Monday, 24 February 2014

HealGel Face Review

Every once in a while a revolutionary skincare product comes along that has Beauty Editors all over the country impressed. HealGel Face is one of these products and while I'm not a Beauty Editor, I am a Blogger who has a very distinct advantage in that when I am provided with a product for review, I'm under no obligation to sing its praises. In this instance though, HealGel Face has proved itself more than worthy.
healgel face
HealGel Face*

The first thing that grabbed me about HealGel is the story behind the brand. A gel known simply as 'Heal' was developed by late dermatological biochemist Martin Kelly and a team of leading cosmetic and plastic surgeons operating around London. The product was originally created to aid the healing process of post-operative skin but following Martin's passing, his wife, Californication actress Natascha McElhone continued to work with the team to develop a product for use by everyone to aid in virtually any skin concern. So HealGel Face, HealGel Eye and HealGel Intensive were born.
healgel face

HealGel Face is described as an advanced anti-ageing rescue formula that contains many of the skin-enriching ingredients as the original. Active ingredients include Arnica (a well known healing agent) and Madecassoside (an anti-inflammatory traditionally used in Indian medicine) suspended in liposomes (basically tiny vessels made from the same stuff as cell membranes!). The formula includes peptides to boost collagen production, omega oils to rehydrate the skin and restore natural elasticity and a unique hyalauronic acid complex that instantly plumps skin.
healgel face

A lot of lotions and potions claim to 'instantly' do this, that or the other, but HealGel Face actually does. As soon as I smooth some on and massage it in, my skin actually does feel 'plump'. It's a bit extraordinary really. 

While I have not been using the HealGel Face religiously, I do use it a lot and find it works brilliantly as a primer as well as a moisturising gel. I've also had some hormonal breakouts recently and have found it really soothing on spots and redness.

In terms of texture, this is a true gel formula that sinks it very quickly once applied. The scent is quite herbal and soothing, sort of like lavender with a lemony edge, though I don't find it particularly strong or overpowering.

HealGel Face retails at £48 for 50ml and is available here. Have you tried HealGel Face, HealGel Eye or HealGel intensive? What did you think?

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara - More Drama than it's Worth?

I purchased the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara about a month ago now but I've been wanting to rant about it from the moment I first swiped it over my brows.
maybelline brow drama

Now, 'mascara' for eyebrows is not exactly a new invention but I think the marketing for this product was particularly effective as many people have gone a bit crazy over it. I was one of them and while I won't say it's a complete waste of £4.99 I will say that it comes pretty close.
maybelline brow drama

I bought the Brow Drama in shade 'Dark Brown' and found that while the formula is nice, the shade isn't really what you would call dark brown. More like 'safe brown' or 'barely there brown'. In fact, it took a good few swipes for it to deposit any real colour at all.

The brush? I JUST DON'T GET IT. Why is it this weird bobble shape? The brush is big, bendy and just plain weird. The size and shape of it means that the colour deposits itself wherever it likes, which is usually just below or just above my brows. Not really a look I tend to go for.
I don't understand why Maybelline didn't just include a good old fashioned spoolie brush which would be much easier to use.
maybelline brow drama

While I'm not impressed with the Brow Drama all is not completely lost as I've been using it as a 'setting gel' over my brow pencil (Rimmel Professional Eye Brow Pencil £2.99) and it seems to hold any strays in place quite well.

I would also say that if you're after a barely-there brow effect, Brow Drama could work quite well for you, so long as you don't mind spending the time tidying up any awol colour.

Have you tried Maybelline Brow Drama? Do you rate is or do you think this is one product that's more drama than it's worth?

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Jurlique Rose Valentine's Day Goodies

It's no secret that Jurlique are a beautiful brand and the rose range is probably my favourite collection.
I recently received the Rose Love Balm*, Rosewater Balancing Mist* and the Rose Hand Cream* and can happily report that all three products smell and feel nothing short of scrumptious.

Jurlique Rose Love Balm

I've had this little pot of multi-tasking goodness before and it really is one of those handbag friendly, do everything products that deserves a little hype. Especially good for this time of year, the balm soothes and moisturises lips, cuticles and other dry bits that need some extra love and care. The Rose Love Balm contains olive oil, rose, safflower seed oil, beeswax, vitamin E, soybean oil and Bisabolol (a natural anti-irritant).

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Encased in a rather luxurious frosted glass bottle, the balancing mist is designed to restore, refresh, hydrate, balance and soothe the skin in one fell swoop. To use, you simply close your eyes (make sure you do!) and mist over your face. I'm looking forward to using this is summer too as it is quite invigorating - perfect if you've got a desk job and end up feeling a bit zombie-esque towards the end of the day. The Rosewater Balancing Mist contains marshmallow (not the confectionery kind), glycerin, aloe, grapefruit seed and, of course rose.

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream

Delectably thick and incredibly hydrating, the hand cream is heaven in a tube- especially if you're partial to natural rose scents. Providing long lasting hydration, the decadent hand cream contains safflower seed oil, macadamia oil, vitamin E, rose, carrot root extract and aloe vera. It's a very soothing, good old fashioned hand cream that seems to do its job pretty well and leaves hands sweetly scented and well moisturised.

The Jurlique Rose collection also includes a Rose Silk Finishing Powder and Rose Moisture Plus Moisturising Cleanser. This beautiful range is available exclusively at Marks and Spencer and until February 14th (Valentine's Day), you receive a free Rose Love Balm with any Jurlique purchase.

Have you tried anything by Jurlique?

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Seascape Sleep Oil

I'm a big advocate of natural sleep aids. Having struggled with various nocturnal issues over the years, anything that helps me drift off is more than welcome on my bed side table. Whilst I love the idea of soaking in a lavender oil filled bath, cutting out caffeine after 3pm and winding down properly, it just isn't going to happen so I've grown quite fond of 'quick fix' potions to put me in the right state of mind for nap time.

The Seascape Soothe Sleep Oil is the latest addition to my bedside and I'm loving the fact it's packed with essential oils such as lavender, grape seed, bitter orange flower, mandarin peel and sweet almond oil- all natural oils with soothing, calming properties bound to help you catch a few Zs.

The sleep oil is packaged in a small glass tube with a roller ball designed for easy application to your temples and wrists. It's even safe to apply underneath your nose!
The scent of the sleep oil is strong, but in a good way, with a warm, earthy sort of scent that's nothing short of comforting.

The Seascape Soothe Sleep Oil isn't just for sleepy time- keep it in your handbag for a calming aromatherapy fix anytime of day! It's also worth mentioning that the oil is free from various nasties such as parabens, petroleum and SLS and it's perfectly safe for sleepless mumma's-to-be.

The Seascape Soothe Sleep Oil is £10 for 8ml and is available at Seascape.

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Herbalife Formula 1 Shake Review

As it's the beginning of the year, I've been doing the typical, predictable, completely clich├ęd 'new year, new me!' thing and thus far it's actually been going ok! I'm making a (somewhat) conscious effort to stop ingesting so much junk and make a few healthier choices. I've bought a liquid iron supplement to combat my persistent fatigue and I even now own a pair of running shoes. That's right. running shoes.

Another addition to my collection of healthy bits and pieces is this stuff - Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Shake*.
herbalife formula 1 shake

This is a 'weight management' powder shake mix that can be used for weight loss and also just to add some extra vitamins and minerals to your diet.

Combined with 250ml of skim milk (you can use water but I don't think it's quite as nice), the shake contains 220 calories which is pretty great really considering the recommended daily calorie intake for women is around 2000 and the My Fitness Pal App has recommended I have 1350 a day to shift a few pounds.

So far, I've been having one shake a day in place of lunch for five days- for two of the days I blended up a banana with the shake to make a smoothie and this definitely left me feeling more satisfied than just having the powder mixed with milk. I'm looking forward to 'shaking' things up a bit and blending more fruits and grains up with the Herbalife powder to supercharge it and turn it into more of a meal. There are some fantastic ideas for creating a range of yummy shakes here on the Hip & Healthy site that you can find here at

Not only is the Formula 1 effective as a meal replacement but it would be great as a snack too- instead of reaching for biscuits or cake at 3pm, you could mix up a shake instead to satisfy sweet cravings and get some vitamins in you!

But the big question is, how does it taste? This stuff actually tastes pretty naughty- I chose vanilla because it's my favourite milkshake flavour and found that the Herbalife Formula 1 does not taste dissimilar to a vanilla milkshake, so this is a huge bonus. 

Herbalife Formula 1 is £27.60 for a 550g tub and is available in flavours such as chocolate, cookies and cream, vanilla, strawberry, cappuccino and tropical fruit. There is also a 'free from' vanilla flavoured formula (gluten and dairy free and contains pisane- a type of pea protein) especially formulated for people with celiac disease or lactose intolerance. I've actually been drinking the 'free from' formula and it's delicious- though I add milk to mine!
You can find out more about Herbalife by visiting the website here.

Have you tried any products from Herbalife?

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