Monday, 26 January 2015

REVIEW| GLAMGLOW BRIGHTMUD EYE TREATMENT




Dark circles and puffiness under my eyes is something I've tackled since a young age. The years of having trouble sleeping, especially if it has been a tough week always show up on my face. As having sinus problems, allergies, thyroid or kidney problems bags may be more pronounced, I started to accept that I would never win the battle against my bags. When I saw that the GlamGlow Brightmud Eye Treatment targeted all under eye problems (dark circles, puffiness, brightening, tired eyes, hydrating, plumping...need I go on?) my first thought was, is this the superhero product I've been waiting for? Will I finally get rid of the slugs under my eyes? And for £39.99 on Feel Unique I thought it must be the one...

The product is a quick 3 minute treatment, which makes it easy to incorporate into any routine and its as simple as dabbing it on under your eyes and wiping it off when the time is up. So, it really is a great on-the-go product which makes sense considering its intended use is for Hollywood stars to use on set.




I could not possibly review this product without talking about the packaging. The silver box completely reflects the personality of the brand and the concept of 'glam'. When you first open the box it says 'hello sexy' which personally I think this is a genius packaging idea.

The first thing I noticed as soon as I received the package was just the vast amount of different natural high bioactivity, bentonits and mineral ingredients in the product and that it doesn't include parabens, sulfates and phthalates.
14% Nitroffeine™ - a caffeine formula which stimulates the lymphatic system to awaken the eyes with a tingling sensation.
5% Juvelane™ - has the same effects of retinol to revive the eye area.
TEAOXI™ - uses a combination peppermint, fatty acids, vitamins A and C to de-puff and brighten the eyes.

The pack features 12 chromes (pictured above) and within that two dimples that hold the same amount of product. The intention behind this is that one dimple is for each eye but on application it seems like a lot to put on. So I have occasionally only used one dimple for both eyes (especially as its not something I can easily repurchase given the price point), although I'm not sure whether this has affected the results.

I apply the treatment with my fingers under the eye area and leave it on for the recommended 3 minutes (it's not recommended to leave it for longer). When I apply the treatment there is a cooling, tingling sensation which if applied close to the eye can almost feel like a bit of a burn but at least you know the product is working. After the 3 minutes I simply wipe it off with a tissue or cotton pad. It's also advised not to use water to remove the product as it may mean that the ingredients will not continue to work.

To be honest I am still unsure about the results. I can't deny that I haven't noticed somewhat of a difference after application. The under eye area is smoother and fine lines look like they have been reduced, however, I noticed little contrast in the appearance of my dark circles. As I only use this product occasionally maybe with more frequent use I would see a bigger difference. Despite this I have heard people who have amazing results from this product.

I do believe that the £39.99 price is on the expensive side but when you work out the cost per chrome each chrome costs £3.34. If you use one dimple then it is £1.70 per use (a total of 24) and when you put it in that perspective the price isn't as scary as it is originally perceived to be. This is a product I will probably keep using but only in my pre-night out routine. Targeting dark circles is difficult and few products truly achieve this, and as I do have a predisposition to dark circles, as far as this product is concerned it does target eye problems to its full ability.

Andrea x

Thursday, 22 January 2015

REVIEW| CLINIQUE FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH


Ever since receiving this gift for Christmas I have been dying to write about it. The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Facial Cleansing Brush provides an affordable alternative to the Clarisonic retailing at nearly half the price.

The brush is roughly the size of my hand and the long neck of the brush allows a secure hold which makes it easy to control the movement of the brush on the face. Additionally, the egg-shaped brush head makes it easy to target different hard-to-reach areas of the face such as the side of the nose. The brush features two different types of bristles, softer ones suitable for gentle cleansing on the cheeks (the white area) and firmer bristles to target the T-zone (the green area). The combination of the two makes it perfect to tailor the brush to your skin's needs.

I use the brush in the second stage of my double cleansing routine along with the Elemis Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser. As I had never previously used a face brush before I wanted to allow my skin to adapt to the cleansing process and eased my way into using it in my daily routine.
Week 1 - I used the brush once a day for 30 seconds during my night-time cleansing routine.
Week 2 - 1 minute a day during my night-time cleansing routine.
Week 3 - 1 minute twice a day during both my morning and night-time cleansing.

I use the brush for 10 seconds on each area of the face, 10 seconds on each cheek, my nose, chin and forehead (so total cleansing time is actually 50 seconds). I use the white bristles on my cheeks, moving the brush over my face in circular motions and the green bristles on the T-zone and rest of my forehead in an up and down motion.

The brush has a timer which turns off after 30 seconds, which when washing your face for 1 minute is a slight inconvenience. I personally think they should have set the timer for 1 minute but this is a minor detail.

Upon the first use the brush felt hard against my face but after several uses it was unnoticeable. However, I have noticed that if I haven't used the brush for a day or so the brush will feel rough. It isn't necessary to press the brush into the face, as tempting as it may be it needs to be avoided in order not to damage the skin.

It is a product definitely worth the price tag I don't think I could ever go back to normal cleaning again. After the first use of the brush my skin immediately looked more radiant and although it has not removed my acne, it has prevented spots from developing by removing dirt that my face has collected throughout the day. The spots on my chin have nearly completely disappeared and I have seen a significant decrease in blackheads. My face always feels cleaner, smoother, brighter after usage and even make-up sits better on my face.

Some other great features are that the brush is lightweight and perfect for travel. It stays charged for 24 hours which means using it for 2 minutes a day results in the battery life of the brush being between 1 and 2 months (and you save space because you don't need to take your charger on holiday!).

It's also important to note that even though it feels as though your face is being exfoliated this brush does not actually exfoliate the skin.

Andrea x

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

THIS IS HER INFINITE VARIETY



I'm Andrea and welcome to my blog Her Infinite Variety.  

I thought I'd just tell you a bit about myself... I'm 21 years old in my third year studying Fashion Marketing at the University of Northampton. I'm a beauty enthusiast working in product development and marketing of beauty and personal care goods.  

I had been thinking about starting a blog for a while and I finally decided to start Her Infinite Variety as a way to share ideas and discuss the industry. This blog will feature honest product reviews, trends and tutorials.

I am really excited to finally start, happy reading!

Andrea x