Thursday, 11 December 2014

1,2,3,4,5 ....




..I think my beauty collection is going to thrive!

So of course the daily blogging didn't happen. It was my honest intention but truth is there just aren't enough hours in the day, particularly ones with daylight.
Consequently the lighting in these photos is extremely improvised. When I leave for work in a morning it's still dark, it's then dark again before I've even left to come home again. Cheers winter. To top it all off, my bedroom light doesn't work. That's right, I have to muddle through my ridiculous beauty regimes (and daily clothing struggle) with just the aid of a small desk light.
For the future I'm going to have to be extremely naughty and perhaps open my calendar a tad early..it's all for you guys I swear! I'm going to be super organised and take a bunch of photos at the weekend in some much needed sunlight. This also means I can try out each product a little longer before I review it and get a better feel for them.

Enough of my ramblings and excuses, onto the next 3 days of goodies!

Knock knock!


Who's there?



Lancôme who?

Lancôme Rénergie Multi-Lift.
At the ripe old age of 23 I'm not exactly the target demographic for a 'lifting, firming anti-wrinkle cream'. That said, it is still a moisturiser at the end of the day. I may not have any wrinkles that need dealing with but my skin could always do with some extra hydration, and it can never be to early to start on the anti-aging front. Bonus ball; it also has SPF 15.
Personally, I prefer to sample new moisturisers at night. My skin becomes very shiny throughout the day, I am careful therefore about what products I apply in a morning to try and ensure the dreaded oil-slick stays away for as long as possible.
For me this definitely isn't a moisturiser I could use during the day, I'm not saying I don't like it though! When I wake up in the morning after applying this my skin appears to have taken on a reflective glow. Not the good kind. After a quick cleanse however, my skin felt lovely and smooth. Maybe I did have some wrinkles after all?
One point I didn't like about this product though was the fragrance. It has quite a heavy perfumed scent - if you have sensitive skin I would try this on only a small area first. I feel the fragrance irritated my skin on occasions when it was already a little tight from cleansing.

Who's at the door, door number four?


We have another offering from Lancôme.


And number 5?
 

A wee vial of Shu Uemura magic.

Lancôme Galatéis Douceur
(Described as a 'gentle softening cleansing fluid for face & eyes', this is in essence a cleansing milk.)
&
Shu Uemura skin purifier
(High performance balancing cleansing oil advanced formula.)

I'm reviewing these two products together because, unfortunately, I'm a stubborn little monkey stuck in her ways. What I mean by this is that my makeup remover of choice has been micellar cleansing water for quite some time now. Sorry guys but you never stood a chance. From the first time I used a micellar water it was like a revelation. They honestly just completely sweep away makeup (even the blackest smokey eye) without ever feeling harsh. To me, everything else I've tried in comparison requires far too much product to achieve the same results and many aren't as gentle on my skin. One of these products miraculously had me questioning myself however ...
My makeup remover preferences are predominantly for something that easily and gently removes eye make up. This means I can then jump in the shower and remove the remainder of my makeup with my clarisonic and whichever liquid cleanser I'm favouring. Whilst both removers did tackle my black eyes, it wasn't completely plain sailing. The cleansing milk had a tendency to soak into the cotton pad as well as my skin. This meant that sweeping the pad over the eye area began to feel uncomfortable, and almost rough as the gliding sensation disappeared, owing to it being such a delicate area. I had to keep using more product to avoid any pulling. Like the moisturiser, I felt this too had an unnecessary amount of fragrance in it, this however did't seem to aggravate my skin though.
I've never used a cleansing oil before, but the concept has always intrigued me. I've definitely been missing out.
The Uemura skin purifier seemed to melt away all the makeup on my face, don't get me wrong it is a kind of messy process. If you're wearing more than a little mascara be prepared for some serious racoon eyes! Don't fret however, after a good rinse with warm water all traces of makeup, dirt and oil disappear to leave beautifully soft and clean skin. A lot of cleansers (and even just a splash of water sometimes) can leave my skin feeling tight and dry, it was a welcome change for my face to feel so comfortable after a thorough cleanse.
I don't think I've found a replacement for my beloved micellar water, but it's certainly something I'll use on the occasions my skin is feeling particularly dry.

Have you guys tried any of these products? Let me know how you found them.

TTFN
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