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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Forever Repurchased #5

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Since coming home from Canada, I have been adding some of my favourites back into my routine as I was working on finishing up a lot of products before I left! It is so good to have some firm favourites back in my routine so here are my forever repurchased take 5! 

I have lost count of how many of these I have gone through now after first buying two years ago when I was in Canada. I first dabbled with the pressed version quite a while back but this loose version is 10x better! It mattifies my skin without drying it out, adds subtle extra coverage and a pot lasts ages! Well worth its price tag but I managed to snag this one at 20% off on Feel Unique so always worth shopping around! 

NIOD copper amino isolate 2:1 review

Another slightly new formulation to me, I loved the original version of this and the update is just as good! This serum is such an all-rounder, my skin is always clearer and more even when I use it consistently! It’s also good for aging skin and is just generally very good for the overall health of your skin!  

This is the product that has been out of my routine the longest and one that I am so happy to have back in it! I have dabbled with other rosehip oils but always come back to Trilogy specifically, there is literally one ingredient in rosehip oil so I’m not sure why, but I can feel a difference and this one is my favourite! My skin always feels so nourished and hydrated after every use and it’s a lot brighter and smoother in the mornings! 

One of my favourite overnight treatments, this mask is super hydrating and I always wake up to plump, moisturised skin! I use this several times a week so will definitely buy the full size next time as it’s just so good and I run out of my minis quickly. They recently updated the ingredients to include avocado and swiss glacier water and I was worried the new formulation would be different but I’m happy to say it’s still working just as well for me! 

Another firm favourite in my routine although one that’s getting harder to find! This is very moisturising and brightens my under eye giving a great base for makeup! I used to get it from Cult Beauty but they have stopped stocking them so I hope they are not leaving the UK! 

I actually have a few other products I recently repurchased but didn’t want this post to be a massive essay, maybe I will do another one soon! If you’d like to see the previous posts in this series, please see below! What is one product you can’t do without? 

See #1, #2, #3 and #4 in this series! 

Danielle xx

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Five Things I’m Loving | August 2019

Welcome back! It’s been a while but I’m home for a bit and I’ve missed talking about beauty so I’m keen to blog and Instagram again while I have more time! First up, I have some products I have been loving this summer I want to talk about! 

I got this on the recommendation of both a friend and my beautician in Canada. Coming into summer I was in the market for a good SPF and having tried a mini of the original non matte version of this the year before I knew this wouldn’t disappoint! It has done a great job this summer of protecting my face and it also works amazingly under foundation! Win win! 

I am on my third bottle of each of these as I use them together and they are brilliant at what they do! I use a drop of each of these most mornings together and they work so well to reduce my pigmentation, congestion and the look of my blemishes! They are a long time staple in my skincare routine and they also have a crazy good price point! See me wax lyrical about them in this post too: best beauty discoveries of 2016!

I went on a bit of a bronzer mission a few months ago and picked up a few different ones and while I love them all, this is the one I stuck in my makeup bag for a pretty big road trip this summer! It is the most perfect matte shade for my skin and gives a gorgeous wash of colour, the powder is soft and easily blendable and the packaging is gorgeous! 

Another repeat purchase and one I always have in my handbag! This is billed as a lip treatment but I use it as more of a gloss throughout the day. It is super long lasting, non-sticky and it keeps my lips hydrated! Its amazing! 

Have you tried any of these products before? Let me know what you've been loving this summer! 

Danielle xx

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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Product Empties #20

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I’m finally back with a new empties post after putting a few mini versions up on Instagram and it feels good! Here’s what I’ve finished up recently!

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Nivea Smooth Body Lotion
I love this – it really does make my skin feel smooth, it smells so fresh and it comes in a massive container! I also get it when it’s on special in Shoppers as it can be expensive otherwise! Will repurchase!

Nivea Waterlily and Oil Body Wash
Another favourite and one that I’ve repurchased quite a lot since being in Canada as I love the scent and again, its affordable! Have already repurchased!

Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream
I got this mini in a GWP from Cult Beauty a few months ago and I’ll admit I didn’t love the scent at first though people seem to go crazy over it! I have grown to like it though and I recently got another bigger sample! It does make my skin feel super soft but I don’t love the glitter/sparkle that it gives off! Probably wouldn’t repurchase.

Soap and Glory Hand Maid
An old favourite and one that I didn’t want to finish because I can’t get it over here! It’s the best smelling hand sanitiser there is and it doesn’t dry my hands out at all! Will repurchase when I am home!

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Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo
I can’t find my usual dry shampoos – Klorane and VO5 - in Canada so I’ve been trying a few different ones, the first being this offering form Herbal Essences. I really like the scent but it unfortunately leaves a white cast in my hair so I won’t repurchase.

TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo
Fortunately I got on much better with this one! Again, I love the scent and it rubs in really well leaving my hair feeling much fresher so I have repurchased a few times! It’s also super affordable when on offer at around $4!

Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil
I got this in a build your own beauty box a few months ago and enjoyed using it over summer. It never made my hair feel oily or greasy and it always looked smoother when I used it! I would consider a repurchase in the future but at the minute I have a few other products I want to use up!

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Nivea Lotion
This is probably my most repurchased skin product ever! I’ve talked about it loads on the blog but most recently here. Its my absolute favourite for a first cleanse as it’s so creamy and gentle and it does a great job of removing the bulk of my makeup while not breaking me out of casing a reaction. Forever repurchased!

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
From one of my favourite first cleanses to a few of my favourite second cleansers! The Miracle Cleanser is so gentle yet effective at removing the last of my makeup and it smells so refreshing! I’ve never bought a full size as it’s so expensive but the minis last ages! Will always repurchase!

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
I find this to be really similar to the Aurelia cleanser in scent and how well it cleanses. The Liz Earle one is a little thicker in consistency but it’s a lot more affordable so I will repurchase the full size again in the future!

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
I enjoyed using this for the most part except when it got into my eyes where it burnt! It looks like a clay but is very oily and effective at removing makeup however I wouldn’t repurchase as it’s not gentle over eyes!

Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
I love this, its so gentle and cooling and perfect as a morning eye makeup remover. The little bottle has lasted me ages and I will repurchase in the future! 

January Labs Daily Brightening Tonic
Another mini from a GWP! I wanted to love this because the brands Restorative Tonic Mist is one of my favourite skincare products but sadly I just didn’t notice it doing much for my skin. It’s not a big enough sample to test properly and while I don’t hate it, I just don’t love it therefore wouldn’t repurchase.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
I got this in the subscription box I mentioned earlier and I enjoyed the scent and cooling sensation it gave but I have other facial mists I much prefer so I wouldn’t repurchase this one!

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Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
The Mac Daddy of foundation for me, I love this stuff! It gives amazing coverage and looks better the longer you have it on! I have already repurchased because I cannot be without it!

Revlon ColourStay foundation
My favourite budget foundation – and a great option if you don’t want to fork out for Estee Lauder! Again it gives great coverage and lasts all day and I have repurchased!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Dark Brown
I’ve used up a mini of the Brow Wiz before and liked it apart from the colour match but this time the colour match was perfect It’s a super soft pencil and makes filling in your eyebrows so simple! I definitely want to grab a full size at some point!

Fenty Beauty primer and foundation in 150
A little sample I wanted to include – I can’t really say much for the primer because I never really notice anything with primers but I was super impressed with the foundation! Obviously I only got one days use out of it but it lasted all day and gave me really good coverage so I’ve been weighing up whether to buy or not! I would love to hear your thoughts on the foundation if you’ve tried it!

So that’s my first empties in quite a while and it felt good! The pictures are awful quality because I’m back to using my iPhone but we’ll roll with it! Let me know your thoughts on any of the products here!

Danielle xx

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Current Skincare | Toners #1

Toner review

Hello! Is anyone still there? After a longer than intended break from blogging I'm going to try and kick my arse into gear and get back into the habit of posting semi regularly on here! I moved last week - same town just a different place with my own room so I think I can keep it up a bit more - I don't know why I hate people knowing I blog but I do so I just stopped. The beauty buying on the other hand hasn't stopped and there is lots I want to talk about but first up, following on from my Current Skincare | Cleansers post, I’m here with my toners today! This is a prewritten post from when I was still at home but I will do an updated version at some point too here in Canada!

Toners are a very underrated product in my opinion and they are actually one of my favourite steps in my skincare routine. I love how they get any leftover residue from cleansers off my face as well as preparing my skin for the next treatment/moisturising steps in my routine. The only thing I really look for when picking a toner is that its alcohol free so here are my current picks!

It wouldn’t be a toner roundup without this cult favourite! I have gone through so many bottles of this over the years and it’s a constant in my routine! It contains 5% glycolic acid and it a super gentle but effective exfoliating toner that helps to dissolve dead skin cells revealing the newer cells underneath! It also diminishes signs of sun damage, fine lines and scarring and is just all round bloody brilliant at doing all of these! This really helps smooth my uneven texture and just overall refines my skin! Its £18 for 250ml and a bottle lasts me ages with daily use!

The most recent addiction to my toner collection and one I talked about in full here!
It’s formulated for normal, dry and combination skin and contains Sodium PCA which attracts water molecules to the skin to help maintain hydration as well as Cypress tree bark extract, a natural astringent that leaves skin feeling fresh.

BeautyRX by Dr. Schultz clarifying toner skincare review

This works perfectly at removing any leftover makeup or dirt from my face after cleansing and feels really refreshing. It doesn’t leave any residue behind and my skin feels soft and ready for the next step in my routine. It’s different to any other toner packaging I have as it comes in a spray bottle and I find that 6-7 sprays onto a cotton pad is perfect for me! You can also spray this onto your face during the day too if you wish – the mist is very fine and sprays evenly so it’s brilliant if you want a refresh! I do detect a light fragrance with this which I personally love but bare that in mind if you like fragrance free products and its $30!

The Hydrating One – Bio-Essence Hydra Tri-Action Aqua Refreshing Toner
Bio-Essence is a Singaporean brand and I got this bottle from Cult Beauty though this product doesn’t seem to be stocked there anymore *cries*. The tri action that’s referred to in the title is the hydrating, nourishing and protecting formula. It contains two types of hyaluronic acid - power nano hyaluronic acid and hyaluronic acid. These help the toner to absorb into the skin quickly providing long lasting hydration and keeping the skin firm and plumped up. It’s also enriched with Cranberry Extract and Olive Oil which again keep the skin hydrated and are rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals.

My skin feels so refreshed and – you guessed it - hydrated after using this, I love it! It has a really light scent that doesn’t bother me and I’m gutted I can’t find it online anymore though it was £14 when I bought it before Christmas! The only bad thing about this is that it’s not travel friendly at all – the glass bottle is so heavy and it can be quite hard to get the product out of the tiny hole in the top! The effort is 100% worth it though because it’s such a beautiful product!

That’s the toners I’ve been using at home! Since I've been in Canada my toner collection has expanded so I will do an update soon but let me know if you have any other alcohol free recommendations!  

*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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