Nivea Daily Essentials Mini Haul

Image of Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, Express Hydration Primer

A couple of weeks ago I popped into Boots on my lunch break to pick up a new oil-based eye makeup remover to remove my NYX Pin-Up Tease Mascara that I bought at Olympia Beauty more efficiently. Being a little bit strapped for cash right now I wanted something low end but still a decent brand so I ended up browsing the Nivea shelves. When I saw that Boots are currently doing a 3 for 2 deal on their skincare ranges I decided to try out a few other products too! I ended up buying the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover and Express Hydration Primer.

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I have always found that oil-based make-up removers are great for dealing with tough and pigmented cosmetics such as mascara and liquid/gel eye liners. Unlike other products that I have tried, just a few swipes will remove heavy duty makeup and leave your skin refreshed and nourished. I do really get on with the Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover, it removes all traces of my eye make-up with just a couple of cotton pads whereas before it took about 4 cotton pads per eye!! I love the actual composition of the product as the densities of the liquid and the oil are different they separate which is pretty cool looking (inner geek alert!). The formula is suitable for all skin types, and I found that even with my skin verging on the oily side, the use of oil on my face didn’t break me out or leave my skin feeling greasy. My only complaint is that it does sting if you get it in your eye so it isn’t as gentle as I’d like it to be, but seeing as it isn’t a fancy high-end skincare product, I can get over this! I liked this product as it does the job well and for just £3.59 it is a bargain, and I recommend it to beauty lovers on a budget.

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When the weather gets cooler and the seasons turn I often find that my skin gets a lot drier due to the cold air outside and the use of central heating. To combat my dry areas of skin I switch my normal moisturiser with a night cream as I find that the intense moisturisation banishes my dry skin and makes my makeup look much nicer and not at all flaky! I had never tried out the Nivea Daily Essentials Night Cream before, but as it was in the 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go.

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The cream is very thick and heavy and so it does take a while to sink in. I’m impatient when I have to get ready for work at 5.30am and don’t like to wait around for my moisturiser to absorb so unfortunately I found that my foundation slicked across my face and looked horrible the first time I used this! Not good. However if you have the patience to let it sink in, it is wonderfully hydrating and a good base for your make-up. I wouldn’t recommend this for those with oily skin though. I have combination skin, so I only use this cream on days when my skin is starting to look or feel dry, and I never apply it on oil prone areas such as my forehead. I also do use this cream for its intended purpose as a night cream, and I think that it is very nourishing and hydrating. Given the whole night to soak into the skin, I found that I woke up with refreshed looking skin that did feel softer and it has helped to banish dry areas.

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Now I am going to admit something … I have never used a primer before. Its not that I couldn’t be bothered, I just didn’t know what to pick. I have read countless reviews, but I have been reluctant to buy one in case it doesn’t work for me and it is a waste of money. So as the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer was in the Boots 3 for 2 deal I decided to give it a go and dip my toes into the world of primers. I was surprised at how thin this product is. Usually the primers that I have swatched at various beauty counters have had a thicker consistency. I have to admit that I don’t think this primer is all that. It is okay, but I didn’t really notice much of a difference in the appearance of my make up. If anything I would say that this is essentially a thin mosturising lotion. While it is good for those with oily skin, I don’t think that this helped the dry areas of my skin.

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It is hard because I don’t have any other experience of primers that I can compare this product to, but I’m sure that Beauty Bloggers would not rave about them if all primers were similar to this product. Personally out of the three products from the Daily Essentials range, this would be the one that I would drop.

I do really like the Eye Make-Up Remover and the Night Cream though and I am sure that I will repurchase them in the future. You can get hold of all of these Nivea products from Boots, where the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream is £4.35, Double Effect Eye Make-Up Remover is £3.59 and Express Hydration Primer is £4.99.

Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection Brush*

Image of Ambermist Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection Brush

I was a bit of a latecomer to the world of fake tan, only trying it out for the first time last year after I was persuaded by my permanently tanned housemate to give it a go. I have to say, after I had gotten over my fear of looking like a wotsit and actually tried it out, I really loved the end result. My skin looked much healthier and I felt that I could ditch my opaque tights and bare my usually milk bottle white legs! So when Ambermist contacted me about try out out their Instant Tanning Mousse and Perfection brush I was really excited to put them to the test.

To prepare my skin for the tan, I exfoliated my whole body in the shower paying particular attention to drier areas such as knees, elbows and ankles. I then used a body butter to hydrate my skin ready for the tan. I normally use a mitt to apply my fake tan because it allows for an even coverage, it is quick and it stops you from getting orange stained palms. But this time I was given the very interesting Perfection Brush to apply the Instant Tanning Mousse. I was slightly daunted by the prospect of using a brush as I am clumsy so I was worried about getting streaky legs.
I applied a pump of mousse straight onto the brush and buffed it into my skin in circular motions. I used lighter swipes on my knees, elbows, feet, hands and face to prevent too much colour in these areas. I found that the brush was great for applying the tan to my hands and feet in particular, which normally is an area prone to mistakes as a mitt does not give a gentle enough application to blend the colour into the skin. The brush was also great to use on my face as I could blend the tan into my hairline. The only issue that I had with it was that a few of the bristles came out sticking to the tan, but this might just be because it was the first time I had used it. I really liked the way the tan applied using the brush though and I will continue to use it instead of my mitt because of the more blended application. You can also use the brush for contouring of the face and body which is really interesting and something I am going to try on my face.

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As for the tan, it is similar to St Moriz as it comes in the pump bottle, however I found that it was more pigmented and one pump of the mousse went a long way so I think you get good value for money with this product. The colour itself is perfect for my skin tone and I feel that my tan is natural looking. While it does have the fake tan smell, I can only smell it when I sniff my skin before I washed of the guide colour, so I don’t think the scent is much of a giveaway either.
Upon application of the mousse, there is a guide colour so you can tell where you have applied the product and avoid over applying it. This tan can be left to develop for about 8 hours before showering it off to leave your skin naturally golden. However, you can also apply makeup on top of the tan and go out with it still developing as you have an instant tan due to the guide colour, which is great for people who are busy like me! I am really impressed with the formula of the tanning mousse as it is paraben, alcohol and cruelty free and has an aloe vera gel base so it is great for sensitive skin.

I applied the fake tan 5 days ago now and the colour is still there and showing no signs of wearing off just yet, which is great. I will definitely be applying it again this weekend and I think that this might just have become my new favourite tanning product.

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I really love this product and I recommend it for both fake tan users and newbies too, and especially the brush for people who are worried about streaking. You can get hold of yours now from the Ambermist website, where you can purchase the Instant Tanning Mousse for £10 and the Perfection Brush for £14.95. Happy tanning!


*PR sample

Skincare Haul

Recently I have been having a bit of trouble with my skin. My skin has by no means ever been perfect, but normally I might suffer just one or two spots once in a while. However for the last couple of months my skin has been pretty bad, and I think the culprit was wearing sun cream on my face. It completely blocks up my pores and makes me breakout.

I have also been a little bit lazy with my skincare routine, and I have often skipped cleansing and toning and made do with a face wipe – terrible I know! So because of this my skin has got worse. I feel like I have about 2319478274 spots right now.

So I popped to town this afternoon to make a few purchases to help improve my skin, and I will definitely be letting you all know how I get on with them.

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Okay, so this is not strictly skincare…but it goes on your skin and I bought it today, so I’m counting it! I’m a really big fan of this self tanner so I’m going to devote a blog post to it in the near future, as the sun has disappeared a few of us might be in need of a little of this! So watch this space! In the meantime you can get hold of yours for a meagre £3 from Wilkinsons. Bargain!
I really needed to get a cleanser and toner but I’m a little bit broke at the moment and that means I really can’t afford to splash out on anything expensive. While this is a bit bargain basement, it is from Boots so I trust that it will do the job. I will let you know how I get on though. Boots are currently running a 1/3 off deal on these, so you can get the Cleansing Lotion for £1.86 and the Toner for £1.79
I have never tried this before, but I normally love Soap and Glory products, they always smell delicious. After reading the back of the box I just had to buy it. The Detox Mask essentially melts away all the dirt, oil and blackheads leaving your pores unblocked. Sounds like just what I need at the moment. The mask actually changes colour once it has worked, so you know how long to keep it on for. I am also very happy that it is paraben free and it contains natural essential oils. You can purchase the mask from the Soap and Glory Website, or in store from Boots where it is retailing at £11.50.

I haven’t tried this either, and I have heard some very mixed reviews. I’m not expecting this to be a miracle cure, but I’m hoping that it will reduce the redness and swelling if I do have a large spot that appears. The cream claims to reduce size and redness within 4 hours which sounds very promising, but I will let you know how this goes for my skin! Again I purchased this cream from Boots for £4.26.

I will review these spot busting products in a couple of weeks and let you know if they are working for my skin. In the meantime if anyone can recommend some wonder products please do!

Have you tried any of these products? What would you most like to use?