Birthday Skincare Wish List

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A few weeks ago I shared on Instagram a post about the skincare products I wanted for my birthday. It was more for fun than an actual demand for presents but I still enjoyed the process of really thinking about which skincare items I would most like to receive and why. I am very particular about my skincare shopping and over the past couple of years have really toned down my “impulse purchases”. A lot of research goes into anything I decide to buy and I have either tried a sample and loved it or it’s a product from a brand I know and trust and I’m confident I will love. So, without further adieu, here’s what made the list. Continue reading

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% Review

 

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% Ingredients: COPPER CONCENTRATE: Aqua (Water), Copper Tripeptide-1, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin. ACTIVATOR: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Decapeptide-22, Oligopeptide-78, Palmitoyl Decapeptide-21, Zinc Palmitoyl Nonapeptide-14, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Arginine, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethoxydiglycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Phenylpropanol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Of course, my first full product review had to be on this. When the serum launched back in May 2015 I was instantly intrigued and had to find out more. NIOD (Non-Invasive Options in Dermal Science) is a new branch on the already stellar Deciem tree and “skincare for the hyper-educated” it certainly is. This is a game-changer company and the product was my current favourite launch of 2015 at the time. Big statements, I know but ones I completely stand behind because I can’t remember the last time I was that excited by a new beauty brand and just one of their products. Continue reading

July Empties

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My love of hoarding can only be matched by my love of purging and while that might not make sense, it allows me to maintain a manageable quantity of skincare products where I get to try new things, have backups but I’m also using stuff up and not letting things just sit there going to waste. I love posting about my monthly empties as it’s a great way to keep track of (and also celebrate) the highly satisfying experience of using up a product all the way to the end. This month, for some reason, I don’t have that many empties but I suppose I had so many the last couple of months, it has sort of balanced itself out. Anyway, here’s a look at the products I finished up in July. Continue reading

Summer Favourites Part 2

Continuing on from Part 1, here are my essential summer picks as well as my favourite body and hair care products. Enjoy!

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ESSENTIALS

Throughout the summer there is always going to be those items that you keep coming back to because you can rely on them to do what they say and do it well. This group of products have been exactly that for me and I couldn’t have get through these hot days without them. Continue reading

Summer Favourites Part 1

I am so happy to be doing this post because this year I have so many amazing products that I have been truly loving. Last summer, my skin was quite a mess thanks to the sunscreens I was using but luckily, this year I have been using an excellent combination of products that have really helped keep my skin in check and I am so excited to share them with you, so keep reading to find out what products made the cut and why.

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My Green Beauty Journey

Like most people (it seems), my green beauty journey started with an illness. A few years ago I was dealing with a lot of stress in my life and not particularly taking care of myself and things kept going like that until I became quite severely physically ill, which landed me in the hospital on several occasions. My hair was falling out, I couldn’t eat or sleep properly, I was weak and tired and ached all over and my skin was a mess. I developed some serious internal issues (all better now, thankfully) which really made me wake up and realize that I was slowly killing myself. Continue reading