22 October 2014

Review: Elemis FreshSkin - Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser

Elemis FreshSkin - Skin Clear Mattifying Moisturiser

"Mattifying moisturiser to control the shine of oily skins. A skin multitasker, this reduces T-zone shine within one hour of application and maintains a matt finish to the skin for up to 8 hours. Shea Butter helps promote skin cell renewal, hydrates and protects all day long, whilst reducing redness, inflammation and helps minimise post blemish imperfections" - TimeToSpa

I actually won this moisturiser in a competition, this doesn't affect my views on the product.

So the Elemis FreshSkin range is aimed at teens to early twenties, I may be in my late twenties but I still look for a mattifying moisturiser to use when I am not wearing make up or to use under make up. You do not want a greasy moisturiser to use under make up.

The moisturiser is quite thin however does provide adequate moisture to the face.

It does have quite a lemon fresh scent to it which is very slightly irritating to the eyes. 

It claims to be a mattifying moisturiser however this is not the case, I would describe it as semi-matte. This works well under foundation and make up, if I use it and don't go on to wear make up it leaves my face looking slightly shiny. Certainly not the matte finish which I have come to expect from Asda's Matte Moisturiser (although this can be slightly drying).

Overall it is quite a nice moisturiser, although it isn't matte as it claims to be. I do like the pump action dispenser, however the packaging isn't clear and so there is no way of knowing when you are running low on the product. 

The RRP is around £21 which for me personally is too expensive especially seeing as it does not live up to the matte claims. I will continue to use this moisturiser but it certainly isn't something I will be rushing out to replace.


20 October 2014

Review: L'Oreal Feria Preference - Plum Power P37


My hair was dyed last using L'Oreal Feria Preference in Violet Vendetta P38. It was a nice shade but it certainly wasn't purple as the name suggested. It soon faded out in to a mahogany shade, which you can see below. My hair naturally has a lot of red tones to it and I have always thought red would take well to my hair and so before going black again I thought I would try red out as once its black it is going to be staying black.


- Instructions
- Black gloves
- Developer
- Color Cream
- Hi Shine Concentrate
- Hi Shine Conditioner


Looking at the colour guide of my hair beforehand it shows what colour my hair should turn out.

My hair colour before using the dye (very difficult to take a photo of my own hair)

Review-L'Oreal-Feria-Preference-Plum-Power-P37-hair-before Review-L'Oreal-Feria-Preference-Plum-Power-P37-hair-before

And afterwards, it is darker and leaning towards red / mahogany, again it is so hard to take a photo of my own hair. Any tips would be appreciated! 


+ Formula went a long way, spread easily through the roots and the lengths
+ Didn't drip
+ Left my hair very shiny
+ Lovely good size (54ml) intense conditioner
+ Gorgeous deep, rich colour

- Very strong ammonia smelling, even after washing off
- Colour wasn't anything like suggested ones on the chart?
- Gloves were tight and had no stretch to them
- Stained my scalp / head / face
- Didn't stay on my hair for long, lasted around 8 weeks

As I bought two boxes of the dye and only used one this time, I will be using the second box.

Perhaps I would try it in black, because the formula was nice and I liked how it left my hair nice and shiny.

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