Herbivore Botanicals: Blue Tansy and Brighten Masks

There’s something about packaging that just gets you, isn’t there? It was 100% the packaging that drew my attention to Herbivore Botanicals when I first saw the Blue Tansy mask pop up on The Beauty Bloss’ instagram feed. It’s clean and minimalist, at the same time looking high-end and luxurious.

I started to see the Blue Tansy BHA appear in more and more places with rave reviews, and after a while I decided it deserved a place in my stash. Along with this mask, I picked up the Winter Glow Kit ( I think this was limited addition), which featured the Brighten mask, Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water, Orchid facial oil roller and the Coco Rose lip polish and conditioner.

I’m going to talk to you specifically about the masks (the Rose water is lovely though).

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Treatments 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it

Part Two of my Skincare 101 series is looking at treatments. If you haven’t seen Part One, which talks about cleansers and toners, head over there first.

These products and routines are suited to my skin type and concerns (normal/dry, acne prone, not sensitive, drastically dehydrated, with post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation). I am by no means an expert and the products I use are what work for me. Continue reading “Treatments 101: What to use, how to use it, when to use it”

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”