Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Trying Out Some More Skincare From Deciem: [HYLAMIDE]

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Hylamide is like the cooler, more Instagram worthy big sister of The Ordinary range. The formulas are more complex and equally the prices are higher, but with good reason. They're a little more thought out, however they do more for your skin. They've been around for way longer than The Ordinary, too. They're stocked at Beautybay AND Boots, so you can probably tell they're a big deal!

I was contacted to try out some more products by Deceim's lovely PR team - which came just at the right time - as I was about to order the Glow Booster anyway and have a little stalk of the site for anything I could possibly get my hands on that wasn't sold out (as everything seems to be these days!) I briefly explained my concerns for my dry skin and mentioned tat I had my eye on the Glow Booster. I was recommended the Hydra Density Mist alongside too, which is a product you spray before your serums/moisturisers that hydrates and soothes skin, with the Booster Low-Molecular HA Serum, a product that will go deep into the skin and hydrate the lower layers of the skin.

This creates a beautiful glow to the skin and a super subtle 'tan'/colour, so it's perfect for Winter if you're a bit pale like me. It fixes dullness, uneven skin tone and lackluster skin.

I can honestly say, this is an absolute god send for me. I am extremely naturally pale and this has managed to give me a glow from within and slight 'tan' on my face and neck. It's not like a horrible, cheap fake tan though - that flakes off in dribs and drabs for 2 weeks, as long as you use it sparingly and not every night. I did use this every night for a week or two but ended up noticing a considerable difference between my hands and neck/face, so I laid off for a while. It is a well formulated product that will leave your skin looking refreshed and alive even after having only 5 hours sleep! I haven't experienced any flaking since using this, it's not as harsh as a regular fake tanning product.

One issue I did have, was making the product spread evenly over my face and neck. It is a very watery consistency, so it felt as though I was using a lot of the product.

Wow. This is a 'stronger' version of The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid, and I can say it definitely delivers. It provides much more noticeable hydration, but with a £13 price difference, you'd probably expect that anyway. I love to use the Ordinary during the day as is very light; perfect for underneath my daily moisturiser and SPF - but Hylamide's formula is my go-to for the night, to provide that plumpness and hydrated skin I'm after whilst I sleep!

The texture is super silky and 'jelly' like; the complete opposite to the Glow Booster. You can use the tiniest amount and it will go a long way.

This product wasn't as 'wow' for me as the other two. I liked it, and it definitely hydrates skin, however because I am using hyaluronic acids, vitamin c serums, facial oils etc, this product seems a little underwhelming, as if I don't really notice if I use it or not. I like it, but I'm not sure this has a place in my already packed out routine. However, Hylamide do state that this is a lightweight hydrator - so this would be perfect for someone that doesn't have the time for lots of serums and oils. I usually use this during the day when I am chilling at home, as usually I forget to put on moisturiser if I am not doing anything that day!

Overall, my skin feels beautifully balanced, plump and GLOWING! I can't recommend these products enough and if you're looking for some new additions to your beauty routine, definitely add some of these to your routine.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

DECIEM / THE ORDINARY: Review + 3 Month Results

The last really huge skincare craze (.. and I mean lines out the door/every newspaper was talking about it) release was the No 7 Protect & Perfect serum about ten years ago. Remember those days? I remember so vividly when my Mum wanted to get it. People became obsessed with grabbing the product of the moment/year! They lined up for hours at the prospect of having beautiful skin from a miracle product. I was about 10 back then, so I can't really comment and say I was hoping to grab it or whether it was a miracle product (is anything?) but what I do know now, is that skincare is a long-haul. 

You have to prevent wrinkles and take care of your skin while it's young in order to 'look good at 40'. It's not a battle, it's something we should enjoy. However skincare has been made into this enemy of the state, with consumers groaning at the prospect of being faced with 40 different brands and twenty different prices with some really confusing claims. Online brands are popping up everywhere, some good, some not so good, but it's rare that you'll discover a brand that is really amazing. And I have. This is one brand you won't have to wait in the cold for, either. 
Deceit / The Ordinary UK Beauty Blogger Review Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid

This is possibly the biggest launch of beauty products ever, and it didn't even need a billboard or Kylie Jenner to stand there posing with it to sell 30,000 units within the first 2 weeks of launching.  These products speak for themselves and they have the potential to change the industry and educate consumers about what they're currently buying. 'The Ordinary' isn't such a fitting name, given how fabulous these products are. 

The founder of Deciem, Brandon Truaxe, is a guy that really believes in having good skin at an affordable price. This cool dude basically got sick of seeing overpriced products that really weren't that great from brands that didn't really have a clue. He truly believes in great skincare at an affordable price.. and him and his team are creating it for us everyday! 

To let you guys know why the Ordinary are so extra-ordinary, I'll explain. High street, and especially high end, skincare all centre themselves around a set of 'hero' ingredients. These are usually ingredients like Retinoid (for anti-aging) or Hyaluronic Acid (for plumping and tackling dehydration). The thing is, these brands usually make out that these hero ingredients are some kind of amazing new innovation that will change your skin forever.. and then they slap a huge price ticket on it. Everyday we are bombarded by adverts, celebrity endorsement and new life changing 'ingredients' that will apparently make our wrinkles go away for £85, but it's just not necessary! 

That's what The Ordinary and Deciem are all about though: Not putting an £85 price label on something that doesn't cost the earth to produce and can be really very simple. That's the beauty of this company and their mission. Great skincare doesn't and never has had to cost the earth!
Deceit / The Ordinary UK Beauty Blogger Review Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid

Deceit / The Ordinary UK Beauty Blogger Review Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid

I've been using the Vitamin C Serum for around three months. It's a thicker-than-usual texture that feels slightly grainy when applied. I usually apply it when my face is still wet from the shower and it feels as though it soaks into the skin much easier! I have dry skin and have had no issues with this. Vitamin C is really, really great for your skin when you apply it topically. Although pictured in the traditional, first release dropper style bottle, the packaging has now changed to a squeezy-tube because of customer feedback. I think this suits the product better as sometimes the dropper does tend to get product over the sides of the glass bottle when you put the dropper back into the bottle as the formula is thick.

My results from the product? After 3 months, I've had no issues and my skin has adjusted well to the product. It's given my skin a boost of life and is improving fine lines. This product sinks into skin super quick and doesn't leave a sticky feeling.

Finding what you need on site is super easy as they have a guide to products and when they should ideally be used on site. You can see that right here!

Deceit / The Ordinary UK Beauty Blogger Review Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid dropper uv bottleOnto my real one true love - The £5.90 Hylaronic Acid! I apply a few drops of this in the AM and PM and it keeps my skin so supple and plump. This is a must-have for anyone worried about fine lines or just wanting a boost to the skin. I've noticed an improvement in my skin texture. You really don't need much of this product, and as pictured it's a nice clear, fragrance-free texture/scent so it's perfect for sensitive skin types too. It's a slightly thick, jelly like serum-y texture, it doesn't leave a sticky residue behind either.

Progress? My skin is clearer, as pictured. This photo isn't altered and I am wearing make-up, but my breakouts are far less frequent (I use Glycolic acid toner too - always have done) and my skin is even and hydrated. The moral of the story? Skincare has never had to cost £50 for a retinoid moisturiser or serum and Deciem challenge that. I'd really love to see a day and night-time moisturiser from the brand next, as I think that's something a lot of people struggle to find on the market for their skin type with so many confusing 'oils' or 'plant extracts' being added aka slapped onto the label to confuse consumers.

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Have you guys tried anything from Deciem/The Ordinary?
I'm dying to try the Glow Booster serum next from the sister brand Hylamide!

This post is not sponsored and I purchased these with my own money.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

SPECTRUM BRUSHES: Not Just A Pretty Instagram Picture!

I've been really curious about Spectrum ever since they hit the market and become a bit of a blogger fave. Their pastel pink branding always catches my eye but I've never thought to try them as I already own Zoeva brushes and thought 'do I really need that many brushes?' .. yes... Yes I do. Here is what I thought of them and how they hold up... For reference, I've had these brushes for around a month or so.
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The Price
Spectrum brushes are priced very well. You can get a complete eye set for around £30, which, generally speaking, is the cost of around one Mac brush. They are also sold separately with prices ranging from £4 to £10, so it's great if you just wanted to see if you like them and order one or two. They're sold on Beautybay, so you could even just add one to your next MUG order! (Shhh, I know you all do one every week like me!). In comparison to brands such as Zoeva and Mac, these are really a good beginner set if you're new to doing your make-up or just on a budget. Other brands can definitely be a little pricier if you're looking for the entire eye or face sets, but at £30 for a complete eye set or £40 for the mixed set pictured.. it's a good starting point.

The 10 Piece Essentials Set (Pictured) contains..
B01 Flat Top Buffer (£9) 7/10
A01 Large Domed Powder (£9) 10/10
A05 Small Angled Blush (£7) 9/10
B03 Buffing Concealer (£5) 7/10
A06 Large Fluffy Shader (£5) 8/10
B06 Tall Tapered Blender (£5) 6/10
B04 Small Angled Blender (£4) 8/10
A09 – Angled Eyeliner (£5) 3/10
A17 Angled Brow (£4) 9/10
A15 Lip Liner (£4) 3/10

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Worth it?
The brushes are 100% synthetic, which makes them ultra soft. This is something people seem to either love or hate from what I've seen, but I've personally used synthetic brushes before and don't mind the fluffy feel of them. I do like the slight scratchiness (not literally) from my well washed Zoeva eye brushes, but I can work the eyeshadow into my crease just as well with these. I must say, I really loved the BO1 Flat Top Buffer Brush. I usually hate using a brush for my make-up, but this was easy to use and I got a similar finish to my beauty blender, which I loved! I also loved the 'mini version' of this brush, the BO3 Buffing Concealer Brush. I used this for both concealer and eyeshadow and loved the quick, seamless finish it gave.

Some of the brushes are quite dense, and that can make them a little hard to wash. I found that I really had to scrub at the buffing brush to get the foundation out of it, which led to some shedding and hairs falling out. I'm not sure how it'll cope being washed over and over so harshly, but it dried okay and I think it may just require a little soak beforehand. The others were all totally fine.. I actually had the same issue with my Zoeva Buffer Brush before, so I think it could be a thing with buffing brushes. (We don't get along.)

I really love the set so far and I do find myself reaching for them all the time, which is great. The AO1 Powder Brush and CO4 Angled Powder Brush are my favourite so far to use. They are so super soft that they distribute just the right amount of product, avoiding the dreaded cake face! I love the angled brush for creating a subtle powder contour as I can really take my time and build up the colour very softly without going overboard! The eye brushes are good too and work very well with Colourpop eyeshadows. The synthetic hairs mean that Colourpop's weird cream/powder at the same time kinda formula blends like a dream! I love using them for blending out a transition colour as it's so quick because of the density. My favourites? The brow brush for sure. I've been loving this for my pomade to create a quick, thick line at the end of my brow, whilst using my Zoeva brow liner for the inner part.

I wish the 10 piece collection was more varied. There are three 'little' brushes included, one being a winged eyeliner/eyebrow pomade type brush which I quite like using for my brows.. but the one I hate is the A09 Winged Eyeliner Brush. This is way too thick to be an eyeliner brush so I'm kind of wondering what to use it for and it hasn't really been used for anything yet except smudging some eyeshadow underneath my eye. Same with the A15, the lip brush. I just don't use lip brushes and this is too small and pointless to use for anything else, so it again, sits pretty abandoned.

Overall, I've seen both good and bad things written, but my own opinion is that these are very good brushes and I would for sure purchase these in the future if they hold up. The face brushes were my favourite and if you want to try out the brand, go for those first as they are quite sturdy and good quality. As always, I do recommend buying one or two to test out for yourselves. These aren't expensive so they aren't a major loss if they don't work for you either.

I do appreciate the fact that these are synthetic brushes: great for the vegans out there as they're 100% cruelty free, which can be hard to find in a make-up brush that delivers great quality at the same time!

What do you think? Do you own any Spectrum Brushes?

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