OM SHE Aromatherapy Skin Lifting Hydrating Face Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about a product I picked up not too long ago – OM SHE Aromatherapy Skin Lifting Hydrating Face Serum. This product promises smoother, firmer and more radiant skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, and it’s safe for use around the eyes.

This product contains 16 ingredients only! And amongst those 16 ingredients there are damascena rose flower water and flower oil, rosehip seed oil (to nourish skin), sodium hyaluronate (to bind moisture), hydrolised collagen and vitamins C and E (to brighten and protect from free radicals). I’ve been using this serum for over a month now. And if you read on, I’ll tell you if it’s any good. 🙂

The serum is a non-greasy clear gel. When I apply the serum, it doesn’t feel nourishing. It feels watery. And once the serum is absorbed it makes my skin feel dry. The first 2 days it was OK, but on the 3rd day I could see that my skin looked dry under my make-up.

I haven’t introduced any new products to my daily skin care routine (I sill use the same hyaluronic acid spray, moisturiser, cleanser, face wash, toner, etc.). So it’s pretty clear that this serum isn’t anywhere near as hydrating as it promises to be. Disappointing!

I will continue to use the serum – in conjunction with the greasiest (!) moisturiser I have. This seems to work, but it’s not perfect. And it doesn’t look perfect. But there’s an upside – I finally get to finish that greasy moisturiser! Yay! 😀

I got my OM SHE Aromatherapy Skin Lifting Hydrating Face Serum from TK Maxx. I paid £4.99 for the 30ml serum.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

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Boots Botanics Super Serum Triple Age Renewal

Hi there! Today I’m reviewing the day serum that I’ve been using for quite some time now. It’s called Boots Botanics Super Serum Triple Age Renewal. This serum claims to stimulate cell renewal, to visibly reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles, and to improve skin firmness in 4 weeks. It contains hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C and E, soy protein, moisturising sugars and plant antioxidants from purple orchids. Oh, and the serum is made in the UK!

So how’s the serum? I think it’s quite good! It’s quick and easy to apply, it’s absorbed almost instantly, and it feels moisturising. It also plays well with all sorts of different moisturisers. I don’t think that my skin feels firmer, and I can’t comment on whether this serum helps with deep lines and wrinkles because, fortunately, I don’t have any deep lines or wrinkles (yet). However, I do have a few fine lines on my forehead, and they seem to be less visible than a few weeks ago. Awesome!

In summary, I like this serum and I would recommend it! Boots repackaged the entire Botanics collection, and the prices seem to have gone up quite a bit. I paid £4 for my 30ml pump bottle in the old packaging, whilst the current version of the serum is just under £10, I believe. But please correct me if I’m wrong!

Have you tried this product? If so, how do / did you like it? Feel free to comment. And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

L’Oréal Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum

Hi there! A few weeks ago I emptied the first L’Oréal serum I’ve ever used, and since then I’ve been using another L’Oréal serum – L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum. This serum is aimed at women aged 18-32 who want smoother, brighter and more radiant looking skin. In summary, this serum promises to tighten pores and to make first lines appear smoother – in 7 days!

Whilst this serum isn’t perfect, I do like it. Here’s why: I think the pump dispenser is great. Two pumps deliver the perfect amount of serum for my face and neck. Nice! The serum is lightly fragranced – the fragrance is nothing special, but it’s definitely pleasant.

I think that this serum feels great on my skin. The lightweight formula delivers a refreshing hydration boost which is very nice! Whilst I don’t think this serum made any difference to my pores at all, I’m still happy with it because it seems to maintain the ‘fresher skin’ look the other L’Oréal serum gave me.

I would recommend this serum – and I would recommend you get your 30ml bottle from B&M Bargains. L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection Correcting Concentrated Serum is £15.99 at Superdrug – but it’s only £4.99 at B&M!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Awesome – L’Oréal Youth Code Luminizer Serum

Hi there! I consider myself to be an Olay girl,  but when I saw L’Oréal’s Youth Code Luminizer Serum at my local B&M Bargains Store, I just bought it. This serum has been sitting in my stash for a while (I had other serums to finish first). However, I managed to get on top of my part-used serums (I finished all 3 in the past 3 months – success!) a few weeks ago. And since then I’ve been using this L’Oréal serum.

Before I tell you why I love this product, let me tell you what it claims to do. L’Oréal’s Youth Code Luminizer Serum is aimed at women aged 25-40 who want skin hydration and a more radiant, more even and more youthful complexion. The serum claims to be highly-concentrated, and it promises visible results after 1 month.
L'Oreal Luminizer Serum
Now here’s why I love this serum! First of all, I really like the pump dispenser. Two pumps give me the perfect amount of product for my face and neck. Great stuff! The serum smells absolutley lovely (it reminds me a lot of D&G Light Blue!). The lemoney-fresh fragrance goes very well with the Luminizer theme. Well done, L’Oréal!

I’m happy to report that the serum feels smooth and silky on my skin. It’s definitely hydrating, but it doesn’t feel like “product” on my skin. It’s very lightweight! I like it! I’ve also noticed that this serum made my skin look fresher. So yes, I could see results in less than a month!

I’m very happy to continue to use this serum – and I’m just as happy to recommend it. L’Oréal’s Youth Code Luminizer Serum is available as 30ml for £4.99 at B&M Bargains (I’ve also seen it at TK Maxx – but not this cheap, and I guess other bargain stores have it too). Yes, it’s an import from Germany – but who cares?

I think the price is amazing – especially when you consider that certain reputable online sellers offer this serum for £24.99 (yes, 5 times the price I paid for the same amount of product). I’m pretty sure this serum has been discontinued, so if you want it, you should swing by your local bargain stores and get it now!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum

Hi there! I’ve been using Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum for quite a while, so I thought it’s about time I write a review!

Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful product line is aimed at women who want to tackle skin impurities and skin ageing – at the same time. This serum promises to resurface skin texture, to refine pores and to even out skin tone. At the same time the serum claims to contain collagen boosting tetrapeptide and anti-pigmenting red algae extract. In regards to skin impurities, this serum promises to control excess sebum and to prevent outbreaks with continued use.
superdrug-clearly-youthful-night-serum
Now, let’s take a closer look. This night serum is housed in a dropper bottle. In my opinion this isn’t ideal. I never get the dosage right, and, over time, dried-up product residue settles under the lid. I would have preferred a pump bottle – like the one they did for the day serum.

But now let’s talk about the actual serum! First of all, this night serum doesn’t smell great. The smell is tolerable, but it’s not great. But then, all the Clearly Youthful products have a chemical smell… Anyway, since this serum is actually really good, I accept its smell as a ‘quirky feature’. 😉

I use this serum 3 to 4 times per week, and I think it makes a difference to my skin. At the moment I’m not using the Clearly Youthful day serum or the Clearly Youthful glycolic peel-off mask, so this night serum has to do all the work. And it does what I need it to. It makes my skin look and feel significantly clearer, my pores appear smaller, and I have fewer spots. So yes, this night serum works! And I have already purchased another bottle. 🙂

I can’t comment on the serum’s anti-ageing properties (thanks to Olay my face is basically wrinkle-free). But if you struggle with spots or even minor skin impurities, I’d definitely recommend this night serum. I’d also recommend you try the day serum and the glycolic peel-off mask from the same line.

Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Resurfacing Night Serum is available as 50ml for £4.89. I got mine for half price! So keep your eyes peeled for promotions.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Awesome – Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 In 1 Firm & Lift Anti-Wrinkle Booster + Firming Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about the wonderful Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 in 1 Firm & Lift Anti Wrinkle Booster + Firming Serum. I’ve used this product on and off for a year – and I love it!

At first, let me tell you that this product promises to fill fine lines and wrinkles, to activate cell renewal and to nourish skin to boost firmness – within 14 days. The product also claims to be an ideal base for make-up, and it’s aimed at women aged 40+.
Olay Anti Wrinkle Serum Cream
I remember the first time I’ve used this serum. I fell in love with its gorgeous (yet subtle) fragrance. It smells like a high end product! Then I applied it to my face – and I couldn’t believe how wonderful it felt – like a mix of liquid silk and velvet. And still, after about a year of on and off use of this serum, I still feel like I’m hitting the jackpot every time I use it.

I think that this product really plumps up my skin and that it makes it firmer. I love it! I also agree with Olay that this product is a great base for make-up. However, it doesn’t contain sunscreen. So when I use this product in the morning, I still apply a day cream or day fluid with SPF on top of it.

I can’t comment on any long-term anti-wrinkle benefits. That’s because my skin is almost wrinkle-free. But then, I have to credit Olay for this because I know their regular day fluid DID take care of quite a few deeper lines which I had when I was a teenager but which I don’t have now – and I’m in my mid-thirties. Plus: I’ve never been to a beautician, I’ve never had plastic surgery or botox. And I also don’t use high end products. I only use affordable skin care – mainly Olay – which I buy when there’s a half price offer! 🙂

I’d recommend this product in an instant. Olay Anti-Wrinkle 2 in 1 Firm & Lift Anti Wrinkle Booster + Firming Serum is available as 50ml for around £10 – but the big drugstore and supermarket chains run half price or BOGOF promotions very frequently, so this product can be yours for £5 or slightly less!

If you’re interested in other products that I can’t recommend enough, take a look at all of my 11 Stars Products. And thanks for reading! I appreciate it!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

100% Vegan & Cruelty-Free – Superdrug Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum

Hi there! Today’s post is about Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum. I’ve used this serum on and off for about six weeks now, and I’ve reached my verdict. 🙂

But before we get to the review, let me tell you what this serum is supposed to do. First of all, this serum is aimed at women who want to tackle skin ageing and skin impurities at the same time. This serum contains spot-fighting salicylic acid, anti-shine cimicifuga, and lactic acid, phytoprotein and polyglycan – three ingredients which are said to have anti-ageing properties.
Superdrug Clearly Youthful Day Serum
So how does it work? This serum is supposed to be applied twice daily – morning and night. I found this instruction a bit odd because this is a day serum, and there is a separate night serum in the Clearly Youthful range. But if this is what Superdrug recommends…

OK, so I started to use this product daily under my moisturiser. And I noticed quickly that it caused some of my moisturisers to ball up. So I played around with all the face creams and lotions I’m currently using. And I found that this serum works with Olay’s Regenerist UV Lotion and Olay’s Complete Day Lotion. However, no matter which moisturiser I use, this serum always causes my foundation to ball up. Every time. 😦

Then I started to use this serum on my make-up free days (= my two homeworking days and stay-at-home Saturdays or Sundays) and generally at night time. Whilst I haven’t seen any improvement in the appearance of my fine lines, my skin looks a lot clearer. Whilst I think Superdrug’s Glycolic Peel-Off Mask deserves most of the credit for this, I’ve noticed that the serum definitely contributed to my skin clearing up (chin, nose) – especially now that I’m using the glycolic peel-off mask once per week only.

There are two more things I’d like to mention. 1. This serum doesn’t smell great. It has a chemical smell. But it’s nowhere near as smelly (or as intense) as its sister product, Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Cream Cleanser. 2. When I use this serum after I’ve used a face scrub, I can feel a stingling (= stinging and tingling) sensation on my face. It goes away quickly, but (if I remember) I try not to use the serum after I’ve given my face a scrub.

All in all, I would recommend Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful Hydrating Day Serum if you’re looking for a product that helps fight skin impurities. I’ll definitely buy this serum again – even though I have to limit myself to using it on make-up free days only.

In case you’re wondering, I bought the serum when it was half price (£2.39) about two months ago. But even at full price, the 50ml serum is £4.89 only, so it’s very affordable!

I’ve also just started to use the matching night serum. Of course I bought that one too. 🙂 I’ll let you know what the night serum’s like in a few weeks. In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you think of Superdrug’s Clearly Youthful products. Have you tried any of them? Or would you like to try them? And thanks for reading!

Mrs Strawberry Blonde