Foundation-Free: How I Achieved My Skin Confidence Goal

At the end of 2016, when I invested what I then believed to be a small fortune on Alpha H and a retinol serum, my mind was pretty set on one ultimate skincare goal that I had been dreaming of since I can remember: to give up foundation. This would, obviously, involve having close-to-perfect skin…

Kathy Sue-Ann’s Natural Skincare brand review

An embarrassingly long-overdue post. Products sent by the OBL Club for honest reviews 100% natural and organic are music to my ears when it comes to skincare. I love all things clean beauty, and Kathy Sue-Ann’s products meet the most stringent criteria in this area: no harsh chemicals, free of animal testing, no harming substances like…

Field Guide to Retinol – all your questions answered

What is retinol? It might sound like a scary undefined chemical compound, but retinol is nothing but vitamin A, one of the essential vitamins for your skin. And now a bit of boring, yet necessary sciency stuff. Retinoids come in different forms and concentrations, including retinoic acid (also known as tretinoin), retinyl palmitate and retinaldehyde. Retinol…

The Ordinary Beauty Haul (I)

One of the skincare brands that have taken the beauty world by storm is The Ordinary by Deciem, which offers budget-friendly, yet highly active products for any skin concern for prices between £3.90-£14.90. You might have heard about the excellent reviews of some of the most trusted beauty bloggers and skincare professionals, but with cryptic product names based…

My Latest Skincare Empties (II)

No better time than the end of summer to start a new skincare routine and clear out the bathroom cabinet! An autumn clean is always great when you’re running out of space, but also when you’re eager to shake things up. So my last empties are a mix of all time staples and new products…

July Skincare Product Launches You Need to Know About

Are you getting bored of your everyday routine and curious to see what’s out there to make your skin beautiful (and your life easier)? Here are some of the latest skincare summer launches from around the world that might do just that: SkinOwl Maqui Berry Beauty Whip is a multi-tasking soothing and smoothing mask that…

Athleisure Beauty Must Haves

Do you love wearing your Lululemon leggings to Sunday brunch even when you’re replacing a sweat session with bottomless mimosas? Or maybe you like to carry your Sweaty Betty bag everywhere, even when it’s filled with anything but gym clothes? This is what athleisure is all about, a casual office-to-gym-to-brunch attire that you can wear…

Exercising and Skincare: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

For all you gym bunnies out there, skincare might get a bit tricky when it comes to sweaty exercising. Working out is definitely good for you, but it might raise some question marks when it comes to looking after your skin. Here is a breakdown of the effects of exercising on your skin and the…

Glow Getters: My Best Radiance Skincare Routines for Morning & Evening

With spring slowly moving into summer, I decided to update my skincare routine to focus more on a healthy glowing complexion and embrace the radiance of these sunny days. As you will see, the star product of this new routine is Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster by Deciem, which works as a very discreet gradual tanner that adds a…

Anti-Haul: Products I Wish I Hadn’t Bought (and Couldn’t Wait to Finish)

It happens to the best of us. It might be a celebrity you admire endorsing what looks like a promising product, or some very clever Instagram marketing that catches your attention and numbs that part of your brain responsible for rationalising, analysing, researching… So you end up clicking on add to cart, and the rest is history. Here…

My Latest Skincare Empties

There is something exciting about finishing a product – even when you paid a fortune on it and your heart hurts a little to reach the bottom of the pot – because it leaves you with the promise to start a brand new product! I am a bit of a self-confessed, compulsive skincare junkie and…