Rimmel Wonder’full Mascara – Review

wonderfulblack_product

I have a love-hate relationship with this mascara. I bought it a few months ago from Boots for £7.99. What really persuaded me to try this was the added Argan oil in the formula.

IMG_2879

The mascara wand is the plastic kind and it has lots of spiky bristles on it. This brush allows the wand to pick up all the tiny little lashes, coat them in mascara and avoid clumps. The formula for this  mascara is incredibly creamy probably because of the argan oil. It doesn’t weight down my lashes and they feel soft to the touch. It find that it dries quite quickly and the finish is a nice black colour. However I do find that if I apply a second coat I can get some flaking/ fall out.

I LOVE the results I get with this mascara. It really picks up the little lashes, separates them and gives volume at the base making it look like I’m wearing eyeliner. There is a bit of lengthening with this mascara but not a lot of volume which makes it  great for everyday use.

rimmel

Now onto the negatives. If you follow my blog you’ll know that I have oily lids and this mascara doesn’t hold up over a long period of time. The 12 hour picture above is after I went to the gym and you can see some smudging on the outside corner, also throughout the day the mascara kept flaking.

Removal of the product is very easy, just some hot water will take it off. It smudges so you will need to use an oil-based remover to clean the residue.

I’m coming to the end of this tube and whilst I love how it makes my lashes look I won’t be repurchasing it. If Rimmel come out with a waterproof formula I will snap it up without batting an eyelid (see what I did there haha!).

Jay x

Aussie Miracle Dry Shampoo Mega Instant – Review

10180146

It’s Wednesday today, I last washed my hair on Sunday. This morning my hair was looking a little bit greasy so I tried this dry shampoo from Aussie. I bought a massive 180ml can from Boots for £4.99.

This dry shampoo is different to others I’ve used. When I spray it, it doesn’t coat my hair with the powdery white stuff that dry shampoo normally does. Instead it comes out exactly like a hairspray. In fact it makes my hair a little bit wet. Once brushed through it does a good job of absorbing extra oil and giving a bit of life back to my hair. Also the smell is really nice just like all Aussie products.

On one hand I like this dry shampoo as it smells good and does the job of absorbing oil. On the other hand I’m not a fan of the hairspray feel to this, some may feel it is has too much silicone/ stickiness to it. It’s a decent product for sure but I think I’ll try a different one next time.

What’s your favourite drugstore dry shampoo? Comment below and let me know 🙂

Jay x

Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate – Review

IMG_2722

Taken from the Lancome website: “Want glowing skin in 7 days? Here’s your answer in a bottle. This innovative serum soaks into skin, targeting the 10 key signs of youth: texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone, and clarity, with noticeable results in just 7 days. Advanced Génifique is the perfect first step after cleansing to reveal smoother, more radiant skin for all ages, ethnicities, and skin types. With an exclusive self-loading dropper, Génifique delivers the ideal dosage to bring back the light into your skin”.

I bought a 20ml bottle of this serum from Feel Unique for £29.00. I’ve been using this serum daily morning and night for two weeks now and I feel as though I have used the product long enough to give you my informed opinion on it.

Packaging : I like the packaging of this product, the glass bottle feels very luxurious and looks great on my vanity. The bottle comes with a dropper that dispenses just the right amount of serum for your face and neck. Because the bottle is made of glass it may make travelling with it difficult.

IMG_2720

Formulation: This serum has a couple of good ingredients in it like Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid- skin moisturiser), Adenosine (helps defend skin against free radical damage by aiding antioxidants) and Ascorbyl Glucoside (Vitamin C). There are some bad ingredients in this product too. There is alcohol in this serum which for me is a major no-no in skin care. Citronellol (fragrance) and Parfum. These three ingredients have the potential to damage and irritate your skin if used over a long term period.

IMG_2719

Texture and appearance: The appearance of this serum is an almost clear liquid. The texture starts of like a normal serum but once you rub it between your palm it melts into a watery consistency. This means that it absorbs very quickly into the skin and feels very light with no sticky feeling afterwards. It has a very smooth finish which I suspect is due to the presence of Dimethicone in the formula.

IMG_2721

Smell: I can’t quite place my finger on the fragrance, it just has that “serum smell”. Either way there is added Parfum/Fragrance in this product making it unsuitable for sensitive skin. Not sure why Lancome added fragrance in this product as it serves no purpose!

Results: The first time I used this product I woke up with brighter skin overnight. However this brightening effect stopped after the first few days and it went back to looking dull. Unfortunately as this has such a light texture I didn’t feel it was hydrating enough. Furthermore it caused a small breakout on my left cheek and chin, I suspect this is due to the perfume or alcohol in the formula. I didn’t notice any plumping of the skin or improvement in fine lines.

Overall verdict: This serum gets a thumbs down from me I’m afraid. I’m trying to cut down on fragranced products as they can cause long term damage to the skin. Also the alcohol in the formula puts me off using it again. Whilst this did cause an immediate overall brightening effect there were no longer term effects that outweight the potential damage the bad ingredients could cause. I would say that the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair trumps this serum by far.

Jay x