An unexpected review – Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Night Serum

In my previous blog, I reviewed two lovely products from my monthly YouBeauty Discovery Box, a Crabtree & Evelyn nail varnish and a Wild about Beauty Eye shadow. I also received two ‘bonus’ samples within the box, one a vitamin drink, (just couldn’t drink it) and secondly the Cowshed serum sachet.

Now, I know I said that the serum sample was too small to be able to review it, but how wrong I was! A little really does go a long way with this product, and without sounding gushing, it is just lovely. I’m going to provide the product description and picture below to give a little more information, and I’ll pick up with you just after:

‘Cowshed Anti-Ageing Perfecting Night Serum is the ultimate all-in-one anti-ageing treatment. The innovative serum-in-oil is bursting with natural active ingredients and essential oils that work wonders on your skin while you sleep, so that you can wake up to a firmer, brighter and smoother complexion.’

Ok, so now for my take on this serum. Firstly, I was a little taken aback when the liquid came flying out of the sachet, (I managed to save it from going down the plughole). It is not like the serums I have used before, such as the No7 Protect and Perfect Advanced Serum.

The oil base did put me off a little, as I worry about breakouts and clogged pores, but I applied it to my face and neck where my skin just drank up the product leaving no greasiness or patches on my pillow. I haven’t had any adverse reaction so far, and my skin does genuinely look and feel smoother.

The smell of the serum is delightful, very soothing and relaxing but not heavy or overpowering. I have used the sachet now for three nights in a row, and I look forward to applying it after I have cleansed, it is a lovely treat. Receiving this sample has certainly changed my opinions on oil based products, as without it, I would have definitely been put off. The price is also a bit of an eye opener (for different reasons) at a healthy £48 for 30ml. However, knowing how far this product can go in just three nights, and also the benefits attached, I can safely say it would be a long term investment! Hmm, I better get my letter off to Santa sharpish……


You Beauty Discovery Box Product review

I have really enjoyed trialling the Discovery Box products.  Here are the two reviews for the nail varnish and eye shadow.  The other additional items were a multivitamin drink with collagen (for 40+, slightly perturbed) and a night serum.  Realistically, I couldn’t do a review on these as I wouldn’t notice any difference after one use, so I chose the other two this time.

Crabtree & Evelyn Nail Lacquer in Apple

I hadn’t realised that Crabtree & Evelyn sell nail varnish and I must say that although the colour was not to my initial taste (red with a shimmer in there) it has grown on me considerably and I am quite enjoying wearing it. It will be perfect for the Festive period, or if you want to show off your talons at a dinner party!  The branding and bottle are simple and elegant, and the brush is very nice to use.  I’m also impressed with the price, a little bargain at £6.

Application wise, the varnish went on really well, virtually covering the nails on the first coat and dried quickly (over the top of my OPI Natural Base Coat).  Tip: This base coat is brilliant and I am pretty sure that it has aided in the polish staying on so well.  I applied a second coat and once again the blush glided over the initial coat and dried quickly.  I have worn it for two days, and I haven’t held back on doing anything and in all fairness, it doesn’t look any different from the initial application.  I have to say I would recommend this polish and top marks C&E!!  Now to explore the other shades…….!! 

Wild about Beauty Eye shadow in Eva

The second product that arrived in my box was a lovely little eye shadow from Wild about Beauty.  I hadn’t even heard about this brand of makeup, so popped onto Google and realised it is collaboration between Louise Redknapp and makeup Artist Kim Jacob.  Anyway, moving on, I was excited to use this product, as it is the  shade of colour that I would consider buying, a brown shimmery base that I could wear in the day or glam up for the evening. 

On the whole the eye shadow was ok, I found I needed to apply a lot to get any depth in colour, which may be the colour not being ideal for me, although it was one of the darker colours on the swatch.  It does appear to be a skin friendly product with Aloe Vera, and Vitamins E & C and I didn’t get any reaction or problems.  I really liked the packaging, and the little compact case was easy to open and didn’t chip my newly painted nails, so a tick there!  I’m unsure that I would pay £13 for it, as unfortunately I have paid less for eye shadow and had a much better coverage.  I was a little disappointed, however I will continue to use it and experiment a little further.  On the plus side, the blog is really good, an interesting read.

I have included the above product websites so you can have a mooch over there.

Day to Night Make-Up

Day to Night Make-up – Products used

Clinique Superfine Brow pencil in Deep Brown
ID BareMinerals Liner Shadow in Bon Bon
Boots Eyelash Curler
No7 Perfectly Bronzed Pearls
Benefit High Beam
Bare Minerals Stubby Blush brush
M&S Limited Collection lip liner in Loganberry
Clinique Lipstick in All Heart
For information on the Day Makeup please see my previous
vlog 5-10 Minute Make up

My monthly box of Discovery

One stumbling block  I have found with being a new beauty blogger is trying to ensure that you have a good, high quality and regular supply of beauty products to review and write about.  I love to buy make-up, skincare and hair care products, however, I cannot afford to do this every day or every week for that matter.   
I think that I may have found a solution to try, and this is the You Beauty Discovery Box.  My Mother in Law bought me their Advent Calendar last year, and I loved it.  A little beauty treat everyday, better than chocolate (unless it's the Cadbury's Selection box)!!  On researching the Advent Calendars for this year, I discovered that You Beauty do a monthly box of beauty products delivered to your door, two included in the monthly subscription (£6.95) with two extra little goodies.  Mine has arrived today, and I can't wait to start trying and reviewing them. 

What’s in your bag?

What’s in your bag?
OK, so we all have to start somewhere and my place is here.   I have been reading a lot of beauty blogs, watching vlogs (I didn’t know what they were beforehand) and all of them differ in many ways.  One trait that comes through with all of them is passion, and a love for whatever they are writing or talking about.  I love make-up and anything beauty really, so my blogging adventure has begun!
I thought of this initial blog idea, whilst rummaging through my ever expanding make up bag.  It is amazing how one accumulates so much ‘stuff’, yet really I only use five to six products daily!  By just applying some select bits, I can look presentable to the world in just about 5-10 mins.  From experience, I don’t think it has to take an hour to get your face ready in the morning, if you have an hour, great, but most peeps I know definitely do not have that time.  Note to self, I must share my quick fix make-up regime in a vlog, it will prove my point I think.
If I look through my make-up bag, I can see how my tastes have changed over the years and how I have fallen into a ‘way’ of applying and buying my make-up.  I always tend to buy a fairly light foundation, one that blends into my skin but covers well.  The choice of products is quite mesmerising, and if you haven’t done your research prior to heading into Boots you may come out with something you didn’t bargain for (which I have done many times)!  My bag has got such a mixture of products, from Clarins Foundation to No17 eyeliner.  Unlike products such as foundation, I like to give the cheaper brands a go, as little gems can be found when you least expect them.
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