Saturday, 21 September 2013

Phillips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush

I was so excited when Phillips asked me to review their new VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush, I have always longed for a Clarisonic, but these cleansing brushes are expensive, and lets face it none of us want to pay for a product that doesn't work or deliver visible results, right?

Philips VisaPure
Philips VisaPure
I've only been using the VisaPure for a week, and I am hooked, it gives a real deep clean, without being harsh on the skin.
Phillips claim it to be '10 times more effective than hand cleansing' and I have to say after test driving this little wand of genius I agree, it really does clean every nook and cranny, sweeping away every last trace of make up and dirt.
I was not overly convinced that it'd be easy to hold and use when I first opened the box, but I was wrong, it's really sleek and smooth. 
If you've ever looked into getting a facial cleansing brush before you'll have noticed that you have to use specially designed products in order to use the brush, not with the VisaPure! It's designed to compliment your current skincare routine, and for me that says it all really. Phillips believe the product works so well without the need of adding in additional expensive skincare products.

I'm currently using The Body Shop's Tea Tree skincare system, and I like the fact that the tea tree face wash keeps bacteria at bay on my brush head.

There are some great features this little pink wand of goodness has to offer, I LOVE the timer feature one minute split into three x 20 second sessions. 
I split my face into 3 sections when using the brush, I do my left cheek, right down onto the neck area and up to my underneath my eye area (never on the eyes), then repeat on the right hand side, and then onto my T Zone. I love how clean and fresh my skin feels at the end of the minute. You can choose from 2 speeds, I use the slowest speed on all area's except any where I have breakouts or if I fancy a deeper weekly exfoliation I will use the faster speed all over. I've also noticed how much better my moisturiser sinks into my skin, and I feel like I'm getting the very best out of my skincare now I'm using this brush. 

This shows the VisaPure in operation in speed one & two, the lights are not visible when the brush isn't in use. 
The charging stand allows the VisaPure to air dry after each use and keeps it all neat and tidy, I have to be totally honest when I first opened the VisaPure I really did think it looked like something that you should maybe be hiding in your underwear drawer, but it is sleek and girly in it's design so you shouldn't be afraid to display it in your bathroom. 

The charging stand allows air to pass through and dry the brush head. 
The VisaPure is waterproof so you'll be able to use it in the bath or shower without having to worry, and the protective cap means you can take it on your travels with you too! 

For me the only negative is the plug, it comes with a 3 pin plug so you have to charge it in your bedroom, I think this is a major flaw in the design as a 2 pin bathroom shaver plug would be a lot more convenient. 

After speaking to fellow Bloggers this beats the Clarisonic hands down apparently, the smaller brush heads mean greater precision, along with the cheaper brush head costs (£8 for VisaPure, £21 for Clarisonic) 
You get 2 brush heads with the VisaPure a sensitive one (white and pink below) and the normal cleansing brush (white below) although you can also purchase the exfoliating head (white and grey below)
I'm officially a facial cleansing brush convert, I will never be without one now! 

Boots currently have the VisaPure on offer with almost £15 off, so if your thinking of investing...do it now! 
Boots VisaPure Offer They usually retail at around £150. 

Do you own a cleansing brush? 

Make Up Brushes.....How often do you clean yours?

My essential make up brushes, a mix of MAC, Real Techniques and EcoTools

The brushes you use to apply your make up everyday harbour bacteria and germs ewww gross! So it's really important to keep them clean.

I will confess that until recently I have always used baby shampoo to clean my brushes, which keeps them clean, but it doesn't help my oily/combo skin looking flawless.

Enter.....No7's Make Up Brush Cleanser, it's just £8 for a generously sized 185ml pump bottle. This brush cleanser is suitable for both everyday & deep cleansing of your brushes. If your using a brush for shadow and need to change the colour this stuff is perfect for a quick drying spritz and you'll have a clean brush to work with, or for your monthly deep clean you can grab a bowl of warm water and dispense a pump into your hand, working it through the brush to make a nice soapy lather, and rise off.

It really does leave your brushes squeaky clean & looking good as new.

How often do you clean your make up brushes?

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

How Expensive Is Your Face?

Ever look at your make up collection and wonder how much it's worth? 
What about the products you use everyday, your staple face products. 

I thought this would be a really fun post to do, for my 12 hour work/gym face I like to use longer lasting products, and although I use the same products on the weekend I do add in my special higher end products if I'm going out or to a special occasion. I have a hoard of make up (as I'm sure you do too) and it's strange to think of how many of the products we actually use! 

 Here are the products I use everyday.....

Base & Face Products
Benefit Porefessional is IMO the best primer on the market, although the only stinger is the price, but again it does last ages! Really smooths skin and conceals pores providing a great base for make up, as well as combating shine. 

My beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear, is something I wear everyday, it keeps my skin oil free, matte and looking fresh, I wear the shade Fresco, and a bottle of this lasts me a good 5/6 months wearing just one pumps worth everyday. It also has an SPF factor in it, so you know your skins protected every day. 

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is my newest cosmetic purchase, I've been on the hunt for a decent concealer for a while now, and this stuff works really well. Always apply liquid concealers with a soft brush and buff in for an even finish, I will do a tutorial on this really soon. 

Ben Nye Banana Powder is something I've been using for years, a firm fave of Kim K's make up artist it's great for setting powder without sitting in the fine creases on your face. It locks make up in place all day and the yellow tones really evens out sallow skin tones for a flawless finish. I mix it up with Bare Minerals All Over Face Colour in Warm for a goldeny tone, this really adds a hint of colour to my face and stops me looking pasty! 

My trusty day time blush is my Dior Rosy Glow, one sweep with the little brush in the compact is all you need for a natural pinky rosy glow to the cheeks. It smells like roses and it's barbie esque hue is just stunning. 

Face & Base Costs: 
Benefit Porefessional £24.50 
Estee Lauder Double Wear £28.50
Bare Minerals Warmth Powder £19.00 
Ben Nye Banana Powder £8.00
Dior Rosy Glow Blush £30.50 

Total £110.50

Eye Products
I do keep my eyes pretty simple during the day, as you know I love a smokey eye on a night out, but that would be too much for work. 

Here are my staple eye products that I wear day to day.....

Mascara I tend to stray from one brand to the next but I really love is the new one from Max Factor the Wild Mega Volume, it's a real steal at just £6.99 a tube too, I've just bought my second one, I love the effect it has on my lashes and it holds up well during the work day and then through my gym session. 

Bare Minerals Prime Time in 'Original' is something I have used for years, it's a beautiful golden shimmer that I wear on it's own to work, weekends though it clings onto your eye shadow and makes the colour really pop. I love this stuff and wouldn't be without it. 

My eyebrows don't leave the house without some definition on them, I alternate between the HD Brow Palette and my Christian Eyebrow one, the Christian one has been going strong for about 18 months now, and you can see it still has loads left. 

I also use my Front Cover Cosmetic Baked Peal box everyday, I use the sparkly nude colour as a bottom lash liner and I love it. 

Eye Costs: 
Max Factor Wild Mascara £6.99
Bare Minerals Prime Time £16.00 
Maybelline Smoky Eye Pencil £5.99 

Total £28.98

Lip Products
Last but by no means least are the lip products I use daily, these do change depending on the season bur I alternate between various shades of these products. 

MAC Mineralize Lipstick currently I'm wearing 'Lady At Play' but I have so many different shades I am forever switching it up. 

My YSL Coral Intuitive lippie in shade 15 has also been on my lips alot this past couple of months, I love it and it smells divine, but i cant help but feel it doesn't have much staying power, so I'm going through the stick pretty quickly. It's great for day to day wear though. 

I also wear MAC glosses alot, again I've been wearing loads of different shades this past couple of months, but great for everyday wear. 

Lip Costs: 
MAC Mineralize Lipstick £20 
YSL Rouge Volupte £26 
MAC Gloss £17.50 

Total £63.50

Combining all my products together gives a grand total of £202.98, I'm actually surprised it's not higher to be honest, and although to some of you that may seem a huge amount of money think of the usage you get from the products, I know I couldn't be without these bare essentials! 

How expensive is your face? I'd love to hear your totals! 


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