You’ve all probably heard of The Ordinary by now or even tried their products yourself. If not, where have you been? They’re the hottest new budget skincare brand around and I’ve completely fallen in love with their products! Actually, I’m addicted. The Ordinary are part of Deciem, a ’boutique and exciting umbrella of beauty brands’ who call themselves The Abnormal Beauty Company and also feature the likes of Niod and Hylamide. I’ve been trying out some of their products for a few months now and I thought it was about time I shared my first impressions with you..


Salicylic Acid 2% Solution |
Let’s start with the favourite, shall we? A must have for anyone who suffers from breakouts! You need this in your life, trust me! I couldn’t be without it now. Since about May time, my chin has been a nightmare. Spot after spot and for someone who has never really suffered from acne, it’s really bewildered me as to why, at 25, I’m suddenly suffering badly. I still don’t know the reason but this Salicylic Acid has been a lifesaver. Reducing spots quickly and helping with the scarring left behind too. You can apply a small amount of this all over if you wish to help maintain visible clarity, however, I tend to apply this to spots only as I have dry skin.

Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% |
Another product that seems to be helping reduce my acne scarring is this Vitamin C Suspension. I’ll be honest, at first, I had no idea what this actually was and where in my skincare routine to apply it. I eventually found out that it’s a serum and I’ve been loving using it. I apply it in the evenings only as it has a gritty texture and I find it also has a tendency to peel (Although, I’m not too sure if this is supposed to happen..). It does feel really weird at first and it may itch a little but that’s totally normal. Free from water and silicones, this serum contains a concentrated blend of Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid to plump, brighten and smoothen.

Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG |
This was one of the first products I came across and as someone who unfortunately has been blessed with the most prominent puffy eyes, I’ll try anything that promises to reduce them and this was a really hyped up product. Do I like it? Yes. Do I think it’s done much? I haven’t really noticed a huge difference but I’d say my dark circles aren’t as noticeable as they used to be. So that’s something!

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution |
I’ve been absolutely loving using this ’10 minute exfoliating facial’. And I think it’s another product that has helped reduce my scarring. I use this 1-2 times a week and I have noticed a massive difference in the texture and appearance of my skin. However, be aware that if you have sensitive skin, this product is not for you! Even for me, it has a tendency to sting and I can imagine on sensitive skin it’d be rather unbearable. And never use this while you have a new breakout, I learnt the hard way. Ouch.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 |
I haven’t used this acid much so I can’t say a lot about it as I have another serum on the go but once it’s done, I’ll be giving this more usage. Hyaluronic acid is great at smoothing skin, hydrating and giving it a more plumped appearance.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil |
I had been wanting to try a Rose Hip oil for some time but I couldn’t really afford to splurge on the likes of Trilogy and Pai. So, I had to give this one a try and I’ve been loving it! I wouldn’t say it’s done much for my skin but I just love how it feels. Enriched with vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants, rose hip oils are renowned for their anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties that calm redness, hydrate dry skin, treat scars/burns and brighten dull skin.

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA |
A little goes a long way with this moisturiser! It’s really lovely and light but packs a punch in terms of hydration. My dry skin literally laps this stuff up! I’m definitely buying the bigger tube next time, 30ml won’t last long at all!

High-Spreadability Fluid Primer |
I was in desperate need of a new primer so thought I’d give this one a whirl. I steered clear of the High Adherence Silicone Primer due to my dry skin as anything with silicone that promises a matte finish is usually a big no-no. This still has that slight silicone-y feel to it but it’s much more hydrating, I find. Again a little goes a long way and I’ve found that my foundations are lasting a lot longer, it’s a great base product. It also gives skin a dewy appearance when worn alone! 100% recommend.

Coverage Foundation |
This may not be a skincare product but it had to be included because it’s amazing! It’s not full coverage like The Ordinary suggest but it is still great at covering up any skin imperfections which is exactly what I need right now especially around the chin area. I haven’t stopped using this since I got it! It’s perfect for my dry skin as it never gives that cakey appearance or settles into fine lines and it applies really smoothly. There are 21 shades available and I find that 1.0N is the perfect match for my pale as a ghost skin. For £5.90, this foundation has everything you’d expect from a higher end foundation that you’re likely to splurge £30+ on. The bottles may be small but it’s so worth it!

Have you tried The Ordinary? If so, what’s your favourite product? If not, what have you got your eye on?

Laura x
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Ah, the number of times I’ve sat down to write this post and then forgotten about it and had to re-take photos for it as I’ve added to the list of recent purchases (although I forgot to include two this time around, doh!). Well, today, I’m knuckling down, I’m finally sat at my desk and determined to get this post written for good. I always think I spend far too much money on beauty but considering all products featured in this post have been bought over a 2 to 3 month period, I’m not doing so bad lately. So, what have I bought?

Recent Beauty Purchases.
Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation |
I’ve already gone into more detail about this foundation in this post. So, I’ll keep it short and sweet here. I’m really liking this foundation at the moment! My only gripe is the shade is perhaps a little too dark but it’s still wearable, thankfully. If you’re looking for a cushion foundation on a budget that provides a medium-ish coverage, give this a try.

L’Oreal Infallible Nudist Matte Lip Paints in 208 Off White and 211 Babe In |
My go-to lip products at the moment are these nude matte lip paints from L’Oreal. Not only do they smell soooo good but they are lovely to wear and although they are matte, they’re really really comfortable! 208 Off White is my favourite shade, it’s quite a pale pinky nude and I was certain it’d be too light for me but it’s actually perfect. 211 Babe In is really nice too, it’s a slightly warmer nude. I want to try more of the Nudist shades and the red matte lip paints too.

L’Oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara |
I was having a snoop around Boots a while back and came across two new L’Oreal mascaras. The Baby Roll and the Paradise.. I was umming and ahhing for a while over which one to get even though I didn’t really need a new mascara at the time. Everyone seems to be raving about the Paradise mascara right now and I’m not seeing much about the Baby Roll. But. I recommend everyone tries this! I love it! The Mega Curl Roller Brush instantly lifts my lashes and makes them look more volumised and curled, it’s also long lasting which for me is always good as my lashes usually fall flat very quickly! There’s only one mascara I would opt for over it right now and it’s the…

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Lift Mascara |
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Miss Baby Roll but this just ever so slightly beats it. I always forget how good Maybelline mascaras are and I honestly think they are pretty much the best on the high street. This does exactly as the name would suggest – lifting and volumising my lashes and really making my eyes pop!

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Strobe Highlighter in Moon Glow Lights |
It’s been well over a year since I’ve bought anything from Makeup Revolution but when I came across this highlighter in Superdrug a few weeks ago, I had to pick it up. It looks so beautiful in the pan but unfortunately, on my skin, it really doesn’t do anything. I like my highlighters to give my cheekbones a nice sheen but this just looks quite dull and doesn’t really ‘highlight’ as such. I might try applying this wet and see if it makes a difference. Fingers crossed as I had high hopes for this!

Tanya Burr My Paradise Eyeshadow Palette |
I already own two palettes from Tanya Burr’s range of cosmetics (Read my full review on them here.) and when I saw the My Paradise palette on Instagram a while ago, I fell in love. And I’m not gonna lie, it was mainly due to the cute, pineapple imprints. I haven’t used this yet but I should imagine the shades are just lovely and pigmented as the other two. Inspired by rose gold sunsets, there are 4 shades in this palette – Champagne Cocktail, Tranquility, Miami Sunrise and Hammock.

Tanya Burr Chasing The Sun Peonies Please Illuminating Powder |
This illuminating powder is a must have for anyone who loves a serious rosy glow. I can’t get over how pigmented this powder is, I’ll admit when I first applied it, I ended up looking a little OTT but I soon learnt, a light hand is a must with this! Due to my pale skin, I use this a blush which in turn also creates a gorgeous highlight on the cheekbones too. Just look at it! 😍

Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum |
I actually forgot to include this and the next product in these photos but I thought I’d mention them anyway. I’ve always loved the serums from Botanics, not only are they cheap but they work well too! Botanics have recently changed their packaging, which I adore. It looked quite cheap and plain before but now they are definitely a lot more flatlay and Insta friendly! It’s all about the aesthetics right?! I’ve been using this serum every day since I got it and my skin does look brighter. It contains AHAs from hibiscus plants and a blend of active botanicals to improve texture and tone. And it’s certainly done that!

Zoella Gelato Body Pudding |
When the new Zoella beauty range was released, I had to try something and the Gelato body pudding sounded gorgeous. Not only do I love the packaging but the cream itself looks so nice, it contains little pink beads that look like sprinkles. Like, it looks so good, I could actually eat it if it wasn’t a product for the body! Hehe. Anyway, this is an absolute dream to apply, literally heaven! It sinks into the skin within a matter of minutes leaving it feeling really soft and smooth. Enriched with Elderflower and Pomegranate, it’s no surprise that it smells delicious too!

Have you tried any of these?
Laura x
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Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse.

I’ve always been interested in Double Cleansing. It makes sense, doesn’t it? Why would you use just one cleanser in the hope of removing everything the day has thrown at your skin from the likes of makeup to pollutants? One cleanse just isn’t going to be enough. I have tried in the past to double cleanse using two different cleansers but always ended up being lazy about it. So, when I discovered the Pixi Double Cleanse, I had to buy it.

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse.

So first off, if you haven’t heard of Double Cleansing before, I’ll guide you through it. It’s basically using two different cleansing products at night to remove all the day’s gunk gathered up in your pores and makeup too, of course. Essentially, you need an oil based cleanser first and then a lighter gel or cream after. The first step is to remove dirt from the surface of the skin and the second is to remove anything left over to really clean the skin.

The Pixi Double Cleanse was created in collaboration with Caroline Hirons, who I’m sure you’ve all heard of but if not (where have you been!?), Caroline is a blogger and qualified advanced aesthetician whose blog I adore when it comes to skincare recommendations. So, I knew that this product was probably going to be worthy of my money as I trust Caroline’s opinions and reviews a lot.

This is a 2 in 1 cleanser, one side (the first step) contains a solid cleansing oil that is used to break down and remove the day’s makeup and dirt. I had never used a cleansing oil before this one and it feels so luxurious on the skin! One thing I will say is to try and avoid using this to remove eye makeup as it really stung my eyes! Probably not my wisest move, hey?. The solid cleansing oil contains some lovely ingredients including Vitamin E and Primrose Oil.

The second step is the lovely lightweight cleansing cream used to remove any leftover makeup and nasty stuff. I will also sometimes use this to remove any eye makeup as, as I said before, the oil is a bit too much for that area! The cleansing cream contains Vitamin C and Peptide complex which helps plump the skin. After this step, my skin is left grime free, looking nourished, all prepped and ready for the next skincare step. I have been loving using this every night, my skin feels and looks like it’s had a good pamper every time!

For my lazy self, this 2 in 1 cleanser has been a welcome addition to my routine. Housed all in one tub, it’s easy and less time consuming. I love the sturdy packaging, however, I do wish it was perhaps a little bigger as I can’t see this lasting me very long and whilst at £24 it’s not the most expensive cleansing product I’ve owned, it’s still not cheap!

I can safely say, I’ll never go back to using just one cleanser in the evenings.

Do you Double Cleanse? 

Laura x
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Three Moisturisers to Try.
I have been cursed with the dryest skin so as you can imagine moisturisers are a prime step in my skincare routine to soften, smoothen and hydrate my parched skin. I have three day moisturiser favourites that I swear by and opt for every morning to rehydrate my tired, dull skin. Today, I thought I’d share these with you..
Specially formulated for dry/dehydrated skin, Speed Plump is my go to most mornings. I usually find moisturisers made for drier skin tend to be quite thick but this is silky-light and sinks into the skin within seconds. Perfect for pre-makeup application! Not only that, it’s got the nicest watermelon scent and contains some fabulous ingredients such as raspberry stem cells to help provide elasticity and marine plant to smooth wrinkles for mature skin. This also gives my skin a nice dewy glow which as you know I’m obsessed with.
This budget option is probably the best I’ve tried! I can’t get enough of the Naturally Radiant range, it’s incredible and cheap, what’s not to love!? This cream is for Normal/Combi skin which I certainly don’t have but it still works really well on my skin. Not only does it contain SPF15, it also has a ton of skin loving ingredients such as Kiwi and Mulberry extract to help revive and even out skin tone. 
On the other end of the price point, we have this cream from Gatineau! This can be used both morning and night and whilst it’s actually quite a thick cream once applied on the skin, you can barely feel it, it transforms into a really light cream that absorbs in seconds and leaves no greasy feeling. This cream is said to enhance volume by plumping cells and leaves your face redefined. I haven’t noticed any remarkable differences yet but it is a great moisturiser, one I’m cherishing as it’s pretty expensive!
Which moisturisers are your go-to’s?

This post contains products sent to me for review purposes. All views are my own!

Laura x

My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.

I love nothing more than a dewy, glowing complexion. As I have rather dry, dull skin anything that promises to brighten goes straight in the basket! Over time, I have accumulated a lot of products I now swear by to make my skin look healthier, more radiant and glowing. Whilst I love radiant skin all year round, Spring is the perfect season to rock that lit from within look. Today, I’m sharing my top products from makeup to skincare that help me achieve luminosity.

My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.

SKINCARE

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel |
Any cleanser can help awaken the skin but this one I swear by. It’s not cheap but it’s so worth the price tag, I love using this in the mornings as I find it really wakens me and my skin, leaves it feeling soft and looking bright and more radiant, all that dullness has vanished and I actually look well. I’m not kidding, my skin is so pale and dull, I look ill most of the time. Skincare products like this are now an essential for me. I’m running low on this so I definitely need to get some money together and buy another.

Pixi Glow Tonic |
I’ve not been using this that long but it has quickly become a staple in my routine, a forever repurchase! It really is no surprise that it is such a cult favourite. It contains 5% Glycolic acid which is a known glow-giving ingredient that gently exfoliates the skin to reveal a more healthy, fresher looking complexion. I’m also running low on this so a repurchase is definitely needed!

MAKEUP

NYX Born to Glow Sunbeam Liquid Illuminator |
I love wearing this underneath my foundation as a primer or mixed with it to really perk up my complexion and give the sense of a natural radiancy as foundation alone is usually not enough. Sunbeam is the perfect choice for pale to light skin tones, it’s a pearlescent shade that has a gorgeous sheen to it. My only gripe with this is that it drys within seconds so if wearing alone you really need to be quick to blend so you’re not left looking like a sparkly disco ball. Yes, this is sparkly, but if you’re careful and blend well, it’s beautiful.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation |
I was going to feature my favourite Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation here but if there’s one foundation that beats it in terms of dewiness and radiancy, it’s this one. It’s the perfect light, summer base that I’m sure many will be donning when the warmer weather decides to stay put. I recommend this to everyone that wants a light, sheer foundation that gives the appearance of natural, healthy skin. If you’re having a bad skin day or just need more coverage in general, this isn’t the foundation for you. Coverage is very minimal!

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop |
Now we’re onto the highlighters and recently, I’ve become quite the hoarder. I’m addicted. Champagne Pop is my favourite for special occasions or when I want that highlight on fleek. (Did I really just type that? I swore I would never use that term, ha!) This is seriously pigmented, I still can’t get over that damn pigmentation. You really have to be careful not to go too overboard with this one, but I can honestly say even if you do, you’ll still look dazzlingly beaut. This champagne (obv) hued highlighter gives the cheekbones a gorgeous pop of radiancy.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer |
Another top highlighter favourite, this was the first highlighter I really fell in love with. It’s got a gorgeous honey tone and it’s certainly more subtle than Champagne Pop but it still packs a punch. I’ve been wearing this a lot recently as it’s the perfect everyday highlighter, it’s not too in your face but still gives that luminous glow to the cheekbones, cupids bow and anywhere else you apply highlighter.

Sleek Solstice Palette |
I’ll be honest and say I don’t wear this a lot but I have no idea why because it contains 4 gorgeous shades of highlight. All 4 are so different from each other but I’d imagine they’d each compliment every skin tone out there. Ecliptic is the only cream highlighter featured and it is the one I usually go for. It’s a gorgeous pearlescent nude. Hemisphere, a powder, is lilac and when blended transforms into a more silver metallic sheen. Subsolar, I was a little wary of as it looks quite yellow in the pan but when on the skin it is much more of a metallic white and lastly Equinox is a gorgeous peach gold which could also be used as a sheer blush on pale skin. If you’re looking for a highlighter palette but don’t want to splurge on the likes of the ABH Glow Kits, try this one out!

Makeup Revolution Blushing Hearts in Peachy Pink Kisses |
Marketed as a triple baked blusher, I find Peachy Pink Kisses is much more of a highlighter. It is seriously pigmented and leaves the skin with a gorgeous sheer peachy sheen. I love to mix all three shades together but sometimes I will opt for just one. It’s got a gorgeous silky smooth buttery texture and it does not budge. A great budget option!

Benefit High Beam | 
Last but not least is my current go to highlighter from Benefit. I’ve really been loving this lately! It’s a stunning satiny pink liquid highlight that really gives my skin a whole load of luminosity. This is perfect for dry skin due to its liquid formula, it gives the appearance of fresh looking skin. I usually apply this in spots across my cheekbones and then brush on little to my cupids bow and down my nose. It really brightens up these areas!

My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.


My Favourite Glow-Getters for Spring.

What are your go to glow-getters? 

Laura x
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