acne · Skin Care

The Inkey List – Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment

This green ingredient has got to be the most talked about product for the Inkey list this winter. A product that can help diminish acne without irritating or drying the skin? If you are interested to see if the Succinic Acid Blemish Treatment had worked for me, then keep on reading…

Firstly, what are the key ingredients?

  • 2% succinic acid – (a bio-based chemical that’s derived from corn) works to physically reduce the size of your blemishes                                  
  • 1% salicylic acid unclogs pores, exfoliates and calms
  • 0.4% hyaluronic acid provides hydration

These ingredients combined together will gently exfoliate dead skin cells, that can potentially reduce sebum and acne without stripping your skins barrier. The Inkey list has stated this can reduce a spot size and can prevent further acne.

How to apply:

Apply to clean skin up to 3 times a day, best to start with once a day and build your skin tolerance up.

My results

I found this to be somewhat helpful but I do not find this to be a game changer product that some influencers have raved about. The reason for this is because it did not seem to reduce the size of my larger spots but seemed to do a decent job on small spots. When trying on medium to large size spots by the third day of application I do notice some dryness. Due to these factors with my personal experience, I would perhaps recommend this to those that suffer with mild acne that mainly produce small pimples rather than cystic acne.

Plus, side, it is a gentle formula that caused no irritation (just a slight initial tingle). Sinks in to the skin well and the green colour is not just their to look pretty but also acts as a colour corrector to cancel out any redness!

Overall

I would be happy to finish this product as it is somewhat helpful BUT I prefer using azelaic acid as works better for any size pimple on me. Every skin type is different and even though it did not do wonders for me it may work for you, considering it is super affordable it is definitely worth a try!!

Where to purchase:

Look Fantastic for only £6.99

Thank you for reading,

Bhavi xx

*This article is not sponsored with honest reviews however affiliate links are placed, which provides me with a small commission if you were to use my link. Thank you

Hair · natural · oils · Skin Care

The Ordinary 100% Plant Base Squalane

Squalane is a fantastic multipurpose product that would be suitable for everyone and every skin type due to being non-comedogenic for acne prone skin types, hydrating for dry skin types and gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Squalane is not just great for the skin but fantastic for nourishing lips and hair too.

Squalane can be discovered in sharks’ liver, fortunately, now days a lot of companies use plant base squalane which is usually found in olives or sugarcanes. I have picked up The Ordinary – 100% Plant Base Squalane and love it!

Skin benefits

Squalane can be found naturally on our skin but over time this reduces therefore by adding this back on to our skin provides an excellent emollient to keep our skin hydrated. Particularly beneficial for dry skin types.

  • A great skin barrier as it prevents water loss
  • Provides moisture, hydration and suppleness
  • Can help improve skin texture
  • Nourishing overnight lip oil
  • Great for sensitive skin
  • Non-cosmogenic
  • Lightweight & non-greasy

A couple of drops is all you need, apply in the AM or PM after your usual cream to lock in that moisture! For lips, apply a small amount on clean lips wait a couple minutes before applying your regular lip balm on top, your lips will thank you for it!

Hair benefits

Squalane is also very beneficial for haircare. Plant based squalane are usually derivatives from olive oil, this fatty molecule makes it perfect for taming dry frizzy hair.

  • Provides natural heat protection
  • Natural anti-frizz serum / non-greasy
  • Prevents spilt ends
  • Helps to promote hair growth
  • Provides hydration

I use a few drops on damp hair to provide heat protection before I blow dry my hair and I also use a couple of drops after I have styled my hair to help tame the frizz.

The ordinary has not stated the temperature of heat protection is provides. However, research shows squalane has a boiling point between 175 – 285 Celsius so I will assume heat protection will be anything within that range. I would not use this alone; I would recommend using this in conjunction with your usual heat protection to give it that extra boost.

Results

I love this oil! I have been using it for about 6 weeks now for my hair, skin and lips and I am thoroughly enjoying its benefits! I have been using The Ordinary’s Marula oil for years which I absolutely love for my hair but found it a little too ‘oily’ to use on my face, but the squalane is super absorbable. I tend to alternate with both these oils depending on the condition of my skin & hair on absorbable. I use marula oil when my skin is extra dry and squalane when my skin is anything in between combo-dry. You have to also love that this product contains no fragrance, alcohol or essential oils. I highly recommend this product to everyone!

BONUS – The ordinary has also released a hemi-squalane which basically is the same thing but has an even lighter weight consistency which oily skin types or those with very thin hair may prefer.

Thank you for reading,

Bhavi xx

Beauty · Foundations · Make up

How to add more warmth/yellow tones to your foundation

For a long time, I really struggled to find the right foundation shade let alone which one agreed to my skin the best. A few years ago, there were not as many shades available for skin of colour. The limited selection available I found would either be too light/pink or too dark/orange for my skin tone. That’s when I discovered Make Up Forever Chromatic Mix in the shade Yellow and I am telling you ladies this is a game changer!

The best decision for me at that time was to purchase a neutral toned foundation and then to add the Make Up Forever Chromatic Mixin the shade yellow together. I had purchased the Estee Lauder foundation in the shade Shell Beige 4N1 which is a medium shade with neutral undertones and looked slightly ashy on me. I had mixed the foundation and yellow mix together and HOLY MOLY this had worked beautifully with the perfect amount of yellow undertones to the foundation and this became my holy grail for many years until more recent times where now more shades and undertones are available.

How to make the mix? It is as easy as 1-2-3. You can either make as much as you need for one time by adding few drops of foundation and MUFE yellow drops on a pallet and mixing together OR you can do what I had done, which is to purchase a small travel pot and to make enough mixture for a week. This was a great bonus for when I use to go on holidays as it is travel friendly and takes little to no room in your bag. P.S – I had added more yellow drops than usual in order to show the difference for review purposes.

Why I love the Make Up Forever Chromatic Mixin the shade Yellow:

  • You can adjust your foundation to how you like. In this case with the yellow shade, you can make your foundation as warm/yellow toned as you please.
  • The yellow is more of a mustard yellow rather than a bright yellow, which works best for tanned/brown skin tones.
  • Great for making your foundation warmer in the summer, instead of buying a new foundation when you catch a tan this would be great replacement.  
  • Lasts a long time – you only need a couple of drops
  • Lots of other shades available, so you can make your foundation lighter or darker etc

For reference the nearest best foundation shades for me now are: Fenty Beauty shade 290 and The Ordinary foundation in the shade 2.1 Y. I do no use MAC foundations but the closest match would be NC40 (however this is too orange for me but the closest I can reference too).

Even though I have now found better foundation shades for me, having the Make Up Forever Chromatic Mixin the shade yellow is still a great addition for when I catch a tan in the summer. All I have to do is just add a couple of drops to my current foundation and I can adjust this accordingly to as my tan starts to fade.

I purchase mind from Guru Makeup Emporium for about £12. I am not 100% sure if it is currently out of stock – please drop them a message.

I totally recommend Make Up Forever Chromatic Mix for any one as this is such a great little hack for your foundation plus, they offer a variety of colours that can best suit you.

Find me on Instagram @beautypuzzled for more beauty tips and tricks xx

Cleanser · Skin Care

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Vs CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser

Cerave has to be one of my favourite skincare brands, they tend to be for aimed for all skin types especially sensitive skin types as a lot of their products are fragrance free and contains no harsh chemicals.  I am so glad it came to the UK a few years ago because their face washes in particular have become my holy grail. I have been using the CeraVe Foaming Cleanser for about 3 years now and in 2020 Cerave had launched a new face wash – CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser. Both these cleansers are very similar and you may be reading this article to help you decide which one may be best for you. So lets get right into the comparison!

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser Skin Review

The CeraVe foaming cleanser is targeted for normal to oily skin types however I feel this can be suited for all skin types as I have dry to combination skin depending on the season and have been absolutely fine using this cleanser.

Ingredients:

Aqua/water, Glycerin, Coco-Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Acrylates Copolymer, Cirtic Acid, Carpryloyl Glycine, Caprylyl Glycol, Dosium Hydroxide, Niacinamide, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Ceramide NP, Phenoxyethanol, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Ethylexylglycerin, Ceramide EOP

I love that this contains essential ceramides as this helps to protect the skins natural barrier, it also contains hyaluronic acid which helps retains the skins moisture. It is great that this is formulated without no fragrance and has non-comedogenic ingredients. I will note that this does contain Niacinamide and some people do not react well with this ingredient, my self-included however it is in the middle of the ingredient list which means there is not a high percentage of niacinamide in this cleanser and it seems to work fine for my skin.

My Experience:

Like I mentioned I have been using this cleanser for about 3 years now, the moment I first used it I fell in love with it. It did not irritate my skin, it did not strip my skin, it did not cause further acne break outs and it left my skin feeling clean. It is a gel like consistency that feels light weight and lathers up well. It does remove make up off well but not as a first cleanse, I would need to use a cleansing balm or micellar water first and then use 1 pump of my cerave foaming cleanser as my double cleanse. My skin feels great and cleansed!

CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser Review

The CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser is targeted for normal to dry skin but again like the above I think it can suit all skin types.

Ingredients

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Chloride, Pca, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Peg-100 Stearate, Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Peg-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Aspartic Acid, Ceramide Np, Ceramide Ap, Ceramide Eop, Sorbitan Isostearate, Carbomer, Glycol Distearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycine, Trideceth-6, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Threonine, Sodium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Pca, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Serine, Sodium Benzoate, Valine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Proline, Isoleucine, Cholesterol, Phenoxyethanol, Alanine, Phenylalanine, Coconut Acid, Cocoglucoside, Chlorphenesin, Disodium Edta, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Citric Acid, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phytosphingosine, Xanthan Gum, Histidine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-53, Polyquaternium-39, Polysorbate 60, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzoic Acid (F.I.L. D253447/1).

So, first thing that probably comes in to mind is that this looks like an intensive ingredients list! Fear not as most of these ingredients are similar to the foaming wash, plus the added extra ingredients should be perfectly safe as a lot of these are actually just hydrating factors from different types of amino acids, hyaluronic acid, glycerine plus more! The one main ingredient I would say to keep in mind is salicylic acid. Personally, I love salicylic acid, it is a BHA that my sensitive skin can tolerate. As it is mid-way down the list merged with tons of hydrating properties it should be something most skins can tolerate however please be wary of this if your skin can not tolerate salicylic acid at all.

My Experience

I love how this formulation has so many hydrating properties and I picked this up in winter so what better time to try this! The consistency is creamy and silky and gently lathers ups on the skin. I had no irritation from this face wash, it was gentle and did not strip the skin. In terms of removing make up it, it does a good job as a second cleanse but not as good as the foaming cleanser. I also needed to use a little more product to achieve the same spotless cleanse.

My skin gets very dry in the winter months and this has helped to sooth it. I will point out that even though this formulation is more hydrating than the foaming cleanser I would not say it is a drastic difference. For me personally, I felt this to be only slightly more hydrating than the other and therefore in the winter where I would need this most is when I would reach out for cream to foam cleanser more so.

Key Differences

In summary both cleansers can be somewhat similar as they both contain moisturising properties such as ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerine, both lathers up well, both have a pump packaging and both are fragrance free, however there are some key difference which are:

  • Skin type: Both should be suited for all skin types however if you have very dry skin you may prefer the cream to foam cleanser and if you have very oily skin you may prefer the foaming cleanser.
  • Texture: Cream to foam cleanser is white in colour, creamier and silkier in texture whereas the foaming cleanser feels more thicker and has a clear gel consistency.  
Left: Foaming Cleanser. Right: Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser
  • Potential irritants: Key ingredients to keep in mind that some may not be able to tolerate are, Cream to foam cleanser contains salicylic acid and the foaming cleanser contains Niacinamide
  • Packaging: Cream to foam has clear a packaging which I love as I can see how much product I have left whereas the foaming cleaner is opaque.
  • Price: Cream to foam cleanser is £12.50 and the foaming cleanser is £9.50. The foaming cleaner tends to have better discounts available also.

In Summary

As you can see there are not a lot of huge differences between the two. I enjoy using them both. I would probably edge more towards the foaming cleanser as I feel it removes my make up better and need less product to do so therefore the product will last longer, and with it being the cheapest out the two it is definitely more value for money. It may not be as hydrating as the cream to foam cleanser but I find this is hydrating enough for most of the months. Therefore, in the winter months, I will probably purchase the cream to foam cleanser to get that little added hydration and the rest of the year the foaming cleanser will work just fine for me 😊

You can purchase these two from boots or most retail shops:

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser   

CeraVe Hydrating Cream to Foam Cleanser

I have not tried the original Cerave hydrating face wash as the new hydrating cream-to-foam initially appealed to me more as I heard it removed make up better. It would be nice to hear if any one has tried both and your experience with them.

You may follow my Instagram @beautypuzzled for more skincare tips and advice 😊

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xx

Health · oils · Skin Care

Cannubu CBD oil

CBD has been one of the most popular talked about products in 2020! It has a variety of ways this can be taken and has a huge list of benefits once used. Today I will be reviewing the Cannubu CBD oil, but first what is CBD?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol which is more widely known as CBD is a chemical compound found in a plant called cannabis sativa. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from this plant and then diluting this with a carrier oil, for example Cannubu uses hemp seed oil.

One question that gets asked a lot is can CBD oil make you high? And the answer is NO. CBD is not a psychoactive meaning this will not affect your state of mind. Marijuana on the other hand can make you high as it contains Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this is a psychoactive drug and can aid in your change of behaviour by feeling high.

What are the benefits of taking CBD oil?

There are many benefits of taking CBD, here are just a few:

  • May help towards insomnia and a better’s night sleep
  • Can reduce minor aches and pains
  • Improve anxiety and mental wellbeing
  • Stabilises high blood pressure
  • Hydrates skin and reduces acne/eczema when applied tropically

I was particularly interested in trying CBD due to sleep. With lockdown my sleeping patterns are not at its best, I find it hard to fall asleep and to achieve a long deep sleep. Carry on reading if you would like to find out if Cannubu’s CBD oil helped me.

About Cannubu

Cannubu is a brand that is manufactured in the United Kingdom that uses the finest raw materials to provide high quality CBD products at fair prices. With COVID I always feel safer when knowing products are made and delivered in the UK so this was a huge bonus for me as I knew it could be trusted as it is an A to B transaction rather than from abroad where a package is handled many times. Cannubu sells a variety of CBD from oils and capsules to creams.

Cannubu CBD has also stated that their CBD is extracted exclusively from legal, low THC varieties of hemp (Cannabis Stevia L.) Which makes this safe and non-intoxicating.

Cannubu has CBD oil available in three amounts – 500mg, 1000mg and 1500mg. As I had previously tried CBD at 500mg, I decided to try the 1500mg. I would advise newbies to start of with 500mg/1000mg and build your self up.

My thoughts on the Cannubu CBD oil

Packaging – This comes in a lovely tinted glass bottle which I like as this helps with preventing sun exposure to the bottle. I was pleased it came with a dropper as this allowed easy accurate dosage measurements. The only issue I had with the packaging was the lid, I found it a little hard to open as it was the type you have to press and twist to unlock but then again, this type of lid prevents leakage!

Ingredients – I absolutely love that there are only two ingredients in this CBD oil – Hemp Seed Oil and Cannabis Sativa Extract (Cannabis Sativa L.) It shows you are getting nothing else but pure CBD.

Dosage – I had opted for 15% CBD oil which contains 1500mg of CBD per 10ml bottle. I had contacted Cannubu to ask for the recommendation of dosage to aid with sleep. They advised me to start with 4 drops (30mg) an hour before bed. Over time I have increase this dosage to my personal preference. I place this under my tongue for 1 minute and then swallow.

Taste – This CBD oil does not contain any added flavour compared to another brand I had previously tried, but I was pleasantly surprised that the taste was not too bad at all. I would describe it as earthy but it does not linger on for too long. If you do not like the taste you could always have a sweet or drink some juice afterwards etc

Outcome – WOW!! I was not expecting too much from this product but this had dramatically helped my sleep, now it did not of course knock me out in seconds as this is not a drug!! But it definitely made me fall asleep faster and I had a deeper sleep than per usual. It usually takes me 1hr 30 minutes to fall asleep and now the time is halved and I would usually wake up 2-3 times in the night but with this CBD oil I sleep right through. I do not take this everyday but a few times a week or days I feel I need to take this. I will continue to only take this for short term use at times where I find it hard to sleep.

I would highly recommend trying CBD oil to help aid with sleeping difficulties/insomnia. I have tried other CBD oils but Cannubu CBD oil has helped me the most. (It is also best to check with your doctor if CBD is medically fine for you to take). I also was very happy with the customer service, Jordan the founder of Cannubu tries and helps you as much as possible 🙂 It is always a nice touch for the founders to be interactive with their customers.

You can find the prices and more information about all their CBD products on their Instagram @thecannububrand or their website.

I am particularly interested in trying their new CBD muscle recovery balm which will be releasing soon!! I am in need for a product to help sooth my aches and pains from workouts/injuries.  

Have you tried CBD before or would like to try CBD for the list of benefits?

Thank you for reading

o x Bhavi x o

Disclaimer – I was kindly gifted this CBD oil from Cannubu. I was not paid for this review and this review contains all my honest opinions about this product.

Beauty · Skin Care

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has got to be one of the most talked about skincare items in 2020! It is something I had been including in my skincare regime for a while and I can totally understand the big hype around this ingredient.

What is Hyaluronic Acid?

Those that are new to the skincare game may be a little put off with the word acid but rest assured this is probably one of the gentlest products you could apply to your face, why?  Because hyaluronic acid is actually something our own skin cells naturally produce. You then may begin to question to why we need to purchase this if our skin contains this for free? Well, unfortunately over time with aging and environmental impacts our natural hyaluronic acid levels begin to drop and therefore we should be replenishing this back on to our skin.

Why do we need Hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is capable of holding up to 1000x its weight in water meaning this ingredient is a powerful water magnet being able to hold in all that moisture in our skin providing us with plenty of hydration.

What are the skincare benefits?

The list is endless but this is to name a few:

  • Hydration
  • Plumped soft skin
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Fragrance free

About the The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid

This product comes in a no frills 30ml bottle for only £5.99, which can be found in Boots and many other skincare stores. I like how it is simple, cheap and direct. They even write down how to pronounce their products because let’s face it all these science terms can be a tongue twister.

Key ingredients it includes:

  • 2% Multi molecular Hyaluronic Acid – there are three-tiers of high and low molecular weight, which will provide a high rate of hydration.
  • Matrixyl 3000™ peptide – is an anti-aging peptide that promotes collagen to help firm and youth your skin.

How to use hyaluronic acid

As previously stated HA can hold and retain large amounts of water on the skin, therefore to make the most out of this product is to apply this on damp skin so that the hyaluronic acid can draw all the hydration in. I have heard many people use this on dry skin and found no benefits so if HA has not worked for you then this could be the game changer! I have tested it out myself with applying this on damp and dry skin and had noticed a significant difference. I usually double cleanse, then apply my hyaluronic acid – remember water molecule products always goes on first on your skin. I then go in with any serums or oils, then my moisturiser (currently using E.L.F holy hydration cream) and if it was day time SPF will be applied last.

My verdict?

I absolutely love this product! I have tried other hyaluronic acids in the past and this is by far my favourite. It is super lightweight, thin, non-greasy, non-sticky and absorbs in to my skin well. Huge bonus, that a little goes a long way. I also find the Inkeys version to provide the most hydration. I have previously used The Ordinary’s and found that too gloopy and sticky and I found the Indeed’s version not very hydrating. With winter coming majority of us are in a need of a little extra hydration at least. For the price and quality, I would buy The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid again and recommend this to anyone who wants to add hyaluronic acid into their skincare regime.

Thank you for reading

Bhavi x o x o

Beauty · Skin Care

E.L.F HOLY HYDRATION FACE CREAM (Fragrance Free) Review

I will admit I have not used any E.L.F Products before, I kinda just walk past the counter without checking out their stuff and I don’t know why? Perhaps because I did not know much about this brand until now, I have one product of theirs that I am totally in love with – E.L.F HOLY HYDRATION FACE CREAM (Fragrance Free).

I was looking for a new face cream, I currently use creams from Cerave and Simple although I do enjoy using their creams, I wanted to try something different.  I wanted something moisturising but not overly rich.

My Skin Type

Now this is a confusing one, my skin is a little bit of everything. I would best describe it as combination – dry. I have sensitive acne prone skin with small amounts of eczema around my mouth and nose. It is incredibly hard to find a one trick pony cream to help all of my skin issues, so I usually like to find a cream that is suited for sensitive skin mostly to prevent further irritation to acne or eczema.

Packaging

A nice cute compact tub that looks sleek on any dressing table. This is actually my first tub of cream. I usually prefer tubes/pump bottles but there was no option for this cream. It did take some time getting used to a tub, but you know what? I think I now prefer a tub of cream. You do not waste any product as you can scoop out every single little last drop compared to a tube where a lot of product gets stuck.

Product

You get 50ml of product. This cream contains the following ingredients as per their website:

Hyaluronic Acid helps provide hydration by locking in moisture and reducing water loss resulting in a plumped up, bouncy complexion.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to help brighten and even skin tone.

Squalane helps improve moisture balance and elasticity.

Peptides to help promote collagen for a more refreshed complexion.

All e.l.f. products are free from phthalates, parabens, nonylphenol ethoxylates, triclosan, triclocarban, and hydroquinone. All skincare is also free from sulfates.

And one important factor to me is that this product is fragrance free!! They do have the same product in a scented version if you prefer. For me, personally fragrance free is the way to go, especially for sensitive prone skin.

Verdict

I have finished my first tub of this cream and just brought my second. I really enjoy using this cream, it definitely keeps my skin hydrated without feeling greasy. This creams also sinks into my skin quickly and creates a good base for my make up application. This cream will be great for normal to dry skin types, perhaps not moisturising enough for very dry skin.

This cream did not give any irritations or redness however, I have noticed a little acne break out but I am not sure if this is due to other/hormonal issues or due to the cream, as I cannot spot any ingredients in the list that could cause this, but you never know! I will be keeping an eye on this and will keep you updated. For now, I will continue to use this cream as winter is approaching and I am enjoying the hydration and how plumped and soft my skin feels after use.

What is your favourite face cream for when you need that extra hydration?

Beauty · Hair · natural · Skin Care

Persian Cold Wax Kit

Lockdown rules are easing, and beauticians are slowly being able to start work again, however I am sure I am not the only one who feels a little apprehensive being in close contact with a stranger. From the beginning of lockdown when there was no choice I decided to invest in a waxing kit before I turned into a hairy gorilla!! :-p

I wanted something quick, easy, not too messy and something suitable for my sensitive skin. I came across Persian Cold Wax on Amazon. I have never tried a cold wax before, cold wax is also known as sugar waxing. It contains all-natural ingredients: Sucrose, Citric acid, Water. This cold wax is based on a Persians century old recipe. I don’t know about you, but less ingredients in a product the better!!

Packaging

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    This kit came with:

  • 240ml sugar wax
  • 20 reusable strips
  • 2 spatulas
  • Instruction manual

Application

As per with any wax, I did a patch test the day before and no irritation occurred. The next day I followed the instructions, it stated to wait till your hair length was at least ½ cm long – well let’s just say with lockdown and being from an Indian heritage my hair growth exceeded this LOL! I heated the tub for 20 seconds in the microwave to allow the wax to be a smooth honey consistency. I applied a thin layer of wax on my arm in the direction of my hair growth and then immediately applied the strip, pressed this down to ensure all the wax is stuck on the strip and pulled the strip in the direction away from the hair growth. Keep repeating. I used about 10 strips for both arms.

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Results

WOW!! I was not expecting much from a 3 ingredient wax but I was pleasantly surprised. My arms were left soft, smooth and very little irritation which disappeared after 5 minutes. Usually I have very sensitive skin and redness can occur for a few hours. I also found this sugar wax to be less painful than the usual pre-made wax strips.  You can see below in the before and after photos my arm was left smooth and no redness. (Don’t mind my hairy arms LOL)

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I absolutely love that this comes with reusable strips. All you need to do is wash the wax off with soap & warm water and in a few seconds you have a new strip again – this is super cost efficient as you do not need to buy new strips. The wax does not leave your skin sticky and if you do leave a little on your skin, you can wash it off with warm water.

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First strip done on my arm, you can see in the middle the wax has removed the hair

The only bad points I will state is that your hair does need to be long enough to strip off, I find with this wax I needed my hair growth to be a little longer compared to if I used my usual Veet Wax Strips. I also found it did not work well for facial hair for some strange reason. The packaging states it works for fine to medium hair but let’s just say ladies it works very well for a bikini/hollywood wax! In fact, It works amazingly!! It barely hurts, comes all off in one strip and leaves the area very smooth. Out of all the areas I have tried this wax it worked the best as a bikini wax for me!

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Hair removed from arm

Where to purchase

Brought from Amazon for £10.24 but lasts ages and has re-usable waxing strips

Final thoughts

What a great investment!! Yes, you may have to wait a little longer for in between hair growth but when you do the results are great. For me personally, not every area worked. This wax did not do a good job with my face or thighs but did a good job with my arms, underarms and hollywood area. It’s great for sensitive skin, easy to use, lasts ages and has re-suable strips!

How have you been managing your lockdown grooming?

Lipsticks · natural · Skin Care

Sunsense Lip Balm 50+ SPF

We are having an amazing sunny summer in London! Which is fantastic and I love being outdoors however our skin may disagree! Being outdoors in the sunlight we are exposed to UVA & UVB. Those that are new to skincare – The sun is most significant source of UV radiation, high exposure to these radiations can cause long term skin effects such as skin cancer, wrinkles, premature ageing and pigmentation. Remember sun protection is not just when the weather is warm, but when you are exposed to sunlight, therefore this can be all year round – even in the winter! 

Pigmentation is what I am most concern about at the moment. As mentioned in my Mac half red lip pencil review, my lips are very pigmented. It can be fairly common in genetics within South Asian origins / tanned skinned individuals. I do find my lip colour fairly bothersome and I am aware UV radiation can increase my pigmentation. Our lips sometimes get neglected, we are all aware of applying SPF on our face and body but why do many of us don’t think twice applying SPF to our lips too? Our skin on our lips are thin and need the protection also.

I was on a hunt for a lip balm that contained SPF but one that also suited my sensitive skin. I had found Sunsense Lip Balm 50+ SPF and it ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for!!

What Sunsense states this lip blam provides:

  • Very high UVA & UVB protection
  • 50 + SPF
  • Suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin
  • 4 hours of water-resistant
  • Free of fragrance, colour, sweeteners and lanolin
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Manufactured to pharmaceutical standards

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Application

Apply to clean, dry lips at least 20 minutes prior to sun exposure. Re-apply throughout the day.  Application is great as the product has a glide-on lip applicator.  I would say one small flaw is that you do need to apply some pressure when squeezing this product out as the consistency is a little thick compared to other balms.

Texture

The texture is thick and soft. What is great – you need very little product, you only need half the amount that is shown in the above photo! The colour is white but do not let this alarm you, this product melts in your skin and turns translucent!! There is a slight gloss/shine afterwards but this does not bother me.  It sits well underneath my lipsticks or you can wear it alone as it gives off a lip gloss effect.

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Verdict

Sunsense Lip Balm 50+ SPF has become my holy grail lip balm!! Not only does it provide SPF but its moistures my lips so well. This lip balm is not just for the summer days but even great for chapped lips in the winter! I love how it is fragrance-free and it did not irritate my sensitive skin. I have very mild eczema around my lips and nose and I can easily apply this on those areas too. I am glad to find a lip balm that can help in many ways! The product is a little small at 15g but at least it is handy to put in your pocket or bag for re-applying.

You can purchase this from Amazon UK for £5.15

Do you remember to protect your lips from UVA & UVB?

Thank you for reading

Bhavi xx

 

 

 

 

Nails

Barry M Nail Paint – Shade Lychee

Barry M has to be one of my favourite nail polish brands – affordable, large colour range and great shine!

One of my favourite colours is Lychee. It is a creamy off-white colour. If you are like myself and found the white nail polish trend a little overbearing then this colour would be a more suitable approach.

This colour pretty much goes with anything and will suit most skin tones. It oozes sophistication and elegance.  A colour that can be worn to work or on a night out.

Barry M gel range is amazing, it is easy to apply, lasts longer than the original and best of all the shine payoff is amazing!!

You can purchase this for only £3 from Amazon– Barry M nail polishes can also be found at Superdrug and Boots.

Thank you for reading

X o Bhavi o x