DHC Beauty All Stars: The Big Reveal

DHC Velvet Skin Coat

I received a taster pack of DHC products (DHC Beauty All Stars – the Big Reveal) when I purchased some products online at Escentual Beauty – a site which is definitely worth a look especially as they’re doing a one-third discount offer on French products in July so don’t miss out! Anyway, when I got my package, I also received this taster sample set from DHC, a company I’d not heard of before.

The products and my reactions were as follows, though bear in mind these were only sachets with enough for one or two tries:

Deep Cleansing Oil: apparently this worldwide bestselling olive oil make up remover completely dissolves all dirt and cosmetics from your face – and I’m sure it does as it’s truly tacky and feels far too sticky on the skin so anything on your skin will probably give up in despair, LOL! It was hard to test as it all came out of the sachet at once and took over the sink, but I did my best. It just didn’t feel nice and I won’t be adding to its bestseller status any time soon.

Extra Nighttime Moisture: this one tells me the antioxidant and collagen-rich hydrator reinforces the skin’s defences whilst you’re asleep so you wake up with a refreshed, dewy complexion in the morning. Umm, no you don’t, and I thought this was the worst product of the pack – it was very ordinary indeed and made no difference to my skin in any way.

Facial Scrub: the description says it’s a one-of-a-kind apricot seed scrub which is finely milled to effectively exfoliate whilst treating skin gently. No, it’s not!! Actually, it’s really rough and made my skin red and sore, so I couldn’t wash the pesky stuff off quick enough. And would it come off easily? No, it flipping wouldn’t, and an hour later, I was still picking the grains off the side of my neck, yuk! And I don’t even know how they got there … One to avoid, I’m telling you.

Velvet Skin Coat: at last! A success from DHC, well gosh (and hence the reason for the pic at the top) – the blurb on this primer tells me it fills in lines, camouflages pores and stops shine for a flawless complexion. And, good grief and crack open the champagne, but I think it really does what it says on the tin! This was a very good primer and made me much more confident with my make up that day. I think I’ll buy this one in a proper size and see how I get on.

Anne Brooke Books


GOSH Prime ‘n’ Set

GOSH prime n set

I had high hopes of this two-in-one primer & mattifying setting powder, and I did give it a reasonable go – but I’m afraid I wasn’t impressed. It was far too light to make any difference in either priming or setting, and really the mattifying part of it was too drying as well. So for me it didn’t have anything going for it at all – sorry!

Maybe you have to be young and not actually in need of make-up to benefit from this product? Who can tell … Anyway, I won’t be buying it again.

Anne Brooke Books

Olay 2-in-1 Primer

Olay 2 in 1 primer

This wonderful primer & hydration lotion was recommended to me by Mrs Strawberry Blonde (who is now officially my Beauty Consultant, thank you hugely!) and I have to say it’s really good. I haven’t used primers before on a regular basis as they just seemed to dry out my skin and also (silly me, eh!) I’d not realised that they actually do help my make-up to stay on longer. I was also initially reluctant as I’ve not been a fan of Olay since a while back when one of their (richer) lotions really upset my skin, sob …

However, this one is great – it does just the right amount of primer action and hydration for my skin, and it feels so smooth going on, which is lovely. And during the day it does the trick, i.e. makes my make-up last and doesn’t dry me out. Suffice it to say I am now a fan of Olay and I’ve brought another bottle of this lotion. Result!

Anne Brooke Books

Stila disaster

stila primer

I bought this product as part of a special offer at Marks & Spencer, alongside some other bits and pieces. I’d heard great things about this primer and so I was prepared to go for it even in spite of the expense.

I wish I hadn’t now! The first time I used it, it totally dried out my skin and made it feel horrible, I’m sorry to say. Not only that, but the smell of this beauty balm is frankly appalling – the first thing it reminded me of was that very particular and ghastly smell you get if you live in the country and a bird falls inside the wall and slowly dies. If you’ve ever smelt that, you never forget it!

I’ve not dared use it since in case my poor skin falls off entirely, so it has proved to be a very expensive mistake, oh dear me …

Anne Brooke Books



Boots No 7 Instant Illusions Primer

No 7 Instant illusions primer

This primer is quite simply magnificent, and a definite must-have for the older woman. I’ve struggled with primers over the years and never really got it right. But this one actually does what it says on the tin: it makes me look younger by putting lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone into a much-desired soft focus. Plus it’s feels great on the skin – very moisturising indeed. Job done! Thank you, Boots.

Anne Brooke Books