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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

March 6, 2014

Garnier Micellar Water

Micellar water has quickly become one of my absolute skincare staples, so when I spotted a new player in town I couldn’t resist giving it a go!

For those not in the know, micellar waters are a sort of none-rinse make-up remover and cleanser in one. They can be used on the face, lips and eyes (and any other body part should you need it!) and are a dream for sensitive skin as they are soap, and usually fragrance, free.

I’ve tried two others in the past, the cult staple Bioderma Sensibio H2O and the  L’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar Solution. I liked both, but the huge price difference between the two (Bioderma is £10-£15 for 250ml, L’Oreal £4.99 for 200ml) had me leaning firmly towards the latter. Now comes along a new contender in the UK market, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, at a massively purse friendly £4.99 for 400ml!

Considering how little product it actually takes to remove a whole face of make-up, the outlay for Bioderma is totally worth it, but if there is something that delivers the same results at a fraction of the price (and is much easier to get hold of!) then I’ll definitely go for it!

In honestly I can see little difference at all between the three products, all remove eye, lip and face make-up quickly and effectively without making my skin tight or causing it to flare up. It’s the gentleness of this product that I really love, and there’s no need to scrub away at all as it feels like the make-up simply melts off. Even waterproof mascara can be shifted by holding a pad over each eye a few moments and gently wiping the rest away.

When I come off stage sweating under a layer of thick make-up for an hour, the first thing I want to do is get the slap off and let my skin breathe. I wear a -lot- of make-up on stage, and the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water gets the whole lot off in record time earning it’s permanent place in my “gig essentials” list. I should probably do a blog about that at some point!




Currently available from for only £3.32 (full price £4.99!)

Totally hellbent for twice the product at half the price!

– Gem


Free REN skincare set with InStyle Magazine

October 21, 2013

Ren skincare trio with Instyle

I have been all over the magazine freebies this month, I got 3/4 of the L’Occitane hand creams with Marie Claire, I picked up another Eyeko Skinny Mini eyeliner from Glamour, and this morning I picked up this mini REN skincare trio with Instyle!

The mini set includes Evercalm Gentle Cleaning MilkVita mineral Active 7 Eye Gel and Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream and is worth £12 so a real bargain!



My main reason for grabbing it (other than only costing £2!) was that I needed in particular a travel size eye cream to go in my gigging toiletry bag as I used my last one up in Leeds on Saturday.

I like to pick up miniatures wherever I can so that my gig-day bag isn’t loaded down with loads of full size products. Usually I take my make-up off as soon as we hit the road, as wearing full stage make-up for any longer than necessary isn’t good for my skin at all, and also because I usually end up nodding off if it’s a long journey and I hate sleeping in my make-up!

All three of these look ideal for taking on the road, and I absolutely love the ethos of purity in Ren Skincare, especially after a sweaty night in heavy make-up!

Totally hellbent for all things tiny.

– Gem