Review: Napiers Starflower Sensitive Skin Cream

Disclaimer: Item provided for review 

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.

You can get this here (**)

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Review: Lush Dream Cream

I should have written a review on this one ages ago but for some reason I kept forgetting about it even though it’s an essential on my skin-care routine. Though it’s described as a hand and body lotion I also use it on my face from time to time.

“A soothing and cooling cream that is designed to go on even the most sensitive and easily upset skins”

I still use my Enzymion face cream everyday but in the winter I sometimes need a heavier cream to protect my skin so I use this one probably every other day on my cheeks, corner of my eyes and forehead where my skin needs a little more protection.

I had been using the Manuka Honey Rescue cream for my winter cream but since I’ve finished that one this one has replaced it as a firm favorite. Oh and it’s fantastic for calming down razor burns!

Basics:

  • £10.95
  • 240g
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan

It’s not the most affordable of the Lush creams but I love it! It comes in a HUGE pot and I’m nowhere near half way through it and I’ve had it for about 4 months now. That’s party because I’m a bit of a miser with my application but it really is a decent amount of product too.

When I get really stressed my skin gets what I suppose is a bit of a mild form of eczema all over my cheeks and my face puffs up like a balloon, get’s SO itch and red (not a nice image I know) but stress really messes me up! Especially my skin. When that happens this and Embryolisse is so far the only thing I have found that I can put on my skin and calm it down.

Product tip: If you don’t exfoliate this product wont sink in and will just sit on the surface of your skin

It does contain Methylparaben and Propylparaben which is disappointing. But considering it contains oat milk which spoils very easily I can understand why they would include them, otherwise the cream would go off in a week and for £10 a pot you don’t really want it to spoil before you can finish it. 

The smell of this is very…oaty. You will either like it or hate it. The texture is creamy/oily, at first it can feel a bit heavy and then after a minute or two it sinks into your skin leaving it feeling moisturised and plump.

One thing I will say is make sure you’re not allergic to any of the essential oils in this product if you’re getting this for easily irritated eczma prone skin. Some people like myself are fine with it, but for others it can cause a nasty reaction.

You can get this in a Lush store or online

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My Skincare Favorites: Breath of Fresh Air

It’s quite funny that before trying this product I’ve always thought that toners were a bit of a con, when I first started getting into skin care a few years ago the first toner I tried out dried my skin out something chronic.

I don’t know what on earth possessed me to buy this a few months ago, but since then I’ve gotten through the first one and re-purchased a second one. Absolutely love it!

I had tried the tea tree toner on a whim before this one (was the last few months of uni at the time and I have to admit, I bought quite a few impulse buys just as a bad form of stress relief). Ended up really kicking myself for that one since it was the same price as this one and was pretty much just water and tea tree which is easy enough to make yourself (and cheaper!).

Basics:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • 150 grams = £3.95
  • 250 grams =£7.25
This one however has a lot more ingredients and I’ve noticed that my skin really loves anything with seaweed in it. While I wouldn’t call this a “nessasary” item in my skin care routine (to be honest you don’t really “need” more than a moisturiser, cleanser, exfoliator and sunscreen) but it’s just one of those products that I absolutely love! It leaves the skin feeling so fresh, clean and ‘balanced’ if that makes any sense.

I tend to use this when ever my skin just needs a pick me up. In the summer for example I like to put it in a little spray bottle and carry it around in my bag to spray on my face when I’m feeling a bit hot and bothered. I also tend to use it in the morning instead of washing my face.

“The sea breeze captured in a bottle”

My skin does NOT like heavy water or fouride, dries my skin out like CRAZY, so in the morning I tend to spray my face with this and clean my skin with a cotton bud to get rid of any muck which has settled on my skin overnight.

One thing I do love it for is traveling, especially on airplanes! Obviously you can’t bring a full sized bottle with you on the plane, I de-pot mine into one of those little spray travel bottles, it really helps your skin feel perky and alive, especially on long haul flights or anywhere with heavy air conditioning.

The 250 grams bottle lasts me roughly 6 months, so while it is quite pricy it does last a while before you have to (or want to) re-purchase.

The bottle itself is one thing I don’t like. Unless I’m just unlucky every single one I have tried could easily be used as a water gun, no fine mist just a shot of water shooting at your face. So what I do is pour half of this (well…more like a quater) into a spray bottle from Superdrug and use that instead.

You can get this HERE 

D.I.Y Face Mask: Skin Saver

Currently this face mask is my absolute favorite for when my skin has absolutely had it and needs some serious life pumped back into it fast.

What do the ingredients do?

Green Clay

This little power powder is fantastic for drawing….no drawing sounds too gentle….forcefully pulling the rubbish out of your skin, improving the circulation, tones and strenghthens your skin. Some people can apply this directly to the skin but just a little warning, it will leave your skin red for the next 20-30 minutes if you just apply a green clay mixture on your skin.

Walnuts

You would be amazed at how much oil is in this nut and I love this one for putting the moisture back in my skin. Obviously DO NOT use this in the recipe if you are alergic to nuts.

Oats

Most people eat this without realising how increadible it is for the skin! It is anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, has mild cleansing properties and it is fantastic for acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes. You know those days where your skin is just red, inflamed and blotchy? Try an oat and honey face mask…lifesaver!

Asiprin

I just Salicylic acid (BHA, beta hydroxy acid) which is great for getting down into the skin and un-cloging pores and chemically removing the dead skin cells. One thing I do have to say is don’t overuse this, overuse makes your skin so sensitive.

Lavender Oil

This is one of the few oils that can be directly applied on the skin and it really is a beauty for skin care. It is antiseptic, relaxing and like oats it is fantastic for acne, eczema, rosacea and rashes.

Mineral Water

Not enterly neccessary, water strait from the tap is FULL of bacteria which will make the mask go off faster. If you are just making one batch tap water if fine, but if you’re making some to use over the next week or two use Mineral water or it will only last a week.

Why type of skin would you recommend this for?

I use this mask for when my skin is feeling congested and irritated, like you have something sitting under your skin which is just itching to get out. Anyone with oily and normal skin can use this but if you have very dry skin I would recommend that you only use a fourth of the green clay I used. Green clay in the amounts I used I think would be too rough for something with dry to very dry skin.

I hope you like the video :)

Video Review: Sirius Sonic (Clarisonic Dupe)

If the is one thing in my entire skin care routine that I absolutely cannot do without it is my Sirius Sonic, or as I like to call it Skinsonic.

I had the skin sonic for exactly a year before it died (and I say in the video why I think it died). I also recently found out that they’ve started selling this in Boots in the UK, which is great because as much as I love this think Sirius are hands down the worst company I have ever had for taking their sweet time for the product to arrive. I’m talking 3-4 months here, a lot worse than the first time I bought it.

In Boots however they are selling it for £65 while if you buy it direct from Sirius it’s only £43.

Basics: 

  • £43 including postage (£65 if you buy it from Boots)
  • 3-4 months to arrive
  • 5 different brush heads
  • Skin is SO much cleaner and clearer
One thing that seems to annoy a lot of people is the fact that it had batteries and not a built in charger, for me personally I prefer it this way. All my batteries are re-chargable anyway and I HATE having to wait for something to charge up so I can use it. I’d much rather just pop in some new batteries and go.

(*)You can get the Sirius Sonic HERE 

Hope you enjoy the video review :)

My Favorite Make Up and Beauty Books (Part 1)

Little fact about about me. I ADORE books! There is nothing more relaxing than snuggling up on the couch with a good or interesting book and a cup of tea. Over the years I’ve collected a little library of various books so I want to talk about my favorites.

I’ve had this book for years, before I went ahead and bought it I borrowed it countless times from my local library till I could save up the money to buy it.

This is the book that kicked off my obsession with makeup, beauty and skincare. I have bought many, MANY books all about makeup, skincare exc. but none of them cover such a wide variety of topics such as this book.

“Each chapter covers a different aspect of well-being and shows us how to make life-enhancing changes to improve health, diet, appearance, physical fitness, and emotional harmony”

Also the topics that it does cover it doesn’t just offer a few tips and just move on. For example the section on physical health it had many different exercises for Pilates, not just four or five, explained what muscles exactly it worked on all the while demonstrating and illustrating the moves clearly and beautifully.

Sometimes with books like this the makeup tips can be quite out dated but it’s not the case with this book. There are one or two looks that I think are a bit hideous (the makeup for red hair skin tones and Asian skin tones I think are completely unimaginative), but in general it covers all the different types of makeup and explains well what they are for and how to use them (or not use them).

And as for the looks in the book that I’m not fond of, well, that’s what You Tube is for :)

The last thing I love about this book is that it doesn’t just focus on Caucasian hair, skin and makeup. It uses many different models in the pictures and has sections on black hair (though a small section), which most beauty books completely overlook.

One downside is, while it has a few picture tutorials makeup for very pale skin, red hair complexions and Asian skin tones it has nothing for black skin tones which is the one big drawback .

This book is perfect for anyone who is a budding beauty enthusiast, loves DIY beauty, or just wants a pretty thorough book covering a wide range of beauty topics.

You can buy this book here

Review: Organic Manuka Honey Rescue Cream

I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite moisturisers for Winter skin care. No I haven’t stopped using Enzimion, I am still utterly in love with that moisturizer, but in the winter I like to alternate between a heavier moisturizer that protects my skin from the cold and the wind more.

“Thanks to its great emollient, restorative and soothing action the formula is safe to use on dry damaged skin, sun exposed skin, sensitive and irritated skin, leaving it intensely moisturized”

I went through a pot of this last winter, well…I went through half of it then I accidentally dropped it and the glass jar kinda broke, I was a little bit shattered about it to be honest (no pun intended).

I’m sure some of you have experienced that feeling when the weather starts to turn cold and the wind just tears at your face and your normal “light” summer moisturizer just doesn’t seem to provide enough protection. This was an absolute God-send last winter and I liked it enough to re-purchase it this year and just had to do a review on it before I completely finished it.

Basics:

  • Cruelty-Free
  • £8.69
  • 50ml
  • Cruelty Free
  • No GM Ingredients
  • Bioactive and Organic ingredients

Lets start off with the smell (yes I know, me and my nose) but ugh this smells sooooo good! If Dr. Organic ever made a perfume of this oh boy would I be first in line! Think a lovely honey smell that makes you feel warm and lovely, not sticky sweet.

While quite heavy it’s not the kind of heavy cream that just sits on the surface of your skin, once it sinks in your skin feels so soft and supple! You need just a tiny, tiny amount though. If you over apply this you’ll look like an oil slick.

“An intensive hypoallergenic formulation containing a rich blend of key functional ingredients including Organic Manuka Honey, Hyaluronic acid, Aloe Vera and many more”

Also if you’re thinking of getting this something you should bear in mind is that some people really don’t react well to honey on their face even though they can eat it without any problem. Just because something is “Organic” does not mean you can’t have a natural reaction to it.

My favorite time to apply this is either right before bed or when I know I’ll be going outside for the day other wise I use my Enzimion face cream, I also like to apply it all over my décolletage, your face isn’t the only thing that needs moisture, especially in the winter.

And unless you’re very liberal with this or apply on more than your face it’ll take you a long, loong time to get through this pot :)

You can either get this at at any Holland and Barret store or online HERE.

Review: Each Peach Massage Bar

After having finished my second bar of this recently I figured I really should do a review on this gorgeous little bar, it smells so nice (but unlike the name suggests it smells nothing remotely like Peaches).

“With this massage bar, we have combined cocoa butter, shea butter, avocado butter and mango kernal butter”

I really should have a tag devoted to all things which smell nice, I’m such a sucker for things which smell nice (and scents strong enough for me to be able to smell in the first place).

Because these are hand made in batches some of these vary in colour as you can see above. Ooooh and just in case you didn’t know Lush have started uploading videos on You Tube showing how they make their products which are so fun to watch.

Basics:

  • £5.50
  • 65g
  • Hand made
  • Vega/Cruelty-free
  • Long lasting

The tin isn’t entirely necessary but is quite handy to keep this quick-melting bar in unless you keep it in the fridge.

These bars really do last an age. I haven’t compared properly to see if a solid bar last longer than a tub of moisturizer but I’m pretty sure it would.

“The fruit oils give a lovely lighthearted fragrance that smells of summer and sun”

The minute you have it in your hand it starts to melt on your skin pretty quickly and can slip around a bit like a wet soap bar but isn’t too difficult to use. The oils in it will take a bit of time to sink into your skin though.

If you’ve applied this all over your skin after the bath/shower it seems to take less time for your skin to absorb it. But if you apply it strait to your skin in then you are going to have to give it a while (and I do mean a while) to sink in or you will stick to your clothes.

Tip: Keep this out of the sun (or in the fridge) unless you want a scented puddle.

If you’re not applying this right after a shower of bath I’d recommend you keep to applying just in areas that clothes won’t cover. Some people will hate it for that reason but I love it. Especially in the winter if I’m wearing a short skirt I love applying it on my legs and hands to protect them from the cold (and smell lovely).

The smell lasts for ages! It’s a bit like the Lush R&B Hair Moisturiser in the sense that people will think you’re wearing perfume, that’s how strong the smell it.

Ooooh and before I forget, one thing I love to do is rub this product all over my hands and then run it through the ends of my hair. It keeps my hair moisturized and you get this lovely summery whiff of lime/lemon, .

You can get this product at your local Lush or online here.

DIY Beauty: Rice Face Scrub

I got the idea for this one a few months ago when I was looking through some Demalogica products at the airport and saw a rice based exfoliator.

It got me thinking about how to make my own DIY version (and cheaper version) and after trying out and testing the following idea for a a few weeks I went ahead and made the video.

Variation ideas:

If you want to spice up this recipe a bit you can add one (or both) of the following ingredients.

  • Bicarbonate of Soda: Is an antiseptic perfect for gentle exfoliation, however it can be quite drying so if you have dry skin I would avoid adding this ingredient.
  • Lemon Juice: contains; alpha-hydroxy acids, citric-acid, vitamin C and is anti-bacterial. Over time lemon slowly reduces hyperpigmentation and scars owing to it’s mild bleaching properties. It is also a mild natural exfoliant and good for (slowly) removing blackheads. Some people don’t react too well to the citric acid in Lemons so I really wouldn’t recommend more than a few drops per scrub use.

Why Rice?

Rice has emollient, exfoliating, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also fantastic for controlling shine on the skin as it, like potatoes, contains starch (an astringent) which absorbs sebum (oil produced by the skin).

Although I use both white rice and brown rice in the video I highly recommend that (if you can) to use brown rice as white rice has both the bran layer and the germ layer removed which means a lot of the nutritional benefits are lost such as magnesium, iron, vitamin B1 and B3 and the natural oil in the bran is also lost with white rice.

  • If kept in powder form and away from moisture you can keep this for up to 6 months.
  • Don’t over exfoliate! Even though rice powder is very gentle once or twice a week is enough.
  • Just because something is ‘natural’ does not mean that you can’t have a reaction to it, if your skin reacts negatively to any of the ingredients mentioned or if you have an allergy them DO NOT use this recipe.

Hope you enjoy the video :)

Review: LUSH Herbalism Cleanser

As you can see this one has been tried, tested and battered. Poor little pot :( Mind you I’m sure he’s used to it seeing as he’ll be going back to Lush in a few weeks to be re-cycled.

“A solid cleanser to gently exfoliate, remove grease and calm troubled skin”

I’m on a little bit of a hunt for the perfect Cleanser, I’m not fan of chemical laden cleansers since half of the ingredients I tend to get reactions to (picture a puffer fish and you’ll get the general idea). It’s no secret I’m a Lush junkie so this one was first in the testing out firing line.

Definitely the first time I’d seen a cleanser like this. To use it you only need to take a small blob (about half the amount I have in my hand above) mix it with water and then work it into your face.

Basics:

  • £6.25
  • 100g
  • Vegan
  • Cruelty Free

I’d say that if you used this product morning and evening it would probably last you around 3 months. While I did like it I would say it’s more appropriate for someone who doesn’t wear makeup at all.

When I didn’t wear makeup this was a lovely cleaners, left my skin feeling clean and fresh. But when I did wear makeup this just didn’t do the job.

Hearbalism can be quite messy, it’s easier to use in the shower rather than over a sink.

To be fair it didn’t bother me too much as I always use my Bioderma makeup remover to remove my makeup and that get’s rid of EVERYTHING but in general it didn’t clean my skin as much as I would like it to.

I’d say that if you have good/oilyish skin with little to no acne and don’t wear makeup I think you would like this, for me it all boiled down to the fact I need something a little bit more intense than this and something which is a little more tough on acne (especially blackheads).

 Some people have commented on the smell (no surprise for Lush really) that it smells strongly of vinegar, that they can’t stand it exc. Personally (thanks to my non-existent sense of smell) I could only really smell a herbal “green” type of smell.

So to summarize:

  • A very, very, VERY mild exfoliant 
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Mildly cleansing
  • Herbal smell

If you liked the look of this product you can get it at your local Lush store or online here.