ESSE COCOA EXFOLIATOR
I haven't tried much Esse although they are popular in blogging circles so I looked forward to this, especially as it's cocoa! I have a cocoa body scrub and cocoa mask from other brands, so it was nice to compliment those with a cocoa face scrub. And oh my word, it's bloody delicious (not that I licked my lips or anything when it was on, ahem).
To improve the exfoliation, the idea is to not add too much water when you put it on the face, but I did find myself adding a bit as scrubs are usually a bit painful for me if I try to use them too dry. This made a lovely paste that I took the time to massage my face with before rinsing (expect a muslin that looks like a dirty protest - ©Alan Partridge).
My face felt amazing afterwards. It's a glorious night time treat and the one disappointing thing about this product is you can only use it once a week! 😋
Ingredients: Glycerin, Sucrose, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Powder, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Schinziophyton Rautanenii (Manketti) Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil*, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Citric Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Vanilla Planifolia Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil*, Linalool***, Citronellol***, Geraniol*** *ingredients from organic farming ***component of natural essential oils 99% of the ingredients are from natural origin 13% of the ingredients are from organic farming 8% of the ingredients are fair trade
THE EARTH WORKS COSMETICS REGENERATING NIGHT TREATMENT
This is a brand that I've seen on Love Lula before but never read any reviews for. They are a family-run business making vegan, cruelty-free skin and body care.
I was expecting a cream, but this is a thick balm to be used after cleansing. I prefer to use my balms for cleansing rather than facial moisturisers and I found this heavy. It didn't sink in very well and while I was reading in bed which I always do after my skin care, I kept touching my face and trying to rub it in. So after having a chat at the TEWC website, I found I was using too much and I also didn't need to use it over serum and oil as I was doing - doh! So I decided to use this twice a week as a treatment straight after cleansing and toning. It felt much better without serum and oil and was better absorbed. In the morning, my skin felt nice and soft. It's definitely a good one to use if time is short at night and you want to get straight into your beauty sleep and for those who don't use serum or oil.
ERE PEREZ OAT MILK FOUNDATION IN LIGHT
Ere Perez make-up gets great reviews so I chose their vegan medium-coverage foundation to try.
Firstly, the shade is perfect. I've been so lucky with every natural foundation I've tried.
Secondly, the product notes state 'blend, blend, blend!' and I certainly see why because I didn't find it easy to apply. I used both a brush and a beauty blender and frankly my hand was aching at the end of using the blender, I kid you not. I expected it to just melt on but you need a well-moisturised face and time to perfect this foundation. It provides good coverage and I do like it, but I need a bit more practice with it. It's not the one to use if you have 2.5 seconds allocated to foundation application on work mornings, like me.
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