Monday, 21 July 2014

Nourish Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer

This Summer I've realised one thing. Just because I'm not getting my legs out doesn't mean I can't indulge in the beauty-made sun kissed glow that hits the shelves when the sun comes out. I've spoken about my love for Prtty Peashun before but this is about another product I've had the opportunity to try.

Another organic brand whose Kale Eye Cream I absolutely love. Yes, it's Nourish. Now out with their very own Toning Body Shimmer*. It's a light, almost moussey texture with light reflecting particles and a subtle layer of shimmery gold running through it. It does look a little scary when you first pump it out but it blends into a very pretty even glow with a radiance about it. Not sticky, greasy or transferable onto clothes. It's not any particular colour so suitable for all skins and it won't interfere with any fake tan you currently use. In fact, it might be nice to layer on top?

I like the pump. I like the packaging. They always deliver such neat, clean but pretty designs. However, I am unfortunately not a fan of the scent. I'm not exactly sure what it is (probably the frankincense and myrrh) but it smells almost green/mossy sea-weedy to me and although it doesn't last on the skin, it crinkles my nose for the minutes I'm applying. Not the end of the world, because the product itself is growing on me.

If, like me, you've always been nervous to jump onto this section of the  beauty market then I think this is your subtle way in. As you can see from my little animation, it's not a scary glitter ball once massaged in. It also contains hyaluronic acid and phyto-active marine extracts so it's not just about temporary healthy looking skin. It's actually doing the job too.

I had my reservations with this one but since trialing it, I actually enjoy using the product and would say that if strong scents aren't a problem for you it's worth a try!


Monday, 14 July 2014

Another Brand Discovery: Nuxe

I'm on a roll with new brand discoveries this week! Next up is Nuxe, a brand that I disregarded because of the incredible hype that surrounded it. Is it just me, or does hype put you off? It builds an expectation that I'm always afraid will mean I expect too much from a simple product. Ramblings aside, I have stumbled upon to absolute gems from the Nuxe range. It all started with their new Prodigieux Le Parfum. Not my usual scent of choice but there's something slightly sweet, warm, comforting and so completely feminine about it. Not often do I fall into a brand renowned for its skincare through the scent entrance but alas, here we are!

The first does happen to be that product that everyone and their pets loves. Nuxe Reve de Miel** is the lipbalm to conquer all lipbalms (at least, from what I have tried). With honey, grapefruit, shea butter and a concoction of plant oils it is the most luxurious and nourishing lip balm I've ever used. It is quite solid in its glass jar but scopping a little bit off the top it melts into the lips effortlessly without leaving them feeling greasy or heavy with product. I can quite happily apply a lipstick straight after this and it proves for a better finish. Before I go to bed, I apply this "child-like messy style" and colour out of the lines and around my mouth. In the morning, it leaves me skin softened and happy.

Creme Fraiche 24hr soothing and Moisturising Cream** has been my daily moisturiser of choice. you'd think this 30ml tube wouldn't last you long but a little goes a long way with this stuff. The name suits it well as it has the lightest and almost airy consistency of whipped cream that when applied to the skin just melts in. It's not greasy, it plumps, softens and after weeks of using this I find that my skin has stopped looking so dry and stripped on my cheeks and nose.

Aloe vera sap, plant milks and white almond and orange flowers. Yes, this is full of gorgeous ingredients. I like that it's suited to normal to sensitive skins as I find it reduces redness after my hands have mauled my face in my morning routine. This range also comes with ones suited to both dry to very dry and combination skins. There's also the moisturising mask which I have heard amazing things about. Perhaps one for the shopping list?