A couple of weeks ago I made my way after work to Roka on Charlotte Street for a very special event – the launch of a new range of products by one of my favourite beauty brands, DHC.
I arrived as the event was already in full swing. I met up with my friend Lili from Beauty and the Snob and had the opportunity to catch up with Abigail and Julia from Freedom PR, as I hadn’t seen them in ages! (Hi ladies! *waves virtually*)
That time of the month has finally arrived, and I don’t mean THAT time of the month. I mean the time to share and talk about the beauty products I have tried and added to my beauty regime this month.
Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (*) – Definitely one of the best mascaras I’ve ever tried. The wand is shaped like a a cone (it looks like a tiny Christmas tree) and is perfect for applying the product from the inner to the outer lashes effectively. The mascara product is quite liquid but thick at the same time and a single application is generous enough to make your eyelashes pop out like you’ve put on some fakes. I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to try a new type of mascara.
Nail polish additions – I can’t resist a nail polish bottle. It’s a real problem for me, I admit it. We have been through this before but in case you missed it last month, here is a photo of the extension of my problem. These cute Nails Inc bottles have been the latest additions to my collection and I found them in TK Maxx. TK Maxx is great for a bargain and the beauty products on offer are no exception.
ARTDECO (*) – I have to admit that I didn’t know this brand existed until I was sent an email offering a couple of samples to try. With a name like that, I was sold immediately, as I love anything Art Deco! My ignorance of the brand is due to the fact that only now they are launching in the UK, despite going for 3o years already in Germany! For this reason, Art Deco are offering a 30% discount on all sales from the website on their most emblematic products. You can find them not only on the website but also at Debenhams. I have tried the Ultra Quick Dry Top Coat (seeing that I love my nail polish, this is great) and the High Precision Liquid Liner (great for my and both work really well
Another review today here on the blog. This time we are looking at a couple of new products by DHC, from their Pore Collection. If you’ve been reading the blog for long enough, you will know that I’ve tried some of their products before and have so far been satisfied with the results.
The Pore Collection products seem to be as good as everything else I have tried before. It promises to help with your skin pores, as they tend to widen with age and sun damage. Having a good cleansing routine also helps with the appearance of your skin as it prevents dirt from accumulating and causing those horrible blackheads or pimples. (Did you see about that guy who popped a 20 year old zit? Why would anyone keep a zit for that long? My next question is, why make a video of it? But, I digress…).
Pore Face Wash – A staple in anyone’s beauty routine, the face wash feels gentle on your skin even though it does have exfoliating agents, baking soda and pear juice alpha hydroxy acids. It lathers quite well and leaves your face feeling refreshed without stripping away at your skin, leaving you with a nice grapfruit scent.
Pore Cleansing Oil – The cleansing oil, as its classic counterpart that I have reviewed previously, did not disappoint me either. As always, all makeup and grime gets dissolved away by the water soluble oil, leaving a clean sensation on the skin. This product really is one of my favourites in my beauty routine and this version of it features nine hydrating oils: coconut, argan, evening primrose, olive, grape seed, jojoba, avocado, sesame and rice bran. As well as the face wash, it has a pleasant grapefruit scent.
What beauty products have you tried and liked recently?
I’ve been asked to trial two more DHC products and as always, the quality is not disappointing.
First product I received was the Velvety Red Premium lipstick GE. I have to say I expected it to be a bit more red, as I like bright red lipstick but the quality completely compensated the colour being a bit blander than I would normally wear. It’s no exaggeration when it says on their website that it has ‘revitalising ingredients’ – it has to be the smoothest lipstick I’ve ever used! My lips felt hydrated and smooth all the time, something doesn’t always happen, even with some more expensive products. Nothing worse than having cracked lips caked with lipstick… I would also note the quality of the packaging – as you can see, the metallic case is is decorated and has a somewhat more luxurious feel than a regular plastic case would have. Not bad for a product in this price range. I just checked the and it’s also on sale, so you get an absolute bargain, as it’s great value for the money.
The second product is less exciting in terms of looks but not in terms of effectiveness. I’m talking about the Revitalizing Moisture Strips, designed to be applied around your mouth area, to help fight dryness that causes those pesky lines and wrinkles. The strips are made of polymer gel and are infused with antioxidant-rich olive leaf extract, brightening alpha-arbutin and mulberry. Check the link for a full list of ingredients. I’ve been using them every now and then over the last few weeks and they feel extremely comfortable on, and very fresh. Apply after your cleansing regime and you’ll see how pleasant it feels. Now that I am becoming a lady of a certain age, these things come in very handy!
Have you tried any of these products before?
I’ve reviewed a few products in the past as you know, and so far I’ve never really gushed about much, but as with anything in life, there’s always a first time for everything. You see, I don’t really feel like I have to be extra positive about anything just because it was sent to me for a review, although until now I haven’t had any bad experience and I’m happy for that.
The reason for all this is the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – it’s a case of ‘Where have you been all my life”? I tried this product and have been using it ever since as I am super happy with it. Basically you pump a bit of oil onto your hand, rub it on your dry face and it will dissolve away all the makeup and grime, as simple as that (and make you look like a panda). I swear I have never seen anything remove all the mascara so well and quickly – forget about all the other makeup removers in the market, this is it. It reminded me of these TV infomercials from the 90’s that advertised this miracle gel that cleaned everything, that’s how good it is.
I’ve read some reviews online by other people saying that it caused their skin to break out but I had no such problem. As with any other skincare product, the reaction might depend on each individual’s skin. I would say that if you aren’t prone to acne or blemishes, that you should try it and see for yourself.
The DHC Eyelash Tonic, although is heralded as an award winning product, I didn’t feel as enthusiastic about it as with the oil. This is especially indicated for people with weak eyelashes and that’s not really my case, I fortunately have a pretty full natural set of them. I tried it a few times but as I tend to stay in bed as much as possible every morning (I’m NOT a morning person), some days my makeup routine gets cut into the bare basics, which means that adding an extra product on the eyelashes becomes superfluous. All I can say is that it didn’t hurt, as my eyelashes didn’t fall off.
Both of these products have olive oil as the main ingredient and originate in Japan. Have you tried any of them or any oil based products before?
PS: products have been sent for consideration, opinions expressed are my own.