REVOLUTION SKINCARE CERAMIDE5 RANGE REVIEW

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Revolution Skincare has just released their brand new Ceramide5 range and this is why it should be on your radar…

Ceramides are fatty acids that make up around 50% of the skins composition. They help to build structure and are like a glue that holds the skin together.

The Ceramide5 range includes five ceramides that will become essential within your skin care routine. With a choice of three cleansers, a cream and a lotion you really can’t go wrong.

Ceramides Foaming Cleanser £9

Ceramides Smoothing Cleanser £9

Ceramides Hydrating Cleanser £9

Ceramides Moisture Cream £9

Ceramides Moisture Lotion £9

Each product contains hyaluronic acid which is a super hydrator and great for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The range is not only cruelty free and vegan (which is exactly what we like to see!) but also dermatologist approved.

It’ll leave your skin feeling soft supple protected and moisturised as it’s basically 24 hour moisturiseration in a bottle.

You might have noticed that the range includes both a cream and a lotion…

Creams are traditionally thicker in consistency so provide a really good barrier to the skin to lock in that moisture and keep it ultra hydrated.

Lotions have a higher water content so tend to be more lightweight (which is something I really love about this range in general actually, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin at all) and non-greasy.

Both of these products are ideal for dry skin (but can be used on all skin types) and also contain hyaluronic acid. You really can’t go wrong with either, it’s all down to personal preference.

I’ve really been loving this release. The market is so saturated right now but I can still appreciate a good staple when I see it. My favourite combo is the Foaming Cleanser followed by the Moisture Lotion which feels like a great duo for oily, breakout prone skin.

Will you be giving them a go?

FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE INKEY LIST (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-ONE)

I’m a sucker for trying new brands and I’ve found with age that skincare has become a particular obsession of mine.

The Inkey List is the perfect mix of beautifully formulated products and reasonable prices. One of the reasons I find this brand so interesting is that they break down each step down so simply. Honestly, anyone can do it!

KNOWLEDGE

Built on a belief that better information drives better decisions, knowledge is at the heart of everything we do.

INGREDIENTS

We stand for transparency and innovative ingredients. Every ingredient is Tried, Tested and True.

PLANET

Making our packaging as easily recyclable as possible and reducing our climate impact to carbon net zero through action and offsetting.

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Whether you’re a skincare novice or an expert I would seriously suggest giving The Inkey List a try because there is something for everyone.

Most recently I’ve been trialling a really easy, stripped back four step morning routine and it really helps to set me up for the day!

Salicylic Acid Cleanser £10.99

Hyaluronic Acid Serum £5.99

Niacinamide Serum £6.99

Bakuchiol Moisturiser £9.99

This combination of products is perfect for my oily, blemish prone skin. It feels light and refreshing whilst still getting the job done and I’m just kind of here for it to be honest!

In regards to my before bed habits the following has been my go to…

Salicylic Acid Cleanser £10.99

Retinol Serum £9.99

Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment £6.99

It’s a nice balance to be honestly and feels really lightweight on the skin. The blemish treatment can be skipped of you don’t suffer from random isolated breakouts like I do (but it’s honestly a little gem!).

I also have some hair products that I am yet to try but will be back at a later date to let you know my thoughts.

GET YOUR GLOW ON WITH GLYCOLIC ACID (BLOGMAS – DAY EIGHTEEN)

I know the idea of putting anything acidic ANYWHERE near your skin might seem terrifying but here me out!

Glycolic Acid (which is a chemical exfoliant known as an alpha hydroxy acid AKA ‘AHA’) is your go to skincare ingredient to tackle breakouts, pigmentation and texture. It’s not a magic potion (but pretty damn close!).

First and foremost, Glycolic Acid is your guy if you want to exfoliate away dead skin cells to reveal a brand new, brighter you!

A naturally occuring ingredient you’ll find in the likes of pineapple, sugar cane and cantaloupe that is just the ticket if you suffer with a dull complexion. Hello mum life! Lack of sleep and constant stress. This is just the pick up you need.

Glycolic Acid is the strongest AHA as well as being absolutely tiny meaning that it can penetrate the skin on a deeper level and really get to work. Those small molecules really know their stuff!

By stimulating collagen production you skin will feel firmer, plumper and more youthful! Not to mention smoother and overall more radiant. A major advantage of glycolic acid is that it can help you tackle signs of aging, such as lines and wrinkles, which lets be honest it’s the be all and end all but sure is a nice touch?

Glycolic Acid is best used as part of your evening skincare routine as it has a tendency to make the skin sensitive to sunlight. I’d still recommend applying SPF in the AM though. It should always be a permanent fixture in your routine, regardless of the season, SPF is a must!

So, anyway…how does that sound?

MY AM-PM SKINCARE ROUTINE WITH BEAUTY BAY (BLOGMAS – DAY SEVEN)

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I’ve spoken about my love for Beauty Bay and their By Beauty Bay range before and I’m sure there is really no doubt that I adore just about everything they do.

Winter is in full swing right now and I don’t know about you guys but boy is my skin suffering! I’m both oily and blemish prone as well as living on very little sleep so I really could use all the help I can get!

I’ve cultivated a routine using solely By Beauty Bay products and it seems to be working a treat so thought I’d share it with you all in the hopes it’ll help someone else too!

AM…

As much as I wish I could just roll out of bed looking like a glowing Greek Goddess alas that is just not the hand I was dealt.

This 4 step/5 product morning routine is my fool proof formula to leaving the house feeling and looking refreshed.

Mix the Day One Moisturiser together with SkinHit Protecting Serum (or any SkinHit serum for that matter!) for a customised formula to suit your specific needs.

Acid Trip Exfoliating Toner

£7

Head this way for perfect skin with the Acid Trip Exfoliating Toner with AHA and PHA from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range. This exfoliating toner combines multiple forms of acid-based exfoliants, which target different layers of the skin. A blend of AHAs, such as glycolic and lactic acid work to refine, brighten, and even skin tone, whilst PHA (gluconolactone) helps to promote softer and smoother skin. Pores will be cleared and cellular turnover will be increased, which all results in a decongested, smoother, and brighter looking complexion.

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SkinHit Hyperpigmentation Serum

£6.50

Put your best face forward with the By BEAUTY BAY SkinHit Hyperpigmentation Serum with Tranexamic Acid and Alpha Arbutin. Enriched with brightening tranexamic acid plus alpha arbutin to even out skin tone, this brightening serum is a name to know for reducing the appearance of pigmentation, dark spots, scarring and dullness.

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Day One Moisturiser

£6.50

This is your new skincare go-to. The Day One Moisturiser with Ginseng and Squalane from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range is a lightweight gel-cream moisturiser that helps to protect and hydrate the skin. Enriched with Indian ginseng to shield against screen-emitted light and olive squalane which helps to hydrate the skin. The moisturising and skin conditioning actives make this moisturiser a great makeup primer to lock your look in place all day long.

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SkinHit Protecting Serum

£6

Protect your skin from whatever daily life throws at you with the SkinHit Protecting Serum with Anti-Pollution and Blue Light Actives from Skincare By BEAUTY BAY. Rich in antioxidants, this is the serum you need to shield your skin from environmental nasties that can lead to dullness and upset complexions. Formulated with an anti-pollution active that helps to protect the skin from external aggressors and free radicals, as well as a blue light active that shields your skin from screen-emitted light, whilst also helping to brighten and restore radiance. This is the ultimate everyday serum for your skin.

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PM…

As night rolls round once again and all you want to do is jump into bed it’s important to make sure your skin gets what it needs.

Assuming you’ve already taken off your make up (for which I recommend the Butter Cup Cleansing Balm) then you can jump right into this quick PM routine before you get some well deserved rest.

Super Jelly Cleansing Gel

£6.50

Refresh your skin with the Super Jelly Cleansing Gel with Prebiotic and Avocado from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range. This non-foaming, non-stripping cleansing gel supports balanced and healthy-looking skin that feels fresh, cleansed, and revitalised. Formulated with prebiotics, a hero skincare ingredient that helps to support the skin’s barrier, as well as avocado oil which helps to gently cleanse and moisturise the skin. Leave your skin feeling clean but comfortable.

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Make It Rain Face Mist

£5

Quench your skin’s thirst with the Make It Rain Face Mist with Mineral and Super Berry Blend from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range. This hydrating face mist rains down onto skin to energise and refresh the complexion. This mist has been formulated with a blend of minerals that hydrate and energise the skin, and a trio of nourishing Australian berries which encourage a radiant and healthy-looking glow. Use before makeup, after makeup, or as a refreshing top-up during the day to give your skin a refresh.

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SkinHit 0.2% Retinol Complex Serum

£5

For skin that is hydrated, smooth and clear, make an appointment with the By BEAUTY BAY SkinHit 0.2% Retinol Complex Serum with Retinol and Peptides. This skin-loving serum helps to improve the appearance of pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles thanks to the 0.2% retinol complex while added peptides infuse the skin with moisture, helping to improve the skin’s clarity. Perfect for first time retinol users, this serum is soon to be your new BFF.

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Occasionally…

2% BHA Overnight Mask

£7.50

Your beauty sleep is about to get an upgrade with By BEAUTY BAY’s 2% BHA Overnight Mask with Salicylic Acid and Azelaic Acid. The targeted overnight face mask works to gently exfoliate and refresh the skin, all while soothing, brightening, and helping the appearance of pores. 2% BHA salicylic acid helps to gently exfoliate and condition blemish prone skin, while azelaic acid helps to soothe the skin and reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, all while you sleep!

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30% AHA / 2% BHA Peeling Solution Drops

£6

Meet your next go-to skincare treatment: By BEAUTY BAY’s 30% AHA 2% BHA Peeling Solution Drops with Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid. The targeted solution has been designed to help exfoliate away dead and dull skin, unclog pores, and reduce excess oil on all skin types. With a red colour for easy application and removal, the treatment has been formulated with glycolic and lactic acid (AHA 30%) to help clear and improve the skin’s texture through exfoliation, plus refreshing aloe vera and salicylic acid (BHA 2%) to exfoliate, for clearer looking skin.

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Dot-A-Spot Glow In The Dark Blemish Stickers

£4.95

Banish breakouts for good with the Dot-A-Spot Glow In The Dark Blemish Stickers from Skincare By BEAUTY BAY. These super-cute, fun shaped, glow in the dark hydrocolloid patches are designed to help you tackle breakouts. Each moon and cloud shaped hydrocolloid-infused patch works to draw out pus and other impurities from developing blemishes, as well as reducing the size of already present spots. Use these stickers (that are clear in daylight) to dot your way to clearer skin.

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Tools…

To be able to get the most out of your brand new skincare routine then you’re going to need the right tools! Not only will it elevate things to another level of luxury but you’ll also be surprised at what a difference they make to your products!

The Rose Quartz Facial Roller

£14

Here to help you relax and unwind is the BEAUTY BAY The Rose Quartz Facial Roller. Inspired by ancient Chinese rituals, this dual-ended facial massage tool is the game changer that your beauty routine needs. Made from 100% rose quartz, this facial roller helps to reduce facial tension, aid lymphatic drainage, and increase the absorption of your favourite skincare formulas. Traditionally known to represent self-love, peace, and inner healing, this rose quartz tool will help to restore a sense of calm and tranquillity at the end of a long day. Healthy skin = happy skin.

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The Rose Quartz Gua Sha

£12

Here to help you relax and unwind is the BEAUTY BAY The Rose Quartz Gua Sha. Inspired by ancient Chinese rituals, this heart-shaped facial massage tool is the edition that your beauty routine needs. Made from 100% rose quartz, this gua sha helps to reduce facial tension, aid lymphatic drainage, and increase the absorption of your favourite skincare formulas. Traditionally known to represent self-love, peace, and inner healing, this rose quartz tool will help to restore a sense of wellbeing and tranquillity at the end of a long day. Healthy skin = happy skin.

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Now get your glow on!

WHAT THE HELL IS HYALURONIC ACID?! (BLOGTOBER – DAY THIRTY-ONE)

Did you know that hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by your body?!

The beauty supplement that the world has gone crazy for is actually already present right inside of you.

So why do we need to fork out for sometimes pricey products if we already possess such magic?

Let me break it down for you…

The ageing process along with things such as sun exposure, smoking and pollution can decrease the hyaluronic acid you contain in your body and that pretty much sucks doesn’t it. Without it, we don’t draw in and retain as much moisture so our skins hydration levels just aren’t up to scratch.

Obviously the hyaluronic acid available to purchase is a synthetic version so not exactly what we naturally create but it sure is the next best thing.

Isn’t science amazing?

Can anyone use hyaluronic acid?

Yes! I know the word ‘acid’ sounds scary but, within this context it shouldn’t be. It’s not an acid in the sense that it will exfoliate and strip the skin. It’s just going to give you the extra hydration you need give your skin a real moisture boost (It can actually hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water!) which in turn is going to make it look plumper, softer, brighter and clearer. Not to mention reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. What’s not to love?!

When should I use hyaluronic acid?

There are no rules here. You do you. Throw it in there as part of both your morning and night skin care routines and you are sure to see the benefits, although just as a precaution maybe start off with once a day and then increase to twice when you feel more comfortable. Just to be on the safe side!

Is that all?

No not quite! Obviously the above is reason enough to run straight out and invest in some new skin care. However, did you know that our own hyaluronic acid can help promote and speed up wound healing? Because I didn’t! As it’s concentrations increase when an area of damage is in need of repair the hyaluronic acid regulates inflammation levels and lets the body know it needs to build more blood vessels in the area most in need. It also has antibacterial properties so helps to reduce the risk of infection.

There are no clear reports to determine whether the synthetic version within serums etc have the same amazing properties as the OG version we already possess but it’s worth a go right? (I’m sure I don’t need to tell you not to slap it onto a open wound guys, that would be silly. Just stick to your regular skin care routine and time will tell what kind of difference it really makes).

So to sum things up…Hyaluronic acid boosts hydration levels leaving the skin looking and feeling plump and fresh whilst also reduces the appearance of those pesky lines and wrinkles. Sounds good to me!

I hope you’ve found this somewhat helpful. I’m not an expert I just like to keep myself informed and am always open to learning new things!

GIVE ME COSMETICS SEVEN DAY DAY CREAM CHALLENGE (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-FOUR)

As an oily gal (have I mentioned that before?) you’ll know I’ve always struggled with balance between giving my skin what it needs and over saturating the bloody thing.

As ever its a work in progress but if you want to read all about how I added some much need hydration to my skincare routine in seven days then stick around kids!

The Give Me Cosmetics Day Cream with Niacinamide & Retinol is not only…

  • Skin boosting and intensely hydrating,

It also boasts a…

  • Non greasy formula that absorbs quickly as well as incorporating anti-ageing properties and contains vitamin e.

Our Day Cream adds a luxury finish to your morning skincare routine.

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Look at how plump and fresh my skin looks!

Give Me Cosmetics Day Cream

I love how creamy it felt on the skin. It also dried down very quickly to a demi matte finish which was perfect for using as a base under my makeup. great for layering!

The product was plentiful whilst the packaging was compactand not at all bulky so perfect for travelling.

The Day Cream costs £25 and is also paraben-free.

5 BUDGET BUYS I’D HAPPILY SPEND BIG BUCKS ON (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-THREE)

I’m (mostly) about beauty on a budget. Adulting is expensive and I don’t have the cash to splash about on pricey brands so much anymore and I know that’s a common theme really.

Do you know what really makes my day though?

Finding drugstore priced products that deserve to be praised just as much as their luxury counterparts.

Below I’ve put together a little list of my everyday favs, let me know if you’ve tried any!

Carter Beauty

Word of Mouth Lipsticks

€6.95

I love to support indie brands so now seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about CB. Headed by the ultimate beauty babe Marissa Carter it’s one not to miss. The Word of Mouth lipsticks are creamy, ultra pigmented and long lasting. What more could you want?

P.S. my favourite shade is Bey!

Physicians Formula

Butter Believe It Foundation + Concealer

£13.99

Physicians Formula Butter Believe It
Foundation + Concealer £13.99

Imagine chilling beside the pool, drink in your hand just living your best life. THATS exactly the kind of vibe PF is giving me.

Hayley over at Just My Look told me that I would love the foundation in particular. Do you know what? She were so right! It has the most beautiful finish and allows for layering your products so perfectly.

Would 100% recommend to absolutely everyone. It’s an incredible versatile base for use all year round.

Unicorn Cosmetics

Bear Brows Extreme Lifting Balm

£7.99

Unicorn Cosmetics Bear Brows
Extreme Lifting Balm £7.99

I really am still stunned by just how incredible this product is. For someone with brows that continue to piss me right off on a daily basis please take it from me when I say you need this!

It’s a one shade fits all type of deal (doesn’t discriminate and that’s a vibe I can absolutely fall in love with!) as well as being super long lasting and flattering as hell.

Revolution Haircare

Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum

£8

Revolution Haircare Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum £8

I’m slowly training my hair and scalp to go longer in between washes without feeling lank/greasy and whilst it’s a process I can see the difference already. I’m now getting a whole extra day of fresh, luscious hair and I am so living for it.

This beauty shows instant results with its squeaky clean fresh finish and I wouldn’t be without it now.

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Butter Cup Cleansing Balm

£8

By Beauty Bay Butter Cup Cleansing Balm £8

Balms have never appealed to me (no idea why, I’m just weird like that sometimes!) but this baby has completely changed my mindset.

Literally the best makeup remover I have ever tried. It’s incredible efficient as well as kind and feels like a luxury experience every single time.

Anything catch your eye?

ARTTITUDE COSMETICS BY RUKS GLOW GETTER OIL REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-TWO)

Meet the Arttitude Cosmetics By Ruks Glow Getter Oil!

Make up trends come and go, but glowing skin is always in! Introducing our brand new Glow Getter oil, an absolute essential for any skincare lover!

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Designed to target a number of skin concerns including acne, blemishes, pigmentation, scarring, fine lines and wrinkles it’ll fit in beautifully alongside your current skincare routine.

It’ll provide your skin with intense moisture and nourishment whilst maintaining a super lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-greasy texture.

Packed full of skin loving ingredients such as rosehip seed oil, ylang ylang, lavender frankincense, lemon, juniper berry, vitamin e, avocado kernal and jojoba for healthy, radiant, glowing skin all year round

I’m super oily so the sceptic in me tends to want to stay away from oil based products but this one just sucked me in and had me at first sight.

It smells incredible (imagine being pampered at a spa and feeling relaxed AF, that’s the scent I’m talking about) and has become the favourite part of my night time routine.

I can’t even explain how much my skin had benefited from having something so lovingly formulated within my arsenal.

For £29.99 you can pick up this absolute beaut in a bottle (and you won’t regret it!). If you’re still not completely sold then go with the sample size for £4.99 (and to me this shows confidence in their product, knowing you’ll be back to buy your full sized version after you’ve fallen in love).

I just really love it, can you tell?

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REVOLUTION HAIRCARE SALICYLIC ACID CLARIFYING RANGE REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY EIGHT)

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Did you know I’m actually a hair stylist by trade? I haven’t worked in the industry for a very long time but a piece heart will always belong to it.

I’ve spoken before about the power of the right cut and finding the correct person to help you achieve it (shout out to my stylist Sian at Sian Hair & Beauty because she is the best in the biz!).

Part of my journey has always been finding products that work for me (and that changes depending on the season just like your skincare!).

I’ve been trialling the Salicylic Acid Clarifying Range by Revolution Haircare and it seems to be working wonders on my super oily hair and scalp! It genuinely feels like a treat to use and so much more luxurious than it’s price tag would lead you to believe.

Revolution Haircare Salicylic Acid Clarifying Shampoo for Oily Hair
£9

Revolution Haircare Salicylic Acid Clarifying Conditioner for Oily Hair
£9

Revolution Haircare Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum for Oily Scalp
£8

If you really want to elevate your routine from basic to something truly epic then you could also pick up a couple of treats that work beautifully alongside the range.

Revolution Haircare Stimulating Scalp Massager
£5

Revolution Haircare Microfibre Hair Wrap (2 Pack)
£8

I’m slowly training my hair and scalp to go longer in between washes without feeling lank/greasy and whilst it’s a process I can see the difference already. I’m now getting a whole extra day of fresh, luscious hair and I am so living for it.

What are your hair heroes and do you have any tips for someone who may be struggling with achieving their dream style?

PIXI BEAUTY REMEDY MASK COLLECTION REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY FOUR)

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If ever there was a time I needed a pick me up it’s now!

I’ve just started university as a mature student and my head is absolutely fried! Pair that with tackling my children’s never ending school commitments/general life and that’s pretty much just a recipe for stressed out skin.

Thankfully Pixi Beauty we’re kind enough to send me over their Remedy Mask Collection so fingers crossed I’ll be back to myself in no time!

Pixi Beauty Vitamin-C Remedy Mask.

Packed to the gills with nutrients and botanicals to give your skin all kinds of goodness these lightweight jelly masks have been such a welcome addition to my skincare collection.

With three gorgeous masks to choose from…

Vitamin-C Remedy Mask – a brightening, toning jelly packed with nutrients and botanicals to help refresh and revitalise your skin. Blend of Citrus, Green Tea, Ferulic Acid and Ginseng energises, brightens and hydrates.

Milky Remedy Mask – a soothing, toning jelly packed with nutrients and botanicals to help revive your skin. Blend of Coconut, Oat, Chamomile and Sea Buckthorn calm, soothe and hydrate.

Rose Remedy Mask – a nourishing, toning jelly packed with nutrients and botanicals to help refresh and deeply nourish your skin. Blend of Rose, Argan Oil, Cica and Turmeric refreshes, nourishes and hydrates.

…it’ll be easy to find one to suit every mood or concern.

Pixi Beauty Vitamin-C Remedy Mask.

Let’s not forget these are the ideal trio to multi mask with. If you are blessed/cursed with combination skin then you’ll LOVE working with these beauties (which are sooo simple to use by the way!

• Use in the AM & PM, or as needed.
• Step 1: Apply a thick, even layer to clean skin, avoiding eye area.
• Step 2: Leave on for 10 minutes.
• Step 3: Rinse or tissue off.

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Each 300ml tub costs £20 which is at the priced end of what I’d be willing to pay for a mask (your girl has children to feed, clothe and entertain!) but will last you as the product is definitely in the ‘a little goes a long way’ category.

Despite my cheap skate ways I can honestly say the masks are beautiful, smell divine and left my skin feeling super smooth, taut and revitalised ready for another day just being a boss.