15 September 2014

Essence PureSkin Purifying Nose Strips

I was never quite bothered with my blackheads. I do occasionally squeeze them but I never used a specific product to remove them. I tried a nose strip when I was 12 but it wasn't that effective so I figured all the strips were the same. That was until I tried the Essence PureSkin Purifying Nose Strips (look at me talking as if I'm in a commercial...).

Essence's PureSkin range came out recently and I decided to give the nose strips a whirl first. The range is specifically designed for younger girls with very budget friendly prices. The strips were €1.89 which is a complete bargain. 

It comes in a tiny envelope-like case which contains 3 strips. On the back it says it is designed to unclog pores, remove excess out and lift away blackheads. It also states that if you use it on a regular basis, it will prevent new blackheads. Quite a bold statement to make in my opinion. 

As I said, the pack contains three individual strips which are also packed as shown above. You just tear it from the top or bottom and you are left with this;

The strip is stuck on a clear rectangular paper and to apply all you have to do is;

  1. Make sure your nose and your hands are clean
  2. Slightly wet your nose
  3. Pull off the strip from the plastic
  4. Place it on your nose
  5. Rub it on your nose
  6. Wait 15 minutes
  7. Rip it off gently
  8. Wash the excess.

One thing you have to remember is to not remove it in one go. You have to do it slowly and definitely don't do it from one side. Pull off the right side first, then the left side,  for the bridge of your nose remove it from the bottom pulling upwards. That is more effective and I learned that after my second try. 
If you use that method you are left with almost %70 of your blackheads looking disgusting on the used strip. I couldn't believe I had those tiny disgusting things blocking my pores. You are then left with open pores and a very smooth nose :D 

This is from my first try in which I only pulled it from one side. As you can see, on the left which is where I started to pull got all the blackheads but the rest wasn't so effective.
I definitely recommend this product and I will try other products from the PureSkin range as soon as possible.

I have read quite a lot beforehand about blackheads so I'm thinking about writing a whole post just about blackheads and what causes them/how to get rid of them. Do tell if that's something you would like to read about. 

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely day :)

09 September 2014

Lancome Juicy Tubes | Melon

I was fresh out of ideas for my blog when I decided to shop my stash and try to find products to tell you about. I was looking for things to rave about when I suddenly saw Lancome Juicy Tubes in Melon. I realised I haven't worn that since forever so I decided to put it on... and then I remembered why I never use it.

I have to say, I'm not the biggest fan of lip glosses. It's so hard to find a lipgloss that doesn't feel sticky or just makes my lips feel oily 5 minutes after I put them on. (Does anyone else get that feeling? I never heard anyone mention that but I always feel like the place around my lips get super oily whenever I put on a lipgloss.) 

Having said that, I honestly don't like anything about this product. First of all, in the tube the gloss looks very opaque and I expected it to be quite pigmented. It wasn't at all. It gives close to no colour on your lips and just looks transparent.

The biggest problem for me is the stickiness. I have come across quite a lot of glosses that aren't too sticky but this one is definitely not one of them. The second you apply it, you can feel it on your lips. It has a very heavy texture and just doesn't feel good. The worst part is, even after you wipe it off you can still feel that sticky feeling on your lips. It's hard to get it off your lips. 

There is one thing about the lipstick though that I'm not sure if it's a plus or not. The scent. As the name suggests the lipgloss has a watermelon scent to it which I used to love as a kid when I had a watermelon scented lip balm. Now I just find that smell so artificial and I don't even want to call it a watermelon scent. Yes it's a nice scent but it doesn't smell real or awakens anything in me.

The gloss does plump your lips and makes them look glossy and I've read reviews about it which say that it lasts for a very long time(I never got to that stage as the feeling bothered me too much so I had to take it off as soon as I put it on) and there are a lot more shades of the product. The others might be better but as for this one, I definitely don't recommend it to anyone! 
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