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It’s been a while, I know. I’m sorry. There are several reasons for this, the most relevant being my masters degree, which has been relentlessly kicking my ass. I come bearing a peace offering gift in the form of a new review =)

Behold, Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream!

2013-06-19 09.48.08

Ingredients: Glycerin, Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (vitamin E), Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Camphor, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Hydrogenated Coco-glycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, EDTA, Methylparaben, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sodium Hyajuronate.

Product Description: “Concentrated glycerin moisturizer (enriched with Vitamins B2, C & E) helps hydrate, soothe and smooth rough, dry and extremely dry skin. Non-greasy formula absorbs instantly and stays locked in for hours. ‘A little dab goes a long way’.”

My Experience: I was terribly unhappy with the state of my skin over the winter. It was dry, more bumpy than usual and more sensitive than usual. There was flakiness across my forehead and around my nose that laughed in the face of exfoliators and creams. And my makeup looked cakey and dry. Yum. Anyway, I was desperately in need of a heavy duty moisturizer and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. Also, it’s been my obsession for a few months now to find skincare products that aren’t expensive and contain several good key ingredients. This moisturizer ticks all those boxes. It’s a balm, not a cream, so it squeezes out thick like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. It’s yellow, which is odd for a moisturizer, but it doesn’t disturb me. I put a small blob of this on my forehead, cheeks and chin and spend a couple minutes massaging it in. It responds well to the heat of your hands and blends easily after a few seconds. And my skin sucks this up within minutes. It’s not heavy. It leaves my skin feeling soft and dewy without being sticky or greasy. Now, the smell. It’s not a great smell. I think Sam of the Pixiwoo sisters got it right on when she said it smells like Vicks. This is true, but it’s not a deal breaker. The smell dissipates quickly after you’ve rubbed it in and I like the results and the price well enough to put up with it. My skin is a lot happier now that I’ve been using this twice a day. It’s softer, smoother and I can feel the moisture in my skin hours after I’ve applied it. Plus it’s tamed my flakiest areas and now my makeup glides on. This stuff is no frills – it’s one of those basic multi-purpose gems that can be used for the whole family and on an array of dry areas including lips, hands, feet and cuticles. And a 33g tube has lasted me 2 months and going, which is more than I can say for some high-end 50g pots I’ve used in the past. I’m turning with the tide. Maybe basic really is better.

The Skinny: A great multi-purpose moisturizer that’s safe for the whole family to use and treats dry skin all over the body. It sinks in fast, quenches thirsty skin and contains some great ingredients. The smell could be off-putting for some, but it’s such a good product I’m happy to put up with it.

Cost:

USA: $16 for 1.25 oz, $25 for 2.5 oz from Sephora

UK: £12.50 for 33g, £19.50 for 70g from Cult Beauty

Rating: 5/5

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

Winner of multiple skin care and beauty awards

Product Description: “The ultimate pick-me-up for tired, stressed skin—Clarins best-selling radiance booster helps eliminate signs of fatigue in a flash! Instantly moisturises, brightens and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed”.

My Experience: This product has been on my radar for a long time. And I’ll admit, albeit sheepishly, that I bought two Clarins products just to get their promotional gift pack, which included a travel size of this balm. Anyway, this is a little tube of wonder and shall remain a permanent fixture in my life. It’s loaded with soothing and nourishing ingredients. My skin drinks it up and within minutes I can see and feel the difference. My pores look smaller, my skin tighter, and the glow is akin to a wilting flower surging to life after a much-needed infusion of water. Skin texture also improves. It’s plumper, more even and makeup glides on butter smooth. As others have said, this isn’t something you use everyday, lest your skin get used to it and fail to noticeably perk up. I’ve been using it once a week, on a day when I want to look particularly fresh and beaming. This isn’t a cheap product, but everyone would benefit from a little slice of radiance to brighten their skin on a lacklustre day. I know I do.

The Skinny: A wondrous balm that tightens and improves the look of your skin while imparting a radiant glow. Pricey but worth it.

Cost:

UK: £25.20 from feelunique.com

USA: $45 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)

Ingredients: Mango, shea and coconut butter

Product Description: Provides baby soft, healthy glowing lips and beautiful shiny color

My Experience: This is a stellar product from Revlon. These lip butters come in an array of colors from neutrals to brights and the consistency is wonderfully creamy. Application is butter smooth; lips feel soft and hydrated and stay that way. In fact, my lips stay hydrated even after I remove the lip butter. This particular shade is perfect for summer. It’s a soft pink flecked with gold and while it’s subtle, when the light catches the gold it’s really rather beautiful. And the more you layer this, the better it looks. It goes well with bronzed skin or smokey eyes, and it’s also great when paired with just a slick of mascara for a simple, fresh look. Also, if you apply this and then blot with tissue, the color is removed but all the gold flecks remain on your lips like fairy dusting. Apply a clear gloss over top and you’ve got a shimmery golden lip that’s magical against bronzed skin. I like the packaging of this product too – sleek, bright and slightly translucent. Be careful carrying this around in the sun, though. The formula is so soft it may get a bit messy in the heat.

The Skinny: A versatile lip product that combines the texture of a balm with the pigment of lipstick. Great colors, great formula, great price.

Cost:

UK: £7.99 from Boots

USA: I think this color is called Pink Parfait in the USA. $7.49 from Ulta

Rating: 5/5