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Monday, 2 December 2019

Skincare | Good Molecules by Beautylish

When brand of the moment Good Molecules got in touch a few months ago I could barely contain my excitement! Having seen the cute packaging on instagram and heard about the wonderful formulas and affordable pricing I didn’t hesitate to say yes to trying out some products! 

good molecules beautylish review

The brand is inhouse at Beautylish and aims to offer effective, affordable, science backed skincare. I was sent four products picked out specifically for my combo skin with my main concerns being acne/pigmentation and aging and here are my thoughts: 

Targeting uneven skin tone, dullness and visible pores, this toner contains licorice root extract, arbutin and Vitamin C as well as niacinamide. It is super gentle and suitable for both AM and PM, I use a cotton pad to apply but you could also pat on with your palms and it is very easily absorbed. I don’t detect any scent when using it and I love that it is alcohol free! Just enough comes out of the bottle when you tap the bottom and there is 120ml of product for $14. After continued use I do think my skin has been brighter and left over pigmentation from acne scarring has been less pronounced (I haven’t just been using this product but I do believe it has made a difference)! 

Hyaluronic acid is a staple in my routine and I am loving this offerieng from Good Molecules! It is very lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly, working well with the discoloration correcting serum in particular. It provides the start of a good base for me in the morning and helps draw moisture in making my base look fresh! At $6 this is a steal and my favourite before the Ordinary and Inkey List hyaluronic acid offerings! 

Containing tranexamic acid, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid this serum is perfect for promoting an even skin tone. Like the toner, this feels very gentle and can also be used AM or PM. It has a lovely formula, doesn’t feel tacky and also sinks in quickly. In conjunction with the toner, I have been loving this as a tag team against pigmentation and dark spots and at $12 it doesn’t break the bank! 

This 10% AHA and BHA serum has been the most surprising to me, after one night of use I couldn't believe how many clogged pores came to the surface of my skin! This one is only for use in the PM and SPF is recommended for the day after use (and obviously even if you haven’t used it the night before :P). It tingles on application for me but soon settles down though do note that it also contains citrus essential oil if that has a tendency to irritate your skin! It doesn’t bother me and I love the effects of this serum, definitely worth a try if you suffer from clogged pores and its only $6!  

Special mention to the droppers too, they are amazing! Fit perfectly in the top of the bottle and fill right up to the top when refilling – I realise this is a weird thing to get excited about but if you have ever used a dodgy dropper you will know what I mean! 

No products are tested on animals and the heavy glass packaging and wonderful contents would have you believe you are paying much more for the brand! Overall, I am so grateful I got to try these products and if you are in the market for anything I have talked about I would not hesitate to recommend! They are slowly adding more products to the lineup and I cannot wait to see what they come up with next! Beautylish also deliver to most countries worldwide and ship to the UK for free on orders over $35, customs are also added before you checkout so no nasty surprises on delivery! 

Have you tried anything from Good Molecules? 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me. All opinions are my own. See my full disclosure here

Danielle xx

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Monday, 18 November 2019

Forever Repurchased #6

Hi guys, I’m back with a few more products that are regular repurchases round here so thought I’d quickly chat about them!

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OUAI Repair Shampoo and Conditioner were originally sent to me as PR many years ago but I repurchase these regularly because I love them so much – the scent is like nothing else, so much so that I also have the perfume version! Scent aside, these are SLS free (my number one thing when looking for hair products) and leave my hair looking shiny and feeling healthy!

I received the Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel as a present for Christmas last year and couldn’t get over how luxurious it felt! So much so, when I got home this summer, I added a bottle into my basket! This has lasted an age and smells so delicate and beautiful, definitely recommend if you want something a bit more lavish in the shower! 

The Alpha-H Liquid Gold is one of my skincare holy grails, I am almost out of this, so I bought the supersize version! This is my favourite overnight exfoliation treatment and I always wake up so smoother, brighter, glowier skin! A staple in my skincare collection! 

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup is my OG foundation and the one I always have in my stash no matter what! Full coverage, perfecting and long lasting this is the BEST foundation for my skin and believe me I have tried a lot! Little bit pricey but worth it and there is always a 20% off code floating about somewhere!

Let me know if you have tried any of the above and what you thought!

Danielle xx
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Monday, 4 November 2019

Deciem | Black November Sale Picks

Hey guys, thought I would write up a quick post today with my picks for the Deciem Black November sale! I think it’s really cool they are doing 23% off for the entire month meaning you don’t have to panic purchase anything and you have more time to decide if you really need to make the purchase (excluding November 29th when their storers and website will be closed) – on the flipside though you can get 20% off from most other websites that sell the range at other times of the year and I do miss the  heavily discounted bundle sets they used to do as it allowed you to try out products you normally wouldn’t have thought about! Anyway – onto the products! 

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My Holy Grail products
A blue liquid that maintains healthy looking skin targeting all signs of skin ageing including textural damage, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores and a lack of radiance. This has been a constant repurchase for me over the last few years! They recently updated the formula and its as good as ever!

One of my favourite morning cleansers, this targets all forms of build-up, blemishes, congestion and impurities. The first time I used this I was a little put off by the smell but I soon got over it and I reach for it regularly in the morning! It leaves my skin feeling clean and matte but not dried out and works really well with my blemished skin! As you can see, I am almost out of mine so I will be picking another one up soon! 

I mix these two and love how they work together! The Alpha Arbutin works to reduce the look of spots and hyper pigmentation and Niacinamide is a high strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula that reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion as well as balancing sebum. These two are amazing and again, I have repurchased many times and will definitely be picking up a few new bottles this time around too! 

Honourable mentions that I don’t have right now but 100% recommend include HIF volume and hydration support, The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG and NIOD Multi Molecular Hyaluronic Complex.

deciem the ordinary review

Products I Like
Here are a few products I really like but probably could do with using a little more as I often forget about them! I enjoy them when I use them but I could probably do with using on the regular to form a better opinion, so I’ll keep this short and sweet! 

The Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion is the perfect gentle product if you are just getting into retinoids, I always wake up with plump skin! Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% is an antioxidant product providing glowy skin overnight. The Mandelic Acid 10% + HA is a gentle AHA and the 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder is brightening, tingles and is perfect to mix with your current moisturiser. All definitely worth trying out if you are in the market for any new skincare products! 

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Products I would Skip 
I evidently need to have another clear out because I do not know why I am still holding onto these products! Hylamide HA Blur and Hylamide Matte 12 don’t do anything for me in terms of priming, I don’t notice my makeup staying on any longer or my base looking any better and the Hylamide Pore Control is honestly one I’ve only used a couple of times and found it to dry out my oily/combo skin a little

I also don’t rate Petrowhat? lip balm, the texture if awful and it doesn’t feel hydrating to me, the oils don’t work for my skin and the coverage foundations was awful too! 

Explore my other Deciem related posts here

Let me know what your favourite Deciem products are and if you are planning on picking any products up! Top of my list to try is the Copper Amino Isolate Lipid 1%! 

Danielle xx
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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Five Things I’m Loving | October 2019

Hey guys, hope you are all having a lovely week so far! Not sure what came on me this weekend, I finally sorted my memory card out and put my photos into folders ready for their blog posts! I don’t think I will be posting very regularly but some products do get me excited enough to want to write about them so here we are with what I have been loving this month! Incidentally, I am much more active on Instagram, and here’s my link if you want to come have a look! 
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This has been a godsend for me over the last month as I have been back working in an office setting! With the change of seasons, my skin always freaks out and gets really dehydrated and this is such a refreshing, cooling pick me up perfect throughout the day! I have gone through countless bottles of this and tried the cucumber and lavender versions too (need to try the orange next!) but this one is my favourite! 

I got this in a Cult Beauty GWP (my weakness) a couple of months ago and it’s been a staple ever since! It feels very hydrating on the lips and there is minimal reapplication as it lasts so long! The only thing I don’t love is the scent so I would try a different one next time but the formula is amazing! 

I’ve had this for ages and kept forgetting about it (usually because the bottle is so small it gets forgotten!). Now, this doesn’t do a lot for me on its own, but in conjunction with my normal dry shampoo this makes my hair look like it’s got a little somethin' somethin' going on when in reality it's day 3 and it could have done with being washed the night before! Rubs in easy and adds some lift to my roots! 

Another recent rediscovery, I completely forgot about this set of 5 perfumes I got last Christmas! This scent is my favourite from the set and it’s so subtle but long lasting I just love it and the rollerball is so handy! I suck at describing scents but all the notes it includes are in the link if you are interested! Cannot find a UK link for it so I guess this will go on my ever-growing list of perfumes I can’t have after finishing them *sigh*

I pretty much stopped wearing eyeshadow in Canada, not sure why, probably so I could have an extra 5 minutes in bed but since I have to drive to work and get up earlier now anyway its back! This shadow recently became part of a mini project pan I am working on and I have been loving it! It is the perfect one wash colour and impossible to go overboard with! It’s an ultra-matte warm brown shade and I have a pretty hefty dent in it already so looking forward to hitting pan on this one! 

So, that’s what I have been loving this month! I would love to hear if you have tried any of these or what you are loving! 

Danielle xx
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