Estrid Razor Review- Is this Brand Really Worth the Hype?

My experience of the Estrid razor got off to a rocky start. Featuring razor burn, bumps and rashes. Read on to hear my full thoughts on the Estrid Razor and if my opinion was turned around…

Hello blogging world! It’s been a while since I last shared a post on my website. Firstly, I want to apologise for the radio silence. I don’t have an excuse for where I’ve been over the last couple of months, other than I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, or motivated to post. Life hasn’t been hectic or anything, but I am back to working in the office a couple of days per week, so the last thing I wanted to do was write blog posts of an evening. I hope I can get back into the swing of things, but don’t plan on setting myself any major blogging goals, I don’t want to overwhelm my little brain just yet. Anyway, I’m rambling a bit now, so I’m going to get on with why you are actually here. To read my opinion on Hey Estrid.

Disclosure – this isn’t an AD, I purchased the razor with my own money. I thought I’d share this as I know quite a few bloggers have worked with Estrid previously, and I don’t want people to think I’m not disclosing any gifted/paid collaborations.

Who are Estrid?

If you have lived under a rock for the last couple of years, you may not have heard of Estrid. Estrid is a razor subscription for those who want to remove their body hair. The razors are designed with 5 sharp blades, to give you the smoothest/closest shave possible. Estrid are a vegan and cruelty free brand, they don’t use any animal by products and test on humans, not animals.

The Estrid subscription service is tailored to your shaving needs. If you shave every day, a few times per week, or once a week, Estrid has a plan that will suit you. I personally shave a couple of times per week, so my replacement blades are sent out every 2 months.

When you sign up to Estrid for the first time, you can choose the colour of the razor you would like. There are so many different colours to select, including: Matcha (green), Bloom (light pink), Cloud (grey), Space (lialic/blue), Peach, Lemonade (yellow). I opted for Lemonade.

Estrid Razor Review

I had high hopes for the Estrid razor, having seen so many bloggers, influencers and YouTubers talking about how this razor was going to change my life. I debated with myself for so long, before finally deciding to subscribe. The razor I was using at the time just wasn’t doing it for me, so a shaving switch up was required.

Firstly, the order process online was very easy and user friendly. The steps were short and simple, no complicated, long winded questionaires to complete, just a couple of quickfire questions to determine the right plan for me. My starter kit arrived within a few days of ordering and delivery is free.

The razor itself is weighty and of high quality. I could definitely tell the difference between the Estrid razor component, compared with the my usual razor. The Estrid starter kit comes with a handy holder that sticks to the wall, preventing me from forgetting to take it into the shower with me.

The first time I used the Estrid Razor, I made sure to lather my legs up with plenty of shower gel before proceeding with shaving. I must admit, I was impressed by how smooth the blades glided along my skin, but within a few moments I noticed that I’d developed a small cut on my leg. This rarely happened with my old razor, so I was quite surprised when this occured.

After my shower, I always put on some form of body lotion or moisturiser. After applying, my legs started to sting like crazy and after around 20-30 minutes I noticed a shaving rash and small bumps to my legs. Obviously I was really disappointed about this, but didn’t want to make a negative judgement on the Estrid razor too soon.

My initial experience of the Estrid razor certainly wasn’t what I expected it to be. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and decided to continue using it. I shaved under my arms with the razor, again with plenty of soap. In the middle of the night I was woken up by a really panful itching armpit. When I looked at this in the mirror, I noticed a similar shaving rash to what appeared on my legs. Considering how much hype the brand and products were receiving across social media, I was quite shocked that I was experiencing this.

The next few times I was shaving, I made sure to exfoliate the areas beforehand and added even more body wash to assist the razor glide across my skin. I did notice a difference this time, no cuts, no stinging, just smooth shaved legs. I’ve clearly been doing it wrong the entire time! I don’t want to sound as though I’m exaggerating, but my legs genuinely feel like a dolphins back after shaving, so shiny, so smooth. I’m starting to understand the hype now. For my under arms, I followed the same preparation routine as I had done for my legs. However, I also used a lighter hand when shaving, used less shaving strokes and was extra gentle when tackling this area. Finally, I have cracked it! No more razor burn on my arm pits anymore.

At first I was so disappointed, but now I am well and truly obsessed. I feel like there’s a technique to shaving with this razor, more preparation is required then other razors I’ve used, but the effort truly is worth it for the end result.

Did you experience any of the same issues with the Estrid razor like I did? What are your true and honest thoughts on the Estrid Razor?

Until Another Day x

The Best Affordable Skincare

Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality of your skincare products. In this quick skincare guide, I’ll be sharing some affordable skincare to suit anyone’s budget.

Being on a tight budget doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on the quality of your skincare products. If you didn’t already know, I purchased my first home back in June. So as you can imagine, my bank balance isn’t as full as it used to be. That being said, I never particularly splurged out on my skincare, only the occasional high-end product would make it into my collection, as I’ve always been particularly careful of how I spend my money.

Now I know you didn’t come here to learn about my spending habits, so I better get a move on and talk about the main reason you are reading this post…The Best Affordable Skincare products!

Cleansers

After reading skinCARE: The ultimate no-nonsense guide, I decided to only purchase ‘cheap’ cleansers. Caroline Hirons made a perfectly valid point on cleansers. Why waste money on an expensive cleanser when it basically gets washed down the drain, I couldn’t agree more! In this section, I will share some affordable effective cleanser products to help keep the skin clean and clear.

Lacura Moisturising Face Wash – 99p

Lacura Moisturising Face Wash

Yes. You did read that correctly. Just 99p for a face wash! Lacura is Aldi’s very own affordable skincare brand. The brand features a range of products (I will be including some more of their products further into this post) to meet everyone’s skincare requirements. This cleanser lathers up into a sort of foam, it doesn’t strip the skin and make it feel dry either. The Lacura Face Wash reminds me of the Simple Moisturising Facial Wash, it’s almost identical, but a lot cheaper. Lacura are also cruelty free, making it a well-rounded ethical and budget friendly brand. This face wash contains Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin B3 and Bisabolol and is 100% soap free, making it suitable for all skin types.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser – £9.50 or £15 (depending on size)

This cleanser definitely isn’t as cheap as the first, but is really good. If you’re not a fan of foaming cleansers, then the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser would be perfect for you. It comes in two sizes of varying prices. Whilst £15 might seem expensive for a cleanser, it lasts a really long time, so is a great investment. The smaller size cleanser is more affordable, retailing for around £9.50.

Serums

I had never really incorporated serums into my skincare routine until around 18 months ago. When the pandemic hit, I was thrust into working from home full-time, so I wasn’t wearing makeup as often. I decided to concentrate on skincare more, and that’s when I discovered serums…they are life changing! My skin has never looked better.

Revolution Skincare 3% Vitamin C Serum – £8.00

Revolution Vitamin C Radiance Serum

I picked this serum up randomly one day when I was browsing the shelves in Superdrug, and I am so glad I did. My skin seems to love Vitamin C, whenever I use a Vitamin C skincare product my skin glows! This serum is ideal for boosting radiance and I certainly notice how the texture of my skin improves. This was my first time trying a Revolution Skincare product, I have been completely blown away but the quality and affordability. All Revolution Skincare products are vegan and cruelty free!

Lacura Q10 Multi-Intensive Serum – £2.99

Lacura Q10 Serum

Another of Aldi’s fantastic bargain skincare items, that you must add to your cosmetics drawer. The packaging of this Q10 serum is very similar to Nivea’s Q10 range! This serum claims to help smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Whilst I cannot particularly comment on the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles (given that I have just turned 25), I can certainly mention how brightening and smoothing this serum is. I actually find it to be very hydrating and it has the most beautiful refreshing scent!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid Serum – £5.90

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

This next serum needs no introduction, as I feel it is included in everyone’s skincare routine. Hyaluronic Acid is a staple product for me, I use it daily, morning and evening. It’s a hydrating serum, I was always a little apprehensive about including such a hydrating product into my skincare, because of my oily skin, but I had nothing to fear. Although moisturising, this hyaluronic acid is by no means ‘oily’, so it doesn’t add a greasy shine to the skin. It’s like a glass of water for your skin, it sinks deep into the skin and creates a natural looking glow.

Moisturiser

Okay so I’m a little gutted about this next one. I had another Aldi Lacura product lined up to discuss, but it appears to be discontinued, although my local Aldi do still have this in stock. I only purchased mine about 3-4 months ago as well, it was their Q10 Renew Night Cream, but there isn’t much point in me talking about it now. It’s pretty rubbish when you find a product that works and it gets discontinued.

Cetraben Cream – £4.99

Cetraben Cream

For many years I have suffered with eczema flare ups on various parts of my body, particularly my face and hands. I need to use prescribed steroid creams from the chemist to clear up the worst episodes. However, I find that the Cetraben Cream is wonderful for soothing those itchy bouts of eczema or dermatitis. It’s a rather oily greasy cream, so use sparingly on the face if you have oily or combination skin. I tried this cream for the first time in one of my GLOSSYBOX subscriptions a few months back, and I have been using it ever since.

So there you have it, I’ve featured six affordable skincare products to suit even the tightest of budgets. I adore each and every one of these skincare products and cannot recommend them enough. I am always bargain hunting to find affordable yet effective beauty products. Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned? Do you have any cheap beauty favourites that you swear by? I’d love to chat everything skincare in the comments, Twitter or Instagram!

Until Another Day x

PMD Silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth Review

AD / Everyone should be making an effort to become more eco-friendly. But why stop when it comes to a beauty routine. PMD have the answer to this with their sustainable Silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth. Read my review to find out more!

AD – In my opinion, everyone should be making an effort to help the planet and become a tad more environmentally friendly. Whether that be by using reusable shopping bags, no waste period products, or simply recycling plastics and glass. If you could create a more eco-friendly beauty routine, would you?

I certainly love to incorporate products or beauty tools into my daily routine, that not only benefit me, but the world around me too. PMD Beauty have launched a new quick and easy sustainable way to wipe away makeup, with their Silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth. This cloth is reusable so can be used time and time again, without having a negative impact on the environment.

PMD Silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth

The cloth itself is made up of tiny microfibres that, when wet, cling to makeup and gently lift it from the skin. Due to the nature of the microfibre properties, creams or oils are not required to remove even the most stubborn of makeup. Simply use with warm water and your skin will be makeup free in a matter of moments. Not only does the Silverpure™ help the planet, it will also help your wallet! Retailing for £28.00, you will save so much by avoiding wasteful makeup wipes and other makeup removing products.

Silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth

Worried about hygiene? As the name suggests the Silverpure™ is infused with actual Silver! Silver is antibacterial and will not harbour or spread any bacteria, making it incredibly hygienic.

I have used the PMD makeup removing cloth quite a lot already and it has gone through the washing machine countless times, but still works just as well as its first usage. It removes makeup thoroughly without the need for additional cleansing products. It is gentle on the skin and the cloth is very soft, making it perfect for sensitive skin. Although I haven’t travelled much recently, I will definitely be taking the Silverpure™ Makeup Removing Cloth on any future vacations. If I need to pack light, the Silverpure™ would make the best travel companion!

Silverpure™ Directions for Use

I feel very lucky to have worked with PMD for the third time. I think they are a great brand, with some fantastic beauty tools. The PMD Personal Microderm is perfect for improving the texture of the skin. The PMD Clean Body creates a relaxing bathtime routine, whilst also keeping the skin fresh and supple.

Until Another Day x

How to Care for Pale Skin in the Sun

Protecting our skin against the sun during the Summer is extremely important, especially for those that burn easily. My 6 tips will leave you will gorgeous sunkissed skin, with no sunburn in sight!

The warmer months have finally arrived! This is welcomed news for many, however if you have fair skin, which burns easily, you may not be too pleased. Do you struggle with sun burn in the summer? Or do you simply not tan? I’m here today to provide you with some tips to care for pale skin in the summer sunshine.

Nobody wants to get painful sunburn, prickly heat or skin peeling from sitting outside. Taking extra measures in your tanning routine can really help limit the chances of these things occurring. Being exposed to the sun for longer periods of time can have a massive impact throughout your life, the dangers of sunburn include premature wrinkling/ageing, increased risk of skin cancer. Once the damage is done to the skin, it is impossible to reverse. I am by no means trying to scare you, just simply laying out the facts, to encourage you to care for your skin. Over the years I have gotten sunburnt many times, including having sun stroke/heat stroke twice…both when I was much younger. I even got burnt badly last summer when I visited Cornwall.

This post contains items which were previously gifted as part of an Influenster Campaign

6 Tips for Caring for Pale/Fair Skin in the Summer

1. Use a high factor sun cream

Bondi Sands SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion

This may seem like the obvious choice, but us pale skin people really should be using a factor 50+ sunscreen. For years I was using lower SPFs thinking I was more likely to tan, but that just wasn’t the case. When applying sun cream, make sure to top it up every 30 – 40 minutes of sun exposure, this will help maintain maximum protection. Use SPFs which are broad spectrum and protect against UVA and UVB rays. My current favourite suncreams are from Bondi Sands, I sat out in the sun for over 2 hours in 26 degree heat, topping up my cream regularly and I ended up with a sunkissed complexion, rather than burning,

2. Include SPF as part of your daily skincare routine

Bondi Sands Face SPF 50 + Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion

Over the past 12 months I have noticed everyone trying to include SPF in the daily skincare routines, me being one of them. Adding this extra step will really help to protect the skin against sun damage and premature ageing. I have been using the Bondi Sands Face SPF 50+ Sunscreen Lotion most days, even when the sky is overcast, or raining! I have oily skin and this SPF works great underneath my makeup. I always use my trusty ELF Poreless Putty Primer over the top, and never have any issues with the primer and SPF splitting or pilling.

3. Don’t sit in the sun for prolonged periods of time

Photo by Ethan Robertson on Unsplash

Try to limit your sun exposure if you have fair skin. I understand that everyone wants to have a tan, but spending too much time in the sun can be harmful. If sunbathing in your garden, at a pool, or beach, make sure to have a shaded area easily available. When the sun is getting a tad too hot, you can take shelter in the shade to cool down. Still make sure to apply your sun cream in the shade though, the suns rays are very powerful.

4. Keep your head covered

Photo by 邱 严 on Unsplash

Make sure to have a cap or floppy hat to hand on a hot day. Hats will keep the sun out of your face and off your head, keeping you cooler and preventing scalp sunburn.

5. Don’t exfoliate your skin too often

Nobody wants dry cracked skin and it can be very tempting to over exfoliate our bodies to prevent this. However if you plan to sit out in the sun, don’t exfoliate all of the time. Exfoliation removes the top layer of skin, meaning it is more likely to burn. If you plan to exfoliate, make sure to regularly top up your sun cream, maybe more often than normal, to prevent burning,

6. Keep the skin hydrated with moisturiser and after sun

Mine Tan Rapid Recovery After Sun Gel

Caring for pale skin doesn’t stop when the sun goes in. After sun bathing, make sure to completely wash off any sun cream in the shower, this will prevent clogged pores. If using a facial SPF, double cleanse your skin with an oil/gel based cleanser, followed by your normal face wash. This will keep the skin clear and reduce the risk of breakouts. After the sunscreen has been completely washed away, go in with a thick hydrating moisturiser, or after sun if your skin is a little on the pink side. Lately, I’ve been using the Mine Tan Moisturzing After Sun Gel, which was in my May GLOSSYBOX and I love it! Drinking plenty of water throughout the day will also keep your skin in tip top condition.

I hope you found some new tips to help keep your skin safe this Summer. I swear by these steps, they have massively helped my skin and prevented sun burn over the past few weeks. Do you have any tips for protecting the skin against sunburn?

Until Another Day x

Beauty Products I Have Used Up – Empties | Part 4

Another empties post! I am flying through so many beauty items these days, don’t ask me how, were in another lockdown for crying out loud. This post features heavily on skincare for oily skin.

Another empties post! I am flying through so many beauty items these days, don’t ask me how, were in another lockdown for crying out loud. I am fully obsessed with skincare at the moment, so I have used quite a lot of skincare products over the recent months. This post contains products which were previously gifted.

Skincare Empties

Green People Hyaluronic Acid Booster Serum

Green People hyaluronic booster serum

I have a full review on the Hyaluronic Serum on the blog so I won’t go into too much detail, however this product has become a staple part of my skincare routine. Its lightweight non-sticky formula was perfect for my oily skin, meaning I could wear this alone or underneath makeup without looking shiny. I repurchased this a couple of weeks ago, and it has truly transformed my skin.

Green People Nordic Roots Apple Complex Moisturiser

Green People apple complex moisturiser

Every product I have tried from Green People has never failed me. I feel that other brands should take note of Green People’s natural and cruelty free skincare ranges, they are top quality products. I loved how hydrating the Apple Complex Moisturiser was, it was perfect as a night cream for my oily skin.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

The Ordinary hyaluronic acid

Another Hyaluronic Acid product that I love is by The Ordinary. I prefer to use this of an evening as it’s heavier than the Green People one. There’s not much to be said about this acid, because it makes an appearance in pretty much in everyone’s skincare routine. If you haven’t already tried The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, then you NEED to!

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil

Caudalie makeup removing cleansing oil

I’ve mentioned the Caudalie Cleansing Oil countless times on my blog, it’s such a great makeup remover. It isn’t harsh on my sensitive skin and removes every last morsel of makeup. This product has been a favourite of mine for years, I featured it in my 2019 favourites! I have two bottles of this lined up ready to use!

Pleanaire Rose Jelly Makeup Remover

Plenaire rose jelly makeup remover

I had never heard of Plenaire until I purchased the Cult Beauty Starter Kit in September. I was very impressed by the removal powers of the Pleanaire Rose Jelly, it helped to break down even the toughest of makeup. I loved the Rose scent too, it wasn’t too overpowering. I would look to repurchase in the future, but my go-to has to be the Caudalie Oil.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

The Inkey List caffeine eye cream

This was another product I received in the Cult Beauty Starter Kit. The Caffeine Eye Cream by the Inkey List was really soothing and didn’t irritate my sensitive eye area, however I didn’t feel that it made a huge difference to my dark circles. Because of this, I am unlikely to re-buy again.

ECooking Moisturizing Serum

ECOOKING moisturizing serum

ECooking is a new brand to me, their Moisturizing Serum was in my January Glossybox. I found the texture very similar to hyaluronic acid, it was hydrating and moisturising and pretty much had the same effects. This is an expensive product, and because of it’s similarities to cheaper hyaluronic acids, I probably won’t repurchase.

GlamGlow Super Serum

GlamGlow superserum

GlamGlow have some wonderful products, especially their SuperMud Mask, and the Super Serum is no exception. It is lilac in colour and very gentle on the skin, despite containing 5 different acids. I’d definitely pick this up again!

Farsarli Rose Gold Elixir

Farsarli Rose Gold Elixir

My oily skin peeps don’t need to run a mile from the Rose Gold Elixir, despite being an oil, it is fantastic for oily skin. My skin looked radient and bright whenever I used this during my skincare routine. It’s a pricy product, but definitely worth it if you’re wanting to look like a glowing goddess.

No7 Nourishing Melting Gel Cleanser

No7 melting gel cleanser

I received this cleanser in a mini No7 set at Christmas. This gel based cleanser worked well to break down my makeup, leaving me with clean shiny skin. I found that the gel cleanser irritated my eyes massively if I tried to remove my mascara and eye makeup. For that reason, I wouldn’t repurchase as my Caudalie cleanser doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.

Bodycare Empties

Lotil Original Cream

Lotil Original cream

If you suffer with dry, cracked hands, then Lotil Cream will help to keep your hands nourished and hydrated. Available in various sizes, Lotil has you covered for every occasion, from small handy travel sized tubes, to gigantic family sized tubs, Lotil has got it all. The cream doesn’t have the most pleasing scent, but it gets rid of dry hands in a matter of seconds.

Woo Woo Gentle Micellar Wash

Woo Woo gentle micellar wash

Woo Woo offer a wide range of feminine care products. The Gentle Micellar Wash can be used as an overall body wash too which is a massive plus. The wash contains soothing Aloe Vera meaning it is great for our intimate areas. Although it doesn’t have much of scent, my body felt super clean and fresh after using. Woo Woo also have an intimate hair removal cream, this is very affordable, much cheaper than salon treatments.

Shea Moisture African Water Mint and Ginger Detox Body Wash

Shea Moisture African water mint and ginger detox body wash

I loved the scent of this body wash, it wasn’t too overpowering and the scent lingered on my skin for a few hours after showering. I featured Shea Moisture in my 2020 Christmas Gift Guide, as they have some beautful bath/bodycare products available.

Makeup Empties

Avon Mark Magix Face Primer

Avon Magix face primer

Having oily skin I’m always searching for a oil controlling primer, and this one by Avon really hit the nail on the end. The Magix primer magicked away my prominent pores and helped keep the shine at by throughout the day. Although I loved this primer, I won’t be repurchasing, purely because I am trying to get most of my makeup and skincare cruelty free.

L’Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible 24hr matte foundation

Over the years I have emptied countless tubes of this foundation, but I stopped using it for some unbeknown reason. I recently decided to start using this again, it was probably way past its used by date. I can hand on heart say that I still love this foundation, it has medium to full coverage and definitely keeps my skin matte for hours, definitely the perfect foundation for oily skin. Unfortunately L’Oreal isn’t cruelty free, so I’m probably not going to pick this up for a while. I do have a darker shade of this foundation for the summer months, but I doubt I’ll be tanned enough to use it…I am extremely pale!

My empties have accumulated over the past few months, I haven’t finished them all at the the same time. I’m astonished by the amount of skincare products I have managed to use up since my last empties post. You can definitely tell we have been in a 3 month lockdown by how few makeup empties I have this month.

Until Another Day x

The Best Cruelty Free Skincare Products

Do you find yourself asking, what skincare brands are cruelty free? This post will give you insight into cruelty free beauty brands, and the top cruelty free skincare products to lookout for!

It is 2021 and animal testing on cosmetics is still a common occurrence, it is such a cruel and unnecessary process, especially in the beauty industry. In today’s post, I am going to be sharing some of the best cruelty free skincare products that you need to be adding to your collection.

Before I share my list of cruelty free skincare products, animal testing on beauty products is mandatory in China. China are one of the few countries where its laws requires all imported beauty products to be tested on animals. So basically, any brand that sells its products in China is likely to have been tested on animals. When searching for new skincare/makeup products, look out for the Cruelty Free Logo, it usually has an image of a little cartoon rabbit.

*Any items marked with an asterisk were previously gifted*

Cruelty Free Skincare Products YOU Need to Try!

Green People Hyaluronic Booster Serum

Green People Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Acid Booster Serum

I have mentioned this Green People serum on my blog so many times over the past few months, because it truly is a wonderful everyday serum. Its lightweight formula is perfect for applying before makeup, or to use alone on bare skin. It’s non-greasy, and despite being containing hyaluronic acid, it does not make the skin any oilier. This is the best hyaluronic acid serum I have ever tried! This serum contains Hop Flowers which are used to treat hyperpigmentation and age spots. Literally as I was writing about this, I went onto the Green People website and bought myself another!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Another amazing hyaluronic acid is by The Ordinary. The Ordinary are a chemistry brand that offer products with proven clinical benefits without the expensive price tag. So, if affordable skincare is something you are interested in, then The Ordinary will have you covered. I don’t want to go into too much detail about hyaluronic acid because I have spoken about it so much on my blog already, it’s a product I use regularly in my skincare routine. The Ordinary not only create incredible products but are HUGELY against animal testing, therefore they do not export their products to mainland China and/or other countries where animal testing is required by law.

No7 Youthful Replenishing Face Oil

No7 Youthful Replenishing Face Oil

I did not realise that No7 was a cruetly free brand until recently, and I am so thrilled to hear this. I started testing out their Youthful Replenishing Face Oil in December, and it truly is wonderful. I like to apply this during my evening skincare routine, but will also apply in the morning if my skin is looking a little dull and dry. Although an oil, it isn’t greasy when applied sparingly and will leave the skin with a gorgeous glow.

No7 Protect and Perfect Day and Night Cream

No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Advanced Day and Night Cream

Similarly to the face oil, I have been trying the No7 Protect and Perfect day and night creams since last year. I received sample sized version in a gift set. The day and night cream and really hydrating and nourishing, without giving me an oily complexion. The day cream contains SPF 15, which does not leave a white cast to the skin.

Pixi BeautifEYE Brightening Eye Patches

Pixi Beautifeye Brightening Eye Patches

Pixi Beauty are a brand who need no introduction. I have been obsessed with the Glow Tonic for almost a year now, and recently picked up their Brightening Eye Patches. I love using the eye patches as a little morning treat, they are very cooling so are great to use at the start of the day, to de-puff and wake up the eye area.

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

Over the past 4 or 5 months my skin has become extremely sensitive, so I wanted to switch up my cleanser. I fell in love with the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser because of its gentle formula. This cleanser is fragrance free and non-comedogenic meaning it is perfect for sensitive skin. Although designed for normal to dry skin, I find that the hydrating cleanser works well on my oily/combination skin.

The Inkey List Vitamin B, C and E Moisturizer

The Inkey List Vitamin B, C and E Moisturizer

Another brand who have recently piqued the interests of us beauty bloggers is The Inkey List. Their Vitamin B, C and E Moisturizer has a plethora of delightful benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties from Vitamin E and brightening from Vitamin C. This multi-functional moisturiser can be used day and night, so you won’t need to break the bank by purchasing two separate creams. The vitamin moisturisers retails for just £4.99, it is a complete bargain!

Lotil Cream*

Original Lotil Cream

Last year, I posted a review of Lotil Cream and how it fared with eczema and sensitive skin. Since then, I have been using Lotil as part of my regular body and skincare routine. It is a thick cream which works well at soothing dry, irritated skin, it is also completely cruelty free. The cream can be used on the face and body, and can be purchased in various travel friendly sizes. Lotil also have a lip balm and foot cream in their collection!

I am hoping you have found some new cruelty free skincare products that you can now include in your everyday skincare routine. I use these products all of the time but am always on the lookout for other cruelty free brands to add to my collection, if you have any recommendations, please feel free to share them with me. I have put together a list of cruelty free beauty brands for you below. The next time you plan to buy some new skincare or makeup, consult this list and consider going cruelty free.

What makeup brands are cruelty free? What skincare brands are cruelty free?

  • KVD Vegan Beauty
  • Lush
  • NYX
  • Jolie Beauty
  • Revolution
  • Illamasqua
  • Eyeko
  • Elf Cosmetics
  • No7
  • Pixi Beauty
  • Unicorn Cosmetics
  • Hourglass
  • Lottie London
  • CeraVe
  • The Inkey List
  • The Ordinary
  • Glossier
  • Vieve
  • Zoeva
  • Fenty Beauty / Fenty Skin
  • Green People

I am on a mission to have a completely cruelty free skincare routine and collection. Cruelty free doesn’t mean you need to compromise on the quality of products, some of your favourites may already be cruelty free without you realising.

Until Another Day x

2020 Beauty Favourites

*Items marked with an asterisk were previously gifted*

2020. What a year. When the clock chimed midnight on New Years Eve I don’t think anyone could have predicted what we were in for. Alas, I’m not going to bore you with the details of the Coronavirus Pandemic, but instead talk to you about some fabulous beauty products I discovered this year.

2020 was the year I focused prodominently on skincare. With working from home since March, and for the foreseeable, I found myself less inclined to wear makeup. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore makeup, that’s the whole point of this blog, however because I haven’t left the house much, I didn’t see the point in wearing it unnecessarily. With this in mind, the majority of my beauty favourites are skincare products. My skin has improved so much this year, it was never “bad” but it definitely looks and feels a lot better than this time last year.

Skincare Favourites

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

Over the years, I’ve never really felt the need to include a toner in my skincare routine, that was until I discovered the Pixi Glow Tonic. This toner has honestly changed my life, within a few days of using, my skin looked like new. The Glow Tonic contains Glycolic Acid, which is a chemical exfoliator, meaning it helps to strip the top layer of dead skin, leaving you with a gorgeous glowy complexion. I featured the Glow Tonic in a recent empties post of mine here.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid is a must in my skincare routine and this version from The Ordinary is wonderful. I have very oily skin so I like to use this one at night. I’d describe it as a glass of water for your skin because its super hydrating, instantly banishing any dry patches.

Green People Hyaluronic Booster Serum*

Green People Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum
Green People Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum

Another Hyaluronic Acid serum, I clearly love the stuff don’t I. The Green People Hyaluronic Booster Serum works perfectly on oily skin, I have a full review here. I like to use this serum during my morning skincare routine as it’s a little lighter than The Ordinary verision. Green People are such an incredible brand with products designed for each skin type, there truly is something for everyone.

Dots for Spots

Dots for Spots
Dots for Spots

If you have a painful yellow spot that you just cannot get rid of, then Dots for Spots will definitely be your friend. These little patches help to remove the “gunk” from a spot within just a few hours, so are perfect to use whilst sleeping. I recently featured Dots for Spots in a post all about spot treatments that actually work.

Simple Daily Skin Detox Mattifying Moisturiser

I picked this up a few months back and I’m obsessed! Although mattifying, I find this Simple moisturiser nice and hydrating. It’s perfect for those makeup free days as it stops the skin looking and feeling oily. Simple always create such beautiful and natural skincare products, I’m yet to find a product of theirs that doesn’t agree with me!

Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil*

Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil
Bunch Skincare Balance Organic Face Oil

Bunch Skincare were introduced to me back in September and I am head over heels for their Balance Organic Face Oil. Applying a couple of drops before mosituriser in my evening skincare routine always leaves me with a gorgeous complexion the next day. A little goes a long way with this oil, it’s also vegan and 100% natural. The scent alone leaves me wanting more and more, it has a calming lavender aroma.

Makeup Favourites

Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighter*

Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighter in the shade Saintly
Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighter in the shade Saintly

The Jolie Beauty Second Skin Highlighters are a recent favourite of mine, after only trying this out at the start of December. I won’t go too in depth, as I have a review on this highlighter here. I have been using the shade Saintly non-stop this past month and I love it so much. It adds such a beautiful lit from within glow to the skin and can easily be built to create an envious blinding highlight.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Wow, what a throwback. I was browsing Superdrug a few weeks ago and rediscovered an old favourite of mine, the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. Since I last used this concealer, Collection have revamped the packaging and added more shades to the range. This concealer retails for less than a fiver at just £4.19 and has such an amazing coverage, if you have never tried this concealer before, then you really need to get your hands on it!

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick

My all-time favourite nude has got to be Velvet Teddy by MAC. I’ve had this lipstick in my collection for years, however the reason I’m featuring it is because over the last few months I’ve started using it again. Velvet Teddy is an absolute classic, it’s so flattering on my pale skin. Some nudes can make me appear washed out, or look like I have foundation lips, but not this guy!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

I have mentioned this foundation far too many times on my blog this year, however it’s my current fave so how could I not speak about it…again. The Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation has hit the nail on the head with this formula, it never looks cakey and is easily buildable, check out my review!

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil
Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

I picked this up on a trip to Florida earlier this year, which turned out to be a disaster. However, the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil is far from a disaster, it’s amazing! My brows always look so put together and almost perfect whenevere I use this, so much so I’m on my second pencil of the year. It’s definitely a brow product I can see myself wearing well into 2021 and beyond.

Well there you have it folks, my round up of my absolute favourite beauty products of 2020! What where your favourite product discoveries of the year? I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and 2021 is kinder to you than this year!

Until Another Day x

PMD Personal Microderm Review

Does Microdermabrasion work? My review of the PMD Personal Microderm will give you all the answers to this question.

*Item gifted in exchange for review*

PMD Beauty are a well known brand within the skincare industry, so when they reached out asking if I wanted to try out and review their Personal Microderm I was beyond thrilled. I have had the device in my possession for quite some time now. Life has become somewhat hectic for me, so things have gotten in the way, so it has taken me a while to get around to writing my review. Anyway, enough of my rambling, lets get into the post.

What is Microdermabrasion?

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what Microdermabrasion was at first, or what its benefits were, so of course I have done a little research of my own. Microdermabrasion is a procedure to help renew/improve the texture of the skin, by using an abrasive surface to remove the outer layer of skin (dead skin). Removing this top layer is supposed to leave you with fresher, younger looking skin pretty much after the first procedure. Microdermabrasion is typically carried out in a clinic by a professional, however PMD have created a user friendly, microdermabrasion at home experience so you can cut out the middle man, but have the same results as visiting a salon.

Microdermabrasion is said to improve the appearance of the following:

  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Acne/Acne Scarring
  • Age Spots
  • Sun Damage
  • Stretch Marks
  • Uneven Skintone/Texture
  • Enlarged Pores and Blackheads

You can see why I couldn’t wait to give this little machine a try, to see if it actually made any difference to my complexion.

The Review

PMD Personal Microderm Classic.
PMD Personal Microderm

Now for the part you have visited my blog to read…the review!

Before using for the first time, I checked out PMD’s YouTube training video on how to use the PMD Personal Microderm. It was a really helpful video so I picked it up right away. Included with the device you will find 3 different coloured discs: white (for ultra sensitive skin/training), blue (for sensitive skin) and green (medium strength abrasion). As a beginner, I opted for the white disc, I wanted to play it safe to make sure my skin did not react badly. I found it extremely easy to use and it was a completely painless process. To be honest, my skin looked pretty much the same after using, however, it did feel a lot smoother, and the tightness from washing my face had vanished. My skin was a little red when I finished using the microderm, but that is to be expected.

The second time I tried the device, I decided to go with the blue disc to see if this made more of a difference…and it really did! This might be a little gross, but I could actually see some of the dead skin that the Personal Microderm removed from my face. Obviously my skin was a little more red this time around because I used a harsher disc, however my face felt/looked better than when I used the white disc.

Overall, I have actually noticed a difference straight away from using the PMD Personal Microderm blue disc. However I will, of course, need to use it long term before I notice the main benefits of microdermabrasion.

Where can I buy the PMD Microderm?

Has my review got you wanting your very own personal microderm? The PMD Microderm can be purchased directly on the PMD website, there are a few different versions to chose from, but for reference I have the Classic. You can also pick it up via the Look Fantastic website. The Classic retails for £145, with a one off salon treatment costing around £60, you would be saving plenty of money over time.

Until Another Day x

Review – Green People – Natural Organic Beauty Products

Green People specialise in natural and organic beauty products. Take a look at my review of their Hyaluronic Booster Serum and Apple Complex Moisturiser!

*Contains gifted items in exchange for an honest review*

I’m obsessed with discovering new skincare products, especially from brands that I have never heard of before. So when Green People asked if I wanted to review a couple of their products I couldn’t say no! Green People specialise in natural and organic beauty products, with a huge range of skincare, haircare, bodycare, makeup, the list could go on!

The story behind the brand is so wholesome and loving. When the founder, Charlotte Vøhtz’s young daughter started battling skin conditions such as eczema and skin allergies, she started her quest to creating organic skincare. Charlotte made her own organic creams due to the lack of sensitive skin products on the market. Then in 1997 Green People was born! Today, Green People has developed into a trusted family run brand, with a huge variety of products which cater for all skin types.

Lets get down to the nitty gritty and talk about the products! I have been using these skincare goodies for quite a while now, possibly over a month. I’ve developed a full opinion on them, which I cannot wait to share with you!

Nordic Roots Apple Complex Moisturiser

Described as “A deeply hydrating face cream to restore, protect and balance”, this moisturiser is filled with Juicy Apple Cellular Water, helping to improve the skins elasticity. A scent free formula, perfect for those of us with sensitive skin, it is infused with a number of plant-based emollients to help restore hydration.

“Hydrating” can be a very scary word if you have oily skin, but stripping the skin of its natural oils by using oil free/mattifying creams can actually make your skin even more oily. The Nordic Roots Mosituriser works amazingly well on oily skin, although hyrdrating, it has a non-greasy formula, so can easily be applied in the AM underneath makeup. Do you suffer with breakouts? Fear not, this mosituriser contains 99.8% natural ingredients with 21.8% sourced from organic farming, so you won’t need to worry about it irritating your skin. Overall, this is the perfect mosituriser for sensitive skin. It is nourishing and soothing without leaving a horrible greasy cast to the skin, I am thoroughly enjoying using it and cannot recommend this enough.

Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum

You will have more than likely heard of Hyaluronic Acid, and if you haven’t, you’ve certainly been living under a rock. Incorporating acids into skincare routines has become a massive hit this past year, and I’m hear for it! The Nordic Roots Hyaluronic Booster Serum, is not like any other Hyaluronic Acid I have tried before. It is milky in colour and isn’t thick or sticky, it has a lovely thin consistency and doesn’t leave me wanting to wash my hands straight after application.

Products containing Hyaluronic Acid are known for leaving the skin dewy and glowy, but for my fellow oily skin people, it certainly won’t make your skin any oilier. I like to apply this as the second step to my morning skincare routine, before moisturiser, which gives me healthy looking skin instantly. This serum contains Hop Flowers to target hyperpigmentation and dark spots and is also scent and cruelty free. Overall, I’m obsessed with how my skin looks and feels when using this product, I can actually notice the difference in my apperance when I don’t apply it!

All in all, I am so happy with both of these products, and will continue to use them as part of my morning and evening skincare routines. Green People have a range of natural skincare products, which can be filtered to meet your skins specific needs on their website. Have you tried any Green People products before? Or are they a new discovery?

Until Another Day x

Spot Treatments That Actually Work

I am going to be sharing with you some great spot fighting treatments which will leave you with clearer, fresher skin in just a few days.

*Contains items which were previously gifted*

Whether you suffer with acne, hormonal breakouts or just the odd pimple, finding a fast-acting spot treatment isn’t easy. Today I am going to be sharing with you some great spot fighting treatments which will leave you with clearer, fresher skin in just a few days. Read on to discover how to get rid of spots fast.

Dots for Spots

Dots for Spots - Designed to absorb impurities from your spots

The number one rule I hear about breakouts is to not pop or pick at spots. It’s understandable to get the urge to remove that gross looking whitehead but you could be doing more harm than good. A new discovery of mine is Dots for Spots Acne Absorbing Patches. Simply pop on one of these, almost, invisible dots and leave overnight. The next mornng that nasty pimple will be all but a distant memory. For best results, it is recommended to apply to spots which are at the surface of the skin, such as a whitehead. Dots for Spots are a cruelty free and vegan friendly brand, and their patches are paraban, sulphate and fragrance free so are perfect for those of us with super sensitive skin. Each time I use a patch, I am blown away by how fast acting and effective they are. Out of all the treatments I will be sharing today, this is by the far the best!

Funderm Was Bad Anti-Pimple Gel Treatment*

Funderm No Drama Red Clay Mask and Funderm Was Bad Anti-Pimple Treatment

Last week I woke up with two gigantic hormonal spots on my chin, that my makeup could not even hide. I reached for the Was Bad Treatment by Funderm and within one day they had massively reduced in size and redness, and by day two they were almost completely gone. This gel is cruelty free, contains no parabens or oils and is totally invisible. Funderm is definitely a brand you need to check out if you’re suffering with spots. Another favourite of mine is their No Drama Red Clay Mask, which leads nicely onto my next effective spot treatment.

Face Masks

Funderm No Drama Red Clay Mask and Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment

I always mention face masks on the blog because 1) they are my favourite part of skincare and 2) they are perfect for clearing those nasty breakouts! Clay masks are a lifesaver when it comes to getting rid of spots, they purify the skin, helping to remove any dirt and excess oils from the skin (key spot making ingredients). I have a few favourites, which I have mentioned in a few posts in the past. Those are: GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment, L’Oreal Blemish Rescue Mask, Body Shop Himalyan Charcoal Mask.

Tee Tree Oil

Body Shop Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has many benefits, one of which is its anti-inflammatory properties which are perfect for treating those unsightly red spots. There are even reports that the oil can help reduce the appearance of acne scaring! Using a cotton swab, take a small amount of Tea Tree Oil and begin to gently apply to the effected area. My personal favourite is from the Body Shop, it’s 100% vegan too! The Body Shop have an entire Tea Tree range including face maks, toners, cleansers and scrubs! Including a Tea Tree based product into your skincare routine is a must if you are prone to breakouts.

Sudocrem

Sudocrem is a cream which I have used for YEARS on my blemishes! Yes it is a nappy rash cream, but also has benefits for acne sufferes too (because of its antiseptic properties). It is an affordable cream that lasts for years, it has a medicinal scent but I love it! Apply a thick layer of cream to your spots, but don’t rub it in. Leave the cream to sit on the pimple (this is great to do overnight), and the next day the redness will have dramatically reduced.

If you are anything like me, and have suffered with bad skin throughout your youthful years, then you may have heard of Salicylic Acid. Whilst supposedly good for fighting spots, it doesn’t work for everyone. For a while I found myself obsessed with finding products containing this acid to help my unruly skin, however the majority of products I use now don’t actually contain Salicylic Acid, but still keep my skin free of blemishes.

I hope this post has proven useful for some people out there. I know too well how unhappy blemished skin can make you. If you have tried every skincare product out there, it might be time to speak with your GP. They can often prescribe medical grade creams or oral medication for people with extremely bad cystic acne. For us females out there, certain contraceptive pills are proven to help clear up the skin. I am by no means an expert, so speak with your GP if this is something you are considering.

Until Another Day x