Jergen’s Ultra Healing Extra Dry Skin body moisturiser, £4.99: I’m not quite sure when Jergen’s dropped the ‘naturals’ tagline – I was a big fan of the range pre-relaunch, and picked this up to help with dry winter skin on my legs and arms that threatened to turn into eczema. This product describes itself as ‘deeply hydrating’ and contains vitamins to help improve the dryness over time. It has a clean, fresh scent that didn’t clash with my perfume, absorbed easily and left my skin silky smooth. After a few days of use the dryness and scales had completely disappeared. I do have to say that I am a little disappointed that this product now contains mineral oil and doesn’t contain the natural ingredients the previous version did, and for that reason I may not repurchase; however for the price, and the effect, this is an excellent product and I can recommend it.
Mama Mio Boob Tube Bust & Neck Firmer, £29.50: Man, this is an expensive product, but it really does work. I received this as part of a gift set at the beginning of my pregnancy and have used it daily. It contains collagen-boosting ingredients to help nourish and protect the delicate skin in this area; I’ve increased 3 cup sizes during my pregnancy and haven’t had a hint of stretchmarks or itchiness. Obviously, pregnancy and gravity affect us all and I don’t believe this will totally prevent changes to the body, but it definitely improves the skin tone and texture and I have repurchased this already. I plan to use this until I stop breastfeeding; its natural formula and low scent make it totally safe to use at this time, and while it is pricy, the tube I’ve had has lasted me 8 months as you don’t need much each day. I wish I’d had this product when I lost a lot of weight in my early twenties as I think it would benefit anyone whose bust is going through changes, not just expectant mothers. Highly recommended.
Clarins Baume Contour des Yeux, £29.00: Those who know me well know that I am very loyal to Clarins as a skincare brand. However, I’m not too impressed with their eye creams. This seems to be a very basic product for the price; it moisturises well, does not irritate and makes a good base for makeup, but this is my second tube and I haven’t seen any difference to the appearance of fine lines, dark circles (my bugbear!) or puffiness. I wouldn’t repurchase as I think any basic sensitive skin eye cream would do the same job – it’s not worth buying if you have specific concerns you want to address.
Mama Mio Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil, £23.00: I’m a bit torn between this and the Erbaviva oil I reviewed last month; this product is very similar, packed full of oils like Borage and Rosehip and easy to apply. It has a nicer scent, with a citrus-floral fragrance found in many Mama Mio products, but on my skin it takes a little more massaging in once applied. It soothes any bump itching and I do think it will help fade marks; the few I have look quite light in comparison to those I had as a teen and I’ve escaped fairly lightly. I would recommend this, although as I have said previously I don’t think anything can truly prevent stretch marks, this will definitely improve skin condition and help to heal.
L’Oreal Color Riche Le Kohl in Espresso 102 & Breezy Lavender 114, £4.39:Eagle eyed viewers will spot that these aren’t finished…..that’s because frankly they are a bit rubbish and I’m really disappointed. They drag on the eye on application, but I could probably cope with that if they lasted; however colour pay off isn’t great, especially on the lavender shade, and they don’t last a full day even when applied over primer. I definitely would not repurchase these and am now trying the Rimmel waterproof Scandaleyes liners, Rimmel don’t offer such a nice colour selection but the formula seems to be way superior. Don’t waste your money on these!
A bit of a mixed bag this month; new products I’m trialling at the moment include L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Styling Spray and Le Petit Olivier body lotion. Have you tried any of the above? Can you recommend a good eye cream?