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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Battle of the Micellar Cleansing Waters

Micellar waters have honestly revolutionalised my makeup removal. They’re gentle, but very effective and remove even the most stubborn mascara and eyeliner.

Bioderma Sensibo H2O

This micellar was the first I tried and definitely the reason I’m hooked. Some love it, some loathe it – but for me I’m firmly on the fence. Don’t get me wrong, I like it. But I don’t love it. I’ve never had the ‘irritated eye’ that some complain off, but it’s not the first that I reach for.
Available in 250ml & 500ml bottles. Hard to buy I the UK (although things are rapidly on the change) but this eBay seller comes recommended.


Nuxe Micellar Cleansing Water with Rose Petals

This is the newest micellar in my collection and I’m really loving it. Leaves my face feeling very clean and makeup free – and none of the dreaded drag on the stubborn eye makeup. I was quite disappointed that there aren’t pieces of rose petal in it, although I suppose that’d make it problematic when using it around the eye area. I’d definitely recommend this over the Bioderma!
Available in 200ml bottles. Currently on sale at Ecsentual.com for £9.57.

Etat Pur Micellar Cleansing Water

Reviewed here, I’m in love with this micellar. Affordable and effective – what more could you ask for? In comparison with the Bioderma, I found it to be slightly less effective at removing my makeup – swipe for swipe. But weirdly I do prefer it.
Available in 200ml bottles, priced at just £6.40 on the Etat Pur website!

Melvita Fresh Micellar Water

I ordered a sample of this from LIB, but I’m not that impressed with it. It’s a great micellar and definitely works as it should, but I don’t love it as much as the others. I really don’t have much to say about it, to be honest. Meh.
Available in 200ml bottles, priced at £15 on the Melvita website, although you can purchase a 35ml sample for £3 on the Latest in Beauty website.

I can’t say which is my favourite, but I definitely lean towards the Etat Pur and the Nuxe – although they’re all definitely good at what they do.

Have you used any of these micellars before?

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Latest in Beauty: Skincare Stars Box

On Sunday, Latest in Beauty released their ‘Skincare Stars’ beauty box and I managed to get my hands on one.
I love LIB boxes. You always get to see what’s in the box before you buy it and they’re usually really good.

I know I’m always harping on about ‘my routine’ but I couldn’t help but want this box as it’s full of some amazing brands!

Say what you will about Glossybox, but their actual boxes are pretty useful. LIB on the other hand doesn’t bother so much with the box as the contents speaks for itself. However, I was really happy that they put the box inside a cardboard sleeve so it didn’t get crushed in the post.

I hate when beauty boxes are filled with leaflets and the usual junk, but these leaflets all have discount codes on them – my bank balance isn’t so happy about that but they’re a nice touch.

Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent.

Inside the Skincare Stars box was:

L’Occitane Angelica Hydration Cream 15ml 
Worth £8.70 

 Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate 4ml 
Worth £4.80 

 Melvita Youthful Day Cream 15ml 
Worth £9.60 

 Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser 30ml 
Worth £5.10 

 Etat Pur Micellar Cleansing Water 190ml (Full size) 
Worth £6.40 

 Balance Me Moisture-Rich Face Cream 10ml 
Worth £4.80

L’Occitane Angelica Hydration Creamsince I’ve got very oily skin I tend to avoid moisturisers that are too moisturising. However I think if I was having a no makeup day at home then this would be perfect for me as my skin took a break.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery ConcentrateI love night treatments! They’re perfect for repairing skin and this product promises to do just that. Also it dispenses in a pipette, which I think is really cool (yes, I’m sad).

Melvita Youthful Day CreamI’d never actually heard of Melvita before, but they are apparently the sister company of L’Occitane. I LOVE L’Occitance so I’ve got high hopes for this.

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser This cleanser has got little scrubby bits in it and I’m really looking forward to using it.

Etat Pur Micellar Cleansing WaterThis is probably the product that I’m most looking forward to using. I really want to see how it fares against my Bioderma.

Balance Me Moisture-Rich Face CreambalanceMe is a brand I’d never heard of until I started getting beauty boxes, but I really like their products. Again, I’d have to use this on a non-makeup day just to keep the oil at bay, but I’m looking forward to this. 

Overall I’m really happy with this box. I can’t wait to start using and reviewing some of these products. This box was £8.95 + £2.95 P+P, but it’s worth almost £40 so it’s more than worth it.

Did you get a Skincare Stars box?

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