This is a very indulgent purchase but Aesop hand washes are legendary and this one even more so as it is exfoliating as well as smelling incredible!
This is the Reverance Aromatique Hand Wash (£27) with finely milled pumice. Its not the easiest to find online but in store its always available. I just think its such a lovely addition to any bathroom!
I recently discovered this brand when I was in France and have fallen in love with the concept and products. Its called Sanoflore and its produced in the Vercors Regional Natural Park where they have their natural laboratory and botanical gardens. Everything is organic and 100% natural origins.
The two products I have tried so far have completely blown me away and even better the price is very reasonable!
First is the Chamomile Noble Bio Floral Water (£10) which consists of “organic Chamomile distilled and fresh, soothing and softening on the skin, with illuminating properties for any hair. Paraben free.” So basically a face and hair mist! Never heard of that but was totally intrigued. As a face mist it is gorgeous and light and refreshing. As a hair mist its incredible. My hair is softer, shinier and just better!
The other product is an aromatic regenerating sleeping mask (£19).This has essential oils of Pelargonium and Melissa Officinalis. The scent is beautiful and meant to help with sleep. You can either apply as a face mask with a thick layer and remove; or as a thin layer and leave it on all night. It has a rich balmy texture which I love.
Both are products I would absolutely repurchase and am now desperate to try more (Feel Unique sells this brand)
After the amazing Aldi Lacura Caviar skincare I tested and loved here, I spotted this eye cream for £4.99 and decided to give t a go too. This is the Lacura Vitacell eye cream.
The cream contains Vitasource™, which is meant to help protect DNA and promote young cells and also stem cells from sea plants to improve the structure and elasticity of the skin. This is designed for more mature skins (over 45) I am almost 43 so not too far off! The cream is rich but not too heavy and goes on really smoothly. A little goes a long way!
I have really been enjoying using this. My eye area feels hydrated but I can’t tell of there has been any change in terms of lines and wrinkles, but to be honest my main concern is hydration and smoothness which this is giving me. Again at this price its definitely one to try!
I then also saw this 7 Day Intensive Treatment (£4.99!). This has 7 day and 7 night ampoules. This is a highly concentrated regime for day and night, with caviar extract and hyaluronic acid to increase moisture in the skin.
The day ampoules contain provitamin B5 to combat external environments factors and the night ampoules have duo hyaluronic complex to help keep skin moisturised throughout the night.
There is actually enough in each ampoule for 3-4 treatments in my opinion which makes this even more value for money! The textures are different – the day ampoule is lighter while the night one is stickier.
Neither feels odd on the skin and both absorb easily. I really love this, its like a boost for your skin and the hydration really shows. I am totally impressed. This set is not always available in store so if you spot it I would recommend your grab it!
This is probably one of my more surprising discoveries. This brand is from Aldi and I don’t normally buy my skincare with my food shop but having read so many great reviews I had to give it a go. The Lacura Caviar creams are a crazy £6.99 each! Both creams contain Hyaluronic acid, caviar and also snow algae. Caviar is full of proteins, amino acids, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids – great for anti-ageing, firming and moisturising; while the snow algae is meant to help your skin be more resilient and adaptable. The day cream also has SPF15, while the night cream has Provitamin B5. So just from these ingredients it is clear that this is no ordinary “supermarket” cream.
I have been using both creams for a couple of months now and I am so impressed. During the colder months I like a richer cream, and that’s exactly what these offer. This is meant for 40+ skin so it is rich and moisturising and nourishing and leaves my skin feeling pampered and protected.
I managed to also get hold of the 3 Minute Peel Mask (also £6.99). This is quite a powerful mask, along with the caviar extract, it also contains papaya enzyme complex and AHAs to exfoliate your skin, minimize pores and rejuvenate the skin’s surface. This really tingles when you put it on but after 1-2 minutes that clams down. It definitely helps to clear my skin and seems to also help blemish marks disappear faster. Again I am so impressed. I use this only about once a week as it is so powerful so I wouldn’t really recommend this for sensitive skin.
I am absolutely sold on this range and will definitely be re-purchasing these!
I go through phases with Lush, sometimes I love their products and sometimes I am just not that bothered! Well I am back to loving. This has mainly been triggered by their new range of bath oils. These are available online from the Lush Kitchen and are little packages of joy! I love my baths and am not a bubble fan (we will return to this in a minute). I am more of a aromatherapy bath oil or milk. So when I saw the bath oil range on the Lush website I had to give them a try. They are all about £2 for 20g (i.e. 1-2 baths). They come beautifully wrapped in pretty paper packages!
The ones I decided to try were
- Dreamtime bath oil with chamomile blue and lavender oils
- Floating Island bath oil with sandalwood and lemon oils
- Monsieur Gustav bath oil with lavender and rose oils
- Oil on Troubled Waters with oakwood absolute and peppermint oil.
- Flowers Barrow bath oil with roman chamomile oil and rose absolute
All of these bath oils are incredible. They smell amazing and leave my skin so soft. It is definitely worth using a whole one if you are going to stay in for an hour but otherwise I use half at a time!
I also picked up some bubble bars (about £4-5 each) – yes I did say I don’t like bubbles, but I worked out that if I crumble these after I have run my bath I get all the benefits of the smell and luxuriousness without the annoying bubbles! I got
- Rose Jam with lemon, rose and geranium
- Blue Skies and Fluffy Clouds with patchouli and frankincense
- Supertramp with patchouli, sandalwood and ginger
- Unicorn Horn (for my daughter) with lavender and neroli
I have to say these bubble bars are so lovely. Again the smells are amazing but my skin isn’t left dried out by bubbles but moisturised and soft. The bigger bars last for at least 4-5 baths.
I then decided to venture into the skincare section and remembered how much I used to love Angels on Bare Skin (£7.25). This is a lovely exfoliating cleanser with lavender, rose, kaolin and ground almonds. I use this mainly in the morning as my exfoliant as its so gentle and smells so good!
I have most definitely got the Lush bug again and can feel more purchases coming soon!
I am a fan of overnight masks, working hard to fix your skin while you sleep, like skin fairies! Well that’s how I like to imagine it! Also there is nothing more relaxing or luxurious than applying a lovely treatment to your face before bed, with a little massage to help it along the way. This mask from Liz Earle (£42) is very very rich and nourishing. It smells interesting, there is a definite fishy note but it is quite hidden by the other lovely ingredients –“ extracts of Persian silk tree to brighten and even skin tone, pomegranate flower to firm, plus buriti, borage, rosehip and cranberry seed oils to intensely nourish and lock moisture onto skin”.
If you don’t like feeling a residue on your skin this isn’t for you. No matter how much I massage this in there is always a residue. I however love that, it makes me feel like it will stay on all night and therefore have a greater effect! This is not say that the product doesn’t get absorbed – it definitely does! My skin is always so soft and plump the next morning, its difficult to restrain myself to only using this 1-2 a week as instructed!
On another note £42 for a whopping 100ml is great value! After 2 months of use there is still more than ¾ of the jar left!
I like the idea of boosters to add to your regular skincare to make them more effective or deal with different issues depending on your needs. I picked up the Clarins Detox Booster (£30) which is designed to protect your skin against the effects of pollution or overindulging. The Detox Booster has green coffee extract to detoxify and purify your skin, while reviving radiance.
To use you add 3 – 5 drops to your existing moisturiser, face mask or foundation for an intensive, detoxifying boost. I have mainly been using this with my moisturiser but have tried it with foundation and that works too.
I cant honestly say I have noticed any effects since I started using this, which is about a month ago. I don’t see any good or bad effects which makes me question if it is doing anything! At £30 for 15ml I would expect to notice some difference. So I have to say I am quite disappointed and would definitely not recommend this. Stick to a good skin cream and serum!