Tried & Liked… Beauty

Just recently I happen to have tried quite a few new beauty products for various reasons, so I thought I would do a little round up of some of them here along with my thoughts, in case any of you were looking to make a purchase.

Vichy LiftActive Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes (Available instore at larger Boots branches or here online)

Earlier in the year as part of January Joy, I made some skin care resolutions, including applying eye cream and finding a super serum. So when I was asked to try this Vichy Eye and lash serum I was keen to have a go. The product is supposed to ‘illuminate the eye, smooth surrounding skin and fortify the lashes’. I have to admit, I was very interested in anything that would improve my lashes and had been disappointed to recently find that my renewed enthusiasm for applying my usual eye cream was leading to puffy eyes in the morning, so I was pleasantly surprised by this light serum. Applied with the finger tips around the socket area, as per any usual eye cream, you finish by stroking the serum over the lashes and it feels quite refreshing. As you know the jury is always out for me on whether any anti-aging product works but if you’re looking to invest in an eye cream I really liked this one which is also suitable for super sensitive skins.

Sanctuary 5 minute Thermal Detox Mask, Boots (£3 for a sachet or £10.50 for 100ml)

When my skin is in trouble, I often turn to a mask to calm it down and prevent future breakouts. Previously my favourite has been Eve Lom’s Rescue Mask but having recently run out and always a fan of warming masks I thought I’d try this one. I absolutely loved it – Not only was it really lovely and warm on the skin but it was really effective. It dried up my skin a treat, calmed redness and I felt that it really put an end to the hormonal breakout I was experiencing.

Elemis Freshskin Purifying Facewash (£9.99 online from Superdrug)

Another of my beauty resolutions in January was to try not to go to bed with my make up on. My plan at the time was to keep face wipes by the bed which I did do but another weapon in my arsenal is this face wash. I haven’t used a true face wash in years, finding them drying and leaving my skin uncomfortable afterwards – hence my love affair with the oil enriched Eve Lom. This was a freebie from the Cosmo Blog Awards and I thought I’d give it a go. Despite low expectations I have actually found myself going back to it time and again, when I simply want to freshen up, or when I just want a super quick cleanse. I just wet my face, squeeze out a blob of the cleanser, wipe it all over my face and splash off. Done. Admittedly it’s not super moisturising but it doesn’t leave my skin dry or flakey either. This is actually aimed a young skin and also has purifying ingredients too but I don’t think it matters and would suit any skin as long as it’s not too dry. Great for the shower too.

So, I’d love to hear if any of you have any great recent beauty finds to recommend or if there’s something you want a recommendation for, just leave a comment and I’m sure the readers will have some suggestions!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

Recommended: The Sanctuary Therapists Secret Facial Oil

Last week I was flicking through the online pages of Stylist.co.uk and read about a new facial cleansing oil by The Sanctuary, hotly tipped to be one of THE beauty products to watch for in 2012. The morning it was announced on Stylist, the Sanctuary had so many calls relating to its launch that the set up a waiting list and then proceeded to bring the launch forwards. I was intrigued and as I’m reaching the end of my favourite Eve Lom cleanser, in a fit of spontaneity I purchased the Nourishing Oil Duo to test for Florence Finds.

Now, it should be said that cleansing oils are not new to the market – most notably Shu Uemura’s cult facial cleansing oils. Several other companies have branched out into similar products as a result. I know there may be many of you out there thinking that they can’t imagine anything worse than using an oil to cleanse with, but I have been a convert ever since starting to use Eve Lom over 3 years ago. My skin tends towards breakouts but is really quite dry and it took me a long time to realise that by not feeding my skin properly, I was stressing it out more and making the breakouts worse. Don’t get me wrong here, acne needs to be correctly treated by your doctor as it is caused by bacteria and hormonal imbalances, but the correct skin care for your skin type can help contribute to happier skin all round. Eve Lom is also a blend of oils which melt into the skin and as a result, I wasn’t averse to trying this out as an alternative.

Now, I don’t need a moisturiser, but I thought I’d buy the combination as recently I’ve been feeling that my skin isn’t truly hydrated. Winter has taken its toll, plus the ravages of ski-ing and it’s just that time of year when I start to think about what I can do to perk things up a bit. As facial oils are often recommended, I thought I would give that a go too, why not?

First up, Sanctuary ultimate facial cleansing oil. The instructions suggest you use 2-3 pumps of oil (what looks like a small amount on your hand, but actually goes a long way once on your face,) and massage it in to the face thoroughly. You then add a few drops of water and repeat, emulsifying the oil and rinse off with warm water. Believe it or not, you are left with very soft clean skin and none of the taught feeling or dryness you may suffer from with most cleansing or foaming washes. You can also cleanse twice for an extra deep clean.

I have to say, I really missed the exfoliating action of the muslin cloth I normally use so added it in to help remove the oil. my only other complaint was that it didn’t remove my eye make up like Eve Lom does, BUT that’s because I’m lazy and don’t like using a separate remover. It does smell lovely though – quite herbal and relaxing.

Next, I tried the Therapists facial cleansing oil as a moisturiser afterwards. Again, 1-2 drops of oil are recommended to sweep across the skin after cleansing. I really liked it – there was no oily residue on the skin afterwards and my skin looked quite hydrated, smooth and fresh. I had a good close up look at any fine lines I’ve seen as a result of dryness and think they are better after using the oil. I also find that after using it at night, the next morning my skin is no more oily – adequately hydrating the skin seems to prevent it then overcompensating for dryness by producing extra oil and I don’t clease at all in the morning – a hang over from using Eve Lom but I didn’t feel any need to even freshen my skin with water the morning after.

The Florence Finds verdict? If you fancy trying a cleansing oil, the Sanctuary one is reasonably priced and does its job quite well, especially for drier skins or those needing a post-winter moisture boost. However, my find of the week definitely goes to the Therapists oil – a new favourite product of mine and one I’d definitely recommend for normal and dry skins, for soothing and softening moisture. I love it!

I’d love to hear if any of you have used a cleansing oil or facial oil or have tried or heard of this particular one – please share your comments in the box below!

Love,
Rebecca
xo

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