First Impressions of Anatomicals *

Beauty, Skincare, Uncategorized

I’m a big lover of skincare, unfortunately I don’t share the same feeling towards my skin. But I like to try different products because I’m still looking for that one product that clears my skin. Or maybe I was just never meant to be that person on twitter who has the skin of an angel.
However for this post I’ve tried out the fabulous brand, Anatomicals. They sell toiletries; from skincare to hair care and even headache relief! I was super excited when my products that they kindly sent me arrived as it was my first time trying out their products. And they have lived up to my expectations!

I love their overall brand image. First of all, they don’t test on animals and their slogan is ‘We Only Want You For Your Body’. As well as, all of their products have the best packaging and names. It makes their brand really fun and appealing.

We Never Forget A Face Memorably Good Daily Moisturiser;

I feel like I’m really picky with moisturisers so I really wanted to test one of Anatomical’s moisturisers out. And so far I’ve been using this moisturiser every morning for the last couple of days. And I’m really enjoying it. My skin is getting along well with it which makes a change for my skin when trying out new products. It applies really nicely and has a super softening formula. I’m yet to see any noticeable changes in my skin however I have only been using it for less than a week! But it instantly makes me skin feel hydrated and moisturised.

The moisturiser has SPF 15 in which is perfect as I like to use a moisturiser with spf included. And it also includes Co-Enzyme Q10 which isn’t in my dictionary however I found out that it is an “antioxidant for skin firming complex. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”. Which I think is definitely noticeable as this moisturiser is super firming which makes your skin feel so good.
This moisturiser is £6 on Asos which is such a bargain as it such a high quality product and will last for a decent amount of time. As I seem to use a smaller quantity than I would usually do with moisturiser as a little goes a long way!

No Old Bags Allowed Eye Gel ;

I’m very familiar with puffy eyes and hefty bags under my eyes. I’m a big crier so I have experienced a good handful of mornings where I’ve woke up with puffy eyes. This actually happened the other morning (thanks to overthinking) so I could give this gel a good test. It’s a cooling gel and this definitely cooled down my eyes in the morning. I dab it on and makes my eyes feel awake and they feel quite moisturised.
The formula of this is brilliant. A little goes a long way and it sinks in fast which is great. I’d definitely recommend using this if you have to wake up early and want to put makeup on straight away. And also I’d for sure recommend when you want to minimise your dark circles. The gel is super brightening and also smells amazing. It contains ‘arnica and orange flower water’ which makes it smell amazing but it’s not an overpowering scent. (I have no clue what the two things are but I do know that they smell good…)

Out and Out Britain’s Best Pout Lip Balm Duo;

I obsess over lip balm like I obsess over Harry Styles… I cannot go anywhere without a lip balm. (Once I went to school and forgot my lip balm so had to call my dad to bring it in. He said no…) So I had to try a lip balm from Anatomicals. I choose this lip balm duo which would make the perfect gift! In the set you get a simple lip balm and a fruity lip balm.

Stop Cracking Up- This is the basic lip balm that Anatomicals sell and I’ve become obsessed with this. Although the balm has a gloss finish and formula. It’s thick so feels super replenishing but also not too thick or sticky. I love the gloss finish as well, a lip balm like this is always a staple in a natural makeup look. It has long lasting moisture on your lips.
Never Lose Your Cherry- The second lip balm in the set is this beaut cherry flavoured lip balm. Which has SPF 15 in which I love, even in the winter I like to use spf on my face. This balm also has the same fabulous formula like the other balm in the set. It has a cherry flavour which I really like. It’s subtle but still there. And it does have a slight red-toned tint however isn’t noticeable. So is the perfect product for a subtle colour on your lips.

I would 100% recommend these lip balms as they’re super affordable. And perfect to throw in your bag or pocket for everyday use. And the applicator is slanted which makes it even better!

Have you tried anything from Anatomicals?

Kate Xx

*These products were kindly gifted to me but all opinions are my own honest review.

First Impressions of The Ordinary

2018, Skincare, Uncategorized

To be brutally honest, my skin has been a shit show at the moment. I’ve had some friends on my forehead for way too long now. I tend to get spots on my forehead when I’m feeling anxious but they don’t want to leave. I was blaming my anxiety on school but I’ve been off school for a bit now and surprise surprise, they’re still here.

So I decided to try The Ordinary after hearing many good things about their products and overall brand.
I love the overall brand image of The Ordinary. Their products are all very sleek and appealing. The acids come in glass bottles with a glass pipette. Which my sad-self loves. And all of their products are so affordable so I would 100% recommend. The acids are only a couple of pounds and will last for a long time as you only need a couple of drops. (In this post I’ve listed the current price they’re sold at now but when I bought them they were all around £4!)

Salicylic Acid 2% Solution – For blemish prone skin – £4
I’m really unsure about this acid. The first couple of times I used it, I was genuinely blown away. I applied it onto my forehead spots and immediately the redness went down and my forehead looked SO much better! Then after I was using it every night continuously, it seemed to have stopped working on my spots. I don’t know if this is because the my spots became use to the solution. Or that my spots coming through just overpowered the solution.

However for only a couple of pounds, I would recommend this. I still do use it but sometimes I feel like it doesn’t help. You can also use it as an all over face solution which I do quite like. I have started using two drops of solution on my cheeks before moisturising and avoiding my spotty forehead. And I’m finding this does keep my skin quite clear.

Alpha Lipoic Acid 5% – To brighten & target signs of age – £5.90
This acid came with ‘do not use on sensitive and irritated’ skin. I have really sensitive skin so me being sensible me decided it would be perfect to give it a go. And it just shows that you do have to take risks and not listen to the rules because my skin has got on great with this acid. (However if you have sensitive skin and try this and it doesn’t go well, don’t blame me thanks). It applies nicely onto the face although you can feel that it’s a strong acid.

I apply it before I go to bed when I do all my skincare and when I wake up my skin feels fabulous! As it’s a strong acid, I really feel like it benefits my skin and does the job. It is said to‘improve the tone and texture of the skin with gentle exfoliation, it’s an effective means to treat scars, pigmentation, and dullness, as well as lines and wrinkles.‘ It definitely makes my skin feel radiant and has worked surprisingly well with my sensitive skin.

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution – 10min exfoliating facial – £6
I haven’t used this mask that much as it is advised to stay out of the sun around the time period when using. I do really enjoy it however I wouldn’t buy again. It is said to ‘exfoliates for a brighter and clearer complexion. Fighting visible blemishes, continued weekly use reduces pore congestion and fine lines for a bright, youthful complexion’ . It makes my skin feel fresh and I think I need to use it frequently more so I could see a bigger difference. I think my skin needs more moisture than this mask. As this mask is more for repairing your skin. So I still need to give this more of a go but for a first impression, I’d give this a 3 out of 5 stars!

Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% – Multifunctional Brightening Formula – £5.50
I had high hopes for this gel and I adore the formula of it. It’s a cream-gel which is lightweight so glides on and absorbs into your skin instantly. It doesn’t leave your face wet or sticky which I really like. ‘Dullness, uneven skin tone, acne scars, and lingering blemish marks are targeted by this high (10%) concentration of high-purity Azelaic Acid.’ I’ve been a fan of this product, it works well with my dry skin. And with continuous use I can really see this improve the redness on my cheeks.
It comes in a small flat tube so perfect for travelling however I can imagine this running out quite quickly especially compared to the acids. As I find this is the opposite of ‘a little goes a long way’. But it is definitely worth the money.

My first impressions of The Ordinary have been very good and I’ve really enjoyed testing their brand. I would 100% recommend their products. Can’t say no to affordable and high quality products!

Kate Xx

£2.99 Face Mask Miracle From Superdrug

2018, Skincare, Superdrug Vitamin E, Uncategorized

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My skin always seems to feel like a downhill battle. I’m always on the hunt for something new to try that sounds like it will help my skin. My skin doesn’t look immediately that bad and I feel quite confident bare faced so I’m lucky in that sense. But my skin can be a true nightmare sometimes. My skin loves to go red and textured like I love to sing to Harry Styles. And I feel like I’ve tried all different types of products to try and reduce the redness and texture.
I’ve always had super dry skin and it is so incredibly sensitive. I’m extremely wary when it comes to trying out new brands. As my skin flares up if it doesn’t agree, I have tried some complete opposites to a face mask miracle in the past. (The memories of using the St.Ives Face Scrub are flooding back. I refused to leave the house for the whole weekend…)

So if I find and brand and like it, then I stick with it for a long time. And my current brand that has taken over my skincare draw is the Superdrug Vitamin E range. I wrote a post a while back on my three favourite products which I still love and carry on to repurchase, which you can read here if you wish.
But enough waffling on, today I wanted to share this one product that I have loved and has worked wonders with my skin.

So my newest obsession is with the Leave-On Moisture Mask from the Vitamin E range at Superdrug. Like all the products in the range, it was so cheap at only £2.99 for a 100ml pot. Which is such good value as you don’t need to apply that much and I usually use the Garnier Tissue Masks which are £2.99 at Superdrug for only one use!!
This mask is a “serum like gel” which rehydrates your skin and makes your skin so smooth and soft. I had high hopes for this as the serum from this range is my all time favourite so a serum based mask sounded perfect. And from the first time I used it I knew it was a winner.

I’ve never used a mask with this type of formula before. The mask is quite jelly like and although it’s quite water based and light. It isn’t too runny and does have the perfect consistency.
I apply the mask with an average layer and leave it for a good 10 minuets. Then I lightly massage in to the skin. Which I have preferred to removing with a cotton pad which is one of the two methods advised on the pot. And then the rest of the serum from the mask sinks into your skin which leaves your skin feeling moisturised and super hydrated.
One thing I hate about face masks, even if they work really well. Is if the mask uncomfortably tingles when on the skin. However I was delighted for this mask to be comfortable on and didn’t tingle/sting in the slightest.

I think I’m going to aim to use this twice a week and see how it improves my skin. As well as pairing it with the serum and moisturisers from the range that are my favourites. But so far from using this mask a good couple times, it’s seemed to be helping my skin. And I do think this will for sure hell with my dry skin and redness. After every use it makes your skin so soft and hydrated so I 100% recommend!

I never usually write reviews on just one particular product however with a lack of fashion photos (cry) I thought I’d try this style of post out!
Have you ever tried this range?

Kate Xx

Favourite Products I Use For A Healthy Bronzed Tan

2017, Dove, LuxeKate, Rimmel, Skincare, Solait, Summer, Tan, Tanning

I absolutely love being tanned however the only downside is I’m naturally quite pale and I never tan in the sun, I completely burn so I love to fake my tan as there seems no other way for me to be able to achieve a bronzed glow! I only use really natural tans as I’m not a big fan of the tangerine look so these are my three favourite products that I use for a natural, healthy bronzed look!
Also I would 100% recommend using a tanning mitt when you come to tan as it makes life so much easier as it’s quick to apply and doesn’t make you hands a completely mess as well as it definitely applies the tan smoother and streak free. I just use Primark’s tanning mitt which is £2 and can be used multiple times if you wash it when used.

♡  Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion;
This has been one of my favourites for a good while now and I could not recommend this enough as it’s the best gradual tanner that I’ve ever used. I have the lighter one ‘fair to normal skin’ and a darker one ‘normal to dark skin’. The lighter one is perfect for a light glow but if you want more of a noticeable and bronzed glow then the darker shade is perfect. I love building up the darker gradual tan by applying it a couple of times throughout the week as this gives a gorgeous bronzed look which does look natural. 
I also love how this is a moisturiser as well as a gradual tanned as this means my skins still getting moisture. This makes my skin super smooth and moisturised and I use this most times after I shower and I’ve definitely noticed a good difference in my skin.
The only downside with this is that it does leave your skin quite sticky so I definitely wouldn’t use this before you go to bed as it’s not the most comfiest of things!

♡  Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan Medium Matte;

I’ve had this tan for quite a long time and never really used it however after using it a couple of times recently I’ve fell in love with it. It’s super easy to apply and isn’t drying at all, it’s very lightweight and absorbed into my skin so quickly. This shade is meant to give a ‘healthy bronze glow’ which I definitely think it does as when applied with a mitt it doesn’t streak at all and gives an even tan that isn’t sticky on the skin.
This gives an instant tan that is such a gorgeous bronzed shade and although it isn’t as natural as the Dove Gradual Tan it does give a natural tanned glow. It does claim to have a matte finish however it gives a glowy look and I wouldn’t say it’s matte at all. Why I love this is because it’s wash off which at first I thought was pointless however after using it and washing it all off the next day is so practical. Probably would be annoying if you’re just tanning in general and want it to last but if you’re using it just for one night then it’s perfect.

Solait Bronzing Foam Medium To Dark;

This is the first mousse tan that I’ve ever used and I do really like the mousse formula. This is so easy to blend out and massage into your skin and does not go streaky at all. When applied it’s not sticky whatsoever and doesn’t feel like you have applied anything which I love.
The tan says to apply and leave for at least 4 hours and then wash off to give a healthy looking tan. You can just wear the tan without washing it off but it looks much more natural after washing it off I normally apply 2 layers and leave it on for 15 hours as I apply it at night then wash it off in the morning. When washed off it looks so natural and I use the Medium shade and it still looks natural even with two layers. This is definitely my favourite tan at the moment and I’d definitely recommend looking at Solait’s tanning range as all the products look so good and are all so affordable!

What’s your favourite tan?

Kate Xx

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Festival Skincare Essentials

2017, Festival, Festival Skincare, Festival Week, LuxeKate, Skincare, Superdrug Vitamin E, Travel Packing

Festival Skincare Essentials

Festival Skincare Essentials Simple Moisturiser

Festival Skincare Essentials Superdrug Toning Mist

 Obviously at a festival if you’re sleeping over there then there is no chance that you’re going to be able to do your full skincare routine so I’ve got together my favourite skin care products that you can use on their own to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. I have to use some skincare products no matter where I am however trying to travel light and not having facilities can be difficult so here are my top products that I’d pack with me for and overnight festival!

♡  Superdrug Vitamin E Toning Facial Mist;
I’ve absolutely loved this facial mist ever since I got it and it would be perfect for an overnight stay at a festival. With a couple of sprays onto your face, the mist provides moisture and hydration which tones and refreshes your face. Because it’s so refreshing the mist makes your face feel clean and revitalises your skin so is perfect when you’ve taken your makeup off and want to feel fresh and get moisture. I use this in the day and night so is perfect for multiple uses in the day and always refreshes and cools you down. The bottle is quite a decent size however you could easily pour it into a travel size bottle but the spray bottle can easily slide into your bag.

Simple Kind To Skin Replenishing Rich Moisturiser;

I seem to have a life time supply of moisturisers and this one stood out to me to be the perfect moisturiser for on your travels. I’d say this moisturiser is suited for morning use and evening use so if you’re packing light then this is ideal to be your general moisturiser. It’s a rich moisturiser but feels light weight and is super soothing and moisturising. The packaging is quite slim so is suited for travelling or being away from home and this moisturiser works well with the facial wipes and hydrating mist that I’ve included in this post. 

Superdrug Cleansing Facial Wipes For Sensitive Skin;
I only use makeup wipes to wipe off swatches off my arm as my skin doesn’t really like them however for a festival they’re perfect as they’re so quick and easy to use and paired with a moisturiser your skin can stay hydrated and clean. I like to use the face wipes for sensitive skin as they leave my skin less red when I use them and leave my skin feeling refreshed and clean. These face wipes get all my makeup off including eye makeup and one pack is only around £1 which is so good. Face wipes are a necessity for a festival as they’re quick, hassle free and do the job perfectly.
You could also use face wipes to freshen up your body as well, I’ve never tried it but I’m sure they’d be able to freshen you up!
Festival Skincare Essentials Carmex Lime Lipbalm

♡  Carmex Lime Twist Lip Balm;

A lip balm is obviously an essential for any day out but my favourite lip balm at the moment has been this Carmex Lime Twist and it’s definitely one to pack with you. This lip balm is super moisturising and feels so hydrating and repairing on the lips and the small packaging makes it easy to throw in your bag or pocket. The lime flavour feels fresh and I love it for the summer season and it gives your lips a tingly sensation which I love! The lip balm also has SPF 15 in it which is perfect for a festival when you’re out in the sun all day and as the lip balm is very long lasting you’re getting protection all day long.

 Soap & Glory Hand Maid Antibacterial Hand Gel;

I hate the feeling of having dirty hands and my hands get so clammy so I have to carry hand gel around with me always. I’m a big fan of the Bath & Body Work Hand Gels however this is a new favourite of mine from Soap&Glory as it’s so moisturising and leaves your hands silky smooth. This doesn’t leave your hands feeling sticky and definitely refreshes them especially when you’re at a festival and probably not at your cleanest.

What’s one of your festival toiletry essential?
Kate Xx

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