Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Reviewette: Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream

I'm here with another little reviewette of a sample I used up a couple of weeks ago. There are many full reviews of this well-known and well-loved product from people who bought the full sized product but I'll give my best thoughts on this product that I used for a week or so.

productinfo 

Brand: Mizon
Name: All in One Snail Repair Cream
Price: $20-$40

This snail cream contains 92% snail mucin extract to help with skin repair, firmness and gives extra moisture and nutrition to skin. It has no parabens, artificial colours or scents.
packaging
Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream Packaging
The sample packaging reflects the full size product packaging. It has a brown and white colour scheme that harks of all natural goodness.
The full size product is a plastic tub that looks like amber glass. The lid is black. It reminds me of old fashioned apothecary bottles that are dark as not to let the sunlight break down the product and ruin it.

The packaging is okay, I guess. It's not cute but it has a natural look to it that appeals to a certain market. 
application
Mizon All in One Snail Repair Cream Swatch
The cream is inbetween a gel and cream texture - it's lightweight, spreads and absorbs easily with no greasy feel or residue. However, due to the lighter texture, I didn't feel like this was enough for my dry skin and would have to use another heavier moisturiser afterwards for the extra moisture.
mythoughts
So many people rave about this cream but to be honest, it's a bit so-so for me. The texture and feel is too lightweight for my dry skin and it didn't have many other benefits for me either so I'd rather buy something else I'd get better use from. However, if you have combination or oily skin, this may be just what your skin needs and you can agree with the hoards of other people who love this product! But for my needs, this only gets two stars out of five for me.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

I'm 20 Now!

*Listening to: The Smallest Thing in the World by Lullatone*

Hi everyone! Yesterday it was my birthday! I turned 20...which means I left my teenage years behind now and am 'in my twenties' - scary! I still feel like I'm 16 but you know what they say: You're as young as you feel! For a couple of months I am now in the same age bracket as my boyfriend...that is until May when he turns 30 haha. Wow, 20 and 30 seem so mature and experienced but we're exactly the same as when we first met, back when I was 15 and he was 25. Calm down everyone, we started dating when I was 16 so no need to call the fuzz!

Anyway, Tuesdays are a pretty boring day to have a birthday on...and I'm away at Animanga Pop, a convention all the way down in Plymouth this weekend to trade as 8th Sin Creations so I couldn't do anything for my birthday then either! So yesterday was pretty much a normal day other than me throwing out 'You gotta be nice to me, it's my birthday!' every five minutes...I got up, opened my cards (no presents, only money haha...not that I'm complaining!) and made myself up to go into town. I did special 'birthday makeup' that was pink and purple eyeshadow with red lipstick...sounds like a hot mess but it wasn't, I think it looked pretty! See for yourself!

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I curled my hair for a 'special treat' and headed out into town for...going to the bank (gotta cash in my birthday money!), Poundland and I treated myself to a bubble tea!

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After that I met my boyfriend at his shop and we decided what we wanted to eat for my 'special birthday tea' - I decided I wanted to make katsu curry with tonkatsu (fried breaded pork steaks) so he gave me the money (keeps me well heh heh) and I headed off to grab the ingredients.

When we got home I phoned my relatives to thank them for their cards and money, played on my laptop for a little bit before making the curry and because it's my birthday, I got to decide what we watched! >:D We watched the first half of Hellboy before we got interrupted by another relative phoning so we saved the second part for tonight.

It was a quiet, normal day but the little things mentioned above made it feel nice. Rob paid for a concert ticket for me to go see Cradle of Filth this Monday in London and my mum paid for my Kyary Pamyu Pamyu ticket for April so I did technically get some presents! And experiences make better memories, which remain forever. *vomits*

Here, have a couple more pictures of my face! I burned my neck on my curling wand so that's what the red splotch is...it touched my neck for literally less than second (why would it ever touch for more than that?) and already took the skin off. Now it's scabbed over and I keep catching it. D: It really hurt! *battle scar*

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So this weekend I will be down in Plymouth...technically Penryn as that's where my friend lives, who I'm staying with for the weekend! Then I'm off to London on Monday to stay with my friend Jessica, wear big boots and stomp around to silly uber-Goth music. What do you do for your birthday? Thanks for reading~!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Review: E45 Intense Recovery Lotion

*Listening to: Menuetto by Sopor Aeternus*

Hello my dear readers! I'm back after a short hiatus of transferring all my blog images to Flickr rather than Photobucket so here is a short review I've had sitting in my drafts for a while!
productinfo 

Brand: E45
Name: Intense Recovery Lotion
Price: Around £4-£5.99
Where to buy: Boots, Amazon UK, Superdrug

E45 is well known for their skincare products that are good for sensitive skin and skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis. Their products are usually fragrance free as not to aggravate sensitive skin. E45's Intense Recovery Lotion is fragrance free, comes in a 400ml bottle full-sized and promises to lock moisture into your skin, has a non-greasy formula and makes skin silky smooth and soft.
packaging
E45 Intense Recovery Lotion Packaging
E45's most used colours are white and blue with a splash of red. Their sample packaging shows it and the full size product looks pretty much exactly the same:
Because I'm spoilt with cute Asian packaging, I find E45's packaging very boring and bland but it does have a certain 'cosmeceutical' look to it that can be appealing if you need the benefits and consumer market.
application
E45 Intense Recovery Lotion Swatch
The lotion is very lightweight and non-greasy. It spreads easily and absorbs into skin fast. I used it as a regular moisturiser for a while; I got three samples in the mail so I squeezed it into a small pot and it gave me about 2 weeks usage.

It didn't make my skin any drier and no dry, scaly patches showed up but it wasn't quite as moisturising as I like. My skin felt quite soft and smooth when using this but it didn't feel powdery soft, plump and firm like other creams do.
mythoughts
If you have particularly sensitive but not very dry skin, I feel like this lotion will be very good for you. It's very inoffensive and does its job well but I prefer something more moisturising. This lotion is designed to be the most basic lotion your skin can have; it has no frills or fancy beneficial ingredients as it needs to be the best for many skin types. I'm quite thankful that my skin isn't as picky as it could be so I can enjoy other moisturisers that make my skin feel lovely. I wouldn't buy this lotion but it did its job so I'll give it 4 out of 5.