Dove Delight and Nyx Fail

Lots more products I’ve completed this week, so it’s a bit of a bumper week for me.

Products I Like

8-oct-2016-no-1

The Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream is absolutely amazing and smells like heaven. It’s one of my total favourite things for bath – and shower! – time. I always have a bottle of this in the bathroom – you can pick it up at Boots for only £1 and it’s often on offer there or in other stores. I particularly love the long-lasting lather so you don’t need to re-soap up much.

I use Dove Firming Nourishing Lotion on my thighs at night, and I think it keeps my ageing skin under some kind of control, LOL. I’d probably buy another but I’ve got a different thigh cream to try out next, so I’m going to leave it for a bit. You can get this at Amazon for £5.75.

Clarins Pure Melt Cleansing Gel (with marula oil) is a totally wonderful facial cleanser and feels so soft on my skin. I really love it. I have another bottle in reserve as this is a must for my cleansing routine. Marula gel is very good for the skin and I’ve been buying more of this recently. Interestingly, I went off all Clarins products for ages as I used to have regular facials with their therapists in my local town, but two or three years ago, they kept cancelling my appointments for no real reason, and then left me waiting for over half an hour on two occasions before saying they couldn’t make my scheduled appointments – so the customer service was terrible. I was really angry and upset and never went back. These days, I’m using some of their products again, but I’m steering clear of having any Clarins facial treatments for sure. Anyway, this product is brilliant for sensitive skin like mine. It’s £21 for 125ml. A bit on the expensive side but so worth it.

Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup (Very Light)  is one of my go-to products and I use it every day when I get home from work and touch up my make up for the evening. You can never get it at Boots Online as it’s ALWAYS out of stock for some reason so I buy it at Amazon – it’s £5.49 for 30ml. I use Very Light as my skin is so pale it’s almost vampiric (typical redhead, eh!) but there are other tones too. It’s a staple in my bathroom cabinet.

Nip&Fab Viper Venom Eye Fix is quite good and I do like it, but I’m not so keen on the roller mechanism, which I don’t think is so good for the skin around the eyes. That said, I’ve learnt recently that I’ve been putting my eye creams/gels on wrongly all these years by dabbing it onto the skin directly under my eye. Apparently – and I’ve been doing this for about a week and it really makes a positive difference to how I look!! – you should be dabbing or rolling on the eye products on the ridge of the eye socket so from the outer corner of the eye in a curve down to the middle of the nose. Who knew! Anyway, my eyes look much better since I’ve been doing that, so I will definitely be using this product again as the roller doesn’t do damage on the socket. It’s £7.47 for 15ml.

Montagne Jeunesse Creamy Coconut face mask is just flipping wonderful and I love the smell. I get two masks out of the 15ml pack and they only cost £1 so what’s not to like? It makes the skin really soft and is brilliantly moisturising.

Salcura Bioskin Zeoderm Cream (No 2) came as a free sample and is really very soothing. It’s a light green colour which is surprising but not unpleasant, and certainly feels moisturising once it sinks in (it takes a while). It’s very good for eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, but though I did like it, at £24.99 for 250ml, I’ll probably give it a miss. I’ll enjoy using up the other sample though!

The Eve Lom Kiss Mix is the most expensive product in this section, size for size, but I LOVE it, and I have 2 more in my cupboard, so that’s a relief! I love the slightly minty flavour and the way it makes my lips shine – I’m a definite gloss girl – bah to the matte lip look, eh. So this is definitely for me. It’s £16 for 7ml at SpaceNK but when I remember that it’s taken me 8 MONTHS to finish up, then maybe it’s the best bargain I’ve found after all! A little goes a long way – get some now!

Products I Dislike

8-oct-2016-no-2

I’ve talked about the Dr Schrammek Sensiderm SOS Balm before – it’s pretty decent as a facial moisturiser but because the woman who gave me the product sample was so nasty, this one is a no-no for me! Even more so when I look at the £79.99 price tag, yikes!

I picked up a sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear Make Up in Cool Almond in our local House of Fraser – and I have to say that the make up man who dealt with my queries and issues (Stephan) was absolutely incredibly lovely, and very kind indeed. Thank you to Stephan! – I sent a thank you email to the House of Fraser main office and they said they would send it on and so I hope they do. He was great. I’m just sorry that the Cool Almond shade was too dark for me, though I have liked the feel of the foundation itself – it stays on (a miracle for me!) and doesn’t cake as much as other stuff. So I’ve purchased a full-size bottle of the Ivory Nude shade (1N1) from eBay – much cheaper! – and I think it’s very good. Especially when mixed with my CC cream which gives it a bit more moisture. This costs £31 for 30ml from Boots.

Nyx Blotting Paper – Fresh Face and Tea Tree versions – was an impulse buy and a bit of a waste of money though neither were that expensive (£11.60 each for 100 sheets). I think I was just carried away by the whole Nyx thing, and forgot how much I hate blotting paper and how little it does for me – as well as making me look streaky, sigh. I shall have to put them in a drawer, forget about them and they will slowly make their way to the bin!…

Have a wonderful beauty week, everyone!

Anne Brooke Books

Advertisements

Nail polish niggles

I have to admit to blowing hot and cold over nail polish. I’m totally rubbish at doing it myself and the couple of times I’ve given myself a treat and gone to a nail bar, it’s always chipped within 5 mins of leaving, sob – which is HUGELY infuriating, I must say.

Anyway, in my Middle-Aged Woman attempt to be more feminine, I’ve started using nail polish once a week at the weekends. I was inspired to do so as one of my friends bought me a fun size nail polish for Christmas (thank you, Liz!) which is really the perfect colour for me – nude with a very slight dusky pink tinge. I don’t really know what it is but it’s got HD on the bottle and the very small writing at the bottom says Amelia Knight – but apart from that I am totally ignorant – as usual, eh!

Since starting to use this polish, I’ve bought 3 or 4 others, but they’ve all been truly awful – too pink or just too loud – so I’ve had to get rid of them, double sob. I’d really love a nude nail polish that only needs one coat, but I’m a nail ignoramus so I have no idea what to buy.

rimmel ultra shine top coat nail polish

Anyway, I also found an old Rimmel Finishing Touch Ultra Shine polish in the cupboard which I must have had for aeons but still seems perfectly serviceable – it adds a lovely glimmer to my nails and sets the H&D fun size colour off to perfection.

So I’m really happy with the combination at the moment, but am dreading finishing my Christmas gift bottle as I have nothing to replace it with. I will still use the shiny top coat but it’s not quite the same. Oh well.

Anne Brooke Books

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation

Rimmel Lasting Finish

Before I hit the menopause, I always used Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation (with Comfort Serum) and found it was simply brilliant and gave really good coverage without irritating my skin. Then the menopause started and it just seemed to dry everything out too much so I started using other products and foundations to give my skin a chance.

Now, things have balanced themselves out more and I’ve gone back to this wonderful foundation again. I still use other products to help moisturise my skin more, but this foundation is still brilliant and gives me the coverage and comfort I need.

One I highly recommend then.

Anne Brooke Books

Skin Solutions: BB and CC Creams

Call me ignorant but I’d never heard of either of these creams before and was deeply confused as to what they stood for until I looked them up on Google. Good old Google, eh! And, yes, I know that means I am probably the least Girly Girl in the universe, but hey at least I admit it, LOL.

Rimmel BB CreamMax Factor CC Cream

I bought both the Max Factor CC (Colour Correcting) Cream and the Rimmel BB (Beauty Balm) Cream on a bit of a whim though I had done some research on both when I went into Boots in Guildford.

I started off using each them as an individual foundation, but for main daytime use my skin needs something more – though for me it’s fine to use either for the evening if I’m just at home. I’m finding the BB Cream is slightly better for me – and even more brilliant when mixed in with the marvellous Max Factor Whipped Creme as together they provide excellent and moisturising coverage.

Whipped Creme

This is the first time I’ve ever been brave (or desperate!) enough to mix my foundations, and it’s really working well, hurrah. As an added bonus, adding in the slightly lighter in colour BB Cream to my Warm Almond Whipped Creme foundation makes it lighter, which suits my skin more.

I purchased all these items at Boots, and they are also available at Boots Online.

Anne Brooke