Just Charlie G

DHC are, as I’ve probably mentioned, a relatively new brand to me. So far there hasn’t been a product I’ve tried that I haven’t liked so it was a real treat to receive the DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips to try out!DHC Revitalizing Moisture StripsEach packet contains 6 pouches, with each pouch containing two moisturising strips.DHC Revitalizing Moisture StripsAs the name suggests, the strips are designed to firm, moisturise under the eye area. Created with mulberry, peony and alpha-arbutin to brighten, aloe to refresh, soy to firm and amino acids and olive leaf extract to hydrate, these are a real treat for tired eyes. They are so simple to use, just cleanse as usual, remove the strips from backing and apply under the eyes. You can either leave on for 20-30 minutes or overnight.DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips

I’ll be honest, I didn’t read the instructions properly and I’ve only left them on for half an hour each time, but I often thought how great it’d be to use them overnight so I will definitely wear my last ones overnight…

I found that after use the skin was plumper and therefore fine lines were less obvious, and the skin was so soft and smooth. A really impressive result, I’ve done mine at night when I’m lying in bed reading, so next time I’ll just leave them on for maximum impact.

I would recommend these absolutely when you’re having a pampering session, or when you’ve not had enough sleep or just before a special occasion. A real treat for your eyes. For a six applications, the price is £8.75 making them incredibly affordable too. There’s nothing to lose!

Head over to www.dhcuk.co.uk for further information and to purchase.

*Product received free of charge for review purposes

First of all, Happy Bank Holiday weekend. I must apologise for the long break between posts. The Easter Holidays, appointments and a set of extraordinarily long nails have hampered my posting of late. As it is, I’ve filed my nails down and they are still too long, this is going to take some editing when I’ve finished! So, today I’m reviewing the DHC Q10 Mask.

DHC Q10 Mask Believe it or not this is my first experience with a sheet mask so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but let me just say it caused both my kids and husband to laugh at me. A lot.

The Q10 mask is a coQ10 firming sheet mask, and for the uninitiated coQ10 stands for Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is a coenzyme that appears naturally in cells in the body, its an antioxidant and the latest research suggests that applying to the skin means it can help the body fight the damaging effects of free radicals as well as have skin soothing effects.

The sheet mask is enriched with the coQ10 and also include sodium hyaluronate and collagen to help maintain the skins natural moisture as well as create a protective barrier to create a softer, smoother complexion.

DHC Q10 Mask

Using this was a novel experience! After cleansing, you unfold the (very wet) mask and place over your face. I found it a little bit fiddly to get it in the best position to cover most bits of my face but once I’d finished taking photos of myself for this blog post and lay down on the sofa, I was able to get a good coverage and relax (as best I could with my family laughing at me) for 20 minutes.DHC Q10 Mask

Although it felt very wet, it was really comfortable on my skin and it’s got a lovely fresh scent, not too overpowering, just nice. Once your twenty minutes are up, you can press any excess fluid into your skin and follow up with your usual skincare. I found my skin didn’t feel sticky or unpleasant after use and like that you just carry on with the rest of your regime. Words can’t express how lovely my skin felt after this. So soft and smooth, plumped out and lovely. The effects don’t last for ages but as part of your regular routine and as a pick me up, or before special events, this is a great little treat for your skin.

My absolute top tip though is for maximum relaxation and pampering effects, either make sure you are home alone, or lock yourself in the bathroom!

The Q10 mask is £4.50 for one sheet and available from the DHC website.

*product provided free of charge for review purposes.

DHC MascaraWhen the actress of the moment, Emma Watson, proclaims DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection Mascara is her favourite mascara to wear on set, then I’m all ears. If there’s a mascara that won’t smudge, won’t run when my eyes water and stays put all day, then I want to try it out.

DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection MascaraAs you might imagine from this Japanese brand, the packaging is simple, the product looks simple but performance is excellent. I absolutely love the brush, I can’t bear mascaras with big brushes, this one is perfect and allows me to grab every individual lash with ease.

DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection MascaraSo what’s so amazing about this mascara? In essence, it’s a tubing mascara, one coat wraps each lash in a water resistant tube. It does not clump, flake or smudge and nor does it run. You won’t need fancy make up removers, this removes with ease with just warm water. I’ve tried, it comes off easily. Cold water won’t remove it, just warm, so you don’t need to worry about the rain. And most amazingly for me it doesn’t transfer at all to my upper eyelids. I not only have hooded eyes, but in addition they are starting to sag with age. Eye liners and mascaras always seem to transfer on me, but this doesn’t move a single bit. Amazing.

The finish might not be for those who want huge amounts of drama, but I find the finish is perfect for me. Every single lash is coated, black, and elongated, no clumping. I can add length easily by applying one or two coats as normal and then a final coat just to the tips (if needed!). As I’ve previously mentioned my left eyelashes are shorter and straighter than those on my right eye but its very easy to make them look equal with this mascara. I’m absolutely delighted with it.

DHC Perfect Pro Double Protection MascaraIn my personal opinion I much prefer this to the mascara I featured in my last post, with that one, as time goes on I’m more and more disappointed with my purchase. This however, is absolutely brilliant and I would go as far as to say one of the best I’ve ever tried. It’s easy to apply, doesn’t transfer, is easy to remove and gives me separated, natural looking lashes.

You can purchase the DHC Perfect pro Double Protection Mascara here for £15.90.

*product received free of charge for review purposes

I’m not familiar with the Japanese brand DHC. I’m not sure how long the products have been available in the UK, but I suspect not terribly long, but DHC is in fact Japan’s number one direct skincare company.

I’ve never tried any of their products before, however I have heard quite a lot about their products over the last year or so, in particular their Deep Cleansing Oil which is one of their best selling products with one being sold every 10 seconds world wide.

The Face Wash Powder* (£9.50) is not new but I believe it has been reformulated. I can’t speak with any experiences of the reformulation as I haven’t tried it before, but I can tell you how I find it now!

DHC Face Wash Powder Review

 

In a flip top container, you pour out a small amount of powder, combine with a bit of water to make a lather then massage into your skin, getting your quantities can be a bit tricky, I found I was adding too little powder or too much water the first couple of times I used it, however, once you’ve got a feel for it its quick and easy. It was literally only the first two times I used it I struggled.

The powder itself is very fine, and once you add water, it’s not gritty at all.

DHC Face Wash Powder ReviewIt’s lightly exfoliating and cleanses deeply.  Protease enzyme helps to dissolve amino acid bonds and dissolve surface dead skin cells, liquorice soothes skin and honey softens and moisturises.

I absolutely love this stuff. I approached it open mindedly, but my skin suffers quite badly if products don’t suit it. This produces a beautifully soft lather, leaves my skin incredibly soft and doesn’t leave any residue on my skin (important as products that do tend to break me out) and nor does it dry my skin out (also important as my skin feels flaky, dry and eventually breaks out when products are too drying), it just leaves my skin feeling incredibly clean, soft and lovely.

Its really reasonably priced at £9.50 but you need very little to cleanse your whole face.

Available from www.dhcuk.co.uk

 *Product received free of charge for review purposes