September and October Favourites: The Ordinary Skincare Full Review Part 2

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Update: to read my complete 27 product full review of The Ordinary please click HERE.

PSA/Update: I want to address the current issue with Deciem at the moment. Many people have asked me for equally affordable options to these products because they no longer support the brand as a result of the founders actions. I can completely understand that and if you are someone who is looking for an alternative than please check out the new line Garden of Wisdom for Victoria Health. The have created a brilliant set of products that are very affordable, extremely well made (with much better textures), and seriously result-driven ingredients and formulas. I will have a full review soon, but in the mean time you can check them out here. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram.

Following on from my last post featuring Advanced Retinoid 2%, Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA that you can read here, today I am going to be talking about the brand’s first venture into facial oils and the gem simply know as “Buffet”. I think both of these are quite underrated and have been generally overlooked for the more “exciting” products, but both are brilliant and I can’t wait to tell you why, so let’s jump right in to it! Continue reading

September and October Favourites: The Ordinary Skincare Full Review Part 1

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Update: to read my complete 27 product full review of The Ordinary please click HERE.

PSA/Update: I want to address the current issue with Deciem at the moment. Many people have asked me for equally affordable options to these products because they no longer support the brand as a result of the founders actions. I can completely understand that and if you are someone who is looking for an alternative than please check out the new line Garden of Wisdom for Victoria Health. The have created a brilliant set of products that are very affordable, extremely well made (with much better textures), and seriously result-driven ingredients and formulas. I will have a full review soon, but in the mean time you can check them out here. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram.

It’s been almost two months since Victoria Health launched Deciem’s new line The Ordinary and it has been a total whirlwind for everyone involved! From the moment it was announced there has been such an incredible buzz about it and that has not stopped. I probably got about 20 messages about it within an hour of the debut and since then The Ordinary has become one of my most asked about brands. By now, most of you will know what this new “skincare concept” is all about, but if you’re still new to it, you can read my introduction to the brand here. As I said in that post, this has become one of the biggest (and arguably most important) launches in the history of skincare and a total gamechanger. I have been using 5 out of the 10 products for the past few weeks now and can’t wait to tell you all about them, because they have proved to be far from ordinary… 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

Major Beauty PSA: The Ordinary from DECIEM has launched on Victoria Health

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Update: to read my complete 27 product full review of The Ordinary please click HERE.

PSA/Update: I want to address the current issue with Deciem at the moment. Many people have asked me for equally affordable options to these products because they no longer support the brand as a result of the founders actions. I can completely understand that and if you are someone who is looking for an alternative than please check out the new line Garden of Wisdom for Victoria Health. The have created a brilliant set of products that are very affordable, extremely well made (with much better textures), and seriously result-driven ingredients and formulas. I will have a full review soon, but in the mean time you can check them out here. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or message me on Instagram.

Today is no ordinary day. This morning, Victoria Health exclusively launched The Ordinary from DECIEM and to quote their fellow Canadian Drake, nothing was the same (sorry, couldn’t help myself lol). In all seriousness, this is one of the biggest skincare launches in the history of the beauty industry and excited doesn’t even begin to cover how I feel or how important this is, not only to me, but to the industry as a whole.

I have been such a huge fan of Victoria Health’s newsletters ever since I discovered the amazing site a few years ago and have grown to look forward to them every month because Gill just writes the best emails. They are like love letters to the skin and I feel like I am hearing from a dear friend, not receiving a mass circulation from a company, but that’s just a small part of what makes Victoria Health so special and you will hear more from me about them very soon. 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

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