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

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

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

Beauty Products I have Used Up – Empties | Part 3

Documenting products that I have used up is actually really fun, so much so that this is my third post in the series!

*Contains items which were previously gifted*

Documenting products that I have used up is actually really fun, so much so that this is my third post in the series (here are the links to posts one and two). It has taken me a while to bring another installment to my beauty empties series, due to the never ending pandemic, meaning my makeup usage has been slightly lacking this year. Nevertheless, I have still managed to use up a decent amount of my beauty products, so without further ado, let’s get into the post.

Makeup Empties

Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil

I have mentioned this brow product in quite a few of my blog posts this year, firstly in my first makeup and skincare wishlist post; in my Florida makeup haul; a working from home makeup look, and finally a fall makeup tutorial. So if you had not already guessed I am completely obsessed with this brow pencil. It makes my brows fuller without looking unnatural, it has a slight waxy consistency but can be blended out very easily. The pencil like tip allows for small ‘hair’ strokes to be drawn in, and with the added bonus of a spooly, you will not need to remember to pack one when travelling (if we ever can again). I have already repurchased and started using a new one and for reference I use the shade #5.

NARS Climax Mascara

If you love full voluminous lashes then this mascara is perfect for you. I received a sample of Climax Mascara by Nars back in 2019 via the Glamour Beauty Club and I was instantly a huge fan. So much so that I picked up the full sized version soon after. The Nars Climax Mascara is on the pricier side but definitely packs a punch, it is super black and gives the appearance of fuller looking lashes in just a couple of strokes. Although a brilliant mascara, it is quite a dry formula so make sure you secure the lid tightly to avoid it drying out too quickly. I have yet to repurchase this mascara, I have a couple in my collection which I want to use up first, but I would consider buying it again in the future.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

A setting spray is a must in my makeup routine and over the years I have tried my fair share. I picked this up over a year ago on a trip to Houston, Texas. however it wasn’t a spray that I particularly reached for, hence why it has lasted this long. As part of my mission to use up my beauty products, I started using the Morphe Continous Setting Mist again recently and I was really impressed. The mist is extremely fine which I absolutely love, and it makes my makeup stay in place for hours, so I can see myself buying this again in the future.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Another setting spray, I can’t wear a full face of makeup without it. The Urban Decay All Nighter is not only a cult favourite, but it’s my favourite too! It doesn’t make my skin any oilier or leave white marks on the skin, so is the perfect finishing touch to lock in my makeup for the day or night ahead. My makeup will not last as long if I do not wear it, so it’s a must-have product in my eyes. I am currently in the process of using their XL version, so it will be quite a while before this is featured in my empties again.

Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

Over the past year or so I have become obessed with this mascara, it has had its fair few mentions in various posts on the blog. The Soap & Glory Thick and Fast Mascara makes my lashes super long and voluminous without clumping. It doesn’t transfer underneath my eyes, like some mascaras, so is perfect for use on the bottom lashes as well. I already have a second tube lined up for use, so there are no qualms as to wether or not I like it.

Skincare Empties

In recent months, I have taken a massive interest in skincare. I am in the process of trialling a bunch of new skincare products but have managed to use up a few of my favourites…and some not so great products too!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This might be a little controversial, but I absolutely HATED this cleanser. The Hot Cloth Cleanser made my skin break out like crazy, it just did not agree with me at all. I was so disappointed that this didn’t work for me, I had very high expectations but was left with spotty skin. Rather than this going to waste, I found an alternative use for it and turned it into a shaving cream! I would apply a small amount to my legs and underarms before shaving, and it actually worked a treat. This is one that I will never repurchase! Have you experienced any problems with this cleanser?

Biore Rose Quartz Cleanser

I picked the Biore Rose Quartz Cleanser up on a complete whim when I spotted an advert online…the power of advertising! I was super impressed by how clean it made my skin look and feel. It has a slight cooling/tingling sensation, similar to that of toothpaste, kind of minty feeling (if that makes any sense). It doesn’t break me out either so is perfect for those with sensitive skin. I have used two of these up and I am waiting for a third bottle to arrive, so it’s definitely a face cleanser I have grown to love, and it’s really affordable too!

Pixi Glow Tonic

Although not quite empty just yet, I thought I would include this as I have another one on the way. I started using the Pixi Glow Tonic in the Summer and my god it is incredible!! My skin can often look quite dull, but when I use the Glow Tonic my skin looks so much healthier and fresher. I was utterly astonished at how well it worked within just a few days. I cannot recommend the Pixi Glow Tonic enough, it is a must product in my skincare routine now.

Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser

I have used countless bottles of the Simple Hydrating Light Mosituriser so I can fully recommend it to any skin type. I have oily/combination skin, and although hydrating, it does not make the skin any oilier. I would buy this again, however I am currently testing a couple of new moisturisers but I may well return to this at some point in the future.

Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment & Complexion Perfection Hydrator

These two products are incredible for acne prone, sensitive skin. Unfortunately, Amazon and Boots no longer stock Proactiv+, the only option is directly from their website. From previous experience, I did not like this because I was unknowingly tied into a subscription service. I have decided to not repurchase from Proactiv+ unless they are restocked on a UK website.

Nip+Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix

I bought this exfoliator quite a while ago, thinking it was a body exfoliator. Much to my surprise it was actually for the face. The Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Scrub contains a mixture of chemical (Glycolic) and physical exfoliators, it was quite rough on the skin, but definitely helped to remove any dry patches. It was an all round great product, but I don’t think I will be repurchasing because I have fallen madly in love with the Pixi Glow Tonic, which, in my opinion, does a better job.

Nivea Q10 Vitamin C Eye Cream

I am always looking out for eye creams that help to visibly improve the appearance of dark circles. Although nice and hydrating, I didn’t really notice a big difference with the Nivea Q10 Vitamin C Eye Cream so I am unlikely to pick this up again. I’m currently trialing out another eye cream and I am actually noticing some slight improvement, I will keep you updated!

UTAN x Jamie CBD Tanning Water

I have very pale/sensitive skin, so tanning naturally isn’t really an option for me. Rather than applying my body fake tan to my face, I discovered this tanning water, which is in collaboration with UTAN and Jamie Genevieve, it is infused with CBD and scottish lavendar for a really calming and relaxing scent. I love applying this as the last step of my evening skincare routine. The very next day I wake up with gorgeous glowy bronzed skin. I genuinely cannot fault this product, it smells amazing and does not break out my skin. My boyfriend bought me a replacement bottle for my birthday in September, I couldn’t have dropped any more hints 😉

Bodycare Empties

Woo Woo Crandberry Cleanse*

This Woo Woo Crandberry Cleanse has the most beautiful refreshing scent, and not only does it work well as an intimate wash, it is also a brilliant overall body wash. I may well pick another bottle up in the future, however I personally use my body wash all over and have never experienced any problems.

Jack Wills English Velvet Body Butter

I love lathering my body in creams after a bath or shower, and this English Velvet body butter by Jack Wills is rich and creamy and is a delight to apply. Despite being thick, it melts into the skin quite quickly, so I don’t have to lounge around naked before getting dressed 🙈. I don’t think this can be purchased anymore, unless Boots come out with a gift set for Christmas.

Random Beauty Empties

Organii Aloe Mouthwashes*

I have a full review on Organii Aloe Mouthwashes here but my favourite out of the two has to be the orange flavour. I really noticed my teeth appeared whiter after a couple of weeks. Each bottle lasted quite a long time, they are larger than your standard supermarket mouthwashes e.g. Listerine, although slightly more expensive. I would definitely consider repurchasing the orange mouthwash again.

Bamboo Cotton Buds

In an effort to become more sustainable, I picked up some Bamboo Cotton Buds on Amazon. They worked just as well as standard cotton buds, yet are 100% compostable! They can snap if you use a heavy hand, but that honestly doesn’t bother me. I’d rather this happen than them ending up in a landfill site for centuries! I am on my second box of these cotton buds and they lasted for around 9-10 months which was fantastic.

Overall, I have loved all of these products (with the exception of the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser), and will more than likely purchase them again in the future. Are you trying to use up your beauty products? Have you tried anything I have mentioned?

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

CULT Beauty Starter Kit Review

If you are a huge beauty fanatic like me, then you will have likely heard of the Cult Beauty Starter Kit. This set of makeup and skincare products is a round up of their ‘holy grail’ beauty goodies all in one box. Its contents are worth over £90 but the box retails for just £30! It was my birthday on 23rd September so I decided to treat myself to an early present and pick up this kit. Cult Beauty regularly change the contents of their Starter Kits and they sell out quickly, so act fast to grab yourself a bargain.

What’s Inside?

Cult Beauty Starter Kit Products. Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Mask; REN AHA Tonic; Living Proof Perfect Hair Day; Pleanaire Rose Jelly Makeup Remover, The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream, Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette

In this seasons Starter Kit, you can find a bunch of amazing skincare products with a gorgeous eye shadow palette thrown in there too:

  • Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette (the main reason I bought the box)
  • REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic
  • Living Proof Perfect Hair Day
  • Plenaire Rose Jelly Makeup Remover
  • The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream
  • Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask

For context, the Huda Beauty Palette is worth £25 on it’s own and it’s a full-size product, so you are getting a lot of bang for your buck!

My Thoughts

After using each of the products in this box for a few weeks, I wanted to share my thoughts on them all and whether or not I would consider repurchasing them in the future.

Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette

I love love love this palette for autumn, it has such beautiful warm toned shades to create a gorgeous orange or red smokey eye. The shades are very pigmented, easily blendable and the shimmers are absolutely stunning. I was concerned that the shadows would stain my eye lids, but I was pleasently surprised. I’d recommend using a concealer or eyeshadow base before applying your eyeshadow, this was what I did!

REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic

I was so happy to see this toner in the box, I’ve always wanted to try it out but the full size is wayyy too expensive. At first I really liked this tonic, however recently my skin is not reacting well too it at all. My skin has started to become red and blotchy, it isn’t painful and disappears in about 10-15 minutes, but I think I’m going to have to discontinue using it. I will stick to my Pixi Glow Tonic instead!

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day

If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I have very curly hair. Finding products which help to tame frizz inbetween washes isn’t easy for me. I am obsessed with this product my Living Proof, it helps to add shine back into my hair and banishes the frizz away. I like to apply this to the lengths of my hair (when dry) and scrunch into my hair. Applying too much can make the hair a little crispy, but evenly distriputing the product helps to prevent this. This is definitely a product I will look at repurchasing!

Plenaire Rose Jelly Makeup Remover

In a bid to be more eco-friendly I completely banished makeup wipes from my skincare routine. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they’re not actually that great for the skin either. I always use face oils to remove my makeup so I was super happy to receive this jelly based remover. It has a really nice subtle rose scent to it, so does not feel harsh on the skin. This product breaks down even difficult to remove makeup, such as liquid eyeliner, and my skin felt extremely clean and fresh afterwards. 10/10 from me!

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

Eye cream is something I struggle with, I can never seem to find one that actually reduces the big dark circles I have underneath my eyes. It has a nice texture and hydrates my undereyes, I do geniunely thing it helps to make me look more awake. As for it’s effect on my dark circles, I’m still trying to develop an opinion on this. I’m in the process of finishing up a different eye cream so have been switching between the two, so I cannot fully tell if it has helped yet.

Dr Jart Cicapair Tiger Grass Sleepair Intensive Mask

I have always wanted to try a sleeping mask, it’s a product that has always intriqued me. I wear an eye mask to sleep at the moment, so I could only try this out on the bottom half of my face. When I awoke the next morning, my skin felt incredible and extremely soft. Like the eye cream, I need to test this out a little more but so far I am absolutely loving it. I have very sensitive skin, especially on my chin and this didn’t break me out at all!

The Final Verdict

Overall, I am so happy that I picked this up. I’m slightly disappointed that the REN Tonic didn’t work for me but I loved everything else in the box, so I can’t really complain. It was such a bargain for the quality of the products inside, and I think I have found some new favourites! I will 100% be keeping an eye out the next time Cult Beauty release another starter kit, it’s definitely worth the money. Did you manage to get your hands on this, what are you thoughts? Have you tried any of these products before? Let’s talk in the comments!!

Until Another Day x

Which Foundations Are Best For Oily Skin?

Are you feeling like you are constantly battling shine and breakouts? Frequently getting blackheads? Your foundation could actually be your culprite, so read on to learn more.

Are you feeling like you are constantly battling shine and breakouts? Frequently getting blackheads? Your foundation could be your culprit, so read on to discover the best foundation for your oily skin.

Before getting into the nitty gritty, I wanted to make it clear that you should never skip moisturiser, even if you have oily skin. It may seem counterintuitive, however stripping your skin of moisture could be adding to the problem. Stick with an oil-free or oil balancing moisturiser, my current fave is the Simple All Day Mattifying Moisturiser, it not only mattifies but contains ingredients which are proven to help fight spots, without drying out the skin.

Finding the perfect foundation consists of a lot of trial and error. So, this handy guide should help to narrow down your search and get you on the way to a flawless base.

Drugstore Foundations for Oily Skin

Drugstore/Affordable Foundations for Oily Skin.

Not everyone has the budget to splurge out an expensive foundation, but honestly, you don’t have to. There are some great affordable foundations which are perfect for those of us with oily skin. Mattifying foundations are going to be your best friend. Try to avoid ‘glowy or dewy’ foundations were possible, these will only accentuate your oils.

L’Oréal Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation – £9.99

L'Oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Foundation (Oily Skin Foundation)

A soft, natural looking foundation, the L’Oreal Infallible is full coverage so will perfectly hide any redness or dark spots. Although matte, it does not have a cakey appearance and helps to blur prominent pores. At under £10, you cannot go wrong. It has many of the benefits of high-end foundations but without the hefty price tag. Not only that, this foundation contains SPF 18 to protect the skin against sun damage (although I would recommend applying SPF separately rather than relying on the SPF in your foundation).

Max Factor Facefinity 3 in 1 Foundation – £13.99

Max Factor Facfinity 3 in 1 Foundation (Oily Skin Foundation)

Another affordable full coverage foundation which helps to control the shine from oily skin. It claims to be a primer, foundation, and concealer all in one bottle, however I would still recommend applying both a primer before, and a concealer after. This also contains an SPF, slightly higher than the L’Oreal foundation, at SPF 20. Despite containing an SPF, it does not make the skin appear any oiler, which is exactly what we are looking for. It has a breathable formula which feels lightweight on the skin.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation – £7.99

Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation (Oily skin foundation)

The final drugstore foundation, and the most affordable at under £8, it is such a steal!! I have used this foundation for quite some time and I have a full review, albeit old, on it here. It contains flexible micro-powders which help to control shine and blur larger pores. It has a medium coverage but can be easily built up if required. The Matte + Poreless range has over 40 shades, which is brilliant, especially for a drugstore foundation.

High-End Foundations for Oily Skin

High-End Foundations for Oily Skin

If high-end makeup is your thing, then listen up. Before diving in at the deep end and spending £30+ on a foundation, ask at the brands beauty counter for a sample of their foundation. This is a great hack which will allow you to trial the foundation without spending a small fortune.

Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Foundation – £27.00

Fenty Beauty Soft Matte Foundation (Oily Skin Foundation)

In over 50 shades, the Fenty Soft Matte Foundation is perfect for keeping the skin shine free for hours upon hours. I have an in-depth review on it here. It is a buildable medium to full coverage foundation, but make sure to prep your skin using a moisturiser and primer. This foundation can cling to dry patches if you are not careful, so make sure your skin is fully hydrated before applying.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – £34.00

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Oily Skin Foundation)

The priciest out of them all, but in my opinion, the best! Again, I have a full review here. The Estee Lauder Double Wear has the largest foundation shade range that I’m aware of, with over 60 different shades, that’s incredible! It has an oil-free formula, helping to control the natural oils of the skin. For me, I do not need to powder regularly when wearing this foundation. The only time I need to powder is when I have first applied my makeup. I cannot recommend this foundation enough to any one with oily or combination skin.

This guide should have given you a head start when searching for a foundation for oily skin. Look out for mattifying foundations and read reviews to discover what others with a similar skin type think. Get samples where you are able, so you can try before you buy.

Until Another Day x

Must have foundations for oily skin.