Review: Napiers Starflower Sensitive Skin Cream

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Starflower Cream

This one I’ve had for months and really I should have done a review for it a while ago but kept using it and so it was never in my review pile which I was taking photographs. Not only have I used it for myself but I’ve also used it quite a few times for other people when I was doing their makeup and it’s fantastic!

Basics: Cruelty-free, UK brand 

Gentle, moisturizing (obviously) and it sinks in quite quickly which is perfect if you’re doing someone elses makeup, though I’ve found it’s more effective if it’s massaged into the skin rather than just lightly slapped on, though to be fair you could say that about most creams.

Contains Starflower, Chamomile, Chickweed and Sweet Almond oil

Its got what I would describe as a slightly silicone-y feeling (but it doesn’t actually have any in it’s ingredients) and it feels quite thick when you first apply it. Napiers describe it as “soothing, cooling moisturiser for dry, itchy, sensitive skin” and it’s good for all of those. Not as fast-acting for me as Aloe Vera gel when my skin is irritated, or Embryolisse but effective non the less.

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Apart from it’s moisturising and calming properties I’ve found it’s really quite amazing as a face primer! Especially on younger skins. One thing I think might put people off this though is the smell, I personally like herbal smells, but I know some people can’t stand it, so if you’re one of those people this cream might not be for you, or at least not to be used for your face.

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Micro Review: Superdrug Anti-Ageing Hand Cream

Superdrug Hand Cream

Apart from the fact the Superdrug range of products are cruelty-free they’re also very kind to your purse. I’ve tried out most of their sachet face masks (which are really good btw and I will get around to reviewing all of them) but today I wanted to talk about one of their hand creams.

Basics: Cruelty Free | Suitable for Vegetarians + Vegans | £1.49 | 75ml

The smell is nothing special (reminds me a little of Dove soap actually) and it has a silicon-y cream texture which is on the thick side compared to most of the hand creams I have tried. If you’re looking for something luxurious and smelling like a basket of tropical fruit this is not for you.  But if you just want something cheap and cheerful then this is one I think you would like.

You can get this here

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Review: Lush Cupcake Facemask

Might not be the best face mask to have if you’re craving chocolate, you might end up licking your face, but this is one of the Lush face masks that I consistently forget how good it is. Being a bit of a chocolate addict it’s pretty hard to put this on my face without wanting to eat it off.

“Linseed infusion to nourish and soften the skin, fresh mint for toning, cocoa butter to moisturise and rhassoul mud to absorb grease and give a deep cleanse”

It’s marketed as a mask for teenagers and like all the Lush face masks (apart from Mask of Magnaminty) it needs to be kept in the fridge since it has no presevatives, and so has a limited shelf life.

Though this is marketed towards acne prone teenagers I don’t think anyone with severe cystic acne or sensitive skin would appreciate this one too much, it is quite exfoliating and I’d imagine that when your face is sore and sensitive the last thing you want on your skin is something which is even mildly abrasive.

Basics:

  • 2.1 oz
  • £5.95
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty-Free
  • 4 week shelf life

Lush recommend removing this with warm water but personally I don’t like to do that. What I normally do it wait till it’s dry and then just rub it off my skin, washing off the little bits I’ve missed when most of it’s rubbed off. You would think that this would actually be rougher on your skin than using water but it’s actually much gentler, well at least for me.

One thing I would recommend you do if you try this is to mix a little filltered water with it to make the consistency less like batter, I’ve found it varies from batch to batch. Some are very thick and heavy and others are mixed perfectly.

Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud, Linseed Infusion, Glycerine, Talc,Cocoa Powder, Cocoa Butter, Fresh Mint,Sandalwood Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute,Spearmint Oil, Peppermint Oil, *Limonene, Perfume

My skin reacts quite funnily to this. With my combination skin you would think a mask that’s aimed towards oily acne prone teenage skin would make my skin quite dry. But it actually leaves it quite moisturized and I’ve noticed that my skin seems to produce more oil after using it (in a regulating kind of way), which for me is perfect as with the autumn/winter my skin always starts moving on the dry side.

Overall my experiences with this mask is that it’s very good at regulating my skin. I would not recommend it for anyone who has dry or very sensitive skin. Its really great for cooling your skin and redness, but bear in mind that the peppermint oil can be irritating for some people. So if you’re not sure then just ask for a tester at the Lush store :)

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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Review: Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic

I don’t know if i’ve mentioned this before but this is hands down my FAVORITE face mask! While there are many other masks that I love to use this one is the one that I can be sure will help my skin no mater what the problem is. While garlic is the primary ingredient in this, thankfully it does not smell of it.

Primarily this mask is fantastic for acne break outs, but it’s also great for dry or irritated skin

As much as I love garlic for how quickly it kicks acne’s butt, I would rather not smell of it. I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the best one with description when it comes to smells, but I would describe this as a creamy smell. The smell reminded me so much of creamy oats I was surprised there wasn’t any in the ingredients.

One of my favorite things about this mask, apart from the fact its amazing for my skin, is the texture. I HATE those thick drying cement texture some masks have where you have to scrape it over your skin. The texture for this is a bit like porridge.

Ingredients: Kaolin, Fresh Green Grapes, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Honey, Cornstarch, Glycerine, Fresh Garlic,Tea Tree Oil, Limonene, Perfume

But what I normally do with any of the Lush face masks is first spray my face with mineral water, and then apply the mask. That way I use less of the product and I really do enjoy massaging it into my skin, personally I’ve always found the mask to be more effective that way.

I think if you have an allergy to tee tree (or essential oils in general) then this might not be the mask for you. My skin can change at the flipp of a hat depending on my mood from oily to super dry, and no matter what state my skin is it always leves my skin feeling moisturised, refreshed and with slightly less redness and acne.

You can get this mask at any Lush shop or here

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