MINTD December Box Review & Top 5 Discoveries Of 2016

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To say this year has flown by is an understatement and the fact that Christmas is less than two weeks away just boggles my mind. The past few months have been incredibly busy and pretty stressful, so much so that I couldn’t review the amazing looking November box (here), but I am back to give you an inside look at the last Mintd Box of the year. This month’s theme is Christmas (naturally) and the box contains 5 full size products and 1 deluxe sample size designed to help you “relax, pamper and spoil yourself”. In this post I am going to review all the products in the current box and then take a look back at my favourite discoveries from the previous ones, because there have been quite a few that deserve to be highlighted and talked about again. Continue reading

First Impressions: Stemm Shampoo, Conditioner and Serum Review

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After the revolutionary launch of The Ordinary only a month ago, I really wasn’t expecting much from Deciem. I knew they had their hands well and truly full trying to keep up with the demand for those products, but of course, we should always expect the unexpected when it comes to this wonderfully abnormal bunch. A week ago, this image appeared on both Deciem’s and Victoria Health’s Instagram pages with the caption: #tuesday – simple, mysterious and tantalizing but for me, an exciting reveal as I quickly put two and two together and realized that Stemm (I had seen the logo at the top of the Deciem website) would finally be launching in Victoria Health’s October Newsletter (released on Tuesdays) and it did. I guessed (because of the name) that it would be some sort of scalp focused hair brand but had no idea it would be quite like this and the response? Wow. According to Deciem, Victoria Health sold 2 months worth of projections in just 2 DAYS. I was lucky enough to receive my set on Friday and used all three for the first time Saturday night. Since many of you are so curious about Deciem’s latest launch I thought I would fill you in on my first impressions. Continue reading

First Impressions: MINTD July Box

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Considering my well documented love of samples, travel sized products and basically anything beauty related in miniature form, it may surprise you to know that I have never subscribed to any beauty boxes. You’d think they would be perfect for someone like me, but I am extremely picky and the idea of having a bunch of random samples and sachets arriving at my door every month just gives me anxiety. Not only that, these days you can get a sample of just about anything from Sephora or any green beauty alternative (Credo, The Detox Market, Content Beauty) and most brands offer free samples when you order from them directly, so the idea of paying for samples (no matter how small the cost) just seems like a waste of money to me. Continue reading

First Impressions: NIOD Non-Acid Acid Precursor 15%

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Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Bisabolol, Glycerin, Ethyl Linoleate, Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Yeast Extract, Soy Amino Acids, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Lecithin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Isohexadecane, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Salicylate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Originally I had planned to do a brief overview of the three newest products from NIOD but since there has been so much interest in this one, I thought I would single it out for a more in-depth ‘First Impressions’ post. NAAP is NIOD’s answer to the traditional acids and retinoids out there, which the founder Brandon Truaxe believes provide short-term value that is not worth the inflammation caused. This could not have launched at a better time for me because for the past few weeks I have drastically reduced my acid usage and surprisingly, but also not so surprising, the improvement to my skin is big. Since using NAAP I am so on board with the non-acid exfoliation movement and love how my skin behaves. Continue reading

Best of British: NIOD Flavanone Mud First Impressions

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Aqua (Water), Montmorillonite, Kaolin, Bisabolol, Glycerin, Silica Cetyl Silylate¸ Isodecyl neopentanoate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Perfluorodecalin, Ethoxydiglycol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Argilla, Butylene Glycol, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Hydroxyresveratrol, Glycosphingolipids, L-Arginine, Alteromonas Ferment Extract, Naringenin, Xanthan Gum, Acacia Senegal Gum, Mica, Quartz, Sucrose Palmitate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

Like many of you, when I hear about a new product from a brand I love, I want it immediately. This could not have been more true than when I found out that NIOD were releasing a face mask. I love NIOD and I love masks, so this purchase was a no brainer. I was lucky enough to get my hands on it pretty quickly via the amazing Victoria Health and since so many of you have been asking me about it already (we skincare addicts are pretty impatient it seems), I have decided to do a ‘First Impressions” post to give you all the essential information and my initial thoughts. Continue reading