My latest skincare empties – serums & treatments

Here comes the long-awaited sequel of my latest skincare empties promised back in May – has it already been over 5 months?! After reviewing the cleansers, toners and masks that have been part of my skincare routine over the last year or so, it’s time to review the serums, treatments and moisturisers that I’ve been…

September favourites

As with every transition month, September is one of those crucial points in every skincare routine that is meant to both bring emergency care for the past summer’s sins and to prepare the skin for the rainy, cold days ahead. And by sins I generally mean too much sun and maybe not as much SPF…

May favourites

I love playing around with different products and most of the time struggle to finish them before I get bored. I have my staples, which I keep mentioning here from time to time, but the rest of my routine consists of a lot of experimenting and testing to see what works and what can give…

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…