The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% and 2% HA

Hi beauties

I have Lactic Acid Serum from The Ordinary today from one of my previous hauls. I have never used Lactic Acid before so I was interested to see how it fares against glycolic which I have used before.

The Ordinary is a brand that is only getting hotter, I think it’s a fabulous concept, proven ingredients but at a very reasonable price, I think it’s long overdue.

So to Lactic Acid 5% and HA 2%, it’s a clear lightweight serum that you slot in on your normal Serum stage in your routine. You can use moisturisers over the top so it’s easy to use, a nice fluid texture that also is easy to spread over your skin. I tried this a few times until I could stand the smell no longer, to me it smells like beef Hula Hoops. Which to be honest, isn’t a fragrance I want in my Skincare! 

It genuinely turned my stomach, and I didn’t find any benefit from the serum at all either. No visible or feeling of more smoothness the next day, so I was really disappointed with this product. Perhaps Lactic Acid just isn’t for me, this particular one certainly isn’t! As always these are just my experiences, I’m fairly used to exfoliation and using acids so I’m at a bit of a loss to see why it didn’t work for me. I wouldn’t try the higher percentage that The Ordinary do as I find the smell so unpleasant. We can’t all love everything!

You can get this from http://www.theordinary.com and it is £5.50 for a 30ml bottle.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Apothaka Natural Skincare

Hi beauties

I’m excited about this post as it is a brand that I have discovered recently.  Apothaka Skincare has been created by the beautiful Natasha, not only is she beautiful, she has a stunning pair of hands and nails that are incredible! I have nail envy, so when I found out she has created a nail and cuticle oil I had to buy a bottle.

The nail oil’s main ingredient is organic Jojoba which is very similar to sebum in our skin. The oil is able to penetrate the nail plate adding much needed hydration without greasiness. That’s what I really like about Jojoba oil, it’s light, you only need a tiny amount and it literally disappears into your nails. 

Full ingredients are: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) oil, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) nut oil*, Squalane (Olive squalane) / olea europea, Borago officinalis (Starflower / Borage) seed oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil, Citrus limonum (lemon) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil. Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. (*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed).

The nail Oil smells beautiful with the essential oils of Lemon, Lavender and Myrrh, so fresh and comforting. I find this Oil so easy to use because it sinks in so easily and quickly. Apothaka has very quickly become my favourite cuticle oil. It’s enjoyable to use and the results are great, my nails are flexible but don’t snap and they feel so much healthier because of the moisturisation. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I also love the component, which is a glass bottle with a rollerball, it dispenses just enough oil on each nail and the bottle is UV protected to protect the ingredients. I bought the above bottle for a very reasonable £9.95 which for a hand made, hand blended oil I think is very affordable. 

As a treat, Natasha very kindly enclosed a sample of her Rejuvenating Facial Oil for Normal/Combination skin. Natasha had good skin for many years but it was when she was in her late 30’s she began to experience breakouts and scarring. As someone with an oily skin type and have had my own share of breakouts in my teenage years and beyond (I can still get the pesky little buggers!) I know how frustrating and demoralising it can be.

Natasha found that the acne type spot treatments on the market were incredibly drying, so curious about ingredients she started to do a lot of research. After finding the benefits of plant based ingredients on the skin and after adding to her knowledge with a series of courses in natural skincare and the use of essential oils, Natasha was finding very positive results using oils in her skincare routine she started making products for her friends and family. After finding out how they were benefitting Apothaka was born.


There are two types of the Rejuvenating Facial Oil, Normal to Combination and Normal to Dry so choose either depending on your skin type. The smell is heavenly, sandalwood and geranium, it’s warm and comforting with a floral lift. The oil sinks in easily and you need so little just a few drops will cover your face and neck.

Full ingredients for Normal to combination: Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Carthamus tinctoris (Safflower) oil*, Squalane (Olive squalane) / olea europea, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) nut oil*, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil, Hippohae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) oil, Ubiquinone (Co-enzyme Q10), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil, Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, Bursera delpechiana (linaloe wood) oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool. (*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed.)

This is a beautiful Facial Oil that I really love using (so much so I’ve given away other oils I had open that I stopped using in favour of this!), and I will definitely be buying a replacement for the very generous sample Natasha sent to me. The package as you can see was also so pretty and with a handwritten note which I really appreciated. It is the little things that make you feel special! 

Natasha’s products can be found at http://www.apothaka.com and I’m so pleased to say that the brand recently won a Beauty Shortlist Award 2017 as an Editor’s Choice for the Facial Oil. So well deserved!!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sukin Haul

Hi beauties

It was my birthday last month and had some vouchers from my family so naturally it went on Skincare! 

I wanted to get some products from a brand that I have been wanting to try for some time now. Sukin are an organic skincare company from Australia, well known for their Rosehip Oil, they are also very affordable. I love to find brands like this, my skin responds very well to natural ingredients but a lot of so-called “green” brands can be very expensive. 

I chose: 

  • Moisture Restoring Night Cream
  • Hydrating Facial Masque 
  • Antioxidant Eye Serum

I bought mine from Boots where Sukin was on a three for two promotion (don’t you just love 3-for-2?!) making all three just under £30.00 which is great value. I will be doing individual reviews once all three have been tested thoroughly.

I’ve got some a couple of other hauls to come in the next few weeks so keep your eyes peeled!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Sleek Makeup Rose Gold Blush

Hi beauties,

I have some makeup for a change, it is Sleek Makeup’s blush in Rose Gold. I got this in a blogger beauty box last year, put it in my makeup bag and promptly forgot all about it!! *Rude*.

I hadn’t tried anything from Sleek before as my local stores hadn’t started stocking the range until recently, it was while I was in Boots picking up some medication I saw the stand

Rose gold is one of the hottest colours still, in makeup, clothing, jewellery and so on. This is a powder blush, it actually isn’t as pigmented as it looks in the below swatch, when I was applying it, I found I had to go back to the palette a few times to build it up. But saying that, it means you can have a gentle flush of colour without looking like Aunt Sally.

I chose to wear this on my birthday last month and had lots of compliments on it, it’s a beautiful rosy/peachy shade and I love that it has the highlight kind of mixed in. The sheen you get from this is gorgeous. 


I do have one complaint though, and that is the packaging. It’s bloody hard to open, I very nearly lost a nail and you all know how traumatic that would be. It’s difficult to get a grip on the palette and it’s really annoying. I definitely think the brand should rethink the packaging as knowing how hard it is would put me off using it.

It’s a good quality Powder blush and very reasonably priced for around a fiver, so if you want a new blush for spring summer, this would be a lovely option.

Sleek makeUp is available in Boots, Superdrug and online.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

OPI Avoplex High Intensity Hand and Nail Cream

Hi beauties

I am sure you are all aware how much I love OPI nail polish and swear by Nail Envy and Avoplex Cuticle Oil. Both products have made my nails what they are and kept them in great condition for over 20 years.

I have another product from the Avoplex family, High Intensity Hand and Nail Cream. This is a lovely rich, but not heavy at all, hand cream. It’s very hydrating and I find it very easy to use at any time of the day as it sinks into skin so easily. A pet peeve of mine is trying to rub in hand cream for ages, for me a good hand cream is quick to use so there is no mucking about!

Ingredients list is: Aqua/Water/Eau, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Cetearyl Methicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Tridecyl Salicylate, Triethanolamine, Polysorbate 60, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum/Fragrance, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol, Limonene, Hydrogenated Avocado Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Potassium Sorbate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Mauritia Flexuosa Fruit Oil, Hexylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Lecithin, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Linalool, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Alcohol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Oleic Acid, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.

I have one gripe, no it isn’t ingredients, there is nothing there that worries me too much. It’s the smell. To me it smells like raspberries and I really dislike fruity scents, I am a Floral and spicy kind of girl so I was disappointed when I tried this. Nothing to do with the quality at all, only the fragrance so if you don’t mind a fruity little number you will be fine.

I got mine from QVC in a set with the cuticle oil for £25.00, however it isn’t always in stock. You can get it separately from http://www.amazon.co.uk for £18.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary Haul 3

Hi beauties

You all know by now my love of things The Ordinary, here is a third Haul of bits of I’ve been wanting to try for a while.

I chose:

  • Lactic Acid 5%
  • Natural Moisturising Factors + HA
  • 100% plant-derived Squalane 

I have been testing these out for a while now, I like to give things a decent amount of time, it’s only fair to the products so I will be doing individual reviews coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks!

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

Waitrose Pure Hydration Body Butter

Hi beauties

I have a fabulous product today, Waitrose Pure Hydration Body Butter. The Waitrose Pure range is relatively recent and I’ve tried 3 products so far. It is suitable for those with sensitive skin, there are no parabens, mineral oils, or fragrance.

Ingredients are;

Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Gossypium Herbaecum Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Candelilla Cera, Sodium Benzoate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Potassium Sorbate.

The texture is beautiful, thick but it still rubs into skin well. I have a hatred of thick creams, I just cannot bear them, my skin feels suffocated and sweaty (sorry if that’s TMI!) so this was a joy to try as it as far removed from that. The trick is not to use too much and you will be fine.

I’m really impressed with this Body Butter, I can use things with fragrance in but I know that there are a lot of people who would rather not have any so this would be perfect for them. Great for dry, sensitive, tricky and skin that generally hates to behave itself. It is so refreshing to find a High Street range that doesn’t have mineral oil or mineral oil derivatives in it, practically every other household name range has and it drives me bonkers.

Another thing that is great: the price. It’s £4.00 for a 200ml jar which is so affordable, I bought mine whilst on promotion so I paid £2.66!! Madness, but madness I love! Waitrose Pure Hydration Body Butter is a true star, and my holy grail butter. Available instore and online at http://www.waitrose.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx