Etude House Wonder Pore Clearing Emulsion 

Hi beauties,

I have a Korean Skincare product today with Wonder Pore Emulsion from Etude House. As it’s coming into the warmer months, I was looking for a lighter moisturiser. One of my Instafriends Rach_blushandsage bought this and loved it so I thought I would give it a try.

Wonder Pore is supposed to refine pores which as an oily gal I am not adversed to and 9 other properties that I can’t quite work out. The website is in English, but I think it gets lost in translation somewhat.

The ingredients are: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Propanediol, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Mentha Arvensis Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, C14-22 Alcohols, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Disodium Edta, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Acetic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Fragrance.

I really liked the light texture of Wonder Pore, it sinks into the skin quickly so no complaints on that front. The big problem I had with this is it made my skin so shiny, it looked so greasy. I tried it a few times but I had the same result each time. I bought mine from a Kbeauty eBay store, for around £8.00 for 150ml. I wanted to love this but unfortunately it’s a nil point from me.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil

Hi beauties,

Today I have 100% Cold Pressed Virgin Marula Oil from The Ordinary. I bought this a little while ago and have been testing it out for a while.

I first became aware of Marula Oil from African Botanics and Drunk Elephant, two brands I would love to try but unfortunately they aren’t readily available in the U.K. Customs and shipping charges mean it makes it too prohibitive for me to purchase, so when I saw The Ordinary had a Marula Oil I jumped at the chance to buy it.

If you haven’t heard of it before, Marula Oil comes from the seed kernel of the Marula fruit and is indigenous to Southern Africa and Madagascar. Marula Oil contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and essential fatty acids in the form of Omegas 6 and 9. It is a multipurpose Oil with a light nutty smell.

I have been using it on my face and hair, it reminds me of The Ordinary 100% Cold Pressed Argan Oil, in fact I wasn’t able to tell them apart. It’s pleasant to use, it’s a light texture so it doesn’t feel too heavy on the skin. It makes your hair smooth and soft, it’s ok, but I wouldn’t necessarily buy it again. For my hair I prefer the Argan Oil and it’s cheaper than the Marula. Don’t get me wrong, this Marula isn’t a fortune but at £3 cheaper it pushes the Argan into the top position. 

My picks of oils from The Ordinary are the 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil (good quality and great price, a definite repurchase) and the 100% Plant Based Squalane. Those oils are the best quality and give great results. And of course they are excellent value, making them affordable for everyone.

100% Cold Pressed Marula Oil is available from http://www.theordinary.com and is £8.10 for a 30ml bottle.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Perricone Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment

Hi beauties,

Today I have Perricone Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment, the Perricone range was created by a leading dermatologist Dr Nick Perricone. It’s quite a science-led range and this was the first Micellar-type product I tried.

It’s essentially a posh Micellar Water, full ingredients are: Water/Aqua/Eau, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Propanediol, Phenoxyethanol, PPG-33-Buteth-45, Carnitine, Cetrimonium Chloride, Carbomer, Roe Extract, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Urea, Panthenol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Copper Citrate, Betaine, Dimethyl MEA, Phosphatidylcholine, Phosphate Buffered Saline, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate. 

Blue Plasma is a blue colour due to the inclusion of Copper in the formula, this is supposed to soothe the skin and has a repairing Action on the skin. It doesn’t really have any smell to it and you use it as you would other Micellar waters, soak a cotton pad and sweep over the face. You don’t rinse, just go to the next step of your routine.

I don’t really like this, I don’t know why as I have enjoyed using other micellar cleansers. I think because I know this is really expensive and I didn’t see any difference to my skin that Perricone said I would. I found I needed to use a lot to cleanse my face, whether I had makeup on or not so this is not economical for me to use. A full size is 118ml and is £38.00 available from http://www.perriconemd.co.uk

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Temple Balm

Hi beauties

A slightly different product today, Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Temple Balm. I can be a bit of a stressed Eric, so anything that helps me to relax I like to try.

Miaroma is an own brand of Holland and Barrett, they have a variety of products such as base and essential oils. I’m also a huge fan of the Lavender and Coconut Oil Hydrating Spritz which I used as a toner. 

Relaxing Lavender Temple Balm is gorgeous, the fragrance isn’t just Lavender, there is also Sandalwood, Chamomile and Patchouli so it’s a multi layered scent. The Balm is Shea Butter based so it’s very moisturising, as well as a temple Balm at nighttime, I’ve used this on Hands and cuticles and the hard skin on my feet so I think it’s a multi use Balm. The scent is strong, so not for those who are sensitive to fragrance and/or essential oils.

I enjoy using this balm, I find it helps me wind down for bed, a few deep breaths definitely help me feel calmer. I use this when I’m headachy too, it has a slight cooling sensation that helps to clear my head. Miaroma Relaxing Lavender Temple Balm is available from Holland and Barrett in store and online for £8.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Waitrose Pure Comforting Serum

Hi beauties,

This is a review I’ve had on the back burner and I don’t really know why I’ve not published before.

I’m a huge fan of the Waitrose Pure range, the body Butter is my holy grail. They have a good capsule line and it’s super affordable.

The ingredients are: Aqua, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Gossypium Herbaecum Seed Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate. 

I mainly tested this at the beginning of the year, it was brilliant in the colder months as a Serum, as it got warmer I was able to use it as a moisturiser. Pure Comfort Serum came into its own when I had a patch of eczema on my neck. It was so good at calming the redness, helping to heal the cracks and hydrate my skin. There was no irritation or stinging so it was perfect to use. It obviously doesn’t have essential oils or fragrance so it can feel “simple” however, saying that it does what it says on the box, and who doesn’t want that?Waitrose Pure Comfort Serum is £5.00 for 30ml, available in store and online.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sarah Chapman Sunday Night Facial

Hi beauties,

In March the gorgeous Arly from Detailedorientedbeauty on Instagram had a giveaway where I won this fabulous prize from Sarah Chapman Skinesis range. This is the Sunday Night Facial, giving you all you need for a beautiful weekly pamper.

The box contains: 

  • Ultimate Cleanse 15ml
  • Overnight Exfoliating Booster 5ml
  • Overnight Facial 5ml
  • 3D Moisture Infusion Masks
  • A Cleansing mitt

I love the way this is presented, it feels like such a treat. The sizes while first appear small, you don’t actually need to use a lot of any of the products so the box gives you a great opportunity to try the Facial several times. Also they are great for travelling meaning you don’t have to skimp on quality Skincare if you go away.

I will be doing full reviews of the products as usual so watch out for those. The Sunday Night Facial system is available from http://www.sarahchapman.net and is £49.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Masque Bar Pore Refining Creme Mask

Hi beauties,

Today I gave the Pore Refining Creme Mask from Masque Bar.

Masque Bar is a relatively new brand in the U.K., I’ve actually tried a mask of theirs before, but I can’t remember which one it was!

So instead of the usual sheet mask that the Masque Bar do, this is a creme mask. INGREDIENTS are: Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Bentonite, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Kaolin, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Rubus Coreanus Fruit (Raspberry) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit/Leaf Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Trehalose, Erythritol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Dimethicone, Allantoin, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl (Vitamin E) Acetate, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q-10), Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum)

This mask is fabulous, it’s hydrating as well as refining, there is no redness after using, just super soft skin and an improvement in the appearance of pores. You apply it to clean wet skin and leave it for 15-20 minutes. For me, this works really well, my skin feels smooth and brighter and pores do look clearer and reduced.

The mask is also great value, you get a box of three for £9.99 and they are really good quality. I’m glad I tried this because it is a mask I would repurchase. They are available from Boots, in store and online.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx