Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Sleek Corrector & Concealer Palette

Although I've been in a serious long term relationship with my collection 2000 concealer recently I've started to get a little bored with it & was intrigued to see in there was anything else on the market that would take my fancy. I've been really keen to try the Laura Mercier Undercover Pot but pay day seemed a little too far away for me to splash out on a £30 concealer. Hence why I was so pleased when I spotted Sleek's inexpensive version of the 3-in-1 concealer!

 In traditional Sleek slimline packaging with a large mirror (making it perfect for travelling & on the go touch ups) the palette holds (L-R) a correcter, a concealer & a setting powder to brighten, conceal & set your eye area. It may seem like a minor detail but I love that this palette has a mirror & a decent sized one at that! More often that not when I'm on the go one of the key things I'll be looking to touch up is any areas where my foundation may have started to 'wear' so any blemishes, redness or even smudged eye make up. This palette & mirror allows me to attend to all & any of these with ease!

Using the products in the order they appear, first I use the lighter correcter colour to brighten & lift the appearance of my eye area by banishing any dark circles. The second darker colour is your concealer which I apply on top of the corrector to neutralise any colour differences & add more coverage to my eye area. The concealer is quite dark for me I tend to mix the 2 colours for my perfect day-to-day shade! I opted for the palette in '02' (available in 5 shades) which is probably why the concealer is a bit too dark. So a tip for when opting for your shade - you want the middle palette colour is be similar to your foundation colour to avoid too much colour difference. I don't know who this pasty English girl thought she was kidding when she opted for '02'...!

Finally, I apply the setting powder if I feel its needed. I have a separate Shiseido setting powder which I use all over my face so I only tend to use a little of this powder if I'm on the go. I tend to avoid using a targeted setting powder as I think it can dry out the creamy consistency of the concealers. Although primarily an eye palette as with most concealing products I also use this on blemishes & it works just fine. 

As for staying powder this is pretty good, no nothing special but it'll do especially for touch ups. It does crease slightly under eye but nothing drastic and I do find this the case to some extent with most under eye concealers I use. At £7.99 it sits happily in my daily travel make up bag and no doubt will do for the foreseeable future!


Monday, 18 February 2013

No7 Cleansing Brush

The infamous rotating electronic cleansing brush that is the Clarisonic shook up the skin care world last year with promises of radiant deeply cleansed skin in minutes. Snatched up by all those who could afford it & lusted after by all those who couldn't (myself included)! I just couldn't quite bring myself to splash over £100 on a product that may have still just been riding the hype bus especially with complaints & compliments beginning to rise at an equal measure. Still, always being one keen to make up my own mind, it's been on my 'products to buy' list for coming up to a year! So you can imagine my excitement when I strolled past this nifty device in Boots last week, a full on double take ensued. A potential dupe for the Clarisonic for £15 (normally £25 but currently on introductory offer)!? I snatched up the last one on the display (the beaut gods were on my side) & headed straight to the No7 counter to double check my eyes weren't deceiving me!

As we've established I don't have a Clarisonic so this isn't really a comparison but what I can give you is my run down of the new competition in town. The No7 Cleansing Brush has 2 settings; one slower, one faster (I rarely feel the need to use the second speed setting) & you just click the button to flick between the 2 settings/off. This brush is fully oscillating & does spin rather fast, that said my skin is moderately sensitive & it doesn't bother me at all (except for on the apples of my cheeks slightly) but I do opt to use this every other night rather than daily. The bristles are incredibly soft & non abrasive so there's nothing to worry about there. All that said, if you have dry or overly sensitive skin then this product probably isn't for you. 

Unfortunately the handset isn't waterproof, it does have a liquid protective seal around the battery compartment but I think this is more splash/rinse proof than anything else. Yes, it's battery operated unlike the Clarisonic which is chargeable - if this bothers you then just grab some rechargeable batteries & voila! Problem solved!

Most importantly? As expected this leaves my skin feeling deeply cleansed & super smooth. Even after I've used my Bioderma the No 7 Cleansing Brush together with the Vichy Purete Thermale Foaming Water still appears to remove even more 'dirt' that definitely isn't visable to the human eye! I know some people actually use these cleansing brushes to remove their make up but I'm just not keen on the idea of actually working my make up into my skin so instead I use this as the last step in my skin cleansing routine. 

Moving on, the No. 7 doesn't have a cap like the Clarisonic which is a disadvantage & would be preferable for travelling etc. Like with the Clarisonic the brush head is removable though (replacements will soon be available in Boots - approx £8 for 2) which is great as they can always be stored separately when it comes to travelling in addition the fact that your able to replace the brush head as soon as it starts to see a bit of wear & tear! 

As mentioned, I also picked up the Vichy Purete Thermale Foaming Water to use with the No 7 Cleansing Brush. I wanted to use a brand that I knew is infamous for quality skin care as I was initially worried about how many skin would react to such an intensive clean & definitely didn't want to be working a product I didn't trust into my skin. This was the perfect product! It smells gorgeous, it doesn't dry out my skin at all & lathers up really well! It's ideal for sensitive skin too!

Maybe I'm clouded by the amazing bargain I feel I just received but I have to say, I waiting to see where the £100 + difference between the No 7 Cleansing Brush & the Clarisonic can be justified. I'll pass on a plastic cap for that amount of money thanks very much! I know that the main difference between these 2 devices is that the No 7 brush oscillates fully whereas the Clarisonic seems to rotate side to side. This is yet to bother me, my skin or my purse! If you want this beauty for £15 then you better be quick! I'm pretty sure the brush is reverting back to it's normal price of £25 on the 20th February! I say that like it's the end of the world, it's still a total steal!


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter

It's around this time of year that I'm always keen to try out new nourishing lip products. There's nothing worse than dry lips as aside from the fact that they just feel horrible, it makes applying any kind of lip colour a total nightmare. I also have an awful winter habit of biting my lips when they're dry so moisturising balms etc are always high on my product priority list especially at this time of year! As a result, I couldn't resist picking up one of the new Nivea Lip Butters when I was in Superdrug recently. Oops?

The Nivea Lip Butters are available in 3 scents; Raspberry Rose, Caramel Cream & Original. I picked up the Raspberry Rose straight away & didn't even both smelling the others, I was instantly sold! It's a lovely creamy, sugary, berry scent - aka delicious. The scent alone makes me want to apply this 24/7 & I'm willing to bet the Caramel Cream is just as dreamy.

The circular tin is super slimline making it the perfect on-the-go size & the lid removes easily enough (invokes memories of my school days when those infamous Vaseline pots seemed impossible to prise open & appeared to be surgically attached to every girl in my year)!

  The product itself is just as fabulous as the packaging & scent. The pink colour doesn't transfer onto lips (although might be nice if a hint of it did) but it does look rather pretty in the tin. It isn't at all sticky which I love (this is my one gripe with the Korres Lip Butters, thought I'll make an exception for their stickiness due to the lovely colour pay off). It instantly feels rich & moisturising on the lips (that'll be the shea butter & almond oil) & you can feel it slowly sinking in opposed to sitting on your lips forever like some other products. I also adore that this doesn't leave your lips looking overly shiny (cough - Vaseline) but still carries a hint of glossiness.

I'm well & truely sold on the Nivea Lip Butters & at £1.49 who can argue with them!? They have the properties of pricey counterparts but are one of the cheapest lip products on the UK market at the moment! Hats off Nivea. A job very well done indeed.