Neutrogena – Hydro Boost Cleanser – No Rinse Cleansing Gelee Milk

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A no cleanse gelee that melts makeup away – Too good to be true?

I recently started a new position at work, and the hours meant I was getting home in the early morning – with that I was getting lazy at taking my makeup off. After a 11.5 hour shift, I just want to sleep! But, I broke myself out of this “skincare, don’t care” mindset by investing in a no-rinse facial cleanser, ain’t nobody got time for rinsing at 6am. I stumbled upon this one in my local supermarket and was curious about the gelee and hydration is boasted to provide – as well as the ease of use it described.

I enjoyed the ease of use the bottle has, the pump allows the correct amount to be distributed on the cotton pad so I know I’m not wasting product by over pouring. The gelee milk is a very strange consistency – it reminds me of those jelly sweets you get in the straws that you squeeze out. It has a sweet, somewhat fruity scent which is pleasant, although this could be the cause of the sticky feeling the residue leaves.

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This gelee milk leaves a sticky, mask like residue – which means for me, it is not completely rinse free as the feel of it this residue me feel uneasy. Although I must add it is nothing a quick wipe over with toner on a pad cant fix! It can easily remove my Rodial Waterproof Mascara in a few wipes along with my heavy duty foundation that has been set with my Slay All Day setting spray – which is a really good feat – considering that some of my rinse off cleansers can’t clear it off completely. 

The hyaluronic acid is also a big plus for me – the added hydration this cleanser supplies has cut my dry skin related breakouts so much! I tend to get dry cracked skin on my chin and nose which causes spots – but my skins been supple and hydrated since I’ve started using this in my skincare routine.

Bottom Line: A silky smooth cleaner which removes even waterproof mascara!

Price: £7.99 at all high-street retailers.

Rating: ****

Bellissimo Amore – Bicé Facial Rejuvenation Serum – Hyaluronic Acid

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A serum to hydrate, rejuvenate and plump your skin!

I was very lucky to receive this product from Bellissimo Amore for me to review for my followers  – Please note I received this complimentary!

This is a facial serum, like the Farsali Rose Gold Elixir, which helps enhance your skin’s elasticity and add a burst of hydration from the high levels of hyaluronic acid to improve the overall condition – hydrated skin is healthy skin after all!

The added hydration also improves the softness and plumpness of your skin which was surprising to see from the first application. I found this serum was best to apply after cleansing and exfoliating with my Foreo. The texture of the serum is more gel-like than oil, which is a huge plus for me as I break out easily and the oil makes my skin shiny.

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This is a lightweight serum and it dries quickly as it’s absorbed but doesn’t leave your skin tacky or sticky which I have found with other serums – this makes it a perfect pre-primer serum! You can use this twice a day after cleansing, and the product stays within your skin tissue for up to three days leaving you with longer lasting results.

This concoction of natural ingredients allow you to achieve your younger skin without surgical means, and even though I’m 25, I’ve enjoyed slowing down my skin’s ageing process using this over the past month!

Bottom Line: A must have for those looking for longer lasting results and healthier skin , especially for those who suffer with dry/combination skin types!

Price: £129.99 for 30ml at Bellissimo Amore – Currently on sale for £108!
or £20 for 3ml Vial to try it out ! Currently on sale for £10!
Use my exclusive code; “RosemaryHelenXO” for extra savings! xx

Rating: *****

OMOROVICZA – Facial Mist – Queen of Hungary Mist

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A refreshing mist to revive your tired out skin, with a cosy scent!

 

I got this as part of my Discovery Set along with my other Omorovicza goodies – you can find my first impressions review of the Discovery Kit here.

Firstly, I must point out how lovely the scent is. It is a warm, comforting, slightly citrus scent reminiscent of the other Omorovicza skincare items. The mist on this is insane – its not even a spritz or spray, it is like a puff of moisture that douses my skin in moisture. The spray is so fine to allow your skin to absorb it whilst refusing to get drenched – I have found the spritz on my other sprays, such as my Gerard Cosmetics Setting Spray, to be large and clumpy and I’m often drenched after a few light sprays.

You can use this as a moisturising primer before makeup, or a setting spray to add a dewy finish! It’s also perfect for having in your handbag to freshen up your makeup as the day goes on, or to use on makeup-less skin for a quick pick me up! I have this in my bag if I’m travelling as I can retreat to a restroom and spritz up to feel comfortably refreshed.

Bottom Line: A lovely scented refreshing facial spray that can revive your skin after a long day., or add a boost of hydration in your morning skin routine.

Price: £25.00 at Cult Beauty

Rating: ****

Omorovicza – The Discovery Kit – First Impressions

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The perfect kit to introduce you to the skincare brand from Budapest!

I was lucky enough to get this kit from my partners parents as a Christmas present this year, as they know I’m into my skincare and make-up! They weren’t too sure if I liked the brand, so decided to get me the Discovery Kit so I can try a bit of everything the brand has to offer.

This kit includes the following;

I’ve tried Omorovicza before and you can find my previous reviews here, and I will be using and reviewing each of the items over the next few weeks so keep your eyes open!

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This kit is the perfect, budget friendly way, to try out this brand and see whether it is perfect for your skin! I am amazed by the generous sizes of the products – they’re not deluxe samples, their travel friendly sizes!

Bottom Line: The full size versions of these items range from £25-£85, so the fact you get a large amount of each product for just £59 – it makes it such a good deal!

Price: £59.00 at Cult Beauty

Rating: *****

BONUS: Cult Beauty are giving away a full size version of the Queen of Hungary Mist this month if you spend over £90, and they’re doing free delivery too! Click the image below for the deal!

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SmileLab – Flash Advanced Teeth Whitening Strips- PR

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A perfect strip for teeth whitening in a flash!!

I received these teeth strips complimentary from Smile Lab, for me to review for you lovely people! I have now had this for a month and here are my honest thoughts on this product;

I received these whitening strips at the same time as the whitening toothpaste, and was eager to give them a go. I’ve only used a few whitening strips beforehand, but these offered results in a flash – hence the name.

These aren’t a daily treatment, SmileLab do have a daily treatment strip, but these strips are more of an occasion treatment – meaning they’re perfect for nights out or special event where you wish to whiten your teeth quickly whilst getting ready and have them sparkly white.

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I was very impressed with the packaging – it was a sleek, sturdy box and inside contained the strips along with a cute pink metal carry case to keep some strips in for on the go application or whilst travelling.

I found the instructions incredible easy to follow. The strips come in two sizes, a longer one for your upper teeth, and a shorter one for your bottom teeth – so you can make sure you’re putting them on the correct way around! You line the strips up and they have an overlapping tab which you push over your teeth towards the back – this helps stick the strips to your teeth as well as whiten the edges and backs. The gel is minty in flavour, and is rather thick. The strips are clear, so you can see when they’re in contact with your teeth to ensure you’re not missing any areas – but don’t worry it’s so easy to press down to create contact if you did miss a bit on application.

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Once you’ve had the strips on for 15 minutes, you remove the strips and then brush off the excess gel to reveal your shiny new bright smile – I immediately noticed a difference, a lot more so than with the toothpaste, in just a single application. I used this Christmas morning and New Year Eve to brighten my smile and had compliments from my family and friends who were visiting.

Bottom Line: A perfect remedy for quick teeth whitening, especially on the go or for special occasions.

Price: £32.00 for 10 strips at Boots

Rating: *****

CAUDALIE – Facial Cleanser – Instant Foaming Cleanser

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A dense, foaming cleanser that can demolish any makeup!

I’ve recently started to dabble with a wider range of skincare and stumbled upon Caudalie from my Love Me Beauty subscription boxes, so I’ve decided to try more from their product range.

I decided to use their foaming cleanser as part of my early morning routine as I find self foaming items can speed up a morning cleanse when you’re sleepy, so this would ease my pre-woken up morning grogginess.

This foam is dense, and can easily take off any left over makeup, and the waterproof panda eyes I sometimes wake up with. It’s soft and gentle enough to cleanse without drying my skin out, and leaves it fresh and clean. I use this after their moisturising mask for a double dose of moisture, that doesn’t leave my skin oily, dry or greasy but rather soothed and noticeably clean. I’d recommend this for sensitive skin that is prone to dry related breakouts.

Bottom Line: A thick, deeply cleansing but sensitive cleansing foam.

Price: £15.00 at Caudalie

Rating: **** (Sometimes it dispenses more than I realise using this and end up with excess product going to waste.)

Caudalie – Face Mask – Moisturising Mask

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A moisturising mask that can also be used as an overnight intense treatment!

I love trying new items, and was eager to try this moisturising mask! As you all know, I suffer from dry skin, and this weather is not helping! This Moisturising Mask rehydrates and soothes dry skin leaving the skin is soft and hydrated thanks to a formula rich in grape-seed oil, Vinolevure® (their patented grape extract that moisturises and protects), and plant glycerine. It’s an intense shot of moisture that can be used as a standard mask, or overnight for the ultimate treatment.

Using overnight, I woke up and the blemishes I had had become less angry and red, and I didn’t break out! It’s even recommended for the most sensitive skin!!

Bottom Line: A cure for sensitive skin that breaks out easily but needs an intense dose of moisture!

Price: £22.00 at Caudalie

Rating: ****

TONYMOLY – Panda’s Dream – So Cool Eye Stick

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An adorable dose of Korean Skincare aimed at reducing puffyness around the eyes.

I am in awe of anything to do with skincare from Korea, purely because of the quality and the style of their products! They focus on providing the best skincare, so I can never pass up the chance to try and review Korean skincare and beauty items!

I was very eager to use and try this as I have wanted a cooling eye stick for  long while as I’ve heard they’re brilliant for day to day skincare – but other migraine sufferers have said they help cool the eye area which often hurts during a migraine attack!  But boy, oh boy, was I disappointed with this product!

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Where to begin? For starters the cooling effect was minimal, you could have asked your best friend to blow on your skin for more relief than this thing provided, or made a paper fan to deliver a cooler breeze.

Another thing I hated about this was that the product falls apart on application, causing you to end up with huge chunks of blue around your eyes and all over the packaging! I don’t want to be cleaning it after every use and having to massage the living hell out of my eyes just to blend the clumps!

I found it did sweet nothing for my eyes and the skin around it, when it dried it felt sticky and left the area feeling tight which was weird. This was such a disappointment as I’ve been in love with my other Panda’s Dream products!

Bottom Line: Unless you want a cute little mascot for your desk/vanity – AVOID!

Price: £12.50 at Beauty Bay and Cult Beauty.

Rating: * (That packaging is its only redeeming point.)

GLAMGLOW – GLOWSTARTER Mega Illuminating Moisturiser – Nude Glow

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A beautiful hydrating illuminator! 

This is my first time delving in to the GLAMGLOW world, as I’ve often been sceptical of their products due to the heavy use of Influencers to push their items. But I was on holiday and had a few euros left, and thought what the heck!

These moisturisers smell UNBELIEVABLE, I use it some days purely to bask in the scent! It gives an all over glow, with a hint of nude colouring to even out my skin tone (I have redness occasionally around my nose). As I was in Sephora I was able to try out the other versions – Pearl Glow, which is a paler shell coloured version, with white reflects, and Sunkissed Glow, which is a darker colour with more golden glow.

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It hydrates really well, and sits under foundation extremely well – you can also mix it with your foundation to create a glowy base. It preforms well for what you pay for – it hydrates, doesn’t cause any breakouts, and helps add a healthy looking glow – which helped keeping my natural holiday tan once I got home!

The only thing I really disliked about this product is the shine! Oh lord, did it make my face shiny! Most times when I wore it on its own as a little skin pep, I had to dust my face with translucent powder just to make my skin matte – but I’ve now see that GLAMGLOW has released a new version that is a matte finish – so I will be purchasing that one once this version is empty!

Bottom Line: Adds a beautiful glow, but at the cost of a shiny face! Lovely as a base to your foundation for healthy glow.

Price: £36 at Boots.com.

Rating: ***

 

GK Naturals – Facial Oil – Balancing Face Oil – PR

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A gentle, moisturising concoction of natural essential oils.

I was gifted this from GK Naturals in return for my honest review on this product – so here it is!

I’ve used this as part of my skincare routine in numerous ways – after a skin mask, after toning and cleansing and before my primer for my makeup applications. I have noticed that unlike other facial oils – it doesn’t cause me to break out. It’s skin quenching but not greasy and it smells so yummy and it’s a nice pre-bed aromatherapy treat.

The oil contains numerous essential oils from natural sources such as Lavender, Petitgrain, Grapefruit, Chamomile, Argan, Apricot, Rose Hip, Grapeseed, and Sea Buctorn Oils. This unique mix of oils creates an antiseptic and astringent dose of goodness that helps balance and prevent blemishes – so if acne is a big trouble for you or you get break-outs in your oily T-Zone then this facial oil is perfect for you.

The oils are all natural and contain no animal by-products, and the company is anti animal cruelty and animal testing – making this oil good for your skin and good for animals! Yay!

Bottom Line: The first facial oil that hasn’t caused me to break out over prolonged use! Brilliantly moisturising and a lovely aromatherapy treat as well!

Price: £18.00 at GK Natural Creations

Rating: ****