This is what happens when I buy lot's of stuff but have no time or motivation to make a blog post. The result is a large pile and long list of stuff for me to natter on about.
This is great for removing make-up but as a toner It's too early to tell. I tried it on my eyes and it all came off with one sweep except for my stubborn gel eyeliner and a teeny bit of mascara. It doesn't sting my eyes but it does feel a little bit slimy. Just a few drops is way more than enough because it spreads really far but when it's dried my skin feels a little bit tight. I spotted this because many bloggers and vloggers have gone on about the bioderma miscelle water which does the same thing but is more expensive. This L'oreal equivalent was £3 in ASDA. I'm trying to stay away from anything with alcohol since it dries my skin out and would make the oily skin problem even worse in the long term. Finding a toner that doesn't contain alcohol is almost impossible but this seems to be a good alternative.
My previous spot treatment of choice was the witch blemish gel. It was basically alcohol gel with a bit of witch hazel and although it worked really well it stung a little and I feared it was drying my skin and also ageing it. I bought this acnaphase cream from beautynaturals.com for about £8-9. It smells like some sort of herbal medicine and the packaging is very pharmaceutical so it must work. Some people may be put of by the smell and the fact that it comes out as a light brown cream but I have tanned skin so I don't notice anything when I smooth it in. It seems to do the trick on big spots but not those small irritation bumps or those blocked pores. I have two other (cheaper) spot treatments lined up for trialling and hopefully they can do something about my pores.
Here is all the info on the back of the box it came in.
Do I really have to explain my reasons for buying this?? The packaging is so shiny and glamorous, and it says argan gold in BIG letters. I'm such a magpie. There is also a bath cream and body butter but I think they had phenoxyethanol and mineral oil in there so I stayed away from them. Although this shower butter (more like a shower cream) has a luxurious price of £3 in ASDA. It smells divine, feels very rich and creamy and doesn't strip my skin, in fact I think my skin feels softer since using this. It only lathers up if I use a shower puff but when it does it's like the biggest foam clouds I've ever seen for a sulphate free cleanser. This shower butter is a bit pricey for my weekly grocery list but is cheap enough to be a regular treat <3
I have been struggling for a while to find a good natural moisturiser for my face. Most natural products are perfect for my body but are way too greasy for my face and don't help at all with my oily skin. However this particular moisturiser is a light milk that absorbs into my skin instead of sitting on top of it. It contains camomile and other ingredients that are meant to calm and soothe the skin which should help with acne or irritation. So far I have had no problems with it, its not greasy, it absorbs quickly, sits under my make-up well, and it hydrates my skin. My only issue is that it has done nothing for my acne and it smells like stale milk or something along those line. I dread putting it on every day because of the smell so for those two reasons its going off my repurchase list. It was £2.95 for 50ml from beautynaturals.com. Worth a try but I won't be buying it again.
I bought this from the black hair store for £3. The ingredients is full of lovely oils including argan oil so I was very excited to try it. It's supposed to be for babies and is even suitable for the face but using an oily moisturiser on oily skin is never a good idea. In fact it made my face look so greasy I could have fried an egg on it. I should have known better. For the rest of my body it sinks into my skin reasonably quickly and makes it so soft, smooth and nourished. There seems to be a slight improvement in parts of my body that get spotty so this moisturiser probably isn't clogging my pores. It smells like those typical old school black hair products but I think that could just be the natural ingredients. It's very soft and creamy almost like a soufflé which makes it very soothing to apply after a long bath or shower.
I have been using the Blistex lip brilliance balm which was a smooth moisturising tinted lip balm with SPF. Nothing could trump it so I was upset when I found out that it had parabens in it, and thus began my search for an alternative. The Nivea pearly shine lip balm was meant to be the substitute but wasn't in stock so I bought this for use during my night time routine and stuck in the house days. I have a few lip butters but they're just waxy and sit on top of my lips instead of moisturising them. This milk ans honey lip balm does an okay job of moisturising my lips and feels very smooth, it doesn't trump the blistex lip brilliance but does the job and has natural ingredients. My only issue with it is that it doesn't smell as nice but I should really know that buy now after going all naturalesque with most of my products.........(sigh)
Just when I thought I'd had my fair share of weird smelling products I got a little surprise when I tried these.........
Timotei's attempt at going organic and natural......
2 for £5 in boots which seems pretty reasonable for a spendthrift student like myself. I have to say that Timotei deserve a massive pat on the back for attempting to make hair products that are natural and organic. The health and nourishment pair include things like Shea butter and Brazil nut extract which I could certainly smell. I could also smell something that resembled herbs fresh from the ground (i.e dirt) and your old school black hair store products. The shampoo wasn't all that bad but the conditioner was half way to being on par with the Naked conditioners which are simply unpleasant. I am such a fuss pot with scent and natural products, I bet I would've made the princess and the pea look like a pauper again. They have also made a health and shine pair in their organic range, these have green tea extract which smells very refreshing to me and gives my scalp a warm tingle. I have much better opinions of these two which I will be reviewing at some point soon. I'm not bothered about how much shampoo I get because I barely use it, however I don't think the conditioner is good value for money because for 150ml you don't get that many uses out of it. It's quite thick and difficult to work it into my thick hair so even more conditioner is required. It doesn't do anything special to my hair other than make is smell funny and difficult to de-tangle. I might as well use my 150ml argan oil conditioner for £1 as it does a better job and is much cheaper.
Oh doesn't this purple foundation sponge look so cute on my pile of seashells. This one stood out to me from other make up sponges because of it's peculiar egg shape and because it was in my favourite colour. For £5.99 from TK Maxx I decided to treat myself and it's turned out to be great for applying thick foundations that are difficult to spread. I like to squeeze a blob of foundation on the back of my hand and dab it on with this sponge. This gives me even, non-streaky coverage which I find difficult to do with a typical foundation brush. It's easy to wash and dries quite quickly so I can clean it after every use making it more hygienic than using a make-up brush that I would only wash once every 1-2 weeks.
I am one of those people who have wet hair in the face syndrome which can be a nuisance when trying to apply make-up. This ultra soft, pink microfibre make-up headband from Amazon was a good solution but it can make my hair a little flat and frizzy if I let it dry in place like that. The main reason I purchased this however, was to stop my flat-ironed hair from getting wet whenever I washed my face every morning and night. In the shower/bath I like to wrap my hair in a microfibre turbie towel and use this headband over the edge to cover any stray baby hairs poking out. We all know what happens when flat-ironed curly hair gets wet....POOF and you're suddenly a giant brown haired (in my case) poodle. Unfortunately chocolate candyfloss not my favourite look so this head band is a ghd addict's life saver.
I would like to take a moment to talk about metal free hair ties and my experiences with them so far. The one on the left is from Claire's accessories and these ones break so easily (see picture below), the ones on the right (more rectangular) are from superdrug and are a lot more robust and resistant. You know how bobbles/hair ties stretch over time with use, well the superdrug ones are so strong that I haven't seen any of them get worn out. They are very resistant which is more than I can say for the bobbles from Claire's accessories.
I was so miffed off when this happened because I knew I couldn't use it any more in case the ragged edges broke my hair. It's not just this bobble but almost all of them from Claire's accessories and you can see why because the superdrug ones seem to be more tightly woven making them much stronger.
I love it when I find things that I wasn't even looking for. These baby wipes are free of parabens and what not and they come in a massive pack of 63 wipes for one pound each or 4 for £3 from the Co-operative. I prefer the fragrance free ones since the fragranced ones smell funny. At least I know one thing I can use when I eventually have a little bundle of joy, hopefully there will be more natural baby products around by then.
That's it!!!! no more junk to natter on about.........
for now at least,
if you think this is a lot then say hello to my 10 bottles of conditioner.......
You can see I've already reviewed a few but I'm no where near finished. The two tubes in the top left are the Timotei organic shampoos. As for the conditioners I'm currently using the green Timotei health and shine conditioner which is the third one along in this line of product junkieness.
I hope you enjoyed reading this and if you made it to the end then you must be thinking I need to go to shopping rehab.
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