Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream

Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream* - £6.69
I'll admit that this is not the most glamorous of all the posts but with summer on the horizon, this is an essential topic. Prepare yourselves ladies; it's time to talk about hair removal. I'm cursed with thick hair all over my body (that's Arab blood for ya) and with summer a.k.a bare legs season coming soon, I would usually find myself reluctantly booking a waxing appointment at my local salon. Enter the Nair Argan Oil Shower Power Cream*. 

I've tried hair removal creams before, namely Veet (which smells horrible FYI) but this has shone brightly ahead of the others. The smell isn't too bad, not at all as chemically as the others, and for something which removes hair, there is absolutely no pain!

The way it works is that you put an even layer on whichever part you're targeting - my chosen limbs were my legs, but it claims to be gentle enough to use under your arms or even in the nether regions! You are then meant to leave it for a couple of minutes and occupy yourself with something else, like putting on a quick face/hair mask before you enter the shower.

Now, the kind of tricky part to this was that although you can have it already applied when you go in the shower, you have to try and keep it out of the water as much as possible. If you can skilfully manoeuvre your body in that way (it was difficult, I'll tell you that) then you just need to wait a few more minutes then use the spatula to scrape it off. 

The spatula seems like it would be painful but fear not, it heeds no pain at all, just hairless skin! The great thing about this formula is that it works to actively moisturise your skin, despite being a hair removal method. With an impressive ingredients list containing Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil and Cocoa Butter there is no doubt that it has such moisturising properties. 

One of my biggest issues with it was that it creates such a mess, clogging up the drain with the thick and creamy texture. Also, while it says that you should not exceed 10 minutes, I personally found that 10 minutes wasn't enough and it needed a bit more time to work. Rather than wasting water by standing in the shower for ages, I just apply it earlier before my shower, giving it more time to do its magic.

With a huge 200ml bottle for just under £7, you definitely get your value for money with this painless hair removal method. I would honestly recommend this to anyone who wants a fast yet effective method of removing hair, without having to sacrifice the pleasure of smooth legs!

This was provided as part of a BzzAgent campaign, go to their website to find out more - link

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

March Favourites

I'm so happy that it's finally April! My birthday is this month and it's the month in which the weather (should) start to get better! It seems like there's a trend here - my favourites every month are late, simply due to my laziness to take the photos. So another month, another delay, once again due to all of my work piling up. Anyway, back to the (much happier) topic of beauty!

I've been going for a true deep cleansing mask this month, with the light but effective Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque. Following up with the Tarte Maracuja Oil a couple of nights a week has really helped to balance oil production as well as reduce blemishes - for the first time in a long time I don't have any spots!

As a result of clearer skin, I've had to rely less on foundation and could be a bit more lax on the whole base front, therefore leading to just a bit of concealer. The Make Up Forever Full Cover concealer has high coverage but doesn't go all cakey and make it obvious that I'm wearing it. I have to admit, the Benefit Bad Gal Lash mascara has been a staple for me, due to its pretty natural lengthening effect which makes the eyes appear to be more open. 

Using the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in 'Thankful' with the Real Techniques Blush Brush to give a natural and long lasting glow to the skin. The brush is unlike any I have tried before, making it really easy to apply blush to the apples of my cheeks and blending it out to avoid harsh lines. Also, I have loved the lightweight and moisturising Benefit Hydra Smooth Lip Colour in 'Lip Service' to give a little colour to the lips while keeping them as soft and moisturised as ever.

Finishing off with the perfume which I deem to be the ultimate spring scent is the Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh which really is oh so fresh! It has great lasting power and smells so beautiful, perfect for everyday use. 

Another month gone, another favourites post done! I look forward to some of the spring releases that I'll be checking out this month and hopefully have some more exciting favourites next month. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix

Nip + Fab Dry Leg Fix - £10.25
While shopping in my local supermarket I managed to somehow end up with this little gem in my basket, snapping it up for only 50p when it retails for over a tenner! The question is, would I pay the full £10.25 for it?

I use this at night to give my legs a moisture boost, leaving them soft and smooth come morning. It has a sweet smell and does not have too thick of a consistency, meaning it sinks in relatively quickly! It contains aquaxyl, an innovative ingredient which claims to provide 24 hour moisture and shine, which to be honest I'm not really convinced of. I've also found that it seems to be running out at quite a fast rate, it doesn't seem like it would last that long.

Yes, it's a moisturising product and I enjoy using it but I'm not sure whether it's worth it to pay over £10 for something that is only aimed for use on the legs. Had I not found it for 50p I wouldn't have even considered buying it and so I won't be repurchasing once I run out as I'm sure I have others that would work just as well.