Monthly Archives: October 2012

E.L.F Eyebrow Collection

I thought it might be interesting to try a brow stencil. I love immaculate eyebrows and I always wonder how the woman I admire achieve them. I am quite fortunate with mine as they are quite low maintenance. My only niggle is that they are quite a bit fairer than my hair so they aren’t as bold as I would like them.

I recently purchased the above eyebrow collection from E.L.F as they were having a 30% sale and I was intrigued. I believe I only paid around £3 for it and I think that is very good value.

The collection includes: 4 reversible stencils (easy wipe clean), eyebrow brush, Wax and setting powder duo and a clear setting eyebrow gel.

The quality of the above items was very surprising… I mean what can you possibly expect from such a cheap purchase?!

Below is the result:

I used the third stencil down to create my ideal arch. The brush was very good quality and the wax and setting powder were smooth and extremely easy to use. I did a very slap dash job of this but I really think they could look amazing with a little more time. I was quite happy with the colour although I could probably afford to go a little darker.

All in all I thought this was a steal but would I use this on a daily basis? Probably not… I am just too lazy. But I might if I was going out for a special occasion.

You can buy it here for £6:

http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/product~prodID~537.htm

Wax & Kohl Rating: 3.5/5

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Liz Earl Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

My search for ‘The One’ has ended. The everyday cleanser that will comfortably remove all of my make-up, gently exfoliate and leave me with clear, smooth and healthy looking skin. I have never used a cleanser that has given me such quick and successful results. My skin has never looked healthier!

This is a beautiful product encased in a stylish matt finish pump bottle. It also comes in a handy zip-up travel case with (not just one) but two muslin cloths.

The main ingredients are Rosemary, Chamomile, Cocoa butter, Hops and Eucalyptus essential oil. It’s most prominent fragrance is Eucalyptus and I love it. It makes you feel like you are in a luxurious spa having a steam. It clears all your sinuses and gives your skin a detox. It makes you feel awake in the morning and clears your head before bed. I feel like this product both energises and relaxes me.

I gently massage it onto dry skin using small circular motions. This helps to start moving the make-up on your face. I then put my muslin cloth under the hot tap and ring out any excess water. I begin removing the daily grime and dirt from my face with the warm cloth.

I have now used this cleanser day and night for the last two weeks and can only say that I am whole heartedly sold after seeing such an incredible change in my skin. I now never have issues with breakouts, nor do I have dry or greasy patches and my make-up sits much more comfortably on my skin and is visibly much smoother and illuminated.

You can purchase it from here for £14.25

http://uk.lizearle.com/lp-face-cleansers?gclid=COylsIqFk7MCFePHtAod1EMA5Q

Wax & Kohl Rating: The Easiest 5/5

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Rodial and Vichy Samples

Rodial’s 5 Minute Facial

I tend to avoid sachet samples like the plague.. for some reason they irritate me. Perhaps because they are so small and stingy that you can’t get a real feel for the product because the amount given to you doesn’t cover your whole face…

Well that’s exactly how I felt when I started to use this sample. It says to apply the clay mask all over your face and neck but I could only stretch this one sachet over my T zone. Luckily I had two so I was able to thinly cover my whole face. This immediately put me in a bad mood because I like to apply clay masks generously and I always take my facial products down my neck as well. After all it is supposed to feel like you are pampering yourself.

My other issue was that the mask smelt like limestone (if you know how that smells) and had small granules in it. Since I wasn’t using an exfoliater (which I rarely use anyway because I don’t like abrasive products on my skin) I couldn’t see a reason for needing them. See the small hiccup with lack of product in the sachet had set me up to hate this sample before I gave it a fair chance (take note Rodial).

However.. When the mask dried my skin felt all tingly and firm but not solid and it did not crack. I have very sensitive skin so I am more often than not allergic to moat masks. I was pleasantly surprised when I had no reaction to this product. I washed it off after about 5ish minutes with my fingers (as instructed) and realised that the granules gently exfoliated my skin while I washed the product off. It wasn’t unpleasant at all.

My skin felt soft, plump and looked illuminated, just as if I had paid £50 for a nice facial in a posh spa.

I was thoroughly impressed with the results and was shocked that its only £10.95 for the full size. I would definitely purchase this.

Wax & Kohl Rating: 5/5

Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum

I decided to use this serum after the 5 minute facial and I have to say I was quite dubious.. I’m not keen on the whole ‘snake’ connection and I had another presumption that it would be highly fragrant and I would have a reaction to it… Wrong again.

For starters, unlike the 5 minute facial sample, this sample had loads of product in it and comfortably covered my whole face and neck. Lovely. It did smell quite a lot like Royal Jelly, which I don’t particularly like but it was ok. It made my skin feel tighter immediately which wasn’t 100% comfortable but I have to say.. my skin looked great. I was again pleasantly surprised by such good results. Firm, healthy and soft skin.

The only real downside is the price. It’s £29 which I think is quite pricey for a Serum. Especially since a serum is not completely necessary to your skin regime. And I can pick one of my favourite’s up from Soap and Glory for under £15. Nevertheless I would say , in my opinion, that it is probably worth it.

You can purchase both Rodial products from http://www.rodial.co.uk

Wax & Kohl Rating 4/5

Vichy Idealia Day Care Cream

I used this moisturiser after using the Rodial Snake Serum. I don’t like moisturiser that you have to dip your finger into as you are affectedly putting bacteria into your lovely face cream. Not very hygienic. Its fine for a sample but the full size 50ml is a pot as well. So I would advise using a clean ear bud to get out some product and not double dipping.

The moisturiser had a nice subtle fresh and fruity scent that I liked a lot. It was calming and gentle. The consistency wasn’t too thick and spread very easily. My skin felt very comfortable afterwards and looked radiant. It felt soft and moisturised and I was very happy with the results.

Its £25 for the full 50ml which is a little expensive but not completely unreasonable if you can make it last.

You can purchase it from Boots Pharmacy.

Wax & Kohl Rating 4.5/5

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L’Occitane Cocoa Flower Lip Balm

This is a quick update to tell you how much I am enjoying my Cocoa Flower lip balm from L’Occitane.

This was an impulsive buy that I picked up because I had never tried anything from the brand. I think it was around £8, so more than I would usually pay for a lip balm but less than most of the other products in the shop. There is a lot of product in the tube and the fact that it’s 100% organic makes me feel less guilty for purchasing it on a whim.

I love the packaging. It has an old school French pharmacy appearance and it smells delicious. A subtle mix of Shea, coconut and chocolate.

It’s incredibly moisturising and gives your lips a clear glossy look.

Whenever the weather gets colder I struggle to keep my lips in good condition. This lip balm has been the solution to my problem.

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