Saturday, 6 June 2015

Lush Full of Grace Serum Bar | In-Depth Review

I have a love/hate relationship with skin serums. As someone who still experiences regular "teenage" breakouts in her twenties, I have become more than used to not getting along with the latest night creams & serums, as they tend to be far too rich & oily for my sulky skin. This has always got me down as there is nothing I love more than my end-of-day skin care routine. I have found a friend for life with my beloved Ultrabland Cleanser (review here), which despite being a thick, rich cream, has really helped to look after my super sensitive skin (as well as being amazing at removing every trace of make up), without any adverse reactions. With this in mind, and after reading all the positive reviews on the Lush website I decided to try their Full of Grace Serum Bar. 

A friend of mine had recommended Full of Grace to me a while back as she too suffers from problematic oily/combination skin. However I decided to give it a miss at the time as I believed it would only cause more trouble. In spite of my previous reservations though I decided to trust my friend and try it out for myself as I had been experiencing particularly dry, flakey patches which I have never had to deal with before. 

The lovely shop assistant in my local Lush store told me the best way to use Full of Grace was after cleansing and to put a face mask on top of it. Armed with Love Lettuce Fresh Face Mask (which I blagged for free with the 5 empty pot scheme. Never throw away those empty Lush pots people!) I took her advice and gave it a go.

This serum bar works just like a Lush massage bar. If you've never tried one before it really is easy to use. Simply rub the bar between your fingers to release the oils and then massage on to a clean face. I personally prefer to rub the bar directly on to my face, but as I am the only one using my serum bar this is not a problem for me. If you are sharing your bar with others I'd recommend using your fingers or cutting in to pieces as this limits spreading bacteria to each other.

Once I'd massaged in Full of Grace my skin felt very, very oily, but I persevered and applied my face mask. After removing my Love Lettuce mask my skin felt amazing! It wasn't oily or greasy feeling. It felt lovely, clean & silky smooth. The next morning however I had the tiniest spot. I wasn't sure if this was the serum or that my skin was just rebelling to the influx of products I decided to bombard it with the night before, but I decided to continue using my serum bar for the rest of the week to see the real effects of it. If something really annoys my skin, it will put up a massive fight until I discontinue using the product, so a week was more than enough time for my skin to let me know the score. I needn't have worried! For the first time in a long time my face felt a comfortable place to be, almost normal! Adding a serum in to my evening skincare routine, however daunting, was really exciting for me. I love the way my skin feels when I go to bed & when I wake up it's glowing! My skin feels hydrated without feeling clogged up. It does take a little time for the serum bar to absorb in to the skin, however this is not an issue for me. The gorgeous oils feel very luxurious as they melt in to the skin, leaving my face feeling pampered and beautifully nourished. 

Full of Grace includes Portobello mushrooms as one of their main ingredients which contains skin-protecting vitamins & minerals, fabulous for the sensitive skin on the face. There's also calamine and chamomile blue oil thrown in to the mix to keep the skin calm & control excess oiliness, which makes it a great choice for anyone who suffers sulky skin like me or if you just want something suitable for oily/combination skin. It has a very subtle, natural smell which isn't too overpowering. Just right for every day use!

Since using Full of Grace, my skin has been transformed. I don't know whether it's because my skin is changing (as the flakey dry patches were new to me) but it seems to have taken this new skincare addition very well! As someone who has tried every high end serum & ended up out of pocket with irritated skin each time, it really is refreshing to find a product that suits my needs to the letter & doesn't break the bank either. Win win! I've also found that this cute little bar is an absolute wonder for dark under eye circles! Bonus points all round!

At £8.25 for a mere 20g bar, I was a little worried it wouldn't last too long & this would become an expensive habit. However I needn't of worried as you only need a few swipes of this lovely oval-shaped bar to cover your entire face. Thank you Lush, you have truly saved my skin!

You can find Full of Grace Serum Bar in your local Lush store or online here.

Have you tried Full of Grace? Let me know your fave serums in the comments below! 

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara

As my current mascara had ran out (Teez Desert Metals Mascara from last years You Beauty Advent Calendar) I thought it was time to try something new. Whilst perusing the Revlon section of my local Superdrug for my go-to foundation (Revlon Colorstay in Buff) I'd realised I'd never tried a Revlon mascara and as a devotee to their full-coverage foundations and lovely lip butters I decided to try out one of their eye products. (the half price offer wasn't to be sniffed at either!) 

After hearing good reviews, I ended up with a Grow Luscious in Blackest Black. There were a few variations of this mascara. A plumping one, a lengthening one called Fabulash and another one in a different coloured tube which I presumed was the waterproof one. (The differences between each mascara weren't obviously clear on the packaging) I decided to go for the lengthening one by Fabulash as I prefer my lashes to look longer as opposed to thick and clumped up. 

This mascara didn't disappoint. It gave my lashes lots of length without making them look fake. It doesn't dry too quickly either which means there's enough time to apply another coat should you wish too. One of my pet hates when it comes to mascaras that claim to be lengthening is that they almost always end up clumping my eyelashes horrifically. (maybe it's just my application technique, but it's annoying nonetheless) However this little gem gave my lashes the right amount of length without being overly clumpy. It also promises, with it's Grow Luscious formula to give you longer, healthier lashes. How this works I'm not entirely sure, but if it's true it's surely got to be a bonus, right? 

The brush was easy to use and my lashes never ended up flaking or smudging throughout the day. As for when it came to removing my make up, Grow Luscious came off relatively easy compared with other stubborn mascaras, with help from my Lush Ultrabland Cleanser and a little Eau Roma Water toner.

Unfortunately the half price offer is no longer on, but Revlon Grow Luscious is available from most Boots or Superdrug stores retailing at £9.99 and is buy one get one half price in Superdrug right now!

Have you tried Revlons range of mascaras? What is your fave?