Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Natural Glow Facial Towelettes Review

I'm not a huge fan of facial wipes as I don't feel like they do as good a job as a proper cleansing routine.  However, they do have a place in my life as I keep them handy for those times when I'm too tired to do a proper cleanse.  

These wipes are lovely.  They are large enough to only need one to remove an entire face of makeup.  They smell really nice, exactly the same as the Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Daily Gentle Facial Cleanser that I reviewed recently (here).  They were even able to remove all traces of mascara (not waterproof) which is no mean feat for wipes.  I normally find that I'm a bit panda eyed in the morning after using wipes.  
Also, when I'm finished with the wipe, I use a clean piece of it to give a quick wipe around the sink.  I really make sure that I get my full value out of them.  This will probably only be appreciated by the more mature reader lol.

These wipes cost £4.99 which is quite cheap for wipes I think.  I know of several brands which aren't as good but are more expensive.  They can be purchased from here and there is currently an offer on the Yes To products where if you spend £15 on them you get a free Yes To Carrots C Me Smile Lip Butter (which I haven't tried but sounds lovely).  We all love a freebie thrown in:)

I have said in the past that I don't buy skincare online but for these I would make an exception.  They are fast becoming my favourite wipes!!

These were sent to me for review purposes.

I hope you are all having a lovely day xx

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Gel Eyeliner

I spotted these yesterday at my local Estee Lauder counter.  I couldn't help myself and just had to have one.  Eyeliner is currently one of my favourite makeup items and even though I need another eyeliner like I need a hole in the head, I bought one.

The colour I got is Stay Midnight.  It's a beautiful blue colour.  It's a little bit lighter than navy blue (which is what I would imagine a Midnight blue to look like) and it's absolutely beautiful.

It comes in the standard sized little pot that gel liners come in and it has it's own brush.  This one is a straight edged brush and therefore quite practical to apply the liner with.

I swatched it and like my last gel liner (No17) I was disappointed with the intensity of the colour.  However, this time, it was more difficult to remove.  It did not remove easily with a wet finger and I removed it with a wipe when I was taking off my day's makeup.

This one is a little bit more expensive though.  It costs £15.50.  I think I'm going to love this one.  I am already thinking about what other colours in this I "must" have.  You can check it out on the official Estee Lauder website here.  There are only 3 colours available here but my local counter had at least another 2, possibly 3 so definitely worth a swatch or 2 before you buy.

Have you tried any of these liners?

Monday, 18 July 2011

Free Boots 17 Gel Liner

Boots 17 is a range of cheap cosmetics which are aimed at younger people.  That is teenagers and early twenties.  However, the range is (mostly) really good and as it's so cheap it represents excellent value for money.  For that reason I think its range of customers goes way beyond its target.  It's a great way of trying new colours/trends at a fraction of the price and if you don't like/suit it then it's no big loss.  It is always following the latest makeup trends and is an excellent first port of call if you want to too!!

They also do really good gifts with purchase and are really worth a look then.  Currently they are offering a free Falsifeye gel liner with a purchase of their new mascara - Falsifeye.

The mascara costs £6.79 which is quite expensive for this range.  However with a free gel liner thrown in for that price I was willing to overlook it:)

The gel liner comes in the same kind of little pot that all gel liners come in.  It also comes with a little liner brush.

When I swatched it I was quite disappointed with the intensity of the colour.  It's not a true black black.  It seems quite wishy washy and I was able to remove it with a few wipes from a wet finger.

That said I am not a huge fan of true black eyeliner on myself.  It can be very harsh so in that respect this could be the perfect black for me.  However, I am concerned about it's staying power.  Only time will tell.  I will not be trying it out properly until my next day off.  I do not want any make up faux pas in work!  Watch this space for an update.  I will also be reviewing the mascara when I've tried it out.

I hope you all had a great weekend xx

Sunday, 17 July 2011

New Aromatherapy Associates Skincare Sets

Aromatherapy Associates is a relatively new brand to me but so far I'm loving what I've tried.  They are quite expensive though so a great way of trying out some of their amazing skincare is with their new skincare sets.  I was sent one of them for review purposes.

The one I have is the Anti-age Introductory Set (yes I definitely do need ant-age now lol).  There is also an Essential Sincare Introductory Set.

Both sets come in a box with a cosmetic bag.

The Anti-Age Set  comes with :

"The complete collection of natural, award winning anti age skincare in a versatile size.  Presented in a classic cosmetics bag the set includes the renowned Overnight Repair Mask (5ml), Instant Skin Firming Serum (5ml), Fine Line Face Oil (3ml), Intensive Skin Treatment Oil (3ml), Rich Repair Nourishing Cream (5ml) and Rich Repair Eye Cream (3ml).

The highly effective results driven collection helps slow the aging process and leaves skin looking plump, firm, radiant, youthful, supple, whether you are on your travels or at home."

I love all the items in the bag but I do have a definite favourite.  As the products are quite expensive to buy individually I would be forced to choose only one for repurchase.  I would go for the Fine Line Face Oil which costs £41.50 for 15ml.  This is a lovely oil with a beautiful smell and a little goes a long way.  I love using this at night and I feel the smell of the oils makes me sleep much better.  Maybe that's just me but I always wake up feeling more refreshed after using this and the smell is just wonderful.  I do feel that my skin does look better for it in the morning.  I also love the Intensive Skin Treatment Oil which is also beautiful  It costs £39.50 for 15ml.  These oils can also be used in the morning but I feel that they are best left for night time use only.  I'm not sure how makeup would sit on this and I'm sure I would find it hard to stay awake with this on during the day lol.

Currently Aromatherapy Associates are offering 3 free sample sizes from a selection at checkout with every order.  You can check out their website here.  Both the sample sets cost £30 each and I would definitely recommend one of these sets as a great way of trying their products.

If you are going to try any of these products in their full size version I definitely advise trying out one of the oils.  These are little gems and your skin will thank you for it.

Aromatherapy Associates is also available from leading hotel and destination spas worldwide.

Have you enjoyed any of these products?

Sunday, 10 July 2011

More Magazine Freebies

The August 2011 edition of InStyle magazine has some Body Shop freebies up for grabs.

You can choose from a black mascara or 2 eyeliners. I chose the 2 eyeliners. They are black and French navy.

The mascara is worth £10 and the liners are worth £16. The magazine costs £3.70 so is definitely worth picking up.

Get these quick as they are sure to be snapped up fast!!

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Jergens Naturals Aloe Soothing Body Moisturiser with Cucumber Review

I was sent this product for review purposes.  I have never used any Jergens products before and was quite excited to receive this.  I was sent the Aloe Soothing Body Moisturiser With Cucumber to review.

It comes in a tube of 200ml.  It is able to stand on the lid making all the product much easier to remove and therefore making you get the most out of the tube easily.  When it is almost finished you can cut the tube in order to completely use it all.  Hey, you might as well get your money's worth:)

It is a milky white lotion and it's not too thick but also not too runny.  It has a lovely consistency.

It is readily absorbed into my skin.  It has a clean, fresh smell with a hint of cucumber.  I have been using this most days for about 4 weeks now and I love it.

It normally costs £4.99 from Boots but at present Boots hals a half price offer on selected Jergens products.  This being one of them.  You can check it out here.  These items are also available in Superdrug.

This is a lovely summery body moisturiser and when I need to I will be repurchasing and trying other Jergens products.  I'm only sorry that I didn't try them sooner.

What is your favourite Jergens product?


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