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One of the resolutions for 2018 is to take better care of my skin.  

There’s no doubt that endless late nights, young kids to take care of and a generally busy life means that I have to pick and choose what is important – and this year I’ve decide to put self care a bit higher up the list. 

Now one thing I always want to do but never seem to find time to is use a face mask, whether that is a cream/clay mask or a sheet mask.  

Many nights I grab one and go to sit in front of the TV with it but then I don’t get round to applying it. Why?

Because I like to do stuff in the evenings when the kids are asleep and I find most sheet masks move around on my if I’m not lying down – they can also be a bit drippy since they have serum or lotion soaked in to them.  They can also be a little cold and with there being so many types, I can never be sure if it will make my sensitive skin react. So I would in a month I might sheet mask once, when really, down got regularly would benefit my skin even more. With clay masks I am actually too lazy to go back t the bath room and wash it all off once I am cozy on the sofa. 

So, when I was asked if I would like to try the Aduro 7+1 Facial Mask, I said, YES. Yes because I genuinely want to find something which is as easy and effective as this product sounds. 


The product was delivered by courier from China within a few days, and comes sealed in a large box, everything in good condition. 

So what is the Aduro mask, why is it different?

The Aduro 7+1 is a LED facial mask, and it is capable of omitting a selection of colours which uses Infra-Red skin boosting technology which penetrates deeply in to the skin.

How it work in their own words:

When the selected light penetrates into the skin, photons energy is transferred to the cells. Cells convert this energy into ATP (cellular fuel) – boosting cellular activity. The boosted cells will work at an enhanced rate and stimulate the body’s natural rejuvenation responses.  Repeated use of the Aduro LED mask will increase the desired effect, with an increase collagen production and the body’s natural rejuvenation processes – resulting in youthful looking skin and overall improvement of skin complexion.

A few key points about this product are:

1. It is completely pain free and non invasive – unlike laser there is no downtime. 

2. All skin types can use it.  

3. The light does not emit harmful UVA or UVB rays.

4. This mask will not darken or tan the skin. 

5. The mask is charged and then worn for 20 minutes each treatment and you can move around and do things whilst it is working. 

Here is everything as it comes in the box.

There is the mask, instructions and a charger too. 

Here is the mask! It is a thick rubbery feeling mask which moulds well around the face. The edges are quite soft so fit around all face shapes. The back of the mask is joined by velcro and I tried it on a few people and it seemed to fit comfortably for everyone. It holds up well with no slipping which is important if you want to get on with doing things whilst the mask is on.


The mask is connected to a controller and the entire unit is portable – so once it is charged up, you can simply wear the mask, clip the controller on to say your jeans and get on with things – you don’t have to stay permanently plugged in to a power point. 

This was a big sell for me because as I mentioned in my first paragraph – one reason I fail at regular masking is because I have little spare time. With this mask, it stays on comfortably and I can do most things such as cook, play with the kids (much to their amusement), write, blog, play the piano, hoover etc. If you wanted to you could even take it out with you or on holiday or outside to do gardening! 

There are so many settings!

Since I tested this mask for a month, I had the chance to try them all out depending on what I felt my skin needed. All you have to do is press the red button to turn the mask on and select the option you want. You can always change your mind, you’re not locked in to a choice once it is selected, and each cycle runs for 20 minutes and will turn off automatically. Sometimes I chose based on what colour I felt my skin needed or which colour I felt was soothing. 

Let’s have a look at each setting colour.

No. 1 is Wrinkle Reducer (red light): 

No. 2 is Acne Buster (Blue Light): 

No. 3 is Skin Balancer (Green light):

No. 4 is Red Away (Light green): 

No. 5 is Radiant Skin (Light orange): 

No. 6 is Skin Soother (Light blue): 

No. 7 is Cell Rejuvenator (Purple):

No. 8 is Skin Booster (Light red):

No. 9 is Pain Blocker (Purple-Blue):

No. 10 is Daily Dose (Turquoise-blue): 

No. 11 is Quick Fix, which cycles through a number of colours during the treatment which is great if you can’t decide and want a quick skin pep. 

Then we come to the beginning of my test period!

I started my trial in December which life was particularly hectic. 

For this challenge, I used the mask for 5 days per week over 4 weeks.  

Here is a picture of me from that time so you can see what my skin looked like. The first image shows my skin after washing and the other is a picture of me out:

My skin is red usually after I have washed it and I am prone to sensitivity.  I freckle (I forget to use SPF sometimes – whoops) and that has got worse in the last few years. I would like clearer skin and a smoother texture. 

So the testing! I have found it hard to remember to use devices in the past. This one wasn’t too bad because I always tend to watch a show in the evening so I would simply pop this on at the same time. Because there’s a timer and it is securely on my head it wasn’t too much effort – also there’s nothing to wash off afterwards so I know I don’t have go back to the bathroom to sort my face out. From one charge, the unit is still working fine, it hasn’t needed a recharge yet. 

Here are my kids, completely intrigued and yes, they both asked me if they could try on the mask! 

The mask leaves the skin feeling slightly warm, so some people may notice that their pores seem more open (I didn’t notice this right after the treatment but the next day I realised this was the case).  However this wasn’t permanent – by the evening my pores looked normal size again. I decide to use my new pore serum (which reaches the appearance of pores) during this testing period and that seemed to solve this issue. 

Presuming you use this in the evening, the mask prepares the skin for serums and moisturiser – it can improve product absorption. Use it on fresh clean skin! I layered my Vitamin C serum, and also my pore serum, snail essence and moisturiser on afterwards and this seemed to work a treat. 

Also the mask is easily cleaned by wiping with a cloth (I got some make up on mine and it was easy to clean, obviously don’t submerge it in to water!). 

The Fit 

I found the mask comfortable to wear (make sure it really fits well but also that it isn’t too tight).  The rubbery feeling takes a moment to get used to but it isn’t uncomfortable. 

Afterwards, it isn’t like a clay mask or sheet mask where you feel like your skin is instantly smoother or hydrated (you should use your regular products afterwards anyway) although for me, my skin looked brighter each time. My skin looks more rested and generally, the tone is better since using it. This is a long term product to keep in your routine, and something I will continue to use probably 2-3 times a week to give my skin a boost. 

Here is my skin this week, after 4 weeks of using the device. 

I wasn’t expecting overnight miracles but overall my skin looks more glowy, slightly firmer and I notice I didn’t have my usually horrible hormonal breakout on my jawline which I normally get around my period. My redness was also less pronounced on my cheeks and I found an improvement in texture after a few weeks of use (pores). 

So were there any negatives for me?

Not really, but I acknowledge that the price is quite high so it is an investment product.  If you have the money to spend on a beauty gadget though, this is one of the few I have actually stuck to using because of how easy it is and it’s like a good sleep in a 20 minute treatment. I suppose if you looked at the $349 price of the mask (£253 at the time of writing) it is about the same as 6 facials at £43 a time except you can have many more uses with this product. 

The other possible negative thing is that the lights can feel bright when you first use them. There was one incident where I had a bit of a headache and tried to use the mask but then gave up as a bright light of course, isn’t good for headaches! However I have light sensitive eyes (they water none stop when it is sunny) and I DIDN’T have that problem with this mask so I am sure most people will be fine with the brightness. It didn’t stop me from watching TV, reading, or even playing the piano when I had it on! 

The other thing is I guess the mask looks crazy when you first see it BUT unlike a cream/clay/sheet mask, if the post man comes, you can just quickly remove it, which you can’t do with a normal mask. 

I personally had a few questions for the manufacturer which I am sure you would to, so I am sharing the Q&A with you guys:

Q: Why doesn’t this kind of light cause pigmentation?

LED light therapy helps to boost’s your skin’s cellular activity and it creates a conducive environment for your skin’s development. Not only is there an increase in the production of fibroblasts, but also, your skin will be encouraged to repair and rejuvenate itself. Hyperpigmentation is normally caused by sun damage, skin inflammation and other factors. Instead of causing hyperpigmentation, our masks can actually reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation. There is a “skin balancer” mode which will leave your skin’s tone to be well balanced and even. 

Q: Do the lights on the mask need to be replaced

The mask is meant to last for more than 10,000 treatments, therefore it is made to last However if a mechanic error doesn’t happen within the buyer’s 1 year warranty period their mask will be replaced.

Q: Is there a minimum age limit?

There is no strict age limit, however if a teenager is experiencing severe acne they may try the device. 

Purchase Info:

Aduro also make single light masks in Red (Anti-Ageing) and Blue (Acne) for $249 respectively, which is great if you have ONLY one single skincare concern, but to be honest for the extra $100, I would purchase this model as you cover many other skincare issues and you can also loan it to friends and family if you wish. 

Shipping is free and you will get a 10% discount if you use my code: COSMETICCANDY

Follow this link to access the code and the discount is applicable for the Aduro 7+1 only. 

I would definitely recommend this mask for people who love high tech beauty and want a device they will keep for years to come. 

*Sponsored post. All views are my own. 

 

 
 
 
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So how about this for a possible Christmas present idea?

Sonic Chic make a line of portable electric toothbrushes. Once you go electric you never go back, quite frankly and I recently threw away my old Oral-B since it was getting bit funny.  I wasn’t sure if a toothbrush as small as this Sonic Chic one could replace it but it does. 


These can cost as little as £19.99 which is less than a regular electric toothbrush (I paid over £100 for my Oral B one) and it is also is battery operated so it saves from all that charging rubbish (TOO MANY EXTRA PARTS).  It also comes with one spare head to change too. 

This toothbrush comes in a number of designs for those of you who like to personalise everything and a cap so you can truly take it everywhere. Its seriously small and light. 

It also boasts 22,000 strokes per minute so I found it to be very powerful and cleans my teeth really well despite being small. 

Look at how small it is!!!!!!!! The size of a pen (kinda) . 

I honestly just think this is the best thing, ever.  It is affordable, it is truly compact and it works really well. 

These are currently half price at Boots just £10!!!!!

*PR Sample

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It was my birthday recently, and what are birthdays for if not to try something new?

My cousin asked what I wanted as a gift so I said I wanted to try something different from Fenty Beauty (I have liked everything else I have tried from hem so far). She chose this lip paint for me – there is currently only ONE shade released and that is a very true universal (so they say) blue based red called “Uncensored”.  I love the packaging although it does look like a nail polish:

I wondered if the fancy packaging would feel cheap but it doesn’t it feels really luxurious and heavy weight.  It is supposed to be a red that goes with most skin tones and I think it does look nice on everyone I have seen it on so far. 

The liquid dries to a matte long lasting finish – the applicator is a rounded end like this which doesn’t exactly make it easy to apply precisely since there’s no “Edge” on it but if you are wearing such a bold shade you might want to use a lip liner any way. 

I found the texture to be a thin liquid one that dries fully after a few minutes. It spreads well, it is VERY VERY PIGMENTED. Now it dries matte but it isn’t a dead flat matte, it’s actually a pretty finish when all is said and done.  Also I really have to say this is one of the most hydrating liquid lip colours I have ever tried. It never made my lips feel dry and the weather is quite harsh outside. 

 

Here is a closer look at the shade. I am not a huge red wearer, I feel like my big lips makes it look a bit OTT! However, I am happy to have this is my permanent red since the shade is quite flattering. 

You can buy this here for £19. A must have for red fans who want a long lasting lipstick that isn’t drying. 
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I have heard so much about Glossier, that I found it impossible to avoid hauling a few more products!

I bought 4 items from the website recently:

I decided to try one of their lip balms (they have different scents and shades), in Coconut (£10), Perfecting Skin Tint in Dark (£20), Stretch Concealer in Dark (£20) and the famous Boy Brow (£14) in Brown. 

 I love the whole look and feel of Glossier, it feels like a refreshing change from a lot of the heavier make up that is around.  Not that there is anything wrong with super heavy or bright make up, I love some eye glitter but just that for me, I have minimal time to spend on doing my make up so something that is a easy and quick way to get a perfected version of me is a good thing. 

I am going to give you a quick low down of what I thought of each of the products. 

1. Coconut Balm Dotcom – squeeze tube of lip balm. You don’t get much for £10 so I wouldn’t be using anywhere else like I would wait Paw Paw balm. 

Smells lovely, it’s more of a natural coconut smell, not like Malibu or your sun cream so remember that! Lovely thick texture that spreads well and isn’t too shiny, it reminds me of Kiehls lip balm essentially Remember this stuff is mainly just mineral oil, it’s not actually that fancy ingredient wise but I do love the texture.  Would I buy again…maybe in another scent but it’s not a must have. 

2. Perfecting Skin Tint – I bought dark and it fits well. It’s super sheer – like MAC Face and Body foundation but better than (I hate that stuff) – it blurs the skin slightly, but offers little coverage. Spots and redness are still visible after using this so you probably only want to use this if your skin doesn’t require heavy coverage.  If you have good skin this will had a very natural perfected look but it is really SHEER. I needed a concealer with this for an inevitable red areas I have.  With that in mind, if your skin isn’t perfect, you might spend more time than bargained spot concealing when using this. 

3. Stretch Concealer – This comes in a jar and is quite thick but offers medium coverage and spreads well. I am amazed that it didn’t crease more under my eyes because it feels thick. In comparison, RMS is similar being a pot concealer for healthy glowing skin but RMS is so thick it is like TAR. This is not, this spreads well and covers pretty well too.  I think I prefer my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer more still plus it’s more convenient as it comes with an applicator.  Still, I am not against this stuff. 

4. Boy Brow – I don’t need another brow product but since there was so much raving I decided to get it in Brown. I use eyebrow mascara the most I don’t bother with pencils and powders and what not unless I have a special occasion as I already have relatively thick brows. This is a great eyebrow mascara – the brush is quite stiff and short, it dispenses a good amount of product and it seems to add pigment and density at the same time. It’s not VERY dramatic – if you want a brow mascara that really adds colour try By Terry. But I think this is a very good product overall and it isn’t crunchy at all. However, Innisfree does a product called Skinny Brow which is similar and costs £6 so I will just continue buying that in the future. 

Swatches:

Testing the products:

Overall I have had a happy experience with Glossier. I don’t have to love everything to death, I will get use out of these and no doubt will coutinue to use them even if they aren’t my HG products. 

You can buy Glossier products here.*

*My refer a friend link, you get £6 off and I get £12 to spend towards any future purchases! 

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If you are a beauty junkie then you will have heard of Fenty Beauty, created by Rihanna and launched a few months ago to much fuss (I believe they still queue for hours to be shade matched on the counters at Harvey Nichols stores in the UK), and I have to admit, even I was suckered in by the hype.  The range, amongst other things, boasts 40 shades of foundations to cater for all, and on it’s initial release seemed very focused on base products but then with it’s seasonal release, came eyeshadow and lip colours. 

After adding hundreds of pounds of making up to my shopping cart, I managed to ask myself out of all of the purchases after watching some You Tube videos where the products looked just ok. 

However – I could not resist the seasonal launch:

The Fenty Galaxy collection comprises of an eyeshadow palettes, lip sticks, lip glosses and glittery eyeliners. The emphasis on GLITTER. I simply adore glitter, it gives me life so of course I had to buy something from the range. First off the outer packaging – gorgeous. Love the glittery text on the main box (I threw them away cos I have enough clutter but really stunning outer packaging). 

Which brings me on to the petrol finish of this palette.  

It is really beautiful to behold – it is also heavy weight and study. There are problems though – it is a little tricky to open and the first palette I got had a deep scratch on the front and my OCD just wouldn’t let me keep it. So this is my second palette but I have accepted that due to how it looks it will get snatched and get lots of horrible greasy finger marks on it. 

Here are the names of the shades:

The shades are named after space themed things….it is an all glitter palette. Is it versatile? Well to me it is. I am not looking for a palette that has ‘everything’ in the sense that I need a base shade, a highlighter, a liner, contour etc. No it isn’t that. But it is a really comprehensive collection of metallics, glitters, shimmers.  Colourful but pretty and wearable too. I don’t have any other palette in my collection like it. 

The shades which I simply can’t capture properly on camera to show you how pretty it is. 

Swatches:

From left to right – 

1. Oh-Zone – White frost glitter with some pigment. 

2. Xtra Terrestrial – Blackened olive with gold and green sparkles

3. Mars On Fire – Orangey red gold glitter

4. Cosmic Ocean – Sheer light blue glitter top coat

5. Ultraviolet – Plum pigment with blue shimmer

6. Light Year – Dirty black gold with copper 

7. Midnight Bold – Bold turquoise, not as glittery as I expected

8. Meteor Crush – My favourite shade – Golden peach 

9. Sublime – Light golden green, a little sheer

10. Planet Ex – Brown with gold gliter

11. Space Owl – Medium purple, not that pigmented with blue sparkles

12. Jupiter Sand – Dark espresso with a bit of neutral glitter

13. Milky Way – Creamy metallic white 

14. Sunburst – A sheer golden metallic tangerine 

I totally get why this palette isn’t for everyone but as a glitter fan I LOVE it. I wear glitter almost all the time on my eyes and I will use it with a neutral matte in my crease and it works for me.  I would wear ANY of these shades depending on my mood. I find them quite fun, although some are more gritty and sheer than others (Cosmic Ocean is an example) and they are a little harder to apply for that reason. You can pat it on to a wet primer though and it then lasts quite well although there is some fallout on the cheeks. 

At £39 I don’t think it’s a bad price AT ALL for 14 shades. Buy it here.

I also bought two lip products – I couldn’t decide between the peach or pinks but in the end, the peaches won. 

Supermoon is the lipstick (£16) which is a sheer shimmery light peach. The packaging is lush again with that petrol finish but I have to say this lipstick is totally acceptable but I don’t love it. It’s quite light on me and looks like a shimmer balm. 

I match it up with the Cosmic lip gloss (also £16) in Space Suit which is a peach laden with iridescent multi hued glitter. I love this – it reminds me of MAC Dazzleglass.

So here is the kind of look I do for every day life using these products. 

This is the lipstick and gloss, then I use Meteor Crush on my lids and Jupiter Sands in the crease on my eyes. 

 

Also important to note – the eyeshadows swatch better on my arm than when used on the eyes. I am not saying they are the easiest to use but I still love the colours and it’s been a fun addition to my make up bag.  The service from Harvey Nichols was fine too (apart from the scratched palette thing). 

Will I be buying any more Fenty? Yes! Why not. The range is cool and fun, and I want to support a range that caters to so many women.

Have you tried anything from Fenty? 

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After months of months of hearing all about Glossier, the range finally landed on UK shores via their own snazzy website and I decided to make a few purchases to try out.  The philosophy behind Glossier is a beauty that celebrates ‘real girls, real life’ – because that is fun and easy, imperfect and personal.  

As a result the range seem so to be full of products that enhance natural beauty, which all of us have; glossy fresh skin, strong but not OTT brows, glowing cheeks, lots of hydration. The beauty philosophy behind the brand is very me at this moment in time because I am completely short on time to spend on myself and yet of course I want to look like a nicer version of me.  I am no longer in to super heavy make up, I want freshness even with glittery or colourful looks. This brand just felt right to me, even if it isn’t for everyone. 

So here is my small haul:

Note: There is free shipping if you spend £25 which is quite reasonable, so I made 3 separate orders as I wanted a few of their cute pink bags they send out with their products – they are great for travelling.

1. Coconut Balm Dot Com

2. Perfecting Skin Tint (Dark) 

3. Stretch concealer (Dark) 

4. Boy Brown (Brown)

Here is everything out of the packaging. 

1. Coconut Balm Dot Com (£10) – is a clear lip balm with a coconut scent. It’s quite a ‘real’ coconut smell which I love as I am a coconut fan however it’s not the Hawaiian rum type smell if that makes sense. It’s more like a grated coconut! The balm is very thick a bit like the Kiehls lip balm and moisturisers great but it is simple in its ingredients – petrolatum! But there is castor oil and some nice extras in there too.  

2. Perfecting Skin Tint (Dark) (£20) – this is a very very sheer finish light skin perfecting tint. It does not offer coverage for redness or spots. If you have much to cover then don’t bother wasting your time with this but if you have quite good skin and don’t mind small imperfections showing through (I have some sun damage freckles for example that I don’t mind) then this just evens out the texture of your skin and makes to look more ‘poreless’.  I have many tinted moisturisers that offer more coverage than this, so this really is for when my skin is at it’s best an when I just want something super duper natural and fresh.

3. Stretch concealer (Dark) (£15) – This pot concealer is quite waxy and offers a little bit of coverage for circles and shadow areas.  It isn’t like a concealer that blocks extreme blemishes – it actually appears a little sheer at times – but like the skin tint, it offers ‘a bit more’ on problem areas. I was comparing this to my RMS post concealer which is super thick an heavy – that one I never use under the eyes due to how heavy it is.  This one works much better for the eye area because it can be ‘stretched’ out so to speak over the skin to a nice light finish. 

4. Boy Brown (Brown) (£14) – This tiny container of brow mascara is pretty good. The result is natural but perfected – there are many good brow mascaras like this around (I am also a fan of Innnisfree eyebrow mascara) but this one is quite good as it leaves the brow soft an not crunchy. 

Finally, the first purchase I made was for the Cloud Paints – I bought Puff (light pink) and Dusk (beige brown) which come as a set of two for £25. 

These are really lovely. I am a cream blush fan – I am sure they are not for everyone but I really like these as they give the right amount of pigment and blend away so easily. They are quite runny so you just need a little dab. 

Swatches:

Here is the blusher on my cheeks (a mixture of the two colours):

 
All in all, I am happy with my first encounter with Glossier – there is nothing I hate here.  My favourite thing is the Cloud Paints which are really lovely blushers.  I see no reason why I wouldn’t reuse these products though, they are great for school run mornings. 
 
Also, you get a pouch, stickers and a sample with every purchase.  
 
Have you tried Glossier?
 
*If you purchase using my link you get 10% off and I get £10 to spend on future purchases. 
 
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The first time I ever experienced a rubber face mask (not that sort) or ‘modelling mask’ was during an Elemis facial – I didn’t know what it was at the time, but the therapist asked if I was claustrophobic because this next mask would go over my eyes and lips too. I said no, but it was a weird experience – my skin felt amazing afterwards though. 

Then the Koreans made it in to a big thing you could do at home and bought a big tub of modelling mask to try. It does work well and it’s fun – but it’s also messy so I admit I haven’t touched it again since although I might break it out for fun when I have family around. I digress. 

So many Korean skincare trends are now translating over to the Western market. MASQUEBar, have their own version of the modelling mask making it a convent way to try the trend. 

I was sent the Tea Tree version to try. This version is good for people who have break outs (sometimes) and it can also calm irritated skin. At £4.99 for 28g (one use) it is a little expensive (I would get a pack of 10 sheet masks for £10 for example) but as a novelty, it’s ok. 

What this pack is, is very very convenient. One of the reasons I mentioned before as to why I do not use my modelling mask much is that it is messy. I barely have time to use a sheet mask and all that involves is pulling out a sheet and sticking it on my face! With this tub you are making as little mess as possible as the power is measured for you and you also get a spoon so just add the water amount specified and mix.  

It looks a bit like wall paper paste and is a bit lumpy but you do have to get it on your face sooner rather than later because when it sets you have to pull it off. You must rinse your face afterwards. 

I found this easy to mix but it was slightly lumpy. It was ok to spread but quite ‘drippy’ (my other mask tends to keep its shape better) but yeah…it can be a little messy. 

Although I love the container and how everything is measured out I found this one hard to remove after the specified time. I had little bits stuck on to my face which was annoying – it should really remove cleanly. 

Also this may be the wrong one for me (it comes in different types, such as Lavender) as it made my skin red and a little rash. The rash went after 2 days but it’s not something I would use again for that reason – too irritating.

If you have a more robust skintype this may suit you. Everyone should try a modelling mask for fun (remember you can put it over your lips and even eyes if you have someone to help!) but as a regular part of my routine, I simply do not have time and I am not convinced the benefits are worth the mess.  

Buy it here from Feel Unique if you have the time and don’t mind the mess, who currently have a 3 for 2 offer. 

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I wrote about my decision to ditch aluminium deodorants so since then I’ve continued to try out new suitable deodorants when I come across them. 

One thing you have to get used to when you ditch the aluminium is that fact you will sweat more and feel more ‘wet’ (ahem) but at least you don’t smell. Here are two new additions I am really enjoying. 

Deodorant no. 1 is a bit specific – Yorkshire Lavender (£7.95) which I purchase when I visited recently (so gorgeous if you are in to fresh open spaces and lavender!).  I noticed it was Alum free so I figured I would give it a go although I am not necessarily someone who would choose lavender as a body scent. 

I am pretty happy with this. It smells like lavender but not old lady like – it is quite a fresh, essential oil type of Lavender as oppose to a grannyish smell. I quite like it, it reminds me of visiting spas. The deodorant is clear and feels quite refreshing on the skin and it didn’t sting me.  It also kept me smelling quite fresh during the day. 

Pure Potions Lemon Myrtle Deodorant (£8.99) is probably more of a universally appealing scent. It’s a beautiful fresh lemon without being soft. It is free of aluminium, paragons, triclosan an phthalates. It has a creamy lotion like texture to it and maybe because it is thicker than a regular roll on, you have to work it a bit more to get the product out.  This product is 99% natural which is quite impressive – it also is good for dry skin or people with eczema.  

A big issue I had with previous natural deodorants is that they made my armpits react or blocked my pores (despite not having alum).  So far I am really happy with these two roll ons as they haven’t caused any reaction or darkening of my armpits. If this changes, I will update you on this but so far I am enjoying bother of these.  

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I think that many people are aware of the importance of adding some acid to their skin care routines thanks to Caroline Hirons (one of her articles on acids here) but sometimes it can be hard to chose the best acid to try and also to find an affordable one. I have finished up my beloved Mizon AHA/BHA toner which I really like for my sensitive skin, so I have been trying this very affordable offering from Superdrug (£5.99 for 100ml) which promises radiant skin. 

This acidic toner contains AHA which is good for refining pores, and providing a brighter skin tone. 

This also contains Kiwi Fruit and Vitamin C, to improve on pigmentation too. 

I have been using this for 1 month and I am nearly through a whole bottle (I guess because it’s cheap I have been quite generous with it).  I use it at night only. 

Firstly – I have to say I can’t stand the fragrance in this – it’s very floral and far too strong for my liking. I wish they would remove it as it’s just not pleasant. 

Apart from that this toner leaves my skin feeling tingly but not uncomfortable ALTHOUGH when I first used it, I found that I had a break out near by chin and my nose peeled.  When I use CORSX AHA my skin tingles like a mo-fo – this stuff must be weaker as it doesn’t feel that tingly. 

However I do think my skin reacted the way it did because it was getting used to the formula.  

Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Allantoin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberrry) Leaf Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum (Lotus) Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sapindus Mukurossi Fruit Extract, Acer Saccharum Extract, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Coumarin, Eugenol.

 

On the plus side, my skin did indeed look gloomy the next day – not as much as with the other toners I have used (Mizon, Pixi) but it is fine especially for the price! 

Overall….I think I will keep looking for an acid toner or just repurchase my Mizon one. However in the meantime I will still use this occasionally (it seems like it’s a little too strong for me to use daily) as it does seem to clarify my skin and leave it brighter even if I do hate the smell! 

You can buy it here. 


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Another week, another new collection from Essie – these guys a prolific, yo.  You are never short of nail polish choices when it comes to Essie. 

Dressed to the Nineties is the collection for Fall 2017.  These nail polishes are inspired by the 1990s style.- Britney Spears, The Spice Girls. Sigh – these were my teen years. 

The collection looks quite random but there is something for everyone, from naturals and nudes to deep and metallic shades. Let’s take a closer look at the colours – 

Girlie Grunge – silvery metallic light purple. Totally the kind of colour I wore in my teens! Pretty and very smooth to apply. 

Saved By The Belle – Light creamy pale pink – I don’t usually like these kinds of shades but I love this bubblegum pink which is quite pretty and reminds me of being about 12. 

As If – Lilac powdery blue – again reminds of my youth, a very wearable pretty colour that I would wear regularly. 

Mix Taupe – Creamy ivory with a hint of pink and grey.  I am loving this shade although it is quite unusual because of the pale grey-ishness. 

Knee Highlife – Deep wine red with a purple tone, classic vampy shade. 

Dressed to the Nineties – dark purple with a slight shimmer. Has an almost slightly rubbery finish to it. 

Each polish is £7.99 and is available to the 26th of September in Boots and the 17th of October in Superdrug. 

 

*Press samples 

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