Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser SPF 30 review

Murad skincare is quickly becoming one of my favourite luxury brands. I especially love them because they have a lot of value sets which allows me to test the product before deciding to invest in the full size. Today’s post will be a full review of their moisturiser I got in one of their sets.

Murad SPF review

Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser SPF 30 PA+++ is part of their Environmental Shield range which promises to protect skin from the environment, sun and improve dull skin. The star ingredient across products in this range is Vitamin C. Regarding the moisturizer the brand says:

Recommended: For Improving skin’s radiance and firmness, Protecting skin from UVA/UVB rays and sun damage, Preserving hydration all day

A moisturiser that shields skin from damaging and ageing UV rays and free radical damage. It also improves skin’s radiance and firmness. The refreshing citrus formula makes skin look more radiant, youthful and supple whilst offering broad spectrum sun protection, which screens skin from harmful and ageing UV rays.

Experience

Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser SPF 30 is a super lightweight lotion that leaves the skin dewy and glowing. I’ve been using it as the last step in my AM and it layers well over serums without piling. It also layers well when I reapply my SPF during the day.  This doesn’t smell like the usual SPF cream, it does have a pleasant smell, it’s almost citrusy but mixed with chemicals lol. The scent lingers on but it’s not overpowering

Ingredients

In addition to Vitamin C, it also has a few other beneficial ingredients, there is a lot of moisturising and antioxidant ingredients in it. This is a chemical-based sunscreen and a PA rating of 3 means it provides a good amount of protection from UVA rays.

Is it invisible on dark skin? YES. The moisturizer sinks into the skin quickly and leaves it glowing. It’s 100% invisible on dark skin

Verdict

I really really like this moisturiser. This is a chemical-based SPF moisturiser that leaves the skin moisturised and protected from the sun. The PA rating also tells you that you are getting a good amount of protection from UVA rays (causes the skin to turn brown hence hyperpigmentation to darken). It does leave the skin very dewy so if you have oily skin you may not like this. It also has fragrance so I’m not sure how sensitive skin will react. It doesn’t pill when layered but there have been a few times when I noticed some pilling when I have used too much of it. In terms of actually moisturising the skin, it does a good job.

I will recommend this. The full size of this is £65 but I recommend getting it in the kit which allows you to try it before spending £65! The kit I got also contains the cleanser, sample serum, samples of their glycolic pads and detox moisturiser. This kit is no longer available but you can get a similar one, like the one below

The Start Bright Set is £35 on LookFantastic

Other Murad reviews:

AHA BHA Cleanser

Hydrodynamic Moisturiser

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Good Molecules Overnight Exfoliating Treatment Review

Good Molecules is an affordable skincare brand based in the US and available to the UK via Beautylish. I’ve been interested in the brand since last year and I have tried a few of their products. Today’s post will be an in-depth review of their Overnight Exfoliating Treatment.

The Overnight Exfoliating Treatment is a 10% AHA & BHA serum that promises to resurface and renew the skin for visibly glowing skin.

Good Molecules Overnight Exfolating treatment review

Experience

The 10% AHA and BHA is glycolic and lactic acids (AHA) and salicylic acid as the BHA. The directions are to use up to 3 times a week only. It has a natural scent.

I have had this serum for a while now, I use as directed once in a while when I need to shift texture on the skin or when it needs a little boost. I’m almost half-way down the bottle.

My skin is used to high acid content but I still feel a little sting after I use this. When I incorporate this into my routine, I don’t use any other acids or other active ingredients in order to reduce any potential irritation. I would add this to my PM routine only, use after cleansing, then perhaps use a hydrating mist afterwards and a hydrating serum. I use it for 3 days in a row only before switching back to my normal routine. I haven’t experienced any irritation with using the serum alone.

Results? This serum delivers on its promises. It leaves the skin smoother and more radiant. It helps to reduce texture on the skin. It stings but nowhere near what you would feel if you used The Ordinary’s 30% AHA BHA. This is a leave-on serum so there is no need to rinse off.

Verdict

I REALLY like this serum. At 10% it’s high but it’s also a perfect serum if you want to move up from 5% AHAs. It is important to follow the instructions and use as directed. Storytime: ok so I also have the Honeymoon Glow serum from Farmacy which is 14% AHA. For some reason, I thought it would be fun to use the Good Molecules serum for 3 days take a 1-day break and use the Honeymoon Glow serum too. What did I get? A damaged skin barrier! My skin was dry with a crepe-like appearance with texture. SMH. I had to switch back to ONLY hydrating and soothing products and it took about 2 weeks for my skin to fully heal and go back to normal lol.

This is why I recommend to only use this as the only acid in your routine if you want to try this. To be clear, when I used it as directed I had no issues and I have been using it ever since that episode with no problems. It is only when I followed this serum with another high acid serum, is when I had issues which to be honest is not surprising.

I would definitely recommend the Good Molecules Overnight Treatment. At 10% you will get the renewing and re-surfacing benefits from the AHA and BHA as promised. It also helps to reduce texture and leave the skin radiant. It goes without saying that you would use this at night and you MUST use sunscreen in the AM. Use as directed. You can follow up with hydrating products after using to add hydration to the skin. If you have sensitive skin, please patch test first. If you have normal to combination skin like myself you will really like it but still patch test if you are not sure. If you are an experience acid user and love chemical exfoliation, then girl get this. I wouldn’t call this a dupe for Farmacy Honey Glow but it’s a lower percentage but you will get smoother skin which is what HG promises as well. It’s pretty comparable in terms of results. You don’t need both serums.

Overnight Exfoliating Treatment is $6 on Beautylish

Dermalogica Multi Active Toner Review

I purchased the Normal/Oily skincare skit from Dermalogica last month for my birthday and I started using the products straight away. I really like Dermalogica, their products are backed by science and they work.

What the brand says

Light facial toner spray hydrates and refreshes. Help condition the skin and prepare for proper moisture absorption when you spritz over skin after cleansing, and before applying your prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer

Experience

So I started using this straight away as my toner in both my morning and evening routine last month. I would spritz all over the skin after cleansing and sometimes throughout the day if my skin was feeling dry. The mister is nice, not the finest mist but still quite light. The toner also has a scent although fragrance is not on the ingredient list, there are a lot of flower extracts and essential oils.

I like this toner because I found it quite hydrating and softening on the skin. Whenever I use this, I could feel a slight tingling sensation. This dries down quickly with no residue on the skin. It didn’t clog pores

Verdict

I used to layer the PowerBright serum over this and it worked quite well but it also works well with other serums and creams. The 50ml size lasted just over a week, bear in mind I used it twice a day and on some days a few times too. I get mist crazy lol so I tend it over mist but I’m it can last longer. This is a good size to get a good feel of the product before purchasing. I wouldn’t mind getting this again.

The set I got was excellent value for money. I got the Normal/Oily Kit on LookFanastic but it’s sold out on there. It’s still available on FragranceDirect

The full size is £35 on LookFanastic

Peter Thomas Roth Potent C Serum review

Peter Thomas Roth has become one of my favourite luxury brands because of their amazing gift sets. It’s one of the few luxury brands I find that has a lot of gift sets with good sizes trial sizes at good prices. And their products actually work.

Today’s post is a full review of the Potent C serum I got in the A List giftset on Beautylish.

What the brand says

The future of Vitamin C has arrived. Potent-C™ Power Serum unleashes the strength of THD Ascorbate, an ultra-stable scientific breakthrough ingredient 50 X more powerful than traditional Vitamin C. Packed with a jaw-dropping concentration of 20% THD Ascorbate, the serum’s performance is amplified by the addition of two ultra-powerful antioxidants (3% Vitamin E and 2% Ferulic Acid), delivering a complete and advanced formula for aging, firming and brightening concerns. This rich moisturizing serum is a must to help improve the look of fine lines, wrinkles, firmness, uneven skin tone, texture and brightness. Fragrance-free.

 Experience

The 10ml bottle lasted 1 week and 6 days. I used 4-5 pumps every morning over my face neck and chest. I did not experience any irritation from it. This serum is fragrance-free but there is a subtle scent of oranges. It’s extremely lightweight and is quickly absorbed into the skin. It doesn’t leave a residue but it looks and feels like you have just applied a light oil to the skin. It dries down quickly and doesn’t pill, infact it layers quite well with other serums.

This serum combines two powerful antioxidants: THD Ascorbate which is a stable form of Vitamin C. This has been modified so that it is soluble in oil/lipids which also makes it better at penetrating the deeper layers of the skin. This derivate of Vit C has excellent skin brightening properties. The formula also combines Vitamin E and Ferulic acid- 2 powerful antioxidants that help protect against free radical damage. As a whole, I find this formula to be a skin brightening and antioxidant powerhouse. The packaging does well to protect its content from sun, light and air as these can damage Vitamin C and render is useless. I actually really like the packaging.

Over the week I was using it, I found my skin appearing healthier and looking brighter. The serum promises to improve fine lines and wrinkles but I do not have any of those so I can’t comment on that. It did improve overall texture and brightness.

Verdict

I think the serum would have lasted longer if I used 2 to 3 pumps daily. You are directed to use both morning and night however I stuck to using it in the day time because I wanted the antioxidant protection in the AM. I have always been interested in the full size of this product but I wanted to try a trial size first as the full size if quite expensive. This serum is also packed with skin moisturising ingredients that help moisturise the skin as well as protecting it from the environment.

I really like this serum and I would happily buy the full size.. on sale or with a discount code( a girl has to save right?). If you want to try this serum, I would recommend getting the sample size in a giftset first (they don’t sell it individually) to test out before dishing £76 on the full size!

The set I purchased on Beautylish is linked above. For my UK girls you can get it in Hydration Glow up Kit on Beauty Bay for £36 (comes with 2 other product including 1 full-size item!)

You can also purchase the serum with other Potent C items in the Potent C trio on Beautylish

Btw Beautylish is a legit website and I have purchased so many items from them. Their customer service is top-notch!

I really liked this serum and 100% would recommend it. it is a well-rounded formula and it was just a pleasure to use.

 

 

Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum review

Good Molecules is an affordable skincare brand on Beautylish that I discovered last year. I have a few of their products I have been using for some time now and slowing compiling my reviews

The Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum has tranexamic acid and niacinamide promises to tackle age spots, hyperpigmentation and sun damage. It says it will promote an even skin tone

Experience

I am writing this review after using the last drops of the serum today. I have been using this as part of my nightly routine intermittently, I started using it for 2 weeks at a time and switching to another serum but in the last 2 to 3 weeks I have used it consistently layering over a hydrating serum.

The serum is a very lightweight texture that doesn’t leave the skin sticky or with a film. It has no noticeable scent and I haven’t had any issues with the serum. It hasn’t stung or burnt my skin. it layers well with other products and I did not have any piling issues with it.

I was immediately interested in the serum because I am always looking for products to tackle my hyperpigmentation. Tranexamic acid is also an interesting ingredient and has promising claims regarding hyperpigmentation and obviously niacinamide which is known for its skin benefits. All in all the cocktail of ingredients excited me.

Results: to be honest with you I haven’t seen a HUGE improvement in hyperpigmented spots. My overall complexion looks brighter but I have had some ‘new’ pigmentation that hasn’t shifted and even the older spots that seem improved. I did notice the serum helps to keep my skin smooth. I noticed most of these results in the 3 weeks I have been using it consistently every night

Verdict

I really wanted to see improvements in pigmented spots but I saw an overall brighter appearance and smoother skin. Compared to their Daily Brightening Serum which has hyaluronic acid and beta Arbutin, the discolouration serum is less effective. I prefer the Daily Brightening serum. I only combined this serum with a hydrating serum and an acid toner.

Will I recommend this serum? I think I would recommend the Daily Brightening Serum over this. This is a nice serum to use, and perhaps if you wanted a simple cocktail of ingredients and wanted overall brightening then I would. At the price, it’s a good one to try, you could even use two to use back to back to see if you see better results. I wish I had another bottle.

Good Molecules Discoloration Correcting Serum is $12 on Beautylish. I have only seen this on Beautylish and they ship to the UK. They have the best beauty online customer service I have experience and I highly recommend them. They add custom charges to your order so there is nothing to pay for when you receive your package.

The Inkey List PHA Toner Review

PHA’s Poly Hydroxy acids are the cousins of AHA with a large molecule size and gentler on the skin. I first fell in love with PHA in 2018 after using Neostrata’s Tri-Lifting serum. Since then I have tried only 3 other PHA based products, 1 was impressive 1 was good and the last one I simply didn’t like.

This toner from the Inkey List was exciting to me because I was looking forward to something more affordable. I was gifted this product at their event last year.

What the brand says:

The INKEY List PHA Toner a gentle exfoliant for sensitive skin that helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, giving the appearance of smoother, brighter skin.

Larger PHA molecules gently remove dead cells from the surface of the skin to improve texture, whilst PHA’s humectant properties naturally lock in moisture. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf juice and 3% Niacinamide formulation soothes the skin and calms redness, making this toner suitable for AM and PM use.

3% PHA

3% Niacinamide

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Experience

I added the PHA toner to my AM and PM routine at the toner stage, in between cleansing and misting. I have not experienced any irritation and it doesn’t sting or burn the skin.

To be totally honest I am quite disappointed with the toner. I found the toner quite easy to add to my routine and slightly hydrating. It dries down quickly and doesn’t leave any residue or the skin sticky. Apart from this, I really didn’t notice anything else.

Here’s why I’m disappointed, some studies say the optimal concentration is between 8 to 15% to get the best results from PHA. The PHA toner only has 3% which is quite low. To be honest, I didn’t notice any huge difference in terms of texture to my skin. The formula also has 3% Niacinamide and whilst Niacinamide usually leaves my skin slightly dry this didn’t do that( The Ordinary’s Niacinamide 10% although its is a higher percentage) I can see results from using the Ordinary’s serum due to its high percentage so I am not surprised I didn’t notice any from the toner.

Verdict

For me, as someone who uses high % acids in my routine, I am slightly disappointed with this but I can see the appeal for sensitive skin or someone who is starting to use acids. I find the concentration of PHA and niacinamide in this too low. It’s a really easy toner to add to the routine and can be used in conjunction with other products without experiencing irritation (test patch if you’re not sure). It also promises to prevent future dryness but when I was using this in April my skin was dehydrated and tight. I don’t think it’s from this product in particular but it also didn’t work to prevent it.

I think this is great for sensitive skin because it’ gentle. I prefer higher conc of acids as that’s what I’m used to. The amazing thing about PHA, in particular, gluconolactone which is in this toner is that it doesn’t make your skin sensitive to the sun which makes it great for AM use (but this doesn’t mean you don’t apply SPF!). All the PHA products I have also used has been at 10% so to use only 3% it’s quite understandable I’m a bit disappointed

The Inkey List PHA toner is £ 9.99 on cultbeauty

 

 

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser Review

My relationship with First Aid Beauty so far has been less than impressive, from my first ever review of their popular Radiance facial pads and Ultra Hydrating Mist to most recently their Deep Cleanser, everything has been meh for me until now. I picked up the LookFantastic discovery box in January and I was re-introduced to the brand.

What the brand says

A fragrance-free, gentle cleanser that effectively removes makeup, dirt and grime, leaving skin soft and supple. The whipped texture transforms into a sumptuous cream when blended with water.

Infused with a powerful Botanical Antioxidant blend, it helps safeguard skin against environmental aggressors while also calming irritated skin. This non-stripping, pH-balanced formula works to maintain skin’s natural acidity and helps reduce flare ups, never leaving skin feeling tight or dry.

Experience

The discovery box came with a travel size cleanser which I used both in the morning and in the evening as my second cleanser. I think it lasted me a little over 2 weeks. I’ve finished the tube now. I don’t remember it having a strong scent and it’s free from artificial fragrance anyway.

So this cleanser, I absolutely LOVE! I’m probably among the very few bloggers that love when a cleanser suds up! This one produces a gentle lather with a fair amount but its easy to rinse away. It removes traces of the oil left over by my balm cleanser in the evening, dirt, excess oils and grime from the day. My skin is left clean but not tight or dry. It doesn’t feel stripped but nice and comfortable. The cleanser doesn’t feel harsh on the skin. I also like it for morning use especially because of their FAB antioxidant booster. It works well on damp or dry skin.

The cleanser also has some great ingredients. Their FAB antioxidant booster is Licorice Root, Feverfew and White Tea extracts. I love anything with antioxidants because it helps to protect the skin from environmental aggressors. Licorice root also has some skin brightening properties although I won’t say the cleanser brightened my skin but it doesn’t clean that anyway. It also has glycerin, aloe and allantoin to calm, soothe and hydrate the skin.

Verdict

Finally a product from First Aid Beauty I love! This is for dry or sensitive skin but I have normal to combination oily skin and the cleanser worked very well for it. It cleansed my skin well enough to balance my tzone. My skin was never dry or tight with it and most of the time (it should be all the time) I follow the 60sec cleansing method. I love the gentle lather it produces and it feels so soft and gentle on the skin.

I will definitely look to getting this again in the future! Highly recommended! Can’t wait to use the other stuff in the box.

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser is £15 on LookFantastic

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum Review

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum is one of their bestselling serums the brand is known for. I purchased the Superstart Booster serum giftset over Christmas last year and it came with a trial size of the serum. I then also got the Booster gift set as a Christmas present so I had two trial sizes to play with. I was excited because the research and reviews of the serum sound good so it was definitely something I was looking forward to.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum says Pure. Potent. Precise. Our ceramide serum has triple the anti-aging power for visibly firmer, smoother, healthy-looking skin.

The capsules come in 30, 60 or 90 tubs.

Experience

The trial size came with 7 capsules each so I had 14 in total so a 2 week supply using one each night. I decided break it up to see if there were any benefits, I used the 1st seven took a break then the other seven. It has no noticeable scent to me and I didn’t experience any irritation.

You can twist or cut the capsule to break them open and one capsule is enough for face and neck. The oil feels silky smooth and velvety on the skin. I use the leftovers on my hands or chest. I use it as the last step in my routine, layered over serums and creams.

Results?

With my little experiment, I’m afraid I didn’t notice any HUGE improvements to my skin. The texture of the serum is beautiful and it goes on well onto the skin, it doesn’t sink into the skin straight away but it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. I notice the next morning, my skin feels really soft and hydrated but that’s about it. The serum has a lot of claims but the one I really felt was soft and hydrated skin the next day.

Verdict

Ever since I used the Estee Lauder Ampoules I have been very interested in trying these targeted capsules/ampoule type products. I really really REALLY wanted to like this because I thought I would get very similar results to the Estee Lauder ampoules. I did not. The Elizabeth Arden feels nice on the skin and leaves my skin soft the next morning but I don’t need a £39 capsule for that. I can use a lot of other products for that. I wanted to experience more of their claims but I didn’t. Maybe I should have used it for 14 days straight or perhaps I needed more of it? who knows

Based on this experience I’m not interested in purchasing the full size product. I think Beauty Pie’s Ceramide capsules may be a dupe for these, I will be getting those to try out to see.

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum is £39 for 30 capsules on Boots

 

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Its Skin GF Effector Serum review

Its Skin is a popular South Korean brand. I have personally used 2 other serums from them and some sheet masks and I really loved them. I got this serum from a friend last year and I was looking forward to adding it to my routine.

 

The GF effector serum promises to provide moisture to the skin and help protect and soothe the skin from environmental damage.

Experience

I started using this serum in my nightly routine, layering it over a 2 to 3 drops over serum and before moisturiser. I have also used this serum in my morning routine. I have no issues with it pilling with other products. This does contain fragrance and it’s a pleasant scent (subtle) but I have not experienced any irritation from it.

This is a very lightweight watery serum that sinks into the skin quickly. It doesn’t leave the skin sticky and it doesn’t leave a film. I really like this serum. It leaves my skin hydrated, glowing and plump. Used at night I wake up with soft and hydrated skin. I’ve looked at the ingredients and it full of a lot of stuff with antioxidant properties, ingredients like Vitamin E, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide and gingko extract.

 

Verdict

A good hydrating serum that doesn’t leave the skin sticky. I didn’t realise how many antioxidants were in this formula but it’s really good to know. I have now used 3 its Skin serums and I have loved all of them. I finished the bottle some time ago before writing this review before I wanted to have the full experience before writing my thoughs

I will recommend.

It’s SKIN – Power 10 Formula GF Effector is £10 on YesStyle

 

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser Review

The Ordinary is one of my favourite and highly recommended brands. I have tried A LOT of their products and I love almost all of them and repurchased a lot too.

The Squalane Cleanser is the first-ever cleanser from the brand and I have been waiting to get my hands on it for a while. This promises to target makeup removal leaving the skin feeling clean and soft. It promises to be gentle enough for daily use without over-drying the skin

Experience

I use this as a first cleanse to remove makeup, SPF and daily grime before going in with a face wash. I have experienced no irritation from this. I am not a huge fan of the scent, it’s not horrible but I find it a little unpleasant, it’s not unpleasant enough that I stop using it but enough that I’m happy to not repurchase it.

The white balm texture melts into oil after massaging it for a few seconds. When it’s an oil, it really works to break down foundation and mascara with ease. I have used a cloth to remove this and also rinsed it with water and with both ways I find it easy to remove. The oil emulsifies with water and it removes all makeup without leaving residue on the skin. it doesn’t leave the skin dry at all.

Verdict

I like the cleanser, it’s effective, it’s affordable and works really well. The packaging makes it very easy to use. The only reason why I won’t repurchase is that I really do not like the scent and I have used so many other balms that smell better and work just as well if not better. I’m not sure what Squalane smells like so it could be just that but for me, I just don’t like the scent.

This is an effective first cleanser. Warms into oil after a few seconds after massaging and works well against mascara. I just wish I liked the scent so I can repurchase lol but I would recommend.

Squalane Cleanser is £5.50 on Deciem