MINTD August Box Review & Giveaway!

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

MINTD July Box and 1st Birthday!

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My oh my how time has flown! Here we are half way through July already (although yay summer!), which means it’s MINTD‘s first birthday! This is such a special occasion and I am so excited to tell you all about this celebratory box because it is a good one. Over the past year there have been mostly hits and a few misses from MINTD for me, but this beautifully curated selection has seriously impressed me. I have been introduced to new products from two of my favourite brands, discovered a lovely product from a brand I’ve never heard of and finally found a product I actually like (woo!) from a brand that hasn’t worked for me in the past. This is exactly what I love and hope for when it comes to beauty boxes and I am so pleased with every product in the 1st Birthday The Glow Edit. Continue reading

The Ordinary – A Recommended Routine For Every Skin Type

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Ever since The Ordinary launched my number one question is now “what should I buy?”. People are excited and somewhat confused, which I can completely understand. Choosing the right products for your skin type and needs can be a daunting task, especially when there are so many options. In the beginning it was pretty easy since there were only ten products, but now there are almost thirty (with more on the way), so it has become even harder to not only know which ones to buy, but how to use them. I wanted to create this guide with recommended routines in the hopes that in addition to my review, it will make it as easy as possible to use these products and get the most out of them. I also wanted to show you what a typical skincare routine looks like so you will be able to understand when to use a product and why. Continue reading

The Ordinary – The Complete 27 Product Review

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We have come a long way since the original 10 launches from The Ordinary back in September and what a whirlwind these past few months have been. There seems to be no stopping this industry revolutionizing right now and they just won ‘Best Anti-Ageing Brand’ at this year’s The Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards to top it all off. This is an incredible achievement for such a new brand, but completely speaks to the powerful impact it has made on the industry and on consumers like me and you. When Gill asked me to write a “definitive” review of all the products I was deeply honoured that she would entrust me with such an important task and couldn’t wait to get started on it because I know that many of you have been waiting for this. I have tested every single product for months now and want to not only share my experiences and results with you, but also give you an in-depth look into how each ingredient should work for you and what each product could do for your skin. This is an exceptionally long review, but it includes all 27 products currently available in the lineup. I wanted to have all the information in one place so you can keep it as a reference to learn more about an ingredient, specific product or decide which products to include in your own skincare routine. I hope this article will help you find the right products for your skin and make it easier to understand what you might need to be using and why. Continue reading

The Best Facial I Ever Had At Mortar & Milk

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As with every post that will come this month, this one is painfully overdue. My personal life took a bit of a turn after the summer (more on that here) and anything extracurricular went out the window, including writing about this, which I had been so excited to do. I have hinted about this review on Instagram for months now (so sorry!) and included the shop in my recent Top 10 Niche Retailers post, but now it’s time to dive into the details of the best facial I ever had. I am so happy to finally be sharing this post with you because Mortar & Milk is a true hidden gem in the London beauty world and Pamela Marshall (co-founder and Aesthetician) is a skincare legend in the making. Continue reading

Best of British: Top 10 Niche Retailers

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This post has been long, long, long overdue on the blog. As you will have read from my 2017 #SkinGoals, a family emergency lead to an unexpectedly long hiatus from blogging and this write-up (which I had been working on for months) never got finished. It was originally scheduled to go up over the summer, then on Small Business Saturday (both US and UK dates), then before Christmas (then after) and now here we are. I have been so excited to talk about this for such a long time now and I can’t wait to finally share all my favourite places to shop with you. Continue reading

MINTD January Box Review

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Here we are with the first MINTD Box review of the year and after surviving the mess that was 2016 (shudders), a “Rejuvenate” themed selection of goodies is just what my skin needs. Unfortunately, this was a mixed bag again with some products being absolutely amazing, while others being so bad that I couldn’t bare to use them. Saying that, this box is still incredible value for money as it costs £65 and you save a massive £94, which is almost 2/3’s of the total value, so I would still highly recommend it as the products I love far outweigh the ones I don’t. My reviews are always going to be honest no matter who I’m working with, so keep reading to find out what I thought of everything in this month’s kit. Continue reading