I’ve recently finished a bottle of this Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme from Nip+Fab. It is priced at a rather hefty £19.95 for 100ml but this is not what I paid for it. I think I got it for less than £10. Superdrug seems to be the best place for getting Nip+Fab products at great discounts, or, on the Nip+Fab website they sometimes have amazing limited time deals too.
I am a huge fan of Nip+Fab’s Glycolic Fix Extreme Night Cleansing Pads so when I saw this for a good price I thought I’d give it a try! I used this product day and night and it lasted longer than I thought actually considering it is only a 100ml bottle. It must’ve lasted at least two months as you only need to use a small amount each time as it’s a high strength formula and a little goes a long way. Unlike the Glossier Solution, this formulation is much more ‘wet’ feeling so it went further as it distributed over my skin easily on a cotton pad.
It has a orangey/citrus smell to it, similar to the Nip+Fab Extreme Night Pads. I personally quite like the scent! The formula contains 6% glycolic acid as well as allantoin, niacinamide, lactic acid, salicylic acid and sodium hyaluronate. Quite the cocktail! And there’s no alcohol in it either.
My skin’s been a bit temperamental over the past couple of months and I’ve had some super stubborn spots and breakouts. I’m inclined to blame hormones and stress and definitely wouldn’t put it down to this product. If anything, I know that products like this hugely help me to prevent breakouts and clear them up when they do happen. As I’m writing this my skin is, touch wood, in pretty good condition and I think this product has played its part (along with others)!
I found this product very pleasant to use and I do think it helped to keep my skin in good condition. It is something I would consider buying again but only if it was on some kind of offer or discount. I think £19.95 for a 100ml bottle is too much. I still slightly prefer Nip+Fab’s pad products over this but that’s largely because I love the convenience of them being a pre-soaked pad.
Love Nicole xxxx
I love trying new affordable cleansers and this one is from No7 and is available at Boots for £9.50. I was intrigued to try this one as it is a clay cleanser and there aren’t many affordable high street brands offering clay cleansers.
I used this cleanser as a second cleanse and morning cleanse, rather than a first cleanse to remove makeup (can I say cleanse any more times?) as I prefer others formulas for that job. It should be applied with wet hands or on a slightly damp face, otherwise there’s no slip to glide over the skin. I found it to have quite a harsh feeling to it, giving my face a slight sting. It’s not painful and I’ve had no bad reaction, it just doesn’t feel pleasant to use!
I think it cleansed my skin pretty well and left it feeling refreshed and purified when washed off, but I can’t credit it with any of its claims such as reducing shine or pore size.
I was disappointed with this product as I thought it sounded like it had the potential to be good but I really didn’t like the formula. It really doesn’t feel gentle on my skin and therefore I didn’t enjoy using it.
Love Nicole xxxx
This mascara from GOSH costs £9.49 and is most easily available in the UK from Superdrug. I thought I’d try this as I loved the idea of a mascara helping my lashes to grow, which is what this mascara claims to do. It contains something called SymPeptide® XLash which is supposedly proven to have a visible effect on the length and thickness of lashes.
The reviews on Superdrug’s website for this are actually really great but I can’t count myself as a fan… Firstly, I didn’t love the brush and found it a bit uncomfortable to use. It’s a rubber one and I prefer bristles but that’s not a deal breaker if the mascara still looks great on the lashes.
Unfortunately, I didn’t like what this mascara did for my lashes. I like to pack on the mascara and I tend to do loads of layers. This mascara is not good if you like to do that as it’s a very dry formula and dries quickly and I ended up with very clumpy lashes. I don’t mind a bit of clump but I found it so hard to achieve enough separation. This admittedly was after the mascara had dried out a bit but even when it was still fresh I wasn’t impressed with the effect.
As for giving length and volume, it was very underwhelming. The colour is good and very black but it did nothing special and I didn’t feel anywhere near my best when wearing this mascara.
Regarding the claims that it will help your lashes to grow, I didn’t notice any difference with regular use. I’ve used it up and I wouldn’t credit it with any improvement to length or volume of my bare lashes.
GOSH make so many different mascaras I’m hoping I just picked a dud as the first one to try from the range. Have you tried any good products that you’d recommend from GOSH? I think it’s a cool brand and, of course, I love that they are cruelty free.
Love Nicole xxxx
I was intrigued by this Conceal and Define Concealer (£4) from Revolution as it was quite obvious they were trying to sell it as a cheap alternative to Tarte’s Shape Tape, which is a concealer I’m yet to try.
When I first tried this, I really liked it. So much so, I went and purchased three more tubes of it straight away. However, I realised that this concealer actually doesn’t offer the best value as I got through tubes so quickly. I think it contains 3.4ml of product? I’ve finished and recycled my last tube so I can’t double check. This is quite a lot less than usual for a concealer.
The packaging is very pretty with the rose gold lid. It has a doe foot applicator that is slightly larger than is typical for concealers, such as the one in Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer.
It is available on their own website in 25 shades and it’s also available from Superdrug but I think they only sell 18 of the shades. The range of shades looks pretty broad and it’s rare to see such a wide range in a high street/drugstore concealer. The shade I bought is C3 which is for fair skin with pink undertone and it is pretty much my skin colour! Ideally, I’d like a shade more brightening for the under eye area so maybe in future I should try C1.
The formula is thick and creamy and blends nicely. It looks very intensely pigmented when you first swipe it on. I always use a beauty blender to blend my concealer which stops things looking cakey but does take away some of the coverage, therefore I usually do a couple of layers under my eyes. It gives a good medium/high coverage; I wouldn’t say full coverage but then again I don’t think anything can completely hide my under eye circles ha. I did find it settled in lines under my eyes quite quickly but that’s sorted with a bit of melting with your ring finger. The finish is fairly matte but not powdery.
I found it lasted well throughout the day but the coverage did fade faster than other affordable concealers that I like.
I did like this concealer and it is something I would buy again but I would prefer it to come in a bigger tube! I get through concealer quickly anyway but this was just ridiculously quick.
Love Nicole xxxx
I can’t recall ever trying a face or base product from Barry M before but when I saw this concealer I was very interested! I love trying out budget concealers. This one costs £4.49 and comes in a 5ml tube with a small doe foot applicator.
The packaging is very similar to Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer and it is also the same in that the black writing on the tube rubs off gradually with use. This doesn’t really bother me, however, on one occasion the black transferred quite badly onto my hands and I ended up smearing it on my face… Not ideal. I do try to remember to check it hasn’t got on my hands now before I touch my face!
I really like this concealer and have bought it multiple times! I wouldn’t say it gives full coverage but it’s definitely a high-medium. It brightens and conceals my under eye circles and doesn’t crease badly. After applying I use the warmth of my finger to gently press my under eye to melt away any creases that may have formed. The formula is creamy but not thick and it blends easily.
It sets nicely and whilst you can tell you’re wearing makeup, it doesn’t look heavy or cakey. I find it lasts very well and I trust it to last me all day and to fade gracefully when it does start to gradually wear off. I never set my under eyes with powder FYI.
It works well around the rest of the face at concealing any redness or blemishes. I have the colour Oatmeal which is the second lightest shade. The lightest shade Milk looks very light so would be ideal if you’re very pale! There are six shades in total which isn’t the best range and could be improved as there’s only one dark-ish shade.
I was so impressed with this little concealer – such a great affordable gem! It makes me think maybe I should try some other Barry M base products. Have you tried any that you’d recommend?
Love Nicole xxxx