Elemis, This Works & Benefit, latest Beauty Heroes reviewed

A pot of Elemis face cream, This Works Deep Pillow Spray, and Benefit Eye Bright pencil on a white yellow and grey background

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

I paid £82 at John Lewis, but I notice that it is available for less at various online beauty retailers.

This is the most expensive day cream that I have ever purchased, by a country mile. You can see your money’s worth in the ultra-lux glass and silver packaging. The Elemis lady also gave me a bag of travel size goodies to take home with me (guilt?).

A hand holds an open jar of Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream

So expensive you get lots of free swag

What they say

A powerful anti-ageing cream which uses collagen to lift and firm your skin. Made from a combination of marine algae, rose and liposomes (I dunno). It will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase hydration.

What I think

This is a dreamy looking product, and it smells lovely too. I have applied it liberally every morning for several weeks, and I would guess that the pot will last for at least another month. However, I am a bit disappointed to report that my skin feels slightly dryer than before I started using it. Granted, these are the bleak winter months, but it is just not as moisturising as I would have hoped. It may be more suited to oily skin. The most direct comparison I can make, in terms of price, is with Crème De La Mer (£120). I tested La Mer for a short time last autumn and found it to be a far thicker and more luxurious cream. It felt like a genuine indulgence. If I was going to spend this kind of money on a moisturiser regularly, I would go for La Mer.

Recommended by Seema who is a big Elemis fan. This is her favourite of all of their products. It is reviewed very favourably elsewhere online.

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This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

I paid £24 at Amazon, silly me, it is only £18 at John Lewis

Spray on your pillow and gently inhale as you drift off to sleep.

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Spritz a little on your pillow before bed

What they say

Enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep with This Works best selling spray. In a study of 200 subjects, 88%  of users said they fell asleep faster than normal and 92% felt more refreshed in the morning.

What I think

My sleep issue, if you could call it an issue, is less about nodding off, and more about waking up in the middle of the night. However, I was delighted to give this a go at the promise of a better night’s kip. It is a beautiful smelling concoction, containing all naturally calming ingredients including lavender and camomile. Has my sleep improved since I started using this? Perhaps. I suspect if it has, it is due to a placebo effect. Whether that is the case or not, I really like and recommend this product. The aroma it releases on your pillow is calming and relaxing. Who wouldn’t want to go to sleep amidst a lovely smell? I bought it as a gift for my mum and mum-in-law at Christmas. It makes a nice, unusual present. Not one for serious sleep issues I would hazard.

Recommended by Debs, who says it works for her. Sleep well.

Benefit Eye Bright

I paid £17 at House of Fraser, it is currently (Jan 2018) in the Benefit sale for £15.30

This is a cunning little light pink eye liner, than can be applied to the inner and outer corners of the eye. It promises to make you look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep!

Benefit Eye Bright pencil

This little devil is very easy to use

What they say

Eight hours of sleep in a stick, and super easy to apply. Put it on after your other makeup as the finishing flawless touch.

What I think

This is a great addition to my makeup routine. I’m all about easy to use, especially when it comes to eyes, and this really is that. It is a soft, thick, pencil, so you don’t need a steady hand to apply. As well as lifting the inner and outer corners of the eye, Eye Bright can also be used under the brow. The pink pigment catches the light, and voila, a true Beauty Hero. There is a simple video on how to apply this on the Benefit website.

This was recommended by Ally who says, using Eye Bright is ‘as much a part of her morning routine as brushing her teeth’.

What is the Heroes series?

Not About the Kids Beauty Heroes are all products that have been highly recommended by a friend, either online or in real life. I purchase the items myself, and test them for around month. Then I will give my verdict here, being as fair as I can.

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2 comments on “Elemis, This Works & Benefit, latest Beauty Heroes reviewed

  1. Penny on

    Loving the Hero series, such a good idea. I like to get skincare recommendations from others too. I’ve never used super expensive face creams, about £40 is the most I’ve paid. I got a tester from L’occitane for their Divine cream. It’s about £70; sadly out of my price range. I wanted to dislike it, but I have to say, it’s the best cream I’ve ever tried. At the moment, I can look but I can’t touch 🙂
    Next on my list is Weleda. I know someone who works for them and their ingredients are all natural. I like the sound of that!

  2. @not_about_the_kids2017 on

    I’m so pleased you are enjoying Heroes Penny, I’m loving it too. I am covered in all sorts of interesting beauty products!!! I like the sound of the L’Occitane cream, I will go and check it out the next time I am passing. Also, do let me know if you find anything worth recommending by Weleda. A future Hero perhaps? I’d be very interested. Hx

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