Saturday 18 May 2024

Current Skincare | Cleansers #8

I’m so overdue one of these posts I have already finished three of these cleansers since I took the picture months ago! Two of them will be in my next empties post but one has already been and gone so let’s start with that one and my first or evening cleansers! 


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The e.l.f skin Holy Hydration Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm RRP $14 CAD | £11 is a balm that quickly melts into an oil then, if you add water, a milky emulsion, to remove makeup effectively! It contains sunflower seed oil, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides so my skin felt soft and hydrated during and after use and the scent is not overpowering at all! It’s a super affordable option that comes in plastic packaging (great for travelling!) and works so well and it’s made me want to try more from the Holy Hydration range! This also featured in my Best Beauty Discoveries of 2023!


A little more on the luxurious side is the Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm RRP £38 which comes in glass packaging and has a richer texture as well as a beautiful citrus scent. It contains plant oils, olive oil and grapeseed oil as well as persimmon and Vitamin E. I don’t feel like I need to use as much of this to cleanse and like I said, it does feel more luxurious! It removes makeup easily and leave my skin feeling nourished and clean!


The Paula’s Choice Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser RRP £26 | $23 USD is a little more of a hybrid first cleanse and second cleanser! It’s a cream formula containing green tea extract, glycerin and chamomile flower extract. Despite being so gentle, this removed makeup well (I always use a facecloth to remove) as well as working nicely in the morning for me, keeping my skin hydrated before my next skincare steps!


Moving onto the rest of my second cleanse and morning cleansers we have the Pixi Skintreats Clarity Cleanser RRP £18*, a gel like cleanser containing salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate skin and help minimise breakouts. Despite containing so many AHA’s and BHA’s this feels gentle and doesn’t strip my skin. I reach for it regularly but especially round my time of the month when I am more prone to a few breakouts and it works well to help keep them under control!


The Isntree Yam Root Vegan Milk Cleanser RRP $28.99 CAD* is another lovely gentle option! This one contains sunflower seed oil, glycerin and oat extract. It has a milky consistency like the name would suggest and kept my skin feeling hydrated and calm!


Finally, I have the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel RRP £42* and I am shocked to see this has increased in price by £9 since I reviewed it here 4 years ago! Despite that, this is a great option, it contains lavender to soothe and it feels gentle to use. It lathers up well despite being soap free and my skin always feels clean and balanced after use.


I’m ready to open a few more cleansers now so I’ll hopefully have another round of this series soon! Let me know what cleansers you are using up at the minute!


See my last installment featuring Biotherm, Murad, Dermalogica and dear, Klairs here!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

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Danielle xx


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Sunday 21 April 2024

Makeup Review | MERIT Beauty The Eye Set


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MERIT contacted me a couple of months ago to ask if I’d like to try their eye set and after hearing such good things about their line it was a no brainer! To give a short introduction, MERIT is a clean, vegan, cruelty free and luxury beauty brand inspired by minimalism. They were founded by Katherine Power (also the founder of Versed) in 2021 and are based out of Los Angeles, California with the products being made in the U.S., South Korea, China and Italy. I received The Eye Set* which includes everything in this post and retails for $129 CAD | £102 | £94 USD. You also get the signature bag with your first order! 


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The Eye Set includes the Solo Shadow in Vachetta ($33 CAD | £26 | £24 USD individually). This is a single, cream to powder eye shadow with a matte formula in a beautiful neutral shade with Vachetta being described as a warm beige. The formula can be applied either with your finger or a brush and the Brush No.2 ($27 CAD | £22 | $20 USD individually) is the perfect size, soft (vegan bristles) and dual ended so great for applying all over the lid or lash lining. The shadow itself is buildable so you can blend it out more to have a subtle hint of colour or add more drama if you layer it. It’s nicely pigmented and very easy to blend and hasn’t caused me any irritation and is safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers! I will say though that I have very oily lids so there is not much colour left on mine by the end of the day whether I use a primer or not. In its defence, it fades very evenly but it’s not quite as longwearing as I was hoping for or expecting! 


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MERIT Solo Shadow in Vachetta (unedited)

Moving to brows next and the Brow 1980 Volumizing Pomade ($33 CAD | £26 | $24 USD individually) has fit into my brow routine very nicely. I find when I keep on top of dying my brows I don’t need to pay so much time in the morning ‘doing them’ so this has been perfect to quickly brush through to fill any sparce gaps and give some volume and hold! I have the shade brown and it leaves my brows looking natural yet groomed and the formula isn’t flaky or crispy. There is only 2.4g of product though so this one definitely feels pricier than the other products based on that!


Lastly, and in my opinion the star of the show – the Clean Lash Lengthening Mascara ($36 CAD | £28 | $26 USD individually). This is a tubing mascara and oh my god have I been missing out. I have watery eyes and usually go for waterproof mascaras which still usually smudge halfway through the day. Not with this! The bristles make it easy to coat my lashes and it works well to lengthen. There are no clumps or flakes and definitely no smudging as the day goes on! Although this doesn’t give as much volume as some mascaras, I am a convert! I took this on my recent holiday to Mexico too and like I said, I am so impressed by the zero smudging or flaking! I still use my usual Nivea bi-phase eye makeup remover with this which works great!


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Let’s also take a minute to talk about the packaging – I am in love! It feels weighty and so luxurious, I love the black and gold! The Solo Shadow also has a very satisfying extra click to it to make sure you have screwed it closed tightly enough. These are on the pricier side and I was hoping for a little more lasting power with the Solo Shadow but there is no doubt these are beautiful products and I will definitely be taking a look at their blush and lip oil next! 


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Have you tried MERIT before? Or what’s on your wish list?


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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Sunday 7 April 2024

Skincare | Skinceuticals Vitamin C Review ft. CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF and Serum 10


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We are focusing on the Skinceuticals Vitamin C range today! I have three of their powerhouse serums that are all empty now as I have been using them over the last year so let’s dive in! Skinceuticals is a US based, award winning, medical grade skincare brand founded in 1997 by Dr. Sheldon Pinnell. Their mission is to improve skin health and they do this by providing advanced skincare backed by science. Formulas are high potency and proven to penetrate optimally into skin to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.


This brand is super hyped in the skincare world and CE Ferulic in particular is seen to be the gold standard in Vitamin C products. Vitamin C of course being an antioxidant known for brightening skin, improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles and discolouration. I received these in PR almost a year ago at the end of April 2023 and I have been using them back-to-back as part of my morning skincare routine before moisturiser and SPF ever since, finishing the last bottle at the end of March. I started out with the Serum 10 AOX+ as this is the least potent then moved onto the Phloretin CF and finally the CE Ferulic. 


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Skinceuticals Serum 10 AOX+ RRP $122 CAD | $76 USD | £98 GBP*

This is regarded as an introductory Vitamin C serum for sensitive or normal skin types and contains 10% pure Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) and 0.2% Ferulic Acid (another antioxidant enhancing the benefits of Vitamin C). My skin looked even, brighter and fine lines were less noticeable with use.


Skinceuticals Phloretin CF RRP $208 CAD | $182 USD | £195 GBP*

This one contains 10% pure Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 2% Phloretin (an antioxidant that helps improve cell turnover and the appearance of discolouration) and 0.5% Ferulic Acid and is ideal for normal and oily/combo skin. This kept my skin looking bright and I didn’t notice my fine lines while using it! This also helped with oil control especially around my nose.


Skinceuticals CE Ferulic RRP $208 CAD | $182 USD | £165 GBP*

Lastly, this one contains 15% pure Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), 1% Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol to replenish skin lipids), and 0.5% Ferulic Acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals that can contribute to visible signs of atmospheric aging and is ideal for dry, normal and sensitive skin. It improves signs of aging and photodamage, the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles, and the loss of firmness, while brightening skin’s complexion. This worked really well to target my fine lines and leftover marks from spots faded much quicker. 


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Overall, I am gutted to be finished these! They are out of my price range right now so will not be a repurchase unfortunately for me as I really do think they have benefited my skin! I find Vitamin C serums tricky and all three of these were beautiful formulations! They absorbed quickly, helped brighten my skin and kept it looking more even and marks from any spots that popped up while I was using them faded much quicker! I didn’t notice my nasolabial folds forming a fine line at all which is the first thing I normally do notice when it comes to signs of aging! I can definitely see the hype with these and if you are in a position to afford them I cannot recommend enough!


All three serums lasted me 11 months altogether with everyday use so just over three months each. Oxidation was minimal and I kept whatever bottle I wasn’t using sealed in a drawer until I was ready to open it. CE Ferulic definitely stands out most to me as it’s the most potent but the Serum 10 AOX+ is a great (slightly more affordable) option that worked really well too! I have a few serums from the hyaluronic acid range as well as a couple of moisturisers I am excited to try next from Skinceuticals!  


What’s your favourite Vitamin C or Skinceuticals product?


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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Sunday 3 March 2024

Product Empties #48

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Empties time again and I’m so happy I’ve started the year with a good batch. Sometimes it can take me 3-4 months to get enough to post about but this is around 2 month’s worth and it was harder to photograph as I left it too long so I am feeling good about getting through my stash! 


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Bioderma Atoderm Cleansing Oil

This is the second bottle of this I have had though this was the jumbo size and its lasted me two Canadian winters (and a summer) and is perfect for the season. It’s a thick oil and feels so luxurious, not greasy at all, and creates a mild lather. It is formulated with vegetal biolipids that create a defensive barrier over your skin and after my shower my skin feels soft and nourished. It keeps dry patches at bay and is very lightly fragranced. Read more about it here! Will repurchase in the future when I finish some more body products!


Naturium The Smoother Glycolic Acid Body Wash

Another shower product I enjoyed though I wish this was fragranced! It’s a creamy formula that contains glycolic and lactic acids and really helped smooth my skin while keeping it hydrated. It lasted a good amount of time though I did have difficulty getting the last bit out of the packaging! Would repurchase in the future!


Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion

I asked a friend to bring this back from the US for me and while I enjoyed it, based on the hype I thought it was going to be way better than their normal Complete Repair (without the AHA’s). It was good and I would happily use up again but I find the Complete Repair easier to get a hold of and just as hydrating and smoothing! Will repurchase this or CR in the future!


First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

Another great moisturising cream for winter! This is a creamy formula that is easy to spread and instantly soothes and hydrates my skin! Will repurchase in the future!


Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Body Lotion (10% off with code DANIELLESBEAUTYBLOG10)

Really enjoyed this lotion but I found the packaging a little tough to get the cream out as it comes out of quite a small hole. The cream itself, while it takes a little extra time to rub in completely, helped firm and smooth my skin! Would repurchase on offer!  


Rocky Mountain Soap Omega 3 Hand Cream

I found the scent of this a little like play-doh weirdly and the formula takes longer than I would like to sink in but one it does it feels nicely smoothing and hydrating! Not a repurchase!


Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Moisturiser

This was OK for a sample but not a repurchase for me! 


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Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care 2 in 1

Bit of a boring one but also a bit of a necessity! I grab this when it’s on offer and because I like to have at least one SLS containing shampoo in the shower to fully detox my hair from the products I use on it! This worked great and helped with dandruff too! Already repurchased!


Living Proof Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

The next two are my favourite dry shampoos! Both are pricey but work so well! I flit between which is my favourite but currently it’s this one! I can get away without washing my hair a couple extra days when I use this compared to a drugstore dry shampoo! This is so easy to rub in and leaves my hair looking like it’s just been a couple days since I washed it not nearly a week! Already repurchased!


Living Proof Dry Shampoo

Another great option! This one doesn’t give me quite as may days as the Advanced Clean version but still more than a drugstore dry shampoo and my hair looks less greasy and lank! See my full review here! Already repurchased!


NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub

I’ve been through so many of these tubs! It’s such a great clarifying scrub and really invigorates my scalp! Read more about it here! Already repurchased!


Olaplex No. 3

Another product I’ve lost count of how many I’ve been through and I’ve loved it over the years but I think I’ve officially moved on! This has worked well for me to strengthen my hair and make split ends less visible, but I can’t be bothered wetting my hair and applying before my shower and I have replaced this with the living Proof Triple Bond Complex which is a leave in treatment and much handier for me! Read more here! Not a repurchase right now! 


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Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser RRP £40*

I loved this! It lightly lathers and feels gentle despite containing physical as well as chemical exfoliants and has really been helping to keep my skin smooth and give me a good base for the rest of my skincare and makeup application! It lasted me ages too so while pricey for a cleanser if you can get it on sale I think it’s worth it! Read more here! Will repurchase in the future!


Fenty Skin Fat Water Toner

Enjoyed this one too! It contains niacinamide which helps reduce the appearance of dark spots, even skin tone, and fight excess shine, Barbados cherry which is full of vitamin C and witch hazel to reduce oil. The texture really is that of “fat water” and it’s also nicely hydrating. With consistent use it’s helped the overall tone of my skin but the packaging is not my favourite! It’s hard to get the product out and the lid can get a little messy! Read more here! Already have a back up!


Nivea Double Effect Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Probably my most repurchased skincare item ever! This is incredible at taking off waterproof eye makeup, never stings or affects my vision and is super affordable (in the UK at least!). Read more here! Already have about 4 bottles in my backup stash!


Naturium Multi-Peptide Moisturiser

Another product I loved! This is a lightweight moisturiser filled with peptides, encapsulated ethylated vitamin C and panthenol which helped my skin look smooth and kept it hydrated all day long! I favoured using this in the morning as it sat so well under my makeup and it was hydrating enough through winter too! Will repurchase once I use up a few other moisturisers!


Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Night Cream RRP £85*

I’ll be honest I have a love/hate relationship with this one! I’m suspicious I have reacted to it in the past when my skin was more sensitive so I am always a little cautious using it! When it works for me, it’s great, it contains a fast-acting retinoid, a time-released retinol and a retinol booster as well as niacinamide to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and strengthen the skins barrier. It left me with plump, smooth skin in the morning! Not a repurchase for me right now!


Murad Intense Recovery Cream RRP £84*

This is the ultimate comfort blanket for stressed out, dehydrated, sensitive skin and I am gutted it’s finished! It contains shea better, macadamia oil and microalgae extract and provides deep moisturisation reduces redness and irritation. This was my go-to when my skin is sensitive and stressed out and it works every time! It felt instantly soothing, reduces redness and is so comforting and hydrating! It feels like more of a balm than a cream and it melts into skin keeping it hydrated and protected overnight. Read more here! Will repurchase in the future on a good offer.


Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

One of my favourite cleansers of all time! It’s a luxurious balm and it works beautifully to remove makeup. I love the moringa scent and it really makes cleansing an experience! My skin always feels clean, soft and hydrated after use and I can always find it on offer! Read more here! Already repurchased!


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair 

I can see why this one is such a cult favourite now I’ve tried it for myself! It’s a restorative serum containing peptides and hyaluronic acid bifida ferment lysate and helps protect against UV damage and repair skin. It’s called night repair but can be used AM or PM though I tend to use it in the evening and I wake up with hydrated, plump and firm skin. Read more here! Already repurchased!


Hello Skin Eyes So Bright Hydrogel Eye Patches RRP £10*

These worked well to depuff and hydrate my eyes and surprisingly remained pretty juicy despite me having them open for longer than I care to remember as I’m awful for using eye patches! Would repurchase!


Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Another classic and one I saw a noticeable difference with when I used as it exfoliated gently and helped clarify my skin! Read more here! Not a repurchase for right now as I have a few other similar products I’m trying!


Tula 24-7 Moisture Hydrating Day and Night Cream

Enjoyed this mini, it worked well to hydrate my skin and sat well under makeup. Have others I prefer so not a repurchase!


Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Have used a couple of these up, it’s lightweight and hydrating but I prefer their cica sleeping mask. Not a repurchase!


Farmacy Honey Halo Ultra Hydrating Ceramide Moisturiser

Loved this and can’t believe I haven’t tried it before! Full of ceramides and this tiny pot lasted me longer than I expected as I didn’t need that much product. It made my makeup look better too! Will repurchase in the future!


La Mer Moisturising Cream

Overhyped and overpriced, this was a thick cream that smelt cheap to me! Worked fine to hydrate but not a repurchase!


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream

This felt lighter than I expected to and worked well to hydrate. I picked up a Kiehl’s set at Christmas so I have a larger size to use!


Dr Jart Ceramidin Liquid

Enjoyed using this up but I have other products that do the same and it didn’t stand out to me as much as their cream which I love! Not a repurchase!


Burt’s Bees Lemon Sorbet Lip Treatment RRP £12.99 CAD*

A great overnight lip treatment. This contains vitamin C, ceramides and jojoba oil and it scented of lemon. It kept my lips hydrated overnight and I would repurchase! 


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Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup in 2N1 Desert Beige

My favourite foundation! I actually hadn’t worn this for months but went back to it just before Christmas and remembered how much I loved it! I trust it 100% to stay on all day, cover all my imperfections and magically this seems to look better as the day goes on. I know people have a love/hate relationship with it but if you have combo/oily skin and like full coverage look no further! Read more here! Already have a replacement!


NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Vanilla

My favourite concealer, this is matte but not drying and gives great coverage! I don’t experience any flaking with this and the colour match is perfect for me! I use my finger tip to apply and it covers imperfection and dark circles without looking cakey. Read my full review here! Have already repurchased!


Clarins Lip Comfort Oil in Honey

I’ve been through two minis of this and now the full size. It feels silky and not sticky at all and lasts a surprisingly long time on my lips keeping them comfortable and hydrated for hours. It gives a beautiful shine, contains omega 6 and 9, rose oil and jojoba oil and comes in a few other shades too! See my full review here! Already have a back up!


Clarins Natural Lip Perfector in 01

Another great lip product from Clarins! This gives a lovely hint of pink to the lips while keeping them nourished and hydrated for a couple of hours! Would repurchase on a good offer or as part of a set. 


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Purely Inspired Collagen Peptides X2

Been through so many of these! I find them great for helping my joints! Already using my repurchase!


Genuine Health Original Greens+

I’m not sure if I see a huge difference with this but I wanted to incorporate more greens into my diet as a picky eater and I have grown to like my habit of taking this with breakfast! I just went to Costco on the weekend hoping to get a jumbo size of this but I had to get a different brand and I much prefer the Original Greens taste! Will update if I notice anything with the new tub but otherwise I will repurchase this when I finish the new one!


Hycosan Extra 0.2% Sodium Hyaluronate Eye Drops

These are great, the mechanism is a pump design so no delay or anxiety build up like with a squeeze bottle going into your eye! Keeps my eyes hydrated and I already have a backup! \


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And that’s a wrap on this batch of empties! Thank you for reading! Let me know if you’ve tried anything I’ve mentioned and what you thought!


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