Sunday 24 September 2023

Skincare | Top Five Summer Moisturisers

Now, I might have said summer moisturisers but honestly these five are great all year round, it just happens to be the end of summer! I'll also preface this by saying my skin is combo/oily!


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The Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream RRP £45 for 50ml* is a creamy but lightweight moisturiser and acts as a great base for my makeup as well as hydrating my skin throughout the day but also works well overnight! It is patented with Active Hydramesh Technology to give skin 48 hour’s worth of hydration and also protects against environmental stressors. I haven’t gone a full 48 hours without doing my skincare routine but the biggest indicator this works for me is how plump my skin still looks after a full day of work and activities! Full review here!


Sticking with Dermalogica and their Biolumin-C Gel Moisturizer RRP £65* became a firm favourite last summer! It’s a lightweight gel moisturiser and my skin looks instantly brighter when I use it. As well as Vitamin C, it contains five types of hyaluronic acid and squalane so keeps my skin hydrated, barrier protected and leaves a glowy finish! I love using this in the morning as my makeup sits so well underneath and it’s got a subtle citrusy scent that doesn’t last on the skin! Love this formula and it’s become one of my favourite Dermalogica products! Full review here!


Something a little more budget friendly this time but equally as good is The Inkey List Omega Water Cream RRP $14.99*. Out of the Inkey List moisturisers I have tried this is by far my favourite they have! It’s a water-based gel that contains three omegas to help prevent water loss as well as glycerin to hydrate and niacinamide to control oil and brighten skin. It sinks in quickly and works well under makeup and leaves my skin feeling hydrated all day long! Full review here!


Next up, the Murad Nutrient-Charged Water Gel RRP £65* is another favourite. It’s oil-free, lightweight and instantly hydrates, plumps and locks in moisture. It’s made up of five vitamins (B3, 5, 6, 9 and E), five minerals (silicon, iron, zinc, copper and magnesium) and five peptides to smooth skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve tone and texture and restore the skins barrier. A little goes a long way with this one and like it promises, my skin feels and looks plump, smooth and hydrated, fine lines are less visible and it provides a lovely base for makeup, working well SPF as well! Full review here!


Lastly, probably my most repurchased moisturiser ever, the Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream RRP $65! This one feels like more of a balm than a standard moisturising cream but never leaves my skin feeling greasy. It’s packed full of five different ceramides, glycerin and panthenol and locks hydration in all day. It sits well under makeup and a tube lasts a long time taking me right into the winter season where it works just as well for my skin! It’s both lightweight enough for daytime but also rich enough for overnight and my skin drinks this stuff up and I always go back to it! It’s hydrating, soothing and restoring! A must have! Full review here!


What is your favourite summer moisturiser?


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

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Danielle xx


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Sunday 10 September 2023

Product Empties #46


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Welcome back! I’m on a roll with blog posts at the minute thanks to a bank holiday weekend and some time off work for wisdom teeth extractions so trying to make use and get my empties up! Onto the mini reviews! (Ignore the mess I made of my background – sticky back plastic gone wrong!)


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Dove Dry Shampoo

Works well to refresh my hair and is affordable when on offer so would repurchase!


Batiste Plant Powered Dry Shampoo

As someone who usually avoids the classic Batiste as it’s my least favourite dry shampoo I was pleasantly surprised by this! Worked well on my dark hair, no white cast and definitely dulled down the grease! I have others I prefer so not a repurchase!


Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Shampoo for normal to slightly dry hair RRP $55*

Love this shampoo! It contains SLS and is lightly scented and smells amazing! It lathers well and makes my scalp and hair feel clean without drying it out. Despite being formulated for dry hair (I have an oily scalp and dry ends), this doesn’t weigh my hair down and it makes it feel soft and look shiny! Read my full review here! Would repurchase even though it’s pricey as it lasted ages and made washing my hair a good experience!

JVN Complete Air Dry Cream

This smoothed my hair and tamed flyaways but I am a serial blow dryer and straightener so I can’t say much for how it helps hair settle as it airdries! The main thing I look for in a hair product is heat protection which this doesn’t have so not a repurchase for me though I do have another mini to use! 


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Olay Collagen Body Lotion

This was a nice lightweight lotion that sank in quickly and moisturised well. I have other body lotions I prefer the scent of and that are more affordable so not a repurchase for me!


Naturium Bio-Lipid Restoring Body Lotion

I really liked this! It’s thick but sank in quickly and kept my body well moisturised. The only bad things are the fact I went through it so quickly and I would prefer a scented product! A good price for the amount you get and often on offer. I have other more affordable moisturisers I like just as much but this was a treat so I would repurchase!


Lush Rose Jam Shower Gel

Love this and it lasted so long for me! I find it pricey so it’s usually a birthday or Christmas present to myself but worth every penny as it smells incredible and feels so good to clean my skin with! Will repurchase!


Cetraben Cream RRP £6.05*

A great cream to have in your stash for dry patches or itchy/sensitive skin! Will repurchase!


Lancaster Golden Tan Maximiser

A mini and I only got one use out of it so I can’t say much for the effects but it smelts good and sank in quickly! Not a repurchase! 


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Dear, Klairs Gentle Black Deep Cleansing Oil

More affordable than the Dermalogica Precleanse and feels just as luxurious though this one has no scent. It spreads easily, removes makeup with ease, emulsifies, doesn’t sting my eyes and leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated with no film left behind! Will repurchase! Full review here!


Charlotte Tilbury Glow Toner RRP $66*

Really enjoyed this toner! It has a lovely thick formula and helped smooth and plump my skin. On the pricey side so not a repurchase for me! Full review here!


COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

This is a cult product for a reason! Felt very soothing and hydrating but I did get bored of it as it’s in a 100ml bottle! Good value for money so would repurchase in the future! Full review here!


Dermalogica Precleanse RRP £49*

A luxurious citrus scented oil cleanser that turns into a milky emulsion when you add water. This lasted me a long time and I enjoyed it but there are other oil and balm cleansers I enjoy more that are a lot more affordable so not a repurchase for me! Full review here!


Medik8 Crystal Retinal 6

Another cult classic and another product I enjoyed! I felt zero irritation with this and woke up to smooth, plump skin with my fine lines less noticeable. Would repurchase but in the higher concentration!


Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice and Probiotics SPF50+

I loved this so much I used it every day until it was finished and didn’t even get time to feature it in a blog or instagram post! It feels so lightweight, left no whitecast on my skin and sank in quickly leaving a great base for makeup. My skin felt protected, my eyes didn’t water and I can’t recommend it enough! Will repurchase 100% but I have a lot of other SPF’s to finish first!


Avant Brightening and De-Puffing Hyaluronic overnight Eye Recovery Mask

Another love! I think I got this in a beauty box and it’s pricey! The formula is lovely, it feels very hydrating and sinks in quickly and doesn’t pill around my eyes like some eye creams can. It’s not a miracle worker at brightening or depuffing my eye bags but I have been impressed! Sadly, not a repurchase right now because of the cost!


Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum RRP £145*

A nice formulation but this oxidised quickly on me I think because it’s in a 59ml bottle! It contains lactic acid as well as Vitamin C and worked nicely to brighten and smooth my skin! Not a repurchase as there are others I prefer!


Skinceuticals Serum 10 AOX+ RRP $118*

I really didn’t want to like this because of the price but it worked really well for my skin! This is more of an introductory Vitamin C serum containing 10% pure vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) and 0.2% ferulic acid. With daily use it lasted me just over 3 months and my skin looked even, brighter and fine lines were less noticeable. Would repurchase on offer but I do have a couple of their other Vitamin C’s to try first!


The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA

I actually use this more on the back of my arms to target KP than my face but it works well on both! Very smoothing but I prefer the 10% and I have a back up of that so wouldn’t repurchase the 5% again!


Scientia After Facial Glow RRP £39 for duo*

This is part of a duo set with the tri action peel and is a polyglutamic acid serum to plump, hydrate and smooth skin. Worked well but only 15ml and I don’t believe you can buy it separately so not a repurchase for me!


Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream RRP $24.99*

Loved this and it was perfect for daytime for me under makeup as it gave me a really good base with no pilling! It has a subtle illuminating effect so looks brightening as well as being hydrating! Will repurchase!


Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask in Mango

Love the lip sleeping mask and this was the first flavour other than original I've tried! It’s super hydrating and perfect for overnight. The scent was nice but I prefer the OG berry so not a repurchase but I already have a berry back up anyway!


Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream

Loved this! Worked really well as a daytime moisturiser for me on some trips I had this summer and kept my skin hydrated and supported! Would repurchase if on offer!  


Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Another nice cream, I used this at night on my trips and liked it but not as much as the CEO, so not a repurchase!


COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

Loved having these in my stash, they come in different sizes and worked well to reduce some bigger spots! Have a backup already! 


Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Mask RRP £42 for 5 pack*

Love using these when I have an event or big day out planned, they feel nicely hydrating and help brighten and plump the skin around my eyes! Pricey so not a repruchase!


Burt’s Bees Advanced Relief Lip Repair RRP $10.49*

This was nicely hydrating and gave a nice shine to my lips but it also has quite a lot of slip so I didn’t find it the longest lasting lip product! I have another one but I wouldn’t repurchase!


Burt’s Bees Dragonfruit Lemon Lip Balm RRP $6.99*

I usually stick with the original mint flavour but this was a nice change and had a lovely sweet scent! The formula is one of my favourite lip balm formulas so this is a great option for no fuss hydration but the original is still my fave so not a repurchase!


Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturiser

Loved this mini! It contains lactic and glycolic acids as well as ceramides and squalane and made my skin so soft and smooth! Would definitely repurchase, you guessed it, on a good offer!


Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

I haven’t tried much Lancome at all but this serum was lovely! Very softening and brightening but I do have others I like just as much that are (a little) more affordable so not a repurchase though I have another mini and I will enjoy it! 


Pat McGrath Divine Skin Rose Essence

I liked this but didn’t notice much in the way of benefits as the bottle is so small and I find essences to be one of the skincare products I neglect most often so not a repurchase! 


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Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Waterproof Mascara

Loved this! I’ve been struggling with mascaras recently that say they are waterproof and I still get smudging under one eye in a matter of hours but not with this one! It gives me such good volume, separation and length and there is no smudging or flaking! Have already repurchased!


Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips in Pillow Talk

One of my favourite tinted lip balms! This is so hydrating, long lasting and a beautiful pinky nude shade! I have way too many lip products to get through but I already repurchased this as I love it so much! See my full review here!


NARS Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm

Another great tinted lip balm option but this one is less long lasting and not as pigmented at the Charlotte Tilbuty! Orgasm is probably my least favourite NARS shade so this is not a repurchase but I did repurchase in the shade Dolce Vita and I would recommend Fast Lane too! 


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Purely Inspired Collagen Peptides x2

Love these, I think they really help with my joints so have already repurchased!


Boka Ela Mint Toothpaste

Bit of a random one but I recently started using a nano-hydroxyapatite toothpaste at night (and a fluoride based one in the morning) and I’ve been enjoying it! It helps remineralize and fortify teeth and I’ve already repurchased!


Congrats as always if you made it through all those, I hope to have another bumper edition before the end of the year! Have you tried anything I’ve mentioned? Let me know your thoughts!


*denotes a PR sample that was sent to me.

All opinions are my own. Affiliate links used.

See my full disclosure here.


Danielle xx


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