Lush Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner

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I first tried a tiny sample of Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner about 5 years ago and I absolutely loved it, but I could never justify the price tag while I was a struggling student. A few weeks ago I finally treated myself to a full size tub and I was so excited.

Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner is a thick, creamy body moisturiser you apply to wet skin in the shower or bath. You rinse it off and then pat your skin dry. It’s exactly like a hair conditioner, but for your skin. It smells amazing, like a sweeter, caramel rose scent, if that makes sense. It’s not heavily old granny floral, it’s much more modern.

This product appeals to my sense of laziness. I hate waiting for moisturiser to dry before I can get dressed after a shower, so this is perfect for me.  I don’t find it makes my skin as soft and hydrated as a good quality moisturiser, but it’s great if you are pushed for time (or lazy).

Unfortunately, this product is not at all like I remembered. The scent is the same, because it’s still fabulous, but I feel like the formula has changed. When I apply this  in the shower it makes me feel like I have wax on my skin. It doesn’t absorb the way I remembered it to. I really don’t like the feeling on my skin that much and I can never wait to rub it off properly with my towel. What a disappointment.

Does anyone know the feeling I mean? I feel like I’m going crazy!

 

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Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

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This post has been a really long time coming, because I bought this product back in early June. The Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is designed to reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots, and traces of old blemishes. I bought it because I suffer badly with red marks left behind by old spots, even if I leave them well alone.

To use this product, you pump a little in your hand, and rub into your skin where you have red marks. You can use it twice a day and I was promised up to a 58% reduction in redness in 12 weeks.

The product didn’t break me out, which is good news, and it was easy to fit into my skin care routine before moisturiser. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the miraculous results I was hoping for. I’d heard some people say their redness faded after as little as 3 weeks use. My redness has faded a little, but to be honest, I don’t think it was anything to do with this product. I mean 12 weeks passed, so you’d expect a little fading. The main mark I was concerned by is still there, just a little lighter.

I imagine this might work better on age spots and sun spots, but it doesn’t work very well on red marks left by spots and blemishes. Or at least it didn’t for me. Sorry Clinique, but for me, it wasn’t worth the hefty price tag.

Empties Summer 2014

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I have a strange assortment of empties to show you today, so I’m going to dive right in!

Sanctuary Foaming Bath Soak – This was a Christmas present from my Grandparents. It created lots of bubbles which I liked – pretty essential for a bubble bath really. It has a similar grown-up spa style scent to most Sanctuary products. This is a lovely bubble bath for people who want a simple bubble bath, without crazy colours or glitter or scents.

Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel – This was a limited edition Valentine’s Day shower gel from Lush. It smells incredible and I can’t wait to see if it comes back next year!

Sanctuary Spa Mande Lular Sensuous Foaming Shower BurstThis is a really fun and unique product to pop in your shower. It comes out the pump in a clear gel and foams up to become a creamy white mousse. I really enjoyed it.

Body Shop Almond Hand & Nail Cream – My fiancé gave me this for Christmas and it lasted through till late June, even though I use it daily! It’s fantastic stuff if you have dry hands and nails. It smells delicious, absorbs quickly, and is the best thing I’ve found for keeping my skin smooth and hydrated.

Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar – This night time moisturiser was in my You Beauty Discovery box. It absorbs quickly and didn’t make me break out, but it has a really peculiar smell. I didn’t finish it in the end.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile – Cleanse & Polish is my absolute favourite cleanser and I refuse to use anything else because it suits my skin best. It was nice to try a new scent, but I prefer the original.

Boots Salon Nail Shine Solution – There’s a little left in the pot, but it’s gone all gloopy so I am throwing it away. I really enjoyed this.  I used it as a top coat and it worked really well. It stopped my nails from chipping and made them look beautiful and shiny.

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle – This is another one which has gone a bit gloopy so is being thrown away. It was one of the better nail treatments I’ve tried, but not my favourite. I’m not sure I quite saw the length and strength promised.

Soap and Glory The Breakfast Scrub – I really loved this scrub. It smells absolutely delicious and it has a lovely texture. It’s not a particularly abrasive scrub, it’s more of a luxurious treat, but I will definitely put it back on my Christmas wishlist!

La Roche-Posay Effaclar A I – This was my second tube of Effaclar AI. It worked really well for me at first, but seemed to tail off towards the end of this tube, which is why it isn’t quite finished. I switched to Soap and Glory Dr Spot instead, but I do have another tube of this to try. I’m hoping that after a few months my skin will react better to it again, because it really was excellent in the end.

Lush Skincare Haul

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I had one of those days where you just want to walk around Lush and buy everything. Do you get those days?

I started at the fresh face masks. I had a chat with the assistant about which would be best for calming the redness of spots and she recommended Catastrophe Cosmetic, which is a blueberry based mask which I’ve used once before and enjoyed. I forgot about it and didn’t get more than one use out of it, so I thought I’d give it another go.

Next I spotted a product I hadn’t seen before which is the Lemon Flutter Cuticle Butter. You can rub this on any areas of dry skin, particularly cuticles, to soften them. Unsurprisingly, it smells very strongly of lemons, which is nice and refreshing.

I debated buying more of the Tea Tree Toner Tabs, as I liked it when I used it, but in the end I went for the Tea Tree Water which is a toner water you can spray straight on your face or onto a cotton pad to wipe over your skin. It’s supposed to be good for spot prone skin, so I hope it will help me with the hormonal breakouts I seem to get.

Finally, I went over to the body section to look at the one product I always look at and never buy: Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner. However, I finally gave in and bought it. This is a moisturiser you apply to wet skin in the shower or bath and then wash off. It smells really beautiful and I loved the sample I had once. I’ve always resisted because it’s around £15 for a tub, but I decided to treat myself this time.

Soap & Glory Dr Spot Super Strength Breakout Clearing Gel

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We’ve all been there. Three days before the event (or in my case a holiday) you’ve been looking forward to for ages, and you wake up with a huge red spot ruining your face which has been really nice and clear lately. Nightmare. I reached out to my friends and said HELP ME! One told me Soap & Glory Dr Spot Super Strength Breakout Clearing Gel is a miracle worker, so I went out and bought it the same day.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think Soap & Glory for this kind of product. To me, Soap & Glory has always been a fun, luxury brand for nice face masks and body scrubs, not a sensible skin care brand that sells serious spot treatments. Turns out, I’ve been missing out!

Dr Spot has salicylic and lactic acids to fight spots by peeling away dead skin cells, plus other exciting sounding things which are supposed to soothe irritation, reduce redness and slow down oil secretion. It’s an invisible gel which you apply to individual spots with a clean finger. It’s best to use it twice a day, but you can put makeup over the top in the morning so that’s no problem.

I will admit I was sceptical about how this would work, but the next morning after just one application, my spot was visibly smaller and less red. I wish you could have seen it (except it was gross, so I don’t). I won’t lie, this doesn’t work miracles. My spot wasn’t gone overnight, or even after a few days of using. But this definitely helped reduce the size and redness much more quickly than other spot treating products I’ve tried. It also didn’t leave my skin sore or dry like some harsh spot remedies (think toothpaste).

The only downside to this product is that I seem to be left with red marks after the spots are gone. This may just be me though. It’s something I’m pretty used to unfortunately as it seems to be how my skin deals with spots, even if I leave them completely alone. It’s so depressing. Any tips for making them go away?

 

Testing Products Part Three

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This is the third, and long time coming, instalment of my Testing Products series of posts. You can read Part One and Part Two if you enjoy this or fancy seeing what else I have tried out. Anyone got any ideas for a better title for this series? I have been trying to think of something clever and witty but I can’t.

Lush It’s Raining Men Shower Gel – I got a tiny sample of this when I did a Lush order online, and it smelt so incredible I got a bigger version to take to a hotel with me. It smells so incredible – sweet and creamy like caramel or toffee. Totally delicious.

Lush American Cream Conditioner – I smelt this in a Lush store in London and convinced myself I had to try it because I needed conditioner. It’s a totally gorgeous sweet vanilla smell which reminds me of cupcake frosting – gorgeous. Unfortunately the formula just doesn’t work for me. It doesn’t seem to go very far and it doesn’t feel like it does anything to my (very) thick, long hair. It’s such a shame because it smells delicious.

Melvita Moisture Replenishing Night Nectar – This night time moisturiser was in my You Beauty Discovery box a few months’ ago. It suits my skin nicely because it isn’t too thick, it absorbs quickly, and it doesn’t give me oily skin or make me break out. Unfortunately, it has a really peculiar smell which I don’t like at all, so I won’t be re-purchasing it.

Clinique All About Eyes – I was given a sample of this in my local Boots when I purchased some Clinique products. I don’t use an eye cream yet because I feel a bit young, so I was interested to try this. I was surprised that it didn’t irritate my usually very sensitive eyes at all, and it was quite refreshing if I was tired or had sore or dry skin under my eyes. I’m not really sure I want to start regularly using an eye cream yet, but this is one I would definitely consider when I do.

Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer – This primer is easy to apply and works perfectly well – I think it makes my makeup last longer than it would without it – but I just don’t love it. I can’t really put my finger on why. It just didn’t wow me, so I will stick to Benefit The Porefessional for now.

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Gunmetal – This was another You Beauty Discovery box product. It’s a fabulous silvery-grey metallic colour with a lot of shimmery glitter in it. It’s easy to apply with a finger and looks very effective. It would be great for a night out. However, be warned, it’s a loose powder and it goes everywhere, and generally where you don’t want it, like on your clothes!

Caudalie Divine Legs Tinted Lotion – I decided to use this out of curiosity because so many people seem to adore it. I usually stay far far away from tanning products and simply embrace my English rose complexion (i.e. permanently pale). It is scarily dark when you first apply it to your skin, but it buffs down to a nice pale brown (not orange) colour, which looked very natural even on my very pale skin. It also washed off super easily. If I was the kind of person who used tanning products, I’d definitely reach for this.

Just when you thought we were done, I remembered one sample I left out of the original photo: Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment. I was unbelievably excited to try this product because Glam Glow are a really expensive brand and their products are supposed to be amazing. Unfortunately, my experience of it was a complete disaster. The day after I used it, I broke out BIG TIME. I must have got about 12 new spots overnight. I know it was probably because the mask cleared out all the grime in my pores and brought out the spots to purge it, but who wants that? I’ve been way too terrified to use it since, so it’s going in the bin. How disappointing!

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July You Beauty Discovery Box

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It’s that time again! Does anyone else with a beauty subscription box get super excited every month to find out what you’ll get? I absolutely love it!

Having said that, I wasn’t crazy about the selection of products this month. There were things I already have a lot of like moisturiser and mascara, bath and hair products which don’t excite me much, and a tanning product which I never bother with. Eventually I chose the Archeia Rose Rejuvenating Cream and the Abahna White Grapefruit and May Chang Bath Gel.

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I was a bit disappointed with the size of the face cream in particular. I hadn’t noticed the website said 5ml. That’s not a sample size, that’s the size of a free tester, but I’ll give it a try. I don’t think I’ll use the bath gel myself, I’ll probably give it to someone else. It smells nice, but a bit mature for me.

So my main products were disappointing, but we got quite nice freebies this month.

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There was a really good size Dove Men+Care Pro Moisture Shave Cream. I suppose I could use this myself on my legs or something, but I plan to give it to my fiancé as it is made for men.

The most exciting freebie is a sample of Agent Provocateur Fatale Eau de Parfum. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this as I expected it to be heavily floral, but I actually love it. It smells so sweet and fruity and fresh. I am seriously considering buying the full size.

We also got a Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream which will be nice to try.

What did you get in your box this month? I’m hoping for more exciting products in August!