Tag: First impressions

Bio Alga Night Cream First Impression

I was sent a free pot of the night cream for an honest unpaid review.  

Nat-ul is a natural cosmetics online store with a Knowledge Hub. We have access to some of the finest natural products from across the globe. Through us we will be distributing these products in the United Kingdom. We believe people should make informed choices about their beauty routines without being hit heavily in the pocket. There is a world of amazing natural products, which can take our bodies on a journey to embrace and connect with nature. We at Nat-ul want to help you on this journey. This is why we passionately promote natural ingredients and beauty products. Nature has so much to offer and we should respectfully make use of its assets. Our mission: To provide and promote natural cosmetics without compromising on affordability.
(Taken from their Facebook page)

BIO ALGA Regenerating and smoothing night cream, Face creams, Ava, Nat-ul £11.99

The product sent to me to review is the Bio Alga natural smoothing night cream with Q10.
The site states that the cream is :A strong concentrate of active substances. Contains nourishing complex of algae and Coenzyme Q 10 + Ralong with supporting vitamins C and E. Combats free radicals, supplies cells with oxygen, removes toxins, deeply and intensely moisturises and delays skin aging process. The cream activates protective mechanisms, strengthens elastin and collagen fibers. The skin regains its smoothness, elasticity and a young, healthy look. Existing wrinkles are shallowed and the process of creating new ones is delayed. Intense, nourishing night cream for all skin types.

My Review

First of all this is a very good sized pot to be sent to review.  Thank you to the company.  They were very fast with postage and sent me two small sample sachets as well.  On their business card they state free samples for every purchase, that’s a bargain.

Anyway, I tried this Friday and Saturday night.  My skin is combination, very dry on the cheeks and chin but oily in the T zone.  Normally when I wake up in the morning my skin looks a little rough…..Being a new mum sleep is rare haha, and with this cold weather coming in I am breaking out in spots and looking dry.

On application I found the cream cooling and refreshing, it did leave my skin feeling tacky but that’s normal, I find this happens with night creams.
In the morning I found my skin to feel and look hydrated, and definitely smoother to the eye.  I also found the cream helped with my dark circles (Bonus).  I am going to keep using this product, but I am very happy with it so far, I normally find it hard to get a cream that fully hydrates my skin so well.

The price for this is very reasonable.  The site also offers free delivery over £25.
Fantastic price and quality for organic and natural products.

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*Blogtober day 7*My Makeup Revolution Haul – Includes The New Petra Palette

Hello lovelies.
Now I have seen Revolution Makeup EVERYWHERE, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.  I am always looking for good makeup that doesn’t cost the earth, and heard fantastic reviews of this brand and thought why not give it a go.
I haven’t done any first impressions yet.  May have had a few quick swatches but will need to test these over time.  But from what I can see I am pleasantly surprised.
Because I spent over £30 I received a mystery goodie bag for free, which I will show you below.

haul

My main purchases included –

Revolution Lace baking powder – £5

Revolution conceal and define Concealer in shade C4 (Need a shade lighter next time as this matches my skin tone) – £4

Revolution pro lipstick collection in Nude – pack of 5 – £7

Revolution Conceal and Define Full Coverage Foundation, shade F4 (my perfect shade, descriptions are so accurate) – £9

Revolution X Petra eye shadow Palette – £12

Bringing the makeup to a grand total of £37 

I really really wanted to try this palette designed by Petra, as well as the new foundation.  What attracted me to this palette over the others was the mixture of matte neutral shades, with the pop of colour.  Not all the shades are matte some have shimmer but just the right amount.  For £12 that is a bargain.  From a few swatches I have done, they are highly pigmented and very creamy.

Now for the mystery bag

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I received –

  • The revolution colour correcting palette.
  • Contour and light palette.
  • Contour shades from Freedom.
  • 2x lipsticks – 1x Revolution and 1x Freedom.  (Great for me starting a lipstick collection).
  • And last of all a Sili sponge “not a sponge”.  Not overly keen on this never tried one before so I had a quick go and found it left my foundation streaky.

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New products first impressions

Hello all and welcome back to my blog.
Enjoy a little background information and first impressions of both of these products. One is high end and the other affordable.
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Lets get started:
Firstly I can not wait to review these products fully for you all soon.

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Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer £28

WHAT IT IS: Say goodbye to visible pores! Prime to perfection, plus dramatically blur and reduce the appearance of pores instantly and for up to 8 hours.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This non-drying formula also absorbs oil all day for flawlessly smooth, shine-free skin.

JUST THE FACTS: • Visibly reduces & blurs pores—instantly! • Mattifies shine & controls oil for up to 8 hours • Sweat & humidity-resistant
Smashbox

First impressions of this primer were, it looked like a normal cream primer when applied to my hand however, when I started to apply it to my face, it instantly dried.  My skin instantly became less shiny, and felt smooth to the touch.  On closer inspection I compared my pores to before and after and, I am blown away! I could practically see no pores.  This was an amazing result as nothing in the past has managed to accomplish this, especially on my nose where my pores are their largest.
A fantastic first impression for me.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation £9.99

L’Oreal’s #1 foundation is now available in 23 shades and matches 98% of UK skintones. L’Oreal’s velvety formula matches your skin’s unique tone and texture, for a true to skin finish: flawless, blendable, and never fake.

L’Oreal’s 23 shades range from warm to neutral to cool undertones, to ensure your foundation is right for you. Whilst your skin tone is visible on the surface and can alter through the seasons, your skin undertones are determined at a deeper level, they are part of your skin and never change. Each complexion has its own undertone: pink (cool), neutral or golden (warm), so you can now find a match that’s true to you.
L’Oreal at Boots

I swear when I bought this in the past I must have had an old formula which I did not like.  While in town I saw this foundation on sale again with more shades, I decided to buy the Rose Vanilla shade.
I used a Real Techniques complexion sponge to apply the foundation and I have achieved amazing results.  I must not have known what I was doing in the past because I was blown away with the results this time.
The consistency was a liquid and very runny however, I only applied one thin layer and found the foundation to be pretty much full coverage, I only needed a small amount of concealer.
It did not sink into any dry skin around my nose or forehead from the cold weather, and it did not build up around my spot prone areas.
I found it dried to a matte finish and didn’t need powder to set.
Flawless coverage was correct.

Overall

Very impressed so far, I am definitely going to be reviewing these products further in the future for you all.
And these two together gave me the best complexion I have ever achieved.  Light weight and smooth.  They both lasted for a long time throughout the day.  The true test will be when I go back to work and I can really put these products through it all.
I am very impressed.