FACE: Sukin Foaming Face Cleanser

Hey, I bet you didn’t think you’d see me here again so quickly.  Like I mentioned in my previous post I’m working on the adjustments needed to allow blogging to become more regular.  

So in this post I’m sharing my thoughts on the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser which has become a facial skin care staple of mine.

  
First introduced to me by the lovely people at Balwins.  Once I used the bottle I was originally sent (last year!),  I have been repurchasing this ever since. 

It’s a clear gel liquid formula which as the title of the product describes produces a ‘foaming’ consistency when applied with water.

I use this two ways.  

When I need to remove a full makeup face, I add the product straight into my hands without water, work into a creamy consistency, add it to my face, work it in, then either wash off with warm water or use a dampened face cloth to gently remove.  

On bare faced or minimal make up days, I apply the gel to hands and work it into my already dampned face and then remove with warm water.  Both ways are very effective.
What I love most about this product is the fact that it contains no nasties – look!

  
Also it’s packaging is very handy in shape.  You are able to get all of the product out without any waste.  Pump bottles tend to be a nuisance so I generally avoid these if I can!

The cost is around £8 – which I think is a reasonable price for a good quality skincare product.

The products ingredients contains Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Oil.

All in all Im happy with this cleanser.  My face is left feeling – most importantly clean, fresh with a non-tightening or stripping feeling.  The scent of the product is non offensive.

Sukin have a full range of products which I’m interested in, however I’m keen to hear if any of you have tried them? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Thanks for reading 

N x

Disclaimer – This post was not sponsored, I was sent a bottle of Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser by Balwins last year July 2015, with no obligation to write a blog post.  All thoughts and views are my own, the product used in this post was purchased by me as I am a regular user of Sukin Foaming Facial Cleaser which I purchase from Baldwins and other good stockists.

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FACE | G.Baldwins Natural Skincare – Part 2 Review

It’s been just over of month of using the *G.Baldwins Pomergranate, Bilberry and Rose Cleanser and Floral water, which is perfect timing to follow up and share how well I have been getting on with the products.

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If you wanted to read my initial thoughts, you can do so here.

Due to the mesmerising scent of the cleanser, it was especially addictive and for this reason I took to using it pretty much every day for about 10 days straight. If I’m honest due to the richness of the product this was too much for my skin.

I have oily to combination skin, and at the time my skin was going through its own little situation of breakouts (I have since found this was mainly because I wasn’t drinking enough water).  I tailed back use of the cleanser to 2 to 3 times per week instead of every day, following this up with use of the Floral Water.

I changed the way I used the product I initially applied it to my damp face, worked it in with gentle circular motions and then rinsed it off.  Again I don’t think my skin really did benefited from this.  I adjusted – having my shower first, whilst allowing the steam from the shower to open my pores, straight after my shower I apply the cleanser to my ‘steam’ damp face, working it in with circular motions and then with a warm damp muslin cloth removed the cleanser with gentle circular motions.  Following this up with use of the Floral Water on a few cotton pads to freshen my face and remove any residue.

The overall appearance of my face feels a lot more smooth, balanced and my breakouts are now minimised and less angry – I might add not wholly down to these products however I do feel they have helped alongside increasing my water intake.  I also love the fact that the products are natural so the lasting benefits are definitely worthwhile for the skin cells!

Would I buy the products again?
A definite yes to the cleanser, the scent of the cleanser (as previously mentioned) is divine.  The Floral Water scent I’m not so sure of? I am also running out of the Floral Water a lot quicker than the cleanser mainly due to my heavy handed-ness!

G.Baldwins also sent me a lovely cloth tote bag with my products, I posted this picture on Instagram….

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I have been using it to carry my yoga mat and clothes to my Yoga classes, super handy for storing sweaty yoga clothing after class too, and when I done I am able to give it a wash – Eco Friendly!

I have been eyeing up a few other products on the G.Baldwins website, so stay tuned for some other purchases I plan to share soon!

Have you got any top picks from G.Baldwins, I would love to hear your recommendations?

Thanks for reading…

N x

*Products sent to me for review, all opinions are honest and my own

FACE: NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Cleanser Review – Part 2

I previously posted about the NIP + FAB Glycolic Fix Cleanser.

It’s been just over two months of using it which I think is adequate time to let you all know how I have been getting on with it.

As you can see in the picture below, I have under half of the product left!

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So first things first – Disclaimer: This review is based on how I feel the product worked for me, everyone’s skin type is different and the results you receive may well differ to mine!

As the product is a cleanser, I think I firstly made the mistake of using the product everyday – thinking I needed to, in the tradition sense of how you would use a cleanser. I changed the routine to every couple of days and then every few days…. the point I’m trying to make is I think overuse of it on my skin aggravated it. Not in the sense of long term permanent damage, I was perhaps upsetting my skins normal balance which caused me to breakout more than I usually would.

I will say this loud and clear this product does not cause breakouts – for my skin type overuse resulted in breakouts because I was upsetting my skins normal balance.

So once I figured out that I was using the cleanser too often I tailed this back to no more than once a week or where I feel my skin needs a deep down cleanse, exfoliate and retexture…. As I think it is great for that, so I use it alongside my usual skin care routine mostly for pamper routine.

So the burning question would I purchase it again? Honest answer – Yes, as I think the cleanser is a great skin care staple to have in your bathroom cabinet for my pamper routine, which is what I will continue using it for.

Have you tried NIP + FAB products, I would love to hear your recommendations?

Thanks for reading!

FACE: My SOS Skin Saviours

So my face is currently going through a situation at the moment.

I am to blame and I may as well confess I ate cake last weekend…. Yes yes I know , I know I’m supposed to be giving it up for Lent. It was a genuine mishap ….well …..not really it was the husband’s birthday last week and well I ate cake…. Erm I said that already didn’t I, Two slices of the most gorgeous. chocolate. cake. EVER!

Well being one not to dwell on the the past…. My face is having a breakout I see it as punishment for breaking my Lenten promise…. But that’ll teach me right!

So in a bid to avoid cake until the end of lent and rescue my face…. I will be re-introducing my good old Dermalogica favourites…

I absolutely love Dermalogica products they are a tad pricey BUT so worth it and definitely do help my skin to rebalance again.

So here’s my newly adjusted morning face skincare routine:

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Above products used in sequenced order below:
1. Vichy Eau Thermale – used before cleansing to clean my skin
2. Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser- used next in the routine, it’s great for dealing with my congested and oily skin.
3. Dermalogica Multi Active Toner- used after cleansing, and before applying face and eye cream.
4. REN Keep Young And Beautiful Anti – Aging Eye Cream – I love this eye cream it minimises and soften under eye wrinkles.
5. Simple Light Moisturiser – great light weight moisturiser, which helps to prevent my face becoming too oily throughout the day under makeup.

And my evening face skincare routine:

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Above products used in sequenced order below:
1. Vichy Eau Thermale – used before cleansing to clean my skin
2. Simple Eye Makeup Remover – to remove eye makeup with a cotton pad.
3. Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser – used next in the routine, it’s great for dealing with my congested and oily skin.
4. Dermalogica Multi Active Toner – used after cleansing, and before applying face and eye cream.
5. REN Keep Young And Beautiful Anti – Aging Eye Cream (not shown but included in my evening routine).
6. Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream.
7. Skin Hydrating Masque ( 2 – 3 times per week)

I must not forget and begin conscious of what I put on my skin, what’s equally important is that I drink water …. As quite frankly over time I have becoming quite slack in that department. I am trying to drink at least 1.5 – 2 litres per day… I have since started and it really does make me feel a lot better and less sluggish, especially with early morning starts.

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I am sure in a matter of a few weeks my face will be back to normal …. Gosh I sound so vain! Lol

Have you tried Dermalogica skin care products…. Which ones are your favorites?

Thanks for reading …TTFN!

BEAUTY: Eau Thermale – Vichy, Avene…

But it’s not just any type of canned water…. it’s pure water!” I can hear the conversation now and even at aged 30 something the justification of such a purchase to my mother makes me shudder!

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I also know if my mother should be reading this now she would be giving me serious side eye to the sheer fact that in her opinion I’m wasting my money on …..canned water!

But my lovelies Eau Thermale…is water in its purest form. Actually it’s ingredient is quite simply Spring Water. I currently have two brands on the go at the minute. No particular reason although I do tend to sway towards the Avene brand more so than Vichy (which I received previously as part of a beauty box subscription). Avene’s Eau Thermale costs around £4 from Boots. So with that said I suppose it’s only right I share how I use ‘said’ pure water.


Uses On The Go:

In the summer a spritz over my face to cool me down..
Or after the gym, once I have showered a spritz on my face and I just let it sit which I find really hydrating.

As a car owner I have been known to pop the hood of my car bonnet and tinker (tinker = check washer fluid levels and fill it or check oil levels and if replace it) I can in no way shape or form add ‘mechanic’ to my resume/CV! however if and when I get caught out and I’m in a rush spritzing this over my grubby hands brings them back to clean again, for that reason I always make sure I have a can in my bag.

For my mini me….as kids go bumps and scraps happen at the park so when my little dear has dirt in a wound or a scrap which needs urgent attention I can wash it clean right then and there….I call it ‘mommy’s magic water’.


Uses At Home:

I also use Eau Thermale as part of my facial care routine, to cleanse my face I either spritz the Eau Thermale over my face following this with a gel based cleanser product and then rinse or I use it to dampen my cotton pad to remove my cream based cleanser ….

It can also be used for:
Sunburn,
after anti-acne treatment,
On nappy rash,
On various forms of irritations such as razor burn,
After hair removal

Have you tried any Eau Thermale’s, what do you think ? And how do you use them?

TTFN!

FACE: NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Cleanser Review

So I indulged in a spot of retail therapy at the weekend in doing so I tripped over and fell in to Boots and rolled through the store to the beauty aisles….I made a right spectacle of myself! No ….Not really …..Doesn’t even sound that convincing does it ?

So anyway, me being one for a good bargain and money-off offers ….I spotted the NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Cleanser on special offer for around £5.

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I generally like to keep the product I use on my face fairly simple and free from ingredients which sound too ‘clinical’, however I was intrigued to give this cleanser a try as the labelling claims to cleanse, purify, retexture, hydrate, smooth and exfoliate.

The cleanser also has 2% Glycolic acid added to it – hence it’s label, so I quickly checked on my smartphone exactly what Glycolic acid does via skincare.about.comwhilst standing in the aisle and before I made the purchase.

I have been using the cleanser for a few days now and whilst it’s too early to really tell what difference it has made, my face had been plagued with a few stress spots, however since using the cleanser they seem to be drying out quite nicely.

To use the cleanser I apply it to my dampened face and work the product using gentle circular motions, then rinsed it off. My face is not left feeling tight and it does feel hydrated, it’s definitely not a product which strips moisture away which is great especially as UK weather is so bitterly cold at the moment.

The consistency of the cleanser is gel like, however on the label it is described as a foaming cleanser which to be honest I haven’t been able to work it into a lather.

The scent of the product in my opinion is a mix between grapefruit with a mild hint of apple, which is fine for me as it’s a clean fresh smell.

I will more than likely do a part two blog post to let you know how my skin is adjusting to this cleanser towards the end of the month…so stay tuned.

Have you used NIP+FAB products? Which ones are your favourite?

ThanKs for reading…. Toodlepip!