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!

 

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.

You Beauty Discovery August 2014

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Hello everyone! I hope you are having a lovely August so far. It’s time for my monthly update on my You Beauty Discovery box.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed with the selection of products this month. There always seems to be a lot of lip balms and anti-aging products. Eventually, I decided to just get the two different nail polishes on offer. I’ve never tried a Peggy Sage nail polish before, so it will be interesting to see what they are like. The colours are No. 751 Nude Poudré from the Nude Collection and No. 756 Sunny Sweetie from the Summer Collection.

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As always, we got a few extra goodies. There’s a 4 in 1 nail buffer, which is good, because my nail files are quite worn now. There are also sample sizes of Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum and Jimmy Choo Man Eau de Toilette. My fiancé will obviously be getting the man version! Finally, there’s a sachet of FaceD – 3-LURONICS Instant Effect Anti Wrinkle Cream Serum. This went straight in the bin if I’m honest. I’m so not interested in anti-wrinkle products at the moment!

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Overall, not a bad box this month, but we’ve definitely had better!

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?

 

June 2014 Favourites

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Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers – These lip lacquers are pretty fantastic, as I think you will probably have heard from other bloggers and vloggers. They are super pigmented, come in a gorgeous range of colours, look really shiny and glossy, and last really well!

Yankee Candle Black Plum Blossom – This smells so delicious – a gorgeous hybrid between floral and fruity. Also, have I mentioned I love Yankee Candle? I have been burning this candle for ages and still it’s going!

Body Shop Coconut Body Butter – My fiancé got me this body butter for Christmas and I have been loving using it during the hot weather to add some much needed moisture back into my skin. Coconut is probably not a scent I would immediately pick and I really don’t know why, because this smells delicious!

Trek Protein Flapjacks – I have been totally obsessed with these recently. They are way better for you than standard flapjacks because they have slightly lower sugar, no horrible E numbers, and around 10g of protein per bar. They come in loads of different flavours. I think my favourites are Cocoa and Cocoa Coconut.

Whittards Very Very Berry Tea – I spotted this about a month ago and held out for a bit, but eventually caved and bought it. It looks fantastic and good for you, it smells totally delicious (hints of vanilla), and tastes incredible – so fruity!

Accessorize Earrings – I think these might have featured in a favourites post before. They are a cute pair of Accessorize earrings which one of my closest friends got me for my birthday this year. They are so cute and Summery.

 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile

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I think everyone and their mum knows how I feel about Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish by now. My initial review of it doesn’t do it justice, so I am considering doing a new one, now I have been using it for a year and am in a better place to judge it. Would you guys be interested in that?

In the meantime, I’m going to talk about Cleanse & Polish’s new baby sister – Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile. I got an email from Liz Earle about this a few weeks ago and I went on the website to buy it immediately!

This limited edition of the cleanser combines delicate orange flower water and English chamomile. It costs £19.75 for 150ml with two of the muslin cloths. I adore the floral packaging, it’s subtle but so effective – gorgeous!

The cleanser works just like the traditional Cleanse & Polish. You take one or two pumps and massage it all over your face, including the eye area. You then rinse a muslin cloth in hand-hot water, wring it out and wipe off the cream, taking the makeup and day’s grime with it. Rinse and repeat, before splashing your face with cool water.

I’d say the formula of this feels a little thinner and runnier than the traditional Cleanse & Polish, but that doesn’t seem to affect how it works at all. The scent I’m not crazy about if I’m honest. It’s okay but a bit mature. The chamomile seems to overpower the orange a little. I’d prefer less of a floral scent.

This was lovely as a change, but even if this wasn’t limited edition, I’d stick with the traditional Cleanse & Polish because the eucalyptus scent has grown on me and I prefer it to the Orange Flower & Chamomile.

Have any of you tried this? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream

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I have been banging on about Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser for so long that it was about time someone took my advice and bought it. I have now got my best friend hooked on it, and it turns out she told Liz Earle I had recommended it to her, so they sent me a free gift: Liz Earle Nourishing Botanical Body Cream. Apologies for the quality of the photo, I took it on my phone.

The Botanical Body Cream retails at £17.95, but you can get a sample of 30ml for £5.25 on the Liz Earle website.

I had no idea what this product was or what to expect. According to Liz Earle, it is a concentrated, hydrating body cream designed to help the skin retain moisture throughout the day. It contains shea butter and avocado oil,  pure orange, lavender and rose-scented geranium essential oils. Sounds like an odd combination right?

I have to be honest, the fragrance of this body cream turns me off a bit. Like most of Liz Earle’s products, it has a very mature scent. The most powerful smell I get from this product is the geranium, which doesn’t really do it for me.

The formula of the cream on the other hand is perfect for me. It is really light and doesn’t feel at all heavy or cakey. I use this straight after a shower and it absorbs into my skin so quickly that I can put my clothes on almost straight away. It doesn’t feel sticky or damp at all.

Unfortunately scent is a hugely important part of a body cream to me so while I will use this up, I won’t repurchase it.