111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask review

Hey guys, I hope all is well, I have a full review of the 111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask got in my ASOS face and Body Advent Calendar. I love sheet masks so I was very happy to get this in my calendar.

111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment Mask was founded by Dr Alexandrides of Harley Street London. The mask promises to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reinforce skin’s barrier function. It also nourishes the skin and the 24K Gold in the formula helps to brighten the skin

Experience

This is a gel textured sheet mask and I don’t remember ever using something similar. I am used to ‘cloth’ sheet masks. The mask feels cooling on the skin however compared to ‘traditional’ sheet masks,  it feels slippery so I had some difficulties putting it on. I left it on for about 10- 15 mins. it’s been formulated without silicones, parabens and paraffin.

Afterwards, my skin felt nice but not as hydrating as I thought it would be or would like. The mask doesn’t leave my skin sticky but there is a slight film it leaves on the skin. There is also a very subtle shimmer the mask leaves on the skin. The eye & lip patches I used didn’t make a difference. My skin had a subtle glow to it. I thought my subsequent serums would ‘pil’ because of the ‘shiny’ film this leaves but that didn’t happen. My skin also felt slightly itchy.

What I find quite unique about the mask is that they have the cut out parts as well i.e. eye area and lip area so I also used these( I’m not sure if you are supposed it but why not?) the mouth cut out area is also quite large which prevents the mask from sticking down around the chin area. I also had some difficulties with the mask staying in place around the jawline on the right side of my face.

Verdict

This mask retails for £20 and I honestly think it’s not worth that much. I find it difficult to believe any single-use product when they claim they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They probably mean this along the lines of plumping the skin so that the wrinkles and fine lines appear reduced however this didn’t even do that much hydration and plumping anyway. I wasn’t hoping for that result anyway as I don’t have any wrinkles but for those that may get the sheet mask for this purpose, you may feel slightly cheated. My skin also felt slight itchy afterwards, I’m not sure what that is due to

This came in my advent calendar but it’s not something I would go out to purchase.

111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Facial Treatment mask is £20 and available on Net-a-porter

The sheet masks I recommend are here

Gatineau Gentle Silk Cleanser Review

 

I must admit I had never heard of this brand until I received this product. I think I got this in an advent calendar or a beauty box. Gatineau is a luxury Parisian skincare brand which has been around for a while. Their ethos is simple: natural ingredients combined with latest technologies.

Their Gentle Silk Cleanser is one of their best selling products and is enriched with silk and cotton extracts and sweet almond oil. They promise nourished and soft skin whilst removing all traces of makeup.

Experience

So this would be my first time using a milky cleanser. The Gentle Cleanser doesn’t lather or foam and I massage a fair amount on dry skin for a few seconds before rinsing off. For a cleanser suitable for sensitive skin, I was not expecting it to be scented but the Gentle Cleanser is heavily scented with something that reminds me of powder and older mature women. (I don’t even mean that in a bad way)

In terms of its cleansing power, I was very let down. To remove daily grime, SPF and oils it’s an ok cleanser although my skin feels like it’s not as clean as it should be. In terms of makeup removal, Gatineau promises it removes all traces of makeup but I did not experience that. It struggles and it is not effective. I used it once to try to remove glitter and matte lipstick and it was inadequate. It pushed the glitter around my face, and failed against the lipstick. The lipstick was the ultra-matte formula from ColourPop which is difficult to remove but I do have cleansers that do not struggle with it. It was ok with complexion makeup but again I was not confident on how well it removed it. After two rinses and still not satisfied (still had mascara bits), I grabbed my NipFab cleansing Fix to finish the job. The cleanser does feel very silky on the skin and my skin is left softened and hydrated after use. It does feel very gentle on the skin and doesn’t strip the skin of any moisture.

Verdict

A big of a let-down regarding this cleanser. I didn’t find it effective enough. For a cult classic I am disappointed but I won’t let this deter me from trying their other products although there is nothing in particular I am interested in. I am happy I have the travel size bottle and I am actually almost out of it.

Gatineau Gentle Milk Cleanser (50ml) is £6 on LookFantastic the full size is £21

Summer to Fall Skincare Routine

Summer to Fall Skincare Routine

 

Summer 2018 was LIT! For the first time in a long time, we had more than 2 weeks of sun! Temperatures were hitting 32 degrees and above but alas the cooler days are here! My skin this summer was a well-behaved teenager too, I stepped up my routine and added new products and trialled new ingredients that could help combat the heat and it paid off! My skin remained normal/oily combo instead of the usual oily/acne prone I had experienced in previous summers!

I have gushed over 4 main products that helped keep my skin in check this summer: The Ordinary’s Niacinamide helped keep texture at bay and pores minimised whilst their Salicylic acid 2% cleared any spots and texture in no time! ( I actually prefer this product over the PC 2% BHA). I also loved the BodyShop Drops of Light Multi Essence SPF 50! The lightweight formula sinks right into the skin, it’s 100% transparent on dark skin and is not oily. I also loved antioxidants and made full use of the Ordinary’s Resveratrol & Ferulic Acid serum this summer to enhance sun protection and skin health.

Now that we are transitioning into the colder months, I have been doing my research into products and ingredients that will add hydration and keep my skin in good health. Last year I fell in love with hyaluronic acids and I know it will be a sure addition to my routine. These are some of the new products and ingredients I will be adding to my routine:

Amino Acids: brand new on the Ordinary’s website is the Amino Acids plus B5 (additional product information hasn’t even been uploaded yet!) this is described as daily hydration support plus AA’s in general help retain moisture in skin. Some AA also have antioxidant support! I don’t know which AA’s are in the Ordinary’s formula but I am looking forward to it! Nip Fab Dragon Blood Fix Mask also has some amino acids in it

Retinols: although retinols are perfectly good to be used in the summer, I tend to save my retinols for fall-winter-spring. Mainly because I use moderate to high strength retinols plus AHA’s and I don’t want to potentially make my skin even more sensitive to the sun when there are more UVA/UVB. I slather on SPF 50 without fail in summer but with my hyperpigmentation and my skin been so prone to dark spots, I tend to leave retinol for cooler months when there is less UVA/UVB. I will be using the Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. So far (after a couple of days), I have experienced no irritation (and I have been using it with 5% AHA) but I have been mixing it with The Ordinary’s NMF, it’s a lovely texture too

Vitamin C: I used Vitamin C this summer and I fell in love with how radiant it left my skin. Again two vitamin c I loved were from the Ordinary: MAP and Ascorbyl glucoside 12%. I have recently purchased the 100% L ascorbic powder which is designed to be mixed with treatments. I have been experimenting with mixing with hydrating masks and even with my body oil ( shh)

In addition to these, I will be using my usual products, essences, mists, and SPF and face masks! I will be switching back to Clinique’s dramatically different face cream.

Transitioning into the colder months will be a tad be difficult after the wonderful summer we had but I will be ready lol. You should absolutely consider changing some of your products for the cold season to help your skin retain moisture and healthy.

Catch you later: be sure to follow me on Instagram for more product recommendations and flash reviews!

What are you using this fall/winter?

Sarah

 

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser Review

When it comes to makeup removal, I love something fast & easy which is why for the longest of times, I have stuck to micellar water and face wipes before going into my second cleanse. It really wasn’t until last year I decided to try different types of cleansers e.g. cleansing oils but I always found myself back to wipes. Hot Cloth Cleansers aren’t really my thing and in addition to the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser, I have only ever tried 1 other one – Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser. I received this product in a goody bag last year from a PR event I attended.

What is it?

The No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser is suitable for all skin types and promises healthy looking bright & beautiful skin. In combo with the gentle exfoliating muslin cloth, it removes dead skin cells and daily grime whilst stimulating circulation

Experience

So this has been my makeup remover for the last month. I have noticed the cleanser has a smooth and rich texture with a pleasant scent. One pump gives you a generous amount but I usually use 1-2 pumps and two rinses for my face and neck to remove my makeup.

The cleanser gets to work straight away and it good for complexion makeup. It’s not as effective against mascara as it struggles to remove all traces of it. I tend to use my wipes for my eye makeup then the No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser for the rest of my face. I really like the muslin cloth it comes with. I like how smooth it leaves my skin when used to wipe off the cleanser.

The only con with the Hot Cloth Cleanser is that, whilst it takes off a lot of makeup, it is not deep cleansing but No7 doesn’t advise you to wash your face afterwards. They advise and I quote ‘ ..to finish, splash your face with cool water to close pores and pat dry’. I won’t recommend you do this anyway, whether with this particular product or any other makeup remover, always wash your face afterwards. I noticed this because as I went in to wash my face with my face brush, I saw how much more makeup residue was left on my face, even after two washes with the Hot Cloth Cleanser and I wasn’t happy! imagine not washing your face afterwards!

Verdict

I had the same issue with the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, not been deep cleansing enough so I am not sure if it’s the nature of these particular products in general. I do however like this one better than the Liz Earle. It’s an ok cleanser, it’s nice but doesn’t really excite me

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser is £10 at Boots

No7 has been naughty! check out my No7 makeup rant

Catch you later

Sarah

Top 4 Face Masks For The Summer!

Summer is well on the way and here in the UK so far the weather has been alright! Summer is great but what’s not so great is when you have oily skin! the heat + oily skin = clogged pores, breakouts and texture on the skin. all of which will get in the way of your makeup looking as great as it should be!

Luckily I have tried and tested a lot of face masks and in this post, I am spilling the beans on my top 4 masks that are great for the summer. Well, they are great all year round but their ingredients make them more suitable for the summer! Why? Because, between these face masks, they will leave your skin balanced, detoxified and pores unclogged! If you’re ready for your best skin ever this summer, make sure to keep on reading

Top 5 face masks for summer!

Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, £16

This mask is part of the Body Shop’s Expert Face Masks Collection. The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is 100% vegan and has charcoal, bamboo, green tea leaves and tea tree oil. All these ingredients are known for its purifying properties. I super love this mask- it tingles (I must warn you) but it refines pores like a dream. I recommend it for oily skin types and those wanting a mask to balance their skin. I love that the mask doubles as an exfoliator because it has these ‘flakes’ (lack of a better word) in it and whilst rinsing they gently scrub the skin.

P.S I think it’s an excellent dupe for the next mask I’m going to talk about

 

GlamGlow Youth Mud Tinglexfoilate treatment, £39

top 4 face masks for summer!

Hailed as a 10 min facial in a jar, this face mask is serious! I pull this out for special occasions like skin care prep for weddings or when I am going on a short break but can’t pack a face mask with me. I also reach for this when I’m back from holiday and my skin needs a quick jump start. This mask does all sorts to the skin. It balances, draws out impurities and leaves your skin smoother and brighter. I was blown away after 1st use and it’s definitely a mask I will repurchase! It tingles like crazy though so I won’t necessarily recommend if you have sensitive skin.

P.S- this mask helps to retexture your skin too. So many times I pull this out when I get texture on my skin and instantly my skin looks better after washing it off. I also use it as a spot treatment when I get breakouts and this works to reduce them by size and eventually get rid of them!

 

Mary Kay TimeWise Revealing Radiance Facial Peel, £48

If you know my blog, you know I am obsessed with acids- AHA/BHA’s, so naturally, I was super excited to try this for BrownBeautyTalk. The mask helps to minimise pores and brighten the skin, something we all love, especially if you have hyperpigmentation. Whilst I love mud masks, sometimes I want something ‘lighter’ on my skin and that’s where this mask comes in.

P.S- AHA increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun so SPF is needed

top 4 face masks for summer!

GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment, £39

Another mask from Glam Glow that blew me away after 1st use! I always compare this to the Youth Mud and call Super Mud its ‘baby’. I would use this when my skin needs a little boost but not so much that I reach for the Youth Mud lol. it doesn’t tingle but it gets the job done! Pores, texture and I use this as spot treatment too.

top 4 face masks for summer!

P.S- if you find Glam Glow’s masks too expensive I suggest getting one of their gift sets. They run about the same price for one full mask but you get a few ‘to-go’ sizes plus a full size or bigger size mask. For instance when I bought the Youth Mud Gift Set for £39 ( I think this set is sold out btw) but it came with a full-size Youth Mud and two 30g masks- Thirst mud & Supermud. The 30g masks last a long time too. I have used my Supermud many times but I still have some left and I will definitely be purchasing the full size when I’m out.

They currently have a similar set available on their website. The multi masking set has one 30g mask plus 5 7g masks for £35! Check it out here  They also have smaller masks starting from £14

Other drugstore alternatives include

Garnier Self Heating Sauna Mask- the £1.29 mask that packs a punch!

Simple Deep Cleansing Mask

If you have oily skin, charcoal is an ingredient you should look for in your skincare products, especially in the summer. it detoxifies the skin and helps draw out impurities meaning your pores will be reduced and your skin balanced. Look for it in your face masks but in your face washes too.

If you want to find out your skin type and how to build a routine, make sure you check out my previous post on them.

That’s all folks. These are the masks I have been switching between this summer. Oily skin will definitely benefit the most from these masks and if you have clogged pores definitely give these a try!

 

I will catch you guys later in my next post! see ya

P.S.S.S- make sure you are using SPF!

 

Benefit Tinted Lash Primer- Is it worth it?

benefit tinted they're real primer

Hey family, I hope everyone is doing great! My make-up havens would have by now, tried and rated the Benefit They’re Real Mascara and can give you the 411 on it! If you haven’t tried that mascara yet, yes the hype is real and totally worth it lol. Benefit has now released a primer version of that in hopes to give us longer fuller lashes!

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer has been designed to be used alone or with mascara to give you the ultimate length and volume for your lashes but does it work? I got this in my goodie bag at the QVC SS16 press event a few months back and I have been testing it out since then.

For today’s demo, I combined the primer with the Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara. Warning: you are all up in my face and my pores decided to make a guest appearance today lol.

Benefit They’re Real Tinted Lash Primer Alone

Benefit tinted primer alone

Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara Alone

Maybelline Mascara alone

Primer + mascara

benefit tinted and maybelline mascara

Verdict

I love it! You can clearly see the difference in my lashes with the mascara alone vs the primer +mascara. I didn’t get a lot of clumps and it was very easy to remove afterwards. On days where I want a natural look, I usually wear the primer alone. I love the length it gives my lashes plus volume!

Where to purchase

Feel Unique for the Benefit They’re Real Tinted Mascara, £18.50

Superdrug  for Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara, £4.99

 

What are your fav mascaras?