Review: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion

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I have heard so many good things about the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion but it always seemed expensive to just give it a go even if it is some wonder product as I’ve had so many failed acne treatments that I thought it might just join the pile. Then I saw this set in the Beauty Bay sale with two Mario Badescu products, the Drying Lotion and the Buffering Lotion and thought I’d give it a go. Both of these products are cruelty and paraben free.

From the description on these two lotions they’re aimed at targeting different types of acne, or different stages in acne anyway. The Drying Lotion basically does what it says and uses a combination of ingredients, including clay, to sit on the skin overnight and dry out any spots. The Buffering Lotion is supposed to help large under the surface bumps, to calm them and reduce their appearance.

I was intrigued to see how these two would work and if the Drying Lotion was the wonder product everyone seems to say it is as, at nearly thirty, I still haven’t found the perfect products to help my acne prone skin when it’s having a bad time.

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Review: Salt of the Earth Pure Aura Deodorant

I have been a fan of natural deodorants for the past couple of years, they just seem to get on better with my skin and they seem to work for me. However, I have recently found that I’ve had to reapply the ones I was using, so when I got the spray version of the Pure Aura deodorant from Salt of the Earth I was definitely interested in trying it out. As you may be able to tell by the fact I went and bought the roll on version I was definitely a fan.

The roll on of the Pure Aura Melon and Cucumber scented deodorant holds 75ml and costs £5.49. The full sized spray is £5.99 for 100ml so is a bit more cost effective but I’d say that price difference is for the container rather than the deodorant itself so it’s purely a case of which kind you prefer. I got a half sized spray from the Holland and Barrett advent calendar last year.

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Review: Alpha-H Liquid Gold (and Limited Edition Rose Version)

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I was planning on doing this review of both of the versions of the Liquid Gold I have from Alpha-H and then realised that the Limited Edition Rose version isn’t available in many places. I’ll leave it in because I did find it still available online (£37 for a 100ml bottle here) and it might be available ion various online stores in other countries so might be worth knowing if it’s worth searching for over the original version.

Liquid Gold is an exfoliated, or I find it works as one, with glycolic acid. It’s quite strong and works in the same way as products like the Pixi Glow Tonic where it uses chemicals to exfoliate and remove dead skin rather than a physical scrub. The original version is available in a lot of places and the price various from £30-£40 for a 100ml bottle, though £33.50 seems to be the most common price. As it’s stronger than a lot of other similar products it’s recommended you use it once in the evening every two days, rather than twice a day as the Glow Tonic recommends. I’ve had the original for a while and I got the Rose version in an advent calendar but I haven’t got round to giving them a proper try so was interested to see how they’d work compared to other similar products I’ve tried.

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Review: REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash

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Ren is one of those companies that’s I’ve had a few products in Beauty boxes and liked so when the Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash I was happy to try something new from them. This is a 100ml bottle but the full size 300ml costs around £22 on the Marks and Spencer website. It’s definitely at the higher end price wise when it comes to body washes so I was interested to see how it would compare to cheaper products I use. This body wash is cruelty free and suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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Blogmas Day 18!

Today’s advent calendar present in the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar may be more skin care but it’s one of the products I’m actually excited to try. It’s not for your face, it’s the Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion which claims to help smooth and naturally exfoliate your skin in a lotion. To be honest until now I’ve never heard of this company but having read up a bit on the product itself I am definitely going to be giving this one a proper go and maybe getting the full sized version to keep it going properly. Another positive for this product is that Ameliorate don’t test on animals, which seems rare with a lot of these more scientific seeming skin care products, or the ones I’ve found anyway.

This is the 50ml tube of Transforming Body Lotion, which is available in both 100ml (£14.50) or 200ml (£22.50) so this is a mini trial version. It says to see the effects you have to apply it twice a day for four weeks and then once a day afterwards. I can see this lasting a couple of weeks if I try it on my legs but not the full four so I’ll see how well it does and maybe get the full sized bone to give it a proper go. It’s supposed to resurface your skin using lactic acid which encourages the skin’s natural process for removing dead skin cells. It’ll be interesting to see if it works as my skin could definitely do with some help in that.

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Review: Tony Moly I’m Real Broccoli Sheet Mask

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I do love a good sheet mask and bought a set of the Tony Moly ones a while ago from eBay for around £10. Most of them have been sat there for a few months but I finally got round to trying the Broccoli Sheet Mask which is supposed to help with vitality so brighten your skin and give it a healthy glow. I have to say this is one of the more intriguing ones, I don’t think I’ve ever used a broccoli based skin care product before.

Sheet masks have become more popular in the UK with a lot of companies bringing out their own versions but I haven’t seen the Tony Moly ones around much despite other products from them being available here. However, I have seen these Brocoli ones in TK Maxx recently and it seems they cost £4.99 there going by the online price so I’d recommend eBay if you’re interested in trying them.

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Review: Soap and Glory Heel Genius

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Heel Genius from Soap and Glory is one of those products that I don’t think I’ve ever bought individually, it’s come in a lot of their gift sets over the years I’ve been buying from them, but when I do have it I like it and then forget about it until the next time I have it. With sandal season having hit here in the U.K., though it may have disappeared at the moment, I thought I’d see if I had some in my stash and I found this tube Christmas gift last year. I try to look after my feet but I will admit that, apart from a month or so before and through sandal season, they tend to get forgotten. I also tend to just use hand creams which, although they’re effective, aren’t deigned for feet and tend to be more perfumey.

Heel Genius is normally available in a 125ml tube for £5.50, at least that’s what I can find online outside of gift sets, so this is a mini version but it’s just a scaled down version of the tube and the product itself is the same. It’s a foot cream designed to help keep your feet feeling fresh and in good condition and It’s recommended that you apply a good amount to your feet in the evening and put socks on so it can sink in and have the maximum benefits.

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Review: Nina Ultra Pro Nail Varnish in Orchid


I haven’t bought anything from the Nina Ultra Pro nail varnish line before, I’d seen them in Sally’s a couple of times but tended to stick to the brands I knew. However, the last time I went this was the only company that had the kind of colour I was looking for so I decided to give them a go and bought Orchid, a sort of darker version if the melenial pink that’s everywhere at the moment.
I can’t find this exact nail varnish on their website, maybe it was a limited edition or it’s just out of stock at the moment, but the rest of their standard nail varnish line is £4.88 a bottle online which is a pretty good price for a nice nail varnish that actually lasts so I thought I’d see if it could do as well as some of my current favourites.
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Review: Nubo Cell Dynamic Stimulating Moisturiser 


I don’t know about you guys but I often see expensive skincare brands and wonder how much better they are, if they’re worth the extra money compared to the cheaper options. I’ve often looked at the options in TK Maxx with their offers but never gone for them as I’m always a bit wary of trying something new that would be way outside of my budget to repurchase and the odds of them appearing on there again are normally small. However, earlier this year I saw this Cell Dynamic Stimulating Moisturiser from Nubo at £25 reduced from £135 and decided to treat myself. I will admit to being sceptical of how big the difference would be when I first bought it and £25 is still more expensive than my general skincare products but it’s not overly expensive compared to a lot of the higher end drugstore products.

The Nubo Stimulating Moisturiser has SPF 20 and contains their serum which is meant to help plump and tighten the skin and stimulates collagen production. The anti aging elements come from brown algae and vitamin E and it has O2 treatment that energises and recharges cells. It also claims to be suitable for normal and oily skin as it’s a light formula and also good for sensitive skin so almost all skin types. It is free from SLS and prabens and the company is against animal testing so it’s a cruelty free product. The serum and moisturising ingredients combined are supposed to also help with long term hydration throughout the day. With all of these claims I wasn’t sure it would live up to them but I was definitely pleasantly surprised.

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Review: Soap and Glory The Rushower Dry Shampoo

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Soap and Glory recently released a dry shampoo, The Rushower, which is available in two different sizes. The smaller travel size, which is 50ml, costs £2.50, with the larger 200ml spray costing £4. Being a fan of Soap and Glory and always on the look out for a good dry shampoo I had to try it. At the time only the smaller size was available but I actually quite like this size, it’s perfect for throwing in a handbag or for travel.

The dry shampoo has the original pink scent, it has a bright citrus and slightly floral scent to me. It’s definitely very perfumey and it reminds me a lot of the Lsuh Snowshowers family of products, that’s a buck’s fizz type scent, for some reason. This dry shampoo has scent release technology that means there are particles that contain scent and the friction from running your hand through your hair is supposed to release the scent, meaning you get the scent a while after you’ve sprayed your hair making it smell fresher for longer. That’s the idea anyway so I was intrigued to see if that would actually work.

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