Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash

‘Enriched with natural almond oil and calendula extract, gently yet effectively cleanses your skin without drying it out’

I picked this up in the recent 3 for 2 offer that was on in Boots. 3 for 2’s always suck me in, even though most of the time they don’t really save me any money but end up making me buy things I don’t really need and essentially spending more more than I intended. However, it does give great opportunity to try out new things.

So anyway, on to the product… Ive been looking for a new cleanser to use within my daily routine so when i saw this, the ‘cream wash’ aspect of the title drew me in because I thought it would be soft and gentle on my often dry face.

After the first use I was pretty happy with the results. My face felt really lovely and soft and it didn’t feel abrasive or harsh on my skin when applying it. It also didn’t result in any stinging.

I did notice however my skin to be a little red after use and the next day I found myself with numerous spots breaking out on my face. This for me was really odd because I hardly ever get spots and when I do they are usually always in the same place. On this occasion I had one particularly painful spot on my forehead that took days to budge.
I had had a stressful few weeks so I thought perhaps these new friends on my face could be down to that, but still I refrained from using the cleanser for a few days until they cleared.

Then came the second time I used it, application again was fine, but afterwards my skin felt tight, flaky and incredibly dry. It was as if my face was crying for moisture and just a horrible feeling. As a result I had to cake my face in my trusty moisturiser just to get my skin feeling normal again.

So as you can probably guess, I am not impressed with this product at all and really regret buying it as now I’ll probably never use it again after only using it twice! It wasn’t particularly cheap either at around £3.89… (I could have got a meal deal for less than that and been more satisfied afterwards 😉 )

Considering it is supposed to be developed for sensitive skin it did exactly to my skin what I think it’s meant to prevent. Admittedly it could be just me having a bad reaction to something perhaps due to it have fragrance (which I usually tend to avoid)

I will add that the smell of this product also isn’t particularly appealing as to me it’s very soapy, like those cheap bars you get in hotels so this also put me off.

Have you tried this cleansing wash? What was your experience like?

Thanks for reading! x

What’s the story…Soap & Glory – Scrub Your Nose In It Review

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog in my soap and glory series and while probably most people are tucking into all their new Soap and Glory bits they had this Christmas, I’m still making my way through my huge gift set I had last year! So, today I thought I’d do a little review of the Scrub Your Nose In It ‘multi-tasking face scrub and mask marvel’ designed to help refine large pores and prevent blemishes. It basically a once or twice a week face scrub you can use to exfoliate you’re troublesome t-zone and refresh the face. I’ve been using it once a week, when my face is feeling tired and my skin’s just in need of a boost. I apply it to my t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) which are also the most prone areas of my face for dryness and breakouts, and the work the product out around the rest of my face.

The consistency of the product itself might look a little strange, and to me it reminds me of the stuff they used to make moulds of my teeth before I had braces fitted and the paste they use for the x-rays in the gum shields! haha It’s a minty green colour and quite thick but you do only need a small amount for a good coverage of your problem areas.

The sensation you get from the product is incredible and straight away your skin tingles as the scrub gets to work on your pores. The sensation is really nice and fresh feeling and leaves my skin feeling lovely and soft once it has been rinsed. My skin lately hasn’t been too sensitive so I’ve found this product great, although someone with very sensitive skin may find the tingling and smell from the product a little overpowering and it could well irritate the skin further. I remember using it a while back when my skin was very dry and found it to be more drying to my skin but at the moment I am not finding that as my skin is in better condition.

It does recommend on the product that you do follow using this with moisturiser and I would definitely agree with this as it just adds to the softness and stops your skin from drying out.

You can also use this product as a ‘Pore Purifying Clay Mask’ by leaving it on for a good few minutes rather than rinsing it off straight away and I have also found this to be very refreshing and soothing.I’ve also been really impressed with how bright it leaves my skin looking. All in all I have been really impressed with the product and will continue to use it over the next few months and see if it improves the appearance of black spots around my nose. I look forward to using it every week and love the fresh clean feeling it leaves me with after I’ve used it. Whether I repurchase it would depend on the outcome over the long term simply because of the price tag (£7.40 in Boots for a 125ml bottle seems a little steep to me) but I think this tube should last me a good while and I am expecting good things from it based on my use so far.

Thanks for reading! x

November Favourites

It’s quite hard to believe that November has  been and gone, and Christmas is creeping up on us already. It’s quite scary how unprepared I am for Christmas this year, as there is only 20 days to go and I am still yet to buy one single present for anyone…I’m also awful at coming up with ideas for people, so that’s not helping one iota, and now with working full time, free time to actually go out and have a good look is slim. Money is also a sore subject this month (thanks to the tax office!) so it’s not been a month for any real new tries of any products, so you might see a few old favourites of mine 🙂

So here’s what I’ve been really enjoying using over the past month…

Soap & Glory Hand Food – An old faithful of mine, and as the colder weather arrives here my hands have definitely been suffering as a result. This hand cream is brilliant and I would recommend it to anyone who is a sufferer of dry skin (and even those who aren’t) it really is a rescue to hard working hands, and doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy after you’ve used it but still effectively moisturises and leaves your skin feeling super soft and smells lovely too.

Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden Luxury Bath Float – This is actually a new product that I’ve been using this month, which I got in a gift set a while back. I’ve never used Sanctuary products myself before and have been pleasantly surprised by this. The smell is very refreshing and very relaxing for a nice soak in the bath after a long day at work. It creates great bubbles and turns the water a nice aqua(ish) colour (Unless that’s just my imagination) Leaves your skin soft and the scent lingers on your skin long after you’ve come out of the bath too. ‘Enriched with antioxident Vitamin E, hydrating freesia and moisturising baobab extracts’, I will certainly be repurchasing when I’m finished with my little travel sized bottle.

Dove Beauty Finish Anti-Perspirant – Might seem a bit of a strange one for a monthly favourites but I have a lot of trouble with finding deodorants that I can stick with. After a while I tend to find the smell of them just doesn’t work for me anymore and it’s very frustrating. This however I’ve found a real pleasure to use and the smell is very pleasant. Mineral enriched it’s also soft on your underarms and lasts and works well throughout the day. My only regret is that I didn’t pick more up while they were on offer for 99p in Superdrug.

Boots ‘Simply Sensitive’ Facial Wipes – As money has been a bit tight this month, I’d been looking for a cheaper alternative to my usual ‘Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes’ and these ones from Boots are just as good, if not a little better because they are cheaper 😉 They remove make-up really well, and are soft and gentle on the eye area and don’t cause stinging. They will definitely from now on be my go-to facial wipes. I also really like the packaging so that’s always a plus!

Topshop Cream Blush ‘Nutmeg’ – I use this blush literally every day and absolutely love it, it gives my cheeks a lovely flushed look without looking over the top and perfect for this time of year. I also love the consistency of the formula and how it applies as a cream but looks like powder when on your cheeks. You also don’t need a lot of product for it to look effective so it’s also lasting ages, which is always good in my book!

MUA ‘Heaven & Earth’ Eyeshadow Palette – Not a very original choice in the land of bloggers, I admit but I’m definitely a sucker for the natural look when it comes to eyeshadow and since buying this a few months ago, I’ve found myself using eyeshadow more often than I used to. The colours are just so easy to blend and you can mix and match with all of them and create so many different looks. The pigmentation is brilliant on all of the shades and lots of choice for highlights, lids and for the eyelid crease. PERFECT…and the best thing… it’s only £4!!

Aussie ‘Miracle Hair Insurance’ Leave-in Conditioner – Another staple product for me, I tend not to use conditioners when I wash my hair just because my hair is so thin and I find they tend to weigh my hair down and make it look flat and horrible. This stuff is perfect for after shampooing though and detangles perfectly, and leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny. My hair is also quite damaged from so much straightening so this also protects from further damage. Also smells scrumptious!!

What have you really enjoyed using this month, post me a comment and let me know!

Thanks for reading! x


Simple Derma Intensive Relief Lotion Review

For the past couple of months I’ve been having real trouble with the skin on my legs, mostly after coming out the shower and suffering from unbearable itchy of my lower legs and thighs. At first I thought it might be some kind of reaction to a cheap shower gel I picked up in Home Bargains on a whim because it smelt nice, but when I stopped using it and switched to using the Soap & Glory Clean On Me Moisturising Shower Gel, I found myself with the same problem.

The itching really has been unbearable, many a time to me scratching myself to the point of having red marks all over my legs, even after using vaseline the itching sensation was still there. Then, when rummaging through my cupboard I came across the Simple Derma Intensive Relief Lotion hiding in the depths of my many, many products. Now to be honest, this has been in my collection for quite some time, and only a few times had I ever used it. I mainly avoided it because before when I did use it I remember finding it incredibly thick and not very quick to soak into the skin, so having to wait around a while to actually get dressed after using it. However, because my itching was getting so bad, I figured my legs were probably suffering a little sensitivity and dryness and seeing as this lotion is designed to tackle very dry,eczema and dermatitis prone skin, I thought it would be worth a try.

What can I say…it’s been a god send! Yes it is still incredibly thick and does take a while to soak into the skin, but it is definitely worth the wait because it has been brilliant at tackling the itching on my legs. I use it as soon as I come out of the shower, and it takes away the itching brilliantly. It is very soothing and the formula containing canola oil leaves my legs feeling lovely and smooth, although a little greasy for a little while after using it, but personally for me if it takes the itching away I can deal with that.

The product has no scent, so although I am prone to a lovely smelling body lotion, the fact it has no colours or perfume means it works wonders and doesn’t irritate my skin further. It is a deep moisturiser, hence why it takes a while to sink into the skin, and it is quite oily so if you are prone to oily skin, then it is probably one to avoid. For anyone suffering from eczema or dermatitis though I would highly recommend this to you and would love to know if others have experienced the great results I have.

The Simple Derma range has a couple of other products too, one a hand cream, and the other an intensive relief cream. I have heard from reading reviews on the Simple website recently though that Boots are no longer stocking the products, although I haven’t been to my local store to check this out for definate. So if you can’t find it in Boots, try Superdrug, or you can order it from the Simple Online Shop here…

I’m going to start using it before I go to bed now too, just to see if this will help ease the itching to my legs in the first place…I’ll update with another blog, at some stage to see how it works out 🙂

Keep it Simple…

When it comes to my facial skin care routine, despite often trying out cheaper home brand alternatives from many different places (Wilkinson, Boots…) there is always one brand I come back to and find best for my skin type, and that’s Simple. Although I’m not prone to spots (lucky!!) my skin does tend to be very dry and so I’ve tried various fragrance free products in order to avoid irritation.  I’ve found that so many facial washes leave, my forehead especially, extremely itchy and dry (including Simple products I might add). It’s taken a while to discover something that could work for me but I think I’ve finally cracked it…

Simple Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash has been my saviour. It isn’t something I would have usually picked up, being in the teenage skin care section and me not really being a sufferer of spots but when I was starting to give up hope of finding something that wouldn’t irritate me, I thought I would give it a try.  Thank God I did, because it works brilliantly and doesn’t cause any itching to my forehead at all!! It’s also really refreshing against the skin and leaves me feeling refreshed and as an added bonus keeps the spots (when i have them) away! (“,)

I usually follow the face wash in my daily routine with the Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes just to remove any excess I may have missed on my skin and I would also swear by these. Although they are quite expensive at around £3 for 25 wipes, they are most definitely worth it. They are great for removing eye make-up and don’t sting my eyes at all thanks to the lack of fragrance and colours, and leave my face feeling fresh and smooth.

I also wouldn’t be without the Simple Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser which I also use daily. Because it’s lightweight it doesn’t feel heavy and sticky on the skin and perfect as a base for your daily make up. It also moisturises effectively, which means no flakiness around my prone dry areas on my forehead and around my nose. Absolutely brilliant!!

I could go on for ages about how much I love all these products, and they also last ages which is always a bonus, especially when sometimes I feel guilty for spending more than I’d like to. The other great thing about the products though is that they are quite often on special offer, usually 2 for £4 on the cleansing wipes or 3 for 2 across the range in Boots.  ADDED BONUS!

I’ve also recently started using the Kind to Skin Vital Vitamin Night Cream which they recently brought out. I thought at first maybe I was being a bit premature starting to use a night cream seeing as I’m only 23 but my Mum assured me it was a good time to start using it. I’ve got to be honest, it is amazing! It did feel a bit weird at first because it is quite heavy and leaves your face shining like a beacon but it’s great for restoring the vitamins to your skin overnight, and it’s a lovely feeling to wake in the morning with my face feeling smooth and soft.

Something tells me I won’t be switching from Simple any time soon. Unless the cheaper home brands improve their products in some way, but until then I’m more than happy to spend that little extra and get great results for my skin from Simple. (“,)

Any facial skin care products you would recommend from cheaper alternatives? Let me know!!