Sheet Masks Review (part 2) – Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Mask

Check out part 1 – my review of Sanctuary Spa Bubble Mask HERE

The second sheet mask I’ve recently tried was the Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Mask. I’ve been eyeing up the Neutrogena Hydro Boost range for quite a while and I thought a good first step into trying the range was to test out their new sheet mask. It’s strap line on the front of the packaging explains this products as “hydrogel cooling technology 100% made from active serum. Intense hydration for noticeable supple skin. One mask = one month usage of serum” Sounds pretty promising right?!

As I took it out of the packaging the first thing I noticed was the texture of this mask. It’s like a jelly silicone material soaked in the Hyaluronic Acid, and comes in two parts in order to fit better to your face. I will save you the face-mask selfie for this post as it did look a little strange as the mask was almost see-through – made me look plastic, but gave the husband a bit of a fright when he walked in so it’s worth it just for that! What I did like however is that the eye and mouth holes of the mask could be covered by the mask material if you wished to give your whole face a moisture boost. One thing I did love about the texture of this mask is that there was no dripping from the mask, which often I’ve found with soaking wet sheet masks.

So did it bring ‘one month usage of serum’….? I’m not convinced at this statement! I left the mask on for a total on 30 minutes. As I removed the mask from my face, my skin did feel very soft and bouncy – between you and me it felt quite soothing after a night of drinking the night before…! But as a regularly user of  Hyaluronic Acid, I didn’t feel this mask brought me any extra hydration in comparison to applying a serum the night before.

Question is then – would I buy again? I think I might in two different scenarios… The first, for travel. This sheet mask would be perfect to pack in your suitcase to save you carrying around a separate Hyaluronic Acid product – which often comes in a glass bottle. And the second for a hangover (shhhh! Just between us remember?!). Used on the morning of the night before, this mask is really soothing and cooling on the skin so makes you feel refreshed ready for the day ahead. And as this mask is only £3.50, I might pick a couple of these for emergencies 😉

Have you tried anything from the Neutrogena Hydrogel range yet?

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Beauty Pie Haul – My final orders

(Top shade – Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby / 2nd shade – Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girl)

If you have read my post back in December you will know that I signed up for a 3-month membership to Beauty Pie. And if you aren’t sure what Beauty Pie is, have a look back at my previous post here. Since then I have made my final two Beauty Pie orders and wanted to give you an update on my thoughts of the brand.

I made my second order in Dec and picked up; Super Retinol (+ Vitamin C) Night Renewal (rrp £75 / member cost £8.37), Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girl (rrp £18 / member cost £3.47) and Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby (rrp £18 / member cost £2.66). With the membership, Beauty Pie give you a monthly allowance of £112 (rrp) but you’ll basket will only charge you the member-cost (at factory prices). What I however quickly realised is that if you want to buy their skincare range, that £112 limit does not stretch very far. With my final order, I bought; Super Pore-Detox Black Clay Mask (rrp £50 /member cost £6.15), Unbeatable Concealer in Shade 75 Neutral (rrp £20 / member cost £4.10) and Wondercolour Nail Polish in Le Milk (rrp £14 / member cost £4.10).

My Verdict:
Starting with skincare, since the buzz surrounding acids lately in the beauty industry, I was most excited to try out their Retinol Night Renewal from their Retinol range they released in November. I was just a little disappointed I couldn’t order more from the range though due to the membership budget limit. After looking through the range I opted for the Super Retinol Night Renewal cream. I’ve used it for a couple of weeks now but I’ve not seen a huge difference if I’m honest, but I will keep you posted on my progress. I do however have to say the pump on this bottle is a little naff, and in order to get a decent amount of product you have to pump the lid a fair few times. The Super Pore-Detox Black Mask however is really great! I’ve used it once a week since ordering it and I do think its made a difference to keeping any spots away, leaving my skin feeling super clean and un-clogged.

The make-up items overall are great for the price tag too! The nail polish in Le Milk is my second polish from Beauty Pie, and I’m super impressed by the quality (you usually only need one coat of polish) and lasting power – I would definitely recommend trying their polishes if you are interested in signing up to Beauty Pie, and only £4.10 – bargain! I’ve also really enjoyed using both lip products – Powderstick Matte Lip Crayon in Guilty Girland Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Rebel Ruby. Both are really lovely shades and the texture of both styles apply really nicely. The best of the bunch though is the Unbeatable Concealer! Used under the eyes, it has full coverage and the texture means it stays in place throughout the day.

So will I join Beauty Pie permanently? If I wasn’t such a beauty addict, wanting to try everything out there, I actually might spend £10 a month to be able to buy all my makeup from Beauty Pie. The quality is really good, but I would feel I needed to buy something every month. I would definitely however sign-up for a three month membership again in order to test out more of their skincare. From what I can see from their range, they are really trying to challenge the market, bringing quality products and ingredients at affordable prices. I would really recommend checking out Beauty Pie!

Have you tried anything from Beauty Pie yet? Or will you be signing up to check out their products for yourself?

Do you really have oily skin??

Recently I popped into my local Kiehl’s store in Brighton. Simply just browsing the shelves whilst the husband was getting his hair cut a few doors down. Whilst I was in there I got talking to the in-store adviser who kindly took me through a skin consultation.

We talked through my skin concerns which were mainly that my skin was feeling more oily lately and blemished – I think mainly down to working back in London and being in the highly populated air a lot of the time now. She then proceeded to press some testing patching pads on my skin to check the levels of oil in my skin to discover I wasn’t actually that oily. “Do you tend to find that you are more oily towards the end of the day?” she asked. Yup! By the time I’m on my train home from work all my makeup is slipping over my face. She explained, that because I was treating my skin as oily (using products to combat the shine), my skin was actually feeling very dehydrated – explaining that actually by the end of the day my skin was over compensating and producing more oil because it needed the moisture. Well that kinda makes sense as I’ve always mainly had dry skin…Go figure!

We then went through some different products I could try to improve my skin. She recommended four products –

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Face Toner
  • Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
  • Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer – Daily Hydrator for Sensitive Skin
  • Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque

I didn’t make any purchases there and then because quite frankly, with Christmas around the corner my pennies are a little limited but she did kindly give me some samples to test. What I can say is that I will definitely be buying the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque in the new year because they were so nice on my skin.

In the meantime however, I’ve been evaluating my skincare routine and upping the moisture and I’ve been noticing a drastic difference! I’ve recently starting testing the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Day Antioxidant Super Moisturising Cream in the mornings and I really like it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin, retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water and also Antioxidant Superfruit pomegranate to neutralise any harmful effects from daily aggressions. By the end of the day my skin is still feeling soft and plump but not oily. Turn’s out the lady in Kiehl’s was 100% right! I’ve also started to add in a night cream into my evening skincare routine because I never really bothered before. I’m testing out a few at the moment so I can’t say I have a favourite but I have really noticed a real difference in my skin.

Do you find yourself with oliy skin later in the day? Or does the above skin issues sound familiar? I would really reccomend try to speak to a professional or even popping into Kiehls like I did for a skin consultation. You might see a real difference in your skin!

What is your skin type? And what is your favourite moisturiser?

L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Masks

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As you may know already, I’m a huge fan of a face clay face mask so when I heard that L’Oreal were bringing their own clay masks out, I got really excited! Even more excitingly, when these were released they were on offer for £5 each (rrp. £7.99) so I picked up two of them to try out!

L’Oréal have brought out three different clay masks, each containing 3 pure clays along with their own different unique ingredients to do different jobs for your skin –

  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Purity Mask with the help of eucalyptus, aims to purify and mattify the skin.
  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Detox Mask which contains charcoal to detoxify and clarify.
  • L’Oréal Pure Clay Glow Mask including red algae to brighten and exfoliate.

I decided to try the Detox and Glow mask based on my skin type (combination/mostly dry). I try to avoid most mattifing skin products as they tend to dry my skin out, but I do really like the fact that L’Oreal have decided bring out different masks to suit different skin types. The great idea about these masks though, is that you can use these all together as a multitasking mask treatment! For example – If you get an oily t-zone but the rest of your face looks dull and dry, you can apply the Detox mask just to your t-zone and use the Glow mask on the rest of your face to get the perfect balance all at once, rather than having to use different masks at throughout the week to gain your desired effect. Genius idea L’Oreal (both for skin care and marketing!) – Bravo!

I’ve use these now each on their own all over my face and using the multitasking way, and I’m really enjoying them! The Detox mask is very much your traditional clay mask. When applied is dries on the skin, getting deep into all of your pores to give them a good clear out. I find this one really good when my skin is being troublesome because it really helps to clear my skin. The Glow mask is also good too but very different to anything I’ve used before. Its clay based also contains exfoliating beads (the type you find in the scrubby, gritty exfoliators). I’m not the biggest fan on the gritty exfoliator beads as I tend to use more chemical exfoliates but I have to say this does make my skin feel soft and glowy after using it.

The only down-size I feel is the packaging. These face masks jars do look lovely and feel a lot more expensive that they actually are, but I’m waiting to knock one of these babies from my sink in my bathroom for it to smash and cover my floor in clay gloop. Just a word of warning if you’re a little clumsy, like meJ! All and all thought, I really like these clays masks and they are perfect if you are look for an affordable clay based face mask.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Clay Masks yet? What did you think?

Got 5 mins? Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask

   

I love a clay mask! My favourite being the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask but it can be a little pricey at £24.00. Although I have to admit it’s totally worth the money, I really wanted to find a cheaper alternative – I’m trying to save the pennies at the moment for my Wedding!

Roaming the aisles of Boots, I discovered that quite a lot of brands were now bring out their own clay masks which is amazing and I’m going to make it my mission to try them all and report back. This time however I settled on trying the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask. Reason being it was on offer at £6.67 (rrp. £10) but loved that is was a thermal mask.

The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask is a clay based face mask to cleanse and purify your skin. The self-heating mask warms the skins once you apply to your face and starts to open up your pores. The charcoal and kaolin clay then helps draw out impurities within your skin. It also contains soothing and calming myrrh oils which leaves your skin feeling cleansed and super soft. The thing I love most about this mask is that you only have to leave on your skin for 5 minutes to feel the benefits, which means it’s so much easier to incorporate in your skin care routine. It’s also non-drying so it doesn’t feel uncomfortable on the skin either. Rather than using it as a daily cleanser, I tend to use this more of a mask 1 to 2 times a week and I’ve found it’s helped to balance and calm my skin a the while keeping any spots or blemishes away – win win for me! 

 

If you’re new to clay based skincare, I would definitely recommend  The Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask as an introduction to clay masks, plus it doesn’t break the bank either.

Have you tried the Sanctuary Spa Thermal Detox Mask before? Is there another other high-street clay face mask you would recommend me trying next?

The empties #1

  
 I love these empties posts! It’s great hearing people’s review on beauty products but I think the real question is always – would you buy it again? Here are my recent empties and if they will be making an appearance again in my beauty stash – 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser – this is probably my 10th empty bottle! It’s the one cleanser I will always return to because it always seems the balance out my skin when it’s being problematic. It makes my skin feel amazing and although I love testing new cleansers, I’ll definelty be repurchasing the Liz Earle Hot Cloth cleanser to keep in my stash. Repurchase likelihood – 5/5

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum – I really liked this serum and this is actually my 2nd bottle. I used this mainly in the winter months when my skin felt very dry and the Vichy Aqualia Thermal serum really helped with hydrating my skin. I would reccomend this however I’ve not tried many serums yet so I am keen to tests some more before settling for ‘the one’. Repurchase likelihood – 3/5

Origins Clear Improvment Active Charcoal Mask – I hadn’t tried the Origins Charcoal Mask before so I picked up a smaller bottle to try it out. This is a mask you can use once a week and it works by pulling the dirt and any environmental pollutants from your skin, unclogging all your pores leaving you with fresh clean skin. I really enjoyed using this mask and I did find any spots or blemishes I had did cleared away quicker than usual. I think next time I’ll be buying the normal sized bottle. Repurchase likelihood – 5/5

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads – you will recognise these from a previous blog post (LINK here) so I won’t go into too much detail here but these are great if you want to begin using acid in your skincare routine. Repurchase likelihood – 5/5 (in fact I already have because they are currently on offer in Superdrug!)

L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner – does anyone else have the same issue with always finishing the conditioner before the shampoo?! I always do, as you can probably tell from these empties. I did a post on then new L’Oreal Clay range (LINK here) but would I repurchase? Probably not! I love the idea of this range but I think all the work comes from the Clay pre shampoo mask so I would buy the mask again but I probably won’t bother with the shampoo and conditioner. Repurchase likelihood – 1/5

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Pre Wash Conditioner – oh look, another conditioner! Again, I recently wrote my thoughts on the new TREMSemme Beauty-Full Volume range, so if you want to know more follow the link (LINK here). The thing I was most annoyed at is, when this shampoo and conditioner was first released, the shampoo was 500ml but conditioner was only 290ml. It might mean that you don’t need much conditioner for this treatment but I still need a good amount to get through my notty hair and now I’m still left just a part used bottle of shampoo…! I did however like the way it made my hair felt so I would maybe repurchase once they start selling a larger conditioner. Repurchase likelihood – 2/5

Have you used any of the above? What did you think and would you repurchase?

REVIEW: Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift and Brighten Eye Cream

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Continuing to dive into my amazing goodie bag from the #BtonBlogMeet I attended a couple of months ago, organised by the wonderful Laura (from Lola and Behold), there was a travel sized tub of the Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift and Brighten Eye Cream. I hadn’t heard a lot of about the Bee Good skincare range but since using their eye cream, I have been doing a little bit more research into the brand.

Bee Good is a UK based skincare brand who pride themselves on making natural and cruelty-free products using the wonderful ingredients of honey, beeswax and propolis made by British Bees, all the while supporting our countryside’s and putting profits back into UK beekeeping cause to help secure the future of our British Bees. How amazing is that?!

The Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift and Brighten Eye cream was really nice to use. Generally I opt for the heavier duty eye creams because suffer with really dry and irritated eyes (thanks to my contact lenses!) however once I get my eyes in a good state sometimes the heavy creams are a bit too much. They tend to be too creamy to massage into the eye during the day before applying makeup, however the Bee Good eye cream is lovely and light but all the while still working hard at brightening the eye area. The Youth Enhancing eye cream aims to –

  • Visible lifts, plump and firms
  • Brightens & visibly reduces dark circles
  • Softens the appearance of fines lines & wrinkles
  • Hydrates and protects
  • Strengthens and enhances skin elasticity

Eye creams have become a staple in my skincare routine, especially now being the other side of my twenties (shh!) I am more conscious of looking after my eyes as it’s often the first sign of aging. Your eyes however are a sensitive area, and the thought of putting something full of chemicals near my eye in order to smooth fine lines and wrinkle really freaks me out. That why the Bee Good eye cream is the perfect option to help hydrate your eye area and its completely natural, plus I love the thought that they are also investing profits back into helping our British Bees.

Although I will still keeping my heavy duty eye creams in my beauty stash mainly using them at night to help soothe my eyes when they become sore, I will definitely using Bee Good Youth Enhancing eye cream in the daily daytime skincare routine. It’s such a great brand and I’m really looking forward to trying more from the Bee Good skincare range!

Have you tried Bee Good skincare before? What would you recommend trying next?