No Old Bags Allowed – Anatomicals

I have come across this brand on ASOS and Superdrug but I’ve not tried them before. They were looking for reviewers, so of course, I volunteered!

This is an excerpt from their site and it made me chuckle!

“ Eyes are the window to the soul, so don’t allow yours to look like they belong in a derelict building that’s just been vandalised again by keeping this tightening gel handy. After all, there’s only one place for bags in this world and that is under the arms of a yummy Beverly Hills porter.”

I have been looking for an eye gel/ cream for some time before I settled on one, but I wanted to give this one a try. I love their funky packaging and their funny puns.

The ingredients include Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract aka green tea which has anti-inflammatory properties.

I like this as it’s hydrating and it does depuff my eye bags, it does nothing for my dark circles though but for £4 a pop, it does a decent job than the more expensive ones I’ve tried and despite a few irritants on the ingredient list, it didn’t break me out in milia or dry out my sensitive eyes!

Thanks Anatomicals!

Pretty Athletic Workout Cool Down Purifying Gel Cleanser

This is one of my favourite Pretty Athletic products, I want to tell you about the Pretty Athletic Workout Cool Down Purifying Gel Cleanser.

This lush cleanser contains soothing aloe vera, cooling cucumber and calming chamomile, it gently cleanses the skin to prevent exercise related breakouts and skin irritation. This cleanser contains hyaluronic acid, as you know that’s one of my all time favourite skincare ingredients, it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water making it so incredibly good at hydrating, so you know this cleanser doesn’t dry or strip your skin like most face washes! It also contains botanical extracts of lavender, prebiotics and another favourite skincare ingredient of mine, green tea, which is well known for its skin calming properties! As if I couldn’t love their products enough already!! Eeek!

98% of this formula is of natural origin, it’s free from all the nasties like parabens, silicones, sulphites, synthetic, colourants, TEA, MI and DEA. Its vegan friendly and cruelty free- what more can you ask for?!

The scent is light and you notice the cucumber and aloe scents. It does contain Limonene and Linalool, which can potentially be irritants, however having sensitive skin and these being the last on the the ingredient list, I can confirm that I was fine with them and they caused no irritation on me whatsoever. I love to use this as my second cleanse, my skin feels cleansed and soft without feeling stripped. On this note it’s never a good sign for your skin to feel “squeaky” clean, a few minutes later your skin will either feel dry and tight or if you have oily skin like me, your skin will start to produce more sebum /oil to replenish and repair itself, not great as you’ll be causing further damage to your skins barrier, this is where the prebiotics in this cleanser comes in.

I have used this as a 5 minute mask which I leave on in the shower, and after rinsing it leaves my skin feeling fresh and plump! Positive results both ways.

You can find this on their page, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett retailing at £17.99 for 100mls. Holland & Barrett do have an offer on of 25% (as at time of of posting 23/12/18) making it £13.49!

I’m so lucky to be be an ambassador of Pretty Athletic! Great ethos, cruelty free and excellent formulations using quality natural ingredients.

All in 1 Beauty Aid Cream by Touch In Sol

I’m an avid fan of using acids and I’m always searching for creams that help me heal and hydrate after using them. Recently my skin has gotten a lot more sensitive since I have increased the usage of retinol, aha and bha use, not at the same time of course, but either one or the other; every night.

The reason why I purchased this cream was because it contains Ceramide and Centella. Ceramides are well known for its restorative properties, such as replenishing the natural lipids in the skin that are lost from everyday exposure, it helps to restore moisture and reinforces the skins natural barrier. Centella also know as Cica, improves circulation, boosts antioxidant activity to help strengthen the skin. It promotes collagen production and helps with inflammation.

Let’s be real, I’ve seen so many good reviews on this cream, that it makes sense to get it and try it for myself. Might as well cut to the chase… Touch In sol has another good review for this cream to add under its belt and I tell you why…

It’s one of the very few, actually, the second cream I’ve used that contains Shea butter that doesn’t break me out because of it’s lightweight and dreamy consistency, making it suitable for all skin types including acne prone and sensitive. I use this as the last step of my routine, it absorbs well, with no greasy texture or film sitting on top. The next morning my face feels as soft as a fluffy cloud, supple and super hydrated with the previous nights sensitivities and redness of using acids; gone. A dreamy cream that’s true it’s word, it delivers beauty first aid and is a waterfall to the face!

Click here to purchase the cream! (Affiliated link)

Pretty Athletic Workout Glow Hyaluronic Vitamin Tonic

This is the second Pretty Athletic product I’ve tried and just to reiterate from the first post where I review the amazing Pretty Athletic Hydration Kick Body Gel which I loved! – “I love that there is a product range out there for people who love to get their sweat on and to have skincare products to repair the dryness, redness and irritation caused by regular sweating, wiping and showering”.

The product I want to share with you today is the Pretty Athletic Workout Glow Hyaluronic Vitamin Tonic. I sweat buckets, it comes from my head and drips down towards my face, throughout my workout I’m constantly patting my face, the towel is rough.

This gorgeous smelling tonic is set in a misting bottle, it contains hyaluronic acid, you know that’s one of my favourite skincare ingredients, it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water making it so incredibly good at hydrating! It also contains botanical extracts of Rose and Calendula as well as Niacinamide and Vitamin E.

98% of this formula is of natural origin, it’s free from all the nasties like parabens, silicones, sulphites, synthetic, colourants, TEA, MI and DEA. Its vegan friendly and cruelty free- what more can you ask for?!

This serves as a great after work out skin refresher for me, I love how it smells and I love that I can use it before or after and it doesn’t affect my make up. I can’t have anything smudging my eyeliner as my eyes will disappear…

The scent is light and refreshing. It does contain citronellol, geraniol and eugenoil which can potentially be irritants, however having sensitive skin and these being the last on the the ingredient list, I can confirm that I was fine with them and they caused no irritation on me whatsoever, just be careful to remove your eye wear and close your mouth before you spray!

You can find this on their page, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett retailing at £17.50 for 100mls.

This couldn’t have been gifted at a better time. It’s convenient and compact; straight in my gym bag!

Thank you Pretty Athletic for gifting this!

By Ecom Pure Calming Ampoule and Pure Calming Cica Cream First Impressions

Hello, here is my first impression review of the By Ecom pure calming ampoule and pure calming cica cream. They kindly sent me the pair to try, unfortunately I did incur custom charges on this package from Korea.

I’ve used the duo every evening since Tuesday last week. The ampoule and cream are available through StyleKorea and they have a sale on right now making them $35 each.

I love the aesthetics, simple and effective and it looks to be aimed for all skin types but special attention to combination, oily and acne prone skin types. The ampoule comes in a lovely glass dropper bottle and the cream in a gorgeous glass jar.

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The pure calming ampoule contains centella asiatica extracts (Also known as Tiger Grass), portulaca extracts to minimise irritants from the environment, chamomile extracts to soothe and calm the skin, hyaluronic acid for hydration, micropeptides to strengthen the skin barrier and EGF which stimulates cell growth. It’s a great list of botanical ingredients!

I simplified my routine and reduced the number of products I used in the evening to incorporate this ampoule and cream. I double cleansed as usual and used 2 exfoliating acids- Glycolic and Salicylic , sometimes incorporating a lactic acid mask on day 2 and day 5 and retinol on day 1 and 3. Upon application, there is a noticeable soothing on the sensitive areas of my face, particularly around my nose and chin.

Leaving it for a minute the ampoule which has a thicker than water viscosity, and is lightweight and non greasy has absorbed really well, and my skin felt hydrated and not stretched due to the drying acids. There was no reduction to the redness around my nose and chin after applying the ampoule, although the area where my cystic spots were, the redness subsided significantly.

I did top up the hydration levels with an extra layer of hyaluronic acid, but that’s because with the weather conditions and the air conditioning environment I work in everyday, I felt that it’s essential for me to do this.

To finish off my routine, I used the By Ecom Pure Calming cica cream. Again, it’s full of botanical ingredients which is what I love about it. Centella asiatica extract is it’s main ingredient and high on the list, Madecassoside which helps revitalise the skin and has antioxidant properties, Panthenol a natural organic substance from plant sources and is the pro vitamin of B5 to increase hydration.

It contains not just one, not two but THREE GFs. EGF which is super for cell regeneration- this depletes in the skin naturally from 25 years old and onwards, IGF-1 which fights the effects of aging and FGF is a peptide and enhances the skin natural ability to repair itself. I believe this cream to be suitable for all skin types and from ages 20 upwards. I love the gel cream consistency of this, it feels light and it absorbs well, add a little more and you have a sleeping mask. It’s soothing, hydrating and calming. By morning the redness around my nose and chin has reduced.

I was concerned that I would lose my “glow” if I stopped using a glowing serum, however, I need not have worried as the powerful duo, has maintained a youthful glow, texture and pores are barely visible. There are no strong fragrances to both the ampoule and cream, making it perfect for people who have sensitive noses and more importantly cuts out possible irritation caused by fragrance ingredients.

I will continue to incorporate these in my routine and see what happens but with this short term use, the effects of both the ampoule and cream are already apparent.

Thank you for the opportunity to try this.

Amisi Skincare Violet Toning Serum

This gorgeous serum was kindly gifted to me from Kerry at Amisi Skincare , she’s amazing at formulating her own skincare line, I have received two of her products from her line and I love them, a lot. They’re cruelty free and organic!

This toning serum is a special combination of natures finest ingredients, it’s suitable and light enough to use day and night!

The violet leaf and lotus flower oils are for refining pores and the organic hazelnut and cucumber seed oils are for toning and delivering super hydration

This serum is 100% natural ingredients and 61% of this is from organic farming!

Here are some of the main ingredients of this luxurious serum:

Organic Hazelnut Oil, Cucumber Oil, Watermelon Seed Oil, Organic Borage Oil, Organic Prickly Pear Oil, Vitamin E natural, Violet Leaf Oil and Lotus Flower Oil.

Sounds lush doesn’t it? And believe me it really is a beautiful facial oil.

I have used this for a few weeks now, only in the evenings and I really like to use this mixed with a moisturiser, you can apply this in its own after serums too! I feel by mixing moisturiser with this serum; I’m gaining the ultimate maximum hydration. Thing is, it really works!

It really helped me when I over did it with the acids and all I needed was repair and hydration. I didn’t notice much difference with my pores perhaps it’s because I’m using other products for this already.

The scent is floral and it’s such a treat! I do love my evening skincare routines and adding this to it makes it more of a pampering session.

If your skin dry or oily, I recommend this, if you have normal or combination skin types, I recommend this for a treat!

Thank you Kerry for your innovative luxurious facial serum!

Pretty Athletic Hydration Kick Gel Moisturiser

I have seen Pretty Athletic on socials for some time and I immediately piped up when they said they were looking for bloggers to review the products! I love that there is a product range out there for people who love to get their sweat on and to have skincare products to repair the dryness, redness and irritation caused by regular sweating, wiping and showering.

The product I want to share with you today is the Pretty Athletic Hydration Kick Gel Body Moisturiser, but first a bit about my fitness background. I’ve been going to the gym since August and I try to workout every day, the longest break I’ve had from the gym is 3 days but the longest streak I’ve had is 8 days on the trot, the shortest workout is 30 mins and my longest is 1 hour and 15 mins. The skin on my body has always been dry, and I get itchy and flaky legs until I started using a conditioner bar in the shower at home, but I can’t take that to the gym shower as it can get really slippery.

I’ve tried so many body creams and I’ve not been a fan at all, it’s the tacky feeling afterwards waiting for it to dry; especially during the colder months. I can’t be bothered, I just want to get in me clothes!

This lightweight gel contains black oats for deep hydration, squalane, soothing aloe, vitamin C, zinc and hyaluronic acid. One of my favourite skincare ingredients is hyaluronic acid, it holds up to 1000 times its weight in water making it so incredibly good at hydrating! 97% of this formula is of natural origin, it’s free from all the nasties like parabens, silicones, sulphites, synthetic, colourants, TEA, MI and DEA. Its vegan friendly and cruelty free- what more can you ask for?!

The scent is light and refreshing. It does contain, limonene, linalool, citronellol, geraniol and citral which can potentially be irritants, however having sensitive skin and these being the last on the the ingredient list, I can confirm that I was fine with them and they caused no irritation on me whatsoever.

This is a game changer for me, I can use this after coming out of the gyms shower and it absorbs really well with no tackiness, greasiness and no residue, I can get dressed fast and not have to sit around waiting for it to dry! It’s packaged in lovely purple eye catching design and it’s effortlessly dispensed from an airless pump bottle, which guarantees a good size dollop every time- although a little goes a long way.

You can find this on their page, Waitrose and Holland & Barrett retailing at £24 for 200mls.

This couldn’t have been gifted at a better time. I’ve been using this for over a week and it’s convenient and compact; straight in my gym bag or just on my dresser.

Thank you Pretty Athletic for gifting this!

Amisi Five Seed Cleansing Oil

One of the most luxurious cleansing oils I’ve had so far, the Amisi Skincare Five Seed cleansing oil feels so smooth, soothing and nourishing.

I was kindly sent this by the lovely Kerry Ann, the founder of Amisi Skincare based in Bunya, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She designs these beautiful concoctions herself as well as hand makes them, this cleansing oil is 100% organic and 86% of this is from organic farming.

The ingredients are as follows:

Organic Hemp Seed Oil – is non comedogenic, it’s anti- inflammatory and contains fatty acids and omegas to help plump and heal.

Watermelon seed oil- is full of vitamins and nutrients, it’s high in linoleic acid which makes it suitable for those who have oily and acne prone skin, as it help detoxify and balance skin oils without clogging your pores.

Jojoba oil- is anti- inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It’s helps to keep skin hydrated.

Organic Castor oil- detoxifies the skin, it’s anti inflammatory and has anti microbial properties.

Vitamin E

Sweet Orange Oil- helps to soothe dry and irritated skin

Geranium Oil

Lavender Oil- I love Lavender, it’s anti inflammatory, soothing, calming, antiseptic and antibacterial

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Neroli Oil- I also love love Neroli, my favourite perfume happens to be JM basil and Neroli. Neroli helps with cell turnover and has soothing properties.

I remove all my eye make up, then I apply 2 pumps all over my face, massaging it in. I leave it for a while, before wiping it off with a dry/damp cloth, and then I wet my face cloth in hot water and hold it like a hot compress on my face, breathing in the gorgeous scents. I do this a couple of times until, my face is clean.

I’m not acne prone but I have oily combination skin and I find this cleansing oil to be gentle and soothing. It makes the whole cleansing process therapeutic and pleasurable and gives a “spa in your own home” feeling. It leaves my face soft and clean with no dryness, although it’s not to be used as an eye make up remover. I’ve used this consistently for almost 8 weeks and with this, everyday has been a spa day!

The cleansing oil is stored in a lovely brown glass pump bottle to protect the oils from UV light, the scent and the colour stays fresh as the day I first opened it. The labelling is so precious and pretty. I am a huge sucker for packaging!

All my Aussie friends look up Amisi Skincare and on their Instagram, they have been awarded the 2018 Beauty Shortlist Editors Choice Award. Amisi Skincare products are organic and cruelty free, they don’t contain SLS or parabens and it’s formulated free from nasty substances and synthetics.

Thank you Kerry Ann for this gorgeous gift!

Lush Limited Edition Body Conditioners

Oh I do love Lush body conditioners

It’s the perfect time of year for these beauties!

I have kindly been gifted these by Lush Harrogate and have been trying them out for the past couple of weeks! I can’t take pictures of the used ones so here they are before the have been in the shower!😂

My heart just 💓 loves the Snow Fairy naked body conditioner, this beauty contains fair trade organic cocoa butter, cherry infusion fair trade Shea butter, avocado butter , jojoba oil and mango butter. Nourishing and hydrating, moisturising and conditioning. These aren’t for everyone, hubby says it makes him feel greasy 🙈

The reason why I love these is because I’m lazy, and just so you know there’s nowt wrong with that! When the weather gets cold, who wants to stand around naked longer than they need to be and apply cold moisturising cream all over? … I don’t wanna; not me that’s for sure!

These body conditioners do the job when you’re in the shower, say ta-ra to dry skin on your arms and legs and no need to spend extra time out of the shower to apply body lotion, and this is why I love them! I love that I can shave my legs and moisturise them straight after and they don’t get itchy afterwards.

I was just as excited using the Ro’s Argan Sparkly, which contains FT Organic cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, FT Shea butter and the luxurious Argan oil, so hydrating and the sparkle that comes off it is so pretty!! I just love the glitter!

The Snow Fairy sparkle jar is one that you use on dry skin, it’s limited edition and smells of sweets, this is not one to miss out on. I save this one for evenings when the heating is on, one swipe over dry skin is enough, sprinkle a little sparkle from the top and you’re ready to go, and the scent lasts throughout the day.

It’s hard not to be crushing on these especially when they smell divine, great for the environment, cruelty free, ethical and fresh. What more can you ask for? Well, I have one request… make them all year round and not just for Christmas!! ☺️

Thanks Lush Harrogate you wonderful wonderful lot!

Touch In Sol Stretchex Mascara

This mascara was kindly gifted to me by Touch In Sol

I’ve been using this for a couple of weeks now and I really like it.

The lightweight formulation which contains stretch polymer that’s gives the look of false eyelashes, allows buildable length and it lasts also day, including a workout at the gym! I’ve had sweat drip in to my eyes and this stayed on just fine with no smudging.

I’ve always worried that mascara will irritate my eyes as my eyes are quite sensitive and they’re water a lot if irritated or dry. My eyes have been fine with this.

The wand easily coats all my lashes, there was no clumps or flaking (my pet peeves when it comes to mascaras). I don’t use eye lash curlers and this has been great to hold my natural curl on its own.

I’ve used it pretty much every day since I got this and I need 2 coats to get the lashes that I want, 3 if I want extra oomph and ooo la la ; I’m really happy with the way they look and lasts!

I would rate this better than the Benefit they’re real mascara which is the last mascara I purchased, the reason being the Benefit formulation feels stiff upon application and it was very difficult to coat the lashes on the edges and bottom lashes since the wand tip is quite large on my “diddy tiny almost non existent” lower lashes.

Thanks Touch In Sol!