Currently Trying #1

5th February 2018

Currently Trying #1

As a beauty blogger, I’m constantly trying new products and a lot of products I trial never make it onto the blog. So for 2018 I decided I’d introduce a new “Currently Trying” series where I include mini reviews or first impressions of products I’ve been trialling which I wouldn’t write a full blog post on so you can still read my thoughts. The five products within my very first currently trying post are all drugstore items, and all under £7 but I’ll be featuring a mix of drugstore and highend going forward.

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I love using micellar waters, and I’m always up for trying new ones so I knew I had to try the new L’Oreal Micellar Bi-Phase Water 400ml £5.99 which is said to contain purified water and cleansing oil in a bi-phase formula.

Micellar Bi-Phase Water, for Sensitive Skin.The L’Oréal Paris Laboratories have created a bi-phase micellar water, for ultra-effective make-up removal that leaves skin feeling clean and soft with no greasy residue. – An oil phase to instantly dissolve resilient and waterproof make-up – A micellar water phase to capture impurities.

Removes Make-Up. Dissolves make-up from the face, eyes & lips in one gentle action, without rubbing or rinsing. Cleanses. Delicately captures impurities. Eliminates Stubborn Residue.Easily erases the last traces of even waterproof mascara and long-lasting foundation.

To use the water you simply shake the bottle to blend both phases, and dispense onto a cotton pad before wiping over the skin with no need to rub the skin or rinse. This particular micellar water appealed to me as it’s free from alcohol and perfume, which I always like to see in a skincare product as I have sensitive skin which is prone to frequent flare up.

I find the L’Oreal Micellar Bi-Phase Water to be very gentle, and effective at removing my makeup; even longlasting liquid lipsticks, with very little effort. I did previously love the Garnier Bi-Phase Micellar Water but this L’Oreal option has become my new favourite drugstore micellar water.

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From skincare to haircare for my first Currently Trying, and I have two new additions from the new Lee Stafford Choco Locks collection. I’ve loved Lee Stafford as a brand ever since I bought my first pair of hair straighteners in my early teens and I fell in love with their iconic Lee Stafford Poker Straight Flat Iron Heat Protection Spray. I’ve since tried numerous products and ranges from the brand such as their Coco Loco and ArganOil ranges.

The Lee Stafford Choco Locks Collections consists of five different products, and is described as being a new illuminating haircare collection which is crammed with heavenly chocolate.

I have been Currently Trying the Lee Stafford Choco Locks Butter Cream Treatment £7.99 and the Lee Stafford Choco Locks Gloss Boss £6.99 both of which are available to purchase from Boots. I am a massive chocoholic so I’m always going to on board with a chocolate based beauty line, but the scent of these aren’t as authentic as I would have liked unfortunately as I’m not a fan of their scent but it’s down to personal preference.

I’ve loved the scent of every other Lee Stafford product I’ve tried, but my favourite scent has to be their original PINK range.

The Butter Cream Treatment is formulated with antioxidising Cacao extract, nutrients and chocolatey goodness to penetrate deep into the hair shaft to smooth the cuticle and revive dull, lifeless hair. For silky smooth and seriously glossy locks that smell good enough to eat – and it did leave my hair feeling soft and smooth.

The Gloss Boss is a finishing spray to add shine to the hair, as well as fragrance so I’d recommend sniffing them both instore before making a purchase to see if you like the scent. If you’re not on board with the scent, I’d really recommend trying their Hair Growth Leave In Treatment as it’s one of my all time favourite hair masks, and it smells identical to Thierry Mugler Angel which is one of my favourite fragrances too – winning.

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I’m not entirely sure if Freedom are being discontinued, but the majority of the range is half price at Superdrug right now so I took the oppurtunity to purchase a couple of products. I firstly chose the Freedom Pro Camouflage & Correct Green Concealer as I’ve been experimenting with colour correction as well as the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in the shade Ash Brown.

I didn’t have high hopes for the concealer as I tried the lightest shade in the skintone shades and I hated it as it was thin, lacking pigment and it oxidised really badly on me but this one is completely different. It’s pigmented enough to make a difference and it doesn’t oxidise on the skin, and I’ve been using it over the top of my blemishes in a light layer before applying my foundation and I’ve been happy with the results.

The duo brow powder contains two shades in a handy little compact, which are pigmented and easy to apply to the brows plus they last throughout the day. I might buy a couple more of the brow powders incase they are being discontinued as they’re great for the price, especially as a few of the shades are only £1.50 each right now.

I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products before? Have you tried any of the Freedom Makeup range? What are you Currently Trying?

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