1. Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Solution
I had never used any products which were primarily for eyes before buying this, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I saw it has a trillion amazing reviews online so I thought I’d give it a go. It is meant to “clean and revitalise the delicate eye area”, which was appealing due to all the late night reading I am doing at the moment giving me very tired eyes.. It is a really gentle and easy to use, simply sweeping over eyelids when you wake up. You can also use it as a ‘eye mask’ essentially, replacing the cucumber treatment when you want a skin pampering with cotton pads soaked in the solution for five to ten minutes. It is £13.25 rrp for a 150ml bottle, which lasts quite a while, and it is available in Boots and John Lewis, as well as the Liz Earle website which frequently has really good offers on their products.
2. Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix
Exfoliating is something that I know is so good for skin and makes such a difference, but it is also something I frequently forget to do. I picked this product up in Boots a few weeks ago when it was on offer, wanting to give the Nip + Fab range a try (resulting in a borderline obsession with it), and it has become something that I use multiple times a week. It contains glycolic and salicylic acids which “refine, brighten and renew” skin. It is a 75ml tube which is handy as it is between travel and full size, and a tiny pea-sized bit is enough for your whole face. My skin has felt a lot smoother since using this, and I really notice it when I haven’t used it in a while. It’s quite a lot more vigorous than previous exfoliators I’ve used in the past, so perhaps it is not the right product for really sensitive skin, but overall it is a great skin polish! Sold in Boots and Superdrug etc for £9.95.
3. The Cool Fix by Shaveworks
I got this sample product in the January birchbox. It claims to “treat ingrown hairs, razor bumps and redness” and I have to say it actually does what it says on the tin. I haven’t ever actually thought about looking into a product like this, previously relying on moisturizers to soothe skin. Having quite sensitive skin, this product is successful in reducing redness that you get after shaving – since using it I have had no redness at all. It has no stinging effect after application, it is really cooling and a little bit goes a long way. I would definitely consider buying the full size product after my sample bottle runs out. (156ml rrp £25 from retailers such as Space NK, Amazon etc.)
4. Lush Mask of Magnaminty
I love lush products and I find it really hard to go in there at the moment without spending ridiculous amounts on products that only last one use but I definitely have no regrets in buying this! It is a gooey green minty mask that you can use on your face and your body which claims to “fight eruptions and outbreaks” to “return your skin to tip top condition”. The best bit is the fact it is self-preserving, lasting about three months until expiry, which is unlike Lush’s other masks which only last about three weeks. It smells delicious, like peppermint, and it is really fun and satisfying to use. On application, it is a little bit stingy (not in an unpleasant way), and I usually take that as a sign that it is actually doing something to my skin. I was advised to leave it on about 10 minutes, and wash it off before it solidifies completely, otherwise it can be a bit too harsh on your skin. Doing facemasks is always a really fun thing to do when you want a bit of self-pampering, either on your own or with friends, and this is the perfect little pot to do it with. It is £5.50 for 125g and £9.95 for 315g, sold online here and obviously in all their shops!
5. Nip + Fab Detox Blend Body Lotion
This moisturiser is probably the best one I have used in a long time (bold statement) but I love it and I am fearing the day it runs out. It is the detox blend body lotion with “aromatic tea tree, green tea and jasmine fragrance”. It has a really fresh scent and it’s really light on application. I don’t think I have had a moisturiser with a pump before so that is probably why it’s such a revolution for me, but it makes it ten times easier to apply. As it’s on my desk I use it ALL the time – when my hands are feeling dry or before I apply my make up in the morning, as well as after the shower etc. The bottle is really attractive – probably the nicest of all the Nip + Fab products in my opinion. I also have the Yoga Blend and Energy Blast body lotions (the purple and yellow ones) which I picked up in the Superdrug January sales for 99p (!). I highly recommend this moisturiser, it ticks all the body lotion boxes. It is available on the Nip + Fab website for £8.99, but I think it’s also sold on Asos and in supermarkets where it’s often on offer!