Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Intensive Eye and Deep Line Serum

Hi beauties

Today I have another product from Beauty Kitchen’s Abyssinian Oil range, the Intensive Eye and Deep Line Serum. I have reviewed the Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask before and really loved it, and Holland & Barrett had the range at half price so I picked up a couple of items.

Beauty Kitchen is a small independent company based in Glasgow, as well as their skincare and bodycare range they also offer classes where you can make your own products, perfect for those who love to dabble in actually making products. The Intensive Eye and Deep Line Serum is part of the Abyssinian Oil range. Abyssinian Oil is said to be more potent than Argan Oil and is easily accepted by the skin making it suitable for all skin types. Personally I wouldn’t call this a serum as it is more of a light lotion texture and very moisturising so not a typical water-based serum.

I did enjoy using this, it did help with lines especially around my eyes but it did take a while to rub in which isn’t ideal around the eye area. Very similar in texture and thickness to the Sukin Eye Serum that I wasn’t keen on, however saying that I found it good for the lines around my neck so I would use this as a neck cream. It’s the same fragrance as the Sleep Mask,  a beautiful grown-up floral, but if you are sensitive to fragrance or essential oils then this serum wouldn’t be for you. It is £14.99 for a 30ml tube, I used it and finished it in about 2 months but I do tend to slather product on! I think it’s a reasonable price, it is frequently on promotion on Holland & Barrett (at time of writing it was on a 3 for 2 promotion) so check out the website to see the up to date info.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Kiko Nail Polish Reds

Hi beauties

Another lot of swatches from the Kiko haul I bought back in August, and here are the reds! Those of you who have followed me for a while now know my love of red polish. If I was forced (but please don’t make me!!) to choose to only wear one colour it would be red. I feel more confident and glamorous wearing red, I don’t know what it is, but I have been drawn to it like a moth to a flame since I was a little girl.

So to the shades! The first one we have here is a limited edition called 02 Precious Aramanth. It says chrome on the bottle, but I have to disagree with this, its just a regular metallic. It’s a light red with a pink shimmer that’s really pretty. An absolute bugger to paint! The brush is like a spatula, which should make painting easier but it takes on far too much product as the formula is very thin. Luckily clean up is a breeze, and there is also minimal staining with this.

Next up is 495 Pearly Vanda Burgundy, I love this one!! It does have a pearlised finish with a fuschia bordering on purple shimmer that is so gorgeous! This has the regular Kiko brush that is a lot easier to work with than the limited edition bottle (thank the lord!) Again, clean up is easy and there’s a wee bit of staining with this so be prepared for that.

The last shade is 493 Vino Perlato, look at this glorious glittery-ness! This is a real stunner and really should be seen in sunshine to appreciate the glitter and shimmer. It’s a deeper red (blue base?? I’m never sure…) and the glitter has burnt orange pieces, so beautiful. I think it may be my favourite of the three.

Keep your eyes peeled for the other colours, they will be here soon….

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Eness Nourishing Hand Cream

Hi beauties

Today I have a handcream from Eness, a brand I hadn’t heard of before. I think this may have been in a Glossybox I got, but it’s been a couple of months and I can’t actually remember! Eness is a ethically responsible company using sustainable ingredients, they also support The Save the Rhino trust in Namibia which was set up to save the black rhino.

Eness concentrate on hand and body care products as well as candles and reed diffusers.

I have really enjoyed using this Hand Cream, it’s extremely nourishing without being greasy. You don’t need to use a lot and it smells absolutely gorgeous. It’s fragranced with Ylang Ylang essential oil which I love. It has a fresh, clean, comforting smell. It does linger but I don’t mind that at all! I slather this on at night all over my hands, rub it into my cuticles and then put cotton gloves on and go to sleep. In the morning I have beautifully soft and conditioned hands.

This hand cream is gorgeous and one I would definitely repurchase, it’s fantastically affordable too at £6.50 for a 100ml tube. If you live in the Birmingham area you can pop into their store in Canon Street, if not then you can buy online at http://www.enesscosmetics.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Decleor Hydra Floral White Petal Sleeping Mask

Hi beauties

I have a new product from Decleor, Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Hydrating Sleeping Mask. God that’s a mouthful! This is part of the new White Petal range that is to tackle discolouration on the skin, boost hydration and refining skin’s texture. When Look Fantastic had a sale on Decleor, I jumped at the chance to buy one. I’m obsessed with masks and anything that will help with discolouration and skin texture. I suffer with lumps and bumps under my skin which drive me mad, they don’t turn into spots, they just sit there under the skin, being lumpy and annoying me. How rude!

So on to the mask. It’s a light gel texture, with little spheres in which holds Vitamin B3 (otherwise known as Niacinamide), Camomile and Pea extract to brighten and Salicylic Acid to help with texture issues. It smells beautiful thanks to Neroli essential oil that I find always helps me feel calm. You need a very thin layer, let it sink in and then you can go to bed. 

I really wanted to love this mask, but alas apart from hydration I didn’t notice any improvement in my skin. Texture problems were still there and I was using it 3 times a week for a good 6 weeks, so 21 applications were I feel enough time to test it. I did not see any difference in dark spots and pigmentation which is the predominant reason I bought it. If you want to test this for yourself it is available from http://www.lookfantastic.com and is £27.20 for a 50ml tube.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Nip and Fab No Needle Fix Serum

Hi beauties

I’ve had Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Serum in my stash for a while and was really looking forward to trying this. I do have some lines under my eyes and around my neck that I wanted to treat with this.

Nip + Fab are known for using patented ingredients such as Synake (supposedly to mimic Botox), Dragons Blood and Bee Venom. As well as skincare and bodycare they have also branched out into makeup.

No Needle Fix is supposed to plump and volumise lines and wrinkles, it has a lovely fresh scent which isn’t overpowering. It smooths on your skin very easily and feels very siliconey which I didn’t particularly like. I found No Needle Fix did plump the lines under my eyes, but the effect didn’t seem to last very long. It didn’t have much effect on my lines around my neck unfortunately and worst of all broke me out along my jawline. I’m used to one or two perhaps although I had been lucky lately, in that my skin had been pretty clear, it’s all gone downhill now!

No Needle Fix is available in Boots and Superdrug at £19.99.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

Hi beauties

Today is the turn of Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum, I bought this with some vouchers I received from my Auntie-in-law for my birthday. Sukin is an Australian natural brand that I had been wanting to try for a long time and it was on offer at Boots at the time so this and a couple of other things fell in my basket.

I have a couple of favourite eye creams but the unfortunate fact is they are pricey, so I am always on the lookout for more affordable options. As this is Sukin, there are no parabens, mineral oils, fragrance, phthalates or other ingredients that you want in skincare. In this eye serum the full ingredients are: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borage), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.

I personally wouldn’t call this a serum, to me serums are a thin liquid texture, whereas this is a lighter lotion texture. It also takes a while to rub in, more so than any eye creams I’ve used before, its really weird. It’s hard to explain, but you have to be quite vigorous in applying, even using a small amount. So not ideal when you are dealing with products and delicate areas of skin! My eyes are quite thirsty too so it was good for about an hour but after that you could see my lines more clearly. I need something that will last longer and preferably not having to reapply.

So this isn’t for me I’m afraid, my search for affordable eye creams continue….!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask

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I have Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask today. I love masks so I was very excited to be gifted this by my lovely friend Cath as I hadn’t actually tried this one before. My all time favourite mask is Gatineau’s Melatogenine Futur Plus Mask which to be honest, is the mutt’s nuts.

Anyway, back to Aquamemory which is for dehydrated skin. We will all suffer from dehydration at some point, rather than being a skin type (dry, oily, combo or normal) it is a skin condition. I think the terms dry and dehydrated can get mixed up at times and people can get confused.  Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask contains Osmaporine Technology, this is for maintaining moisture levels in the skin and bring immediate relief to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidants are also included for long lasting hydration and protection against water loss.

Aquamemory is a gorgeous cream texture, like the Melatogenine, the scent is different though. Aquamemory is a fresh, ocean like fragrance, I love it. It feels beautifully fresh and cooling, it’s a lovely mask to use in summer when you are feeling hot and bothered but its great in autumn/winter when your skin is parched through the constant change of temperatures that makes you feel as you don’t know if you are coming or going. You need a reasonably thick layer, and leave on for 10-15 minutes and your skin will feel fantastic afterwards. The only gripe I have is that I can’t really use it around my eyes as I can the Melatogenine. It makes my eyes water unfortunately which is a real shame. Apart from that, I love this mask! It’s a brilliant quickly acting mask, you don’t need overnight to feel results as you would a moisturiser. Aquamemory is best used 2-3 times a week, but I don’t think you can over use it.

Price-wise it is more expensive than high street masks, £39.00 for 75ml for me, it’s worth it due to the results you get so quickly and it does come from a salon brand. It’s worth checking out QVCUK as they often have sets for exceptional value, for example a duo for under £50. A must-have for any time of year.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx