Review: Make Up For Ever So Divine Moisturizing Cleansing Cream

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

When it comes to removing my make up, I want products that will make the task easy, yet still perform effectively. I think we can all cry "..and so say all of us" at this statement, right?

I first came across the Make Up For Ever So Divine Moisturizing Cleansing Cream back in January, during a day trip to Paris. It was one of the make up removers of choice placed at the end of every aisle in the Sephora branch I visited. Just one swipe with a cotton wool pad removed all traces of the multiple make up swatches I had on my hand with ease, leaving my skin feeling soft and moisturised. I fell in love with it instantly and decided there and then that I had to have it.


I purchased it a week later at The IMATS, with a generous 35% discount off its RRP. Happy days!


This cleanser is a mineral oil-free, white cream that cleanses impurities and all types of make up and claims to remove waterproof makeup as well. It has been dermatological tested on sensitive skin and is also paraben-free. Sounds great so far, doesn't it?


Generally I'm not a fan of cream cleansers but this has a thicker consistency than most, which I like. It can be applied with the fingertips and massaged in circular motions, gently loosening make up as it warms up on your face. I can also rub it over my eyes with no 'cloudiness' or irritation occuring and it does a fair job of removing mascara - much better than I thought it would. I haven't tried it on waterproof mascara - when I do, I'll update this post (if I remember).

After massaging it into my face, I have two removal options to choose from - either dabbing off excess product with a cotton pad or wiping it off with a small facial sponge, or so the instructions dictate. The usage instructions, by the way, I had to Google for myself because for some reason they're not on the back on the tube (!)

The first time I used this, I went through well in excess of 20 lightly dampened cotton pads in order to thoroughly remove my make up. Ridiculous. I did try once to rinse it off with water, but it became an oily mess, so try your best to remove as much make up as possible with dampened pads. If like me, you don't have the patience for this, then you will find issue with this removal method!

Also, if you're after that 'super clean' feeling when using this, then you'll be disappointed. I do not have the time or the resources to go through 20 cotton wool pads each time I want to use this use this as a main facial cleanser! I found that using a muslin cloth to remove it, was much more effective,. Even after using so many pads, I still washed my face with my beloved Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant just to ensure my face was really free of make up.

All is not lost though. After attempting to use it a few more times as MUFE suggest, I now only apply it directly to cotton wool pads, and remove the worst of my make up before cleansing and rinsing my skin as normal - so in total I'll only use say four to six pads now. As a quick make up remover, not an actual cleanser this gets a thumbs up from me.

This is perfect for those occasions where you're playing with your make up and have a million swatches all over your forearm and hand. It will remove your make up in a millisecond with one swipe and leave your skin feeling very hydrated - not dry like some face wipes will. If you're wearing heavy make up after a night out, again this will easily wipe off the majority off it quickly (no water required), requiring no forceful dragging of the cotton pad(s) across your delicate skin. You will need to cleanse again though if you can't bear to go to sleep with only 80% of your make up removed at 5am!

It makes skin feel soft and supple, thanks to its formula which is rich in moisturising, calming, softening and regenerative active ingredients.

Despite not meeting my expectations during my efforts to remove a full face of slap when attempting to use So Divine as a cleanser, I have no regrets purchasing it. I had no idea it even existed in the MUFE line until I saw it in Sephora and it's a welcome addition to my make up removal regime as I don't own any other product which allows me to remove make up whilst leaving my skin feeling so moisturised in the process.

You can find this over at Guru Makeup Emporium for £17.50

THE CEW(UK) 2011 BEAUTY AWARDS WINNERS ARE ...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Last Friday the crème de la crème of the beauty industry gathered together to learn which beauty products had been voted the best in the industry at the CEW(Cosmetic Executive Women) 2011 Beauty Awards.


Take a look at the winners list and see if you agree with their choices:

Mass Categories:
1) Best New Bath and Body Product - Mass
The Sanctuary - Ultra Rich Body Butter

2) Best New Haircare/Styling/Colouring Product – Mass
Batiste - Dry Shampoo Fresh

3) Best New Everyday Facial Skincare Product – Mass
Dr Organic - Organic Rose Otto Facial Serum

4) Best New Skincare Treatment Product –Mass
Lanolips - 101 Ointment

5) Best New Make-up Product – Mass
RapidLash – RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum

6) Best Classic Beauty Product – Mass
Bio-Oil - Bio-Oil

7) Best New Men’s Grooming Product – Mass
Nivea For Men - Q10 Revitalising Gel

8) Best New Brand – Mass
Dr Organic

Lanolips


Prestige Categories:

9) Best New Bath and Body Product – Prestige
Balance Me - Rose Otto Body Wash

10) Best New Haircare/Styling Product –Prestige
Liz Earle Naturally Active Haircare - Botanical Shine Shampoo

11) Best New Everyday Facial Skincare Product – Prestige
Clarins - Multi-Active Day Early Wrinkle Correction Cream

12) Best New Skincare Treatment Product – Prestige
Estée Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex

13) Best New Make-up Product – Face - Prestige
NARS Cosmetics - Orgasm Illuminator

14) Best New Make-up Product – Eyes or Lips - Prestige
Chanel - Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour

15) Best Classic Beauty Product – Prestige
Eve Lom – Cleanser

16) Best New Women’s Fragrance – Prestige
Chloé - Love, Chloé

17) Best New Men’s Fragrance - Prestige
Chanel - Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette

18) Best New Men’s Grooming Product – Prestige
Shiseido - For Men Skin Empowering Cream

19) Best New Brand – Prestige
Emma Hardie Amazing Face


Mass or Prestige Categories:

20) Best New Certified Organic Skincare Product – Mass or Prestige
Balance Me - Super Oil with Juniper and Bergamot

21) Best New Self Tan or Sun Care Product – Mass or Prestige
Elizabeth Arden - Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense for Face SPF 50

22) Best New Hand and Nail Care Product - Mass or Prestige
All for Eve - Swarovski Crystal Nail File

23) Best British Brand –Mass or Prestige
Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

24) Best Iconic Beauty Product – Mass or Prestige
Elizabeth Arden - Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

I can't say I agree with all the choices, but one item which definitely gets the thumbs up from me is the All For Eve glass nail file. It's so good! I thought I'd lost mine over the weekend and almost a meltdown! Glad to see Chanel Bleu has been recognised too- it smells gorgeous and is currently my OH's fave scent. Check out Emma Hardie's Amazing Face, if you get the chance. I've used it again since my orignal review of it here and although I'm still not a fan of the packaging, I can't deny that it is a good cleanser.

Superdrug, main sponsor of the awards this year have dedicated a page on their site to the CEW winning products that they stock and also an insight into the preparation for the annual CEWawards. You can check that out here.

Spot any of your favourite products in the winners list? Do you have faith in these type of beauty awards?

Feel as Fresh as a Daisy - with Wahanda

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The world famous Chelsea Flower Show opens its doors to the public today, and although staring at flowers all day is certainly not my cup of tea, the influence the show has had on spa treatments cannot be ignored.


The show takes place today (24th) through to the 28th May and here are just a few floral treatments you can enjoy over the course of the show on Wahanda.com

1. Bach Flower Remedies: homeopathic treatments that target negative emotional states that can cause illness. Available nationwide.

2. English Rose Treatment: An exotic rose petal foot bath and foot massage including exfoliation and massage. This treatment also offers Thai, Hawaiian and Swedish massages infused with rose and an Elemis facial. Available at the InterContinental London Park Lane.

3. Herbal and Flower Essence Treatments: designed to combat the signs of premature ageing, a holistic and homeopathic treatment. Available nationwide (click on the map to list salons offering the treatment)

Can't Get Enough Of ...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Elemis Skin Nourishing Shower Cream!

In my previous post I mentioned that I took a lot of Elemis products away with me on holiday, all included in my Alice Temperley for Elemis Safari Traveller Bag. As luck would have it, my allergic reaction flared up and I was unable to use the face products at all, as they just burned my face as they reacted to my irritated skin, so they were quickly abandoned. I did however indulge myself with Elemis' Skin Nourishing Cream on a daily basis, which I was very pleased to find included in the travel set.


I LOVE this product! OH MY GAH! It smells divine, much like the Skin Nourishing Milk Bath, which I reviewed here. In fact they smell absolutely identical. My main issue with the Nourishing Milk Bath was that it didn't lather very well at all - and I'm not one to just sit in flat bath water, I NEED BUBBLES in my life!

This however, is just perfect. It smells amazing, feels luxurious, lathers richly in the shower and leaves my skin feeling beautifully soft - even my husband started using it, much to my unamusement (why do men moan that you own too many products, yet help themselves to all your stuff?!). I must have forseen that this would happen as I purposely took two bottles away with me! It smells like freshly bathed new born babies - but better! Like hot sweet milk maybe and baked cookies maybe. Just think warm, sweet and comforting and you get the idea. No? Then try and figure out what Milk Protein, Jojoba Beads and Macadamia Oil smell like entwined, if you can't get to a counter for a whiff!

A 300ml bottle will set you back £20.50 - not obscenely expensive in my opinion and if you do decide to treat yourself, then it'll be a purchase you certainly won't regret, I guarantee it. I will happily repurchase this FOREVER! Still not willing to spend that much? Then check out Ebay where you can buy 100ml bottles in bulk, which work out cheaper overall - which is what I've been doing. I currently have six bottles and counting ...


Not a fan of Ebay? Then you can find Elemis stocked in large department stores and over at timetospa

Which product can't you get enough of at the moment?

Bargains at The Body Shop!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Just before I went away on holiday, I popped into The Body Shop to stock up on one of my favourite shower gels - Sweet Lemon. It had been my intention to walk out with ONE shower gel bottle! Needless to say, it didn't quite work out that way ..

First of all, I renewed my Love Your Body card for £5 in order to get 10% off my purchases for another year.


There's currently an ongoing promotion on their shower gels at the moment:
2 for £6 / 3 for £8 / 4 for £10

I opted for four ...

The Mango smelt so good, I bought two!

The sales assistant at the till then told me that if I spent over £25 that I could choose THREE full size products from the Originals line  -  a selection of handpicked bestselling products that The Body Shop used to carry in the 1980s. 

To make up my £25, I decided buy the famous Hemp Hand Protector to see what all the fuss is about and a round body brush to try my hand at some body brushing, which I haven't bothered with for yeeaaaaaaars!



The FREE Originals I chose were:

Green Apple Bath & Shower Gel
Passion Fruit Facial Cleansing Gel
Carrot Moisture Cream

Oh and to top it off, because I had renewed my Love Your Body card I was able to told to pick from a selection of the supersize (400ml) shower gels. I picked another bottle of Mango. Again, this was free!


Now in true fashion, I had totally forgotton that I'd bought all this and stumbled upon it last night! I didn't even end up taking my beloved Sweet Lemon shower gel away with me in the end, I took a load of Elemis stuff with me instead! I never cease to surprise myself at how easily I forget about purchases that I've made, I'm terrible! Does anybody else do this? At least once every six weeks, I'll come across a carrier bag, peer inside and coo "Oh yeah! I forgot about this/these" and carry on, happy as larry! At times my head is firmly in the clouds.

I'm also that person who pays for stuff in shops and then walks off without their purchases, having the poor sales assistant call after me!

Anyway, enough about my wreckless shopping habits, pop into your local branch if you fancy a splurge and some free treats from The Body Shop too!


Leave a Question - and Win a P&G Goody Bag!

Monday, May 16, 2011

On 2 June, P&G will be hosting a Summer Spa event, where ten brand ambassadors from brands such as Max Factor, Venus & Braun and Herbal Essences will be performing tutorials and be on hand to answer beauty/grooming questions which YOU can vote for in the poll below:




Just some of the beauty experts on hand to answer your questions ...




Caroline Barnes - Max Factor

Nichola Joss - Venus & Braun

 Ben Cooke - Herbal Essences

If you have another burning beauty or grooming related question of your own, which isn't featured on the poll, that you would like answered, then pop it in the comments box below and if chosen on the day, then you'll win a bumper goody bag full of P&G's top beauty products!!

Make sure you pop back on 3 June to check if your question was answered by the P&G ambassadors and see if you're a lucky winner!


** This is a sponsored post courtesy of Handpicked Media

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation - Coming Soon!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Remember a few months ago, when I attended the Illamasqua Black Beauty Masterclass, I mentioned we were treated to an exclusive peek at a new foundation they were working on?


Well I've been informed by a reputable source that Skin Base Foundation is being released next month, on June 25th! Back in October we were told there would be 18 shades in total - covering all light, medium and deep skin tones and that this will create some serious waves in the beauty industry.

Watch this space!

You Tube Wonder

Sunday, May 15, 2011

One thing I love about You Tube is amongst all the rubbish uploaded on a daily basis, you'll always find a diamond. I enjoy watching videos of ordinary folk singing and dancing. I''ll happily watch choreography videos for hours marvelling (or wincing) over dance routines to my favourite tracks.

I like stumbling upon undiscovered talent and hubby showed me this video a few days ago and I LOVE it. The originality these three friends inject into this performance they "filmed for fun" is a delight to watch. The two girls (the blonde one in particular) really show Rihanna up as nothing more than a pretty face. I mean, we all know her voice is pretty weak ..but listening to this is just further confirmation of what we already know.

Hope you enjoy this medley as much as I did.


Giveaway: Win Espa New Lift & Firm Collection

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Another day, another giveaway!

Espa, the internationally renowned spa and skincare brand have unveiled a sleek new look for 2011 and will be launching some exciting new additions to its current range of products.

The new Lift & Firm collection has been specifically developed to tackle the signs of ageing (something I'm becoming increasingly paranoid about), and is packed full of age-defying properties which promise supple, smoother and radiant looking skin.

 The new range reatures:

NEW Lift & Firm Mask (£45, 55ml)
NEW Lift & Firm Intensive Serum (£47.50, 15ml)
NEW Lift & Firm Moisturiser (£38, 25ml)
NEW Lift & Firm Eye Serum (£55, 15ml)
NEW Lift & Firm Intensive Eye Moisturiser (£40, 15ml)

View more info on the range here

I have one set of products the new Lift & Firm collection to give away to one lucky reader. If your skin is in need of a pick me up, then enter by answering the following question:

What is the name of the new anti-ageing collection by Espa?

a) Firm & Lift
b) Lift & Firm
c) Full & Light

RULES

1. Please leave your answer and an email address which you can be contacted on, should you win.

2. UK entrants only (sorry).

3. One entry per person (duplicates will be deleted)

4. The giveaway ends in one week, on Sunday 22 May 2011 at 11:59pm (GMT)

5. A winner be randomly selected using random.org and notified within 7 days of the giveaway ending.



** This is a sponsored post courtesy of Handpicked Media

Hello..Remember Me?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Some of you may have noticed I've been AWOL for a couple of weeks. I've been in Portugal with my beloved, which was lovely and it was so nice to just turn our phones off and escape away together!

The private beach at the back of our hotel. Bliss.

During the past couple of weeks I've fallen victim to the worst allergic reaction I've ever experienced in my life (I mentioned it on Twitter a couple of days ago), combined with a nasty bout of eczema on my hands and elbows. I suspect it was the Alpha H SPF50 which caused this latest outburst, even though I've used it before with no incident. I dunno ...is being allergic to SPF quite common?

I'm sick of the way my skin has been acting for the past few months and will be seeking a referral to a specialist from my doctor next week. In the meantime, I'd like to get tested for allergies and find out exactly what I should be cutting out of my diet and I'm busy researching clinics at the moment.


Nubar Giveaway Winners Announced!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Thank you to all who entered my Nubar polish Easter giveaway. The 10 winners are as follows, picked courtesy of Random.org.


Well done to ..

 Sarah
Get Gawjus!
Louise
Sadie
English Rose
Imo
Harpreet
BornFromSilence
Esha
Alisha


All winners have been emailed, so please checxk your inboxes and respond promptly so I can pass your details onto Feelunique.com who will be distributing your prizes.

Keep an eye out for another giveaway next week!

 

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