Salcura Antiac range review

I have been testing out some products that we were sent by Salcura Skincare. Salcura products contain natural ingredients such as sea buckthorn, manuka, sandlewood oil, tea tree and rosemary and are targeted at skincare problems such as Acne.

I've been trying out a few products from their Antiac range, which is made up of ACTIV and DAILY products. Although I don't suffer specifically from Acne, I do suffer from occasional breakouts and the products arrived at just the right time!

First in my routine was the Antiac DAILY Face Wash. This is recommended for regular use to maintian clear skin and is suitable for all skin types and ages. Just use a splash of water and massage the face wash in and rinse off. It doesn't foam and massages in easily without leaving a tightening feel afterwards. I couldn't put my finger on what the scent reminded me of at first but I think it almost has a tea tree oil scent and smells quite natural - All of the products that I tried have a similar scent.

After washing my face, I used the Antiac ACTIV Liquid Spray (Voted best acne product on Channel 4 TV documentary, 'Embarrassing Bodies'), almost acting like a 'toner' step to my routine. When I first started using this, I applied it over a wide area (which it is recommended for as well as targeted areas) but perhaps because I don't have Acne but instead, occasional breakouts, I found it a little drying so switched to using it on just the specific breakout areas. The slight drying could also have been down to the cold weather and central heating etc. as it seemed to be ok on just the targeted areas. Instead of spraying a cotton wool pad, I sprayed it on my finger and rubbed it in over the breakout area, which worked well. I then followed this with the...

Antiac ACTIV Gel Serum, which claims to work by targeting stubborn spots, whiteheads and blackheads, with visible results in as little as Four hours. I have to say, I think it does actually start treating the spot quite quickly - I had a couple of angry, sore breakouts that had definitely calmed down a bit well within four hours. It's a handy size to also take out and about with you if you feel the need to reapply during the day. I reapplied a few times throughout the day if I was having a make up free day and it seemed to speed the healing process up even more.

Also great for on the go, are the Antiac DAILY Face Wipes. I also think these would be good to take to festivals and to use on areas like your back to maintain clear skin.

The products I tried out range from £6.99-£9.99, so are very affordable. If you suffer from Acne or breakouts and would like to try effective but affordable products that are free from parabens and not tested on animals, Salcura offer free samples and they also offer a 30 day money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied with the products.

If you are interested in seeing other's results from trying out Salcura products then you can search the hashtag #SpotTheDifference over on Twitter.


2013 Beauty Favourites

Happy New Year!

I'm going to write a brief bit about my 2013 Beauty Favourites as i will (WILL) get round to reviewing them all fully, sooner rather than later.

Retinol Reface - As you can see, I've become a bit of an Indeed Labs fiend this year. I love Retinol Reface, you notice a difference as soon as you apply - it's an all round brightner, and I think it's now a 'can't live without' product for me.

Hydraluron - Ditto, Hydraluron. I'll never be without this. It makes such a difference in helping to keep your skin moisturised and reduce the appearance of any dehydration lines that you might have.

Effaclar Duo - I think this is a must for everyone. Great for coming to the rescue for those times that you least want a breakout. Actually, when does anybody ever want a breakout? You get my drift, though...

Eysilix - The best eye cream I've tried, to date. This really does reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold - I used this last year as well, and again, think it's a 'can't live without' product. When used regularly, it helps to keep your skin clear and gives your skin a a really nice glow. I recently bought this set from Look Fantastic, which was a ridiculous bargain at £29.75 for the whole set - cheaper than Alpha-H Liquid Gold, alone.

Pixi Glow Tonic - I use this on the days that I'm not using Alpha-H Liquid Gold. I say use - I've recently ran out and have noticed a difference to my skin without it. I really need to get hold of some more as it does a great job at keeping dryness at bay. I just hope that they start to keep up with the demand as it's so annoyingly difficult to buy.

Botanics Ionic Clay Mask - Reviewed here. This has been my face mask of choice, once a week, every week for practically every week of 2013. I love that it doesn't break me out after using, keeps skin clear and also gives a tightened/uplifting feel for a while after use.

Botanics Organic Facial Oil - Read review here. 100% Organic, smells amazing, leaves skin really moisturised and a bit of a bargain compared to some other facial oils out there. I don't mind paying a lot for products at all, but I really think this delivers but without the hefty price tag.

Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm - The first Cleansing Balm I've tried and I actually really like it. I've been using it for quite some time now and have repurchased quite a few times. I use this in the evenings and double cleanse, really massaging my face for quite a while on the second cleanse and the results are great. Yet to try a higher end balm, so will let you know how it compares when I do.

Philosphy Eternal Grace - I LOVE the Eternal Grace fragrance by Philosphy. It's now my favourite fragrance, it smells so clean and fresh. Not sure if I should say was my favourite fragrance - I've just searched and I'm not sure if it's been discontinued? I might cry.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap - Simone reviewed this here. My hair seems to have grown quite a lot in 2013 and I put that down to Redken Extreme Anti-Snap. I've used it pretty much every time I've washed my hair. You don't need a lot, so it lasts ages but it really helps to keep your hair in good condition.

Jergens Daily Moisture - I have used the Daily Moisture, Hydrates & Smoothes regularly throughout 2013. I love the fresh and clean smell, and that it rubs in so easily.

Nivea Lip Balm, Milk & Honey - I received a Nivea lip balm set last Christmas and this one has been my go to, all year. I apply lip balm regularly but this has lasted ages.

B. Rich Lipstick, Rose Quartz - A natural colour that I wore a lot during 2013 and should probably repurchase as it's going to run out soon. I find that I need to wear a lip balm underneath as it's a little dry but I love the colour and staying power, so I don't mind applying a balm first.

Sleek Pout Polish, Perfect Plum - For the days that I felt like a little more colour, I wore Sleek's Pout Polish in Perfect Plum. I'd say it's more of a berry shade when it's applied but I really like the colour. You can wear as a slight stain or you can build it up for a more intense colour.

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - Read Simone's review here. In my/our opinion, the best foundation ever. I use the shade, Rose Ivory. I think it's a great match and provides an amazing finish. It really is like your skin but better. The only thing I'll say is, that it's not great for dry skin.

Mac Eye Pencil in Coffee - Earlier in the year, I started to wear a brown liner instead of black. I really like the shade of this as it's not too harsh. The only thing is, I do tightline my eyes most days and it does transfer a bit.

Not pictured but worth mentioning, is the Weleda Wild Rose Cream. I've repurchased this a couple of times now and need to get some more. It's great for irritated skin and has a soothing effect.


Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner review

Price: £5.50 (each)
Size: 250ml
Ingredients: Shampoo - Aqua (Water), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Lauric Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Methyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Polyquaternium-10, Zinc Laurate, Phytantriol, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Acetum, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 17200 (Red 33).

Conditioner - Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipropylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, PEG/PPG-15/15 Dimethicone,Cetrimonium Chloride, Bis (C13-15 Alkoxy) PG Amodimethicone, Amodimethicone, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Parfum (Fragrance), Panthenol, Trideceth-12, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Citric Acid, C13-15 Alcohols, Phytantriol, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Extract, Magnesium Nitrate, Acetum (Vinegar), Phenoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylisothiazolinone.

Claims: Shampoo - 'Tested by professionals. Suitable for all hair types including highlighted and heat processed. With a no build up formula, you'll never have to switch! Expertly formulated to gloss, smooth, repair and strengthen your hair.

Conditioner - 'Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day Conditioner is an amazing daily shine conditioner with a fresh fruity fragrance for fine to normal hair types. Helps detangle, enhances gloss and ensures to protect and strengthen.'

I was a little disappointed as neither the shampoo or conditioner have the well known Soap & Glory scent but that's not to say this one is revolting, it's quite a summery scent and does linger on my hair for quite some time after.

Packaging: Both the shampoo and conditioner come in squeezable tubes, making it particularly easy to get the product out when it's starting to run out. Aesthetics wise, I've never really been a fan of Soap & Glory's branding - I'm more of a minimal kind of girl, so looks wise, they're really not my cup of Chai.

Thoughts: The shampoo makes my hair feel squeaky clean and lathers up nicely. The conditioner leaves my hair feeling silky smooth. When I first used the conditioner it made my hair feel a little straw like when I was washing it off but this didn't happen again (hoorah!) although I have read other reviews where it has left others' hair tangled each time so perhaps it has something to do with the condition of your hair to begin with.

Pros: Lasts a long time.

Good price for the size of the product.

Cons: Doesn't have the Soap & Glory's well known scent I was hoping for.

Can leave hair a little tangled at times.

Would I recommend this product?: I would recommend using the Soap & Glory Glad Hair Day shampoo and conditioner. For the price, you get the same results as you would when using a higher end product although I don't think it would work well on hair that is in quite bad condition.

You can purchase Soap & Glory's Glad Hair Day Shampoo & Conditioner from:

Free REN Skincare set with Nov Issue of InStyle Magazine

I don't generally buy magazines at all, only occassionaly when I happen to spot them in a shop window with a good deal. The Novemeber issue of InStyle Magazine caught my eye with their free offer of a REN skincare set that was worth £12 - the magazine was £2. I hadn't tried anything by REN before, so thought this was a good chance to try some of their products out.

I've yet to try the Active 7 Eye Gel but I've just finished up the Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk. I've been using this for my morning cleanse and have really enjoyed using this, it's a lot quicker to use in the mornings than my usual balm cleanser. Although it's a cleansing 'milk', it's more of a cream consitency and it doesn't really emulsify, you just massage in and wash off. I've found it to be really gentle, it smells nice and fresh but not overpowering and I think it would be great for sensitve skin.

As much as I've loved the Cleansing Milk, I think I'm an even bigger fan of the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. Again, aimed at more sensitive skin types, this cream helps to calm any redness or discomfort. I can't really say that I have sensitive skin but can imagine that it would be beneficial to sensitive skin types - it's a very gentle cream, smells fresh but not too strong, is rich in texture but absorbs nicely without leaving skin shiny. I love the rich feel to it and think it will be great for the winter months. I'm thinking about purchasing the full sizes of both of these - will let you know what I think about the Active 7 Eye Gel once I've tried it out!

Collection Colour Pout Lip Stain review

Price: £4.99

Claims: Collection claim this "Vibrant, lightweight and long lasting, these lip-loving stains are easy to apply and give smudge-proof perfection"

Packaging: Like a lot of the latest lip stains available, this comes in a felt tip style pen.

Thoughts: If you're after a product that will stay on your lips all evening without needing any touch ups, then this is the one - I can apply this in the morning and it's still there at 2pm (the staying power even lasts through eating and drinking) so far I only have this in shade 'Kiss' so I can only vouch for that colour but I shall definitely be purchasing more. This stain can be applied more heavily, keeping lips parted whilst it dries or more lightly, keeping lips parted for a short while and then rubbing the lips together to blend the stain more - it's important to keep the lips parted a little first otherwise the stain budges too much and you end up with darker patches in places.

Pros: Really does stain the lips

Lovely sweet scent

Good value for money

Good colour range

Cons: The nib sometimes seems a little dry at the end but nothing a quick shake doesn't fix

Would I recommend this product?: Yes, in particular this shade. Its a great berry shade for winter months and has also looked great with a tan.

You can purchase Colour Pout Lip Stain from:

Liz Earle Eyebright Review

Price: £5.50 for 50ml and £10.75 for 150ml
Size: 50ml also available as 150ml bottle
Ingredients: Aqua (water), Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) water, PEG-60 almond glycerides, Glycerin, Decyl glucoside, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, Euphrasia officinalis (eyebright) extract, Centaurea cyanus (cornflower) flower extract, Panthenol, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic acid, Dehydroacetic acid, Potassium sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium methylparaben, Polyaminopropyl biguanide, Sodium propylparaben, Citric acid.

Claims: Wake up and revitalise eyes with cotton wool pads soaked in this gentle, soothing herbal lotion.

Non-oily, it is ideal for irritated eyes and suitable for contact lens wearers.

Apply to a cotton wool pad to clean and wake up your eyes first thing.

Naturally active ingredients include eyebright, witch hazel, aloe vera and cornflower to help tone, cool and refresh tired, puffy eyes.

Formula: Although it's a 'lotion', it's more of a liquid compared to what I think of as a lotion.

Packaging: Screw top bottle - great for travelling.

Thoughts: This isn't something I'd have ever bought myself but I received a 50ml bottle as a freebie with a Liz Earle order. I am however, glad I've had the chance to try it.

Eyebright is a soothing lotion made from naturally active ingredients - cornflower, witch hazel and organic aloe vera. As it's a 'lotion', I was expecting something of a thick consistency but it's actually a liquid. This makes it very easy to pour out onto a cotton wool pad and leave to soak on your eyes for 5-10 minutes. Upon applying, it feels really cool and somehow manages to stay really cool in the bottle, even in hot weather. This also makes it nice to use in a hot bath if you have a bit more time and feels relaxing. I haven't used it to take eye make up off as I'm happy with my make up remover and don't use a separate product for my eyes, but I do really like it as more of a 'treatment', I guess. When I remove the cotton pads, I sweep them around the eyes and as the area dries off, it feels as though the skin tightens slightly, which is always a bonus to me!

Having not been something I would have picked out to buy myself and having had the chance to try it, it's something that I will repurchase. It's been especially soothing in the hot weather that the UK has had recently and would be great to take away on a hot holiday. I don't wear contact lenses myself but can imagine that some people's eyes may get a bit irritated after wearing them for long periods, and this would work well for soothing any irritation or puffiness.

Pros: Suitable for contact lens wearers. Available in two sizes.

Cons: The only con for me, is that it states to use within 6 months of opening - it has lasted me much longer than this as you only use a small amount each time.

Would I recommend this product?: Yes. Although perhaps not a neccesity to your routine, it's certainly refreshing and particularly great for soothing your eyes in hot weather.

You can purchase Liz Earle Eye Bright from:
Liz Earle
John Lewis
Selected Boots stores

I can't believe it's taken me so long to write a review of a Liz Earle product! Expect some more Liz Earle reviews in the near future.

Tuesday Tip: Correct way to wear a hair/kirby grip

The correct way to wear a hair/kirby grip or bobby pin is with the wavy side down. The waves help to grip the hair and keep the grip in place more securely.

I used to use it with the waves facing up and they never used to stay in my hair. Personally, I think it makes a lot of difference using it the 'correct' way.