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Boots Haul

I recently posted a picture on Instagram of my Boots 3for2 purchases -I made two trips, the above picture is what I picked up during the first trip- and thought I’d follow up with a quick post of initial thoughts behind the purchases and, if I have tried them out, what my first impressions are. There have been things that have caught my eye over the last few months and I had been resisting purchasing them as at the time I really didn’t need anything… so with the recent 3 for 2 offer and a few gaps in my skincare I thought I’d try some new bits but in the end it turned out to be a new purchases (N) and repurchases (R) trip.

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml, £11.50  – N. I have been finding my skin quite tight after cleansing so thought I would add a rehydrating mask once a week.

Avene Very High Protection Spf 50 Cream 50ml, £10.13 (clearance offer) – R. I am running low on my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Sun Defense Spf 50 and didn’t want to fork out £26 this time, maybe next time as I do love it.

Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask 125ml, £11.00 – N. This is something I have picked up and put down on lots of occasions and popped Neutrogena wash + mask in my basket instead, well this time I thought I’d – finally – give it a try.

Avene Thermal Spring Water 300ml, £10.00 – R. I have used this consistently for 5 years now. I find it indispensable as I have redness prone sensitive skin, so I use it to soothe irritations or just as a spray to cool my skin after epilation or a mist for after I have applied makeup. Love. It.

La Roche Posay Smoothing Moisturizing Body Milk Anti-Flake 200ml, £10.50 (clearance offer) – R. Lately I have been finding my skin isn’t really taking to my usual Soap & Glory lotion too well, so I thought I’d use this on the exceptionally dry areas – the usual culprits: knees, elbows, shins…

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash 125ml, £9.99 – N. I was running low on Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser and didn’t feel it did anything exceptional so I decided to give this one a try.

Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz 150ml, £4.99 – N. This looked too lovely to pass up, so I popped this in my basket. I imagined I would use it like a refreshing mist but I have been using it after Pixi Glow Tonic as a rehydrating mist before moisturising.

Botanics Superbalm 11ml, £4.99 – N. This looks really interesting and has some great natural and organic ingredients such as shea butter and rosehip oil, I’m looking forward to trying this out once my Caudalie lip balm is finished up.

Botanics Nourishing Body Oil 150ml, £5.99 – N. I prefer to use body oils after a long soak and, again, the ingredients really pulled me in so this, too, went into my basket.

Boots Tea tree and Witch hazel Body Back Spray 150ml, £4.99 – N. This looked good for skin breakouts (for after *ahem* waxing…), yep not the prettiest purchase but a definite necessary one.

Soap & Glory Daily Smooth Body Lotion 500ml, £10.00 – R. A favourite.

Nivea Firming Good-bye Cellulite Gel-Cream 200ml, £10.89 – R. Thought I would give this another try, as I haven’t been so good on frequenting the gym :-/.

Dove Summer Glow Fair to Medium 250ml, £4.99  – N. I wanted to get a gradual glow back, and this was mentioned in Boots haul I watched on youtube beforehand, helped me filter through the different options saving me time to look at other bits that didn’t make it to my basket.

Dove Summer Glow Medium to Dark 250ml, £4.99 – N. (enabled by Mouldyfruit 😉 )

I spent far too much time and money in boots, but I am really pleased with my haul as the things I have tried so far are working out well – I love it when this happens!

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I got, but did anyone else go a little overboard?

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L’Oréal L’EXTRAORDINAIRE BY COLOR RICHE Liquid lipstick

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L’Oréal L’EXTRAORDINAIRE BY COLOR RICHE in 401 Fuschia drama & 601 Nude ballet, £8.99 eachIMG_7064

“New L’Extraordinaire by Color Riche is our extraordinary new lip colour from L’Oréal Paris for high shine and intense colour. Thanks to luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments, you can enjoy lip perfection in 3 dimensions:

1) Colour intensity of a lipstick. 2) Magnifying shine of a gloss. 3) Softness of a balm.

Available in 9 extraordinary shades.Our combination of carefully blended luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments. We replaced the waxes with oils for an incredible shine and softness. L’Extraordinaire is formulated with oils to catch the light for magnified colour. Enriched with lotus flower, argan, camelia seed and rose canina fruit oils, the formula gives a nourishing care feeling and a super soft finish.

How To Apply Application is made easy with a feather-soft wand – simply apply colour in a single stroke.” (www.loreal-paris.co.uk)

Firstly 601 Nude Ballet is a nude slightly pink-toned beige shade and 401 Fuchsia Drama a true bright fuchsia shade.IMG_7063

A thin layer of the liquid lipstick blended into the lips gave me a sheer glossy look with a hint of colour, much like what I would expect from a regular lip gloss. A thicker layer gave me a more pigmented lipstick+gloss effect. The end result seemed similar to the YSL glossy stain, although without the stain. Nude ballet does not apply evenly for me as I have quite pigmented lips, it was necessary to blend the gloss into my lips and then apply a second coat to get a even application, although this tone of nude was not very flattering on my skin-tone (MAC NC30-35); to make it work as a lipstick I have been mixing the Fuchsia with the Nude in order to get a balance between the two. On the other hand, Fuschia Drama is very pigmented and I need less product to get a pigmented even finish. These liquid lipsticks feel very comfortable – not too gloopy-, hydrating, wore evenly and lasted a good 3 hours, which is fantastic for a gloss/lipstick.

Positives: The liquid lipstick did not dry out my lips at all, felt comfortable, wore evenly, lasted 3 hours (no eating/drinking), surprisingly left my lips hydrated and smells of peaches (normally don’t like scent but this is subtle)! The applicator holds just the right amount of product to get a pigmented finish – at first it did not seem enough at all, so this surprised me, a little really goes a long way. I really like these and will be trying very hard not to buy too many more… 🙂 The price is really good and they are on 3 for 2 in boots at the moment – help!IMG_7062

Negatives: Hmmm… Maybe the scent, as it might not be to everyones taste. Also, some shades contain shimmer and you can’t see this as the actual colour inside doesn’t show through the packaging – no clear window panel- , so you don’t see the product inside until you open it and try it out.

Samples provided by boots.com.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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Skincare series: Brand #1 – Biologique Recherche

I have been using this brands’ Lotion P50W 150ml, 43Euro, and Creme Contour Des Yeux VIP O2 30ml, 57Euro, for 3 months now and wanted to post my findings. On recommendation of a facial aesthetician whilst away on holiday, I bought these pricey items after a bit of thought and research online. A description of both products:

“P50 Balancing exfoliator, P50w Lotion Result : gently exfoliates and balances the epidermis. Product description : this is the gentlest exfoliator with a formula rich in anti-inflammatory active ingredients. Direction for use : all over the face, neck and cleavage. Apply to the eye area once or twice a week. The first week: Saturate moistened cotton pads with Lotion P50W and apply to the face, neck and cleavage. Thereafter: Saturate dry cotton pads with the lotion. Remove Lotion P50W with L’Eau.(www.biologique-recherche.com)

“Crème Contour des Yeux VIP O2 Result : smoothes and tones the eye area and reduces bags under the eyes. Product description : this cream’s unique, oxygenating and moisturizing formula combines Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids with the Specific Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex to help reduce wrinkles and brighten the gaze. Direction for use : apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Creme. (www.biologique-recherche.com)

My first impression of the P50w was awful, as it has a strong unpleasant scent and stings upon application (I dilute my application with some water to ease the process), needless to say using this felt like work. I know that the effort can pay off in the long term, but I do like to make my skincare enjoyable by choosing products I like smell of – and don’t smell anything like vinegar- and feel good! In comparison the eye cream was pleasant to use, no scent, absorbed into the eye contour area well, and the pump provides just the right amount of product too, unusual for eye cream pump packaging.

How I apply P50w: I take a small cotton round, douse it at close range with Avene thermal spray water, add an equal amount of P50w on top and apply to my face. I let this dry for around a minute and then remove it with a cotton round soaked in water only – my skin is sensitive so I find this is the only way I can avoid irritation, although, as mentioned, one night a week I will leave it on.

VIP o2 eye cream: I use one pump and apply to the contour areas of both eyes and using gentle patting motions with my ring finger until fully absorbed.

My thoughts One change I have seen is that the tone of my skin is more even with use of the P50w, and if I apply and leave it on in the evening my skin literally is glowing in the next morning. Now, I do have to be careful not to use this too much as my skin does get some irritation, but if I use this diluted around 3 evenings a week I have been able to get the same effects without the sting or reaction – yay! Now, I have been given a sample size of the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner which seems to follow the same concept as the P50w, so fingers crossed as the P50w isn’t convincing enough for another 43Euro splurge. But on the bright side, after 3 months use I still have around 1/5 left over (I took the picture, above, some time ago).

The eye cream has discernibly improved the hydration of my skin around the eyes and I have noticed the sunken in circles have lifted and become less harsh – another yay! I still have around half – guessing (!) as the tube is completely opaque, so can’t really tell how much I have left – which is pretty normal, for me eye creams last 3 months, but the quantity of this one is much more generous than eye creams I have purchased in the past (usually 15ml), so that does have me wondering if really this is quite a fair price after all…

Negatives: Price! Scent of the P50w… and not being able to tell how much I have used of the eye cream. The brand is not stocked at many places in the UK.

Positives: The two items I have bought from this brand have performed well and I am happy with the results. I will most likely try to purchase a more affordable eye cream and see if I end up missing the VIP O2 creme, if that happens there is nothing I can do about it, but at the very least I will have tried to please my purse :). On the other hand, as mentioned I will not be missing the P50w lotion, as even after 3 months the scent makes me want to wash my face again (the scent does dissipate after a minute, but as I have a sensitivity to smell it ends up bothering me for longer)

Toner line-up to follow: Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Thayers & Pixi. Eye cream line-up to follow: Elizabeth Arden, Imedeen, Ole Henrikson & YSL.

Currently Biologique Recherche is available at Liberty of London and E F Medispa. Have you tried the Biologique Recherche line? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions for alternative toners & eye creams. Thank you for reading!

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Haircare series: Oils #1 – MOROCCANOIL treatment 100ml

MORROCANOIL treatment (for all hair types) 100ml, £19.99

“Moroccanoil® Treatment’s versatile, nourishing and residue-free formula can be used as a conditioning, styling and finishing tool. It blends perfectly with other products and even speeds up drying time. This treatment for hair completely transforms and repairs as its formula transports lost proteins for strength; fatty acids, omega-3 oils and vitamins for shine; and antioxidants for protection. It absorbs instantly to fill gaps in hair created by heat, styling and environmental damage.” (www.moroccanoil.com)

How I apply this: I take half a pump and warm through my hands and apply to wet hair from chin-level down – due to breakout paranoia…- and then run what remains through hair near the crown to minimise the frizz the rain has been helping my hair fashion!

How I have got on: having used this for two weeks now and, honestly, I can say this oil gives my hair the best finish. It makes my hair glossy and silky smooth, BUT on the days I don’t use this I have noticed my hair has become drier and drier at the ends. I haven’t been using Moroccanoil long enough to form a reliable opinion – I will update this post in a couple of weeks – though for the meantime I am addicted to the shine it imparts!

Other hair oils I have tried are L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil , Ojon Rare Blend™ Oil Total Hair Therapy, Charles Worthington Salon Miracle Repair Elixir Oil, Alterna Bamboo Kendi Dry Oil Mist; all of which will be included in this series.

I am using Moroccanoil as a heavy conditioning oil for now, to make my hair look healthier, although I anticipate once I have my hair trimmed this oil will become redundant and I will turn to lighter formulations once again.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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Skincare series: Serums #1 – Olay Regenerist Serum Fragrance Free 50ml

Serums are my favourite skincare product and as such I felt it befitting to start this skincare series with a serum I have in my skincare arsenal. There is no way anyone needs as many serums as I have, but I like to try new products and to have ye-old-favourites at hand, it’s a comfort thing I suppose.

First up, and the most repurchased of my unhealthy (although I do believe having a good serum is healthy 😉 ) serum collection is Olay Regenerist serum fragrance free 50ml, £24.99

“Regenerist Fragrance-Free Regenerating Serum uses our exclusive amino-peptide complex combined with Olay moisturise. Our formulation visibly helps regenerate skin’s appearance and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth. perfect for normal skin, dry skin and combination skin. Add it your skin care routine to:

• Soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly
• Hydrate for skin that feels visibly firmer and more elastic” (olay.co.uk)

How I apply this: one pump smoothed over the face and neck after cleansing, but before moisturiser.

My thoughts: I love how this serum calms redness and helps accelerate healing of pigmentation marks left from breakouts.

Negatives: When I get to the last quarter the pump can no longer get to the product as the tube normally sits in one corner and the serum isn’t liquid so doesn’t settle back down but instead clings to the edge of the bottle, I use a thin spatula to get the last dregs.

Positives: High performing, basic, with out any frills or fancy claims and, most important for me, fragrance free.

The serum line-up to follow: Caudalie, Imedeen, Yves Rocher, Ole Henrikson, Hydralauron, Elizabeth Arden & YSL.

Currently the Olay regenerist line is included in the 3 for 2 offer at boots.com.

Have you tried the Olay Regenerist line? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions for serums & thank you for reading!

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L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil 30ml & Oil-Cream 50ml

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L’Oréal Age perfect Extraordinary Oil & Oil-cream

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil 30ml, £19.99

Extraordinary oil is a pleasure to apply, it has a distinct spa massage oil scent, feels quite luxurious for the price and is comparable to higher end face oils I have tried in the past.

How I apply this: taking a few drops in the palm of my hand, warm through my hands and then press the oil onto the face, being careful not to rub.

If I want to do a face massage after a relaxing bath I will take 5-6 drops, press first onto my face and gently massage – I like doing this when I feel tension in my face – as I have a awful habit of frowning when I am working on my computer.

I have replaced my Josie Maran argan oil and Trilogy oil with this for 2 weeks now and am very happy with the results this oil has provided. My skin is much more hydrated, looks less dull and I have found that my base makeup is applying better too. Another bonus for me is that I can use this during the day time as it is much lighter in texture than the face oils I have used before.

There is one negative… the bottle is clear and so I have been keeping it in a dark area on my vanity to keep it from spoiling. I will continue to purchase the Trilogy oil as I like the renewing effects it gives but most likely stop buying the Josie Maran oil as I feel Extraordinary oil does the same job but at a lower price point.

L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Extraordinary Oil-cream 50ml, £14.99IMG_6936

I have been following Extraordinary oil with this oil-cream and have found it to be very rich and, again, with quite a luxurious, albeit stronger, spa massage oil scent. Very little goes a long way as there is a lot of slip to the texture of Extraordinary oil-cream, and after using this for 1 week I must say that it is too rich for my skin and left my face feeling like a oil-slick. I also have had a few breakouts, being breakout prone this is something I experience with many products and does not mean this would cause breakouts in everyone, but if you are prone to breakouts I would say it may be best to try the face oil alone first.

Using the oil on its own I have found this to be enough moisture for my PM skincare routine. My mum has already expressed that she would like to give this line a try, so I will be passing the cream on to her to try hoping she will have better results.

Samples provided by boots.com.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Booster & Conditioner

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When I first heard about this I started mentally editing out my hair and pasting in the locks of a lady who is THE L’Oreal haircare girl, you know the one in the Elnett adverts… I have heard that mousse, hairspray and texturising/dry shampoo products can give us Victoria Secret-esque hairdos… BUT now L’Oreal claim the Fibrology line – sounds like science fiction, and makes me suspicious – is able to thicken hair by simply using their in shower products and to find out if it was true I tested the line out on my straight-straight-straight hair :).

A bit more about my hair type… I have very fine, straight, flat, long (reaches to the middle of my back) hair – using more product or layering products makes my hair flatter, usually, so I try to use lighter conditioners and less product where possible.

L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner & Booster

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, Conditioner & Booster

I have used all the products on three occasions now and listed each in order of use:

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo 400ml

The shampoo smells very fresh, foams up very well, and I didn’t find I needed much at all to give my hair a very good cleansed feel (even for my long hair I only used a 10p sized amount).

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Booster

The booster is a weird product which has no scent, is difficult to distribute evenly in wet hair as you can’t tell where it has been applied (doesn’t have a slippery feel like conditioner just feels like water). The booster is to be used after the shampoo but before conditioner from the same range. You are supposed to use the same amount of this product as conditioner and apply from root to tip. I think I ended up using around 1/5 of the tube; so you would need to either use this less often -instructions on frequency of use are not on tube – or add it to your weekly shop!

L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Conditioner 400ml
The conditioner smells very fresh (same scent as shampoo) and for my long hair I only used a 10p sized amount, and this was more than enough.
Verdict
After towel drying I found my hair felt very rough and coarse, which was very odd and not how my hair normally feels at all. Using a wide tooth comb I always comb through my hair before blow-drying and found this took much longer than normal as the knots had a grippy feel to them so I tried to be a little more gentle as my hair felt worryingly brittle to touch. After blow drying I noticed my hair was lighter and more volumised/fluffy but this was temporary; after 1-2 hours my hair went back to its natural straight, flat self 😦 . The only major benefit I found with using this line (I usually use the Ojon Volumising line) was that I could go an extra day without washing my hair (I next washed my hair on the 3rd day instead of 2nd)! Also, I had curled my hair and usually the wave would completely drop out by day 2, but I still had waves the next day! This line is worth a try as the products are very reasonably priced. Also, apparently the Filloxane technology is something that is also using in windscreen sealant so it took me a few days to build up the courage to use this!
Summary
Healthy finish but no “thickening” effect seen, and gives me a extra day between washes, saving time.

This line is available at boots.com.

Have you tried this line? If so, can you let me know what you thought of it and if there is anything I can do to “Thicken” my do?  – besides teasing it into a great big knot – 😉

Samples provided by Boots.

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