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Showing posts with label Acne. Show all posts
Garnier Food Papaya Hair Mask VO5 Coconut Hot Oil Treatment Superdrug Glycolic Tonic 5%



Another lockdown, another splurge. Last payday weekend I thought I’d treat myself to a little Superdrug (af) (and H&M) order as I’ve been feeling a little hopeless this lockdown, as I imagine most of us are and thought I deserved a little pick me up. 

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Papaya Hair Mask 390ml

Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Papaya Hair Mask 390ml



One of my new year resolutions is to take better care of my hair and try to repair some of the heat damage I’ve caused myself over the years. I’ve been desperate to try the Garnier Hair Food products for a while now, after hearing bloggers and influencers rave about it. I know most people recommend the Banana range however, as I’m trying to target damaged hair the Papaya range was the best option for me! I will be reviewing this once I’ve used it a couple of times but on first impressions this mask smells divine! It left my hair feeling SO soft and manageable. You can purchase the Papaya mask for just £3.46 on the Superdrug website (af).

VO5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil 4x15ml



I used a VO5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil (af) treatment just before Christmas and my hair stayed frizz and grease free for DAYS! This is unheard of for me as my hair has a mind of it’s own! I was able to go FOUR whole days without washing my hair, when I usually have to do this every other day. Superdrug is also running a 2 for £6 on selected Vo5 products (af), so grab yourself 8 little tubes of heaven!


Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic 5% 300ml


Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic 5% 300ml
Another joy of this pandemic is maskne (yay!) I have had a long, frustrating battle with my skin and just last year I had started to see real improvements, having less breakouts than usual. That was until I started wearing a mask and my skin is not happy about it! I thought I’d give the Superdrug’s own brand Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic 5% (af) a go. This currently on sale for £4.49 reduced from £9.99. I will also be reviewing this after a trial period so stay tuned for that! 

Let me know in the comments what your lockdown splurges have been! 
A main focus of my blog is to create posts that I would enjoy reading, whilst focusing on products that are mostly neglected in the blogging world. Upon searching for a review of a MAC foundation the results will come piling in, making it particularly easy to guess your shade and order online, due to the many swatches found online. Although I have tried many foundations since my teenage years I have never found my perfect foundation. Until now.

Being a fairly pale gal, I find it extremely difficult to find a shade pale enough that doesn't have pink undertones. After a surprisingly lovely English summer and a couple of European city breaks, despite my fair skin I had developed a golden tan. At the time I was regularly using No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation (£14.50 - 30ml) in the shade Calico (the palest shade). For years it had been a foundation that was the closet match (despite being a little pink) whilst providing full coverage and controlling my pesky oily skin.

NYX Matte foundation Shade 01 Ivory 02 Nude


Whilst browsing the Feel Unique website I came across the NYX Matte foundation (35ml) at a bargain price of £6 (getting an extra 10% having NYX as my 'Brand For Life'). Although a little sceptical of the price, I went ahead ordering two shades 01 Ivory and 02 Nude (coming to a total of £10.80, £3.70 cheaper than my No7 foundation!). They worked perfectly together to match the rest of my body. However, as my tan has now faded, 01 has become my everyday foundation.

NYX Matte foundation

NYX Matte foundation Shade 01 Ivory 02 Nude
01 Ivory (left), 02 Nude (right)


Whilst I wouldn't say this is a full coverage foundation, it is perfectly buildable and has no trouble covering up spots and acne scars. One of my favourite aspects of the foundation is that it photographs surprisingly well, allowing me to wear it on a night out and not look like a ghost in those dreaded club photos.

For anybody looking for a cheap foundation I would highly recommend giving it a go, especially due to the slightly larger than normal shade range (18 shades). Whilst not being entirely inclusive and needing a development in more darker shades for those with deeper skin tones, it is definitely a step forward as many high street ranges hold a very poor choice of shades.

You can purchase the foundation in select Boots, Superdrug (af) and Debenhams stores (those in which stock NYX) and online beauty retailers such as Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

Items mentioned:
NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Foundation

No7 Beautifully Matte Foundation 

Let me know what your favourite foundations are in the comments!
You could tell exam period was vastly approaching due to the excessive breakouts on my skin. I have suffered with troubled skin for 6 years. In the months coming up to exams my skin had surprisingly being on my side with redness to the minimum and the odd spot here and there. I put this down to having a couple of weeks where I didn't have many deadlines hoarding over me. On top of this I was able to get a good nights rest and could focus on a daily skincare routine. However, once I decided that I should stop procrastinating and start revising my skin took a U-turn and drastically went down hill. 

Over the past 6 years I have tried everything for my skin, you name it I've tried it. After having a chat with one of my housemates she recommended 'The Body Shop® Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask' after having used it herself for a couple of weeks. As a student money is limited so I was slightly put off by the £16 price tag just for a face mask and due to being in an exclusive range it wasn't included in the 30-40% off deals The Body Shop® regularly have on (there are lots of other amazing skincare products included in this in which I will touch upon in future posts). I took the plunge and ordered the mask. I was also enticed by good reviews (who am I kidding I just like shopping) into buying the Tea Tree Toner which was included in the 40% deal (hooray!)


The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask Review


I was presently surprised by how large the pot was once I had received it, making the £16 a little more worth while. Of course I never really pay attention to how many ML it says on the website (75ml). In terms of packaging I was thrilled to discover it had a small plastic lid in between the screw on top, as this helps with the product not leaking elsewhere. The mask itself is a muddy grey (I must admit it doesn't look very appealing but with all due respect it is a dream!) 

On the label it is recommend to cleanse your face before use so I went ahead and used my Neutrogena 2 in 1 wash mask and then finished with a drop (less is certainly more with this one!) of the body shop tea tree toner onto a cotton pad.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask Review


The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask Review


I then went onto applying the mask across my face. Almost instantly I could feel a burning sensation (I suspect this was from the tea tree within the mask) despite not applying so generously, as stated on the pot due to being worried about my sensitive skin reacting badly. This sensation slowly turned into cooling and tightening of the skin. It is recommend to invest in a face mask brush to apply the product as I can't imagine it would be very pleasant to apply with your fingers. If you're on a budget then I would suggest using a concealer or foundation brush that you already own. I used a real technique concealer brush to apply the product (I mean why would I go buy a face mask brush when I already have the same thing right!?)

The mask itself dried fairly quickly with 5 minutes in it being mostly dry. However, since using this  product several times, I had opted to apply more generous amounts with it taking a little longer to set. After roughly 10 minutes the mask had fully set and was ready to wash off. Something I was impressed with was the exfoliation given whilst removing it, as it left my skin feeling soft and refreshed, My pores were noticeably smaller and left my skin glowing. After using the product once or twice a week for over a month I would definitely recommend this for anybody with blemish prone, oily skin as it truly "draws out impurities and refines the appearance of pores for healthy-looking skin with a glow that shows".

  • 100% vegan
  • Tingling charcoal clay mask
  • Absorbs excess oil
  • For skin that needs extra purification to reveal a healthy, youthful glow
  • Formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil
  • Ideal to create a facial at home
  • Packed with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan Foothills, green tea leaves from Japan and organic Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya


All products mentioned in this post have been purchased by myself, with my own money. Any affiliate links will be annotated with (af).