Month: February 2014

UrbanVeda | Daily Radiance Facial Wash

For me, the key to looking after your skin begins with cleaning it using something that actually works for you.

I prefer to use gel washes rather than creams, however I prefer to exfoliate with a cream rather than a gel.

My skin also can’t handle anything too harsh, as sometimes even soap can set it off, making it feel tight and look shiny. No one wants that.

I have a few tried and tested face washes that I tend to stick to religiously, so when the UrbanVeda radiance face wash featured in my February Birchbox I didn’t immediately grab it and use it.

I remembered it again when I was rifling through my samples box. My skin was feeling a bit dull and lacklustre so the promise of radiance caught my interest.

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The Daily Radiance facil wash contains natural fruit enzymes, and promises to naturally brighten skin while balancing tone.

UrbanVeda says – “Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles, our Daily Radiance Facial Wash effectively cleanses and removes urban environmental pollutants. Our bioactive Turmeric extract brightens skin tone, while superfruit extracts are rich in fruit enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants to help counteract damage caused by free radicals and support healthy cell renewal. Skin’s natural barrier function is supported, keeping skin soft, supple and hydrated.

The first thing I noticed about the wash, was the fragrance – it has a distinct floral smell, which is more fresh, than old lady scented. You don’t need to use a lot, as it does lather up really well and is easily spread right across the face and neck.

It left my skin feeling so clean and soft, with no feeling of tightness or irritation, like some face washes I’ve battled with before. As for the brighteness aspect, I can’t say I’ve noticed a whole lot of difference to be honest, however the overall tone to my complexion has improved and it’s helped to keep my skin blemish free.

I would definitely recommend this brand to anyone looking for a budget face wash, they retail for £7.99 per tube, which I don’t find bad at all, as you do only need such a small amount of the gel per wash. There are a few different washes, for targeting different areas, so they tailor to a wide crowd too.

I’ve not seen UrbanVeda in any stores near me, so if anyone knows anywhere that sells it then please let me know, otherwise you can buy online at http://www.urbanveda.co.uk.

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Revlon PhotoReady Make Up | Nude

After trying the Revlon Colorstay foundation a while ago, I’ve kind of become a full on a Revlon lover. So it was to be expected that I’d soon turn to other products to try.

Cue the PhoteReady Make Up…

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Revlon say – “photochromatic pigments bend and reflect light to help erase every flaw. Complete, yet undetectable coverage. Soft luminous finish.”

The testing behind this product is quite clever. It was put under harsh lights and high definition cameras to test it’s flawlessness, whether under indoor fluorescent lighting, or full outdoor sunshine.

It also contains an all important SPF of 20, so with all the testing it will be interesting to see how it holds up under flash photography.

This one comes with a pump, which of course makes application much easier and more hygienic. I use one pump of the make up to start with, and usually apply using a Nanshy flat top buffer brush.

My winter shade is Nude, which I find matches me perfectly. It’s a lovely medium but build able product, which covers redness and evens skin tone nicely.

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With flash…

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It’s has a slight dewy finish, but really only on the high points of the face – the cheekbones, brow bones and forehead area. The product is set easily with a translucent face powder, and stays on for around 4 hours without having to touch up.

Something I have noticed though is there is a very slight shimmer to it, not enough to notice it from just looking in a normal mirror, however if you do use a magnifying mirror to apply make up then you make notice it. In my opinion it doesn’t affect the finish in anyway and is pretty undetectable unless of course you go looking for it.

Overall it’s a lovely product, one that I warmly welcome into my already over brimming face and base collection. You can find the Revlon PhotoReady make up in Boots and Superdrug for an RRP of £12.99.

Rodial | GlamTox Night

I’ve never really been much of a strict day and night product user. If I like something enough, I’ll just use it whenever I need to.

The Rodial GlamTox night may be slightly different though….

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It’s designed to moisturise and smooth skin, to give a radiant and youthful looking glow, and is to be specifically used at night, while you sleep.

It aims to quickly fade hyper pigmentation, reduce pore size and thicken skin as well as improving sun damage, crows feet and fine lines.

The formula is gel like, and is spread onto the skin easily. You only really need a tiny bit, and it sinks into the skin in seconds, leaving it feeling lovely and soft. I can definitely see why it’s recommended at night time, as personally I wouldn’t want to apply any sort of make up on over the top of it, and ruin the lovely velvety feel of my skin.

In the morning my skin still feels soft and completely moisturised, and it stays feeling that way all day. I’m truly so impressed with this product, and love using it along side a GlamGlow mud mask, to really give my skin a boost.

The only slight niggle for me is the price; it’s £90 for a 30ml tub of it.

Yes I know, it’s pretty pricey, and even looking around on the web, the lowest I can find it for is £64.34 at the moment on http://www.allbeauty.com. You can however get the small travel size sample kits with the full GlamTox range for around £22.00 on Amazon though if you fancy having a go, without splashing out.

Mandara Spa Bath and Body*

Is there anything better than rich, creamy products that warm you right up? Or refreshing, and calming ones than can change your mood so easily?

Ok, so I don’t mean to sound like a cheesy TV advert, but when I was sent some Mandara Spa products to try out, I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous their bath and body stuff was.

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First up, and my favourite product by far is the Amber Heaven Nourishing Body Butter. It’s thick and incredible creamy, but it goes on and sinks in like nothing else I’ve tried. It smells incredible, and is so, so luxurious that slathering it on isn’t actually a chore like applying a body cream can sometimes be.

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The Island Paradise foot butter is also a lovely, thick product which melts to the feet, and leaves no oily or stick residue behind – something that can be hard to find in a foot cream.

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If your more of a shower user than a bath dweller (like me!) then the Tropical Blooms shower gel is a great find, it smells really refreshing and left my feeling lovely. I sometimes struggle with shower gels, as some tend to leave my skin feeling tight and itchy if they’re overly perfumed, but this one left none of that feeling behind.

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Finally the Honeymilk Dream bath milk – it smells so relaxing, that you automatically want to light a few candles and whack out our iPad and just laze in a nice hot bath.

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Mandara Spa is surprising a very budget friendly brand, and after a quick search, is available in Sainsburys, ranging from around £4 up to £9.

Birchbox London Fashion Week | February 2014

I’ve been waiting excitedly by the front door for my beauty box subscriptions lately. The calibre of the products and the lovely mixture of different things month to month, have really been a nice surprise.

February’s Birchbox has got to be my favourite by far, the box is themed on London Fashion Week and contains products designed to fit into your everyday routine.

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The first thing I plucked out was the Gilchrist & Soames shower gel which I’m so looking forward to trying, it just smells so rich and warming. To follow on with the bathing theme, the UrbanVeda Radiance Daily a Facial Wash is something else that caught my eye, again it smells really nice a fruity, and I have heard really good things about the brand.

Two cosmetics brands included this month was the Models Own lipstick in. Lovely nude shade and a mini version of the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner which I was so excited to get, as it’s something I’ve been meaning to try for ages now.

Lastly, something for the hair. My weakness is hair oils and serums, so having the Beauty Protector oil included was like the icing on an already yummy cake.

Keep an eye out if you’re interested in full reviews of the products, as they’ll be featured soon!

If you subscribe to Birchbox, then I’d love to hear what you received this month? If you don’t subscribe, but would like to find out more information on the Birchbox (£12.95 inc P&P) then you can find out more on http://www.birchbox.co.uk.

Price List:-
Gilchrist & Soames shower gel – £13.75
UrbanVeda face wash – £7.99
Model Co lipstick – £15.50 (for a set of 3)
Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner – £12
Beauty Protector – £16

Johnsons Face Care at Asda

Johnsons is one of my absolute favourite drugstore skin care brands, their products are incredibly situated in price and quality.

To make matters even better, and to help with tight purse strings, I found out that Asda seem to have a continuous offer on all their Johnsons products, my local Asda have definitely been running this for around 18 months now. The offer is pretty penny saving too with any three products for £6.00. I could pretty much buy everything on the shelves and just stocked up for the rest of my life, but I have some self restraint, so I stuck with red things I knew I needed…

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First of all I’ll get the dreaded face wipes out of the way. Some people love them, others hate them and I can sort of see why, but I generally use face wipes to remove my make up initially, usually before I get in the shower, or before I cleanse and tone my face. Sometimes I even use them if I’m feeling really lazy and I just want to go to bed. Don’t judge. I like the Johnsons Make Up Be Gone Moisturising Wipes, they don’t dry out my skin, and they don’t leave a lingering residue afterwards either.

I’ve needed a new day cream for a while, and after completely falling in love with the Johnsons one for normal skin, I went back for another. Except this time they didn’t have the one for normal skin in stock, so I picked up the Nourishing 24h Day Cream for dry skin (SPF 15). There’s not too much difference between the two for me really, maybe because my skin is a bit weather bashed it’s enjoying the dry skin formula at the moment. I will get the lighter one for the summer though, as this cream just keeps my skin feeling soft and cared for.

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Lastly, I grabbed the Daily Essentials Gentle Eye Make Up Removal Pads – I’d heard that they were good for sensitive eyes and my source was right. They remove every last trace of eye make up, without making my eyes uncomfortable and irritated. There’s no fragrance at all to these, and they just feel like cotton pads that have been soaked in water, that’s how sensitive they were to my fussy eyes.

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You can find the whole range of Johnsons face care products in store and online at Asda.