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Monday, 23 September 2013

Good Things come in small packages...

When I heard that beauty journalist Alice-Hart Davis had launched a skincare range with yummy ingredients such like avocado, raspberry, lychee and super-food of the moment, goji berry I just knew that I had to try it out. The pretty packaging and branding certainly helped in swaying me too!

The Good Things skincare range is jam packed with what they call "superfruits" including; acai, avocado, blueberry, blackcurrent, coconut, cranberry, fig, goji berry, lychee, pomegranate and a whole host of other decidedly delicious fruity ingredients. Sounds good so far!

I'm a bit partial to at home facials - there's nothing I love more than curling up of an evening, popping on a good flick and slathering myself in lotions and potions. All in the name of academic research you understand... Face masks are a particular favourite of mine - they really are the next best thing to a facial if you want to tackle clogged pores and unsightly blackheads.

When it comes to lazy girls beauty, they really are a winner - just slap them on, sit back and chill for 10 minutes, remove, rinse and hey presto, nice new shiny skin! Or at least that's the premise! :)

I started out by using the Good Things Five Minute Facial Face Mask. Now, I gotta 'fess up - before trying this I wrongly assumed that this was going to be a creamy nourishing & moisturising facial mask due to the addition avocado and goji berry - so I got a bit of a surprise the first time I used to to find that it was in fact a clay mask. Totally my fault for not reading all the info beforehand however!

"This mask is a true multi-tasker, designed to make your skin clearer, brighter and smoother, all at the same time. Top ingredients include green clay and kaolin to draw out impurities, avocado oil to moisturise, goji berry extract to soothe and willow bark extract for radiance."

It's free from parabens and mineral oils which are not ingredients you want in your skincare products. It's also good to note that it's suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The more companies that take the this stance the better, so fair play Good Things, it's so refreshing to see a responsible and ethical skincare company.

Aqua (Water), Kaolin, Illite, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenethyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Parfum (Fragrance), Caprylyl Glycol, Coco-Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol.

Kaolin is the main ingredient in this face mask - this has been used for hundreds, if not thousands of years in facial preparations. It is naturally occurring soft clay, first discovered at the Kao-Ling Mountain in South-East China (its very own namesake.) In cosmetics, kaolin cleanses and exfoliates dead skin cells and debris from the surface. It can refine pores, moisturize and rejuvenate, however it's mainly used in facial masks to clear blackheads, clogged pores, reduce inflammation and generally help all round for normal to oily skin types. This is particularly great for acne-prone and teenage skin. 

As I have predominantly dry and dehydrated skin, I've been using this on my T-Zone. You can of course still use this if you have a dry skin type, but if you have any particularity dry of flaky patches I'd avoid those parts and use it on the oilier parts of your face, such as your T-Zone. 

It comes in a large 100ml sized squeezable tube. The packaging is very girly and pretty with lots of frills and filigree. The brand appears to be aimed at the younger market (which it's budget-friendly price point will attest to - more about later) however, so long as you choose the right products for your skin type, everyone of all ages could use this.

The product itself is your standard clay mask type formula - thick, chalky and white - however where this really differs is the smell - it really does smell good enough to eat. It reminded me of fruits of the forest - if you've ever had Yoplait in Fruits of The Forest you'll know exactly what I mean!

You simply apply a thin layer to dry skin and as the product promises, you simply wait five minutes for the mask to set and harden before rinsing off. As the mask dries, it becomes stiff and sets, whilst this is happening you can see it working - see those patches in the photo on the right above? Yup, that's the mask absorbing all the oil and impurities from the pores on my nose. Yuck! But hey, at least I know it's working!

If you have severely congested skin, nothing can compare to a professional facial complete with blackhead extraction, however this comes a close second. With regular use, you should really notice a marked improvement in the size and number of blackheads and clogged pores.

The Five Minute Facial Face Mask really does what it says on the tin.

Next up is the Instant Dark Circles Concealer;

"An all-in-one tinted eye cream for instant camouflage of dark circles, boosted with Caffeine and a    de-puffing peptide to help effectively tackle tired eyes."

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Mica, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Xanthan Gum, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Alumina, Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Cellulose Gum, Steareth-20, Silica, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 
(Iron Oxides).

The concealer comes in a small, handbag sized 15ml tube with nifty rollerball. I really like rollerball on products such as this - they fit perfectly underneath and around the eye area, glide smoothly and feel cool and refreshing - a lovely pick-me-up first thing in the morning!

Consistency-wise, this was quite thin and watery so I wasn't too sure how well this would perform as an under eye concealer. If you see the swatch in the photo above (sorry, for the bad photo, it was hard to get a good swatch photo due to the way the product is dispensed) you'll see that it leans towards the peach end of the spectrum - great for disguising dark circles, not so great if you're very pale.

It felt lovely and refreshing applying this, however I don't tend to get dark circles so I cannot comment how well this fares in that regard. I would say though that given the formula is so thin, you may need to use your regular concealer on top of this if you want to hide any blemishes or discolouration as I didn't feel that the pigmentation was great - then again it's not billed as a heavy duty, high coverage concealer

Again, given that it leans on the peach/orange side of the colour spectrum, if you're very fair skinned, you probably will need to top this up with your regular paler concealer so you don't end up with peachy-coloured panda eyes. The included caffeine will help with de-puffing around the eye area, you may even feel a slight tingle - so try it on the inside of your wrist before applying to the eye area if you have very sensitive or highly reactive skin.

In conclusion, I think this would be the perfect product for teens who don't need to use an eye cream just yet but want something to help brighten their eye area. If you're not in your teens and are lucky enough not to have dark circles  this could be ideal for you but if you're a long term member of the dark circles brigade and/or like good coverage you're probably going to need to look elsewhere. I do rate it for it's early morning refreshing feel and cooling effect which definitely helps with tired eyes.

Out of the two, the Five Minute Facial Face Mask is definitely my pick of the bunch.

The Good Things range comes in at extremely purse-friendly price points.

The Five Minute Facial Face Mask is just €7.99
Instant Dark Circles Concealer is also 

You can find them in Boots and at the Beauty Emporium

Find Good Things on Facebook and Twitter

Have you ever tried any of the Good Things range? If so, let me know which products you tried and how you liked them, I'd love to get some feedback :)


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