Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep – £26.50.


I am a massive fan of the Vichy Idealia range, I really love how it boosts my skins radiance whilst keeping it nicely moisturised. I’ve been using the serum and moisturisers for as long as I can remember, and when I saw that Vichy had released Skin Sleep – a night time gel balm hybrid – I knew I had to add it to my skincare stash. I wanted to get it as part of one of Escentual’s amazing offers but it was sold out. I did wait impatiently for a while but it didn’t seem to come back in stock for a few weeks so I caved and purchased it at Boots. What is Skin Sleep I hear you ask? Well, essentially it is a night cream that has the aim of making you look like you’ve had a restful and decent nights sleep when you wake up. We could all do with a bit of that, couldn’t we? I know I could. What is a decent nights sleep these days? I think I’ve forgotten… I have been applying Vichy’s Skin Sleep as the last step in my bed time skin routine for the past month or so and I feel that I am ready to finally share my thoughts. 

My skin is naturally quite oily but it is massively dehydrated as well so before I go to bed, I like to slather my face in a nice but heavy duty night cream to sort my skin out overnight. Skin Sleep has quite a thick texture and you only need the smallest amount as it goes a really long way. If you use too much, you will have a nice greasy film across your face when you wake up (yes I learnt this the hard way) – less is more. I found that the balm absorbed really well in to my skin and I was left with wonderfully hydrated, smooth and supple skin when I woke up. Did I look like I’d had a restful nights sleep? Well yes, actually, I guess I did. It did reduce signs of fatigue that I am used to when I wake up usually and my skin did look quite fresh and dare I say it – radiant. Your skin goes through a cycle of regeneration during the night which can often leave your skin looking a bit dull and lacklustre. Skin Sleep is packed full of wonderful ingredients to aid your skins regeneration process but ensure that your skin is at its optimum, and in its best possible condition. It contains hyaluronic acid to help maintain moisture and rehydrate the skin, LHA to gently exfoliate the skin, dipotassium glycyrrtizate which has anti-inflammatory properties, and caffeine – your skins very own wake up call. All these ingredients are combined to leave you looking fresh faced, bright eyed, and busy tailed. Vichy have housed this wonderful gel-balm in a gorgeous dark pink metallic jar that fits perfectly with the rest of the Idealia range. Also keeping with the rest of the range, Vichy’s Skin Sleep has the same scent that you associate with all of the other sister products. It is a very pleasant scent but it can be quite overpowering a bit too much. In my opinion, it could do with a bit of watering down but hey, it’s not a bad smell so that’s something I guess.

If you like the other products in the Idealia range then you’ll love this. It is a great little product for trying to cheat the world in to believing you actually get a decent nights sleep. My skin has definitely been reaping the benefits, it looks much healthier than normal. 

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Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion – £4.00 (250ml).

Coconut oil is such an amazing product and a product that has received so much hype, well deserved hype at that, of late. I use coconut oil for near enough anything lately – oil pulling (swilling coconut oil around your mouth for between 5 and 15 minutes – it’s great for your teeth), cooking, as a mask for my hair and more recently as a moisturiser, thanks to Palmer’s. Is there anything that coconut oil isn’t good for? I think not. When Palmer’s released this range a few months back, I traveled to around four different Boots to try and track it down because I am impatient and I didn’t want to order it online. I ended up ordering it online anyway as I couldn’t find it on the shelves but now it’s everywhere. I can’t recommend it enough. This body lotion contains ethically and sustainably sourced coconut oil, Tahitian Monoi oil and Tiare Flower Petals – all raw ingredients that contain naturally occurring fatty acids and are high in proteins to help keep skin looking and feeling tip top. The ingredients combine together to make the most wonderful formula that absorbs in to the skin like a dream, helping to retain moisture, leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and absolutely incredible. I really do love the original Palmer’s Body Lotion but sometimes I feel that the scent can be a little bit too overpowering but the results are amazing, my skin absolutely loves the stuff. When Palmer’s released the coconut oil version (coconut being one of my favourite scents ever by the way), I instantly chucked the original formula to the back of the shelf and replaced it with this beauty. It is a winning formula that softens, soothes, comforts, hydrates and moisturises the skin – ahh, it’s bloody wonderful!

Do you prefer the original Palmer’s or the Coconut Oil formula?

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Dr Paw Paw Multi-Purpose Soothing Balm in Original*, Tinted Peach* and Tinted Red* – £6.95 each (125ml).

When I received an email from the lovely Emma over at Dr Paw Paw in relation to trying out some of their multi-puprose soothing balms, I quite literally jumped at the chance. I was going through my Roaccutane treatment and my skin and lips were as dry as the Sahara desert and I was willing to try anything and everything that might help. My skin was painful and cracked, my lips were starting to split open and it was quite awful. I was lucky enough to receive all three types of the Dr Paw Paw balm which was wonderful – Original, Tinted Peach and Tinted Red. I was unable to wear any of my favourite, go to, lipsticks and I really REALLY missed having colour on my lips so I was happy that I could wear both red and peach tinted lips thanks to these products. The tint was subtle yet noticeable. Dr Paw Paw is a multi-purpose balm that can be used for a whole multitude of skincare woes. I absolutely adore products like this, products that can be used for a wide variety of different things. It’s great to have these kind of products in your skincare arsenal. The original balm can be used for anything from dry skin and burns to cuticle care, your hair and even cuts and bruises. The red and peach tinted balms can be used to add a subtle hint of colour to your cheeks as well as adding colour to your lips. Impressive, eh? I mean, you can still use the coloured balms to add moisture, etc to your skin but I wouldn’t recommend it. You don’t want to cover yourself in red or peach war paint now, do you? The main ingredient of the Dr Paw Paw balms is fermented Paw Paw which is derived from the Carica Papaya Plant, Aloe leat juice, fruit oils and medical grade petroleum – all 100% natural goodness. I have been carrying Dr Paw Paw’s balms in my bag for a few weeks now, giving them all a fair old trial, as you do. I have to admit that the texture did leave a lot to desired as it didn’t feel completely moisturising on my lips and it felt more like a greasy film on top of them (the type you’d associate with Vaseline and I hate that stuff). That said, once the balm had been fully absorbed in to my lips, it did leave my lips feeling nicely hydrated and supple, and the grease dissipated thankfully. I have to admit that it’s been very handy to have around, I’ve reached for it when my elbows have been dry from leaning on my desk in work, as well as on my cuticles. It’s a great all-rounder. I’d definitely recommend adding the original balm to your beauty stash. The red and peach tinted balms I could take or leave really.

Have you tried Dr Paw Paw? What do you use it for?

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream* (125ml) in association with Tinie Tempah and MTV Staying Alive – £43.50.

MTV Staying Alive and their brand ambassador, Tinie Tempah, have teamed up with skincare and beauty gurus Kiehl’s to design some funky limited edition packaging for their cult product, Ultra Factial Cream. This is to help raise awareness and money for a well deserved global charity dedicated to preventing the spread of HIV in young people today. Kiehl’s have announcaed that MTV Staying Alive is their official charity partner of 2015 and that they will be donating £2.00 of every purchase of the limited edition face cream to the charity, up to a maximum of £6,o00. Kiehl’s have a longstanding heritage in the fight against HIV and in the past ten years alone, they have raised an enormous amount of money for HIV and AIDS charities. What I don’t understand is why they have decided to cap the donation total at £6,000 and not more? Why cap the donation amount at all? MTV Staying Alive charity funds youth-led HIV awareness projects based all over the world which help to come up with new and innovative ways of reaching  young people to provide information about HIV and the importance of safe sex. A lot of people today are under the impression that HIV isn’t as big an issue anymore compared to what it used to be many many years ago and that simply isn’t the case. It has had massive coverage just recently with Charlie Sheen letting the world know that he is HIV positive. When I received this package from Kiehl’s through the post, I was astounded by some of the statistics that I was presented with on a little card inside. Here are a few of them:

  • 2 million new HIV infections in 2014.
  • AIDS is the number 1 cause of death of adolescents in Africa and number 2 globally.
  • Nearly 50% of all people living with HIV are unaware of their HIV status.

The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is a wonderful product, especially for this time of year. It is a super rich, lightweight and intensely hydrating moisturising cream. It leave your skin feeling soft, supple and comfortable for a full 24 hours so why not treat yourself and help out a great charity whilst your at it, hey? If you don’t want to spend £43.50 on a facial cream then you can also do your bit to help by texting HIV1 to 70660 and donate £5.00 to this fantastic charity.

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The Body Shop Japanese Camellia Cream – £23.00.

When it comes to body creams and body butters, The Body Shop have pretty much got it down and I probably own more than can be used by a one female but hey… I have an obsession. I’m a sucker for the soft velvet like formulas and those heavenly sweet aromas. The Body Shop has recently released a range called Spa of the World which I instantly fell in love with. I mean who wouldn’t love the idea of bringing the luxurious, decadent and relaxing spa world in to your bathroom? A tiny piece of that spa action without the hefty price tag – where do I sign up? The range takes some of the best world renowned ingredients and brings them to life in your skincare with a mixture of clay masks, body scrubs, oils and creams.  I spent a good hour or so in The Body Shop perusing the range, applying and smelling all of the creams whilst testing out the scrubs, seeing which one made my hands feel the softest (as you do). I couldn’t leave the shop without purchasing something and after much deliberation, I eventually settled on a big ol’ tub of the Japanese Camellia Cream and it is incredible. It is a little on the pricey side compared to other body creams/butters from The Body Shop but it is worth every penny of that £23.00 price tag and here is why; it smells absolutely divine, it has a a soft and indulgent creamy texture and the tub is bloomin’ huge. I quite simply had to have it – it was love at first sniff. You really must smell this stuff, it is heavenly. I can apply it after a shower or a bath in the morning, and I can still smell it hours later. It smells like a really subtle, high end floral perfume, it is really quite beautiful. Japanese Camellia has been used by Japanese women since the eighth century to soften and deeply moisturise skin and lord knows my skin has been in need of a major moisture infusion just recently (thank you Roaccutane) and this has worked wonders. After every use, my skin feels unbelievably soft and supple without a single dry patch in sight – it just sinks in to the skin like a dream. Now as much as I like the ethos behind the range, it doesn’t quite match up to the relaxation and enjoyment you get out of a spa day but it is a nice start. I tend to use the Japanese Camellia Cream as a little treat once, maybe twice a week as it can be a little too rich for everyday use but my skin sure does love it. The packaging is pretty special too, it looks very luxe sat on my shelf and it will last forever. It is definitely one to be repurchased in the future that’s for sure!

Have you tried any of the Spa of the World range yet?

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