ForYou Skincare: M4 Moisturiser Review: Two weeks with Before and After pictures

ForYou(TM) Skincare is a new company who will be officially launching on the 12th of January 2015.

I recently received a sample of their M4 Anti Ageing Moisturiser* to try out and provide feedback on as they get closer to their launch- which I was more than happy to do, as I’m still in my never ending search for products that cause me issues, or worse, are fine and then cause a huge breakout or flare up!

On the one hand I’ve been really fortunate with my skin – I’ve never suffered from acne on my face particularly, yes I got the odd breakout (and still do occasionally), but on the other hand, I do suffer from sensitive skin, and react quite viciously even to a change in water sometimes! For that reason I tend to stick to more natural products when I do use them, as due to this, I very rarely used them when I was younger (and yes I know that makes me sound old!) but I have noticed that since I hit my thirties, I have made more of a conscious effort when it comes to my skin, and so the long hunt for decent products began.

 

ForYou Skincare: M4 Anti Ageing Moisturiser

 

One of the first things that attracted me to ForYou is their ingredients listings. No Parabens or nasty chemicals, and not tested on animals. As you’ll see from the picture above, of the product I received, the active ingredients listing is one of the shortest I’ve come across containing Argan Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, and Vitamins C and E.

So, I started out by taking a picture of myself sans any makeup (I know, I’m sorry!) before I started using the moisturiser, and have used it for two weeks and taken another picture as well as noted my observations throughout that time. Two weeks for me is long enough to know whether I will have an adverse reaction to a product, and also means that I’ve had enough time to actually make up my mind! Sometimes I don’t understand people who can give an opinion of something especially skin care after one or two uses (notwithstanding a reaction obviously) but anyway… I digress.

 

ForYou Skincare: M4 Moisturiser

Me before beginning using my sample pot.

 

My first thoughts were how impressed I was with the consistency – not too thick, and not too runny. It thinned out as it was spread across my face, and this gives one major advantage – you don’t need to use much. The picture of the pot is after two weeks use and you can see I have dented it, but I’m barely a third of the way through. Some days I’d not quite used enough, but that was fine as I could always add a little more – and on the days I give extra care, I used it three times in the day, rather than in the morning and at night.  The second thing I noticed was after a couple of days my skin was starting to feel smoother in general, and I don’t mean 5 minutes after I’ve applied the cream and am just ensuring it’s soaked in. I’m talking random times in the day, I would actually notice.

About 6 days in I did get a bit of a breakout, which did make me panic, as I was loving this cream, and really didn’t want it to be down to this, however it soon proved to be unrelated, and I could breathe easy. So I did have a day where I didn’t use it, but over the two weeks, I have felt my skin become more supple and smoothed out – make up has gone on easier as well, and it’s felt a lot more hydrated than it normally would this time of year, thanks to central heating and cold wind, so there are some definite positives and I’ll be honest I’ve yet to find any negatives. The closest I could come, has already been addressed in feedback and fixed – and that is the issue of scent.

ForYou are offering the choice of unscented or scented products across their range on launch. The sample I received was unscented, and there is a difference between unscented and no-smell. The smell isn’t unpleasant by any means, but does remind me a little of salt dough which I’m not a huge fan of in terms of smell. So you have the option of a scented product (in this case Mandarin) as well. This is great for people who tend to react to scent, as they can get a cream that will really suit sensitive skin and not worry about the perfume setting things off. But it also has options for those used to scented product.

So, I shall present you with the after picture. I know these pictures aren’t great in themselves, and might not display a noticeable difference in my skin but the important thing is that it FEELS better for using the M4 Moisturiser, which is ace. But, if you see a difference, let me know!

 

ForYou Skincare: M4 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser

After using the product for two weeks

 

In addition to 4 specialised moisturisers, ForYou are also opening their range with Cleansers, Exfoliators and Toners, so there’s something for every stage of a normal skincare routine, and there’s also access on the website to a questionnaire to work out what the best combination of products is for your skin type, so you don’t need to sit and try an compare which is best for you. It takes about a minute to click through, and rather than spend a lot of money, you can order everything in a travel size  so you can see if it’s right for your skin, which is a really nice touch – I for one hate having to buy full sized things only for them to be rendered useless when I react to them!

Personally I’m really looking forwards to trying out other things from ForYou. I tend to have issues with toners, so will be interested in particular how that works, but all I can say is give it a go and see if it works… ForYou.

Would you be willing to give this a go? Or are you too attached to attached to your current moisturiser to switch it up? If so, what are you using and why wouldn’t you change? Let me know…

Sara 🙂

*sample received in return for feedback and review.

#SheffieldBBloggers (Part 1)

So, if you’ve read my last post which explains why I’ve been away and introduced the Sheffield BBloggers event, (and if you haven’t the easy recap is here) you’ll know that I left off having just realised that all of my stuff was at my house, and I didn’t really have anything where I am while I’m recuperating…

The next morning, I woke up feeling pretty fresh for not too much sleep, but not looking great, and certainly not looking good enough to turn up to a beauty event… as you can see (because, let’s face it, this is how I’ve looked since my accident pretty much, so I don’t  really care who sees it… plenty have!) This wasn’t going to cut it, and as much as I have some confidence in myself, and I know I’m a lot more interesting than I am pretty (which I’d rather be) like everyone, I’m still somewhat self-conscious, and despite my excitement for being able to go out ON MY OWN, as well as getting to meet a bunch of people I’ve known on Twitter for a while, as well as make some new friends, something needed to be done…

 

Not exactly the prettiest of sights, I think you'll agree!

Not exactly the prettiest of sights, I think you’ll agree!

 

I quickly formulated a plan to stop in at Boots (as there was one across from the venue for the day). So, after getting my hair washed, and dressed and booking a taxi to take me into town, I quickly dove into the shop and made an impulse purchase as what I’d been looking for wasn’t there so instead settled for some Rimmel BB Cream, and Extra Lash Mascara, which was hopefully going to be light enough to not leave my face feeling like it had had cement applied with a trowel, but enough to even out the imperfections (if not the giant zit!) For it being an emergency purchase, I think it came off OK. The BB cream is a 9-in-1; it’s lightweight  ultra-comfortable formula claims to prime, moisturise, minimizes pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten, and help protect, with an SPF of 25.

It didn’t feel too heavy duty at all on application, and did a good job of evening out my skin tone straight away, meaning I only needed a small amount and it was evenly covered. Definitely something I could get away with wearing more frequently, although I’m not sure that it’s ever going to replace my normal everyday No7, it’s certainly a good alternative if I’m needing something a little heavier. One slight downside was that it wasn’t the easiest when it came to removal, it seemed to take a fair while.

The mascara is one that builds lashes with repeated use, so I can’t really say too much on that, but it wasn’t clumpy, and went on absolutely fine. The brush shape is standard, so not the most ergonomic I’ve used, but does the job, and in front of a proper mirror would be a lot easier.

Much better I think you'll agree?

Much better I think you’ll agree?

After an unashamed application in the window of the shop, I was finally ready for the event.

So, headed across the road, to locate the venue for the day, which was Maveli Restaurant, located towards the top end of West St, Sheffield. It’s somewhere I’d passed quite a few times before, but not while it was open, so had no real clue about it, other than knowing it was there, which is a shame, as it’s a lovely done out building. The restaurant specialises in South Indian cuisine, so there are things on their regular menu you wouldn’t find in a standard shop, and the staff there on the day were absolutely lovely – when it came to sampling the nibbles at lunchtime they were only too happy to talk us through it! This is somewhere I’ll definitely be coming to have a meal at in the future based on their wonderful hosting of the day.

 

Maveli from the outside

Maveli from the outside

 

The event itself was organised by Georgina, Ashleigh, and Heather, who had put the whole thing together FANTASTICALLY. Upon entry we were greeted warmly, given a brief outline of the day, and then given our goodie-bags (which are going to need at least a post to itself owing to the sheer amount of things in there!) Lush Sheffield were setting up and had brought lots of goodies with them, and over the other side, Jan from Look Good Feel Better – the Charity that the event was supporting was also setting up her information, as well as the table which the prizes for the raffle, and there was plenty of space in the middle to sit and mingle with other bloggers, known and unknown. People had come from Sheffield and the surrounding areas, and I think there were very few people, if any, who knew everyone there so there was plenty of time for networking, and plenty to break the ice in those bags!!

 

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After a good chat and getting acquainted with people and surroundings, I went over to the Lush stall, who’d got a good selection of the goodies, including festive things and products from their Emotional Brilliance range. I decided I’d treat myself to a ‘Motivation’ which is a very rich deep blue eyeliner, although you can blend it as an eyeshadow, or even use as a lip cover if you’re feeling daring! I’ll be quite honest, and say that I didn’t really pay too much attention to the bath stuff, as at the moment, because of the plaster, bathing and showering conventionally are out of the question (and I have a bag of Lush things to use when I can finally have a proper bath and shower!) I did however spot a glittery powder I should have had a closer look at though…one for next time I’m there…

In addition to their wares, the staff were also offering hand and arm massages and the chance to make an Ickle Baby Bot bath bomb. I’ve posted about making things with Lush before, and this was just as fun! You’d think that mixing together purple and white would give you a pale purple, but there’s something rather magical about watching the mix go from purple, to a little paler, to suddenly a bright blue! And the lady did give me a cracking suggestion for it, which was to use it in a foot soak, which I fully intend to do just before my next appointment (which if the plaster gets a little wet won’t matter then!)

arty bot

arty bot

After this, I went over to see Jan, who was here representing the charity Look Good Feel Better, to find out a bit more about them and what they do. The short version is that they help people suffering the effects of Cancer to look good, and to feel better! They’ve been running for 20 years (of which Jan has worked for them for 19 of those years!) and do this by means of workshops for women and teenagers who are suffering the side effects of Cancer treatments and teach them about skincare and make-up and how to disguise and conceal the effects. Each person attending is also given their own Confidence Kit, which is a DVD and Guide to using the products in their gift bag, which is generously donated to by a lot of leading skincare and make-up companies as well as practical advice on things like wigs, and scarves.

As I’m sure you can agree this is a fantastic charity, and one that I am only too happy to support, having had friends go through this disease and seen what it can do to someone’s confidence, as well as knowing first hand to a small extent what being stuck in a hospital bed for a period of time can do to you, so when the raffle tickets came round I was more than happy to put a considerable amount of my cash I’d saved in there. (one advantage of being stuck in the house most of the time means you don’t spend random money, which is a good job on Statutory Sick Pay!)

 

After I’d done this, it was  lunchtime, and Maveli’s had very kindly made a taster platter for us of their food, which was stunning. I didn’t get many pictures of this, as being in the wheelchair I was at the wrong angle, and people were hungry! But I did manage a couple, which I hope will give you a taster of the wonderful things we got to sample! After lunch, there were other treats in store for us, and the raffle draw, but I think I’ll save that for part two…

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She Returns!

Yep, you read that right, I’m coming back, and returning to blogging that isn’t just me musing or typing stream of consciousness what’s in my head.

I’m going to resume bblogging (that’s beauty blogging for those unfamiliar) and also some blogging about stuff I’m doing – probably crafty stuff I reckon for the most part! Those who know me will be doing a double take probably as I’m known as a tomboy, but I started bblogging as a way to break out of that somewhat, so will start off simply, again and build it up. I’ll never be an amazing make-up person, but I’d like to get to the point where I can make myself look better.

To kickstart this, I’ll be going to the Sheffield BBlogger event tomorrow, so I can guarantee there’ll be stuff to write up then!

So it does mean I need to get better with my tags… or maybe sort out pages… but stay tuned.

Lush Bloggers Event – Sheffield 28/09/2013

I had the privilege of being invited to the first Lush Sheffield bloggers event recently. I’m only just getting to write about it now, because I’ve been mega mega busy with real life things, and I wanted to be able to sit and give it my full attention rather than cobble something together quickly…

So, Having had a rather stressful week, I was quite looking forwards to a Friday afternoon with an early finish – time to go home and have a bit of me time before heading to the event and then on to a work party.
Plans are only great if they work out though!
Instead, my me time turned into “talk with the police and generally try and sort out issues going on, followed by a dash to the bus… ”
Said bus was then stuck in traffic, making me late – something I *hate*.

However, I got there at quarter to seven, was let in, and promptly offered a glass of schloer and given the outline of the evening. Three stations, all with different things happening, a chance to talk to the staff, have a look at the products as well as the other bloggers in attendance.

I began by chatting with the lovely lady who is the face behind the twitter feed, which was really nice to be able to put a face to the name, and then I wandered on to the first of the three stations, which was watching ‘Angels on Bare Skin’ being made in front of us.

This was an interesting process to watch as we were talked through the different stages of it being made. For those who don’t yet Lush, ‘Angels..’ is a cleanser. using ground almonds, kaolin (a type of clay),, glycerin and lavender and is based on a medieval cleansing recipe. The cleanser itself comes in a pot and when added to water becomes a paste that very gently cleanses without being largely abrasive. It perhaps doesn’t smell too appealing in paste form, but it a lot better when you have it on. We were each given a pot of the freshly made ‘Angels’ which was rather cool!

From there we all switched around some, and after a look at some of the new stuff that’s come into the store recently, I found myself at the Emotional Brilliance station, which for our evening was manned by a professional make up artist. She explained the premise behind the products – basically, each colour is associated with a word, and you can look at the wheel here>> https://www.lush.co.uk/emotionalbrilliance/ for the different colours, and the aim of this was to pick the first three colours which stand out to you after spinning the wheel, which indicates in order words which describe, your strength, your subconscious and your aspiration.

There was also the opportunity to get made up properly – I opted to have my eyes done. I’m not really very adventurous when it comes to make up – I usually find something that suits and stick to it, but for a change thought that someone else could have a go! I was also curious to see how this new range went onto the skin, as I had previously looked at Lush’s make-up when it had originally been launched under the ‘B Never too busy to be Beautiful’ range, and at that time, I wasn’t so impressed. It had been quite heavy, and didn’t really last despite the heaviness. I will admit that I was very pleasantly surprised with the new ‘Emotional Brilliance’ range though. It was light, which for me is kind of essential, and lasted very well- through to the following evening! (Before you all shout at me – I went out after, and got pretty drunk, so my bed was all I was thinking about when I got home that night, and then had to rush out the next day, so didn’t get to do anything else until the Saturday evening)
Hoping to get hold of a picture of my finished eyes as they looked very different! blending pink and green – something I would never have thought to do!!

The final station – which I went to was the massage station, where we got to chat about the different massage bars that are about at Lush now, before having a hand and arm massage with a chosen bar.
I’ve been an advocate for ‘Wiccy Wiccy Magic Muscles’ for years now – cinnamon and peppermint oils and jujuba beans make for a really good rub down after a days hiking, or just for stress relief – so I decided to try something different, opting to try ‘Each Peach’, which is actually quite a citrusy smelling massage bar, and very uplifting. It wasn’t too oily, as some bars can be, and the expert hands working away at my arm soon had my muscles melting. I did purchase and Each Peach off the back of this, for a way to treat myself from time to time.

Through the night we were also entertained with live music from two gentlemen playing a wide range of songs on guitar and double bass, adding to the jovial atmosphere that all too soon came to an end.

The staff had one last surprise for us though, in the form of goody bags. A wide selection of samples and products across the whole range, which I’m sure everyone attending was thrilled with. The evening all in all, was a great success I think, and I’m already looking forwards to the next one, if Lush will have me back… 😉