Amie Rose and Argan Super Renewing Moisture Mask*

Hi beauties

This review has been a long time coming so I apologise to Amie for the delay.

Amie is a brand I’ve blogged about before, they have lovely products for excellent prices. Their cleanser is really great quality and under a fiver which you really can’t quibble with.

Amie very kindly sent me this Rose and Argan Super Renewing Moisture Mask. Rose and Argan is the premium part of the range, however I think the prices are very reasonable.

Onto the product itself! This is a moisture mask that plumps and rehydrates the skin, I have oily skin and it didn’t break me out which I’m always a bit wary of. It’s a gorgeous light gel texture making it easy to apply. You leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.

The smell is beautiful, I love Rose scents. I find it calming and soothing, making this mask a pleasure to use and well as making your skin feel lovely and smooth as well as hydrated. The price is reasonable at £14.95 for 50ml, and is available in Waitrose stores as well as online from http://www.amieskincare.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Amie Daybright Glow Brightening Sheet Mask*

Hi beauties,

I love sheet masks, I think they are a bit of fun as well as a pampering treat and the Daybright Glow Brightening Sheet Mask from Amie Skincare is no disappointment.

This mask is so hydrating! It’s drenched in essence and there is a surplus in the packaging (which I always use after the Treatment) so it’s very generous. The material is lovely and soft and I find Amie’s mask a really good fit. I have a small (albeit chubby!) face and some masks are absolutely huge. All you need to do is unwrap it and pop it on for 15-20 minutes. I left mine on for nearly an hour (I got distracted watching Tom Hardy in Taboo..! ūüėā) and even though it was getting a little dry around the edges the majority of it was still moist.

It has ingredients like Licorice root and coffee to brighten, Indian lotus extract and Provitamin B5 to nourish the skin. I definitely see a brightening effect after use and it’s lovely to use. Although there is plenty of essence in the mask, it doesn’t drip so you won’t get any on your clothes or all over your bathroom! I use the excess in the package afterwards by patting into my skin once I’ve taken the mask off so there is no wastage. My skin feels so cool and soothed after using this mask. It isn’t oily or greasy and I usually wait for the serum to be all absorbed before finishing my routine.¬† Like other Amie products I have tried such as the Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash (Budget Beauty) ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† this mask was a real pleasure to use.

Amie Daybright Glow Brigtening Sheet Masks come in a pack of three for £6.99 which is great value, they are available from Waitrose and from http://www.amieskincare.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*PR Sample/Gift

Amie Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water and New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish

Hello beauty lovers,

Today I have some great products from a lovely British brand Amie, I first discovered Amie a long time ago when I bought their moisturiser Favourite moisturisers and when I was researching my Budget Beauty post too. Amie was created by Fiona Parkhouse who was searching for a solution for her daughter Samantha who was experiencing oiliness and breakouts but her skin was also very sensitive. Fiona wanted Samantha to use products that were kinder to her skin, not the traditional harsh treatments for spot prone teenage skin. The range was created with dermatologist Dr Susan Mayou of London Cadogan Clinic using more natual ingredients for skincare that is actually effective.

I am a big fan of the Morning Clear Facial Wash, (review in my budget beauty post, link above) and the brand very kindly sent me their Petal Perfect Gently Cleansing Micellar Water and New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish. I have been testing out the Micellar Water for about 4 weeks and used it for makeup removal as well as a morning/evening cleanse. I can honestly say I love it! It has a beautiful rose fragrance due to the Rose Damascena Flower Oil, I would say if you are sensitive around the eyes, this may not be the one for you, however I am fine and it really does blitz mascara and eyeshadow (I don’t wear liner) and also other makeup. I do double cleanse so if I am wearing makeup I have been using this as my remover and there is nothing left on the cotton pad afterwards. And, no residue on my muslin following a balm, oil or cream cleanse either.

The New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish is a wee bit too strong for my skin as it contains grains, I have broken capillaries so it’s not advisable but if you like scrubs this is a good one to try. I have used it as a body/hand scrub and my skin felt so clean and soft after use. You will find your skincare will sink in so much easily after exfoliation so it’s a brilliant step to slot into your routine.

Amie is a great brand, so I didn’t think I would be disappointed, I personally find the makeup removal is superior to my usual Garnier Micellar Water and as the title suggests gentle on my skin. What is also excellent are the prices, at ¬£4.95 and ¬£5.95 respectively the products are great value and also last a long time. On the high street they are available in Waitrose and online at Waitrose, Victoria Health and Beauty At Creightons.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Budget Beauty

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Hi beauties,

For this post I wanted to find really good products for under £10, but actually most of these are under £6! I love writing about good deals and love a bargain, so when I went into Superdrug recently I picked up a new cleanser and had the thought doing a post on a strict budget.

So first on the list are cleansers. Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser (HCC) is one I have seen around for a while. It has a cocoa butter base so it is nice and rich without having mineral oils, sulfates and parabens, things that I do not want in skincare. The cleanser has extracts of Kiwi and Mulberry for brightening and it does a very good job of removing makeup. My only criticism is that I feel it leaves a bit of residue on the skin so after removing the cleanser I have another wipe around with the cloth. Oh and the muslin cloth provided is crap so I did chuck that one and used my own. Otherwise it’s very nice and smells lovely and fruity too. Naturally Radiant HCC is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, it comes in 150ml size for ¬£5.99 although at the time of writing it was on a better than half price promotion so I bought it for ¬£2.98.

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The next cleanser I picked up is from Amie Skincare that you can find in Waitrose. Their Morning Clear Purifying Facial Wash is also cocoa butter based so beautifully rich and it smells divine! This was my favourite of the two, just because it doesn’t leave any residue on the skin, so one wipe round each part of your face is sufficient. The fragrance is kind of a fresh floral, it’s really hard to describe so all I can say is that I love it. This formula is also free of mineral oils, sulfates, parabens and petrochemicals. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. You can use it like a hot cloth cleanser or a facial wash as it rinses away easily. I recommended this to my best friend for her 8 year old daughter who was suffering with spots and greasy skin, she got on very well with this cleanser and it’s helped to clear her skin.¬†Another generous 150ml size at ¬£4.95 and at the time of writing Waitrose has Amie products on a buy one get one free promotion.

Next are moisturisers, so first up is Amie Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturiser. I’ve actually tried Amie’s matte moisturiser before and loved it, but as it is colder at the moment, I thought I would try the richer formula. Morning Light is a beautiful rich cream but it is in no way greasy. It glides over and sinks into your skin really easily and I also used this as an eye cream with no irritation. The scent is the same as the cleanser, lovely and fresh. It’s 100ml size for ¬£4.95.

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Another lovely moisturiser is Good Things Superfruit Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser, I chose this one as it is a typical moisturiser for my oily skin type, it is very good for the price. It made my skin soft and hydrated but with no shine. This brand was created by beauty journalist and author Alice Hart Davis which like Amie is a skincare brand that uses natural extracts for good affordable and effective skincare products. Miracle Mattifier contains superfruit extracts to balance oily skin yet give needed hydration. The texture is thinner, so sinks in easily with no greasy after feel and a fresh fruity scent. 100ml size for £7.99.

 

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My treatment choice is Boot Botanics Organic Facial Oil. If you are a regular reader you will know my love of oils but naturally based ones with no mineral oil in. This organic facial oil is Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil which are rich in omega fatty acids our skin needs. It is a thicker oil than I have tried before, I use 4 drops for my face, neck and decollette and although it is thicker it sinks in well leaving my skin soft and smooth. It does have essential oils of Geranium and Bergamot, but these are very subtle. This is brilliantly priced at £9.99 for 25ml and at the moment there is a third off.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I must say purely selfishly this has been a brilliant one to research the products and test them. There are some definite repurchases in this list for me and ones I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for those on a budget.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Favourite moisturisers

Hello there,

I wanted to talk about my favourite moisturisers ¬†for this post and when I collected them all up for photos I didn’t actually realise how many I had.

Ok to start off, is¬†Liz Earle Skin Repair technically this is just one moisturiser but throughout the year I do use all three variants. Skin Repair is a beautifully sandalwood scented cream and it contains Avocado oil, Borage (also known as starflower) oil and naturally sourced Vitamin E. At this time of year I use Skin Repair Light as my day moisturiser and then in autumn/winter I step up to Normal/Combination and Dry/Sensitive depending on how my skin is behaving. Liz’s philosophy when creating this is that oilier skin needs hydrating with oil as our skin is made of oil, she doesn’t believe in oil free formulas. I adore this product and I have been using it for many years now, the smell is so beautifully comforting. The Light option is more of a lotion that goes into the skin very easily with no grease. I usually repurchase Skin Repair as part of a set from either Liz Earle direct or QVC as it is a bit more expensive than I would pay for a day to day moisturiser. Skin Repair is ¬£20.25 for 50ml.

Currently my night cream is¬†Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream. I was fortunate enough to get 4 of the Christmas TSV’s from QVC last year so I have had quite a decent stock! Pro Collagen is a versatile moisturiser that¬†you can use under your eyes and down to your neck and decollete, I do find that the longer I use it the¬†less¬†I actually use which is great as it’s not the cheapest option for me. I tend to try and find it online, you can get it in tubes from eBay and that does make it a bit more affordable. The formula is a lovely light gel-cream texture that I find brilliant for my skin. Many anti ageing creams are thick and heavy, so for an oily skin type it can feel stifling and greasy. As you readers know, I am in my mid 30’s so anti ageing is firmly on my radar. It has a great effect on my skin, leaves it soft and smooth and also when I do use it under my eyes my lines look so much better! The fragrance is gorgeous, so lovely, fresh and clean so I think that’s probably why men like it so much as it isn’t overly girly. A fantastic all round anti ageing moisturiser and if budget were no option I would use it all the time. Pro Collagen Marine Cream is ¬£50.00 for 30ml.

A great budget option is¬†Amie Morning Dew Matte-Finish¬†Moisturiser. I used this a lot last Summer as a day lotion and was really pleased how good it was for my skin. It didn’t leave my shiny or greasy which I really hate (I have to blot, a lot!) and more importantly is mineral oil free. Contains extracts of Bilberry, Rosehip and Vitamin E, it’s lightly hydrating and sinks in very quickly. Morning Dew is ¬£4.95 for 100ml.


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SBC Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream is another I keep going back to, it’s more focused on anti ageing and a slightly richer texture that I find I need in the colder months. It contains Oxysomes which contains encapsulated Vitamin C and Vitamin E.with a base cream containing Vitamin A. SBC say this keeps the vitamins more potent so you get the best benefit from them. This moisturiser is more for those who have the early signs of ageing and preventing any further damage. Vitamin ACE is ¬£29.00 for 100ml.


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SBC Collagen Day & Night Cream is for those who already see the signs of ageing, again this is a light gel cream texture but still very hydrating. My skin loves this moisturiser so when I can’t afford Pro Collagen, I turn to this instead. It contains soluble Collagen Oceagen along with Kukui seed and passion flower oils. It makes my skin feel hydrated and firmer, I alternate Collagen in the evening with Vitamin ACE during the day. For me these two moisturisers are a definite repurchase as ml for ml they represent the best value for anti ageing properties.

As I mentioned in my post about the Gatineau Melatogenine mask (Click here¬†to read) I sometimes use this over a night cream I use for extra plumping of lines and hydration. You can just use the mask on it’s own as a night cream if you wish to.

What are your moisturisers of choice? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx