Impress Emulsion & Lotion

My husband, Andrew, bought me a fantastic gift from his last trip with work.

He got me a gift set of make-up, which if you’d like to see my first impressions of, you can go here and see my YouTube video about that.

The gift set also came with some free samples of the Impress Emulsion and Lotion.  After doing a bit of research I found that the Lotion is basically a toner and the Emulsion is a moisturiser.  The Impress website by the way is fantastic, some really useful instructions for all the products.

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The first thing I’d like to say about these products is that they are samples, so you don’t get a lot of product which is fine! Perfect for a quick review.  My only problem with the size and design of the sample bottle however is that the plastic is very hard, making it very difficult to get the product out as I can’t squeeze the bottle.

The toner is nice, it doesn’t have to strong a smell, I find some toners can have a slightly alcoholic odour.  This one is quite sweet and I can’t smell any unpleasant medicinal scents to it.

The moisturiser similarly has a very pleasant smell.  It’s quit a milky consistency  which goes a long way, my skin loved it!  It’s not greasy and didn’t leave my face shiny or sticky.  It’s quite light so good for the summer.  As far as I can tell from the bottle it doesn’t contain any sun protection which would be a draw back for me, but there’s always the option to wear a separate sun screen.  Like I said, it was difficult to get enough product out of the bottle, I would like to have been able to more easily apply more, but I was cautious of wasting it!

 

First Impressions: Masque B.A.R, Luminizing Charcoal Peel off mask

I’ve seen videos of people peeling these thick black masks off, crying because of how painful it is and I thought, “I need this mask”.

Sadly I can never remember which brands are the most painful looking, more pain more gain right?

When I was in Boots today I had a good old look around the skin care section and found these face masks by Masque Bar.  They seemed to tick the boxes, charcoal, peel, “deep cleansing”. My skin has been really bad lately, it never feels clean and I’ve been getting a lot of break outs, so I wanted something that I was really going to feel.  I also wanted to get a few products that I could make a regular part of not only my facial routine but my general skin routine, I also suffer from a lot of body acne. I picked up the Simple Cleansing Oil and  a Biore Pore penetrating charcoal bar.

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So, enough chit chat. what about the mask!

For £9.99 you get 3x 10ml packets each of which is 1 mask.  The packets are a little annoying, the mask itself is very thick and sticky and when you’re trying to squeeze the goop out without getting it everywhere it can get a little tricky, I called for backup and even with a second pair of hand it was tough.

The mask starts to dry very fast and becomes difficult to evenly smooth over your face so you need to be quick getting it all slathered on.  However this does mean that once it’s on your face its not going anywhere until you rip that sucker off!  With some soap and hot water you can get it off your hands pretty easy.

For a deep cleansing, detoxifying mask it’s surprisingly soothing, I find some masks make my face tingle or can get a little warm, this one it quite pleasant to  wear, which is good because you’ll be wearing it for 30mins while it dries.

I started getting a little nervous ones it got towards the removal.  It was a little tough to find a good spot to start, you need to pull the mask downwards when removing but I’d applied a little thinly around my hair line. Side note:  It’s a bitch to pull out of your hair… Try to avoid…

The removal was actually pretty satisfying, not painful, a little uncomfortable on some of the more delicate areas near the eyes but there were no tears.  My face feels amazing, smooth, clean, fresh and it looks brighter.  See below for obligatory ‘look what came out of my face’ photo.

I will be adding this to my skin care routine, one of the best masks I’ve used recently.  Just need to find a quick way to remove it from the package…

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So this was in my chin… Nice right?

What other masks should I try?

Bx

A Positive Spin

smoothieMaking a smoothie, breaking in a new pair of shoes and eating hot cross buns.

Today has been a day without any structure or plan.  There are no aims or objectives, nothing is happening. Normally I would find this kind of day dissapointing, I shouldn’t be wasting a day sitting around.  But, I have made a decision.

shoesToday has been a day without any structure or plan.  There are no aims or objectives, anything could happen.  I’ve found today inspirational, in ways I don’t yet know.

Sinced my last post I’ve been trying to change my way of thinking and develop the way I want to approach things, mostly my creativity.  I’ve been exploring my own style, my own personallity and I feel like I’m finally starting to see the person I want to be, the experiences I want to have and how I want to share that with the world.

I’ve got quite a lot of projects in my head and I’d like to try and develop them, for me, part of doing that is having these structureless days where I am able to let my mind explore all the possibilites. Not only that but actually letting my mind explore all the possibilites, not being scared to embrace an idea that might take more time than I have at the moment to get right.

IMG_1907I feel ready to just try things and see how they go, but also let ideas sit for as long as they need to.