Review: Dermapen!

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Hi guys!

*This treatment was given to me for free, and so I wrote this honest review.*

So this week I am reviewing a treatment I had, called Dermapen.

Never heard of it? Neither had I until this year. I had a little read about it, and was very surprised about what it does.

It’s a form of collagen induction therapy where there are micro-needles that go into the skin – this is so collagen produces – repairing scars, reduces hyper pigmentation, and renews tired skin. The Dermapen is moved over the skin in a vertical angle.

So the first thing the therapist does was clean my face and prep. She then started the procedure. As much good as I can say about the procedure, it does hurt. It’s needles at the end of the day, so its not overly pleasant. She went over all of my face, over my scars and enlarged pores, and even got rid of a couple of thread veins in my nose.

After the procedure, your skin is bright red and feels like a bit of a sunburn, but they put on a cooling mask and some retinol for you to cool the skin, and keep it hydrated, as it will start to peel in the next 24 hours as the old skin sheds. You can’t wear most makeup straight after or for 24 hours but mineral makeup is okay.

I found a few hours after that my skin started to glow with the oil coming out of my skin. After a week, I definitely noticed my skin had a definitely glow to it, and my pores and scars were looking reduced. This is only after one session, and you can have one every 4 to 6 weeks, and as many as you like, depending on the severity of your skin. A lot of acne sufferers have this procedure to help reduce scarring.

After 4 – 6 weeks of healing, my skin looks great. My makeup goes on better, I am less oily (you know this oily girls journey) and it’s almost like my skin has been given a reset button. Even the crease between my brows has reduced a little bit.

I definitely recommend this procedure to everybody, as it can fix so many issues, like rosacea, fine lines, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, dull skin, and more!

I had this procedure done at Yuu Beauty, in Edinburgh but there are many branches of Naturalaser over the UK that do this as well! Look them up and get yourself booked in.

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T xx

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Review: Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum

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Review: Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum

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Hi team!

This week I am reviewing the Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum. Mouthful huh?

 

I got sent this from Dermalogica, and it contained a week worth of serum to try. I have just finished it and I can really see a difference! So here is a bit about the product.

The serum is the latest product from Dermalogica, and it is a serum containing Vitamin C which is a natural skin brightener (so eat and drink more Vitamin C!) along with salvia hispanica oil (from chia seeds), lactid acid which promotes cell turn over, and sophora japonica, which is a flower extract, which helps with oxidative stress. Dermalogica say that when put against their competitors, it performed three times better.

It’s main purpose is to brighten, firm, and defend, so that is what I put to the test.

I applied this product both day and night, and often didn’t wear makeup (I am not customer facing a lot) so I could really see how it worked on my skin. My skin doesn’t overly have many issues, but it does get dry in places, and I don’t currently have a serum in my skincare routine which apparently is a big no no especially if you have dry skin. Serum is applied after toner and before moisturiser to lock in moisture to the skin.

So over the week, I started noticing that my skin definitely was brighter. I have oily skin, but due to having a Dermapen treatment (more on this in another blog) this has been combated so I could really see how the serum worked. It sunk into my skin well, and was very lightweight. It wasn’t greasy or anything, and it actually gave off a orange smell, but a quite natural one, not overpowering at all.

The firming part is coming along, I think if I used it for more than a week I would see more firmness, and the defence part of the serum will show itself after using the product for awhile also, as it’s more of a long term game.

Overall, I really like this product. It goes for £81.50 but if you calculate that as two uses each day over 10 weeks, the bottle will cost you just over a pound a day. It’s not too bad considering!

What serums do you use? Did you try this product? What did you think?

T xx

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My £2.99 Beauty Secret

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Hi Team!

I know it’s not a secret now that I have written a blog about it but humour me OKAY.

So I have discovered something new (to me anyway), something affordable, and something that I am now going to use in place of my usual.

Let me introduce you to the battle of the oval brush vs the blending sponge!

DUN DUN DUUUUUN.

So you might have read my foundation journeys (links down below) and the fact that being an oily faced girl sucks sometimes. Once you found the foundation of your dreams there is finding the best way to apply it.

So I tried a sponge, the Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge as I loved the style of it and the fact it proclaimed to get into the nooks and crannies of my eyes (which are darker than a goths soul) and it had a great texture. It did really well but the only thing was it really was a pain to make sure the foundation got into my pockmarked face. Side note: I picked at my face when I was a teen and although it is much better now there are many little scars over my face and enlarged pores that foundation likes to pour into and make it look like a muffin tin with raw mixture in it. Gross right?

So I did like my sponge but then I was in Lidl and spotted they had a makeup bit. I have seen a few bloggers review the makeup and haven’t tried it (future post maybe?) and had a nosy, but what caught my eye was the oval makeup brush for £2.99. It had pink bristles (always a winner) and a black handle. I had seen bloggers review this kind of brush and was very intrigued to see how it differed from a normal makeup brush and also a sponge.

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So I took it home and popped my foundation on my hand to warm up, then tapped a bit onto the brush and did my forehead. Wow. It was like painting a painting but more like painted white onto a ghost. It covered my skin and didn’t sink too badly into my pores. I also liked what it did for my under eye areas and actually seemed to cover. I then sealed with powder and went on with my day. I tend to work under hot lights and air conditioning, so by lunchtime my skin can often be a crazy oily mess. By the way, I will write about it, but another foundation I have tried is  The Body Shop’s Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation in Kaili Azalea (I recently discovered I have a pink tone to my skin). So anyway, I found that my skin stayed matte all day, there were no brush strokes, and my powder stayed on well.

The technique with the brush is to brush (obviously) and the sponge you have to dampen before you pop the makeup on. Sometimes I find the moisture doesn’t help with matte foundations as they are made to be adverse to water and moisture so I find the application doesn’t go on as smoothly. And the brush is synthetic so there is no product left on the bristles whether the sponge does still tend to absorb a lot of product.

I know people like to apply makeup differently but I really think the oval headed brush is the way to go. You could go crazy and get the eyeshadow, concealer, blush brush etc but really, like the sponge, you can use it for a lot. I applied my colour corrector with it and it went well and not into the fine lines underneath my eyes!

Do you use a oval brush? Or are you firmly on the sponge team?

T xx

Here are some of my foundations reviews, weigh in also, love to hear what you think!

Review: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

Review: Kat Von D Lock it Foundation

Review: Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

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Review: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

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Hi guys!

So I have just finished off my tube of my most favourite foundation ever.

Now if you have been reading my blog over the last few months you will know that I have been on the hunt for the perfect foundation. Now I think I have found it!

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (my shade is Kaiki Azalea).

I went into the Body Shop for a nosy as I love their body creams but I had also seen that they had come out with a new foundation. The Body Shop are also cruelty free and vegan so perfect for a lot of people. It has tea tree oil in it and the website proclaims it to be a breathable yet full-coverage matte finish. It also says it is resistant to water and sweat.

The lady in the shop asked if I wanted to be matched and then made up – well of course! She was great, applying the foundation with a brush and getting my skin tone match perfect. I wore it out of the shop and then applied it the next day with my sponge. I then went to work under air conditioning and hot lights, and it held up well. I had set it with matte powder as I love a super matte face but sometimes foundations don’t keep with the conditions and the powder and fail around 3pm or so. This one did really well, just showing up my exscema a little bit (but it’s quite bad atm) and that was it!

I have started using synthetic oval makeup brushes instead of my sponge and have found that the product works even better with it also, not sinking into the pores but minimising them. The pinkish tones of my face matched well with the foundation so there wasn’t a marked difference once blended, it just looked like my skin. After trying the thick Kat Von D foundation (link below) it really helped that this one was very light, and while matte, wasn’t drying, as I have been sick over the winter period and blowing my nose so my nose and top lip have been dry as well as my skin. It moisturised it and I didn’t see loose skin or anything, which is a result. Plus it helped me look less of a ghoul sneezing everywhere.

The only downside is the shade selection. With people like Rihanna upping the game with a million foundation shades, it would be great and needed for companies like the Body Shop to step up their game and offer these shades for everyone. It would be denying product to customers who already have a tough time finding foundation and will probably become lifelong customers of the brand.

So there it is guys. Unless I find another amazing foundation, this is the end of my journey to find foundation. When I kick it back up again, you guys will be the first to know!

T xx

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Review: Soap and Glory – The Fab Pore 3 in 1 Oil Control Serum

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Hello fellow greasy girls. As this blog is published after lunch UK time, swipe your T-Zone and tell me how much you get on it. Enough to fry an egg? Read on…

So I am a growing fan of Soap and Glory. As I get older and the bags under my eyes get bigger I am now getting to the point where I am trying to freeze my face and skin without getting all the Botox. So when I saw this range at my local Boots I had to pick up some. I need a primer that is going to works hard, and since this one claims to Mattify, Prime, and Refine, I invested.

So on the back, it tells you that you can use it alone before moisturiser, or under makeup as a primer. I will probably only use it under makeup, and I am currently working with Kat Von D’s Lock it Foundation (Review here) which is great, but does still give me a slight sheen. So I squeezed out a pea amount onto my hand (its pink!) and then smoothed it into my T Zone, let it dry, then applied my makeup as usual. My day consisted of working in a store under hot lights and air conditioning, so I need my foundation and primer to work together as a team to make sure I am not a greasy face lady halfway through the day.

It performed pretty well! I was quite impressed! I had a day of running around and lifting things and generally sweating it out, and it seemed to cope pretty well. I didn’t feel that my skin was overproducing oil to combat the product, as my skin tends to do with some brands, it seem to be doing alright with it.

So I would give this a 8/10 – I hate any kind of sheen and it did give me a slight sheen but I think to a normal person it’s a lovely glow (I hate glow, I love a matte face).

Have you tried it? Tell me what you think!!

T xx

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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

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Review: Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask Blackheads and Blocked Pores

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Review: NYX Tinted Brow Mascara

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Hi team, welcome to another review! As always, not paid, not given any fancy houses in Greece, etc etc…

So growing up, I hated my eyebrows. I thought they were way too thick, they were fighting with my eyes to fit onto my face, (heck, they were most of my forehead), and it definitely wasn’t the fashion to have them in the early 00s.

So in the last few years we have seen a resurgence of the EYEBROW. Cara Delevingne started the return with her amazing eyebrows in her Burberry campaign, and since then we have heard all about them, from them being on fleek, to full news articles about them. So for girls with thick eyebrows like me, I was pleased as its now given me a catalyst to look after them and be proud of them!

I was on the hunt for a product to find a product that essentially could make my eyebrows look full and awesome. I got a good eyebrow technician to tidy them up, and then set out from there. I do not pencil my brows, and I don’t want to spend ages on them. I just want a product that helps me talk with my eyebrows (which if you know me in real life, I am quite prone to a suggestive eyebrow lift or a lifted eyebrow like oh no you didn’t etc)

After going through a couple, I was recommended the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara. It comes in 5 shades, and I got the Chocolate shade.

So I applied it one cold morning and it was like the sun came out! This brow mascara is the da bomb.com (more 00s lingo).

The wand is great, the application and product is smooth, and it just gives that much more shape and depth to my brows. I am really impressed and think this will be a ride or die product for me.

10/10 for me!

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NYX Tinted Brow Mascara, £5.50

T xx

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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

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Hi team!

This week I am talking about the Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream Moisturiser!

So I use the Simple range for my every day moisturisers, because they work on my skin and achieve what I want out of a moisturiser. I’m fairly new to using a night cream, but as I get older I am realising the importance of looking after my skin and keeping it looking healthy.

So the Simple Night cream says it has two vitamins, and 4 skin loving ingredients. The consistency is like a jar of mayonnaise, a little thick and gloopy, but when you smooth some on (and you only need a little bit) it goes on creamy and does leave a slight sheen, making your skin look glowy. When I wake up in the moment my skin is a little oily, but I feel that my skin is looking well and has no reactions whatsoever.

Overall I would give this a 10/10!

Have you tried either of my everyday moisturisers? Let me know what you think!

T xx

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Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

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Review: Kat Von D Lock it Foundation

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Update: September 2017

Hi guys! So i have now finished the bottle – this lasts a long time as you don’t need much, and there are few things to update since my previous review

  • Keep your moisturising game strong. I found sometimes it did get a little flaky on trouble patches on my face. 
  • It did start to move if I got really greasy or touched my face so definitely keep it topped up with powder over the day. 

Other than that, it was really good and I definitely still recommend it!

On my quest to find the perfect foundation I decided to try the Kat Von D lock it foundation! I did some research and while there were some retractors, there were a lot of complimentary reviews from fellow oily skinned girls that raved about the coverage and the no transfer finish! So I decided to purchase it and test it for myself.

Normal primer on – I use Barry M Primer – its not too bad but I will take any recommendations! Then I opened up the bottle (it is SO beautiful it makes me want to show people on the bus like a crazy person) and put a pea sized amount in my hand. I am so glad I didn’t get more, as it was super covering!! I usually have issues with cakinesss around my nose and top lip but this really was not too bad on that factor. I didn’t put any setting spray or powder on to see how it would work, and then headed off to work where there is strong air con and heating, so it really would be put to the test as most foundations I use melt under this environment. 4 hours in, I popped upstairs on my lunch break, checked the mirror, aaaaaannnnd – Amazing. Only a little bit of oil popped through, it gave me a luminescent glow, as opposed to oil slick. I decided not to powder and left it for another 3 hours, when I was on my break. It hadn’t moved! It was all still pretty much dry and the oiliness hadn’t gotten worse! I usually have dry spots on my chin but it didn’t show them up, and the ghastly pimples that had sprung up a few days previous were all covered – I had put concealer on redundantly really!

All in all, I am so pleased with this foundation – I will do a follow up review with this once I have finished my bottle!

Purchase it HERE

T xx

 

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Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

Review: Quick Fix Facials Exfoliating Scrub Mask Blackheads and Blocked Pores

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Review: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Cream

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Hi team!

So this weeks review is on the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula cream!

My skin is thirstier than a bae. For real. I have tried so many different brands but my skin vacumns them up and pretends they aren’t there. It was very annoying as I want a glow to my skin on my body (not my face, heaven forbid) but it’s really hard to find a product. I reached for the Palmers product as it claimed to do (of it’s many points)

  • provides 24hr moisture
  • softens and relives skin
  • smooths marks and scars
  • paraben free

So i opened it up, and it smells like cocoa, but very very faintly. It is fragrance free but obviously the cacao extract shines through.

It is light yellow, and is quite thick but goes into the skin with ease. It also gives you a sheen to the skin that is really nice and doesn’t feel too chemically. It is also a animal testing free, and is good for sensitive skin.

I would rate this one 8/10 – I would like it to be even more moisturising than it is, but then I’m greedy for some shine on my lacklustre skin.

Have you tried it? What did you think?

T xx

Ps If you liked this check out my other reviews!

Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Night Cream

Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream

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