Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Dr Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Face Mask Review

For results driven skincare products Dr Sebagh is your man. Whether you suffer with acne-prone skin or want to prevent ageing, his products deliver on the promises written on the packaging. Lacking the surgical scent that you might associate with more prescriptive brands, the Deep Exfoliating Face Mask is full of surprises. 
With a smooth gel-like texture, the formula is easy to apply across your face and neck - avoid your eye area though. Keep the face mask on for ten minutes, you will feel a slight tingly in some areas as the lactic acid gets to work. Then simply wash off and you'll be left with a fresh glowing complexion for days.

The smooth formula means you don't have to worry about over-scrubbing your skin, however, while the instructions say to use once to twice a week, make sure you don't over use this product, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Dr Sebagh Deep Exfoliating Face Mask is £59 and available from Drsebagh.com
Rating: 10/10 - the results make this product a no-brainer.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Louise Gray Nail Polish Review

With a reputation for bright colours and bold designs, Louise Gray's make-up range for Topshop was never going to be an array of traditional autumnal shades in traditional powdery formulations. In keeping with Gray's trademark style the collection is a mix of eclectic pinks, oranges, greens and a rather impressive blue eyeliner.

Despite the bold shades, all the products are wearable with the most accessible being the nail polish. With chunky pieces of glitter, the polishes tap nicely into the glitter beauty trend for AW12, while the range of colours brighten the tone.

The pink shade needs at least two layers if you're wearing it on its own, but it also doubles up as a sparkly top coat. Watch out for the painting the glitter pieces too close to your tips though as they chip much easier.

Louise Gray's Nail Polishes are available now from Topshop.com for £6.50.

Rating: 9/10 - Perfect for adding a touch of sparkle to your Autumn wardrobe.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Aerin Rose Lip Conditioner Review

There has been a lot of speculation as to what to expect from Aerin's, heiress to the giant Estee Lauder company, brand new collection which takes her name. Having revealed that the beauty line would be a collection of essentials from a foundation and lip conditioner with lipstick to a hand and body cream and a selection of brushes.

Drawing inspiration from her favourite things, Aerin's aim was to create a range of essential products that offer women effortless beauty. The Rose Lip Conditioner comes in a clean and chic tube, familiar but not too similar to the traditional Estee Lauder packaging, and has a strong rose scent. 

The consistency is quite thick, but doesn't leave a sticky finish - it's more balm-like, which makes it feel instantly moisturising. Coming in 'nude', the lip conditioner gives lips a slight shimmer, but nothing too obvious. 

As far the Rose Lip Conditioner goes, Aerin has succeeded in her aim to make effortless, but still luxurious essential beauty buys. However, the apple does fall too far from the tree and this collection will be an instant hit with loyal Estee Lauder fans, but most people might struggle to define the difference between Aerin and Estee Lauder.

Aerin's Rose Lip Conditioner launches in September from Esteelauder.co.uk.

Rating: 8.5/10 - It does everything required, but hopefully when they add to the range in seasons to come they will add a few tinted conditioners too. 

Friday, 10 August 2012

Ilia Lipstick Review

Using a combination of waxes, Ilia lipsticks are as natural as lipsticks get and have a super soft, balmy texture. Admittedly you do have to reapply the colour throughout the day, but the hint of a tint shades make it possible to slap on your stick without the help of a mirror.

The nourishing formula is focused more on conditioning rather than colouring lips and is packed full of natural moisturisers including jojoba oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E. The actual name for these lip products is actually 'lip conditioners' for this reason, but they look and give the finish of a very slightly glossy lipstick. With a bold vs soft colour range, there is definitely a shade and finish for everyone in the six-shade collection

While the lip balm texture and natural credentials are impressive, it is the chic packaging that steals the show. Made in the place as Tom Ford, the recycled aluminum gives the collection a luxury finish.

Ilia lipsticks
are £20 each and available online from Beingcontent.com.

7/10 - it's really rare that you find a natural beauty brand that offers such a luxurious product. Plus the limited edition lipsticks come in amazing pops of colour!  

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Hydraluron Moisture Booster Review

While dry skin lacks oil, dehydrated skin lacks water. Often the two very different skin problems can cause confusion. Fine lines under your cheekbones as well as a lack of spring-back suppleness when you pinch your cheeks are telltale signs that skin is dehydrated. Luckily, Indeed Lab’s Hydraluron Moisture Booster can help resuscitate lacklustre skin within hours, quite literally.

The gel formula is packed full of hydrating goodness including marine red algae and the star ingredient, hyaluronic acid which promises to retain water and increase skins elasticity by up to 27%. While the super absorbent gel might leave the skin almost matte-like, once you’ve applied your day cream over the top you will feel the benefits of this product. Make sure you apply to your neck too to avoid the crepe look, especially if you are concerned with ageing.

Within a few hours skin does feel smoother, softer and more moisturised. However this is the kind of product that you might only use when you need that added burst of moisture rather than everyday as it can be too much.   

Hydraluron Moisture Booster is £24.99 and available from Boots.com.
Rating: 6/10 – for those in need of an extra boost you’ll be thankful for this product, but it’s not a skincare essential.