The Glow Up in Beauty Tag

I’m a little late to this party, it was doing the rounds back in September, before Entirely Beauty was born, but when I first saw this tag I knew I wanted to do it! Many thanks to the tag’s creator – Kelsee Briana Jai, you can catch up with Kelsee via this link https:www.youtube.com/user/KelseeBrianaJai I am excited to do this and hope you enjoy it too. If you find my answers entertaining please give this post a like and don’t forget to subscribe for more from Entirely Beauty. If you fancy answering a question or two, which would be awesome, please do so in the comments, so we can all everyone can have a read and if you have a blog and want to answer all twelve questions, be sure to tag me so I can visit your blog and see what answers you give.

What is the worst beauty advice you’ve ever gotten? | When I was younger (and very much lacking in common sense) I asked a friend how best to tame and shape my brows, as hers looked lovely and very natural. She advised me to use a razor and shave ’em into shape. I took this advice and excitedly set about shaving off the stray hairs. Everything was going great (as quick fixes go), but I decided that they were a little long too and shaved off a bit of the tail, first on one side then the other. Unfortunately and despite my best efforts, they didn’t quite match, so I set about trying to even them up. Needless to say, my lack of experience took it’s toll on my poor eyebrows and I ended up with about a centimetre of eyebrow on both sides which resembled stubby, sideways exclamation marks. Not only was it an epic fail, but worst of all, I did this to myself the day before a big family wedding 😕

What is the worst beauty advice you’ve ever given? | I knew a MUA/Nail Tech, who was trying to set up her own mobile business and had done some impressive art work on my nails. The MUA suggested I invited some friends over and introduce her to them and that she would offer ‘special rates’ for various treatments and make up etc. I didn’t take much persuading, any excuse for a get together! On the night, one of my friends was admiring my nails and aforementioned nail art. I advised my friend to let the MUA apply a set of falsies and then have some nail art too. Whilst the MUA hadn’t applied my acrylics (I had them done in a salon) I was majorly impressed by the standard of the nail art and had presumed the MUA was as accomplished in other areas of make up, nails and beauty. Boy, was I wrong!! When the MUA had finished applying my friend’s acrylics they looked like bloody TOENAILS! They were so thick they stood way too proud off my friend’s fingertips, they were various shapes too and some off them were already lifting! Needless to say my friend was very upset, as was I, but I did pay for her to visit the salon I went to because I felt responsible, awful and wanted to make amends. Moral of this story, check the credentials of anyone doing any treatments etc.

What beauty product did you struggle with the most/What is your worst experience with a product? | *Opens the golden envelope* And the winner is …false lashes!!! I have tried and tried, but the ‘look how easy this is’ influencers & instructions for lashes and glue simply alludes me, I am lashlexic. I know what I’m supposed to do and where everything is supposed to go, but most of my attempts fail and when I have actually got them to stick they become unstuck almost immediately. 😩 I’ve switched up to magnetic lashes and they are soooo much easier, plus applying the magnetic liner has upped my eyeliner game too!

What beauty product did you use a lot back in the day, but would never use now? | Home hair dyes. I used these regularly until I realised that the colour(s) rarely match the photographs on the boxes, it was a pain to apply (without help there was always a bit I missed, sometimes with help it was patchy), it ruined my fluffly white towels and I eventually learned it was better to seek professional help and products at a salon!

What makeup technique(s) did you struggle with the most when first learning how to do makeup? | Blusher – I would apply it with the brush that came with it which resulted in some quite pigmented striped cheeks in a variety of colours. Sometimes I would try to blend out the stripes with my fingertips, which usually made it worse, so I stopped wearing blush for a while, which, looking back, made me look like a corpse because of my foundation etc. Thankfully, I found fit for purpose blushers brushes and a new relationship with blush finally (and flawlessly) flourished.

What makeup technique(s) do you struggle with currently and want to improve? | Did ya read my answer about false lashes??? 😉 Despite the fact that I have solved the problem by using magnetic lashes, I would love to have a master class in lash application and actually conquer my lashlexicia where the glue on variety are concerned. My teacher would have to be extremely patient though😄

What is a beauty product that you never thought you’d buy, but now own. | In have always steered clear of red lipstick, believing that it didn’t suit me, I wouldn’t be able to carry it off, that my lips would look over-done, that it wouldn’t sit well with the rest of my makeup and that I would end up with ‘jammy’ lips. Now I have about 10 reds in my collection, in various shades, and whilst I prefer nudes and muted tones, sometimes you just have to make a bold statement. 💋

What beauty trend(s) do you regret following? | Not exactly a trend, as a lot of people have been doing this for like forever, and it’s still popular, but WAXING!!! 😲 What sort of pain threshold do those who wax have? Obvs one that is far damn superior to mine! Whether it’s eyebrows, legs, underarm or bikini, it’s a HUGE, Simon Cowell, NO from me! I also hate the way those who perform this archaic ‘torture’ lull you into a false sense of security and relaxation with the warm, gentle and very pleasant spreading of the wax on the requested area, before ripping off your unwanted hair, together with what feels like the majority of your skin. I am NOT A banana, I do not need peeling. If you want a mental image of how I reacted to waxing, regardless of what area I was stupid enough to try out, watch the waxing scene in the film 40 year old virgin! I am convinced Steve Carell based those scenes on my own reactions. To those who perform waxing I say this, ” back away and behave, this gal prefers to shave!” and to the countless thousands who voluntarily undergo waxing: You guys are NUTS, but I salute you and your ability to cope with the pain.

If you had to restart your beauty collection, what are some things that you would do differently? | When I started my collection I would often buy products on a whim or based on the hype and I managed to waste a lot of money doing so. Now, I self-regulate as I have a monthly Beauty Budget and take a breather in between learning about a new product drop and the launch date. If I am still excited, intrigued and salivating once the product launches then I might buy it, but I also consider other factors before I place my order or seal the deal in the shop. These include researching the product, the views of others, the colour(s), whether I have something similar in my collection already, the value for money and then I try to imagine WHERE I would wear the product and how much real use I would get from it. If I can answer all that lot positively and haven’t spent my budget for the month, then and only then, will I actually buy that product. If was restarting I would do all these things, waste much less and have a much better collection as a result.

What’s the worst makeup look that you’ve ever done? | When I first heard about contouring I rushed out bought several contouring palettes, brushes specifically made for the job and created, what I thought at the time was a natural, defined, sunkissed look with my contour products, blush, highlight and bronzer. Then I saw a photo of myself: I actually looked like a multi coloured zebra who had been out in the sun for waaaaay too long, was sweating, had prickly heat and wasbgiving off a glow of such nuclear proportions that Neil Armstrong would’ve been blinded by it as he took his one small step, in fact, he would’ve probably face-planted the bloody moon instead of walking on it! Needless to say it was far from natural, defined and sun-kissed & wasn’t remotely flattering or pretty. 👎

What is the best makeup look that you have ever done? | The colour purple. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone with regard to colour, and inspired by my outfit, decided to go totally purple (lilac, lavender and other shades in this spectrum) including eyes, mascara, eyeliner, blush and lipstick and was super-thrilled with both the finished look and by the lovely compliments I received! Not an everyday look exactly, but for a special occasion a completely monochrome ‘palette’ can make for a look really cohesive and different, not to mention eye-catching, look!

What advice would you give a Beauty Lover/Makeup Artist/Beauty Influencer | For the Beauty Lovers: spend within your limits and enjoy your products, and remember that you are naturally beautiful with out makeup, use makeup as a way to enhance your beauty, rather than creating a masked you to present to the world. For the MUAs: Talk to your clients, find out what they really want rather than than persuading them to have a look that you want to apply and are practised at. For the Beauty Influencers: Be nice – to your audience, ( they got you where you are now) to your fellow influencers, we don’t care about Beauty Community drama and squabbles, we’re here for the makeup, not for Tea! Finally, be nice yourself. You are talented & sooo worth it.

Right, that’s all the questions in the Beauty Glow Up Tag answered it must be time to hit the publish button. Hope to see you in my be next bog, till then, take care. Can’t help wondering how YOU answer these questions.

Many thanks for reading.

💋Entirely Beauty 💋

Chatty GRWM

Entirely Beauty gets between the covers with you 😉

Cosmopolitan began publication in the late 1800s, has a huge readership of (mainly) female 20 to 30 somethings and advertising space that costs an arm, proverbial leg, and several other body parts, but how useful (satisfying) is the content for your average beauty addict? (Not that there’s anything average about us beauty addicts!!) I got myself this month’s physical copy, which cost round pounds numbering two (it’s also available on-line, obvs) and I thought it would be fun to invite you guys to my GWRM (Get Reading With Me). So, get yourself a cuppa or a glass of something cold, get comfy and let’s turn a page or two and explore Cosmo’s beauty content. If you enjoy this GRWM, please give it a like, subscribe and drop me a comment to let me know which mag’s beauty content does it for you, and it might feature in an Entirely Beauty’s future GRWM.

Discounting adverts, our first encounter with beauty is a one pager entitled ‘Glow – BS free beauty that works for you’ 23 pages in. I don’t get the title or the hashtag (#empties) given that this article features just two products, both eye shadow palettes: one has the sub-title ‘using up’ and is a short (very short) review of The Body Shop’s ‘Own Your Naturals’ and the other ‘using next’ briefly mentions (very briefly) the Urban Decay Honey palette. Mmm, what’s going on Cosmo? Empties? (Plural?) Who hits pan on a twelve shade palette in a month? What the hell did your acting beauty editor, Laura, do with it – paint her house??? Can’t knock her choice of ‘using next’ though, I’m hoping Santa pops that one in my stocking.🎅 This is not so much ‘this month’s empties’, it’s more ‘here’s a couple of palettes we like (or our advertisers want us to mention) let’s make a full page feature, with hardly any hype-type and a catchy but irrelevant title. Very avant garde. Not.

Fortunately, this faux pas is compensated for on the very next page with a double page spread which, under the heading ‘Beauty Lab’ has the same acting Beauty ed taking a look at Flawless Foundations. Given the huge number of new and improved foundations that dropped during the last couple of months, this feature at least has good timing and gives an overview of six foundations from the boujee Pat McGrath to the drug store Revolution, with Nyx Born to Glow being crowned as the Editor’s choice. There is also a mini-tutorial on how to ‘Ace your Base’, which is helpful, plus an introduction to Cosmo’s beauty team – all six of them, presumably one for each foundation? I won’t be buying a new foundation based on their ‘road tests’, but this might be useful for someone just venturing into beauty, those who don’t read Beauty blogs or watch influencers.

Over the page the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills offers up her favourite eight products, in a chatty reveal that gives the reader info about the products and why they are her favourites. I actually learned something from this: for example, Anastasia trained as a beautician in Romania, has been in the industry over 25 years and rates Vaseline – which she used to mix with eyeshadow to make a brow pomade in the time before ABH existed. (🤔 I might have to try that trick at least then I might get the right shade.) I liked ‘My life in Beauty’, Anastasia has an interesting mix of faves, the best beauty article in this edition of Cosmopolitan so far!

Right class pay attention as we are now entering Cosmo’s school of beauty, and the lesson today is Makeup Tools 101! Have to admit the double page photo showing various brushes looks promising and a beauty addict can never have enough brushes with makeup brushes, right? The so-called ‘beginner’s kit’ of brushes exceeds the £100 in total, that’s a bit steep Cosmo. (Hands up how many of us started with brushes from Wish, Primark and Revolution – aka affordable. Ahh, do you remember the start of your beauty addiction – the good old days, when getting make up on your face was key. Now we are persuaded that an expensive brush, with a name and number that makes it sound like a semi-automatic weapon, is the way to flawless application!) All that said, there is a side article where experts offer tips for brushing up on your brush work, and it DOES name and explain each of the fifteen brushes featured. So if, like me, you’re a bit befuddled by your brushes, you could match ’em up to said pictures and the descriptions and finally learn what each one is called and what it is supposed to be used for! Will it stop me ‘misusing’ my brush collection – hell no. I have a flat ‘foundation’ brush that I use to sweep over my eyeshadows for a seamless blend, it works a treat.

Over the page from Brushes 101 is ‘Hot Right Now’ with Ten products everyone has presumably brought or will be buying this month. Ranging in price from £9.99 for Hair Nourishing Oil to £78 for an EDP, this feature feels more inclusive, has a good variety of products and prices AND tells you a little about each of these trending must haves. This is more to my liking, nothing beats being ‘in the know’ where beauty products are concerned!

Following what I consider to be a rather small ‘beauty section’ there is a mountain of fashion and lifestyle features (and ads, of course) before we come to a feature on page 102 entitled ‘Is the You Tube Beauty Community Cancelled’. Detailing the rise and fall of Manny MUA, 2018s Dramageddon, the more recent Westbrook v Charles saga, the Jaclyn Hill fibres in the lipstick escapade and an explanation of the latest in entry in the urban dictionary, ‘cancel culture’, plus some insight into so-called tea spilling, shade throwing ‘drama channels’, by a digital behavioural scientist (a what now? Is that actually a job, a science or even necessary?) It is interesting to note however, that all of those tubers mentioned in this ‘worth a read’ article are from the States. UK influencers are, it seems, either much less dramatic than their American counterparts or are they simply better at keeping their ‘tea’ very firmly in their cup & private rather than spilling it over social media? Well, we are a nation of tea drinkers.

And, as Porky Pig said a few hundred times, aside from a passing mention of a buffing brush from Spicy Choco and a Regentiv serum near the back of Cosmopolitan, “th th th th th that’s all folks”.

Out of 140 pages Cosmopolitan dedicates just 15 of them to beauty, and of those 15, 6 arguably come under the heading ‘General/Lifestyle’ features, as I doubt an editorial focussing on the beauty community is a regular feature. Is that enough to satisfy your hunger for beauty? I’m not sure it’s sufficient for me! Yes, Cosmo is ONLY £2, has lots of other good articles, and is all glam and glitz, but I do think some more of that glam and glitz could succesfully be based on beauty, after all, in its entirety beauty is a very broad, varied, contemporary, multi-media, much talked about subject and I need more than Cosmopolitan has currently got on offer, to satisfy my beautycravings!

What about your thirst for all things Beauty? Does Cosmo do it for you? Please let me know.

On that note, it’s time I went and got some beauty sleep. 😴 Hope you’ve enjoyed this little amble through Cosmopolitan magazine with me, as GRWMs go, I know it’s a bit different, but I think different should be a new trend in the community we call beauty.

Thanks for reading, hope to see you next time.

💋Entirely Beauty💋

Shopped My Stash

Hi there and welcome to my first blog! Thanks for reading, hope you find my product tests & reviews useful, entertaining and, if you subscribe to Entirely Beauty (why wouldn’t you – it’s FREE) my day will be well and truly made and you won’t miss any of my future (very varied) blogs. Feel free to scroll if there is a particular product from this Shopped My Stash that you are interested in, I’ve covered each product separately, then at the end of this post I give an overview of how all the products worked, or didn’t, together, as a complete routine. Enjoy!

I shopped my stash for three reasons: firstly, this kind of content is popular over on YouTube & as Entirely Beauty is just a baby I need subscribers to help my baby grow. (At least I’m honest. 😉) Secondly, I have quite a large beauty collection and want to be less wasteful, by shopping my stash, products make their way into my routine and get used. Thirdly, testing for a whole month gives the products time to actually ‘work’ (especially important for skin care and so much better than a mere ‘first impression’) so I’m able to give a much more rounded, honest review. Basically, a win-win for you and for me. This is Part 1 of the Entirely Beauty Shopped my Stash mini series for October, watch out for Parts Two – Makeup and Part Three – Hair Care. (Simply subscribe and you’ll be notified when they go up👍)

So, what skin care products did I choose and did they perform as well as the companies claimed they would? If you are itching to find out, keep reading!

Super Facilist Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

Super Facialist Cleansing Oil | £7.30

This Cleansing Oil is infused with Vitamin C plus Olive, Grapeseed and Rosehip oils, which claim to nourish the skin and leave it feeling cleansed, refreshed and softer to the touch. #SuperFacialist recommend that you use this oil as part of a double cleanse routine and follow it with either another cleanser or a facial scrub, and also say that using this oil will make you feel like “you have had an expert facial every day”.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind having an expert facial every day, so this was an easy pick, albeit based on Super Facialist’s own hype.

From the get-go I noticed that ‘refreshed and ‘softer to the touch’ thing! I loved that and the smell of the oil too: it’s fresh and clean, and I oddly found that the fragrance both woke me in the mornings, yet relaxed me at night. I used it as directed, massaging it onto my face, neck and decolatage using either my hands or my vibrating pore cleanser (review of this also coming soon – seriously, if you haven’t smashed that subscribe button already, do it now, I have lots of great content to add! 😁) or both, then emulsifying the oil with warm water and massaging some more before rinsing off. Also because I enjoyed the light fragrance, the feel of the oil on my skin AND like to get my money’s worth, I left the massaged-in oil on my skin whilst brushing my teeth and this certainly helped to achieve that ‘expert facial’ feeling.

With continued use, morning and night, I really did notice that my skin was brighter, much softer, and both my pores and fine lines definitely diminished. I didn’t find that I needed to double cleanse in the morning, but I did follow the Skin Renew Cleansing Oil with a cream cleanser at night. I saved money on makeup remover too as Super Facialist removes all traces of make up, even waterproof mascara – BONUS!

I do recommend this oil as it feels soooo lush, does what it says on the bottle AND is suitable for all skin types. What’s more at just over £7 for 200ml and with only a quarter of the bottle gone after using it twice, sometimes 3 times daily, for 31 days, I think it’s a great value for money, skin texture improving, expert facialesque, wonderful product. If you have already tried it, or intend to, please drop me a comment and let me know what you think.

Temple Spa Be Gone: Kind Hearted Cleansing Crème

Temple Spa | Be Gone Cleanser £21

#TempleSpa states that their Crème Cleanser, Be Gone, is “TLC for sensitive skin”, that it will reduce skin stress, with a fresh, settled and smoothed after feel, that it’s nurturing and hydrating and is the “gentlest way to say goodbye”. Saying goodbye to £21 for 150ml of this product wasn’t exactly ‘gentle’, so was this cleanser worth all those coins?

I have to admit that both the fragrance and consistency of Temple Spa’s #BeGone kinda matches its price point: it does have a higher end, faintly botanical, light and pleasant smell and is creamy too. This is another ‘add water’ product (I do prefer them as they make my skin feel ‘cleaner’ & more refreshed) that you simply massage onto the face & neck in upward, circular motions and then splash your face with warm water or use a warm damp cloth to remove, making it an uncomplicated, fairly quick addition to your skin care routine, both morning and night.

I used Be Gone at night, after the cleansing oil to double cleanse my skin before applying other night-time products. I didn’t notice any immediate effects, but as the month wore on I did see improvement in my skin after each use, especially where I tend to get some patches of drier skin as the colder weather hits and my central heating bursts into life. Obviously, the benefits I did see might’ve have been more immediate if I had used the cleanser twice daily, instead of once – if you would like me to see if this is the case, let me know in the comments.

I did feel quite pampered after using this product and its light, natural fragrance was aromatheraputic, relaxing both my skin and my mind. it did soothe and hydrate the skin, and definately helped with my autumnal dry patches. I tried using my vibrating pore cleanser with Be Gone, but this just ‘pushed’ the product around my face and neck, rather than massaging it. To be fair to Be Gone, this was due to it’s creamy and rich texture and it applied just great with the fingertips.

I also tested it’s prowess as a makeup remover several times, but the results were a bit disappointing. OK, Be Gone doesn’t actually claim to remove makeup, but, this is inferred by both it’s name and the fact that it is a cleanser. It removed ‘liquid/loosely creamy products’, but, even with the addition of water or a damp cloth, struggled with the more pigmented products and powders, basically creating panda eyes with my eyeshadows and mascara and that’s never a good look unless you happen to BE a panda 🐼.

All that said, Be Gone is marketed for sensitive skin, so it follows that the ingredients are probably not concentrated enough to deal with those more pigmented powders or waterproof mascara, as that might cause sensitive skin to break out, which would be counter-productive for a cleanser that is directed at those who have sensitive skin.

Overall, Be Gone felt bougee, pleasant and pampering: my skin did feel super cleansed when combining it with the oil cleanse first and it certainly hydrated my skin, nurturing my dry patches to recovery. Would I use it again? Yes, at some point I will reintroduce it back into my routine as a stand alone cleanser, to give it a fairer test & review. So, as I’ll be getting back to you on this cleanser, hit the subscribe button as an antidote to FOMO (fear of missing out 😰) on that one!

Laponie of Scandinavia Toner Spray

Laponie Toner Spray | €28

I received this in one of my subscription boxes (there’ll be more about Beauty subscription Boxes in future blogs), 50ml retails for €28 from the Laponie Website, (around £24) but you can get it cheaper from sites such as eBay. Laponie Toner is advertised as being a multi-tasker that balances, hydrates, soothes and conditions the skin AND can be used to set make up, remove cleanser residue, mixed with a few drops of their facial oil for instantaneous hydration and nourishment ( although I suspect ANY facial oil would have the same result), as a soothing after-sun spray and finally is gentle enough to calm an irritated scalp. Whilst those are quite magical claims and supposed uses, I included this in my routine purely as a toner.

I really loved the fact that this came as a spray as it helped to wake up me and my skin in the morning. I spritzed my face and left the toner to soak into my skin: with hindsight spritzing was quite wasteful (I actually ran out on the last day of the month), but I do believe I gained more benefit from the direct ‘spray and soak-in’ method than I did from the conventional use with cotton pads which is how I used it at night. Again, given the price point, I felt that by letting it soak in I was getting better value from the product both cost and results wise.

Gotta say I’m not crazy about the price, if I had seen this in a shop I would have probably passed over it because £24 is a bit ‘up there’ for a toner! But, as I didn’t pay that price and having tried and tested it for a month, I have to admit I am rather smitten by this cute little bottle of multi-tasking, magical elixir, so I would have a little argument with myself over this now: the ‘beauty addict me’ would be all “hey, it works, it’s fabulous, you love it – buy, buy, buy!’ But the ‘one eye on my bank account me’ would shake her head and argue, “You have other toners, they work too, fabulous or not – bye, bye, bye!” (I don’t really like that me, she is far too damn sensible, but I tolerate her.)

So, yeah this little beauty does present me with a conundrum: it certainly does everything (as a toner) that Laponie claimed it would: my skin felt more balanced and prepped for the rest of my routine. It was also, & undeniably, soothing (particularly noticed this after dermaplaning – hopefully ya know the drill now, yep, this proceedure will be covered in a future blog 😎) it did improve the condition of my skin, I saw this straight away, and how smooth it made my skin feel was an instant . Overall, a fantastic product, I just wish I’d used it more efficiently as the results at night time, when I sprayed it onto a cotton pad and wiped it over my face, were comparable, but then I would’ve lost that Laponie early-morning wake up call!

I would love to recommend this toner, as I really did notice the difference it made to my skin, but, that price point IS a bit hefty. Let me know where you stand on this one – if you know a product works (really well) but is expensive, would you buy it anyway, opt for a less expensive dupe (if you can find one) or simply choose a lower priced product? Drop me a comment, I look forward to reading your take on this.

Nassif MD Dermaceuticals Complexion Perfecting Detoxification Pad with AHA/BHAs

Nassif MD Detox Pads | £34 approx

According to Dr Nassif these innocent looking pads will perfect your complexion, deep clean, exfoliate, reduce pores, brighten, even your skin tone, firm, smooth, reduce inflammation and protect against blue light and free radicals. Not only that but the pads are “clinically proven to remove what your cleanser leaves behind.” So, in other words, the initial claims plus the list of supposed benefits will, allegedly, take your skin care routine to new heights that’ll compare to the dizzying ones offered by the Empire State Building! OR will they???

I was sent these in my #FabFitFun subscription box, so I didn’t pay the $45 you’d have to pay on the Nassif MD site, in fact my Fab Fit Fun Box was $49, and contained various other items, so for me these were a steal! Despite that, I was a bit dubious about using them because of the AHA/BHA/Retinol etc they contain, not to mention the ‘on jar’ precautions that include avoiding the upper & lower eye area and building up to daily use. But, being the brave beauty addict I am, I soldiered on regardless.

So, there I was on October 1st, reading and re-reading the jar, digesting the blurb in the FFF magazine and still nervously anticipating some kind of facial disaster as a result of using the pads. Fortunately, as I gently wiped my face with a pad, I didn’t feel a, ‘perfectly normal’, tingle that some users have experienced (I think any such reaction would have had me plunging my entire head into a bucket of water in an attempt to stave off a break out or something worse!!). There is a lot of moisture in them thar pads, and the ‘proprietary cocktail of ingredients’ was swiftly, easily and plentifully dispersed over my face and neck.

Again, with more than a hint of hesitation I left this cocktail on my face so that it would soak in, exfoliate my dead skin cells (eurgh, that just sounds yucky!) whilst evening out my skin and diminishing my pores as promised. After about five minutes I nervously touched my face with my fingertips and found that having massacred those dead skin cells the detox pads had left my skin feeling super soft and incredibly smooth! I was hooked!

I used the pads every other day or so, morning and night and found them to be a wonderful, additional, step to my routine – one that in some shape or form I will replicate in the future, because not only were some of the promised results instantaneous, the remainder quickly followed and my pesky pores were clearly much smaller by the end of the month, to the point of being much less, if hardly, noticeable. Result!! And then some. Needless to say I was totally bloody impressed.

This was my first time playing with detox pads, but I intend to find some similar ones, hopefully less expensive than NassifMD’s pads but that give the same or very similar results. If you already use good detox pads, please let me know where you buy them from so I can give them a whirl, and, hopefully, keep this fresh glowing and brightened skin that the Nassif MD pads have given me. Thanks. 👌

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concenrate

Shiseido Ultimune Concentrate | £69 30ml

Ok, before I get into this product I have a confession – I didn’t set out to make my skin care routine for October ‘High End’ or expensive, when I shopped my stash I just selected products I genuinely wanted to try and write about. Obvs some of them, this concentrate included, are a bit pricey, but most of them I received either as Free Samples or in a sub box, so I didn’t pay full price for them.

My Shiseido concentrate was a 10ml sample (worth £23) and I honestly didn’t expect it to last the whole month, but surprisingly it did, a little goes a really long way with this. Now, if, like me you are initially turned off by the cost, let’s consider this: broken down, the cost of using #ShiseidoUltimune twice a day for a month works out at about 37p per application. Now I’ve legitimized the retail price and tested it for a month, I DO think it’s a worthwhile investment for your skin!

No bush beating here at Entirely Beauty then eh? 😉 Seriously, this serum made my skin feel and look amazing: the firmness, smoothness and hydration was totally obvious within the first week (the smoothness from the get go) and OMG, the immediate improvement in the softness and texture of my skin was incredible, as was the overall affect on my fine lines and wrinkles. Having used it twice daily for a month I now completely understand why this product is award winning, it’s pretty much a bloody miracle serum and the best of those I have tried/used in the past.

Apparently this is Shiseido’s Number One serum, which recently underwent a bit of a transformation itself, to include ImuGeneration technology. Among the ingredients is reishi mushroom, which is rich in anti-oxidants, and iris root extract which helps to defend the skin against damage. I’m no dermatologist, but you have to admit that is pretty impressive stuff, and it explains why the results I got were so apparent.

So, the ‘eye on the bank account me’ can do one and sod off 😉 cos if I find this on offer anywhere I will be grabbing it, and putting it firmly back into my skin care routine. It’s definitely worth the coin and ignoring that more sensible me for too!

Elemis Hydra-balance Day Cream
Nivea Q10 plus C Skin Sleep Cream

The Day and Night Creams: Elemis Day Cream | £41.50 50ml and Nivea Night cream | £12.99 40ml

For mornings I choose a free, deluxe sample size (20ml worth £16.60))of Elemis Advance Skin Care, their Hydra-Balance Day Cream (for combination skin, mine is normal to dry at this time of year), that I’d had in my collection for a short while and this was my first experience of the Elemis range.

Again a higher end product, with a price point to match, and even though I hadn’t paid for my 20ml, I expected great things, given the price tag/worth. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy this day cream as much as I had anticipated, and whilst it was supposed to be a rich but light, anti-oxidant formula which promised continuous hydration and balance, I didn’t experience these benefits to be honest. Yes, my skin felt moisturised on application, but I didn’t feel that moisture was constant or locked in as Elemis claimed it would be. I did notice a softness, but the effect was short lived, once the product was absorbed the suppleness, softness and feelings of hydration diminished.

Disappointing to say the least BUT, on closer inspection I discovered this day cream contains meadowsweet extract which is there to “regulate the appearance of oily skin” and leave it shine free. Mmm – oily? Moral of this story, read the blurb BEFORE use! My skin isn’t oily. My bad! Although it also confusingly states that the cream helps to balance NORMAL to combination skin. However, I may have had the wrong cream for my skin type. If you have normal to combination/oily skin and have tried this product let me know if it worked for you. I, on the other hand, with my basically normal but with tendencies towards autumnally dryness skin will have to do more reasearch and see if Elemis actually has a product for my skin type.

Another let down, and this is aimed at all skin care companies, is that 20ml is not a sufficient amount of product to viably test whether it suits your skin, produces results etc., and is a product you want to use on the daily, as it ran out before the month’s end, lasting just 3 weeks. In comparison to the 10ml Shiseido sample which went the whole nine yards, I’m not sure Elemis Day Cream reprents good value for money? Skin care companies should provide usable, sizable samples that allow us customers to make informed decisions about purchase , especially if the product leans towards expensive.

My night time choice, on the other hand, was full size, moderately priced and received as a gift from a friend with a lovely selection of other Nivea products. The Q10 sleep cream combines both vitamin C and Q10, both anti-oxidants, that aid a smoother, radiant looking complexion while you sleep. It also claims to awaken the skin, target lines and wrinkles, so that you wake up to fresher skin.

Although £12.99 is a fair price, Aldi do a dupe of the Nivea sleep cream and it’s only £1.45 for 50ml!!! Lacura Q10 Renew Night Cream, which I have also used, is very similar to the original in terms of product, packaging and results, and is an undeniably good dupe. I personally prefer the Nivea, I love the smell, but enjoyed and would recommend both.

This does feel good on the skin, is easily absorbed and I did see an improvement in my fine lines, and my complexion did seem more radiant in the mornings, it also seemed to plump up the skin and this obviously made my skin look smoother, so it did what it claimed it would, and I was pleased with the results. I would use this again as I liked it and have plenty left.

Garnier Organic Lavadin Glow Facial Oil

Garnier Organic Smooth and Glow Facial Oil | £11.99 30ml

I picked this out of my stash because I know my skin is prone to dry patches at this time of year and hoped this oil would help combat that. I also wanted to give this a go as Garnier state that you can “see and feel” the results of using this herb and essential oil combo, that is a non-greasy, luxurious smooth & glow oil, all of which sounded like it’d be great. Well, we all deserve a little luxury, especially when it comes at an affordable price!

Firstly, Lavadin is not a typo. The difference between Lavender and Lavadin is two fold. The former, as an essential oil, has 0%-0.6% camphor making its fragrance more floral and sweet, whereas Lavadin oil has between 6%-10% camphor which gives it a more medicinal and stronger scent. Lavadin can help reduce scarring, stretch marks and with a host of other skin issues. Camphor is often used in skin care as it acts as a counter irritant.

The first thing I noticed about this oil was how easily it absorbed into the skin and it certainly left my skin looking smooth and all a-glow, but not in an oily or greasy way. It dried down as it absorbed, and I discovered, by accident (forgot to prime) that it provides a brilliant base for makeup too. I only used a couple of drops twice daily, after applying my day or night cream, and this was ample, so Garnier’s facial oil certainly has lastability, making it good value pennies wise too.

It has a pipette dropper which means less waste and makes it easier to use just the couple of drops you need to achieve that glow. The smell is divine without being over powering. The consistency is lux and lush and it delivered the results as promised. I love this oil and it even helped banish my dry patches. I think this a fab product if you are looking to switch up your skin care during autumn and winter when most people’s skin needs extra care & moisture.

L’oreal Age Perfect Rosy Radiant Eye Cream

L’oréal Eye Cream | £14.99 15ml

Lastly, the eye cream, which was, like all the other products in this ‘Shopped My Stash’, tested for a whole month. This is a rosy, peach cream that contains light reflecting particles which instantly ‘colour corrects’ and lightens dark, under eye circles (great if you’ve had a few late nights!). The cream lived up to this claim, making my eye area seem brighter and more radiant. It also contains Peony extract which, L’oréal states, has “glow reactivating properties” that gradually aids the eye area to recover a more natural glow. It also contains calcium B5 to restore skin density and improve tone.

One thing I really liked about this cream is the instant brightening, almost camo, effect it had on my eye area and as this cream is anti-sagging (it’s marketed as being ideal for very mature and dull skin) and targeted at over 60s – but as it visably tightens and brightens I think this eye cream is a brilliant response to those ‘post-party’, morning ‘OMG – look at my eyes!’ S.O.Ss, regardless of age.

A word of warning though, you do only need a tiny amount of this gelee textured cream: If you over do it it will ‘pill up – so go easy. I used this morning and night and found the easiest was to apply it was by picking up a tiny amount on my ring finger and patting it into the entire eye area (lid, brow and under eye) with that finger and allowing it to soak in completely before applying makeup. (It also works well over foundation etc, as an eye primer, if used sparingly, providing a great base for your favourite shadow.)

I was quite impressed by this cream and I do love it when I find another use for a product, as I did with this. L’oréal target an older market (in this case 60+ and female) with this cream. As I’m not 60, I wouldn’t have purchased this product and if I hadn’t received it in one of my sub boxes, I would be never have discovered how well it deals with dark circles after the late night, how quickly it tightens the skin to reveal youthful eyes OR how well it performs as a primer.

Yes, an impressive eye-cream AND primer, that is, in my humble opinion, worth the price tag and as we approach the party season I can recommend it, regardless of what age you are or what type of skin you may have, keep it in your emergency makeup bag, just in case dark circles visit you!

I really enjoyed this Shopped My Stash and giving all these products sufficient time for testing. I choose mid-to-high end products that DID all work together, improving the smoothness, softness and texture of my skin, whilst also giving me a natural glow, clearing up my dry patches and helping to eradicate finelines lines and improve the overall suppleness of my skin.

I hope the products I have shopped from my stash to use throughout Novemeber, realise what big shoes they have to fill! I also hope that you have enjoyed reading about this products and will subscribe to find out how I get on with November’s picks (I’ve already started using, testing them and making notes.) as well as all the other content I have lined up for you.

Until next time – thanks for reading, and never forget that you ARE beautiful!

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