Sunday, 27 February 2022

Current Skincare | Cleansers #6

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Time for a little update on my current stash of cleansers and if you have seen any of the first five instalments of this blog series, you will know I like choices! I’ll also preface this by saying I haven’t tried any of the products on my eye makeup as I had laser eye surgery in December so wasn’t wearing mascara for a while and was trying to keep water away from my eyes for so long, I have just kept going! I use Nivea Double Effect Waterproof eye makeup remover for that now I have started wearing mascara again and I can’t recommend it enough!

 

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Starting with the first cleansers and first up we have the The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm RRP £9.99* and I really can’t fault this. It contains oat kernel oil and colloidal oatmeal so as well as being nicely hydrating, it’s great for sensitive skin too! I use a flannel to wash it off and it removes makeup with ease and leaves my skin feeling soft and doesn’t leave a film behind! I have read some other reviews with people saying it can be hard to squeeze out so keep that in mind but I haven’t personally noticed this with my tube. I do quite enjoy a scent with my balms and this is unscented so that’s the only thing that lets this slightly down but again, great for sensitive skin and it’s cheap and cheerful!

 

Next up, the Aromatica Orange Cleansing Sherbet RRP £23 which I got to try as a cheaper alternative to my beloved Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing balm. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t quite hit the spot for me! It’s closer in consistency to the Elemis cleansing balm which I didn’t like, and the scent is a little too sweet/artificial for me. It still does a good job at removing makeup and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated so I will continue to use it but I don’t plan on repurchasing it in the future!  

 

Now time for an old favourite and the MOA The Green Balm RRP £16 actually featured in my first post in this series back in 2017 when it was £12.50! Yikes! It contains yarrow and tea tree and is another one that’s great for sensitive skin. It’s a bit of a do it all product and as well as a cleanser it can be used on bites/grazes, as a healing tattoo treatment or even added to hot water and honey to gargle for sore throats! I absolutely love the scent, it is so relaxing and spa like and it removes makeup well. It can leave a bit of a film but I don’t mind as it gets removed on my second cleanse and I think this is my third tub of this now! My mum loves this too and often puts is on any stressed patches of skin and leaves it overnight!

 

Another favourite now and I spoke about this one last week too! The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser RRP £13.90* is probably the best all-rounder I have come across! As well as being an effective first cleanse this is also lightweight enough to work as a second or morning cleanse too. The formula is so gentle, it’s a cream to oil-like cleanser and makes easy work of removing makeup, feels hydrating and comes in two sizes at a ridiculously good price! When using to remove makeup, I use a flannel, but this also emulsifies nicely when I use in the morning and never leaves my skin feeling tight or dry! It also features in instalment four of this cleanser series!

 

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Moving onto second and morning cleansers and The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser RRP £9.99* is one of the newest products to their line up! This has a pleasant gel formula that foams marginally and contains 1% hyaluronic acid compound which has been modified to stick to skin even after the cleanser has been washed off. My skin feels fresh after use but I would say a little tight around my nose specifically which I was surprised about considering the hyaluronic acid element. It doesn’t translate to dryness though and subsides when I finish my routine but I would say that I prefer their Fulvic Acid cleanser over this one!

 

The newest cleanser to me is the COSRX Pure Fit Cica Cleanser RRP £19* which was sent mid-January and I’ve been reaching for it regularly. It has a creamy formula that lathers gently, and it contains centella asiatica so it’s mild and it also contains eucalyptus oil – a scent I love! My skin feels nicely balanced using this and I haven’t noticed any dryness! It’s probably not one I would have picked up myself, but I have really been enjoying it!

 

Nearly at the end of my round up now and the Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser RRP £35* got a mention in my Best Beauty Discoveries 2021 as I love it so much! Despite containing glycolic acid, as the name would suggest, this is gentle enough to use every day and I have noticed a brightening effect as it sloughs away dead skin cells as well as my skin being smooth and well prepped for makeup. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all and is another win for Dermalogica who really know how to make a good cleanser – see my review of some of their other options here!

 

Finally, another regular on the blog – the NIOD Sanskrit Saponins RRP £37*. NIOD specify that this is a cleanser, not a makeup remover, and I’ve been through multiple tubes of this over the years! I don’t even mind the scent! It’s made with ayurvedic plant saponins and day-old coffee beans is the best way I can describe the noticeable scent! It’s a thick paste and works to clean oil and dirt from my face, making pores look minimised – despite it removing oil, my skin never feels stripped by this! It’s worked particularly well for me in the past when my skin was more oily/acne prone and it really removed build-up and helped clarify my skin and even now with my skin type being more normal I am still enjoying it!

 

So that’s what’s currently taking up space on my bathroom windowsill and I should have a few cropping up in my empties soon! Let me know what cleansers you are loving at the minute! I really want to get my hands on the Alpha H Melting Moment cleansing balm, Then I Met You Living cleansing balm and Omorovicza Queen cleanser next!

 

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Danielle xx

 

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Sunday, 20 February 2022

Five Things I’m Loving | February 2022

Welcome back! I have a huge backlog of photos and so many post ideas but zero motivation to write the actual blog post! Same goes for Instagram but I thought I’d ease myself back in with a Five Things I’m Loving post since it’s been a while since I did one! I have a mixture of bodycare, skincare and makeup here that I have been obsessed with recently and a mixture of repurchases and products that are new to me so let’s get to it!

 

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Lush Rose Jam RRP £16 is definitely not a product that is new to me and I have been repurchasing it for years (although this was a Christmas present from my aunt!). Lush isn’t a shop I buy from regularly, its usually a Christmas treat and I cannot get enough of this scent! It smells of Turkish rose and also contains argan oils, vanilla and lemon oils and I am addicted to it! Honestly, I could sniff this all day! The lasting power is amazing too, I get whiffs of it off my skin throughout the day and this 250ml bottle will last ages too as you only need a tiny bit to lather. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all and I can’t recommend it enough if you like rose scents!

 

Moving onto body moisturiser and I was so happy to see that Bath & Body Works had started being stocked in Next! Their PocketBac hand sanitisers are some of my favourites and I always stocked up on them when I lived in Canada. I also previously had this Aromatherapy Eucalyptus and Spearmint Stress Relief Body Lotion RRP £12 and while I don’t find the scent lasts as long as I would like it to, it is so nostalgic to me now (and I just love anything eucalyptus scented in general) and I have been enjoying having it in my routine again so much! It’s very lightweight and sinks in quickly and is nicely hydrating! Love the packaging too and I got a few other products from this line for Christmas too!

 

Now an oldie but a goodie, The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser RRP £13.90* which is no stranger to the blog but I recently got sent the large size and I have been using it non-stop! It’s a gentle, cream to oil-like cleanser that is perfect as a first, second or double cleanse! It makes easy work of removing makeup, feels hydrating and I think everyone should have this in their collection! It featured in this Best Budget Skincare post and my Best Beauty Discoveries 2020 post!


My skin has taken a bit of a battering the last month with the weather and working from home all day in central heating isn’t helping! After having a few reactions resulting in my face being red, inflamed, itchy and flaky, Murad Intense Recovery Cream RRP £69* came to the rescue! I wasn’t sure if this would live up to the insta hype it receives but I am converted. It feels instantly soothing on stressed skin and is so comforting! It contains shea butter and macadamia oil as well as microalgae extract and instantly reduces redness as well as hydrating my skin. As you can see, I have been making my way through it quickly as it really does what it says on the tin and is the most effective recovery cream in my stash! I have a brand review coming on Murad soon with a few other products they sent to me but suffice to say, I am impressed! 

 

murad intense recovery cream review

Finally, a makeup pick and the Victoria Beckham Matte Bronzing Brick 02 RRP £52 has been a go to for me since I purchased it before Christmas! It’s a super weighty compact with two warm tan matte shades that I mix together to give me the perfect shade of bronzer! It matches my colouring perfectly leaving my skin looking warm but not orange, subtly defined and it never looks patchy! It lasts all day on my skin and while it’s expensive (I picked it up with 20% off) it was well worth it as I know I will get so much use out of it!


victoria beckham matte bronzing brick 02 review

victoria beckham matte bronzing brick 02 swatch
Unedited swatches - Victoria Beckham Matte Bronzing Brick, left shade, right shade, mixed

 

So, that’s what I am currently loving! Have you tried anything I’ve mentioned? Et me know your thoughts!

 

*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx

 

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