Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

The Ordinary have established themselves speedily in the skincare market as an amazingly affordable, super effective brand. I've posted previously about the products I've picked up and loved so far - and this is the latest in my skincare arsenal - The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. 

For more in-depth chat on acid toning, may I refer you to the goddess of skincare - Caroline Hirons. The woman knows her acids, and can point you in the direction of the ones most suitable for your skin.

If you're a Pixi Glow Tonic fan (as I am), or you love a glycolic toner but the punchy fragrance of Glow Tonic is a bit too much for you - this is worth adding to basket. The toner contains Tasmanian Pepperberry - a commonly used ingredient for this brand when using high concentrations of glycolic acid. This is intended to decrease irritation that may be associated with acid use. This glycolic toner packs a proper punch - make sure you've got a good SPF to use in conjunction with it - but the results are excellent. I'm hooked. I'm currently using this three times a week at night and it's doing wonders for my congested skin.

240ml of this bad boy will set you back a mere £6.80 - putting it in the seriously cheap, seriously effective category (my favourite one when it comes to skincare). Definitely worth a shot.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What are your favourites?

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Monday, 22 May 2017

L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara Review

L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara Review and Swatches

I've had great success in recent months with L'Oreal products. True Match Foundation is a firm favourite of mine (you can read my thoughts on the formula in this post) and I love the Glam Bronze Cushion for easy on-the-go bronzing. Their latest mascara offering, L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara, has a lot to live up to.

There's not a lot of blurb out there on this mascara, but what I have gleaned is that Miss Baby Roll is supposedly a curling, volumising, mega-hold formula (along the lines of Benefit's Roller Lash). It comes in all sorts of daring colours - you can see them all on L'Oreal's website - but I've gone for plain ol' black. The brush is a plasticky, short-bristled, swirly affair - don't stab yourself in the eye with this bad boy, it will hurt. 

Stabbing aside - this is a nice mascara. Very volumising - beware spider-lashes if you over-apply - but one coat and you're good to go. I do find this holds a curl really nicely, for about 8 hours or so, but I still need to pre-curl my super-straight lashes. This mascara does set to quite a firm hold, and I was sort of aware of it on my lashes - be aware of this if you don't like a loaded lash. If, however, you want some pretty major volume - Miss Baby Roll is definitely worth a go.

L'Oreal Miss Baby Roll mascara

It's relatively inexpensive, and I don't find any smudging whatsoever with this formula - a joy for those among us with hooded or ageing eyelids. Overall - L'Oreal strikes again.

What's your favourite drugstore mascara?

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

The Orange Edit

Beekeyper - The Orange Edit

Orange is one of those colours the beauty industry simultaneously loves and hates. We are constantly warded off over-warm bronzers, but all over them tones for lids and lips. Funny.

Anyway, regardless, orange and coral can be super intimidating to get to grips with. I've put together my favourite tangerine-tinted tones for all levels of bravery.

The easiest way, I think, to pull off orangey shades, is as a statement lip. Paired with a simple outfit, good base and lashings of mascara, it can look beautifully put together and is pretty low-effort to boot. My favourite shades for this are super-orange MAC Morange, Pupa I'm lipstick in Poppy (I've already raved about this little beauty in more detail in this post). Both are juicy, punchy orange and orange-red shades that can be worn full-throttle opaque or patted on as a stain.

If that's a bit too out there, something similar to the sadly limited edition The Fashion Flock from MAC (something like Kidman's Kiss from Charlotte Tilbury isn't too dissimilar) is a bright, pink-coral alternative. If you're die-hard for pink lips, this is a nice nod to orange for summer.

Pupa I'm Lipstick

Cheeks-wise - you don't want to look too crazy here. Many's a time I've gone a bit mad on the ol' MAC Modern Mandarin, but used sparingly, this is an absolutely beautiful satin shade - especially on darker skintones. It is definitely more wearable than the pan would suggest, but go easy to start with!

And as for eyes - the bronzier, the better. I'm still stuck on my little Givenchy pot of dreams - It's definitely on the warm end of the spectrum, but it's a breeze to apply and wear - a little MAC Soba in the crease, and you're good to go.
Beekeyper - The Orange Edit
Bottom to top - MAC Morange, The Fashion Flock, Pupa Poppy, Givenchy cream shadow, Modern Mandarin
Beekeyper - The Orange Edit
I promise you - you can pull off tangerine for summer!

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Monday, 15 May 2017

The Beauty Pie Skincare Haul

Beauty Pie Skincare Haul and Review

Beauty Pie just keep on breaking the internet with shiny new stuff. I've already embarked on a few (largely very successful) makeup hauls (you can find them here and here), but this is the first toe dipped in to the skincare pool.

I'll save you the blurb on the whole what-the-jeff-is-Beauty-Pie-anyway and let you read their chat on the website. Essentially, these skincare products should supposedly retail for a hang of a lot more than they do - and so far, I can believe that. I picked up the Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial, The Double Phase Daily Deep Rinse-Off Cleanser and the Super Pore-Detox Black Clay Mask.

Beauty Pie Cleanser Review

Regular readers will know I'm a big fan of a clay cleanser. I find these formulas generally work really well for the greaseball situation, but sometimes, a girl needs a break. This Beauty Pie Cleanser is just lovely. It's a formula you apply to dry skin, emulsify with some water and hot-cloth cleanse it off. It smells delicious - gently floral-citrusy - and has a thin gel texture - not runny by any stretch, but nowhere near as thick as Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish, for example. It's pretty effective on moderate makeup - if you wear a full face every day, I'd probably use this as a second cleanse after makeup removal. I don't find it in the least bit drying, and it leaves my skin comfortable and soft. I'd probably pay the full price for this.

Beauty Pie Cleanser Review

The Super Pore-Detox (I hate the word detox) Black Clay Mask is a delight to behold, too. In a whacking great tube, this is a thin, smooth, easy to apply clay mask in a wash-off formula. It smells great again - if you like the smell of the (much more expensive) GlamGlow masks, but don't like the price/random bits of leaf and twigs/grittiness in the pot - this is the mask for you. It contains glycolic and salicylic acids, so bear that in mind with regards to sensitive skins and other skincare you use in conjunction with this mask.

Overall - love it. It'll take me a thousand years to finish the thing, but when I do, I'll repurchase.

Beauty Pie Clay Mask Review

And last - but definitely not least - the Fruitizyme Five Minute Facial. Essentially a mega-exfoliant, this stuff packs a punch. This is your jam if you're a bit time-pressed/lazy/a fan of REN's Flash Rinse Facial/all of the aforementioned. It is a physical and chemical exfoliator in one - not massive chunks of apricot kernel, you understand, but it is a little abrasive - not in a bad way, as far as I'm concerned. I left this on for the recommended five minutes with no discomfort, and it really did leave my skin smooth and luminous. I've used this about five times now, with a visible improvement each time. Winner. I'd struggle to part with the dolla for this one on the regular, but at the reduced cost, it's a steal.

Overall? Properly impressed. Well done Beauty Pie. More please!

Have you tried any Beauty Pie Skincare?

All products reviewed here bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.
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