Benefit Makeup Lesson Skincare Samples

Benefit Makeup Lesson Skincare Samples

Benefit Makeup Lesson Skincare Samples

After my highly enjoyable Benefit makeover, I received some skincare samples to try at home.

It’s Potent! eye cream

Yes, I know I have tried this and managed to burn my eyes with it but I have been instructed on the proper way to use it so I will give it another try.  I am only supposed to use it under my eyes and not too close to my eyes. It should not go on my eyelids. With those instructions, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a good result.

The POREfessional primer

I was really impressed with this at the makeup lesson so now I can try it at home with my other foundations.

Puff Off!

This is an eye gel  The full-sized product has an iron-shaped applicator which cools the eye area as the product is deposited. Unfortunately the sample does not have this but I can still try the formula and just imagine that the iron is there.

Total Moisture Facial Cream

At my makeup lesson Georgia used the triple performing facial emulsion which is oil-free. Even though it was oil free, my face felt adequately moisturised. I can now compare it with the Total Moisture Facial Cream to see if I really need a heavier cream.

I will let you know what I think of all of these.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream is a gel-crème moisturiser. It is light and refreshing and perfectly blends into my dry skin. It has the tiniest hint of fragrance and although I don’t like fragranced face products, there is something special about this fragrance.

Unfortunately this formula does not provide enough moisturisation for my dry skin which is a shame because I like using it. I have to use two layers of the cream, or layer it with the serum and most mornings I just don’t have the time. Perhaps I need to go for the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream. That’s going on the wishlist now!

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.

Affordable Travel Skincare – Eyes, Face and Lips

When traveling I want to be prepared for anything and skincare is no exception. On my recent holiday to the hot and humid Caribbean, I had to carefully pick products that were small enough to fit into the little plastic hand luggage bag for liquids, keep me hydrated during the 9 hour journey then protect me from the sun when I eventually landed. I also needed a product which would cleanse and effortlessly remove make-up in one to keep the luggage weight down.

Firstly, to deal with the skin dehydration I packed a mini Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream for Normal/Dry skin which I applied several times during the flight. Every application felt like I was splashing cool water on my face – refreshing and moisturising! For my eyes I used Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm, again very hydrating and I was so glad this was the eye product I packed. Finally, for my lips, only the original Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream would do. It calls itself a skin protectant and that’s exactly what it does.

No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

No7 Beautiful Skin Night Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, No7 Beautiful Skin Overnight Revitalising Eye Balm

For sun protection once I landed I had Ultrasun SPF30 for the face as well as Boots Soltan Protect and Moisturise for Face in SPF30. I don’t know why I packed both! I like Soltan as it protects from UVA and UVB rays. I also need my sun cream to moisturise my dry skin. I chose SPF30 as I already have a little built in sun protection but it still important to protect against burning. To protect my lips I used Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick in SPF30 and for my eyes I used No7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen in SPF30. I believe the Lip & Eye screen was new for this year which was great as I have been searching everywhere for a reasonably priced eye protectant with an appropriate SPF. Usually eye cream will come with and SPF of 15, if at all and this simply is not good enough for such a delicate area!

No7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen,  Ultrasun SPF30,  Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick

No7 Shimmering Lip & Eye Screen, Ultrasun SPF30, Soltan Moisturising Suncare Stick

Finally, to cleanse and remove make-up, my product of choice was a mini DHC Deep Cleansing Oil which I got though a couple of beauty boxes. No need to pack cotton wool and take up precious suitcase space.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

So, there you have my affordable skin travel kit! What’s in yours?

Review: L’Oreal Triple Active Nourish Intense Hydrating Moisturiser

L'Oreal Triple Active Nourish Intense Hydrating Moisturiser

L’Oreal Triple Active Nourish Intense Hydrating Moisturiser

I bought this L’Oreal Triple Active Nourish Intense Hydrating Moisturiser a while back and have almost finished it.

 

I initially bought thus as I needed a good winter cream for my dry skin.  It seemed to tick all the boxes: intense, nourishing, hydrating, moisturising!

 

The first thing I noticed was the scent – a strong perfume.  I personally find that off-putting for two reasons. The first is that I worry that my skin will react.  The second is that I just don’t like different strong smelling scents all over me, especially on my face. When I want scent, I spritz on some perfume.

 

The good news is my skin was fine – no reaction.  The texture is lovely.  It’s thick but light, almost fluffy.  It absorbs with ease and feels just a little bit luxurious.  It easily keeps my dry skin hydrated for the day so once I get over the scent, I really like it.

 

Is it really intense, nourishing, hydrating, moisturising? Definitely!

 

Would I buy it again? Probably not, the scent is too strong for me.  If there was an unscented version, I would definitely buy that.

 

 

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