Sunday, 16 April 2023

Haircare | A Review of Briogeo's Nourishing Haircare Products

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I’m back today with another haircare brand overview, this time it’s Briogeo’s turn! Before being sent these products, I had only tried sample sizes of some of their masks before and we know those don’t tend to last too long so it’s been a treat to try the full sizes! Briogeo are a “clean” at Sephora brand and their products are vegan, sulphate and silicone free, cruelty free and vegan.


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Going straight in with my favourite of the bunch and the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo* / $54 Sephora CA / £36 Sephora UK has really impressed me as you might have seen from my Best Beauty Discoveries 2022 post! I am a sucker for a scalp scrub and have tried quite a few over the years. Although I have an oily scalp, I sometimes get dandruff, and, as a big user of dry shampoo between washes, I love scalp scrubs to reset my scalp and help remove build-up. Ingredients wise, Scalp Revival uses vegetable-derived micro-exfoliators to remove dead skin cells and build-up from the scalp to support a clean, balanced, and healthy scalp. It also contains Binchotan charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle, a cooling blend of peppermint and spearmint oils (so you know it also smells so refreshing and minty!) to reduce scalp itchiness and tea tree oil for anti-septic and healing properties that reduce scalp irritation and inflammation. Coconut Oil provides superior moisturization to the scalp to combat and prevent dryness and flakiness and panthenol, provides essential nutrients to strengthen the hair roots and shaft.


The micro-exfoliators are very fine and gentle and this isn’t the “scrubbiest” scrub I have tried. In fact, the first time I used it, I was convinced this wasn't going to clean my hair properly and it was still going to be greasy after I got out of the shower as there is no lather but I couldn’t have been more wrong! I tend to use this once a week and it makes my hair look and feel the cleanest and softest it’s ever been and my scalp feels invigorated! I am obsessed! 


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Next up, one of Briogeo’s other bestselling products, this time from the dry and damaged line – the Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask Mask* / $50 Sephora CA / £33 Sephora UK. Another one that’s a weekly treatment and one I use along with the scalp revival! It contains rosehip oil to hydrate and control frizz and split ends, B-vitamins to restore nourishment to hair damaged by heat or chemical treatments, almond oil to enhance the shine and luster of dry or weak hair and algae extract which rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that protect from damage.


This mask is clinically proven to boost hair strength, shine, and silkiness and improve the long-term health of damaged hair. It’s a much thinner consistency than other hair masks I have used but I don’t find I have to use too much to cover the lengths of my hair (I have long but fine hair). I leave it on for 10 minutes while I shower and it rinses out easily not leaving my hair weighed down. My hair feels hydrated, soft and manageable once it’s dried and the tub is lasting me forever! It has a very subtle, enjoyable scent too!


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Next, the Farewell Frizz Rosarco Milk Leave-In Conditioner* $33 / Sephora CA / £22.50 Sephora UK. This contains rosehip, argan and coconut oils, and claims to effectively fight frizz, detangle and restore hair's softness, strength, manageability, and moisture levels, while acting as a barrier against humidity. It seals the hair cuticle to lock in moisture, restore luster, and diminish frizz without leaving behind product buildup. I find this lightweight and it helps smooth my hair but I don’t think it detangles as well as my Sol de Janeiro leave in conditioner or smells as good as my OUAI leave in and it doesn’t offer heat protection (as far as I can see) so while I will use this up, I won’t necessarily rush to repurchase it!


Lastly, the B. Well Vegan Omega 3, 6,9 + Biotin Supplements $85.95*. This blend supports healthy, strong hair and it is recommended to take 2 a day. I stopped my other vitamins while I took these and while I felt my hair was healthy while I was on them, they are so expensive! Not in my budget to repurchase and I didn’t find a vast difference between these and my usual supplements other than the fact it's handy to take just 2 instead of a concoction of a few different ones!


Overall, I have really enjoyed trying this brand and the products that stand out to me the most are the Scalp Revival and deep conditioning hair mask - they are cult favourites for a reason! Have you tried anything from Briogeo before? Let me know if there is anything else I need to try!


If you liked this post you might also like my other haircare reviews!


Philip Kingsley




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Monday, 10 April 2023

Skincare | Niche Beauty Lab Review ft. Theramid and Transparent Lab


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Last year I was sent a few products from Niche Beauty Lab, a Spanish company with a science-skin approach – they develop the products in their own lab and bring them straight to the customer. Products are formulated with innovative active ingredients and Niche Beauty Lab is a bit of an umbrella for the five brands they produce - Theramid and Transparent Labs (which I will talk about today), Acnemy, Hyalulip and Hairvest. I received two products from each Theramid and Transparent Labs and since all four are now almost finished, I thought it was about time I did a review! 


niche beauty wirth the hype? theramid tranparent lab

Theramid is the pricier of the two brands and the most eye-catching with its very aesthetic colour coded glass bottles! I’ve already talked about the Ceramide Treatment RRP £32* a couple of times on the blog, most recently in my Best Beauty Discoveries of 2022. Containing ceramide, ectoin and cica this has been my go-to on nights I’ve been using retinol to keep my barrier supported! It’s a thick serum that feels more like a lightweight moisturiser and it works so well to keep my skin hydrated and protected. As the serum is so thick, I struggled to pump it out once I got about halfway through so I just unscrew it and use a cosmetic spatula which works fine. Nonetheless, I absolutely love this product, and if you ever suffer from a compromised skin barrier, it's a must-have.


Next up from Theramid is the Derma-PeptidesRRP £30*, a multi-peptide serum containing a mix of Matrixyl’s and bio peptides to improve visual signs of aging, boost collagen and elastin, reduce fine lines and encourage smoother looking skin. This is a much thinner consistency than the Ceramide treatment and while the results are subtle, this is another serum worth having in your stash! My skin feels smooth and supported with consistent use! 


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Moving onto Transparent Lab now and this is the more affordable range, think Deciem and NIOD/The Ordinary. I have the PIH Sun Spot Fading Treatment RRP £15*, a serum for hyperpigmentation due to scarring, hormonal episodes and exposure to the sun. It’s a gel formula and contains a powerhouse of brightening ingredients including tranexamic acid, azeloglicina, niacinamide, kojic acid and lumina granatum and works a treat on scarring from spots. I had a small break out about a month ago and once it started healing, I really ramped up my usage of this product and the scar went from bright red to faded within a matter of a couple of weeks. The fading has slowed now but it’s much less noticeable and I’m confident I won’t even notice it in a few more weeks, it’s so impressive!


Finally, I have the Protect + Correct Serum RRP £17* an antioxidant serum containing Vitamin A, C, E, Ferulic Acid and Resveratrol. This aims to improve the overall appearance of the skin while helping to prevent the appearance of new wrinkles. I am a big fan of antioxidants and while you can’t always see their effects straight away, I am confident they are working in the background and protecting my skin! With consistent use my skin looks and feels more even and both this and the Derma-Peptides fit easily into either my AM or PM routine as they both contain glycerin so I use them to hydrate aswell. The only negative is that the pipette on this doesn’t work the best unfortunately as the serum is a thicker consistency!


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Overall, I can’t recommend these products enough! All the serums work well with my other products and don’t cause pilling. The products are designed with innovative active ingredients and are formulated to target a range of skin concerns. Whether you're looking to support your skin barrier or fade hyperpigmentation, Niche Beauty Lab's range of products has you covered!


Have you tried anything from this brand before? Let me know if you like the sound of anything here!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

See my full disclosure here. 


theramid and transparent lab skincare review

Danielle xx


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Saturday, 11 March 2023

Product Empties #44


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A slightly better number of empties compared to my last post in December and I finally feel like I am back on it with finishing products! Lets see what we have this time!


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Dove Go Active Dry Shampoo

I mentioned the dry shampoo recall in my last empties post and this was another one I had to check the batch code of but thankfully it wasn’t affected. Overall, while not as effective as the Living Proof dry shampoo I have been loving, this is a good budget option. It soaks up oil, leaves no white cast and gives me another day out of my hair. Have repurchased. 


Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo x2

This stuff on the other hand is incredible! It is a lot pricier than my usual budget dry shampoos, but it is the best I have tried! It leaves no white cast, absorbs easily giving me an extra day or two out of my greasy hair and actually makes it look clean. It also gives a bit of lift which is perfect as my hair can look lank when greasy and it has a really subtle fresh scent. I don’t normally go that long between washes but this makes it easy! Well worth the money and it featured in my Best Beauty Discoveries in Haircare for 2022! Have repurchased.


Sol de Janeiro Strengthening + Smoothing Shampoo

This SLS free shampoo smells exactly like Bum Bum Cream and left my hair feeling clean and soft and obviously smelling amazing! I do have other shampoos I prefer but I would repurchase this if it was on a good offer.


Sol de Janeiro Strengthening + Smoothing Conditioner

Lovely hydrating conditioner that again smells beautiful! Again, I have other conditioners I prefer but I would repurchase.


Sol de Janeiro Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment

Another gorgeous product from SDJ that hydrates hair and makes it smell amazing! Would repurchase. 


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Nivea Nourishing Body Milk

You know know how much I love Nivea and while this smells clean and fresh and moisturises well, it’s not my favourite formula! I find it smears over my skin and I need to work it in more than their other body moisturisers so this wont be a repurchase for me but I will pick up their Smooth body lotion again which I love!


Eucerin Complete Repair Moisturizing Lotion

My go to in winter! I use this mostly on my legs as they get so dry in winter and this stuff instantly calms skin and stops me scratching my eczema patches. I have been using it for years and always go back to it! Will repurchase!


First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub

Really enjoyed this scrub, it’s very fine so did a good job of smoothing my KP. It contains both pumice for physical exfoliation and 10% AHA for chemical exfoliation and I would repurchase if I find it on offer! 


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Dermalogica Hyaluronic Ceramide Mist*

A lovely, hydrating and smoothing facial mist. It’s rose scented but I am a bit sick of the scent so not a repurchase for me as there are a lot of other facial mists I prefer including the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist! See my full review here!


Sioris Time is Running Out Mist

There was a lot of hype over this one but it fell a bit flat for me. Worked well to hydrate my skin throughout the day but again there are just other mists I prefer so not a repurchase for me!


Nivea Express Eye Makeup Remover

Probably my most repurchased skincare item. It’s dual phase formula makes taking off waterproof eye makeup a breeze! Gentle, doesn't sting my eyes or dry out the skin around them! A must have on everyone’s skincare shelf and a good budget buy too!


NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum

Dare I say my favourite serum and a staple in my skincare rotation since 2016. It’s a pro-repair and pro-collagen serum that maintains healthy looking skin by targeting signs of skin ageing like textural damage, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores and a lack of radiance. My skin is more even, clear and firm when I use this consistently! It’s watery and sinks in quickly and can be used in the morning and evening. My skin just looks better when I use this and I will repurchase once I use up a few more serums in my stash. See my full review here! 


NIOD Modulating Glucosides*

A really interesting serum that targets sensitive, irritated skin encouraging a calmer complexion. It supports the skin barrier, hydration and repair and helps reduce redness, itching and burning. Again, it’s lightweight and sinks in easily though the scent is quite strong. It is such a comforting serum and really helped calm and repair my barrier and if you struggle with sensitivity you need to try this! Will repurchase! Full review here!


Vichy Mineral 89 Eyes*

This is a lovely, lightweight formula and the pump dispenses the perfect amount of product every time! It contains glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, caffeine and shea butter and targets puffiness, fine lines and darkness! It cools down my under eyes making them significantly less puffy and also hydrates, reducing my fine lines. Didn’t pill with makeup either! Will repurchase! Full review here!


ESPA 24 Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser via Cohorted*

A much thicker formulation than the Vichy so I used this one at night. It felt nicely hydrating and left my undereyes smooth and moisturised. Liked it but probably wouldn’t repurchase.


First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

Boring but nice is how I would explain this one. It has no scent but feels creamy and cleans and refreshes skin without leaving it feeling dried out perfect for sensitive skins! Would repurchase!


Fenty Skin Total Cleans’r

I used this as a second or morning cleanse and it felt nicely hydrating and didn’t dry my skin out. I have a lot of other cleansers I need to get through and ones I prefer over this so not a repurchase for me!


Fenty Beauty Hydra Vizor

I was surprised how long this little bottle lasted and honestly by how much I enjoyed it! It’s SPF 30 so perfect for me this winter and it left my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. I actually picked up a full size of this before I left for Canada as I spotted it at TK Maxx and I am glad I did! Would repurchase!


Tatcha The Rice Wash

This has a slightly grainy texture so gently exfoliates and doesn’t feel stripping. I am not a huge fan of the scent though so it’s not a repurchase for me!


Sunday Riley C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum

Too small a sample to say if it did much brightening but this was a lovely lightweight formula that sank in quickly and didn’t pill with other products. The price tag is eye watering so not a repurchase for me!


Dr Lipp Miracle balm

Loved this and gutted it’s finished! This was my night time lip treatment and it kept them hydrated overnight and this little tube lasted forever. Lanolin Is one of my favourite lip care ingredients and I would repurchase this again!


Laneige Lip Glowy Balm in Berry

Another love! This felt very hydrating on my lips and I didn’t need to reapply throughout the day too often. It had a lovely subtle scent and a really subtle pink hint of colour to the lips too! Will repurchase when I finish up a few more lip products! 


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Revlon Colourstay for Combination/Oily Skin in 150 Buff

My favourite budget foundation. This has good coverage and lasting power, and I am already using my backup and have two more bottles in my stash as it’s my day to day work foundation!


Maybelline The Falsies Volum Express Waterproof Mascara

Been through so many tubes of this and love it! Gives good volume and separation with no flaking. I have watery eyes so even waterproof mascara leave a small smudge under one of my eyes by the end of the day but with this it’s very minimal so I will forgive it! Will repurchase! 


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Purely Inspired Collagen Peptides

This is dissolving better for me now when I leave it for a few minutes in water and my joints always feel much better when I take collagen. I hope it works for my skin too but I don’t notice much difference with that! Have already repurchased.


Briogeo B. Well Vegan Omega 3, 6, 9 + Biotin supplements *

Enjoyed these but more expensive than my normal vitamins (I just take cod liver oil, Vitamin B etc) so not a repurchase for me! 


So that's it for this batch! Did you see any of your favourites or products you would like to try? Sorry about the horrendous photo quality too, my lighting was already bad then the site I use to edit has become paid :( if you have a good free editing site alternative please let me know!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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See my full disclosure here.


Danielle xx


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