Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Mask

Hi beauties,

I have Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Mask today, I got this wee size in a TSV I bought from QVCUK last year and I’ve tried it a few times.

This is a product that hasn’t lived up to the hype for me, there is something about it that makes my skin feel tight and not in a nice firming way, just in a “get me Moisturiser now or I will kick off” type of way. It was originally called Pro Collagen Quartz Lift Mask.

There’s clay in here which I usually like, however in a moisturising mask it doesn’t work for me. I can’t see how you would be able to leave this on overnight personally. This reminds me of Kiko Bright Lift Mask, similar ingredients and the same feeling (I much prefer Kiko Sublime Youth Mask to either of these).

Personally I didn’t get much of an anti wrinkle effect from this mask, but if you are looking for that firming, tighter feeling to your skin you will love this. The price is £49.50 for 50ml, for me I would much rather spend that on the Gatineau Melatogenine Futur Plus which I get fantastic results from.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Kiko Bright Lift Mask

Hi beauties

Kiko Bright Lift Mask today, from my Haul last summer.

I love a mask, I find them great for getting quick results in minimum time. This mask has white clay in to brighten and refresh as well as marine collagen to soften the skin.

Bright Lift Mask doesn’t seem to do much lifting for me, but brightening is definitely a result I did find. You need about 10-15 minutes, no longer as it starts to dry and feel a bit tight. I prefer the Sublime Youth mask and found myself reaching for that more than this. I also found this was a dupe for Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Mask both in texture and results, so this would be a good one for you if that’s a favourite.

Bright Lift Mask is good value at £9.90 for 50ml, available from Kiko Online and in store.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Lotta Skincare Botanical Beauty Balm

Hi beauty lovers,

I have a multi purpose product today by an independent brand, Lotta Skincare. Lotta is made by Charlotte who when starting her degree realised she could no longer afford the high end products she previously bought. As Charlotte studied Chemistry at university, she discovered what kind of chemicals were in conventional skincare, this led to three years making and testing her own products using natural ingredients that were beneficial for skin. Botanical Beauty Balm is one of her products.

Botanical Beauty Balm is multi use, you can use it as a cleanser as well as a moisturising balm for dry skin. I’ve used it as an overnight treatment on body, face and hands and I have to confess I love it!

The balm is Macadamia Seed Oil based with Sweet Almond, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Oils and beeswax. There are essential oils of Clove, Lavendin, Tea Tree and Geranium. It has a gorgeous texture, it is thick so you do have to warm it up by massaging into the skin. Perfect for as an overnight mask, Cuticle Treatment, Lip Balm, foot cream, any dry skin it Botanical Beauty Balm calms and hydrates your skin.

I love it, you only need a small amount as it is concentrated. I think the most surprising thing to me was the price, for 50g is £5.95 (plus shipping) it is SO affordable. You all know how much I love to find fantastic value for money, Lotta Skincare definitely offers that. Charlotte’s Night Owl Facial Oil is an extremely reasonable £15.95 for 45g. Check out her shop on etsy.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Kiko Sublime Youth Mask

Hi beauties

Today I have skincare from Kiko Milano, who are probably more well known for their makeup. I had a haul back in August and I picked up two masks, Sublime Youth Mask being one of them.

Sublime Youth Mask is a moisturising mask with Retinol, now I will point out here that it is Retinyl Palmitate and is quite far down on the ingredient listing, so I do not know how effective it is and what effect it will have on your skin. However, as a moisurising mask this is gorgeous. It has ingredients such as Shea butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Palm Oil, Cotton Seed Oil, Corn Oil, Linseed Oil, Sesame Oil, and Olive Oil which make this a beautifully creamy mask that gets to work very quickly. You need to apply it for 10-15 minutes and then remove it.

I haven’t tested it overnight, but I am sure there isn’t any reason why you couldn’t if you wanted to. I love how my skin feels afterwards, which is soft and supple with a nice firming effect that doesn’t make you snatch the first moisturiser you get your hands on. The fragrance is a lovely light floral, orchid and bergamot. It’s delicate and not overpowering, but I would say this is one for the girls.

Sublime Youth Mask is also great value, 50ml costs £9.90, I had 30% off at the time but I would buy this again at full price. For such a lovely moisturising result for under a tenner, I think is a brilliant affordable price. Perhaps if you can’t run to my ultimate favourite Gatineau Masks that go from £39.00-£45.00 it’s a great high street option.

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

Kiko Haul

Hi beauties

Kiko Cosmetics had a sale on in August where they were selling their nail polishes for £1.00, buy 3 get 3 free so naturally I HAD to buy some! I really like Kiko polishes, the quality is very good and they last well on me. I like the different kind of shades they do and of course at £1.00 each it would’ve been rude of me not to purchase some. Also, there was 30% discount on some of the skincare so I treated myself to two as well as a couple of other bits. So here is the big list!

Polishes on the top row are: 379 Eggplant, 371 Gold Rosy Brown, 486 Tea Rose, 499 Dahlia Mauve, 514 Pearly Golden Coffee, 512 Metallic Rosy Taupe, 495 Pearly Vanda Burgundy, 493 Vino Perlato.

Second row: 517 Metallic Steel Blue, 486 Tea Rose, Chrome Intense 02 Precious Aramanth, 335 Ink Blue, 381 Purple Grey, Light Navy Blue.

I also bought two Creamy Lipsticks in 02 Rosy Taupe and 05 Aramanth Red, Sublime Youth Mask, Bright Lift Mask and Angled Blush brush 03.

All this cost £26.40 which Grumpy very generously treated me to, such an amazing bargain. I will be doing separate posts with swatches and reviews too.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sukin Hydrating Facial Masque

Hi beauties, 

Another Sukin product today, this time the Hydrating Facial Masque. Sukin make environmentally sustainable skincare for affordable prices, I picked up a few things from the brand a few months ago and I have been trying them out.

I love masks, they are a fantastically quick way of getting ingredients into your skin. I am sure it will be no surprise to hear that I have many! I love finding the affordable options, so they aren’t expensive to try and if they are a gem you can carry on being able to afford to using them. We all have varying budgets, but what I have learned about us beauty addicts, we all love a bargain!

This is a cream mask and a thicker buttery texture which I like, Mango Seed Butter and Shea being ingredients in the product, as well as Sunflower Seed, Avocado, Olive Fruit, and Jojoba Oils to provide intense hydration. Papaya and Pineapple enzymes help to administer vitamins and smooth the skin. This mask has a slight fruity scents which to be honest, I am not a fan of, however it is not strong or overpowering and once you remove it the fragrance does not linger. 

Application is easy and unusually the directions advise you to apply this to damp skin. I apply it all over from forehead to bustline, so my neck and chest are covered. I put on a reasonably thick layer, so that you can see the mask on your skin, leave it for 15 minutes.  I really like that it is one of those masks that don’t drip, making it easy to apply and use. I usually watch TV with a mask on but you aren’t restricted to sitting down with this if you don’t want to!

This mask is one I would repurchase, it really moisturises my skin but never breaks me out making suitable for oily through to dry types. I bought mine from Boots and it cost £11.95 for 100ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx