1. Saaf Enriching Hair Oil – £19.99 – Fight the dry hair this winter with a wonderful hair oil.
  2. Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense Lift Serum – £75.00  – Fight the winter blues with this relaxing and lifting serum.
  3. Organic Shop Body Scrub Brazilian Coffee – £2.99 – Pamper with a coffee twist.
  4. Jasmine Night Conditioner – £35.00 – Make your skin the most vibrant this Christmas.
  5. Naturica Siberica Northern Cleansing Black Face Mask – £13.99 – Face mask applied. Candles Lit. Netflix binge started.
  6. Body Desserts Strawberry Jam Deep Cleansing Body Scrub – £9.99 – Cleanse and renew your skin with a sweet fruity smell.
  7. Saaf Eraser Body Oil – £24.99 – Banish those dry patches before they appear with body oil.
  8. Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely All Over Balm – £27.00 – Honey, honey, how you thrill me.
  9. Naturica Siberica Natural Face Care Kit – £13.99 – Renew your face routine as the nights get darker.
  10. Body Desserts Candy Floss Ant Stress Bath Foam – £6.99 – Turn your bath into a sweet treat.
  11. Organic Shop Hair Mask Honey & Avocado – £2.49 – We go together like avocado and literally everything.
  12. Oy! Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser – £11.00 – Moisturise. Moisturise. Moisturise.
  13. Peppermint, Tea Tree & Eucalyptus Face Wash – £32.95 – This face wash and you are mint to be.
  14. Saaf Ultimate Moisture Face Serum – £19.99 – Brighten up your fatigued skin with this serum.
  15. Natura Siberica Energising Facial Mask – £4.70 – Get energised.
  16. Antioxidant Face Serum – £84.00 – Fine lines and wrinkles have no place at the dinner table for a Christmas dinner.
  17. Organic Shop Anti Stress Bath Foam Clay Sage & Orchid – £3.99 – De-stress over the holidays.
  18. Damask Rose Facial Oil – £29.99 – No amount of cold winds will dry out your skin.
  19. Natura Siberica Black Cleansing Micellar Water – £12.99 – Cleaning away all the pollutants from your Christmas shopping in the city.
  20. Skin Rescue Oil – £37.95 – Always keep a back up plan in case an emergency dry spot arises.
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Winter is upon us and that (for me at least) means dry and irritated skin.  Having a good body polish around is vital to keep skin looking healthy and revitalised. So I tried Joan Collins Time Beauty I AM WOMAN Dry Oil Body Polish to make my skin look summer ready again.

Main ingredients and their benefits

Himalayan Salts is what you usually find as part of bath salts because of it’s ‘rejuvenating’ properties. The main use in this scrub is to exfoliate and soften the skin as well as detoxifying it, allowing your skin to feel clean and prevent breakouts. The salt also works as an antiseptic and so helps with acne and also when used gently can help clear up eczema that is prone to weeping.

Kiwi Seeds act as a large exfoliant in this scrub on top of the oil from these seeds having high concentrations of Omega 3 fatty acids. This helps to maintain the moisture in the skin.

Avocado, Olive and Jojoba Oils all help to moisturise the skin. Avocado oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that help maintain moisture and keep skin from looking dull. Olive oil contains vitamin A and E and helps with aging skin as well as dry and eczema prone skin. Jojoba oil is naturally similar to human sebum and therefore helps regulate oil production for oilier skin.

 

 

First Thoughts

This body polish comes in a glass jar and has a really lovely design on it. It was also surprisingly heavy, although this was the jar rather than the product. As you can see in the photo above, you get a lot of polish in this. It reaches right to the top, unlike some products which leave a lot of room.

My first thought when opening it was that it looks really dry and like it would feel rough on the skin. My second was that it smells really nice. And the third was I really need to jump in the shower and give it a try.

During Use

You use it on damp skin, so I was using it during my showers for the past couple of weeks. When scooping it out, it does crumble a lot and goes everywhere. I was also worried about too much water getting into the tub while in the shower.

When rubbing it into your skin, it doesn’t feel as rough as I expected from looking at it. It does feel like a scrub though, the salt doesn’t just dissolve into the water. You also don’t need a lot. A few scoops was enough to scrub my legs and arms which is where I get dry patches.

After Use

After the first time of using I wouldn’t say it was a miracle worker. My skin however did feel softer after multiple uses. I was using it every other day and my dry patches ended up clearing up quite a bit. Although with to eczema, it definitely wasn’t a cure, it just alleviated some symptoms.

It’s also good for sensitive skin, and works well before shaving. I didn’t have any kind of bad reaction. This works especially well for me as I’m always worried of shaving rash and eczema flare ups with new products.

Would I Use Again?

Yes I probably would use this again. For £18 the amount you get is a good value for money. With the amount I am using, I think this will last me well into January, but it’s something I would think of purchasing next autumn to alleviate dry skin before it becomes a bigger issue. I probably wouldn’t purchase within the summer months as I wouldn’t use it quite as much.

 

I received I AM WOMAN – Dry Oil Body Polish in return for a review. This is an unbiased and honest review.

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So I’ve recently gone on a bit of a binge for buying one use face masks. I’m an avid user of Body Shop’s masks, but I always feel like I push myself to get some new and ‘fancier’ ones. After thinking about getting some sheet masks, I looked in KIKO and on Amazon for some affordable ones.

KIKO Girls’ Night Out

I picked up this one as it has coffee extract and is said to make you look more energised. As it’s getting darker and colder my skin is starting to look a bit dull and tired.

KIKO Chill Out Session

For the same reason as above, this mask is meant to bring a bit of life to your skin. The green tea extract gives the tired and dull skin a re-energising boost.

Beauty Pro Detoxifying Foaming Cleansing Mask

This sheet mask foams up with activated charcoal and bubbles that helps to massage the skin. This helps to cleanse the skin of blackheads (which I suffer from a lot!) and other impurities.

Beauty Pro Eye Therapy Under Eye Mask

I’ve been struggling with getting to sleep recently which is causing dark circles and puffiness. I wanted to try an eye mask for this reason!

Beauty Pro Rejuvenating Collagen Mask

Similar to the Chill Out mask from KIKO this one had green tea extract. Energising my skin is a must at the moment!

 

What’s your favourite sheet mask?

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After liking Nip+Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Serum I wanted to see if the face mask was as good. Unfortunately I felt a bit disappointed after using Nip+Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Plumping Mask as it wasn’t a gamechanger skin product.

The mask comes from the tube as a clear gel like substance. Because it also doubles as an overnight mask it stays clear on the skin and sinks in rather than drys out. I used it as a normal mask as with sensitive skin I worried about using it overnight. But I probably will try it overnight at some point as I’ve had no bad reaction to it as of yet.

After using it my skin didn’t feel or look drastically different. My skin did feel moisturised, but as I’m quite oily at the moment I can’t say it was because of this mask. The anti-aging effects don’t really apply to me, and my skin didn’t seem any brighter, although I had previously been using the serum which has the same benefit.

I did feel that after a few days however my skin did feel softer and smoother. My blemishes seem to heal up and fade a bit faster. I’m attributing this to the dragon’s blood as it acts as a barrier to environmental irritants. I probably won’t repurchase as I find other masks to be much more beneficial for my skin type. I would recommend to anyone who’s starting an anti wrinkle routine though as it’s supposed to be good for skin plumping and fine lines.

 

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I’ve heard about Nip+Fab skincare products for a while now but have held off due to the price. My local Boots had an offer on, which I just couldn’t refuse, so I bought this serum and the mask.  I was intrigued by this range because it’s ‘Dragon’s Blood’ which I’ve never heard of before. Apparently, it’s a plant substance and not the blood of mystical beings.

This serum contains (obviously) dragon’s blood which helps to create a barrier over the skin when applied. This helps to reduce pollutants and dirt from clogging the skin. It has velvet flower which moisturises and illuminates the skin. Gransil EP-9 helps to absorb excess oil and smooth the skin. This is one of the important things for me as I get very oily. It also has Hyaluronic acid which I’ve heard a lot of good things about. This hydrates and further helps with a smoother more refined skin texture.

The serum is quite thick when you pump it out, but you only need the tiniest bit as it spreads so easily on application. It feels lightweight and absorbs into your skin quickly. After it’s been applying you cant really tell except your skin feels immediately smoother.

I found after a few days of using Nip+Fab Serum that my skin felt smoother and looked healthier. My breakouts were smaller and were less visible. Dry patches on my face felt normal again but I also didn’t feel too oily. The ingredients clearly work together well to keep me moisturised, but not too moisturised.

One of the big benefits is that it’s suitable for sensitive skin. So I actually tried it on some eczema on my neck and it helped to clear it up a bit. It didn’t fully go away but it was visibly less red, hydrated and smoother. I’ll definitely be picking up some more Nip+Fab products as this one was such a success for me.

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