Review: Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube

Anne Semonin Dark Circle Reducer

On Tuesday I shared with you the contents of the Latest in Beauty French Box, and I promised some reviews for the items inside. I must say out of all of the products the Anna Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube has to be the one that instantly peaked my interest and without hesitation was the first item I tried out of all the amazing goodies.

According to the packaging the Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Eye Cube is described as: “For an instantly brilliant eye contour area! Formulated with marine spring water rich in trace elements and mineral salts with a proven action on skin firmness and hydration. Specifically developed for the delicate eye area, the Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes contain Ginkgo biloba for stimulating micro-circulation, gourd extract for instantly soothing tired, stressed eyes, hyaluronic acid for plumping up fine lines and wrinkles and bioflavonoid for visibly improving under eye circles. Plus the extract of Tephrosia purpurea, an innovative botanical neurocosmetic ingredient, stimulates the release of beta-endorphins, generating a sensation of skin relaxation and wellbeing.

It is recommend to use the ice cube in the morning, to brighten and lift your under eyes before the day starts. Which although is a perfect idea in principle, remember to fish out the radiance ice cube from the freezer first thing in the morning is not necessarily the easiest thing to remember. Eventually yesterday morning while I was waiting for the kettle to boil for my morning cup of coffee, I actually remembered to get it out and that I had planned for this review to go up today. Perfect timing really, so I rescued the little pod out of the freezer and from a life amongst garlic bread and salmon fillets to wake my face up that morning.

I have to say the little bag is perfect size wise, and its delicate and soft meaning you don’t mind rubbing over your face especially the more delicate area around your eyes. I felt a little bit silly at first rubbing this ice cube in a bag under and around each eye and down the side of my nose, as directed. After a while I felt like I could see my eyes looked less sunken and tired but as it was 6am I forgot to take photos so I have no idea. The actual treatment is cooling and refreshing, really waking you up first thing and it feels like such an indulgent treat really.

I doubt I’d use it regularly but it felt nice as a treatment every so often, it also didn’t change makeup application and I used the same amount of product so it’s not a miracle worker but it does feel nice. It feels a little bit wasteful after 5 minutes of rubbing it all over my face, half of it was still left in the bag and unfortunately, I had to throw it as it cannot be hygienic or practical to refreeze it. So, if I’d have paid for it I would definitely would have found it to be very wasteful.

The Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cube can be purchased from retailers such as Cult Beauty and retails for £45 for 6 pods, approximately £7.50 per pod. Personally, I feel like it is overpriced but it is luxurious and even if I’m not convinced by it I loved trying it out.

Gwen

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Latest in Beauty – The French Box

Latest in Beauty - The French Box

It feels like 12/18 months ago beauty boxes were everywhere, but I feel like they have disappeared a little bit. I never bit the bullet, I’m aware you could cancel at any time the spending money monthly with no guarantee of liking the products made me unsure although I loved the idea of trying out new products. Over the past 12 months I have kept checking back at the Latest in Beauty, as well as a monthly service where you pick samples they also over collections, which can order on a one-off basis. I have been curious over a few but with a 50% off sale as well as an enticing French Box I couldn’t resist. Without hesitation, I whipped out my card paid the £12.50, (plus p&p) and the box landed on my desk in the next couple of days

I will look to review some of these items in more detail, but for now here is a rundown what is in the box and the general idea of the item.

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - L'Occitane & Melvita

L’Occitane Shower Gel in Jasmine & Bergamot: Melvita L’Or Bio Huille Extrordinaire

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - La Roche-Posay & Embryolisse

Embroyolisse Lait-Crème Concentre La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Anne Semonin & Bourjois Paris

Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Cube ● Bourjois Paris Aqua Blush in Berry Nice

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Roger & Gallet & Nuxe

Nuxe Precious Scented Shower Oil ● Roger & Gallet Fleur de Figuier Replenishing Body Lotion

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Lebon & Institue Esthederm

Institut Esthederm Eau Celluair Celluar Spray ● Lebon Cap Ferrat Mood Toothpaste (in Fresh Mint)

Latest in Beauty - The French Box - Kusmi Tea BB Detox

Kusmi Tea BB Detox

The box is valued at £50, whether it is or isnt worth that, there’s is a lot of samples that I cannot wait to try. The only downside is there isn’t an information card, as I’d love to have some sort of information in the box about the products but I just refereed back to the website and read the packaging so its neither here nor there. As my first experience of latest in beauty and of a beauty box im pleased and excited to try them out, also with the collections on the website its good if you want a beauty box every so often without the commitment of a subscription. Currently available on the Latest in Beauty website, price is reduced from £25 to £12.50, p&p charges apply and while stocks last

Don’t forget to let me know which items you want to know more about, I’m excited to dig in and see what these little French beauties can do.

Gwen

Review: Garnier Skin Active Matcha & Kaolin Mask

Garnier SkinActive Match & Kaolin Mask

I simply cannot resist trying yet another face mask, whenever I see a mask I am curious about that is highly affordable I just pick it up. I’ve loved the Garnier Skin Active Masks and other products I have tried in the past, in fact I always have a Garnier Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask (review here ) on hand so I thought trying another product in the range. So how did I get on with the Garnier Skin Active Matcha & Kaolin Mask?

The Matcha & Kaolin Mask is part of Garnier’s range of new clay mask and promises to: “A new generation of face mask combining Matcha Tea and Kaolin Clay in a creamy-clay texture that purifies for refreshed, mattified and clean skin. Proven Effectiveness: Immediately: Impurities are removed and skin appears mattified. Long-lasting: effectiveness: skin appears purified as if rebalanced.”

Like any clay mask you work it into your skin, leave for 10 minutes and wash off, it had been a while since I’ve used a clay face mask so was apprehensive that I may find it way to heavy on the skin but I was pleasantly surprised. Compared to clay masks I have used in the past this was light but build-able to create a thick layer, the texture in the hands not to dissimilar in texture and consistency to the George Matte Foundation that I reviewed the other day. Which meant it was comfortable on the skin, and I found it comfortable to wear and get on with everything else I was getting up to while testing it out. It also has a lovely subtle fresh scent, close to green tea but nothing overpowering and I’ll definitely call it fresh than anything definitive.

Despite covering with a reasonably thick layer, I found that it tried in about 5 minutes or so but I ensured I kept it on till it was completely dry all over, as I forgot to track the time exactly but I imagine it would have been at least 10 minutes. Initially this mask felt really comfortable but as it dried it got really tight, making it uncomfortable but it definitely gives you the impression it’s working.

Afterwards my skin felt cleaner and clearer, but in the hours and days after the actual condition of my skin was no different. So, I’m not 100% sure its done anything, although in general it feels like and way enjoyable to use which is all you want from a mask. Also, I do not have oily skin I have the odd oily patch but in general my skin is dry so this may not offer the same benefits to me that it might offer to someone else.

I picked up the Garnier Skin Active Matcha & Kaolin Mask in Primark for £1.00, but it is available from a wide range of stores including Superdrug and Boots selling for between £1.00 and £1.50. All in all, these are always worth a shot as everyone’s skin is different and an affordable one time use mask is always a great option in my opinion. Let me know in the comments what your favourite masks are, I cannot wait to try some more out.

Gwen

Review: PS Dark Circle Reducing Sunflower Eyepatches

Primark PS 4 Dark Circle Reducer

I’m starting to think I have a slight obsession with trying out loads of the Primark PS range, so far I have had a pretty good experience with most Primark beauty products and this latest one the PS Dark Circle Reducing Sunflower Eyepatches. I’ve used eyepatches in the past, and love them as they are so refreshing and feel so nice on tired eyes.

I have to admit that I do not have the biggest dark circles, I go get the occasionally as well as bags under my eyes but they are nothing a bit on concealer can’t deal with. I just thought I would share how these compare to similar products on the market.

The eyepatches come in a pack of 4, initially I was apprehensive that with the foil packet that they would be all in one packet but fortunately it contains two foil packets meaning you can get two uses. The whole pack costs £1.00, so at only £0.50 per use. All you need to do when you want to use them is to peel them off the piece of plastic and place them under your eyes. The general instruction to leave for up to 20 minutes, I tend to wait 10 to 15 minutes as this is sort of my limit. I do not find it comfortable pass this point simply because of how heavy it feels and you are aware they are there.

These eye patches are so cooling and refreshing, making you feel more refreshed and gives you a small piece of feeling pampered without the price tag. Considering the price tag, and I am never fully convinced by these products I doubt this is going to be your answer to dark circles there are probably better actions. Still when you feel tired, drained and just want a little TLC I’d really recommend them as they make you feel less tired and just like you’ve done something for yourself.

So all in all I don’t think they will fix your dark circles, but they are nice to use and these are so inexpensive if you want to give eyepatches a go and look ridiculous.

Gwen

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Review: The Crème Shop Slow Down, Skin! Sheet Mask

The Creme Shop Slow Down, Skin!

Doesn’t everyone want to be a panda? No just me? Oh well I’m still going to write this review, of the totally fun face masks. I’ve tried two other Crème shop face masks before one of which you can see the review for here, I’ve previously tried the Drink Up Skin which I loved and I got to be a penguin while the racoon was Wake Up Skin a refreshing and moisturising mask where you get to be a racoon.

This time it’s the The Crème Shop Slow Down, Skin! Sheet mask, where I get to enjoy been a panda. Which promises to: “Can’t bear aging skin? Boost elasticity and structure with this silica-rich mask. Infused with bamboo extract, this panda rebuilds timeworn skin in no time.”  By no means to I have aging skin really at 23 it’s important to moisturise and take care of my skin but I do not need to focus on anti-aging yet, I mainly want to see how this compares to the others how it feels on the skin. Once again I think these masks are so fun to wear, it just adds a little bit of fun to wearing a cartoon style sheet mask.

The Creme Shop Slow Down, Skin! Sheet Mask

The mask is a perfect size and shape for the face, with gaps for the relevant facial features. I find unlike other masks that the Crème Shop definitely have a shape that is a more ergonomic fit and is way more comfortable and simple to arrange on the face. I’d say the sheet appears cloth like, although I am not sure 100% what these are made of out of the many I’ve tried they are some of the most resilient being easy to unfold and use. There’s no doubt that I enjoy a Crème shop mask but these are not hugely moisture adding, leaving more of a tingling feeling and not an enjoyable one. Although this came in a pack of 3, after trying the first mask I have passed them on personally I just didn’t enjoy using the mask so knew I wouldn’t use them. I had such a positive with the other two masks that I couldn’t wait to use these ones but really just didn’t enjoy them.

All in all skip these and try the others I mentioned previously, or the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask those I love. Let me know which masks you like in the comments, as I always love a good mask.

Gwen

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Review: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptious Cleansing Butter

In a world of beauty and skincare, I feel like there is an every growing world of cleansers. I may be late to the party as I am aware that cleansing balms and cleansing butters have been around for a while but I have yet to try one. I have heard endless good things about The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review, so let’s see how it stands up to my expectations and if it worth checking out.

According to The Body Shop website, the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is meant to:

Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch.”

The Body Shop Sumptious Camomile Cleansing Butter

This is one of those cleansers where you apply and work into the skin directly before using a damp face cloth or muslin cloth. The first night I used this was a major test, as I’d been to a theme night bringing out the old emo makeup, loads of black eyeliner and layers of mascara this was a proper test for a cleanser. It seems with this a little goes a long way, working a little bit onto my skin the balm turned into an oil dissolving the makeup as it went. Within minutes’ my face became of mishmash of oil and black streaks but at least it was coming off. It’s probably due to my inexperience with balm and oil based cleansers, but it felt so oily and heavy on the skin I was absolutely desperate to wet my face cloth and finish off removing my makeup.

Every time I’ve used this I’ve been impressed, I’ve needed nothing more than this to remove my makeup so you don’t need a second cleanse. Its gentle on the skin, effective and well worth giving a go. I am not necessarily a huge fan of the oiliness but that is definitely a personal preference as I love a cream based cleanser. I’ve used it on bare skin and to remove makeup, and I have to say it wins for makeup removal hands down if I want a bare face cleanse I am sticking to micellar water.

If you love something oil/balm based, want something gentle on your skin or just want to try something new I would suggest you give this a go. At £10 from The Body Shop, find it here, its a reasonable price and with a little going a long way you can definitely get you moneys worth.

Let me know your favourite cleansers in the comments, I always want to try something new.

Gwen

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Review: PS Micellar Cleasing Water with Rose & Vitamin E

Primark PS Micellar Cleansing Water

Do you think anything will ever make micellar waters go away? From cult beauty to the mainstream micellar waters are everywhere these days, so how do you know which once are worth it or not. In fact I have reviewed a fair few myself. I’m not a micellar water novice I know what I like and what to expect, I often find Garnier products to be the best but if you want to see my verdict on a variety of micellar waters, the previous products I have tried are the following: Garnier SkinActive Oil Infused Micellar Water, No 7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Water, Boots Botanic All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution and a few more not linked here.

But enough of previous products today is the turn of the PS Micellar Water, which I was curious to try with pretty packaging and an affordable price tag I thought it was worth ago. The packaging overall is pretty simple, and I’ve found the lid (flip top) to be pretty secure it stays shut and doesn’t leak not that I was expecting to but it’s a plus. The only issue is I’ve found it hard with the size of the hole in the lid to control how much comes out more so than others with this closure such as the Garnier Micellar water and often end up with too much product, and an absolutely soaked cotton pad so much so that you have to split it between to cotton pads.

PS Micellar Cleasing Water

Now onto the actual makeup removal I have to say it proved to be somewhat or a mixed bag. On face products and eyeshadow, the micellar deals fine, removing it with a simple wipe all over, easy perfect no problems here. The main problem is when it comes to eye makeup, maybe it’s the sheer amount of mascara I put on a daily basis, but it struggles. Even when you hold it the pad on your eye for a good while it doesn’t come off properly and I still have to use an alternative product in order to take my makeup off properly. Which is a bit of shame?

Overall although I think it was worth a try you tend to buy a micellar water as a do it all product and this definitely isn’t that. I’ll make sure to use it, and I think it will be good as a quick pre-makeup cleanse or to take of the worse of my makeup when I get in from work. So save your money and buy a different micellar water, or buy one of the other products Primark offers. Let me know in the comment what micellar waters you’d recommend in the comments.

Gwen xx

 

Review: Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Bomb

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Hi guys I’m back, sorry for my absence but life got manic and I just felt so tired so I took a break for a little bit of relaxation and recuperation was in order. I found myself not wanting to right so I gave myself grace and took the time off, but I’m back and motivated so here is the post you are actually here for . . .

Spoiler Alert! This mask is great, I already mentioned it in my January Favourites , so it can be somewhat difficult to pretend I don’t love it. Instead of thinking about the fact I’ve enjoyed using the mask I thought it would be a good time to see how it compares to its claims and look at it more objectively to see if it’s worth picking up, after all I have a major obsession with sheet masks in general.

The Boots website describes the mask as: “Super-hydrating revitalising mask for dehydrated skin. Intensely rehydrates skin, reduces the look of fine lines, and revives radiance. Enriched with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum.”

I have to say this is the easiest mask I have ever put on my face, with the plastic sheet attachment the sheet does not stick itself together and its quick to lay on your face. Once you peel away the plastic layer you are left with the simple sheet mask and this easily fits to all of the contours of your face, the gaps are a good size and the mask sits well on the face not expanding too fair so it goes into your hair line etc.

The serum feels deeply hydrating and its comfortable on the skin, and although you are aware that the mask is there when in use its not irritating or annoying. On the several occasions, I have used it I was amazed at how well it stayed put, I can write blog posts, read a book and even do some chores it stays perfectly put. I think this is down to it having that right level of serum, not too much that it slides all over the place and not too little that it offers no benefit to the skin.

So believe the hype this mask is so worth trying out and seeing if it can help your skin too. Compared to other hyped products it’s so easy to find in Boots, Superdrug and even supermarkets like Tesco and Asda stock it, often on offer as well at £0.99 so one of the most affordable sheet masks out there that really packs a punch.

Gwen

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Review: H&M Coconut Water Face Mask

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The winter weather, indoor heating and a general tendency towards dry skin means at this time of year my skin always needs a little bit of extra help. In steps the H&M Coconut Water Moisturising face mask, which is the start of my dabbling in the H&M beauty range so here goes nothing.

The face masks all come in these little pods and are priced at £1.99 each, which realistically not too bad. There were a few options for each skin type and I am dry combination so I picked up two, the Coconut Water Moisturising Face Mask and the Raspberry Lead Peel Off Mask (check out my review here). The H&M website  describes this mask as “Coconut water with rich cocoa butter and shea butter, this coconut water mask will leave your skin feeling moisturized and soft to the touch”. As I suffer from dry patches of skin especially at seasonal changes, this seemed like a great option due to the shea butter which is always a love of mine for dry skin. The little pod has about two uses in it and after using I managed to decant it into a little pot and used again a week later. This may also seal up fine with cling film so at around £1.00 per use it works out similar to a number of other products.

So did it live up to its expectation? I found this one a little off to begin with, it’s like applying a thick heavy moisturiser that work quite work into the skin so you give up and leave it me. Over the course of the next ten minutes or so it soaks into your skin, no longer leaving a white layer just sitting on the odd patches, then you simply was off the finally bit and you’re done. It some patches my skin felt a little greasy but where my dry patches are my skin felt moisturised and happier. It you have deeply dehydrated skin then use all over, but I think from now on this is best used when multi-masking focusing on the drier areas.

This mask definitely feels more worth it than the Raspberry Leaf mask I tried previously, its deeply hydrating and offers multiple uses. So if you are a sufferer of dry skin, next time you’re in H&M looking at leggings and cute clothes why not pick this up too.

Gwen xx

Review: H&M Beauty Raspberry Leaf Face Mask

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I’m not one who spends a lot on face masks when there are so many budget options to try, with mixed reviews I have not yet tried the H&M beauty line. However when my friend recommended the face masks I thought why not, with a face mask I feel as though I had nothing to lose.

The face masks all come in these little pods and are priced at £1.99 each, which realistically not too bad. There was a few options for each skin type and I am dry combination so I picked up two, the Raspberry Leaf Peel off Face Mask as well as the Coconut Water Moisturising Mask for Dry Skin (review coming shortly). The H&M website  describes the mask as “A rich raspberry mask that gently peels away dead skin cells to leave your skin fragrant and soft to the touch”, I love a good peel off mask, it always make me feel like my skin is clean and fresh.

So how did it shape up? The pod is a nice touch, easy to open and nowhere nearly as messy as a pouch offering easy access to the mask. The mask is thickish but you can work it easily on the skin just be sure to wash your hands afterwards to remove any residue. I’d say the pot contains two applications, unfortunately even when trying to keep it air tight this the peel off masks goes into a dried jelly near enough overnight. Share with a friend or apply thickly otherwise the pot will go to waste. Although I love the idea of two uses out of the pot it did not prove to be practical in this case, which is a shame and is a mark against repurchasing this.

With a light sweet fruity fragrance, it’s a refreshing scent, so not unpleasant to use. Depending how thick you apply the mask it takes around five to ten minutes and it peels off easily, no mess and your face feels clean and clear afterwards. I am unsure as to if it anything my skin felt cleaner and clearer but it didn’t appear to pull much out.

Its nice to use with a vibrant colour, delicious scent and it kind of works but so do the many sachets you can buy from various brands at around 89p and with these you’re not wasting half of it. Overall if you want to try it go ahead but its nothing special and you won’t miss out by looking elsewhere.

Gwen xx