Quickfire Beauty Reviews..

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I wanted to just whizz through a few things that have impressed me recently, beauty-wise. This was going to be a “budget buys” kind of post, but then I realised that a few of the products weren’t even under a tenner, so not so budget after all! Nevertheless, I think that they are all good value for money and perform well. Here we go with some quick-fire beauty reviews:

1) I’ve mentioned the Pai Sample Set a few times now but after a long weekend away during which I relied solely on my Pai skincare (plus an SPF!) I have to say that I’m even more impressed. Everything was very soothing and calming – the only way they could improve this set would be to have a mini vial of the Age Confidence or Rosehip oil! You can find out more about the sample set here.

2) Vichy’s LiftActiv seems to be a pretty nice eye cream – very moisturising but not heavy in the slightest. I get loads of requests for light-but-effective undereye treatments that aren’t too expensive and I think that this one fits the bill quite nicely – it costs £22.25 at Escentual.com

3) JASON Lightening Vitamin K cream: this is a brightening, anti-dark-spot treatment but I haven’t yet given it a proper test. It’s a yellow cream that feels thick upon application but then smoothes out very quickly and easily. I feel that it has an almost cooling effect upon the skin, but that could be because I’m continually HOT sitting in front of my computer all day! I love that this cream is in a pump-action bottle and also that it has ingredients included to help with redness and irritation – it certainly feels quite soothing. I bought mine at FeelUnique.com here. You get 57g for £18.50, which isn’t bad at all.

4) Dr Lewinn’s Renunail – recently re-discovered and getting lots of use. Along with my Imedeen it’s giving me nails of steel! You can read my full review here.

5) Bourjois Cream Blush – still right up there with my favourite makeup products this summer. It’s a fab little thing to keep in your handbag! Read the full review here.

6) Burt’s Bees Beeswax Hand Cream – love the jar with the tin lid, love the almond scent and love how soft my hands are in the morning after an overnight helping of this! Some might hate the waxy finish, but I’d say it’s worth suffering the grease if you want to really soften up those hands! This is a brilliant one for protecting your skin in the garden or in cold weather.. Find it here – it’s £8.50 with free delivery.

7) The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Lip Balm: adding some hi-shine glamour to any bronzed summer look. I’ll be honest, it was the packaging that got me – it’s like a little plastic beehive! £6 at The Body Shop

8) Tisserand De-Stress Luxury Bath Oil. I find this one to be particularly effective when I’m having one of my “moments” – a little time to unwind in the bath is never a bad thing. I like the Tisserand oils, they seem to be really good quality but at a reasonable price. True, there’s no luxury packaging or be-ribboned bottle-neck, but I find that makes me all the more generous with my pouring… It’s £8.50 for 100ml here

9) Super Facialist Calming Creamy Cleanser by Una Brennan: I find myself reaching for this more and more. It’s just a very gentle, calming cleanser and it’s totally affordable. If you’ve dry skin then you might like to give this a try – it leaves your face clean but not tight – but I have combination and find it perfect for me also. It costs £7.99 from Boots.com

10) Another Burt’s Bees product – this one’s great for the summer months. The Aloe and Buttermilk body lotion for sensitive skin is soothing and light, so brilliant for keeping your skin soft and supple after the beach or pool. I think that the smell is lovely, too – very milky and soft and comforting! It’s £8.50 (that’s the third thing for £8.50 – must be a trend!) with free delivery from FeelUnique.com

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  1. cathy
    July 11, 2013 / 6:58 am

    hi ruth – off topic question, do you think its ok to clean a mascara wand with boiled hot water? bottled -so no chlorine or anything from tap. im just afraid i might introduce bacteria from the water into my mascara if i were to clean the wand that way

    • RuthCrilly
      July 11, 2013 / 9:56 am

      Yes, boiled hot water sounds like a great idea! x

    • RuthCrilly
      July 11, 2013 / 9:56 am

      Let me know how you get on? x

  2. Holly
    July 11, 2013 / 8:15 am

    The luxury bath oil sounds lovely, I will definitely be on the lookout for it!

    Holly xxx

    • RuthCrilly
      July 11, 2013 / 9:56 am

      It’s really good. x

  3. Hannah
    July 11, 2013 / 9:29 am

    A bit off topic, but what is your skincare routine like after exercising?

    • RuthCrilly
      July 11, 2013 / 9:56 am

      Cleansing gel used with water and then a light, light moisturiser or moisture gel x

  4. July 11, 2013 / 11:38 am

    I have the honey and grapeseed hand cream and the milk and honey body lotion from Burt’s Bees. Both really nice. I’ve used up my Pai set too.

  5. Amy Heath
    July 11, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    LOVE the whole Una Brennan range! Excellent quality and value for money and the best thing…I tried it after reading one of your reviews and now I am hooked on the range! Thank you x

  6. Cris Rajic
    July 11, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Great sellection Ruth!! I got to know most of the products thanks to you and I have to say they are wonderful, loving the Burt´s Bees creams, the blush and looking forward to trying the Jason cream as soon as you give us your impressions.

  7. July 11, 2013 / 5:36 pm

    The Super Facialist cleanser caught my eye first, sounds wonderful! I’m adding the Jason Vitamin K cream to my list for this month – always on the lookout for good products that treat my dark spots. Thanks!

  8. Beauty Angel
    July 11, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    I love Burts Bees stuff, their foot cream is fab!

  9. Sarah McMaster
    July 11, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    Hi Ruth, do you know any skin care things that are good for oily skin? Nothing I’ve tried to far has worked for me( I actually think I’m oilier than before)


  10. Joana
    July 12, 2013 / 12:12 am

    How cute is that lip balm? It immediately got my attention.
    I’m loving the Pai products as well. They’re soothing and smell so authentic. The one with chamomile smells exactly like the plant and it’s so wonderfully buttery. I’ve had to keep mine in the fridge though because of the excessive heat in my house. Don’t want them to go bad.

  11. Fran
    July 12, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    Love the una Brennan rose cleanser and the pre cleansing miracle oil. Thank you so much, I’ve been looking for a cleanser like this for ages. No reaction to it and my skin’s so soft, Yey!

  12. clever
    July 13, 2013 / 12:58 am

    Tisserand included in Escentuals 20% off event until 27 July…

  13. elephant21
    July 19, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    What are your thoughts on the new boots botanical line that partnered with kew garden scientists to crate this botanical line have you tried it ? Thank you

  14. Olivia
    April 3, 2014 / 9:40 pm

    Hi ruth, love ur reviews and you have such a good sense of humour! I know your busy but would really love it if you could do a budget buys post? Xx

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