Hallo stuff! I’m really loving you! – Sunday 27th February

Posted by Lipglossiping On February - 27 - 2011

I never get round to doing “products of the month” posts because there’s inevitably something else that I wanna blog about when the ‘critical’ time is approaching.

I do love reading other people’s picks though so instead of giving up on these type of posts completely I think I’ll just throw random ones out there when the mood takes me instead.  Who needs time restraints anyway?

1.  Gielly Green Argan Rescue Oil (£19.50)

This has given my dry, overprocessed hair such a lift these last few weeks.  I don’t know how it compares to the likes of Moroccan Oil which I haven’t tried yet but the Gielly Green Argan Rescue add shine, softness and smooth ends without being too heavy on my fine (but lots of it!) hair.

You can buy the Gielly Green Argan Rescue Oil here.

2.  Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel (£19.40)

I received a sample size of this tucked into my last Debenhams order and “uh oh”, ‘cos it’s on the repurchase list!

I’ve been trying to work out a morning skincare routine that suits my combo/dry skin and this has become my morning cleanser of choice.  Normally, I use a ‘cleansing gel’ to remove my makeup but this one is so light that a pea-sized amount cleanses my bare face beautifully.

It has a delicious ‘wake me up’ grapefruit scent and is the only cleansing gel/oil/balm type product I’ve used that makes me feel clean without doing a double cleanse.  Add to that the fact that it’s one of the least drying cleansers I’ve discovered and I’m delighted to start the day with this gem!

Now, I’ve said that… watch me hate it once I purchase the full size.  It’s always the way right?

You can buy the Elemis Melting Cleansing Gel here.

3.  Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum 20ml (£34.00) *

Now available in a travel-friendly 20ml bottle, Balenciaga Paris is simply exquisite.  I’m not sure how it manages to capture so much in one small bottle.

It opens with a crisp, floral freshness that announces itself with all the fervour that BIG openings bring before mellowing into something quite creamy yet grown-up.

It seems to capture both a lightness and a depth that feels more sensual, darker… naughtier!

My only gripe is that it needs a top-up every 3 hours or so as the fragrance sadly doesn’t last the day… but I guess that’s the benefit of a 20ml bottle!

You can buy Balenciaga Paris Eau de Parfum 20ml here.

4.  Bliss Blood Orange & White Pepper Hand Cream (part of a duo set that cost £8.00)

Beautifully citrusy with a hint of spice, this hand cream is light, fast-absorbing and nourishing.  The scent lingers for a short while and will keep you sniffing your hands until it fades!  It’s a great daytime moisturiser that sadly only comes in a 30ml tube.  I think it may be limited edition too…

Oh well, as much as I love it – I guess I’ll have to find something else to replace it.

You can buy Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Hand Cream here. (on offer!)

5.  Vicks First Defence (£7.14)

I know this is a bit of a weird one… but I’ve used it twice now at the onset of a cold.  As soon as I get that “drowning feeling” in the back of my throat, I pull this out and use as often as the directions allow me.  Whilst it hasn’t killed or cured the ensuing snuffles, it’s made a real difference to it’s severity.

The last two times I’ve used it, my cold hasn’t progressed into full-blown face ache/streaming nose type horrors as it normally would.  I’ve been able to get on with day-to-day life with a couple of paracetamol and this nasal spray nearby quite happily!

You can buy Vicks First Defence here.

6.  Sheer Cover Refreshing Face Mist (£12.95) *

Since my run in with the Prai o2 Infusion I reviewed yesterday, my skin has been in dire need of TLC and the Sheer Cover Refreshing Face Mist has provided this well.  Once made up in the mornings, I obviously can’t moisturise with normal creams and this refreshing spray gives my skin a hydration boost with a couple of squirts throughout the day.

It’s alcohol-free and at 60ml is handbag-friendly.

You can buy Sheer Cover Refreshing Face Mist here. (Guthy Renker sells products through a ‘membership’ scheme and you may need to cancel your membership if you don’t want automatic product topups every 90 days)

7.  Melvita Eye Contour Gel (£18.00) *

Organic brand Melvita failed to impress me first time round… I tried a particularly stinky oil that I just couldn’t bring myself to use because of it’s… um… aroma.  However, the Melvita Eye Contour Gel is a delight!

Incredibly lightweight and fast-absorbing, I’ve finally found an eye cream that I’m happy to wear under my makeup.  I’ve noticed a decrease in puffiness since incorporating this into my routine… not sure it does much for fine lines or dark circles but it feels wonderfully refreshing and lifting for bleary morning peepers!

You can buy Melvita Eye Contour Gel here.


What are you currently using and loving?

* press sample

24 Responses to “Hallo stuff! I’m really loving you! – Sunday 27th February”

  1. Rachel Neill says:

    Probably the same sort of thing as the Argan Oil, but I’m loving Amargan oil. I have thick hair and this does something magical to my hair with a small amount.

    • Oooh I’m sure they’re pretty simillar… I was also considering trying plain Argan oil from eBay which would be much cheaper but I don’t know how effective all the additives are in terms of hair softness.

      Perhaps I should give it a try and report back!

      The Amargan oil bottles are super cute!

  2. VexintheCity says:

    Loving the Balenciaga perfume too – gawjus!

  3. Jen says:

    Orange & white pepper hand cream? Interesting! I love interesting scents.

  4. Fee says:

    Also have the Orange & White Pepper Bliss hand cream and love it.
    Such a lovely scent.

    Fee x

  5. Becky says:

    The Elemis Melting Cleansing gel and Balenciaga perfume are definitely on my must-try list!

  6. Vijaya says:

    That hand cream looks awesome!

  7. Rachel says:

    Wow £118.99 in total to buy everything you recommended here. I wish I had half of that amount to spend on myself a month. Sorry to be critical.

    • You can be as critical as you want… though I’m not sure why you think I was recommending anyone go out and buy it ALL?!

      Hopefully it’s useful if someone is in the market for an alternative to Moroccan Oil… perhaps a new perfume to go and have a sniff of… or maybe someone will google the Vicks stuff, curious for opinions on it’s effectiveness… and comes across this post.

      And as for how much money I spend on myself a month, that’s no ones business but my own but there’s a beauty blog out there for every budget – one of the many reasons I love them so much!

  8. Rae says:

    Oh my god, yesyesyes to the Balenciaga! One of my faves :) (Funnily enough, though, it lasts all day on me – and into the night!)

    • I KNEW you loved this one but couldn’t find the post to confirm!

      Ok, if you love this I need to go hunt down that damn post to see what else I need to go sniff!

      • Rae says:

        Lol! I don’t even think it would be just one post; I can’t shut up about my love for this one. It’s getting a bit out of hand 😛

        Hmm… the Pradas aren’t too similar to this, but my love for L’Eau Ambree is right up there with my love for Balenciaga Paris, so perhaps give the line a try anyways? (Infusion d’Iris is a favourite of mine for a lighter scent; perfect for spring… and winter… actually, basically just perfect. Unless it’s 30 degrees in the sweltering heat.)

        Oh, and V&R Flowerbomb if you’re looking for something by the same nose! (I will get out there and try on anything by Olivier Polge, no matter what. Even if it’s a men’s cologne.) It’s definitely “rowdier,” but quite fun.


  9. Ooo, that Elemis cleanser sounds lovely! May have to give it a shot… Elemis is getting easier and easier to find in the states, my poor wallet!

  10. Grace London says:

    The Moroccan Oil was far too heavy for my hair. V tempted by the Gielly stuff!

    • I even have to use a few pumps of this and well, you know my hair isn’t anywhere near as long as yours!

      I still avoid the roots bar what’s left on my hands to smooth the flyaways.

  11. Cassie says:

    I so wanna try the eye gel now! I’m addicted to all eye products that promise to plump, give radiance, remove shadows, tighten, refreshen…etc.

    The Argan hair oil sounds like something I should try too. I’m using Chi Silk Infusions at the minute and love what the oil does to my hair, so really want to try the much raved about argan oil.

    Btw, I believe Debenhams have a sale with the Bliss handcream set for £4 currently, and free shipping for beauty cardholder members.


    Cassie x

  12. Alexia says:

    I’m totally with you on the Orange and Pepper, really original zingy scent with the usual rich Bliss handcream.

    After your review I’m going to have to get me some Elemis Melting, Cleansing Gel it sounds like the perfect product for combo skin. What other Cleansing Gels do you like? WHat do you think of the Rodial on?

    Lex x

    • I quite like the Clarins but it feels a bit heavier than the Elemis. The Rodial one is £50 for 100ml and I can’t get past that value for money (or lack of it) to bring myself to purchase.

      I really wanna try the Vaishaly one… but can’t bring myself to spend £59 on it. xx

  13. […] Answer: None.  I chop and change my hair products more than any other because I suffer from a very tempremental scalp that reacts in the flakiest of ways on a whim.  I can be using something without issues only for the itch to set in a few months down the line.  The only thing I’m really faithful to is my Gielly Green Argan Rescue Oil. […]

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