Sunday, 28 September 2014
I received Barefoot SOS Repair & Renew Smoothing Eye Serum free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I've been noticing for a while now, that the once fine lines around my eyes, have suddenly become more visible and deeper. It's funny how the ageing process takes over but fortunately, there are plenty of products out there on the market which are made to target those problem areas and allow us to look more youthful. This is one such product to target the eye area. Here is the description:
"An ultra-smoothing treatment combining Rosa Mosqueta Oil to help improve the appearance of fine lines, botanical extracts of Arnica and Calendula extract to help reduce dark circles, and Euphrasia extract (Eyebright) to soothe and refresh the eye area. Smooth 'crows feet' and expression lines. Develop brighter, younger looking skin around the eye area. Ease away puffiness and dark circles. Soothe and hydrate skin around the eye area. Tone and refresh tired looking eyes. Suitable for all skin types, especially mature/prematurely aged skin, dry skin, blemished skin, uneven skin tone and environmentally damaged skin."
This 'wonder' tube comes in a neat little box which is simply, but nicely styled.
Once opened, you'll find inside a 15ml tube of Smoothing Eye Serum and a handy instruction leaflet ...
The tube has a long nozzle from which the cream is dispensed. A small squeeze and you get just the desired amount.
The directions for use are also pretty simple, "Apply sparingly to the delicate skin around the eyes. Gently pat from the outer eye towards the nose using fingertips."
I did exactly as directed and noticed an immediate result. I found that the cream spread well and didn't leave any kind of residue or powdery whiteness around my eye ...it blended in superbly! The lines around the sides of my eyes were less visible after the first use and they had an unusual brightness to them which made them appear more youthful. I've incorporated this product as part of my daily routine and the lines, although they're still there, they aren't nearly as noticeable as they were beforehand. My eyes feel rejuvenated, moisturised and bright. I've also noticed that the skin around my eyes is firmer and has more elasticity, unlike before when it seemed to be becoming a wee bit saggy and paper like.
Overall I am extremely impressed with this product. It may not fit everybodys budget, but it does make a difference and as it's made with natural ingredients, you're also giving your skin the kindness it deserves.
Barefoot SOS Repair & Renew Smoothing Eye Serum is available from My Pure at a cost of £18.90 (currently on offer at time of post).
I received a bottle of Skin Blossom Facial Toner free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
The first thing I noticed, and loved, about this product was the bottle. Despite it being black, it is opaque and I personally think it looks quite sophisticated and elegant.
On the bottle it says "This refreshing toner purifies after cleansing. Witch Hazel to tone and tighten pores, Aloe Vera and Glycerin to condition, and subtle essential oils to revive. SUITABLE FOR ALL SKIN TYPES"
The directions are quite simply to wipe over face and neck after cleansing. Careful when you remove the lid as there's a sizeable hole at the top .....
I personally found this much easier to use than some which restrict the flow of the toner, especially as I tip onto a cotton ball/pad to use. I managed to get just a nice amount with 1 tip of the bottle which was quite sufficient to do my whole face and neck without needing more. I felt a nice, refreshing coolness upon application and only a very slight tingling sensation. When using similar products, I usually feel a slight discomfort as I have sensitive skin, but this was fine and didn't leave any tightness either. The smell isn't as alcohol smelling as some toners, in fact it's actually quite pleasant!
I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and have noticed an improvement in the elasticity of my skin as well as a reduction in pores. It has become part of my daily routine and I would highly recommend it, especially as it's so affordable and a little really does stretch a long way so one bottle will last a good while.
As well as doing what it says on the bottle, this facial toner is "98.85% natural & free from ingredients like SLS, SLES, ALS, Phylates, Parabens, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM, PEGS, Silicones, synthetic colour & fragrance, Urea, DEA, MEA, TEA & GLYCOLS." Perfect if you prefer to keep it natural.
Skin Blossom Facial Toner is available to buy from My Pure at a cost of £5.36 (currently on offer at time of post)
Sunday, 31 August 2014
I recently received Madara Moonkissed Tinted Lip Gloss from My Pure, in return for an honest review.
My lip gloss arrived packaged in a neat box with a small hole so I could see the colour before actually removing from the box.
Once the lid is removed, you have a nozzle with a flat edge and a small hole in the centre where the gloss will be dispensed from. Simply give the tube a small squeeze and apply the flat end of the tube directly to lips then smooth over. Be careful not to squeeze out too much as this is very easy to do. At least if you don't quite get enough, you can always go back for more whereas squeeze too much, and you're in a mess ...as I was! Regular readers of my blog know that I tend to judge alot of products on smell. I didn't really notice this as having a smell, but once applied to my lips, there was a rather unpleasant taste and then the smell kind of hit me. No disrespect to this product, but the smell reminded me of the ultra cheap lippys I used to buy with my pocket money in my younger days. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.
The wording on the box states 'Super shiny natural lip gloss with volume-boosting plant lipids and Northern Rose Hip. Enchants and seduces. Apply generously to lips all day long.' This really excited me!
It's a little difficult to see the colour here as my pics aren't exactly the greatest, but it's pretty close to my skin tone and alot lighter when applied than it looks in the tube. you really do need a generous amount as it doesn't like staying in one place. There is a slight stickiness upon initial application, but this tends to subside after a couple of minutes. I personally felt like I could pull off the perfect pout wearing this. It definitely plumped my lips up and made them appear fuller. The glossiness of this also gave a fantastic shine whilst not being too OTT. This is absolutely perfect to help achieve the natural summer look which is favoured by many and would be great whether used for a daytime look or a more glam evening look.
Sorry I couldn't get a clear pic on my own but you get the general idea ...I hope! Despite the smell (which only lasts a couple of minutes), I absolutely loved this product. It made me feel sexy and special and gave my confidence a great boost. If you're looking for something that's made with natural products and won't feel to heavy on your lips but will go the distance, then this is the gloss for you.
Madara Moonkissed Tinted Lip Gloss is available from My Pure and costs £8.10 for a 15ml tube.
All prices correct at time of post
I was recently sent a 100ml tube of Young & Pure Revitalising Body Scrub from My Pure, in return for an honest review.
I'm a huge fan of body scrubs as they give me that all over fresh feeling when I've used them and often leave my skin nourished and glowing. Although the name is a bit of a giveaway, this has been developed for those with way younger skin than myself. In fact, it was especially made for those under the age of 21 which I am clearly not! I did however still give it a try before handing it over to my daughters to get their verdict.
As you can see, the body scrub looks a little like moisturiser but with tiny grains of sand in it ....don't worry, it doesn't actually contain sand, that's just what it resembles!
The 'How to use' instructions say to 'Apply body scrub to wet sin and massage gently in circular motions to gently exfoliate the skin. Pay special attention to dry areas like elbows and knees. Rinse thoroughly, repeating once or twice a week to keep your skin clear and free of dry flaky skin.' I did as directed and found it quite a pleasant experience. Although I could feel the small gritty bits running over my skin, they didn't scratch or leave any redness. This product also contains Shea Butter so you're guaranteed to feel silky smooth after use. I personally struggled with the smell .....it's really difficult to describe but I definitely wasn't a fan! My daughters both agreed that the smell was something which needed addressing, but apart from that, we were very impressed with the quality of the product and knowing that it's free of parabens, sls and other harsh chemicals, means that we were confident we'd given our skin the best possible treatment whilst avoiding irritation.
Although I used this myself (at the ripe old age of 38), I could tell that it was made with younger skin in mind. I still had a lovely glow, but it didn't feel quite harsh enough for my more mature skin. My daughters are 17 and 19 and they both found it to work fantastically. They both were left with smooth legs and my youngest, who suffers sensitive skin, had no problems with it at all. She found it to be quite gentle and loved the moisturising effect.
Overall I would recommend this for the age it is intended as it really does do what it says!
Young & Pure Revitalising Body Scrub is available to buy from My Pure and comes in a 100ml tube costing £5.39 (price correct at time of post).
I recently received a 10.5 tog Big Value Bed Set from Slumberdown, in return for an honest review.
Amazingly, packed inside this neat wrapping is a 10.5 tog duvet, 2 pillows, a mattress protector and 2 pillow protectors!
|Open top of bag to remove contents|
|Contents once removed|
As you can see, it is very easy to open the outer wrapping. Simply peel back the SAFETY FIRST sticker and peel the ends of the bag back down over the duvet until it is completely removed.
You'll find that your pillows have been vacuum packed to help save on space. All you need to do is remove everything from it's packaging and lay out over your bed. Within an hour or so, the duvet and pillows will have plumped right up and be ready for use.
The cover for the duvet and pillows is made from Polyester cotton and the filling is made from 100% Polyester. The mattress and pillow protectors are made from 100% polypropylene and it also states 'non-allergenic' on the packaging.
Due to this duvet set having a 10.5 tog rating, it is suitable for use all year round ....although you may opt for something a little lighter if we ever have a scorching summer! I really love the feel of this quilt and due to it being 100% hollowfibre, it is extremely lightweight so you won't feel like you're being suffocated through the night or feel any weighty pressure on your feet! The pillows are slightly smaller than my pillowcases but I often have the same problem regardless of what make/brand pillows I buy. The duvet fit perfectly inside my cover and gave my bed the most inviting look once fully made up. I'm usually always complaining that i'm freezing and no more so than at bed time, however that became a thing of the past when I tried this duvet. Not only was I kept lovely and warm but I had the most comfortable nights sleep I've had in a long time.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Big Value Set from Slumberdown, even if it's to keep as a spare!
They, like the rest of the Slumberland range are available to buy from either Tesco for £30 or Argos and are also available in Single and King Size.
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
I received a bottle of Balance Me BB Perfection Face Cream SPF25 free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review.
When I read the description for this product, I just knew I had to try it as it sounded too good to be true ...
'Smooth away imperfections, address uneven skin tone and give your skin a flawless finish with our illuminating, plumping and radiance-enhancing BB cream with a naturally anti-ageing SPF25 to protect against UVA and UVB and anti-oxidant care.
I received some Twinkle Toes Foot Balm free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review.
I've never used a foot balm before and was quite curious as to whether it actually made any difference to my tired, achy feet. As you all know, we've had some pretty hot weather lately here in the UK which means that the sandals are out and ultimately, so are the feet!
I, like many others, have been making the most of the fine weather but my feet really seem to be suffering. I'm quite pedantic about keeping dry skin at bay and pay particular attention to my feet. This balm is described as 'Great for nourishing dry feet, helping them to stay soft and supple,' so I couldn't wait to try it.
The tin holds 25g of foot balm and is simple to open. The balm itself somewhat resembles a firmer version of Vaseline and the minty smell hit immediately ....it's actually quite a refreshing smell. You simply apply a small amount to your fingers, then massage it into your feet. I found that because my feet were quite hot at the time, the balm spread pretty easily and it didn't take a great amount to get a good coverage. Immediately after application, I could feel the relief it brought. My feet were instantly cooled and felt really soft ...even around the heel! I was amazed when I awoke the next day to find that my feet looked even more moisturised than normal and still felt soothed.
I've also used this after a day which consisted of alot of walking and didn't really think that anything would help relieve them, but I was wrong. This is quite the little miracle for tired, sore and achy feet as it does exactly what it says on the tin and brings that much needed comfort.
The core ingredients are Marigold Flowers, Coconut and Olive Oils, Beeswax and Essential oil of Lavender making this about as natural as you can get.
Gwdihw (Goody Hoo) Twinkle Toes Foot Balm comes in a 25g tin and costs a mere £4.49 from My Pure. A great buy if you ask me!!
Saturday, 28 June 2014
I recently received a sample of the new Nivea Creme Care Shower Cream and couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about!
I was thrilled when my sample arrived as normally they come in sachets, but this one came in a handy sized 50ml bottle which meant that I could extract every last drop with ease .....after using once, I wasn't letting any go to waste!
When you remove the lid, you can immediately smell the familiar scent of Nivea which I have always loved. I poured a small amount on my scrunchie and began to rub it over my legs. I was pretty surprised at how well it lathered up, as my past experience tells me that most body washes etc containing moisturiser, don't normally lather up too well.
This felt like one of, if not the, most indulgent bath I have ever taken (we don't have a shower!). My skin felt immediately softer to touch and had a lovely velvety sheen to it. I suffer from really dry skin and often feel self conscious when the sun comes out, but thanks to Nivea, I managed to wear my shorts with pride and confidence!
If you haven't had the chance to try this yet, then what are you waiting for??? You seriously won't look back!
Get you free sample from Nivea then once you've tried it, let them know what you think using #SHARETHECARE
I received a tube of Hurraw Orange Lip Balm free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest reveiw.
I'm a huge lover of lip balms and absolutely love trying new ones ....especially fruity ones! I really love the name of this and had great fun telling everyone I was wearing my Hurraw (I sounded like a timid lion lol).
The funky shape of this also really appealed and was very comfortable to hold.
The second you remove the lid, the orangey smell hits you full on ...and it's gorgeous!! It was much stronger and nicer than I expected and by this time, I couldn't wait to try it.
There's a very handy little bit at the base of the tube which simply twists to operate. Due to the shape of the tube and the balm, you manage to get a really good coverage without having to keep spreading over lips. One swipe along the top lip and one swipe along the bottom provides well enough balm. The orange smell is very prominent and it took all my effort not to have a quick lick of my lips. Hurraw uses, and I quote, 'not one, but two varieties of fresh cold pressed orange peel oil which pretty much makes this balm the bomb' and I completely agree! The balm lasts well on lips and provides good moisturisation leaving lips feeling refreshed, supple and free from dryness which is everything you could wish for in a lip balm. The only time I really needed to reapply, was after eating/drinking.
HURRAW Lip Balm comes in a variety of 3 flavours:
Green Tea Lip Balm
Orange Lip Balm
Lemon Lip Balm
They contain 4.3g each and cost £3.99 each, although there is currently an offer available to get 3 for £10 so grab 'em while you can!!
All prices correct at time of blog post
I received a bottle of Acorelle Eau De Parfum Absolu Tiare free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review.
The first thing I noticed about this was obviously the packaging. The gorgeous pastel colouring of the box make it look like it contains a lovely, delicate, feminine fragrance and the bottle itself is rather sweet too.
My Pure provide a range of perfumes and all are made from natural ingredients. They contain no phthalates, no artificial colours, no artificial musk and no synthetic chemicals so you can be sure that they will be kind to your skin.
Absolu Tiare is said to 'bring you balance and peace of mind with its exotic blend of orange, bergamot and ylang ylang essential oils'.
I applied this to my pulse points at around 8am and was immediately uplifted by the smell. The orange really shines through and there seems to me to be some hint of coconut, although I can't find this mentioned anywhere so maybe its just my nose! It's a very spicy perfume, maybe a little too much so for me personally, and extremely strong upon first application ...even if only a little is applied. Despite the strength upon application, this sadly didn't last long and needed to be re-applied after an hour or so to keep the smell fresh.
Both my daughters absolutely loved the smell of this and fought to get a squirt so it's definitely down to personal taste but it just wasn't for me.
If you fancy getting your hands on a bottle of Absolu Tiare, it's currently on offer at the reduced price of £15.00 (that's about half price!) for a 50ml bottle and is available from My Pure.
All prices correct at time of blog post.