Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water

Hi beauties,

I gave Simple’s Kind To Skin Micellar Cleansing Water today, this was a choice from You Beauty.

I really like micellar water, I especially like taking my eye makeup off as I find it so gentle and thorough. Simple’s offering is no different.

Kind To Skin Micellar Water also includes vitamins and minerals so it’s not drying at all while dissolving makeup and grime easily and quickly. I find it removes my mascara so easily with no rubbing and I do use 2-3 layers. It probably takes about 4-5 cotton pads to remove a full face of light makeup, Mineral foundation, Blush, Mascara, and lip colour. It’s great for Deep lippie colours so you aren’t wiping it all over your face a la The Joker.

First thing in the morning I put some on cotton pads to refresh my eyes which I love. It helps me feel more awake and soothes my sore eyes.

This Micellar Water is £4.94 for 200ml in Boots and is also available in a 400ml size for £6.59.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Beauty Pie Box 1

Hi beauties

I recently subscribed to Beauty Pie, a friend of mine Kassie (@kassie157 on Instagram) sent me some makeup at Christmas. I recently tried the mascara and lipstick she sent, I was so impressed that I signed up and got some skincare.

My choices were:

  • Double-Phase Daily Deep Rinse-Off Cleanser
  • Super Retinol Anti Wrinkle Eye Cream
  • Matte Retouch Pore-Minimizing Primer
  • Über Youth Super Serum

Since I have ordered, my skin has thrown a complete fit so I’m on a pared back routine but I will be testing as soon as I can and reviewing here. I signed up for 3 months at £10.00 per month, that gives me a spending allowance of £100. At the time of ordering there was an offer which gave me a shopping allowance of £200.

Next month, I want to try some more makeup, there are some gorgeous nail polish colours I want to try as well as some foundation.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, go to http://www.beautypie.com and take a look.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Derma E Even Tone Brightening Cleanser

Hi beauties,

I gave a great cleanser from Derma E to tell you about today, that was very kindly sent to me by my friend Dede (dedez_beautynstuff on instagram) after she learned I had wanted to try the brand for a while.

Even Tone Brightening Cleanser a pH balanced cleanser with Niacinamide, Panthenol, Glycolic Acid, Licorice, Vitamin C Ester, Bearberry Extract, Madonna Lily Extract, Green Tea and Vitamin A. It feels mild on your skin with no discernible smell. I use about the size of 5 pence piece and it lathers well with a wee bit of water.

This cleanser makes my skin feel smoother and doesn’t at all strip my skin. There is no SLS or chemical detergent agents which is what I look for in a foaming cleanser.

Although this is gentle enough to use every day, I use it a few mornings a week. I find I get good results from this frequency, it would also make a good second cleanse so it is versatile. I wouldn’t use this as a makeup remover, either as an AM or as I say a second cleanse PM.

Derma E Even Tone Brightening Cleanser is also very affordable, you can find online for as low as £11.20 and as you need so little a 175ml bottle will last months.

Till next time,

Lucy

Latest in Beauty September

Hello beauties,

As you may know the You Beauty Box is no more *sob sob*, instead they have teamed up with Latest in Beauty to offer a beauty subscription service, typically its more expensive! So if you want to subscribe, here are the options:

  • Beauty Novice – choose three products from the long list for £9.00 per month
  • Beauty Enthusiast – choose six products for £15.00 per month
  • Beauty Guru – choose nine products for £18.00 per month

Delivery is included and you get a free makeup bag with your first month. I was lucky to have a code from You Beauty to get the special offer gift for You subscribers, this entitled me to a full size Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment.

If you don’t want to subscribe monthly, you can build a one off box for the following cost:

  • Beauty Novice – choose three products for £16.00 plus delivery
  • Beauty Enthusiast – choose six products for £22.00 plus delivery
  • Beauty Guru – choose nine products for £25.00 plus delivery

The list of products is longer on LIB, so the choice is massive. I prefer to choose my boxes because I don’t want to be stuck with things I know I wouldn’t/don’t want to try. Popbands were in a box I tried which is no good for me as I have short hair so they were given away to my best friend and her daughter.

For my first box I chose:

  • Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten and Tighten Hydro Face Mask
  • Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Body Booster Mousse
  • Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser
  • Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayon in Sangria
  • Origins Plantscription Anti Aging Facial Serum
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Rudolph Red

I am going to try LIB for a few months to see how I get on, my gut feeling is that I will more than likely keep the subscription up.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm

Hi beauties,

I have another British brand White Rabbit Skincare and their Cleansing Balm today, White Rabbit is a luxury vegan skincare company based in Scotland. I think everyone can agree that animal testing has no place in the modern beauty industry, (I can’t believe a brand such as Nars are going into the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory – I think that shows the greed on behalf of Shiseido but that is another rant for another day). White Rabbit go further than this , using no animal derivatives such as beeswax making them Vegan friendly and I am thrilled to see no petrochemicals (I am sure you all know my utter hatred of mineral oil!!) or SLS, artificial colours, fragrances or ingredients. Products are made in small batches by hand to ensure quality. Also the brand use and recycle packaging – there is a loyalty bonus for sending in your packaging to be recycled.

So down to the product! It’s base is Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Olive Oil and Olive Wax with essential oils of Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lavender. The balm has a waxy-like texture, take a small amount and rub between your hands and apply to dry skin. I LOVE the smell of this balm, herby and refreshing, it leaves your skin feeling so clean. I have to be really thorough to make sure I remove it properly as it does not emulsify (which is my preference for cleansing balms). I find it takes off makeup very well, including mascara. When I test any cleanser I always to my “mascara test”. this means slathering on lots of layers of mascara in the morning so it’s had time to dry, before doing my evening cleanse. I also do that with all the mascaras I have too (I like many of you have more than one!!) so I can get a good idea of the cleansers effectiveness. After that, I sweep some micellar water over my eyes to see if there is any residue. My skin was left feeling soft, smooth and most importantly clean! Drier skin types I think will like this too as the cleanser definitely lives up to its name by being comforting.

I found this brand through You Beauty Box and tested the 15ml size which is £3.00, the full size is £15.00 for 100ml so very affordable. I do love it when a brand does travel/discovery sizes, great for trying products and of course putting them in your travel bag. You can buy from http://www.whiterabbitskincare.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Time Bomb Take off Time Cleanser

Hi beauties,

Another cleanser today and it’s the turn of Time Bomb Take Off Time Time Cleanse and Buff. That’s a bit of a mouthful!

Time Bomb is famously headed up by Lulu and some of the people that founded the original John Frieda company. They have been so successful with haircare and now branched into skincare.

Take Off Time and Buff is a cleanser that has crystals to lightly exfoliate your skin to get rid off dead skin cells. It’s a Cream texture and you can’t see the crystals as they are very fine but you can definitely feel them. They aren’t sharp or too abrasive if you are gentle. 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Alumina (Aluminum Oxide), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

This cleanser is pleasant to use and it smells lovely, however as I have broken capillaries it would be too much for me to use every day, I would use it perhaps once a week. Because of the broken capillaries I don’t tend to use manual exfoliators but I was really careful when I was smoothing it over my skin. The effect afterwards is fab, my skin was so smooth and clear, no redness or irritation so I think I would make an exception with my granular ban! I do love manual exfoliators it’s just they aren’t for my skin. 

If you are more mature and have drier skins, there wouldn’t be any reason why you couldn’t use this cleanser. It definitely removes makeup and grime and makes your skin feel fantastic without feeling stripped or irritated. A full size is £16.00 for 125ml, I probably wouldn’t go for a full size, I would stick with 30ml for £5.50 and available from http://www.timebombco.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Decleor Micellar Oil

Hi beauties 

As you all know, I am obsessed with oils and obsessed with cleansers so I just had to try Decleor Micellar Oil.

I got this in a Decleor Today’s Special Value a while ago and was being good and using some other cleansers up before opening this. I’ve been testing it now for some time so it’s time to let you know what I think.

I love Oil cleansers, I find they get rid of grease, grime and makeup really effectively without stripping and Decleor Micellar Oil is no different. 

Ingredients: Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, PEG-20,Glyceryl Trisostearate, Vegetal Squalene (derived from Olive Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, BHT.

The fragrance is a strong floral so obviously is fragrance isn’t your thing for whatever reason, this is not for you. I like pretty smells and I’m not adversely affected by essential oils or fragrance so I’m lucky in that sense. I use two pumps to cover my face and neck, sometimes I emulsify it and sometimes not it depends on what I feel like on the day! I’ve also used it in the shower and rinsed it off so it’s a versatile cleanser.

If you are on the look out for an oil cleanser you couldn’t go wrong with Micellar Oil. It’s £26.00 for 150ml available currently at £17.40 from Look Fantastic. 

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx