REVIEW: Garnier Daily All-In-One BB cream (light)

The release of the Garnier BB cream a couple of months ago sent the blogging world into a frenzy. The product, available from a variety of retailers from as little as £7, had posts springing up everywhere on the internet – some praising the product, some downright trashing the product.
I didn’t really get involved with the hype back then, and I’m afraid to say I don’t really get the hype right now.
I recently a received a couple of free sample sachets of the product to try, and I must admit I was not impressed. So unimpressed in fact that I am only showing you the swatches of the product on my hand – the product itself is very sheer and left the imperfections on my face that I wished to cover looking untouched. From some other (positive) posts, I had been gullible enough to think that the product would work for me like it had for them, however, I found myself firmly in the negative bracket, feeling like the product had done little to my skin at all.
I have to say I did not feel covered or illuminated by the product, in all honesty.
I received the light sample, and as you can see on the sachet above, it is described as a Miracle Skin Perfector. I don’t deny that some people may find this product is near enough exactly that, however I’d have to state that I am not.
Being a sachet sample, I found there wasn’t a great amount of product within, and after viewing the application of one sachet with no noticeable change, I also applied another – still no change. The above picture is of the contents of one sachet – it didn’t exactly come out easily either! The cream looks quite dark in the picture, but I did find that it truly was the light cream as stated, as I felt like I’d applied a layer of nothingness.
Perhaps I just ordered a sample of the wrong shade, however I’m generally a light or ivory shade when it comes to BB creams, foundations or concealers. Unfortunately for me, this BB(Blemish Balm) cream failed to cover even the slightest blemish, and this left me extremely dissatisfied with the product.
Have you tried this product? Did you find it worked for you? Or do you have any idea why it may not have worked for me?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
xo
As stated above, this item was received as a free sample from the Garnier webpage. All thoughts in this review however are completely my own and I will always be 100% honest with my readers

REVIEW: Good Things Miracle Mattifying Moisturiser

If you’re anything like me and you love a free sample, you’ll often be keeping an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for your favourite brands giving away small samples of their popular products. Recent sample giveaways have included the Burberry Body fragrance, numerous Olay products and this little beauty here – the Good Things Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser:
The product, packed with superfruit extracts such as blackcurrant & goji berry, claims to ‘moisturise and mattify skin prone to breakouts’. I have to admit that recently, my skin has been a lot better than normal – I’m putting that down to the pregnancy hormones- but I was interested to see what this product would be like.
Good Things pride themselves on being exactly what they say – full of good things. All their products are free from cosmetic nasties such as parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, animal products and mineral oils. They consistently use natural products, such as the superfruits above, to give us a great cosmetic product without the guilt.
Also, they package their products so beautifully – it is a wonder how anyone can resist owning a Good Things product! Just look at the sample above  – simple but eyecatching, and absolutely stunning. The packaging is what catches people eyes first, so products need to be aesthetically pleasing – and I think Good Things have got it spot on!
The moisturiser itself is white in colour, a little creamy but not too thick – but what attacks your senses first is not the look of the moisturiser itself but the smell – you can definitely smell the superfruits that are within the product. Although the fragrance is what hits you first, it isn’t overpowering which is great in a product, because who wants to be overpowered by the smell?
Application is easy, the product sinks in swiftly, leaving skin feeling refreshed – and the stomach almost hungry at the gorgeous smell of the superfruits! Whereas some mositurisers or creams can leave skin feeling greasy or oily, this particular moisturiser instead leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth – and although I am not as prone to breakouts right now, due to pregnancy, I haven’t noticed a single blemish or spot on my skin – this product definitely does what it says!
Have you ever tried the Good Things range? How did you find them?
xo
I received this product as a free sample from the Good Things facebook page – however, although this was a free sample, all thoughts expressed in this review are entirely my own.

REVIEW: Mary Kay Timewise Matte-Wear Liquid Foundation

You may have seen me talking about the £1 beauty sample box from Latest In Beauty a few times on this blog, and this foundation is one of the samples I received in my first £1 box. The concept of this box is brilliant – it is aimed at those of us who want to try out new samples each month without necessarily having to pay a hefty price tag. Latest In Beauty do have other sample boxes for more than a pound, but I thought I would try this extremely affordable box – for £1 and six samples (2 of each product), how can you go wrong?
The first sample I am going to review is the Mary Kay foundation. I had never heard of Mary Kay before receiving this box, so I took the liberty of googling the name to find out a little more.
For 45 years, Mary Kay has helped women all over the world look great, feel great and achieve their dreams. Mary Kay United Kingdom offers powerhouse skin care for beautiful, healthy-looking skin and body care products that nurture, soften and protect from head to toe.
(taken from the Mary Kay website)
I am extremely fussy when it comes to foundations, and this instance bears no difference. Being paler than pale can be, I opted for the Ivory shade.
Whilst it came out looking quite ivory-toned on my hand, I have to say that once applied to my face, the same could not be said.
It wasn’t orange on my face as such, however, being used to better known brands like Rimmel and their ivory foundations, I found this shade to be a little less ivory, a little more orange-tinted once applied to my face.
No one seemed to notice a drastic difference from my normal foundation however, so although I felt there was an orange tint to it which didn’t suit my skin, it seems others didn’t notice.
On the plus side, the foundation stayed put all day – I applied it at 10am and was still perfect when I took it off that evening. Also, if you’re interested in getting a sample box from the Latest In Beauty range, I’d definitely suggest choosing this as a sample – for a tiny little sachet, there was more than enough product for one application – you could easily manage two, perhaps even three – the product just kept giving!
For a first-time application, I have to say, despite the orange tinge, I am greatly impressed with what this foundation has to offer – I just hope that the slight orange tint in my ivory shade is a one-off!
Have you tried any of the Latest In Beauty sample boxes?
Have you previously tried any Mary Kay cosmetic products?
I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings!
xo

REVIEW: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

As some of you may know, I recently purchased the Elizabeth Arden lip protectant stick in a mega Boots haul on their website. I also bought some Clinique and Herbal Essences goodies, but this was the main item I wanted.
At £19, this stick is far from cheap, and Elizabeth Arden is known as a premium brand on the site. I had been umm-ing and ahh-ing over purchasing this item for quite some time, but decided the time was right to buy it…why not treat myself a little?
I digress slightly. The reason I wanted to buy this protectant in the first place is because I suffer from VERY dry skin around my lips – not cold sores, but dry, cracked skin above my upper lip. I have tried countless lip balms and Vaseline, but everything seems to make it worse, and although it does go down eventually, it does make me feel a bit down. I mean, who wants to go around with a mouth that looks like the lipstick hasn’t been applied properly? (Unfortunately, or rather fortunately for myself, I don’t have any photos of my lips in their cracked state – a godsend, some may say!)
My friend Mel recently told me how wonderful she found this product, and made me try some on my lips. Needless to say, the cracked redness of the skin disappeared almost overnight. However, I had more attacks of it as I didn’t have the product to hand when I needed it.
I had been wondering why they had been getting so bad, they had never done this before. I then realised that at my workplace, people are constantly switching the air conditioning on and off, and the atmosphere changes just like that *clicks*. Obviously, when its hot down on the shop floor, with no drink to hand, I end up licking my lips and irritating the skin. 
I had had enough. Hence the mega Boots haul. I have applied it twice a day every day since I received the product last week, and my lips have never looked better. They are one of my more favourite features of my body and if this is the result from just a weeks worth of use, bring me more Arden products!

Excuse the awkward cropping, I have an almighty spot right by my lip & my freckles are extremely visible today. Don’t get me wrong, I love my freckles but not when they leave me resembling a dot to dot!
As you can see, my lips look hydrated and healthy, and hopefully this is whats here to stay. I will keep on using the product, and will see if any cracking or redness appears in the future, so stay tuned.
I rate the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick 5 out of 5 for ease of use and application, and for the speed it works at.
I was not paid or asked to review this product. All products mentioned in this post were bought with my own money. 
 xo

REVIEW: Beauty Formulas Anti Age Night Cream

(Who likes my Audrey Hepburn notebook? :p)

I found this little beauty in my local 99p store! The store only recently opened up – right next door to a pound shop – but I thought I’d take a look and see what I could find. I bought this, some batteries and Gordon Ramsay’s autobiography – I know, exciting, right?
However, I thought this would be good to review and finally tested it last night.
The application of the cream was okay – I must admit, I was disgusted by the feel of the cream whilst it was in the tub – it felt like cottage cheese – but once I’d started to apply it, it became smooth. But what do you expect for 99p?
It was a little greasy once applied, and ten minutes later, the skin around my mouth was a little dry and taut, but the rest of my face felt baby soft after an hour, and when I woke up this morning, my skin felt fantastic!

Obviously, after one use, I’m not going to notice any real difference, but for 99p, I’m not going to complain.
It isn’t going to become one of my beauty staples, but if you  are on a very strict budget, I would definitely recommend it!

Available at all 99p stores, for the price of (yes, you’ve guessed it) 99p!

Have you found any bargains in your local 99p/£1 stores recently?

For now,

xo