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I was very lucky to have one of these brushes thrown in when buying my usual skincare packs. I usually apply make up using my fingers as I didn't know any better and though that my make up always ended up fine. But then at times, my make up would take forever to get right, any wrong touch or smudge, I would have to wipe all the make up off and start again - meaning I can sometimes spend 30-40 minutes just trying to get my eye make up right...!
The I started trying out brushes and I found it so much easier, quicker and using a brush appeared to make things more accurate and precise. It definitely cut down a lot of time. As time went on, I discovered that the quality of the brush mattered very much too.
I'm not sure if it is just a psychological effect, but I found the Lancôme brush so much better - I would be able to apply my concealer with better precision. The texture of the brush is very soft and bristles appear finer than the other budget brushes I have used.
My concealer also appeared to 'stick' better to the brush and when applying the make-up it, the effect is very soft and not product over loading. When I use the brush for blending, it is produces very soft, almost flawless effects, like I hadn't used anything or touched the surface at all.
I find it is very important to use a clean brush every time, it also affects the make-up result. But the problem is, with each time I wash the brush, I seem to find that the texture changes - for the worse...not sure if I'm washing it in the wrong way (just general soap and water) or if I'm going to have to use a special brush cleaner...
I have fairy thick coarse dry hair, and I didn't want to have keep using bottles of taming serum to keep it smooth - it ended up making my hair more dry and greasy and I think in the long term, probably more damaging to the hair.
I started looking at shampoos, but I went through so many brands - the first few uses would make some sort of difference, but after using it regularly, it just wasn't working for my hair. It doesn't help that I have to wash my hair everyday either...
However, everytime I had been to the hairdressers, my hair was always softer and smoother and it would also last that way after several washes. So I started to think that perhaps I should really look to what they use at the hairdressers despite it being so much more expensive.
I was introduced to Kerastase. It costs about 5 times more - about £20 a bottle but thankfully only a small amount is used each time. The shampoo lathers well and rinses out easily. My hair definitely felt softer, smoother and less frizzy.
The only minus is I feel the perfume of the shampoo is a bit strong...
However, as I need to wash my hair everyday, again, I felt this product started to lose its effect after using it a couple of weeks. So, I am again back to square 1. I am thinking of alternating between shampoos, and it seems to help so I don't end up wasting the shampoo after using it after a few weeks...
I suffer from saggy lose skin around the eyes with fine lines and wrinkles. I really needed something to smooth, firm and tone up the eye area.
Having found the face cream - anti-wrinkle ultra lift from the Renergie range, I was hoping that this was the 'ONE' which would do the trick. All other eye creams were usually just nourishing and useful for hydration. This is one of the very few that claims to tone, firm and lift the skin.
The cream is a lovely pretty pastel pink colour, quite light in texture. Very easy to apply and absorbs quickly into the skin. For me, it leaves a little light film, but probably due to its richness. But generally does not leave a greasy feeling.
Unfortunately, one of the factors that I look for in a product, is its immediate effect on first application, the best ones always give me an immediate visible result. With this cream, it is not so apparent, although, I do find the cream quite comforting and nourishing. No immediate lifting effects but after a night's sleep, my eye area does appear smoother and less lined.
The cream does not firm or tone as much as it claims which is disappointing. It looks a lovely cream, has a nice texture and very nourishing but perhaps does not have as much anti-ageing properties.
Worth a try if given freely...but maybe not to buy unless you're desperate. Not very good value for money - at £45 for 15ml...
This is a very effective eye make up remover - it removes all traces of heavy eye make up, even thick waterproof mascara. I even use it to remove some of my face make up, it's very soothing and gentle, and very effective at removing all traces of make up.
What I'm mot so keen on is its liquid format - I don't really get why it has to be in a bilayer, I always find it ever balances out and soon when the solution is almost finished, I am always only left with one more than the other.
The main concern is that it does not really do much to revitalise or replenish the skin. It leaves a slight oily residue sheen. I have used other make up removers where the effects are far better - leaving my skin clean and refreshed, not damp, dull and oily.
If you have nothing else but this, then it is a good make up remover solution, effective - but that is all. For around £21 for 30ml, I don't think it is very good value either, too expensive - I have used others for only £3 which do a better job.
The product is a very novel way of removing make-up, you have to be sure to shake it well so that it reached it's optimum effectiveness, really, I don't have the time to vigorously shake this, I just once to pure, wipe and go - knowing that I am left with clean beautiful skin...
No the best of all make up removers I don't think. It is a good effective make up remover - even with tough thick make up, I think it's pretty good at removing all of it. But it doesn't seem to leave your face in its best condition. I find the remover leaves a sort of greasy residue and my face doesn't feel as comfortable as it should. Not sure if the solution actually contains oil.
Although very effective at removing make-up, I still get some make up coming off on my toner as well, so perhaps not as effective as it seems. For the small amount you get - 50ml for about £17, I don't think it's very good value. I had used up about a 6th of the bottle with one use, so it's not going to last very long either. So sadly, would not recommend it unless you really need some make up remover...
I was given one of these in my promotional kit. I don't usually use much blusher, or else the ones that I use never really work for me so I just give up on using them. However, I couldn't find my usual blusher the other day and had to use this as an emergency.
To my surprise, on first application, the blusher showed up on my cheeks with a vibrant tone. This wasn't even the shade I had matched for myself, it just came standard as part of the pack. Not only the shade suited me but it instantly made me feel more radiant.
Usually, I would have swish my brush around on the blush pad several times before I could get any colour on the brush and then still not much of it ends up on my cheeks. But with this, it applies well straight from the brush to the skin. The colour is not too dramatic, so you can build up as much colour as you need. I was just so impressed as it has proved to be better than any other blusher I have used.
I love using mascara from Clinique, I always feel that their formulas are more gentle and less harsh for the eyes. I have very short eye lashes and after using this I found that the volume of my lashes were thicker and slightly longer. The mascara gives a lovely natural look, so the difference is not too dramatic. The mascara is specifically thickens the lashes making them look bolder - I only noticed a slight lengthening effect, so if that is your main concern then this is not quite the right mascara.
Unfortunately, as with many mascaras, this product still flakes, and I think the longest I've been without any flaking is about two to three hours. This is what annoys me the most about mascara is the flaking and the depositing of smudge marks underneath the eyes. I have wasted so much money trying so many different ones so to find one that doesn't flake or smudge.
This one is good if you're only going out for a short while, but any longer than about 3 - 4 hours, you might need to keep checking in the mirror. But overall a nice gentle effective mascara.
This is a great cream, I did have my doubts at first when I first opened it. It is pure white and a very thick cream. My skin does not work well with thick creams, I always find it difficult to make the creams absorb completely, I'm often left with a shiny sheen and when used on my eyes, the skin around just gets all puffed up and swollen making my dark circles worse.
The best way to apply this really thick cream - and I mean, it's almost a solid soap like cream, where you need to almost scrap a bit out of the pot, otherwise if you use your fingers, you would just scoop too much out.
Applying it to the eye area is easier than expected, it smooths on very easily and absorbs surprisingly well. After just a few seconds I can actually see that my eye area looks firmer brighter and smoother - I was very impressed. I still think the texture is too thick and rich for the eye area, but for the results it gives - I can just about put up with this.
So far, I find it blends ok with the make-up that I put on later, usually, with rich creams, it makes my make up clog up and it won't sit all until I wipe off all the thick layer of grease.
The cream is very expensive at almost £40 for a small 15ml pot, such a shame, but it works well, so you just need to weight up whether its worth it. But I think it is...
I'm a little disappointed with this cream as it is probably one of the more expensive items in the repairwear range. I use the eue cream and the serum and I see immediate results for both of them, so I am quite surprised as to why this face cream version does not seem to show any effects.
I did wonder whether it was the particular jar or batch that I had - this was because after using after about a week, I left it and didn't use it until a few weeks later, I opened the pot and it really stank like it had gone off or something. The cream looked fine and as usual but just had a really strong bad smell, and so I put the ineffectiveness down to the faulty jar of cream. But I have also recently tried a second pot - it was included as part of the Repairwear gift set, and still as usual, this didn't really have any effect, only the eye cream and serum showed visible results.
I think it's very poor that this doesn't work - at £50 a jar if bought on its own you would expect it to have to work. This is in terms of firming up the skin, reducing wrinkles, making appear brighter and basically also correcting any other skin problem areas you have - hence, the 'repair' name tag.
The cream on its own is actually a good thick moisturiser for dry skins, it's very rich and creamy and actually feels quite soothing on the face. Disappointed, but glad that I only get it as part of a combo set.
I've been looking all over for a good shampoo that is nourishing, helps it become manageable and shiny but at the same time making it lift, appearing as if with more volume, more hair in essence!
I use Kiehl's other skincare products and was quite surprised to suddenly realise that they did hair bath product too. I started talking to one of the beauty advisors and they recommended this, said it was so good and popular with customers - most of what I use of Kiehl's is brilliant, so I had no doubts that this shampoo would so some wonders.
When you try to pour the shampoo out from the plastic squeezy bottle, it comes out slowly, it is actually quite thick, almost like a cream but lathers very well indeed if you keep adding water as you apply and massage it into the hair. I did actually end up with too much foam all over the place, so a little goes a long way.
You don't actually notice much of the scent when you open the bottle or pour it out, but for some reason it seems to project quite strongly once you've applied to the hair. Maybe because it was a new shampoo and I had never used it before, but I just felt the scent on my hair was too strong and I just felt conscientious about it.
After my hair had dried the strong fragrance was still there, but my hair still look a lot thicker and fuller - and almost a bit wild, sticking out and almost standing on end...so I had to put hair product on it to tame it down.
Definitely gives your hair lots more volume but smells a bit strong.
I was so happy when I got this - finally I had found something, a body lotion that claimed to be light in texture, skin nourishing and had an SPF where I could also use frequently on my hands - doubling up as a hand moisturiser.
When I first opened it to try, it smelt gorgeous and made me feel hungry, it contains shea butter so smells a bit chocolatey and buttery, just of some food. Generally, I don't like this sort of scent, as it just makes me feel as if I'm applying some food on my body, I prefer a fresher feel and refreshing light scents.
The texture is light but it was not as light as I had hoped, it was still quite a thick lotion I would say, but nevertheless it absorbs very well into the skin. Personally, I also feel the scent is quite strong although it is still a pleasant smell. I always felt conscious that people around me might smell it and think I had just had some heavy load of chocolate or something. Sorry...
The cream is fairly hydrating, but for really dry wrinkled skin, it does not have much effect. A great moisturiser, but I can still feel that I have this heavy cream on me. It would be great if they could make the texture even lighter and also make is fragrance free.
For the price, I think it's a little too high, especially that it is just a nourishing moisturiser with some shea butter, and many others that are on the market have this and are far cheaper.
It's worth a try but I would prefer something lighter with a more refreshing lighter scent.
I have a lot of acne scars and blemishes on my face and usually use a foundation to get some coverage. But even with the double wear I find it doesn't completely cover everything and I always need an extra concealer that has a heavier texture to give even more coverage.
I read a lot of reviews on this before getting it and thought this would be the last ever one I have to try, sadly it doesn't completely tick all my boxes.
First of all it is a good heavy texture, runny enough still to be able to apply and blend easily. It seems to dry very quickly, so if you do any blending, you need to do it quick before it sets and then you can't work with it much afterwards. I use around my scars and blemishes, and also under my eyes - it might actually be a bit too heavy for the eyes, but gives a good decent amount of coverage if you're like me, with really dark big circles...!
However, a good coverage it gives, my problem with it is, that at first, it sets well, looks great, but after a few hours it seems to dry out and start clumping - it may be my other products affecting it and I'm still trying to work out what it is, but the clumpy look is not good...
Under the eyes, it's not really that great as it's so heavy, so the clumpiness looks even more apparent. There are no light reflective particles in this, but it does give a very plain matt look - so it can actually make the dark circles look worse.
Great coverage if you can work with it.
If you're after something that stays put for the whole day - this is it. I have worn the foundation for a whole day - well, not on purpose, but when you don't get the chance to carry any make-up or have the time to go to the restroom to reapply your make-up, this foundation just takes all the stress and worry away. You can just spend time in the morning doing the make up and then completely forget about it.
I had worn this foundation from 9am in the morning until 11pm at night when I got home and looked in the mirror and only very slight patches had come off - but that was more likely from me rubbing or scratched my face without being careful of the make-up. My face - the make up on my skin still looked relatively matt and intact, so I would definitely recommend this if you don't like having to go to the loo every hour to retouch up make up.
The make-up blends relatively well, but still clumps a little depending on what moisturiser you use underneath. My main concern is also the limited number of shades there are - I think there are only 3 in total and I am between shade 1 and 2 - shade 1 being too light for me, and shade 2 being too dark - so it is annoying from that perspective. However, usually I just work round this by mixing the two together which helps but then I'm faced with having to buy both shades.
Well worth the price, it's about £27 for 30ml but you don't need much at all, and lasts all day - brilliant stuff...!
I really like the fact that this moisturiser has anti-oxidants, I think it's really important for all moisturisers to have this feature - our face goes through so much stress and pollution during the day, I don't understand why it's not a basic feature in all moisturisers. Unfortunately, I don't really see much visible benefit with this cream, although I would definitely say it is a good general hydrator. On application, it is very soothing, especially with its cucumber-like refreshing scent. I find it takes a while to soak in, and after a few hours, my skin can appear shiny, so the cream may be a bit rich for those who have oily and combination type skins.
Not being funny, but because I don't see much in visible results, I do wonder whether the cream is really working and neutralising all those oxidising radicals on my face. The cream unfortunately doesn't do anything for wrinkle or have anti-ageing effects like firming and toning the skin, it is more of a general hydrator and perhaps a preventative cream. The cream is probably best more suited for younger skins, although it is also a bit rich for oily skins as I mentioned earlier.
I find it is also better to use this in the winter - I actually get less shine then and also my skin feels comfortable in the cold weather after using this, how weird and such a coincidence that it's an aqua cool blue green colour - maybe the cream is designed for winter, who knows? But definitely noticed more benefits using it in colder temperatures... Worth a try, a good general cream with a lovely scent.
I normally use this after taking all my make-up off, as unfortunately, this cleanser doesn't not take make-up off. It comes as a creamy white foam in a squeezy tube, which I prefer, as I think, if it came in a pump bottle applicator, too much would just get pumped out. The first time I used this, I squeezed out a pea size amount - maybe a little bit more, and it was definitely too much. The cleanser foams extremely well, so a little of this goes a very long way, which I think is a plus.
I find the foam a little drying as well, it may be that I use too much, as I find using less seems to help - my skin feels less tight after using it. Normally, I find that my skin feel noticeable very tight after cleansing and then I have resort to using lots of toner to remove the residue - unless I'm not rinsing my face properly...! But either way, using less of this, means that I use less of the toner - which is still a bonus, and I still feel it cleans pretty well on small amounts. My skin normally feels and appears visibly brighter as well, so the cleanser also helps to clarify and brighten the complexion.
In general, it is a good cleanser, but it would not be my first choice, and I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it again, simply because I have other facial cleansers that work better for me...but worth a try if you're still trying to find a good one :)