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Niod: the good, the bad and the final verdict
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Niod: the good, the bad and the final verdict

Hi everyone, today I’m reviewing 3 products from the Deciem family. I’m sure you all know Deciem, but if it’s the first time you’ve heard the name, then I’m sure you’ve already heard of Niod or TheOrdinary, both owned by the Canadian company (but they also own Hylamide and many other brands for skincare, supplements and haircare).

Let’s start with the 3 Niod products I’ve tried. The three of them make up the Yesti collection, which, as they explain, is a way to use science but being respectful of the past. I know it sounds a tad weird but Niod is really a brand that wants to stand out from the crowd. The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s not very easy to understand what the products are for just from the names. And even when you read the descriptions, they can be hard to interpret if you don’t know anything about skincare. That was appealing to me at the beginning, but now I’m not so sure it’s a form of marketing that works for me.

This is the second tube of it I’m using. It’s a cleansing balm for the skin and not to be used to remove make-up, as they say in the description. Its aim is to be respectful of the skin’s barrier and I agree – it’s not an aggressive cleanser. It seeks to cleanse the pores of bacteria, dirt and oil. It cleanses the natural oil that the skin produces, but by doing so it also promotes its recycling. At the same time, it doesn’t dry the skin out and produce the opposite effect (overproduction of oils to protect the skin).

How I use it: it’s not that easy to apply, in all honesty, especially if you like fast solutions. I don’t mind spending some more time. I take some of the paste from the tube, add a few drops of water in the palm of my hand to create a cream. I then apply it on dry skin and add more water if needed. You can easily rinse it off with water and avoid using flannels.

The verdict: I like it. I don’t think I can use it every single day, especially right now when my skin is super dry. The Ayurvedic Saponins – which is where the name and nutty smell (not the most pleasant, but tolerable) come from – is unrefined and highly concentrated and has been used for centuries to cleanse the skin and “delete dirt”. It does this well, but I also find it slightly drying and that’s why I would recommend it to people with oily skin, combination or normal.

It costs £21 and I’d think it’s worth trying. A quick note on the packaging: when you open it and squeeze some product out, more will come out even when you have stopped squeezing. So you’ll have to put the cap on super-fast; even then some goes to waste. Niod, please fix it. It’s not nice.

This mask, which comes in the most unpractical pot I’ve ever seen, a bit like a pill jar, aims to tighten the skin, something I’ve never really heard of from a mask. Myhrr is a natural resin/gum whose main benefit is to give firmness to the skin, without leaving any residual film on the surface (typical of ingredients like mineral oil, silicones).

How I use it: once a week, as it says on the label, on dry skin. It smells like plum and has an intense black colour – you’ll scare everyone around you when you put it on. It dries up a bit but doesn’t crack up like most clay masks that paralyze your face once they’re dry. You can remove it with a flannel or just rinse it off with water.

The verdict: my opinions are mixed. I haven’t seen any noticeable result, to be honest. I’ve probably used it around 10 times now and I never see any particular difference in my skin. Could it be that my skin is already firm enough? Perhaps. Let me know if you’ve already used this product. For now, I don’t feel comfortable in recommending a €33 mask that didn’t do anything to my skin.

Last but not least in the collection is this mask, Mastic Must, whose aim is to reduce the size of pores (no need to say it’s not possible to eliminate pores). It’s a very soft and creamy texture and a light colour. Once applied to the skin you can leave it on as long as you want, it will not dry out or give you an uncomfortable feeling. The magic ingredient in this case is sap from a Greek mastic tree that “purifies and shrinks the look of pores without drying”.  Does it work? To be honest: No. It didn’t work for me. It did nothing to my pores. I’ve taken some before and after pics to see if I could notice any difference, and trust me, I do have some large pores around my nose area. The pictures show no before-after difference and I didn’t notice anything from looking at my skin in the mirror either.

The verdict: this product did not work for my skin. It didn’t make it worse but there was no positive effect, and it certainly didn’t help with my pores. I’m sorry to say this. Each person’s skin is different but I have to be honest and say I don’t think anyone needs this €34 product in their skincare stash.

Have you tried Niod products? What do you think?

xxx

Silvia

 

 

 

 

leahlani skincare mermaid mask champagne serum review
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Leahlani skincare: first impressions and thoughts

Hi my dear skincare-addicts,

At the end of January I was stuck at home studying for my exams. Is there a better way to treat yourself than with a good skincare haul? There really isn’t, so I took the plunge and splurged on some new skincare bits from Leahlani. I chose GreenSoulCosmetics because they are based in Italy so I knew the delivery would be fast, but they ship everywhere and I highly encourage you to take a look at their website if you’re into green skincare. Their customer service was fantastic and it was the first time I’ve received a handwritten note with one of my orders.

I picked two products: the Mermaid Mask, because it’s probably their most popular item, they even have a hashtag for it (#mermaidmondays), and the Champagne serum, because I was looking for something to replace the face oil I was running out of.

Here are my first impressions after almost two months of using them. I say first impressions but after all this time I guess you can consider them full reviews.

I chose this mask to see if the hype was real. It should help to purify and renew the complexion”, “strengthen the skin cells, boost circulation, fight breakouts and moisturize”. My expectations were very high, to be honest. It’s not that easy to apply; especially the first few times. You have to mix the product well with a spatula the first time you open it. You then have to scoop a bit of product out – it’s a very dense and thick paste – and massage it on damp skin (your skin has to be damp, this is very important). It might seem easy, but it isn’t and I kept wondering if I was using the right amount because on damp skin the product glides and doesn’t seem to stick that well to the skin. Anyway… I’ve now mastered the technique, but it took some time. It doesn’t dry out so you can leave it on your skin for all the time you want/need. I find 30 minutes to be more than enough.

It contains raw honey, organic spirulina and organic chlorella (both grown in Hawaii and both considered “superfoods”) which give it that emerald green colour and a few essential oils (see at the bottom). It has a delicate sweet smell.

Since my first use, I haven’t noticed all of the things that other people noticed. I know each individual’s skin is different, and I try not to be influenced by other people’s experience. I found that it revealed a glow complexion, soothed the skin, but I didn’t find it nourishing enough and I sometimes felt that my skin was tight, like after you’ve used a foaming cleanser (most of you will know this feeling). So while I have enjoyed using it, I’m not stunned by it. I did expect a bit more to be honest.

Final verdict: I’m happy that I’ve tried it, but it probably will not be a favourite mask of mine. I also got in touch with Leahlani’s founder, Leah. She kindly gave me some advice on how to get the most out of it, all of which I’ve tried: taking a shower with it, as the steam helps, (but it my case it only melted), making sure you use it on damp skin, massaging it in a circular motion, etc.

I will let you know if I change my mind about it and I will keep on using it until it’s finished, of course.

Organic Hawaiian raw honey, organic Hawaiian spirulina (Spirulina Maxima), pure organic chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris), french green clay, pure sea clay, luminess algae, organic sea buckthorn CO2 (Hippophae Rhamnoides), vanilla CO2 (Vanilla Planifolia), essential oils of: (organic orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), moroccan chamomile (Tanacetum annuum ), roman chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) , geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini), lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), ylang ylang (Canaga Odorata), rose (Rose Damascena), white lotus flower absolute (Nelumbo Nucifera), beeswax absolute (Apies millifera), coriander seed (Coriandrum sativum), and LOVE.

leahlani skincare mermaid mask champagne serum review

This oil is designed for all skin types, but is especially beneficial for “dry and sensitive skin prone to redness and inflammation” according to their website, and it should “help balance and soothe, reduce inflammation and help heal scarring”. The main oils it contains are: grapeseed oil, rosehip oil (not a favourite of mine when taken on its own) and jojoba oil along with a few essential oils (see the full ingredient list at the bottom). I love the packaging: a thick glass transparent bottle with a pump that works great – more practical than the usual pipette most serums have. The fragrance is not too strong and, to be honest, I can’t describe it. It’s very calming and it obviously doesn’t remain on the skin, but it makes the application very pleasant. I have used it on my skin almost every night, one pump is enough to cover my whole face, and I usually massage it all over for a few seconds. It doesn’t absorb very quickly, that’s why in my opinion you should only use it at night. It does what it says: in the morning I find my skin to be calm (no redness), hydrated – though I wish it was more nourishing – and the oil is fully absorbed, with no residue.

Final verdict: I would highly recommend this product if you’re looking for a face oil to use at night and you have no specific concerns. It worked well on my skin and I think it has a great price point if you consider how long it will last and the fact that it’s made with green ingredients (and with LOVE, at they wrote on the label!).

Organic cold pressed grapeseed oil (Vitis Vinifera), cold pressed chardonnay grapeseed oil (Vitis Vinifera Chardonnay), organic cold pressed rosehip oil (Rosa Canina), organic cold pressed jojoba oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), essential oils of: organic lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia), chamomile (Matricaria Chamomilla), organic orange (Citrus Nobilis), rose geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), Leahlani antioxidant cocktail: (organic green tea (Camellia Sinensis), organic white tea (Camellia Sinensis), organic rooibos tea (Aspalathus Linearis), organic calendula (Calendula Officinalis), Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate), organic sunflower oil (Helianthus Annuus) and LOVE.


leahlani skincare mermaid mask champagne serum review

Have you tried Leahlani’s products? Let me know if you have any advice!

xxx

Silvia

The Body Shop - Camomile Cleansing Butter review
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The Body Shop – Camomile Cleansing Butter review

It has taken me quite a long time to review this great cleansing butter, which unlike what you see in the picture taken months ago, is now running out. It has worked fantastically well for removing my make-up after busy days at work, late nights out (less so!) and I can’t think of a product I prefer using for this purpose.

I know I know, most girls are tempted to use face wipes to remove make-up, especially late at night, but I suggest you try using a balm and a flannel. I don’t even own face wipes. I would never use them because I love the feeling of putting my fingers in the tin, scooping some balm out, rubbing it on the palms of my hands and then massaging my face with oily hands and seeing every trace of mascara melting off. Oh, and the best is yet to come. My favourite part is when I take a clean dry flannel and I put it under hot running water. The hotter the better. I then gently lay it onto my whole face, press and after a few seconds remove it, wiping as I go. I usually repeat this step once or twice, using the back of the flannel and rinsing it again if I want more of that warmth on my face.

Now, a few lines on this product. To be honest there’s not a whole lot to add. I’ve already shared with you how I use it and you’ll have noticed that I only use it to remove make-up and not as a first cleanser (if this concept is new to you read this post). It does its job wonderfully and it leaves my skin soft, clean and ready for the next step, which most of the time is a second cleanse. It only costs £10 and I’d say it’s good value for a product of this kind. You can easily compare this one to the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. I think the advantage of the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is that it has a lovely, delicate and flowery smell, at least those are the adjectives that spring to mind!

Lastly, I should say that I’m yet to try a real high-end balm/butter. I know that as the price goes up, you often get products with better-quality ingredients. One exception in my opinion is the famous Eve Lom Cleansing Balm, which is made up of an inexpensive mineral oil and yet retails for £40 – it’s still a mystery to me! I feel like more luxurious ingredients would be better used for a second cleanse or a morning cleanse. But that’s something we’ll go over another time. I have only ever tried a sample of the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm and if I was to spend £38 on a cleanser, I’d feel it was a waste just to use it to remove a layer of foundation and mascara from my face. It deserves more, in my opinion of course.

Have you tried this butter? Do you have a favourite one?

Let me know!

xxx

Silvia

 

favourite skincare products 2016
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Favourite skincare products of 2016

One of the first blog posts I ever wrote, almost a year ago, was about my favourite products in 2015. I remember writing it but never ended up posting it because I kept putting off opening the actual blog. By the time I opened it – in April – it felt like it was no longer newsworthy!

That said, I absolutely love this kind of post, where people stop to think about the year that has just passed and the products they have loved using. Here are mine. I hope you enjoy reading it.

This is certainly one of my top 3 discoveries. I love it. It’s a great night oil that makes your skin look radiant and feel hydrated in the morning. And it does it for a very good price. Highly recommended. And no, it didn’t cause any breakouts, nor did it clog my pores.

This was one of the best discoveries of 2016. A rich cream cleanser that leaves the skin clean and nourished. This is perfect for people with normal to dry skin and who love massaging the cleanser for a while and removing it with a flannel. The smell is incredible and it is one of the cheapest products you’ll find mentioned on the blog.

I wrote about this mask soon after I bought it (here). Now, after two months of use I can only reaffirm what I already said. This is the “make my skin look glow/healthy/great” kind of mask. It does exfoliate the skin slightly, but it doesn’t sting nor does it irritate. I find that my skin is very calm afterwards and I use it every time I have to go and meet my boyfriend at the airport. That says it all!

The best mask I have ever tried. Soothes the skin and leaves it deeply nourished and calm. My prone-to-redness skin loves it. Read more here.

A staple in my skincare cabinet. A must for dehydrated skin. You need to use a moisturizer afterwards as this gel goes deep down into your skin but needs something to seal it on the top. A pea size quantity every day is enough; it absorbs super fast and lasts for months and months.

Another good hydrating boost. I really like it but it’s completely different from Hydraluron. It has the texture and feel of a moisturizer. I was lucky enough to win 5 of these with a giveaway (first time in my life!). It’s quite expensive in my opinion, so you may want to try a sample first or consider cheaper options.

  • Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum | £ 2.50

This is a huge revelation for me. I first heard of it from Sali Hughes (read here). And if you know her, you know that she’s one to be taken seriously, plus she has dry skin so she knows what our type of skin needs. And this £ 2 serum just delivers what it says. It sometimes makes my skin feel like it doesn’t need moisturizer on top (though I still apply a thin layer of it).

A good toner for those who either want to soothe the skin, Zinc is great for that, or get an opaque look. This really works great if you have oily skin to help you get that “matte” look. Not recommended if you want something to hydrate your skin.

One of the cheapest SPF I have tried lately but also the best one. It was love at first sight. Very light, and its moisturising effect makes me think I don’t need a layer of moisturiser underneath. It doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t make my skin look shiny; it also absorbs quite quickly. I was very happy with it.

Just a good toner. Refreshing, hydrating and inexpensive.

I didn’t think I could include a physical exfoliator on this list but this one is just great for when you want to exfoliate your skin before a good pampering session. It’s expensive but if you can afford it, it’s just perfect at doing what it’s supposed to do. It doesn’t leave the skin irritated or red at all; at least that’s what I found.

This is the balm I reach for when I want to remove my make-up while giving my face a good massage. It smells good and leaves the skin soft. As with every cleansing balm/butter, it turns into an oil when massaged on the skin. It must be always removed with a damp flannel, of course.

Last but not least. I absolutely love this moisturizer. This was my second jar of it and I’m sure there will be more. My skin loves it, it’s fast absorbing and creates a wonderful make-up base. Suitable for all kind of skin. Full review here.

Have you ever tried any of these products?

Let me know in the comments 

xxx

Silvia

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peter thomas roth masks review
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Peter Thomas Roth mini masks magic kit // A review

Hi everyone,

I was supposed to post a lot more on December but unfortunately, I have been very busy with life and university. I guess a lot of you fellow bloggers experience the same: lots of ideas but very little time to bring them to life!

In this post I’ll talk about my experience with these 3 face masks. I had 3 travel sizes which were big enough to last me for around 5-6 applications each. I got my travel kit from Sephora, but you can find these kits here too, and here.

I had seen this mask everywhere on Instagram and it was the main reason why I wanted to try this trio. It’s an exfoliating mask which does its job through Pumpkin Enzymes, AHA and tiny crystals for an extra physical exfoliation. I followed the instructions and applied this to my skin, rubbing it gently to spread it all over my face and mixing it with the water on my fingertips. After the first minute this mask started to burn like crazy, and I didn’t go mad because I already expected this from the reviews I had read on this product. I have had the same feeling every single time I have used this and, trust me, it does hurt and makes you feel like something is going wrong. Nevertheless, the pain goes away after a couple of minutes and when you wash it off your skin is super smooth and you don’t feel any pain at all. That said, my skin is not calm and redness-free as it is with, for example, the Oskia Renaissance Mask. Quite the contrary: my skin always ends up red afterwards, so I’d say if you have sensitive skin you should stay away from this.

The verdict: A great exfoliating mask, but not as gentle as I want these kind of masks to be. Also, I found the micro crystals to be a little bit too harsh on the skin. I’d say this product isn’t really for me, but I see why so many people like it.

This mask is supposed to “naturally nourish, hydrate, soothe, calm and de-puff” and it comes in a gel-like formula. You can also put it in the fridge for a cooling-effect when you apply it. I tried doing that and it was a lovely feeling during the application, but it doesn’t affect the effectiveness of the mask. For me, the best time to test these kinds of masks is when I get out of the shower. That’s when my skin is at its worst, with huge pores, feeling dehydrated and tight. I expected a lot more form this, to be honest. It doesn’t relieve my skin. It does feel better after leaving it on for about 20 minutes, but it’s not the same feeling I get with the Aura mask (read here) which is on a totally different planet.

The verdict: good but not great. I don’t think it does enough for dry skin, though it could be good for people who don’t need that much nourishment and just want a light hydrating effect. In my opinion, the product doesn’t merit the price tag.

I’ll be short with this: it did absolutely nothing to my skin (almost).  It has the same texture as the Cucumber Gel mask and it’s supposed to “protect and stimulate the skin cells responsible for rejuvenation”. I’ve used it a good 5-6 times and I have only seen a slight difference in my skin when I applied it and left it on for about half an hour. In that occasion my skin did feel calmer and softer than before, but I definitely expect more from a mask. I wouldn’t recommend it, as I believe that this mask only has a nice smell but no relevant benefits for any kind of skin, or they’re too small to notice.

The verdict: Love the pink colour, but the mask honestly did almost nothing to my skin. I personally wouldn’t recommend it and wouldn’t purchase it. Or if you can, try a sample first. That’s always the best way to see if it works for you or not.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know your opinions!

Thanks for reading, as always.

xxx

Silvia

peter thomas roth masks review

My Black Friday skincare haul
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My Black Friday skincare haul

Hi everyone,

I was waiting Black Friday with great trepidation, not only because it’s my first BF since I opened the blog, but also because there were a few things I had been keeping an eye on, hoping to get them with a great Black Friday deal.

I was very excited and curious to see what kind of offers my favourite skincare websites would offer. Almost every brand I know offered (and some are still offering) a discount on their product line, some up to 30%, and I didn’t want to miss this chance. So, without further ado, here’s what I got:

From Beautybay.com

As some of you will know, I’m a huge fan of this cleanser which I consider to be one of the best I have ever tried. When I looked at the price I just couldn’t resist getting it, as I knew an offer like this wouldn’t have come around twice. I have a detailed review of this here, but I’m sure most of you already know how good this product is.

I’ve had my eye on this face mist for some time and have seen it recommended by some of the bloggers I trust the most. It’s supposed to refresh and hydrate all skin types. As I’ve said countless times, I don’t expect too much from a face mist but at the same time it’s a step in my skincare routine that I never miss. Even so, I try not to spend much on it. This was the best option, plus everyone who has tried it loves it.

From BravuraLondon.com

This toner has often been dubbed a “Pixi Glow Tonic” dupe and, having loved the Pixi acid toner, I wanted to try this one as well. It contains glycolic acid (in a small percentage, of course) which helps to brighten the skin and in the fading of scars and dark spots. I’m also pleased to help a small brand like Bravura grow and I love how they are offer great chemical exfoliators with a low price tag. I can’t wait to use this on my skin at night for a light daily exfoliation, which every skin needs!

After having finished my second jar of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, I was in desperate need of a new moisturizer to fall in love with. I also didn’t want to spend too much on it, because I believe there’s no point in splurging on a simple daily moisturizer. This one is designed for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin, contains a high percentage of aloe vera, is great at hydrating the skin and had the perfect price tag. I will update you soon on this.

This is a gift for my lovely friend Fiona, a very small gift. As the name says, it’s a chemical salicylic acid peeling. I already have one of these but, unfortunately, I haven’t used it often because I rarely have breakouts. If you do, you may want to give this product a try, as so many people have found it to be the perfect spot killer for when their skin is angry.

From VictoriaHealth.com

The yešti collection | £30 £76

When I looked at the price Victoria Health offered for these 3 products together I couldn’t believe my eyes. Considering that Sanskrit Saponins on its own would cost £23, the deal was very attractive. I couldn’t resist. Firstly, I wanted to try as many Niod products as possible, but also the prospect of 3 new face masks was very intriguing. As you may know, if you’re familiar with the brand, their products are just…different from all the skincare products on the market!

As with the Oskia Cleanser, this is a repurchase for me. I didn’t intend to it again, but it was part of the deal and it’s a cleanser I have overall enjoyed using, with some good results. A full review will come soon.

MM is a face mask designed to reduce the size of pores and to “restore their appearance to an ideal state [..] without drying”. It does so thanks to the mastic tree gum which binds to congestion and it’s recommended to be used in the morning, once a week.

MC is a tightening mask to be used once a week. According to the website, the “myrrh gives visible and immediate firmness to the skin” and, quoting one of my favourite bloggers it “leaves my skin looking supremely healthy”, which is reason enough to try this product soon.

I feel like I’m the last to join The Ordinary party, I had followed the launch of this skincare range and really wanted to try something, anything from it! I had wanted to try Retinol on my skin for a long time, but most of the products which contain this were out of my budget. This one was only £8 and, according to some of my trusted skincare bloggers, it just as good as the most expensive ones. This serum, however, does not contain a pure Retinol formula but “two forms of next-generation retinoid” which helps with skin aging, blemishes and improves skin’s texture. More on this soon.

Did you get any new skincare item during Black Friday? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

xxx

Silvia

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5 products I've been loving lately
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5 products I’ve been loving lately

Hi everyone!

Can you believe we’re already half way through November?

I’m trying to post at least three posts this month so today I’m bringing you a round-up of 5 products that I feel have helped me a lot lately.

I’ve been trying this serum for quite a long time now and the verdict is that for its price it’s a great product. It is supposed to hydrate the skin and does that job very well. It’s a dry oil with a smell that reminds of talc and it comes in a tiny pink bottle with a pipette. I use it when I feel that my skin is begging me for extra hydration after cleansing and toning. I even use it on top of Hydraluron, or on its own. It’s quite fast-absorbing but of course, being an oil, it’s better to use it at night when it has time to sink deep into your skin. I find that after using it, I wake up in the morning to see that my skin is balanced (no redness that I can observe) and looking healthy. I would definitely recommend it!

I’m not the greatest fan of Lush, but this toner caught my eye for its reasonable price. I had seen it a couple times on Instagram and decided to give it a try. I chose the small size, as it’s affordable and travel-friendly. It’s not a miraculous product, just a normal refreshing spritz which I use to give my skin a little extra boost after cleansing. I won’t say it makes a great difference, but it certainly doesn’t do any harm and I love using it (as with all spritz toners, they’re not rocket science but a way to pamper our skin!). It is mainly made of lavender and rose water and has a very practical pump, although I prefer pumps like the one by Serozinc (but that’s an aluminium bottle!). It retails for £ 4.50 at Lush. A great a win-win.

I’ve already talked about this amazing hydrating serum on the blog before (here), so I will not go into details here. I believe it’s a great and complete product which really delivers on what it promises. Your skin feels hydrated and plumped. It can be used under any moisturizer or oil, in the morning or at night. It doesn’t interfere with your make up and is absorbed very quickly by the skin. This should be your top choice if you’re looking for a hydrating serum or a good companion to deal with dehydrated skin.

This is probably the first time you will have read anything about haircare from me. I’m not that passionate about hair, to be honest, and it’s certainly not an area of expertise. Either way, I do like to take care of my hair, not always with good results. I don’t dye it and I have never done anything crazy with it, but my hair is still dry as desert most of the time. This cream, which I apply when my hair is damp, after having washed it, does a good job of making it feel softer. It doesn’t contain those chemicals that will make your hair look like you have just come of out of the hairdresser’s and keep it in place even in a humid jungle, but if you care about green beauty products and non-aggressive ones, this one is for you. Even if you don’t have dry hair don’t be scared, it will not make your hair look greasy, I promise.

This tiny sample was a gift from Fiona and is from a brand, Ren skincare, whose products I’ve recently started to appreciate and discover. As you can tell from the name, this is a daily moisturizer for normal to dry skin and I literally fell in love with it and I’m planning to get a full-size version. It’s not as rich as the Mv Rose Soothing&Protective Moisturizer, which I reviewed here, but it’s perfect for everyday use because it creates a wonderful base for make-up and doesn’t leave any residue. I also find it to be very fast absorbing and overall a great staple in my autumn skincare routine.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know, please!

Also, thanks for helping me reach 200 on Bloglovin, thanks so much to all of you 🙂

I wish you all a great weekend!

xxx

Silvia

a cleanser round-up
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Cleanser round-up

Hi everyone,

Today’s post is on cleansers and you may not know it yet, but I love cleansers and I believe they’re one of the few skincare items worth investing that little bit extra in. Not everyone will agree with me, but I found that a good cleanser can really make a difference to my routine.

These are some I’ve been using on rotation lately:

This is a mini travel size I got through the Pick and Mix service on Feel Unique. I know this balm is a lot of people’s favourite balm and I was curious to try it on myself. The smell is quite strong because of the orange, neroli and mandarin essential oils in it. The application and the texture are similar to most other balm cleansers: it melts when rubbed between the hands and glides perfectly on the face; it doesn’t sting and removes every trace of make-up well. I’ve also used it as a first cleanse in the morning and it worked fine. Doesn’t leave any greasiness and leaves the skin soft and perfectly cleansed. I had a lovely feeling after using this. It’s certainly an expensive balm so I probably won’t be purchasing a full size soon (unless I find a good offer). However, if you have normal to dry skin and want to indulge in some luxurious skincare treatment, this might be the right option for you. If you’re on the oily side, you’ll probably find this good if used as a make-up remover only, followed by a different kind of cleanser.

I bought this as a birthday treat on Cultbeauty as it was the perfect combination of price, quantity and curiosity from my side. It’s not designed for dry skin (like mine), but I’d say rather for normal to oily skin. It has a creamy, thick consistency, not too easy to rub on the face unless you use a lot of product or you emulsify it with water. In fact, it’s good to massage it on the face with some water to turn it into a milk cleanser. It has a tiny bit of glycolic acid, hence the name “glow”, which should help the daily cellular turnover. I can’t say much on this, the % is so low that it didn’t stop me from using different forms of chemical exfoliants. I like using this and would highly recommend it as an ‘every other day cleanser’ if you tend to have normal to dry skin like me, or for everyday use if you’re on the opposite side. I must say I haven’t tried to use it as a make-up remover because I think it would not only be a waste of money but also not the right cleanser to use. Overall, I’m happy with my purchase.

This cleanser is something I would have never bought, hadn’t it been for the lovely Fiona, who sent me the full size as a gift. It’s a balm cleanser that comes in a luxurious white plastic tub and is supposed to be used in the morning. It could be used at night to remove make-up, as well, though I think that may be a waste of money. Just like any other balm, it melts into an oil and has to be removed with a damp flannel (for me, that is the best way, but you can also just rinse it off normally). I’ll admit the smell is slightly unpleasant! Either way the product claims to make the skin look radiant through a light exfoliation (papaya enzymes) and stimulate collagen production (carrot oil). The ingredient list is, in my opinion, not one of the greatest, but maybe that’s just me. You can see it here. It works but I wouldn’t spend that much money on it. I’d rather opt for the EH balm, mentioned earlier.

This is the cheapest cleanser of those mentioned here. I got it at my local chemist but I wasn’t familiar with the brand before. It’s a Greek brand that makes affordable skincare products with good ingredients (i.e. no parabens, silicones or mineral oils. And they even use green tea instead of water!) and which are beautifully packaged.

I usually like milk cleansers, though I prefer the creamier ones, with a thick and rich texture. This one is incredibly light and I use it on dry skin, before massaging and removing with a flannel, with no water to emulsify it, as it’s already watery. My only problem with it is that I’ve found that it irritates my eyes a bit when I use it, and that’s a great turn-off for me as I always end up with tears in my eyes! If it wasn’t for this, it’d be a great option for when I want a delicate cleanse; either way, I haven’t stop using it. This Apivita cleanser contains honey, olive and almond oil, but also some essential oils (lavender, neroli, orange) that may be the cause of irritation. However, it wouldn’t stop me from recommending this. I will certainly be trying some of their other products!

a cleanser round-upFrom the left: Eve Lom, Apivita and Pixi

Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments.

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Thanks for reading

xxx

Silvia

MV Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturiser
Reviews Skincare

MV Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturiser

Hi everyone,

I know it’s been a while. I struggle to post something consistently and though I don’t think there’s a rule that says bloggers should post every x number of days, I really wish I was better at keeping this blog fresh and updated! I love the feeling of hitting “publish” but most of you will know how much work there is behind a post.

Anyway, today I chose to write a short review. Short because I haven’t tried the full size of this product, but only a good sample which I have used every day for a week or so. I just want to share with you some of my initial impressions.

The brand is MV skincare, an Australian organic skincare company, retailed on Cult Beauty (and in many other places too). All their products come in elegant white aluminium packaging and contain no ingredients that you might call “nasties” – as they call them on their website.

As you can tell from the picture, I’ve tried the Rose Soothing & Protective Moisturiser. This moisturizer is designed for sensitive and delicate skins, and depending on your type of skin (oily, normal, dry) is supposed to be mixed with some mist to make it lighter or can be used on its own for those with drier skin. They recommend using it on top of their of their Rose Hydrating Mist, applying a small quantity of it on slightly damp skin. Of course I don’t own their Rose Mist (which is so expensive!), so I’ve used it on top of mine (on rotation, Caudalie Grape Water or Lush Eau Roma).

My impressions

I’ve tried both methods, using it on ‘dry’ skin and using it after a toning mist, not immediately after having spritzed it on my face, but after a minute or so, when it begins to dry and my skin is still damp but not too much. You obviously have to find the right balance. If your skin is too damp (and this applies to all other oils and serums) the products will struggle to absorb and you’ll feel like you’re just rubbing a liquid on your skin. Practice makes perfect, but generally speaking, it is a great thing for your skin to use products when it’s still slightly damp, as it helps them absorb more quickly.

I was a bit sceptical the first time I tried this moisturizer. You definitely need a small amount of it, and that’s why I made the most out of my 5ml sample. This cream might feel heavy at first, given its thickness. But when I applied it on my skin (slightly damp, as said before) it was absorbed in just a few minutes and the result was very calm skin, with almost no redness at all. I’ve found that other moisturisers make my skin go red and flare up, just through me rubbing it on. In this case my skin deeply nourished. It has also proved to be an optimal make-up base. I expected it to be sort of greasy –  like the kind of rich moisturizer which leaves a thin layer of oiliness on the skin, because of the oil it contains – but it did not. I could almost say the result was very close to matte, which is surprising if you consider the kind of ingredients it contains. Which leads me to the next point.

The ingredients

MV Rose Soothing and Protective Moisturiser

As you can see it contains some essential oils (Rose and Geranium) and others natural oils like Jojoba, Camellia and Calendula. Cetearyl Glucoside and Cetearyl Alcohol are, respectively a natural plant-based emulsifier and a natural alcohol used to thicken skincare and body products. Glyceryl and Glyceryl Stearate are both hydrating agents. Oh, I forgot to say that the Mv moisturizer smells of roses, of course.

Would I purchase it?

The 15ml size of the Mv Rose Protective and Soothing Moisturizer retails for £25. I do believe that the quantity could be higher. But at the same time, after having used it and tried it myself, I know that the amount you use for each application is tiny, much less than what you’d use normally. In addition to this, it’s also not the kind of moisturizer I would use every single day, all year long. I probably wouldn’t use it in summer, if I have to put sunscreen on. I would happily use it after a purifying mask or a deep exfoliation, when I feel like my skin is begging me for a rich moisturizer.

So yes, considering that’s is an all-natural product, that I personally wouldn’t opt for it every single day and that it did make my skin look very calm and healthy, I’d probably purchase it, but I’m just looking for the right opportunity.

Have you tried this?

Have a lovely day!

xxx

Silvia

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My Oskia haul and first impressions
Reviews Skincare

My Oskia haul and first impressions

Hello October, my favourite month! My mum, my boyfriend and I were born in October so I love it more than any other. It also coincides with the start of the academic year, meaning it is also a period of great excitement, new beginnings and long lists of resolutions (which I always break!).

To celebrate my birthday this year I’ve decided to splurge a little bit of my hard earned money on some skincare products I wouldn’t have normally bought. What better opportunity to spoil yourself!?

I had wanted to try the Oskia Renaissance Mask for a long time. I’m a huge fan of their cleanser, which also happened to be the first product I reviewed on my blog(here), and I had been dreaming of trying more products from this amazing British brand, founded by Georgie Cleeve.

Of course their products aren’t cheap, which is why I waited for the right occasion. And – lo and behold –along came Cult Beauty with an Oskia offer not to be missed. Basically they were giving you a full size of the Micro Exfoliating Balm for free with any purchase on Oskia products over £45. Luckily, the Renaissance Mask was available for £49.50, so I managed to kill two birds with one stone!

Here are my first impressions, I’ll write some more detailed reviews once I’ve used them more extensively.

My Oskia haul and first impressions

Both the Renaissance Mask and the Micro Exfoliating Balm come in glass jars of the same size (50ml), with a spatula and a protective cap. They feel great in my hands and they look good in my cabinet. The Renaissance Mask aims to give the skin that glow and radiance that we are all after. It does so thanks to presence of different natural acids, derived from fruits, along with lactic acid, an acid very similar to glycolic, but more gentle.

It feels very luxurious when you apply it: the pink jelly-like product turns white once you massage it onto your skin. I left it on for over twenty minutes. I removed it with a flannel and my skin was brighter, clean, smooth. I didn’t notice any irritation and my skin felt calm and soothed. I have to say: believe the hype! I will report back on this at a later date, but I’m confident about what is in store.

My Oskia haul and first impressions

The Micro Exfoliating Balm is an extremely gentle physical exfoliator. I say “gentle” because after using it my skin wasn’t red at all, despite being the kind of skin which gets angry whenever I use scrubs on it. The grains in it are almost invisible and you need to emulsify it with a little bit of water and then rub it onto your skin for some time. It didn’t hurt me and it didn’t leave any kind of rash, as I’ve said. I haven’t used a physical exfoliator in a long time, concentrating mainly on chemical ones. Nevertheless, using a physical one again was fantastic and left my skin feeling great. I wouldn’t have bought this product, but after reading my friend Sarirah’s review of it, I couldn’t miss the offer. I’m glad I’ve tried it.

Have you tried any of these? Or would you like to? Have you spoiled yourself in some way lately? Let me know in the comments.

Have a great start to the week!

Silvia

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