Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Liquid Glow Extreme 6%

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.

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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

No7 Radiant Results Purifying Clay Cleanser Review

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.

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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

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser First Impressions

I had a little tester sachet of the Milky Jelly Cleaner from a Glossier order that I thought I’d share my first impressions on! This cleanser seems to be really popular so I was excited to try it out. A full size 177ml bottle of this costs £15.

It has a rosy smell to it which is understandable as it contains rose water. Rose isn’t my favourite scent but it’s a pleasant enough smell and is pretty inoffensive. The texture is gel-like as you’d expect.

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You can use it on wet or dry skin so I tried it both ways. I tried it on dry skin to remove makeup and I didn’t love it for this task. It didn’t have any slip to it as it’s not the type of gel that turns into an oil on contact with the skin. I feel like it wasn’t the most effective at removing all my base makeup but that is possibly because I didn’t use enough as I was trying to use the sachet sparingly. I much preferred using it on slightly wet skin where it could emulsify a bit and get some slip. It felt quite refreshing and gentle and I don’t think it’s a formula that would dry out your skin.

I wasn’t completely wowed by this cleanser; it feels pretty basic actually. It’s not a super affordable product but it’s not overly expensive either. It’s not something I’m going to rush to buy but I might purchase a bottle in future as it was quite nice and, I know it’s stupid, but the packaging is so aesthetically pleasing 🙂 . If I do ever purchase a bottle and I go on to change my mind on this product I’ll come back and update this post!

Love Nicole xxxx

Eye Contour Serum from Garden Of Wisdom for Victoria Health

I was starting to notice more lines around my eyes which I was obviously not happy about! I had been made aware of the Garden of Wisdom range on Victoria Health by a video Nadine Baggott did on her YouTube channel. When I looked at the website I saw this Eye Contour Serum (£18) which contained lots of impressive ingredients so thought I would give it a try.

It is a multi-peptide eye serum which aims to help reduce bags under eyes, dark circles around the eye contours, fine lines, wrinkles and creases around eyes, as well as puffy eyes. Pretty impressive right? Have a look on the website for a breakdown of the key ingredients and their effects.

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The bottle is 30ml which is brilliant for an eye product as it’s going to last ages as you only use a tiny bit each time. It comes with a pump which you only have to press down the tiniest bit to get the perfect amount. Never push down the whole way as you’d get way too much out and it would be wasted! It’s great that the pump is controllable in this way.

The formula itself is a water based serum and feels how you assume serums will feel. It’s beautifully refreshing to apply and sinks in fairly quickly but not too quickly that you can’t distribute it around the eye area. I tend to put a bit on each of my ring fingers and then do one eye at a time, dabbing until it sinks in.

I use it within my morning and evening routine and can confirm makeup goes on top very well.

As for the effects I’ve experienced from using this for the past 11 weeks, I do think there is some improvement. My eye area is definitely far more hydrated and the dryness I was experiencing on the outer corners has cleared up. I also think the lines underneath are slightly less prominent and I hope this is something that continues to improve. I haven’t noticed a change to my dark circles.

I am a big fan of this serum. I find it so lovely to use and it has some proven-to-be-effective ingredients so I’m confident that it’s doing some good, whether it’s obvious or not. It’s also going to last a good amount of time so the £18 purchase price should deliver very good value. I highly recommend!

Love Nicole xxxx

The Body Shop Banana Body Care Range

I was SO SO excited when I saw this range teased on The Body Shop’s Instagram page. It took what felt like forever for it to finally become available on the UK site but when it did I was straight on there placing an order. I just love banana everything, to taste and to smell. The Body Shop already had a banana hair care range (which is beautiful) but in this summer launch they released a body butter, body yogurt and shower cream.

In the rest of the post I’m quoting the full price of these products, however, The Body Shop are always running some kind of discount so you’ll never have to actually pay the full price.

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The shower cream costs £6 for a 250ml bottle. It smells glorious (as does the whole range) and it lathers up beautifully without feeling drying on the skin. I mean, all shower gels do the job of washing your body, so the main thing that makes me pick a body wash product is the scent, and this is a scent I love.

The banana body butter costs £15 for a 200ml tub or you can get a mini 50ml tub for £6. This stuff is so thick and creamy and wonderful to use. It’s super nourishing and hydrating. It can be slightly greasy and take a while to sink in so it’s more one for the evening before bed than the morning. If you want something that sinks in more quickly then that leads me beautifully onto the next product…

The body yogurt costs £8.50 for a 200ml tub and is a formula that has been out in various other scents for a while. I’d not really been interested in it because I thought it probably wouldn’t be that hydrating and I’m a body butter gal at heart. However, when I saw they’d released a banana one I thought I might as well try it as I knew I’d adore the scent. I have been very pleasantly surprised with this formula; it’s pretty amazing! It’s a cool gel-like consistency that is cooling and fun to apply and sinks in super quickly without leaving behind any slipperiness that’s going to prevent you from getting dressed. It can be applied straight from the shower on damp skin or just on dry skin. Despite being super lightweight I do believe it gives hydration and helps to keep my skin in good condition.

I LOVE this range so much and I really hope it becomes permanent! On the website it’s described as ‘special edition’ which I’m hoping is just referring to the packaging rather than it being a limited edition range… I’d be sad if I was not able to repurchase these products!

Love Nicole xxxx