April First Impressions
Friday, 18 May 2018
Hi Ladies, it is time for my monthly roundup of products that I started testing in April. I am actually quite late with my April First Impressions, as it should have been out in the first week of May! Oh well! I tested out a bit of everything last month, a bit of makeup, a bit of skincare, a bunch of body care and even a bit of haircare.
I have already written a full review on these Bite Beauty products, which included swatches, so all I am going to say is that this is a brand I need more of!
The concept of Self Care has been buzzing around recently, so I pulled together a few products that would make up my Self Care Ritual and perhaps inspire yours.
Onto skincare, I have started testing out a few products to increase radiance and glow as well as banish dull looking skin. I will feature these in my New Skincare on Trial post in June, as I would have used the products for about two months by then, but for now here are my first impressions.
The Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel with its peach scent is non-drying and feels luxurious, it also includes a trio of acids but is still gentle enough to use every day. The Anti-Aging Buffing Beads gives both a physical and chemical exfoliation thanks to gentle jojoba beads and glycolic and salicylic acids that leaves skin brighter but not irritated. The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is not as intense as I expected it to be, but my skin definitely looks and feels renewed and brighter after use. Next we have the *Avene D-Pigment Brightening Serum which is a new addition to the range and sounds very promising. It feels silky on the skin and sinks in nicely. It is enriched with stabilised vitamin c and anti-oxidants to brighten as well as protect the skin. I have also been trying a new moisturiser, the ExfoliKate Glow Moisturizer and I am loving it! It contains lactic and glycolic acid, as well as fruit enzymes so it really does brighten and add radiance, and somehow manages to be soothing and hydrating too. Lastly I have the REN Resurfacing AHA Concentrate which is a nighttime treatment that tingles slightly, but really gets to work overnight and leaves you with radiant glowing skin by morning. It has also helped my clogged pores and my skin looks smoother and more refined. Unfortunately I think this has been discontinued which is a pity, because with continued use I can see this being a game changer!
Sorbet has been releasing range after range of impressive products, you can check out my review of the Pedi-Care range. The latest range to my land at my door is the *Salon Body Specialist Care Range. Although this range has been specifically designed to assist with scarring and stretchmarks, it is also silky and moisturising.
Is there anything more luxurious than Nuxe? I highly doubt it. From the scents to the textures, Nuxe has French Luxury written all over it. I have a Winter Pamper with Nuxe post planned, which will be up soon, but for now here are my first impressions. First up we have the *Nuxe body 24HR Moisturising Body Lotion with Almond and Orange Flower Petals, which smells exactly as described. It has a light but hydrating texture and leaves skin with a silky satin feel, with no grease in sight. My skin has been loving this, but I do need something a bit heavier for my hands in the colder weather. The rêve de miel Lip Balm is probably one of the most famous Nuxe products, alongside the Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil. The Lip Balm is creamy and hydrating, and is actually thicker than I had thought, and for this reason I prefer using this at night. It has a creamy butter type texture which hardens in the cold, but melts into the skin when applied. I now understand why this is a cult product. There is also a rêve de miel *Face and Body Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel and it smells heavenly. I have reserved this for washing my hands and face only, because it smells so amazing. It is soothing and calming and doesn’t leave my skin feeling dry or stripped. Lastly, the Nuxe Prodigieux le parfum and Bougie Prodigieuse encapsulates and enhances the fragrance of the famous Dry Oil. They both smell incredible, with notes of magnolia, orange flowers and vanilla. I cannot get enough of Nuxe right now!
I have also been testing out some new hair products recently. Unfortunately the OGX Niacin & Caffeine Shampoo and Conditioner irritates my sensitive scalp. I don’t know if it is the ingredients, or if it just stimulates my scalp too much, but after a day my scalp starts itching. I do have a sensitive scalp though, but it usually takes about three days before my scalp starts itching. The *Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Cleansing Hair Scrub on the other hand has knocked my socks off. I use this as a clarifying shampoo every few weeks and I love it. I follow that with the *Banana Hair Mask to hydrate and treat, and my hair could not be happier. I have also started using two products from IGK, the Coconut Oil Gel and Hydrating Hair Balm. The Coconut Oil Gel does not smell like coconut, and is not a gel or oil, but more of a curl cream that gives wavy hair that natural tousled look. The Hydrating Hair Balm is a leave in treatment that leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and frizz free.
If you read my previous post about my Skin Renewal Journey, you would know that my second of many treatments was an *Azelan Peel. The Azelan Peel is a mild peel that consists of Azelaic and Salicylic Acid, and requires no down time, it was also done in just 20 minutes. It assists in improving the skins texture as well as skin tone over a few treatments. The peel was not uncomfortable at all, with minimum tingling around my chin area. The smell is quite intense during application though, so try not to breathe! My skin didn’t flake or peel post treatment, but it definitely looked more radiant. I will have a full review of the Azelan Peel and the Radiant Peel, which I am due for in early June.
That is a wrap ladies!
Hi There! My name is Azraa. I am a South African Beauty Blogging, Shoe-Loving, Yoga-Doing, Shopaholic Economist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Welcome to Prettiful Blog- A South African Makeup and Beauty Blog