I don’t like Mondays! I’m gonna have a guess & say you probably don’t love them either. So why not give yourself a bit of a treat & fetch a magazine, keep your eyes peeled for a certain few that I’ve picked up myself with the best freebies in them. Then get a nice drink preferably with lots of ice maybe alcoholic if the mood takes you, sit back & relax.
There seems to be a lot this month but that’s due to a few almost empties from May. I seem to be having a bit of a fail day at work, everything that could go wrong seemed too. Luckily for me nothings broken and programs can be fixed and tools reset. If only the brain could be turned off, restarted and the alarms go away that easily. Now that I have chance to breathe and collect my thoughts let’s get down to the empties.
Finished Em – Meh! Sums It Up
Loreal Skin Perfection Micellar Solution 200 ml £4.99
It’s not so much indicative of this Micellar solution so much as having gone off all of them. Great for fixing make up mishaps but otherwise I just don’t trust them to truly get my skin clean. This one I’ve had a while, maybe that’s why it seems to react with my eyes, it didn’t when I first bought it. I just feel like I know I still have makeup and ickyness left on my skin. I want to be lazy but only if it still does the job. In the bin it finally goes, give me an oil cleanser any day.
Loreal Elvive Triple Resist Reinforcing Conditioner 400 ml £3.99
I guess it helps when you buy a conditioner to properly read what it says on the bottle. I saw fragile hair but I think it means thin or limp hair. Not really meant for me then, bought when I ran out and couldn’t get to a better shop. It smells nice and didn’t leave residue which I find happens all too often so that’s a positive.
N07 Completly Quenched Moisturising Body Lotion 200 ml £10.50
This smells very much like every N07 product which isn’t a bad thing. This is moisturing and nice but too thick and takes too much effort to get it to soak in. I basically used this up as an after shower body lotion. Didn’t keep my skin hydrated for long enough, I do have very dry skin.
It’s A Mans World
From the mouth of the man of the house!
The Body Shop Kistna Hair & Body Wash 200 ml £6
Great as shampoo but if left on too long almost feels sticky. Not as great as the other Body Shop one named Arber but prefer if when I’m cleaning my beard. It doesn’t dry the hair out so it still feels clean but soft.
Botanics Men’s Face Scrub 120 ml £3.99
This is a complete bargain, this was much nicer that the King Of Shaves one I had that was too abrasive. This feels like it helped with my skin as well as my skin beneath my beard. It’s meant to soften stubble but didn’t do this as much as I’d liked. I have found a different one I like more though.
Empty To The Last Drop
Ren Clear Calm 3 150 ml £18
This is for me what a luxury cleanser should feel like. This was a splurge for me when I go it and I enjoyed using it every time. This made mornings that little bit more bearable. There are very few clay based cleansers and this was just lovely I hold other cleansers up to this one. In the future I may repurchase but for me it’s a lot to spend on a cleanser.
Lee Stafford Flat Iron Protection Shine Mist 200 ml £5.99
This is one of many travel bottles of this stuff I’ve bought and I’ll likely buy another if only for travel. I love the scent and it does keep my hair soft while using Ghd’s. I’d use this if I’m straightening after I’ve left my hair to naturally dry. I’ve found a good one from BlowPro to blow dry my hair with instead though. Have been using this for donkeys years.
BlowPro Damage Control Conditioning Mask £235 ml £9.99
I am in love with this hair mask. It’s not cheap and I probably used it too much to begin with as it’s a protein mask which builds the strength of the hair up. I could have made this a once a week treat and when I get chance to repurchase it I intend too. My hair is over dyed, dried, thick and a pain. This made it manageable where I could get a brush through it easily without bit knots the day after if I left it to dry. Smells similar to the Toni & Guy Nourish hair mask but works better for me.
The Body Shop Cranberry Body Polish 200 ml £10
I know you can’t get this anymore but it’s available in strawberry still. I prefer the strawberry but this was a nice Christmas edition. I seemed to forget about it not just this but all scrubs. Kinda went off them for a while, maybe laziness I’m not sure. These with the seeds in I do like to get a proper scrub going. I have psoriasis so this is great for those extra dry areas you want to itch but don’t want to do damage to. Great for before shaving but does leave the seeds in the bottom of the bath tub.
Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Cleanser
Ren – A purifying, antibacterial cleanser formulated to combat and help prevent breakouts and blemishes.
This is one of those purchases I made that I really wanted to give it a good go at. I used this sometimes as a morning cleanser and would switch it as a night cleanser ever few weeks to see how I prefered to use it. I have spots and so the idea of a clay based cleanser used every day sounded appealing as I use clay masks all the time.
Clearcalm 3 – Price
Ren is a brand that is normally a little out of my reach as the price point is quite high for me. But when I picked it up it was 33% extra free so you got 200 ml instead of the 150 ml. At £18 this was the tipping point that made me try it out as it would give me more product so would last longer. I used this for just over 13 weeks between 4th March and 4th June. The bottle has about 90 uses in it and I like that it means you use the same amount each day there’s no guessing or wasting here. If if was the normal bottle it would last 70 uses or just over 1 month if used day and night.
Clearcalm 3 – In Use
I guess that how something looks shouldn’t matter but it made a difference to how I used it. The bottle is beautifully simple and designed so you don’t waste the product. The pump and shape of the bottle allows for easy grip and dispensing. The Clearcalm cleanser is a very creamy clay which goes on very smoothly and one pump is enough for the face and neck. If it feels like it’s not spreading just add a splash of water on your hands and keep massaging it in. Just wash away with a warm wet flannel and your sorted.
Clearcalm 3 – Final Thoughts
This is without a doubt for me the most luxurious feeling cleanser I’ve owned and used. Dose it deep clean? Yes. I prefered using this in the mornings as it helps get the grime and sweat ( lovely thought) from when I’ve slept off my face. I feel refreshed but not dried out and my skin feels better for it. This made the morning cleanse feel like it was worth doing as I could instantly feel the difference. It did keep some spots at bay but on its own I wasn’t expecting miracles and still got the odd few.
That being said if I used this as my only cleanser it would be for me quite expensive. If you can afford it then by all means go for it but I will still be searching for something I can love and afford to stick with.
On the Ren website it is still on offer with 33% extra free if you do fancy a go.
Ren Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser £18
The next cleanser I’m using is the Perricone Md Hypoallergenic Gentle Cleanser. Seems odd seen as it’s normally £35 but I picked this up at T.K.Maxx for just £12.99 and I couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out.
This set came from a magazine last month I think. I usually pick issues up just for the freebies and I hadn’t tried Ren before but it’s been on my radar. I can never justify to myself buying it as it’s so expensive, not Emma Hardie expensive (most of us have swooned over that one at £34 a pot) but out of my feeling guilty to buy it then find out I don’t like it. I like to find out if my skin will react with the psoriasis I have it has reacted before with bad consequences for me. But I am more than willing when this appeared on the magazine stands. This is equivalent to to £12 worth of product. Continue reading “5 Day Trial – Evercalm Cleanser, Day Cream & Eye Gel”