Quick fire #raeraereviews on @muradskincareuk sensitive skin soothing serum. •
◼️what is it for? - hydrates, calms, soothes and strengthens the barrier of over-processed, irritated skin. •
◼️what it does - attracts and retains moisture, calms and soothes while improving suppleness. •
◼️key ingredients - hyaluronic acid, glycolipids, lecithin, chamomile and arnica. •
◼️price/packaging - £47 for 30ml in a glass bottle pump. •
◻️my thoughts - this is a lovely serum that has a slight tacky/sticky texture that quickly dries down. it’s layers very well and offers a good smack of hydration. it soothes my skin and does reduce redness to some degree. i have heard from others that the results from this serum happen later than sooner. i’m enjoying this and it definitely helps when i have decimated my barrier from being super aggressive with actives.
i’m seeing this serum at the moment as a product that adds hydration, when i have finished the bottle i can report back. i managed to snag this for £19.99 in a set from @tkmaxx at that price i would at this stage repurchase, i wouldn’t repurchase for its rrp. maybe i will after i have finished it?! i will keep you posted. •
Estée lauder - new dimension firm and fill eye system. •
◼️what is it? - a two step eye system with anti ageing benefits. £55.00 for 10ml 😡. •
◻️the claim: “a two step treatment. step 1 a light gel that cushions and comforts with the second step is designed to lift and firm with a pro collagen complex while filling and smoothing with multi-level shaping technology and light diffusing optics. targets ageing and dullness leaving you with brighter, younger, defined and lifted eyes”. •
◼️the only “pro” of this product is the stacked packaging and it’s colour. •
◻️for me this product is an absolute fail. i found step 1s light gel cream irritated my eye contour without providing any hydration, plumping, cushioning or any relief whatsoever. i don’t know if the irritation was caused by the strong fragrance or the actual ingredient?! 🤷🏼♀️. •
◼️step 2, the worst step! the product has the consistency of putty, that is tacky and sticky that has zero spreadability. as soon as this was applied, i instantly felt every ounce of moisture leech out of my eye contour and made my eyes so uncomfortable. it did lift a little but i think that was due to no moisture. this does not play well with others, it doesn’t work with makeup whatsoever, primer - nope, concealer - hell no, eye shadow - f**k no! i have tried to use it many different ways, just the first step, laying a different eye cream and then step 2, pushed through 3 weeks of use to conclude it’s not for me. this may be good for early 20s that don’t need any help with wrinkles/firming. i imagine this would be awful for mature skin. definitely not worth the price tag. •
◻️if anyone uses this i would love to know your thoughts below 😊. •
◻️first impressions @111skin aqua physics defence cream. • ◻️111 skin was born from renowned plastic surgeon dr. yannis alexandrides collaborating with space scientists, who combined the knowledge of effectively targeting signs of ageing with the stellar expertise of protecting skin from environmental damage (genius!). • ◻️the 111 skin skincare contains nac y2 which is a patented formula of n-acetyl cysteine (i had been giving this drug for over a decade for paracetamol od & post liver resections, to put this on my face took a little getting used to!) and ascorbyl phosphate (potent vit c) & escin. i’m not going to get into how it works, but this formula work in harmony to detoxify, hydrate, and regenerate skin cells while working from within to strengthen the skin and fight environmental elements. • ◻️this cream contains a mineral uv filter (you still need spf) protecting from uva and uvb rays while maintaining the skins optimal hydration. • ◻️my thoughts: a cream that feels ever so slightly greasy that instantly disappears, it has no scent (winner) and spreads/pats into the skin effortlessly. so far it offers a good amount of hydration but i do need a little more. this cream so far has healed my skin (almost) alarmingly fast, dry patches greatly reduced, my skin appears brighter, even and a more firm. it doesn’t irritate, i’ve used it around my eyes as my lids have been insanely dry and after using this it’s almost gone (in 2 days!). this cream plays very well with others and is great under spf and makeup! so far i’m enjoying it, i will report back after longer use! •
My little musings on the @scinic_beauty honey and aqua all in one ampoules (aios take the place of toner, essence, hydrator). i had been wanting to try these for so long, so when i found them on tkmaxx for £12 each for 250ml they quickly got added to my cart!
••••. ••••. ••••. ••••. ••••. ➖honey aio - 90% honey extract (give me all the lovely moisture), the other ingredients that drew me in like a moth to a flame: glycerin (humectant heaven), niacinamide (@dedez_beautynstuff 🤣😉) (for all its brightening, moisturizing, ceramiding, collagen gorgeousness), royal jelly extract (vit b), propolis extract, centella asiatica, hydrolysed silk, adenosine (i still associate this as a cardiac drug i used to give on the regular, it also interests me how it works on the skin because on the cardiovascular system it’s not a good feeling). it contains many other ingredients but those are initially what struck me. •
➖the aqua aio contains similar ingredients with the addition of deep sea water, alaska glacial milk, seaweed complex and marine collagen capsules. love me some of these ingredients too. •
➖both have a runny gel texture, like runny honey if you will, they are both slightly fragrances that disappears very quickly. a small amount goes a very long way. they are both refreshing with a slightly tacky feel that dries down. they have both definitely improved my hydration levels and absorb quickly. i don’t replace my essence and toner step with these, they are a welcome addition. i even use them throughout my routine if i feel i need more oomph. i also have layered as a sleeping pack and also applied a heavy layer under sheet masks which is divine. i also have used them on my body as a body lotion and they are amazing for dry elbows, knees etc. they lock moisture in very well. •
➖they both pack a punch and add great hydration, brightening, anti inflammatory, moisture, cell communication to my skin and i notice when i haven’t used them, which i like my products to do. continued below 👇#raeraereviews
I’ve come to the conclusion that clinique isn’t a brand that works for me. it’s not a hit and miss brand, it’s a consistent fail for me. every product i have tried, is “meh” or just plain awful. • •
i have spent hundreds trying products from the brand over the last 15 years and not one has stuck for me. makeup and skincare have all fallen flat. the products are over priced. for each item i can probably recommend something much better and for a cheaper price point. i wish i did like their products. i have willed myself to like them knowing in my opinion that they suck. the worst product being the supercharged concentrate, that is the most pointless product they have launched! •
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everyone is different, and if clinique is a holy grail brand for you, i’m pleased that they work for you. sadly for me they are a hard pass! •
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🖤 first impressions 🖤. •
➖bliss - multi-‘face’-eted all in one antiaging mask:
➖what they say “a flexible clay mask that helps correct 6 of the most common visible signs of aging”. this mask is designed to nourish, deeply moisturise, smooth rough skin, reduce lines and wrinkles, unclog and diminish the look of pores, fade discolouration and dark spots while brightening and evening out skin tone. •. •. •. •. •
➖key ingredients: quartz - to smooth, 10% glycolic acid - exfoliate, jojoba oil - moisturise, carbon - natural purifier to remove pollution, toxins, kaolin - a cleansing mud to draw out oil and dirt, kojic acid - antibacterial acid to brighten, prevents melanin production while fading discolouration and dark spots. •
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➖i was really impressed by how flexible this was to wear. it didn’t dry my skin out whatsoever and a little goes a long way. it didn’t irritate my skin, it actually did provide moisture. i have only used 2 clay based masks that don’t s**k out every last drop of moisture in my face, and this is one of them. •
➖it cleaned out my pores well and treated rough patches of skin and gave my skin a healthy glow. it’s definitely a mask i will continue to enjoy to use. •
➖ well done @blissworld a fab mask! •
Today we are talking about @lixirskin , everyone by now has at least seen this brand. everyone who knows skincare should know about lixir. i first heard about lixir a few months ago. ➖the first thing i was excited about is that it’s by dr colette haydon dermo-pharmacy extraordinaire. who has had a hand in healgel, ren, jo malone, nubo and l’oreal to name a few. to me, she is a genius for my skin without a doubt. ➖i knew before i purchased any of the lixir products that i would love them. i knew this because it’s a 6 piece capsule collection and each product has more than one use which i adore. ➖night switch pha/aha 10% - contains only 6 ingredients, £20 for 15ml from @victoriahealth , it is designed to be mixed with the universal emulsion and states how many pumps of product are needed to to do your face, eye contour, neck, décolletage, arms, shoulders and hands. not only can you use it on all those areas but you can apply 3 pumps as a face mask for 10 minutes then rise off. i’m in love. ➖universal emulsion £29 for 50ml has a longer ingredient list jam packed with gorgeousness! this can be applied everywhere and i did just that last night! this has made my eyes go from “dry and dusty” overnight to hydrated! it’s been an endless quest for me to find a hydrating eye cream, so if this continues to do this i will be ecstatic! my skin didn’t feel oily, it was in fact dewy and plump to the touch! that’s not the only fabulous thing about this emulsion.
it isolates the skin to shield it from uv & pollution, which blocks the free radicals rather than addressing the issue once they are in the skin. it also provides a natural uv protection without added sunscreen. while delivering molecular water to the skin and boosts its ability to retain it! ➖just incredible! fabulous beautiful products! i need them all, now! *info taken from the packaging. ➖i love the super sleek simple packaging. beautiful and simple, no gimmicks, just stuff that works. this line may just be making its way into my top 5 with the company of @deciem, @neostratauk, @exuviance and @strivectin. ➖lixir, you are going to change the game! i’m excited to see what else is to come. well done! 👏
♥️s honey shark, snowbang essence, high efficiency cleanser & pore flush. ◽️▫️◽️▫️◽️
🙅clinique moisture surge intense supercharged - i’m trying to use it up, it’s a struggle as i can’t stand this! 🤢. ◽️▫️◽️▫️◽️
first impression ➖glamglow thirsty cleanse:
➰i thought i would give this a whirl when i saw it in tkmaxx. ➰i have been a long time lover of glamglow masks and for some reason i didn’t have high expectations for the cleansers. ➰i love it when a product surprises me. this is a mud to foam cleanser that you apply to dry skin as the mud and massage then wet your fingers and massage to create a rich foam. ➰the rare brazilian yellow clay helps remineralise the skin & rinse away impurities. ➰pure green coconut water immediately boost & replenish skin for intense hydration. ➰olive milk replenishes skin for supremely smooth texture. ➰south pacific plumeria flower blossom extract restores the skin barrier function. ➰indian gooseberry revitalises & restores natural clarity & translucency. ➰teaoxi® is micronised to deliver natural linoleic acid to maintain moisture. ▫️◽️▫️◽️▫️
this felt lovely! no stripping whatsoever, my skin felt plump and hydrated. i let it sit on my skin for a few minutes before creating a foam and rinsing it off. i’m really impressed with this cleanser and i want to try the rest of them. i hope this cleanser with continue to impress me. it removed every scrap of dirt (and i had been in close proximity to harsh chemicals for cleaning walls) and it felt amazing to remove every last bit! ♥️
#empties mini review of @neostratauk bionic serum pha 10. 30ml - £28.99. 🔳i ran out of this and i didn’t have a back up (i know, i’m an idiot!). i will be repurchasing this asap. my skin misses this so much. it’s a fabulous light serum that’s slightly yellow but clear. my face eats this quickly, it loves it, it needs it, it misses it. 🔳without this miracle my skin is more dull, lacks radiance and this makes every product that follows work better. 🔲what is bionic serum? besides a freaking miracle, it’s 10% lactobionic acid with polyhydroxy bionic acid that contains antioxidants and vitamins a, c + e. this dreamy concoction is an intensive anti-aging powerhouse that increases radiance, intensely moisturisers, decreases fine lines and pore size, while improving laxity and mottled hyper-pigmentation. 🔲it’s so gentle but packs a huge punch, so gentle that it’s safe to use round your eyes. but dont mistake it’s kindness for weakness. you will never look back. 🔳◽️🔳ingredients - aqua (water), butylene glycol, lactobionic acid, glycerin, polysorbate 80, arginine, retinyl palmitate (vitamin a), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), tetrahexyldecyl (vitamin c) ascorbate, polyquarternium-10, disodium edta, chlorphenesin, methylparaben. 🔳sleek, functional packaging with a pump that gets every last drop! i like that it doesn’t contain an exhaustive ingredient list and what’s in it works.
neostrata is a clinical scientific brand that have discovered many firsts and i feel have changed skincare for the better and will continue to do so. ⬛️◾️◾️
My overview of @holysnails or more like my love letter to holy snails. ♥️♥️it was love at first sight/use of the original shark sauce that got me hooked. seriously, the first time i used it i knew i would be forever loyal and believe everyone should have a holy snails item in their army! because, let’s face it in your 30’s and beyond your skincare is your army. once you know what works for you and what ingredients you want to use to maximise your efforts (and purchases) you are in it for the long haul. possibly the most true relationship you will ever have, no miscommunications, no games, just the nitty gritty that soothes your soul whenever you indulge in your skincare ritual. it took me over 10 years to realise that it’s ok to do things that make you feel good, it’s ok to take that time for you! i was a nurse for those 10 years where i neglected myself, my family and any meaningful relationship i had. i’m p****d off it took me so long but i’m also glad i realised now. ◽️◽️◽️◽️◽️
anyway back to my one true love holy 🐌, one of the things i love the most is that chel makes these products with her blood, sweat and tears and not only that but she also posts her recipes so people have zero fear or reservations when wanting to attempt diy skincare (which lets face it, it’s a minefield!). it’s approached like a conversation between friends, there is no feeling stupid, just encouragement to try your best and succeed! i am forever grateful for that. i also love that the entire holy snails family is so open and honest that they share their deepest and darkest and people “get it”, which is a massive accomplishment on its own! i love how brutally honest chel has been about her depression struggles and i love her and forever grateful for it. ♥️. ◽️◽️
i have a lot of their products and i love everyone of them. i love that the snowbang smells funky, a simple way to know it’s not loaded with bullshit! it doesn’t need it. the products hold their own in this heavy weight skincare battle! i also love that when you look at the products they have attached where they feel they can guide, for example the perseids oil. continued in comments 👇
My thoughts so far on the @clinique moisture surge intense supercharged serum. ▫️▫️▫️
i’ve been using this on and off for several weeks now and i just can’t like it. i remember asking another iger (i’ve forgotten their name 🤔) their thoughts on it and they summed it up as “meh”. that is the perfect word for this serum.
i don’t miss it when i don’t use and when i do use it i have to use additional products. my routines can be complex but i know the steps and each purpose, yet this to me doesn’t serve a purpose.
granted clinique for me as a brand is incredibly hit and miss. in fact it’s all misses except for the pep start double bubble purifying masque (review to come later, so keep posted 😉). it just isn’t a solid brand for me, for example i can blindly buy any product from @neostratauk and i know without a shadow of a doubt it will work for me.
i bought this after caroline hirons raved about it (i’m not mad at it because i wholeheartedly trust caroline and everything she is about), but influence took over against my better judgment. ▫️▫️▫️
so here i am, clinique say “supercharged water-gel hydrator instantly quenches dehydrated skin—and is so intensely hydrating, it boosts skin's moisture reservoir for a full 24 hours. liquid-sphere technology combines water-binding ingredients with encapsulated antioxidants to help break the cycle of dryness and environmental stress that can lead to premature aging.”
in my opinion it doesn’t do one element of its claim. it contains alteromonas ferment extract from sea algae and is a polysaccharide (repair, hydrates, anti inflammatory), along with hydroxyethyl urea an nmf and much smaller amounts of vitamin e and vitamin c. also contains benzophenone (fragrance enhancer as well as prevents uv damage) and the 3rd ingredient is a solvent/thinner butylene glycol which is an organic alcohol and helps for deeper p*********n of the product as well as a humectant. ▫️▫️
i find this has little spread ability despite the silicone, my skin still feels incredibly thirsty and it leaves a weird film that i find unpleasant. i have zero idea how this can possibly hydrate for 24 hours 🤷🏼♀️. 👇continued..