BeautyPie Superdose Vitamin C Body Lotion Review

This year, I have been focused on using more active ingredients in my bodycare routine and I have been on the hunt for some. I have found a few Vitamin  C body lotions, including the new BeautyPie Superdose Vitamin C Body Lotion.

What the brand says

Want firmer, fresher, tighter, brighter-looking skin all over your body? You’ll love this. It’s a high-tech, radiance-boosting, moisturizing body lotion, loaded with Tranexamic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, firming Brown Algae and stable vitamin C. It gives sun-damaged skin a super-boost! Use daily for the fastest brightening, firming and rejuvenating effects, or use 2-3 times weekly to help prevent signs of aging. Clean. Vegan. And cruelty-free (of course).

Experience

I used this body lotion twice a day and the 250ml bottle last just over 2 weeks. I experienced no irritation

What I liked: so what attracted me to this product is the formula: this utilizes a well-known vitamin C derivative Ascorbic Acid Glucoside and Tranexamic acid to promise firmer and brighter skin. it also other great ingredients like hyaluronic acid, brown algae extract, centella asiatica and argan oil.

I really enjoyed the scent, it’s kinda citrusy, kinda medicated but pleasant and it lingers on the skin. It is a lightweight lotion that doesn’t leave any oily residue on the skin. It goes on and sinks into the skin easily.

What I didn’t like: the bottle only lasted 2 weeks which isn’t a long time to notice any huge differences. I didn’t notice massive improvements if any. I don’t think the formula hydrating/moisturizing as much as I would like. It was ok to use whilst the weather was still warm(ish) but as the weather has changed and it’s raining more and colder, I find my skin feels drier at the end of the day

Verdict

I was super excited to try this once they posted a teaser on their Instagram but I’m afraid to say it is a bit of an anti-climax. I love the formula but I don’t find it hydrating. I also wish for the price it came in a bigger bottle. This 250ml bottle lasted 2 weeks using it twice a day, the members price for this is £11.34 which is just £2 more than the Nivea Q10 plus Vitamin C 400ml lotion (I love this!)

Will I repurchase this? No I had high hopes for this lotion but unfortunately it didn’t live up to them. I LOVE the Nivea Q10 plus C lotion so I will be sticking to that

BeautyPie Superdose Vitamin C Body Lotion is £11.34 for members and available on BeautyPie

Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream review

I tried Glow recipe for the first time this year. I picked up the Glow Vanity set with came with a deluxe size of the Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream. This brand has been on my radar for a while now so I was really excited to try them

What the brand says:

Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is a soothing, lightweight moisturizer that resets, replenishes, and seals in a boost of lasting hydration without clogging pores, for all skin types, even acne-prone skin. It is non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, making it especially good for sensitive skin. Blended with banana, chia seed, magnesium, turmeric, and cica, this sweet soufflé is your recipe for calmer, hydrated healthy-looking skin.

Experience

I’ve been using this in both my morning and evening routines over serums. its lasted about 3 weeks and I haven’t experienced any irritation from it.

What I liked: this lightweight moisturiser has beauty gel-souffle texture and sinks into the skin easily. It smells amazing. I really like how soothing and hydrating it feels on the skin. I use it over serums and I have not found it pilling on me. I use a fair amount. It provides a good amount of hydration which I find long lasting. It leaves no oily residue and leaves a glowing finish to the skin. I have normal to combo oily skin and it works really well with it. It doesn’t clog pores. It’s full of antioxidants and soothing ingredients.

What I didn’t like: nothing

Verdict

This moisturiser is amazing and joins my list of favourite moisturisers. It is suitable for all skin types because of its lightweight texture. No oily residue and heavy feeling it left on the skin. It layers really well over serums and suitable for day and night.

I will definitely recommend and look to repurchase

Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is £36 for the full size

Fresh Vitamin C Nectar Glow Face Mask Review

I have been eyeing Fresh face masks for a long time, in particular, the Vitamin C Nectar Glow Face Mask so when my birthday came around and they had just realised the mini masking set, my brother got me the set for my birthday! So far I have used 3 of the 6 mini masks and finished one- Vitamin C Nectar Glow Face Mask.

What the brand says

A brightening and exfoliating face mask powered by natural AHAs in crushed citrus fruits; vitamins C, E, and B5; and revitalising minerals. This skin nutrition mask is jam-packed with fruit—50% orange, lemon, and clementine paste—to refine skin for a healthy, glow-from-within look. Fueled by fresh’s vitamin fruit complex, it does double exfoliating duty: a soft scrub from the citrus paste and a gentle chemical peel from the natural AHAs.

Experience

My mini 15ml mask lasted about 4 applications over my face and neck. I mostly used the mask in my evening routine about once a week.

What I liked: the formula is quite impressive with a combo of Vitamin C E B5 and AHAs to help exfoliate and brighten the skin. it smells of oranges. It rinses away easily and clean

What I didn’t like: so the texture of this face mask is like orange marmalade. I am not the biggest fan of the application method: you have to massage this on and leave on for about 10 mins. This was the mask I really wanted but I am not that impressed with it. it didn’t leave my skin any much smoother or brighter after use. It wasn’t a big difference.

Verdict

I’m a bit disappointed with the mask. This feels like putting orange marmalade on my skin and the results are underwhelming. Its an impressive formula but for me it didn’t do much for my skin.

Fresh Vitamin C Nectar Glow Face Mask is £21 for 30ml on Fresh

The mini set is still available on Cultbeauty or Space NK

 

 

 

Review Round up: Skincare

Votary Super Seed Oil

I’m not a big fan of facial oils, there’s been very few I have tried and loved but the Votary Super Seed Oil is one of the ones I loved. I was gifted this by a friend and I was actually going to give it away until I decided to check the price. At £70 for 50ml I decide to test out why it was so popular and expensive.

The oil is a blend of 22 seed oils and formulated for sensitive, hormonal and stressed skin. It’s surprisingly lightweight and has a beautiful ‘botanical’ scent to it. I really like this oil. I use it when my skin feels irritated and this really helps to soothe it. I also use it when my skin barrier is damaged and I am on a break from using actives. Is it expensive? Yes. But does it work? Absolutely!

Dermalogica Active Moist

So I first used this moisturiser after I had a Dermalogica luxury facial and my facialist used this on me. I loved the texture of it and how lightweight it was without being oily. Much later on, I purchased the Dermalogica Normal skin kit and it came with a travel size of the active moist moisturiser. This is an oil-free lightweight moisturiser for combination skin. I find the texture very similar to a water cream and it does well at hydrating and softening the skin. Its oil-free but it leaves my skin dewy and glowing. I use this twice a day and it layers well very other serums. I would definitely recommend this and will happily purchase the full size. This mini size has actually lasted me a while because I don’t need a lot of it.

 

Nivea Q10 plus C Eye Cream

I’m really loving the Q10 plus C range from Nivea, I have used a lot of items from the collection. This eye cream was gifted to me at an event and I started using it earlier this year. This is one of the few eye creams I have tried that has actually made a difference. I have dark circles and when I used this consistently it helps to brighten my under eye. The cream itself its quite lightweight so doesn’t feel heavy in the area.

It would be the first time I have introduced an active ingredient in my eye area and so far I am loving the results. It says it also targets fine lines but the lines I have around my eye area have remained the same. I still really like this and 100% recommend.

That’s all for now.

These are the products I have in rotation and have been using very often. I will be back with more reviews later.

Catch you later!

 

Timeless 20% Vitamin C& E Ferulic Acid Serum Review

This year I started my ‘tour’ of vitamin C serums, we know the mother of all Vitamin C serums is the very popular SkinCeutical CE Ferulic which also costs £109 for 30ml! So I started my tour to find dupes and the best-formulated Vitamin C serums on the market.

I got the Timeless 20% Vitamin C & E Ferulic Acid serum which is known as a dupe for the skinCeutical.

What the brand says:

Vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid is a super-potent antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental stressors like UV rays and pollution. On its own, it’s super effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and other signs of photodamage, such as hyperpigmentation and sunspots.

Teamed with 1% of free radical fighting Ferulic Acid and 1% of skin-nourishing Vitamin E, it’s the perfect blend of brightening and firming ingredients, fast-tracking your way to gorgeous skin. It restores the skin’s natural elasticity by supporting collagen production from within. With a natural vitamin C skincare product, your skin is provided with the nutrients and vitamins it needs to replenish. Through the use of the Vitamin C serum, you can provide your skin with a fully nourished, beautifully replenished look without making it dry out or look older and wrinkled.

Enriched with the finest ingredients, including vitamin C, you can enjoy an anti-aging skin serum that allows your skin to feel nourished and loved, each and every time you apply it on. Unlike other skincare products, this product is a proven match for most skin types, to provide the benefits and nourishing effects you’ve come to expect from a high-quality Vitamin C serum.

Experience

I got mine in the restock which meant it came quite fresh. I really like that they have the manufacturing date on them as they are made in batches. I started using it right away, every morning after cleansing and toning. My current AM routine is in the pic above

What I liked: this formula has 20% L-ascorbic acid, 1% Ferulic and Vitamin E which is the best antioxidant combo for protection and to fight hyperpigmentation. Although it’s a high Vitamin C content, I did not experience any irritation or stinging with the serum. It is a very watery serum that goes onto the skin easily and absorbs quickly. It doesn’t pill and layers quite well with other products. What I really like is the addition of Sodium hyaluronate which is hyaluronic acid so it leaves the skin very hydrated.

I started noticing results around 3 weeks, my skin looks brighter and is glowing. I haven’t seen a difference in hyperpigmentation yet but my skin appears healthier and even-toned.

The serum used to come in a dropper bottle but I am so glad it’s now in an airless pump bottle to keep the Vitamin C fresh

What I didn’t like: not really a big deal but it goes out of stock quickly.

Verdict

This is an excellent and more affordable alternative to the skinCeutical CE serum. The Timeless formula has a very short ingredient list and the addition of hyaluronic acid really helps to hydrate the skin. For a high Vitamin content, I did not experience stinging or irritation, this was a pleasure to use.

This serum is made in batches so it goes out of stock quickly but they are very good at keeping customers updated. I got mine in the 1st week of June and started using it on 14/6, I wrote this review on 18th July and I can see it slowly changing colour. it’s not quite oxidised yet but its, not the clear cloudy colour it was when it arrived fresh. I have about 3 days left anyways s I don’t mind.

What’s great about the Timeless website is that they also sell some popular K beauty items.

Timeless 20% Vitamin C& E Ferulic Acid is £25.99 on Timeless

 

Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk Review

As you know, I LOVE BeautyPie skincare products! I have tried a few and I have lots of reviews of the products on my blog! After falling in love with the Japanfusion Cleanser so much I was really interested in the Jeju Daily cleanser because they are quite similar in terms of the multi-phase textures.

What the brand says

An absolutely marvellous multi-phase cleansing milk – with Jeju Cherry Blossom, soothing Bamboo Grass, Liquorice-Root Extract and Meadowfoam Seed Oil. It’s rich and milky, super-emollient, massages into an oil, breaks makeup down in microseconds and rinses-off like a dream, leaving your skin looking fresh and bright. (Buy a few, so you have backup.) Ultra gentle, for all skin types.

Experience

I have been using it as my first cleanse in my PM routine for just over month now. It’s a huge 190ml bottle and I still have some to last another 3 weeks. It comes in a pump bottle which I have not had any issues with

What I liked: this is a beautiful multi-phase cleanser. I’m not ashamed to say I use about 4 pumps all over my face and neck lol. I massage for about 4 to 5 mins and sometimes even longer (this is not necessary but I really enjoy using this time to watch something and massage my skin). This goes from ‘milk’ to an oil. This emulsifies with water quite easily and rinses away clean with very little residue. This cleanser breaks down SPF and makeup easily and mascara as well. I’ve been using the L’Oréal False Lash Fiber mascara which builds volume by adding fibres and this cleanser does an amazing job at removing all traces of it!

What I didn’t like: there are only 2 very minor details I have picked up but it’s really me just been picky. 1- it takes a bit of time for it to go for milk to oil. Not a long time but it’s not as ‘instant’ as the Japanfusion cleanser. 2. I don’t really want to call it a milk because I think of that as something quite watery and fluid and this isn’t. I don’t really know what to call it but yh lool

Verdict

This is a beautiful sequel to Japanfusion cleanser! Most sequels aren’t as great with a rubbish storyline (except for Lion King 2- that sequel was AMAZING, Mulan 2, on the other hand, wasn’t lol) but this Jeju cleanser stands really well on its own. It’s an amazing first cleanser which removes traces of makeup, mascara, dirt and oil. It doesn’t leave much residue on skin at all and it leaves the skin soft and hydrated. It has a pleasant scent.

I’m really happy with this cleanser and even happier it’s a much bigger size compared to JapanFusion which is only 100ml!

I will definitely repurchase and recommend

If I had to choose between this and the Japanfusion cleanser, I would choose the latter, only because Japanfusion is perfect in my eyes lol BUT if you want an alternative because it’s sold out (which happens a lot), you won’t be disappointed with the Jeju Cleanser!

Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk is £11.29 for members on BeautyPie. For non-members, it’s £28 and I honestly think it’s worth that price!

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Cream Review

I started my venture into Lancôme skincare last year when I purchased the Genifique skincare gift set which came with the 30ml Genifique serum and a 15ml cream. This post will be a full review of the cream.

What the brand says: Génifique Crème Start your journey for younger-looking skin with Lancôme’s Génifique Cream, a daily moisturising face cream that promotes a more youthful skin appearance.

This velvety formula provides moisture and leaves your skin feeling velvety soft to the touch with a radiant glow.

Experience

The 15ml size lasted for about 3 weeks, I started using it in my night time routine but it didn’t pair well with the serum I was using it with so I moved it to my day time routine. After I stopped using that particular serum, I started using the cream in the evening again, so I was using it twice a day.

It has a strong perfume scent.

What I liked: the cream has a beautiful velvety texture that feels silky and smooth on the skin. It spreads really easily and doesn’t pill when layered on other products. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised without any oily residue.

It contains ingredients and extracts known for skin moisturising and soothing properties and some barrier repair ingredients.

What I didn’t like: I mentioned I had to stop using it for a while in my night routine because it wasn’t pairing well with my serum. The serum I was using was the new Estée Lauder Vitamin C serum. What was strange was that I would use the serum over my face and neck but when I layered on the cream, my face would start tingling (not a lot but I felt it) but my neck would be fine. I also didn’t get that sensation when I used the cream in the morning over a different vitamin c serum. I’m not sure if it was the cream or the Estée Lauder serum but something wasn’t pairing well

Verdict

This is definitely a luxurious cream. The texture and scent are very reminiscent of expensive skincare. Is it worth the hype? I don’t think so. I didn’t notice any huge improvements in my skin whilst using this? No.  Do I mind getting it again in a gift set? Of course not, I did like using it but will I go and buy the full size? No.

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Cream is £63.50 for 50ml at Boots

 

 

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser Review

Caudalie’s new Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser promises a lot of things. The brand says:

The first essential step in your beauty routine against blemishes, the Purifying Cleansing Gel, enriched in natural salicylic acid, grapeseed polyphenols and organic* essential oils, cleanses and purifies the skin without leaving it dry. Its gentle and effective formula works to tighten pores, reduce excess sebum and visibly reduce blemishes. Its gel texture leaves skin feeling instantly fresh and clean. A light and surprising, 100% natural scent derived from a unique complex of essential oils that delivers a breath of freshness with each use.

Benefits: Purifies, Tackles blemishes, Minimises pores and Reduces excess sebum

Experience

I received the 30ml size as a free gift with purchase from Beautylish.

I’ve been using this cleanser both morning and night (as a second cleanser)

What I liked: this cleanser has salicylic acid (BHA) which helps to reduce blemishes and reduce pore size. I really liked this cleanser because it did exactly that. I had a few breakouts in my lower cheek area and this cleanser helped. The cleanser produces a light foam which is easy to rinse away but doesn’t try out the skin. Normally around this time, my skin would be oilier but I have felt my skin be more balanced. It has a minty medicated scent but this doesn’t linger. It’s gentle enough for daily use. As a second cleanser, it works well to remove makeup and oily residue left over by my balm cleanser

Verdict

This is a great cleanser and I would highly recommend to oily and blemish-prone skin types. The BHA in the cleanser helps reduce breakouts and pore size as well and balancing the skin. I used this twice a day but it never dried out my skin. I like the fresh scent and feeling it leaves my skin. I won’t recommend this for dry skintypes

I will definitely purchase this but it would be a cleanser I use in the warmer months as that’s when my skin tends to be oilier and blemish-prone.

Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser is £16 on LookFantastic

Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Rehydration Mist Review

You guys know my love for Beauty Pie skincare, I have tried a lot of their products and repurchased a lot too. check out my 2 month BP challenge here

Today’s post will be a full review on the Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Rehydration Mist.

What the brand says:

A super antioxidant, energizing and hydrating mist!

Just a couple of pumps, after cleansing, over makeup, through the day, will make your skin appear supple and lovely. With hydrating hyaluronic acid, energizing bamboo grass, antioxidant Jeju yoshino blossom and antioxidant scutellaria root-it’s an absolute’must-dew’.

Experience

The Jeju collection is a 4 product 1 tool strong collection and I have 3 out of the 4 products. I have been using the mist as a toner in both my morning and evening routines, after cleansing and before serums etc. I’ve been using it over 3 weeks and I have enough for another week or so.

What I liked: the mist has an amazing scent, it’s not overpowering. The formula is blending of antioxidants and hydrating ingredients and I find it quite soothing and hydrating. It quite softening on the skin and it sinks into the skin quickly without leaving it oily or forming a ‘shiny film’ on the skin. It leaves my skin glowing

What I didn’t like: this has to be one of the worst spritzers I have used. It shoots in a stream and hits you in the face lol. After 2 days, I had to decant it into a different spray bottle

Verdict

100% will recommend and will repurchase. I love how easy it is to add to any routine and how well it works with other products. Its hydrating, softening and has antioxidants. The only issue I have is the spritzers! If they fix it, it will be the perfect spray toner! Until then, I will be decanting it into another spray bottle.

I’ve been using the Cleansing milk and will be reviewing soon.

Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Rehydration Mist is £10.61 for members

6 Months’ Worth of Empties!

It’s officially half way through 2020, the year with the most surprises, twists and turns! What will the series finale be like?

Anyway, I’ve been keeping all my empties so far and here they are! 6 months worth of empties. I’ve divided them into different categories and I will also link my reviews and where to buy. I will also be doing some mini-reviews and mentioning my fav items!

Cleansers-14

I finished a few cleansers so far! My favourite ones were First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Olay Foaming Cleansing Jelly and Farmacy Clean Bee. My reviews here and here.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing gel will also have a special place in my heart. Omorovicza Cleansing Foam was also great- I have actually repurchased this already. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Cleanser is also a repurchase. I also have to give a shout out to Caudalie Purifying Gel Cleanser

Definitely the most disappointing cleanser in this category was the Nivea MicellAIR.

Toners-12

Ok so lots of toners I loved this year Beauty Pie Jeju Daily Mist, Dermalogica Multi Active Toner, Barry M serum mists and Indie Lee Q10.

A huge surprise was the Superdrug Energising Mist– this is formulated with Vitamin C so helps to brighten the skin. The spritzer is great too and I really loved using it twice a day to hydrated and soften my skin. I would repurchase.

The biggest disappointment was the Inkey List PHA toner. Review here

Serums & oils-18

My favourite type of skincare product! Serums! Shout out to Peter Thomas Roth Potent C, Dermatica and Beauty Pie Vitamin C capsules. I also love the Inkey List’s Vitamin C and Q10– lost count of the amount of repurchases.

Superdrug’s Simply Pure Hydrating serum is cheap and very effective and Dermalogica C12 Pure Bright serum was very nice.

What I didn’t like? Surprisingly the Murad Rapid Age Spot serum and the First Aid beauty hydrating serum didn’t make a difference.

Moisturisers& SPF-17

My second favourite category of skincare! I’ve tried a few SPFs so far this year. my favourites are Nivea Moisture Lock SPF 50, Murad Essential C SPF30 and the La Roche Posay Fresh Mist( full review coming soon). I do like the Estee Lauder Aqua UV Gel and Nivea Shine Control SPF50 as well. My full reviews for all these SPFs and more are under Dark Skin Sunscreens.

I LOVED Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Moisturiser, Dermalogica Pure Light and Dermalogica Active Moist.

I was most disappointed by CosRX Aloe SPF50. I heard so much of this but when I finally tried it I didn’t like it. Full review under Dark skin SPFs!

Face mask-6

I’m surprised I didn’t finish a lot of masks! The most impressive one is the Clinique Overnight Surge. This mask saved my skin earlier this year, so much so that I purchased the full size! It’s soothing, calming and hydrating. I use it as the last step just before sleeping and it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. It doesn’t pill when layered onto the other products I use as well. I love the whole Moisture Surge collection and this product in addition to the mist are my favs.

Beauty Pie fruitzyme mask is a great one for exfoliation. Check out my full review here. Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Mask was great at balancing oily skin without stripping the skin. its also hydrating. I got this mask in their mini mask set and is one of my fav ones.

The Oh K 3 step mask was great

Haircare-9

Again not much in this category but I finished some really old items. ORS Curls Unleashed Leave in and Garnier Maple Healer has been in my collection for a while. The latter is an amazing conditioner, the former is not so great as a leave in

Palmers Mallows Root Spray leave in is my current favourite conditioner, I have 4 backups.

Mielle Organics cowash was disappointing to use

Makeup-6

Its so difficult to finish a makeup product so when I do I get really excited!

I really like the Mac Studio Fix Powder foundation, I have 2 backups of this. my full review is here. The Emani Perfect 10 serum primer is also great.

GlamGlow Nude Moisturiser– technically a moisturiser but it’s so heavily scented and slightly silvery so I used it as an illuminator

The least fav item here is the Tarte Mascara, it dried out so quickly and it didn’t make a huge difference.

Bodycare-10

This year I’ve been focusing on trying active on my body. I started with Nivea Q10 plus Vitamin C. this lotion has a Vitamin C derivative and helps to firm and brighten the skin. I have the version for dry skin. It’s a light lotion and it leaves the skin hydrated without any oily residue. I have noticed my complexion looks healthier and more even. It hasn’t completely gotten rid of dark spots but the appearance of them is improving. I really like this lotion, I’m currently on my 3rd bottle of this and I plan to repurchase soon. As for firmer skin in 10 days, my skin looks better but I don’t have ‘loose’ skin so I don’t know lol. My skin appears better.

Soap & Glory Flakeaway and righteous butter are repurchases! Nivea Mousse was definitely interesting to use but I feel they should change the packaging.

Disappointing product? Clarins Lip oil– it started so well and in the end it was all pretty but no substance.

Other-8

Finally some random but essential items, hand gels, hand wipes etc

Total-100

I wanted to do 150 empties but I missed my mark! unto the next 6 months

Are you picking up anything new based on my empties, let me know!

More reviews under the Review tab!

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