Thursday, 26 January 2017

Review: Foreo Luna Play

Cleansing brushes have had their fad, I don't see many people on that band wagon anymore. I tried the No7 Cleansing Brush a few years back, and although it was nice, It didn't really change my life, and it was kinda more of a hassle to use and I wouldn't bother taking it with me when I was travelling. If I love a product, I will take it with me even for one night away, no matter the size of the product. I think that's how I know that this product is one that I need.

I was gifted a Foreo Luna Play (£29.00) for Christmas and I had heard a lot of hype from the blogging and YouTube space so I was excited to try it, even though I had grown out of the cleansing brush hype. The Foreo Luna Play is such a different product, which is actually why it had caught my attention in the first place, it's actually made of silicone which makes it very hygienic and easy to dry. It's also very small, it is smaller than the size of my palms, and so is very travel friendly.

It's super simple and easy to use, you lather up your face with the cleanser of your choice and like other cleansing brushes this is electronic. However rather than the bristles rotating, this product sends vibrations, and the little silicone bristles reach into your pores to clean them out without irritating the skin or scratching the skins surface. It's actually really nice. I remember the first time I used it, I was sceptical that this brush was going to really make a difference to my skin, but actually every-time I use it, my skin feels truly clean, not in the dry and tight feeling, but just soft and my pores just actually feel a lot cleaner. I feel like using this, my other products work a lot better too, because my skin is clean and ready to be filled with nourishing products to replace the dirt and oil that had previously been in it. I use this product twice a day, for less than 30 seconds, massaging it gently on all areas of my face, and just underneath my chin. I really get the hype of this product and yes, although I was committed on not buying in to another fad,  I really love this product.

 

The annoying thing about this product is that this travel sized version isn't rechargeable, so you spend £30, for 100 uses, which equates to around using this product for 3 months, if using it once a day. The original Foreo Luna, is £80, and that can be recharged. I think it's nice to actually get this mini one, as it's great for trialling the product out, and it's enough time to actually make a solid decision on it too. however, part of me is also like, if you spend £29 on the product, then spending £80 for a product that is rechargable isn't that big of a stretch, if you know you will probably like it, rather spending £30 to see if you like it, and then £85 buying the original, larger version. I would recommend this product to everyone, because it just cleans the skin so well, and can work with any cleanser. Another thing to note, this is more of a last stage cleanser, so I don't use this when taking off my makeup with my oils, I use this with my second cleanser, to actually clean my skin. 

I think if you are very skincare savvy, you will love this so pick up the original one so you get your moneys worth, however if you are hesitant, then trying this mini one is a good way to go too, If you break it down, you are paying £10 a month for it, so it's a tad pricey but it's always nice to have the option to trial products out.
What do you think of this product? I would love to know your thoughts! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with my posts!

Monday, 16 January 2017

One Mask to Rule Them All: GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Mud Treatment

So it wasn't that long ago that I decided to share with you three high street masks which I loved. Over Christmas I was treated to a massive Sephora box full of the cult favourites, and I discovered a product which blew everything out of the water. It sounds so dramatic, but I have never been this impressed with a mask before...


The mask I am talking about is the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Mud Treatment (£39.00/34g). I've heard about GlamGlow around two years ago when it was getting popular with the YouTube and blogging world, however it was hard to get a hold of and frankly quite expensive for a product I had no chance of trying before. So getting a sample of this for Christmas really was a long lost wish come true. 
So this mask has quite a strong fragrance, it's like a mix between a herbal scent and mint. However for me, as long as the product itself works well, the scent doesn't bother me too much. The product is a dark grey colour, that's easy to smooth on to the skin, and this dries down to a lighter grey colour. Now, for me, as soon as I apply this on to my skin, I feel tingling and my skin heating up. I have a mixture between sensitive and intolerant skin, so I was concerned that I was going to come out with rashes, however after watching a few reviews online, I found this was pretty common place. Another thing I noticed was that dark grey dots were starting to come out of the mask, all around where my pores are located, and not going to lie, there was a ton of them. So these dots were where the amsk had extracted the oils within my pores. It's like a car crash, horrible to look at but you can't help yourself. There is also something satisfying seeing a mask do something. 

So after 20 minutes, I washed the mask off with warm water and a muslin cloth, and my skin felt brand new, like totally soft and smooth. In fact, the results were similar to the results I got when I used my ASDM Beverly Hills Glycolic Peel Kit. So I was super happy about this as I get the results of a glycolic peel but without the different steps. This mask contains a mix of lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic as it's first few ingredients, and so is chock-full of the chemical exfolients, which explains the results that I experienced. 




I think it's natural that you can feel the effects of a mask straight after you used it, so when I woke up the next day, I wasn't expecting anything different to happen however I felt like my skin actually looked even better than it had the night before, in the same way a night oil would work. My skin just felt less textured in appearance, and actually these effects lasted a good few days, so using this mask as a weekly treatment would be the best course of action to take. 

All in all, I love this mask and honestly, I want to buy the full-size, especially now that I have tried it. However, it's more expensive than the other ones, in terms of the quantity for the price offered. So the original GlamGlowYouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment mask retails for £39 for 50ml, which is a good price, however the GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Mud Treatment retails for £39 for 34g, which is classed as a travel size product. So this kinda sours the deal, as when you find out that you are paying more for a travel sized product, it's not the best thing to find out. 
It's annoying because my opinion still hasn't changed after finding out about the price differences. I'm still annoyed, but I know I would still purchase this product because the results were that great. I know, I'm annoyed at myself that I would still pay, but if it's a product you love, and you know is going to work, then yes, I would spend my money on it. 

This was a really chatty post, and I think this product does deserve a discussion because I know some of you guys won't agree with actually purchasing it. I would love to know what you guys think, and actually if you have tried this, have you had a similar experience to me? Or is there another product you think is worth spending your cash on. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with my posts!

Monday, 9 January 2017

5 Tips: How To Maintain Healthy Nails

So I've always considered myself quite lucky to have nails that grow fast. However for the past four years I have been actively maintaining my nails, and I wanted to share my top tips and tricks for how to keep your nails in the best shape.




1) File to Shape
So I hardly ever really cut my nails, I only reach for my nail clippers if I have seriously neglected my nails that they have grown so long and eventually broken into a variety of shapes and sizes. I think we need to start from scratch sometimes and file our nails down to all have the same shape. When I first did this I was left with seriously short nails but they were all the same shape and size and just looked a lot more pleasing. Additionally, nails are easier to maintain when they are shorter as they are less likely to break and chip. So every week you can begin to file where you need to file, and in no time you'll have longer nails that are the same shape!
























2) Identify your problems
This is a weird one, but I think we all have a problem point when it comes to nails; you may bite your nails, wear so much nail polish that you are suffering from nail yellowing, or have nails that break easily. The list goes on and on. So if you suffer from biting your nails, perhaps invest in those bitter nail polishes. If you are suffering from yellowing nails, then I suggest taking a break from nail polish, because it's always good to air your nails out! If you have nails that break easily, it might be good to file them a bit shorter so that you can focus on making your nails a bit stronger.

3) Moisturise!
So I've recently done a post all about hand creams, I think it's good to keep your hands moisturised as they are one of the areas of your body that shows the signs of aging first. When adding hand cream, it's easier to massage your cuticles, and push them back. My favourite hand cream for when I am doing my nails is the  Sanctuary Spa Velvety Hand Cream (£3.00/30ml), it's super luxurious formula and leaves a super subtle but lovely scent behind. 























4) Avoid too much water
Drinking lots of water is good, however exposing your nails to lots of water isn't the best thing. Have you guys ever noticed that when you finish washing the dishes or coming out of a long shower that your nails are bendy? So if you are prone to nails that snap off for what seems like no reason, this might be something to look out for. Also avoid filing your nails when they are still wet, your nails are at it's weakest, and you are probably doing more damage than good.

5) Invest in treatments
Sometimes we all need put in a bit more effort to maintain our nails. This may be investing in nail hardeners, if you have brittle nails, or cuticle oil if your cuticles are hard to manage. I remember when I suffered from yellowing nails, I bought a base coat because I didn't want to stop wearing nail polish, and low and behold, my nails returned back to their usual colour. It's normally the small, simple steps we miss out that can have an effect on our nail health the most. Diet and water is important, and this should probably be the first factor you look at. Another thing I like to do is to get my nails professionally manicured once in a while, because if the nail technician creates the shape I want, all I have to do is maintain it.

I hope this post was helpful for those of you who are having a bit of trouble maintaining the healthy nails you want! If you have any tips and tricks that I missed out then I would love for you to share in the comments below. Also be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with my posts!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

3 Highstreet Hand Creams

Happy new years guys! So unlike many others, I haven't done my 'Best of 2016' beauty products post because actually much of what I share on here are my favourites or my regular routines, so I thought there would be a lot of repetition. Anyway, today I wanted to share with you three affordable hand creams that will protect your hands this winter, so on with the post...



The first hand cream is the newest in my collection, and it's the Sanctuary Spa Velvety Hand Cream (£3.00/30ml). My cousin gifted this to me for Christmas because she noticed that I didn't own anything by Sanctuary Spa, which was very thoughtful! So this hand cream is light in formula, slightly more thicker than a lotion but has a similar blend-ability to it, and so it's quick to put on and sink in. It doesn't leave any greasy residue and it's just a lovely hand cream, you can feel that it has that luxury, spa-like aspect to it. So this is an absolute treat to put on, especially when you are doing your nails. The scent of this is amazing to, it's a light citrus scent which is what adds to the luxury feel as it isn't too potent, but it's definitely discernible. I feel like I would have paid more for this item, so this is an absolute bargain in terms of price.



Soap and Glory Hand Food (£2.50/50ml), is a cult favourite, it has a sweet marshmallow-like scent that is addictive, and moisturises the hand nicely. Despite this, I think this is my least favourite hand cream. I know, I know, how could I say that? For me, I need a hand cream that will sink into my skin, and this is the only hand cream I own that sits on my skin the longest, which is okay when you are at home, but out and about, I feel like my hands are slippy and I have the urge to wipe my hands on my jeans. So although it is the most affordable for the amount you are getting, this is my least reached for product. However, it's a cult favourite for a reason, and that might be because my hands don't get super dry, so perhaps that's why I don't like the feeling of it.


So this last product is actually my favourite, it's Patisserie De Bain Sugared Violet Hand Cream*(£3.99/50ml). I personally contacted this brand to tell them that I loved their products, they have such a niche idea using candy as inspiration, and they were kind enough to send me a few products from their range. I also know that the scents won't be everyone's favourite, however it's the formula that I am absolutely in love with. This is the thickest consistency, however don't be fooled by this because this actually sinks into the skin so quickly, that you can't even remember if you put anything on! It's one of those which is ideal for travel because you can carry on with your day not hindered by sticky hands. The scent of this is also so nostalgic for me too, it smells like the sweet Violets which it's inspired by, so if you have the chance to sniff this, it's definitely worth it. Their range can be found in Superdrug, and you'll love their products if you like scents to stay on your skin!

I would love to know what your favourites are and if you have tried any of the ones I have mentioned! Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin to stay up to date with my posts!


* This post contains a PR sample. All thoughts and opinions are my own.