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Somewhere to jot down all things I am passionate about.
My little space to rant, rave and ramble on about this and that.
Most of all, just to share my thoughts with the world!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Ultraderm ~ U can turn back time

Hi beauty lovers everywhere! I was beyond excited when Ultraderm, in conjunction with Facial Co. asked me to test drive some of their skin care products and then share my thoughts with you all on the experience. 

Ultraderm is an Australian skin care company, with an intensive collection of active, result-driven skin care products to suit all skin types.  Enriched with high quality ingredients, Ultraderm is a professional skin care range that offers both corrective and preventive solutions to target a variety of skin concerns including premature ageing, pigmentation, acne and rosacea.    

Here is a run-down on the products I tried:

Skin Renew Cleanser

Highly effective for dull, lifeless, problem or ageing skin and is on par, if not better than other well-known AHA cleansers!

The Skin Renew Cleanser has the same stylish and attractive packaging seen throughout the Ultraderm range and comes in a generous 200ml-sized white, squeezable tube. It’s has a neutral, non-offensive fragrance and I just apply a tiny amount of the clear, gel-like formula to my damp skin and it easily works into a generous foam. The AHA and BHA complex helps to provide the most thorough, deep-pore cleanse that effortlessly removes all traces of my daily make-up, dirt, oils, surface debris and impurities, while sloughing away dead, dulling skin cells, but is also kind enough that it doesn’t upset my sensitive skin. After rinsing off, my skin feels refreshed and ultra clean, without any greasy residue or tightness. I prefer to use this cleanser at night when my skin needs a better cleanse and after having used for over a month now, I can see a visible improvement in the texture and tone, with a smoother, more luminous and refined complexion with fewer blackheads.

TIP: For a super boost, I like to apply a thin layer of this cleanser onto my clean, dry face, then leave for approximately 1 - 2 minutes, as a mini-mask, to let the active ingredients penetrate deeply and to remove stubborn congestion and  oils, before adding water and cleansing as normal.

Rating - 5/5

Skin Karma Cleanser 

A gentle, hydrating cleanser for everyone and anyone that will keep skin cool, calm and collective! 

The moisturising Skin Karma Cleanser features the familiar packaging seen across the Ultraderm range, which is modern and stylish and is presented in a generous 200ml-sized white, squeezable tube. The cleanser is pearlescent white in colour, boasting an almost balm-like consistency that is rich, creamy and non-foaming, with a silky texture.  I’m not overly fussed on the fragrance, even though it’s quite a neutral scent and definitely not over powering, but that is only a personal preference and doesn’t alter my impression on the overall quality or effectiveness of the product.  I apply it directly onto my dry face using damp fingers and whilst massaging gently, distribute it evenly over my face, neck and décolleté, before rinsing off with warm water and a soft face cloth. It adequately cleans my skin, removing dirt, grime and excess sebum without stripping or leaving any greasy residue on my sensitive skin.  Instead, after using regularly for the past 4+ weeks, my complexion is smoother, softer and brighter whilst remaining calm, comfortable, nourished and more balanced.  I mostly use this cleanser of a morning when a gentle and hydrating formula is better suited for my needs, however it is also the ideal companion to team with my cleansing brush some nights, so it perfectly compliments my existing skin care routine.

Rating - 4/5

Skin Karma Hydration Toner 

A beautiful facial mist to compliment my daily skin care regime or perfect for an instant ‘pick-me-up’  anytime, anywhere!

Boasting the modern, ultra stylish packaging featured across the Ultraderm range, the Skin Karma Hydration Toner has a white 125ml-sized spray bottle for convenience and ease of application. The non-drying formula has a delicate, uplifting fragrance and that I use after cleansing, or whenever I need a hydrating boost throughout the day.  I simply spritz the solution all over my face and neck areas and gently press into my skin using the tips of my fingers.  The immediate result is a beautifully refreshed, nourished skin, with no oily or tacky remnants left on the surface.  It’s ideal for the humid conditions here in FNQ and when it’s gets too hot, as a quick spritz definitely revives my complexion by providing cooling relief and helping to calm red, flushed skin, while balancing the pH, a benefit that’s a bonus for my sensitive, oily skin.  Using this toner also prepares my skin to receive and absorb other skin care products and enhances their effectiveness too.  Over time, I’ve noticed an increased improvement in the tone and texture of my skin, which is feeling softer and smoother to touch, whilst my complexion is generally more radiant.

Tip:  Can be used as a regular toner by spritzing directly onto a cotton pad to remove any cleansing residues or surface debris from skin.

Rating - 5/5

Skin Karma Moisturiser

Problem skin sufferers rejoice, it does it all: supports, protects and heals the skin, as it locks in moisture!

The simple, fuss-free Skin Karma Moisturiser is housed in the stylish and visually appealing packaging that is represented by every product in the Ultraderm range, with the 100ml-sized white, squeezy tube adorned with an eye-catching silver-chrome design and print.  The rich, emollient lotion is thick, creamy and white in colour, with little to no scent and despite the richness, it’s fortunately super gentle and lightweight, making the formulation ideal to suit both my oily and sensitive skin concerns.  To apply, I warm a small amount of cream in my fingers before carefully massaging it all over my face, neck and décolleté.  It absorbs rapidly leaving my skin so soft and smooth with a non-greasy, slightly dewy finish.  This moisturiser is perfect to use whenever my skin gets stressed out, as it alleviates discomfort, while reducing redness and inflammation, making it a ‘must-have’ SOS in case of beauty emergencies.  Armed with this protecting moisturiser during the past month, my skin has been kept calm and nourished, whilst facial redness and blotchy patches have been nil and void, for a more uniform tone and a complexion that feels firmer, stronger and healthier. 

Rating - 5/5

Daily Protector Moisturiser 30+ SPF

Dual function physical and chemical SPF Moisturiser that is super kind and cares for my skin!

Like all the products featured throughout the Ultraderm range, the Daily Protector Moisturiser with SPF 30+ is presented in classy, modern packaging, with a 100gm white, squeezable tube that looks great on my vanity.  I’ve always had trouble finding an SPF moisturiser that suits my oily skin needs and am thrilled to have finally found a zinc based formula that offers a physical sun protection barrier as well as the chemical variety.  The cream is rich and super thick, but surprisingly very lightweight in texture and has a subtle aroma that initially smells somewhat like sunscreen, however it doesn’t linger once applied and absorbs and dries quickly to create a completely non-greasy finish.  It also has the added advantage of soothing, calming properties, so it’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive complexions and the benefits of zinc help to promote and achieve optimal skin health with extra comfort.  The combination moisturiser, antioxidant and broad spectrum sunscreen replenishes my skin and is great to use in the mornings when I know I’m going to be out and about or spending time outdoors and need protection to prevent sunburn or environmental damage, which leads to premature ageing.  Over the past four weeks, my skin has noticeably improved in strength and definitely looks more luminous and healthy in appearance.

Rating - 5/5

Face & Body Polishing Cream

A revitalising exfoliator to energise the skin and brighten dull, lacklustre complexions!

The Face & Body Polishing Cream is presented in the same contemporary and stylish packaging showcased across the entire Ultraderm range, with a generous 200ml-sized squeezy, white tube, distinguished with its silver-chrome logo and print.  The peach coloured formula has a pearlesent sheen and is thick with a butter-like consistency, which is infused with an array of delicate, non-abrasive, ultra fine exfoliating beads.  I absolutely adore the exhilarating scent, which smells like a blend of freshly picked bush lemons and mandarins that instantly stimulates the senses and leaves my skin feeling invigorated.  The combination chemical and manual exfoliant effectively provides a thorough, deep-down cleanse to slough away dead surface cells, illuminate impurities and clear congested pores, without causing aggravation to my sensitive skin or making it red and dry.  I’ve successfully used this polish on both my face and body with impressive results.  I like to exfoliate my face once a week and I’ve noticed that afterwards my complexion is instantly softer and smoother with an all over healthy glow.  It also improves my shaving experience when I exfoliate my legs beforehand, keeping the hair follicles clear and unrestricted to prevent pesky ingrowns or razor rash.

Tip: Tackle unsightly body pimples or acne with regular weekly use of this exfoliator, which will keep pores free of oil, bacteria or impurities that can clog up pores as a result of normal perspiration.

Rating - 5/5

Dual Treatment Mask - 15% Glycolic & Lactic Acid

A maximum effect treatment mask that is highly potent and works fast to pack an almighty punch, making it the perfect pre-requisite for a special occasion or whenever my skin needs a radiance boost! 

With the distinctive packaging prominent throughout the Ultraderm range, the Dual Treatment Mask looks chick and stylish, presented in a white 100 ml-sized, soft, squeezy tube inscribed with a silver-chrome design.  The thick, silky, pearlesent formula has the consistency of a rich, creamy dessert and is lightly fragranced with a scent that is equally decadent and pleasurable to the senses.  A small amount is all I need to distribute an even layer over my face, which sits on my skin in a thin veil, while I wait for 10 minutes as it works it’s magic.  As soon as it’s applied it stars tingling…not to the point that it’s uncomfortable though, but just enough that I know all the goodness of the active ingredients are penetrating my skin, but after a couple of minutes that sensation subsides and decreases in intensity with each use thereafter.  Fortunately, I am a seasoned user of performance ingredients such as AHA’s and BHA’s and even though my skin is sensitive, it’s developed a tolerance, so as a result, I’ve not experienced any aggravation to my skin, however anyone with sensitivity issues, should patch-test this mask before using for the first time.  It rinses off easily with luke-warm water and the effects are visible immediately, with my complexion looking smoother, softer clearer, plumper and more even, with an all over bright, luminous glow.

TIP: BEWARE – Don’t apply to broken skin such as a popped pimple, as I quickly discovered it really bites!

Rating - 5/5

Skin Renew Moisturiser with Tri-Peptide

Compliments my anti-ageing routine and has become my PM moisturiser of choice!

The Skin Renew Moisturiser has stylish and attractive packaging, like all of the products featured in the Ultraderm range and comes in a generous 200ml-sized white, squeezable tube.  The highly emollient lotion is thick, rich and creamy, with a white, silky texture that is virtually unscented.  I mostly use this moisturiser at night time, because it helps refine my complexion and I love that it’s super lightweight, quick to absorb and provides lasting hydration, without making my oily skin greasy.  Since I’ve been using this moisturiser, my skin is softer and smoother, more evenly toned, plumper, firmer and literally glowing with health and vitality.

Rating - 5/5

All in One Balm SPF 15+  

To put it simply, with skin care properties, awesome coverage & protection, this 5-in-1 product really has it ALL!

The multitasking All In One Balm comes in beautiful packaging that is ultra stylish and synonymous throughout the Ultraderm range and has a sleek black and white 30ml pump-action tube adorned with silver-chrome print.  The zinc enriched formula has a thick, creamy consistency, but is weightless and a just small amount blends effortlessly over my whole face, drying fast and leaving a non-greasy, matte-like finish that lasts the distance.  The coverage is brilliant and it’s the perfect alternative to a foundation without compromising the results, easily disguising all my flaws and imperfection for a flawless, but natural look.  I love, love, love this, it has become my favourite Ultraderm product, with the ability to effectively moisturise, prime, cover, enhance and protect.  I can honestly say since I’ve been using this practically every morning for over a month, that it’s even better than any other alphabet cream or tinted moisturiser I’ve previously tried.  Not only does it make my skin look fabulous, but it also improves the overall condition of my skin, keeping it free of breakouts and encouraging a clear, healthy complexion.

Rating - 5/5

Skin Renew Cleansing Brush 

Not a gimmicky gadget, this cleansing brush really does work and if used consistantly ‘u can turn back time’ just like they claim!

Presented in a clear plastic box and nursed in a cradle-like base, the Ultraderm Skin Renew Cleansing Brush is white in colour and looks chick and modern, with a teal blue décor around the middle, which would look stylish in any bathroom.  With the ability to clean skin more thoroughly than a cleanser alone, the gentle sonic vibration of this battery operated devise works deep into the pores to clear congestion.  The bristles are super soft and very dense to feel like the ultimate in pampering as I work it all over my skin.  I like to use it with a gentle creamy cleanser, such as the Skin Karma Cleanser and it perfectly compliments my existing skin care routine, where I opt to cleanse with a facial brush every second night and alternate with the AHA, BHA Skin Renew Cleanser on every other night to avoid overdoing it.  I am loving this brush even more than my Clarisonic, because it’s so streamline and easy to manoeuvre.  Over time, with regular use, it’s helped to visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores and keeps blackheads and breakouts at bay, enhancing the tone and texture, reducing excess oil production and leaving my skin feeling firm and resilient.

TIP: Because it’s compact and battery operated this facial brush is the ideal travel companion and is also brilliant for those who are doing their bit to save electricity usage. 

Rating - 5/5

So, there you have it, I must admit I was super impressed and thrilled that these products perfectly complimented my existing anti-ageing regime.  What do you think, is this a brand you could be keen on trying?  To purchase or learn more about any of the products mentioned above, head to Facial Co. for all your Ultraderm needs.

The images in this post are generic.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Built-In Whitening Pen

Hello to everyone out there in the blogosphere!  I’ve been missing in action for quite some time and this is my first blog for 2014 due to ongoing computer issues, but fortunately I’ve still been writing my beauty product reviews, so I have plenty of posts saved that I will eventually publish for you all to read.
The following product was sent to me by Beauty Heaven, who gave me the opportunity to test drive and review a new dental whitening pen, as part of their trial team.

Here is what I thought:

The Colgate Optic White Pen is a remarkable whitening product, combination toothbrush that conveniently and affordably delivers whiter, brighter teeth in just two days! After years of drinking my beloved coffee every morning and despite religious brushing my teeth are not as pearly white as they use to be, so the idea of a D.I.Y. at home whitening pen really appealed to me.
Presented in a clear plastic box with the traditional Colgate logo and colour scheme adorning the packaging, is a two piece set, which includes a durable toothbrush and a smaller, slimline tube with a twistable dial to dispense the polish. The duo simply snaps together, with the smaller tube fitting into the bottom of the toothbrush ready for handy storage or to use when travelling or on the go. 

The toothbrush is different to any other toothbrush I’ve used before and even though it felt slightly odd at first, due to the unique design of polishing bristles, after a couple of go’s I was so confident with it’s cleaning capabilities that I now can’t imagine not brushing with this style brush. It also has a cheek/tongue cleaner and the bristles, whilst firm, are still gentle on my gums and are ideal to help remove stubborn stains, effectively getting right into the tough spots (like around the molars) leaving me with a completely clean mouth and teeth. 

The whitening polish, which contains hydrogen peroxide and the same whitening ingredients used by dentists, has a smooth gel-like texture with a pleasant taste. Unlike other whitening products I’ve previously tried at home, this is super quick to use, with no discomfort, or unpleasant taste or odour and doesn’t leave a gritty residue in my mouth. Instead, I just brush with my usual Colgate toothpaste, turn the dial on the whitening tube once and transfer the polish onto the toothbrush, work it over my teeth in less then a minute and I’m good to go, without even needing to rinse. 

After using the Colgate Optic White Pen for the past 5 days, twice daily, I can conclude that it really does work and my teeth are evidently a few shades lighter and look shinier and brighter than before. I did notice a slight improvement after just two days, however I’m far more convinced after 5 days that my teeth are looking better than they have in years. I would absolutely recommend this as a must-have product to anyone wanting a inexpensive, quick-fix for whiter, brighter teeth that is easy to achieve at home in just 3 simple steps.

What are your thoughts on whitening products, are they just gimicks or have you tried something that you are impressed with and have delivered proven results?

The image in this post is generic.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub

Howdy once again fellow beauty lovers!  Here’s another product that was sent on to me to trial and review from Tammerly over at Spoilt.  If you read my previous post about the Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash then you would know I had reservations about this range, but I must admit when it comes to new skin care, as always, I was still eager to try!

This facial exfoliator is a part of the new range from well-known anti-acne brand Clearasil.  With a skin conditioning formula, the Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub (can't seem to find this product on the Australian website at this stage??) is enriched with Avocado and Vitamin E to nourish, along with the antioxidant benefits of Pomegranate, plus hydrating Glycerine to help retain moisture.  Unlike the existing Clearasil line-up, this range has been designed with a lower content of Salicylic Acid (a powerful pimple-fighting ingredient) to make it kinder to the skin, yet still efficient enough to target and prevent breakouts, delivering a deep-pore cleansing action that sloughs away dead skin cells and removes impurities, to unblock pores and encourage cell renewal, without drying or stripping the skin.

I usually shy away from granular exfoliants myself, based on the advice of my therapist that my sensitive prone skin will end up red, raw and angry after using an abrasive skin care product too often.  On the rare occasion that I do use a facial scrub, I’m armed with the knowledge that I must carefully avoid the fragile/delicate areas around my inner cheeks and nose to prevent any further aggravation.  I still exfoliate, opting for non-abrasive chemical exfoliants, with the potential to clean deep down, minus any inflammation to the surface.  This particular scrub has the dual–action capabilities of a physical + manual exfoliant, due to the Salicylic Acid, which is incorporated into the formula, along with microbeads, giving it the power to work twice as hard to dissolve dirt, oil and bacteria from my skin.  As long as I use very light pressure, I am able to gently apply this scrub and benefit from a thorough cleanse, without it causing irritation or upsetting my skin.  The actual grains in this formulation are only sparse, which suits me better, as they don’t scratch my skin or provoke facial redness, instead I’m left with a clean, smooth, soft complexion.

The scrub has an ultra thick, glossy, pearlescent texture and is pale green in colour, speckled with random dark green beads that I imagine would be too abrasive if they were in abundance.  It also spotlights the same refreshing fruity fragrance as the cleanser in the same range, which stimulates my senses, yet isn’t too overpowering and doesn’t linger once it’s rinsed off.  While the instructions claim this scrub can be applied twice daily, I don’t think my fragile skin is suitable for such frequent exfoliating.  Not to mention, my research has lead me to believe that over-exfoliation can compromise and damage the protective barrier, disrupt the pH balance, trigger inflammatory and/or sensitised skin conditions and even accelerate premature ageing.  Therefore, I only exfoliate a couple of times each week and would stress, depending on the individual skin type, the need to be cautious at the beginning before determining how often to use this scrub.

Over the past month, I’ve incorporated this scrub into my regime twice a week and have determined that whilst it’s one of the better physical exfoliators I’ve ever tried, I don’t consider it a crucial to my skin care plan and regard the partnering cleanser, which is infused with the same ingredients, bar the beads, delivers the same results with no risk of any side effects, as a better option for my needs.  However, I’m confident these two products adequately targeted my pimples, cleared congestion and removed bacteria, so my skin is now looking buff and bright and any new pimples are becoming few and far between.  I would recommend the Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Scrub to people with resilient, breakout prone skin, as it’s ideal for all budgets and readily available at supermarkets and pharmacies Australia wide.  Especially those who are fond of manual exfoliants, then it’s worthy of a test-drive, promising instantly cleaner, tighter, firmer and smoother skin, that’s nourished and conditioned, rather than dried out or robbed of moisture.

Presented in an easy-to-squeeze upside-down tube that boasts the same green and white colour scheme across the range with eye-catching Avocado and Pomegranate images decorating the front of the packaging, it’s chic and modern, appealing to both men and women of all ages in lieu of the typical teenage audience that Clearasil usually attracts. The tube has a large opening so lots of product comes out at once when dispensing, which is not only messy, it also results in using more product than needed, so it runs out quicker than it should.  The snap-shut lid is quite flimsy and needs to be handled with care to avoid breaking it off altogether.  On the plus side, the lower half of the tube graduates toward being translucent so it’s easy to see how much product is left before it’s finished.

TIP:  Instead of wasting any incompatible facial scrubs, try using them on your hands and feet to eliminate unsightly rough, dry skin and to keep them super soft and supple.  The invigorating properties can help stimulate circulation to revive and nurture stressed out, overworked hands and feet after a long, tiring day and makes for the perfect way to relax and unwind.

Rating: I am rating this exfoliating scrub with 3 stars out of 5. It loses 1 star for being, in my opinion, an unnecessary addition to the range, delivering the same results as the cleanser, but with added granules.  Also I’m not certain why anyone would need to scrub their skin twice a day, so I’m taking off another ½ star as I’m concerned that over exfoliating could damage already sensitive skins.  The final ½ star is subtracted due to the poor quality packaging.  I will continue to use this product for the time being, but only as an occasional scrub, to effectively maintain problem skin such as pesky pimples and congested pores.  I am sure it would make a great addition to any bathroom beauty arsenal, for anyone wishing to benefit from the reliable zit zapping qualities, although I doubt that I will purchase it again for myself, as it doesn’t meet my current skin care requirements.

Well, no doubt you have heard of Clearasil, but have you ever tried it yourself?  Do you think the products have come along way from the first Clearasil products that were on the market years ago??  Please comment with your thoughts and opinions!
Cheers guys xx oo

Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash

Hi peeps, I’m back!  The next product was forwarded to me by the lovely Tammerly author of Spoilt.  I must admit I had a few reservations when I first saw the brand in question was Clearasil, because it was one of the first skin care lines I recall being familiar with as a teen and over the years as I got older I moved away from what I considered to be a range appropriately suitable for teenagers.  However, I still do battle with the spots quite often, so I decided to give them another try now, after all these years……

This 2-in1 cleanser/mask is a product featured in the new range from well-known anti-acne brand Clearasil.  The energising Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash (can't find this range on their website at all??) is enriched with nourishing Avocado and Vitamin E, along with the antioxidant benefits of Pomegranate, plus hydrating Glycerine to help retain moisture.  Unlike the existing Clearasil line-up, this range has a lower content of Salicylic Acid (a powerful pimple-fighting ingredient) making it kinder to the skin, yet still efficient enough to target and prevent breakouts, delivering a comfortable deep-pore cleanse that removes impurities, without drying or stripping the skin.

I never suffered acne as a teen, however I have had a bout of adult acne a few years ago and even more recently, my skin has gone a bit berserk, leaving me battling an onslaught of whiteheads that I was keen to get rid of fast, so the new Clearasil products arrived at an ideal time.  I’m actually thrilled to find a targeted spot cleanser that I can tolerate, because it isn’t too potent or harsh for my sensitive prone skin and clears up breakouts without robbing the skin of its essential moisture.  I was impressed with the blemish control properties of this product after frequent, daily use over a four week period, it helped to rapidly reduce the swelling, redness and tenderness associated with existing pimples, allowing them to heal quickly, minus any long-term damage to my skin.  When used for the sole purpose of cleansing, I didn’t succumb to any aggravation and have since noticed a positive improvement of my overall skin health, including the return of my blemish-free complexion.  The Clearasil Daily Clear Vitamins & Extracts Wash is available at various major retailers in Australia, for an absolute steal of a price, affordable for all budgets.  For anyone who leads a busy lifestyle and is struggling to get control of their skin, then this cleanser is worth consideration.  It’s effective enough to treat problem areas, clearing congestion, thoroughly cleaning dirt, excess oil and bacteria that gets lodged deep inside the pores, all the while being gentle enough for even the most fragile skin.

The lightweight wash has a pale green, super creamy texture, so about a 10-cent coin sized amount works up into a non-foaming, mild lather.  It’s then gradually massaged all over my wet face and easily rinses straight off omitting any tacky residue.  The pleasant fruity fragrance is both refreshing and invigorating.  It’s not overly perfumed, nor does it linger on the skin, but acts as a perfect pick-me-up to ensure I start each day feeling instantly recharged.  I like to use this cleanser every morning, as it adequately cleans my skin, but it’s not at all dry or taut; instead it’s surprisingly conditioned and feels soft to touch.  Due to my sensitivity issues, I found using the product as a mask unsuitable for my personal needs and after leaving it on my skin for longer than a minute or so, I experienced an unusual reaction with a tingling/stinging, almost burning sensation and the sudden discomfort sent out warning bells and I had to wash it off straight away, afraid it may lead to irritation and trigger redness or other side effects.  After that one occasion, I simply continued using the product solely as a cleanser for the remaining duration of the test drive.

Presented in an easy-to-squeeze upside-down tube that boasts the same green and white colour scheme across the range with eye-catching Avocado and Pomegranate images decorating the front of the packaging, it’s chic and modern, appealing to both men and women of all ages, in lieu of the typical teenage audience that Clearasil usually attracts.  The tube has a large opening so lots of product comes out at once when dispensing, which is not only messy, it also results in using more product than needed, so it runs out quicker than it should.  The snap-shut lid is quite flimsy and needs to be handled with care to avoid breaking it off altogether.  On the plus side, the lower half of the tube graduates toward being translucent so it’s easy to see how much product is left before it’s finished.
TIP:  Even though it’s suitable for cleansing purposes, if you suffer from sensitive skin problems at all, then you should patch test prior to a mask application, just to avoid exasperating the condition.

Rating: I am awarding this clever cleanser with 4 stars out of 5.  Basically, it loses ½ a star for the poor quality packaging, with the lid just hanging in there, whilst the inability to control the amount of product that is dispensed from the tube is totally wasteful.  I’ve deducted the other ½ star because the mask function could prove to be too potent for people like me with more delicate skin and really needs to be pointed out.  Despite those minor negative points, I would definitely look at buying this product again.  It makes for a great staple cleanser that the whole family can use whenever they need a little help zapping some stubborn zits.

So, did you ever try the famous Clearasil products when you were a teen?  Have you tried them since??  What are your thoughts on this new range, would you be willing to use it yourself??  Please comment below with any feedback!

Thanks xxx ooo

NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser

Hello to everyone in the blogosphere who maybe reading this.  I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front lately, so thought I’d take the opportunity to add a few reviews that have been sitting in limbo on my PC for ages, while the time allows.

The lovely ladies at Beauty Heaven sent me this product to test out and review for their Trial Team.  Here are my thoughts:

When I first received this product, I was under the impression that is was just another moisturising body wash, so when I discovered that it was a completely new and different concept all together, I was keen to try it out!  The NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser is a time-saving, convenient way to nourish and hydrate your skin, whilst enjoying your regular daily shower.  Simply wash as normal, then slather all over your body, rinse, dry as usual and you’re good to go!  It features glycerine, sea minerals and caring skin oils, which are water activated and prevent the skin from becoming dry.

It’s presented in a large, white and blue 400ml flip-top bottle that typically represents the NIVEA brand and fits perfectly in my shower caddy.  It boasts the standard crisp, clean NIVEA fragrance that isn’t too bold or overpowering and would appeal to both men and women alike.  The moisturiser itself is white in colour and has a fluid-like texture, with a medium consistency, so it isn’t too runny.  The creamy formula is however quite difficult to spread, so I realised that I needed to use a large amount per application to work it all over my slippery wet skin, but as long as I’ve got enough product it does glide on with ease.  It rinses straight off with water and absorbs well, leaving a silky protective film on my skin.  Afterwards, my body felt smooth, soft and comfortable and the lasting moisture seemed to lock in all day long.

I don’t have overly dry skin, so after using the moisturiser for the past month, I’m pleased that it provides my body with the essential hydration it needs each day and as a result my skin is definitely looking healthier.  I have sensitive skin and the dermatologically proven formulation didn’t cause irritation and in fact I found it very soothing and relaxing instead.  I am really impressed with my experience using the NIVEA In-Shower Body Moisturiser, as I have often neglected my body and skip the daily moisturising step, especially if I were short on time or just couldn’t be bothered having to wait around for the lotion to dry, but this handy shortcut only takes an extra minute when I’m already wet and in the shower, so it keeps my skin healthy and happy!  The only thing I would change about this product would be to introduce a variety of fragrances, which would definitely make it even more appealing to me as I do love indulging in beautifully scented body products.  Otherwise, it’s brilliant and makes the ideal, effort-free alternative for those who are always in a hurry and don’t give their bodies the attention it deserves.

Ideal For: Anyone with a busy lifestyle would benefit from this time-saving, hassle-free body moisturiser.

TIP:  Be sure to wash your hands properly with your normal hand wash after using this product to completely remove the film left on your skin, because if you accidentally touch your eyes or mouth it can be quite uncomfortable or even irritating.

Rating: 5/5

 So, what do you all think?  Does this sound like it would be a product that would make your life easier or is it just another gimmick???  Have you tried it yet and if so please share your thoughts!

Cheers xxx ooo

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer

Howdy yet again folks!  This post is a review of a new primer that Tammerly sent out to me to test drive for her beauty, lifestyle and fashion blog, Spoilt.  The original review can be viewed if you click here, otherwise read on to check out my thoughts.
Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer is a multi-purpose, anti-ageing, pre-foundation primer that refines the complexion, minimises the appearance of imperfections and provides targeted oil control to perfectly prepare the skin for makeup application. It is infused with soothing botanicals and vitamins to help calm and protect the skin for a smooth, even, flawless-looking complexion.

The primer comes in a sleek, opalescent, oval-shaped tube that is attractively embossed with a golden Estee Lauder logo and gold chrome lid, which as a whole portrays supremacy and class, ultimately reflective of the prestigious Estee Lauder brand.

This primer is in fact fragrance-free, so it’s less likely to cause irritation, making it safe for those with sensitivity issues.  The white, gel-like cream has a moisturiser consistency and is thick and silky in texture.  The oil-free, antioxidant enriched formula spreads easily, over my skin and dries fast to disguise problem areas and improve the overall appearance of my complexion.  It’s lightweight and non-greasy, instantly concealing pores and minor flaws, whilst plumping fine lines to develop a soft, buffed canvas that works alone or under foundation.  What makes this primer different is it also includes mattifying properties to correct my biggest skin concern; oiliness!  After using this primer, my skin doesn’t become excessively greasy within hours of application; instead it soaks up surplus oil from within, preventing surface residue for the most part, with only moderate maintenance required to keep my makeup looking perfect 

I love the convenience of do-it-all solution products like this multi-tasking primer, but it’s lacking one important benefit I rely on, especially for daytime use, and that is SPF.  Despite not defending against the sun, it’s a handy all-in-one, quick-fix that nourishes and softens my skin, prompts hydration and targets the visible signs of premature ageing.  At the same time, it disguises unsightly imperfections, prevents flaking, creasing, feathering and fading.  Additionally, increasing the longevity of my makeup and essentially providing oil control qualities.  As a product hailing from a luxurious, high-end brand, plus the numerous features, naturally you’d assume it’s not going to come cheap.  Be that as it may, the price tag is surprisingly comparable with other professional primers of similar standard and size, retailing at $48.  Therefore if cost is no obstacle and you’re happy trusting a reputable brand, then it’s worth considering.  This primer indeed refines my complexion and forms a protective base, to ensure my makeup remains beautiful and lasts the distance, yet, because my skin is exceptionally oily, the matte factor doesn’t quite ring true for me.  While the results are initially flawless and the melt-proof ability stops makeup sliding or rubbing off, unfortunately, I’m still dependant on blotting sessions or powder touch-ups to combat any unwanted shine, which develops irregularly.  For that reason, to achieve matte perfection, it’s my opinion the Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer would best suit normal or combination skin types.  It does deliver for us oily-skinned folks, we just need to be diligent in mopping up the surface slick as soon as possible, so our face looks fresh and dewy, with a velvety finish, rather than greasy.

Tip:  A pea-sized amount is generally more than enough to prep my whole face, too much just causes greasiness.

Who’s a bit of an Estee Lauder fan?  Do you often like trying out new EL products, or is it only a ‘once-in-a-while’ splurge brand for you?  Do products that promise a matte finish appeal to you and if so do you ever find that due to your oily skin that even though a product claims to be matte, it’s not always the case when it comes to your complexion??  (It’s a bit of a bummer isn’t it!!!)  On the bright side, this might be perfect for you lucky normal skinned beauties, what do you think??

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Dermaviduals DMS Mask with Vitamins

Hello again everyone!  The next product I’m posting up today was sent out to me by Tammerly, the author and brains behind the rewarding and informative Spoilt blog.  I’ve put this mask through its paces for just over a month and now I’m sharing this review based on my experience.  It can also be viewed by following this link!

The Dermaviduals DMS Mask with Vitamins is an anti-ageing serum enriched with a blend of ingredients that are compatible with the natural skin barrier.  It provides a supplementary dose of multi-vitamins and antioxidants that moisturises, nourishes and protects the skin, boosts cellular renewal and repair, whilst slowing the premature ageing process to visibly improve the appearance of the complexion.

It comes in a simple white, plastic canister tube (available in either 30 or 50ml sizes) with a white label featuring a blue logo and black print. It’s got a clear plastic snap-on cap to cover the airless pump dispenser, which helps to seal in the goodness of the ingredients.  The downside of this packaging is that you can’t see the product level and I also found it gets a bit messy under the cap due to a bit of dribble from the pump.

The mask has a very thin, runny, milk-like consistency with a weightless, silky texture.  In my opinion it smells something like plastic, not an overly pungent or unpleasant scent, but it’s not the kind of fragrance that I find appealing, so luckily it’s not overbearing and doesn’t linger for long after it’s applied.  I found two pumps of fluid were enough to spread in a circular motion onto my skin, but I have to work quickly because it’s a bit messy and is prone to dripping.  It does make my skin rather tacky for a few minutes, but then it fully absorbs without a trace, which was surprising, because I have an oily complexion and the directions instruct that any surplus cream is to be removed with a tissue.  It melted straight into my oily skin and therefore left no excess to wipe off.  I experienced a very subtle tightness and the lightweight film was noticeable on my skin, yet there was absolutely no greasy residue and regardless of being left on, it didn’t exacerbate my oiliness.  It’s a leave-on mask, so I prefer to use it as a nightcap, as personally, it’s too rich for me to wear during the day, and due to the super nourishing formulation, I definitely don’t need a separate moisturiser.  I like taking advantage of this potent cocktail of beneficial nutrients that penetrates deeply and works its wonders, all while I sleep, so skin awakens soft, firm and replenished, with a dewy, healthy-looking glow.

This product really isn’t your average facial mask.  In fact it’s actually a complex skin care product that can be used as a night cream, daytime serum or moisturising lotion, as well as a hydrating booster for the eye contour.  I consider this leave-on mask to be more of a treatment serum or moisturising night cream than a mask.  It looks and feels just like a lotion, however it rapidly transforms a dull complexion, delivering prompt, effective results and is perfect for a ‘pick-me-up’ on a bad skin day.  The gentle formula is completely non-irritating and didn’t upset my sensitive skin at all.  I’ve used this mask a few times a week for the past month and while So far, I haven’t seen a noticeable change in my skin, it’s an excellent choice for long term maintenance, by replacing the important lost moisture and repairing the skin’s barrier, making it a handy addition to any anti-ageing skin care regime.  I’ve certainly noticed the short-term effects it delivers, such as the smooth, supple skin with no roughness, which looks and feels plumper, fresher and brighter, imparting a more youthful radiance.  I’d recommend this Dermaviduals DMS Mask with Vitamins to people of all ages, especially if you want to invest in a multi-purpose, intensive skin treatment to use as often or as little as needed to quench thirsty skin and to help achieve optimal skin health.
A glimpse of the brand behind the product.

I’ve awarded this mask with 4 stars out of 5.  My only little gripe with the product itself is the actual smell of it, causing the deduction of a ½ star from my rating.  Also, I’m unable to ascertain the correct pricing or even purchase this brand online, because it’s a salon-only/in-salon range (although their website does offer a phone number that one can ring to possibly find out pricing information??).  That to me is inconvenient, especially since I live in a semi-rural area and getting into a salon is absolutely NOT a viable option, so that ousts another ½ star.  For that reason and because I’m not sure how much it would actually cost me, I can’t say for sure if I’d buy it again or not.  I’m guessing that due to being a salon line, it will have a luxe price tag, and if that is the case I’d probably only consider it as an occasional splurge; particularly ideal before big events like weddings etc.

TIP:  This mask makes a good alternative to a daily moisturiser and the perfect canvas for makeup for those with normal to dry complexions.

Are you familiar with this brand or have you had the chance to try any of the products in their range?  Do you like the sounds of a leave-on, multi-tasking mask?  What are your thoughts on the availability of products in-store only?  Would you prefer to have access to your beauty booty online or would you rather have the personal touch of visiting a salon whenever you need to stock up??  Please feel free to comment with your thoughts!   Ta for that xxx ooo

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