Saturday, 24 September 2011

Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel

If you suffer from slightly congested skin like mine, or perhaps it's a little bumpy, has rough patches, or generally needs an all over brightening and pick-me-up, you might want to consider using an at-home peel on top of your usual beauty routine. 

I've repurchased this product a few times over the years as a special treat. It's designed to not only resurface the skin by using lactic and salicylic acids to exfoliate, but also to deliver Vitamin C and peptides into the skin to brighten it. 

It comprises of two products - a pot of bright orange citrus smelling 'crystals' and a bottle of activating gel. 

First of all you massage the crystals on your face for up to 60 seconds. This part is quite pleasant as they feel very smooth and I find the orangey scent quite nice.

Next you add the clear activating gel over the top of the scrub particles. It instantly turns to foam, warms up and gets to work removing those old skin cells and revealing the fresh new ones underneath. You leave this part on for up to 3 minutes. I leave it for the full amount of time, and for the first minute it can feel slightly uncomfortable as the product warms up and makes the skin tingle. The discomfort quickly recedes however, and when I wash the product off (albeit with some difficulty - I recommend getting straight in the shower and using a soft washcloth to remove it as the scrubby particles stick on and won't come off!) I am left with smooth, radiant skin. 

The smoothness is still there a few days later. I can see a definite change in brightness, which must be the Vitamin C. 

It's recommended to use this weekly. It's quite an expensive product IMO, at £59.00, but I can get about 15 uses out of it so that is not bad spread out over almost 4 months. 

I'm not sure how a product you use at home like this compares to a micropeel treatment within a salon. If anyone has had one done in a spa I would love to know what you thought of it! 

Friday, 23 September 2011

My favourite eye makeup remover ever

And it only costs 99p!

It's Superdrug's Essential Eye Make-Up Remover. 

Seriously, for the price, it is the best basic eye makeup remover I've found. It's not oily so doesn't leave a residue, and has never left me with panda eyes in the morning - it takes everything off with very little effort. 

It's also not drying and very gentle so no stinging. I wouldn't suggest it to remove very heavy duty eye makeup - for that I would recommend Boots Botanics Organic Face Nourishing Eye Make Up Remover, which contains olive oil and seems to melt even stubborn waterproof mascara and glitter eyeliners off effortlessly. But for 'everyday' makeup, it can't be beaten. 

I also like the face wipes from the Superdrug Essentials range - and all their products are 99p. Such amazing value and it just frees up more cash to spend on makeup! 

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Be blown away by the Blower!

If I'm honest, I find shower gel boring. Despite my love of all things involved in the process of pampering, I find it hard to get enthusiastic about something which is primarily to get you clean and prepped ready to use any number of more exciting products on your body - scrubs, lotions, oils. Shower gel just washes off! And I have never found one which does anything more than, well.....clean?

But the discovery of Bomb Cosmetics' Raspberry Blower Cleansing Shower Butter has made me rethink the benefits of body cleansers, and makes me wonder how on earth I've managed to miss out all this time on something so GORGEOUS!

This product contains Shea Butter plus Litsea Cubeba and Sweet Orange essential oils. The smell is AMAZING.

It's semi solid at room temperature, so you have to scoop it out. In your hands and under hot water it starts to melt, not too fast, and turns into such a luxurious moisturising cream, you'll wonder how you ever got by just using a weak moisture stripping liquid that you only bought because it was 99p (I'm talking about myself here)

And did I mention the smell is AMAZING. 

So fruity and juicy, and the smell actually lingers. The Shea Butter in this leaves skin so soft. 

I want to try their Mandarin and Blood Orange scent so much. Check out everything else on the Bomb Cosmetics website. Have you tried any of their products?