Laidbare Skincare and Bodycare - Naturally inspired Beauty

Monday, 11 June 2018

A few weeks back, I was sent some gorgeous products by Laidbare who is a UK based skincare and body care company that creates beauty products with natural ingredients and affordable price. To be honest, the packaging draws my attention the most when I first got them as every product has its own unique funny name to describe what it is which in my opinion, is very clever and fun. 

I got 4 full-size products and a couple of samples to try and I have to say that some of them are definitely a keeper but some of them are a miss. I guess I'll start with something that I actually like: Scrub a Dub Dub. I love the name by the way and I love the refreshing scent thanks to Grapefruit Seed Extract. This is a lovely product to use in the morning not just because of the scent but also the fact that it is a 2-in-1 product so it saves you time. You can use this every day as your shower gel plus it gives a gentle exfoliation to keep your dead skin at bay. It's not something you wanna use as a weekly "treatment" type of scrub such as coffee scrubs because it's not "harsh" enough but as a daily shower product, it is simply lovely. And speaking of shower scrub, I have another favourite to recommend which is by the brand What's In It For Me...?. (What a name huh?!) This shower scrub smells amazing and that's really the reason why I love it so much because it smells of Jasmine, which is one of my all-time favourite scents. It has Walnut Shell so it exfoliates while cleansing your body. Both are lovely and gentle enough to use on a daily basis, it just depends on what scent you prefer. And speaking of scent, I have been pairing the body cream by What's In It For Me...? with the shower scrub because it smells so good. It's a light moisturiser I would say so it's perfect for summer but one thing I don't like is that it has Mineral Oil in it. Personally, I don't care for products that have this ingredient but that's just me so if you are okay with it, you need to try this body cream. It smells so good. 

(Scrub a Dub Dub and Shower Scrub by what's in it for me)

Another favourite of mine by Laidbare is Pack Your Bags Eye Cream. Ahh, I love the name! I found that this eye cream moisturises without being heavy and it really does lighten and tighten my under eye area. A little tip while using this cream: try to pat and dab instead of rubbing as it gives the best result this way. It retails for £7.99 which is a bargain. I know that a lot of people skip eye creams because they are expensive to buy so if you are on a budget, this is it for you. 

I have been enjoying the DIY Two in One cleanser and Toner mostly in the shower because it's quick and easy to use plus it doesn't foam that much. You guys know how I feel about foam cleansers but I do like to use it in the summer on one condition: it has to be lightly foamed and this is like that. By the way, I don't know what's the deal with the 2-in-1 cleanser+toner thingy because it's not a toner but as a face cleanser, this is not bad at all. It retails for £6.99. Again, it's a bargain! 

I guess the only product I don't really care for is the For Richer For Porer Mask, such a clever name by the way but not so much for my skin. It's rather drying if I'm honest, and I don't care for the granules that are in it but that being said if you have oily skin, I think you will like it. 

The last product I have is Hair today, Gone Tomorrow Hair Minimising Moisturiser. Now, the problem is that I'm not a hairy person. I've never shaved my legs, not trying to brag or anything but I was born this way so I guess I'm pretty lucky in this matter so I can't tell you if this product is good or not but I've asked my cousin to try and she basically hasn't noticed any difference yet so I'll keep you posted and update this post later on. It retails for £6.99 which is really rather cheap so if you are curious, just buy and try it! 

(left to right: For Richer For Porer, Scrub A Dub Dub, DIY, Hair Today Gone Tomorrow and Pack Your Bags) 

That's it guys, this is my review on some of the Laidbare products. I know I also throw in a couple of What's In It For Me...? products but in my defence, these are also pretty lovely so I want to share them with you. I hope you enjoy it and I'll see you same time next week. 

*PR samples 

Kathy Sue-Ann's Handmade Natural Organic Skincare pt.2

Sunday, 3 June 2018

First of, if you haven't seen pt.1 of Kathy's goodies reviews, you are gonna want to click here as she does some of the best/affordable skincare products in today's green beauty world, and that being said, her Rosehip Serum is hands down one of the best serum oils I've tried so I've picked up another one and being the awesome person she is, she also sent me her latest launch Vitamin C serum and 3 of her new masks to try. NB: I paid with my own money for the Rosehip Serum after finishing up the PR sample because it is that good. I have tons of face oils in my collection as you all know, so paying my own money to get another one says a lot about how fabulous the product is.

If you haven't tried her Rosehip Serum Oil aka. Organic Rejuvenating Face Oil, you are missing out. It is light in texture but "rich" in terms of how it performs on the skin. It leaves the skin soft, hydrated and plumped. It has rosehip oil, jojoba oil, carrot seed oil, lavender oil etc. to nourish and sooth the skin. I love this stuff so much. Kathy has recently changed her packaging but it is still the same formula. #differentoutfitbutthesamegoodoldsoul 

(new vs. the old packaging) 

Vitamin C serum has been a big buzz in the beauty world for quite some time now and I can see why companies keep launching this type of products because Vitamin C is good for lightening up dark spots, scars and it's also a great anti-ageing ingredient, and that's why I was so excited to try Kathy's Vitamin C Serum. It's not what I expected at all actually in terms of the texture. It's a liquid rather than a gel. I don't know why I thought it was a gel but it's like water. You need to get a generous amount then pat onto your skin till it's fully absorbed. It has no scent and feels quite tacky on the skin if I'm honest but just for a few seconds. I don't know what exactly it does to my skin but I think everyone should have a vitamin c based product in their skincare routine for general skin health. This one has aloe vera as the main ingredient which is great for sensitive skin as it soothes while delivering that antioxidant benefit to your skin. Do you know that Vitamin C also promotes collagen production? 

As for her masks, they are all in powder form and can be mixed with water or your favourite toners to be activated. One thing I love about these DIY masks is that I can mix and match depending on what my skin needs and I can even add other ingredients like honey, aloe, yoghurt or anything you like. 

My favourite in the collection is her Nourishing Face Mask. I like the scent, I like how it makes my skin feel after and how hydrating it is. I also enjoy her Soothing Face Mask but for a dry skin girl like myself, I think Nourishing is the one to go for. Youthful Glow is also good but I don't like the scent to be honest. It's too "potent" for my like but if your skin needs a bit of the glow, definitely give this a try. 

You can purchase her Youthful Glow Face Mask here, but the other 2 are not yet launched so make sure you follow her IG page for launching date. One thing I want to mention is that a starter kit is included when you purchase any of her face masks including a mixing bowl, a bamboo spoon and a face brush. How thoughtful! 

*PR sample except for the oil which I paid with my own money. 

May 2018 Favourites

Monday, 28 May 2018

There are a few things that I have been enjoying for the past a couple of months and I can't imagine living without them so I have to share because these are just lovely and essential for summer. 

I'm gonna start with Sun Screens because they are, without a doubt, the most important skincare items for summer. I am someone who doesn't do fake tan at all, it's just something that I can't stand as I'm "scared" of that uneven tan line and the fact that it gets washed off a few times after so I much prefer tanning naturally and soaking up some Vitamin D for my body. I have been enjoying the Nuxe Sun protection sprays and they are divine in all aspects. They smell heavenly, like a holiday on a tropical island. They have high SPF to protect both face and body. I love the spray bottles for easy application especially the Tanning Oil SPF 30 as the mist is ultra fine so it covers the body evenly. It is infused with sun and water flowers and of course some other lovely ingredients to provide anti-ageing cellular protection which helps prevent dark spots while moisturises so it's ideal for mature skin. I'm loving them at the moment and they are indeed essential for beach days. 

You guys know that I'm minimal when it comes to makeup but there's one item that I haven't been able to leave it alone ever since I got my paws on which is the Freestyle Highlighter Duo in Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule (love the names) by Fenty Beauty. This is hands down one of the best multi-functional products I've tried and I love the colours. Both can be used either on the eyes or the skin as a blusher/highlighter. I love Ginger Binge as an eyeshadow and Moscow Mule as a blusher/bronzer. These are smooth and apply nicely so I'm obsessed. 

(left to right: Moscow Mule and Ginger Binge) 

(both on my face and eyes, no filter)

When it comes to supplements, I'm zero, to be honest. I never know what to take nor what I need but one thing I'm pretty sure is that everyone could benefit a little from multi-Vitamins to stay healthier and stronger and I have been enjoying the Full-Spectrum Multivitamin Complex by Terranova. Ever since I tried the Probiotics by Terranova I'm hooked on this brand and these multi-vitamin tablets are 100% vegan-friendly and they cover most of the vitamins and minerals our body needs so I highly recommend checking this out. I had a pretty bad cold a month ago but it passed after just one day which never happened. I think it had something to do with these tablets because I wasn't taking anything else at that time except Probiotics so if you are looking for a healthy supplement that has everything you need then this is it. 

I want to do a separate post on my morning and evening skincare routines but then I thought it might be fun to include them in my favourites post as I have been enjoying them for quite some time now so I'm just gonna show you here because they are effective, natural and affordable. 

Morning Routine: 

  1. Cleanse with Ren EverCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk which is very calming and gentle hence the name.
  2. Tone with Herbivore Rose Water which is refreshing.
  3. Essence with Blithe 8 nourishing Bean which is very hydrating and feels nice on the skin.
  4. I love applying the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream because it's brightening and leaves my under eye area nourished without any greasiness. 
  5. Moisturise and protect with Blue Monarch Face Oil because it has Rasberry seed oil which is a natural sunscreen, an equivalent of SPF 28 so for everyday use, this is perfect. 
  6. If my skin is particularly dry someday, I would add a light moisturiser just to seal everything in and I have been using Youth to the People Kale + Spinach Moisturiser and it's not bad. It's light but hydrating. 

Evening Routine: 

    1. Cleanse with Ren EverCalm Gentle Cleansing Milk just like my morning routine but if I have makeup on I would use a cleansing oil or a balm cleanser first. This is only good for second and morning cleanse. 
    2. Acid tone with the Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution. This one is perfect for everyday use, no irritation whatsoever and it's affordable. 
    3. Essence with Blithe 8 nourishing Bean just like my morning routine but sometimes I would do the 7 skin method with it to really deep hydrate my skin. 
    4. For evening eye care, I normally mix the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream with a drop of the Ba + S by Odacité for a more nourishing and anti-ageing effect. 
    5. To complete my evening routine, I mix Herbivore Lapis with Ren Bio Retinoid Anti-ageing Cream to hydrate. I like Lapis because of its anti-blemish property and I love this Ren cream because of its anti-ageing ingredients so together these make the perfect night treat. 

    So there you have it, my May Faves. Spot any of your favourites? 

    TALIKA Time Control Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Device

    Monday, 21 May 2018

    The skin around the eyes are the most delicate area of the entire face, it easily shows signs of ageing ie. fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, sagginess etc. and frankly, nobody wants that, well at least not too soon which is why using anti-ageing products around the eyes are so important and the earlier you start, the younger you'd look, after all, prevention is key, am I right?! But that being said, using only skincare products are not always effective as most of them do not always penetrate deeply into the skin, just a light layer of hydration around the surface if I'm honest. We need to combine products and massage techniques to get the best result possible which is why I'm super excited to introduce you to this wonderful Talika time Control Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Device. Obviously, you can massage your eye area with just your fingertips but sometimes you could put too much pressure or you might be lazy so this is when devices come in handy. 

    Talika is a French skincare company that has been around since 1948 and they do devices for the face and eye. I discovered it when I was scrolling through Spacenk's web (as you do) because it seemed like the perfect little thing and I was right, here's why... 

    I'm gonna make it very clear for you by bullet pointing the PROs and CONs so that you can easily see if this is worth the splurge. 

    • It's very small and compact so you can take it with you wherever and use it whenever.
    • It's not heavy at all so when you massage with it, your arm won't get tired. 
    • It doesn't require charging, all you need is an AA battery (it comes with one when you purchase) but please use chargeable ones for the environment. 
    • It comes with a rather elegant-looking case, an instruction pamphlet, a 2-year warranty card and a little pouch.   
    • It uses light therapy as well as ionotherapy to effectively reduce fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. 
    • It can be used around the mouth to reduce laugh lines as well as between eyebrows and on your forehead. 
    • You can use it on its own or apply your favourite eye serums because it helps products to penetrate into the skin better. 
    • It's very easy to use, all you have to do is press the power button once and lightly massage with it. When you massage, the light turns on automatically and the timer sets into one minute so you know when to switch.  
    • It retails for £89 which is pricey but I think it's worth it. Just think of the money you will save on eye masks because they aren't cheap and you have to repurchase them all the time but with this one, you can use it every day for one fixed price. 
    I honestly can't think of other CONs because it has been doing wonders for my eye contour area. I have been using it twice a day for almost a month now and it makes the skin around my eyes much smoother and brighter. I can definitely see the difference on days when I don't have time to use it. It also makes my eye cream absorb so much better so I'm loving it. 

    (I use it together with my beloved 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream mixed with Odacité Ba + S)

    If you are over 30 and thinking of investing in a good anti-ageing device, I highly recommend starting with this one instead of a face device because A, it costs way more and B, this little eye thing can be used wherever you need (I sometimes even use it around my neck because why not) so there's really no need for a face device. 

    (the result of using Talika: my under eye is so much smoother and plumped)

    (this is the before shot: my under eye is dry and you can clearly see that line)

    Bear in mind that the result may vary depending on your skin types or skin conditions even, so try to research more if you are interested. 

    Have you tried anything from Talika? Thoughts? 

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