Cosmetic Warrior – the perfect mask for acne prone skin?

lush-cosmetic-warrior-2

So i’ve never been a massive Lush fan, I’ve only ever owned about 2 products from Lush ever, maybe 3 and I thought maybe a ‘natural’ face mask was the next way to go as opposed to chemicals etc.

So I headed on down to my local Lush store and had a little gander round the store. I was specifically after a face mask more than anything so was specifically wondering around that little section. I then came across this bad boy, called ‘Cosmetic Warrior’.

This gentle face mask combats spots and soothes troubled skins. With antiseptic fresh garlic, tea tree essential oil, deep cleansing kaolin and antibacterial honey. Use it to banish breakouts.

So after reading this I thought perfection! That sounds exactly what I need to help aid my skin. So I made the purchase, took it home, put it in the fridge as advised until trying it a few days later.

Apparently you’re supposed to apply the mask, so that you’re covering you’re entire face with the mask just enough so that you’re skin isn’t showing through. That being said it aims to get about 6 uses out of it roughly, using this mask once a week would mean you get 6 weeks use out of it (according to the Lush staff member that helped me out).

So I applied the face mask, which to my dismay, smelt even worse to me when it was sat on my face. You’re supposed to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. For me I could only last 10 minutes as the smell was overpowering. I don’t normally have a sensitive nose but this had a big impact on my thoughts for this face mask. However, the actual face mask results I was pleasantly pleased with, my skin felt smooth, moisturised a refreshed, and after a few weeks of using it my blemishes had reduced.

The only problem I have is the smell and for this reason alone I won’t be re-purchasing the product. Out of all of the other face masks this is basically the best one for my skin, which is such a shame when some of them smell beautiful and I’m walking around smelling like a garlic.

If you don’t have a sensitive nose or you generally don’t mind the smell, then this face mask is worth it. Putting on natural products to help combat your skin is one of the best things you can do!

P.S I’m not trying to put anyone off with the garlic, I have friends that didn’t think it smelt that bad so it could just be me!

EOS Lip Balm – My thoughts?

IMG_0941

This is going to be a small post, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this lip balm.

EOS (Evolution of Smooth) lip balm has always been a well known lip balm in places such as America, however they were never sold in stores in the UK for a long while. I have seen these on reviews and youtube videos and always been curious at what the hype was about as so many people had them.

I eventually but accidentally came across this lip balm whilst purchasing some items in topshop, it was on the counter with many flavours and I just couldn’t resist. At £6.99 I purchased this lip balm in the Pomegranate Raspberry flavour as it was the one that smelt the best to me.

I’ve been using this lip balm for almost 2 months now and I still can’t see signs of any use. The flavour is subtle on the lips, it moisturises the lips for a long amount of time as the consistency is thick but not sticky. It also doesn’t rub off as soon as your lips touch something or as soon as you have a drink like some lip balms do and it also makes a perfect lip base for lip sticks and lip glosses. I was surprised at the quality if I’m honest as I normally always find something wrong with a lip balm and get to annoyed to continue using them. However this is a great lip balm for the price and I can tell is going to last a very long time!

I would recommend this lip balm to anyone looking for a good lip balm. There are even sets online that you can purchase so you can get a selection of flavours so you don’t have to wait for it to come to a store near you like I did!

My Night Time Routine

IMG_1136_Fotor

So I love to know everyone else’s night time routine just as much as the next person so in this post I thought I’d share with you my night time routine 🙂

So first things first, when I get in from work I’ll start running my bath. Whilst my bath is running I start the first half of my night time routine…

 

IMG_1139_Fotor

The first thing I start to do is gently remove my make up and mascara using the Garner Micellar Cleansing Water with Cotton Wool round pads. This is really good for the face, eyes and lips as there is literally no smell to it what so ever, no chemical smell or perfume smell or anything. It removes make up really well including mascara and eyeliner.

IMG_1141_Fotor

Next I go in with my Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, I get a little pea sized amount on the tip of my fingers and massage it until my fingers to warm it up before gently massaging it into my face. This is such a good balm for removing make up, I leave the balm on until my bath has ran so it’s usually on my face for a few minutes. I use this balm 2 – 3 times a week, the reason for not using it every day is this is quite a greasy/oily balm and it is extremely moisturising. Due to the fact I have really oily skin, my skin gets a little too oily when I use this every day so reducing the amount of use to a few times a week works really well for my skin. I remove this balm with a Cotton wool round pad and it removes all of my make up.

IMG_1143_Fotor IMG_1138_Fotor

At this point I will have a bath, wash my hair and body and relax. I won’t be going through what products I use in the bath/shower but this will be done in the future or sooner if it is requested specifically. After washing my hair, I use my Clarisonic with the Elemis Tri-enyzyme resurfacing facial wash (both of which I have previously reviewed if you want to know about them in more detail). Using these together works perfectly for me, the re-surfacing facial wash helps to re-new the skin cells on my face meaning any breakouts/scars start to heal more quickly. The Clarisonic ensures that my pores are clean of make up, as well as helping to regulate my oily skin.

With my fingers, I gently massage the Elemis Balance Lime Blossom Cleanser in to my skin, this cleanser has active extracts of Lime Blossom (hence the name) which help to naturally balance and repair the skin. This cleanser is really good for balancing out combination type skin or skin prone to breakouts like mine. The smell of this is so beautiful and relaxing and light, it’s a very light floral scent – probably the favourite scent of everything in my night time routine.

IMG_1140_Fotor

After I’ve got out of the bath, dried off and got into my comfy clothes or pyjamas, I move on to the last few steps of my routine. Next step is the Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner. I have never been much for toner’s, I always found them alcohol based and leaving my skin feeling tight or sore after using them. However this toner is my holy grail toner! It is soothing on the skin, doesn’t make the skin feel tight nor does it sting my face. This will definitely be a re-purchase in the future. The smell of this is a very strong Lavender smell, which is my only down side, when I’m not well the smell can be that strong it knocks you back a little but the smell goes after 30 seconds of application so it’s worth it for how good the product is.

IMG_1144_Fotor

Second to last step is the Elemis Daily Redness Solution. I apply these just to my problem areas where I suffer from redness, which is my chin, upper lip and in between my eyebrows. This is the first ever product I purchased from Elemis and I have also done a review on this previously also.

IMG_1142_Fotor

The last step in my night time routine is the Elemis Tri-Enzyme resurfacing night cream (already previously reviewed also). I absolutely love the texture of this, the consistency, the smell, how easily it applies. It’s perfect! The problem I normally have with a moisturiser throughout the night is that I end up really greasy by morning but this is a really refreshing night cream that is hydrating without being sticky.

This has been my night time routine for the past 3 months so far and it has been the best night time routine by far that I’ve ever had! My skin has improved so much since I have found these perfect products for my skin and stuck to the routine.

I hope you enjoyed my night time routine my lovelies!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm – REVIEW

IMG_1021

I’m going to start off with what this product claims it does…

The Beauty balm with an edge. This all in one formula: Hydrates instantly and overtime. Primes for beautiful make up that lasts. Protects with SPF 20 and contains Pepha – Protect to help inhibit DNA damage. Perfects to instantly even out skin tone and minimise pores, lines, wrinkles and redness. Treats with Vitasource and dGlyage to firm skin, improve elasticity, and provide measurable anti-ageing benefits.

Well… for what I would class as a primer it claims to do a lot. The colour of this product is a brown colour, similar to the colour of a darker shade foundation. This initially scared me, but it is a universal shade that glides on and dries down to a translucent finish that claims to work on most skin tones.

To me, this basically means it’s to hydrate and prime the skin ready for foundation/make up routine.

When you first apply this primer you expect it to be rather runny but it glides on as more of a gel like formula which has a peppermint type scent. apparently it’s supposed to smell of some form of herbal tea, but to me, it’s basically a minty smell. This took a while to get used to but I actually like it now that I’ve got used to it. So I’m loving the smell, love the way it glides on and love the effect it has.

It also claims to blur imperfections, however I don’t feel as though this is the case, but maybe my acne is TOO bad for a noticeable effect. However, this does not worry me as I wear it underneath my foundation so I don’t rely on this product for any form of coverage. 

I’ve only ever tried this product with the Urban Decay Foundation so unfortunately I can’t comment on how it works with other foundations. However, I have used it with a variety of moisturisers and it’s worked well with all of them!

A main bonus for me with this primer is that I have oily/combination skin and this primer helps regulate the oils in my skin, or better yet..it doesn’t enhance my oily-ness. So not only is it hydrating my skin but it is keeping my oils under control, so all you dry/combination/oily skinned girls should all get on with this primer. F.Y.I its very rare I will agree that a primer suits every one and so anyone looking into buying this I would recommend it, especially if you love and rely on your primers like I do!

Pro’s

  • This one colour suits all
  • Consistency is smooth and nourishing
  • Regulates oils and hydrates – perfect for all skin types
  • Primes skin perfectly ready for foundation

Con’s

  • Can be considered as pricey for a primer
  • Helps blur imperfections – this is only for minor imperfections. With major acne like my own it doesn’t make any massive improvements

Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush – REVIEW

This is going to be a relatively short review and I debated whether to post this in conjunction with another post but I actually feel as though this deserved it’s own post…

This is the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and this is to be used with the Urban Decay Foundation in my previous post.

IMG_1017

Liquid and powder formulas apply flawlessly with our Optical Blurring brush. The densely-packed shape distributes product incredibly evenly. Skin looks smoother than with sponge application…buffed to a natural, soft-focus finish. Fine lines seem to disappear. And like all our brushes, it’s pro-quality and cruelty-free.

I actually couldn’t believe the quality of this brush. I have always stuck to the real techniques brushes once I found them, I couldn’t find any brushes that would top them, especially when it came to applying liquid foundation. But oh my actually goodness, this brush surprised me like no other brush has before. The brush is dense for holding the foundation with extremely soft bristles so it feels pleasant and smooth on the skin.

The brush leaves no streaks what so ever when you’re buffing in your foundation as well. None of this going over patches to remove the brush strokes or anything like that! This brush makes it so easy to apply your foundation.

Basically, if you’re thinking of buying the Urban Decay foundation, it is so worth buying this brush alongside it and using them together! They create the perfect combination. Yes it can be considered expensive at £17 for the brush but after using it myself at the counter, I didn’t even question how much the brush was, I just bought it because of how amazing the results are!

This brush is definitely a must as part of your brush collection!!!

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – REVIEW

So the full name of this product is actually ‘Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Make up’.. quite a mouthful if you ask me!

IMG_1046

It feels like wearing nothing at all, yet Naked Skin transforms complexions. Skin looks natural, illuminated and bright: like the beautiful skin you were born with. Weightless and virtually invisible, this revolutionary, paragon-free formula creates a flawless, demo-matte finish; light-diffusing spheres make you look professionally retouched. It’s the ultimate in ultra definition.

Infused with Matrixyl 3000 (a powerful anti-wrinkle peptide), protective and brightening Litchiderm, antioxidant green tea, and vitamins, this makeup loads skin with nourishing ingredients.

Here I have two shades, 1.0 and 3.0. Shades ending in .0 are the warm/yellow shades  and any shade ending in .5 are the cool/pink tones depending on which your skin suits best. I have a yellow undertone skin and I am a mixture of the above shades.

I was actually disappointed at the Urban Decay counter as the lady matched me up to a 3.0, it was not until I saw myself in natural light that I realised it was way too dark for me! Eventually I had to purchase my actual matched shade 1.0 – (which is a equivalent to NC15 in Mac Pro-longwear foundation).

Now I have always been rather skeptical with this foundation as I always want a full coverage foundation that lasts all day to help cover my acne and with this foundation saying words like ‘weightless’ it made me think it must be rather thin and therefore provide light coverage.

Well surprisingly I was wrong! As the foundation states, the foundation is in fact weightless and provides medium coverage with even 1 layer. For full coverage foundation I put on 2 layers and I’m ready to go.

Pro’s

  • Doesn’t need a powder to set, it sets demi-matte and non sticky so there is no icky feel to it. After a minute max or drying it’s smooth and soft to the touch!
  • Easy to apply, doesn’t dry too quickly making it easy to work with.
  • A little foundation goes a long way, 2 pumps of foundation can produce one layer.. which brings me onto my next point…
  • The foundation has a pump for clean and easy use and reduces wasting foundation
  • The packaging of the bottle – some people don’t like it but I do, the look of the bottle is what brought me in to trying the foundation. This is saying something I suppose considering I’d never purchased anything from Urban Decay in the past.
  • I would also consider the smell of this foundation as a pro. I’ve noticed a mixture of comments on the smell of this foundation, a few people stating it smelt like paint. I strongly disagree, to me this foundation smells of suncream but only for about 3 seconds. As soon as it starts blending in you can’t smell anything anymore. So for those people who would think it smelt more of paint – the smell doesn’t last long at all.

Con’s

  • The price – this foundation is considered more of a luxury foundation with a RRP of £27. But then for me, I think this price is worth it as it lasts a while and I’m purchasing a good quality foundation.
  • There are 18 shades to this foundation, going from 0.5 to 12.0. This is all well and good but they don’t have an exact match for me like some foundations do. 0.5 is porcelain and almost white but for pink undertone skin. The next shade up is 1.0 which is yellow undertoned like mentioned before but it still has a slight pink undertone to it. Luckily when I’ve finished my entire make up, you can’t noticeably tell that it’s slightly different to the rest of my body.

So overall, there are more pro’s than con’s and the price isn’t a massive con for me (especially for this foundation). I think I may have possibly found my holy grail foundation. This has never been done before! This will definitely be a re-pruchase product! I’m sure of it. I’m yet to see how long the bottle of foundation will last me but I know doubt it will last me a long long time at only 2-4 pumps for me daily. 

Elemis Daily Redness Solution – REVIEW

IMG_0979

This was actually the first product I bought from the Elemis brand and ultimately made me fall in love with Elemis from the results I got from this product alone.

Elemis actually advertises itself as an anti-ageing range – I’m actually in my 20’s so this wasn’t a specific range I was looking at. It wasn’t even a brand I’d heard of until  I went to a spa and this was a range that they used in their ‘treatments’ and sold in their shop. I decided to purchase this cream as what did I have to lose right? It felt as though I’d tried everything else under the sun to help improve my skin and barely got any results that lasted more than a couple of weeks.

More into what the product states:

This soothing treatment moisturizer helps to reduce the daily appearance of high colour, whilst hydrating the skin. The powerful Anti-redness complex of Malt, Polysacharides of Brown Algae and Neurosensorial Dipeptide Amino Acids help reduce the flushed appearance of broken capillaries. Absolute of Rose and Honey combined with a soothing Phytoamine Biocomplex, rich in Centella and Meadowsweet also help to de-sensetise and comfort irritated, red and blotchy complexions.

Now when I first read this, it sounded very complicated (like many do) and wasn’t sure whether to make the purchase as Elemis is not cheap as I had already pointed out in a previous post (this product retails at £53), however my mum who was at the spa with me said she wanted to treat me as she knows the troubles I have always had with my skin.

Within the first few days, I didn’t see a difference, don’t know why I expected to see a difference so soon because I know that it’s rare to see results extremely quickly – so this kind of put me on a downer to begin with as I was seeing no results from an expensive products and just wanted beautiful skin.

I persevered with the product, using it morning and night as it recommends and after a week and a half I started to notice more and more every day that I was achieving good results. A month on and I now no longer have red skin as I did before with y acne scarring. The redness is significantly reduced, ultimately beginning the road to confidence.

You can’t see in the photo but the bottle has a lid and a pump so the application procedure is clean and easy and there is no wasted cream. As you can see in the photo below there is a strip on the bottle that you can see through that shows how much is left of the cream so you have a heads up on when you are close to finishing the bottom – excellent feature to go with the excellent and elegant packaging.

IMG_0980