I was going to call this post 5 quick beauty reviews. Then I started typing and changed my mind.
I saw this serum on A Model Recommends (where I get most of my beauty recommendations tbh) and was intrigued after reading it gives a tan-like glow, but in a very subtle way. I'm all the subtle glow, especially after an interesting few months when I was about 17, and decided putting copious amounts of 'gradual' tanner on my face was a strong look. My mum stilll finds this hilarious and likes to mention it on the daily.
I digress. Anyway, I do like this serum - it's very lightweight, with an almost watery consistency and just goes on before moisturiser. I do think it is doing it's subtle glowiness, however I'm not sure about using it every night and day as sometimes when I cleanse in the morning, there seems to be residue on my washcloth. So I've started using it either in the morning or evening only. The Hylamide range is 1/3 off in Boots at the mo so be quick if you need this! (I bought mine when it was full price annoyingly, however it was paid for with my saved up points, so it felt like it was free)
I had heard many a good thing about this product so thought I would give it a go myself - it smells lovely, but not too strong, and also feels creamy and soothing on the skin. It leaves my face feeling soft and gently cleansed, but still removes all my make up. I like to use this as a second evening cleanse (first with Bioderma) to remove the day's build up of dirt/pollution etc. and it works a treat. Would deffo re-purchase.
My nails did not enjoy moving away from the sunshine-fest that was Dubai. I've struggled to get them back to the great condition they were in, all snapping and peeling and in need of some serious care. I saw this on Bean's Beauty Blog and thought it looked intriguing, especially after trying and loving the Eve Lom cleanser. Having a Space NK near my work (VERY dangerous) I popped in to have a sneaky look and ended up buying a pot despite it's less than thrifty price tag.
The product itself is a light green goo with a hard-to-explain texture - it's kind of gloopy with bigger gloopy bits but also a bit grainy? I would suggest going to touch it in-store and you will understand what I mean. Anyway, I thought this was okay, but not much more to be honest. It ran out quite quickly for how expensive it was, and I think cheaper cuticle creams do a better job for less (shout out to Burt's Bees). It doesn't compare to my all time fave, OPI Avoplex Exfoliating Cuticle Treatment. (Review here - look how long my nails were wahhh).
I went to a Body Shop blogging event last month and purchased this on the night. Whilst it doesn't smell strongly of almonds, it definitely has a nicer scent that most nail polish removers and it's gentler and more moisturising for the nails. I'm not sure if I would purchase again on a regular basis as it's quite expensive for how much you get (£6 for 100ml) however as an occasional treat I will be picking it up.
Another purchase I made from the aforementioned Body Shop event. My husband (who thinks I spend way too much time on my beauty regime as it is) walked into the bathroom as I was rolling this over my face and said 'are you trolling me?' I must admit, it is weird to be massaging your face with a spiky plastic steamroller, however it's also thoroughly enjoyable. I use this with my fave Pai night oil once or twice a week to really work the product into my face. I think I still need to try this a few more times to make a fully informed opinion of it, but I love the idea and it feels very indulgent so a thumbs up from me. I don't think anything that moves your facial muscles like this is a bad thing anyway.
Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?