Give Me The Ultimate Face Fix Sheet Mask

The last few days have finally felt more Autumnal in the UK. Not only are their physical signs all around but also on me too! Skincare experts say that seasonal changes mean a need to shake up the products we use on our skin. Why? What our skin goes through is different per season and how it behaves can be different too. What may work during the Summer may not be as effective in the Winter. I suspect a skincare overhaul will be coming very soon for me as my skin now isn’t what it was a month ago. Recently, I wanted an easy to use and quick treat for my face. So this week I chose Give Me The Ultimate Face Fix Sheet Mask. No idea who gave this to me (birthday, Christmas, one of those), but it retails for around £6.00.

Give Me The Ultimate Face Fix Sheet Mask

Why did I grab this one?

Although my skin doesn’t look or feel dry, I feel it’s lacking something. It just doesn’t seem to feel plump and hydrated as it could be. So for a skincare band aide, I thought I would use a mask that would provide an instant hit of moisture which this mask claims to do, just to tide me over.

What is this supposed to do?

Provide hydration to the skin, improve the elasticity of the skin along with it’s overall strength.

How to use.

Apply to clean and dry skin. Leave on for 20-30minutes and remove.

On the face.

The mask itself was good in regards to quality. It had a good thickness to it and was drenched in plenty of solution. Placing it on my face wasn’t hard although needed a little smoothing out. Usual structure and look as most sheet masks have e.g. eyes, nose and mouth holes visible. One thing I did feel was the holes for the eye areas were too small on my face. No matter how much adjusting of the mask, they came too close to my eyes which they didn’t like.

I couldn’t detect a fragrance while I was wearing the sheet mask, but when I opened the packet initially it reminded me of a faint mix of cucumber and lemon. Fresh, clean, quite neutral and pleasant.

This was very cooling on the skin, which made me wish I had put this in the fridge before I used it.This would have added to the experience and really wake up my skin.

I was expecting to have this on for the full 30 minutes but I took it off after about 10 minutes. The mask itself stopped adhering to my face and it became annoying trying to adjust it constantly. I think my skin zapped the serum out of it super quick and there was little left to keep the mask on.

My skin after use.

No visible differences. It felt a little more hydrated but not massively. I didn’t need to follow up with a moisturiser or serum or anything like that which meant it did enough. I’ve been concerned about the appearance of stubborn spots lately and it was nice to see this caused no negative issues with my skin, including spots or general irritations or dryness.

Recommended?

I thought the sheet mask was ok. To say it helps with skin strength and elasticity seems a bit far fetched in my opinion, but it will give a hit of moisture. I would have no problems using this again but I don’t think this delivered what my skin needed at this moment of time. And to buy it for £6.00 or £8.00 for two off the website? Probably not. I could get another type of mask cheaper that would provide the same sort of results and save me a few pennies. But would I recommend this for someone else to buy? If you can get this at a good price, maybe in a bundle of other products, why not? Is it the best or cheapest mask I’ve ever used? No. Worth a go if priced well but not for me.

There are other skin care products I would like to try from this range. I think this wasn’t the best fit for me but completely open minded to trying others out. If you want to check this mask out it’s available direct from Give Me Cosmetics here.

Skin Republic’s Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Sheet Mask

I am no skincare expert, just a skincare lover. Whatever I buy I don’t expect miracles (although the occasional crossed fingers sometimes happen!), but I do want to see some improvements. Some over time, some a short term quick fix. And I find a quick fix product can be found with a face mask. Skin looks tired? Possibly dry? A need of TLC? A sheet mask can be very handy. Precisely the reason I grabbed Skin Republic’s Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet. I bought this as a set ages ago from Superdrug when half price but they can be bought individually there for £5.49.

Skin Republic’s Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet

Why did I go to use this?

Honestly? My face has been a state! I know my skin and within the last week I’ve suffered from quite a few spots and uneven skin in general. This isn’t how it normally looks. One spot, maybe two, not a football team’s worth! Not too sure whether it’s because I introduced a new product to my skincare routine or just bad luck, stress, facial covering wearing etc. But not good! And my skin has looked a little lack lustre too which is another no no. I needed something easy and fast to use. This mask, and what it claimed to do, seemed perfect and worth a go.

What is this mask supposed to do?

Gently exfoliates, deep cleanses to provide a clearer, cleaner and more vibrant look to the skin.

Packaging.

Comes in rectangular shaped packet. Even though all tissue masks come in the same type of packaging where it’s in a flat packet and you rip the top off to get into it, this is an eye catching one. Silver and black in colour with hits of purple, and a picture of half a face on the front wearing the bubble mask. Not particularly keen on the image because it’s not a true image and photoshopped to an inch of it’s life.

Application.

To activate the mask you have to rub the unopened packet. Once opened and unfolded, place onto clean skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Take it off, rub in any left over bubbles into skin then rinse off with water. To get the best result, use once a week.

In Use.

I used this while having a bath, cleansed my face and gave this packet a good little rub. Once I opened it I could see the mask was black in colour but was slowly but surely being covered in foam. Taking it out of the packet, it was less black in colour as the foam was taking over. But the look of this is pretty much the same as other tissues masks. So expect holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. The thickness and quality of the actual mask was good, and it sat on my face comfortably.

Now, this is where the fun began! This..mask..fizzed! I could feel it delicately fizzing over my skin, almost tickling it. It wasn’t uncomfortable, it was an unusual sensation and enjoyable! And as time went on this lightly covered foam got thicker, and I couldn’t even see the actual mask anymore!

After 20 minutes had passed, I took the mask off and rubbed in the remainder of the foam on my face into my skin. It felt so creamy, almost like shaving foam and there was a good amount of it. Rinsing off was easy and then I used a warmed damp cloth to pop over my face. My skin felt refreshed and clean and I loved the experience from beginning to end!

Nearly forgot…Fragrance.

This mask was fragranced. Not heavily, but perfectly scented in a neutral and clean and fresh scent. Pleasant, helped with relaxation and not heady at all!

Skin Afterwards.

I didn’t see a dramatic or a massive change after I used this but it felt good, felt and looked clean and that’s what I had hoped for straight away. Not dry, not irritated, no issues. Did my skin look fresher immediately? I would say a little yes. Enough for me to feel that my slightly textured skin looked less textured.

The Morning After The Night Before.

My skin looked better in the morning than after application. Although I was exceptionally tired, my skin didn’t look it. Still retained that fresh and clean look, and was less lifeless. I was actually quite impressed!

Recommended?

I remember sitting in the bath with this on my face thinking how I would buy this purely for the experience! I LOVED using this! It was something different, interesting and I really enjoyed it. And personally that’s what I want from skincare, I want to enjoy using products AND get some form of results. Results wise my skin looked a touch tweaked, less rough with a little more life in it after one use. The following day it looked tweaked even more. So recommended? Totally! I couldn’t use this once a week as suggested but once a month more likely, only due to cost and nothing more.

After doing a quick search, the best price I could find for this was £3.84 (30%off currently) at Look Fantastic here. Worth the price if you are looking for your instant facial fix with a touch of fun thrown in!

Oh K! Foaming Cleansing Bar

It’s probably more so recently I’ve discovered more and more brands when it comes to skincare. Social media has its flaws of course, but can be very useful. Finding out about companies, brands and products through places such as YouTube and Instagram to be honest, is very handy, easy and addictive! Although I haven’t seen much about the brand Oh K! through these sites, I did stumble across them when they had a sale on many months ago. Curiosity, and a lover for a bargain, I purchased their Foaming Cleansing Bar for £1.00! Usual retail price is closer to £10.00.

Oh K! Foaming Cleansing Bar

Why did I buy this?

Cleansers come in a variety of shapes and forms but an actual bar? I’ve heard of people washing their faces with a bar of soap, but surely that’s quite an old fashioned practise? This intrigued me. Products now being placed in bars e.g shampoo, conditioning bars, is much more common now to reduce packaging materials and be more environmentally friendly. But on my shopping travels actual cleansing bars for the face don’t seem to be as obvious. So I wanted to now if it was effective. I liked the idea of it and the price was fabulous!

What is this?

Think of an actual bar of soap but designed to cleanse the face. Simple. Designed for everyday use.

Packaging.

The bar is cling wrapped but came in a small cardboard box. Mostly green in colour, modern in look with a quirky feel to it. Easy on the eye and quite cute!

What do you get?

Not only do you get the actual foaming cleansing bar itself, but also a small mesh bag. From the packaging it shows this mesh bag is to keep the bar in it when not in use, and hang it up in the bathroom.

What does the cleansing bar look like?

Circular in shape. Roughly 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches in depth. Very chunky and a decent size. Mid green in colour, but not opaque. It has an almost semi transparent look to, as if looking through frosted glass and you can see through it but can’t.

Fragrance.

I quite like the scent of this. It’s not strong, but it has a clean and fresh fragrance to it. I definitely get tea tree, as it has that slight antiseptic scent to it. A touch of citrus, and overall quite a neutral scent. Pleasant, not specific and not powerful.

How to use.

Add water to the bar and rub between the hands to create lather. Use the lather to cleanse the face and rinse off.

In use.

I’ve used this for over 10 days, morning and evening. I’ve not used any other cleanser alongside this, as I sometimes double cleanse with another product. And I haven’t changed any other area of my skincare routine, just to see how this fairs on the skin.

The bar itself was super easy to lather up, and did so very well without too much water. Rather than it producing a handful of bubbles it created more of a slightly bubbly cream. On the face it swished around easily, and it felt as if it was cleaning my skin. The only thing I did find if using less soap and more water gave me a better consistency of product to use. I’m not a wearer of make up, but it removed my eyebrow pencil fine. Sun cream hasn’t been tested on as I haven’t used much over the last 10days. But general day to day grime while using this seemed to do the job.

While using this bar, it’s fragrance was hardly noticeable. Just a tinge of something clean.

Skin afterwards.

Did it feel particularly clean and fresh? Yes, it felt like that. What I would say is when removing the cleanser there was that squeaky feel straight after, which I didn’t like. But sorted that out by using a warmed damp flannel to go over my face straight after. Skin in look was normal. No massive differences. It looked as clean as it felt. So it did the job it was designed to do, no more no less.

Recommended?

I think this would appeal to a certain type of person. Those who like the idea of not using products in packaging they feel isn’t necessary is definitely one. Someone who wants a cleansing product that is simple to use and not complicated, but with half decent ingredients. And someone who loves to use a bar of soap! This won’t be for everyone. As a cleanser it does what it’s supposed to do so if you are all or any of the above, this could be good for you. Would I buy this again? No. Using this makes me feel like it’s a task I have to do rather than something I enjoy to do. And I’m frightened one of the kids will think it’s for the body and use it on places my face does not want to go near…

If this does seem like your kind of cleanser, you can find this available to buy from Amazon here for £10.73 (*affiliate link included. It means if you purchase from the link I get a small commission but has no effect on the price you pay*).That may seem pricey, but this should last a good few months so not a considered purchase at all.

Primark’s CBD Clay Mask

I’m sure the first thing people think about when the department store Primark is mentioned, they think of clothes. Totally understandable! They are well now for their affordable fashion items for men, women and children. But these days when I think of this store, I think of different things. Homeware, home fragrance and skincare! They don’t seem to have a massive range of skincare in my local store, but the pieces they have always spark my interest. That spark occasionally opens up my wallet to buy. A purchase I made recently was their CBD Clay Mask. Usual price £4.00, reduced to £2.00.

Primark’s CBD Clay Mask

Why did I buy this?

Pure curiosity! And, I am a sucker for a bargain. It also helps that I love a skincare mask too. Occasionally I use a clay mask depending on how my skin is behaving. And right now it’s not behaving at all! And what is with skincare having CBD/hemp and other stuff like that included in it’s formulation? Seems to be a fashionable thing but is it effective? Perfect time to try this out with my skin in a mini heat ravaged turmoil mess.

What is this supposed to do?

It’s designed to purify, soften, smooth and revitalise the skin. The inclusion of CBD oil, hemp seed oil and aloe vera aide with these actions.

Packaging.

60g of mask is housed in a plastic screw top pot. I really like the shape of this as the sides aren’t totally straight and curve closer to the top. White in colour, with text in green and a metallic looking mint green colour lid. This comes boxed up with the box mirroring the container, but with it being mostly green in colour.

Fragrance.

Ewwhh. Not a fan. It sort of smells off and not totally fresh, with a slight clay smell to it. I didn’t expect this to smell of flowers or bubblegum, but would have thought this could have smelt a little more appealing.

Appearance.

In the pot, well..it doesn’t look great. It does have the same type of look a lot of clay masks have. Thick, slightly mud like and quite thick, But this mask is very pale in colour which doesn’t make me feel too excited to use it to be honest.

How to use?

Apply onto clean skin. Leave for 10-15 minutes and remove by rinsing with warm water and patting dry.

In Use.

I expected this to be slightly more thicker in texture, but found it a touch lighter than what I originally thought. Easy to use, and I applied a decent but thin layer of the mask all over the face. Took very little time for this to dry out as the colour of it lightened and my face became more frozen, but totally what I expected with a mask like this. These are never the most comfortable products to have on the skin, but it wasn’t bad. I did notice that the scent of this didn’t linger, thank goodness, so wasn’t a problem.

Removal was like a dream! I thought it would be hard work but it really wasn’t. A warmed and damp face cloth wiped over the face took this off so easily and left no residue, which was what I expected to see.

Skin Afterwards?

Straight after removal my skin looked clean and quite fresh. I used this mask a few hours before bedtime, so it’s really the morning after the night before I will pick up on changes. And next morning my skin looked a touch smoother and felt it, reasonably rested in look. There was a sign of improvement but not a massive one. Enough for me to feel that I got some benefit using Primark’s CBD Clay Mask. But I would like to have seen a little more.

Recommended?

This clay mask has performed no better or no worse than others I’ve used in the past. If you’re visiting Primark, and it’s there and reduced in price why not? 60ml is a decent size, easy application and removal and appeared to improve my skin. And it’s packaged nicely! So a great gift idea for someone who likes or deserves a little pampering. Not an award winner but worth a couple of pounds!

Nip + Fab Glycolic Exfoliating Mask

If you like looking after your skin, is there currently one stage or product you are neglecting to use? At the moment I would say I need to slot in a skincare face mask twice a week just to give my face an added boost thanks to the current weather in the UK. But exfoliating is a stage for some reason over the last month or so I have been AWFUL with! So how about I kill two birds with one stone and go for something that can do both? So out of my skincare stash I dragged out NIP + FAB’s Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Mask. Can’t remember how much I paid for this towards the end of last year as it was on offer. But retails around the £7.00 mark.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Exfoliating Mask

Why did I buy this?

I’ve never tried products from this brand before, but I have noticed them. Their variety of products and ingredients have grabbed my interest. But price point for me meant anything bought from the range was a considered purchase. But a much easier one to make when on offer! So I opted for this because I didn’t even know you could exfoliate with a sheet mask and it intrigued me. I knew it would be useful in my routine, priced well and a good introduction to the range.

What does this supposed to do?

Think of this as being a skin exfoliator and a face skincare mask in one and this is what this is. The glycolic acid as an ingredient exfoliates the skin getting rid of the dead skin cells, leaving it looking and feeling smoother and less dull. Skin should feel rejuvenated and look more vibrant.

Packaging.

Comes in a packet, which I think all tissue face masks come in as standard. Loved how brightly coloured this was (orange), very eye catching. Explains simply what this mask is supposed to do on the front and back, with relevant information such as ingredients and warnings clearly marked.

How to use.

Apply onto clean skin. Avoid eye area. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. Remove and pat in any excess serum left on skin.

How does it look?

Very much like most tissue face masks. White in colour, soft in texture and made from some form of material. Openings for eyes, nose and mouth are visible. Not the most attractive thing you will ever see but practical and created like this for it’s intended purpose.

In use.

When I took this out of it’s packaging I was surprised how much solution this was covered in. It literally was DRIPPING with the stuff, so not skimping on it at all! Once I unfolded it I applied it to my face. Easy enough to do, I just took my time to make sure it was positioned properly. It clung comfortably to my face so I could get on with a few tasks over the 20 minutes. Very cooling on the skin, and felt very hydrating too.

And how did my skin look afterwards?

When I removed the mask, my skin did feel hydrated and clean. The immediate feel of hydration did die down somewhat and then was replaced with feeling as if it was still clean, but had something on my skin. To touch it, it felt a little tacky. But what I did notice was my sweaty looking skin (thank you heat!) now appeared matt and the shine taken away from the majority of my face.

Next day was where I could see my skin had benefited from using this product. It did seem a little smoother and fresher looking. I liked how it seemed more rested and less lifeless than it did before using the mask.

Something unexpected?

The day after using this mask it was a crazy hot day in the UK, around 30 degrees. I did a lot of walking outside that day. When I did my evening skincare routine, I cleansed my face which felt very very sore. It’s not something I’ve experienced before. I was wearing sun cream of spf50 but I suspect it needed reapplying which I didn’t…So either the sun had totally fried me or the combo of mask and sun made my skin sensitive. Can’t be 100% sure, so will leave a question mark on that. But I know when using products with glycolic acid in it, they mention the need to use sun care products alongside them. And this product had it on it’s packaging also. So if you use this, please make sure you use sun protection if venturing outside!

Would I buy this again?

Putting to one side sun hating face, I may or may not buy this again. If I did, it would be once in a blue moon, special occasion type purchase. It would be for a treat for the skin, no more no less. I found the results on my skin were visible for around a day. Sun, heat, lack of sleep and wearing face coverings makes my skin hard work so I got a decent amount of time looking better. But for a regular purchase, price wise, not for me. Not full price anyway. I also think I would prefer an exfoliator that was in a more physical form such as a liquid, cream, tonic etc. And if using a mask after, probably a separate one.

Recommended?

I think this is an interesting and unusual product, at least compared to what I’ve bought and used before. If you are time starved, don’t want to use multiple products and you really enjoy skincare then yes, I would recommend this. Easy to use, quite effective but results may not be instant or long lasting. Think of this as a perk to the skin. Price wise, this may put some people off as it’s a one use item, but if you fancy a splurge or to give as a gift….?

Can be purchased from Look Fantastic, ASOS and more. Happy exfoliating!

Primark’s Soothing Vitamin E Eye Patches

I LOVE my friends! I don’t have many (quality over quantity!), and those I have I suspect know me better than I know myself at times. They understand my quirky sense of humour. They respect the fact I get up very early in the morning to work out when most people aren’t awake for hours. And they know how much I love skin and body care. So a slight squeal may or may not have left my lips when one of my amazing friends gave my a selection of goodies a few months ago, containing food and skincare. One item being Primark’s Soothing Vitamin E Eye Patches. Cost, £1.50.

Primark’s Soothing Eye Patches

Why was I excited over these?

I love eye treatments! Eyes are definitely the windows of the soul, and as a busy mum of 2 who works and writes, tiredness is my middle name. And tiredness will ALWAYS show in the eye area. I would never say that eye patches totally transform the eye area and be the holy grail of eye care. But for an instant sense of relief feel and look wise, I find these to be very handy.

What are these & what are they supposed to do?

Gathering the very little information there is on the packaging, there are 15 treatments included. Placed under the eye area, they are designed to soothe and nourish the skin under the eyes. Ingredients include glycerin (moisturising), Papaya extract (rich in antioxidants), Morus Alba Bark Extract (another anti oxidant and calms irritations) and of course Vitamin E.

Packaging.

These eye patches come in a packet. The packet itself has quite a relaxing and chilled out look reflecting the soothing action of these patches, thanks to the green colouring. Resealable once the top of it is ripped open, means the rest of the patches won’t dry out and and be ruined. Instructions and details on the back are beyond small so get your specs out. And what information is present is very basic.

What do they look like?

When I opened the packet I was greeted with two thick stacks of eye patches. Quite standard basic eye patches. White in colour, under eye shaped and opaque. Very similar in feel to a face tissue mask.

Fragrance?

No obvious fragrance as such but there was something very faint. It remained me of how aloe vera gel smells, a delicate watery plant like fresh type smell.

How to use.

Apply onto clean face. Place under the eye area and leave on for 15-20 minutes.

In use.

I’ve used these about 4 or 5 times. I left them in the fridge so they were nice and cold. I had to separate the patches from each other which took a bit of time, but when I did it was noticeable they were soaked in some form of serum/solution. Thickness of the patches were enough to work with and helped with application. Easy to apply, although I needed to work out a few creases so they lay flat and in position. But they stayed still, no moving, for the full 20 minutes of usage. Quite comfortable on, very cooling and it felt quite pleasant.

After use.

Touching my under eyes I did feel a little tackiness, but they didn’t look oily and I didn’t see any obvious residue. Did the under of my eyes look any different? No. Did they feel a little more relaxed and hydrated? Yes they did. They were nice enough to use and to be honest I got the experience and results I expected so I’m not complaining.

Recommended?

If you are looking for a serious eye product where you want a specific result such as reduction of lines, getting rid of dark circles, then no. To me, this isn’t serious skincare, its a bit of fun and pampering. And if you treat it like that you wont be disappointed. Pop them in the fridge, run a bath and use a good quality bath bomb. Light a candle, eat some chocolate and slap these on. So would I buy these myself? I might, because they are cheap and provide light relief. But I wouldn’t rely on these changing my eyes dramatically or permanently.

Aldi’s Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser

What is the most important thing in a skincare routine? Treat fine lines and wrinkles? Fade dark circles? Blitz away spots? It probably depends on what your skin concerns are. BUT, I think most people will agree that the first step, and possibly the most important part in a skincare routine, is the cleansing stage. Why? Why do anything to dirty skin until it’s clean? How effective will various lotions and potions be on top of dirt and grime? It’s logic really. So a good cleanser for me is important. When a current cleanser is on it’s way out or the seasons change, I’m very open to trying out new ones. I’ve recently picked up Aldi’s Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser. It’s £3.99 for 200ml.

Aldi’s Lacura Original Hot Cloth Cleanser

Why did I buy this one?

I’ve ALWAYS wanted to try this product! I’m a massive fan of hot cloth cleansers, ever since using Liz Earle’s iconic and possibly ‘the original’ hot cloth cleanser many moons ago. But with my local Aldi store, the stock of this is hit, miss or maybe. I thought now would be the perfect time to grab one as my current cleanser was running low, and there seemed to be a good flow of stock of this product every time I’ve been instore recently.

What is a hot cloth cleanser?

A hot cloth cleanser is designed to be used with a muslin cloth, so providing not only the the initial cleansing stage but a light exfoliation too. Hot cloth cleansers tend to be rich in moisturising ingredients so not only are they meant to clean the skin, but also nourish the skin. Lacura’s Hot Cloth Cleanser contains Cocoa Butter, Rosemary, Chamomile, White Tea and Eucalyptus which are designed to hydrate, clean, smooth skin and make it feel refreshed.

Packging.

The product itself is housed in a plastic tube with a flip top lid on the bottom. Off white in colour, mint green with silver detailing. The design is simple, clean looking and does the job! The tube comes in a cardboard box mirroring the design and colouring of the tube. In the box comes a muslin cloth.

Look & Texture

White in colour, smooth but quite thick in texture. When I squeeze this out of the tube it holds its shape like a really thick body lotion.

Fragrance.

I quite like it. The fragrance isn’t strong but has a slightly antibacterial element to it because of the eucalyptus. It does have a softened herbal smell to it too. But the scent overall is pleasant, fresh and non offensive.

How to use.

Take a small amount and massage onto dry skin. Pop the muslin cloth in warm water and wipe cleanser off skin. Splash face with water. Allow cloth to dry naturally and wash regularly.

In use.

I used this pretty much as suggested and over a 10 day period (still using this now by the way). Sometimes morning and night, sometimes just night time. I took a decent amount of the cleanser and rubbed it into my face and neck for roughly two minutes. Easy to do and the fragrance was nice enough and not overpowering. What I did notice was this cleanser started to lose slip, and it felt as if it was sinking into my skin rather than sitting on the surface. Looking into the mirror, the once white residue on my face was disappearing and pretty much got drunk up! At this stage I wet my muslin cloth and wiped it off hoping it would still do the job of being a cleanser rather than a moisturiser.

What was left on my skin was removed quickly and easily. Skin felt ok after removal. It felt clean but a touch on the tight side, which I sometimes get when using a product for the first few times. This seemed less noticeable the more I used this.

My face after.

It looked ok. It didn’t look dirty, but it didn’t look or feel particularly fresh either. Normally when I use a cleanser, especially one with a texture to it, I enjoy the process. Not with this. It was just ok and I found it slightly underwhelming if I’m honest.

Did it clean my skin though?

Most definitely! I used a toner to swipe over my face to check and no dirt on my cotton pad, clean as a whistle!

Would I buy this again?

For myself? No. If I use a hot cloth cleanser I want to enjoy the few minutes I use it and I didn’t when using this. I also didn’t like the idea of this soaking into my skin so quickly, so felt as if I had to rush this stage. That wasn’t something I wanted to do because Summer is the time you are sweaty, have more product on your face like sun cream, so more time maybe is needed to cleanse the face and neck area. So overall not for me.

Recommended?

Although this wasn’t for me this does have some good points to it so definitely worth a go if you want this type of cleanser. The price. £3.99 for 200ml and a muslin cloth is good value. Decent hot cloth cleansers I’ve noticed are available from £3.99 up. So if you check around you can get something comparable in price or a little more dearer but still won’t break the bank. If you shop in Aldi anyway it’s an easy purchase to make while grabbing your milk and bread so convenient. Scent was fresh and texture was nice. Easy to use, cleaned well so did what it was designed to do. This is a decent hot cloth cleanser for many people, just not one that I felt was the best for me.

Not available online at the moment, but if you want to add this to your Summer skincare collection, visit your local store to purchase.

Aldi’s Lacura Avocado Bright Eyes Mask

If you have read some of my previous skincare blog posts, you will know that my main facial concern is my eyes. My skin overall is in good condition, no major lines or wrinkles and the occasional spot or two I can cope with. But my eyes are the area I feel need the most love and attention. That’s why eye products are my credit card’s Kryptonite. I can’t help but coo over them and want to buy them all, hoping one will give me a well rested look. So I HAD to pick up Aldi’s Lacura Avocado Bright Eyes Overnight Retinol Sleeping Mask when it was released a few weeks ago. £4.99 for 15ml.

Aldi’s Lacura Avocado Bright Eyes Overnight Retinol Sleeping Mask

Why did I buy this?

It’s an eye product! Eye products for me are hit and miss. I don’t expect something to give me a massive change but some small improvement would be nice. The ingredients listed on the packaging made me think this could be a good product for me. Its price point seemed very fair and affordable, and it was a new product, so already got my attention!

What is this & what is it supposed to do?

This product is designed to be placed under the eyes at night time. It’s supposed to make dark circles and dullness under the eyes improve while you snooze. Brighter, firmer. The eyes should look more moisturised, thanks to ingredients such as avocado oil and shea butter. Oh, and if you are into following skincare brands, this product and others from this same subrange, is supposed to be ‘inspired’ by a well known company. Use Google, you will find it!

Packaging.

This product comes in a simple but cute glass (I think) jar. The jar itself seems tinted green, and matches the colour of the lid. The sides are curved which makes it look even more cuter and interesting on the eye (no pun intended!).

The jar comes in a box, which is striking because of the pattern all over it. Cartoon like halved avocados! The colouring of the box is mainly white, green with silver detailing. Fun, quirky, but I feel as if it’s targeting a younger audience because of how this product is presented.

Texture & Fragrance.

LOVE the texture of this! It might make some people nervous but it is very rich. You can tell its power packed with moisturising ingredients. It’s similar in texture to, I would say, a very rich face cream for dry skin and would even go as far to say it reminds me of a body butter! Not quite as thick and definitely not as greasy but does have a waxy feel to it. Although the pic below makes this look pale green in colour, it’s actually white. White, opaque and smooth.

I expected fragrance to be honest. I find a lot of products that try to catch your eye with packaging done in a funky way (not all the time but some!) can be heavily fragranced. This? Nothing! I was glad about this because as much as I don’t have a problem with fragrance, I don’t want my eye product reeking of it.

Application.

You need to apply this like any other eye product. Take a small amount and lightly dab underneath the area, not too close to the eye itself. AND on clean skin. Although this product says it’s an overnight mask, it does suggest direction wise you can use this during the day but follow up with sun care. But I never used this during the day, just at night time. Using a small amount, I found despite how thick this product was, it patted under the eye like a dream. Easy, no dragging or pressure needed and left no greasy, oily look to the area. Felt quite light but under my eyes immediately felt and looked moisturised and hydrated.

The day after the night before.

The first thing I noticed after one application was how under my eyes felt plump and hydrated. They felt just as protected as they did when I first put the product on.

Over 10 days…

Every morning my eyes have felt the same as mentioned above. But what I have noticed as time has gone on is my under eyes overall have improved. Not massively. I don’t look like I’ve had eye surgery or anything like that. But they look a bit more rested, they look more awake and they seem to recovery quicker than usual e.g from too little sleep, ugly crying etc. I wouldn’t say my under eyes are exceptionally dark normally, but they have looked a touch less dead like since using this.

Recommended?

There is one thing I hate about Aldi. They bring out limited edition skincare subranges and you wonder hmmm, should I buy 1 or 3? You buy 1 because you don’t want to be silly with money just in case it’s not for you. And by the time you use it, and give it at least a good week to see if there are any results, you love it and it’s not in store anymore! That sums it up perfectly!

This is an eye product I really like! The texture of it I adore, even for under the eyes as thick creams aren’t always good for such a delicate area. I love the almost everlasting moisturisation, and how it takes the edge off how life is making my eyes feel and look. I couldn’t ask for anything more really. Miracles is something I never expect with skincare products, but what little changes I’ve seen I’m happy with. For £4.99 it’s great value, you need the smallest amount, so if used once a day this should last me 2 to 3 months easily.

If you are lucky enough to still see this instore, I think it’s a good purchase to make. But bare in mind how your skin reacts to textures on this area and what your general under eye concerns are, as this may not be needed or useful for you. But for me? I wish I bought a few more of this overnight eye mask and I am exceptionally sad now!

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lip Balm

I won’t speak for anyone else but I hate having dry lips! It’s one of those things I normally don’t suffer from. That’s why lip balms isn’t something I buy regularly because if I’m honest I just don’t need them. But when I suffer I suffer! So although my lips at the moment don’t look or feel mummified, I’m not waiting for that to happen. I would rather prevent than cure the condition. So I’ve just bought myself ( and my daughter ) a Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lip Balm from my local Tesco for £1.30 ( special price when using your Clubcard ).

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Lip Balm

Why did I buy this one? My daughter actually needed a new one because she has been suffering from dry lips recently. Being a typical 9 year old she’s had loads of lip balms but they are all pretty gimmicky, geared towards kids, so probably doing her lips more harm than good. So I wanted a good quality one for her. Then I thought hmmmm, I need one too! I love Palmer’s as a brand anyway. Their face and body products are normally very moisturising. This was priced well, I have never used their coconut range for face or body before. AND it contains an SPF!

What is this supposed to do? This lip balm is supposed to keep lips hydrated all day, keep lips soft and supple. And is also designed to protect the lips against environmental damage.

Packaging. Typical lip balm packaging in regards to it being in a small, thin plastic tube. Lidded, and you screw the bottom to bring out the actual lip balm as far as needed and then back into the tube. But rather than this being tube shaped its almost oval! I quite like the feel of this in the hands and makes it a little different.

How to use. For children aged over 3 years and adults, apply a generous amount if and when needed.

Fragrance. Actually not as fragranced as I thought it would be. I think my mind always thinks about their cocoa butter range which I love, especially for their fragrance. And this to me scent wise has an almost cocoa and/or shea butter feel to it. There’s a creaminess fragrance wise, sweetness but not sickly. The smallest bit of floral to it and of course coconut. All combined, this has a tropical vibe to it but the scent is quite subtle which I liked. But I would happily envelope myself in this fragrance in the form of a body spray, body lotion and any other product that would leave a scent. It’s beautiful!

Application & On the lips. Very typical in regards to other lip balms. You turn the bottom and the lip balm section moves up, so you can apply it. It felt a little solid when it first moved over the lips but the warmth from this area made it glide over. Instant hit of moisture given, not too greasy in texture but of course it will have a feel of that to a degree. Not too sticky, and I didn’t need to use too much to get the desired amount of moisture on my lips. And how did my lips look? Not dry! Hydrated, with a light sheen on them, not the look of me finishing off eating fried chicken!

Another thing I noticed is the fact the unusual shape of the lip balm meant it somehow followed the shape of my lips a little easier than it’s traditional counterparts, which I found interesting.

Taste. Should I admit this? But yes, I gave my lips a little lick! And although I wouldn’t be running my tongue all over them on purpose, this actually tastes quite nice! It tastes pretty similar to how it smells which is not a bad thing at all!

How long did my lips feel hydrated? Hours! I would pop this on and hours later my lips still felt and looked moist. Of course, drinking and eating would mean to look at them they wouldn’t quite have that light sheen they first had. But I didn’t feel the need to keep replying.

Good points. This has an SPF15! I can’t speak for anyone else, but sun protection is something I’m trying to work on this year e.g wear it ALL THE TIME! And for some reason lips for me is an area I continually forget about protecting which isn’t good.

Recommended? Lip balms are one of those products I don’t buy often and I don’t like buying expensive ones. These are the first items that my daughter will lose or I will leave in an item of clothing, it goes in the wash and gets destroyed! But this product is inexpensive. It does exactly what it’s meant to do, great quality with a lovely scent. And it comes from a brand I like and trust in regards to what their products deliver for me. So why would I NOT recommend this? If you can get this at it’s special price of £1.30 brilliant! But at its full price of £2.00, I still think it’s worth it.

Needing an affordable lip balm that actually does the job? Grab yours from Tesco here, or available instore ( dependant on branch and availability ).

Beauty Kitchen’s Hydration Hero Face Mist

Why do I love skincare? It’s about making the most of what you have and trying to take care of it. You can go as deep and complex or as basic as you want. But all of us on some level will use skincare on a daily basis. I’ve tried lots of different products before, but one that hasn’t been on my radar has been a facial mist. I purchased Hydration Hero Face Mist from Beauty Kitchen earlier this year when it was on a special promotion. Current price £12.50 for 100ml.

Beauty Kitchen’s Hydration Hero Mist

Why did I buy this? I was introduced to this brand a few years ago by a friend when she gifted me a night time face mask. I was so impressed by it I’ve kept my eye on their products ever since. When they had a sale earlier this year, I bought this because it sounded like a useful product. Easy and quick to use, slot into my everyday routine and would give my skin instant relief if and when needed.

What does this supposed to do? This mist is designed to give the skin immediate moisture when applied. After one spritz, skin should look and feel brighter and happier.

Packaging. The mist comes in a darkened glass bottle with a spray dispenser top. The fact it’s darkened glass speaks volumes to me. Normally this is how products with some form of essential oils or other ingredients are contained that need to be protected from the light, so it doesn’t degrade. Labelling is quite earthy in look with its green colouring and plant like shapes. This matches the tall rectangular box this mist comes in.

Fragrance. I detect an energising zestiness to this mist so definitely some form of citrus is in it. A little floral is in there too. Overall, it has a botanical smell to this but it’s not overpowering and perfectly balanced. Don’t worry if you hate the smell of flowers or should I say florals, like I do, this is more aromatherapy based and lovely!

Ingredients. These include water, glycerin, Abyssinian Oil, Rose Absolute and various other aromatherapy oils. Beauty Kitchen’s ethos is about formulating beauty products using natural and effective ingredients.

How to use. Shake, spray six inches away from face then using hands pat onto skin.

In use. I used this as suggested on the packaging. Honestly, I expected a mist of fragranced water. That isn’t what I got. Liquid and water like yes it was. When I patted the excess into my skin only then could I tell this was something else. Rather than it being just water, I could feel there was some form of oil in it. It wasn’t greasy but light and moisturising. It’s something I’ve never experienced texture wise before.

The scent was so enjoyable to take in, and despite being a little stuffy in the nose because of hay fever, this provided some light relief.

Skin after use. I didn’t expect massive miracles from using this. That’s not what it’s supposed to do. The reason why I started using this product was hoping to get instant relief from my skin feeling tired, uncomfortable and dry. And what this did was exactly what I hoped for! A few spritz provided a light layer of hydration and protection which for my skin perked it up. And the fragrance really helped to kick start my senses and relax and invigorate me all at the same time ( depending on what time of day I used this ). My skin didn’t look greasy but it looked slightly less dull.

When do I use this mist? Mainly before wearing a mask for work. This gives my skin another layer of hydration. After wearing a mask, for obvious reasons! This crazy every changing weather means I grab this often. Warm and sunny, cold and windy. Neither is helping my face feel normal, and this is quick and easy to use while experiencing these extremes. Those moments when I know I’m not going to wash and cleanse my face for a few hours, but it needs something to keep it going before then, is when this comes out. Basically, anytime I feel my skin is flagging, I spray and go!

Negatives? I think I may have a funky spray top because the mist I’m getting hasn’t been very fine or directed properly. This means I’ve used more of this than I know I should have. Annoying, but these things can happen and doesn’t take away what’s in the bottle. EDIT. Definitely was a faulty spray top. I bought two of these mists, swapped over the the spray top with number 2 and this is now spraying like a dream! Lovely, fine mist which is covering the face with two pumps!

Recommended? Genuinely, I didn’t think a facial mist was something that needed to be used or bought, and technically it isn’t. It’s not an essential item in a skincare routine like a cleanser or a moisturiser is, so at one point I did think it’s pretty pointless. But that isn’t my opinion anymore! A good quality facial mist in my opinion can be helpful to the skin, and also for other senses too. This ticked the senses box. The texture was a delight and I loved it on the skin as it gave it an immediate hydration kick. The fragrance was mood boosting which is always a good thing. I LOVE this product! And totally recommend this and would buy this again and again.

£12.50 may seem a lot price wise, but this should last a good amount of time considering it’s 100ml. It’s not something you will use constantly so this wouldn’t disappear anytime soon. And the ingredients are well thought out and good quality. If you want to purchase the product you never you knew you needed in your life, head towards their website here to get your new skin best friend.