Skincare

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Wake up to beautiful skin with new Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil, a technical innovation combining the power of a serum and oil to indulge, replenish and recharge skin with moisture overnight.

I’m so glad that I get to write a review about this beauty oil from The Body Shop because it has played a vital role in improving my skin over the years that I’ve used it.

The Body Shop has been running since 1976 and like LUSH is against animal-testing, priding itself on selling mainly plant-based products. Founded in Brighton by Anita Roddick, The Body Shop opened over 3,000 stores in more than 60 countries.

Anyway, enough about the brand and onto its products… The Body Shop International offers more than 900 natural beauty products. Of all the 900 products it has released, Vitamin E is by far the best, in my opinion!

I’ve got the whole range, and haven’t got a bad word to say about it. However, that’s not to say that I’ve got a bad word to say about anything that The Body Shop has produced…

With a unique texture, the non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula of Vitamin E Serum-In-Oil delivers fuss-free, instant skin comfort! This technical innovation combines power and indulgence to replenish and recharge
skin with moisture overnight.

I agree with The Body Shop, it’s like locking 8 hours of beauty-sleep in a bottle ready, awaiting at our disposal. The Serum-in-Oil promises to rejuvenate the skin, helping it to feel softer, while looking fresher, radiant and more rested. This product includes the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil, a non-greasy, fast absorbing formula.

Although I tend to mix it with Rodial‘s Airbrush Make-Up [before going on a night out], it’s also worth mixing with your moisturiser before bed. This renews your skin and brings a soft, natural glow to your face upon waking up.

But, what does ‘serum-in-oil’ actually mean? Basically, it has all the goodness of a serum, but comes in liquid-oil form to further hydrate and moisturise.

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleanser

A deep cleansing, purifying formula for clear + radiant skin.

The key ingredients used in this cleanser are Glycolic Acid, Apple Amino Acid, and Olive Oil – all of which perform different tasks. Glycolic Acid retextures and resurfaces, and the Apple Amino Acid provides foaming affect and softens the skin while the Olive Oil smooths and gives long-lasting hydration.

What struck me most was its fragrant fruity scent, and the fact that one pump was enough for my whole face and neck (which is good because it means that it’ll last longer).

As with all products that I review, I’ve got to give an honest opinion… As much as I love Nip + Fab, I found that this cleanser broke me out. I’m not talking the odd spot here and there, I’m talking full on cystic acne!

However, I could not tell whether it was a reaction to the cleanser, or if it was in fact working to bring forward trapped zits that lay under the skin. There’s no way of finding out because I’ve since stopped using it.

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel

A night-time clarifying treatment for dull and oily skin, this purifying gel contains glycolic and salicylic acid which combine to resurface and purify the skin by gently lifting away dead skin cells with a continuous deep pore cleansing action. By the morning skin will look and feel fresher and smoother and skin tone will improve over time.

It’s a well known fact that our skin repairs itself while we sleep, and dermatologists recommend that we wear a night cream before bed to help restore our skin. Enter Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel…

Okay, this product is a Godsend as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been using it for about a month now and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it.

I love Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Overnight Purifying Gel because it balances the oils in my skin, evens my skin-tone, removes dead skin-cells and blackheads to reveal a clean and clear face. I mean, it’s even reduced the look of my pimples as well as my acne-scarring. I wake up to flawless skin every day thanks to this bad boy of a night gel!

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Serum

Introducing Glycolic Fix Serum, an innovative overnight serum with 4% glycolic acid to retexture the skin’s appearance. This highly effective formua contains powerful glycolic acid to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles while improving skin texture. Designed with pore refining ingredient PoreAway, the size of pores are visibly reduced for a more refined, even looking complexion.

Like the Overnight Purifying Gel, this serum should only be worn at night – when it’s at its most effective… I bought this recently and was pleasantly surprised by how it well it smoothed over my fine-lines and wrinkles, helping reduce the appearance of my spots.

Nip + Fab’s Glycolic Fix Serum features 4% glycolic acid – helpful when smoothing fine-lines and wrinkles, PoreAway – to minimise the look of large pores, and aloe vera – a natural herb that soothes and calms the skin.

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Fix

Scrub your skin to perfection with a new breed of facial exfoliator, Glycolic Facial Scrub Fix.  This 3-in-1 micro exfoliant is packed with 3% glycolic acid and salicylic acids to refine, brighten + renew. Glycolic Fix Facial scrub works deep into pores to cleanse, polish + reduce blemishes from the first use. With a fruity grapefruit scent, it energises + awakens the skin.

Now we move on to one of my favourite Nip + Fab products, ever! This scrub is one of the best scrubs I have ever tried! It includes glycolic acid granules that gently exfoliate and retexture the skin to reveal fresh, and smooth skin. Other ingredients include salicylic acid which cleanses the pores from within.

The only bad thing about this scrub is that it leaves an oily residue after wash, so you might need to rinse it out more than once if you want to get it off completely.

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Day and Night Duo

Get radiant and smoother looking skin with this duo, which is easily incorporated into your weekly routine.

All hail the creme de la creme of exfoliator cleansing pads…

Glycolic Fix Pads Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme

Unveil younger-looking skin with our innovative Glycolic Fix. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin. [Glycolic Fix Pads]

A more potent version of our bestselling glycolic fix pads, these extreme night pads contain our highest level of glycolic acid at 5% and have been further enhanced with the addition of salicylic acid, making these your ultimate night treatment to refine pores, brighten the complexion and de-congest the skin through the improvement of the skin’s natural exfoliation process.  Easily incorporated into a weekly routine, use one pad at night 2-3 times a week. For more sensitive skin types we advise usage once a week. [Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme]

These pads have revolutionised the way that I wake up and go to sleep, I kid you not… I am absolutely obsessed with how soft they are to touch but how deep they cleanse. I use these as a toner when my skin needs extra love, and they work amazingly well to clear up an excess oils, removing any impurities!

Obviously start off with a cleanser of your choice, then use these [during the day, or at night], before applying serum and moisturiser.

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My Magic Foundation is a miracle in a bottle that transforms skin for all ages, skin tones and skin types. I have worked with laboratories for five years to create a “hyper-intelligent” formula that gives full-coverage yet feels completely weightless, with all the anti-ageing and protective benefits of a luxury skin cream. It conceals imperfections, glides on like a dream, and literally feels like a second skin. Whether your skin needs just a bit of perfecting, or you struggle with a frustrating issue like acne, melasma or rosacea, my Magic Foundation will give you a perfect looking skin day, every day!
Charlotte Tilbury‘s Magic Foundation was my top beauty buy of 2015. On the website, it’s described as a “miracle foundation that transforms skin of all ages, skin-tones, and skin types” – I couldn’t agree more.

 

Apparently, this product was five years in the making. Its “hyper-intelligent” formula covers imperfections beautifully but feels completely weightless on the skin. What’s more, it packs all the protective and anti-ageing benefits of a premium cream into a tiny 30ml bottle, meaning that you can wear it on its own – instead of your moisturiser.

 

Although the bottle is small, a little of this foundation goes a long way – providing that you use a good brush/beauty blender to spread it evenly. Personally, I find that this foundation is very easy to blend and has maximum staying power. So, whether you’re accidentally rubbing your face or walking out in the wind/rain, it doesn’t budge.

 

As you may know, I used to suffer from acne, so I’ve got plenty of acne scars (which this conceals very well). If your skin needs a pick-me-up or  you struggle form skin problems (like me) choose Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation because it’ll keep you skin looking “on fleek”.

 

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Photo Credit: Charlotte Tilbury

My secret’s out… Over the past 20 years I’ve been mixing my own age-defying skincare known in the industry as CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM. I’ve been testing it backstage for years and models and my regular clients are already hooked. It’s a secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, a hyaluronic acid booster plus floral extracts that lift and transform tired skin in an instant! Think of a wilting flower that’s just been watered – skin is flooded with moisture for a glowing complexion in a flash, no matter how dehydrated or lacklustre your skin may look.

A break-through, multi-tasking ingredient, the BioNymph Peptide Complex, fights the ageing process on all fronts: it stimulates collagen production and cell energy and fights free radicals, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin. A hyaluronic acid booster called Sodium Hyaluronate floods skin with moisture, re-plumping the skin. And an infusion of rose hip oil and vitamin E bring your complexion back to life. Whether you’re stressed at your desk, dehydrated after a long-haul flight or an all-night hedonist with hungover skin, cheat the appearance of 8 hours sleep with CHARLOTTE’S MAGIC CREAM, for a lasting dewy, plumped-up finish. It’s one of my seven wonders for your skin!

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is incredible. It may be expensive, but it lasts a very long time so it works out cheaper in the long run…

So, this cream costs £70 but is so worth it! I mean, you can’t put a price on good skin. It had been in the pipeline for 20 years, but now it’s finally out on the beauty counters of many prestigious department stores. Prior to unveiling the cream commercially, Charlotte had been using it on models and regular clients for many years. All of them were hooked, including me!

 

I mean, it’s not just Victoria who has a secret… Charlotte Tilbury’s got one too… But, what’s hers? This cream. It includes a secret mix of patented anti-age ingredients, a hyaluronic acid booster, and flower extracts to lift and transform tired looking skin in an instant. It leaves your skin looking lively with a glowing complexion, no matter how dehydrated your skin is.

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This is a light, cocoa butter-free moisturiser that doesn’t sit on the skin or overload it. It vanishes completely, leaving beautifully soft, lightly fragranced skin. It’s ideal for using in the morning under make-up, or to refresh you during the day. Essential oils of lavender, neroli and geranium oils help to balance the skin and give it a light scent.

Never in my life have I been as obsessed about a product as I am about LUSH‘s Vanishing Cream. I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about how amazing it is and that still wouldn’t do it justice!

This cream is the single best thing I have ever received in my whole, entire life. You must think that I’m extremely sad to be singing the praises of a materialistic object, but I cannot tell you how long I have been searching for something as good as this. I mean, I’ve only got a sample of the stuff but I’m already completely hooked.

Allow me to explain why I’m so over-excited about this product… After just three applications, I have noticed that my acne scars have faded considerably! What’s more, it’s soothed my breakouts and prevented more from forming.

The full list of ingredients are as follows: Linseed InfusionWater (Aqua)Rose WaterLavender Honey WaterOrganic Cold Pressed Grapeseed Oil, HoneyStearic AcidOrganic Jojoba OilWitch Hazel ExtractFair Trade Shea ButterCetearyl AlcoholTriethanolamineCamellia OilLavender OilNeroli OilGeranium OilGlycerineTincture of Benzoin*Geraniol*Limonene*Linalool,  PerfumeMethylparabenPropylparaben.

If you need other reasons to buy this product, I’ve got plenty more advantages coming up… It hydrates your skin for 24 hours [tried and tested], it’s a great base for make-up, and the product lasts a heck of a long time as a little goes an actual long way. For example, even though I’ve applied it on three separate occasions, I still have most of my sample left.

All in all, it smells like lavender, glides on like a dream, keeps breakouts at bay while soothing rogue spots and fading current acne scarring. There are absolutely no downsides to this product as far as I’m concerned.

I give this product 5♡♡♡♡♡ because hearts beat stars any day of the week…

RRP: £18.95

 

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Photo Credit: Dove

Late last month, I begun taking part in the Dove Beauty Bar challenge – which entails washing my face with nothing but the soap for seven days. Now, I’m very late in the game because this was a trending topic in the #bloggersphere years ago. But, I found a bar of Dove’s soap lying around the house recently and thought that I’d give it a go.

Every morning, I’d wake up and wash my face with Dove’s Beauty  Bar, doing the same at night. I’ve got to admit that this was the first time that I’d used soap on my face  – as I’m used to liquid cleansers. However, I’m a firm believer in the saying: ‘there’s a first time for everything’.

According to research, Dove had previously released an advert where women washed their faces with nothing but the Beauty Bar for a total of seven days. They were prohibited from looking in the mirror so that they’d become more receptive to the changes in their skin since using the soap. Although I’m not brave enough to spend a week without looking in the mirror, I tried the challenge nonetheless but hated every second…

Let’s start off with the positives – the bar is soft, smooth, pure and very luxurious! Other pros include the fact that it’s cheap to buy and easy to use. The negatives? It dries my skin out quickly and the moisturising effect wears off soon after. I also found that the soap irritated my extremely sensitive eyes.

All in all, I wouldn’t recommend using this product on your face. Having said that, it’s great to wash your body with! I’d give Dove’s Beauty Bar 1* because it just didn’t work for me…

In this post, I’ll be sharing all of my beauty secrets with you. Ideally, it’ll give me a chance to introduce my readers to some products which they may not have heard of and/or remind others of products that they may be missing.

The first step is to find a cleanser that’s right for your skin. The worst thing to do is use a cleanser because your friends use it, or someone famous endorses it. The point I’m trying to make is: everyone has different skin cells and skin types. So, what works for them won’t necessarily work for you…

I used to purchase products based on word-of-mouth until I got acne. Now, I stick to a tried and tested routine that works to keeps my spots at bay. I’m not going to lie, I get the odd spot – but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be!

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Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser [RRP: £17]

I remember the moment my mum took me to Kiehl’s because she’d tired of hearing me complain about my acne. I mean, it got so bad that I was prescribed Roaccutane!

We were greeted by a lovely guy who didn’t look at me weirdly or treat me any different. He was very nice, explained the back story of the brand and recommended that I try their Blue Herbal Gel range. He predicted that my skin would clear up in just one month after using these products. He was so sure about them that he promised to give me my money back if they didn’t work. That’s sheer confidence if ever I saw it!

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser is oil-free and non-drying. It’s inspired by Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion and is a Salicylic Acid treatment with extracts of Cinnamon Bark and Ginger Root.

Of all the acne treatments I have ever tried, this is the one that I’ve seen the most results while using. I’m not just saying this, but it cleared up my skin in less than four weeks. Yes, it dried my skin out, but it did what it said it would which was to get rid of my spots.

If it weren’t for Kiehl’s, I probably would’ve had no option but to use Roaccutane. I’d go as far as to say that drugs don’t solve the problem. I can’t believe that dermatologists think that a drug as harsh as Roaccutane can cure something that could easily be treated using the right herbal facial products.

I still use this cleanser to this day as means of preventing my acne from returning, and it still works a treat!

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Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads [RRP: £12.95]

Unveil younger-looking skin with our innovative Glycolic Fix. 60 radiance-boosting pads, soaked in exfoliating glycolic acid (2.8%) retexture + resurface skin whilst witch hazel helps to tone. This moisturising formula with hyaluronic acid + soothing blue daisy helps to reveal brighter + smoother looking skin.

Alright, I know I was banging on about not conforming to something that celebrities swear by, but this stuff actually works. As you know, Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian-Klan is an ambassador for Nip + Fab. According to the website, Kylie is a big fan of the stuff.

These pads work as a toner for the skin, and are specifically formulated to remove dead skin cells, and help lighten discolouration in the skin caused by aging. But, what most people don’t know is that this range can also be used by acne-sufferers.

I love this product because of how gentle it is on my skin. It’s not harsh or coarse in any way. I also like that it absorbs into my skin pretty quickly. What’s more, I can really feel it working because I sense a tingling feeling after I apply it to my face and neck.

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Premier Para-Pharmaceutical Facial Exfoliating Gel [RRP: £25.44]

This 5.5 pH balanced soap-less facial cleanser is rich with therapeutic essential oils and Dead Sea minerals and is suitable for all skin types.

I use this product once or twice a week as an exfoliator. I first came across it in Westfield. Yes, they gave me that long marketing spiel about how awesome this product is, and yes I did fall for it…

However, unlike other marketing spiels which are enticing but fall flat after use, this one didn’t. I’ve been using it for a year now and have encountered no problem other than the granules going in my eyes.

I love this product because it works to deep cleanse my skin, removing all the impurities. It’s packed with healthy ingredients that leaves my skin feeling smoother and more radiant.

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Nip + Fab Dragon’s Blood Fix Serum [RRP: £19.95]

A lightweight serum that delivers an instant shot of moisture to dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid and delicate velvet flower blend together for an intensive hydrating effect that leaves skin feeling comforted and looking plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced.

Before moisturising, it’s vital to add a serum to a freshly cleansed and toned face. That’s where Nip + Fab’s Dragon’s Blood Fix comes in…

You can use this miracle worker underneath your make-up in morning or evening. Aside from the fact that like all Nip + Fab products, it’s smells amazing – this gel sits perfectly well on the skin too.

Cleansers [especially like Kiehl’s one] and toners can be very drying on the skin. So, it’s vital to place a serum on top to give it that burst of moisture.

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Duluxe Cream [RRP: £19.95]

A nourishing moisturiser to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.

Although this cream is multi-purpose in that you can use it at any time during the day, I only use it in the morning. I love this moisturiser because it’s thick and very hydrating! I’ve been using it for 6 months and refuse to change it.

Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Deluxe Cream includes vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, and propolis extract which work together with the bee venom and shea butter to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Since using this cream, my skin feels smoother, looks more plump and my complexion appears healthier.

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Nip + Fab Viper Venom Extreme Night Fix [RRP: £19.95]

A powerful night cream specially formulated with encapsulated time release retinol + SYN®-AKE, to reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles + retexture skin, whilst you sleep. Hyaluronic acid provides long term hydration + an intensive plumping effect. Awake to smoother looking skin with a renewed youthful glow.

This product can be used underneath make-up [if you’re going out at night] or on a cleansed face before bed. I’m obsessed with this moisturiser and would say that it’s the best night cream I have ever used.

I spend my whole life laughing and smiling so I need an intensive cream that smooths out my fine lines and wrinkles whilst hydrating my skin in the process – the Extreme Night Fix does just that!

Obviously our skin repairs itself each night while we sleep, so it’s really important to use a good night cream that works for us, and the Viper Venom range by Nip + Fab works for me…

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Nip + Fab Viper Venom Eye [RRP: £14.95]

A refreshing eye gel in a cooling roll-on applicator with wrinkle minimising LIFTONIN® + SYN®-AKE to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles around the eye area. Red Algae Extract reduces the look of dark circles for a radiance boosting effect. With Syn-ake, a revolutionary ingredient that works to smooth skin and liftonin for instant tightening.

I’ve used many eye creams that claim to make your eyes look younger, but fail. I’ve also tried plenty of roll-on gels that don’t work either. But, I can vouch that Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Eye does!

I first tried it as a way of reducing the appearance of my dark circles and crows-feet. I found that in just one use, my eyes looked younger, less tired and revitalised.

This eye gel is something that I’d recommend to people who tend to wake up and put their shades on out of embarrassment. You can apply it in the morning or at night, and I promise that you won’t need to wear your sunglasses again [when protecting the World from your tired eyes].

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LUSH Catastrophe Cosmetic Mask [RRP: £6.75]

A calming and moisturising fresh face mask packed with blueberries, calamine and chamomile, rose, and almond oils to soothe and soften the skin. We use wholesome blueberries as they are rich in vitamins and minerals, including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E that help to protect the skin from damage.

This is the only mask I’ve ever used that doesn’t irritate my skin. Made purely from blueberries, this product soothes my skin to reveal a dewy, flawless and blemish-less complexion.

I use LUSH‘s Catastrophe Cosmetic once a week as a means of anti-oxidising my skin, protecting it from all types of damage caused by everyday life.

In conclusion, I give all the above products a 5***** rating because I simply cannot live without them…

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As you know, the secret to gorgeous skin lies behind a good cleanser, toner and moisturiser. At £8.50 for 250g, LUSH CosmeticsTea Tree Water is the best of its kind. I love this product because it’s a light, multi-purpose spray that instantly dries revealing softer, calmer skin in seconds.

It’s packed with antibacterial, anti-fungal and antimicrobial agents which work to banish and prevent breakouts. With water taken from tea tree, grapefruit and juniper-berry, this toner clears, invigorates, refreshes and balances the oils in your skin. Other ingredients include: *Limonene, Perfume, and Methylparaben.

LUSH says:

Keep skin clear and refreshed. Tea tree is antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial, so can help keep away the bacteria that can cause spots. Grapefruit is rich in vitamins and is also lightly astringent on the skin, whilst juniperberry is antiseptic and helps keep skin clean and clear. Use any time of day to keep skin refreshed, or to remove traces of makeup or cleanser.

My verdict?

LUSH’s Tea Tree Water has been a saviour for my acne-prone and combination skin. I noticed that my spots appeared reduced after just one spray. What’s more, it moisturised and hydrated my skin pretty quickly, soothing my breakouts and absorbing the excess oils. I don’t just use it as a toner, I spray it on top of my make-up to set it in place as well.

My favourite thing about this product is that it comes in a classy looking black bottle [typical of LUSH] with a spray cap. I find this a lot more hygienic than applying the water with cotton balls or by hand.

I’d give it a 5***** rating because this is one of the very few toners that has not had an adverse effect on my skin. I love that it carries on working day after day, week after week and month after month! Plus, it’s got to be said that I am fore everything that LUSH stands for – natural, herbal products that are organic, free from parabens and never tested on animals.