Sunday 31 May 2020

Best Budget Skincare

Hi everyone, welcome back! Today I thought I would talk about some of my favourite budget skincare brands and products! As someone whose tastes are getting more expensive, finding these gems gives my bank balance a little break! 

best budget skincare picks

Starting with one of my favourites, The Ordinary is probably the OG budget skincare brand that everyone got on board with as they are so effective but affordable and they have so many products that I love! The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA are amazing for blemish prone skin - I mix them before applying to my face and they do wonders for congestion and brightening. The AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution mask is potent and my skin always feels so soft and looks so smooth after use. The Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% is another great option from them! This has been working really well on the texture of my skin caused by blemishes! I do also love their more expensive brand NIOD and have a whole blog post here on my favourites from Deciem as a whole! 

The Inkey List have released a crazy amount of products recently and there are so many I want to try but my favourites from them are their Retinol Serum - so gentle but effective and I always wake up with plump glowy skin after using it and their Caffeine eye cream which is lovely and lightweight and great for puffiness. I would say though that I don’t love their hyaluronic acid, it doesn't do enough for me and their niacinamide and alpha arbutin aren't as effective as the Ordinary’s on my skin! 

Good Molecules is a brand I've been lucky to been gifted some items from and I cannot rave about them enough! They are sold on Beautylish as well as their own website and their pricing is amazing for the quality of the products! Some of my favourites are pictured here, the Hyaluronic Acid* is the best budget option I've tried (miles ahead of The Ordinary and Inkey List versions), the Niacinamide Brightening Toner* is so gentle and brightening and the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder* makes my skin feel so soft and smooth as it exfoliates away the dullness! I've written more about them on my blog here!

I couldn’t do a budget skincare post without including my favourite Nivea Double Effect eye makeup remover as it’s one of my most long term skincare items. It’s dual phase formula makes taking off waterproof eye makeup a breeze! It is gentle, doesn't sting my eyes or dry out the skin around them! A must have on everyone’s skincare shelf!

I talked about The Body Shop Camomile Sumptious Cleansing Butter recently here but in short it’s a beautiful, gentle effective cleansing balm! It does a great job of removing makeup and the tin lasts ages! It’s also so lightweight and perfect for travelling with (though I won't be doing that for a while). 

Lastly, I have to mention the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and RosewaterThis facial mist is one of my favourites and I usually have a couple kicking around! I use it so much throughout the day as it’s so cooling and hydrating and as I work in an office it's perfect for when my skin gets dried out! 

I would love to know your favourite budget skincare products or brands! There are so many that I haven’t tried! Hope you all have a lovely week! 

*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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Sunday 24 May 2020

Pamper Essentials | Skin, Hair and Body

Although selfcare is always an important part of my day to day routine, sometimes you need a full body and hair deep clean so here are my current pamper essentials for when I just need my skin, hair and body to feel and look better! 

pamper essentials

Starting with a full scrub with the Frank Body Coconut Coffee Scrub, this stuff is messy but worth it! It feels so invigorating on the skin and leaves my body soft and smooth. It also helps to firm and hydrate! Afterwards, I’ll go in with the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. People seem to love or hate this scent but it gives me so much nostalgia as I originally had it when I was in Canada. It is super thick and creamy but sinks in quickly and moisturises so well it feels amazing! Sometimes right before bed I will grab the Versed Keep It Supple Body Oil. This is a beautiful, lightweight but hydrating dry oil that makes my body feel so smooth! The scent is also a lot more subtle than the bum bum cream! I’ll then pop some Australian Bodycare Foot Cream on. I've been obsessed with this since I got it, the tea tree scent smells like the beauticians and it does a lovely job of moisturising my feet which need a little TLC coming into summer! All the above has been in preparation for the next night when I tan. The Bondi Sands Liquid Gold is my favourite for a subtle healthy colour - you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s got a guide colour so it’s easy to use, it smells like coconuts and it wears off so evenly! 

Being overdue a haircut and not being able to go to the hairdresser has got me reaching for the hair masks like no other! While my long term favourite is the Olaplex No3 treatment for its reparative properties (read more here), I don’t always have 3 hours spare to leave it in to do its thing! So, recently I picked up the Phyto Phytojoba Mask and having used this a handful of times I can safely say I am IMPRESSED! I leave it in my ends for about ten minutes before washing and rinsing and my ends feel super soft and you can hardly tell how many split ends I have! It seems to last to my next wash too! Sometimes my hair will look so dry a couple of days after I wash it (stretching hair washes to every 4 days now) but it stays smooth and soft with this! Smells lovely too! After that I always spritz with my Ouai Leave In Conditioner, the most luxurious scented brand ever, I am addicted to the scent and how the products make my hair feel! This is great to use as a heat protectant and detangler as well as adding even more hydration to hair without weighing it down! 

pamper essentials olaplex origins phyto

Finally onto skincare and my favourite overnight treatment, Alpha H Liquid Gold. This is an amazing exfoliater that I use regularly as works so well for my skin. I always wake up the next day to brighter, smoother, clearer skin! Though not on the same night, depending on how my skin is feeling I’ll sometimes do a face mask and the Origins Original Skin Retexturising mask with rose clay is the best for refining my skins texture and minimising my pores! Following that I’ll pile on the hydration with the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask. I’ve lost count of how many tubes of this I have gone through now! It’s so soothing and hydrating and my skin always feels soft and looks so plump after use! Finally, I’ve included the Disciple London Dreamy Skin Retinyl Oil as my last step as it feels and smells so luxurious and it makes my skin feel supple, look clearer and helps with fine lines too! Bonus points for using a roller or gua sha at any point during a skincare routine as well for ultimate pampering! 

I did a similar post almost four years ago here if you want to check out how my tastes have changed! There is one product that has stayed the same! I’d love to know what your pamper essentials are! 

Danielle xx

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Sunday 17 May 2020

Current Skincare | Cleansers #2

cleanser review Dermalogica beautybio disciple body shop

You know when you start a blog series, do one post then it falls by the wayside? Well that’s what happened with this series unfortunately but today I am bringing it back! I do have a few more cleansers in my back up stash but this is what I currently have on rotation! 

cleanser review Dermalogica body shop disciple

The First Cleanse/PM Cleanse
This is my budget pick and one that is perfect to travel (even though no one is doing much of that lately) with as it’s so light! I had this with me all last summer while I was roadtripping and while I've neglected it a little recently as I've been busy using up the others I can’t recommend this enough! It’s rich, removes makeup with ease and is perfect for sensitive skin! 

I had some minis of their facial oils so wanted to try more of the range. I don't love this quite as much as the face oils but this is still a really lovely luxurious oil cleanser and its full of fruit oils and AHA’s! It removes makeup with ease (it comes with a face cloth too) and I love the green packaging however it does seem to collect some product buildup around the pump. I wish this was scented a bit more like the facial oils as that would really have sold it for me but my skin does feel calm and plump after use! 

This has such an uplifting scent due to the citrus scent and a little goes a long way! It removes makeup very easily - I massage a pump into my face then add some water to my finger tips and massage again before using a flannel to remove. I do find this slightly irritates my eyes however unfortunately due to the citric additions which is a pity! 

cleanser review Dermalogica beautybio

The Second Cleanse/AM Cleanse
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel* RRP £33
I'd probably go as far as to say this is my favourite out of the whole bunch I have here! When I first received it I have to say I wasn’t expecting much as I’ve never been blown away by a gel cleanser and always thought they were a little drying however this completely changed my opinion! This is so gentle, there is barely any lather but it cleanses so well, doesn't dry out my skin and it never feels tight after use. You can see my full post on this and the Precleanse oil here!

Dermalogica Active Clay Cleanser* RRP £35
This is the newest addiction to my cleanser collection and one I have been thoroughly enjoying since I received it about 4 weeks ago now! It's a thick dark clay based prebiotic cleanser so perfect for oily skin! This deeply cleans and absorbs excess oil and I can only imagine my skin will love this even more once we move into summer and it goes full oily as it drinks up the Kaolin clay haha! If I have a little extra time I sometimes apply a layer over my face and use as a quick face mask while I jump in the shower. It doesn't completely dry down so feels super comfortable and once rinsed off my skin feels soft and matte but not flaky or dry! My cleansers all stay in the bathroom and my mum recently said "oh that new Dermalogica one in the bathroom is nice isn't it?" so it’s got the seal of approval from her too!

BeautyBio The Balance pH Balancing Cleanser* RRP £45
Another lovely gel formulation and I love the scent of this one (maybe keep that in mind if you have very sensitive skin). Not 100% sure what it is but kind of smells like eucalyptus to me! This one is designed to restore the skins ideal pH, keep oils at bay and in turn combat blemishes while ensuring the skin doesn’t dry out. It’s lightweight, feels slippery and the gel lathers nicely with my skin never feeling stripped or dry after I use it and it doesn’t irritate my eyes. Unfortunately I do think the products from this brand are a little overpriced though! See my full post here!

If you would like to see the first post in this series check it out here! I hope you found some ideas if you are on the lookout for a new cleanser! Let me know your favourite cleansers please!

P.S. If you have any tips on how to make the font behave please let me know! I removed all formatting and set it to default font and normal sizing in blogger and it didn't work, so frustrating! 

*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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Sunday 10 May 2020

Product Empties #25

products empties reviews Nivea ole henriksen dr bronners skin accumax

Oops, I let my empties get out of hand again, I swear every time I go to do one of these posts I won’t have so many products but by the time I get round to taking the phones my box is always overflowing! Anyway, onto the products! 

bodycare empties review nivea soap and glory

Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion 
It wouldn’t be an empties post without some Nivea products! This was a great moisturiser, it sank in quickly and smelt clean and fresh, will repurchase soon! 

Nivea Rich Moisture Shower Cream 
This was so creamy and a dream to use, love the scent and only £1, will repurchase soon! 

Soap and Glory Heel Genius 
A cult classic, this works really well to moisturise my feet. I was shocked when this ran out and I didn’t have a backup already haha, I do get sick of this one as I’ve gone through so many so repurchased a different foot cream this time but I will come back to this in the future! 

Soap and Glory Hand Food 
Another cult classic S+G product and one I always come back to – it smells great, moisturises well and sinks in quickly! Again I’m not sure what’s going on with my stash at the minute as I was all out of this too but I did get a set of three M+S hand creams for Christmas so I’m going to try use them up before repurchasing this! 

Aurelia Aromatic Repair and Brighten Hand Cream 
Part of the birthday gift from SpaceNK a while back I believe and this was such a rich hand cream! I didn’t love the scent but it moisturised well and I used at night as it didn’t sink in as quickly as hand food! Won't repurchase. 

skincare empties reviews alpha h ole henriksen Paulas choice

Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner 
A potent toner that worked so well at fading pigmentation! I don’t think I even realised how much this was doing for my skin until I finished it and started noticing marks taking longer to fade. This lasted me an age aswell – will repurchase! 

Alpha H Liquid Gold 
One of the OG skincare products for me – this has been a staple in my routine for years now! It’s a wonderful overnight treatment that smooths, firms and reduces pigmentation (can you sense a theme) – one I always have in my collection and I already have my back up opened! Read more about why I love it in this post! 

Caudalie Grape Water 
This was nicely cooling and refreshing but I have other mists I love more so won’t repurchase! 

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover
The best waterproof eye makeup remover. Fact. Already have a backup. 

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
One of the best budget skincare items out there! This is great for blemish prone, oily skin and niacinamide is one of my favourite ingredients because of it! Purchased the Inkey List version to try it out but will be going back to the Ordinary as its better! See more here! 

Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum*
The best budget Hyaluronic Acid I have tried! This is miles ahead of the Inkey List and Ordinary’s versions! Sinks in quickly and doesn’t feel sticky, setting my skin up nicely for serums and moisturiser! Will repurchase in the future. See my full review here! 

111Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask 
This was a lovely mask that fit well and was very saturated in product. My skin felt plumper and looked brighter after use but overall I find sheet masks a faff and this one is £20 so I wouldn’t repurchase!

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer
I don’t normally include little samples like this but I got three uses out of each sachet and really enjoyed it so wanted to mention! I wouldn’t say it’s the best primer I’ve used but it gives such a beautiful healthy glow I would repurchase it!

Paula’s Choise 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant 
I knew after one use of this I would need the full size. No idea why it took me so long to get on the Paula’s Choice hype train but this really is one of my best skincare discoveries in recent times! It’s exfoliating and blemish busting and my skin always looks clearer, less congested and calmer after use! If you haven’t tried it what are you waiting for! Already repurchased the full size and you can read more about it here! 

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance* 
Absolutely loved this moisturiser – it’s richer than the Skin Smoothing Cream but it sank in quickly and kept my skin hydrated all day. It sat well under makeup and I will repurchase this for winter! Read more here! 

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence 
This was nice and soothing and hydrating but I didn’t notice anything lifechanging and there are other essences/lotions I prefer so wouldn’t repurchase! 

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream 
Super rich and expensive cream but again not life changing so not a repurchase for me! 

Dr Dennis Gross Professional Grade Resurfacing Liquid Peel 
A really lovely two step system exfoliation system that made my skin look smoother, fresher and brighter! £102 for the full size so not justifiable for me when I already have so many other exfoliating products that I get results I love from but one to revisit in the future!  

haircare empties review schwarzkopf grow gorgeous

Schwarzkopf got2b Fresh it Up Volumizing Dry Shampoo 
Loved this dry shampoo, fresh scent, no white cast and made by hair look less greasy! Super affordable too, definite repurchase! 

Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox 
I am loving scalp scrubs at the minute, this one wasn’t as gritty as I would like but did feel invigorating. Didn’t love the scent, wouldn’t repurchase. 

makeup empties review note foundation beauty blender

Note Mattifying Extreme Wear Foundation 
I hated this foundation, it was patchy, wore off badly and certainly not matte. Would not repurchase! Read my full thoughts here! 

Beauty Blender 
The best makeup sponge out there! Nothing else blends my foundation like it and while its pricey at £17, it’s well worth it in my opinion! Full post on how much I love it here!

Milk Hydro Grip Primer 
I had high hopes for this but I just don’t get the hype. I have another mini so will open that up soon to try out and while this is nice, I have used better primers so this wouldn’t be a repurchase.

skin accumax dr bronners review

Advanced Skin Nutrition Skin Accumax 
Struggling to tell whether these are working for me or not but going to continue the two a day course until June then move down to one a day. Have repurchased.

Dr Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap
The best brush cleaner there is! Makes washing makeup brushes a dream! Already repurchased! See a full post here!

Lush Bubblegum lip scrub
I love Lush lipscrubs! They are the prefect consistency and do an amazing job of gently exfoliating my lips before lipstick! I can’t get to Lush right now due to lockdown so purchased a Barry M one to try but I would repurchase this in an instant! 

Bite Beauty Agave lip balm 
A super hydrating lip balm, I loved this and wish I could get it in the UK! 

yu ling medium roller review

Yu Ling Medium Roller 
I need to give a special mention to my roller which finally gave up after three years a few weeks ago! It was a sad day but this guy had been tossed in a cosmetics bag every day for months last summer while I road tripped and he was used pretty much every single day over the three years I had him! Highly recommend one, it’s so relaxing and cooling and depuffing and I have bought myself a cheap eBay one to fill the gap for now as I want the double ended version of this which is currently out of stock on Cult Beauty! Read more about how much I loved it here! 

Congratulations if you got through that and thanks for reading! Let me know if you have tried any of the above and what you thought!

*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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