IT Cosmetics

IT Cosmetics

I have found my new holy grails in base makeup.

For a long time I’d seen and heard about the It Cosmetics CC+ Cream, but as a heavy-coverage foundation lover I didn’t feel I could justify the brand’s price price for a CC cream. It was only after I received a sample of the foundation alongside a different purchase that I got curious and gave it a try.

I’m a bit of a sucker for a good deal, so when the Black Friday deals were flying around in November, I picked up a few products from the brand to try them out. Boy, am I glad I did!

The products I bought are:

  • Your Skin But Better Foundation
  • Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream (SPF 50 UVB)
  • Bye Bye Undereye Full Coverage Anti Aging Concealer
  • Bye Bye Pores Poreless Finish Airbrush Powder
  • Concealer Brush

I also got a makeup bag which included some other bits from the brand (mascara, brow powder, moisturiser, cleanser etc) which I won’t include in this post as I want to focus on the great products I’m now loyal to.

Your Skin But Better Foundation

I’ll start with this as it’s the first product I tried from the lot.

As I mentioned above, I tried this from a sample out of curiosity. I wouldn’t normally be that fussed about foundation samples, but for some reason I was drawn to trying it. I was astounded by how it just became one with my skin!

Instantly I noticed my skin looked more refined, almost as though there was a filter on it. The coverage was exactly what I was looking for, and the tone was perfectly even with a matte finish. I also noticed that it’s less sticky than other foundations, and doesn’t transfer anywhere near as much.

I was lucky that it was around the time of Black Friday deals, because I went on to the site to buy it and then decided I also wanted to try a few more products which got me some killer deals (30% off, free gifts and the like).

One thing that I really love is that it doesn’t look cakey or over-the-top in natural lighting – it just looks as it describes itself: your skin but better. It claims to improve your skin over time when used regularly, but I can’t attest to this as it’s too difficult to attribute any improvements I’ve seen in my skin to this as opposed to the extensive skincare routines and various products I use, so I’m focussing on how this performs as a foundation only.

I can whole-heartedly say that this has shot right up to the top 3 foundations in my list – perhaps even claiming the spot 1 or 2 (too difficult to REALLY rank them, though) – and one I’ve already bought more of and will repurchase again and again.

CC+ Cream

This is pretty much in the same category as the foundation for me: insane coverage yet not heavy.

I really love that this contains SPF, although it’s important to point out that this wouldn’t be enough on its own – you should always use a proper SPF and enough of it! As I’ve eluded to earlier in the post: I wasn’t convinced that a CC cream would do it for me. To be honest, I think that’s my own issue for not doing enough research and understanding what a CC cream is (I just associated it with a tinted moisturiser and BB cream).

I’m not sure whether I prefer this or the foundation as they’re both on par with one another, so I find that I alternate between the two as I love them both. As with the foundation, this gives a full-coverage (although maybe slightly less full) with matte finish and doesn’t budge or transfer too easily.

This is a product that I also already have a backup for without having finished my first tube, and expect to repurchase it again and again.

The only description I can think of for this, along with the foundation, is they’re like an undetectable velvet veil that perfects your skin and tone.

Bye Bye Undereye Concealer

I think this would be the next in line for comment, as I apply it either before/after whichever of the above I’m using on the day.

Now first a warning for you: don’t do what I did and just go for whichever colour you think might work for you if the colour you would have chosen is out of stock… I’ve ended up with 2 different colours which I mix to create the perfect colour for me. Initially I went for the lighter colour and looked ridiculous! So I bought a darker one to counterbalance and I was lucky that it blended to create the right colour. What with lockdowns galore I just couldn’t muster up the energy to return the light shade so I was lazy and hoped for the best. Don’t try this at home is all I can say…

Anyway, as I was lucky enough for the two shades combined to give me the correct shade, I could really notice and appreciate the full effect of the product. I went in with too much at first, at which point it went cakey very fast (this would happen with any concealer, so I wasn’t put off). When I removed the excess and used it a couple more times with less, and I could appreciate the amazing coverage and smoothing effect. This is one of those products where I can honestly say a little goes a long way and it makes quite the impact.

I felt like a doll after using this and the foundation/CC+ cream!

I also got the concealer brush to apply this with and I’m really glad I did. I don’t think it’s really necessary but it definitely makes it easier and gave the effect I was looking for. I use the flat end to gently apply the concealer and blend it with the fluffier end. Each end of the brush has a cover which makes it perfect for carrying around with you. I use this every time and haven’t wanted to use anything else since I first tried it.

One thing I will point out, however, is that the concealer can go ever-so-slightly cakey under the eyes and highlight lines if you don’t set it properly. I have chubby cheeks and I smile/laugh a lot (easily pleased), which really doesn’t work well with an unset concealer. That’s why I’m really glad I bought the powder. Which brings me on to the next point…

Bye Bye Pores Finishing Powder

There are loads of finishing powders out there that are plain excellent, so this isn’t something I would say is 100% necessary, but I fell in love with it alongside the rest of the products.

It’s a super fine, translucent powder that really does perfect skin. It appears white in the pot, but when applied just enhances the skin without altering the colour or tone.

It’s mattifying and I would dare to say quite blurring. I really enjoy using this to set the concealer under my eyes (see above – absolutely necessary!) which does an incredible job, as well as using it on the rest of my face to give that perfected, blurring effect we’re all striving for. It’s perfect for me as a matte fan (I’m not a dewy-skin person as I feel like I just end up looking sweaty!).

I do struggle to dispense it occasionally, which is my only gripe. It comes with a really cute little puff which basically blocks the powder from being dispensed so I have to carefully dislodge the puff slightly in the hope that powder won’t go flying. It’s not that big an issue though, and certainly not anything to make me want to stop using it.

I bought all of the above from the It Cosmetics site, and some other bits from Cult Beauty but I’ll save that for another day as those discussed here are my staples.

It’s safe to say I’ve been converted to an IT Cosmetics fan. I know not everyone gets on with it but from what I’ve seen people have largely had the same positive experience as I have. This is all my personal thoughts and feelings on the products after using them myself for a while now. All pictures are my own,

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 8: Ceramides

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 8: Ceramides

Ceramides are one of those words I’ve heard thrown around in skincare a lot, but never knew too much about what they were until I did a bit of digging. A lot of skincare products include ceramides (for good reason, of course) so back in the day when I was throwing products on my face without much skincare knowledge, I knew they contained Ceramides but I didn’t know why. I do now!

What is it?

Ceramides are what are called ‘Lipids’ (fatty acids, but I think the word Lipid sounds nicer!) that occur naturally in the skin. They form around 50% of the skin barrier and play an important role in keeping that barrier happy and together, preventing the skin barrier from becoming too permeable, thus keeping in the moisture our skin craves. In simple terms: they bond the cells together at the surface level and create a plump and protective top layer that retains moisture.

Even though these are already present in our skin, their presence diminishes over time with aging, which is why they’re such a fundamental component in anti-aging skincare.

What are the benefits?

First and foremost, moisture is locked into the skin. Moisture isn’t lost via the skin barrier when Ceramides have anything to do with it.

As a result of moisture getting locked in, signs of aging are reduced. When the skin is dry and dehydrated, some unwelcome characteristics are more prominent. This is because skin is less plump when it’s dry and dehydrated, so hydration and moisture really are key to fighting and hiding signs of aging.

Ceramides also aid in fighting environmental aggressors and protecting the skin. They essentially help the skin barrier do just that: be a barrier for keeping the good stuff in, and the bad stuff out.

They’re not known as a ‘powerhouse ingredient’ for no reason!

Things to be aware of

This is one of those perfect ingredients that are compatible with everyone as we all produce them naturally – they’re what are known as ‘skin-identical’ ingredients. They can be used on all types of skin, including sensitive and delicate as they pose such a low risk of any damage.

It’s always nice to know you can use an ingredient freely and without needing to consider any risks!

So, a shorter post but Ceramides keep it short and sweet! A simple, but special ingredient that features in some of the most iconic skincare products for good reason.

I hope you enjoyed reading! I haven’t updated my blog in a while as life has been busy but I’ll be trying to post a bit more regularly. As usual, I’m not a skincare expert and this is based on my personal research and experience. For any concerns, please contact a professional to make sure you get the most well-suited advice for your needs and your skin type.

Pharrell’s Humanrace skincare: 3 minute facial

Pharrell’s Humanrace skincare: 3 minute facial

First of all, happy new year to my wonderful followers and any newcomers! I hope you all enjoyed the festive period as much as you could under these circumstances (cough, Covid!). I haven’t been very active on here because, well, life. But I’m back and I’ll be posting more regularly on products and more.

So, I don’t think I was alone on being way too excited for Pharrell’s skincare line ‘Humanrace’ to drop back in November. I also had to endure the long wait for international shipping, so when it got here I was more than ready to abandon any other routine I was currently doing after I’d seen all of the posts from other customers who had already got theirs.

Before getting into the detail of the products, I think it’s only right to discuss the unique elements of the brand itself. Humanrace’s mantra is ‘skincare for everyone’ – and I genuinely feel this is very much the case. The packaging is made from reclaimed waste materials, and the dispensers containing the products inside are replaceable. In an age where the majority of us endeavour to do our best by the environment, it’s refreshing to feel less guilty when finishing a product and being able to replace a smaller element rather than throw away the whole thing. I was also very pleasantly surprised to find that braille was featured on the routine kit’s box as well as each individual product. This really speaks volumes about the thought that had gone into achieving the goal: ‘skincare for everyone’. Pharrell’s ambition was to create skincare that everyone can use regardless of gender, race or any other obstacle that might dissuade someone from looking after their skin.

The line includes a cleanser, an exfoliator and a moisturiser.

So let’s begin…

The aesthetic

I’ll be completely honest and say this isn’t pretty skincare. Some products and brands jump out at you solely for how they look, and this isn’t one of them (at least not in the usual way). The intense green packing disrupted by a white text goes with the brand’s overall aim as it isn’t the usual type of product marketed towards just women – it’s pretty basic and unisex/uni-anyone (that a word?). However, it’s definitely not unpleasant by any means. It’s just different!

The Rice Powder Cleanser
This is the first powder cleanser I used and I’m not going to lie, I kind of love it.

To use it, you wet your hands, pop a bit of the powder onto them and rub them together. This instantly turns it into a gorgeous, light lather that is a real treat to use. One thing to keep in mind though, your hands need to be wet enough to ensure the powder turns into enough of a lather, otherwise the cleanser doubles as an exfoliant with the grainy texture. This isn’t really an issue though as it’s super easy to make sure it’s used properly.

There’s not really any scent to it, so irritation from perfume isn’t really a concern. On that note, any form of irritation seems to be pretty unlikely (on my skin, at least). It’s really gentle and does a great job. My skin feel clean and fresh without feeling dry and stripped.

The ingredients on the front include fruit AHAs, Snow Mushroom and geranium. Delving a little bit deeper into the list, the first ingredient is Kaolin, which is a clay. This is perfect for oily and combination skin as the ingredient gently extracts oilsimpurities without upsetting the skin. Think about it, clay masks are MASSIVE when it comes to brightening and clearing the skin, so including this gentle but effective clay in the cleanser is a stroke of genius. The next ingredient is, unsurprisingly, rice powder. It’s a very, very mild exfoliant (hence my earlier comment around the texture and lather!), and the rice also absorbs sebum making this cleanser DOUBLY great for oily skin. The list goes on with wonderful ingredients, so I won’t go through them all and make this go on as well…

I’ve been enjoying using the cleanser everyday as advised by the brand.

The Lotus Enzyme Exfoliator

This has to be one of the most gentle exfoliators I’ve used, it really is gorgeous.

Firstly, I love the dispensing method! Pushing down on the top of the dispenser provides the perfect amount to use on your face, so you’re not using too much or too little. It’s kind of therapeutic pushing down on it…

Anyway, the texture is almost cream-like so using it is a very pleasant experience. Again, I haven’t experienced any irritation while using it so it’s ticking all the boxes so far.

On the face of the product, it lists 8% Glycolic Acid and 2% fruit AHAs. This ingredient list also contains rice powder, and as far as I’m aware there is no issue with using this ingredient in both the cleanser and exfoliator as it’s so gentle and the exfoliator isn’t meant to be for daily use. The combination of chemical and physical exfoliation in this really makes it special. It also contains lotus leaf, which Humanrace describes as a “natural antioxidant that protects skin from free radication damage and environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays.” It really packs a punch.

My skin appears brighter and really smooth, without feeling like it’s gone through something to get there as it can do with some skincare. I use the product 2-3 times a week, aiming for 3.

The Humidifying Cream

Last but by no means least… the moisturiser.

I can’t get enough of this. From just the first use my skin was noticeably softer – I’m talking REALLY soft. The consistency is enough to have me swooning at it is; it’s super light and absorbs really well. There’s no heavy residue that makes you feel like you need to wash your hands after touching your face (although, we all know we shouldn’t be doing that right now as it is…)

Like the cleanser, the cream contains snow mushroom which is amazing when it comes to moisturising. The ingredient list also boasts hyaluronic acid and squalane to really draw in that hydration and keep it there. Perfect for this time of year, and my skin is really reflecting that. Another interesting addition which I had not heard of before is ‘adaptogens’. Humanrace state that the formula is adaptogenic: adapting to your skin type. Of course I can’t validate this but so far I believe the brand is very transparent and has good intentions, so I trust it. Plus, I will reiterate: my skin is loving this so I wouldn’t discount any of the benefits posed by Humanrace.

Overall this is a brand I can honestly say I stand behind, and would recommend to anybody. It’s a bit pricey, as are most products these days (especially celebrity-brand products) but it’s worth it. I bought the 3-step routine for $100 (plus shipping and duties), but the cleanser, exfoliator and humidifying cream are priced individually at $32, $46 and $48 respectively. The refills are $30, $42 and $44, which collectively cost more than the 3-step routine which is something I would hope Humanrace will change and perhaps do a refill set at a similar discounted price.

A couple of things to add: some of the positives the brand highlights is that the products are vegan, cruelty free, dermatologist tested and microtear safe. I think it’s safe to say this really is a universal brand that anybody can enjoy.

I’ve been using the brand for a month and these are my thoughts, feelings and experiences so far I’ll leave it there for now and update if anything changes. As usual, please don’t take anything from l my review as advice as I am not an expert – just an
enthusiast!

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 4: Retinoids

I first heard about the benefits of retinoids in my early 20s, and thought that’ll probably be something I need to start using soon.

But then I saw the price of retinol products and though SCREW that!

Fortunately, the skincare sphere has changed pretty fast and there are now brands that have made retinoid products far more affordable and more accessible.

Retinoids are a big, big player on the skincare field for a multitude of reasons, so I’ve been doing some deeper digging to really understand them.

We’re going to focus on the topically-applied retinoid: “Retinol”. This is thought to be the most tolerable form of retinoid that the average person can use to see improvements in their skin, and reap the benefits of the retinoid spectrum while minimising the risk of irritation.

Also known as:

Retinyl Palmitate (weakest form of retinoids)
Retinol (most tolerable, strongest after the above. The focus of this post)
Retinaldehyde (stronger than retinol)
Adapalene (strongest OTC)
Tretinoin and Tazarotene (prescription-only, extremely effective but more irritating in relativity)

What is it?

A vitamin A derivative, retinol is made up of molecules that burrow deep into the skin’s layers to work its magic. Where the majority of topical skincare products work primarily on the surface of the skin and just under, retinol provides a multitasking approach: penetrating the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer) to really change and improve what’s under the surface, whilst exfoliating the surface.

It’s developed a reputation throughout the skincare community for being a spectacular product because of what it can do.

What are the benefits?

I mean really, what aren’t the benefits of this? This has to be the number 1 skincare ingredient out there, but it doesn’t come without it’s problems. We’ll come on to that though… for now let’s focus on the positives!

One of the main reasons people use retinol is because of the immense anti-aging benefits. It is the best thing you can use to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, unveiling more youthful skin over time and benefitting from its firming properties. There is evidence that it actually slows down the body’s aging process as well, so it’s not just a ‘quick fix’; it pays off long term.

Unsurprisingly, it also smooths the skin as well, giving a healthy glow. It reduces redness and dark spots adding to an even complexion.

I was surprised to learn that it is also used for acne and spot treatments. Retinol helps to reduce spots as well as pores, so it literally seems to be a ‘does-it-all’ product.

So why don’t we all just use retinol all the time?! Well, you’re about to find out…

Things to be aware of?

Retinol isn’t just a slap-on-and-go type of product; there’s a lot to know.

The two most pressing, and important points are:

  1. Wear SPF after using retinol. To be honest, you should be wearing SPF anyway as we’re all aware of the impact of UV rays at this point, but this is especially important when using retinol. Your skin will be particularly vulnerable to further damage when it’s gone through the ringer with retinol. As we now know, retinol stimulates cell renewal, so do you really want to be exposing those brand-new, shiny cells to UV damage straight away? I would suspect not. That renewed skin is more sensitive and susceptible to sunburn, so it really is critical to use a broad spectrum SPF. Night time is believed to be the best time to use retinol, for this reason as well as the fact there can be a short period of irritation, so while you get your beauty sleep your skin can benefit from the application but also recover from it too. See my recently post “Learn skincare with me. Lesson 3: SPF” for more information on sun damage.
  2. Don’t go in full-throttle. You must go in easy when you start using retinol, because it can be so irritating to the skin. Your skin will need to build a tolerance to it, so it’s recommended that you start off small (1-2 times a week) before building the usage up over time. Take it easy at first so your skin has time to adapt, and it’s always a good idea to get advice from a dermatologist first, so if you’re unsure or just want an expert’s guidance on it then that’s probably the smart thing to do!

Unfortunately, you’re not going to see instant results the next morning after you apply it for the first time; it takes time to see the results. The general consensus is that the improvements will be noticeable in your skin after approximately 3 months. Interestingly, it is also stated that the cell-renewal benefits don’t tend to continue after 3 months of use, so it is often advised that you use retinol for 3 months, and then stop for 3 months as it will become futile after continuous use.

Retinol is known for drying to the skin. Some people’s skin may be too sensitive for use full stop, for example people with eczema and psoriasis may suffer from adverse side effectives more than the average. Again, it’s so important to consult with a dermatologist as it is, but especially if your skin is sensitive or has any condition. For anyone else, the best thing you can do it: moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

In doing my digging, I learned that you shouldn’t use AHAs and BHAs when you are applying retinol. The reason for this is retinol will provide the exfoliation that you’re looking to achieve when using the acids, so in combining the ingredients you’re at risk of overdoing it, thus causing easily-avoidable irritation and damaging the skin barrier. Let’s not do that, let’s keep our barriers happy!

I was personally surprised to find out that retinol does so much more than what I initially would have thought. I hope you enjoyed reading and learned something new from this post, even if it’s just something really small!

I’ll end here by adding some of the retinol products I’ve been enjoying. Thanks for reading!

Elizabeth Arden, Beautypie, Medik8 and Pixi

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 3: SPF

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 3: SPF

To be honest, I don’t know why I haven’t made this the first post in the series because is there really anything more important?!

By now we are all aware of what the sun can do and what damage it can cause, so it’s ultra important to use SPF and protect our skin as best we can.

I know that pretty much everyone is aware of the qualities of SPF at this point so I won’t patronise in this post (I’ll try, anyway), but I will cover off the key details.

So…SPF!

Also known as?

  • Sun protection factor
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun cream
  • Sun block

What is it?

Sun protection factor – SPF – is literally what its name implies: protection from the sun.

The sun has two different types of damaging rays: UVA and UVB rays. On a very (very!) basic level, the easiest way to differentiate between the two is: the ‘A’ in UVA indicates aging, and the ‘B’ in UVB indicates burning. There’s a lot more to it than just that, but that’s a simple, basic understanding. UVA rays cause premature aging (as do UVB). Those dreaded wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots only appear sooner when we take no steps to prevent the damage. So in (sun)light of the above, we need to understand the ways we can protect our skin from aging before its time.

SPF comes in two main forms: mineral and chemical.

The general preference for people with sensitive skin is mineral sunscreen, as it’s less likely to cause irritation. If you’re looking to use an SPF under your makeup, however, mineral sunscreen may not be the best one for you as it sits on top of the skin instead of absorbing so much, acting as deflector against the rays. Look for an SPF with Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Dioxide if you’re leaning towards mineral.

Chemical sunscreens penetrate past the skin’s outer layers to absorb the UV rays before they can damage the skin. These are more suitable for use under makeup as they absorb more into the skin.

What are the benefits?

It should be pretty apparent what the benefits of using SPF are by now, but because it’s so important I’ll drill it in by covering them off more.

Delayed signs of aging. Of course it’s inevitable that we will all start to age over time and look older as we get older, but using SPF will surely slow down and delay the signs of aging. Let’s push those wrinkles and age spots as far down the line as we possibly can! Have you noticed freckles and pigmentation appearing that wasn’t there before? They will almost certainly be a result of sun exposure, so the sooner you start using SPF the better. And in addition to that, the higher the SPF the better! (I’ve usually opt for one with SPF50 PA+++).

Preventing sunburn. I don’t really need to even mention this as we’ve all had it somewhere on us at some point, but it is NOT fun. The less we have of that, the better. Not only because it’s really painful and uncomfortable at the time, but because once that burn fades into a beautiful tan the damage is there for good and you’ll eventually end up like a leather bag if you’re not careful.

Preventing skin cancer. Definitely the most important point of them all, we have to be so careful in the sun because of the risk of skin cancer. We all want to be around to spend that time with the ones we love, so please(!) protect yourself and encourage your loved ones to do the same.

Things to be aware of

There is an argument that chemical sunscreen is damaging to coral reefs, so if you’re (hopefully) eco-conscious, then that may also be an important factor to consider if you reside in tropical regions when it comes to deciding the right SPF product for you.

SPF must be reapplied every couple of hours, so don’t just pop it on in the morning and think you’re good for the rest of the day. There are specific sunscreens designed to require application once a day (I like Ultrasun), so where reapplying every couple of hours is a faff you could go down that route instead.

There are some sunscreen products out there that have such a low SPF it begs the question: why do they even exist? Using an SPF with a minimal SPF is about as good as trying to drink water out of a bottle with a closed cap – it’s there but it’s not doing anything for you. Sure, something is better than nothing, but when it’s so low it just becomes futile, so make sure you opt for a high SPF. The British Association of Dermatologists recommends a minimum SPF of 30. My mum has always used factor 50 at a minimum on us since we were kids because unfortunately her mother was a victim of malignant melanoma likely caused by sun exposure, so this is a topic I take very, very seriously.

Also, look for a broad spectrum SPF covering both UVA and UVB rays. Do your research to make sure the sunscreen you’re looking at covers all basis, as there are some rather basic ones out there. Don’t be tricked into thinking that just because you’re wearing sunscreen you’re protected; it needs to be enough.

A good sunscreen can be pricey, but it’s worth it. Don’t skimp on the most crucial part of your skincare routine.

Below are some of the sunscreens I’ve been really enjoying. Ultrasun is thicker and leaves a layer on your skin, whereas the other 3 (Missha, Biore and Purito) are all a lot more suitable for wearing with makeup. However, Ultrasun is definitely effective as I learned when I forgot to apply it to a patch on my face (!) which got a slight burn (grrr).

As always when it comes to skincare, always speak to a Dermatologist for proper advice, information and suitability for your skin. I am not an expert in any way – this is primarily just my own research, so please do your own research and speak to the relevant professionals if you have concerns about your skin.

I hope you take away from this the importance of SPF, and thanks for reading!

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 2: Hyaluronic Acid

The next instalment of ‘Learn skincare with me’ is focusing on another ‘top dog’ ingredient in the skincare world: Hyaluronic Acid.

It sounds scarier than it is – it’s definitely not going to erode your face when incorporated into your routine. In fact, the results are so good that you’re doing your skin a disservice by not using it.

So let’s get into a bit of the detail….

Also known as?

  • HA (Hyaluronic Acid)
  • Hyaluronan
  • Sodium Hyaluronate

What is it?

With a gel-like consistency, Hyaluronic Acid is a molecule that our body produces naturally with about half of our body’s production of it present in our skin. It holds a thousand times its weight in water, rendering it being incredible for keeping our skin moisturised by and retaining water.

It’s also a strong humectant, drawing water to the surface of the skin – building on that already-impressive ability to hydrate skin.

Hyaluronic Acid can be applied topically via the vast array of products available on the market, or in the form of a filler.

What are the benefits?

To be honest, we should really be asking what aren’t the benefits of this wonder-ingredient. The most prominent benefits that make it so popular include:

  • Hydrating and moisturising the skin (of course)
  • Keeping the skin healthy and supple, giving it that sought-after youthful appearance
  • Plumping fine lines and improving the elasticity of the skin
  • Giving a ‘glowy’ appearance to the skin

I mean really, who isn’t looking for all of the above?

Things to be aware of

Unlike Vitamin C, there aren’t really any ‘cautions’ when it comes to using HA as it’s such a friendly substance.

As our body’s naturally produce it, it’s incredibly unlikely that any adverse reactions may occur as it’s extremely rare.

It works well with pretty much any other product out there, so you can play around with other products and still use HS alongside it without any worry.

I’ve recently been loving Beautypie’s Triple Hyaluronic Acid to get my fix, which is so affordable and feels really nice to apply to the skin. In my opinion there’s a visible difference in the appearance of my skin when I apply this, reinforcing the above points I’ve found from my dive into the detail.

I hope you enjoyed this post from my learning skincare series! I’ll be learning about more of the popular ingredients in skincare, so keep an eye out for some more ‘lessons’ coming up.

The skincare brushes you didn’t know you needed (you don’t… but you do)

The skincare brushes you didn’t know you needed (you don’t… but you do)

I’ve always hated sticking my fingers in pots of products, regardless of how clean they are. It just feels like I’m contaminating the rest of it. I especially can’t stand when I have to scrape it out from under my nails afterwards (ugh!). Brands seem to be getting better at including spatulas etc, but there’s still loads of products out there that don’t.

So of course when I found out Sigma have a brush set specifically designed for skincare I had to add it to my birthday list…

I’ve had a few Sigma products over the years and I’ve never been disappointed, so I was more than willing to jump straight in with these and try them out. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I did!

What’s in the set?

  • A clay/mud mask brush
  • A serum brush
  • A moisturiser brush
  • A gel mask brush
  • An eye cream brush
  • A spatula brush (for mixing products)

Clay/Mud Mask Brush

Although a lot of masks come with applicators, this is a particularly nice one as it’s silicone and just feels like an upmarket tool to apply masks with. I’ve used this on a few masks so far and it’s made the application easy, smooth and most importantly – not messy!

It feels really good quality, and is really easy to use with any type of mask (in my opinion) because it’s sturdy enough but also flexible enough to spread the product over your face as required. It’s labelled as being suitable for ‘mud or clay’ masks, but I’ve used it with masks of other consistencies such as Herbivore’s Blue Tansy and Prism masks.

I’m really pleased with this mask alone as it just makes masking even more enjoyable without getting it all over your hands!

Clay/Mud Mask Brush

Serum Brush

This is a nice brush to have and apply serums with, but I still find myself applying serums with my hands half the time because it’s nice to have that sort of massaging motion to add to the pamper session. But I still like to use this brush the rest of the time, as there’s a weird feeling of luxury when applying serums with a brush! It’s got a two-tier bristle system: the bristles close to the handle are more dense, with more sparsely placed, longer bristles pertruding from them.

The only less-positive point with this one is that sometimes when it comes to cleaning, some of the product is still on the bristles so you really have to make sure to clean it properly.

This is definitely a nice addition to have, and tool to use for applying serums.

Serum brush

Moisturiser Brush

I’ve never heard of a moisturiser brush before, so I was pretty intrigues to try this one. In some ways it’s weird to apply moisturiser with a brush, but it’s actually pretty pleasant! I don’t bother if the moisturiser is in a tube, but if it’s in a pot then it’s so much more pleasant than digging my fingers in and getting in that dreaded product-under-the-nails situation I despise!

After applying using this brush I usually pat the moisturiser in to help it absorb properly. I don’t really know whether that’s necessary or not but I like to do it!

Moisturiser Brush

Gel Mask Brush

This is a nice brush, but it’s the one I’ve used least. I don’t think I’ll use it for its intended purpose, solely because the mud/clay mask brush (applicator) is my personal preference for all types of masks I’ve tried so far. This is a smaller brush which does actually apply gel masks onto the skin nicely (I used it with the Elemis Plumping Pillow Facial, which was a really nice duo admittedly) so perhaps I’ll use it with more masks from time to time, but I think I’ll find a different use for it in my skin care routine.

Gel Mask brush

Eye Cream Brush

This is a little gem in skincare, which not too many people seem to be aware of!

I know you’re not meant to drag the skin around your eyes at all, and I swear I try my best not to! But occasionally I find that I rub the cream into the skin around eyes instead of patting it in gently.

This little brush is perfect to really gently apply eye cream without accidentally dragging or mistreating the delicate skin in any way. An added bonus is the avoidance of dipping your finger into the eye cream (if you use a pot of it), so you can just pick a bit of it up on a clean brush and then apply it.

Eye cream brush

Spatula Brush

This little silicone beauty is hands-down my favourite one of from the set. Picking up products from a pot has never been easier – from cleansing balms to lip balms.

It’s super easy to clean in-between products (obviously, it’s silicone), so when I like to use it to scoop out my cleansing balm it’s ready in just a few seconds to scoop out some of my Nuxe lip calm. I then use it to actually apply to lip balm to my lips and spread it across, which works like a dream.

If I only had to go for one brush from the set, it would be this one. It’s just so versatile and makes everything so much easier.

Spatula brush

Have you tried this brush set or any of the individual brushes? I would definitely recommend giving them a try if you’re a skincare junkie.

I was a bit dubious over whether or not I would actually get on with these, as products like this often seem like a gimmick. But it’s been a big win for me so I’m really glad I have them now.

Links to the brushes:

Thanks for reading!

The 7 critical beauty commandments you need to commit to ASAP

(As per my opinion).

There are so many things that I’ve learned over the years that I absolutely should have given more weight to. I’ve gradually started to acknowledge them over time and doing better at looking after myself in these ways, but here are some of the key things I wish I started earlier…

1. Drinking enough water

Need I say more? This is literally the number one beauty product out there, and ironically one of the cheapest (is it really though?)

When I don’t drink enough water my skin is noticeably more angry, I feel bloated and I get headachey. I also find that I’m more fatigued, but that may just be down to my rubbish sleep… So I’ve been aiming to drink as much water during the day as I comfortably can and I must say I’ve been feeling much more energised, motivated and healthier. It’s nice to have my skin clearer for once as well – I always get hormonal spots around my jaw but even they have been kept at bay while I’ve been drinking a lot of H2O. It’s also probably best to try it out while I’m working from home as I’m running to the bathroom every 5 minutes!

So to summarise: a mood-booster, slimming, skin clearing miracle that comes straight from the tap was overlooked too much in my earlier youth. Are you drinking enough water? Set yourself a goal to drink a small glass on the hour, every hour if you haven’t got into the habit of it yet and see how you feel.

Source: Pexels

2. Using SPF

The other most important thing: suncream. When it comes to sun protection factor, of course the higher the better. But that’s not the only factor to consider (pun intended)…

As a lot of us know by now, there’s two types of damaging UV rays we need to be aware of:

  • UVA rays
  • UVB rays

The easiest way to differentiate between the two is by remembering A = aging and B = burning. UVA rays penetrate deeper in the skin, cause damage that results in premature aging and contribute to skin cancer.

Basically, if there’s anything we need to know it’s that we need a broad spectrum suncream that protects against both types of UV rays and preferably has a higher SPF. Any tan is skin damage!

Because skin damage is not only important for our complexion but also our health, here are some resources to learn a bit more about it:

3. Flossing!

Have you ever gone down that internet rabbit hole where people later in life tell you what they would have done differently?

One of the ones that always pops up is “better dental hygiene”, weirdly enough! This one really stuck out to me. When I started using flossing harps, I really noticed why dentists say that just brushing your teeth isn’t enough. It’s pretty gross how much is still left wedged in after brushing…

Our smiles are something that is so easy to take for granted, but once you need any teeth removed the damage is irreversible. And I for one don’t want a gappy smile to that extent! I’ve also got an irrational fear of the dentist, so there is that. But seriously – the earlier you start looking after your teeth properly, the less likely the chance of anything going wrong.

I’ve been using some biodegradable flossing harps from Amazon – link to them here. This makes me feel a bit better because it’s such a wasteful process otherwise! I’m trying to be more eco-conscious and find better alternatives for everyday products like that.

Of course this is on top your brushing twice a day, as well as mouth wash if necessary. My dentist doesn’t feel that mouthwash is necessary if you brush and floss adequately, but I personally like the trio just so I know I’ve done all that I can to look after my teeth.

4. Binning the face wipes!

Following on from the wasteful comment, for one thing face wipes are another product that just litter the earth and contribute to the damage we’re doing.

They’re also rubbish in a skincare routine! They don’t remove enough product to properly have cleansed your skin, and the pulling and dragging of the skin when used is closer to ‘skin damage’ than ‘skincare’. They remove eye makeup and lipstick a reasonable amount, but come on – give your pores a bit more respect than that. I guess the best time to use these to remove makeup and cleanse your skin is when you have no other option (aka when I’m already almost comatose in bed and there’s no way I’m making it to the tap, but that rarely happens I swear!). It’s also not worth putting the delicate skin around your eyes through the trauma. No thanks, saggy eye skin! (Could it sound any more gross?).

I will admit to using face wipes to ‘tidy up’ my makeup when I’m applying it, for example if I’ve got a wonky wing, but I only use biodegradable wipes and just for a quick clean-up around the edges.

The real takeaway here is: cleanse thoroughly and be gentle when removing your makeup.

5. Getting enough sleep

When I don’t get enough sleep I feel disgusting in every way. I feel unwell, I look tired and I just feel generally ‘yuck’.

Another absolute necessity when it comes to beauty is this simple hack: sleep. No matter how many benefits products may be able to boast, there’s nothing that trumps getting enough sleep. Bags under the eyes and bad skin don’t get fixed in a bottle – your best bet is to hit the sack and get into a good routine. 7-8 hours per night is the recommended amount, but to be honest I could do with 1000 a night.

There are wider implications to lack of sleep that affect your appearance too: when we’re tired, we’re more likely to snack more (junk food) which in turn affects our skin. This will also increase the likelihood of weight gain, especially as we’re less likely to exercise when we don’t have the energy, so there are multiple reasons why we need enough sleep.

My cat is a pro at getting enough sleep

6. Maintaining a good diet

I’m a fine one to talk… I yo-yo like nobody’s business.

Which is why I’ve noticed the importance of a good diet, because when I have a bad period after being healthy for a bit my skin will tell me about it.

Piggy-backing off the point from eating junk food after not getting enough sleep, a bad diet will cause weight gain and break-outs. It’s also less likely that you’ll be getting the vitamins and nutrients your body needs for balance and general health, which will also be evident in your skin.

Do the research and make sure you’ve got enough of a balanced diet and packing in the nutrients and vitamins you need for a natural glow to add to the skincare glow we’re all chasing!

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7. Being gentle to the skin around your eyes

I think we all know that glorious feeling when you’re running you’re eyes and it just. Feels. Good.

Well I’m double-weird because I love that feeling when taking off my eye makeup! There’s something so therapeutic when it comes to using a warm flannel and a bit of cleanser and giving your eyes one of those massages that you really shouldn’t do. Just me? Oh, ok.

This is somewhat a follow-on from the facewipe section further up this post, because in my teens I was one for removing my eye makeup with a faceup and jusr draaaaagging my skin around like there’s no tomorrow. Well there is a tomorrow: it doesn’t look pretty and it comes around WAY too soon. Hello, skincare regrets at 26. Looking forward to meeting the rest of you.

The skin around your eyes is so much more delicate than the rest of you, so you really need to be careful and loving towards it at all times. It’s super thin so pulling at it and just generally being rough will soon show. Concealer under your eyes takes no prisoners when it wants to highlight what you’ve done wrong over the years. I also have to be extra careful with mine because my eye skin is hyper-sensitive and I had to use steroid-based eye creams when I was being harassed by eczema as a kid.

In addition to not being rough, moisturising is crucial to keep any skin happy, so don’t slack when it comes to your eyes! In fact, just moisturising in general is crucial whether it be eye skin, face skin or body skin.

This article from a Dermatology PhD student gives a heap of useful information. I may rabbit on about things but it’s so important to be educated and learn about these topics from the experts.

So there you have it; my thoughts on the minimum key requirements for a beauty routine. As I always like you let you know, I’m by no means an expert so please do enough of your own research. These are just some of the points renowned for a better complexion.

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 1: Vitamin C

Learn skincare with me. Lesson 1: Vitamin C

Vitamin C: one of the superheroes of skincare.

I could dive right in and ramble on about vitamin C in my typical fashion, but I actually want to structure the information as it’s a pretty important topic when it comes to skincare. I’d be pretty surprised if you’ve not heard of the wonder-nutrient in skincare by now, so you may already know a fair amount about it. But read on and see if there’s something you didn’t know!

So I’ve been doing some research over time and learning about lots of different things during my skincare journey, and I want to share that with any other skincare lovers out there. So without further delay…

Also known as:

  • Ascorbic Acid
  • L-Ascorbic Acid
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

It has many different scary sounding names, indicative of the form of the antioxidant – the most popular and active being L-ascorbic acid.

What is it?

Vitamin C, or one of the other names it goes by, is an antioxidant that provides a plethora of benefits to the human body, not just the skin.

The nutrient is essential for tissue repair, however it isn’t something we produce ourselves and therefore we have to find ways of getting this onto our skin (and into our bodies, but that’s not the focus for today).

We can ingest vitamin C to benefit from it, but it’s far more effective when applied topically. 20 times more effective, in fact! No – you’re not meant to just rub half an orange onto your face… there’s loads of amazing products out there to use instead!

What are the benefits?

One of the most popular and appreciated benefits is that it is brightening. This is perfect for people with hyperpigmentation and discolouration, as it evens out skin tone without altering the rest of your skin.

It promotes collagen and elastin production, tackling fine lines and giving a more youthful complexion by plumping the skin and keeping it firm.

As touched upon in the into, it aids the skin’s regeneration process to repair damage. It has been identified as reducing damaged caused previously by UV rays, and being more effective in preventing damage (when used with SPF, of course).

It neutralises free radicals, such as pollution and UV rays. This is particularly beneficial for someone who lives or spends a lot of time in big towns/cities as damage from pollution is so easily missed! This neutralising of free radicals is key for preventing premature aging.

Things to be aware of:

It has been found that vitamin C is incompatible with, or can cause irritation when used with certain products:

  • Retinol (although it can be used with retinol, it is advised not to use them together)
  • Niacinamide
  • AHAs/BHAs

There are multiple products out there for applying the nutrient to our skin, but allegedly serum is the best method. However, this doesn’t meant to say you shouldn’t use cleansers, moisturisers and other products containing vitamin C (on the basis it’s in conjunction with compatible products/components! See above). If you’re not used to it, start gently with a low dose and build up to a higher dose as it can cause some irritation. I’ve been using the Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop serum and Beautypie Superdose Vitamin C Oxygen Boosting Moisturiser which I’ve found to get on with well.

Further to the above, it can be irritating to sensitive skin in general.

It can be quite unstable and oxidises easily when exposed to air and light, so it must be stored properly to avoid deterioration. The most obvious sign that it has gone bad is discolouration. A lot of brands are using appropriate packaging (aka dark packaging, and ideally a pump as opposed to a dropper to prevent air exposure for the rest of the product), but this is usually for higher end – and thus higher price – products. As most of us can’t afford to fork out high-end prices, we just need the awareness and understanding of how to keep and use the products we have. You can see an example of oxidised vitamin C serum below – two of my products (one unopened, one opened for a while and exposed to light) are very different colours. The yellow/orangey colour is oxidisation:

So that’s the knowledge I’ve gained about vitamin C so far in a nutshell! I hope you enjoyed reading this post, whether you’re a skincare expert or just starting out.

As usual I’ll finish off by saying I am not an expert, and the above information has been found online by me. Always consult an aesthetician or dermatologist for advice on skincare concerns so you can get the most suitable guidance for your skin.

My experience with Beautypie Part 1: Skincare

My experience with Beautypie Part 1: Skincare

If you haven’t heard of Beautypie and you’re into makeup or skincare, you must have been living under a rock. I’m a bit late to the party in opining on the brand so please forgive me. Better late than never and all that jazz, and trust me: Beautypie is still very much relevant!

A bit of information about the “brand”

Beautypie is essentially a beauty subscription service whereby subscribers pay a monthly fee to get access to the extremely reasonably-priced products available on the site. It was founded by Marcia Kilgore, who also founded Soap & Glory and FitFlop. Depending on the subscription you go for, you’ll have a ‘spending limit’: this isn’t the limit on the actual price you’re paying (the member’s price); it’s on the typical price of the products outside of the Beautypie world (the full theoretical price if you will). For example: if you opted for the lowest subscription available which is £5, your spending limit is £50, and if you were to go for an eyebrow pencil with a typical price of £15 but on Beautypie for £4, your spending limit would reduce by the £20 typical price – not the £4 actual price.

If you didn’t buy anything for one or two months, your allowance would roll over each month so you’re not losing out. For example: using the same £5 subscription, if you didn’t use your £50 allowance in the first month it would roll over to the second month and you would have an allowance of £100 for that month.

This is perfect if there are a few things you have your eye on, but you don’t want to pay for the shipping charge on multiple orders – you can just let it roll over for one or two months and then do one big order! Looking at a few of my previous orders, the shipping was £3.36 for all of them, so it’s not loads but it’s nice to avoid paying that multiple times over.

So, all in all the costs are: subscription fee + product (member) prices + shipping = total payable.

You may be wondering what the point in paying a membership fee as well as paying for the product is, but when you can get a pretty good quality retinol serum that allegedly RRPs for £80 and pay £13 it all makes sense!

Beautypie claim that it works by the company going directly to the various labs in different territories and cutting out the “middle men”, celebrity marketing and retailer mark-ups. The below extract from www.beautypie.com details the breakdown with an example of the costs for one product for some clarity:

Every product I’ve come across is also certified cruelty free and “clean beauty”. Yet another reason to love the brand – win-wins all round!

Now we’ve got some background on the brand, it’s time to move on to the products! I won’t go through the ingredients on this post as you’ll be reading for days with the amount of products I have to get through, so I’ll touch on how I got on with each product individually.

The Beautypie products I’ve tried and tested

  1. JAPANFUSION™ PURE TRANSFORMING CLEANSER

I’m starting with my #1 favourite beauty product of all time from BP. Don’t click the red X just yet, I know a cleanser is pretty boring for my favourite product but I can’t tell you how amazing it is for the price! This is 100% up there as one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used, and it’s been the one I reach for above any others since I first got it however long ago.

The member price for this is £6.83 (!), which gets you 100ml of some serious cleansing (I actually thought it was a lot more than 100ml as it’s lasts months – and I use a reasonable amount to get the cake off my face!). I apply this across my face and (closed) eyes and leave it for half a minute or so to do the job. I then sweep it all off with a damp face cloth and it leaves no trace of makeup, lash glue or any other products. I really wasn’t expecting much when I first tried it so I was genuinely blown away, and it is honestly my holy grail of cleansers. It comes out as a kind of light cream/gel and then melts once it’s on your face and turns to a milk cleanser when water is applied. Beautypie’s description is: “A superlight triple-texture gentle facial cleanser that transforms from gel to oil to milk (in contact with water).”

NB: don’t do what I did at first and try and apply it to your face and wash it off like a foaming cleanser straight away. It didn’t do anything much – it needs the warm, damp cloth to work its magic after a short time dissolving it all!

I would say this is, in some ways, a dupe for the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm as it removes makeup just as well. The only difference is that with Clinique I find there is a slight residue, but not with the Japanfusion cleanser. Even better!

2. SUPER RETINOL CERAMIDE-BOOST ANTI-AGING FACE SERUM and SUPER RETINOL (+ VITAMIN C) NIGHT RENEWAL MOISTURIZER

I’ll start with the serum first as I use this before the moisturiser. A little really goes a long way with this serum, so for 50ml of product at £13.18 this is almost literally a steal. There is a slight smell to it, but it’s really not unpleasant in any sense. It’s almost quite nice (?!), but it’s not fragranced intentionally – I think it must just be the scent of the formulation, but it’s barely there.

Now, I said I wouldn’t go through ingredients but I’ll just mention the dream mix in this: encapsulated ceramide complex, concentrated ceramides, hyaluronic acid and lactic acid. So it’s not only a wrinkle-fighting serum; it moisturises and exfoliates as well!

Now I’m not at an age where I have particularly noticeable wrinkles, but I am getting to the point where I’m noticing those dreaded fine lines making their unwelcome appearance. I noticed a reduction in them after using the serum (combined with the moisturiser), especially on my forehead. I don’t need a particularly strong retinol to fight them, so this is perfect for what I’m looking for and it really does the job well!

You don’t need much of the moisturiser either as it’s very effective with a small amount, and spreads easily over your face upon application. At £10.74 for 50ml this is another product you’re almost obligated to buy with that value. There isn’t much of a scent with this.

The ingredients list boasts encapsulated slow-release retinol, shea butter, Ferulic Acid (antioxidant) and vitamin C to name just some of the superstar ingredients.

There’s always the warning around irritation with retinols, but I can’t say I noticed anything of the sort with these products. Perhaps that’s due to the other skin-friendly ingredients working to counteract those nasty effects, but I’m still conscious of wearing my SPF after using it regardless. Side note: I know I keep saying this in posts, but SPFs are so important, especially after using products that render your skin more susceptible to damage – such as AHAs/BHAs and retinols as prime examples.

Both of these products are particularly popular among the Beautypie members for good reason, and I must admit to already having my replacements of each of these in my skincare drawer….

Side note – I also used the retinol eye cream previously which had similar effects!

3. SUPERDOSE™ VITAMIN C OXYGEN BOOSTING MOISTURIZER

I really liked this moisturiser for quite a while when I first tried it, and got through 3 tubes of it consecutively. I’m still very much a fan of it, but I must admit I haven’t been reaching for it as much in the wake of trying out other products and I’m not desperate to go back to it.

I do find it to be very lightweight and moisturising, and it sits under makeup pretty well. It absorbs quickly, a quality I always look for in a daytime moisturiser, which is a big plus for this. There’s no scent and I didn’t find it irritating at all.

I’ll definitely go back to this moisturiser at some point soon and I’d really recommend it to anyone looking for a good daytime cream with a good injection of vitamin C, so perhaps I’ll realise I missed it a lot more than I initially thought when I do.

4. FRESH GLOW BREATHABLE SETTING SPRAY

This is one that is a nice-to-have as another step in your routine, but I can’t say I was particularly overwhelmed with it. That may just be because I’m not too fussed by setting sprays as, in my opinion, they’re not revolutionary,

I would say it set my makeup fairly well, but it’s not life-changing for me. There’s a nice light scent to it, and it feels pretty refreshing to put it on. I would keep using it as my go-to setting spray if I had one as it’s nice and costs just £6.30 (members price, of course) but that’s just it: it’s just “nice”. It is useful in the summer when you’re out and about and melting, so it fits in your handbag and serves as a refresher when you need it.

I’d recommend this to anyone who feels a setting spray is necessary in their routine, but it’s not a must-have otherwise.

5. DR GLYCOLIC™ MULTI-ACID (6.5%) MICROPEELING PADS

The clue’s in the name: Glycolic Acid! Working with niacinamide, natural fruit AHAs and polysaccharides, this provides a gentle resurfacing of the skin. I found these caused no irritation and were pretty gentle yet effective. I could notice a difference in my skin: it was smoother, softer and I believe clearer, so I considered these a ‘good’ purchase.

However… there are only 30 pads in each pot, which are one-time-use only. For this reason I don’t think I’ll repurchase these (I did re-order a second pot just to fully test them out for a fair review) as it’s quite wasteful in that respect. There are also so many resurfacing and chemical exfoliant products on the market now that last longer than 30 uses.

6. TRIPLE HYALURONIC ACID & LIPOPEPTIDE SERUM

Ok, now this is another superhero product from BP in my opinion! This regularly makes an appearance in the batches I order.

This feels so silky and light, and absorbs pretty quickly. My skin feels instantly hydrated after I use this and I’m always tempted to use more! Yet again, a little goes a long way and has a massive impact. I often don’t bother with an official ‘moisturiser’ and just use this, never feeling like I should have used a moisturiser too. I’m noticeably more dewy, which is very welcome!

For some reason the second batch I got had changed colour from the pink dispenser to a clear dispenser and serum (pictured below), but so far I haven’t noticed a difference. They have addressed this on the product’s page: “Please note: Our current batch is packaged in our original white bottles, but the formula is exactly the same! (Going forward, our pink bottles will return as our permanent go-to.)

In my opinion, this is a must-have for anybody with dehydrated skin in need of a boost, or to be honest anybody who just wants to keep that hydration and moisture flowing in their routine.

The ‘normal’ packaging of the triple HA

7. PLANTASTIC™ MICROPEELING SUPER DROPS

These little drops are gems of brightening miracles!

I used these in addition to my usual resurfacing products with no issues whatsoever. They’re pretty gentle and contain derivatives of fruits to smooth and resurface the skin, and are made up of 95% natural ingredients.

These are a key part of my skincare routine (I do have a break from when when I’m trying out stronger resurfacing products just to make sure my skin isn’t being stripped of everything it has, but I always find my way back to them pretty fast as they really are a miracle product for my skin.

Now I am no expert so please don’t take this as skincare advice, but I would have thought these would be su8itable for even sensitive skin to benefit from due to their gentle yet effective properties. But everybody’s skin is different so it’s always important to take care when trying new products.

8. SUPERACTIVE CAPSULES ESSENTIAL CERAMIDES +

Erm, first of all can we just address how pretty these look?!

Now I need to be honest: I’ve tried a few of these but I don’t feel I’ve tried them enough to be able to give you a real review. So until then, I can only tell you that I encountered no irritation or adverse effects when I tried these out. They’re really fun to use and there’s enough product in each little capsule to cover the face and neck adequately.

Sorry I can’t give you a proper in-depth review of my experience, I’ll update in due course! For now, enjoy the aesthetics…

9. QI ENERGY™ BREATHABLE MOISTURE GINSENG BEAUTY SLEEP MASK

Whew, nearly there…

This mask is a dream for while you dream!

With its hydrating, skin barrier-repairing, age-fighting goodness, this mask really is a top-notch product in my opinion.

As we’re getting into winter, I know I’ll be heavily relying on this to see me through. When I wake up after using this overnight, my skin feels SO soft and happy with me. There’s no sign of any dryness, and certainly no signs of irritation after I indulge my skin in this sleep mask.

This is the first sleep mask I tried (I think) and I was very impressed with it. This is yet another product that just. makes. sense. At £8.77 (members price, again) it’s so worth giving a try to (hopefully) get the same results!

10. PURE CERAMIDES ELASTIC BOOST EYE MOISTURE SERUM

Have I saved the best until last? Maybe, at least alongside the cleanser.

These keep going out of stock for a good reason – they’re amazing! I periodically whine about the hyper-sensitive skin around my eyes (yes, we all have sensitive skin around them but mine comes at me with a vengeance!) and this has been a life-saver at times.

I layer this under my usual eye-cream (at least the ‘usual’ that I’m using at the time), but to be honest there are occasions I’ve used this on its own and it’s gone to WORK. The effects are incredible. It’s so hydrating, absolutely no irritation whatsoever, and I’ve found it really soothing at times when I need it. The rollerballs are so relaxing and it’s a bit of a treat to use these after a long day when I’m in need of a self-pamper session. They really help to de-puff in the mornings as well which is always welcome.

Plus they look REALLY cool! The only downside is that there’s not enough of it in the tube as it’s easy to get through it quickly, so it’s a pain when there’s a wait for restock. But it’s worth it! The popularity of this product is evidenced by the note BP have put on the product page: “Demand has exceeded expectations and we are awaiting packaging from a supplier

This has had a big impact for me in my routine, so I would really recommend it to anyone who needs that hydration around their eyes!

The eye-catching product up close

So there we have it! This post was in no way sponsored by Beautypie – I’m just a massive fan of the products. (guilty). I must admit I really adore the simplistic style of the packaging as well. I find it so appealing! I’ll do another post at some point when I’ve tried some other skincare bits from there.

For now, I hope you enjoyed reading and I’ll be doing a (shorter) post on the makeup I’ve tried from Beautypie next. Thanks so much for reading!