Quite a lot to review this month, a bit late due to our little one These are quite short, hope there’s enough information for you!
The Sanctuary Radiance Exfoliator, £10.50: This product uses a combination of traditional scrub granules and pineapple/papaya enzymes for efficient exfoliation and to encourage cell turnover. I’ve had this for a while, and have found it gentle enough to use a couple of times a week. The scrub particles aren’t too rough and my skin looks brighter after use, with no flakes. However, I bought this on offer and I’m not sure the effects justify a £10.50 price tag for this product. It’s good, but I’m still on the look out for a product that offers a bit more.
Clarins Multi-Active Night Youth Recovery Cream (gift, full size is £43). I’m a big fan of the Multi-Active range, designed to fight the signs of fatigue and first signs of ageing. This cream is lovely – velvety to the touch, smells beautifully relaxing, and doesn’t leave skin greasy or overloaded. It’s supposed to ‘destress’ skin, and certainly helps your skin deal with the elements; I used it in hospital after having my daughter, in the hot, dry air, and in this cold snap we’ve been having and my skin is clear and smooth. A really good product and one I can definitely recomment.
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, £30 I’m on my third bottle of this, it’s my HG night product. It smells beautiful, sinks in with no greasiness and plumps fine lines. This product works well for my skin through summer and winter and leaves it radiant. I also add a few drops to my day cream in winter if my skin has taken a turn for the dry. Really rate this product, there is a reason why it is a best seller; a great oil for those who don’t want something too rich for combination skin. Highly recommended!
Essie Billionails Fortifying Nail Treatment, £13.45 This protein and vitamin enriched formula is supposed to help with sustained nail growth. I found it helped with flaking and brittleness, and once my nails improved I used it as a base coat whenever my nails looked a bit sad. It has gone too thick to finish but I have had this bottle for about two years, so I can’t complain! Definitely worth a go if you are looking to strengthen your nails.
John Frieda Sheer Blondes Moisturising Shampoo, £5 I reviewed the conditioner in this range previously; this is one of those reliable products that keeps my hair soft and preserves the highlighted tones well. It’s not hugely exciting but works well and I often come back to this product. It’s a great price and doesn’t irritate my scalp; I’d definitely recommend it.
Mama Mio O+Mega Wonder-Full Rescue Balm, £19 I wasn’t that impressed with this. Mama Mio say this is brilliant for everything from minor burns to eczema, and I bought it as an eczema treatment that was safe to use in pregnancy. However, it wasn’t really intensive enough to work in this way, and I ended up using it as a cuticle and foot balm. It did work well for that but it is very expensive to buy just for this use! I wouldn’t repurchase this.
Mavala Eye-Light Double Lash Night treatment, £11 This product gets rave reviews on the internet, and claims to strengthen, thicken and lengthen lashes. I decided to give it a go as I’m a die hard mascara wearer and I’d noticed my lashes were dropping more than usual. Having used it for a couple of months, it has definitely strengthened my lashes, they are more flexible and appear thicker as less are falling out. However I’ve not seen any improvements in length. I think this is a good conditioning treatment that certainly helps the appearance of your natural lashes, but don’t expect miracles from this product!
Kerastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal, £14 I’m a massive fan of Kerastase normally; while the products are expensive, they really perform and I am usually very quick to recommend them. This product claims to leave hair shiny but light, ‘airy’ and weightless. Unfortunately, I think it just isn’t moisturising enough for my long highlighted hair; however I’m confident it would work well on someone with finer, shorter hair. It smells lovely and rinses out easily, but it’s not for me.
St Ives Invigorating All Over Body Scrub, £5.49 This product is a total bargain! It does exactly what it claims; using apricot kernel pieces, it gives you a thorough scrub that quickly removes dry patches and leaves skin well prepared for moisturiser or tan. It has a fruity fragrance that doesn’t last on the skin, and with weekly use a tub lasted me a good few months. It’s not particularly luxurious to use but for £5.49, you can’t expect luxury; this is a good, honest product that does what it claims at an excellent price.
Lush ‘Bunty’ gift box This was a baby shower gift, so thoughtful as it was lovely to have these bath bomb treats in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Everything in here was pink, fruity and ultra girly – I preferred the bubble bars to the ballistics as they were more moisturising. I don’t tend to buy these kinds of things for myself but this makes a lovely foolproof feminine gift. Lovely!
Have you tried any of these products? What’s your favourite budget body buy?