Tag: moisturiser

Product review – Olay 2 in 1 Firm & Lift

I bought this Olay 2 in 1 Firm & Lift on a whim, purely because it was half price at the counter in Superdrug! I actually bought it before Christmas, but it’s sat neglected in my stash because I’ve been having an ongoing love affair with Nip & Fab Dragon Blood serum (read my review here)

Olay 2 in 1 anti wrinkle firm & lift

When my N&F ran out, I decided to give this a try. And of course I was comparing it to my beloved tube of dragons blood. At first it didn’t measure up in any way.

First impressions were sullied by the colour (that’s how petty I am!), it looks like moisturiser.

Olay anti wrinkle cream

I generally avoid moisturiser as I find it feels too heavy on my skin. The Olay is a serum mixed with moisturiser, hence the appearance, and as such it feels a little more, well, moisturising than my N&F serum. It doesn’t feel as refreshing on my skin. It also felt heavier, and greasier. Not a reflection on the product, just my comparison to what I usually use.

After the first week I was going to stop using it. I developed some pinkish areas on my face that felt a bit bumpy to the touch and I was convinced it was this moisturiser. But in the interests of being a good blogger (and mainly because I’m a cheapskate who doesn’t like to waste things) I decided to persist.

At about 9 or 10 days in the pinkish skin disappeared. My complexion became smooth and soft and clear. And so I persisted further.

I can’t say I’ve noticed any reduction in wrinkles (although of course I would like to think there is!) or any increase in firmness, but my skin definitely looks good. I’ve been applying the product in the morning, before I do my make up. I haven’t tried applying a base over it, as I’m not using one at the moment, but I do think it might need a few minutes to settle in as it feels a little bit slippery when first applied.

Would I repurchase? Maybe, if it was on offer. I don’t absolutely love it (when compared to my Nip & Fab), but I do like it compared with other skin products I’ve tried. Perhaps I’ll alternate between this and N&F – maybe there’s room for both in my life!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x


Review: Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Serum

I don’t actually have a skincare routine as such. OK, at all. I’ve always been very lucky with my skin in spite of not regularly moisturising or even (gasp) taking my make up off, slovenly wench that I am. I know that will all come back to bite me on the ass and one day I’ll wake up and my face will have fallen off onto my pillow or something equally horrid, but I’ll just have to deal with it if/when it happens.

One thing I do use regularly is Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix Serum.

Nip & Fab Dragons Blood Fix serum

I first bought this in desperation about 18 months ago, after an incident with a facial brush left me with the complexion of a loofah (my own fault, I think I used the wrong attachment). I needed something to pump hydration into my ravaged skin and this was on special offer. Plus I was intrigued by the dragon’s blood. It’s that simple! No research, no recommendation and no previous knowledge of the brand.

It was a great shot in the dark. I love this stuff. It’s fresh and light and soaks in really quickly, leaving no residue or shininess. It feels like my skin is having a really big drink of water.

The best thing, for me, about this product is that it’s a serum and not a moisturiser. I don’t like moisturisers. I find them too greasy and heavy, leaving my skin feeling icky and smothered. I’d never tried a skin serum before but I was hooked from the first use. My skin feels much better for using this product than anything else I’ve ever tried (big claims, I know!)

The pump dispenser is great to use; fluid and sturdy. I use a pump and a bit each morning and slather it on. My skin drinks it in and feels immediately satiated. It absorbs immediately so I can apply foundation or BB cream straight away (although I’m not currently using either on a daily basis). My skin looks plump and glowing afterwards.

Nip+Fab serum

A little really does go a long way so a bottle lasts a long time. I find it excellent value for money in that respect, plus it’s quite often on special offer which makes it even better!

Have you tried any of the Nip+Fab range?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x


Bad beauty habits (aka being lazy)

I read beauty blogs and twitter feeds that are full of gorgeously groomed and put together ladies and I wonder how they do it! Maybe I’m just not cut out for it (which sounds better than being lazy). I thought I’d share my bad habits (and maybe shame myself into being a better person…doubtful!)

Bad beauty habits

Eyebrow pencil
I leave my eyebrow pencil as long as possible between sharpening it – it’s usually flat before I get round to it. At the moment it’s because I can’t find my pencil sharpener. I need to buy a new one.

Plucking my eyebrows
God. this is such a chore and so I end up leaving it longer than I should which makes it even more of a chore! I don’t know why, because I hate hate HATE unruly eyebrows. I just always seem to get distracted and then realise that shit, I really need to tame those beasts! I should build it into my daily makeup routine really.

Cutting my toenails
I clip my toenails quite short. I can’t stand them long. My big toe nails especially seem to itch underneath?! They’re not disgustingly short; certainly still long enough to paint and wear open toe shoes. But my Mom always tells me off.

Intermittent body moisturising
It seems such a faff to moisturise after every shower; plus the time that’s needed for it to dry properly before you put your clothes on. I got into the habit of using Nivea in shower moisturiser last summer, but then that novelty wore off. I recently bought some Vaseline spray moisturiser, but still haven’t got into an every day routine.

Fake tanning
It doesn’t help that I’m rubbish at tan; even the gradual build up ones. I feel so much better when I’ve got some colour and every time I do get round to it I promise myself that I’ll keep it up. But I don’t. And then I regret it. But not enough to do anything about it, evidently.

Poor skincare routine
I’m very lucky to have good skin, I know I’m lucky. My only routine, if you can even call it that, is cleaning my face every morning, with face wipes. I use serum some days (I haven’t this week because it’s still in my case from holiday – more laziness, I’m not fully unpacked!). I don’t get my make up off before bed. I don’t deep clean or exfoliate, or tone or regularly moisturise. Having said that I don’t wear heaps of make up (I only use a light base like a BB cream, never a full foundation) so it’s not like there’s much to take off. And at weekends I quite often wear none. As I said I’m lucky. It also works for me so I don’t want to upset the proverbial apple cart! I tried a facial cleansing brush last year and ended up with a complexion like a loofah. So I figure I should just stick with what I know until I need to do something else.

Getting one more day from my hair before I wash it
Dry shampoo is my friend! I hate washing my hair. Actually that’s a lie. Love washing it, hate drying it. It’s not been such a burden while it’s been shorter, but when it was long it was such a drag. And will be again, I’m sure. It’s awesome when I’m somewhere hot and I can wash it, have a little siesta and leave it to dry naturally. Even though I end up with some wild woman of Borneo curls. Everything is ok on holiday. If I leave it to dry naturally at home it takes about 3 days and goes like cotton wool. Not ok.

Chipping my nail varnish off
Rather than remove my nail varnish properly I usually pick and peel at it once it starts to chip. Or, worse still, I leave it to wear off until it’s just a patch of stripy bits on each nail. It’s not on purpose. I just seem to forget or get distracted.

Aside from that, there’s the oodles of lotions, potions and tools of the trade that I’ve bought with the intention of making my life infinitely better but now languish somewhere (in some cases I don’t actually know where). Like a body brush (fad), Emjoi foot pedicure which I previously reviewed (immense, but I forget to use it), aforementioned cleansing massage tool type thing (scared of it since it ravaged my face – could have been my fault though as I think I used the wrong attachment for facial skin), hot cloth cleanser (faff), body scrub (I forget), fake tan mitt (I don’t fake tan enough to bother).

To everyone who is successful at being groomed, primped and preened; I salute you. I just don’t know where you find the time, energy or inclination!

Do you have any bad beauty habits?

Thanks, as always, for reading!