Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Is it all about the price tag?

I'd like to share with you a quick little review on a couple of exfoliators I have been testing out recently.  I have very awkward skin, I find it really difficult to find skincare products that will suit me, I always have to test a few out before I find one I love! I decided to try out two different exfoliators from different company's at opposite ends of the price scale. 
I wanted to see if paying more for skincare products was really worth it or are you just paying for the name?
So the first one I tried was

Now I'm not the biggest fan of Avon, I have had bad experiences with their makeup in the past. I have bought a few eyeshadows and lipstick off them years ago and found the colour pay off was pretty poor. So as a result I have avoided the brand ever since. Up until now.  I was recommended this product by a friend (who knows her stuff in the beauty world might I add) and I trusted her judgement.

Here are Avons key claims about this product which are advertised on their website:

"Cools and exfoliates to reveal fresher and brighter skin, dissolving and controlling pore-clogging dirt and oil for a shine-free look. With Salicylic Acid to remove dirt and oil and Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reveal new skin."
Overall, I do actually really like this product, it is available for just £5.50 for 125ml bottle.
I like the texture of it, you can really feel it working it to your skin but it isn't too abrasive. There is nothing worse than your skin feeling sore after a sandblasting from a harsh exfoliator. It makes the skin feel fresh and clean and slightly tingly.
Although I do like this product, I haven't found that it has make a remarkable difference to my skin. I find quite often my skin texture is a little uneven and this product didn't help with this at all. I had read some reviews on this product before I bought it and it seems this product is fantastic for acne prone skin. If you suffer from acne this may be a great and affordable product for you to try! 

My second choice was

I have been hearing so many things about the brand 'Créme de la Mer'. I have tried the moisturizer in the past and didn't really see great enough effects for the £100 price tag!
Anyway I was told about this miracle facial scrub called 'The Refining Facial' by them so thought it may be worth a try.

Here is what the company claim about the product:

"This exfoliating treatment's fermented sea muds and pure diamond powder instantly polish skin and stimulate circulation to reveal a fresh, translucent complexion. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of Crème de la Mer's profound powers of transformation, skin looks rejuvenated, smoothed and radiant."
After reading this little paragraph I was instantly intrigued. What girl doesn't want a bit of diamond dust as part of their skincare routine?
This product really is amazing! After one use I could see a visible difference in my skins texture. My skin felt so much smoother and softer. Any dry patchy skin disappeared and I felt glowing and healthy. Plus it smells great! It is quite a thick 'mud' like consistency. I apply it straight on to skin and gently massage in. Then rinse off with water.
The only downside to this product is the affordability. It retails at £65 which is a hell of a lot of money for an exfoliator! Although if you have problems with your skin, it could be a great investment for a happier you! 

Here is how I rated these products: 
Clear skin Professional Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub from AVON.
Performance 4/5
Texture 4/5
Smell 2/5
Affordability 5/5
Overall 3.5/5

The Refining Facial from Créme de la Mer
Performance 5/5
Texture 5/5
Smell 4/5
Affordability 1/5
Overall 4/5

Thanks for reading, I would love to hear about your favorite exfoliating products or if you have tried these, how did you rate them?


  1. My favourite exfoliator in the whole world has to be the St Ives Apricot Scrub.. it's soo good and only £4! xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

    1. Ooh I have heard about this one! I must give it a try!