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Monday, 22 June 2020

Skin City Skincare Shower Power Peel Review


Space NK UK

I'm a huge fan of Skin City's skincare line so was super excited when they brought out body care too. I was sent a selection of their products to try, so I'll be reviewing them all as I use them. 

First up is the Shower Power Peel. This is a dual exfoliant as it contains both acids and physical exfoliant. Acid wise it contains Glycolic which is great to help remove dead skin cells to reveal new, smooth skin and Salicylic which helps clear out pores, preventing blemishes. The physical exfoliant is cellulose grains which help to gently buff away any roughness. The peel is designed to be applied to damp skin and gently massaged on and the rinsed. I like to leave it on my skin to work it's magic whilst I finish washing my hair. 

Consistency wise, the physical scrub is super fine meaning it's very gentle on your skin. It's still very effective though. It has a lovely fresh scent to it. I can definitely feel that it contains acids - you get a bit of a tingle when first applied. It rinses off quickly and easily, leaving you with the softest skin! I'm so impressed with this - it's the most effective body exfoliator that I've tried. I use it once or twice a week - I find that's enough to keep my skin soft and smooth. I would say it's probably gentle enough to be used daily but I wouldn't think it necessary. Definitely a repeat purchase for me, especially as it's very reasonably priced.       

Skin City Shower Power Peel is available HERE for £7 for 50ml or £15 for 125ml. 

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defence SPF 30 Review


               
Feelunique (UK)

SPF is the most important step in my AM skincare routine so I'm always excited to try new ones! Dermalogica kindly sent me their newest SPF Invisible Physical Defence to try and I've been using it for over a month now.

This SPF is a mineral aka physical SPF which uses Zinc Oxide to protect your skin. It promises to be lightweight and ideal for all skin tones as it blends easily into skin. It also contains a Bio-Active Mushroom Complex to soothe and hydrate and Green Tea which gives antioxidant benefits.

Now I'm usually a "chemical" SPF girl, rather than mineral. In my experience chemical SPF's usually have a more elegant formula that's easier to work with.

So onto the SPF. You get a 50ml tube for £49 so it won't be in everyone's budget. It's a thick, almost moussey cream. I find it very moisturising - I could probably go without moisturiser. It spreads easily but takes a fair bit of rubbing to absorb fully. As it's so hydrating, it's tempting to use less product but that would mean less protection. It does have a white cast initially that does fade. I'm super pale though so it's rarely an issue for me. I'm not sure how invisible this would be on darker skin tones. I have a feeling it would leave a white cast. 

Initially I really enjoyed this SPF but the more I used it, the more issues I found with it. Firstly I found it can feel quite suffocating, like it leaves a layer on my skin. I find this with most mineral SPF's though. I also found that some day's it would pill throughout the day, especially round my hair line. It was almost as if it was drying out and leaving a powder behind. I haven't tried it under makeup as I'm not wearing it at the moment but I can't imagine that it would sit well all day. Lastly, I noticed that it would occasionally clump up in the lines on my neck if I'd been looking downwards at my laptop all day. It oxidized slightly too, so I'd end up with an orange line of gunk across my neck! Not a good look - luckily I'm working from home at the moment! 

So unfortunately this doesn't work for me. I would say that if you are a mineral SPF lover with dry, light - medium toned skin, this may work well for you but for my oily skin, it's definitely a pass. 

Dermalogica Invisible Physical Defence SPF 30 is available from Dermalogica, Skin City, Look Fantastic and Feel Unique for £49.

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

May Empties 2020

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It's time for May's empties already! Where is the year going?!

Dr Roebuck's Ningaloo serum (bought myself, available from Space NK and Cult Beauty for £55) - You can read my full review of this HERE but to recap - this is a lovely hydrating serum. It's a very lightweight and elegant formula. I didn't get any other results other than hydration though.
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No, I prefer Medik8 Hydr8 B5 Intense instead for hydration.


Joules Bath Bomb (Christmas gift from Boots I think, cost unknown) - This was a lovely bath bomb. It had plenty of fragrance and left my skin soft.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase it? No.


Omorovicza Daily Vitamin C serum (bought myself as part of a Latest in Beauty box, available from Space NK and Cult Beauty full sized for £87) - Unfortunately the pump broke on this bottle so I was only able to use it for about a week or so. It seemed a gorgeous serums though. It's a lovely silky consistency that absorbs easily. If you don't get on with oily vitamin C serums, this would be a great option!
Marks out of 10: 8/10 (based on initial impressions, obviously can't comment on long term effects)
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Not sure, it's pretty expensive but I did really love the consistency of it!


Cien Natural Minerals Anti-Perspirant (bought myself from Lidl, not sure of cost - only cheap!) - This is not my usual choice when it comes to deodorant but due to COVID, I wasn't going to take an extra trip to another shop just to get deodorant. So I picked this up whilst doing my weekly food shop at Lidl. It's a perfectly adequate deodorant with a nice fresh scent. I went through it so quickly though! Probably about 3-4 weeks. I'm sure my usual stick style deodorants last much longer.
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? If I have to, yes.


Save Hydrating Facial Cleanser (PR, available HERE for £8 for travel sized like this or £15 full sized) - This is a super gentle gel cleanser. It doesn't have a fragrance. It's really no nonsense and leaves skin soft and clean, not stripped. I found it a bit bland for my tastes though. I prefer a cleanser with a bit of fragrance.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No


Freshly Cosmetics Emerald Clay Mask (PR, available HERE for 26 Euros) - This is a great clay mask. It's nice and thick and doesn't dry down too much so doesn't make skin uncomfortable. It smells like kiwi's too which I love! It's great to help keep pores refined.
Marks out of 10: 8/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Possibly in the future.


 Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil (PR, available HERE for £31.48) - Unfortunately I've had to stop using this. It's a great cleansing oil that easily removes makeup. The "cool" aspect of it is that it's menthol scented which I really don't get on with. I find it stings my eyes and can cause sensitivity.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes if you're not sensitive to menthol.
Will I repurchase? No.


Soap and Glory Junk The Gunk Deep Cleansing Shampoo (bought myself, available HERE for £7.50) - This is a good exfoliating shampoo if you're on a budget. It contains charcoal to clarify and has a physical scrub too. It does take some washing out though and can leave hair a bit squeeky clean so I always shampooed a second time with my normal shampoo to help rinse it out. 
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No, there's others I prefer more (like Drunk Elephant TLC Happi Scalp Scrub).


A.Florence Skincare Hydration Booster Mist (bought myself from A.Florence Skincare HERE, now discontinued) - This was a lovely hydrating mist, really refreshing to apply.
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No as it's been discontinued however it's been replaced by the Hydrating Milk Toner which is even better! Super nourishing and hydrating. 


Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel (GWP, available from Space NK, Cult Beauty and Look Fantastic starting at £19 for a pack of 5) - I'd forgotten how amazing these peel pads are! One pad is soaked with a mix of AHA & BHA acids to exfoliate skin. The second pad is to neutralise the acid after 2 minutes. These are incredibly effective and are definitely one of the best exfoliating products I've ever tried. The only downside is the price. They're very expensive!
Marks out of 10: 9/10 (they'd be 10 if they were cheaper!)
Do I recommend them? Yes if they're in your budget.
Will I repurchase? No due to the cost and the wastefulness of they being single use. However, hopefully I'll get some in a gift with purchase again as they're really great!


Clark's Botanicals Retinol Rescue Overnight Cream (sample, available HERE for $105) - Another product that I'd forgotten how much I loved! This moisturiser is absolutely gorgeous. It has a beautiful light vanilla scent. It contains retinol for anti-aging. It's a rich cream without being heavy. It's an absolute treat to use. After using this sample, I decided to treat myself to a full sized version but unfortunately it looks like Space NK have stopped stocking them!
Marks out of 10: 9/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? If it becomes available in the UK again, yes. As it stands, no. I don't like ordering from America due to the added customs fees.



NYK1 Lash Force serum (PR, available HERE for £37.95 plus you can save 10% using my affiliate code TORIA10) - You can read my full review of this HERE including before and after photos but to recap - this stuff works! I've seen amazing results from it on both my lashes and brows. 
Marks out of 10: 10/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? Already have!


*Disclaimer* The next 5 products are ones that unfortunately I've had to pass on due to their fragrance. I'm very sensitive to certain smells and they instantly give me a migraine! I'm not against fragrance in skincare - in fact I usually prefer it, especially with cleansers. It's just that certain ones don't agree with me. Please bare in mind that this is purely personal to me and is not a reflection on the product in any way. As with any product that I don't get on with, these will be passed on to friends and family so that they don't go to waste.

Gatineau Transforming Cream Cleanser (PR, part of a beauty box from Beauty Expert. Also available from Feel Unique for £36) - This is a lovely cream cleanser that removes makeup quickly and easily, leaving skin soft and clean. It has quite a strong fragrance which is the type to give me a migraine. 
Marks out of 10: 7/10
Do I recommend it: Yes
Will I repurchase? No.


SVR Anti-Ox Ampoule (PR, available from Feel Unique & Look Fantastic for £30) - This has a citrus scent that reminded me a bit of toilet cleaner and gave me a migraine. Aside from that, it's a brilliant serum! It's a dry oil consistency that absorbs instantly. It contains 20% Vitamin C which is an effective dose. 
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No.


Pixi Beauty Retinol Jasmine Cleanser (PR, available HERE for £18) - This is a gorgeous, creamy cleanser that contains a gentle form of retinol and nourishing ceramides. It left my skin super soft and clean.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No


Super Facialist Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Renewing Cleanser (PR, available HERE for £11) - This is a gel cleanser that contains AHA acids and retinol to help exfoliate and smooth skin. It also has dissolvable jojoba beads that physically exfoliate. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth. The scent is very strong on this, I found it overpowering.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes
Will I repurchase? No

 
Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (PR, available HERE for £10.99) - This is a beautiful, rich cleansing oil that quickly and easily removes makeup and SPF, leaving skin soft and clean. I know this cleanser is very popular amongst the beauty community but again I found the scent of it to be overpowering. It's such a strong citrus scent.
Marks out of 10: 6/10
Do I recommend it? Yes 
Will I repurchase? No.


And that's it for this month! Thanks for reading. 

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