• hydrating toner,  Isntree

    Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner

    the claim The Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner claims to be a highly concentrated, dermatologically tested toner boasting hyaluronic acid, trehalose, birch sap extract and collagen to rejuvenate skin with moisture.     the science Sodium Hyaluronate is a salt derived from Hyaluronic Acid. It delivers similar benefits only skin absorbs it more easily. Hyaluronic Acid is a Glycosaminoglycan, a vital naturally occurring substance of the skin which works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded and continuously renewed. Able to attract up to 1000 times its weight in water, it’s also a competent humectant, well supported by Glycerin and Butylene Glycol, the latter also assisting to increase the effectiveness…

  • Antipodes,  eye

    Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

    the claim The Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream claims to be a luscious yet lightweight cream that provides a cooling, soothing treatment for the delicate eye area. Rich in Vitamin C from the New Zealand kiwifruit, it is able to moisturise and soften fine lines. The Gold Luminous version promises a shimmery glow with 23K gold flakes.     the science There are a handful of natural oils in the formula that each contribute moisturising and antioxidant benefits. The hero is of course Kiwifruit Seed Oil, an ingredient effective at improving skin elasticity and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. With more than 60% (essential) Alpha Linolenic Acid, its moisturising…

  • Commleaf,  first cleanse

    Commleaf Skin Relief Perfect Cleansing Oil

    the claim The Commleaf Skin Relief Perfect Cleansing Oil is an EWG verified gentle yet powerful cleansing oil infused with 80% plant based oils to remove makeup and impurities while maintaining moist and soft skin.     the science Vegetable oils make up 80% of the formula, Olive Oil at the highest concentration. Olive oil is a brilliant moisturiser and softener, able to penetrate deep into the skin to provide hydration and conditioning without blocking pores. It’s also a source of antioxidants, Vitamins A and E neutralising free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles. From a cleansing perspective, Olive Oil is effective at breaking down waxy…

  • Good Molecules,  oil

    Good Molecules Squalane Oil

    the claim The Good Molecules Squalane Oil claims to 100% plant-derived squalane to soften and seal in moisture for a healthy, hydrated complexion.     the science Plant derived Squalane comes from olives. Squalane is non-comedogenic (won’t block pores) and a natural component of human sebum. This assures that it’s quickly absorbed without greasy or oily residue, protecting skin against dehydration. It comprises three major antioxidants, namely, Vitamin E, Polyphenols and Phytosterols, for ultimate protection against free radical damage and restorative function. Emollient properties help it trap moisture to also keep skin soft and supple. Improved moisture retention assists to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.    …

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    Wishtrend Revamped

    the brand People often ask me on Instagram where I buy my skincare. One of my favourite online kBeauty stores has had a revamp. I’m talking about Wishtrend. Their site is now so much easier to understand and navigate. They’ve introduced a rewards system and they also have more product information available to help you decide what you need or want. There are genuine customer reviews to consider or upload also. There’s additionally ingredient details, product application directions and rated reviews to browse. And if you’re still not sure, you can add the product to your Wishlist for further assessment at a later date. Pretty cool hey?     the…

  • first cleanse,  The Body Shop

    The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

    the claim The The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter claims to be a luxurious way to remove all makeup while purifying, cleansing and refreshing the skin for a silky soft finish. Suitable for sensitive skin.     the science Represented at the highest concentration in a relatively short formula of 14 ingredients is Ethylhexyl Palmitate, a mineral oil replacement comprising an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid. Non-occlusive emollient properties help it to reduce water loss and keep skin moist and supple without creating a film on the surface. Next, Synthetic Wax, is derived form a mixture of oils and helps to bind, stabilise and enhance texture. The…

  • Pixi,  serum

    Pixi Vitamin C Serum

    the claim The Pixi Vitamin C Serum claims to be a lightweight serum that gently exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes the skin.     the science Please note, the core of the formula across all the Pixi Vitamin C range has a lot of commonality, so there will be some repetition noticed if you’re reading several reviews. Easily absorbed, Vitamin C has the ability to decrease sun damage and dehydration plus reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s also able to decrease water loss and boost moisture retention. Furthermore, it enhances the skin’s ability to repair itself, speeding up cell turnover and improving the removal of accumulated dead and…

  • acid toner,  Honua Hawaiian Skincare

    Honua Hawaiian Beauty Water

    the claim The Honua Hawaiian Beauty Water claims to gently exfoliate the skin for a luminous, fresh complexion and tighter looking pores.     the science This toner is made in a botanical water base of coconut and rose. Highest in concentration is nutrient rich Organic Coconut Water, the liquid/juice found inside the coconut or pressed from the fruit. Approximately 95% comprises water, the remaining 5% made up of moisturising sugars and nourishing amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Rose Hydrosol comes from the steam distillation of rose petals. It exhibits soothing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for sensitive skin or that suffering acne, redness and irritation. Astringent behaviour helps to…

  • hydrating toner,  Pixi

    Pixi Vitamin C Tonic

    the claim The Pixi Vitamin C Tonic claims to use the potent antioxidant power of Vitamin C to promote healthy collagen production and boost skin luminosity.     the science Vitamin C boasts the ability to decrease sun damage and dehydration plus reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It’s easily absorbed into the skin, assisting to decrease water loss and boost moisture retention making it a great hydrating agent for dry skin. Furthermore, it enhances the skin’s ability to repair itself, speeding up cell turnover with an increased ability to remove accumulated dead and damaged skin cells. As a result, hyperpigmentation and acne scarring concerns are eased by…

  • Purito,  sunscreen

    Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun

    the claim The Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun 50+ PA++++⁣⁣ claims to be an all EWG Green Level (1-2) chemical sunscreen without white cast, suitable for even sensitive skin. It is said to enhance the skin barrier thus allowing for better protection from ultraviolet rays and external stimuli.     the science As expected, the majority of the formula of this sunscreen is similar to that of the scented version so please refer to the science breakdown on this post. I will cover the key differences here, the first being the absence of essential oils. The original formula includes Lavender and Chamomile Oils  to enhance anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties…