Forever Living: Aloe range; First impressions

So my mum’s friend gave her a bunch of these skincare products, by a brand called ‘Forever living‘ to try out and review them. As she doesn’t really use many face products, bar her much-loved clinique moisturiser, she gave them to me to give them a try. I will be using these every day for a week and give you my thoughts on them. This is an American line which is sold online, whether it be ebay, amazon or a local representative – perhaps on facebook, so prices may vary.

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So i’ll start off by saying that I hate doing daily face washes. I hate having to fill the sink up with warm water, tying my hair back etc etc. The whole ordeal with using facial washes is a big nono to me. I would use a face wash in the shower, but not all the time as i’m, more often than not, in a rush. So me saying I will use this everyday is a statement. However I always hear of people who stick to this kind of skincare routine and their skin is amazinggg.

I was given 4 products to test out. This consists of a face/hand wash, a facial scrub, a moisturising lotion and a lip balm. All of these products contain Aloe Vera and 3 contain jojoba.

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Today I took off my makeup, i was only wearing foundation, with the hand & face soap. One pump of this covered my entire face and it lathered up nicely and felt very gentle on my skin.This had a nice gentle scent that didn’t make my eyes water. I’m not sure about how good this is for removing eye makeup, guess i’ll find out tomorrow evening!

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Next I used the Aloe scrub to exfoliate my face. This claims to be gentle enough to use everyday as the jojoba and aloe vera gel are ‘designed to lubricate and condition your skin during the cleansing process to protect it from the drying and damaging effects that can occur with other skin cleansers containing synthetic cleansing agents.’ This also lathered quite well, but was a creamier formula in comparison to the previous product. It didn’t feel like it was exfoliating my skin much as there weren’t many grainy parts within it. It smelt like a standard facial wash, which I quite liked as I don’t like highly perfumed facial washes. Although it didn’t feel like it was doing much, it has to be said, my skin feels baby smooth now. Perhaps the previous exfoliators I have been using are damaging to my skin as I can actually feel that they are exfoliating? Does that make sense?

Lastly was the moisturising process. I used the ‘Aloe Moisturising lotion‘ which has collagen and elastin in it. This was so strange to apply. I had put it on a couple of minutes after my face had dried from the cleansing/exfoliating. I put the same amount, onto the palms of my hands, as I would with my everyday moisturiser. When I applied it it kind of bunched up on my skin – does that make sense? I then got both my hands and gently rubbed it into my skin. It set reasonably quickly, so would probably be a very good base for makeup – i’ll find out tomorrow morning! Once my face was moisturised I moved onto the chapstick. This feels quite oily on the lips, a slightly thicker consistency than applying pure coconut oil. I quite like this slippy feeling on my lips though. This would definitely be a product I can see myself lifting to reapply throughout the day. Would be perfect to put on top of a matte lippy to loosen it up! As far as preventing chapped lips though, i’m not sure yet.

It has to be said that just after one use I can feel a difference in my skin. Perhaps this is just short term though, eh? My skin is definitely feeling very soft and moisturised, my nose smooth and definitely well-exfoliated. I enjoyed using each product, particularly the scrub and cleanser  as they lathered up nicely. There are 3 things that I will be especially expecting from these products: Do they create a good base for my makeup, Do they remove waterproof mascara & Do they clear my skin up? – had a bit of a breakout last week…

So far do I recommend these products/this brand to you? –yes.

So that was today’s review of these products. I’ll maybe do an update halfway through the week and then one, at the end, to conclude my review on this brand fully.

August Favourites

Wow Stephanie, 2 monthly favourites in a row? YOU BET. Is that enough self-praise or shall I continue? I was considering today about this post, but couldn’t really think about which products I could include. I had been keeping it relatively simple last month, especially in recent weeks, so I didn’t have any new product springing to mind. I decided to open my makeup bag (the stuff that isn’t yet packed for uni) and realised there actually are a few different things for August!

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I’d been keeping it simple, for the days I had been doing makeup, so all of these products are perfect for a natural look. So I’ll just get into the things which were loved last month, as seen in the photograph above.

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The MUA undress me too palette is popping up again in a monthly favourites. I have a few eyeshadow palettes and this is, by far, the most used out of all. I love the cool-toned shade range within this one. I’ve been using the copper & gold shades more recently, which I was always a bit nervous to try. When using a palette like this I would tend to do a soft/natural look, so would stay clear of the metallics. This is the You get 12 shades for £4. All shades, bar 1 – the black in the bottom left corner, are v v pigmented. This is also a dupe for the more pricey Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Above are swatches of the metallic shades within the palette.

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Sticking with eyes, Essence Maximum Definition mascara is my new favourite. this plastic, flexible-wand mascara is perfect for defined lashes. It gives my lashes length with no clumps and is easy to build it up. I bought this a while ago for about £3. It lasts all day and doesn’t flake off.

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Natural Collection’s Brow pencil in Brunette, for £1.99, is my favourite brow product in the world! It is so easy to use. It is very forgiving if used with a heavy hand and also stays on all day. The brush on the end of it is very handy for on-the-go. Not one fault to this product. Love Love Love!

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Lastly for eyes I have to mention the Maybelline colour tattoo in Creme de Rose 91. Finally I understand the hype around these cream shadows. Everyone had been raving about the On & On Bronze shade, but I just didn’t like that colour for my eyes. This however is the best eye base I have ever used, including my Mac Paintpot! This is a dream to apply as it is so creamy. I use my finger to both apply this and blend it. This is a gorgeous soft brown with the slightest pink undertone. This is a natural looking base, so perfect for everyday wear. I’d say this stays on my eyes for about 16 hours. I haven’t tried this without setting it, so I don’t know how well it lasts by itself. This is perfect for base as it helps shadows blend seamlessly. I believe there are about 2 other shades in the creamy mattes collection, which I may pick up in the future… but do i NEED them as I love these so much?

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation, £4.99, has made me fall in love with foundation! It is so light on the skin and blends in effortlessly. This mattifies the skin, when set with a powder, and stays on all day. It comes in a good range of tones and comes in a handy squeeze tube, one that doesn’t make me worry about it smashing in my makeup bag! (Happened a few too many times with the standard glass foundation bottle.)

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I had already started using nude lipsticks by August, just can’t wait for Autumn! My favourite 2 are beautiful brown undertoned shades from Maybelline & Bourjois. I love Colour Drama in shade 630. It is a crayon lippie and applies beautifully. It has good staying power, but wears off nicely. This can either be layered up or blended in with a finger. It is so creamy when applied, which I find comfortable. However if a stay-all-day matte finish is preferred then I would just blend it in using my finger. The other is a liquid lippie from Boujois, the Rouge Edition Velvet in shade 17. This wears comfortably and is the best liquid lippie i’ve tried!

Eco tools have replaced my Real Technique’s face brush. I much prefer the smaller size of this brush and the hairs within this are much softer on the face. Perfect for dusting powder over the face to set makeup. I highly recommend this. I also love this for blending in contour/blusher/highlight products. It erases any harsh edges and creates a flawless finish.

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Lastly I’m just going to throw in the nail polish, Amaretto Crush, by MUA. This is a gorgeous, subtle pink shade which applies very easily, lasts about 2-3 days and is completely opaque after 2 coats. This is only £1, so definitely worth a try! I’m a real sucker for picking nail polish throughout the day, but I don’t mind reapplying this as its brush makes application so easy.

So those are my favourites this month! What have you enjoyed using? Comment bellow! Thanks for reading this post & I hope you had a fab August & an even better September, Much much love,

Steff x