Beauty Pie Overnight Skin Perfector Gentle Retinol Moisture Balm

Hi beauties,

This review has been a long time coming to be honest as it’s a product that I’ve been picking up and then putting back down again, Beauty Pie Overnight Skin Perfector Gentle Retinol Moisture Balm.

I bought this in a box last year, I wanted to start with a retinol but I didn’t want my face to fall off so I thought this sounded like a gentle formula but meant to be effective.

Now I can’t tell you the percentage of retinol in this product, so I don’t actually know how effective it’s SUPPOSED to be. I know how effective it is, which I have to say is not that much at all. If anything it broke me out so I think it’s too rich for me to use on a regular basis to get the benefit of the retinol. Shea Butter is the base which I don’t usually have a problem with, and to be honest it’s a lovely texture so I’m really disappointed this didn’t work for me.

I’ve looked online and it’s no longer on the website so I don’t know if it’s discontinued or just out of stock. I am not sure if I will go for any of the retinol range, I’ve been more disappointed with Beauty Pie Skincare than I have their makeup but there is still plenty to try.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Skinsense Neck and Décolleté Cream

Hi beauties,

Today I have a product from Skinsense their Anti Ageing Neck and Décolleté Cream. Skinsense is a beauty brand created by Abi Cleeve, who is well known on QVCUK for presenting the suncare brand Ultrasun.

Skinsense use a patented lamellar formula, which means that ingredients are locked into your skin for a longer period of time making them more effective.

The neck and Décolleté Cream contains Juvinity that smooths wrinkles, resurfaces skin and protects cells from oxidative stress. It’s a beautifully light textured cream which sinks in so quickly, soya oil, allatoin and zinc soften skin and encourage collagen and elastin production. While the results for me was not as noticeable as with the Elemis Pro Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm this was still a great Cream to use. Definitely smoothing texture wise on my skin, it does soften the look of lines and keep my dry neck more moisturised.

A 100ml tube is £36.00, QVCUK often do a supersize 200ml version for £44.00 which is even better value. In comparison Elemis is £50.00 for 50ml, so I would definitely use Skinsense in between uses of Elemis. It’s a great product I have been impressed by.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Saaf Hydrating Body Balm

Hi beauties,

I have a real gem of a product today Saaf Hydrating Body Balm. Saaf Skincare is a UK company making organic skincare products, they also have two facial oils, a balm cleanser and hair oil.

Regular readers will know of my absolute obsession with oils and now balms as my body skin is very dry and flaky. This balm is a beautiful formula using very soothing safflower oil as the base with sesame seed oil, beeswax, Shea Butter, black mustard seed oil and Vitamin E. The fragrance is utterly stunning with essential oils of mandarin, ylang ylang, patchouli, lavender and clove. Beautifully smoky, slightly spicy and wonderfully warming Hydrating Body Balm does exactly what it says on the tub.

Perfect for those with dry skin, it’s soothing for those flaky red and sore patches that I get, I find this balm helps to lock moisture into my skin for a long time. So much so I can forgo the regular body lotion which I am super lazy with (even though I shouldn’t be!!)

For a 150ml jar it’s £24.99 and well worth it to me. Obviously more expensive than your drugstore lotions but it’s far more enjoyable and luxurious to use. You can however get it from https://www.dolphinfitness.co.uk/en/saaf-super-hydrating-body-balm-150-ml/81456 for £16.99. You don’t need to use a lot so you would have many months worth of excellent moisturisation.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Milky Lotion

Hi beauties,

Today I have a Cult Japanese product in Hada Labo Gokujyun Premium Hyaluronic Acid Milky Lotion. I am a huge fan of the original clear Hyaluronic Acid serum so I wanted to see what the difference between my favourite HA and the Milky version.

The texture of Milky Lotion is much thicker than the original, so you don’t need as much as the thinner version so it’s a great one for me to have both as a serum for winter time and as a very light moisturiser in the summer time. I would say it’s a bit richer than the original so it is very versatile whatever skin type you are.

Milky lotion also layers well with other products, oils, serums and moisturisers, there is none of the dreading pilling which annoys us all! It’s also massively affordable, it’s in a smaller bottle than the original, 140ml vs 170ml but you can still find it for around £10 per bottle on Amazon or eBay and it lasts for ever! Even using face and body, I get a long time out of one bottle of product, few drops as it spreads so easily.

This is a brilliant HA Serum so I would definitely buy it again, it’s beautifully hydrating, amazing value – what’s not to love?

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Ren Clarimatte T Zone Control Cleansing Gel

Hi beauties,

I have Ren Clarimatte T Zone Control Cleansing Gel today, I bought it a few months ago when Ren had a promotion on their website.

Clarimatte is a range aimed at combination to oily skin, with active ingredients such as willow bark extract, oat amino acids and coconut fruit extract but doesn’t dry or strip your skin like many high street products can do.

T Zone Control Cleansing Gel is a gorgeous, refreshing light gel that makes your skin feel beautifully clean and soft afterwards. I don’t use this to remove makeup as I don’t think it would be effective for that, so an AM cleanse or second PM Cleanse. You need to use one pump so 150ml lasts a very long time. Pricier at £20.00 for a face wash, however I feel it’s worth it because not only is it enjoyable to use it kept my skin clear and more under control. Oiliness was less of a problem when using this cleanser so I would recommend it for anyone who is combination to oily. Very impressed with this!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask

Hi beauties,

Another mask today, this time the Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask from Paula’s Choice.

If you are regular reader you will know I’m not a lover of Paula’s Choice, I find the products boring and joyless and a little expensive for what they are. However, I have found the Hydrating Mask Treatment to be really different.

It’s a lovely cream mask that’s easy to use, as the last step in your skincare routine as a sleeping mask, apply a generous amount not to be rinsed off. I have used it in a traditional method left on for 10-20 minutes and then removed.

I really enjoy using this mask, especially when my skin is out of sorts, feeling dry and dehydrated, even a bit sore. The borage oil, macadamia nut apricot kernel, evening primrose and olive oils are soothing and repairing for your skin barrier. Also the mask is very reasonably priced at £23.00 for a massive 118ml size.

This is a great mask to have as a first aid type product, if you have over-used actives and your skin is feeling vulnerable, slap this on for a few nights and you will definitely see a benefit.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Naturtint Anti Ageing CC Cream

Hi beauties,

Haircare today with Naturtint Anti Ageing CC Cream. I got this in my Holland and Barrett Advent Calendar and was really interested to try it.

Naturtint is a company concentrated on reducing the amount of chemicals in hair colour, manufactured in Spain. Naturtint also do styling and care products alongside hair colour.

The anti ageing CC Cream is a leave in conditioning hair treatment that has 7 benefits, strengthens, enhances shine, softens, moisturises, repairs, nourishes and reduces split ends.

I don’t colour my hair, but I do use conditioning treatments. My hair is on the coarser side that has a tendency to be dry. I used a pea sized amount on damp hair after washing and blow dried as normal.

I used the CC Cream daily for about a month, but I didn’t really notice any benefit to my hair at all.