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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara

Last week I reviewed the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks and this week I'm moving on to the mascara from the same range. So far the lipsticks from the Timeless Beauty range have been a big hit with me (overlooking a few shades that don't suit me) and the powder from the Duo Compact not so much. Unfortunately the Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Boosting & Thickening mascara* also falls into the not really for me category.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara

As well as being a mascara this claims to be a treatment promising longer, thicker and fuller lashes in 30 days. The claim is that lashes will be 169% longer and 13% thicker when applied every day adding an extra 1mm growth in a month. To be honest I'm a little confused by these figures and am wondering if they are actually the wrong way round. 169% longer would mean lashes become over double the length they currently are, which seems unrealistic, especially when growth is supposed to be 1mm in a month. 13% appears much more realistic when it comes to additional length. Similarly, a 13% increase in thickness when it comes to something as thin as an eyes lashes is nothing, but a 169% increase would mean lashes more than double in thickness, which is much more realistic.

In terms of packaging this is exactly the same as the packaging on the lipsticks but just longer. It's the sort of packaging I would consider holding onto after the product is finished with as it's perfect as a blog picture prop for those rose gold lovers. The lid unscrews to reveal a reasonably chunky natural bristle brush that is a little thicker at one end and tapers slightly towards the lid of the product.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Class Act Growth Boosting & Thickening mascara

It does have a nice formula, maybe a little too wet for some people, but it can get a bit clumpy if you're not careful with your application. This is one where I don't even attempt to try and get to the lashes in the inner corner of my eye because every single time I attempt it I get mascara on my eye lid that I then have to attempt to clean up. I also don't really attempt to try and get down to the bottom of my lashes, which I really should do if possible as my lashes are blonde, as the brush feels too chunky and I do end up with it on my eye lid. Once applied this does provide some good volume and a little length.

It's not a difficult one to remove (my method of choice is an oil cleanser) but I do find that it smudges through the day and it's not one you can nap in unless you're a back napper and your eyes don't go near the pillow.

Unfortunately I can't comment on whether this made a visible difference in the length and thickness of my lashes because I just didn't enjoy using it enough to keep up with it for 30 days. I drifted back to other open mascaras I had that I enjoyed using more.

Not that I can remember the last time I actually bought a mascara myself but I'm not one for spending more than £10 on a product like this. The only exception if I had the spare cash would be Benefit's BADgal or They're Real. At £20 this isn't one I would consider purchasing myself.

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Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes

Breathable nail varnishes are certainly not a new thing, I believe they may have been around since 2012/13, if not before that, but they don't appear to have become particularly popular. The constant wearing of nail varnish is not particularly good for your nails and ideally nails should be left bare regularly to allow them to recover. Nail varnish usually forms a barrier over the nail that prevents air getting to it and causes nails to become dry. There are plenty of strengthening treatments around, but ideally you should reapply daily to really see the benefits and so this means you can't really wear a colour over the top. 

There are also religious implications for breathable nail varnish. Before Muslim prayer women are required to wash their hands and arms and traditional nail varnish prevents water from making contact with the nail, meaning the nails are unwashed. A breathable nail varnish means water can reach the nail and therefore is suitable to be worn during prayer. 

Although I don't wear nail varnish all the time (it doesn't last long enough on me so I'd be painting every few days) my nails aren't in amazing condition. They tend to be quite dry and split/flaky and I suffer with 'fault lines' down a few of them. But I only really tend to remember to regularly apply strengthener when they get really bad. So when I received an email about the Orly Breathable Treatment + Color* nail varnishes I thought I'd give them a try. 

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes
Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes

The Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes contain vitamin C, pro-vitamin B5 and argan oil and are inspired by the technology of contact lens, allowing air to pass through the colour and penetrate the nail promoting growth, increasing thickness and helping damaged nails to heal by keeping them hydrated. The formula also apparently includes adhesion promoters and shine additives meaning you don't need a base coat or topcoat. This is pretty handy because using a base coat or topcoat or both would obviously ruin the whole breathable bit. Not having to use a base coat and topcoat also means you can paint your nails in half the time it would usually take.

I think the only experience I've had of Orly in the past has been their mini bottles, so I was surprised by the size of these ones when I pulled them out of the envelope. The bottles are large and contain 18ml each, which I think is quite a lot when it comes to nail varnish. The nail varnish is a pretty good consistency, not too thick or too thin, and they come with a wide flat brush that can cover some of my nails in one swipe. I would say two coats is enough for the purple shade and three best for the red shimmer as with other shimmer shades this is thinner than just a colour on its own. 

Orly Breathable Treatment + Color nail varnishes

Please excuse that I put my finger in one of my swatches!

One of the things I was most concerned about was staining on the nails because of not using a base coat between the nail and the colour. With other nail varnishes I've suffered from staining despite using a base coat, but I was surprised to find that I didn't suffer with any staining at all, all colour removed easily. The shimmer was a little harder to remove as is standard, but all colour came away from the nail. I also thought the finish wouldn't be particularly glossy, and if I'm not going for a matte nail and I want all the shine, but again I was surprised by how glossy the finish was, better than some top coats. Finally I thought as there was no base coat or top coat involved that this would be chipping off my nails almost instantly, as no nail varnish lasts particularly long on me. However, again I was surprised to find that this actually lasted longer on my nails than most nail varnishes used with a base and top coat. 

Overall I've been really impressed by these nail varnishes. The downside is that they are £12 each, but my favourites do tend to be around £11-£15 and if I found a shade that I liked enough or was unusual enough I would definitely consider purchasing it. You can find the Orly Breathable Treatment + Color range at Graftons Beauty

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Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful

I've just realised that there are only three days of April left and I haven't yet managed to get my post up on the April Birchbox! This arrived just before I had to go away over the Easter weekend to visit my in-laws and then I couldn't manage to get any pictures taken before I was then on set for a couple of days and time has just run away from me.

For the April box Birchbox have partnered with British fashion brand Boden. Although I have heard of Boden before I've never actually taken a look at any of their products before so I'm not familiar with the kind of thing they have on offer.

This month's box is another drawer that features a very spring-like print that I believe is a print currently available on some of Boden products. The theme for this month is being bold and beautiful, whether this involves wearing a bold print or how you choose to use the products in your box, and the mantra for this month is Be bold. Take risks. Be a trailblazer.

Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful
Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful
Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful

This month there are two full size make-up products that I believe are in every box. The first is a Manna Kadar Cosmetics High Definition powder, which is a Birchbox exclusive. I have never come across this brand before and was surprised to see in the booklet that this is worth £27, especially considering the product is really quite small and I can't see anywhere how much is in it. This is a HD powder with a velvet finish and I'm looking forward to trying it because I don't think I've tried a HD powder before. 

The next one is from a brand I have come across before, although their make-up range is new to me. Nip + Fab have been doing skincare for a while but their make-up is hot off the press and I received a Colour Corrector in Banana. The booklet says the yellow shade acts like a subtle highlight by illuminating the skin. I would have personally preferred the green shade for covering redness or the orange shade for brightening dark circles, although the orange shade does look rather dark. I haven't tried this out yet, but I'm not a huge highlighting fan, and am not sure exactly how you do this with a colour corrector, so I'm not sure how much use I will get out of this.

Birchbox x Boden April 2017 - The Bold and the Beautiful

The next brand I am aware of but only because I have previously received a product from the same brand in a previous Birchbox. The previous product was a heat protection spray that I have actually just finished. This time I've received the amika The Shield Style Extending Spray. I assume this is a hair spray as it says it protects, maintains and extends, but it doesn't appear to specify. It also says on the back (in really tiny writing) that it defends against frizz-inducing humidity and dulling, dirtying pollution. It is says in the booklet though that this is a heat-activated product and to spray it onto damp or dry hair before heat styling, so I'm not sure what it is. 

The next two products are both from brands that are new to me. The first appears to be a French brand and is Baïja Paris Crème Moana, which is a body lotion, and I believe the fragrance is Fleur de Tiarè. This came sealed but I could actually smell the cream through the seal so it's pretty highly fragranced. It feels quite a rich cream and does say in the booklet a little goes a long way, so this sample might last reasonably well. There's shea butter and coconut oil in there and it absorbs nicely leaving soft residue free skin, but as I said it is highly fragranced so that might be a deal breaker for some people. 

Finally there's the Polaar IcePure Gentle Scrub with Arctic Cotton. I'm not really a manual scrub fan but apparently Arctic Cotton is a powerhouse ingredient with moisturising properties that leave skin both smooth and soft. So if it is an amazing ingredient I look forward to seeing what it can do. I believe this might also be a French brand; these beauty boxes do like their French products don't they!

If you do buy the April box you will also receive a £10 gift voucher for Boden that is valid until 31st May 2017. You can sign up to Birchbox here.

What do you think of the contents of this months box?

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Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks

At the end of last year/beginning of this year I tried the stunning looking Timeless Beauty Compact Duo, which contains a compact powder and a Divine Lips lipstick. Unfortunately though, for me, the products didn't quite live up to the glamorous looking Art Deco style packaging. The lipstick in the duo did look very promising but the shade I received wasn't for me at all and I didn't even feel comfortable wearing it around the house let alone out in public. 

So when I received an email regarding just the lipsticks and saw there were some gorgeous looking shades available I wanted to give them a try. I was sent Evelyn* and Suzy Starr* to try. 

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks

The lipsticks come in exactly the same packaging as the lipstick included within the Compact Duo. The packaging is gorgeous and more than a little similar to the packaging you'll find on Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks. In fact these are easily mistaken for CT on Instagram. I'm not a huge fan of brands producing packaging that is very similar to that of another brand, but it is beautiful to look at and the band with 'Joan Collins' around the middle does mean the packaging is not pretty much identical.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks
Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks

The two shades I received are both very pretty spring/summer appropriate shades. Evelyn is a gorgeous pinky red shade that is just my kind of shade and when I first opened this it reminded me strongly of MACs Impassioned. I was slightly disappointed when I opened Suzy Starr because this is a peachy coral shade, which although very pretty, is not really a shade that tends to suit me. Evelyn is definitely my favourite shade as it really suits me but Suzy Starr is a little too orange based to sit well on me. 

Both shades are described as cream and apply as such. Both are soft and creamy and easy to apply and can be applied in one swipe. They're both really comfortable to wear and I tend to forget that I'm wearing them as they're far from drying. They don't have a matte finish but also don't have a glossy finish either, they're a nice medium ground between the two.

Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips lipsticks

I was pleasantly surprised by how long these can last considering they aren't mattes. They can survive some eating and drinking and can stay pretty much intact for I would say around four or five hours. They would definitely need topping up after this time, which is very easy to do, but come the end of the day when I'm removing my make-up there are still traces of the shade left on my lips, which in the case of Evelyn does require some removal. 

Although Suzy Starr isn't for me these are both beautiful lipsticks and although £18 is a little expensive (what price is MAC up to now? Last time I looked it was £15,50?) I think they are worth the money. You can find Timeless Beauty on the dedicated website and also in M&S. 

Have you tried a lipstick from Timeless Beauty?

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The best beauty tips/tricks I've discovered since blogging


Applying dry shampoo to your hair before bed This is the only way I really use dry shampoo. Sleeping on it overnight means there won't be any powdery residue left by morning and also does the whole massaging it around to get volume for you. Even if you have a really bad night (more tossing and turning) the better your hair will be in the morning!

Invisible lip liner I had no idea these even existed prior to blogging but an invisible liner works with any lip colour so you only need the one. Just apply it just outside your lip line.

Brush cleaning tools (or something like a silicone exfoliating glove) to clean your make-up brushes with. Having something with nobbly bits on to get right in those bristles makes it so much quicker and easier.

Applying concealer under your eyes in a 'V' I will admit before discovering this one I had looked in the mirror a few times and spotted the dreaded 'highlighted circles' around my eyes.

Washing sponges in the washing machine Grab one of those little bags you're supposed to use to wash bras, pop your beautyblender in and throw it in with your washing. Trying to wash one by hand always feels a little awkward for me, especially when I use one of those knobbly glove things and don't want to rub the blender on it. Putting it in the washing machine gives it a thorough wash.

...and the worst

Putting a dried up mascara in a glass of hot water No, don't! If your mascara has become unusable it's past it's best and needs chucking. You are using this product right next to your eyes. 

Using tape to get a straight line when applying eye liner Yes it might help you get a razor sharp line but it can't be good for the thin and delicate skin around your eyes when you peel it off!

This is one I've only come across very recently and actually have only heard about it rather than actually seeing it myself. Putting your beauty sponge in a condom. No! Just, why? What does this add and what about the lubricant....

I'm sure there are loads I've forgotten so what are yours?

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SkinChemists discount code

During April SkinChemists are having a collagen themed month and to celebrate they've given me a nice little discount code for you to take advantage of if you wish. I'm currently testing out the Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating night cream, but I won't be giving you my thoughts just yet as I've only been using this for a week so far. However if you do fancy trying this out for yourself you can use code LITTLEBLOG to pick this up for just £19.99 until the end of April. As the RRP is £109 that is quite a hefty saving!

SkinChemists Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating night cream

I decided to post about the discount code before putting up my review because by the time I'm ready to review the product it's likely the discount code will have expired and I want you to be able to use the code if you want to. You can find the Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating night cream here.

So I'll be back in a few weeks time with my thoughts on the Advanced Pro-5 Collagen Oxygenating night cream and please do let me know if you decide to try it for yourself too.


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The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing butter

If you read my recent ready for recycling post then you'll know that I recently finished the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing balm. If you read right through to the end then you'll also know that as much as I'd like to purchase the Pixi balm (the one in that post was a sample) £18 is a little expensive for me to spend on just one product at the moment.

As a big fan of The Body Shop and an even bigger fan of the huge discounts they regularly offer I thought I'd instead give the Camomile Sumptuous cleansing butter a try. I've already tried the oil equivalent and really like that one, so I thought chances are I'll like the balm. The balm is usually £10, not a bad price in itself, but I had a 40% discount code and so managed to grab it for £6.50. 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing butter

I'm a little bit confused by this one because checking the ingredients I can't actually find camomile in there! I've tried Googling for the scientific name for camomile and I still can't find anything that looks right. I'm also confused because Google and my spell checker are both telling me that it's actually spelt Chamomile, so I have no idea what is going on here! I know The Body Shop can be a little bit naughty naming product after an ingredient that features very low in the list of ingredients (meaning the amounts are almost negligible), but I'd hope there is some in there.  

If this does actually have any camomile in at all then this is great for sensitive skin because camomile is very calming and unlikely to irritate in any way. It also contains olive fruit oil, shea butter and sunflower seed oil, although the latter is pretty low down in the ingredients. This one does contain a few fragrance ingredients (which a product for sensitive skin probably shouldn't really contain) but fragrance isn't usually a problem for me, as far as I'm aware.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing butter

When I picked this up in store and spotted it said butter rather balm I did think that this might be more solid than I was used to, but of course butter in the dairy sense is only hard if it's kept cold, so this is actually much softer than I'm used to. I'll touch on this again below.

As with any product of this type you scoop out a small amount (I wish products like this would come with little scoops, or you could at least buy them, as it's a little more hygienic) rub it between your fingers for a few seconds to start breaking it down and apply to dry skin. You can use this to remove make-up and I think this is how most people will probably use a cleansing balm/butter. But as I mentioned in my empties post I struggle to remove cleansing balms from around my eyes, so I much prefer to use products like this as a second cleanse to really give my skin a good massage, 

As I mentioned above this is softer then the balms I've used previously and at first I thought I might prefer that, but actually I don't. The Pixi Nourishing Cleansing balm was a lot thicker and I guess 'tougher' than this so it encouraged me to really massage it into the skin because, well, I had to. This one starts to soften really quickly between my fingers when I'm getting ready to apply it and by the time it has got to my face it's pretty much almost an oil. This means it glides over my skin really easily and so there's not as much massaging going on because it's not required to move the product around. I still enjoy using this, but my face doesn't quite get the massage it does with the Pixi balm. This is also so light and oil-like that it doesn't feel like I need a flannel or cloth to remove it, just a few splashes of water. I usually do use a flannel though just to make sure I am removing it all and for a quick, light bit of exfoliation at the end of the process.

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing butter

This and the Pixi balm both contain 90ml of product, so they're comparable in terms of the amount of product you get, although they really don't look it. The Pixi pot is almost twice the height of The Body Shop, but I believe the product 'floats' slightly inside the Pixi pot whereas The Body Shop one sits right on the bottom of the tin. So which is my favourite? The Pixi one is definitely my favourite because I like how much firmer it is than The Body Shop's butter. But price wise at the moment The Body Shop wins because it's almost half the price of the Pixi one and with an offer I can get it for pushing closer to a third of the price. 

I didn't really mean for this to end up as a bit of a comparison post, but I might as well set it against what I would consider my current 'holy grail' of cleansing balms. This is definitely a very nice product, it just had quite a lot to live up to for me!

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing butter is £10 and is available online and in The Body Shop stores. 


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Ready for recycling #2

I have a lot less products ready for recycling this time round so I can include them all in just one post without fear of boring you all to death before you reach the end of the post! When I lived at home it felt like I rarely used up products, but since moving out I appear to be ploughing through them, so I haven't left it as long this time before doing a post.

Ready for recycling #2
Ready for recycling #2

Hempz Original Herbal body moisturizer* £12.98 (post) This is a product I was sent just after I moved into my new house, so just over 9 months ago now. I certainly haven't used it consistently though, so this isn't an indication as to how long this product might last you, but with 500ml in the bottle it should last a good few months. I received the original scent, which is floral and banana, and although it maybe sounds a little weird it smells amazing. Other scents available include Fresh Coconut & Watermelon (how incredible does that sound!) and Vanilla Plum. I really enjoyed using this as it was light enough for my skin to actually absorb it and left my skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Repurchase? It's not really in my price range but for how much you get for the price then yes.

No7 Pampering Dry Oil body spray £11.50 This has been hanging around for a long time now and I'm not sure why as I really like it. I think it was part of a Christmas gift set a few years back that was probably the Boots star gift one week. I do like using dry body oils but I do get a bit frustrated that the bottle gets all oily as you use it and I usually have to wipe it down once I've finished. This has since had a make-over in terms of both the bottle and the actual formula, or at least scent, and the reviews on the Boots website aren't very good. The scent was one of my favourite things about this so I'm not sure I'd buy it if they've changed this.
Repurchase? Maybe with a No7 voucher as £11.50 is quite expensive.

Philip Kingsley One More Day dry shampoo* £14.50 (full size) As you may know I'm not a fan of dry shampoo at all, but I actually did really like this one. It's got quite a nice scent and it helped get rid of some of the oil in my hair making it look more presentable. I'm not quite sure what else to say about it apart from that! I'm a spray in before I go to bed kinda girl when it comes to dry shampoo as I think sleeping on helps it look much better when you wake up in the morning. 
Repurchase? I'd consider it but it is a bit expensive when there's much cheaper options available. 

Ready for recycling #2

Super Facialist by Úna Brennan Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy cleanser £7.99 This is looking a little truncated because I like to snip my tubes in half and try and get as much product out as I can! I think I mentioned recently that I haven't particularly been excited by any cream cleansers I've tried recently and that stand for this product too. There's nothing wrong with it at all, it does the job and does it pretty well, it just doesn't excite me in any way. 
Repurchase? Probably if it's on offer, as it is at the moment (£5.33 in Boots)

Ready for Recycling #2

Merci Handy New Wave Love & hand cream* £4.90 Merci Handy are a French brand that has made an appearance in recent Birchboxes in the form of this hand cream and previously an antibacterial hand gel. I believe there's three different scents available; New Wave, Flower Power and Cherie Cherry. I was a little concerned when I first noticed there are little blue beads in this hand cream (surely not microbeads?!) but they disappear as you apply the cream so I'm not sure what they are. This absorbs quickly and doesn't leave any greasy feeling behind but it's not really the most moisturising product I've used. 
Repurchase? No

Nivea Essential Care lip balm £1.65 I think this came as part of a little Nivea lip balm gift tin my boyfriend got me a few years back. I think this might only be the second lip balm I've ever completely used, so that should say something! I think I usually get bored and just forget about them and eventually chuck them out because I think they'll have probably got a bit yucky. This was my general go to, probably not what I'd reach for if my lips are really dry, but day to day it was what I reached for.
Repurchase? If I didn't have about a billion already then yes. You can't go wrong at £1.65! 

Ready for Recycling #2

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing balm* £18 (post) Oh I adore this product and am gutted it's finished. I was sent this to try along with Glow Tonic and I'm a big fan of both products. I don't use cleansing balms to remove my make-up because I struggle to remove them from around my eyes, but instead I like to use them once my make-up has gone to give my skin a really good massage. 
Repurchase? I would love to but it's currently a bit out of my price range. 

What have you used up recently?

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Some new skincare additions from L'Oreal, The Body Shop and Sanctuary Spa

I've added a few new skincare products to my stash recently, so I thought I'd tell you about them. So here's a little something from L'Oreal, The Body Shop (I'm sure you know by now how much I love The Body Shop!) and Sanctuary Spa.

Some new skincare additions from L'Oreal, The Body Shop and Sanctuary Spa
Some new skincare additions from L'Oreal, The Body Shop and Sanctuary Spa

L'Oreal Extraordinary Oil Facial Cleansing Oil £7.99 (here)

I decided to give this a try when I spotted it was on offer in Boots down from something like £7.99 to just over £5. It wasn't particularly easy for me to get my hands on though. I headed into my local store and found that it was priced at £19.99 down to just over £13; what I believe is actually the price for their facial oil rather than cleansing oil. I didn't want to try buying it in case it did ring up as that price and it was a major hassle, but I did tweet Boots to let them know. Despite Boots telling me they'd contacted the store to tell them to correct it I went in a further 3/4 times and it was still the same price. I ended up picking this up in another store when I was visiting family.

Despite the hassle it took to actually get my hands on this I'm glad I finally managed to. Considering it's a budget to mid-level product (depending on how you personally class the pricing) I wasn't expecting amazing things from it and it has exceeded my expectations. It tells you to use 2-3 drops (I think it means pumps), which is plenty for the not particularly heavy make-up I wear day-to-day and it works really well. It has a pleasant scent, feels really smooth and glides over the skin and gets the job done. I thought it might struggle with more stubborn mascara but it whipped off the one I've been using (a Bobbi Brown one) with ease. It also left my skin feeling soft and smooth and hydrated.

Some new skincare additions from L'Oreal, The Body Shop and Sanctuary Spa

The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash £7.50 (here)

I appear to be slowly making my way through all of The Body Shop's Vitamin E product range and my latest addition is their Gentle Facial Wash. My product of choice for my second cleanse in the evening and my morning cleanser is a cream cleanser used with water, but I haven't been particularly excited by any I've tried recently. I think this might be because I'm going for more budget options (because they're in my price range right now) and although I'm not opposed to budget cream cleansers I don't think they're quite as enjoyable to use as slightly higher priced ones.

I realised I had a £5 Love Your Body voucher and as I'm a fan of the Vitamin E range and this made this only £2.50 I thought I might as well give it a try. They do a product specifically called a cream cleanser but I believe this is one you use with cotton wool on dry skin and these usually irritate my skin. So I went for the facial wash, which is a creamy product you use with water.  

It's a nice enough product, but as I said it's not hugely exciting. It works fine as a second cleanse and morning cleanse and gets my skin clean. It can strip my skin a little sometimes, but that's a problem I do have with any product used with water as water tends to suck moisture out of my dry and dehydrated skin.

Some new skincare additions from L'Oreal, The Body Shop and Sanctuary Spa

Sanctuary Spa Warming Detox Charcoal Wash £9 (here)

I think it was last year sometime that Boots obviously did a bit of blogger outreach for their Sanctuary Spa brand and subsequently a few of their products made it on to my curiosity/wish list. The two products I particularly wanted to try were their charcoal wash, which I'm talking about here, and their cleansing balm. I picked this up when it was on offer, but held off picking up the cleansing balm yet. I'm glad I did now as I'm not so sure about trying that one anymore based on my thought's on this product. 

I thought this might be similar to the REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Cleanser, which is one of my favourite products, but it really isn't. It's a very unusual product. It starts off as a dark grey gel that then becomes a smooth oil as you massage it on your skin and when you add water it foams. This has quite a distinctive and not particularly pleasant smell and it took me a while to place it at first. It smells like paint. Yes, paint! As in painting the walls paint. That really isn't the kind of scent I want when I'm cleansing my skin to be honest. The oil stage isn't too bad, it feels nice, but when you add water it does get quite frothy. As in when you add more water to try and rinse it off it just keeps getting more frothy and can easily end up in your eyes if you're not careful. I find it best to use a flannel to try and remove it as quickly as possible.

I just find this a bit of a strange product. I'm not sure I like the whole gel to oil to foam thing and the smell isn't particularly pleasant. It does cleanse my skin, does help clear my congested chin a little and doesn't strip my skin, despite the foam, but I just don't really enjoy using it. Also I don't think I've actually detected the 'warming' effect at all.

Have you tried any of these products?

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New body and facial skincare products from Vichy
Brand focus - Kiehl's
Body Bean coffee bean body scrub

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