La Belle Lune First Impressions

La Belle Lune Organic Skin was my first purchase in my new-found status as a ‘beauty blogger’. I would never have discovered this if it wasn’t for Instagram – so thank you to the amazing ladies out there who love and recommend this.

When deciding what I was going to buy to kick start my blog, I did ALOT of research and La Belle Lune quickly went to the top of my list. Reading through its creator Annabelle’s Instagram feed I realised that this was a no brainer. Annabelle has been through her fair share of skin troubles and on her journey to healing her skin she “discovered the incredible benefits of cold pressed seed oils and essential oils for healing and nourishment”.

She created this product, as so many of the founders of amazing small brands do, because she found ingredients that worked wonders for her and wanted to share them with others who have been through the same experience as she has.

So, as someone who still suffers from troublesome skin, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this.

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Sunday Riley Artemis review

Artemis, Artemis, Artemis. Where do I start. I have a love hate relationship with this product. The low point being when I tried to return it because it frustrated me so much, the high point when I panic bought a back-up as soon as I heard it was being discontinued. But love it I do.

(Now I’ve said that, I’m not entirely sure why I am writing a review of a product that is being discontinued… but please! Read on…)

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NIOD Flavanone Mud review

It took me a while to get around to purchasing this mask, mostly because of the shipping costs but also because I wasn’t convinced I really needed another clay mask.

I remember Caroline Hirons saying clay masks are one of the products you really don’t need to spend a lot of money on. And historically I really haven’t. I mostly stick to brands you can find in Boots or the pharmacy (Una Brennan, Origins, Sukin, Body Shop) not really venturing over the £25 mark. So at £28 for 50ml, NIOD’s Flavanone Mud is fairly pricey.

Deciem, the umbrella brand for NIOD, The Ordinary, Hylamide and various other brands, really impresses me with its ethos, which is to develop highly effective products for those who really love to invest their time and energy in the health of their skin (I think they are reasonably priced so left money off that list!). I have used their Hylamide products for a few years and love those, but my first foray into NIOD took me to the Copper Amino Isolate Serum (CAIS). Much hyped on Instagram, I was disappointed in the results (or lack there of).

My lack of success with CAIS was another reason for my reluctance to invest in Flavanone Mud, so it remained lingering at the back of my mind for ages. Finally, when I jumped on The Ordinary band-wagon I added Flavanone Mud to my order from Victoria Health. Continue reading “NIOD Flavanone Mud review”

Birthday hauling: NIOD & The Ordinary

The beginning of October saw my birthday – the final year of my twenties *weeps into tea*.

I don’t know what it is about my birthday but it makes me feel really spendy. And I give myself the best gifts! I think it’s because I start thinking about what I want, then I end up wanting way more than I can actually ask people for as presents, so I just buy it all for myself.

This year’s birthday coincided with the launch of The Ordinary, the final week of Jordan Samuel’s discount code, and the news that Sunday Riley are discontinuing Artemis. You can imagine what happened…
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Let’s start at the beginning, a very good place to start

Cleansers are my jam.

If you had told me five years ago that my skin would be defined by something that stays on for less than a few minutes, I wouldn’t have believed it.

As someone who has always been breakout prone, had acne and was on Roaccutane, I always judge the condition of my skin by the number of spots I have. Once they go away I start looking at other things, but only when I am blemish free.

I love a cleanser’s ability to immediately calm my skin and calm my senses. There is nothing more luxurious to me than a good-old long cleanse. I tailor my cleanser choice to my mood and love how different textures and scents can cater to my needs. I just don’t get that from other parts of my routine – even the oils.

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