Two weeks ago, I mentioned in my previous blog post that I have accumulated quite a few empties over the past few months and just haven't had the time to share with you this collection of products. As promised, here is part 2 of my empties adventure - with a good mix of skincare, haircare and even a sunscreen! I find that with my empties, there seems to be a recurring trend of a few products. This post especially contains some old favourites which you may have seen pop up in previous posts. However, there is a reason why they keep springing up all the time - they just happen to be some of my tried and true holy grails. Read on for part 2 of my empties!Read More
Wow, we are here. Towards the beginning of the second half of 2018 - I swear time flies, doesn't it? Before you know it, the Christmas prep and shopping would have begun. Its a little scary just how quickly time has flown this year.
Its been a while since I last did an empties post and I think I have accumulated quite a significant amount empties. The past few months have been a little bit of a blur and I haven't been so great at keeping up to date with products I have used up. However, I am proud of myself for using up quite a few products. So much so, I do think I have to split this into two parts! Here's a little taste (part one) of what I have been using up since May.Read More
In recent months Boxwalla Green Beauty Boxes have really upped their game with their curations, collaborating with some of the very best in green beauty. Case in point was April's Twelve Beauty London Mask or the upcoming box which features one of my personal favourites - the African Botanics Fleurs d'Afrique Intense Recovery Oil (one of the best!). However, the box that has been a true highlight for me was none other than June's moss skincare box, which featured none other than moss skincare (of course), a brand which I have had on my radar for a while now but haven't quite taken the plunge to purchase.
moss skincare stands for "Modern Organic Sacred Skincare" and was founded by Celestyna Higgins, a physicist in 2015. The brand focuses on creating superior and safe skincare that draws upon the power of plants and botanicals. Each formulation is highly concentrated and powerful due to the brand's use of botanical hydrosols instead of water as the basis for all formulations. Each and every moss Skincare product prides itself in combining nature with science, using premium plant extracts as well as tried and true actives such as Vitamin C.
Beurre Celeste Honey Infused Cleansing Balm was on the of items featured in Boxwalla and I haven't really put it down since. This cleansing balm has been enjoyable in almost every aspect of use - from the opening of the jar when you get that whiff of sweet floral honey to the way the balm melts on the complexion and finally to the beautiful lit from within glow this amazing balm gives as it washes off (effortlessly I might add...not cloth required). I've been using this so much that I have nearly run out and have since repurchased. I've quickly fallen in love with Beurre Celeste - so much so I would say its at Holy Grail status.Read More
As a 'blogger' (I hate that term), I am really lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to try all sorts of different skincare and beauty products. However, trust me when I say this - it is NOT as glamorous as you make think it is. To be honest, sometimes the sheer amount of volume of products that are sent can be quite overwhelming and at other times, brands put a lot of pressure to have a post or Instagram photo out ASAP. In my 2 years of blogging and Instagram, I have learned when to say "no" and I now know what sort of 'collaboration' works best for me.
With reviews, I can sometimes take the LONGEST time to write one. Skincare products such as serums and eye creams are actually one of the hardest types of reviews to write due to the fact the product needs to be used for a decent amount of time consistently to see and know results. There is a reason why sometimes, I will have almost finished the bottle before I write a dedicated review of a product - I need to know the product well! Other products, I can get away with using in a shorter amount of time before reviewing, these include things such as masks or cleansers, where to results are pretty much instant. Makeup for me is a tough one as I am no makeup artist, I base my opinions on makeup very quickly as for me the product needs to work fast. Short little snippets of a review work best for me in this instance!
However, as a 'blogger' and a general consumer I find that there are products that don't quite work for me. Whether it be a reaction to the product in question or I find that the product a little disappointing in terms of results, texture or how just how it performs over time, there are products that I just didn't get on with. If there is one thing that I have learned in my time blogging is that not everything HAS to work for me and my skin can't agree with everything and it is okay to say so.Read More
If there is one brand that I distinctly remember from my childhood, its Clinique. It's use of that infamous pastel green, beauty advisors in lab coats and the 3-Step System advertising is forever embedded in my mind from the countless trips to the department store with my mother and aunties. Clinique is simply iconic and is for me, is one of those 'established' skincare brands which I still go to the counter and look at to see what products they have launched recently. Whilst, Clinique and its beauty counter is very much part of my childhood (my mother was always fond of their gift with purchase), I never really knew much about the brand's rich history, until recently.
Not long ago, I sent a few items from Clinique (products that I am both very familiar with and another which was new for me) and like with any brand I have the opportunity to collaborate with, I was inclined to learn a little more about its backstory. Clinique's rich history was especially fascinating as for me, the brand was a true beauty disrupter and a game changer at the time of its launch. It truly paved the way for many of the things we take for granted today, and it all started with a Vogue expose on the skincare industry.Read More
I don't know about you but I think makeup for me is a way to chill out and have a little bit of fun expressing myself. Makeup for me is fun, I don't really delve too hard into scientific claims and if there are any, I often flat out ignore it. Skincare for me is something I enjoy but take seriously, makeup is an area where I can experiment a little more with and 'loosen' up a little. I am always happy to chop and change products like blush, lipstick or how I do eyeliner depending on my mood and what I am wearing for the day. I don't delve too much into ingredients for most makeup products but I am big on packaging, how a product feels, how easy and functional it is for me to apply and of course how it looks on my face.
For me, makeup is all about texture, colour and expression. I love luxe packaging and I love the overall look and feel of a brand. When it comes to makeup I personally love a natural and sheer base, hate applying eye makeup and love having fun with a bold lip (I have various shades of red and berry). For me, Bobbi Brown is one of those makeup brands that has a makeup philosophy similar to mine and resonates with me greatly - "At Bobbi Brown we see beauty. We see confidence. We believe a woman is most beautiful when she looks and feels like herself". One of my first ever bronzers that I purchased with my first ever paycheck was the infamous cult product, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick which was then followed by their infamous gel eyeliner. Mind you that was almost 10 years ago now and things have changed a little at Bobbi Brown and I have been introduced to some exciting products that are quite new to me!Read More
I find that beauty subscription boxes are some of the best ways to discover new products and new brands. They are often a wonderful way to treat yourself or a loved one and feature products that you would not normally think to try and always offer such a truly indulgent experience. I always find that beauty boxes are a really great way to try some luxurious brands without that luxury price tag as they offer such great value, not to mention they make the perfect gft to yourself or a very special someone.
MINTD is no exception to this with their monthly offering of luxurious beauty treats, often featuring beautiful high end, niche products. Their gorgeously curated edits generally feature around 6-7 deluxe and full sized products which revolves around a monthly theme. Past themes for MINTD have included Summer Beauty Essentials (May) or Spring Clean (March) and when the opportunity came to try their June edit, I was so excited to "Explore" (hahaha see what I did there?). Who's ready for an unboxing?Read More
Goldfaden MD is one of those skincare brands that seems to perfectly blend both science and nature together in its formulations. It is the first dermatologist-developed, naturally inspired skincare brand on the market, co-founded by Dr Gary Goldfaden himself, a dermatologist for over 40 years. The brand tries to build the gap between natural luxury and physical strength/dermatologist formulated skincare, merging tried and tested actives with more gentle formulations based on 'cleaner' and 'greener' skincare. The Goldfaden MD range prides itself on creating superior formulations featuring naturally derived ingredients with effective delivery systems. Most formulations have been inspired by Dr Goldfaden's in-office experiences and patients needs and wants. "We couple scientific, results-driven products with globally-sourced natural ingredients, bridging the “natural” and “physician” product categories at the prestige level in a way no other brand has" says Lisa Goldfaden, Co-Founder of the brand.
I love the Goldfaden MD's philosophy of nature and science working synergistically together to create a product that is gentle, 'clean' and easy to incorporate into an everyday routine. It is rare to see a skincare brand that merges both nature and science and do it well. As you may know, I have been testing the Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir on and off now for the past 9 or so months, reaching out for it on a regular basis in the mornings. This serum, whilst loaded with tried and true antioxidants and vitamins has been so gentle on my skin. I find that I can use this on days where my skin feels quite sensitised, without any irritation. However, what I have enjoyed most about Goldfaden MD's Brightening Elixir is the how it has left my skin feeling healthy, balanced and radiant - it really feels like this serum has given it all the vitamins the skin needs to protect itself and have it working at an optimum.Read More
We all know too well about the drama and social media WTF that is DECEIM's The Ordinary. Many have loved the products but are so very deterred over the antics of the founder, leading to many thinking - what are the alternatives? In this day and age and considering how competitive the beauty market is currently, many will be pleased to know that there are some fantastic alternatives out there. Whilst these substitutes might not be at the groundbreaking prices The Ordinary is priced at, they are definitely options for those who are looking for more budget friendly alternatives to replace the products they may have used previously. These brands are in no way exorbitantly priced and for what they do, I believe that they may do the task at hand quite well.
Do not get me wrong, what The Ordinary did was in fact quite extraordinary. For me, I found that it encouraged those who might not necessarily be interested in skincare to become interested in what they were applying on their skin. I think it encouraged many more individuals to be more clued in to active ingredients and what these ingredients did for their skin (even if the names of the products were a little confusing). As you may have known from my own personal experiences with The Ordinary products, I thought they were rather meh. I didn't love them and I found that I enjoyed other products in both texture, feel and efficacy so much more.
In this blog post, I hope to offer some alternatives brands to look into for those who may wish to jump ship from The Ordinary or want to step up from what they are currently using in the range. Please note, these are just suggestions and whilst these brands may not offer the extensive line up that The Ordinary has, they do provide some great alternatives.Read More
It's been a while since I have done an empties post! With work being quite busy and the move early this month, its been a little hard to take the time to write all about the things I have used up over the past few months. Having looked at my empties - serums seem to have a heavy focus, especially of the hydrating variety! However, there are a few other skincare bits and pieces as well as new holy grail product in the mix.
I have said it a few times in the past, but I really do enjoy both reading other's empties posts and writing my own as it allows myself to know what products myself and others have really enjoyed using, or products that are on regular rotation in daily routines. This particular version of empties contains products that I really have made the effort to use consistently. Some of these I have written about before in other blog posts and others are products where a review is pending! Overall, I have really enjoyed many of these products and it's probably why they have all been used up! Read on to find out more about my March/April empties.Read More