Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Oskia Bedtime Beauty Boost

I was sent a lovely sample of this gorgeous night cream and now I’m totally hooked! I had never heard of Oskia so I was really keen to give it a try. It’s a brand that uses very natural ingredients and that was something that really spoke to me. I was also in love with the fact that they claim their products are able to help increase collagen levels in your skin cells! Hooray for looking younger again!

The Bedtime Beauty Boost has been a dream for me while I’ve been using it. If it wasn’t on the higher end of the price scale, £75, I’d be running to the shops to buy as many jars as I could fit in my largest handbag! It feels really light when you put it on but it still gave me that really nourished and moisturised feeling. As always, I put it on with a cotton pad.

My skin hasn’t been very happy lately. Both broken out and feeling on the dry side all at the same time. Meh. While I’ve been using the Beauty Boost all of that has really calmed down and my face is looking a lot fresher and smoother than it was before.

You can see more about the Bedtime Beauty Boost on Oskia’s website here. If you’re in the market for a high end, high performance night cream then I can’t recommend this one enough!



Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Superdrug Optimum Apple Serum

Superdrug Swiss Apple

I can’t live without a serum. I’m not one for rich, anti ageing moisturisers at this stage of my life but I NEED to have a serum. I love to try everything from Superdrug’s own brands as they’re all cruelty free and they’re generally easy on the bank balance.

The whole cruelty free is something that’s more and more important to me. I have to admit, I should do more research on what is and isn’t cruelty free but it’s on my radar and when I find out a brand isn’t, then I’m afraid I can’t purchase from them anymore. My conscience won’t let me.

On paper I should have loved this product. I think I might have been expecting too much. After all, I’m comparing it with the likes of products at least double it’s price point and with some that have zeros added onto the end of that price! It’s basis is using apple cells to protect the skin. I’m not so certain about all that malarkey but it has argan oil (one of my fave skin care ingredients), vitamin E and B5. All those things should keep me hydrated, radiant, nourished and youthful.

I just felt underwhelmed. I had been without a serum for a little while so I could properly look at the results and I just didn’t see enough of an improvement to be excited. I’ve even waited to write this till I finished the whole bottle hoping for a last minute change of mind.

I’m not saying this isn’t a product to be purchased. I think it’s great for someone in their mid to late twenties that wants to think about protecting their skin form the ravages of time. If you’ve hit your 30’s and seen some sun, I think you might be too late for this one.

The texture is very light and absorbs really quickly. As always I put it on using a cotton pad and put an night time moisturiser over the top of it. I never felt like the serum was overloading my skin or leaving it greasy. It’s lasted a really long time as well. I would use one pump for the most part and two if I'd had a big night out, was feeling sleep deprived or generally not great.

At £15 it’s a bit of a bargain and I even managed to get mine for £10 during a special offer. Check out the link here.



Monday, 17 January 2011

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Oil-Free Day Lotion SPF 15


I’ve had this tube of lotion for some time now. It’s not really the kind of thing I use all year round. I don’t have generally oily skin and sometimes I’ve needed something a bit richer. Then there is the fact that I feel quite “meh” about it.

I’ve finally finished it now and it was with a great deal of satisfaction that I’ve thrown the empty tube away. There is nothing really wrong with this product. It’s just that I didn’t feel like there was anything particularly right about it either.

For hot, balmy days it was good to have so my skin was still hydrated without feeling greasy. It’s just that I think there are plenty of other products out there that do the same for a lot less than this one cost. I do like that product is dispensed via a pump and that said pump doesn’t give you too much each time. That’s probably the only thing that was really good about it.

For £75 I definitely wouldn’t recommend running out and buying it. I was pretty disappointed in general. It’s such a shame as I generally love Laura Mercier makeup. Maybe just give the skin care range a skip.


Rebecca xxx

Monday, 10 January 2011

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeazy


Lately this quick and easy trick has been my skin saviour. If my skin has been looking tired or if I’m going somewhere and I want to look nice and radiant, it’s been amazing! It’s also been doing some really nice work on my milia. Pesky, darned milia.

So, I’ve sliced a small lemon in half and squeezed a palm full into my hand. I’ve then taken a spoon of granulated sugar and mixed it in with the lemon juice so it forms a nice paste.

With a clean face I’ve warmed it a little in my hands and then gently scrubbed it in a massaging motion. Having done that for two or three minutes I’ve gently splashed it off with warm water and given my skin a lovely, deep moisturising treatment.

I’m pretty fearful of scrubby scrubs. I’ve always preferred an exfoliating mask like Darphin’s or Dr Sebagh’s. However, trying to be a recessionista and a little more planet friendly has prompted me to give this a try. I’ve been so pleased with the results! I’m really gentle with massaging it into my face and the sugar mostly dissolves away – especially if you’ve warmed it in your hands first.

The lemon juice is terrific for your skin. And not just first thing in the morning with some hot water! The fruit acids help to melt away dead skin cells, it’s packed with vitamin C as well as vitamin B, it will soften your skin and it will encourage cell renewal.

I’m definitely hooked on this little treat and don’t think I’ll be shelling out for a super expensive solution any time soon!


Rebecca xxx