NO7 PROTECT AND PERFECT NIGHT CREAM AND EYE CREAM: REVIEW

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream & Intense Eye Cream

No 7 Protect and Perfect skincare range is one that always receives rave reviews. The quality of the ingredients is really good for the price points and the clinical studies seem back up the hype every time a new product is launched in the line. The original Protect and Perfect range is aimed at 25-35 and I have to admit that I am clinging on to this age bracket by skin of my teeth. There is an Intense range for 35-45, Lift and Luminate for 45-60 and Restore and Renew for the 60+.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream
I got a 25ml sample of the Night Cream and a 5ml sample of the Eye Cream in the No 7 Christmas Crackers. On a side note I thought the crackers were really good in comparison to some other beauty brand crackers. There were three skin care products (25ml Day Cream was the one that got away) and three decent sized nail polishes in three different but wearable colours. I didn’t get any of the nail polishes but from what I can remember there was a red, pink and mauve-brown shade.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Eye Cream
Back to the Night Cream and Eye Cream, I have been using these two since the beginning of January, so about 8 ish weeks now. I am really impressed that they have lasted this long and I am still managing to get the last dregs out of them this week. I use a tiny bit of the Eye Cream just in the mornings and a pea size of the Night Cream obviously just at night, a little goes a long way with both of these which is why they have lasted so long. The promise is “protects young skin to delay first signs of ageing, boost radiance & visibly improves fine lines”. I can’t say I noticed any amazing results with them. They do adequately hydrate my skin so I’ve no dehydration lines but I don’t think any real fine lines have been improved so much that I can notice the difference. There may well be improvements that could have been measured under a microscope but noting my eyes can measure, but many far more expensive products make claims that can’t be seen by the bare eye. The improvements you get from topical creams are always going to be minimal. What is important to note is that the products have quality ingredients, they are comfortable on the skin and don’t cause any irritation. They sink in quickly and leave the skin feeling smooth and plumped.
The 50ml Night Cream is €30.50 and the 15ml Eye Cream is €19.50. I think they are really good products for the price and since I am now out of both as well as being out of serum, I may purchase the full sizes as they are good value and Boots have 3 for 2 on No 7 at the moment so that should take the sting out of having to buy three skin care products at once. Although I may have to have a look at the Intense range (sad face).
Have you tired the Protect & Perfect range?

GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD HYDRATING TREATMENT MASK: REVIEW

GlamGlow ThirstyMud

I told you about the sample of GlamGlow YouthMud that I got in a local salon a few weeks back. I loved it so much that I purchased a full size one. I also managed to get 2 sample sachets of ThirstyMud and feel another purchase may need to be made. Until recently there were no local retailers of GlamGlow that I know of, but now all of a sudden it seems to be popping up in a few local salons and chemists. All this easy availability could be bad for my wallet but good for my skin. I have the BrightMud Eye Treatment in my sights.

GlamGlow ThirstyMud
GlamGlow ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment Mask promises to leave you with “hydrated heart pounding glowing skin”, I don’t know about heart pounding but it certainly leaves me with well hydrated skin. My skin has been fairly dehydrated lately. You know when you use a gentle cleanser but your skin feels really tight and dry after and you can’t get enough serum and moisturiser on your face fast enough, well that’s how it has been. The directions on ThirstyMud are that you can leave it on or wipe off after desired amount of time. Looking at it, it’s a beige gel like cream. I assumed it would sit on the skin and that if I left it on overnight it would be all over my pillow and hair the next morning so I applied it in the early evening, when I knew no one would see me, with the intention of wiping it off before bed. However, it actually sinks in and disappears into the skin so I have been leaving it on overnight. It feels lovely and cooling when first applied. The tight dry feeling disappears instantly. When I wake up my skin is soft and plump with no hint of any dehydration lines that may have been. There is a strong scent of coconut, which I really like, but bear it in mind if you don’t like strongly scented skincare. A little seems to go a long way because I get at least two uses out of the 3g sachets, where I only got one with the Supermud, but I have oily but occasionally dehydrated skin. If you have dry skin you may want or need to apply more.

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I have seen this anywhere from €58 to €69. It’s pricey but I really like it so I probably will end up buying it. Have you tried this or any of the other GlamGlow masks? Do you think they are worth the price tag? Please tell me I won’t like BrightMud!

PREPARING THE SKIN FOR FAKE TAN

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Today I am telling you about what I think is the perfect combination for preparing the skin for fake tan. These two also work great together in between tan application to remove any leftover patches from the last tan application and prepare the skin for the next application. Many of us only turn our attention to fake tan in summer but I find I like a light tan now at the weekends if I’m planning on heading out, to help cover the blue look and warm my skin up a bit. I just want to look like I have a healthy glow instead of my usual winter deathly pallor so it’s important that even a light tan looks natural instead of streaky and patchy. My current favourite choice of tan is Cocoa Brown 1 Hour tan. I use the dark on my legs if I plan on bearing them and the original everywhere else. I usually put this on at night and wash it off in the morning; it doesn’t continue developing after three hours so after a shower in the morning to wash off the guide colour, I’m left with the perfect light tan for me. It fades nice and evenly throughout the week before I need to scrub off anything that remains to prep for the next application.

Soap & Gory Sugar Crush Body Scrub

Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub is brilliant at removing any leftover tan. It contains smashed brown sugar, sweet lime, almond oil and macadamia grains. It’s a really good scrub that leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. It’s one of those scrubs that moisturises your skin as it exfoliates. I don’t have dry skin so I don’t feel the need to moisturise after this scrub but I do anyway because I want that extra luxurious feeling and I want to make sure my skin is in tip top shape for applying tan.

Soap & Glory The Righteous Body Butter

Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter is a seriously moisturising body butter. Containing Shea butter and aloe vera, it leaves my skin feeling amazing. It also smells delicious. After using these two together, my skin feels amazingly smooth and silky.

I usually use these two a day or two before applying fake tan. Moisturiser blocks fake tan from working so I don’t think the tan would develop evenly right after using the scrub and body butter with all the rich moisturising ingredients in them. I think it’s better to have a shower just using a normal cleanser in between using these two and applying fake tan. I also think fake tan develops more evenly if it’s applied a good while after showering. I usually shower in the morning and then apply tan that night.

What products do you use to prepare your skin for fake tan?

GLAMGLOW YOUTHMUD: REVIEW

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There was a fair bit of hype around Glamglow Youthmud a while back but I didn’t buy into it at the time. I thought it was very expensive for what I assumed was just mud mask and there are plenty of cheaper mud masks on the market. My hairdresser was recently singing the praises of Glamglow Youthmud even though it is not sold in the salon she works in, so I made it my mission to try it out for myself. I managed to get a sample (5g) which is great because the price of the full size (50g) is €55 on feelunique.com or €68 on hqhair.com so it’s a lot to spend on something that might not suit my skin.

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Generally, mud masks help clear the pores of excess oil and draw out impurities to help clear congestion and acne. Glamglow Youthmud is something very different to normal mud masks. Hailed as a 10 minute facial in a jar, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t do any research on it; all I knew was that my hairdresser said it makes your skin look amazing. Usually after using a face mask, my skin feels nice and looks clean but there is nothing too noticeable, I use them hoping that it’s doing good things to my skin even if I can’t really see any difference.

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I applied the whole sachet of Glamglow Youthmud and it started tingling straight away. I didn’t really like it at first and thought I wouldn’t last 10 minutes with it on, but either it eased or I got used to it because the 10 minutes were up before I knew it. It’s quite gritty in texture and it says when rinsing it off to remove it in circular motions to exfoliate the skin. Normally after a mud mask or exfoliating I can’t wait to get serum and moisturiser on my face but this left my skin unbelievably smooth and silky, I must have spent another 5 minutes touching my face. I have to say, I have never seen my skin look so bright and clear. My pores are less noticeable probably because they are so clean. I was surprised that there was such a noticeable improvement in my skin after using this mask. My serum and moisturiser sank into my skin a lot quicker, which makes me wonder if they are usually sitting on top of a load of dead skin cells before they are absorbed.
The only problem with getting samples is when you love the product and “need” the full size. I also have a sample of the Thristymud so this could get expensive. Have you tried any of the Glamglow products?

CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

It’s been a while since I did a skincare update so I thought I would give you a quick rundown of what I have been using lately.

Let’s start with cleansers. These haven’t really changed since the last post. As much as I love to try new things, when I find products that work well for me I tend to stick with them, especially if they are not too pricey.

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Garnier Micellar Water – I use this for a quick cleanse in the morning to remove any residue left from the products applied the night before.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – I use this to remove all traces of makeup in the evenings. It’s a gentle and effective cleanser.

L'Oreal Revitalift Peeling Night Lotion

Toner is a step I have been skipping for years until I started using and loved some other products from the L’Oreal Revitalift range. I saw a review of the L’Oreal Revitalift Night Peeling Lotion on Beaut.ie and decided to give it a go. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference when using this so when it runs out, I’ll probably go back to skipping toner in favour of spending the cash saved on serums and moisturisers.

Serums and Moisturisers

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum

I’ve recently repurchased the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum. I used this ages ago and decided to give it a go again. I’ve only been using this since the week after Christmas so I’ll do a proper post on it when I have been using it for a few more weeks. Needless to say that I really like this serum, hence the repurchase.

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Before Christmas I was using a trial size of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum. I didn’t have enough of this to do a proper review but my initial impressions from the trial size (5ml) were good. It’s a lovely oil that really hydrates the skin well and sinks in quickly.

I also had a trial (15ml) size of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which I absolutely loved and am really tempted to splurge out on a full size. The texture is a light almost gel like cream, which is kind of cooling and refreshing to apply. A tiny bit is more than enough and it smells gorgeous. I kept this for night time and found that my skin looked really good in the mornings. Nicely hydrated and plumped, even over the Christmas, when healthy eating and drinking water went out the window.

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So at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Global Care Day SPF 25 in mornings if I have used the toner the night before or the Magic Blur if I didn’t use the toner. At night I am using a trial size (25ml) of No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream, which I got in the Boots No 7 Christmas crackers.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream & Intense Eye Cream

My current eye cream, No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream (5ml), is also from the No 7 Christmas crackers. I have to say, so far I really like the two No 7 products and when I finish the trial sizes I’ll let you know my final thoughts on them. I have a funny feeling I will be purchasing the full size versions of these.

Any products here that you rate? Any suggestions for the future?

SOAP & GLORY LIMITED EDITION GIFT BOX

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I received this as a lovely surprise Christmas gift and I think it was a popular choice with both those who gave it and those who received it. There were a few of these Soap & Glory gift boxes under trees in both my family and the in-laws. Great minds think alike. The fact that it was one of the Boots star gifts reduced to half price for a week in the run up to Christmas made it excellent value considering it has 10 full size products. I also know a few ladies that bought it for themselves.

Soap & Glory Gift Set

Soap & Glory is a quirky brand with a bit of innuendo and the odd pun here and there. It’s popular because the products are really good and the price point is easy enough on the pocket. When my husband saw the email about the Boots star gift and knew there were a few Soap & Glory products hanging out in the bathroom he figured it would be a good gift and he was right. I am really looking forward to trying everything out; other than the Righteous Butter, I haven’t tried anything else that’s in this set before.

Soap & Glory Gift Set

So here is what’s in it:

Soap & Glory Gift Set

The Body Products:

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Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion

Whipped Clean Shower Butter

Orangeasm Body Wash

 

Hands and Feet:

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Hand Dream Super Cream

Heel Genius Amazing Foot Cream

 

The Tubs:

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The Righteous Butter

Sugar Crush Body Scrub

 

Makeup:

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Thick & Fast Mascara

Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss

Off Your Face Make Up Wipes

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If all that wasn’t enough, then there is also a voucher.

This is a really great gift, I am guessing they are sold out but hopefully they will have a similar one for Valentine’s Day. I will definitely be hoping there is one of these under the tree again next year.

Did you get any great beauty gifts for Christmas?

GLOSSYBOX FOR HARVEY NICHOLS: THE CHRISTMAS EDIT

 

Harvey Nichols GlossyboxThis is my first time purchasing from any of the beauty box subscriptions services. I love the idea behind them but I’ve heard such mixed reviews that I never felt they were worth the money. They all seem to start off great but then as the months go on the products seem to get less and less interesting. However, when a few people tweeted the link to preregister to buy the Harvey Nichols Glossybox, I had to check it out; I mean its Harvey Nichols. I didn’t realise that I could just purchase the one box, I had always thought you had to sign up to a subscription of a few months. So I will definitely be keeping an eye out for special edition boxes in the future. I didn’t want to do too much research on this box because I wanted to be surprised and since its Harvey Nichols I figured all the products would be quality. One quick glimpse at the picture on their web site and I saw the bands Laura Mercier and NARS and I was sold.

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I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Here is a rundown of what’s in the box:

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Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – I was really excited about this because I have recently purchased the Smooth-Finish Flawless Fluid foundation. I have used this primer with the foundation twice now and they are great together so this may get a full review. It’s a decent 30ml size; the full size is 50ml.
Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream – I have always wanted to try Elemis products but they are so expensive. Hopefully I don’t fall in love with this because the 50ml size is about €100 but I am certainly going to enjoy the luxury of using my 15ml sample.
Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum – ok so the bottle inside the box is actually tiny but you only use a few drops at night time so a little should go a long way. I’ve liked every Dermalogica product that I’ve tried so I have high hopes for this.
Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser – another expensive brand that I haven’t really tried anything from before so this should be interesting.
Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real Mascara – I’ve been meaning to try this for ages because I really like Bad Gal Mascara.
Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment – I do love a good hair treatment so I can’t wait to try this.
OPI Avoplex Moisture Replenishing Lotion – this is a massive 120ml bottle so I am really excited about this.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil – of course I had to put this on as soon as I opened it and I love it. I have a funny feeling I will be getting some more of these, but this colour is lovely. This is definitely getting its own post.
La Coupe Coconut and Macadamia Oil – another hair treatment so my hair should be looking fabulous for Christmas nights out.
Show Beauty Lux Volume Mist – I can’t wait to try this, I hope it gives me massive hair and the bottle is a full size 150ml.
And Finally the Harvey Nichols Mini Scented Candle – the scent of this is gorgeous.

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I have to say I am really impressed with the contents of this box and it was definitely worth the price which converts to €49.73 including shipping. Two of my friends who also purchased this box didn’t receive the Laura Mercier Primer in their box. They both emailed Glossybox but haven’t heard back yet so hopefully it is sent on to them. I don’t think I would sign up for a subscription but I will be checking out the special edition boxes for one off purchases.