purchased the Comfort Zone Eyeshadow Palette.
As you can see it has six lovely neutral colours and then two pops of colour. All of the Wet ‘n’ Wild palettes have the shadows labeled either Browbone, Crease and Definer but personally I wouldn’t use the silver/taupe on my brow bone. You can use these colours anywhere you like though.
Left side swatched top to bottom
Right side swatched top to bottom
The pigmentation of these shadows is fantastic. The only one that is a little disappointing is the dark brown on the right hand side, but apart from that they are buttery and smooth to apply. All eight shadows are either shimmer or satin in texture so unfortunately if you want to use a matte shadow you will need to use one from another palette – this doesn’t bother me too much though. The duo chrome blue in the bottom corner is a great dupe for MAC Club eyeshadow, in fact it has better pigmentation and colour in my opinion and looks great on its own all over the lid then blended out.
In this palette you get eight beautiful shadows for around £10 including postage from Amazon, and whilst I did pay more for this palette than I would have in a shop in America I still think this is great value for money. This is probably one of my favourite drugstore priced eyeshadow palettes and I will definitely be purchasing more when I can.
The Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone Palette is available here for UK delivery.
This blog post has been a long time coming. I have been raving about this product to anyone who will listen for well over a year. I purchased it from the Brighton Space NK when they had the spend £150 get a free goodie bag on. I needed to spend another £9 so asked the ladies in the shop what they would recommend. One of them asked if I like lip balms and showed me this product. As soon as I tried it on my lips I knew I had to have it, so into my basket it went.
The Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm is an intense hydrating balm for dry or chapped lips. It has a lovely sweet honey smell and is quite thick in texture. The Nuxe website states that it tastes like grapefruit, but I can’t say I have really noticed much of a flavour but it certainly isn’t offensive in anyway – my fiancé hates the taste though, so it’s not one to wear if you are planning on kissing anyone.
I try to remember to apply this every night before I go to bed and when I do I wake up with lovely smooth hydrated lips. If I have forgotten to use it for a few days and my lips are feeling dry or chapped it only takes one use of this to get them back to normal which is incredible. A little goes a long way with this lip balm so the pot will last ages. As you can see I still have lots left in mine and I have been using it for over a year – I do have one as a back up though, just in case.
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Balm retails for £9.50 and is available from uk.nuxe.com, Space NK and other retailers.
I first heard about the Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder when I was watching Sinéad from The Makeup Chair give tips and tricks for long lasting makeup (watch here). As someone with combination skin, I do struggle to keep my makeup in place all day, especially on my nose and around my jaw line. The next time I was in Boots I noticed that it was on offer so decided to give it a go. Unfortunately the shade range is terrible but luckily I managed to find a good match in the shade 10 Ivory – the lightest shade as usual. It looks quite pink toned in the photo below, but it suits my yellow toned skin nicely.
I tried it for the first time the next day and I was amazed at how flawless my skin looked. This powder seems to fill in pores and adds just enough coverage, when worn over the top of a liquid foundation, to leave my skin looking like it has been airbrushed. I like to apply this all over my face, concentrating on my t-zone, with either a Real Techniques Blush Brush or a Real Techniques Duo Fibre Powder Brush depending on how much coverage I want. It does a great job of mattifying my skin without making it look cakey and flat looking. I do still need to touch up or blot once during the day but not as much a I need to with other powders.
I think this is a fantastic powder for the price, it even rivals my MAC Studio Fix Powder. I find myself reaching for this almost every day and I have already made quite a dent in the middle. I highly recommend this powder for people with normal to oily skin. Though I think it might be a bit too matte for people with dry to very dry skin.
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Hour Waterproof Powder retails for £5.99 and is available here.