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Sunday, 30 August 2020
With another August Review over, I wanted to put them all together in a master post like always and also, talk a little about what is going to come over the next few months.

Masterlist

What's To Come...

Last year, I asked if people wanted to know about advent calendars as they start to be released or waiting lists for them become available. A lot of you said yes, so I changed the Calendar Countdown from being posted only across the month of November to posting from 1st September onwards. This year I decided to do the same and come Tuesday I will be posting one or more posts every other day as that would be the only way for me to get through them all.
I will hopefully be going away on a staycation for a week at the beginning of October (fingers crossed) and I'm hoping to be able to show you some fun things from that.
When it comes to Autumn and Halloween content, with covid, I don't see us being allowed to trick or treat or have Halloween parties / nights out. I'm trying to put a few ideas together, I will include my annual treat bags post (the ones I do for children in the family), but it is a little hard as things are very different and uncertain at the moment.

I hope you've enjoyed The August Review and will continue to join me as we try and celebrate the Fall season as best we can.

As always, thanks for reading...
Saturday, 29 August 2020

The Body Shop Hand Cream

I love a good hand cream and found it's been especially needed during these covid times with the excess amount of hand washing and sanitiser being used. The product description says:
"Perfect for on-the-go hydration, don't leave home without this hand cream. This light, gel-cream formula absorbs quickly, helping to soften and protect the hands. Light non-greasy texture that leaves hands feeling softer and smoother." 

Pros

- The scents are gorgeous and are not overpowering.
- Leaves hands feeling soft and hydrated.
- Texture is not oily or greasy.
- Texture isn't too thick. 
- Wide range of scents.

Cons

- None!

The Verdict

I've purchased The Body Shop hand creams before over the years but really wanted to review them because as I said above, they are needed a lot more now than before. I highly recommend this brand. Although not the most budget friendly of hand creams for their size, they work much better than those budget brands. A little goes a long way, investing your money in one of these over two of a drugstore's own brand, you'll get more for your money and receive better results.

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 28 August 2020

La -Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Invisible Fluid SPF 50+ Sun Cream

Quite the mouthful of a product title! Although we were in lockdown, being lucky enough to have a garden and working from home, where I am in front of a window, I needed a good SPF. I went with an SPF 50+ as I am on two medications that come with an increased risk of skin cancer from sun exposure. The product description says: 
"Specially formulated for sensitive skin. This broad spectrum SPF 50+ high protection fluid is resistant to water, sweat and sand. An easy to apply fluid formula that is non-greasy and does not leave white marks, Does not migrate. Non eye-stinging. Broad, photostable UVA/UVB protection."

Pros

- Sinks quickly into skin.
- Doesn't feel heavy.
- Doesn't leave a white cast
- Thin texture that isn't a greasy or oily.
- Doesn't flare up the redness on my face or sting.
- Creates a smooth base to apply makeup on top of.

Cons

- On the pricier side.

The Verdict

This is one of those purchases that I took a gamble with. It is on the pricier side in comparison to other face SPF but I was finding that the more budget friendly ones were leaving my face stinging and the redness flaring. I have had no issues with this and in comparison to other brands I've used the past year, I actually have found I didn't catch the sun with this SPF. Others I've still managed to catch a bit of a glow, with this I'm still my usual pale self. I highly recommend this.

As always, thanks for reading...
Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser

I've purchased this a few times this year and it's now become a regular part of my skincare routine. It was another purchase after seeing it featured on This Morning. The product description says:
"New Hydro Boost Water Gel, a refreshing water-gel moisturiser that contains a unique Hyaluronic Gel Matrix to instantly lock in intense hydration and continuously release it as and when your skin needs it throughout the day. Instantly absorbing & intensely hydrating. Refreshingly lightweight. Oil free. Suitable for sensitive skin."

Pros

- Really lovely texture that isn't oily or greasy.
- Affordable.
- Used morning and night, one pot lasts me two months.
- Skin feels hydrated and smooth.
- It doesn't ball up when applying SPF on top.
- Hasn't flared the redness on my face.

Cons

- None!

The Verdict

I've very impressed with this moisturiser. My mistake was always buying thicker or creamier moisturisers and using so much of it on my skin, that it just balled up when applying anything else on top. This sinks into the skin beautifully and keeps my skin looking smooth and feeling hydrated. I will say with the hotter weather across lockdown I did need to use a mist on top when I wore makeup but on makeup free days there was no need. 

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 24 August 2020

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream

This was another buy that was recommended through The Freaks group. I hadn't heard of The Inkey List before and when researching saw that it was a brand Cult Beauty were very happy to recommend. As I had just used The Jordan Samuel Skin cleanser and was reordering it, I decided to pick this up as well. The product description says: 
"Like a double espresso for your (all to fragile) under-eye area, The Inkey List's Caffeine Serum harness the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant powers of coffee to bring them to your skin. Soothing and protecting this delicate area of your face, Caffeine Serum helps to reduce puffiness, minimise dark circles and prevent the skin damage that can be caused by free radicals - these can mark dark circles more pronounced. As caffeine is a diuretic, it can help to relieve water retention, which can be a major cause of pesky puffiness under your eyes. Also enhanced with renowned age-defying peptide, Matrixyl 3000, the formula helps to boost collagen production and so minimise fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes." 

Pros

- A little goes a long way.
- Affordable.
- Hydrating.
- Seen results in my dark circles.
- Eyes are not as puffy.
- Area is smooth.
- Also use on eyelids, which are also smooth and hydrated.

Cons

- None!

The Verdict

I have really come to love this, so much I ordered a second bottle. I know that you are never going to buy something quick fixing in a bottle but this has helped my under eyes a lot. My dark circles are a lot better, my eyes don't look as sunken and the puffiness has decreased substantially. The area is smooth and hydrated too. 100% recommend this and I'm looking forward to delving into the brand more.

As always, thanks for reading...
Saturday, 22 August 2020

CeraVe Eye Repair Cream

At the start of 2020, when I started re-evaluating my skincare routine, I found this eye cream on offer at Superdrug. I've never been someone who thought they needed an eye cream, but nonetheless I came to realise I really, really needed one. The product description says:
"Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Eye Repair Cream reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Specially formulated to protect the skin barrier with 3 essential ceramides. Hyaluronic Acid helps to retain the skin's natural moisture."

Pros

- Hydrating.
- A little goes a long way.
- Under eyes felt smooth after use.

Cons

- Didn't see results in either my puffiness or dark circles.
- Is a little more on the expensive side when not on offer.
- Took a while to sink into the skin.

The Verdict

I wish I had done a little more research into eye creams. This didn't do anything other than hydrate and make my under eyes feel smooth. For it's usual £12 RRP it comes into that not quite budget friendly but not quite high end price point so I did expect to see results in at least one of the two areas. I have seen many people give it good reviews and if on offer I would say it's worth a try as everyone is different but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 20 August 2020

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

This is another purchase influenced by Caroline Hirons and the lovely people in her "Freaks" group on Facebook. I had tried makeup products from The Ordinary before but never skincare, I knew they had a good reputation and are affordable so had very high hopes for this. The product description says:
"Featuring three types of hyaluronic acid (at low, medium and high molecular weights) this lightweight serum offers serious skin smoothing - at a surprisingly small price. Penetrating the skin to reach its deeper layers, The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% & B5 delivers lasting hydration and offers visible plumping and moisture retention so that skin looks smoother, softer and healthier. The hyaluronic acid at the center of this super serum attracts up to 1000 times its weight in water, while a brilliant boost of vitamin B5 heals dry and damaged areas by stabilising the skin's barrier function and promoting the growth of stronger tissue."

Pros

- Affordable.
- A little goes a long way.
- Hydrating.
- Skin texture has become very smooth.
- Doesn't leave my skin feeling tight after use.
- It hasn't irritated or flared up the redness on my face.

Cons

-None!

The Verdict

I now know why so many people rave about this product! I respond really well to glycolic acid so I never thought about trying anything else. After reading Caroline Hirons book, I found I could use this alongside my glycolic serum and without it causing any irritation, it became a new step in my skincare routine. It has had the most amazing effect on my skin. It feels smoother, it doesn't dry out or tighten my skin after use and generally I feel I've had less breakouts since using it. It's also as cheap as chips! I 100% recommend this product!

As always, thanks for reading...
Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Revolution Skincare Blemish And Pore Refining Serum

This was another impulse buy alongside the Dark Spot Corrector that I reviewed yesterday. I had heard good things about products with niacinamide in them for pore refining but had mainly seen them advertised for "acne skin". When I saw this advertised as a pore refiner I thought to give it a go. The product description says:
"A skin-perfecting serum. Formulated with a soothing blend of ingredients, Revolution Skincare Blemish and Pore Refining Serum is a hero for oily and acne-prone skin. This gentle and lightweight treatment can be applied under makeup, enhance with niacinamide and zinc to tackle blemishes, minimise pores and prevent congestion while you get on with your day. Vegan, Cruelty-Free and Oil-Free."

Pros

- Thicker, velvet like consistency.
- Minimised the pores on my nose and chin.
- I saw results after 4 days.
- Affordable.
- Doesn't dry out the skin.

Cons

- Smell is a little off putting.

The Verdict

As I don't have acne, I didn't expect this to combat any breakouts or blemishes as I brought it solely for the pore refining reason. Although I saw some results towards those breakouts and blemishes, I couldn't say if it was this product or the glycolic serum I was using and I cannot say how it would work for someone with acne. If you are like me and get larger pores on your nose and chin, and only want to buy it for that reason, this is a brilliant product and I would 100% recommend it for that. I saw results after 4 days, I found that a drop or two for the nose and chin was all that was needed and I've already gone ahead and repurchased this! Love it.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 16 August 2020

Revolution Skincare Dark Spot Corrector

This was an impulse buy when I was ordering from Beauty Bay. I had heard mixed reviews on the Revolution Skincare line as a whole but not on specific products. I have some dark spots on my face, from being unable not to pick, so I thought I'd give it a go. The product description says:
"A correcting and clarifying face serum. Struggling to get rid of dark spots and an even skin tone? We've got you covered with the Revolution Skincare Dark Spot Corrector. This complexion correcting serum contains Vitamin C to help brighten and even out skin tone, whilst also helping to reduce the appearance of post-acne pigmentation marks. Add to your skincare routine for your most flawless skin yet. Vegan, cruelty free and fragrance free."

Pros

- Lovely texture, on the runnier side but not greasy.
- Affordable.
- It doesn't counteract against anything else in my skincare routine.
- I have seen results to my more recent dark spots.
- Only need a few drops.
- Doesn't dry out the skin with use.

Cons

- Not overly fond of the pipette style bottle.

The Verdict 

Dark spots are tricky, products like this will help reduce more recent ones, but spots where you keep having breakouts that you've picked at or areas as a result of acne would more than likely need in clinic treatments. You are never going to get something in a bottle that will 100% fix your skin and this is a brand that's made to be affordable. After using for a few months I have seen results but I'd target this more towards younger skin. I don't think I'll repurchase it but would recommend it for 16-24 year olds.

As always, thanks for reading...
Friday, 14 August 2020

Pixi Rise Glow Mist

A more recent purchase with the warmer weather we had during lockdown, I'd heard many good things about this through the Caroline Hirons Freaks Group on Facebook. As I've mentioned I am re-evaluating my skincare routine with hydration being one of the key areas I want to improve on. This can be used instead of a toner or alongside a toner. I did try it as a toner to begin with which is what this review is based off but recently have been using it alongside the Pixi's Glow Tonic for the past 9 days. The product description says: 
"A multi-purpose mist, Pixi's Rose Glow Mist is a handbag must have -its talent knows no bounds. A rose-infused sister to the brand's adored original Glow Mist, this dual-phase elixir is brimming with essential fatty acids and antioxidants to moisturise skin and protect it from harmful free radicals. Rose oil moisturises and restores, argan oil hydrates and smooths and avocado oil nourishes. Marrying affordability with efficiency, Pixi's skin care solutions have quickly acquired legions of devotees - from top beauty bloggers and editors, to die-hard customers who're totally addicted to their simple-yet-sophisticated range. Use this luscious mist before makeup, after makeup or any time you want to refresh and nourish skin."

Pros

- Smells lovely.
- One spritz will cover your face (but I do about three and spritz down my neck).
- Leaves the skin hydrated.
- Has a lovely glowing finish.
- Not sticky.
- Affordable.
- I have carried this in my bag with no leaks.
- Can be used before, after or during makeup application.

Cons

- None!

The Verdict 

Becoming a new staple product in my routine, I use this that much, I think I may be addicted. I am not a summer weather person, I do enjoy a nice sunny holiday but at home I just cannot cope with the humidity so I have been spritzing this to help keep me hydrated and feeling cool. I love it for my skin, it smells gorgeous, it does not disrupt my makeup, it feels hydrating and now I've started to use it alongside a toner I feel that the hydration has upped a whole nother level. I cannot recommend this enough and I know for those who are not fans of a rose scent,  there is a glow mist, a milky hydrating mist and even a vitamin mist with orange blossom that I know will be my go to for Autumn. Brilliant product. 

As always, thanks for reading...
Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Pixi Vitamin-C Serum

Vitamin C is one of those things that most should have in their routine but quite often it is overlooked. This was something I too came to realise. I was finding that I wasn't using the products I should for how I want my skin to look. I chose the Pixi serum as I had heard good things and was a good middle of the road price point. The product description says: 
"A glow-giving recipe that guarantees enviable results, add a pipette pump of this miracle-working Vitamin-C Serum to your morning routine and you won't be waiting long for visible results that you'll adore. Formulated with potent and antioxidant-rich Vitamin C, grapefruit water, ferulic acid, citrus fruit extracts and retinol this formidable formula helps boost collagen production for firmer and healthier skin, improved skin tone and texture, lifted luminosity and protection against free radicals and the effects of sun damage."

Pros

- Brightens skin.
- Found skin tone did improve, including the skin from my chin down to the decolletage. 
- Sinks into the skin fast.
- My skin does feel firmer.
- The bottle comes with a separate lid to help prevent oxidation. 
- It's affordable in the midst of Vitamin C's on the market.
- Only need a few drops.

Cons

- Not overly fond of the pipette style bottle.
- The smell is off putting and can be a con for some people.

The Verdict

This is going to be a product that, not everyone will get along with. Vitamin C is needed in most skincare routines but it can oxidise quickly if you do not store it properly. This bottle comes with the pipette separate in the box. Once used you should screw the lid back on rather than leave the pipette applicator in. If the solution goes a dark brown colour it means it's oxidised and will be less effective. I can see many people not storing this properly which is why I would say it wouldn't be for them. I'd recommend using a pump bottle serum instead. For those who are like me and keep everything clean and are a little OCD then this works so well. I've already ordered my second bottle! The smell can be a little off putting but once you've chucked everything else on your face you won't notice. 

As always, thanks for reading...
Monday, 10 August 2020

Pixi Vitamin-C Tonic

This was brought earlier in the year and hasn't been re-purchased since (hence the stock photo). I've picked up a few different toners/tonics/mists over the past few months to see which is going to help boost my skin. I got the smaller bottle at £10.00 and it still lasted me just shy of two months with morning and night use. The product description says:
"Do you dream of gloriously glowing, healthy skin? Then you need to introduce your skin care routine to Pixi's Vitamin-C Tonic.Instantly refreshing, this glow-giving tonic is jam-packed with citrus extracts and ferulic acid, this hard-working hero evens out skin tone, improves hydration and shields skin from free radicals. Astonishingly affordable, this is mild yet effective, making it suitable for all skin types - just apple a few drops to a cotton wool pad and sweep all over skin after cleansing (morning and evening) to gradually diminish signs of sun damage, fine lines, scarring and other imperfections."

Pros

- A little goes a long way.
- Affordable.
- Skin had a subtle glow. 
- No irritation or flare up to the redness on my face.
- Smells lovely.

Cons

- Didn't see much improvement to my skin tone.

The Verdict 

This is one of those products that I really liked but wanted more from, which is why I am trying others at the moment. I did find it was nice for my skin but I am still very dehydrated. I swapped out and brought the Pixi Vitamin-C serum instead so I still have vitamin C in my skincare routine. I would recommend the tonic but for someone who is 16 to around 25 and is starting to add vitamin-c to their routine.

As always, thanks for reading...
Saturday, 8 August 2020

Soap & Glory Glow Your Mind Nourishing Cleansing Balm 

A more recent purchase (June), I picked this up in a Boots offer as the camomile one from The Body Shop was sold out. I had seen some positive reviews online and on other blogs so thought to give it a go. 
The product description says:
"Are you ready to raise your cleansing game? Even the siren call of your bed won't stop you from wanting to melt away the day with Glow Your Mind Nourishing Cleansing Balm. Gentle but effective, there's no need to rub away from your problems (or waterproof mascara)! Reveal super supple-feeling skin with a wonderfully healthy looking glow. Easy to rinse off, with absolutely no greasy sensation or residue and no tight skin after feel - you'll go balmy for it!"

Pros

- Soft texture.
- A little goes a long way.
- Slight scent but not too overbearing.
- Very well priced.
- Wipes away makeup and spf well.
- Can use as a first and second cleanse.
- Doesn't flare up the redness on my face.

Cons

- Does have a slightly greasier payoff in comparison to the Camomile one from The Body Shop.

The Verdict

I was very surprised by this. I had purchased it as a go between whilst waiting for stock to come in on The Body Shop one. I found this works just as well and leaves my face feeling just as soft. No redness or tight skin after use, I actually got my mum using it as her first cleanse too and she has very sensitive skin. Currently on a 3 for 2 offer at Boots, I'd get buying before it sells out.

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 6 August 2020

Jordan Samuel Skin The After Show Treatment Cleanser

Please excuse the battered tube in the picture! Back in May I watched as Caroline Hirons released her Spring Kit and although I really wanted one, I stripped back to basics with my skincare and was reading and learning more. I am part of her Freaks Group on Facebook and saw lots of positive comments about this cleanser. With the Cerave one near running out I ordered the smaller size of this from Cult Beauty. As you can see I've since repurchased!
The product description says:
"Lifting even the heaviest stage makeup with a nourishing blend of oils, Jordan Samuel Skin's The After Show Treatment Cleanser wipes your skin slate clean, leaving it primed for the rest of your routine.
Perfect for combination and dry skin types, this luxurious (and vegan!) gel-to-oil formula melts away makeup and SPF while lifting any dirt and grime that threatens to clog your pores. A trio of plant-based, antioxidant-rich oils - from olive and grape seed to jojoba- gets to work shifting stubbin makeup without strippeing your skin of essential moisture. Delivery a gentle exfoliating action, sugar cane extract is a natural fruit acid that grants a gorgeously smooth complexion, while sucrose laurate acts as a gentle emulsifier to make the cleanse gloriously rich."

Pros

- A little goes a long way.
- Affordable.
- Can use as an AM & PM cleanser.
- You can use this as a first cleanser but I in the evening I prefer to use this as my second cleanse.
- No strong scent.
- Washes away makeup.
- Washes away SPF.
- Lovely texture and although a gel to oil formula it's not too oily, if that makes sense!
- Have seen improvement in my dry skin.
- Skin doesn't feel taut after use.
- Facial redness doesn't come up as often and but subsides quickly when it does.
- Comes in a sensitive skin formula.

Cons

- None!

The Verdict

I can 100% see why this was raved about so much. When I repurchased this after using the sample size I did go for the sensitive skin option and that was only because I knew this would be my AM only cleanse and PM second cleanse and didn't want to be overly stripping towards my skin. This is one of those all round products that you can recommend to most as they cater to normal and sensitive skin and are vegan! Highly, highly recommend.

As always, thanks for reading...
Tuesday, 4 August 2020

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter 

This was purchased to use as a first cleanse and became the first of many "Caroline Hirons made me buy it" products. The product description says:
"Cleanse and nourish your skin with our rich cleansing butter. A luxurious way to remove every last trace of makeup, while purifying, cleansing and refreshing your skin, leaving it soft to the touch. Suitable for sensitive skin and contact lens wearers. Camomile extract from Norfolk, England. Clean and silky-soft feel. Removes all types of makeup".

Pros

- A little goes a long way.
- It smells lovely and fresh.
- Breaks down makeup brilliantly. 
- Breaks down halloween face paints and makeup well too.
- Has a lovely soft texture.
- Not oily. 
- Well priced.
- Would recommend as a first cleanse cleanser but would work well as a second.

Cons

- Sells out fast.

The Verdict

This has become one of my go to products for cleansing. All you need to do is apply to dry skin, rub away your makeup, wash with a flannel and it's gone. At £11.00 a tin, using once a day every day for 2 months is a bargain in my eyes. The only downside is that it sells out fast. I 100% recommend this.

As always, thanks for reading...
Sunday, 2 August 2020

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser For Normal to Dry Skin

Purchased in January, I got this to use as a second cleanse and morning cleanse after seeing many recommendations online and on TV shows like This Morning. 
The product description says:
"Developed with dermatologists, the gentle, non-foaming gel formula of the CeraVe hydrating cleanser cleanses the skin to remove excess makeup and dirt. With Hyaluronic acid to retain the skin's moisture."

Pros

- Fragrance free meant no overpowering scent.
- It doesn't foam.
- I love the pump bottle style dispenser.
- Good price.

Cons

- It didn't wash away makeup as well as other cleansers, when put to the test.
- I needed to use more product.
- I felt the redness on my face didn't subside like it did after using other cleansers.
- Wasn't as hydrating and my skin was tight after use.
- Felt this didn't tackle my breakouts well.

The Verdict

You can probably tell by the stock photo, that this isn't something I would repurchase again. I hadn't even finished the bottle before feeling this wasn't working for my skin. (Just to note I did use it up!) I am someone who is dehydrated rather than having dry skin but I hoped that this would help it alongside working out everything internally. The biggest con for me was feeling like it didn't tackle breakouts and by that I do mean that I don't think it cleansed my skin well. Very unfortunate it didn't work for me as it widely recognised as a good budget cleanser. 

As always, thanks for reading...

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