LOréal Fine Flowers Cleansing Wash Review

I love a good face wash and even better if it’s pocket-friendly! I came across this cleanser whilst I was browsing Boots looking for a new face wash to try. The cleanser was on offer which was cheap as chips so I figured why not

L’Oréal Fine Flowers Cleansing wash is for sensitive & dry skin and promises to soften, cleanse and purify the skin. Formulated with Rose and Jasmine and a gel cream that feels comfortable on the skin

Experience

Although I have normal to oily combo skin, I really wanted to try this cleanser as it was on offer and it had lots of good reviews. The texture of the cleanser feels amazing on the skin, it’s very soft, it reminds me of holding up really soft fluffy jumpers against my skin lol. I have been using this twice a day for about 3 weeks now.

The cleanser does a very good job of cleaning the skin, it produces a gentle lather when massaged on the skin with some water. It has a subtle scent, removes traces of dirt, makeup and excess oil. I use my hands and follow the 60 sec method ( I try). A fair amount is all that is needed

Verdict

This is an easy to use face cleanser that works really well. My skin feels comfortable after washing not dry or tight. It works really well with my normal to combo skin type. It easy to rinse off and doesn’t leave a residue on the skin.

I really like the face wash and will repurchase.

Check this out in your local Boots, for £3.99

 

December Empties and Reviews

Happy New Year! It’s a fresh start, a clean slate and a new decade! Wishing you the very best for this year

It’s the final empties for 2019, this year has been a rollercoaster year but glad I made it through. Let’s get started with the empties, I didn’t get a lot this month

Skincare

Snail Bee High Content Essence– I really had high hopes for this essence but it fell flat, I won’t repurchase. Sunday Riley Good Genes– another repurchase. The Inkey List Vitamin C– I have a full review here. Good Molecules Niacinamide toner-this was a lovely toner, I will bring a full review once I have used another bottle.  Pixi Vitamin C Caviar Balm– this is a leave on mask from the new Vitamin C collection from Pixi. I have a full review here. Soap & Glory puffy Eye attach eye patches– 2nd time I used these, its ok its cooling on the skin but I can’t see a major difference. Seahorse Plankton 5 Minutes Miracle Mask– this is Holland & Barrett’s own brand skincare. This mask is great, it leaves the skin looking brighter and hydrated but I cannot stand the scent of this. Smells botanical/herbal- if that’ ok for you then you will like this. Primark wipes. SkinSense Night Cream– I did not like this cream, I didn’t find it hydrating enough as a night cream so I used it as hand cream. Even as a hand cream I didn’t like it plus I realised it pilled as I layered it on. This was a gifted product which came in a set. Ole Henriksen Night gel– this was ok to use. I have used this twice and I don’t think its worth the full price. Pixi Vitamin C Lotion– full review here.

Bodycare/Haircare

Primark travel toothpaste. Nunaat shampoo– I usually use this on my wigs however there was a tiny amount left so I used it on my hair. It works well for natural hair but it doesn’t leave it as soft and conditioned as my other shampoos. Ouai leave in conditioner– I think I got this 2018’s advent calendar. Long story short this is not tailored for natural hair. It didn’t make a difference to my hair but it was ok for my wigs. Soap & Glory Clean on Me– I love this shower gel, it rinses easily and smells great. Wild Seed Shea Butter– my 2nd time using this and I love it even more. The scent reminds me of a chocolate orange and the texture is quite lovely, whipped and fluffy. 2x cotton rounds from Primark & Poundland. Finally Lavender bar soap from Debenhams advent calendar.

Total 20, total this year 377/400

So I missed my target for the year but I used up all my old products so I’m happy!  I won’t be doing empties as often this year but I will be doing monthly reviews if I get 2 or more empties in a month. This year I am focusing heavily on rotating my most trusted products and professional treatments so there will be a lot of clinic reviews- watch this space!

Here’s to 2020 and the new decade!

Happy new year!

The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum Review

The Inkey List is a popular low-cost skincare brand, I was invited to one of their events this year and was gifted with a few of their products which I have been using for a while. In this post, I will be reviewing their Vitamin C serum.

The Vitamin C serum is 30% stable L-ascorbic acid in a stable waterless formula. It promises a brighter youthful complexion whilst boosting collagen production and protection from pollutants.

Experience

I have been using the serum for the last 2 to 3 weeks as part of my morning routine. I use after toner before my moisturiser. Even though it’s a high ascorbic acid content, I have not experienced any irritation from this.

The serum has a silicone feel and gritty texture, in the first few times I used this, I used it alone over my toner and I did not like the results. It had a powdery feel and left my skin dry (it is a waterless formula) I also had the tingling sensation they warn you about. I started mixing the Q10 serum (also from the brand) with the vitamin c and I liked it much better. I got hydration, a much easier texture to play with and less tingling. There was still some tingling sensations but less compared to using it alone. The Inkey List actually recommend using it with their hyaluronic acid serum(for less tingling) but I used the Q10 for added antioxidant power. I’ve run out of Q10 so I now mix it with another hydrating serum.

The serum is amazing. It has left my skin brighter and started to fade some of my pigmentation. I also noticed it has left my skin smoother. The serum also layers well with other products without pilling which is great. This is a silicone base so if you don’t like that texture this serum is not for you.

Verdict

At 7.99, this high vitamin c content serum is a great product to use. I prefer to mix mine with a hydrating serum for extra benefits. The serum alone has a silicone base so expect no hydration and a powdery texture on the skin. Due to the high vitamin c content tingling can be expected. I really like this because I have seen improvements in my skin both texture wise and complexion. Vitamin C is also an amazing antioxidant so I know I am getting extra protection in addition to my SPF in the AM. I have also used this in my PM routine.

I would definitely recommend and buy once I’m out of this.

Vitamin C Serum is £7.99 on Cult Beauty

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Review

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence Review

 

This year I fell in love with k-beauty products and after discovering YesStyle I was able to try a lot of products. Snail secretion filtrate is one of the popular ingredients and this comes in many forms: creams, essences, masks etc. when I heard of the many benefits of snail secretion (hydration, repairing benefits, reinforcing skin barrier etc) I was intrigued and wanted to try it. I got one of the most popular snail essences on the market: Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence contains a high amount of snail filtrate I think bout 90 or 95% plus 2% bee venom, vitamins and other beneficial ingredients. This promises to hydrate and repair the skin, whist reinforcing the skin barrier and smoothen the skin, all leading to a brighter heathier complexion.

Experience

I started using the snail essence straight away, using it after my acid toner and before a serum. The essence almost has no scent and the gel textured essence is easy to apply and sinks into the skin with ease. I did not experience irritation or breakouts from it. The essence layers well with other products without pilling. The essence is housed in a brown pump bottle.

In terms of hydration, I think the essence does leave my skin feeling hydrated and soft but for me that’s where the benefits stop. I used the essence till the halfway point before I started adding my vitamin c powder (from Good Molecules) for an antioxidant and brightening boost. It mixes well with the powder and again no irritation.

Verdict:

I am disappointed with this product. Snail filtrate was so hyped and Benton’s essence is one of the most popular ones on the market with a high snail filtrate content. A lot of reviews claimed healing hyperpigmentation smoother and brighter skin. For me, my benefits were hydration and soothed skin. I did like using it after derma planning, it feels slightly cooling on the skin and doesn’t dry tight however I wanted more. I’ve only now finished the bottle since getting it in March, it took a while because I wasn’t motivated enough to use it because I wasn’t experiencing the benefits I wanted

Would I recommend it? I’m not sure. A friend of mine who also uses this loves it. I think if you are intrigued by the ingredient you can have a go if not you’re not missing out on anything.

Its £28 on Lookfanastic



Beauty Pie Plantastic Micro peeling Super Drops Review

Beauty Pie Plantastic Micro peeling Super Drops Review

I started the year with my Beauty Pie skincare challenge and it turned out to be really popular. I tried a few of their products and I have quite a few reviews on my blog.  This post will be another review, on their bestselling Plantastic Micro peeling Super Drops serum.

This serum promises super smooth skin by keeping breakouts at bay, refined pores and leaving the skin brighter. They recommend usage once or twice a week for maintenance or daily use if you have active breakouts. The serum is formulated with salicylic acid, fruit acids and natural brighteners.

Experience

I have to admit that my first experience with the serum was not great. I combined it with a niacinamide serum and it left my skin really dry and itching. I used it again two months later alone and I instantly fell in love. This is a very watery lightweight serum that sinks into the skin quickly. It doesn’t provide any hydration. The serum does layer well with other products, I used it sometimes twice a day AM & PM if I had active breakouts or just AM or PM for maintenance.

When I had active breakouts or experienced texture, I would use the drops for a week. The serum is great for reducing texture and healing the skin. The salicylic acid and fruit acids also help the skin appear smoother.

Verdict

The micro peeling drops are a best seller for a reason. I love using them when I had breakouts or texture. I did find the name slightly misleading because I thought micro peeling meant it was like a liquid peeling exfoliant but it’s not. The texture is very light and very watery and it’s very easy to use in a routine. I would definitely recommend this for oily to blemish-prone skin but normal skin can also benefit from it. Another great thing I love about this is the size, most serums come in a standard 30ml size however this comes in a 50ml size so it lasts for a while. I’m not sure why the combination with niacinamide made my skin itch but I’m very happy I gave this another chance. I will repurchase.

Beauty Pie Plantastic Micro peeling Super Drops is available on BeautyPie

Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Extreme Night Pads Review

NipFab is a mega drugstore brand with a range of amazing products at affordable prices. I love NipFab and I have tried a lot of their products. I particularly love the Glycolic Fix range because I love acids so much, the Glycolic Fix Extreme range has 5% Glycolic acid in addition to salicylic and lactic acids plus hyaluronic acid.

Experience

I got these pads a while back, last year or probably the year before when they did their £5 offer. I’m almost done with this tub, having used 2 previously. These pads are the same size as the Daily Fix pads with the same texture. It contains 60 pads.

The extreme line has 5% AHA content although I really wouldn’t call 5% AHA extreme. I do really like these pads because it’s also a blend of other acids plus hyaluronic acid for hydration. I use them as toners after cleansing in my PM routine. They leave my skin smoother and pores reduced. My only conn is that the pads are a little too thin and small.

Verdict

The Glycolic range is one of the best in the drugstore. In recent years acids have become very popular so they are a few options to pick from. I like this range because it has a blend of acids plus hyaluronic acid for hydration. I didn’t experience any tingling or irritation from this product but my skin is very used to acids. You can begin with the Daily Fix pads which have 2% AHA or they have pads sensitive skin as well.

I wouldn’t brand 5% AHA as extreme, a lot of other acid toners in the drugstore also start at 5% without the extreme label but I still recommend them.

Always use SPF in the AM after acid use.

NipFab Extreme pads are available in NipFab

They usually have £5 offers on many of their products, it’s worth holding out for the discounts.

Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum Review

Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum Review

Good Molecules have been around for a while now. The first charter about the brand was from the 2019 Beautylish Lucky boxes when they included a few products in the boxes. The brand promises low-cost skincare with highly effective products. I’ve been interested in the brand for a while and I have picked up a few of their products for testing.

Good Molecules is currently not available in the UK but you can get them via Beautylish. The Daily Brightening Serum is formulated with beta Arbutin and hyaluronic acid to gently brighten the skin and provide hydration.

Experience

I was using this every morning after toning and before my AM moisturiser and SPF. This is a very lightweight serum and layers very well with other products without pilling. I experienced no irritation from this. It comes in a lux glass bottle with a dropper (that works!) and in the standard 30ml. This serum caught my eye because I am always looking for ingredients and products that target pigmentation.

This serum has Beta Arbutin as its main ingredient. Arbutin is known for its brightening properties and its ability to inhibit excess melanin production. I have used Arbutin before but in the Alpha Arbutin form from the ordinary and I had no luck with that. I wrote off the ingredient completely but wanted to try this serum as it’s the beta form (although the alpha form is supposedly more effective). This serum also has hyaluronic acid for hydration.

I really like this serum. It’s lightweight and absorbs easily without leaving a ‘film’ on the skin and no stickiness. I find it provides some hydration and layers very well with other products. I never experienced pilling. In terms of gently brightening the skin, I began to see results in the 3rd to 4th week of using the serum: my skin generally looked healthier and some hyperpigmented spots seemed lighter but then I run out of it a week later. I was happy with this because although the results were slow I experienced some benefits compared to using alpha Arbutin

Verdict

Good Molecules say this serum gently brightening the skin tone and it definitely does. Gently! You definitely have to stick to using it. It provides hydration and brightening and it was very easy to add to a routine. The serum can be used day and night but I preferred it for daytime use. I wish I had another bottle to start using immediately after I finished it because I would have had better results.

Will I repurchase: yes because I really like it and it works!

Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum is $9 on Beautylish. You can also get it in the Correct Brighten & Boost set for $29 which also has 2 two products. I got the set (it works out to be the same price if you bought those two products separately). This is the first product I have finished from the brand and I am impressed (I’ve been using the vitamin C booster powder intermittently! I still have a few products to use and I will be looking out for any new products on Beautylish

November Empties and Reviews

Revolution Hyaluronic fix setting spray– this promises to hydrate and plump the skin whilst setting makeup. This setting spray helps to melt powder into the skin and provides some hydration. I use this as a first mist after powdering. Won’t repurchase because it doesn’t provide long lasting hydration and it doesn’t provide a luminous/dewy finish. It’s ok for what it is but Revolution have a lot of fixing sprays to choose from. Lixir Skin AHA/PHA Night Serum– I have a full review of this here. Sunday Riley Blue Moon– I love SR but this was a let-down, find out my thoughts here.

Atlantis skincare glowing skin serum– I was gifted this following a masterclass event. This is a new brand to me and whilst I haven’t seen a lot of reviews on the brand I was curious to try it. The serum is has a gel-like texture and feels slightly hydrating on the skin. I had to stop using this after a couple of days because it broke me out. I used as a body serum and it was ok. Primark Face wipesx3. Inkey List Q10 serum- I love this! This lightweight serum is very hydrating and doesn’t pill with other products. Q10 is antioxidant which have amazing benefits for the skin. I am definitely picking up another one. BeautyPie Micro peeling drops- I will have a full review on this soon. Good Molecules Daily Brightening Serum- a full review will be up later this week. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox bouncy hydrating gel- I love this! This gel textured moisturiser feels so nice and soothing on the skin. It pairs very well with all serums and does pill. It hydrates the skin and leaves it softer and healthier looking and it’s also packed full of Vitamin A, C and E plus hyaluronic acid. I’m not sure why it’s called ‘detox’ but it’s a really good moisturiser. I used it as an evening moisturiser.

Burt’s Bees Chai lip balm- Burt’s bees lipbalm are quite good, I like that they don’t just stay on top of the lip but penetrate to soften and heal cracked lips. Too Faced Hangover Setting Spray– I have to admit, this setting spray is hyped but I think it’s just mediocre. It’s a nice setting spray, it melts powder into the skin and helps the skin to looker smoother but I really don’t think it’s worth the hype. Estee Lauder Micro Cleansing Foam- I have a full review here. Emma Hardie Moringa Renewal Treatment Mask- this mask is from an advent calendar last year. This is a lovely cream mask that leaves the skin looking more luminous and hydrated. I really love the texture and how my skin looks after its rinsing. Definitely, something I will try again.

Haircare/Body

Mitchum Stick roll on– I didn’t like this lemon scented version. It felt as if it wasn’t as effective as the unscented ones. Naissance Sweet Almond oil– I use these in my body butter and hair cream mixes. Sunny Isle Black Castor Oil– another oil I use for my hair/body mixes. Welda Skin Food– this is a very popular cream for dry skin and recently I have been suffering from such however I do not like the texture or scent of it. Its thick and I find it slightly difficult to spread. Texture my way shampoo– one of the best shampoos I have used in a while for natural hair. It softens, cleanses and hydrates the hair. I really feel like I do not have to condition after using this. It has a lot of slip which makes it great for finger detangling. Ahava hand cream. Ecostyler gel– I have started going through the other version of this again, I have rediscover the clear gel which I feel has a much better hold on the olive oil gel. Shea & coconut hair oil– I have had this forever and have struggled to get through it because I find it just sits on top of the hair. I mostly used it for pre poo treatments.  Soap & Glory shower gel– I go this very recently in a gift set. 3x vanilla essence oil– I use this in my body butter mixes.

Total- 28, grand total- 357/400

Final month of 2019! Let’s gooo

Farmacy Honey Potion Antioxidant Face Mask Review

Farmacy is the skincare brand that’s been bussing in the Instagram skincare community for a while. I have always wanted to try the brand so when the Mighties giftset appeared on Beautylish, it was the perfect opportunity to try some of the brand’s best seller’s for a decent price.

Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration face mask is a warming mask treatment that transforms from a syrup into a cream when massaged. The mask promises protection from environmental stressors, hydration and soothing. It also suitable for all skin types especially dry & dehydrated skin and packed full of antioxidants

Experience

My experience with Honey Potion has been great. The 15g size has lasted me a few masking sessions and long enough for me to see benefits. The scent slightly reminds me of ginger but it isn’t a strong lingering scent. It is a thick textured syrupy consistency but it’s easy to scoop out and spread on the skin. It does warm up on the skin whilst massaging and goes from yellow to white. I did not experience any irritation from it.

I leave Honey Potion on for approx. 15- 20 mins and I really love how my skin looks afterwards. Btw this is one of the easiest masks to rinse off: it rinses off easily, quickly and clean. My skin is left smoother and hydrated plus it has a radiant glow. I definitely loved using this in the morning or every night as it was so easy to use.

Verdict

Honey Potion is a great all-rounder mask for hydration, soothing and radiance boost. Its packed full or honey and antioxidants so you are also getting protection from pollutants. I am in loved with the mask and it’s something I am looking to purchase soon. The travel size I have was a perfect taster and I am hooked!

The Mighties Gift set is a perfect gift to get for a skincare lover or for yourself to try the brand before buying a full sized product.

The Mighties Gift set is $45 on Beautylish

Farmacy Honey Potion is £36 on Cult Beauty

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum Review

Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair (ANR) Serum is one of their bestselling skincare products. The serum has been around for a very long time now with its patent expiring in 2033. The 2nd generation serum from the brand promises to fight the signs of ageing, promote radiance and deliver hydration for all ethnicities. Being the skincare fanatic that I am, I have always had my eyes on this serum and I finally saved up enough Boots points to get it last year and I started using it this year, a few months ago. I purchased it in the giftset below- but I think this is now out of production because I can’t find it anywhere!

Experience

Prior to using the full-sized product, I used the deluxe travel size which I instantly fell in love with – this is why I started saving all my points for the full size.

The serum is a light textured serum with a pleasant scent, it is absorbs into the skin very quickly. The serum layers well with other serums although I mostly used it alone at night, probably 4 to 5 times a week. I did also use it in the morning a few times and it works wonderfully well under SPF and makeup.

Is it worth the hype?

I first noticed how well the serum was working when I went travelling. Usually travelling stresses out my skin and the results are a dull appearance, dryness and texture. I noticed when I used this serum prior to and during time away, my skin remained fresh and radiant with little to no texture. When I used the serum after travelling, back home, my skin recovers quicker. On nights where I have had little to no sleep, I usually wake up with textured and dull skin but using the ANR every night basically helped my skin recover overnight. In terms of radiance, I have definitely seen a difference in the appearance of my skin: it looks healthier and appears more radiance. I was hoping for it to improve my hyperpigmented spots but I have not seen a huge improvement in those. In terms of hydration, the Estee Lauder ANR delivers hydration and there have been many nights when I would layer this serum over a mist without no moisturiser, only to still wake up to beautifully soft skin!

For 2 weeks, I layered the serum with the Estee Lauder ANR Ampoules (deluxe sample size) and let’s just say my skin never looked better! Skin recovery from texture, tiredness and general ‘blah’ was literally overnight! I instantly fell in love with those ampoules as well. The ampoules have a hefty price tag of £89 but it was so worth it! This combination is the perfect skincare prep for long days, big events and travelling. I NEED those ampoules!

Verdict

When you hear the hype of this serum, please believe it. It’s pricey but it’s so worth it. It truly does repair and restore the skin overnight and for me, any signs of tiredness and dullness goes away. My skin has been consistently smoother and radiant because of this serum and now that I have finished the entire bottle (I waited to finish it before doing this review) I can definitely see a difference and I need another bottle!

It’s not the longest inkey list I have seen, the main star is Bifida Ferment Lysate which is a yeast-fermented product which studies have shown to have a soothing and restorative effect on the skin. There is also vitamin E and squalene among other ingredients.

Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is a popular k beauty product which the beauty community swears to be a dupe for Estee Lauder ANR. The ingredients are pretty similar but Missha has a longer inkey list. I plan to get this for testing & comparison.

In short: if you want a luxury high-end all-rounder serum this is the one to go for. It’s popular for a reason. I am very impressed with how well it repairs the skin and leaves it radiant and hydrated. It reduces signs of stress overnight and leaves the skin smoother.

Estee Lauder have a lot of affordable skincare sets featuring a deluxe travel sized ANR and I would recommend you purchase one to test before deciding on spending on the full size. E.g. Estee Lauder Power Pair set is £18 on Debenhams

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum is £55 for 30ml in Boots