Beauty Recommendations: Summer 2018

We bloggers are privileged to be sent a lot of products to try. These vary from vitamins and health drinks to clothes, jewellery and even mattresses. It’s usually a member of the PR or marketing team who makes first contact and offers the item in return for a review or mention on the blog or Instagram.

When I was a new blogger, I found it hard to say no. Not just because it’s lovely to receive a gift in the post, but because my natural politeness and “people-pleasing” disposition made it difficult.

I’ve been blogging for five years now though, and my blog and I have both evolved. It’s perfectly acceptable to decline an offer and I now do so frequently. If the product doesn’t fit with my style, if I don’t think I’ll use it, or if I can’t justify the time to write about it, then I say a polite thanks but no thanks.

Time is a precious commodity. None of us have it to spare, so I only take the time needed to photograph and write about something if I truly believe in it. If it’s worth it. And by that, I don’t just mean worth it from a monetary point of view. Is it worth me telling people about it? Would I tell my friend over a coffee about it?

I want everyone that reads my reviews to trust them. More importantly, I want everyone to trust me. I don’t ever want to lose my credibility or authenticity. This is the same if I’ve bought the item myself, if it was gifted, or if it’s part of a paid collaboration.

So what I’m saying, in a rather long-winded way, is that absolutely everything you read here is honest. Everything is my own opinion. And if the product is a gift, I state as such. either in the main body of text or in a disclaimer at the foot of the post. Ditto if it’s a sponsored post. (That means I’ve been paid). That way, it’s all transparent and we know where we are.

So, with all of that in mind, I would like to share a few summer beauty recommendations with you.

The Saturn Eazyfile

The Saturn Eazyfile is a patented, battery-operated electric nail file. I’m not normally one for gadgets, but I hate filing my nails- I don’t like how it feels and I rarely manage to get them all even. Therefore, when the company director offered to send me one, I was keen to give it a try.

Eazyfile-electric-nail-file

And it’s excellent. It comes with replaceable file belts of different gradients and it works on both long and short nails. It’s easy to use and I now can’t imagine using an emery board ever again! It would be great too for little ones- I bet a lot of us have battled with infants when trying to cut their nails. It’s ideal for those at the other end of the scale too, for example, those with arthritic hands or fingers.

(Click to see my Eazyfile demonstration video)

I believe in this product so much that I made the decision to stock it in my shop. It retails at £19.99, (less than the cost of a manicure), with free UK delivery. It is available in pink, black and white.

No 7 Line Correcting Beauty Serum

I’ve lost count of how many serums I’ve tried over the last few years. Each month seems to bring a new product launch, each claiming to be better than ever at “targeting wrinkles” and “reversing the signs of ageing.” I think we all know that there really is no such thing as a miracle cure. Certainly not one that comes in a bottle anyway, but I do believe that some products do improve the tone and appearance of the skin.

Line Correcting Beauty Serum is the latest offering from No7 at Boots.  It contains 7 x more Matrixyl Plus, (an anti-ageing protein), than their previously proven serums. (I wrote about that particular range of serums in this blog post). What I like about this is that the bottle looks a bit like a syringe and the product can be used directly on lines and wrinkles. I thought at first that this might be something of a gimmick. but it does enable the product to be placed exactly where it is required.

no 7 booster serum

what lizzy loves no 7 booster serum

It is incredibly difficult to prove whether or not this improved my skin. My naso-labial lines have not disappeared, nor have my laughter lines, even though I targeted them with this booster serum. What I can say though is that my skin looks a little plumper there. The tone is more even and it feels softer. I have used the entire bottle and have actually requested another sample because I would like to see if there is any further improvement after using a second bottle.

3 More Inches Hair Care

The 3 More Inches hair care range was designed for leading London hairdresser Michael Van Clarke, after through years of research and testing. It is a revolutionary treatment system because unlike a lot of hair products, it doesn’t contain silicone. What it does contain is a cashmere amino acid blend, said to slow the ageing process to help hair stay naturally thicker, and grow longer faster. (Products are also paraben free and have not been tested on animals).

I wash and dry my hair every day. Some days I straighten it too. I also have the T-section highlighted about three times per year. My hair really does get put through its paces. But, I get it cut religiously every six weeks and always chose hair products carefully.

3 more inches hair care

I have been using the UV Protective Shampoo and Conditioner for about a month now. It protects against environmental pollution, sun damage and colour-fade.  It’s lovely to use and smells divine. Again, it’s difficult to both quantify and qualify results. What I can say though, is that when I went to my hairdresser just last week, she remarked on how well it was looking and in what good condition. She has been cutting and styling my hair for over 11 years so she knows it well. These products were gifted but I like them a lot and would definitely buy them for myself.

A Body Brush

Body-brushing is one of those things that we hear about a lot. I’ve had a long-handled wooden body brush for years and I go through phases of using it. Recently though, I decided to see if it really is as good as those in the beauty industry say it is. So, for about a month now, I’ve used my body brush every morning before my shower. I do ten long strokes up and around each arm and the same on my legs (from heel to thigh). Then I do ten clockwise circles on my tummy, and ten circles on each side of my bottom. I finish with ten strokes across the back of my shoulders and ten up and down my back (this is where the long-handle comes into its own).

body brushing arms

It’s really quick to do and I do it while the shower reaches temperature. It’s become part of my routine and I absolutely love it. It makes my skin tingle and zing and it has made an incredible, and very quick difference to the feel and tone of my skin. All of those little bumps on my upper arms have disappeared and the skin feels super smooth and velvety. Ditto my legs, which are sometimes a little bumpy too after waxing.

body brushing legs

Now I don’t for one minute believe that body brushing eliminates toxins or pummels cellulite into submission. But, it does make a HUGE difference to the skin. So, if you do one thing for yourself this summer, buy a £10 body brush, use it every day, (honestly, it takes less than two minutes), and I absolutely promise, you will have much smoother skin within a few days.

 

Shop My Recommendations...

3 More Inches Cashmere Shampoo
3 More Inches Cashmere Shampoo
Body Brush
Body Brush
3 More Inches Cashmere Conditioner
3 More Inches Cashmere Conditioner
No 7 Line Correcting Booster Serum
No 7 Line Correcting Booster Serum
Eazyfile
Eazyfile
3 More Inches Cashmere Shampoo
3 More Inches Cashmere Shampoo
Body Brush
Body Brush
3 More Inches Cashmere Conditioner
3 More Inches Cashmere Conditioner
No 7 Line Correcting Booster Serum
No 7 Line Correcting Booster Serum
Eazyfile
Eazyfile
3 More Inches Cashmere Shampoo
3 More Inches Cashmere Shampoo
Body Brush
Body Brush
3 More Inches Cashmere Conditioner
3 More Inches Cashmere Conditioner
No 7 Line Correcting Booster Serum
No 7 Line Correcting Booster Serum
Eazyfile
Eazyfile

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The Eazyfile, the No 7 Serum and the 3 More Inches hair care were all sent to me as gifts to try. The body brush is mine. All opinions are 100% honest and all content is my own. Thank you for supporting those brands that support my blog.

8 Comments

  1. mummabstylish
    July 26, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    I love your honest paragraph. I agree with what you’ve said too. Now it’s lovely to see you honest opinions of these products. I rather fancy getting a body brush – it’s a super idea. Jacqui Mummabstylish
    Please do join the #chicandstylish #linkup today. x

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 27, 2018 / 8:17 am

      Oh thank you so much Jacqui. Sometimes, it’s just good to reassure isn’t it. the body brush will change your life!!!!! I love using mine and it has made all the difference to my skin. Thank you for hosting the link-up. I have just been and linked two posts. Have a lovely weekend xxxxx

  2. Trudy
    July 28, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    You say you requested another sample of the Line Correcting Beauty Serum. Is it not good enough to invest in, Lizzy?

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 2:03 pm

      Hi Trudy. I think it will be good enough to invest in yes, but I honestly think we need to use (some) products for more than a month to see true results. As I said, everything seemed softer and plumper, but I would like to try it for another month before investing myself. I’d be interested to see of there is any further noticeable results. if there is, then I’ll be straight to Boots! xxx

  3. St
    July 28, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    Worried that the serum is not organic.The serum I have used is Dr Haushka it fills in pores and fine lines and their foundation covers really well.lasts all day..They do a great range of lipsticks also

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 28, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Oh that sounds excellent. I had a Dr Haushka shower cream and body lotion in rose and it was divine. Thank you for the recommendation, I’ll take a look at the rest of their range too xxx

  4. Rosemary
    July 30, 2018 / 8:24 am

    Hi Liz , I was planning to finally comment this morning then a little “reminder” popped up on Instagram … seemed like serendipity 😂
    I used the new No7 serum, probably tempted, like everyone by the 7x claims! Then when I finished it, I wasn’t sure whether to try anymore. Yesterday I decided to buy another one but I wasn’t tempted by the 3 for 2 offer, just yet! Like you, I’m not 100% sure I can see a difference although the area I use it on does look “softer” I only use it on my frown lines, the horizontal lines on the bridge of my nose and some deeper lines on my jawline. I’m generally not keen on using silicone on my face and thanks to the the Caudalie products that I use regularly, (for just over a year) I’m generally happy with the condition of my skin …
    I’d also recommend Eucerin products in particular the Hyaluron filler serum … it comes in small “ampoules”, so handy for travel. To be honest Eucerin wasn’t a brand I was aware of until my daughter worked for the company and mentioned it to me. I don’t feel it’s particularly strongly marketed in the Uk. Which I feel is a shame, as they’re really good products and reasonably priced… my daughter no longer works for the company but I continue to use the products, so I’m not biased at all. 😊
    Also, thanks for the shampoo and conditioner recommendation … I’ve been researching these as I’m looking for a change, so I’ll definitely give them a try.
    Have a good day Liz … as always, thanks for your honesty, not that I’d ever doubt it.
    Rosemary xxx

    • elizabeth
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Oh thank you so much Rosemary. It’s very hard to recommend skincare isn’t it because it’s nigh on impossible to measure results, so while I liked the No 7 Booster, I didn’t feel it made enough difference after one bottle to be able to justifiably recommend it. I would love to try another one though just to see. However, it is a nice product to use. I have heard of Eucerin, but I thought it was just for eczema and similar dry/allergic skin-conditions. It sounds excellent so I will look it up and perhaps invest. Thank you for taking the time to always leave such lovely, detailed and informative comments. i truly appreciate it xxx

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