St Ives Apricot Scrub has been a staple in my skin care routine for about 7 or 8 years now. I use it about 2-3 times a week in the shower. I love body/face scrubs which are slightly more on the abrasive side because then I can really feel them cleaning my skin (there are others in the range which are less dense/abrasive).
The scrub contains particles of walnut shell and corn kernel meal (flour which is ground from dried corn) which exfoliate my skin deeply, leaving it looking fresh and glowing after every use. It also contains apricot oil which is known to hydrate and nourish the skin.
The scrub is sweet smelling, like fruit and is a light orange colour, quite close to the colour of the fruit it is named after.
What I love most about this scrub is that it does not dry out my skin at all. I don't have that horrible tight-skin feeling after washing my face, and as someone who has combination/dry skin, I find this to be perfect for regular use.
There are four scrubs in the range: Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub - for blemish and blackhead control; Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub - for a deeper, invigorating clean; Timeless Skin Apricot Scrub - to renew and firm and Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub - to gently cleanse your skin.
The scrubs are priced at £4 in most stores where they are available, and for 150ml of product (which lasts me AGES as you really don't need to use a lot) I think this is well worth the price. I have recommended this scrub to so many friends and other bloggers and they have all loved this product. I even bought the gentle scrub for my other half, who has sensitive skin, and he loved it too!
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Another beauty box item which I have used up is the White Glo Professional Choice toothpaste, which came in my February Carmine box.
This toothpaste claims to be an extra strength whitening toothpaste which was originally formulated for actors and models. In the beauty box, I received a travel size tube of White Glo. I did use this every day, twice a day, and it lasted me about a week. Personally, I don't think a travel size tube is enough to test out a whitening toothpaste as I would guess you probably need at least two weeks usage before you any noticeable results are achieved. The taste is fresh, minty and like any other toothpaste (though not as strong as some). Would I go out and buy a full size tube of this? I'm not sure. I think it was a slightly wasted trial with such a small amount of toothpaste, so maybe I will go out and buy a full size, just to see if it really works. White Glo is available to buy at Boots.
Have you tried whitening toothpastes? Are they worth the extra money?
The second product I have used up recently is a clever little spray which was part of my hair care routine (read more about that here). It's the KMS California blow dry spray which I received in my December Carmine box.
This spray claims it will cut your blow drying time by half. Although I am not sure if that's entirely true (probably depends on the thickness of your hair) I most definitely agree that it reduced the time it took to blow dry my hair by a fair amount! I used this as the last stage in my hair care routine (in terms of products I used) just before drying and styling my hair. I sprayed this evenly over my hair and let it 'sink in' for a few seconds before blow drying. It doesn't make your hair feel sticky and it doesn't really have any scent, which I liked. This tiny bottle lasted me a few months and is something I would consider repurchasing - it saved me from that tired arm feeling I usually get when blow drying my hair, that's for sure!
Did you receive this in your Carmine box? Do you like to try new products when it comes to your hair or are you somebody who likes to use what they know works best for them?
A while back I was asked if I would like to try out the new Skin Heroes range from the popular face mask brand Montagne Jeunesse. Generally, I don't really use face masks as I find my face scrub which I use as part of my skin care routine (more on that in another post) does the job for me. However, I really liked the new range from Montagne Jeunesse and I have always liked their face masks, so I was quite happy to see how the new range weighed up!
The first mask is the Break-Out mask. I offered this to my sister to try as I felt she would benefit from it more as she suffers from breakouts quite regularly.
This is a two step mask which starts with a clay face mask and ends with a moisturiser. Both contain tea-tree which has soothing and calming properties for blemish prone skin. The mask applies like a soft clay and hardens on the skin as it dries.
After washing off the mask, there is a moisturiser which is supposed to soothe your skin and tone down any redness. My sister found this difficult to rub in to her skin as it didn't absorb very well at all! There was far too much moisturiser in the packet. It did however, calm her skin down a little. Overall, the mask helped to make her skin super soft, however she didn't find it did much for the breakouts she has been suffering from. It isn't something she'd purchase again.
This mask is suitable for combination and oily skin (although I would recommend going easy on the moisturiser if you do have oily skin!) You can buy the new range of Montagne Jeunesse masks at Tesco stores, priced at £1.50.
Soap and Glory is a brand known for its packaging, its products and its quirky image. One of their most popular products has to be 'Hand Food'.
I have had this for about 8 months now and have been using it on and off in that time. I have a love-hate relationship with this hand cream. Personally I find it's a little on the greasy side on initial application to your skin. The formula is also quite thin compared to say, body butters - which are my preferred consistency for body/hand creams. However, what I do love about this cream is the SMELL. Like all other Soap & Glory products, this hand cream has the signature sweet-smelling floral/candy scent which is gorgeous and yummy. I have found myself using this cream more lately; possibly because I've accepted that the greasy feeling only lasts for a short while until the cream has been fully absorbed by the skin.
You can buy Soap & Glory products at Boots stores, 'Hand Food' is priced at £5 for 125ml.
What are your thoughts on this hand cream? Do you like the signature Soap & Glory scent?
If you are a regular reader of my blog you will be aware that I am a massive lover of Carmex products. I have been using their lip balms for years now and they never fail to soothe my lips even when they're as dry as the sahara. You will always find a Carmex lip balm in my handbag, no matter what!
A short while back I came home from work to find a surprise package of Carmex goodies had been posted through my door. This was totally unexpected and really put a smile on my face as I am such a big fan and can't get enough of their products.
I received a tub of the classic Carmex lip balm, a tube of Strawberry Carmex and a Carmex Moisture Plus in the shade 'Peach'.
Although I do love the classic lip balm, the tub style packaging has always been a little bit of an issue for me. It is so tiny and once the product gets to around half way down the tub, it becomes more and more difficult to pick up any product on your fingers without really digging in to it - which isn't the most hygienic thing either.
The tubes have always been a hit with me. I like the lipgloss style tube which makes application quick and easy with no fuss whatsoever. The smell of the strawberry lip balm is gorgeous and has that menthol scent infused into it which I love and just want to eat (not recommended!)
The moisture plus range is the most recent release from Carmex and you can read my full review here. These lipstick style applicatiors are fabulous and if you don't feel like wearing lipstick but want a little added colour on your lips then these are perfect. They give a sheer tint of colour and are super hydrating and moisturising - just like the rest of the Carmex range.
Have you tried any of the above products from Carmex? Which is your most used Carmex product?
Although the products mentioned in this post were sent to me, this is my honest opinion - as always!
Hey beauties! I know, I know, I have been MIA for absolutely ages - I am so sorry! I promise I have loads of posts lined up for you - including some more 'Link Love' and plenty of reviews and other exciting things. Today however, I will be starting a new series on my blog, inspired by the gorgeous Asmaa who writes Chocoholic Hijabi and has been mentioned on my blog several times.
Project Pan is a fabulous way to ensure those products which get pushed to the back of your draws get used up, so they aren't wasted. I'm especially looking forward to getting some use out of the products I was receiving in the monthly beauty boxes I subscribed to (none of which I subscribe to anymore).
So here goes my first post to share something I have used up!
My sister doesn't like this XXL Volume spray for whatever reason but I find it really does give me a little extra volume, since extra oils generally tend to drag your hair down and flatten it.
The smell is clean and it gives my hair a fresh boost for those days when I really can't be bothered (or don't have the time) to wash my hair. This bottle has lasted me absolutely ages (because I don't tend to use dry shampoos if I can help it) but if I do use one I tend to reach for this one over the others.
I have used several dry shampoos from the Batiste range and will have a full review of them posted up soon.
Batiste Dry Shampoos are available at Boots and Superdrug stores and are priced between £1.49 and £4.99.
Have you tried Batiste dry shampoos? Which is your favourite from the range?