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May 12, 2013

Review Round-Up #3

twisted sista serum l'occitane precious cream elizabeth arden 8 hour cream ren ita mineral day cream in situ cosmetics rose 24 hour hydration cream

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Cream
I love L'Occitane's skincare products but this particular day cream isn't really suited to my skin type so I didn't really fall in love with it. The Immortelle Precious Cream is an anti-aging product aimed at normal to dry skin, I used it at my night cream for about two weeks before I ran out of product, and found it just a tad too heavy for my skin. It's a fantastically rich and nourishing face cream though and the packaging is really luxurious, the small sample I have is just a miniature of the normal size. If you have very dry skin or are starting to think about using a high quality anti-ageing cream then you might be interested in trying this one as I could imagine that it would be very effective. Fullsize available for £43 here.

Twisted Sista Different Strokes Hair Serum*
This is a product I received way back at the #bbloggersxmas meet-up. I've been using it a lot since then (this bottle is two thirds empty) and although there are some fantastic qualities to this serum (the smell for one is just so, so gorgeous) it hasn't been life changing. It does a good job of eliminating some of my frizz but it just never tames it all. It's a great product for people who just need a little bit of help but if you have very frizzy hair then I wouldn't recommend this. Available for £1.99 here.

In Situ Cosmetics 24 Hour Hydration*
I received this sample at a Leeds' bloggers meet up and, as it is such a small samples, have primarily been using this as an on-the-go hand cream. I usually apply this just before I go outside into the (absolutely crazy) wind that Leeds just can't seem to get enough of. I find it's done a great job of hydrating my skin and I quite like the thick formula of it. I've looked into In Situ as a brand and I love how much you can customize their skincare ranges (you can choose the ingredients, scent, formula etc of all the products). Rosebud, the scent I received, is nice but it isn't very strong but you can order sample sizes, such as the one I received, before ordering full sizes to see if you like the product. A lovely touch that would definitely encourage me to try out more of their products in the future. You can find out more about In Situ here.

Elizabeth Arden Fragrance Free Eight Hour Cream
I was hugely skeptical about this product when I first received it as I was absolutely sure that I'd tried it before and hadn't liked it. When I finally picked it up I started using it as a lip balm and really loved the consistency. I love using this before bed (it's replaced my Body Shop Lip Butter) and I'm going to be using this daily until I run out! Would definitely recommend this getting this if you have dry lips but it is also supposed to be great for any dry skin you might have too! Fullsize available for £25 here.

Ren Vita Mineral Day Cream

I don't talk about Ren enough on my blog, especially considering how many of their products I've tried over the last year. I have a ridiculous amount of their samples so I'll definitely incorporate these into my Review Round-Up posts from now on. This Day Cream is really gentle but really thick and nourishing. I don't love the smell of it but I really love how soft and moisturised it leaves my skin feeling. I love using this sort of product on my cheeks, which are dry and sensitive, but don't use this on my oily t-zone. I think this is incredibly effective, contains only good ingredients and would be a fantastic day cream for any of you with normal type skin. Fullsize available for £25 here.

I try a lot of sample size products so it's lovely to be able to share reviews of them with you, I hope you enjoyed reading a little bit about the ones I've been using lately! Have you tried any of these products before?



  1. Great bunch of products. I have the Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream and it is a product I could never live without again!
    Rachel xx

  2. Some great products there, I'm yet to try the Elizabeth Arden one xx

  3. Love reading sample reviews! I thought the same with the L'Occitane cream, was much too heavy for my skin sadly, even though I only used a tiny amount as a night cream. My mum's mature & dry skin absolutely loves it though! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  4. Although I haven't used the twisted sister serum, I have used the curl activatar spray and apart from the VERY strong smell like you said it is quite a nice quality product considering the price of the brand...and I love reading sample size reviews :) xx


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