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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What I Bought: Liberty London Haul & Deluxe Gift With Purchase

I blogged about it the other day and I’ve been harping on about it on twitter, and finally I’ve managed to get my hands on the amazing Liberty London gift with purchase deal.

To be eligible to get the gift, you had to spend £125. Gasp. I know, it’s a lot and I’d usually never dream of spending that much (in one go anyway!) but the deal was too good to pass up.

So here’s what I bought. Long, picture heavy post – you’ve been warned …

NARS The Multiple in Malibu, £29 
 I can’t find this on the Liberty website.
My first NARS item! I love the colour and the fact that it’s multiuse!

NARS Sheer Lipstick in Damage, £17.50 
 Again, not on the Liberty site. Odd. I tried this in store and it’s gorgeous. I prefer sheer lipsticks and this is like butter!

Egyptian Magic Secret Magical Cream, £29
The name alone had me. I’ve read great reviews on this for acne and scar treatment. We’ll see.

Korres Fig Body Butter, £12.50
I reviewed the Quince Body Butter, and since figs are my favourite I picked this up.

Korres Plum Lip Butter, £7  
Not on the Liberty site, but £6 from FeelUnique I’ve been wanting to try one of these for ages!

Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick, £7 
 Not on the Liberty site available from FeelUnique I wasn’t aware Korres did chapsticks, very excited to try this.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil, £34
At £34 this is a crazy expensive body oil. But I’ve finished my beloved L’Occitane Oil so I grabbed this. I’ve got high hopes – but again, we’ll see.

And then the freebies
Please excuse the lack of links, a lot of this stuff isn't available to purchase from Liberty so I decided it was best to not include any links at all.

It all came in this very cute makeup bag, although half of it wouldn’t fit inside because there was so much! This is going in my handbag as it's bigger than my current one and

Diptyque Mimosa Mini Scented Candle, worth £20

Decleor Aroma Confort Moisturising Body Milk, worth £6
REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk, worth £3.60
Blanche Body Lotion, worth £7.50

Cowshed Soothing Hand Cream, worth £2.60
EPSA Energising Body Lotion, worth £12.50
Aromatherapy Associates Balance Shamoo, worth £3

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, worth £14.50
QMS Medicosmetics Hand Care, worth £20
Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, worth £6
Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser, worth £3

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, worth £7
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash, worth £2.70

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat, worth £11
Chantecaille Luminous Lip Gloss in Guava, worth £15
Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, worth £25
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF Lip Gloss, worth £16.50

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips Lip Gloss Sheer Dark Brown, worth £22

Slightly off the £220 Liberty claims it’s worth, but an amazing goody bag nonetheless. 
I’ll be reviewing most of this stuff in the coming weeks, and I managed to get a few duplicates so expect a few giveaways too.

Best Gift With Purchase ever, methinks.

Have you tried any of this stuff?

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: Dermalogica Exfoliation Pack - Daily Microfoliant and Gentle Cream Exfoliant

I’ve been using the Dermalogica Exfoliation Pack* for the last week and I’m pleasantly surprised. The pack consists of a Daily Microfoliant and a Gentle Cream Exfoliant.

The Daily Microfoliant comes in powder form, which was a very new concept to me. It smells like tablets and sherbet, almost like something you’d mix with water when you’ve got the flu – not in an unpleasant way though. The directions say to mix the powder with water to make a paste and rub over your face for one minute.

When I first used it was a bit confused, the packet doesn’t recommend how much powder to use so I wasn’t sure if I was using too much or too little. I got to grips with it after a couple of days though.

Whilst I liked how ‘scrubby’ it was, I found that my face was getting really oily just a couple of hours after washing and I was starting to break out. I mixed it with a cleansing lotion though, and the combination was perfect. The scrubbiness was great and really made my face feel clean, and the cleanser was perfect for holding back the grease. 

The Gentle Cream Exfoliant was definitely my favourite out of the duo. It’s recommended to only be used twice a week, but I think I could get away with using it a bit more than that. You apply it to cleansed skin, leave it for 15 minutes to activate and then wash it off. It doesn’t have any scrubby bits in it; instead it uses acid and fruit enzymes to break down dead skin cells, much like the Monu Radiant Skin Peel I reviewed here – but better! I find that it also helps keep my oil at bay as it feels quite clay-y. I actually have it on my face as I write this.

My skin feels smooth when I wash it off, and I find that my spots have dried out a bit too.

What’s especially great is that the exfoliant is non-abrasive, so it suitable to use on the most sensitive skin.

Bottom line. I liked both products, but the Cream Exfoliant is quickly turning into a favourite for me, I’d definitely purchase it. The Daily Microfoliant is a great product too, but I didn’t find it as effective.

You can buy the Daily Microfoliant* and the Gentle Cream Exfoliant* at John and Ginger Beauty along with lots of other Dermalogica products

*These products were sent for review but my views as always, remain 100% honest.

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