Spring Cleaning: Essential Spring Skin Care Kit…

Essential Spring Skin Care

There’s no one more happier than me to wave goodbye to the harsh winds of winter, to welcome the sunnier skies of a new season. Spring has always been one of my favourite times of the year, not only due to my love of soft pastel colours and cute garden flowers emerging; it also distinctively feels like a rebirth in many forms. The sparse winter landscape is changing into soft greens & everyone seems to be in a generally chirpier mood.

Of course this is usually the time when I start renewing my skin care regime; out with the old and in with the new! Okay, so I’m no Caroline Hirons when it comes to knowing the in’s and out’s of my lotions and potions, but I do enjoy sampling a variety of really affordable products – and of course making my selection of those that have made the final cut for my Essential Spring Skin Care Kit! Fancing finding out the stars of the show? Then get yourself comfy & let’s get started…

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Body - Spring Skin Care

Treacle Moon, Iced Strawberry Dream: This is one brand I literally can’t stop raving about. Ever since I picked up their Cinnamon shower gel back in November I’ve been hooked.. If you’re a lover of juicy strawberry scents then you’ll adore this yummy bath and shower gel. Not only does it leave your skin feeling and smelling delicious for hours after, your bathroom will smell every bit as delightful too!

Treacle Moon, The Raspberry Kiss: As most of you already know I’m not a huge fan of Shea Butter or Coconut scents – not because I’m adverse to the smell, but mainly because there are soooooo many products out there with that scent that I’ve pretty much sickened myself over the months. However this yummy raspberry scented body cream is beyond words. The smell lingers on your skin for ages and feels super nourishing and hydrating. *happy sigh*

*Click Here* to check out the Treacle Moon website so you can browse their amazing range of cruelty free goodies!

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Face - spring skin care

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: Is there anybody out there that hasn’t fallen head over heels for this incredible cleansing water? Few and far between if I’m placing any bets! In fact I’ve literally lost count of the amount of times I’ve raved about it; but then again it is SO worth the praise. Cotton pads and a few drops of this wonder water = VOILA! Fresh skin in an instant. A must have for any skin care kit!

Olay Sensitive Daily Facial In A Box: Consisting of 30 disposable facial cloths, this is great value for money if you’re a fan of cleansing with lathered up soap. These handy little cloth wipes have always managed to leave my skin feeling super clean & baby smooth without leaving it dry or tight. It’s also one of the few soapy cleansers that hasn’t aggravated my roaring red skin, plus it’s wonderful for minimising pores. Well worth the £4 investment for an entire month of hassle free cleansing wouldn’t you say? Most definitely a daily facial in a box!

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Tesco Spring Skin Care

Tesco Refreshing Toner, Night Cream and Cleanser & Eye Makeup Remover: Out of every range I’ve tried this year, this is by far the most surprising. Considering that branded supermarket skin care is often overlooked, compared to branded competition, I’m pretty sure that many are missing out on what this trio of goodies has to offer.

 Firstly, lets talk Toner… honestly, I’m not a fan of Toners per-say. Simply because they dry my skin out and leave it feeling in need of a damn good drink. However this particular toner was the first not to leave my skin looking red, patchy & slightly inflamed. Maybe it’s something to do with the cucumber extracts? I’m not entirely sure… but for a super market brand it feels, smells and performs just as great (if not better) than some of the bigger names for triple the price.

As for the night cream (to keep it short and sweet) it’s nourishing whilst not feeling greasy or overly oily. It smells incredible, is highly affordable & suitable for all skin types. Okay so the packaging isn’t smeared with scientific claims and unpronounceable ingredients, but considering it done a fabulous job of keeping my skin moisturised what’s not to like?

Lastly, the star of the show… Tesco Cleanser & Eye Makeup Remover. WOW wow wow wow. This performs like a dream for me. To be truthful it could easily be crowned as my best skincare buy of 2016 so far. YES it’s THAT good! It has been the ONLY cleanser that has been soothing beyond words, gentle on my eyes, doesn’t leave a frosted effect film that makes my sight all blurred for 20 minutes after use (unlike the Nivea Double Effect) and is outstanding at removing all traces of eye makeup… even my hefty layers of Urban Decay that is considerable long wearing. What a product! If you haven’t tried this you absolutely must.

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Spring skin care

Simple Soothing Eye Balm:  Eye Balms are relatively new to me, and I have to admit I’ve been loving this one so much that it has me hooked to explore more. After a long day in front of computers my eyes usually end up tired and puffy. This is the perfect addition to my skin care routine to help tame the tiredness and leave my eyes feeling totally soothed.

Oz Naturals Hyaluronic Acid  Serum: Bizarrely enough, I didn’t actually realise just how beneficial this formula was until I STOPPED using it. If you have skin that is in need of hydration & suffers from dry patches then I’d highly recommend you giving it a go. Read my full review on this product by *Clicking Here*

Pure Cucumber Eye Roll-On: Yet another nifty little tool for taming tired eyes. All I do is simply roll the ball just underneath my eyes for a cool & soothing sensation that brightens up tired eye areas. Bye Bye extra baggage!

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Spring Lip Care

W7 Lip Bomb: As much as I adore my beloved EOS balms, I can honestly say that this is thee most moisturising (and yum tasting) lip treat I could recommend – and believe me I’ve tried ALOT. It’s handy domed shape means your lips easily get a full coating in this nurturing formula that leaves your pout looking just as beautiful as it feels!

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub: Regardless of the season, Lush lip scrubs are always top of my favourites list when it comes to lip care. Not only is it incredibly tasty, it removes all that horrid build up of dry/dead skin, leaving your lips supple, soft and totally kissable!

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What’s your favourite Spring Skin Care recommendations? Do you have any essentials in your Spring Cleaning kit? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below, so do stop by for a quick chatter 🙂

Wishing you all a fabulous Easter weekend!

Cheerio chums…

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Battle of the Micellar Waters… Which Works Best?

Micellar Water Review

As much as I quite often adore my nightly cleansing regime, there’s some evenings that (let’s be honest gals) I just can’t be bothered with going overboard with the facial scrubs, or have decided upon a make-up free day and all I want to do is reach for my Micellar Water for a quick freshen up. The great thing about always having a bottle of Micellar Water close to hand is besides the fact that it’s a quick & easy peasy way to cleanse your face, it’s also widely known to be gentle on sensitive skin, a quick way to invigorate your face after a gruelling gym session or just for those lazy days…like the one’s I have much too often!

But which brand is best to buy? With Micellar Waters really taking off in recent months it seems every household name (supermarkets included) are jumping head first onto the cleansing water bandwagon. So with that in mind my mission began as I scoured the skin care shelves of my local stores to see what was on offer that was both affordable and easily picked up should I need a top up.

If truth be told, I wasn’t actually expecting much of a difference, after all how diverse could bottles of water really be? Surely they’d all be much of a muchness, right? Wrong. Comparing costs, with overall results I was pretty surprised by some of my findings. So if you’re on the hunt for a stash of Micellar Water then get yourself comfy and keep reading as I attempt to uncover which works best…

Brand:  Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Lotion

Boots Botanics Micellar Water

Description:  “This cleansing solution feels as gentle as water on the skin, to dissolve make up, unclog pores and remove impurities. Skin feels toned and smooth in one easy step. No rinsing required for use on the face, eyes and lips.

Hibiscus is nature’s brightness booster and a wonderful hue of pink. Natural AHA’s from the flower act as mild exfoliators to help leave skin smoother and brighter.

Our beauty scientists have worked with the world experts in plant science at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (England), to bring you beautiful, plant powered skin care that’s proven to work.”

 (Source: Boots Website)

Size of bottle:  250ml

RRP:   £4.49

Pros & Cons:  Initially it was the pretty packaging that initially caught my eye. I love the clear bottle very subtly detailed with pictures of flowers, embracing that it’s been created alongside Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. This felt incredibly fresh on my skin and left no obvious signs of agitation whatsoever. It also done a wonderful job of removing my make-up quick and easily, without any residue.

Just be careful when opening, the bottle neck is quite open so a much higher chance of spillage!

Works Best For: Dull skin that needs a little bit of cheering up.

Link to Purchase:  http://www.boots.com/en/Botanics-All-Bright-Micellar-3-in-1-Cleansing-Solution_1493104/

Overall Rating:  4 Star

Brand:   Nivea Sensitive 3 in 1 Micellar Water

Nivea Micellar Water

Description:  “It helps protect against the 3 main signs of sensitive skin when used together with a NIVEA® Sensitive care product:

1) Redness

2) Tightness

3) Dryness

The caring formula with Dexpanthenol & Grape Seed Oil:

Cleanses deeply thanks to its extra effective yet mild cleansing complex

Moisturises and refreshes the skin

Is free of parabens, colours and perfume”

(Source: Boots Website)

Size of bottle:  200ml

RRP:   £3.69

Pros & Cons:  I’ve been a huge fan of Nivea for quite some time now, and have to say they’ve rarely disappointed in quality and affordability. Their Micellar water worked a treat for me, removing my make-up quickly and effortless ease. My skin felt always felt really refreshed and smooth after cleansing. Overall a great water and well worth trying out!

Works Best For: Those with normal/dry skin, however can feel a little tightening on super-sensitive skin

Link to Purchase:  http://www.boots.com/en/NIVEA-Daily-Essentials-Sensitive-3in1-Micellar-Cleansing-Water-200ml_1454148/

Rating: 4 Star

Brand:  Superdrug Simply Pure Micellar Water

Superdrug Simply Pure Micellar water

Description:  “Simply Pure Micellar Water. Developed purely for sensitive skin, Simply Pure products are mild, gentle and 100% fragrance free.

Hypoallergenic. Dermatologically Approved”

(Source: Superdrug Website)

Size of bottle:  150ml

RRP:  £2.69

Link to Purchase:  http://www.superdrug.com/Buy-1-Get-2nd-1-2-Price-on-Own-Brand-Products/Superdrug-Simply-Pure-Micellar-Water-150ml/p/954358

Works Best For: Possibly those who wear very little/no makeup.

Pros & Cons:  As much as I hate to admit it, I’m really struggling to find positive feedback on this product. Firstly the packaging just doesn’t cut it for me. Compared to other products it looks outdated, bland and suspiciously like a bottle of nail varnish remover.  As for the formula it really wasn’t much better as it felt oily, greasy and had a hint of perfume (which I assume is the chemical ingredients) even though it claims to be fragrance free. Not great at removing eye make-up either though it did an okay job at removing foundation. Sorry Superdrug, back to the drawing board with this one!

Rating:  0 Star

Brand:  Boots Time Delay

Boots Time Dealy Micellar Water

Description:  “This gentle Micellar cleansing water dissolves make-up and impurities in one easy step. It is gentle enough to use around the eyes, removes eye make-up and leaves skin clean, soft and hydrated.

Removes eye make-up

Contains soothing aloe vera.

Suitable for all skin types.

Fragrance and colour free.

Contains soothing aloe vera.

Fragrance and colour free and is suitable for all skin types.

Dermatologically tested.

For best results follow with Time Delay toner and your favourite Time Delay moisturiser.”

(Sourced: Boots Website)

Size of bottle:  200ml

RRP:  £4.49

Link to Purchase:  http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Time-Delay-Daily-Cleansing-Micellar-Cleansing-Water-200ml_1440680/

Works Best For: The brand seems directed at a more mature customer base, with it’s elegant packaging and classic typography. Best suited to those with combination skin that don’t wear heavy eye make-up or lashing of waterproof mascara.

Pros & Cons:  Lovely packaging, adore the clear bottle – always gives an obvious indication of how much is left before hitting empty. Seemingly marketed for the slightly more ‘mature’ customer, however great for skin of any age in my opinion. Done a reasonably decent job of removing make-up, though struggled a little with mascara and darker coloured shadows. Also noticed that my skin felt a little tighter than usual after using.

Rating: 3 Star

Brand:  Simple Kind To Skin Micellar Water

Simple Micellar Water

Description:  “Water is natural and good for you, so Simple has decided to harness the power of water. Introducing the next generation of cleansing.

Simple’s unique triple-purified Micellar Cleansing Water enriched with minerals and multi-vitamins is especially designed to give the most effective cleanse, whilst hydrating the skin.

It actively works to attract make-up and impurities whilst unclogging pores and allowing your skin to breath.

Our Micellar Cleansing Water won’t leave skin feeling tight, but amazingly clean, refreshed and hydrated.

Designed for sensitive skin but loved by all skin types.”

(Source: Boots Website)

Size of bottle:  200ml

RRP:   £4.49

Link to Purchase:  http://www.boots.com/en/Simple-Kind-To-Skin-Micellar-Cleansing-Water-200ml_1657099/

Works Best For: Anyone with sensitive skin or prone to occasional breakouts.

Pros & Cons:  This seems a great brand for younger or troublesome skin – in fact my 10 year old daughter loves using this regularly as she has incredibly sensitive skin that flares up with most face soaps, yet Simple’s skin care range has never given her anything to grumble about. However for me (with non trouble-some pores) oddly enough I didn’t take to this as well as some of the others. Don’t get me wrong it done a great job at removing make-up effectively however there always felt like a slight residue on my face afterwards. Otherwise it was great to use, and I’d certainly recommend it to those looking a nifty cleanser for highly sensitive skin!

Rating: 3 Star

Brand:  Asda The Skin System Micellar Water

Asda Skin System Micellar Water

Description:  “Deeply cleanse dry and sensitive skin with Asda Skin Systems’ Micellar Cleansing Water. With added Chamomile Extract to gently and effectively cleanse without leaving skin feeling dry or tight. This mild and caring formula is specially formulated with Aloe Vera, Pro Vitamin B5 and Vitamin E to help nourish and care for skin. Hypoallergenic and Dermatologically Tested. Can be used on all skin types.”

(Source: Asda Website)

Size of bottle:  200ml

RRP:  £1.50

Link to Purchase:  http://groceries.asda.com/product/facial-cleansing/asda-the-skin-system-micellar-cleansing-water/910002014376

Works Best For: Hmm, tough skin that’s pretty resilient to sensitivity (?) Hard to recommend this brand as it was quite harsh after multiple uses.

Pros & Cons:  Didn’t like this at all gals. Firstly, another bottle that looks almost twinned with my Tesco nail varnish remover. Formula seems harsh and very ineffective at removing both my mascara and full coverage foundation, ended up using it as a second stage cleanser after washing my face with Olay facial scrub. Almost always left my skin feeling tight & sensitive in patches.Would probably be better used as a cleanser if just wearing BB cream or something a little lighter, such as nothing at all!

Rating:  0 Star

Brand:  Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Micellar Water

Description: “A super efficient and gentle way to cleanse, remove makeup, soothe the feel of skin and hydrate in just one step – it’s not magic, it’s Garnier Micellar!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water contains micelles which act like magnets, gently lifting away makeup and impurities from the skin, without the need to rub or rinse. The result?

Beautifully cleansed and refreshed feeling skin in an instant. The formula is suitable for the face, eye area and lips, has no perfume and comes in a generous 400ml size.”

(Source: Boots Website)

Size of bottle:  400ml

RRP: £4.99

Link to Purchase:  http://www.boots.com/en/Garnier-Micellar-Cleansing-Water-400ml_1440752/

Works Best For: Pretty much everyone and anyone! Great on a multitude of skin types however if you’re prone to breakouts or have super sensitive skin opt for the Green Bottle version as it’s targeted for use with those issues.

Pros & Cons:  I absolutely LOVE the Garnier Cleansing water. It’s such good value at a huge 400ml bottle for under a £5, however be sure to look around as often either Tesco, Superdrug or Boots will have it on offer. They also have a tiny travel bottle size which is ideal for popping into your gym or travel bag! This water does an outstanding job of removing all types of make-up & daily general build up, leaving skin feeling totally refreshed without any tightness, dryness or typical sensitivity reaction. Such great value & love the pretty packaging too. No cons for this clear winner. Woo hoo!

Rating:  5 Star

Various Micellar Waters

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Are you a fan of Micellar Water? If so what’s your favourite brand? Or is it something your still yet to try… maybe you’re just not keen on the idea of using a cleansing water in replace of your daily skincare?

Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so don’t forget to stop by and say a quick hello. Wishing you all an awesome weekend 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Tried & Tested: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier Micellar Water

Product:

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (400 ml)

Where I purchased it & cost:

Superdrug – on sale at present for £4.99, however I bought my bottle on special offer for around £3.50 in late November.

Available from other leading retailers & drug stores too.

Manufacturer Description/Unique selling points:

*TAKEN FROM MANUFACTURERS WEBSITE*

Like a magnet, the cleansing agents capture and lift away dirt from the skin. 

 

No need to rub to remove impurities and make-up. 

 

The Result: Perfectly cleansed and refreshed skin without rubbing or rinsing.

 

Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a generous 400ml format for up to 200 uses*.

 

*Based on 2ml per cotton pad.

Packaging:

Personally I love the packaging. The bottle is very pretty, it’s also transparent so you can easily keep check of how much product you have left (aka – when to time your next spree) The colours are bright and appealing, it’s also obvious what the contents of the bottle do from the labelling so you’re not having to read teeny tiny writing to figure out what part of your anatomy it’s for and why. Also worthwhile mentioning it’s not a huge cumbersome bottle and the flip top lid is rather secure, so easy enough to pop in an overnight bag.

However the only thing I have noticed is that it doesn’t visually jump off the shelf. A few times (in various stores) I’ve spent a good few minutes specifically searching for it so could be easily over looked if you’re not careful… or, maybe I just need to invest in some relatively strong specs?!

Pros:

I must admit I’ve heard such raving reviews about the Garnier Micellar water that I was keeping fingers crossed it wouldn’t disappoint. I always get so ridiculously disheartened when something is so positively promoted and I’m the only human in existence that doesn’t seem to agree with the masses. Thankfully this wasn’t the case with this product… it feels super-fresh on application and (most importantly) easily removes even the most stubborn of make-up. I should mention I do occasionally like to layer on the waterproof mascara and true to its word it does the job of removing it with ease wonderfully.

Overall it left my face feeling clean, refreshed and with absolutely no sensation of tightness or soreness. I’ve quite a sensitive complexion when it comes to facial products so it doesn’t take much to flare up some unwanted side effects and luckily for me I haven’t had any problems whatsoever.

Cons:

If truth be told I’m really clutching at straws with this one… however I will say that I feel 200 uses is stretching it a little considering I’ve used quite a large portion of mine in less than 6 weeks. Maybe I wear a little too much every day make-up but my bottle has went down considerably so this may be more suited to those who wear much less make-up as part of their daily regime.

Another tiny *personal* gripe is the lack of smell. This may sound a bit of an odd one but I really do love opening a bottle of cleanser and sniffing a gorgeous fresh fragrance wafting out at me… which is exactly why I adore my Olay Toner – the smell is incredible.

Lastly, the product runs out very quickly from the opening of the bottle. Just ensure to keep your cotton pad pressed against it tightly to avoid any unnecessary product spills or splashes.

Re-purchase/Recommend?

I’d certainly recommend & repurchase… especially for those nights when the thought of my normal night time skin care routine is just too tiring (yes, those lazy evenings, we all have them girls!) However those who wear minimal/light make-up products will most definitely get the most of their money by hopefully prolonging the contents to as close to 200 uses as stated.

Verdict:

If you’re looking for an effective, quick and easy way to remove make-up without spending a fortune I’d highly recommend the Garnier Micellar water. It’s feels fresh, soothing, great for sensitive skin types and the packaging is pretty too. All in all a thumbs up and healthy 8/10 overall.

Go Garnier, another great product at a price we can all afford!

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Have you tried the Garnier Micellar water, if so what was your final verdict? Or is it a product you’d be willing to try? Whatever your thoughts do feel free to leave your feedback in the comments below – as always thanks for reading!

Cheerio Chums…

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The ‘Me’ Spree

The Me Spree

Good morning lovelies…

Wishing you all a very merry 1st December, we’re officially on the count down for the man in the big red suit arriving! Yes, advent calendars are at the ready today as the excitement starts to bubble, I know it is in the Rees household – we even put our decorations up yesterday, and I have to say the living room looks suspiciously like a mini Santa’s grotto *woo hoo*

Anyways, that’s enough of the Christmas cheer *bah humbug*, now onto today’s post:

My hubby says he can always immediately tell when I’ve been on a mini treat-trip, even before he’s set eyes on the clatter of bags piled up in the car boot. No, he’s not a psychic, he just needs to glance at the back of my multicoloured hand which is a portrait of lipstick marks, foundation smudges and eye shadow smears… of course with glorious pay-day arriving last week it was only right I contributed to keeping the economy flourishing by indulging in a little ‘me spree’, hence returning home with yet another vibrantly coloured hand…

‘So what goodies did you get?’ I hear you hark! Well, seeing as I’ve been such a good girl this year I’m hoping Santa might leave a few little something’s below the tree, so instead of running riot in the aisles of Debenhams I kept it to my favourite pocket-friendly sanctuary: Superdrug. I have to say I was mightily impressed with nabbing this lot for under £25; take a peek for yourself…

Me Spree products

 1) First on my list was Garnier Micellar Water and seeing as it was on offer at around £3 a bottle I’d have been a fool not to nab it – it was also the last on the shelf so clearly a popular seller! I’ve been super surprised at the multitude of rave reviews I’ve been reading for something so affordable… just goes to show not everything fabulously famous need carry a hefty price tag ladies *yippee*

2) What girly shopping trip would be complete without a fizzy Flutter Bath Bomb to pop in one’s tub? This little cutie was on offer for £1, I simply couldn’t refuse… in fact I just might buy a few more to pop in some Christmas stockings!

3) I’m normally an orange citrus-scent kinda gal but when I sniffed this Dragonfruit & Vanilla Shower Cream I was utterly hooked *cue inappropriate aisle groaning* however, I must admit it has thee most gorgeous scent… fresh, fruity & subtly sweet without being too sickly. Really looking forward to lathering up with this yummy little bottle of goodness!

4) Okay, so this one isn’t a Superdrug buy, but Claire’s was right next door…. yada yada yada. Anyways, where have I been this past decade?! I do believe I’m the last remaining human to discover that Claire’s Accessories has a make-up range! So when I spotted this sparkly little palette I simply couldn’t resist bringing it home with me. My lids have been screaming out for a wash of festive glimmer, and this looks just the fella for the job… I sincerely hope it’s as good as it looks!

5) I’ve been using Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation for the last 2 years and I must admit it has never let me down or even caused my eye to wander towards another brand of something new. What’s even better is that since beefing up my skincare routine it’s only gone and impressed me even more with its staying power and smooth coverage!

6) Having previously spent a mere £6 on the MUA ‘Heaven & Earth’ palette, I’ve been blown away by the quality of product for such teeny investment. So considering it’s already a winner I decided to dip my toe a little further into the range to see if it really is as good as so many others claim it to be… the blusher, liquid liner and eye primer were all £1 each so it’s not going to plunge me into financial ruin if it doesn’t work out, however I’m keeping my fingers firmly crossed for great results going by the opinions of countless others!

Have you tried any of the above or had a recent ‘Me Spree’, if so what’s been your favourite purchase? As always, I love reading your fabulous feedback in the comments below so do let me know your thoughts or any recent goodies you’ve treated yourself too 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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