Showing posts with label Murad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Murad. Show all posts

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Box | Oct 2016

Last month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box was the pamper edition. I had every intention of getting to the items in the box but so far I've only been able to test out a couple. This post is up a little later than I expected as October seemed to slip by!

Inside is Oskia Manchester Renaissance Mask (full size £49.50), Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak (full size £26), Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment (full size £26.95), Polaar The Genuine Lapland Cream (regular size £7.26), Murad Intensize-C Radiance Peel (full size £49.50) and Laura Geller Pout Perfection Waterproof Lip Liner in Cabernet, Claret or Mauve (£14)*

I've been focusing more skincare recently (after a bad breakout last month) so welcomed the two intensive treatments from Oskia and Murad. Both are pretty pricey so it'll be great to see if these are worth the extra investment. So far I've only used the Oskia Renaissance Mask (once). I've never used a mask like it, the consistency is quite thick. A little is massaged into the skin for a few seconds to 'activate' the formula's blend of fruit acids, enzymes and AHA's and you leave it on for 10-20 minutes. I only left it on for 10 minutes and my skin was incredibly smooth after using though I haven't seen any visible differences yet. I'd definitely need to give this a few more tries to see if it's a winner for my skin. The Murad product seems very similar to other masks I've tried (and loved) in the past so fingers crossed this a winner too.

I always love trying lip products so I couldn't help applying some of the Polaar lip balm as soon as I got this box. It makes my lips feel soft and it's free of parabens, fragrance and colour so this is one for anyone with sensitive lips. I haven't tried the Laura Geller Lip Liner yet mostly as I never use a liner but I'll give this a whirl at some point. I also haven't tried the Mio Liquid Yoga bath soak either as baths are something I rarely have currently. This product has such a strong scent of Lavender, I can imagine this would make for a relaxing soak before bed!

The Alterna Caviar Moisture Intense Treatment is basically my ideal product. It's a pre-shampoo treatment designed to boost moisture in very dry coarse hair. The sample here is 25ml so I've only applied this to my ends to see how it works. My hair does feel a lot softer afterwards but it's tricky to tell having only applied such a small amount. The full size is a bit pricey for me as I know it wouldn't last long but this could be a good product for those of you with less dense or shorter hair.

As usual if you're interested in the Look Fantastic beauty boxes you can grab them from their website 

*samples - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box?

Christine Stewart x

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Current Skincare Routine

I've had several requests recently to create an updated post for my skincare routine though in all honestly not much has changed since my last post in May 2015. I stick to the same methods and mostly the same products. As a teen with acne I used a lot of different products which promised the earth but they very rarely delivered. All I look for now is products which simply don't aggravate my skin and the below work well for me.

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Cleansing & Exfoliating  
It's a bit excessive but I have 3 different products to cleanse my skin. Dr Bronner's Magic Soap (in Citrus Orange) is my go-to most days and I've been using this beauty solidly for over a year. I love that it's mostly made up of natural oils (like coconut, jojoba and olive) and it's one of those products which has so many uses. I bought the of this soap this time last year and I'm only just reaching the end after decanting into a smaller bottle. I tend to use this to remove as much makeup as possible in the evenings or as a quick cleanse in the morning. 
When I'm not using the Castile Soap I've been relying on the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub & Mask. I've used this previously and I love the gritty texture which gently exfoliates and prevents my skin getting as oily. The formula includes eucalyptus and salicylic acid which gives a tingling sensation on the skin and really helps with waking me up on early mornings! I tend to use the Garnier Pure Active Micellar Cleansing Water as a final cleansing step to ensure all traces of makeup are gone or to remove makeup from delicate areas like the eyes. I'm currently using the version for oily skin but having tried the various types available I haven't found much of a difference between them.

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Moisturising & Sun Protection 
Since the beginning of the year I've been using a few skincare items from Kiehl's to hydrate dry patches and give my tired-looking skin a boost. The Ultra Facial Cream sees the most use and I apply a little most mornings underneath makeup on the dry areas of my skin. It's so light and provides hydration without making my skin oily or greasy. I use the Creamy Eye Treatment less often, but it's so thick and rich I only need a tiny amount to perk up dry and tired eyes. During the evenings I tend to skip moisturiser after cleansing and simply apply a few drops of Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. So little is needed and by morning my skin feels so soft.
I've been taking sun protection seriously in recent years and since I've noticed less dark spots (more on reducing those ). I've been using the Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield recently which is a primer, moisturiser and SPF all-in-one. It's the perfect concept though I'm not sure how well it protects my skin (review ). As a result, I tend to rely on the Solait Fluid most as I feel like this truly gives my skin the ultimate protection against the sun. Despite claiming to be matifying, I always have to go heavy on powder with the Solait Fluid (even when I don't actually want to wear makeup) as my face looks super oily otherwise. I find it doesn't really hydrate dry patches either so I still have to use my regular moisturiser on top. Ideally I'd love to simplify this area of my skincare routine as much as possible. I've had such a good experience using Kiehl's I'll be replacing the creams and SPF here with the eventually. It's just a shame the moisturisers I have already don't have SPF in!

*sample - read my disclaimer .

What do you use on your skin?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Review | Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

I've been shaking up my skincare and makeup routine with a few new products including this (£55).* The Invisiblur is a 5-in-1 product which Murad claims can replace your skin treatment, primer and SPF to blur fine lines and combat the signs of aging. It's made with mushroom peptides, barley, sunflower and cucumber extracts which are stated to all work together to give the skin a youthful appearance and moisture.

Whilst I've been familiar with the Murad brand for some time, I've never actually bought their products before, mostly as they're a little out of my price range. I've often tried samples (free with fashion magazines) and loved them so I had high hopes for the Invisiblur. You can wear this product alone, but I've mostly been using it as a primer, underneath makeup. It has a gel-like texture which feels light on the skin. You don't need much product and it blurs the skin texture, reducing the look of pores instantly. For me the smoothing effect was most noticeable after applying makeup. My foundation sits better and is much smoother, so I've been relying on this product daily for the past couple of months. I haven't yet noticed any improvement in fine lines or wrinkles, though that's not a major skin concern of mine currently. I've still got quite a lot of product left too so perhaps I'll see an improvement with my skin in months to come.

I love that this product has SPF as I'm always conscious of wearing sun protection. Products with SPF I've tried in the past have often left my oil-prone skin greasy. The Invisiblur is not oily and as it can be used as a moisturiser it is ideal for combination skin. The transparent formula means it doesn't make my foundation look ghostly either. The flaw however is that you only need to apply a very small amount of this product (as it has a tendency to ball up if you use too much), so it's questionable how much sun protection it provides to my face.

I do love it as a primer and will continue to use the Invisiblur but I can't help be disappointed that I may still also need to use SPF separately to protect my skin from the sun. Would I buy it? Only if Murad started making a smaller bottle a third of the price. It's a great product but £55 is too pricey for me.

You can get from the

*sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried Murad?

Christine Stewart x

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