Lush, M&S, Dermalogica and The Ordinary, Beauty Heroes reviewed

Marks and Spencer night cream, The Ordinary, Lush, Roo's Argan, Dermalogica

This is my verdict on the most recent crop of Beauty Heroes I have been testing. I buy all of these products myself, and they have been recommended only by trusted friends.

Marks & Spencer Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream

A sensible £22 from Marks and Sparks

Shall we start with the product I like the most? Let’s.

Marks and Spencer Formula Absolute Sleep Cream

Not a magical face cream, but a good face cream

What they say

This night cream was recommended to me by my mum friend Clare (a bit of a products guru). There has been a buzz around it for a while, that seems genuine, rather than as the result of a marketing campaign. There was a long waiting list for it at one point, and although it was still sold out at my local M&S I got it easily online. They call it “the beauty phenomenon everyone’s talking about”.

What I think

I do not believe in magic face creams. I’ve yet to come across one that turns me into Margot Robbie. It either makes my skin feel better, or it doesn’t. On that basis, this is a lovely, effective night cream. It has a nice thick before-bed texture, but I have also used it in the morning and don’t find it too oily. Personally, I would change the perfume as it smells a little unnatural, but that wouldn’t stop me from recommending it. M&S appear to be working hard to establish themselves as a force in the beauty market. More products like this and they will do so.

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

I paid £41 at a local beauty salon, but it is available more cheaply on some websites. Dermalocia has traditionally been a beauticians brand, but they do now stock it online John Lewis.

Erica, who does my facials put me on to this one. She doesn’t normally rave about products, so I gave it a go…

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Don’t leave this baby on too long

What they say

The charcoal is supposed to absorb impurities, while the sulfur in it promotes cell turnover for “dramatically brighter skin”.

What I think

This mask (or masque if you are Dermalogica) is a charming charcoal grey colour. It states on the tube that it should go on for 7-10 minutes, and I would like to meet the man or woman who could put it on for longer. As the mask dries it certainly has a firming effect. To the point where I was dying to rinse it off. I’ve been using it before I shower, as it’s the easiest way to remove it. The mask exfoliates your skin as it comes off, and definitely leaves your face feeling firmer and brighter. A bit pricey, but recommend.

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Lush Ro’s Argan

£16.95 for 225g (a larger pot is available)

This is the first body conditioner that I have ever tried. It was suggested by my blogger friend Ashley of Lazy Daisy Jones who loves it so much she named it her beauty find of 2017.

Lush Ro's Argan

A funny shower putty

What they say

You can call this a body conditioner or shower moisturiser. The latter makes a bit more sense to me. The intended appeal is that you can rub it on in the shower, and then have no need to use a body lotion afterwards. It is made with the ‘finest rose absolute and rich brazil nut oil’ and you are directed to sweep it generously over the body before rinsing off.

What I think

I admit that this is a product I didn’t know I needed. But now that I’ve got it, I quite like it. I don’t use it every morning, but when I have a little more time in the shower it is perfectly pleasant to have a rub down with body conditioner. It has a buttery texture. The famous Lush scent is worth taking into consideration when you are thinking about purchasing. I have no problem with it at all, but it is not to everyone’s taste. This is by no means a necessity, but it’s a nice treat and would make a good gift.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion

A very appealing £8 available from Cult Beauty and Asos among others.

A bit like with the M&S night cream, there is a tonne of hype surrounding these products. This is the first ‘Ordinary concoction that I have tried.

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid* 2% Emulsion

Straight science?

What they say

The philosophy of The Ordinary, and its parent brand Deciem, is to cut through beauty industry BS to deliver clearly labelled simple products at a fair price. We are told that each item contains no more than the active ingredients necessary to make it work (so no perfumes for example), and they claim to spend very little on marketing. It’s been a sell-out through word of mouth. Retinoids are used to encourage skin cell regeneration. So you apply this before bed and wake up looking younger.

What I think

Sorry guys. I just didn’t see any difference in my skin whatsoever after using this for several weeks. Perhaps it is operator error? I applied it as directed after cleansing and before moisturising. I found it quite stringent and drying, but nothing that I wouldn’t have lived with if I had seen results. However, I didn’t. Plenty of people will disagree with me, as this product has received rave reviews elsewhere, so please let me know if you have had a different experience. I’m testing out some other items from The Ordinary range and will do a separate review when I have given them all a fair go.

I visited The Ordinary store in Covent Garden to find out more about this intriguing brand

Please let’s chat if you have tried any of these items, or have any questions. Also, I would love to hear about your Beauty Heroes. Products that you swear by and would recommend to anyone.

What's your View?

6 comments on “Lush, M&S, Dermalogica and The Ordinary, Beauty Heroes reviewed

  1. Jo Miles on

    Hi Helen, really enjoy reading your blog posts. It’s great to read reviews from an ordinary everyday unbiased person (no offence meant here ?)!

    I’ll definitely try the M&S night cream and maybe some of The Ordinary stuff.

    Keep it up!

    Jo

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    • @not_about_the_kids2017 on

      Hi Jo, I’m so pleased that you feel this way. It’s exactly what I intended the series to be. I began by asking a few friends for their recommendations, and everyone came up with such brilliant ideas that I kept going. Do you have a favourite that you could tell us about…?

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  2. Victoria on

    I have just lately been hearing about the Ordinary products but haven’t tried any of them. LUSH products always have too much scent for me I can hardly stand to go in the store.

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    • @not_about_the_kids2017 on

      Hi Victoria, this is so often the reaction I get when I chat to people about Lush. The smell!!! Seems you either love it or hate it, but I wonder whether they are aware that it can even stop people from coming into the shop? The jury is out on The Ordinary. This particular product wasn’t for me, but I have also been trying their foundation and find it pretty good. Thanks so much for stopping by for a read. Hx

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    • @not_about_the_kids2017 on

      Thanks Debs, £6.50 I likey!! I’m no mask expert, but I did promise myself to start using them this year. Y’know…not getting any younger. Thanks v much for the tip. Will take a good look at what else they have at M&S. Hxxx

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