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.

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Biting the Bullet

I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging and writing front for a couple of months, with no real explanation, for which I can only apologise – I’ve had real life stuff to take care of – like moving into my own place after three months or so in limbo, so my life seems to have been consumed by work and boxes of late!

So – now that I have furniture and stuff all set up and am getting established there, I have taken the plunge and actually gone to the gym, after signing up a couple of months ago. What follows is part review and part thoughts on the experience…

As I’d said before – I signed up with Pure Gym as the offer was a good one – location wise is close enough to work for me to go, and also handily on a bus route home (and round the corner from a good friend’s so if I’m REALLY dead, I can go flounce there for a bit afterwards… ;-)) I’d had a look through on the website a few times, and had a look at the classes as well as the other information on there – the site is well laid out, easy to navigate, and not full of jargon. My only complaint here is needing my PIN number, which is 8 digits to log in… meaning that I’ve had to go and search my email every time I want to log in, which is a little annoying, but it does make sense.

So last week, I logged in, and booked in a gym induction. I expected this to be a case of being shown around and shown how to use the machines. From my experiences of gyms in the past, the latter was often really complex, and for someone who lacks confidence, feels out of her comfort zone, and is generally quite shy, this was actually the killer, because I ended up not being able to use any of the machines that weren’t really straight forwards.

Times have changed however! I arrived there nice and early on a Saturday morning for the induction, had a look in through the windows to see that it was busy, but not heaving, which was good, and then made my way in. Entry and exit uses the PIN number again, which I was aware of so prepared with it on some paper, and I’ve just about learnt it now, so wasn’t an issue there. After getting through the little entry pods, which reminded me of a decontamination chamber somewhat, I found myself in a lobby with no real clue where I should go from there. I wandered around for a bit and eventually found someone, and introduced myself, and after a short wait, was taken round on my own, where the lady pointed out all the useful helpful info, and was generally, very approachable, didn’t assume or patronise, and listened to the answers when asking a question. She then gave me an introduction to the equipment and the machines and how they worked, which has gotten a lot more simple than when I was last in a gym! Colour coding means if it’s yellow, I can adjust it, and red is a guide line.

I left feeling fairly confident I’d be able to deal with being in there, and finding my way around, not at all daunted by the prospect, and knowing that I’d feel OK asking for help if I needed it. Took several guides home to read as well, which had useful information, and am actually quite looking forwards to going for my first proper workout!