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Skin Food : Beauty Review

You know when your skin (and hair) is just screaming out for a big ol’ drink?  Yeah that’s been mine lately.  It’s wanting a good dose of nutrients and moisture, yet I have cranky skin.  It’s the definition of fussy.  I’d class myself as having ‘normal’ skin, it likes to be moisturised and hates me if I don’t, yet if you give it too much, it’s like I’ve turned into some rampant 15 year old and it’s break out central.  Yeah, I’ve cranky skin, it likes what it likes, and it’ll soon let you know if it doesn’t like what you’re feeding it.

So, these are some of the things I’ve grabbed my hands on lately, moisture moisture moisture!  Some I like, some I don’t.  Let’s begin.

Grab it!

Lush Ultrabalm – 8.5/10:   I’m always a massive fan of all things Lush, and this has happily lived up to my Lush standards.  I tend to mainly use this at home in the evenings on my cuticles, and any dry bits around my feet (I’m an addict at moisturising, so I tend not to have any other dry bits).  It only has 3 ingredients, and none lend themselves to the most fragrant of smells, however this stuff works.  It does feel a little grainy and greasy when you first put it on, however leave it for 5-10 minutes and you’ll have it all sinked in.  It doesn’t leave that horrid greasy feeling some balms do, and you definitely get the feeling you’re using a natural product (bonus points).  Any little rough bits you have will disappear, and if you use it like me, it’ll last you AGES.  Cute little tin, and always love the simple black and white packaging.

Eve’s Balm – 8.5/10: Whilst I tend to you the Lush Ultrabalm at home and just slather it on, I keep a pot of Eve’s Balm in my handbag. Completely different texture, this is a lot firmer, like a solid wax, and has a beautiful smell of lavender, mint and chamomile.  Because it is firmer, you can’t just slap it on in huge doses (hence I use both), but is perfect when you’re out and about and your skin needs a little pick me up.  Again, your skin will be a little shiny when you first apply, but after about 5 minutes it all sinks in and those dry bit around your cuticles just disappear.  I first tried this when it came in one of my Glossybox’s, and it’s definitely hit my repurchase list.  It does exactly what you need, smells great, and also raises money for charity.  Win:win:win.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser – 7/10: This has been my every day foundation for just over a year.  It’s a weird one, whilst it’s a tinted moisturiser, I find I still need to moisturise first before I apply it.  Whilst it’s not a heavy coverage and more balances out your complexion, it’s one of the most pigmented tinted moisturisers I’ve ever tried.   With other foundations, but the end of the day my skin is starting to look really dry, hence this has stuck in my make up bag as it isn’t drying at all.  I do on the other hand tend to find I need some sort of setting powder/matte finisher otherwise my skin will look a little shiny.  It’s a really fluid foundation, and super easy to apply (I usually just use my fingers), and for medium coverage, it’s definitely worth a purchase.  It’s only a small bottle, however even with using it daily, this lasts me at least 3 months, so super purse friendly.

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Dry Skin Fix Body Butter – 7.5/10:  The smell.  Ohhhh, the smell!  Sweet pistachio heaven in a 200ml tub!!  I don’t have dry skin, but for my skin to smell this delectable, this heavenly, I’m smothering my skin in it!  Whenever I use this, and bf snuggles in, I always get a “you smell so good” comment.  Bonus.  It’s not thick and sticky like other body butter’s, and I’ll literally dose myself in this head to toe, it’s super easy to apply and absorbs easily.  So, why is this Nip + Fab body butter not getting a high mark with all these wonderful comments?  Whilst it smells divine, applies easily, sinks in easily, my skin is moisturised, I’m not left felling like I’ve just moisturised.  I know, those comments contradict.  My skin doesn’t feel dry at all, but it does feel ever so slightly tacky to feel.  I’ve never experienced it with any other moisturiser before.  So, yes I love it, yes I’ll be repurchasing, but the after feeling leaves me a little, hmmmmmn, wanting for me?  Wanting for more whilst I’m in my blissful smell comma.  

Lush Oatifix fresh face mask – 8/10:  Yum!  For a start it smells delicious!  Smells like the perfect oaty breakfast, and a little tub keeps about 3 weeks in the fridge.  It’s not my favourite lush mask, but when my skin it wanting a good feed, this is the first thing I purchase!  Leave it on for around 10 minutes and rinse off.  Your skin gets a good wake up and plump up!  I’ve found it the most difficult Lush mask to apply due to it’s consistency, but hey, we’ll let that slide when it works this well.  It does state it’s more for dry skin (which again mine isn’t), so if I use this too regularly I find I get tiny bumps on my skin, so I keep this for no more than once a week.   If your skin is feeling tired and wants a good feed, head straight to your nearest Lush store.  Just refrain from eating it, you will be tempted!

Ditch it!

No.7 Heavenly Hydration – 4/10: This appears to have had a name change since I purchased it, and I’ve linked to the renamed product.  When all other facial hydration products run out, I try this out again as it’s always hanging around my beauty products.  I’ll say, it’s alright.  I don’t have any huge negative things to say about it (bar the fact it feels a little greasy and your skin is super shiny whilst you have it on).  I’ve used it both as a thick mask and washed off, and as a thiner face balm and slept in it overnight.  It does make my skin feel like it’s had a bit of a drink, but I’ve found far far better products that do the job much better.  I’m sure I’ll use it in emergency situations again when I’m out of everything else, but It’ll be the last product I reach for when my skin is yelling “feed me!!”.

Love Peace & the Planet, Tigi Let It Be leave in conditioner – 0/10: I’ve read other reviews on this since I’ve purchased, and it appears I’m on my own with my über blunt 0/10!  I found this in a discount store, and being a big fan of cherry and almond, and this smelling of a beautiful combination of the two, I decided to give this leave in conditioner a go as my hair also has decided to have some cranky time too, and the ends have been feeling super dry lately.  I didn’t notice in the store that it’s a TIGI product, and if I did I wouldn’t have purchased.  As much as I’ve wanted to love TIGI, and I’ve tried nearly a dozen different products of theirs, my hair has never got on with a single one of them.  Sad times.  But, as I’d already purchased, I thought I may as well keep an open mind.  After washing my hair, I applied this and dried as normal.  I don’t get it, I just don’t get it.  I’ve super fine hair and this weighted it down just a little, but did it feel any softer, shinier, conditioned?  No, not at all.  It smells lovely, but for me, it didn’t so anything ‘it said on the tin’.  Other reviewers have said much nicer things – so I may give it to a friend who’ll hopefully have much more luck!


4 responses

  1. I LOVE a great mascara review, thank you!

    September 11, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  2. BitOJoy

    does the Lush balm come in a different fashion? — a stick or tube?

    September 17, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    • Hey, this stuff is super soft, probably the softest balm I’ve found and you wouldn’t be able to get it in a stick version even if you tried – but nope, it just comes in a small tub. Since I posted I’ve actually tried it around my eyes over night as suggested on another blog, and LOVING it for that too!

      September 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      • BitOJoy

        Thanks for the heads up. My co-worker just bought a whole bunch of Lush products and raves about them 🙂

        September 18, 2012 at 6:26 pm

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