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Image Skincare Prevention SPF50+Moisturizer in one
Summer is here, and with the sweltering heat and the sweaty pits is an awareness that I need to get protected and stay protected. Leather is so handbags not face, y’know. Image Skincare has been one of my secret loves for years, in part as it’s so damn hard to find a place to get it. First introduced by a London facialist, it is one of those brands that’s generally sold in salons On one hand, that’s good as you’ll be taught how to use it effectively, on the other hand, you look askance as it’s recommended as everyone hates the hard sell- facials are expensive, remember? So, despite Googling for all of 5 minutes I can’t give you a price (sorry) but can link you to their website where you can make enquiries. Annoying, huh?
But so, so worth it.
Basically the Image Skincare Prevention and daily ultimate protection moisturizer SPF 50 is GREAT. It’s lightweight and feels really nice to apply, sinks in quickly, doesn’t make you break out and gives you the kind of glow where people think you’ve been eating well/working out (if only they knew).Read More
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I’ve been looking for a new body lotion for a while now and was hoping that Vaseline Aloe Fresh would be the one. It’s summer and I wanted something light, something that absorbed well, and something that made my legs look like they’d been taking lessons from Gisele Bunchden. OK, well I would start with cool and soft at least.
The body lotion was well priced in CVS and stood out amongst the other bland white bottles. I like that you got a nice quantity as well. The initial feeling was refreshing, the light green lotion packed with cucumber and aloe vera extracts (yes, I’ve been getting burnt) and my poor skin drank it in.
On the other hand, it took a really REALLY long time to absorb, and no one likes that awkward morning chicken dance where you jump from one foot to the other. Once absorbed, skin stayed soft and looked fresh and I liked the slight sheen it gave my legs. It didn’t last too long though as mid morning (disclaimer: morning involved a long walk through the park on a hot day) my legs were slick and moisture free again.Read More
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A skincare moisturising foundation that makes you look younger, protects your from the sun AND HAS ONE SHADE THAT WILL SUIT ANYONE? Come on, I wasn’t born yesterday.
That’s exactly what Revision Skincare says it does with the Intellishade Foundation, but I was unsure. To be fair, they say tinted moisturizer rather than full on foundation so that;s a little more wiggle room, but every skintone- hello, it’s a lovely multicolored world.
However, I like a challenge- and LOVE a new foundation, so was happy to try this out. First off, the color is a nice flattering beige, a little orange on the hand, but soon blended into my pale skin- no lines obvious. The coverage was light- sheer, and it had a nice non greasy finish to it. The matte finish was very flattering for this time of year and I loved the fact that it was SPF 45- though they use zinc oxide as one of the main SPF ingredients, to provide UV and UVB protection, there was no white residue and it had a smooth , not chalky feel.
I like that it was non greasy and also surprising clean and efficient to use- no drips or gloopiness from the tube, and the tube design let you know exactly how much you had left to use.
A range of cool ingredients make up the formula- most of which I know, such as Vitamin C, fro brightening, and birch extract for wrinkle reduction.
What about the big question though- does it really suit all skin types? My redheaded friend, and my Asian friend stood up to try it. (The review was unplanned or more skin colors would be represented.)
So what was the verdict? Both looked dubiously at the products, both shook their head as they put it on.. and both were impressed. Really. Words such as ,”I’d NEVER have picked this up in a store, but now..” and “WTF? No way!” were uttered. The redhead noticed a slightly darker tint to her skin than usual and the Asian noticed no such lines, but loved the moisturizing elements.
Overall: All impressed
I think I’d want a thicker coverage for everyday wear, but for occasions when I don’t want to do much, this is a true gem, that can be shared around.Read More
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I have never been convinced that people need a separate eye cream as well a a good skin cream, but the LP Skin Therapy Eye cream goes someway to changing my mind. Created by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos PhD, -for those who don’t know her, she’s THE queen of daytime TV skincare, and is a charming charismatic woman, who looks nothing like her 42 years of age. FYI- I have met her in person, and can confirm that she’s every but as fresh looking as the airbrush suggests.
The interesting thing about this eye cream is that it’s slightly tinted, almost a Matt beige color with a couple of luminous particles in it that help brighten the eye area. Ingredients wise it features things such as Alpha Glucose Hesperidin, Fiflow SC and Platinum Matrix-EM. No, I have NO IDEA what that means, and though they helpfully add explainers such as ‘brightening’ etc, I don’t feel that really gives you a good idea of what it does.Read More
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Now I have a a hit or miss relationship with false eyelashes so I wasn’t sure of Dolluxe were going to work for me. They looked nice and fluttery in the pretty pink packaging, but would they equal to spidery loveliness on my eyelids? All too often falsies end up in a pile of tears with my eyes prickling, and me wailing I’ve wasted half an hour and some pocket money to NOT achieve lovely lashes.
Well these were recommended to me by the New York Lolitas (lovely stylish girls with clothes to die for) so I gave them a chance. The ones I chose were the number #4, All Dolled Up versions.Read More
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Lady Soma is a relatively new brand on my radar, but so far everything I have tried from them has left me very impressed.
The Lady Soma Renewal Serum is designed to be an intensive moisturizer to help combat signs of ageing, dry skin and general poor health. I’m not too concerned about ageing, but I do find that the changing weather leaves my skin looking blotchy and flushed and the prickly heat I’v ebeen getting has left red (self inflicted) marks on my neck and chest.
The beauty of the Renewal Serum is that it’s VERY thick, yet absorb super quickly. It comes in a clear bottle which surprised me a little (brown bottle shelp maintain some active ingredients) and is a mixture of Vitamin A, Hyaluronic Acid ( my watchword on great moisturizing) and a bunch of other chemically sounding stuff.Read More
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It would be easy to blame Lady Gaga for my circle lens foray, jump on the bandwagon of cool that she sashays down and say I just wanted ‘bad romance’ but that would just be lying. think about it. That video was over three years ago, so it would just make me look like the laziest fangirl ever. Truth be told, circle lenses have been on my radar pre-Gaga, as I’m a little obsessed with weird Japanese and Korean blogs and after wondering how the fuck do all the girls look like anime characters, I decided that http://lmgtfy.com/ was pretty much my only answer. Enter a world of fantasy, of sapphire diamonds floating across pupils, tiny gold filaments sparking around irises of the eye, and circles, so many circles, like all your Venn diagram wet dreams in one big strange absorbing eyeball.
The problem was that my eyesight was abhorrent.we’re talking minus eight people, and for those blessed with 20/20, minus six is considered legally blind my many people, so add two more points.. and yeah. Of course, I could get circle lenses and wear them with my glasses, but that felt like a really lame way to go, and would pretty much spoil my whole fantasy of masquerading as some adorable anime nymphet.
In 2012 I had unsuccessful laser eye surgery (yes, I’m in that enviable 5% bracket). My eyesight isn’t 20/20, but it is -2, which means that as long as I avoid roads and reading, I could finally indulge my circle lens fetish.
Carefully selecting the Phantasee MaxVue vision circle lenses in black, I eagerly awaited their arrival. After ripping them open, I was so impatient to try them that I temporarily blinded myself putting one lens in my eye created a burning blistering pain that had me hopping up and down, tears streaming. Seems that the packaged solution the lens travel in doesn’t go so well in the eyes, and the instructions I’d ripped apart would have told me to rinse the lenses in the provided solution.
The next day, I tried them again. I prepared- hands were clean, face was bare and smooth, lenses were rinsed. In went one. then the next. No burning pain- always a good thing, right.Read More