Tuesday, 19 November 2019


When this parcel arrived from Skincity I could not believe the generosity. So many products all housed inside a large makeup bag! Literally the dream. I am so grateful to get the opportunity to try MaketheMake as their philosophy is totally me. They have been created by skincare therapists and this is what makes them unique. They are all about ensuring their products support and care for the skin whilst providing natural coverage. Which I’m completely here for. Each product is packed with ingredients that serve a purpose by improving the condition and appearance of the skin with every application. Ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Peptides and Vitamin E. These are found in their range of makeup bag essentials (concealers, foundations, bronzers etc).

In addition to the makeup I was also sent a large collection of their own brand brushes which are made with a synthetic vegan fibre and Taklon bristles. Designed to provide flawless and easy application. They couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as my brushes have had their time and should probably be replenished! I’m not even going to admit how old they are. I’ve chucked most of my old ones and have been using these constantly since I received them. The results they give are so so good. Makeup blends quickly like a dream and they are super soft on the skin. The shapes of the brushes are quite unique, and they actually work. I would never have thought to try a flat bronzing brush, but it works amazingly! I seriously could not be happier that I have these, I will look after them and hold them dear.

Now onto the makeup. I am going to break it down by doing micro reviews of each one as I think that would be easier to digest! In no particular order…

Vitamin C Tinted Moisturiser - £22

This smells pretty bad, not going to lie. A little like hotdogs (something that you might expect if you are familiar with Vitamin C) and it comes out quite orange in colour. I didn’t think it would be the right match for me but surprisingly it blends imperceptibly into the skin! It’s a little darker than my natural skin tone but I can get away with it without looking like I’ve consumed too much sunny D!
It leaves skin feeling quite moisturised, isn’t greasy and settles down to a satin kind of finish. It’s one of those products you can pop on with your hands quickly. There isn’t much coverage, but it gives a lovely healthy look to skin and makes it look less drab. Unfortunately the smell has meant I haven’t been reaching for this as much and I have to make a conscious effort to reach for this which is a shame because it is a great product!

Niacinamide Setting Powder - £22

This loose powder is an everyday staple for me. As the name suggests it contains niacinamide and is fantastic at blurring pores and settling oiliness. I use under my eyes and on my T-zone using a small setting brush. It doesn’t crease or dry out the skin. Even though it is white in colour there is no cast or chalkiness and it blends beautifully with my skin tone. I wish they did this in a solid powder compact so I could pop in my bag!

Squalane Melting Foundation SPF30 - £22

This is a great base for when you want to add a little bit of coverage or if you want to build it up to something a bit heavier. It doesn’t cake, goes on effortlessly and isn’t a drying powder. I like to use the MaketheMake foundation brush to buff this in. It’s so quick and easy and more often than not I like to apply over tinted moisturiser for a bit more coverage. An issue I tend to have with loose foundations is that they settle into pores and look cakey but not with this. With it being infused with squalane this is what makes the difference I think as it gives a very smooth finish to the skin.

Ceramide Elastic Concealer - £18

This has been my go-to since I got it. Fantastic under the eyes and all over, it’s hydrating but doesn’t slip and slide everywhere. I find it has medium coverage and is very lightweight, I can barely feel it on the skin. It can be built up easily, a little goes a long way with this. It somehow brightens under the eyes but when applied to the face it doesn’t look glowy, more of a natural affinity with the skin. Just melts in.

Niacinamide Soft Focus Primer - £18

I’m a bit on the fence with primers, I rarely like any and most of the time I will skip this step. Not since I’ve received this one though. Seriously it’s probably the best one I’ve tried. It comes as a lightweight gel with pearl light reflecting pigments, it doesn’t feel silicone heavy and it doesn’t just sit on top of skin. It smooths and blurs pores whilst absorbing sebum and leaves a natural finish. Matte but not flat, hydrated but not greasy. It’s wonderful! The addition of niacinamide ensures it cares for skin more than a standard primer would, and rather than increasing the likelihood of a breakout this helps prevent them from happening. Would recommend this for most skins.

Vitamin E Illuminating Balm and Hyaluronic Gloss Pot - £22.50

This is a double ended little wonder. The illuminating balm is perfect as a dewy highlighter, it sits beautifully on top of skin and is what I use when I want to give my skin a little lift. A beautiful product, if you are a highlighter fan you must try this one. And it would be even more perfect for someone with dry skin as it melts in and infuses moisture. The gloss pot is such a cool product. If you love the ‘wet’ look then this will be right up your street. I personally use this on my eyelids to give a glossy sheen that is on trend right now, but you could use it as a highlighter giving you more of powerwatt sheen than what the balm would. It isn’t sticky in the slightest. This duo is the ideal travel companion.

Vitamin C Soft Compact Bronzer - £26

When I first looked at this bronzer I honestly did not think it would be the right shade match for me. It looks so much darker in the pan than on the skin. I have SB1 and it works with my skin tone perfectly, I use the bronzer brush to apply and the pay off is fantastic. I only need a small amount to give me a natural glow to the skin. It isn’orange and it doesn’t contain any glitter or shimmer. A perfect matte bronzer. There is something so attractive about the large packaging with a mirror. It's partly the reason why I wanted the Marc Jacobs O!Mega one so now I have this I'm content! 

Oil Absorbing Sheets - £9

These are a great thing to keep in your handbag, I’ve been opting to use these instead of powder to touch up my oily t-zone as they take up less space in my bag and they work. Makeup isn’t disturbed and they genuinely work at absorbing shine without drying out the skin. I’ve never used a product like this before so cannot compare to other brands but these are a great price and do the job! Highly recommend!

As you can see I’m absolutely loving MaketheMake. It is rare to try a collection and enjoy every single one! I am totally surprised and grateful to have been gifted so many products. I still want to try more though! The Melon Moisture Mist sounds gorgeous and I’ve seen people wearing the Vitamin B Flawless Filter Foundation so that’s one I want to try. The finish looks beautiful. The Bisabolol Hydrating Oil Primer looks like a must have for winter so I may have to put that on the Christmas list!

You can purchase this brand from Skincity here


Thank you for reading!xx


Thursday, 31 October 2019

Klairs Watery Oil Drop*... a serum which works like an oil?!

A serum which works like an oil? You bet I wanted to love this and spoiler, it didn't disappoint!

This product is somewhat of a hybrid between an oil and a hydrating serum but bizarrely it doesn’t contain any oil whatsoever! It has totally blown my socks off and has become a firm staple in my morning routine. With the richness of an oil in a watery base serum this is a complete winner and a great multitasker. If you are short of time this is perfect as won’t need a separate serum or oil unless you want to add them for the joy of it! 

Klairs aren’t a brand I’ve tried before, but rest assured my head has been fully turned! They are widely known throughout Asian Skincare as being a trusted brand that specifically focuses on sensitive skins. Ensuring that their products are free from unnecessary ingredients which can exacerbate skin issues. This ‘Fundamental’ range is all about just that, bringing things back to basics and ensuring your skin has what it needs to glow with health! Don’t be fooled that the formulations are basic though! They most certainly are not as they include some of the best skin loving ingredients around. Klairs philosophy for this range is all about hydrate, repair, protect and boy does this do just that!

This watery drop is seriously dreamy for those of you who have issues using an oil, maybe because you loathe that oil slick feeling, or are concerned about clogged pores. It performs as serum, absorbing deeply into the skin and boosting the effects of other products layered on top but with the added benefits that an oil gives. There is a definite glow to skin following application but not in the same way as what it’s like to look greasy. You won’t get any stickiness or residue with this, just a plump firmer feel to the skin which is immediate.

It is formulated with some of the best ingredients, I got super excited looking at the inci list! Ceramides, Green Tea, Ferment Extracts and Peptides along with Hyaluronic acid provide antioxidant benefits as well as helping repair the skins barrier. Due to the extremely lightweight texture (literally like water) it gives a lovely light layer that would be perfect for all seasons to prevent moisture loss and increase the skins ability to protect itself from the elements. 

I have plans to now try their Ampule Mist as I love a good mist and it sounds a perfect accompaniment to this serum!

Full Ingredients

Aqua(Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Bifida Ferment Extract, Betaine, Dipropylene Glycol, Sorbitol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Aspergillus/Rice Ferment Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laminaria Japonica Extract, Ceramide NP, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Copper Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8

You can buy here from Skinsider for a very generous £30 for 50ml.

Have you tried anything from Klairs? Let me know your favourites!


Thank you for reading!


Monday, 23 September 2019

Amika... more than just about looking cool*

You can’t help but notice Amika. They stand out. Their packaging is probably one of my favourites out there. So fun, so unique. They just make you smile!

But they are more than just about looking cool. They are the definition of cool. Going against industry standards of what they believe ‘perfection’ to look like, they encourage individuality. Understanding that beauty comes in all forms. They describe their products to be like a good friend - straightforward, dependable and fun to be with. This is exactly what I want in hair care and in life, to be honest!

Amika sent me a very special package which included 4 of their products to try. I wasted no time getting to know them. Free from the things I like to avoid in haircare, sulfates, and silicones, I was looking forward to seeing if they would change my hair game for the better. Post-pregnancy hormones have well and truly messed up my hair. It’s falling out left right and centre, I’m shedding like a dog. I was praying for a miracle.

Normcore Signature Shampoo and Conditioner

These are their antioxidant and vitamin-infused signature duo to normalise and balance hair. Hydrated, soft and shiny locks will be yours. I hoped...

Despite the lack of sulfates the shampoo lathers brilliantly thanks to coconut acid. The smell is insane, musky and luxurious.
From the first use I knew they were going to leave my hair soft and manageable. These give a real moisture hit to my bleached mane and work amazingly on frizz.

These are easily one of the best sulfate and silicone-free formulations out there, I would recommend these to people whose hair is in need of a bit of everything. Moisture, frizz management, colour protection, itchy scalp, damage repair. This covers so many bases.

I’ve loved incorporating these into my routine but if by some miracle I’m washing my hair more than twice a week then I don’t use these every time. I find that they can sometimes make my hair feel a little too heavy because they are very nourishing. I have fine hair but lots of it so it is easily weighed down. It’s not a massive complaint if a complaint at all but it’s the reason these don't work amazingly for me.

Next I am looking to try their Vault range which is specifically for coloured hair. The Velveteen Smoothing range also speaks to me...

Soulfood Nourishing Mask

Soulfood indeed...like the Normcore duo this gives hair a heavy moisture hit along with that beautiful musky scent. It leaves hair so silky and soft, dry hair would crave this and my coloured hair is more vibrant when I use this for sure.

The thick pudding-like texture is a joy to smooth into hair and it takes minutes to get to work. I often use a small amount as my regular conditioner and it’s just so effective.

When I get the time I love nothing more than leaving this on for a good while to let my hair marinate in the goodness. It easily washes out leaving that lingering scent making you want to smell your hair every few minutes!
This will definitely be purchased and is easily one of my favourite hair masks I’ve tried.

Perk Up Dry Shampoo

What did we do before dry shampoo?! I know I’m not alone in admitting that my hair mainly survives on it. By day 3 I’m misting this all over my hair like my life depends on it. Rub it into my roots, give my hair a little poof up and I’m good to go! This adds volume and genuinely does ‘perk up’ my hair.

This is one of the best, if not the best formulation of dry shampoo I’ve tried. Completely undetectable it’s talc-free and truly mops up any oil. Not crispy or sticky and definitely not powdery. I recommend this to anyone who will listen!

The standouts in this collection are definitely Soulfood and Perk Up. They will both be purchased for sure. As for the shampoo and conditioner, I really enjoy using them but they aren’t ‘the ones’ for me. I’m still very much on the hunt for a staple shampoo and conditioner that works for my hair in all aspects. I have a feeling they probably lie within one of the Amika ranges, I just need to decide on which!

You can purchase Amika here at BeautyBay. They offer travel sizes as well which is such a great way to try them before buying the full sizes.

*PR/Gifted but all opinions my own.

Have you tried Amika? If so what are your favourites?

Thank you for reading xx

Monday, 12 August 2019

Samaya Ayurvedic...Discover your Dosha*

Samaya is a brand with a holistic approach to skincare and focuses on Ayurvedic practices. Founded by Abida Halstenberg who grew up in India she was surrounded by Ayurvedic culture. Generations passed down herbal remedies and her grandmother, in particular, inspired her to create her own brand after learning the importance of balance for physical and mental wellbeing. Skincare is a vital part of this process and she was encouraged to take care of her skin using ayurvedic formulations. 

Each of Samaya's skincare ranges are split into the 3 doshas, Pitta, Kapha, and Vata. For years Ayurvedic herbs have been used to balance particular ‘doshas’. Ultimately there is a belief that in order to achieve and maintain balance we should pay attention to our lifestyle as a whole. If your mind, body, and soul are not in harmony then we can see the effects on our health and well-being, externally and internally. That’s where finding out your Dosha type comes in...

(Taken from their website)...
'Dosha is the name given to the energies that govern every individual. There are primarily three types of dosha: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Each type corresponds to a set of physical and emotional traits. Often one dosha dominates, however some individuals find that a combination of two, or in rare cases all three, doshas best defines their character.
When our particular dosha is balanced, our mind, body, and soul are in perfect harmony, which is revealed through healthy, radiant skin. Yet when our dosha is imbalanced, we notice the ill-effects, including on our skin. Being aware of our dosha type means we can make choices to help balance these energies to achieve wellness, peace and calm, all of which contribute to younger-looking, stress-free, beautiful skin'.
Once your dosha is established, Samaya will help select the best skin routine for you. There is a ‘dosha test’ on their website that you fill in which will confirm your dominant dosha. It is in no way to be used to diagnose any medical problems, it’s just a way of discovering your constitution.  

All rather fascinating. I’m not sure I fully believe in Ayurveda as a whole but I am intrigued! Now just for transparency, my skin was being well behaved before I started these products and there were no massive concerns for me other than dullness and lack of radiance which is due to the little Moomin who sleeps (or not) beside me every night! Therefore I wasn’t expecting any dramatic results. I think if you are suffering from noticeable hormone imbalance or acne then it would be more interesting to determine if these products make a difference for that.

Test results said I was ‘Pitta’. I won’t go into all the characteristics of the dosha but when I told my husband it said I was prone to anger and impatience when out of balance he said that sums me right up! Rude. I think it’s fairly spot on when it says that I’d benefit from gentle skincare as I’m prone to sensitivity and inflammation. 

Anyway, from that, I was sent the Anti-Ageing Cream and Treatment Oil which I have been incorporating into my routines for the past couple of months...

Pitta Anti-Aging Cream

This is a wonderfully nourishing cream but without any heaviness or greasiness. It is noticeable when you apply in the sense that it instantly makes skin feel more supple and hydrated. It absorbs brilliantly so works well both AM and PM for me, although I particularly enjoying applying at night then sealing with a face oil, usually the Samaya one.

The scent is herbal as you would imagine but highly sensual. It’s packed with a gorgeous blend of Jasmine, Neem, Lotus, Turmeric, Saffron, Shatavari and Gotu Kola. These all have massive benefits for the skin, mainly anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and healing properties which I love my skincare to have.

I feel pleasure when I use this cream and for me that is such an important part of using skincare. My skin is comfortable and happy when using this and that’s exactly what I want.

Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ribose, Sorbitan Olivate, Jasminum Officinalis (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil*, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Seed Extract, Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Extract, Asparagus Racemosus (Shatavari) Herb Oil, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice Powder*, Mel (Honey)*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Tanacetum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lysolecithin, Squalane, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Pullulan, Phytic Acid, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Benzyl Alcohol+, Benzyl Benzoate+, Eugenol+, Farnesol+

* Organic
+ Naturally Occurs In Essential Oils

Pitta Anti-Aging Treatment Oil

I struggle with oils, they are always a risk for me. Congestion is often the issue I have if I use one that doesn’t agree with me. But I adore them and I love finding new ones that work for my skin. This is one of them.
It is super-rich and luxurious. It smells pretty much as same as the cream as it includes similar ingredients in more concentrated form.

Only a small amount is required to make a difference. I would say this does an amazing job at balancing oil production and intensely nourishing the skin at the same time. I’ve found that this helps remedy any unhappy spots whether that be dry patches or blemishes. The healing process is accelerated. This oil isn’t greasy and absorbs wonderfully despite quite a heavy/thick texture. 

Again I feel this relaxes and calms me when I use, I love to inhale and focus on breathing. 

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/capric Triglycerides, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Jasminum Officinalis (Jasmine) Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Seed Oil*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract, Asparagus Racemosus (Shatavari) Herb Extract, Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Seed Extract, Santalum Spicata (Sandalwood) Oil, Aloe Barbadenis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Tanacetum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Spilanthes Acmella (Paracress) Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Benzyl Benzoate+, Linalool+, Eugenol+

* Organic. + Naturally Occurs In Essential Oils.

These products have become the ones I turn to when I want a complete sensory experience. They are not inexpensive by any means so these are an investment. But if you are looking for not only effectiveness but also an experience then these could be for you.

The anti-aging cream is £89 and the oil is £79 from here.

Thanks for reading xx

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

All about the glow...Beached Rays for Days*

I’d been stalking Beached for a while before they contacted me, a few of my fellow IG mates had been raving about their products so I jumped at the chance to try this Bronzing Serum.

Beached are a UK ‘earth-friendly’ brand founded by Meg who wanted to bottle the laid back Aussie vibe/glow she discovered whilst there in 2017. She wanted to create products that were unfussy and natural, bringing out beach beauty wherever you are! Whether you are sat in a gloomy office or sat on a beach lapping up the waves (I wish) gorgeous glowing skin can be yours!

What is it?

Rays for Days is a bronzing serum that can cleverly be used on its own or mixed into whatever you fancy. Moisturiser, foundation or as a stand-alone base/highlighter. Light-reflecting particles make even the dullest of skin look alive again. 

What is in it?

This is no bog-standard bronzing product. It is most definitely skincare with a bang. It’s all about the plums... Kakadu Plum is the highest known natural source of Vitamin C while Illawarra and Burdekin plums help protect the skin from free radicals.
Evodia fruit whilst sounding exotic has a job to do, it improves skin texture and brightens the skin. Grape juice is included to help fight wrinkles and is a great ingredient for aging skin. 

Full Ingredients
This product is 99% organic, natural or naturally-derived
Aqua (Water), Polyglyceryl-4 Oleyl Ether Olivate, Glycerin, Soybean Glycerides, C15-19 Alkane, Caramel, Mica, Propanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum), Pleigynium Timorense (Burdekin Plum) Fruit Extract, Podocarpus Elatus (Illawara Plum), Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice Extract, Buddleja Davidii Meristem Cell Culture, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe vera) Leaf Juice, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Sorbitan Olivate, Xanthan Gum, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides)

My thoughts

This product from the moment I got it has been a daily staple. I primarily mix it into my foundation or I use as a highlighter (or both!)

The molten bronze lava appearance is quite scary and I was concerned my Casper like appearance would transform into someone who looked like I’d spent too long on the sunbed. Luckily I couldn’t have been more wrong. This highly pigmented serum is rather deceiving. I mix 2 drops into my foundation and boom glowy skin is guaranteed. No dodgy tan over here.

It does the most wonderful thing of brightening up your skin and giving it a flush of bronze without completely changing the colour of it. It leaves your face looking juicy and dewy like you’ve had a restful health break somewhere tropical. Here you can see how it looks on the skin... I also dabbed a little bit on the tops of my cheekbones to give extra va va voom. I like to use a stippling brush to get the best finish. 

The texture isn’t too runny and has the perfect consistency for blending in. It doesn’t take much effort at all which is exactly what the brand stands for. Easy and effortless beauty. 

It feels kind of cooling on the skin and I like that I feel I’m not just covering myself in makeup. This is a product that not only makes you look better but feeds your skin some goodness at the same time.

Would I purchase this with my own moola, absolutely! I want this glow in my life for the foreseeable! You can buy this super versatile multitasker here for £22.95.


Thanks for reading xx

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Do you need a skin detox?...Indeed Labs Mineral Booster Review

Who loves their sweets, chocolate, wine? (the list goes on...) then this serum might be something you want in your arsenal.

I’ve only recently started to take notice of Indeed labs and their serum boosters, Caroline Hirons helped spread the word and like many, I jumped straight on the bandwagon. Apart from this I have only tried Resistance but didn't enjoy it. But this one is an entirely different ball game...

What is it?

I’m not a massive fan of the word ‘detox’ in skincare but this Indeed Labs Mineral Booster is marketed as a Skin Detoxifying Serum. Which sounds good right? 

Designed to de-stress and re-energise skin using Zinc, Magnesium, and Copper. These minerals work to improve circulation, drain and detoxify skin tissue. Free radicals can damage our skin so this also protects against environmental stress. 

This powerhouse of a serum increases collagen production and protects against glycation which is a process that damages elastin and collagen. I’m nearing the big 30 next year so I’m totally up for protecting my skin from going saggy baggy.

What is in it?

As mentioned above this is jam-packed with minerals, the key ingredient being ‘Septonic M3’ which is a multi-mineral energiser which includes the big 3 listed above (Zinc, Copper, and Magnesium). You won’t find any added fragrance, mineral oil, drying alcohols or dyes in this formula. Which I imagine makes it perfect for even sensitised skin.

Ingredients List:


My thoughts?

This. Is. A. Game. Changer. 

I just love how this silky serum applies and BAM my skin looks brighter already. It is a dream. It makes my face feel alive and I enjoy the whole process of applying it. Non-sticky, absorbs beautifully and works well with other products. I just wish the bottle was bigger and well a different bottle entirely, to be honest. The only criticism I can give is that the pipette doesn’t pick up much of the product and its effort trying to get it out. The serum itself is quite thick which I think is the problem. It would work better with a pump (Indeed Labs take note please).

It won’t stop me buying another bottle though as I just love the juice!

I have found my skin barrier has improved since using this almost nightly, it restores radiance almost instantly and feels like I’ve just injected a ton of goodness into my skin. Like one of those vitamin drips you can get but into the face. That actually isn't a nice thought but you get my drift.
It has assisted in healing my skin if it’s had a breakout which I assume is due to the Zinc. A wonder ingredient I tell you. (If you love LRP Serozinc you know what I mean) Usually, I apply after my hyaluronic acid serum and bouncy skin is mine.  

Will I repurchase? Absolutely. At £16.99 this is much more affordable than some other serums on the market that claim to do the same thing.

I just wish this was more readily available. It needs to come to Boots! In the UK it seems to only be stocked at ASOS here and Just my Look here (currently on offer!). 

Now I just need to try more from Indeed Labs! What are your recommendations? I have my eye on their Q10 and Collagen serums plus their Retinol Reface. 

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 15 July 2019

Lagom Cellus Sun Gel SPF50* - Could this be 'The One'?

We are well into Summer here in the UK so I wanted to talk about this SPF before winter comes along and SPF50 isn’t as necessary! (I usually drop down to SPF30 during Autumn/Winter). I will start by saying that I am in no way a pro when it comes to SPF and I am not particularly clued up on the science behind it. In all honesty, it totally baffles me. Refer to Gothamista, Lab Muffin and Tales of Skincare who are able to provide a wealth of knowledge in this area! There are so many on the market but this is essentially what I look for...

• Effective protection, stands up in sunny weather without burning my skin. (Of course, this is dependant on your commitment to re-applying) 
• No white cast
• Sits well under makeup
• Isn’t greasy or clogging
• Doesn’t cause breakouts
• Is within my budget. I prefer to spend no more than £30 on my SPF

Now onto the details...

Lagom is a brand that’s new to me. Stocked at the UK online distributor of Korean skincare, Skinsider, I jumped at the chance when the founder of the company, Karolina, kindly asked if I would like to try a couple of products from the brand. 

Lagom stands for 'Not too little, not too much' which appealed to my view on skincare! A fine balance...

The products have been developed by 12 renowned dermatologists and professors who have for years researched skin disease and skin health based on medical science. It has been co-created with Korean makeup guru Go Won Hye to ensure the formulas were perfected and compatible with the use of makeup. I love that as it shows they recognise the importance that products should work well with makeup and that skincare provides the key to excellent makeup application. 

The brand uses a Nobel Prize-winning and a patented formula called 'AQUALICIA' technology. This aims to ‘fill the skin with moisture and nutrition to the fullest whilst using minimal products and healthy ingredients’. Now looking at the ingredients list I wouldn’t say it’s anything groundbreaking or healthy but I can tell you how the product works for me....

Like many, I’ve been on the hunt for an SPF that ticks all the boxes. The common issues I have are that they are either hard to get in the UK or are too expensive for me. I generally fall in love with ones that are around £40 plus and I don’t feel comfortable spending that when I know I don’t need to. 
It is well known that Korean skincare offers some of the best SPF’s. And most are reasonably priced. With this one being available in the UK I was excited!

What is it?...

A maximum protection UVA/UVB SPF50 which is lightweight in texture, it nourishes skin with herbal extracts and oils without clogging pores.

My thoughts...

I’ve been using this nearly every day since I received it over a month ago. It is everything I want in an SPF. In actual fact it doesn’t feel like a sunscreen at all, pretty much undetectable, you forget you are wearing it! Although it is called a gel it is most definitely a lightweight soft cream texture. That being said it absorbs quickly and leaves a non-greasy, satin finish. It says that it has a matte finish but I would contest this as it leaves my skin looking glowy, the right type of glowy!

The cream as you can see is white but once applied there is no white cast at all. It just melts into the skin. It doesn’t feel suffocating or clogging in the slightest. I’ve found this to be an excellent base for makeup as it primes skin perfectly (no surprise given the brand's mentor). This gives the skin a bit of grip so makeup isn’t slipping and sliding all over the place. Another important point to note is that this doesn’t sting my eyes. Some make my eyes water so badly! There is a very slight citrus scent to it but nothing overpowering or 'SPF like' if you know what I mean. Sensitive skins may need to be aware of the inclusion of essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, and orange. 

In terms of where this sits in your routine, always the last step but personally I have to use a moisturiser before it as this on its own isn’t enough for me. Oily skinned folks might be satisfied with using this in place of a moisturiser as it does provide some hydration. Which is surprising considering its high alcohol content! Fortunately, it isn’t drying at all. 

We have had some hot days here in the UK over the last few weeks (unbelievable I know) and this has stood the test. No sunburn over here thankyou! I use one index finger length as a guide for applying. For so long I know I wasn't applying enough but now I know better thanks to resourceful people like Dr Sam Bunting! Of course, re-applying is essential throughout the day and if wearing makeup I do this by using an SPF mist (my favourite currently is the La Roche Posay Anthelios). There have been some days when I didn't wear any makeup and I just reapplied with the Lagom. I didn't get any build up or greasiness and more importantly no sunburn! 

As you’ve probably figured I’ll definitely be purchasing this with my own money. I think what I’m most impressed by is that it costs £26 for 50ml and there isn’t really anything I can complain about! At a push I’d say the packaging may cause some issues when nearing the end of the product as the bottle isn’t particularly ‘squeezy’ but it does stand with the nozzle downwards so should be ok.

You can purchase the Lagom Cellus Sun Gel SPF50 here from Skinsider. If you would like to learn more about this brand or the 'AQUALICIA' technology then the Skinsider website has some fantastic articles. 

What is in it...

Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Octocrylene, Alcohol Denat., Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Propanediol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Bis Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Urea, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Maltodextrin, Indole Acetic Acid, Bis-PEG/PPG-20/5 PEG/PPG-20/5 Dimethicone, Methoxy PEG/PPG-25/4 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Panthenol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Isohexadecane, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Polysorbate 80, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Sorbitan Oleate, Rose Flower Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol


What are your favourite SPF’s? I’d love to know! 

Thanks for reading xx


Monday, 1 July 2019

My 10 Minute 'Mum' Makeup Routine...

This is a breakdown of the products I use on a daily basis. Sometimes I use less than this, sometimes more but this is the makeup I apply when I’m having a normal day. Breakfast or lunch date, shopping, going up the park, etc. If I’m at home for the day then usually I won’t use anything. Maybe just a brightening primer. 

Most days it’s Lumene Instant Glow UV Primer or the travel size I have of the Barbara Sturm Glow Drops. Both give that ‘lit from within’ glow that my tired skin needs. I’ve just bought Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (since I took this pic) and I’ll be using that as a base on good skin days which will eliminate the need to use a brightening primer. 

CC Cream
I’ve been using the Erborian CC cream a lot. It’s so easy to blend with fingers and give the amount of coverage I enjoy. So quick and convenient! If I want quick makeup this is what I use. Now I’ve discovered CT Flawless filter that will be the base I alternate with. 

Becca Undereye Brightening Corrector is a must have for when those sleepless nights show and you have bags that drag on the floor!! It is the product that transforms my face. It conceals dark circles like nothing else I’ve tried. I tap on with my fingers. Sometimes I’ll use YSL Touché Eclat instead. Depends on the size of my bags! After that, I’ll use Revolution Conceal and Define over the top which is a fantastic budget option. I also use on any blemishes/pigmentation to add a bit more coverage. I tend to blend this in with a Real Techniques Setting Brush which gives a more softer look.

Always Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish. It sets everything perfectly without cakiness and works well under eyes and on the face. If I’m wanting any more glow or if I haven’t used the CT Flawless filter I’ll brush on a bit of my new discovery...Revolution Pro Skin Finish powder in Luminescence. It does what I wanted Laura Mercier Translucent Glow to do! Gives skin a brighter finish, natural with no glitter or patchiness

I’m very low maintenance with my brows. Just a quick application of brow pencil to fill in any gaps, brushed through with a spooly and that’s me done. Sometimes I’ll use a brow gel if I need long wear. I found this cheap as chips CYO Brow Sculpting Pencil for £4! It’s really good. Stays put as is a great colour match for me. My other favourite is L’Oréal Artist Brow Xpert. 

Now, this is the flexible step in my routine. If I am limited on time then I won’t apply any but if I do then cream is the way forward for quickness. A finger swipe of MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork gives a lovely natural brown hue to the lids. I use a blending brush on the outer edges just to pull it all together. Other favourites are the Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Sticks. I apply straight onto the eye not being particularly careful and then I use a blending brush all over the lid to ensure coverage and that it’s blended. I have them in Burnished Bronze and Amethyst. 
Another great option is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow. I have it in Beach Bronze which is a lovely shimmery warm golden bronze.

My preference nowadays and especially with the warmer weather is cream products. Apply with fingers and blended with a Real Techniques Stippling Brush is what gives me the best soft and natural effect. 

I have been loyal to RMS Buriti Bronzer for a while now as it is so blendable, easy to apply and works with my pale skin. It also doubles up as a good eyeshadow! But there is a new kid on the block thanks to an Instagram pal who sent me the Chanel Soleil Tan. It didn’t work for her and she knew I’d been eyeing it up. This universal shade works for so many but it also doesn’t work for many... Really hit and miss in terms of what skin tones it works for. With me being pale and the bronzer looking almost orangey I was doubting that it would work for me. But I’m really enjoying it! Soft, creamy and does what I want it to do. No Oompa Loompa in sight!

I have 2 that I alternate between...Becca Beach Beach Tint in Guava which is more of a pinky coral (you can't seem to buy online anymore) and Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink which is more of a natural flush. Like with the bronzer I apply with my fingers first and then blend with the RT stippling brush.

My current favourite choice for lips is a tinted balm. So easy to apply if you don’t have a mirror to hand and they give a lovely natural look. No effort required. I alternate between Bobbi Brown Extra Lip Tint in Bare Nude, Bare Pink and Bare Melon. I love these for summer. Also By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in Zest Shot which is an orangey coral. So bright and perks up the face! I don't think you can get that colour anymore but 'Mango Tango' looks similar!

So there you go...10 mins at most, normally around 5-8 mins if I’m lucky! Easy peasy. 

I hope this helps bring together a quick basic routine to work from in case you need any tips! Do you have any quick makeup tips? Please share!

Thanks for reading! xx