Monday, 15 December 2014

Review: Makeup Revolution The One Foundation

I've been meaning to write this review for literally months but have kept forgetting to sit down and get on with it - I received a bottle of Makeup Revolution's The One Foundation in Shade 8 as part of a giveaway prize quite some time ago now and have been using it on and off ever since. This foundation claims to provide, "Revolutionary fusion technology • Adapts to skin tone and texture • Full coverage • Buildable • Matte finish."
Makeup Revolution The One Foundation Review
Presented in a black box with rose-gold type and a shade-signifying coloured strip at the top of the box, I think the packaging looks a lot more high-end than might be expected for the price tag! Within the box, the foundation is housed in a small plastic bottle with a black screw-cap and a small nozzle to make for easy dispensation of product. The formula of the foundation is very liquid, so much so that at first I thought it must have separated and I hadn't shaken it enough. Turns out that wasn't the case and it is just literally the runniest foundation I've ever used, by a long stretch! This makes it quite tricky to apply as it has a tendency towards running off my face before I've had chance to blend it in. However, it does blend well with the fingers, disappearing almost completely into the skin.
The One Foundation Makeup Rev
Makeup Revolution The One Foundation
I was pleasantly surprised by how good the coverage was from such a runny product; I'd call it medium-coverage but easily buildable due to how thin the consistency is - I can't imagine this ever going cakey or feeling too heavy on the skin. I was a little dubious about how good a match Shade 8 would be for me, given that I'm super pale, but it's actually only a touch too dark and works okay once well-blended; if I was to repurchase I'd go for Shade 6 or 7, though the lightest shade on the website is 2. It's a bit of a novelty for foundation to be too light for me and I have to admit I'm really impressed with the shade range for this product. Below, you can see the foundation alone on my skin before any concealer or powder, which should give an idea of the coverage it offers.
Makeup Revolution The One Foundation Shade 8
For me, one of the most important considerations in a foundation is longevity; I work as a carer so I'm constantly on my feet running round at work, without time for touch-ups, so I need a base that lasts well without fading, sliding or getting too shiny. I find this foundation pretty average in terms of lasting power; I always use a primer and set with a powder, and find that it lasts around four to five hours before there's a noticeable shine on my forehead and nose. The foundation doesn't appear to slide or go patchy which is always a winner, so for me this is a reasonably good base choice, and I'm happy with how well it lasts on my skin.
FOTD MR The One Foundation
[Products used: The Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser; Makeup Revolution The One Foundation in Shade 8; Soap & Glory Kick-Ass Concealer in 'Light'; Makeup Gallery Smoothly Does It Pressed Powder in '1 Translucent'; NARS Powder Blusher in 'Douceur'; MUA Pro Brow Kit; Makeup Revolution Redemption Iconic 3 Palette; Accessorize Volumising Mascara]
Priced at £4 for 29ml of product, The One Foundation is available in 16 shades from Makeup Revolution online; for the price, you could definitely do worse, and as far as I'm concerned this is a lovely affordable option - it offers decent, buildable coverage without going cakey and lasts reasonably well even on my oily skin. Have you tried The One Foundation? What are your favourite budget-friendly base products?


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Review: Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo

In my apparently never-ending quest for a shampoo which suits my oily scalp whilst not irritating my eczema-prone skin, I picked up a bottle of Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo, which claims to replenish moisture and add shine whilst being ideal for fine/limp hair - something I've always struggled to find in an SLS-free formula! I have to admit I had high hopes for this little number as whilst going SLS-free has inarguably helped my eczema, I really do struggle to go two days between washes as SLS-free shampoos in general just don't seem to be designed for oily hair.
Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Shampoo
"Discover the Polynesian secret of Pure Coconut Oil in Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo with Vitamin E. A natural blend of ingredients replenishes essential oils that have been stripped from hair that has been coloured, relaxed, pressed or over-styled. This gentle, daily formula moisturises and softens, adds shine, is for all hair types, and removes build-up."
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo
The shampoo comes in a white plastic squeezy bottle with a flip-cap which is pretty easy to use; the shampoo itself has a thick, white texture, and I found it reasonably easy to spread through wet hair. It also had a beautiful smell; I'm a massive lover of coconut and I really did enjoy this. I'd say I used an average amount of shampoo and, as always, shampooed twice before following up with a conditioner. Unfortunately, no matter how much I rinsed (and rinsed... and rinsed) my hair just did not feel clean after using this shampoo; it felt like a sticky residue was left behind. I tried using less shampoo but that just meant I wasn't able to work it through all of my hair. As well as feeling unpleasant, my hair was looking oily and in need of a wash more quickly than I think I'd ever experienced before - under a day. I've used this shampoo around four or five times now and I really can't see myself finishing it, which is a shame as I hate to waste product.
Palmer's Coconut SLS-free Shampoo Review
All in all, this just didn't live up to my expectations and I've been left pretty disappointed; despite smelling lovely, this shampoo didn't leave my hair feeling clean and it did absolutely nothing to help with it being a little on the limp side; if anything, it made things worse. I can't honestly say I'd recommend this to anyone and I certainly won't be buying it again. Have you ever tried Palmer's shampoo? Do you have any SLS-free shampoo recommendations for oily hair?


Saturday, 13 December 2014

Pastel Polka Hearts Phone Case*

I was recently offered a phone case by Mobile Madhouse, and given how ridiculously clumsy I am, it seemed like a good idea to accept the offer! I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, so I had a scroll through the selection on their site and eventually settled on this super-cute pastel polka hearts design*; I was sorely tempted by a couple of their more festive offerings but decided I'd get more use from something less season-specific! I received the case within a couple of days, and it was really easy to use - it literally just snaps onto the back of my phone, leaving it feeling much safer and more secure in my clumsy hands! There are cut-outs for the camera and flash, speaker, and the buttons on the sides, so it doesn't get in the way of using my phone easily. The printing of the design is good quality, the case feels secure on my phone and I'm confident it'll do a good job of keeping it safe for me.
Pastel Polka Hearts Phone Case
Mobile Madhouse Phone Case
Mobile Madhouse offer a pretty awesome range of phone cases and other accessories for a huge number of phone makes and models, so have a look and see if there's something for your phone! It's easy to search by brand, and there's also an option to create a personalised case by uploading a photo of your choice - which could make a really lovely Christmas gift for someone special if you get your skates on! I have the Caseflex Polka Hearts Pastel Case which is £9.99. Do you like to use a case on your phone? What sort of design do you prefer? Would you consider using a photo of your own on a case?

[*Product sent for review purposes. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own.]

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Festive Picks: Knitwear

Even I can no longer deny that Christmas is here, and one of my favourite things about Christmas is definitely a good ol' Christmas jumper! A bit of festive knitwear can go one of two ways; either it's classy and subtle, or it's hideously tacky - the tackier the better as far as I'm concerned. I won't be buying one this year as I already own two Christmas jumpers from previous years, and it doesn't really seem justifiable that 10% of my knitwear is Christmas-themed... That aside, here are some of my favourites this year, from the cute through to the downright absurd!!
Festive Picks: Knitwear
Grey Christmas Penguin Jumper, New Look, £14.50
Brit Snowflake Jumper, Boohoo, £20
Gingerbread Man Jumper, Matalan, £15
Hopefully you can see that I've put the pretty/cute ones in the top row, and the more garish ones in the bottom row... But I would basically wear all of these if I didn't have to somehow fit them into my drawers for the rest of the year! What are your views on Christmas jumpers? Would you wear one? Which is your favourite from this little selection?


Friday, 5 December 2014

Six Mini Reviews #10: Urban Veda, LUSH, Clarins & more

I've been on a bit of a mission lately to make a bit more of a dent in my stash of samples, meaning I've got another six used up already! I love beauty samples as an opportunity to try new things that I mightn't otherwise, and discover what works well for me and what doesn't, without having to shell out for the full-sized product. There are a couple of products in this selection that I'd happily buy again in the future - read on to find out which!
Six Mini Beauty Reviews #10 Clarins Lush Urban Veda Avene
Urban Veda Neem & Botanics Daily Purifying Facial Wash I'm not 100% certain where this sample came from but it was a generously-sized 30ml tube which lasted me a couple of weeks of daily use. The gorgeous minty fragrance and slight tingly sensation upon application made this perfect for a morning cleanse, doing a great job of waking me up and removing any oil and dirt which had accumulated overnight. At £7.99 for 150ml, this is an affordable product and definitely one I'll consider buying in full-size, once I've used up all my sample-sized face washes.
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer I can't remember where I came by this mini-sized pot of magic, but I do know it does a bloomin' good job of smoothing out enlarged pores and fine lines, providing a beautifully smooth base for foundation. At £26 for 15g of product, this isn't something I can afford to invest in at the moment but it's definitely one I'd like to buy again in the future!
LUSH New Charity Pot Hand Cream I picked this 10g trial-sized pot up whilst making a purchase in my local LUSH store, at just £1 I couldn't really say no, especially when it's for a good cause! I really enjoyed the scent but somehow my skin didn't; rather than feeling soothing and hydrating on my hands, like a hand cream should, I got a kind of burning sensation, and very little relief from the dryness and itchiness I'm applying hand cream to treat. I wanted to love it but unfortunately this just isn't for me. A full-sized 95g pot will set you back £6.95, whilst 240g is £12.95.
Eau Thermale Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser I think I received this as part of a giveaway win a few months back, and have to say I've not been hugely impressed with it. Whilst it sounds good in theory, allowing for cleansing and/or make-up removal without the use of water which can dry the skin out, I didn't feel like my skin was left clean after using it. If it sounds like your sort of thing, a 200ml bottle is £8.
Sk:n Vitamin-Rich Cleanser for Oily Skin Another product I unfortunately wasn't impressed by, I found the scent of this cleansing gel really off-putting, and the product itself seemed to leave my skin feeling slightly sticky even after rinsing and rinsing. This is supposed to remove dead skin and clear the pores, but I can't say I really noticed much difference in my skin, although only having got around a week's use from it I wouldn't expect to. Not for me, despite my high hopes given its claims of suiting oily skins well. This is pretty pricey at £16.75 for 200ml.
English Laundry For Her Signature Eau de Parfum A Birchbox sample, this creamy, musky scent was right up my street and one I really enjoyed wearing. I'll admit it's not my usual sort of perfume choice but nonetheless I loved it, although I don't see myself shelling out £60 for a 50ml bottle any time in the near future!
So those are my six samples, definitely a couple to consider for the future with the Urban Veda Cleanser and the Clarins primer, and a couple I'm glad to have tried if only to rule out full-sized products. Have you tried any of these? How do you go about using up your beauty samples?


Thursday, 4 December 2014

Festive Picks: Make-Up & Nail Polish Gift Sets

I mentioned a few days back that I'm not planning on doing gift guides this year as such, but will instead be sharing some of my favourite sets in a few categories; in other words, the gift sets I'm sorely tempted to gift myself with this Christmas! You can see my skincare gift set picks here, and today I'm sharing the make-up and nail polish sets which are topping my wish list at the moment.
Festive Picks: Makeup Gift Sets
Models Own Luxe Nail Polish Collection, £10 | I will admit to having picked this set up for myself, I just couldn't resist; not only do you get four full-sized Models Own nail polishes from the Diamond Luxe collection, the set also includes nail art striping tape and a double-ended cuticle pusher, all for the price of two polishes! Shades included are 'Asscher Blue', 'Radiant Pink', 'Trillion Taupe' and 'Carat Coral'.
Soap & Glory The Perfect 10 Palette, £16 | This isn't a gift set by any stretch of the imagination and I don't know why Boots seem to think it is, but nonetheless it looks like a lovely selection of eyeshadow shades and I'd really love to find this nestled beneath the tree on Christmas morning. There is no argument to be made for me needing more eyeshadow palettes (seriously, I have way too many) but it's just so pretty. It's kind of reminiscent of the Urban Decay Naked palettes at a much more purse-friendly price point.
Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Double-Ended Eye Pencil Gift Set, £27 | I've heard so many good things about Urban Decay's 24/7 eye pencils that this set of eight shades is pretty irresistible. I absolutely love the look of 'LSD' and 'Tornado', which isn't available elsewhere - always a key player in increasing desirability.
Laura Mercier Mini Caviar Stick Eye Colour Collection, £38 | I've actually never tried any Laura Mercier products but I absolutely love the look of her Caviar Sticks; I'm a fan of anything that comes in crayon form, and this set includes six beautiful shades to try out, for less than the price of two of the full-sized crayons - a bargain if ever I heard of one. Space.NK are actually currently sold out of this set, which is probably for the best as far as my bank balance is concerned...
Bobbi Brown Warm Glow Christmas Eye Palette, £59 | Okay, so the price is pretty eye-watering and again, strictly speaking this isn't really a set, but it is an absolutely delectable palette! All nine shades are absolutely beautiful and looking at it is genuinely giving me butterflies, it's just so gorgeous. The lovely faux-croc case is just the perfect finishing touch to an altogether dreamy palette. Seriously, I think I'm in love.
ArtDeco Tribal Chic Blusher Set, £25 | Again, ArtDeco isn't a brand I've tried anything from in the past, but this blusher is absolutely stunning, and the inclusion of the brush just seals the deal for me really! Seriously, how beautiful is the compact?! And the design on the blusher itself is no less gorgeous. What a beaut.
So, are any of these sets on your Christmas list this year? Which is your favourite? Any other sets you'd add? You can also check out my pick of this year's skincare gift sets, if you're interested! If anyone would like to donate any of these to an extremely worthy cause (me!), there would be no complaints at all... Just saying.


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Bourjois Base

I recently picked up a few bits and pieces from Bourjois as I was feeling like I'd woefully under-tried the brand, owning just one cream blusher; for the past few weeks, I've been trying out their Happy Light Matte Serum Primer and their 123 Perfect CC Cream. Below you can see how I've been getting on as well as a few photos of the products in action!
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream & Happy Light Matte Serum Primer
I'd actually never been interested in trying CC creams until I received a sample of Supergoop! in a Birchbox a couple of months ago and realised they offered much more coverage than I'd expected. Looking for a more budget-friendly option than the Supergoop! I decided Bourjois was worth a try. Long-term blog readers will know that I'm in a constant battle with my oily skin and will try pretty much anything that claims to mattify or improve make-up longevity.
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer
The Happy Light Matte Serum Primer claims to, "Mattify the complexion in any light • Airbrush action for minimised pores." I like the packaging, with the pump making for easy and hygienic use, though I can't help thinking you don't get much product for your money! I've found that I need quite a lot of product per usage, around two pumps for my whole face, though that does give a nice smooth base for the CC Cream or other foundations, and my pores do appear minimised. In terms of mattifying, though, I've been kinda disappointed. Admittedly this is aimed at normal to combination skin, whilst mine is definitely on the oily end of the spectrum, but I've been really disappointed with the fact that my face appears shiny after only an hour or two of wear, even with powder to set my foundation or CC cream.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream
I picked up the 123 Perfect CC Cream in the shade 'Ivory', which is the lightest of the four available shades; I think four shades is a pretty impressive range for a product like this as they do claim to adapt somewhat to your individual skintone. Personally, I've found that 'Ivory' is a good match for my fair skin, and it doesn't appear to oxidise through the day. I'd say the coverage is medium but buildable, though I do still tend to use concealer over any blemishes; the formula contains three pigments which supposedly hide fatigue, redness and dark spots. I find that it's effective in brightening my skin and neutralising redness, though I don't really suffer from dark spots so I'm not very well placed to comment on that one. The SPF15 is a bonus for me as I'm truly dreadful at remembering to apply sunscreen, so every little helps as far as I'm concerned!
Bourjois CC Cream FOTD
I Heart Passion EOTD
[Products used: Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum; Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream; Natural Collection Loose Powder in 'Cool Translucent'; Bourjois Blusher in 'Cendre de Rose Brune'; MUA Pro Brow Kit; Makeup Revolution I Heart Passion Palette; Accessorize Volumising Mascara]
Bourjois Happy Light Matte Serum Primer is priced at £10.99 for 15ml, whilst the 123 Perfect CC Cream is £9.99 for 30ml, available in a choice of four shades. Whilst I've been disappointed with the primer and won't be repurchasing, it might be worth a try if your skin falls more onto the "normal" part of the spectrum. Meanwhile, I've been really impressed with the CC cream and can see myself repurchasing in the future! Have you tried either of these products? What Bourjois products would you recommend I try? What do you think of Bourjois as a brand?


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Empties: November 2014

I'd like to clarify here and now; the last day of November is still not an acceptable time to start putting up Christmas trees. IT'S NOVEMBER. Cue the usual general sentiments of the month having gone far too quickly, the year nearly being over, et cetera... Seriously, though, what has happened to 2014?!! November has been a pretty awesome month for me, all told; I went for an interview for a voluntary position which will be amazing experience for what I want to do, and was successful, so I'll be starting that in the New Year once all the paperwork is completed. I've been put in touch with a potential full-time position that will be opening up soon, which sounds absolutely incredible. I can successfully execute a three-point turn (or "turn in the road using forward and reverse gears" as it's now called) and reverse round a corner (I'm learning to drive, in case that wasn't obvious...) Everything is starting to feel like it's coming together, which is nice. ANYHOW, enough rambles, here are my empties for November!
November 2014 Beauty EMpties
November Beauty Empties 2014
The Body Shop Papaya Body Butter It's no secret that I love The Body Shop's body butters and this fruity little number was no exception; it smells beautiful and worked well at keeping my skin soft and hydrated after a shower. These butters are an absolute staple for me and I tend to stock up when they're on offer as they're quite expensive otherwise!
Repurchase? Yes.
Natural Collection Loose Powder This is an absolute bargain at just £1.99 and it works as well as any powder I've ever tried in terms of setting my base and keeping my skin matte-ish for a fair few hours. My skin is super-oily so I don't expect a permanent matte finish from any product, but teamed with a decent primer this works really well for me.
Repurchase? Already have.
AEOS Gentle Exfoliant Blue This was a giveaway win and I have to say I was pretty disappointed with it; it smelt kind of off-putting, and the texture was weird. It seemed to be mostly a gel-cream with the occasional exfoliating bead, which didn't really feel like it was doing much to exfoliate my skin. Altogether not a winner for me!
Repurchase? No.
The Body Shop Shea Lip Butter I really like The Body Shop's lip butters as they're so nourishing and they smell absolutely gorgeous! A little goes such a long way as well, to the point where I think this pot has lasted around two years. I'm in the habit of slapping a bit of this on morning and evening, and find it works really well to keep my lips soft and smooth, and free of cracks.
Repurchase? I already have a back-up in a different scent, so I think I'm set for a couple more years!
November Beauty Blog Empties
Boots Cotton Wool Pads An entirely unexciting product but one of life's essentials, these work pretty nicely for removing eye makeup, applying toner, and removing nail polish. There isn't much more to be said, is there?
Repurchase? Probably, although I tend to just pick up cotton pads at random.
The Body Shop Seaweed Clarifying Night Treatment I really enjoyed using this lightweight hydrating gel as part of my evening skincare routine, finding it to leave my skin feeling smooth and hydrated without being greasy or sticky. I also really like the packaging of this with the pump making for easy, hygienic product dispensation.
Repurchase? Maybe; I have a few samples and other products to use up before I need to buy a new night cream.
Dr Organic+ Rose Otto Shampoo I really enjoyed the delicate scent of this shampoo and found that this bottle lasted me ages - around seven weeks I think! It did leave my hair feeling clean but maybe not for as long as I'd like, so I probably wouldn't repurchase this particular shampoo, but I would like to try some other Dr Organic+ products as the brand really intrigues me. The fact that the products are SLS-free is a definite bonus for me and my eczema-prone skin.
Repurchase? Maybe, though not this variant.
REN Mayblossom T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel I'm in two minds on this product; on the one hand, it's a perfectly nice cleansing gel, but on the other I felt a little underwhelmed by it, as I often seem to with REN products. Maybe I'm just expecting too much, but I didn't feel that it did anything to control my excessively oily t-zone, and given its name I don't think that was too much to ask? It's not a bad product but for the price, I'd hope for a little more wow factor!
Repurchase? No.
So, there they are! Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? How has your November been?


Friday, 28 November 2014

Review: OGX Renewing Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner

Recently I've been trying out some new haircare products, leading me to pick up these trial-sized bottles of OGX's Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner in Boots a few weeks ago. OGX used to be called Organix and I have tried some of their products in the past, but not for a couple of years, so I wasn't sure what to expect with these little blue bottles. "A unique, precious blend of Argan Oil of Morocco, which rapidly penetrates the hair shaft, restoring shine and softness while strengthening and creating soft, seductive, silky perfection."
OGX Renewing Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Review
I really like the bottles; they're unusual in shape and striking in colour, and they look nice in my bathroom. I have a slight complaint in that the shampoo and conditioner bottles are basically identical, meaning I regularly pick up the wrong one, but as long as I remember to read the bottle before squeezing a handful out, that's okay! The shampoo is quite a thick gel texture which is light golden-brown in colour; I always shampoo twice but have found that I need much less shampoo than I'm used to using, to get a really nice lather which leaves my hair feeling properly clean. The conditioner is a creamy texture, again golden-brown in colour, which spreads easily through the ends of my hair and feels like it's being absorbed really well. I've noticed in the fortnight or so I've been using this duo, my hair has felt so much softer than before and really silky and smooth to the touch, which is lovely. My hair usually becomes oily really quickly, so much so that although I wash it every other day, it's often looking pretty horrible after one day and I'm utterly dependent upon dry shampoo! This duo seems to have helped with that a little and I've been managing much more easily to go two days between washes without feeling like I look a mess, which has really impressed me. I really would strongly recommend this duo for those with oily roots, although it isn't stripping in any way so I also think it would be lovely for pretty much any hair type. My only misgiving is the fact that both the shampoo & the conditioner contain silicons, which have a tendency to lead to me getting spots on my back and shoulders, so I'll have to see how I go in that respect.
OGX Argan Oil Review
OGX Shampoo & Conditioner Argan Oil of Morocco
Being SLS-free means this duo should be ideal for my sensitive, eczema-prone skin and although I've been suffering a little flare-up recently which I'm putting down to the change in the weather, it's easing back now so I don't think these are to blame. OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo & Conditioner are priced at £6.99 each for 385ml of product, available from Boots, where there are often offers available to save you a little bit of cash. They're a little bit pricier than other options but they're pretty big bottles for the price and a little goes a long way so I'd see them lasting well. I'll definitely be buying the full-sized bottles once I've finished these off! Have you ever tried any OGX products? Any recommendations for other product ranges I need to try?


Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Festive Picks: Skincare Gift Sets

I've decided I won't be doing the Christmas gift guide thing this year; let's be honest, I don't know anyone on your list as well as you do and anyone can Google gift sets or browse through department store offers for inspiration. Instead, I'll be sharing my top picks this year; a few gifts sets I'd be more than thrilled to unwrap come Christmas morning. With Debenhams currently offering 10% off beauty, that seems a good a place as any to start if you did fancy picking any of these sets up for yourself or someone special!
Festive Picks: Skincare Giftsets
Origins Super Star Minis, £35 (currently £31.50 at Debenhams) | As a huge fan of Origins products, this set of seven mini-sized products would be an absolute dream to receive; I've tried some of the products included but others are new to me, and as I don't have any Origins skincare at the moment (sob!) I'd be super pleased to unwrap this little set, including their much-loved Clear Improvement charcoal face mask and High Potency Night-A-Mins cream amongst others.
L'Occitane Hand Cream Trio, £22 (currently £19.80 at Debenhams) | Containing their ever-popular Shea Butter hand cream along with a tube each of Cherry Blossom and Lavender, this is a beautiful set for anyone who's a lover of a good hand cream; I personally love L'Occitane's hand creams as they're super-hydrating and work really well, without feeling greasy or sticky on the skin. As an added bonus, this trio is presented in a beautiful box making it the ideal gift purchase.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Gift Set, £42 (currently £37.80 at Debenhams) | Confession time; I've never tried Elizabeth Arden's cult favourite Eight Hour Cream. This set, consisting of the original cream in full-size alongside an SPF version, a hand cream, a body cream and a full-sized lip balm, looks like the perfect introduction to the range at an affordable price.
Clarins Skincare Heroes Gift Set, £25 (currently £22.50 at Debenhams) | Clarins is another brand I have limited experience with, and this set of minis consists of a few products I'd be keen to try. The Beauty Flash Balm is a bit of a classic, whilst I love the sound of the Exfoliating Body Scrub and Moisture-Rich Body Lotion.
Kiehl's Skincare Heroes Gift Set, £36 (currently £32.40 at Debenhams) | I'm aware I'm running the risk of sounding a little repetitive here, but Kiehl's is yet another brand I've never tried and always heard good things about; in particular, I'd love to try their Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which is included in this set alongside 30ml bottles of Ultra Facial Cleanser and Moisturiser. The best part is, the Midnight Recovery Concentrate alone is £36, so you're essentially getting two products for free here!
Are there any skincare gift sets you've got your eye on this year? Are you prone to a little treat or two for yourself amongst your Christmas shopping, whilst all these amazing value sets are available? Just me!?