Review: No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser

No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser


The No7 Beautiful Skin Hot Cloth Cleanser was the first hot cloth cleanser I have tried. I wasn’t really sure what the fuss was all about. Maybe it’s because I have never had a facial.

This is a lovely thick cream with a delicate, relaxing scent. It leaves my skin feeling pampered and clean but not dry. It comes with the muslin cloth for the whole experience.

I use this as a treat when I just want to relax for a few moments in the bath with the hot cloth on my face and I make sure I enjoy the face massage when I’m wiping the cleanser off.

I can’t compare this to any other hot cloth cleanser at the moment but without any comparison, I can say that I like this!


Review: Ilia Balmy Nights

Ilia Balmy Nights

Ilia Balmy Nights

The Ilia Balmy Nights is a truly luxurious lip scrub.

I bought it (from Net-a-Porter) because I wanted a no-mess, no fuss scrub to smooth out my lips and prepare them for matte lipsticks.

It has sumptuous metallic packaging so it feels like a treat every time I use it. The scrub itself is fragrance free and seems to be set in a tough petroleum jelly-type substance which keeps it in shape. The scrub particles are just right in number and roughness.

I had to swipe this over my lips a few times to get to the scrub granules on first use but now there is no need for so much scrubbing.

I now just run the scrub twice over each lip then wipe off with a damp muslin cloth. It’s very easy to use that way and leave my lips smooth feeling and not too dry. If I try to rinse the scrub off without the cloth it is a bit of a challenge because the substance holding the scrub together is water resistant!

I always follow with lip balm or 8 Hour Cream.

Ilia Balmy Nights is quite pricey but entirely worth it!

Review: No7 Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen

No7 Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen

No7 Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen


Usually, after swimming in the sea with the hot sun bearing down, my eye area gets very irritated and sore. This time around, there was so such irritation and soreness.


I think eye protection is essential as the skin around the eyes is so delicate but I found it very difficult to find an eye protection product with a sufficiently high SPF. Most eye creams have an SPF15 (if it has a SPF at all) which is completely inadequate outside of the UK, or even on very sunny days here. This No7 Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen is the only reasonably priced protection with a SPF of 30 that I could find.


The Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen has a subtle golden shimmer which had a brightening effect on my eyes. I seldom wear make-up on holiday so this was a great bonus – it doesn’t feel like make-up but still looks pretty! I used it all over my eyelids and under my eyes.


Although this can be used for the lips, I had already purchased the Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick so I didn’t try it on my lips.


The No7 Shimmering Lip and Eye Screen will now take a place in my hand luggage as a holiday essential!

Review: Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick SPF30

Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick SPF30

Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick SPF30

The Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick is one of my holiday staples. It has 5 star UVA protection and has an SPF30 to protect against the UVB rays. It says it is moisture resistant but I didn’t really put this to the test.


It is shaped like a lip balm so I use it on my lips and if No7 didn’t release the shimmering lip and eye cream which I will also review, I probably would have used this on my eyes too. It’s unscented and comfortable to wear.


It’s great for protecting the very delicate skin on my lips and I make sure I carry it everywhere with me.


Review: Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15 & Hydrating Night Cream

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15 & Hydrating Night Cream

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream SPF 15 & Hydrating Night Cream

I will start by saying that I think the Botanics Hydrating Creams are really good – I was definitely pleasantly surprised!   The packaging says they contain “brightening hibiscus” and I have to say, my skin did look a little brighter. Maybe it’s the hibiscus, maybe it’s because my skin is well moisturised. Maybe it’s both!


I used the night cream to begin with. At first I was a little put off by the scent. It is very light but I just didn’t like it. Luckily I couldn’t smell it for long. The cream is thick enough to keep my skin moisturised but not so thick that my pores feel clogged. I quite enjoyed massaging it into my face every night.


The day cream smells a little different but again, the scent is very light. It has an SPF in it which normally makes the texture uncomfortable for me but this stays light and non-sticky. The day cream is a little lighter in texture than the night cream.


As far as I can tell, these creams deliver on their claims of being hydrating and brightening. They are good value for money and I would repurchase them.