Monday, 28 November 2011

Expect Good Things from Good Things....!

A few weeks ago, I was wandering down the supermarket aisles looking for inspiration.  As usual, I popped into the beauty section to pick up a few things.  I'm always on the lookout for new products that can help me with certain things; in particular I have quite an oily t-zone and so I'm still on the hunt for the perfect product(s) that will help me keep my foundation on and matte, not disappearing and all shiny! 

I'd just run out of my moisturiser which I must admit I have never used religiously! So many moisturisers alter the balance of your skin, and can easily make you more oily! I took a quick glance at the moisturisers on offer in my local supermarket, and something immediately caught my eye.....the gorgeous packaging of Good Things.  Their designs are simple but absolutely beautiful and elegant.  I scanned the shelf and not only saw that they had 1/3 off the price but there was one called "Miracle Mattifier Moisturiser". I didn't need much convincing to try it, but the back of the box made me instantly drop it into my basket:

"Even if your skin is oily, it needs moisture to keep it soft and healthy.  Miracle Mattifier with blackcurrant and goji berry superfruits pulls off a clever balancing act.  It is quickly absorbed and gives your skin plenty of hydration whilst helping to absorb any excess oil, so your skin stays smooth and matte and is less prone to breakouts"

In addition, this product is free from parabens, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulphate and animal ingredients - just full of good things for super skin!

The first thing I noticed about this product when I used it was the smell - SIMPLY WOW!  It's clearly packed with superfruits and boy do they smell incredible! A great purchase just for the smell alone! The cream itself looks thick and rich, and it is absorbed quickly!

I have been using this religiously for a couple of weeks now, usually both in the morning and before bed! Has it made a difference? Yes - my skin looks healthier, it's more even and really soft! It is more matte and gets less oily throughout the hasn't eliminated it completely but certainly has made a big difference!

A lot of people think if you have oily skin, you should avoid any sort of artificial products.  Good Things set us right:

"Oily skin needs careful treatment to clear away excess sebum without stripping it of moisture. You might think that the first thing you need to do with oily skin is 'dry it out' but if you strip the skin too effectively of all its oil, it tries to rebalance itself by producing even more oil to make up for what it has lost. And because oil and water are two different things, you can end up with oily, yet dehydrated, skin. Which is why even oily skin needs a light moisturiser."

You can take a look at the range of products at the Good Things Website - Good Things Skincare was developed by award-winning beauty writer Alice Hart-Davis using her years of experience in the beauty industry.  This skincare range is designed to make the most of young skin.  Whether you're looking for skincare or bodycare - check out Good Things and it really is fine to expect good things....!

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Mascara Brand of 2011: Maybelline

This year I've been on a serious hunt for the best mascara! As with so many beauty products, I struggle to find one that does what I want it to and then lasts all day long!

I also have quite a major issue with all these beauty brands who advertise using celebrities who a) clearly don't even use their products and b) have false eyelashes/airbrushing etc in order to create the advert we see! It makes me angry, yet, when I see a gorgeous model in a beautifully shiny advert telling me that I too can look like her....I am tempted to buy the product! I know I shouldn't be, but I literally can't help myself!

I was lucky enough to receive a couple of Maybelline mascaras this year allowing me to try before I buy. 

For me, this has got to be my Mascara Brand of 2011.  I've tried 4 different products of Maybelline:

1. Volum' Express One by One
2. Volum' Express The Falsies
3. Volum' Express The Colossal
4. Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eyes

This mascara has a patented exclusive brush "The Lash Catcher" which captures, coats and cleans every single lash for big, clean volume from root to tip. It also has a conditioning formula with Vitamin C (*derivative) which claims to leave your lashes so smooth they won't stick together. States up to 4x more volume.

This is my favourite of the 4 mascaras listed here.  It really does separate your lashes and won't leave them clumpy.  Left me with dark, lengthened and volumised lashes!

Volum' Express® The Falsies™Mascara
This mascara has a patented spoon brush which fans out lashes from corner to corner.  It has a Pro-Keratin formula which will help to build up to 3x more volume.

I like this mascara, but I don't think it lives up to its name of false lash glam in a tube! The volume ability of this mascara isn't as good as the others in my opinion, but can be built up with reapplication - but don't let it dry between coats or lashes go clumpy and hard! I love the spoon brush of this mascara, it really does make application easier and helps catch every lash!

This mascara has a Mega Brush and collagen-enriched plumping formula allowing you to build up to 7x more volume.

This is probably my least favourite, but probably because I don't like to keep applying to build up volume.  If you're happy to keep applying to build up your desired look, it's fine but if your looking for a quick fix, then it's just like any standard mascara in my opinion.

This mascara has a collagen enriched formula and unique 'claw' brush which flicks out and extends the look of lashes at the corner giving a fierce look with up to 7x more volume.

I really like this mascara, however, I'd have to disagree with the 7x more volume! For me, One by One provides more volume than this on first application! The slightly curved brush is perfect for catching all the lashes, it doesn't flake off during the day and you can keep reapplying to get your desired look - just don't let it dry between coats!

If you've got any mascara recommendations, I'd love to hear them! Or if you've tried any of these products, let me know what your experience has been!