Sunday, 30 October 2016

Nivea Creme Care Cleansing Cream Wash*

Nivea was founded in 1882 and is a German based company that specialises in skin and body care. The cleansing cream wash is part of the daily essentials range which includes cleansing lotion and facial wipes. Apart from their thick body cream that comes in a pot that I've used to treat sunburn, I hadn't tried any of their facial products. The cleansing cream is a lotion that's supposed to cleanse thoroughly and protects the skin from drying out, and is suitable for all skin types. Sounds lovely, but I don't quite like it. I should have realised this purely because it's a lotion, and not a foaming cleanser which I like and use daily. When I applied some on my wet hands to make a lather, it didn't. I had to check the tube incase I picked up the body lotion instead. I assumed it would make a little bit of lather. When I applied it to my face, it had a greasy texture and it left me feeling that my skin wasn't washed properly. However, after a few minutes my skin did feel soft, but then it usually does with my regular facial cleanser. I will persevere with it, but I think I will most probably not use it for much longer. It retails around £3 in Boots, Superdrug and Wilkos.

Rachel xx

*PR sample as part of a subscription box I was sent for review.

Friday, 28 October 2016

My MAC Lipstick Collection

Make-up Art Cosmetics (MAC) was founded in Canada in 1984 by make-up artist and photographer Frank Toskan and Frank Angelo who owned a salon and is now the world's leading professional make-up authority due to celebrating diversity and individuality. Aimed at all races, ages and sexes MAC regularly updates their collection and launches collaborations with celebrities like Rhianna, Ariana Grande and Brooke Shields. I was 16 years old when I first discovered MAC and I remember walking into a beauty hall and being amazed by all the colours. It was then I become seriously interested in make-up. Although I wasn't able to purchase anything, I knew that one day I would return with plenty of pennies in tow.
And so I did...

The great thing I like about MAC lipsticks is the quality and application; what I don't like is the price. The cheapest lipsticks are a whopping £15.50 and that is ALOT of money to fork out on. My collection has built up over time. If you read other beauty blogs, especially by make-up artists and models, they recommend throwing out products that are over a year old. I don't; and I'm not afraid to admit it. They're only used on me, but I do always throw out old foundation as this can cause spots and skin irritation, which is not healthy.
As you can see, I have quite a few lipsticks and at present I don't intend on getting anymore...I probably have enough to last a life time!

Rachel xx

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Bodymonth Beauty Subscription Box*

When the founder of Bodymonth contacted me to ask if I would like to review their October box, I was a bit dubious as I haven't blogged in ages and I thought it was a scam. I quickly Googled for Bodymonth and was delighted to find that the company was real and actually sounded rather good.
Here's what they say on their website...

‘At BodyMonth, we are body-care experts and addicts driven by our passion for high-quality beauty boxes, products, and delightful service. We recognize that our members are body-care enthusiastic looking for great beauty subscription boxes that would work for their specific needs and tastes, but do not have enough time, access or resources to try out and experience all that is available’.

So basically, Bodymonth is a monthly body care and beauty box subscription service (for both women AND men) where you receive daily essentials that allows you to try products that you may not have used before. Well known brands are included such as Dove, Veet, Baylis and Harding and L'oreal to name a few.
Every month you are able to receive new body care products under these categories:
- Electric Facial Brush
- Face mask
- Face wash
- Shampoo
- Body wash
- Moisturiser
- Deodorant
- Body puff
- Hair removal/shaver
- Free gifts/samples (I received a box of Milk Tray and sample perfumes).

Before signing up you are asked five questions in order for your box to be tailored to you; gender, age, skin type, hair removal and choices of bath/shower gel or both. Prices start at £18 a month or £54 for three months and six months for £105.

You can sign up by visiting

Rachel xx

*PR sample