Tuesday 22 October 2013

Manuka Doctoc Skin Care Review

I have been looking for the perfect skincare brand for a very long time now. My skin is pretty normal, and I don't tend to have a lot of problems with it apart from it occasionally becomes a bit oily. I have tried a lot of different brands ranging through a lot of different prices.

This Manuka Doctor skincare set is my most recent 'purchase' I had never actually heard of this brand before, but I was just browsing some skincare websites and happened across this one. Initially I had no intention of purchasing anything because the prices start from around £17.99 and I figured that was a little out of my price range as I am your typical skint student. But I noticed they had an offer to get a 'Try Me Kit' worth £15.99 for FREE (and £2.50 for p&p) How could I say no? The kit includes 3 7ml samples and a voucher for 25% off your next order! 

Rejuvenating Face Mask
(£49.99 full size)
"This rich restoring mask contains a unique formulation to nourish and restore skin to help reduce the signs of ageing"
I am a big lover of face masks, I like to indulge in using them as often as possible. I usually would go for Boots 3 Minute Clay Mask or Soap and Glory Scrub Your Nose In It but I feel the Manuka Doctor face mask beats them both hands down. It isn't too thick or heavy and is very easy to apply to the skin. The product recommends you leave it on to set for 30 minutes, I think I may have left it on a little longer as it feels so thin and fresh, I forgot it was there. When I washed it off my skin felt so smooth and it left it feeling really rejuvenated.

Age-Defying Serum
(£24.99 full size)
"Rejuvenate and nourish tired looking skin with Manuka Doctor's ApiNourish Age-Defying Serum"
I wasn't aware that Manuka Doctor was a brand specialising in age-defying skincare when I ordered this kit, but I have tried out this product anyway. I've heard people say you should start using products like this before your skin starts to age as a preventative method but I'm not really sure if it works but I feel like I might as well use and make the most of this sample. I feel like I can't really say much about the effects in terms of 'age-defying' but I can say that the product left my skin feeling really soft and revitalised. Again, the product applies really well, it's very light and airy and doesn't feel heavy on the skin at all.

Restoring Night Cream 
(£24.99 full size)
"Wake up to a soft, supple and replenished complexion with this intensive, age-defying night time formula"
I usually use a Nivea night cream, which tends to do the trick for me, like I said before I don't tend to have a lot of problems with my skin apart from oiliness but I tried the Manuka Doctor one last night, after using the other two products yesterday morning and when I woke up today, my skin felt incredible and not oily in the slightest like it usually is. I didn't have time to repeat the whole process today as I was rushing around to get to university etc but it's been over 24 hours since I used these products and my skin still feels smooth, soft and totally refreshed. 

I am very happy with this 'Try Me Kit' I actually cannot believe they are giving it away for free. My skin feels totally amazing. I feel like I would definitely repurchase the Face Mask using the 25% off discount (of course) as it is very very expensive but I feel it worked really well. I probably wouldn't repurchase the Serum or the Night Cream any time soon simply because I feel like I don't need to worry about 'anti-aging' skincare just yet (being only 21 haha) Although I would definitely consider this brand and these products in the future!

Claim your free 'Try Me Kit' here:

Monday 21 October 2013

Mac Lipstick Review

Hey guys, it's been a while! I'm not going to make a big song and dance about blogging again like I usually do because I always say I'm going to keep it up and I never do. So this time I'm just going to do my best and see how it goes. And I'm going to jump straight in with a make-up review because I wouldn't even know where to begin with telling you what I've been up too for the last year or so!

So I went shopping with my friend Bekah a few months ago and we ended up at the Mac counter. At this point I had never purchased or tried out a Mac product before, usually always opting to be cheap and easy and with Mac lipsticks having a £15.50 price tag I always assumed it wouldn't really be worth it. 
I'd recently purchased a Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick in the colour '10 Rouge Buzz' and completely fallen in love with the colour, but I felt that the longevity wasn't good enough. When I saw Macs 'Lady Danger' the colour was pretty much identical, and I have heard a lot of good things about the quality of Mac so I decided to give it a go and I am glad to say I am totally converted! 
I am a huge lover of red lipstick and probably wear it 6 out of 7 days a week. I feel like this product is ideal for me as the colour is shockingly bright (maybe too bright for some) it's matte not glossy and it lasts all day which is another major factor for me, as I am usually busy rushing in and around university and don't have time to reapply!

After spending about 2 months wearing Lady Danger without any other variety whatsoever I thought I would treat myself to another Mac lipstick. This time I opted for 'Candy Yum-Yum' because I have always been a huge fan of the bright pink Barry M lipsticks, 62 and 52 (i think) The colours are amazing but always tend to dry my lips out. Candy Yum-Yum is pretty much the same shade, perhaps slightly less shocking but the texture and application is so much better. I also purchased a lipliner in 'More to Love' to go with this. I think it cost around £14. The lipliner applies so well and blends in with the lipstick perfectly.

I am so pleased with my purchases and considering I have worn each of these lipsticks pretty much everyday since I bought them, I feel like I have definitely gotten my moneys worth and £15.50 seems reasonable for the insanely good quality. I will definitely be trying out more Mac products in the future!