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