Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic & Day Cream SPF15

I was recently sent the Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic & Day Cream SPF15* to try out.

Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic & Day Cream SPF15
Source Superdrug Press Office
This range is specially formulated to immediately comfort and replenish the skins moisture levels, which helps to improve the signs of aging caused by dehydration.  The products contain moisture intensive Nordic Birch Water sustainably tapped from Silver Birch Trees.  Birch water is recognised as a pure, potent anti-aging ingredient by Nordic women. 
Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic & Day Cream SPF15
Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic leaves skin cleansed without feeling tight.  I really like this micellar tonic, I found it great for cleansing my skin even when I was wearing makeup (although I don't wear a lot of makeup.  You would probably need to double cleanse if you are wearing a full face of make up).  You can't use it on your eyes so you do need to use a make up remover/or other cleanser first if you are wearing eye makeup.  It has a very light fragrance which is not perfumed and you only need to use a small amount of the product to cleanse your face so it will last a good while.
Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Water & Day Cream SPF15
Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Day Cream SPF15 is a lightweight cream which absorbs quickly when applied and keeps my skin moisturised all day.  I didn't have any dry areas at all on my face when I used this cream. I like the fact that it has an SPF even though at this time of year I barely see the sun as I tend to get to work and leave work when it's dark outside.  You can apply make up over the top as it doesn't leave a greasy residue but more often then not I use it and go au natural as it leaves my skin looking and feeling great. Again I found that a little of this product went a long way so it lasts for ages and it has a very light fragrance.

These products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and the key ingredients are Birch Water, Vitamin E, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Shea Butter.

Both products carry the Cruelty Free International stamp.

Optimum PhytoHyrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Micellar Tonic is priced at £4.99 & the Day Cream is £14.99.  These are good prices anyway, but even better, at the moment Superdrug have them on offer for half price.

I love Superdrug's range of products as they offer great products with high end ingredients at high street prices.  I have also reviewed one of Superdrug's other ranges here.


*I received these products free to review but the opinions are my own

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

And The Winner Is.........

The winner of my giveaway to win an EOS Lip Balm Box Set has been announced.  Check the giveaway page here to find out if you have won.  Keep following because there will be more giveaways 2017.

Have a great Christmas everyone.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Jaguar Pace Eau De Toilette

If you are struggling to find a present for the man in your life (be it partner, brother, father or son), then you really can't go wrong with Jaguar Pace Eau De Toilette*.  From the box down to the bottle inside it's been designed with the aesthetics of the famous car brand in mind.  It's cool, classic and classy and I think any man would love to open this on Christmas day. 
Jaguar Pace Eau De Toilette
Jaguar Pace's aroma is a stimulating trio of strong black pepper, fresh green apples and aromatic rosemary. The heady fragrance compound Cashmeran comes next.  It is a woody amber element with a spicy, almost peppery, fresh head note. The heart note of Jaguar Pace is rounded off with aromatic lavender and luxurious orris, which marry elegantly with the base note consisting of the classic woody aromas of amberwood, patchouli and Crystal Moss.

This is a scent that would be great on any man and even women who prefer a masculine fragrance.  Men are so hard to buy for, but I think the Jaguar Pace Eau De Toilette would make a great present for any man in you life.  It's a clean, sexy, warm fragrance that is not overpowering.
Jaguar Pace is available from Marks and Spencer's stores around the country and from Marks and Spencer's online:
Recommended retail prices:  Eau de Toilette Natural Spray, 60 ml - £28.00 and 100 ml - £44.00.

If you can't afford a Jaguar car, then at least you can have a little piece of the brand at home.  The bottle itself has the silver Jaguar insignia on the front which is a nice touch.


*I received this product free to review but the opinions are my own

Sunday, 4 December 2016

EOS Lip Balm Box Set Giveaway

The are less than 2 days left to enter my giveaway to win a set of 3 EOS Lip Balms.  Check out my post here.

EOS Lip Balm Box Set Giveaway
Good luck everyone.


Saturday, 3 December 2016

Give and Makeup and Other Interesting Blog Posts

I just wanted to highlight a couple of posts from other bloggers just in case they have passed you by.  First up is Give and Makeup from Caroline Hirons.  Caroline is currently running the Shoebox Campaign 2016 where you fill a box with gifts suitable for children which will be given to children who probably won't be expecting to receive much on Christmas day.  You can read full details about the campaign here.  You needn't spend much you could pick up lots of little items from the poundshop if you don't have a lot of spare cash, but every little helps.

Give and Makeup is there to help women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence and throughout the year they welcome donations of new or lightly used makeup, toiletries and clothes.  Further details can be found at the bottom of the page here.

I also want to highlight a post from British Beauty Blogger concerning what to do in the event of you choking, or witnessing someone else choking.  It's well worth knowing this information as it could save your or someone else's life.  I recently had to use the Heimlich Manoeuvre on a family member, so I speak from experience.

Please let me know if you read any interesting blog posts that you want to share with everyone.


Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Kit Review

I recently received Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Kit* to try out.  It's a peroxide free home teeth whitening kit. 
Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Kit Review
The packaging states that you will see immediate results after the first 5 minutes, and up to 9 shades whiter in just 7 days.  Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System also works on all tooth surfaces including natural teeth, caps, crowns, veneers, dentures and bonding.
Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Kit Review
It's really easy to use, you take one of the swaps and gently push the swab down into the liquid filled base, until a small amount of the product comes through the tip of the swab.  You then apply a small amount of the liquid onto the surface of all the teeth to be whitened and gently rub each tooth in a circular motion for 10-20 seconds with the swab.  Once you have done this on all the teeth you want to whiten you rinse out your mouth with warm water. 
Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Kit Review
I found this product really easy to use and I did not get any sensitivity with my teeth.  The product does not have a bad taste which is something I have noticed on other whitening products I have tried. I really like that it's a 7 day system and only takes 10-20 seconds per tooth to 5 minutes to cover all teeth.

I thought this product was great to use to improve the appearance of your teeth.    With Christmas parties coming up it's definitely something to help you look and feel your best.

Instant Whites 7 Day Whitening System Kit is currently £30 at Boots.


*I received this product free to review but the opinions are my own

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Black Friday Weekend Beauty Bargains

I went into Leeds city centre on Black Friday to check out if there were any beauty bargains to be had and I was very happy with my purchases.  Hopefully they will still be available this weekend if you want to pick them up for yourselves.  They would make great Christmas presents, but I have to admit that I bought them all for me.  Here's what I bought:
Victoria's Secret Scandalous Dare Eau de Parfum - 50ml.  This was £48 down to £25.  All the 50ml perfumes where reduced to £25 instore on Black Friday, so it's definitely a great time to pick one up if there are any on your wish list.
Pixi Gift of Glow
Pixi Gift of Glow - was £72 now £30 at Marks & Spencer.  I had this on my wish list, so I was thrilled that there was such a great discount on this box set (I bought one for my sister as well).  There are 4 full size products included - Glow Tonic (250ml), Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths (40 cloths), Glow Mud Cleanser (135ml) & Rose Oil Blend (30ml).
REN Instant Beauty Booster
REN Instant Beauty Booster - This was £32 down to £15 and the products are actually worth £52.  This gift set includes Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask (50ml), Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial (20ml) & Instant Firming Beauty Shot (10ml).

As if that wasn't enough I also saw the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck so the holidays are now well and truly coming (check out the photo on my Instagram page beautybargainsandbeyond.

Did you pick up any bargains on Black Friday?


I bought these products with my own money