Skin Saviour | Elemis Freshskin Matte Moisturiser

Elemis FreshSkin Moisturiser

Hi my name is Jacquelyn and I am the world’s worst blogger! Sorry people. I’m so bad, but blogging is a hobby right? And it’s difficult to fit it in sometimes when your working full time. Speaking of work, I just applied for a full time job at my work. Aaaaaah. Scary stuff. I’m nervous already. I hope they interview me. This kinda means I’m an adult. I just applied for an adult job. Not a graduate job. No. A real life adult job. I really hope they interview me, even if I am relatively inexperienced. I want this soooo bad. Will be weird getting interviewed by people I know. Do I picture them naked or not? One of lifes many dilemmas. I think I will probably try not picture them naked because that is the worst interview tactic anyone has ever told me. Anyway, I’m stressing out here for no apparent reason. Which brings me on to my skin saviour of the year.

I’ve banged on about Elemis Freshskin before, it is seriously good. Now I love Elemis, but I can’t afford £20 odd for a bottle of cleanser (the lime blossom cleanser is ah-mazing), so freshskin is right up my street. It is aimed at teens to mid twenties, but when did an age recommendation ever stop anyone using anything? ‘Oh look this moisturiser is for teenagers, I better not use it’ said no one ever. If we get into technicalities I am still early, verging on mid twenties so I fit the bill perfectly. My skin is weird – dry in places, but my nose? Well if you wanted to I’m pretty sure you could crack an egg on there and fry it some days. It has mahoosive pores in there too, kinda like looking at a greasy moon is the way I would describe it. Not cool. I’ve always been plagued with big, disgusting spots on my nose every now and again, but generally other than a few tiny white lumps here and there the rest of my skin is clear.

Freshskin

Moisturisers and skin care can be problematic. Do you buy one for dry skin and risk making the oil rig that is your nose worse? Or do you buy one for oily skin and end up turning the rest of your face into a dry and barren dessert? Or do you buy both and have two sets of skin care, taking up precious space in the shower? First world problems here. Well in my teenage years, I went with the latter. In my early twenties I went with the former. Neither was ideal. Now, well now I have found a moisturiser that works for me. Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce to you the Elemis Freshskin Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser.

The packaging is fairly plain and colour coded. Anything blue is for mattifying your skin and anything pink is for normal skin. I think that because this is fairly plain, you could give it to boys as well as girls. It is important to treat your teenage skin right –  I remember my brother looking after his and he has fabulous skin for a man now. I can see mums and grannies buying this for their teenagers for Chrimbo. Points to Elemis. The pump dispenser works and doesn’t clog, not much else to say here.

The texture, hmmm. Not too thick, not to watery. Exactly what you want from a moisturiser. It spreads evenly on the face and absorbs really well. Typically I give this around 5-10 minutes to soak in whilst I dry my hair before applying any makeup and I am left with no oily residue on my face. I do find that when I use this my nose gets marginally less oily during the day than if I don’t use it. Winner. This contains shea butter for added moistures and bergamot which is antiseptic to help reduce spots. It also contains cucumber and witch hazel, which are pretty common skin care ingredients for moisturising and fighting spots. I cant’t say that this noticeably reduces spots on it’s own, but combined with the serum from this range, it definitely does. Elemis don’t use any nasties – parabens, SLS etc in any of their products which is a bonus.

Okay, so the downside – it is quite pricey. £21 for a 50ml pot from Feel Unique. It is worth it though, trust me. It is my skin hero and a dessert island product.

Have you tried Freshskin? Did you love it as much as me? Can anyone recommend a nice face scrub, I am on the hunt?

TAG: Best of Beauty 2013

My Best of Beauty 2013

My Best of Beauty 2013

I was tagged over a week ago to do this by Brittany over at the Beauty Deputy, so here goes. Please excuse some of the bad quality photos, I struggled with lighting. I also won’y be tagging anyone to do this as I am quite late to the party, but if anyone wants to do it, please let me know. Alternatively if you have done this tag already, link me in the comments so I can read yours. P.S I know half my photos are watermarked, half aren’t. I used to watermark, but I stopped doing it recently, so the older ones are watermarked.

Benefit Porefessional Primer

Benefit Porefessional Primer

1. Primer

The Porefessional Primer by Benefit – reviewed here

I love this primer. It applies so smoothly onto my skin, smells great and actually helps with my skin tone. I know it isn’t mean to, but it has a slight tint that I find balances my skin tone out. This also does a great job at keeping foundation in place. Oh did I mention it minimises pores too?

Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Beige

Bare Minerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Medium Beige

2. Foundation

BareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation in Medium Beige

I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this yet! The pictures are sitting uploaded and waiting. This is my all time favourite foundation. It doesn’t look cakey and can be built up for more coverage where needed. This also doesn’t clog pores and is so ‘good’ you can sleep in it. I’ve gone through countless tubs of this and always have a backup in my stash.

Benefit FakeUp concealer in Medium

Benefit FakeUp concealer in Medium

3. Concealer

Benefit FakeUp Concealer in Medium – reviewed here

This is brilliant for under eyes. It doesn’t have as much coverage as Boing, but is very hydrating. I got this in medium and it is a tad dark for under eyes, but it blends so well. I love this so much and will definitely re purchase.

BareMinerals Mineral Veil

BareMinerals Mineral Veil

4. Powder

BareMinerals Original Mineral Veil

Again I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed this. You can probably tell I am a massive BM fan and have gone through so many tubs of this. It is awesome for setting makeup and I even have the ready one for on the go touch ups. The powder is so light and fine milled and doesn’t cling to dry patches.

Benefit Sun Beam

Benefit Sun Beam

5. Bronzer

Benefit Sun Beam Highlighter – reviewed here

Not technically a bronzer, but a golden toned highlighter but I have been using this in place of my trusty BareMinerals Faux Tan bronzer which ran out over the summer. I like the subtle glow this gives me.

Benefit Fine One One

Benefit Fine One One

6. Blush

Benefit Fine One One – reviewed here

So it seems Benefit and BareMinerals are sweeping the board here. I suppose that’s testimony to how great they are, but I really need to try Nars, Mac, Elf, Sleek and MUA. 2014 will be the year of trying. I like this blush because it is so easy to apply and gives a nice healthy glow. It is a shame it doesn’t last longer, but a great little product none the less. I was initially scared about how bright it looked, but it blends well.

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla

7. Highlighter

Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla

This pale toned offering from Laura Geller is great for the brow bone. I don’t like it so much on my cheek bones, but my Fine One One takes care of that. This is a powder, but applies well and blends easily. I think this has the perfect amount of shimmer.

Rimmel Brow Pencil in Black

Rimmel Brow Pencil in Black

8. Brows

Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Black

This isn’t black, it is dark brown. I have very thick, bushy and dark eyebrows so don’t really need brow products. I have had this for years and use it when I decided to change my brow shape. I also have a tiny bald patch on one end, so will occasionally use this to fill it in. It doesn’t snag the skin and is really easy to apply.

Urban Decay Naked Basics

Urban Decay Naked Basics

9. Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics – reviewed here

I love this and how versatile it is. The shadows are well pigmented and apply so smoothly. It covers all the bases for neutral eyes from line to highlight to crease. Well worth the investment.

Bodyshop Eyeliner in Black

Bodyshop Eyeliner in Black

10. Eyeliner

Bodyshop Eye Definer in Black

I’ve gone through one of these already and will probably finish this one too. I don’t often wear eyeliner, but when I do it is either black, dark brown or grey and more often than not I reach for this. I picked this up in the sale and I am glad I did. It is really creamy and wears really well.

Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara

Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara

11. Mascara

Givenchy Noir Couture

I got a sample of this in Debenhams and I love it. Maybe even more than Benefit Bad Gal. It doesn’t clump, wears well and lengthens my lashes. What more do you want?

Urban Decay Love Child

Urban Decay Love Child

12. Lip Pencil

Urban Decay Super Saturated in Lovechild

Okay this might be cheating, but it is a pencil and does go on your lips right? Super creamy, pigmented and a suits all shade. Loving this latest addition to my stash from UD.

Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Rumour

Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Rumour

13. Lipstick

Benefit Full Finish Lipstick in Rumour – reviewed here

Initially I wasn’t that taken with this, but after using it over the top of a balm, I like the colour and staying power much better. And it was half price.

Philosophy The Ginger Bread Man

Philosophy The Ginger Bread Man

14. Lipgloss

Philosophy The Gingerbread Man

This had lain in my stash for ages, being neglected but I rediscovered it. I love the high gloss shine and the ginger smell. Mmm.

The entire contents of the You Beauty advent calendar 2013. Stand out products for me include Neom and Caudalie hand creams, balance me body wash and steam cream

The entire contents of the You Beauty advent calendar 2013. Stand out products for me include Neom and Caudalie hand creams, balance me body wash and steam cream

15.Beauty Subscription

You Beauty Advent Calendar – reviewed here

Not technically a subscription box, but sold by a company who make subscription boxes. I loved most of the products and it was amazing value for money. Highly recommend this next year.

Remix for her

Remix for her

16. Perfume

Giorgio Armani Remix for Her

This has been a favourite of mine for a few years and I really like the stylish bottle. It smells fresh and I always get compliments when wearing it. My bottle was too bashed up to photograph.

L'Occitaine Lip Balm

L’Occitaine Lip Balm

17. Lip Balm

L’Occitaine Lip Balm

This is really hydrating and makes a great base for lipstick. I am almost finished this tube, so will have to stock up.

Virgin Vie Eyes

Virgin Vie Eyes

18. Eyeshadow Brush

Virgin Vie Eyes

Yup, Viggin Vie. I have had this for donkeys and it has been washed countless times and it still going strong. It is still soft and fluffy and picks up just the right amount of shadow. Shame they went bust.

I know the descriptions are short, but I didn’t want the post to become too long. If you want any of these reviewed in detail, just let me know.

What are your favourite products? Have you tried any of my favourites?

Benefit Hot2Trot – Part 1 Bella Bamba Box O Powder Review

Benefit Bella Bamba

Benefit Bella Bamba

I bought this a few months ago (see my haul here) from Debenhams as part of the Hot2Trot set and had planned on reviewing this and the Cha Cha tint in one post, but it became pretty long and picture heavy. I’ve been using this blush for the past two months and have been pretty impressed with it. I bought this as I was searching for the perfect blusher and my friend from uni recommended this Coralista and Fine One One. I am yet to try Coralista, but I think it might actually be better for everyday use than this one. The Hot2Trot set contains a mini Cha Cha Tint and is apparently exclusive to Debenhams. I’ve since seen ASOS claiming it is exclusive to them also. Who knows. I will add links at the end of the post.

Benefit Hot2Trot set containging a full size Bella Bamba and a mini 4ml Cha Cha Tint

Benefit Hot2Trot set containging a full size Bella Bamba and a mini 4ml Cha Cha Tint

What Benefit Say

‘Amplify cheekbones and create the illusion of sculpted features with this 3D watermelon blush. Laced with shimmering gold undertones, bella bamba takes eye-popping pretty to the third dimension…you’ll never use traditional blush again!’ – Benefit

Benefit Bella Bamba Inside with the handy brush

Benefit Bella Bamba Inside with the handy brush

Packaging

I know some people really don’t like the packaging of the Benefit blushers, but I actually really like it. The box it made from a thick card coated in some pretty paper. I love the holographic goodness of the paper. The lid flips open to reveal a plastic insert protecting the blush from the small included brush and a small, but good quality mirror. This makes it good for travelling. The only downside is that being card it may not be as sturdy as a plastic case, but when I travel I always put mine in a make-up bag anyway.

Ingredients

As with most powder products, this contains Talc. Talc can be the enemy of a few acne sufferers, so if you happen to suffer from acne, as with any powder product be wary when applying this incase it causes you to break out. This also contains BHT, which is a preservative and has had some controversy surrounding it in recent years, although from what I can see mainly as a food additive. Apparently it also has some anti-viral effects, particularly against herpes, just so you know. Bit random, but hey. I was surprised to see that this contains several compounds which act as moisturiser, which is probably why this blush doesn’t dry out my skin. This also contains colouring (surprise surprise) and fragrance, which again if you have overly sensitive skin or acne it could cause a breakout. Other than that, this product doesn’t seem to really have any nasty ingredients.

Benefit Bella Bamba showing the brush

Benefit Bella Bamba showing the brush

Application and Wear Time

A handy little brush is included, which I know many bloggers loathe. I love this. It is soft and doesn’t hold too much product, allowing for the blush to be layered. I also find this brush is good to create sculpted cheekbones. Benefit recommend dotting on the hairline, but when I tried this it just looked like I had been playing in glitter. The blush is quite soft and it doesn’t feel very dry. As mentioned above, it contains some ingredients which act as a moisturiser and I think these must give the blush its smooth and silky texture. This easily wears on my skin for in excess of 8 hours and doesn’t dry me out or cling to my dry patches. I love the texture, it just applies so smoothly and the products doesn’t fall off my face.

Bella Bamba in the Pan

Bella Bamba in the Pan

Colour and Smell

This smells very sweet and perfumed, so if you hate scented products, you will hate this. The smell does not linger once applied. It is quite sweet, with a hint of fruit and I find it difficult to place, but I quite enjoy it. In terms of colour, this is a bright-dark pink with bags of shimmer and has been described as a watermelon pink, which I suppose is accurate. It has good colour pay off, however on dark skins I am not sure how well this would show up.

Swatches

Unblended Heavy Swatch

Unblended Heavy Swatch

Blended Swatch Showing Shimmer

Blended Swatch Showing Shimmer

Pricing and Where to Buy

This comes in an 8g box and is available from Benefit, Boots and Benefit stockists for £23.50

The Hot2Trot set is now out of stock on ASOS but you can buy it for £23.50 from Benefit or Debenhams. If you want this blusher, buy the hot2trot as it is way better value since you get cha cha tint.

Final Thoughts

This isn’t the perfect blush for me as it is too shimmery, so I am reserving it for nights out. I like the staying power and unlike other shimmery blushes, it doesn’t accentuate my pores. I will definitely repurchase once this runs out (never likely to happen as the box is huge). I am still on the hunt for a blush that is matte or not too shimmery and will last 10 hours plus for work.

Have you tried this blusher or any others from Benefit? What is your go to blush and can you recommend me one for work?

 

 

You Beauty Advent Calendar Day 23

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So I am almost caught up with the advent calendar mini posts and I have realised I will quite miss doing them 😦 I did notice the Ciate mini mani month is reduced in some places, so maybe I will buy that as it looks like a decent colour selection. No, you are a polish hoarder and don’t need it. Ah how my sensible self gets me sometimes. Okay, so today (or should I say yesterday) was another hand cream. Yeah hand creams are great, but three in one advent calendar? Well technically its a cream you can use all over, but the tube is so blinking small at 10ml I personally think it’s best to use it on hands as I would probably get half of my legs done and run out.

Weleda, Weleda, Weleda. Not a brand I am familiar with, but I love the name. I also like the green box, but not the metal tube. I loathe metal tubes. They are such a royal pain in the bum to get the last drops out of. Anyway, the cream. Well it is thick and doesn’t really smell of much. It is aimed at dry skin, which I have plenty of and contains beeswax and sunflower oil among others. It is very thick and not my favourite, but maybe it will grow on me? After all, I can’t really judge after one use. This retails for £5.95 for 30ml, making this tiny tube worth around £2.

Have you tried Weleda? Would you be interested in a broken down costing of the advent calendar? I know they claim it is worth £240, but would people like that proved?

Check out the list of discount codes here. (I think I forgot to put the Neom one in the post)

You Beauty Advent Calendar Day 21

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Ah brilliant. Something to tame my mop. Being a GHD obsessee (I own two pairs) and a wash-aholic (everyday), my hair is left looking a bit frazzled and with split ends sticking up everywhere. I’ve heard of Alterna before, but only due to my BBB Box. Instantly I was happy that the front of the bottle advertises no parabens or sulphates. Further investigation and I see the oil contains eco-certified bamboo, whatever that means. This promised t reverse the effects of heat and UV damage and is perfect for fine to medium hair. I’m sold. So this contains amongst others, sunflower oil, grape oil, olive oil and jojoba oil and as such is pretty oily in consistency. Ah dear, one of those products. Too little and no effect. Too much and chip pan hair. I sprayed a little of this on the palm of my hand and rubbed in onto my hair. It did add some shine and smooth a little, so I was impressed. I was disappointed that there was no smell to this, well there was, but it was very faint. I also feel like I need to experiment with the amount of this I use to get the best results but I am impressed so far. So far I have only used on damp hair, but you can use on dry hair, so that is an entire new kettle of fish for me. This is definitely a product I will be trialling over the festive period when I don’t need to be up at the crack of dawn for work. I’ve found this on FeelUnique for £20.50 for 125ml, making this little bottle worth around £4.20. Definitely happy with this little beauty.

Have you tried anything from Alterna? How do you combat frizz and split ends?