Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Birchbox Review - The Balm InStain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Swiss Dot

I was excited to try this when I spotted it in my Birchbox. I've heard quite a bit about The Balm's products on Youtube recently. This was my first test of their products and blush is an amazing place to start for me. I have more blushes and mascaras in my collection than any other product so therefore this was right up my ally.

I wasn't terribly over-impressed with the sample size. Having said that, blush does last for a while and when you only need to use it sparingly as the colour is quite pigmented like this one, I suppose I can see the reasoning behind it being small. Speaking of pigmentation, I wasn't overly convinced that this colour would flatter my pale skin tone. Whilst I thought it actually looked alright once applied, my mum commented that I looked really pale and washed out looking - oh dear!

I've tried to swatch the colour for you but it's well known that I can't get it to show up in face swatches so I hope this will suffice.

It did blend nicely and although it definitely wasn't the perfect shade for me, I actually thought it was alright on. I liked that it was matte which I felt made it look a little bit more natural and echoed the i've-had-my-cheeks-pinched look.

But in general I'm not actually terribly impressed with this blush. It's meant to be a staining long wear blush but I've never had a cheek product completely disappear by the end of the day like this one does. I literally couldn't believe my eyes. None of that bright coral shade was left on my face even after I'd sprayed it with a makeup setting spray. Confused to say the least!

Over all this product hasn't really blown me away. I like the cute packaging but I'd rather buy Soap and Glory for that. I know that their products for the most part work for me. This blush is pretty expensive. You can get a Mac blush for around £5 cheaper. I'm a loyal Mac blush user and I'm afraid that if you can't stand up against the Well Dressed and Legendary of this world, you won't make it far in my makeup bag.

Let me know how you got on with this blush if you tried it and if there are any other products from the brand which you feel are definitely worth checking out!

The Balm InStain Long Wearing Staining Powder Blush in Swiss Dot - £21.50 from Birchbox

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

#2 I wouldn't recommend...

Hey everyone! Today I'm back with the second post in my I wouldn't recommend series. Thankfully it takes me a while to gather up a bunch of products for one of these posts. For the most part I really enjoy what I purchase but occasionally the odd anomaly slips through the mix.

I got great feedback on my last post so if you want to read that, you can check it out here. Otherwise, lets get straight into it!

The first product is Lee Stafford's Dehumidifier. You all know that I've been slowly working my way through a large range of Lee Stafford products after my boyfriend gifted me some. It's far to say that some I've really liked, such as the Poker Straight Shine Serum and the Dry Shampoo, and some I've not taken so well too, such as the Argan Oil Shine Spray and this one too.

The reason why this product doesn't work for me is that it makes my hair incredibly greasy. If I have just washed my hair and then I spray this on, it makes it look like I haven't wash my hair for over a week. I'm not really too sure why this happened or how the product is mean to work. All I know is that I'm glad I've tried it and I'll be sticking to the other Lee Stafford products that I enjoy a lot more.

As soon as I spotted this product in Boots I just knew I had to have it. I love the Photoready Mascara and know there is a lot of hype around the foundation. Therefore I figured this Color Stay Ultimate Suede Lipstick in Womanswear would be the perfect opportunity to get my mitts on more of the line and this product seemed to be completely up my street.

Unfortunately as soon as I applied it it went down hill from there. At first it felt really smooth and lovely on the lips. However after the first 10 minutes my lips got seriously sticky and dry. They were uncomfortable and nothing I could do was helping. I tried licking my lips (as gross as that sounds) but nothing would stop my lips from sticking together like superglue! The top layer of my lips was getting so dry that I couldn't help but chew on them.

I finally resorted to putting lip balm over the top which definitely helped in the short term, but when the balm wore off I was back to square one.

I'm not sure why I couldn't get on with this product. It seems incredible in the advert but I personally really struggled to make this work for me. I've only used this product once and had such a negative reaction towards it that I've never reached for it again. I've read a review or two that say the same as I have so I'm just happy that it wasn't just me.

If you've had the same experience, please let me know in the comments below!

I received this Tinted Lip Salve free which a magazine this month. I'm a huge fan of lip balms/butters/salves so this seemed to be right up my street. I was hoping that it was going to be a coloured version of Elemis Loving Lips Quenching Lip Balm, so it's fair to say my hopes were very high. But I'm sure you can already tell that my hopes were a little dashed.

The first time I reached for this product it had all separated in the tube. There was runny clear liquid and an orangey-pink colour running through it. I was pretty sure that this wasn't how it was meant to be. Therefore I shook it up and it seemed to cure the split liquid problem. Having said that, it was still extremely liquidy.

Wearing this on the lips just feels like they're covered in water. It's extremely wet and in all honesty not very pleasent. The product claims to 'hydrate, protect and soothe away dry patches'. I didn't see anything of the sort unfortunately. It definitely didn't solve my dry lip problem and they weren't even that bad to start with. On top of this, I saw no colour pay off. In my eyes the product seemed a little pointless.

I don't know whether I got a dodgy one or whether this product is like that in general. All I can say is that I'm not convinced I'll be using it again and I definitely feel that there are other better options in the market.

And that's all I have to share with you today :) If you've tried a product you didn't get on with so well, let me know in the comments below as I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Summer Garden Party!

I haven't posted a 'Let's Bake' post in a long while here on The Edge of Beauty. That's why today I thought I would mix things up a little and share with you my plans for garden party full of cake!

Theme: When I think of summer garden parties, I think of floral... and I mean lots of it! I think of girls gathering round for light fruit cocktails, watching men hover around the barbie whilst you devour copious amounts of scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam on a gorgeous Cath-Kidston-esque table cloth. I'm making myself hungry just thinking out it.

Decor: It's summer and it's hot. You don't want to spend hours decorating your garden. Simple pieces like pinning up some bunting and curling some floral fairy lights around a bush or two can really bring a room, or should I say garden together.

1 - Amazon 2 - Lakeland 3 - John Lewis 4 - Amazon 5 - Amazon 6 - John Lewis  7 - Lakeland 8 - Lakeland
9 - Cafe Press 10 - Homewetbar

Products: Most things you need for your scrumptious girlie get together can probably be found in your cupboards at home. But me being me, I can resist a shopping trip or two for a few little extras. The drinks dispenser (2) from Lakeland really caught my eye. It looks so refreshing and I love the cold ice underneath keeping everything chilled. You can then go on to serve your cocktail in a cute jar mug (10) from Homewetbar and the silver cap means no spillages down your brand new dress. New dress I hear you ask? Yes! Look below!

1 - Primark at Asos 2 - Dogeared at Asos 3 - Toms 4 - Amazon 5 - Barry M at Asos

Outfit: Oh why not?! If you're going to put on a theme, you may as well dress for the occasion. But have no fear, this doesn't have to break the bank. This gorgeous little dress above is from Primark! What a steal! And when you save money on the outfit, you feel you can splurge elsewhere. Pop on this pearl style necklace with golden thread and I guarantee you will feel a million bucks :)

If you're hosting a summer party this year, what is your theme going to be?
Let me know all about it in the comments below!

*PR collaboration with Homewetbar

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Hydraluron Face Serum

When Hydraluron hit the scene a few months ago everyone was going crazy for it. The revelation of Hyaluronic Acid to keep the skin feeling plump and moisturised was bought to the surface by Caroline Hirons. I must admit I was completely sucked in by the product's incredible claims and haven't turned back since. I'm just about to start my second tube of Hydraluron, so I thought that this would be the perfect time to give you the low down on my whole experience.

At the time when I started using this product my skin was definitely at a dry state. I had been given a topical antibiotic cream at the doctors to help with cystic acne and it made my skin so dry that no amount of moisturiser was saving it. It was a really low point in my skin life. I only used the topical cream for a matter of a week or two and it had completely changed my skin's texture. After weeks of applying copious amounts of moisturiser I managed to get my skin back to a reasonable state. Now the dehydration I was experiencing was after I washed my face in the morning and evening. I would get a really tight feeling which was extremely uncomfortable. It almost looked like my skin was stretching to move. I knew then that I had to take some action, so I bought Hydraluron.

Hydraluron 'increases skin hydration from below the surface with an ultra-high-quality hyaluronic acid that holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water'.

This tube lasted me around 2-3 months which isn't too bad. It's definitely pricey but I certainly wouldn't be buying it if it didn't work.

The serum looks like a see-through gel which you can swipe all over your face until it has sunk in. I generally find that it starts to make the face a little tacky as it dries. This is when I apply my moisturiser and the balance is restored.

Over time this has completely stopped my skin from getting dry after washing my face as well as  generally during the day too. I have Combo/Oily skin so having dry skin that was trying to produce even more oils wasn't pretty. I feel like this product has completely changed my skin for the better. I find that I don't get as oily now as my skin feels soft and hydrated which is a major bonus for me.

I couldn't recommend this product more to you all. It doesn't matter what skin type you have. Whether your skin's extremely dry or extremely oily, I'm positive that this product will make the world of difference.

Hydraluron Face Serum - £24.99 from Boots

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara

The second item I have been trying out from my Estée Lauder Free Gift Bag is this gorgeous Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara. I've never tried an Estée Lauder mascara before so I was really excited to give this a go.

I found the gift packaging a lot more representative of the actual packaging with this mascara, compared to the lipstick I reviewed a few days ago. I like this packaging a lot more but still think that the full size product looks much nicer.

My initial thought about this product was how incredibly large the brush was. It has been a long time since I've owned Bad Gal by Benefit but I think I could argue that this wand rivals that one in terms of size. It's huge!

This actually wasn't an issue in the end. The tapered brush meant that it fitted snuggly into my inner corner and arguably gave me some of the best coverage in that corner than any other wand has achieved so far. Amazing.

In this picture the mascara looks a lot thicker than it did in real life. I found that it actually looked really natural on my lashes - almost like I wasn't wearing any product at all. I've found this to be the case a lot recently with mascara's I've been trying out. The trouble is I like my mascara to be reasonably bold. Having said that, I actually did really enjoy this product and first thoughts were of how fantastic it would be to take on holiday this year. It's travel-sized, looks quite natural on and gives me the two factors I care about most from a mascara - volume and length.

This mascara definitely performs on both platforms whilst still achieving a subtle look. However it's really simple to layer if that is your desired look - clumps are not an issue. It didn't smudge or flake at all during the day and held a reasonably good curl too. Generally my lashes stick straight unless I give them some light encouragement with my Shu Uemura Curlers and apply a strong hold mascara. I was actually rather surprised with how well the Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara worked. I'm not sure why this shocked me though. Estee Lauder has been a good brand so far so I have no real reason to doubt it.

I do like this product and I would buy it again, but I definitely feel that there are mascaras in the drugstore that do just as good of a job. This is much more expensive and therefore I would probably only buy this as a splurge or a treat on rare occasions.

Do you have a high-end mascara which your happy to fork out for? Let me know in the comments below.

Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara - £22 Full Size from Estée Lauder

Friday, 26 July 2013

I ♥ Summer Tag!

Hey everyone :) 

This week's video is the Summer Tag which I was super excited to do as I find all the Youtuber-made tags really cute and fun. I tagged a couple of people to do it so head over to my Youtube channel and check that out.

Also, let me know what you want me to do next. I was thinking about doing another Empties video as I have used quite a few things up recently. I've also been shopping a little bit for my holidays etc so if you would like to see a Haul then please let me know :)

Have a gorgeous weekend everyone and I'll speak to you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Discover fashion with Stylight!

I recently discovered a fashion website that I really wanted to share with you all. Basically, if Lookbook, Shopcade and Pintrest all had a baby, it would be this website - Stylight.

Stylight describe themselves as 'the best place to discover fashion every day.' It is a place where people can upload and share their out posts, discover new brands and products, whilst interacting with a huge blogger community and making a cheeky purchase or two at the same time.

What first drew me to the website was the fact that a few bloggers I already follow were using it. Temp Sec and Girl in the Lens were already members of Stylight. I really love their blogs and fashion sense, so I became really intrigued by the Stylight website they were using to post their outfits.

The website works simply. You can upload an outfit, tag the pieces you are wearing in it and others can shop the look. Alternative you can shop purely on the Stylight women's shopping page where they host a huge range of brands - from designer to high street. When I first discovered the website, they were having an incredible sale that included designer handbags. I'm going to put it on the line; this was a huge selling point for me. You can also 'heart' certain items so that they are popped into an easily accessible wish list where you can find all your favourite pieces.

One thing that scares me on the website is that many of the girls look like professional models. The pictures are set out in the perfect scenic background and there isn't a hair out of place. For me personally, I get my dad to snap my outfits just outside my house or in my garden where I can seek the prettiest background. I don't tend to have the time to nip into a forest or to a park bursting with flowers to get a shot of my outfit for the day. Therefore at first glance I felt like I would stick out like a sore thumb on the website. But as I spent some time browsing I found that I really related to some of the girls posting outfits. I could see myself wearing what they were wearing and the pictures didn't feel so intimidating and out of reach. I liked that it was on a much more personal level but there was still a mix of styles and tastes. 

I definitely think it's worth checking out if you're a girl like me who always admires what other girls are wearing on the street and find yourself wondering where they bought it from. It takes out the awkward approach and conversation to find out where they shop and lets you access the items straight away so you can start building your perfect wardrobe and in turn perfect outfits.

*This is a sponsored post.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Candy Shimmer

When buying my Double Wear foundation, I was offered a free gift with purchase. The gift was a purple makeup bag with a bunch of goodies inside. I've been loving testing everything out and discovering new products. The first of these products is this Estée Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Candy Shimmer.

The packaging is pretty classic for Estée Lauder. The blue tube with gold detail are the signature colours for the brand. I believe that this is just the packaging for the free gift and the actually product itself is in a much nicer casing. It's a shame that they change the packaging for the gift but when it's free you can't really complain.

The colour isn't necessarily one I would have picked myself, but considering I didn't have a choice it's not too bad. I don't generally like shimmer formulations as they remind me a lot of the pearlescent lipsticks. I'm more of a creme or matte girl myself.

The formulation of the lipstick is incredibly soft - arguably the softest lipstick I own. Having said that, it doesn't wear off too easily which is often a problem with products of this formulation.

The dark pink colour with a slight hint of raspberry doesn't really suit me very much. The shimmer which looks slightly silvery doesn't really compliment my fair skin tone either. Personally this lipstick isn't my cup of tea but it's been nice to test out the formulation as I've found that it's very comfortable to wear.

I'm not blown away by this one in particular but I think it's ok. For the price I would rather stick to Mac or YSL for now as I feel like I prefer those. Having said this, I'm sure I will purchase another Estée Lauder Lipstick in the future - Solar Crush or Scarlet Siren perhaps.

Have you tried Estée Lauder Lipsticks? What is your opinion on them?

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Candy Shimmer Lipstick - £20 from Estée Lauder

Monday, 22 July 2013

Nip & Fab Mango Smoothie Body Butter

So many people have been raving about the Nip and Fab Body Butters on Twitter. I think that they were possibly given out in a beauty box that I'm not subscribed too. I knew instantly that I needed to get my hands on these butters so I headed down to my nearest Boots. Me being me, I ended up buying the travel size version of the Mango Smoothie Body Butter which I couldn't have been more excited to try. I absolutely love mango scents so this was destined to be right up my street and it definitely wasn't a let down.

The butter looks a lot more like a cream in the pot than a hard butter texture but looks can be deceiving. It's definitely softer than some of the body butters I have used in the past such as Di Palomo's Tuscan Rose Butter. Having said this, it still keeps to its roots with a standard butter texture that has a little more ease about it. It is a lot easier to scoop out of the pot and therefore instantly melts into a lotion on the skin.

The mango smell is definitely quite strong but it does have a creamy edge to it. The scent lingers on the skin for a little while, which I really enjoy, but it will not last all day. This is a bonus as I generally like to layer with perfume and therefore don't want to walk around smelling like a fruit stand all day.

It sinks into the skin immediately and doesn't leave behind any greasy residue. It makes your skin feel extremely supple and nourished - keeping your skin feeling like that for days instead of you feeling a compulsion to reapply your moisturiser after 12 hours as it has completely disappeared.

This product definitely gets a huge thumbs up in my eyes and I would recommend that all you body butter lovers get out there and try this right away. If mango isn't your pick there are plenty of other scents to chose from, so go wild!

Nip & Fab Mango Smoothie Body Butter - £2.95 for 50ml from Boots

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Yves Rocher Action Bums & Tums Shaping Gel


You may already know that I have decided to branch out and try more Yves Rocher products after falling in love with my Repair Lotion a while back. The first product I tried was their Grand Rouge Lipstick in Sparkling Coral which I was blown away by. It is the first coral lipstick I have found that I get along with really well. So now I have moved on to some more of their skincare items. First up is this Action Bums and Tums Shaping Gel*. It aims to use three specific ingredients to help slim, firm and disperse fat. This seemed like the perfect product to be testing since summer is here and I want a great summer bod! 

I've been testing it for a month as the instructions say and here's how I got on.


Firstly, the packaging is quite nice. The green makes it feel quite natural. It is made using botanical extracts and I feel that the packaging only further enhances that point. It's simple and easy to squeeze product out without being messy and unhygenic. I like the simplicity of the labelling and over all the packaging gets a general plus. I'm not sure that they needed to pop the bottle in a box as well. However I know that there is some extra information on the box that they company couldn't fit on the label so this may explain this factor.


The Shaping Gel uses three key ingredients to help shape your Tum and Bum. Lotus is used to release the fat from your body, whilst caffeine slims and Centella firms. Over a period of a month these three ingredients aim help you on your journey to a flatter tummy and a firmer bottom.

As you can see from the label, this product claims to give you a loss of up to 24cm around the tummy when used twice a day for a period of one month. This sounded absolutely incredible to me. When you look more closely it says that the average fluctuation for women tested was actually around 8cm but that was still pretty impressive. I didn't want to lose anything near these estimates but I was intrigued to see if I could lose 3 or 4cms with this product instead. 

Yves Rocher claim that they only scientifically tested this product on 33 women over a period of one month which I found was a little bit of a small test sample. When you're applying this to women all over the globe, but say you've only tested it on a classroom full of women, it doesn't really seem to stand up on two legs. This was the first time that I started to doubt this product and unfortunately it has gone down hill since.

As I mentioned before, I have been using this product for a month religiously. I have also been eating sensibly as no product will help you out without a good balanced diet. Having said that, I have not seen any reduction in my stomach at all during the month. I measured around my stomach every weekend on a Saturday morning and found that it fluctuated by around half a cm each week but I never ended up losing anything. This was certainly a disappointment compared to the 8cm the product was claiming as an average loss.

I have enjoyed using this product. It smells quite nice - like plants which may sound like an odd scent to like but it's actually really refreshing. It sinks into the skin immediately and doesn't leave behind any sticky residue. I was worried that I would be left with a greasy tummy and that it would take me a good 10 minutes in the morning to let this settle in. No one has the time for that when work is calling and there is a busy day ahead. But this simply was not a problem which definitely made this product more pleasant to use. But after all of this, I have seen no results and I feel that's the main point to make.

I wouldn't be buying this again but I still really like the Yves Rocher brand. Their other products have been fabulous but I feel that this one was just a little to good to be true. 

Have you tried this product or any others from the Yves Rocher Slimming line? Let me know how you got on in the comments below.

Yves Rocher Action Bums & Tums Shaping Gel* - £13.50 from Yves Rocher

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Bloggers Love.. Itsie Bitsie Event London at Number One Penthouse

View from the Penthouse

Earlier this week I managed to attend my first 'Bloggers Love' event held at Number One Penthouse in Leicester Square. Itsie Bitsie was the first fashion event I had been to, as the other ones had generally been beauty related. Therefore I was really excited to watch the fashion show and generally be introduced to the brand.

Many of you may not have heard of Itsie Bitsie before as they are primary based in Hong Kong. However the founder and designer, Cristina Wilkinson, has bought the swimwear range to the UK with their first UK based fashion show.

She describes and Itsie Bitsie woman as 'beautiful, stylish and chic. A woman who appreciates high quality products at affordable prices.'

I don't think I chose the most appropriate place to sit for taking photos of the show. I was sat just by the entrance to the changing rooms and therefore had to try and grab photos of the models as they were leaving and returning the room - rookie error. However I did manage to get some half-decent shots of the new ranges that were on show, which you can see below.

I absolutely loved the blonde model. She really worked it and was wearing Louboutins! My favourite bikini's of the evening were the black one on the far left and the blue one on the far right. They are really simple and timeless and have my name written all over them.

Unfortunately I don't think that the whole collection was showcased to us on the evening. Therefore I thought I might show you what else I like from the collection as well.

You can see that they are all pretty similar in style. I really like the far right the most. I think that the mix of purple, pink and blue look really pretty together and can imagine it looking great with a tan.

As the evening drew to a finish I went to have a look in my goodie bag. I found a lovely brown and turquoise Sarong, some Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets which have been a favourite of mine for a while now, along with some other promotional bits and pieces which you can see below.

It was an interesting evening and my first insight into a fashion event. I'm looking certainly forward to more in the future - and perhaps selecting my seat a little more carefully. A huge thank you to my friend Becky who helped me capture the evening with photographs!

If you would like to check out more from Itsie Bitsie head over to their website where you can view their full range of clothing.

Friday, 19 July 2013

July Birchbox!

It's finally time to reveal what I received in my July Birchbox! Exciting times!
What did you get? I know the boxes can differ a little so it would be interesting to hear what products you loved from this month's box. Please let me know in the comments below.
I hope you enjoy watching!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Bumble and Bumble Surf Set

I've always wanted to try Bumble and Bumble products but have never made that final trip to the check out because of the prices. I don't tend to go for full sized products of expensive items if I don't know whether I will like it or not. That's why when I saw that Bumble and Bumble were releasing this amazing travel sized Surf set, I couldn't get down to my local Boots quick enough to get my hands on one of them. For just £18 you get to try out all three products and there's plenty of product in them too. From what I have used already, I'd guesstimate that you could get at least 12 washes out of the shampoo if you shampooed twice in one go. The conditioner would last much longer as it tends to do and the Surf spray can be used when needed.

First i'll start with the shampoo and conditioner - both of which smell lovely. The scent reminds me a lot of holidays and being on the beach. Having said that, it's still not the best smelling shampoo I have ever used. I thought I was going to be knocked back by it but it didn't blow me away. It doesn't lather as much as my usual Herbal Essences but it definitely did a good job of getting my hair feeling squeaky clean. The conditioner was smoothing and a nice additional touch to get your hair feeling soft. Over all I wasn't taken back by these products but they are great for travelling.

The first time I used the shampoo and conditioner, I followed with the Surf Spray as directed. It instantly gave my hair a gorgeous beachy wave and texture which I've never experienced before. Although after applying this product, my hair felt a bit dirty. My locks turned a bit crispy in places and as you would imagine, there was no shine to be seen. Therefore the next time I tried this set I simply stuck to the shampoo and conditioner which worked a lot better. My hair felt a lot smoother and had a decent amount of volume.

Over all I'm a bit disappointed to say that I wasn't blown away by this set. I had such high hopes for it but personally I feel that it turned out to be a little lack lustre. I know that a lot of people love these products and I'm sure that they work differently for everyone. I have extremely thick hair so this could be a point to consider. Either way, I will still be trying out some other products from the brand to see how I get on with those as I find the whole range intriguing.

Have you tried these Bumble and Bumble products? What did you think of them?

Bumble and Bumble Surf Set - £18 from Boots

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask

Probably one of the most famous face masks around at the moment is Ren's Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask*. It aims to remove dead skin cells and brighten your skins appearance whilst reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It can also combat blemishes and blackheads. I was mostly interested in the exfoliating qualities to start with, as I was really interested in adding an enzyme exfoliant into my skincare routine. The acids from Passionfruit, Lemon, Grape and Pineapple are added to Papain from Papaya to encourage the renewal of the outer layer of skin which should leave you with a super soft and smooth face which is a great base for makeup.

I tend to use this once a week and definitely feel that I wouldn't use it more than that as it is quite exfoliating. It could be used once every fortnight depending on your skin type.

The mask comes out as an orange gel that smells really fruity. You apply this all over your face and then leave it for 10 minutes before wiping it off with a hot cloth and rinsing. The mask never dries and I never feel anything going on but it definitely does work.

To start with I don't notice any difference, but over the next couple of days I notice how smooth and soft my skin has become. I'm not so sure about the concept of brightening the skin as mine tends to look the same. However by lifting off the dull and dry skin cells, you will immediately look a bit fresher and healthier.

I'm not sure if it combats blemishes and blackheads either. I've not really been spotty when I've put this on (touch wood), but once I've taken it off I sometimes have a whitehead that has come to the top. It's not a major spot and normally disappears within a few hours and that's it. I have a few congested pores around my nose and I wouldn't say that they have gotten better or worse from using this mask.

Over all, I was interested in it for it's exfoliating qualities and they work incredibly well for me. This is why I would definitely be repurchasing it and using it weekly in my routine to help keep my skin fresh and smooth.

What are your opinions on the Glycolactic Mask? Let me know in the comments below.

Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask* - £30 for 50ml from Ren
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