Reviews of the Month – August 2014

From the best balanced amber fragrance around to a beautifully nourishing balm cleanser, you’ve scored some real beauty finds this month. Take a look at our favourite customer reviews of the month…


Ruum’s review of the Lab Series Shave Razor Burn Relief Ultra 

I picked this up recently as I was looking for a better aftershave product. Admittedly, Lab Series advertise this as a razor burn relief lotion. I am always cautious of the phrase ‘lotion’ as that tends to suggest something alcohol-based, which my face usually protests against.

I was pleasantly surprised though to see that this product is free of oil, does not have a significant or harmful amount of alcohol and really is gentle on the skin. I suffer from a dry/oil combination skin problem resulting in sensitivity, but also ingrown hairs (razor bumps). After just one wearing with this product, I have managed to get a clearer complexion overall, so I am very happy with this purchase.

I am really keen on the long term benefits of using this soap and indeed seeing how it works when paired with certain shaving soaps and creams. Nonetheless, at first glance, this product is well deserved of a big thumbs up and will urge all readers to at least try this product out if they have certain skin conditions/issues.


Danaki’s review of Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan Eau de Parfum

This is probably the best ‘balanced’ amber I have tried, and so I bought it and I love it. I’m wearing it right now as I write this. Its beauty is the soft humming amber that sits close to the skin, ebbing and flowing as I move. Its intelligence lies in its balance – not too sweet but warm, not too salty but herbaceous and exacting in the olfactory message it wants to send across.

As the weather cools this is the perfect scent. It is influenced by the Middle Eastern tradition but in its soft and radiant, a real beauty.


SiriLovise’s review of Guerlain KISSKISS Shaping Cream Lipstick 

There are several kinds of kisses, but the prettiest ones are made by Guerlain. Indeed, with their revamped Kiss Kiss they’ve reinvented the idea of the French Kiss.

The new edition is encased in a sleek, black tube, like a little jewel in your purse. I honestly haven’t timed longevity on these, because I just want to pull them out again and again to reapply and stare at the glossy little gem in my hand. And I reapply frequently. Not because of fading, but because I work in an extremely dry environment, but this little gorgeous renders my lip-balm redundant. It’s very hydrating, and I’ve actually gone through whole days using only the Kiss Kiss for moisturising my lips.

The subtly glossy formula evens out the appearance of my lip’s surface, smoothing over any sins, while at the same time allows for a precise application. If, like me, you only rarely wear lip-liner, the Kiss Kiss will be your new best friend. Also, the formula is never thick or heavy, even when layered.

As for colour, the range should have a little treat for everyone – whether you prefer a nude lip, a sheer red, a berry stain or a deep plum, there’s a shade for every kiss.


Lydia36’s review of the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Back in November when I delved into the world of decent skincare and bought the REN Clear Calm 3 Clarifying Cleanser I also purchased the REN Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm. I was planning on investing in the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm however as I had no experience with cleansing balms I thought trying out something a little cheaper first would be the wisest idea.

I wanted this cleanser as a contrast for my clay cleanser – I was looking for something that would nourish my skin after the clay cleanser had clarified it. This cleanser certainly does that, it’s a lovely thick balm that begins to melt once massaged into the skin and feels very luxurious on the skin. Once water is added it starts to emulsify and turns into a more creamy/milky texture which is nice and easy to remove. I tend to remove my eye make-up with a micellar water before going in with this cleanser as if you get it in your eye it stings like crazy but that’s the only negative I’ve found.

This cleanser is fantastic at nourishing the skin and prevents annoying dry patches very well, at £23.00 it is fairly expensive however due to the fact I use a small pea of this a few times a week as a boost to my skin it will last a while.


GratefulGran’s review of the Mason Pearson Pure Boar Bristle Brush Sensitive

I’ve had one of these brushes for years and have now bought one for my little granddaughter. She had tried mine and said “It doesn’t hurt, Grandma!”. The brush is easy on the scalp, but gets right through even thick hair. My granddaughter’s hair is looking much healthier since she started using it. They are more expensive than many brushes you can buy, but very durable and worth the extra.


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