Review: Kiehl’s Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser

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I was on the hunt for a new gentle cleanser as in the colder months my skin is prone to feeling sensitive with the occasional itchy red flare up. After my shift at work I pop to the Kiehl’s counter in our Beauty Hall to get some expert advice.

Following an informal skin consultation with a very knowledgeable cool looking dude (great hair) I was recommended to use the Centella Skin-Calming Facial Cleanser. So straight to the till I go with my £5 beauty loyalty voucher excited to try it out later that night.

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It’s very light weight and free of all nasties and of course soap free/alcohol-free, it’s perfect for sensitive skin as it’s comforting and gentle leaving your skin moisturised.

The formula contains:  Aloe Vera – to soften and smooth.  Chamomile to comfort and soothe.  Centella Asiatica (Tiger Herb) for antibacterial and anti-psoriatic effects. *In the wild tigers with wounds rub against this plant for it’s healing properties.

After just one use my skin feels calm, moisturised and very clean without feeling tight. (I use this as my first step in a double cleanse) The formula is that of a creamy translucent gel with no scent, you can use on dry skin and cotton off or damp skin and flannel off. I always flannel off to double up as a gentle exfoliation. It’s non-sticky and non-foaming so my skin absolutely loves it, I am happy to say that this is my perfect winter facial cleanser, so the guy (who I must go back and thank) on the Kiehl’s counter was spot on! You can get yours from Liberty here.

Have you tried any of Kiehl’s facial cleansers? I would love to hear about them.

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Review: Nivea 3-1 sensitive caring micellar water

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If you read my post’s or follow me on instagram you will already know I love to use Nivea essentials alongside my higher end beauty products. Sometimes you don’t need to spend a small fortune to get good quality and great results. I’d just finished a bottle of Micellar water so thought I’d try our Nivea’s latest edition to their sensitive caring range.

The packaging is the new taller bottle with an easy to to open flip lid which is great when you are rushing preventing spills. The label on the front has been updated with cute air bubbles drawn on which must be a reaction to the instagram culture and our obsession to photograph everything!

The product: It’s a 3-1 cleanser for face and eyes for sensitive skin containing dexpanthenol and grape seed oil. Use on cotton wool to remove make-up and dirt without rubbing and moisturises and helps to reduce the signs of sensitive skin: redness, tightness, dryness.

Summary: My skin had been feeling super sensitive with red/dry itchy patches but on first application of this cleansing water I cannot believe the positive effect it’s had on my skin! It’s looking calm, a lot less itchy and no where need as red and angry. I do still double cleanse in the morning using a creamy cleanser which I flannel off, then sweep over with this as my second cleanse. At night I’m a little lazy so rely on this doing he full job which I do twice.

Verdict: This is brilliant stuff! I haven’t tried it on stubborn waterproof mascara yet (i’m a big fan of Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover read here) but it’s great for removing my daily work wear make-up. I am really pleased with it’s performance and will definitely re-purchase and at only £3.69 it’s a bargin.

Buy your’s from Boots

What have you tried from the Nivea Sensitive Caring range?

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Dr Sebagh Magic Soothing Rose de Vie Serum Délicat 30ml

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IMG_9329.PNGThe Promise:
A silky serum which leaves a protective film to restore the skins suppleness, contains organic rose hip oil, anti ageing and anti oxident ingredients to reduce redness, protect and smooth the skin.

My Verdict:
Ok I get it that’s it’s a very luxurious product which comes in a glass bottle with a pipette applicator which I really love and looks great on my dressing table but what’s with all the packaging? It’s comes in a pretty soft pink cardboard sleeve over the top of a two part sturdy glossy white box. It all looks beautiful but so unnecessary as it’s going straight in my recycle box.

On to the product, this light non-greasy serum is truly magical it’s no wonder it has gained a few celebrity fans and is a hit amongst the beauty journalists. It’s really really good at calming and moisturising irritable skin. I often have little flare ups of red itchy skin, when I massage in a few drops of this amazing potion my skin is immediately calm and hydrated like magic!

It can be applied morning and night however I tend to use it for emergency skin flare up’s due to the fact it’s quite pricey, although you do get what you pay for and in this case it delivers on all expectations.

It’s so light it can be applied under your moisturiser and make-up without any oily residue, actually it helps your make-up look fresher and stay put for longer. The smell….oh my it’s sooooo lovely, soft and pretty it reminds me of real traditional rose Turkish delight, it’s very delicate and calming. Those who aren’t fans of “rose” smelling products I’m pretty sure your’ll fall in love with this one. My skin is calm with no inflammations or itchy patches and very supple. It also works well when you add a few drops to your moisturiser.

It is a splurge at £129 here but I will say it’s worth every penny! Mine will last a year as I only use when I feel my skin needs it, I simply love it!

Have you tried any of Dr Sebagh’s award winning products? Would love to hear about them.

Secondblonde x

Beauty on a Budget

It’s that time of year when we all over spent at Christmas and New Year and feeling the pinch awaiting the very long 5 week payday! So when my usual facial wash by Soap and Glory £9 needed replacing I thought I would choose a cheaper option!

Scouring the shelves in boots for something under a a fiver…bingo there it is and for only £3.65 150ml.

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NIVEA Visage Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash (from the daily essentials range)

Packaging is appealing the tube has a Matt feel and the pink shade is feminine and inviting, not medical looking like some high street brands.

It feels creamy and luxurious with tiny gentle rounded beads. The smell is what you expect from Nivea, just a really nice cream smell, if you know what I mean! It applies with ease and rinses off well, leaving your skin feeling clean yet moisturised. If you like the squeaky clean shiny face result then this is not for you!

My skin feels like I do not need to apply moisturiser and after 4 uses it’s sorted out my dry patches from winter skin.

Benefits:
It purifies and smoothes for a soft skin feeling with Almond & Calendula Oil.
Helps skin stay soft and supple all day.

Conclusion:
I will definitely recommend this product and re-purchase. It’s also going to go in my “best beauty under a fiver” edit.

Secondblonde x