Beauty Sample Service: July 2020

I have a confession to make: I’m a beauty sample hoarder. I love collecting all sorts of samples, from skincare to foundation and haircare, and I like to carefully catalogue them based on function, size and beauty needs. I often rely on them for my travel bag, whether I go on a weekend trip or…

7 favourite skincare finds from Indie Beauty Expo London 2019

Indie Beauty Expo might have happened months ago, but it feels like there has never been a better time to support small independent brands! For someone who is as beauty-obsessed as I am, IBE is simply like a candy store for a diabetic kid – equally as exciting as it is dangerous. And the people…

May skincare favourites: Kate Somerville, HydroPeptide and Elemis

One of the posts I’d like to bring back (for a very long time, hopefully), is the one where I highlight my absolute skincare favourites of the month – the products I use day in, day out and are giving me such amazing results that are simply worth shouting about. Here are the three products…

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…