Beauty | Time Delay Anti-Ageing Day Moisturiser @ Boots

We all need a good moisturiser, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to have dry skin, like I do. Like many, I’ve hopped around different brands, never really settling on one moisturiser but recently I decided to opt for an anti-ageing on instead.

Now, I’m only 22 and have been asked many times why I would want an anti-ageing moisturiser – especially as I don’t have any wrinkles yet! But I’ve also heard so many times that if you start investing in anti-ageing products earlier than you need them, it can be beneficial in keeping wrinkles away for longer … and I’m all up in that!

However, it’s really important to get the right anti-ageing product for your age group – and that’s where Boots has come in really handy. Not only do they have products to reduce the signs of ageing, but they now have a range called ‘Youth Maintain’ for people like me who want to prevent the ageing process. Using a product that someone much older than you would use can actually do more damage to your skin than anything else, especially as many of these products contain collagen, which younger skin will already have plenty of!

Having used the Youth Maintain exfoliator by the Time Delay range at Boots, I decided to try out their moisturiser too. This particular one is for during the day as it contains SPF15 which, although isn’t the highest SPF factor I’ve ever seen in a moisturiser, is still a plus.

I was really happy to see upon opening the box that the product was contained in that it had a really pretty, attractive look to it. The shiny, metallic lid was something that was really appealing to me as I’m practically a magpie, especially in this gorgeous purple/pink colour.

The actual moistuiser itself is lovely and creamy – it feels very soothing on your skin when applied so it’s something that I always look forward to putting on. This also ensures a nice smooth base for applying makeup and getting rid of any dryness in your skin. It does feel ever so slightly heavy on your skin but dries in quickly so isn’t much of an issue for me. It’s definitely not greasy and there’s plenty of it as well, so thankfully it isn’t running out any time soon!

All in all, it’s great value for money, especially as it’s usually on some kind of deal and it’s ideal for helping to maintain the youthful aspects of your skin – although I’ll let you know how well that has worked in 10 years time!

Stacey x

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Beauty | Vitamin E Skincare Collection @ The Body Shop

I’ll admit it – since signing up to The Body Shop’s new Love Your Body membership club, I’ve been completely addicted to their products. I’ve bought birthday presents and Christmas presents for pretty much every family member and friend I’ve got from there for the past year and I have no regrets at all.

It has been slightly trial and error, I’ll admit. There have been some products that I simply wouldn’t buy again, but having now purchased the Vitamin E Skincare Collection a few times now, I won’t be abandoning it any time soon.

The collection comes with three products – the vitamin E cleanser, a vitamin E overnight oil serum and a vitamin e moisturiser. The cleanser, I’ll admit straight away is not the best cleaner I’ve ever bought. I’m a sucker for Liz Earle’s cleanse and polish cleanser so the vitamin E one from The Body Shop just doesn’t compare at all. However, it’s not bad to use when I’ve ran out of my usual cleanser and forgot to order more; either that, or I’ll give it to someone as an extra wee present if it’s their birthday and the main present I’ve got them is looking a bit lonely.

So why do I keep ordering the collection if I don’t really like one of the products that comes with it? Well, it’s cheaper than buying the other two products separately and let’s face it, an extra cleanser or an extra present for someone is never a bad thing!

The serum and the moisturiser, on the other hand, are pretty much faultless! I use these every night as part of my skincare routine and my skin has never been better.

The serum is only to be applied at night as it’s an overnight oil and comes with a dropper so it’s much easier to only apply the amount of oil that you need; I usually find that half a dropper does my full face so it’s a long-lasting product as well! It has a silky texture and, given that it is an oil, makes your face and hands quite slippery so I would definitely only recommend putting this on straight before you go to bed (especially if you have glasses, like I do, that will just slide down your face after applying it!).

The moisturiser is also a product that I would highly recommend – even my sister who has incredibly sensitive skin uses it and swears by it. It has such a smooth texture and leaves my face feeling soft and fresh. I only tend to use this moisturiser in the morning because I have another one that is specifically for night-time use, but it definitely sets me up for the day and makes my skin into a perfect base for applying makeup to (or even just to head straight out the door!).

But the best bit? If you sign up to the Love Your Body Club, you get regular discounts on products and points added to your account with every purchase which add up to result in some discount vouchers! Totally worth it.

Stacey x