Skin Care Chemist Macadamia Beauty Oil

Hi there! Today’s post is about Skin Care Chemist‘s Macadamia Beauty Oil. This facial oil is aimed at people with mature skin. It promises to help restore skin’s natural, radiant looking glow, to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and to lift, plump, smooth and soften the skin.

This facial oil contains vitamin E as well as a number of botanical ingredients, such as macadamia oil, sunflower seed oil, meadowfoam seed oil, raspberry fruit extract, sage leaf extract, nettle extract, rosemary leaf extract, etc.

How’s the product? I’ve been using this oil for a few weeks now, and I’m blown away. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to try a facial oil. I could kick myself! This oil is simply fantastic. It bursts with botanical ingredients, it feels amazing on my skin, it makes my skin feel sensationally soft, it takes care of dry patches, and it looks like it’s filling in my fine lines! I love this facial oil. It’s one of the most amazing products I’ve tried all year. 11 stars!

How do I use the oil? I’m using this oil instead of a serum. I let it sink in for 5-10 minutes, then I apply my eye cream and my day cream. I know some people like to use a facial oil only, others use their facial oil after their serum and instead of a moisturiser. But there are no rules, really. And using this facial oil instead of a serum works best for me. 🙂

Skin Care Chemist‘s Macadamia Beauty Oil is available as 30ml. I paid £3. What an amazing bargain!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C + Brighten Sleep & Reveal Night Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about my current night cream – Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C + Brighten Sleep & Reveal Night Cream. This night cream promises to rejuvenate skin, to give skin a radiant glow, and to make skin feel smoother. I’ve been using this night cream since early October, and here’s what I think.

The first thing I noticed about this night cream was its citrus fragrance. I love the smell and taste of lemons, oranges and grapefruits, but this citrus fragrance is not my favourite because it’s not very natural, and it’s too strong.

I find the night cream quick and easy to use. It’s absorbed in seconds, and it feels rather light. Based on this, I think the formula is most suitable for those with normal to oily skin. I can also see that it would work well as a summer night cream. However, I don’t think it’s the best night cream for dry skin like mine – at least not for the colder seasons.

I don’t think that this night cream has had any effect on my skin texture or that it improved the look of my skin. It didn’t make my skin feel smoother, and it didn’t make my skin look rejuvenated or more radiant.

Based on my experience, I would not recommend this night cream if you have dry skin. I won’t buy this face cream again. However, if you have normal to oily skin, and you’re looking for an inexpensive night cream with vitamin C, this one might be worth a try.

Super Facialist By Una Brennan Vitamin C + Brighten Sleep & Reveal Night Cream is available as 50ml. I paid £6.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Youth Code Luminizer BB Cream

Hi there! Today’s post is about L’Oréal‘s Youth Code Luminizer BB Cream (light shade, import from Germany) which I picked up for £4.99 at my local B&M Bargains store. This BB cream with SPF 15 promises 24-hour hydration and luminous skin.

It also claims to cover up blemishes and to make skin discolourations appear less visible. L’Oréal also says that, after 2 weeks, the skin looks more radiant and more even.
L'Oreal Luminizer BB Cream
I’ve been using this BB cream almost every day for just over a month now. And I’m satisfied that it hydrates my skin well. It does cover up minor skin discolourations, but it doesn’t replace a foundation. In addition, the light shade is way too dark for me, so I wouldn’t be able to wear the bb cream on its own anyway.

Having said that, this BB cream sits well under my foundation. No issues at all! However, I don’t think that my skin looks more radiant or more even. But I’ve been using all sorts of brightening products for some time now, so at this point I wouldn’t expect a random day moisturiser to pack a punch.

All in all, this is a nice BB cream. I would definitely recommend it to everyone who’s looking for a rich day moisturiser that plays well with foundation. The 50ml tube is £4.99 only (B&M Bargains) which is a total steal!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

The Crème Shop Detoxing & Renewing Overnight Gel Mask With Charcoal

Hi there! Today’s post is about The Crème Shop‘s Detoxing & Renewing Overnight Gel Mask with Charcoal. The product promises to detox troubled or sensitive skin so that you can wake up with renewed and purified skin – even after a short night.

How does it work? On the back of the box it says… massage an even layer into your skin – right before bedtime. Focus on dry areas, and leave the product to do its magic overnight. And wake up to hydrated and brighter skin.

I really like the idea of an overnight gel mask. However, it’s just a fancy name for a night cream. 😉 Having said that, I love the gel formula! It’s awesome fun! I’m also satisfied that this product moisturises my skin without greasing it up, and that it helps maintain my skin’s brightness. Another thing I need to mention is the soapy fragrance – it’s clean and pleasant. Nice!

All in all, I think this is a nice and fun product, and I would recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good skin care product at a reasonable price. The Crème Shop‘s Detoxing & Renewing Overnight Gel Mask with Charcoal is available as 50ml for £4.99 (TK Maxx).

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Calm Skin Skincare De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Calm Skin Skincare De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz. This product contains chamomile, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, and it promises to target the visible signs of stress on the skin.

On top of that, this product claims to soothe the skin, with visible results promised after 4 weeks.

So how’s the product? I’ve been using it for 4 weeks now, and I think it’s great. I know I’ll buy it again! I have very dry skin and I suffer from occasional bouts of eczema, but my my skin is also quite moody, and it’s prone to impurities.

This facial spray helps me because, thanks to its high glycerin content, it helps lock in moisture which allows me to stay on top of my eczema patches.

My skin hasn’t been moody for a few weeks, so I’m satisfied that this spray soothes my skin. On top of that, I’ve noticed that blemishes come and go faster than usual. I’m used to dealing with blemishes for weeks at a time. Seeing them heal within a few days is a very welcome change!

But there’s one thing I need to mention as not perfect. You cannot spray this product over your make-up because it can’t be dispensed as a fine mist. I thought it was the spray nozzle, so I filled the contents of this bottle into an empty B. Confident facial spritz bottle (which has always dispensed the finest and most wonderful hyaluronic acid face mist). However, there was no change at all.

I tried another spray bottle that I was always happy with, but again, no change. So if you spray this product on your face, it comes out quite “targeted”, and you’ll end up with big wet patches on your face. For this reason I only use this spray as the first step of my skin care routine (= after cleansing). I use it right before I apply a serum. That way I get to mix the facial spray with the serum. 🙂

All in all, I’m actually very happy with the product. I got used to the spray, and like I said, I’ll buy it again. No doubt!

By the way, Superdrug confirmed that this product contains more than 5% of niacinamide. This is really impressive! Niacinamide is a powerful skin-restoring agent that is known to help with dull skin, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and blemishes. Pretty awesome, right?

Superdrug‘s Calm Skin Skincare De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz is available as 100ml for £2.99. On top of that, the Calm Skin collection seems to be on a buy 1 get 1 half price promotion almost all the time. So if you’re not at least trying these products, that’s your own fault really!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care

Hi there! Today’s post is about La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care. This moisturiser is aimed at people with dry, sensitive or allergy-prone skin. It promises to soothe irritated skin, and (with continued use) to leave skin less sensitive day after day. Read on to find out if it’s any good. 🙂

I received a 2ml sample – and my review is based on this sample only. So I can’t comment on any long-term benefits. However, what I can say is that Toleriane Ultra is quite greasy but not particularly rich. It’s like a dry oil film that’s sitting on top of the skin. However, the skin underneath that film feels dry and uncomfortable. I don’t think this stuff feels soothing at all, and I doubt it really helps with dry skin!

Based on my experience, I wouldn’t recommend the product. However, if you’d like to try it, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Intense Soothing Care is available as 40ml for £17.50.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream (Normal To Dry Skin)

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug‘s Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream for normal to dry skin (there is also a face cream for normal to combination skin, but I haven’t tried that one).

This day cream with SPF 15 promises to hydrate and brighten skin with the help of sugar beet and fruit extracts. It also claims to make skin feel softer, smoother and more energised. I’ve been using this product on and off since mid-February. And here’s what I think!

The first thing I need to mention is that this moisturiser is very rich. It’s as rich as the matching night cream. So if you don’t have dry skin, this is not your ideal face cream. However, if you have dry skin, this one’s definitely worth a try!

I can’t comment much on this face cream’s brightening properties. This is because, thanks to a number of different skin brightening products which I’ve been using for a while now, I don’t think that my skin could look any brighter. Having said that, I know from experience that skin brightness and radiance need to be maintained, otherwise it’s back to dull and uneven skin in no time. So… I do think that this face cream helps maintain my skin’s brightness.

I’m not sure whether this face cream makes my skin look more energised. But it makes my skin feel smooth, soft and plump which is nice!

Superdrug‘s Naturally Radiant Brightening Day Cream is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The 50ml pot is £5.99 which is great value. On top of that, Superdrug runs BOGOF or half price promotions frequently. I paid £2.95 for this face cream! 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde