Today I have the Revitalift Filler Hyaluronic Acid Serum* from L’Oréal who kindly sent it in a package with a couple of other products.
As we all know Hyaluronic Acid is a fabulous ingredient for plumping up the skin, especially fine lines and wrinkles and this serum is no exception. It has two weights of Hyaluronic Acid, Macro Hyaluronic which sits on the surface and the Micro Hyaluronic which penetrates deeper down. It’s very hydrating and non greasy, a few drops is all you need underneath your moisturiser or SPF. I don’t find it tacky or sticky like some Hyaluronic Acid products and it’s not drying on my oily skin either.
I like this a lot, it’s a decent Hyaluronic Acid serum that does what it says on the tin and isn’t extortionately expensive. Full price is £24.99 but you will often find it on offer in Boots and Superdrug. It’s enjoyable to use, it does have fragrance so if you need to avoid for any reason then this won’t be for you.
Thank you to L’Oréal for sending this out for me to try, if you are looking for a good reliable hydrating serum you won’t go wrong here.
I love Altruist SPF and use it regularly so I jumped at the chance to try their Dry Skin Repair Cream* which they very kindly gifted to me. Having very dry eczema prone skin and also someone who is very lazy with body moisturising I need to have a rich enough body cream but I find a lot of have mineral oil which I really don’t like.
Dry Skin Cream has 10% urea and glycerin, it’s a thick lotion yet it absorbs very easily into your skin. It’s fragrance free so it’s perfect for people who are very sensitive, it’s super moisturising and it feels so comfortable when you apply it. It’s not a chore to apply it like some body creams can be, no standing naked trying to rub lard into your wobbly bits!! Dry Skin Cream does exactly what it says on the tin. It helps to replace moisture and repair your skin if it is rough and irritated.
I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t be able to use this product, it’s a brilliant family body cream because it’s so nourishing but there is no fragrance or essential oils that can be irritating to people with very sensitive skin. It makes an excellent hand cream, it isn’t greasy, you can apply it and get dressed quickly. Fantastic value at £5.00 for a 200ml tube, if you are looking for an affordable, dependable body cream that the whole family can use, Dry Skin Cream is it.
Makeup today with Maybelline Falsies Lashlift Mascara.
I think mascaras can be the most disappointing makeup item, they promise the moon on a stick but they rarely deliver. I’m still to find my holy grail, I wonder if it actually exists!
Anyway, back to Maybelline. I found a good amount of lift with Falsies Lash Lift, not as good as Benefit Roller Lash but still I was able to get a wide eyed look (my lashes droop terribly!) the brush is easy to use and you can get right into the roots for a good old wiggle!
I think it really made my lashes look longer, I have good lashes anyway thanks to an amazing lash serum but I found Lash Lift did give good definition and volume. It was pretty easy to do my lower lashes too without getting mascara all over my face!
I really wasn’t sure about this when I first started using it, it took me ages to make up my mind! Saying that I do think this is a very good high street mascara. Roller Lash is out of my budget really even though I get brilliant results from it. I still have to curl my lashes first but Lash Lift gives definition and volume without becoming clumpy and annoying. For £9.99 I get great results so I would definitely be buying this one again.
I’ve got a real classic product here, Nunale Nail Strengthening Cream. Created in the ‘50’s it’s a lightweight non greasy cream with glycerin, lanolin and urea you could say it’s basic formula but boy does it pack a punch.
Over the past couple of months my nails had become so weak, they were ripping, bending and hardly any growth. They weren’t responding to my usual routine or even the Orly Nailtrition that had been so successful before. On a whim I bought Nunale from Amazon and started using it every time I washed my hands and particularly at night. After a week I noticed a massive difference in the strength and durability of my nails.
I really didn’t have any major expectations about Nunale at all, I didn’t think it would work as well as it does. I honestly can’t believe how effective it is. If you don’t like cuticle oils or need something to pop in your bag to use during the day this is for you. Nunale is a classic product and for good reason, it works. Mega affordable too, I bought mine for £3.50 which is frankly, bonkers. Nunale is one of those great workhorse products that is well worth taking a punt on.
A few months ago during the first lockdown my friends at Green Keratin sent me a fabulous care package which included their Rose Otto Body Oil*. My love for oils is still as fervent as ever, it’s a beauty category I will never tire of testing.
As I’ve said before I’m really lazy at body moisturising. I go through stages where I’m good at it and I can be bothered and other times I neglect it badly. Being a dry skinned gal this can lead to eczema flare ups that can get quite uncomfortable. That’s why I find using oils so much easier, I keep a bottle in the bathroom and I can apply a layer as soon as I get out of the shower.
The base of the body oil is Soyabean, Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Jojoba Oils with essential oils of Rose Otto, Rose Geranium and Palmarosa. A couple of pumps is all I need, I apply it straight to damp skin as I find it sinks in more easily that way. The smell is beautiful and my skin feels so lovely and soft afterwards. It is a very rosy scent obviously, but I find the Palmarosa gives it more depth and woodiness. It’s not an old fashioned cloying scent at all, it’s more modern and sophisticated.
Rose Otto Body Oil is gorgeous, I thought I would like it, however like isn’t a strong enough superlative really. It’s a beautiful oil that feels far more luxurious than the price of £14.95 belies. As I’ve said on many other occasions Green Keratin make great products at brilliant prices and are well worth checking out. Thank you to Anderson and the team for my fabulous gift.
This is a new launch from Liz Earle, the Seasonal Serenity Body Duo. This is part of the 2020 Christmas gifting collection and has the beautiful packaging designed by Lucy Rose Cartwright.
In the collection is Cleanse and Polish Body Gentle Mitt Cleanser and Skin Replenishing Body Balm both in the Neroli scent which smells just the same as the beautiful facial cleanser. I really love both of these products, the body cleanser is wonderfully hydrating, as is the body balm. Used together they are a spa like treat and your skin is left feeling super soft and conditioned.
This set comes with a lovely canvas bag as well as the mitt for the body cleanser. I think it would make a fab gift especially for a Liz Earle lover, it costs £35.00 from QVCUK.
Some makeup today with Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks. I love lipstick, I think it’s my favourite makeup item and even with all the mask wearing at the moment.
L-R Dark Chérie, Chocolate Corset, Ultra Violette, Berry Chic.
I love these dark colours! I’m a bit of a vamp really, and I love getting into the autumn and winter months to get my vamp on! My least favourite of this quartet is the dark brown, I’m not sure that suits me as well as the others (I bought all for in a set) and wearing power isn’t as good as some of other brands I have so I wouldn’t buy any more of these to be honest. The colours are lovely but the formula just isn’t as good as the Revolution or Ciate liquid lipsticks I own.
Bourjois is a brand that can be tricky to find now since their withdrawal from the U.K., however you can find these lipsticks for a few quid on Amazon if your local stores don’t stock them. At the moment my local Boots still have a Bourjois stand. I will definitely be using these colours over the coming months even if I wouldn’t buy more.
Another hand cream, this one by the makers of my favourite body butter Argan + Marula Oil. Their Anti Age Hand and Nail Cream is one I’ve been testing out recently.
The formula is Argan, Baobab, Kukui, Moringa and Sacha Inchi seed oils with glycerin. The fragrance is the same as the body butter with lavender, black pepper, patchouli, vetiver, ginger and bitter orange essential oils. I love the scent of this, I find it very soothing. It does have a spicy and warming aspect that I love.
This hand cream is very rich but thin in texture and you don’t need a lot. It can get really greasy if you use too much of it, so be sparing! I can’t comment on the claims of reducing age spots as I don’t have any but it is incredibly moisturising and makes your skin soft and smooth. Brilliant value at £7.99 for 75ml I bought mine from Feel Unique, it’s one I would definitely buy again.
Today I have the Vitamin C version of Green Keratin’s ELMW Hyaluronic Face Serum*. I love the original of this serum which is a fab hyaluronic acid so was interested to try this.
I struggle with Vitamin C as an ingredient, it makes me break out into little red sore spots so I’ve given up trying to find a Vitamin C product. However, when I tried this I was pleasantly surprised! It contains Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate which has been formulated to give an equivalent Vitamin C activity of 25% without the irritation that the level of acidity brings to skin. The serum also contains Acerola fruit extract and Dragons Blood extract for their antioxidant properties.
I really enjoyed using this serum, it’s wonderfully hydrating with a gentle brightening (in my skin – I have a lot of stubborn pigmentation so it can be difficult to see a difference in tone) with Vitamin C it’s a preventative treatment and has antioxidant properties that is good for environmental damage to skin. It’s very light that works well under moisturiser and SPF, it sinks in super quickly. It means I use less moisturiser during the day, it doesn’t make me any more oily than I usually am!
Green Keratin are very generous with their sizing of products which makes them excellent value for money. A 100ml bottle is £29.95 which is incredible. Most serums are 30ml in size so this is a brilliant option, I was actually shocked when I received it as I wasn’t expecting it to be that big! It’s a gorgeous serum and a great way of getting Vitamin C into your skincare routine.
We’ve been talking SPF all summer long, but it’s really important to wear it all year round.
One I have been using for quite some time is the Altruist Face Fluid SPF50. I’m a huge fan of their cream SPF50 that I’ve been using for a long time. As I am oily skinned person that sweats A LOT I’m always looking for lighter textures with SPF as they can be quite greasy.
Altruist Face Fluid is absolutely gorgeous light texture, it doesn’t sting near the eyes like some can do. It’s not greasy so I’m able to use my serum underneath and not overload my skin. It’s so comfortable to wear and I have to confess that I don’t really like wearing SPF but I wear it because I have to! However Face Fluid feels like a really light moisturiser, no weight or grease at all. Plays very well under makeup and it doesn’t make me any more shiny than I usually am lol.
Being Altruist, it’s also super affordable. 50ml is £9 which I think is brilliant, I got mine from Amazon. This is a fabulous SPF and one I will definitely repeat purchase.