Review: Simple Vital Vitamin Day Cream

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*Update September 2018 – I have moved onto a Soap and Glory Microsmoothing Creme (review to come) not because I found anything wrong with this cream, but because my skin changed and I wanted to change with it! However I still love this cream and applaud Simple for all they do – I do have their micellar cleansing water to try so look out for that! In the meantime, read my review below!*

Hi team!

So this review is in a two part series of the everyday moisturisers I use, and the first one is the Simple Vital Vitamin Day cream.

I first got introduced to Simple when I came into the UK, and had tried a few of their products, but make the jump to using their moisturisers a year or so ago which I wanted to start taking my skin seriously. I have slight eczema around my nose, large pores and scars from pimples, and slight wrinkling starting to appear. So I started a proper skincare routine and flagged these two products to use first to see if I could see a difference.

So the product says that it has 3 vitamins, no artificial perfume or colour, and SPF protection, with hydration for 12 hours.

The texture is like softly mixed cream, and melts into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. My skin felt plump and hydrated and very soft!

I layered it up with my makeup and went to work, and it worked with my foundation well, as my foundation is matte and powder based, so it still managed to keep my skin hydrated though that.

I also find in the winter it really works hard for your skin. Here in Edinburgh, the wind, rain and snow have a huge effect on my skin but the cream seems to calm it down and stop any redness or any rawness. I find i just have a rosy glow.

So  I would rate this product 10/10 and am a lifelong user now!

T xx

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Review: Swamp Queen Palette

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*Update September 2018*

Hi guys! So I published this awhile ago, and it’s always fun to revisit old blogs. I am stilla huge fan of Grav3yard Girl and this palette is still my day to day eye palette – I’m still obsessed! Read one of my very first makeup reviews below!

Hi team!!

So I was very lucky to get the Swamp Queen eyeshadow palette for Christmas, and was excited to try this baby out!!

Background: Swamp Queen is the creation of Tarte Cosmetics, and a Youtuber named Grav3yard Girl. She is amazing and wacky and awesome – I definitely recommend watching her!! Anyway they did this amazing collaboration, and I have always heard Tarte have a great reputation for cosmetics, so I was excited to try the two in one!

So it has 9 eye shadow shades, a bronzer, a blusher, and a highlighter.

There are lot of browny and purply tones to mix and match which are amazing for a day time look and then darker tones to smoke it up for evening. I use big baby, haunting and uncommon pretty much every day, and blush with does this thing really work!

The packaging is adorable and so the quality of the makeup is great, my makeup brushes aren’t the best unfortunately so I can’t get much colour on them so I have to keep building colour but with colours such as man cat and dogman even with a crappy brush it gives you great colour pay off!

The highlighter is an icy white and I just use it on my eyebrow bone, and the blush gives me a pink glow although you have to use it sparingly as the colour payoff is amazing!!

All in all, I would give this 7 stars out of 10. I want to try more Tarte cosmetics after this definitely after trying this product!!

Have you tried this palette? What do you think?

T xx

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Review: Soap and Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator

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Hi team!

This Monday I am reviewing yet another Soap and Glory product (they don’t pay me, I just love the product) and today’s one is the Beauty Sleep Accelerator – Night & Flight Moisture Miracle.

This is a fabulous night cream. I am a fan of a day and night cream, with night creams being my ultimate favourite. And because I go on long flights home to New Zealand, this means this product is perfect for me, as I do the full face cream and hand cream and water cocktail to keep my skin looking great when I land, as that Jet Lag hits me haaaaaard.

I love that Soap and Glory have gone beyond the bath range and focused on skincare. People can be very particular and loyal to their skincare, and there are many types of skin and skin issues out there, so people take finding a brand that suits them seriously.

BSA (I will now refer to the product as this) has ingredients like night blooming cactus flower, peach, and rosehip. The smell is incredible.  Definitely very peachy and juicy, and I always get my husband to smell my face as soon as I put it on as I feel everyone needs to smell this smell! Delicious.

I pop it on after washing and toning my face, and let it sink it in before applying my eye cream. Overnight it gets to work, moisturising, firms skin and repairs. I used to have a horrible patch of dry skin between my eyebrows that has since vanished, the red parts around my chin have faded, and my eye lines, though minimal at my age, are being kept at bay. Think of this as a big drink of water for your skin. Now imagine it on a flight.

On an airplane, they never bring enough water around, you are in airconditioned airports and planes, and doing your normal skincare routine is usually out the window as you have to squeeze into the smallest bathroom, and have to do it quickly so there isn’t a huge queue tutting at you when you hop out looking like your gorgeous self. On a plane, I would still wash my face (or use wipes), tone if I can, and then pop a generous amount on to set in. Pop some eye cream on, put on your face mask, perhaps some lavender oil into those funny pillows you give you, and I guarantee you you will wake up looking better than those air attendants that always manage to look great at 3am.

The other great thing about this cream is that you can use it during the day too. If your skin is going through a dry patch, pop on a mask, tone, then pop the cream on. It will push moisture into your face and by days end, you will look and feel fab.

I can’t say enough about this product – it really is a treat in my nightly skincare routine, and if I could take a bath in it, I would!

T x

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Review: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

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Hi guys!

This week I am talking about a great cleanser that was given to me by my mother in law for Christmas, but because I had a backlog of masks to get through, it wasn’t until recently that I started using it.

The Liz Earle Cleanser and Polish and Hot Cloth cleanser contains Cocoa Butter, Rosemary Extract, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Hops Extract and Beeswax (save the bees!).

The smell is very rosemary, and there is a definite herbal aroma when you are adding heat to it. It has very creamy texture to it and feels great on the skin.

I usually don’t use a facecloth as part of my skincare regime, but after the heatwaves, or if I feel like my makeup is melting after a long day, this is a great way to boost your face and get the blood pumping around it again.

I applied it to dry skin, all over my face and eye area, and a bit on my neck. I then used the cotton cloth that it came with (really soft) under the hot tap (not too hot mind) and then wiped it off. My skin instantly felt really refreshed (due to the eucalyptus oil) and felt really moisturised, clean, and plump. I do a rinse of the cloth with the hot tap and then press the whole cloth on my face to get a further boost of warm to get the pores open further, and then tone and moisturise. You can use it morning or night, but I like to use it at night to melt my makeup away and have my skin receptive to my night cream.

This product has won over 125 awards, and it’s not hard to see why. For only £16.50, this is a cleanser that I will be sure to keep in my regime to keep my skin fresh and moisturised.

Head to the website here to get your hands on some.

Have you tried it?

T xx

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Currently Skin Products I am OBSESSED by!

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Hi guys!

So there have been a few items that I have been using since I had my Dermapen treatment (blog linked at the end) , and they have all been working a treat on my skin and keeping it glowy and pretty. Plus in this season, it’s very important to keep your skin looking fresh.

  1. The Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum. This has been a game changer for my skin. It really makes my skin glow and brighten up, and feel healthy. I used it for about 3 weeks in total, and it made such a difference on my skin, I definitely noticed it when my bottle ran out! Get a tester at your nearest Dermalogica stockist and read my blog here.
  2. I am obsessed with Soap and Glory, and their Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2-in-1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel and it has been so good for my oily skin. It helps you with oily skin, declogging pores, and with spots. They recommend that you use it twice a week for 3 minutes if you want to freshen your skin and give it a boost or 15 minutes once a week to give a deeper clean. Shop here.
  3. Another Soap and Glory Product – the Soap & Glory Beauty Sleep Accelerator Night & Flight Moisture Miracle. It really has done well as a night cream so far, and I can’t wait to take it on a flight to see how it works, as I am a huge moisturiser on flights. This smells like melon, and gets right down in the skin to plump it up and make it look great when you wake up! I definitely recommend. Shop here.

What have been your current favs? Message me on the socials or comment below so I can have a nosy.

T xx

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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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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

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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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