Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A glow good for oily skin

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I’ve come a long way since blotting five times a day. That’s an exaggeration, but if you have a problem with oily skin, you know the feeling. But I feel brave these days!

Since I got on so well with the Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Enhancer, I wanted to test the Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, because I figured I could tackle both dewiness and hydration in one go. I’m also a sucker for citrus scented anything in the morning, and what could be bad with a potent dose of vitamin C?

So on to the pros. The scent is so incredibly mouth-watering, and the moisturiser is very wet and non-greasy in texture, so it sinks in quickly. I love how it feels when I apply it, and it’s entirely weightless. As for the glow, it means what it says! My complexion looks even, brighter, and has an all-over healthy glow. I could blot in the afternoon, but I can get away with not doing so.

The only negative aspect of this moisturiser is that it’s not especially hydrating overall. I can’t use it on its own or my skin will feel a bit tight, and my T-zone will go into overdrive, because I just need more hydration to keep things in check.

What works for me is using toner and a solid hydrating moisturiser after a bit of this vitamin c moisturiser, and I tend to use two toners because I’m excessive like that. On weekends, which is when I mostly reach for this, I’ll tone and use the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo as first step beforehand, and it all works well. If you have normal skin though, I think this could work well for you.

Of both the Body Shop’s Vitamin C Glow Enhancer and Glow Boosting Moisturiser though, I’d say the latter is best. The Enhancer is thicker in texture and can become flaky if you apply too much, or when blending foundation. The cream is easiest and faster to work with, and it’s surely a lot better for skin overall.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

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I had a self-imposed spending ban in March. I’m going to say it didn’t quite work out.

I’d seen the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero highlighter palette swatched, and the hype has been intense! I almost hoped it wouldn’t be available in the UK, because I wanted to detox from beauty and clothing splurges for a while. Then I bought this within five minutes of it landing online, and I ain’t sorry!

I’ve resisted all the Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter palettes so far.

They’re beautiful, diverse in shade range, and with four highlighters in a palette, they’re a bargain! But the ABH Glow Kits up until now don’t win any awards for pigmentation and I find a few of the highlighters patchy in application. But I feel like Anastasia took the critiques on board, because this palette is incredible!

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Left to right: Kitty Kat, Forever Lit, Forever Young, Glo Getter, Daydream, 143

Firstly, the formula is so much better! They’re buttery in texture, even in application, and the pigment is so incredibly vibrant that a little goes a long way. Minimal fall-out when using this palette is a bonus, because I hate when highlighters are too messy. They’re also finely milled, and aren’t chunky glitter highlights, which I’m not a fan of. Also, six highlighters in one is not bad at all!

The shades are exactly the sort of shades I love. Pink, rose gold, and peach tones are my favourites, and I’d say this is mostly a cool toned highlighter selection, but Daydream and 143 are quite warm. Kitty Kat is my go-to so far, and it lasts on my skin all day, and I’ve literally had it stay in place once from 8am until 10pm, having faded ever so slightly.

I love this palette so much! It was always going to take something special to prize my beloved BECCA Rose Gold highlighter from my hands, but just look at these!

For a moving preview of the swatches, Jaclyn Hill swatched them in this video.

Are you going to pick up the ABH X Nicole Guerriero palette?

Monday, 13 March 2017

REN Flash Hydro-Boost, skin care done right.

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All my skin care efforts come undone in February.

I’ve always had an oily T-zone, with normal skin elsewhere, but for the first time, I felt dehydrated on a cellular level. You know what I mean?

So, I reached for Hyaluronic acid.

This is the first time I’ve tried Hyaluronic acid. As an oily skinned girl, I’m wary of how a loss of hydration can send my skin into overdrive, so I’m not a fan of oily or heavy quick fix moisturisers that barely scratch the surface. Hyaluronic acid seemed logical, because of how just one molecule holds a thousand times its weight in water.

I love REN and I’ve tried most of the range by now, and the new Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion is now my favourite alongside the Bio-Retinoid Anti-Wrinkle Concentrate Oil. The science behind Hyaluronic acid is fascinating, and you can find more about it here, but I’ll keep this review simple.

Aside from Hyaluronic acid, this serum is made with germ oil, shea butter, cranberry seed oil, rosemary leaf extract and sunflower oil. As with the rest of REN’s range, the Hydro Flash-Boost is paraben, silicone, and sulfate free, and is naturally fragranced. It smells rather nice, and doesn’t irritate my skin, so I have no complaints.

A single pump is enough to cover my face. You then need to dampen your hands and massage the water into your skin to activate the serum. This may seem fiddly, but it’s necessary. I recommend using the Caudalie Grape Water for a zero-fuss application.

The dose of hydration is instant, and I can always feel the difference in my skin within a few minutes. Considering the heavy dose of hydration, my fine lines are less visible, my skin looks radiant and plump, and my complexion a lot brighter. The best part? It’s entirely weightless and I would say oily skinned people could use this as well.

I love using this as my morning serum, as it leaves my skin velvety smooth, but I also use it in the evening at least once a week. I’m so incredibly happy with how my skin looks right now!

What’s your choice of morning serum?
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