MINTD Box October 17 Review

This box is a cozy night in dream and to have it during my favourite month makes it even better. I love this time of year because the weather starts to cool down, the night’s get longer and of course, the beautiful colour changes in nature just make the transition from summer to autumn so much more enjoyable. This is also when I really notice how long the year has been and suddenly I find myself feeling exhausted and craving cozy night’s in. The start of Autumn is my time to slow down, relax more and just recharge from everything that has happened over the previous nine months (and hasn’t it been a lot?!), so this month’s MINTD Box has been perfect for me. Continue reading

New Launch & First Impressions: Lixir by Colette Haydon

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One of the things I love about Victoria Health is how thoughtful they are with the brands they choose to launch. It takes a lot for Gill to add a new skincare line to the site and with the last one being The Ordinary, you know Lixir has to be something special to make the cut (spoiler alert: it is). I was so pleasantly surprised when the products arrived at my door a few weeks ago and have been so excited to talk about them since my very first use. Beyond the fact that this new brand is a millennial’s dream in terms of branding and packaging, it also has a lot going on formula wise and I have a feeling Lixir is destined for big things. Continue reading

NIOD – The Complete Review

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Even though when The Ordinary had its surprise debut last year and caused a major commotion in the industry, NIOD have always been the original game changer in my books. I was already very familiar with DECIEM when NIOD arrived, having used Fountain since it first launched back in 2013, as well as Hand Chemistry (now The Chemistry Brand) and then HIF when that came along, so when Brandon Truaxe finally introduced his very first official skincare line I was more than ready to get on board. Continue reading

MINTD Box September ’17 Review

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This review is coming a little later than expected due to a very busy start to the month and then some unexpected photography issues, but it is one I have been excited to share. This month’s theme is “Refine & Restore” and it is all about supporting your skin as we transition the seasons and each product is a perfectly thoughtful inclusion. My combination skin always struggles going from summer to autumn and this month’s excellent curation has helped to make the changeover a lot less stressful this year. Continue reading

The Ordinary – How To Create A Skincare Routine

After writing my article The Ordinary – The Definitive Review, I knew there were going to be lots of questions asking for recommendations due to the sheer number of products. With so many options available I realized many of you would (and did) find it confusing and overwhelming when it came to picking the ingredients that would suit your needs. This is why I also wrote The Ordinary – A Recommended Routine For Every Skin Type as I wanted that article to serve as a general guide to help you find the best products for each skin type and while that helped, a new question started being asked, which lead to me writing this one. Continue reading

MINTD Box August ’17 Review & Giveaway!

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August has been a whirlwind month for me with a few downs as well as ups, but getting this month’s MINTD Box was a total highlight. I have been so excited to talk about this ever since it arrived and after some pesky mercury retrograde electrical related setbacks (both my phone and laptop were acting up), I can finally do just that. The theme of the box for August is ‘The Recovery Edit’ and honestly it could not have come at a more perfect time. All the products in the box have been picked to help heal, soothe and revive the skin after too much fun in the summertime sun, but for me they just made me happy during a time when a lot of crazy things were going on personally and globally. That has become one of my favourite things about receiving the MINTD box every month – it’s such a treat to have a box full of goodies arrive on my doorstep each month and with each of them consistently proving to be (somehow) better than the last, it’s so worth the cost. This month as always the price is £65, but the value is almost £150 with a saving of £80 and this box is such a good one to get. It’s one of the best MINTD have ever done and I got to discover four new-to-me brands and fall in love with products I know I will repurchase. Continue reading

The Debate: The Problem with Instagram

This article has been a long time coming because Instagram has changed a lot over the past several months and not just by design, but in how we use it. This year I have noticed a pretty big shift in how we behave, post and interact etc, and I know I am not the only one who’s picked up on this. In particular, the skincare community is not quite what it used to be. What started out as a fun way to share a burgeoning passion for skincare and connect with others has morphed into some sort of social media high school with cliques, gossiping and even bullying. I have been surprised, shocked and saddened by a lot of what I have seen recently and it has been so disappointing. There have been times when I have felt anxious over something that has happened on Instagram, wanted to cry over what has been said to me and even considered deleting my account more than once. Continue reading