Review: Skinician Advanced Firming Serum

Hi Everyone

I have told you a bit about the lovely Irish skincare Skinician brand before on my earlier post here; and also let you know about two products I already love and repurchased from their range, the Advanced Time Delay Day Cream and Restoring Night Cream.

So when they v kindly *gifted me their NEW Advanced Firming Serum (above) to try I was delighted especially when they also included a beautiful jade roller with it (sold separately). The Roller is beautiful, so cooling on the skin, feels like a slight workout for the face, neck; benefits include increasing circulation, helping with fine lines/wrinkles etc, I do think helps products to work slightly better, only problem is remembering to use it on a regular basis as with all exercise.

As I have said before I do like Skinician’s sleek but practical packaging – only difference with this product is that they have used a sticker this time for their logo, details etc – I prefer when details are embossed on packaging but then this is a minor thing as long as results are good

1.  Advanced Firming Serum (50ml – £51.95 or 65 Euro) – dermatologically tested.

Described as formulated to help firm skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and help fight against sagging – sounds good doesn’t it?

Benefits:

  • Instantly tightens, lifts and firms
  • Noticeably reduces fine lines and wrinkles – clinical studies have shown an immediate effect on crow’s feet;
  • Instant, long-term results;
  • Potent Antioxidant;
  • Intensely hydrates and smoothes.
  • Apply twice daily after cleansing before your moisturiser on the face and neck area, avoiding the eyes.  Leave to absorb for 2 minutes before applying moisturiser.
Directions and Results
  • Great to see this serum is in a squeezable tube as well.  It has a v light spa like fragrance with a creamy liquid consistency, not runny and not oily either.  I applied / apply as directed and it smoothes onto the skin without any greasy residue, initially skin does feel a little sticky but within the recommended two minutes this disappears and skin then feels smooth and looks refreshed with a slight glow, skin also feels hydrated, though would not say  intensely hydrating.  Initially when you apply the serum it feels cooling on the skin and I do feel a v slight tightening/firming effect as it absorbs, however this is not as noticeable now I have been using for a longer period so maybe this shows it is working.
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  • You do not need to massage this into the skin as much as some other serums/oils as if you do work at it too much it will start to feel slightly tacky.  I use it all over my face (avoiding the eye area but do put up to top of cheeks where fine lines show as well), neck and decolletege and then follow daily with my Skinician day and night creams and have been impressed with results.  Initially I thought it was quite good but with prolonged use have become more impressed with results.  My skin definitely feels smoother, as long as I get enough sleep, skin also looks brighter, helps give it a slight glow.  I definitely feels it is firming, toning the skin and fine lines do appear less noticeable, though again if I have also been drinking enough water – I am really bad at doing this, trying to improve.
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  • Although I do like the results on my face I think I am even more impressed with results on my neck / decolletege, no product is ever going to put the fine lines on the neck away as you get older but this definitely feels and looks that is making them less noticeable. I feel it works as well if not slightly better than one of my all time favorite products, the Elemis Pro-collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust cream (50ml) RRP £65 (more difficult to get now Elemis have now a neck balm which I personally do not like as well), have been using this one for ages and although prefer the feeling of the Elemis one, the Skinician one is more reasonably priced, lasts longer and as I said think results are as good or may be even that slight bit better.
  • Although more reasonably priced than the Elemis neck and bust cream I understand it is still quite expensive but with the results I have got / seen  and as it does last well, I definitely will be purchasing and recommend trying for yourself if you can especially for anyone who feels they need a little help wants to give their skin a boost.   I think would be great for all skin types as doesnt dry the skin either.  I do use my Skinician moisturiser over the top  and have now also added my ‘hero’ Antipodes Face Divine oil back into my routine as well which gives that additional boost.
  • You can check out, see more from the  Skinician range, including some new and improved products (day moisturisers contain SPF 30 now which is even better) via the link here.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you tried any products from this range before?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and / or during the week.

Thank you for reading – enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

*Gifted for review consideration

Review: Birchbox UK June 2018

Hi Everyone

Although  I only received my June Birchbox today, I am so impressed that I wanted to show you what I received as soon as possible in case you wanted to get one too as only available while stocks last. Theme of this month’s box is ‘The Tea Party’.  Birchbox were 5 years in the UK last month, their 5th Birthday, so hard to believe as I have been with them since nearly the beginning.

 

Love the addition of the special keepsake biscuit patterned tin box this month – I think would be perfect for storing so much more e.g. perfume samples, any beauty samples, small crayons/colouring pencils etc – whatever you want really.

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box which costs £12.95 (inclusive of p&p) per month and 3, 6 & 12 monthly subscriptions are also available.  Usually five personalised beauty treats are included each month.

This month every box contains a Full Size Ella Eden Eyeshadow- subscribers were able to choose from two shades, Faith or Julia (I chose Julia).   A product  / beauty information booklet and the following five products & bonus item were also included in my box:

 

Ella Eden London Compact Eyeshadow – ‘Julia’ Full Size RRP £12.99  this is a beautiful pinky / peach colour and although a powder formula it has a creamy feel with a satin finish. Although buildable it is a lighter shade, I have just used it once and it applies very easily and looks beautiful as a transition shade, although also would look good all over the eyelid, just under the eyebrow, inner corners of the eyes.  I also have tried as a highligher too and looks good used that way as well.   Initial thoughts are I definitely will use and happy with my choice, however not sure how long-lasting it will be – if I find it lasts well when I try for a longer period of time, will post a separate review.


 

Arrow Boost Colour Enhancing Lip Balm (Berry Busy)– (Full Size)  RRP £11  – another full size item, we are getting spoiled this month.  As it is a colour enhancing balm it may look slightly different on everyone.  On me it  is a beautiful rosy pink colour.  It applies really easily, feels comfortable –  again not sure how long it lasts but at this stage still on my lips, looks like a lip stain now.    I will also definitely use and already have in my everyday makeup bag.  Not sure if I would pay the RRP price however if on offer would consider purchasing.

 

Number 4 Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm (Sample size 30ml) Full Size is 150ml RRP £24.50 – I was happy to see this in my box as have tried products from this brand before and enjoyed using them and results were good.  It is a creamy smoothing balm and smells beautiful, you are supposed to apply to damp hair but I applied a little to my finished style and it did smooth the flyaways and didn’t leave my hair looking greasy,  I will use both ways and post a full review when I get a chance to try properly.  Although this is only a sample size do not mind, as think will last for a while and perfect size for travelling.

If you subscribe during June you will get a FREE Smith & Cult lip lacquer (worth £21) with your first Birchbox, while stocks last.  You just need to use the code KISSES at checkout.
Or just in case you prefer money off your box (do not think you can use both) you can get £5 off your first box – (box is normally £10 +£2.95 shipping – you will get for £5 +£2.95 shipping) by clicking  link here and then copy and paste code at checkout to get your discount.    Thank you in advance if you use this link. 

Look forward to any comments you may have – if you have received this month’s box would love to know what you thought, did you receive the same products as me in your box/’tin’?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up during and / or end of the week.

Hope you have a really enjoyable week.

Thank you & take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

 

Jeans for Genes Day & 2018 Limited Edition T-Shirt

Hi Everyone

A short post to let you that the Jeans for Genes 2018 Limited Edition fashion t-shirt is now available to purchase on  the Jeansforgenesday.org website for £20I am just after purchasing mine as I do each year.

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What is Jeans for Genes?

Jeans for Genes is an appeal dedicated to raising funds that will help children suffering from genetic disorders.

Who does Jeans for Genes help?

The money raised on Jeans for Genes Day funds a range of initiatives that improve the quality of life of children affected by genetic disorders – please see the Jeans for Genes Day UK site for more detail.

How it happens in the UK

In the UK, one day every year – this year Jeans for Genes day is on Friday 21st September 2018 – everyone is asked to throw out the usual dress rules, jump into their jeans and donate a sum to help this cause. The appeal also come up with ideas to raise extra funds, such as competitions and quizzes and  through their clothing including annual limited edition fashion t-shirts.

2018 Limited Edition T-Shirt

This year Jeans for Genes have teamed up with the Kingston School of Art to bring us our latest limited edition fashion t-shirt.  The t-shirt, illustrated by winning designer Chunchen Liu, takes its inspiration from a pile of jeans, thread and a rivet to form the pattern and twist of a DNA double helix

 

The T-shirt is £20 and comes in women’s sizes UK 8/10 to UK 20/22 and men’s sizes S to XL – all sizes still available at time of posting.

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The quality of the t-shirts is usually excellent and I am sure this year will be no exception.

As I said last year I would definitely recommend visiting the Jeans for Genes Day website to learn more about this great cause, then by purchasing this t-shirt  or any of the other beautiful products on the site you can also be a part of Jeans for Genes day through supporting this excellent cause.   You can wear this year’s Limited Edition t-shirt any time not just the 21st September 2018 – I still wear previous years t-shirts.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post – much appreciated.  Look forward to any comments you may have – if you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and during the week.

Take care and enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

Credit – inserts Jeansforgenesday.org.

 

Review: Sarah Chapman London Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF 30

Hi Everyone

I wanted to let you know about another product I have purchased / tried from the Sarah Chapman London Skinesis range – the Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF 30 Perfecting Tint.

In case you have not heard of Sarah Chapman or her products – please see link here for further details, range of products available and link here for my earlier review here on the Skinesis Overnight Facial serum.

The Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF 30 Perfecting Tint is described as a skin perfecting tinted protection from UVA, UVB, thermal & infrared radiation, with antioxidants, stem cell active complex & smart light scattering powders, Sarah Chapman Skinesis Skin Insurance SPF 30 delivers a visible youth boost.

Stated: Use every morning after moisturising. Smooth 2-3 pumps evenly over face and neck.  Reapply as required.

Results are described as:

Perfects and protects skin from infrared, thermal and UV ageing, helping to reverse signs of damage and increase tolerance to UV. Smart light scattering powders and intelligent adaptive tint reduce the appearance of skin imperfections for an enhanced Skinesis glow.

Sounds impressive doesn’t it?  Now to what I thought/think.

 

Packaging and Cost

The product comes in a practical bronze hard plastic container with silvertone detail around it and white writing.  It has a pump applicator and push on cap and RRP is £49 for 30ml (unless on offer) – as well as being practical, the packaging does look luxurious as well.

It has a light slightly oily creamy consistency (though not greasy) – looks and feels  like a lighter tinted moisturiser.  First thing I noticed again, was the aroma, love the aroma of all the Sarah Chapman products I have tried to date – it is hard to explain but to me it is has an uplifting, refreshing, maybe a slight Citrus fragrance, not overpowering but still lingers slightly on the skin.  Again when you apply it, feels like your skin is being treated, pampered with a luxurious product.   I also love this is a combination of a skincare and makeup product,  a light tinted moisturiser.


Application and Results

Now on to the application and results, I used / use two pumps as directed after my moisturiser  (sufficient for face neck and top of chest), I dabbed on my face and neck like a foundation and then applied / apply either with a beauty blender or my fingertips, found both work well.    Blends so easily (photo below shows it v well blended in on my arm, I have v pale skin and had no tan on in this photo), leaves your skin looking refreshed, feeling hydrated, dewy but not greasy more like a boost to the skin and although only a tint it does give a light coverage which is also slightly buildable, need to apply concealer over any blemishes but I do this anyway even with heavier tinted moisturisers / foundations. I also have mixed with one of my ‘hero’ products, the IT Cosmetics CC Foundation Cream to give my skin an additional boost and it works perfectly.  Personally I have had no irritations either.

I think this will be a great all year round product but think it is especially good for the warmer weather when you don’t really want to wear a foundation but still would like a light coverage something to help give a boost to the skin whilst also helping to protect it.

Definite repurchase for me and I would recommend trying this product if you can, not only for the results but also because it is so easy to fit into your normal routine. However if you have a Sarah Chapman counter near you, check it out for yourself, especially if you have a more oily skin.

You can purchase from a number of online stores which include, Sarah Chapman, SpaceNK UK, Feelunique.co.uk, currently Feelunique are offering a Free gift worth £47 with 2 Sarah Chapman purchases, while stocks last and they also have regular discount codes, free gift offers available as well.  However as always check around to see where you can get the best offer i.e. discovery sets, discount off, free gifts with purchase, samples or hopefully if you are lucky maybe all of them.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Love to hear if you have tried this product before and if so do you like it as much as me.

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will be back soon with another post.

Thank you – take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

 

Benefit Cosmetics – FREE Mascara Sample ‘Trade-In’ Offer

Hi

Just in case you have not seen this offer yet, wanted to let you know Benefitcosmetics.com/uk have another great mascara ‘Trade In’ offer on at the moment.

 

Currently you are able to get a FREE deluxe mascara sample (choice of 3) to try when you take any old full size mascara, from any brand, to a benefit counter – you can choose between BAD gal BANG, They’re Real and Roller Lash samples, while stocks last.   I chose the BAD gal BANG sample as it is my favourite mascara out of these three.  You just need to pop your old mascara into the trade-in container (photo below) and then the sales assistant/consultant with give you your free sample (generous sample size – photo also below).

 

Offer is due to end on 23 June 2018, or while stocks last  so the quicker you can get into your nearest Benefit counter the more chance your choice / sample will still be available – great way to try different mascaras from the Benefit Cosmetics range.

You can find your nearest Benefit Counter via the link here.

Thank you for reading and look forward to any comments you may have – if you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up during / end of the week.

Take care.

Best wishes Liz x

Magazine Freebies – ‘July’ 2018

Hi Everyone

So many magazine freebies this month already – the best month for a while and looking good for next month as well.    As always I will update post when or if there are any further magazine freebies throughout the month.

RED = £4.50 – A FREE Ren Clean Skincare Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (30ml), worth £17 with the magazine this month.  There are a few fragrance sample ‘slips’, inside magazine as well.

 

In addition there is Rodial Eyeliner and Lipliner set (worth £36) FREE with next month’s edition of Red, August edition  – on sale 3rd July 2018.

Also currently when you subscribe to Red you will receive a FREE ‘This Works In Transit Skin Defence SFP 30 Daily Moisturiser’ worth £29 and 12 issues of Red for £35.99 (more expensive than usual for subscription offers but still saving 33% on normal cover price) – if this offer has finished by the time you read this, always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.

Tatler = £4.70 – A pair of Sunglasses free with this months magazine (choice of 3 colours) I chose the tortoiseshell version and they do look good & feel very comfortable on, just not sure how long-lasting they will be.


 

Also currently when you subscribe to Tatler you will receive a FREE Verso Hydration Serum worth £79 and 12 issues of Tatler for £12 – if this offer has finished by the time you read this, always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.


Harper’s Bazaar = £4.70 – A FREE ‘Jo Hansford Intensive Hair Mask’ (50ml), worth £12 with the magazine this month.  There is a fragrance sample ‘slip’, inside the magazine as well.

In addition there is Bamford Skincare Set (worth £32) FREE with next month’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar, August edition  – on sale 4th July 2018.

Also currently when you subscribe to Harper’s Bazaar you will receive a FREE ‘Malin Goetz’s New Revitalising Eye Gel’ worth £38 and 6 issues of the magazine for £19 – if this offer has finished by the time you read this, always usually an offer on so just keep checking online for more Free Gift with subscription offers.

There also will be / is a FREE Benefit Cosmetics Mascara Sample (choice of 3) with this month’s Elle Magazine (see photo below):

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Also for anyone who is able to get the Northern Woman magazine (a NI magazine) £2.50 – there is a FREE 4ml Dr Lipp Nipple Balm,  (this is a great multi-purpose balm), with the June / July issue.

(Once again a little reminder for any new followers, that magazines always dated a month in advance i.e. you get the July issue in June).

Hope this helps – any comments / queries please let me know.   If not already subscribed, following my blog would love you to follow, would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and / or beginning of week.

Thank you and take care – hope you all have a great weekend.

Best Wishes Liz xx

M&S ‘Summer Beauty in a Box’ – 2018

Hi Everyone

Hope your week going well so far – just a short post to let you know you can now get the 2018 Summer Beauty In A Box worth over £135 for £15 when you spend £40 or over on clothing, beauty or home items at Marksandspencer.com,  or in store, while stocks last.

States included in the box are the following items:

  • 1x 12ml Leighton Denny she’s in fashion nail polish;
  • 1x 50ml Nuxe Refreshing after-sun lotion;
  • 1 x 5ml PUR fully charged mascara powdered by magnetic technology;
  • 1x 100ml Ren Atlantic kelp and magnesium anti-fatigue body wash;
  • 1x 30ml Origins Ginzing™ energy boosting gel moisturizer;
  • 1x 15ml Prai AGELESS throat & décolletage crème;
  • 1x 50ml Color Wow dream coat mini supernatural hair spray;
  • 1x 7g Eos active pink grapefruit with SPF30;
  • 1x 4.8g Ultrasun ultralip SPF30;
  • 1x 75ml Percy & Reed ‘A walk in the rain’ shine & fragrance mist;
  • 1x 40ml Philip Kingsley coconut breeze elasticizer pre-shampoo conditioning treatment;
  • 1x 5ml This Works deep sleep pillow spray;
  • 1x 30ml Autograph sheer radiance Eau de Parfum;
  • 1x 6ml Autograph lasting colour intense liquid lipstick;
  • 1x 15ml Formula absolute ultimate sleep cream;
  • 1x Autograph Rainy day makeup bag.

Please see photo below of products in box and link here for full details.

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If there are products you need, wanted to try, or have gifts you need to get – good time to get them if you can, while the beauty box is available – from past experience beauty boxes do not last long.  I have ordered mine as needed to purchase few items anyway; including the Pur Eye polish as I am almost finished and wear it most days, so perfect timing.

Also remember to claim your cashback on any Marks and Spencer purchases – via my link here, if you are not already signed up for cashback (if you do use my link thank you in advance) or if you would like to see more details on ‘cashback’ please see my much earlier post here.

Hope you found this useful – welcome any comments you may have.

If you are not a follower would love you to subscribe / follow my blog too would mean a lot.  

Will have more posts up tomorrow and over the weekend.

Thank you

Best Wishes Liz x

Insert photo – Credit Marksandspencer.com

Review: Caudalie Cleansers, Glycolic Peel Mask & Overnight Detox Oil

Hi

Hope you are all had a lovely weekend and weather is good too wherever you are.

As I have said before I am always so, so grateful, feel so privileged when ‘companies/brands’ kindly *gift me products from their or a brand’s range to try. Recently Love Me Beauty v kindly sent me four Caudalie skincare products to try – I was over the moon as love a number of products from this range already.  You can find out more about the Caudalie brand / range via the link here.

They kindly sent me:

The Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil, Instant Foaming Cleanser, Glycolic Peel and Overnight Detox Oil.

Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil 150ml RRP £18

If you have been following me for a while you will know although I try a lot of cleansers one of my favourites at the moment is the L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil (you can see my earlier review here to know why), so I was really excited to try this oil to see how it would compare.  

It states this moisturising grape & sweet almond Cleansing Oil can be used on the face and eyes works to dissolve all types of make-up, including waterproof, whilst removing impurities and cleansing the skin.  The blend of 100% naturally derived plant oils nourishes and softens the skin without leaving a greasy film.  

Directions: Warm 3 pumps between your palms and massage onto dry skin, emulsify with a little water and rinse thoroughly.

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This has a pump applicator which I prefer and has a slightly heavier oil consistency.  I applied / apply as directed and I found / find it does remove makeup easily but as I always remove my eye makeup with cotton pads and micellar water first I found two pumps is enough.  Alhough I do not mind a light almond fragrance when you add water to this cleansing oil the fragrance gets stronger and is more like a light marzipan fragrance which I am not a fan off.  Although it does feel really good on the skin and removes all types of makeup really easily.  Leaves my skin feeling really clean, refreshed, and hydrated as well, no tightness at all. I am really impressed with this cleansing oil and I think it is that good would say it comes v, v  close to  my ‘hero’ L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil (200ml RRP£19).  The only slight difference is the feel of the oil and the fragrance, (however you also get 50ml more, with the L’Occitane Cleansing oil, for only £1 extra unless either cleansing oils are on offer), prefer the L’Occitane one but I found the results were just as good with this one, so I would definitely consider purchasing this one and highly recommend trying both especially if you love oil cleansers.

Would consider purchasing.

Instant Foaming Cleanser 50ml RRP £7.50

 

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It is described as a light and airy foam cleanser,  infused with purifying sage and moisturising grape extract, the soap-free formula rids the skin of impurities and gently cleanses the skin using 98% naturally derived ingredients. Skin is left refreshed and glowing, without stripping the skin of it’s natural moisture

Directions: Use morning and evening on damp skin. Rinse with water.

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This also has a pump applicator and has a foam consistency, a fresh natural fragrance and feels lovely on the skin as well.   I applied as directed and found one to two pumps is enough, and although cleanses the skin really well and skin looks and feel refreshed, I found skin a little bit tight on areas after using, although no other irritations. I have combination skin so think this cleanser may be even better on an oiler skin. Although I do think it is still a good enough cleanser and I do like the fragrance, not as good as the cleansing oil for me personally so will not be purchasing.

Just not for me,  not as good as the cleansing oil above.

The Glycolic Peel Mask – All Skin Types 75ml RRP £22

Described as for anyone suffering with dull complexion in need of an instant boost of radiance. This dual-action skin renewal treatment works like a scrub and a peel at the same time, for a renewed skin effect.  Formulated with 85.7% natural origin ingredients, this luxurious and non-irritating mask provides the ultimate spa-like glow from the comfort of your own home. 

  • Gently exfoliates
  • Activates cell renewal

Directions: Apply the mask twice a week to dry skin, avoiding the eye contour area. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with water

This mask comes in a squeezy tube with a screw wooden type cap – as it is classed as a peel was not sure what to expect. However I was v pleasantly surprised when I seen it had a thick cream consistency and a light natural fragrance.   I applied as directed and it feels so comfortable on the skin there is no problem leaving on for the 10 minutes.    So easy to remove with water, leaves skin looking bright, revigorated and smooth to the touch, gives the skin a lovely boost.  Looks like you had a really good nights sleep.   I definitely think this mask gives that little bit extra, think this is down to the mixture of the ingredients; Glycolic acid, Papaya and Viniferine (this is a new one for me but states is for radiance).  Although this tube will last for ages even using twice a week I will definitely purchase and would recommend trying for yourself if you can.   My favourite product out of the 4 items.
Will Purchase. 
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Most expensive of the four items and one I am still undecided about.

States this dry oil will renew & protect overtired skin while you sleep. Is ideal for skin exposed to stress, pollution, UV’s & other free radical’s. The skin is detoxified and smoothed, the complexion refreshed.

Infused with anti-oxidant grape-seed, regenerating rose hip, purifying neroli, soothing lavender and detoxifying carrot oils, this 100% plant-based formula promotes cellular renewal & toxin elimination.

  • Regenerates
  • Detoxifies
  • Smoothes out lines
  • 100% natural origin formula.

Directions: Apply 6 drops in the evening, either alone or before your moisturiser.  Avoid the area around the eye.

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This oil comes in a glass bottle with a dropper applicator – the fragrance is slightly stronger, still a natural fragrance but not one I would normally reach for. I applied as directed and used both without  and with a night time moisturiser.  It does apply easily and although 6 drops seems a lot at the beginning it does not take too long to sink in, although a slight sheen remains.  It does feel comfortable on and skin does feel hydrated. In the morning skin does appear to be slightly brighter but did not notice a lot of difference when I used without a moisturiser, still not sure about smoothing out fine lines as have not noticed any additional benefits than just with my ‘normal’ night time serum / moisturiser.

That  being said some mornings I think my skin does maybe look more refreshed but not sure if that is down to the oil or just having a better nights sleep.  Therefore at this stage would not considering purchasing as still undecided about results – however will keep using in my skincare routine to see if I notice any additional benefits with prolonged use and if I do, will let you know.

Still undecided – at this stage will not be purchasing.

I was v happy to get the chance to try these four products especially as I now would definitely purchase the Glycolic Peel Mask and consider purchasing the cleansing oil.

Recommend you checking out these and other items from the Caudalie range including their Divine range especially as until tomorrow 28th May 2018 you are able to get 20% off when you use the code BANKHOL18 (excluding gift sets, duos, trios, SPA & gift vouchers) online at Caudalie.com.    If this offer has finished when you read this there are regular gift with purchases online with a set spend.   You usually are also able to select a set of samples at checkout while stocks lasts.

Look forward to any comments you may have.   Have you heard about or tried any products from this range before?

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  Will have more posts up tomorrow and / or during the week.

Thank you – take care and hope you all have a great week.

Best Wishes Liz x

*Gifted for Review Consideration.

The Net-A-Porter Beauty Kit

Hi Everyone

There are many great beauty box offers available at the moment but one I have seen and wanted to let you know about is from Net-A-Porter.com, more expensive but love the selection of items included. The Net-A-Porter Beauty Kit costs £90 and contains 25 samples of a selection of skin, hair and makeup products from different brands, which all come in a transparent cosmetics bag  – the bag would be perfect for travelling storing your toiletries / makeup etc as well. 1015479_ou_pp

Included are the following items:

  • Aromatherapy Associates’ Revive Evening Bath and Shower Oil: 3ml/ 0.1fl.oz;
  • ByTerry Baume De Rose Lip and Nail Balm: 3g/ 0.1oz;
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream: 15ml/ 0.52fl.oz.;
  • Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste: 40ml/ 1.35fl.oz;
  • Eyeko Black Magic Mascara: 4ml/ 0.13oz;
  • Erno Laszlo Firmarine Cleansing Oil: 15ml/ 0.5fl.oz and Face Bar: 17g/ 0.6oz;
  • Hourglass Peacemaker lipstick: 1.5g/ 5oz;
  • Kat Burki Bio-Correcting Face Creme: 5ml/ 0.17fl.o.;
  • Lancer Lift Serum Intense: Stem Cell Recovery Complex: 5ml/ 0.17fl.oz;
  • Lanolips Rhubarb lip tint: 12.5g/ 0.44oz;
  • Lashfood BrowFood Brow Enhancing GelFix: 4ml/ 0.14fl.oz;
  • Leonor Greyl Crème de Soin à L’Amarante Detangling and Color-Protecting Conditioner:50ml/ 1.7oz;
  • Marc Jacob’s Beauty Fineliner: 0.04g/ 0.0014oz;
  • Omorovicza Ultramoor face mask: 15ml/ 0.5fl.oz;
  • Oribe Lip Lust Crème Lipstick: 3g/ 0.11oz;
  • Original & Mineral Frizzy Logic: 10ml/ 0.33fl.oz;
  • R+Co Moisture + Shine Creme: 15ml/ 0.5fl.oz;
  • Philip Kingsley Volumizing Protein Spray: 30ml/ 1.01fl.oz;
  • Wander Beauty Carryon Lip and Cheek Gel: 1.6g/ 0.056oz;
  • ROSSANO FERRETTI Parma Regenerating Treatment;
  • Rodin Olio Lusso – Face Oil: 3ml/ 0.1fl.oz;
  • This Works In Transit Camera Close Up: 15ml/ 0.51fl.oz;
  • Senteurs D’Orient Amber soap: 24g/ 0.8oz;
  • Natura Bissé Diamond Instant Glow: 3x 2ml/ 0.07fl.oz;

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  • Deborah Lippmann’s Nail Buffer.

I love there is a mix of makeup, skin/hair products and although sample sizes they are quite generous ones so perfect for taking with you on you holidays, travelling – I adore travel sizes of products as well.

I definitely would recommend checking out this beauty kit and others that Net-A-Porter.com currently have available – although this is one of the more expensive kits it does have a number of high value items included.

If you are not already a follower would love you to follow my blog too – would mean a lot.  I will have more posts up tomorrow and beginning of next week.

Thank you – take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Best Wishes Liz x

Credit: Photo inserts Net-A-Porter.com

Review: Love Me Beauty Phase Zero Makeup – Metal Veil / Coconut Liquid Eyeshadows

Hi Everyone

I was delighted to kindly receive my latest *Love Me Beauty / Phase Zero Makeup  products early last week (you can see my first review via the link here).   This month I received eight liquid eyeshadows to try a mix of the Metal Veil and Coconut eyeshadows. If you have been following me for a while you will know I love eyeshadows so v happy to receive the Phase Zero makeup liquid versions to try as well.

Love Me Beauty / Phase Zero Makeup Service

Firstly you need to sign up – 1 month membership is £5 but states minimum contract is 3 months.  Then after you become a LMB member you will gain access to LMB factory prices,  LMB advised this will save us 77%.   You can buy the ‘Phase Zero’ products without a membership but works out a lot more expensive this way especially if you are purchasing a number of items. However  Love Me Beauty has made some changes and NEW users can now get 90 days membership completely free AND you can also use my code (LIZC5) at checkout to get £5 off your first order (not including P&P and you must spend £5 or more), so a good time to try this range if you can.

 

I received the following 8 shades (members price £4.00 each RRP £12.50 each);  – as previous months, all came in a heavier see through / silver resealable packet in an outer cardboard box as well.

 

When I opened the package again first impressions were v good as always happy to see items individually boxed and liked the selection of colours included, some neutral shades,  with a few ‘stand out colours’ as well. The ‘Coconut’ Eyeshadows have a more liquid creamy formula and the ‘Metal Veil’ eyeshadows have a thicker consistency but still creamy.   No matt shades again but I personally prefer more a sheen finish with liquid eyeshadows.

 Swatches below:

Do like all these shades but the ‘White Rabbit’ shade is a Metal Veil eyeshadow and has a bit more shimmer, so would really only use under the brow bone or inner corner of the eye as just does not apply as well as the other shades.


If I had to select only four shades; my favourites would have to be Merlot, Valentines, Romance and Fancy – look really good on and work with so many other colours as well.

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V happy to be *gifted these to try.   I found pigmentation and coverage was good, applied easily, only v slight transfer until they dried, no smudging, satin/metallic type finish and all lasted well throughout the day again when I wore as normal with my eyeshadow primer and Mac Shroom eyeshadow underneath.  Again good selection of base, transition/contour and all over shades.  Few of the shades had a more shimmery finish but majority had a lovely sheen type finish – see swatches above.  I prefer the consistency of the coconut eyeshadows, a more creamy liquid finish,  as I found these applied more easily, though this consistency also took longer to dry.    Although I kindly received these for review consideration I would definitely consider purchasing a number of these and other shades in the range as they are reasonably priced at only £4 each.

I would definitely recommend checking out the LMB service / Phase Zero Makeup range as I personally think quality is good and is also more reasonably priced than some other makeup ranges and especially as NEW members now get a 90 day FREE membership.  You can find out even more about the LMB subscription service here.

Look forward to any comments you may have – love to know what you think about the LMB  service / Phase Zero Makeup range or if you have signed up to this new service already?

Thank you – enjoy the rest of the week and take care.

Best Wishes Liz x

* Kindly Gifted for Review Consideration.