Skincare gems part 2

Hello fam! I thought do a second part on this topic because I might have found some dupes if you do not wanna spend much on a moisturiser or you’re just simply in a tight budget and of course some higher priced products.

Let’s continue then!

Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 moisturizer and serum

This little fella might just be a dupe for Tarte’s drink of H2O moisturizer. It is also super light weight and has a touch of kiwi scent to it. I used this multiple times and it never failed me nor my face! Obviously if you have a very sensitive skin like my boyfriend I wouldn’t recommend you to put it close to your eye area. – long story, you don’t wanna know. 😅

I also have sensitive skin but I didn’t have any reaction he experienced. However it was his first time ever trying something like this out.

FYI: he is even allergic to his favourite hair gel but still keeps using it. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Aloe Vera gel

You don’t have to buy the plant itself if you don’t want to however they do grow fast. I have both the plant and some in the tube. I use aloe vera for my skin, stretch marks, my scalp and my hair. It gives my curls back that I straightened out over the years. It is not a magical wonder product but if you keep using it, it might give you your curls back.

E.l.f eye refresh roller

This is a life saver for me because if my sleep pattern is disturbed even if it is just a tiny bit it shows on my face and under eye area… So thank you e.l.f for saving my under eye area.

Before the first use, I rolled it on my neck to see if it would cause any irritations, which it didn’t howere you need to make sure to do a patch test first just incase.

Superdrug Vitamin C booster drops

I know it might sound like I have a sponsorship with superdrug but in reality I actually don’t! If I did I would have said so!

About the product. For a booster it is really light weight and my skin sucked it up quickly even when I used other moisturizer before, usually my skin does not let everything in itself so for me this was a good sign. It has a nice scent however it is minimal so you will not be irritated by it!

I have been using this product for a couple of days now, my skin is moisturised but it is easier to keep a skin of a 22-year-old hydrated than restore the hydration of someone’s skin who is in their 50s.

Which gave me an excellent idea and opportunity to try this product on my mother’s face and we will see the results in 2 weeks. If we will see some.

FYI: I personally use this for my uneven skin tone.
http://stylcosmetics.com/panicfanny

Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup artist nor am I a dermatologist. I am not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this post.

Skincare essentials for combination skin.

If you have combination skin then you might just feel me and my situation.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup artist nor a dermatologist. Test the products on your neck before using them on your face.

I have combination skin, but it is so combination, my dry patches have oily patches, and my oily patches have dry patches. Also large pores and breakouts – if something dirty touches my face, and the sweat also a trigger for me to have breakouts too.

Found some products that might just be good for you as well as it was for me and these products also can be used for any other skin types! Good, isn’t it?

For my routine I use a three step rule I found on the Internet. You can also add additional steps if you want to.

The thee steps are, cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise. Sounds easy, right?

Cleanse

Cleansing is important because you need to wash off the day’s muck off your face especially if you live in a big city. Why? Because the pollution from the exhaust of the vehicles are cause of clogged pores and uneven skin tone.

I personally use Boots own Cucumber facial toner because

  • It’s for all skin types
  • Affordable
  • It is gentle
  • Effective
  • Has a cooling effect

I love this toner and it is very good for the price as well and I’d rather splurge on moisturizer and sheet masks than toners and exfoliants.

Exfoliate

In oder to have less breakouts you need to get rid of dead skin on your face and dead skin can clog up your pores too.

To exfoliate my skin I usually use a regular lip scrub or a homemade sugar scrub because they can do the trick and an exfoliant do not have to be expensive to be effective! But this is my take on it.

Additional step: if I want to be extra I tend to use some peel off mask or a clay mask before using a moisturiser.

Moisturise

This is my favourite step because this is when I can use the products I like to splurge on!

My skin gets irritated quickly after a strong cleanse and dry my skin out but this little bad boy saves it all the time.

H2O skin drink by tarte is so far the best moisturiser I have ever tried. It is light weight, minimal scent, and leaves my skin radiant. However if you don’t like to spend too much money on a moisturiser I would recommend you to either try a travel size pack by Tarte or use a moisturiser by Superdrug because it shouldn’t cost an arm and leg to have a healthy skin.

Additional step: just before using a moisturiser I use an anti-spot gel by e.l.f which can be drying on the skin I would definitely recommend to do this before you use any moisturiser or sheet mask.

A treat for the eyes

After I finished my using my moisturiser I refresh my eyes with the e.l.f Eye refresh roller so I could wake up fresh and bright in the morning. I also take it with me wherever I go.

FYI: this is just my way of dealing with combination skin.

Natural deodorants

Hello fam! Everyone loves to smell fresh and good but some spray products might contain a few ingredients that might not be so good for your underarms.

I collected some brand products that offer natural deodorant/s.

Please note that these deodorants don’t stop you from sweating. You shouldn’t stop yourself from sweating. 👇🏻👇🏻

https://uk.lush.com/article/what-deodorant-taking-sting-out-body-odour

Tarte Clean Queen Vegan deodorant

This is such a huge deodorant it took me nearly a year to use this up and I was also using other products too to try. It is a clay deodorant with lavender scent and it smells amazing also lasts long when you put it on.

Only problem is you might need to take a travel sized version of it with you because it isn’t antiperspirant so you will need to reapply it a bit often. For the scent I get from it I think it is worth it.

Clean Queen deodorant also conditions your underarms, at least that what I noticed, I could use it after a bad shaving rash without my skin getting irritated by it and the rash was gone after hours. – don’t use it as a rash cream though! It is not designed to be that!

Avalon Organics

I love this deodorant, it’s a liquid type, however I still have mixed feelings about it… The reason is it doesn’t last long, the scent does however the liquid is not. Scent is very lemony and for hours I smelt like a lemonade and it makes me feel clean too.

Lush natural deodorant in T’eo

I love this so much. It might sound expensive (£6.50 for 90g) however this lasts the longest I have tried. I really love lemon and lemongrass so this is a go to me and also has tea tree oil in it which I guess makes it antibacterial.

The only down fall to this product though is you can’t use it if you just freshly shaved your armpit because it can irritate your armpit.

FYI: this product is well loved so I do not want to show something in a really bad shape.

Disclaimer: I’m not a professional nor a dermatologist. I’m not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned above.

Skincare gems

Sometimes there are so many products that can be overlooked because there are just so many to choose from. I’m making this post to introduce a few things I have found or to help you explore something new.

Let’s get started!

Farmacy Coconut Gel hydrating Sheet mask and Green Clean cleansing balm

I came across this brand on Beautylish because when I ordered an item they put a sample in the package by Farmacy.

I got their Green Clean make up meltaway cleansing balm and I really liked it so I ordered the sheet mask above. I bought one for my mum as well. It was so packed with the serum we had to use the both side of the sheets… After the first use we put them in containers (not in the same container!!) and the next day we used it again.

My mum is over 50 so it really showed that she used a moisturiser and it plumped her skin up she really looked younger. I never thought I would say that to her ever but it did work.

I apologise for not having a picture of the sheet mask I completely forgot to document it so, that’s an oopsie on my part, sorry! 😅

Tarte – drink of H2O hydrating boost moisturizer

This is on the pricey side but this product is amazing. It is light weight, minimal scent and it really hydrates my skin after a heavy cleansing “ritual”.

I got my H2O moisturizer in a value pack,because I wasn’t sure if I would like it or hate it with a passion, but I usually buy a set of minis because I like to explore more for my money and it works out cheaper sometimes.

E.l.f Acne fighting spot gel

I love this product because it works quickly, the products I have used before didn’t work this fast as this did. I can just roll it on a spot before going out (on a no makeup day or before a tinted moisturizer) or using it in my routine before bed. It is also sleek so I don’t have to worry about it taking too much space in my bag. Only problem is the fact that it can be a bit drying on the skin so this is why I use it before using any type of moisturizer, and I do recommend doing that way.

Witch hazel

Any brand of Witch Hazel is great for cleaning your skin or wounds. I use it when my dumb ass pops a few spots that should have been left alone…

However it does help in case you mess up your face because you’re a popaholic. It shrinks the spot and the scar if you popped your spot. Sometimes when I get really bad breakouts and the sun is out I put the solution on and let the witch hazel and the sun work their magic.

Before buying any of the products mentioned above I would recommend you to look up the ingredients and/or do a patch test on your neck.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup artist nor a dermatologist. I am not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned I bought and buy products with my own money.

*pictures were taken by me

Worst dry shampoo I have ever tried so far…

I usually do not like to bash products nor brands and I like to find positive things about products but this monstrosity made my hair have the worst day of its life…

Before I jump right into the cons of this product I would like to state that even though my hair felt fuzzier than a raccoon’s butt hole, and possibly looked like one, it does do the job. I had an “OK” looking hair for several days. But only on the top of me head.

My ends got so dry it started breaking… When you spray your hair on top you would expect some of the spray to get on your ends.. But this just dried the living spirit out of it…

I’ll admit it does give some volume but the volume doesn’t make up for the bird nest like creature on my head…

You might wonder what exactly is this product?

Well let me show you the budget friendly curse for the hair.

The Asda dry shampoo! If I will be complete honest with you I have to tell you that this product could be improved. As much as I hate the fact of this drying the sh*t out of my hair. In fact my hair didn’t even want me to use this product so much it didn’t get greasy for a week… But this product in fact can be better because it doesn’t have a bad smell however it is really harsh on the hair especially if you have combo or dry ends.

Until that happens I would recommend some other products instead.

Morrisons dry shampoo is a good alternative for this and it has the same price tag as the product above. Which is £1.50!

Superdrug dry shampoo is the most inexpensive alternative it ranges from £1-1.50 and they have amazing range too.

Batiste is on the more expensive side but I love how light weight the powder is on the hair however it runs out quickly. If you don’t wanna buy anything else but Batiste then I would recommend to buy it from Superdrug because it is cheaper there. The price may differ depending on how much mls you buy.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional makeup artist nor a professional; my opinions based on my experience.

Makeup brands you might have not heard of

As woman, sometimes I do find myself intrigued by some of the products out there, whether it is from a smaller indie brand or a well known company/brand.

Beauty Bar Baby is an indie brand you can find on etsy or visit their official website.This brand is cruelty-free with vegan options. FYI their highlighters are amazing! They also have a range of other products from liquid lipsticks to eyeshadows! Best of all, it is handmade too! However they are based in the U.S. so you might need to pay shipping and customs if you live in the UK! The prices are pretty affordable nonetheless.

To be honest I wish I was sponsored by them.

STYL Cosmetics: is also a cruelty-free brand I found, and their products are also to die for. My personal favourite is the Fluid Fx which is a mixing medium. It also makes any of your loose pigments waterproof. They are a lesser known company but looking at their products I think they do deserve some love.

I’m giving you guys a 10% off* discount code if you’re really interested in trying out some of their products. The code is PanicFanny and just click on this link here: stylcosmetics.com/PanicFanny

*please note that this discount code is available for orders of, $20 and up.

Sugarpill: OK you probably heard of them before or at least saw them on Instagram but this brand also should get a lot of exposure because their eyeshadows and lipsticks are just so unbelievably good, my whole body could scream.

You are new to this brand or haven’t heard of it before but interested in trying it out then here is a quick intro on the brand. Sugarpill is a vegan and cruelty-free brand that creates amazing makeup products and their packaging is also stylish.

I personally own many of their liquid lipsticks and a few of their bullet lipsticks, which I used to hate wearing (bullet lipsticks, I mean) in general but Sugarpill’s lipstick formula made me fall back in love with traditional lipsticks. On top of that they smell yummy. However if you don’t like sweet scented lipsticks, these lipsticks have honeysuckle in them (look at the ingredients on the website) which makes the lipstick smell really sweet and yummy.

As a person who always has been the casually dressed type I still find it odd to be interested in makeup. I bet there are a lot of people out there who feel the same.

Disclaimer: I am not a beauty guru nor a makeup artist I base my thoughts on personal experience about the products and brands mentioned. Please also do a patch test!