Saturday, 20 September 2014

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream - Review & Comparison With Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

Hi everyone!  I always have a tub of Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream knocking about as it's one of those products that can be used for so many different things.  Spots, rashes... anywhere that's sore and irritated, basically.  I was recently asked if I'd like to be sent a tube of Sudocrem Skin Care Cream* to review, and of course I jumped at the chance!  I had no idea Sudocrem had other products available.  Their Skin Care Cream is basically a grown up version of of the original Antiseptic Healing Cream, and I thought it might be interesting to compare the two.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream Review Comparison Antiseptic Healing Cream

The Sudocrem Skin Care Cream comes in a 30g white plastic tube, making it perfect for taking out and about in case of any skin emergencies.  The Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream comes in that instantly recognisable grey tub, and contains 125g of product.  They cost £1.99 and £2.99 respectively, so they're really affordable!

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream Review Comparison Antiseptic Healing Cream

The two products contain the same ingredients, just in different proportions.  Zinc Oxide reduces the loss of tissue fluid, Benzyl Benzoate and Benzyl Cinnamate have healing properties, Lanolin soothes and softens skin, and Benzyl Alcohol has local anaesthetic and antiseptic properties.  The lavender gives the creams a soothing scent

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream Review Comparison Antiseptic Healing Cream

These different ingredient proportions give the products quite different textures.  The Skin Care Cream (bottom swatch) is quite a bit thinner and light, so it rubs in quicker.  This makes it ideal to use on the face.  The Antiseptic Healing Cream is very thick - in fact, it's almost a balm, making it perfect for dry/sore skin on the body.  Both have that trademark Sudocrem scent, although the Antiseptic Healing Cream is slightly more powdery

According to the website, celebrities use the Skin Care Cream as an overnight mask to give a healthy glow.  It definitely does leave skin smooth, soft and glowing and also soothes any spots, reducing redness in particular.  This is a great addition to my Sudocrem repertoire, and as it's lighter I prefer to use it on my face and stick to using the Antiseptic Healing Cream on my body.

Do you like Sudocrem? What do you use it for?

*Item sent for review

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Born Pretty Store Hollowed Out Portable Refillable Spray Bottle for Perfume - Review

Hi everyone! I'm back with another Born Pretty Store review.  This time, they sent me the Hollowed out Portable Perfume Bottle Spray Refillable Bottle*.  I love my Travalo for easily taking my favourite perfumes out and about with me and I thought it would be fun to compare it with this Born Pretty Store version.

Born Pretty Store Hollowed Out Portable Refillable Perfume Spray Bottle Review

You get sent a random colour, and I ended up getting silver.  I wish I'd got red or pink, but the silver is pretty good too!  It has a brushed metal effect.  There's a window in the outer casing allowing you to see the fill line of the perfume inside.  It doesn't feel particularly sturdy which initially had me worried

Born Pretty Store Hollowed Out Portable Refillable Perfume Spray Bottle Review

The product can be taken apart - there's the outer casing the lid, the spritzer and a tube to hold the perfume


Unlike the Travalo, which features a small hole in the base which you use to pump the perfume into, this tube just has a large opening in the top when you remove the spritzer.  I actually prefer this, as it means cleaning the bottle will be much easier when I want to change the perfume inside it!

Born Pretty Store Hollowed Out Portable Refillable Perfume Spray Bottle Review

You could theoretically pour the perfume directly in, but I actually found it easier to spray down the neck of the tube

Born Pretty Store Hollowed Out Portable Refillable Perfume Spray Bottle Review

Here it is next to the Travalo.  This bottle can hold 10ml, so double the liquid capacity of the Travalo.  I was worried how it would perform as it felt a bit flimsy, but it's held up wonderfully - no leaks or spills in sight.  Now I can carry two perfume options around with me instead of one!  The price is also quite a bit easier to swallow - £2.46 as opposed to £12.49.

If you've always wanted to try one of these portable perfume bottles, this is a really solid option.  It means I can now have my favourite perfumes that come in really bulky bottles with me when I'm out and about!  They do some other bottles in a range of different designs, and while I can't vouch for their quality, if they're anything like this I'm sure they're great.  I like the vintage one!

Born Pretty Store have kindly provided my readers with a 10% discount code!  Click through on the image below and enter it at checkout if you fancy this gloss for yourself :)


*Item sent for review

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil in #005 - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!  Today I have a review of another item I was sent by the Born Pretty Store - the Eyebrow Pencil Platycephalic Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil*.  Born Pretty Store tends to have very long, strange names for their products, which I suspect is partly due to mistranslation and partly due to trying to include as many key words as possible so it appears in more searches.  

This one is a particularly interesting case - it includes the word 'platycephalic', which got my psychology senses tingling as I recognised it from one of my neurobiology lectures!  It means to have a broad/flat head, which kind of applies to the shape of this pencil, but is a very odd choice of word indeed :P

Let's get on with the review!

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review  swatch swatches

The pencil comes in this rather pretty black and purple cardboard box.  It looks a little grubby because there was a sticker on it that I removed - sorry!

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review swatch swatches

The pencil itself is also black and purple, like the box, and features a pretty abstract design that I believe is supposed to look like a rose.  It feels sturdy and well made, which you wouldn't expect considering the £2.35 price tag!

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review swatch swatches

I believe the 'platycephalic' refers to the square, flattened shape of the pencil that makes it easy to draw precise lines.  Unfortunately, when I twisted mine up to see how far the product would go the very tip broke off, but it still works fine 

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review swatch swatches

L: Natural light     R: Flash
I went for the shade 005 or #5, which is the last of 5 shades.  It's a dark brown that does lean a bit too warm/red-toned for me, but it's not unwearable.  The other shades in the range feature a black, two light brown/taupes and a grey

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review swatch swatches

Bare brows

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review swatch swatches

Product applied in natural light

Born Pretty Store Flattened Design Eyebrow Pencil Review swatch swatches

Product applied with flash

As you can see, even though the pencil is a bit too red-toned, I still think it blends fairly wells with my dark brown brows.  The consistency of the pencil is nice and waxy so it holds the hairs in place and lasts all day.  I wish the pencil included a spoolie, but aside from that and the slight shade mismatch I think it's a very good pencil for the money!

Born Pretty Store have kindly provided my readers with a 10% discount code!  Click through on the image below and enter it at checkout if you fancy this gloss for yourself :)


*Item sent for review

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lush of the Week: Which Fresh Face Mask is Best?

Hi everyone!  Today's Lush post isn't a new review; instead, it's a round-up and comparison of all of the different Fresh Face Masks they make.  There are 10+ in total, so making a choice can be a bit overwhelming if you've not tried one before!  I'll be ranking them based on my personal preferences, and I wanted to say that just because I don't like or really love a mask doesn't mean you will.  For reference, I have normal, spot prone skin that can occasionally lean a little oily.  I hope you like the titles I came up with for each rank :P

Sorry for the inconsistent quality and/or formatting of the photos - some of these reviews are from a while ago!

10th Place: I Didn't Know Lettuce Could Burn
Love Lettuce (full review here)


Love Lettuce is a brightening, calming mask which is meant to control sebum production.  This grey-green mask smelled very strongly of tea tree, even though it doesn't contain any in the ingredients - I suspect this may be my nose misplacing lavender though!  Unfortunately, this mask was really burned while on my face and once washed off revealed warm, red, sore skin :(

9th Place: Apparently Honey Burns Too
Brazened Honey (full review here)


Brazened Honey is designed to detox, cleanse and brighten the skin and has one of the longest ingredients lists out of all of the masks.  It's a bright chartreuse colour with a sweet herbal scent.  For me, this mask had an impossibly thick texture and it really burned once I managed to get it onto my face.  Once washed off, my skin looked and felt fine, but the experience wasn't enjoyable at all!

8th Place: Soggy Flapjacks
Oatifix (full review here)


Oatifix is a gentle, nourishing mask which contains bananas and oatmeal.  This mask is a browny beige colour and it smells like Weetabix.  I hated how this felt on my face - like rubbing cold porridge or a soggy flapjack all over - but once rinsed off my skin was left beautifully soft and smooth.  Still, not an experience I would like to repeat!

7th Place: Chocolate Spots
Cupcake (full review here)


This mask is ideal for teenage skin as it deeply cleanses, tones and absorbs grease from the skin.  It's a dark brown colour and smells of chocolate and mint.  This felt really nice on my skin and the chocolate scent was yummy, but it did cause me to break out a little which is why it's ranked lower!

6th Place: The Average Truth
The Sacred Truth (full review here)


This green, herbal-smelling mask is designed to revive the complexion.  It felt nice when applied, but I was disappointed when I rinsed it away as I didn't feel my skin had really benefitted from having it on!

5th Place: Eh-esha
Ayesha (full review here)


This is another green, herbal-smelling mask that's meant to brighten the complexion.  This mask was fine to use and left my skin feeling nice, but it was nothing to write home about!

4th Place:  Not Such A Catastrophe
Catastrophe Cosmetic (full review here)


This is a lovely mask!  It's blue-grey in colour with an earthy, minty scent that feels lovely and refreshing.  It's designed to calm and moisturise, and it certainly left my skin feeling soft and smooth.  I did notice some tightness a few hours after using it unfortunately

3rd Place:  A+ Seaweed
BB Seaweed (full review here)


This pale grey mask has a lovely moussey texture, making it a joy to apply.  It's designed to calm the skin and it certainly left my face feeling lovely - so clean and soft!  It's also meant to be great to use after shaving

2nd Place: Cosmetic Winner
Cosmetic Warrior (full review here)


This mask is gentle and balancing - ideal for spot prone skin.  It's a pale cream colour and has a fresh, tea tree sort of smell - you can see bits of garlic in it!  This mask is a bit of a miracle worker - it somehow dries up spots, but leaves the rest of the skin soft and supple.  Love it!

1st Place: Minty Magic
Mask of Magnaminty (full review here) & Mask of Magnaminty Self-Preserving (full review here)

Original
Self-Preserving
Both versions of this mask are a green colour with a delicious sweet mint smell.  The original is quite a bit drier as it contains less honey.  Both are very refreshing to use, instantly reduce spots and leave the skin feeling lovely.  I do prefer the original as it feels like it's a bit stronger, but the Self-Preserving is perfect for those of you with more sensitive skin.  To be honest, I think my favourite thing about these is that they don't need to be kept in the fridge, which appeals to the lazy side of me!


And there you have it - my personal hierarchy of Lush's Fresh Face Masks.  Almost all of their masks need to be kept in the fridge as they are so fresh, and cost £6.25 for a 75g pot.  The exception is Mask of Magnaminty (both original and self-preserving), which you don't have to refrigerate.  That's also slightly cheaper at £5.25 for 125g or £9.25 for 315g.

How do you rank Lush's Fresh Face Masks?  Was this post helpful?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Born Pretty Store Balala Cats Wink Nutritional Lip Gloss Cream in 01 - Review & Swatches

Hi everyone!  

Today I have a new item that I was kindly sent by Born Pretty Store.  On the website, it's listed as 10 Colors Lubric Lip Gloss Plumped Sleek Lip Cream Moisture Gloss Cat Shaped* (try saying that with your mouth full!) but the actual product name based on the box is Balala Cats Wink Nutritional Lip Gloss.  I'm unsure what to actually call it, but the latter definitely has more of a ring to it!


The product comes in a black cardboard box with really cute red cat imagery.  I went for the shade 01, which is a very bright, blue-based pink.  This branding does look very similar to the possibly more well-known Korean brand Tony Moly's Cat Chu Wink range, and I suspect this is probably intended to be a replica/dupe!


Most of the box is covered in what I'm assuming is Korean (I can't read it, so I can't say for sure!) but there is one rather charming English section.  Have a read - it makes me smile every time!  Based on this, I think this lip cream/gloss is meant to have an elastic gel texture using polymers, which gives glossy lips and a pop of colour.  It contains Shea Butter Oil, Vitamins A, C & E and Rose Hip Oil to provide moisture and nutrients to the lips


The gloss itself is really cute, with a black cat-shaped lid and a plastic tube base that's colour coded.  Again, this is very similar to the Tony Moly glosses I linked previously.  I love the packaging - I think it's so cute!  I'm definitely more of a dog person than a cat person, but it's still lovely :)


 The wand is a spongey doefoot applicator which works well with the product consistency


 L: Natural light     R: Flash
This gloss has a thick, creamy consistency with a glossy finish (which is probably why it's described as a hybrid lip cream/gloss).  The colour is really bright and pigmented - in fact, it's almost neon!


L: Natural light     R: Flash  
On the lips, this does definitely behave more like a cream than a gloss, and while it doesn't have a matte finish it definitely isn't overly glossy either.  The thick texture did mean it tended to gather in lip lines a little - however, not applying too much helps prevent this.  The colour is a really bright pink - love love love! It feels really moisturising on and isn't sticky or uncomfortable to wear.  My one complaint is that it does have a bit of a soapy/flowery taste, but this isn't too noticeable


I find this gloss tends to wear for around 3-4 hours without eating and drinking, which is pretty impressive!  You get 6ml for just £3.20 and I would definitely pick up some more of the colours as this is such a lovely product.

Born Pretty Store have kindly provided my readers with a 10% discount code!  Click through on the image below and enter it at checkout if you fancy this gloss for yourself :)


*Item sent for review