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What is the difference between a Serum & an Oil?

The lines of skincare can easily become blurred, especially when new products are constantly being developed.. Two products that often get confused and misused are serums and oils, so here is how to choose the best one for your skin and its needs. 
Serum
What does it do? - A serum is a concentrated cocktail of actives housed within a water-based fluid that is lightweight and incredibly easy for the skin to absorb. This blend of active ingredients is designed to offer , for example with Pestle & Mortars Pure Hyaluronic Serum, intense hydration where it really counts – within the lower layers.


How does it do this? - Serums are able to penetrate down to the lower layers of the skin due to their small molecular size. This means that they sink in quickly, passing through the surface to the dermis where collagen production and skin correction can take place. Potent actives also tend to be water-soluble, so they can be delivered more effectively in a serum-like formulation than something he…

Nuxe Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm - Review

I had read numerous wonderful reviews on this NUXE Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm so I decided I’d give it a go. I am addicted to lip balms and it is so true, the more you use them, the more you feel the need to use them. I felt I needed something a little more nourishing than my usual Vaseline or Nivea lip balm. This best-sellinglip balmwith Honey and precious oils is highly concentrated in ingredientsthat help to nourish, repair, soothe and protect even the driest and damaged lips. Exactly what my dry lips needed!!
It is different to any other lip balm I have tried, in the sense that it is not necessarily greasy or slippery on your lips, it is in fact a matte texture and takes a little getting used to.


You can use this as often as needed, but my preferred way to use it is at night. I apply a thick layer overnight to allow it to work its intense repair magic. I have to admit, I don't feel the need to re-apply this as much as I would my usual  lip balms. Its matte texture also makes it …

Tips for Self Tanning

Don’t you just hate when you think you have done a lovely job with your tan only to wake up with orange hands and streaky legs! Hopefully these tips will help you become that bronzed goddess you've always dreamed about being!
Things to consider... a) Choose a self tanner that suits your needs.There are so many self tanning products out there, it can be difficult to choose one that will work for you. Some formulas allow you to build a tan gradually over the course of a few days or a week, while others immediately stain your skin. Some are long-lasting, while others wear off over the course of a few days or wash off at the end of the day. Figure out which product is best for what you want.

Some options are: Gradual self-tanning formulas. These come in the form of creams, gels, sprays or mousse. One application will darken the skin by just a shade or so, but you can keep applying the product over the course of several days to achieve the colour you want.  eg. Dove Summer Glow, Cocoa Brown,…

Latest empties & Mini reviews

It's been a while since I have done an empties post... so here goes ;) I will share with you my empty beauty products with a mini review and whether or not I think they are worth re-purchasing. So in no particular order....


Pixi Glow Tonic I had high hopes for this Cult Product. I certainly didn't dislike it, but for the price, I would expect a little more noticeable benefits from using it. It contains 5% Glycolic Acid. I guess I have a pretty high tolerance for glycolic acid as I can use Bravura Londons 15% Night Treatment & PIXIs Peel Pads which contain 20% Glycolic Acid. Glycolic acid is an exfoliator. It safely removes the outer layer of dead skin cells on your skin, bringing fresh, new skin to the surface. This is beneficial for those who are looking for products that help with anti-aging. Glycolic acid can also help lighten discoloration of the skin, such as sun spots or age spots, and help those with acne-prone and blackhead-prone skin.
This PIXI Glow Tonic works really…