Monday 26 June 2023

The Skincare Product That’s Been Brightening UP My Life | Garnier Vitamin C Anti-Dark Spots & Brightening Serum Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post! I thought that today I would talk to you about a skincare product that I have been loving lately. 

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‘Our Vitamin C Anti-Dark Spot Serum is enriched with a potent mix of [3.5%] Vitamin C*, Niacinamide & Salicylic Acid, to reduce the appearance of dark spots and enhance glow, along with Lemon Extract, a powerful superfood well known for its brightening properties. The formula has been carefully blended to provide dark-spot action without being heavy or greasy on the skin.

All Garnier products globally are officially approved by Cruelty Free International under the Leaping Bunny Programme, the leading organisation working to end animal testing worldwide, and the recognised Cruelty Free Gold Standard.’ - Garnier UK. 

The texture of this product is quite interesting. It’s light yet not runny. It’s moisturising but not greasy. 

When I squeezes some of the product out from the pipette, I noticed that it didn’t run all over the place which I like as it means I don’t have to be super anxious that I’m going to slightly tilt my hand and have serum not only run all down myself but in essence waste product that my skin could be enjoying. With some serums that I have used in the past, they have promised to be light yet have took ages to sink into the skin which is a pain for me as I have a tendency to rush and multitask when it comes to skincare sometimes. This mainly has a tendency to happen in the morning more than anything. 

The scent of this product was a quite unusual one for me. Most Vitamin C products that I have used in the past normally come with quite a strong Orange heavy scent to them but this did not. Instead Garner chose to go with more of a floral scent for this product. As stated above, the scent confused me a bit but as soon as I used it I quite liked it. Soft, delicate and floral. When I applied this superb serum to my skin, the scent dissipated  into my skin quite well which I adored and when layering with other slightly scented skincare the scents blended well together.

After using this serum for a while, I did notice a difference. I suffer from dry, dull and stressed skin which can lead to acne breakouts sometimes. Whilst using this product I have noticed a reduction in the amount of breakouts that I have which is due to the Niacinamide and Salicylic Acid that is featured in this product. After using this serum for a few months, I have noticed that my skin does look more vibrant and is now glowing for the gods which I have been in need for a while. After University and a tough time, I noticed that my skin was lacking in vibrancy so to find something that is easy to find in drugstores in my local city and is affordable is pretty amazing to me. 

Would I buy this again? Oh definitely, I’ll definitely be buying this. I am close to finishing a bottle of this sublime serum so once I am done with it I’ll definitely be restocking! I mean, it does wonders for my skin, is reasonably priced compared to some of the other Vitamin C serums on the market in the UK and is easy for me to stock up on when I need it. 9/10. 

(At the time of writing this post which is the 26th of June 2023, Garnier Vitamin C Anti-Dark Spots & Brightening Serum is on offer at Boots. When you use your Advantage Card, you can grab this perfect product for £8.50.) 

What are your favourite skincare serums at the moment? What are your favourite Garner products`? What Vitamin C products are you using at the moment? Let me know down below. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x 

Items mentioned in the post were gifted to me in exchange for a blog post. All views and ramblings are my own. 

Keeping My Face Protected From The Sun In 2023 | Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Dark Spots & Anti-Pollution Super UV Protection Fluid SPF 50 Review

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I thought that today I would talk to you all about an SPF that I have been loving during the hot weather that we have been having at the moment. 

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‘Garnier Ambre Solaire Anti-Dark Spots & Anti-Pollution Super UV SPF 50+ Protection Fluid is enriched with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. Developed for the sensitive face area, the ultra-light formula is absorbed instantly and offers daily hydration without leaving a greasy finish.

Very high SPF protection to help prevent sun induced dark spots and protect against pollution induced oxidative stress. Formulated to protect all skin tones, is suitable for daily use. Tested under dermatological control, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Anti-eye stinging.The formula conforms 100% to European recommendations for protection against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays. This suncream offers advanced protection against immediate sun induced skin damage, caused by UVB rays, as well as protection from long-term damage and premature skin ageing caused by UVA rays.’ - Garnier UK. 

The texture off this SPF is creamy and moisturising but ever so light on the face.When squeezing out of the bottle, the fluid comes out in a slightly milky texture to me but does not run all over the place as soon as I tilt my hand. (I have a habit of doing multiple things when I’m applying skin care/SPF because well I like to multitask). With the heat, I sometimes suffer from sensory overload which can mean that I can’t stand thick textures on my face if I am suffering from overload and I have been using this when I have suffered with overload and it has been amazing. When it settles into the skin, to paraphrase Ned Flanders it feels like I have nothing at all on my face. 

I suffer from having dry and acne prone skin due to a miltitude of reasons. When I have applied this, I have noticed that even after applying moisturiser that my skin feels even more hydrated due to the hyaluronic acid that is in this SPF. I have also noticed that when I am having an acne flare up and am using this SPF that my skin doesn’t feel as angry as it normally does due to the Vitamin E that is in this product. Most of the time, about after fifteen minutes, I can feel the area where my acne normally is allocated start to feel less irritated which is also a good thing as it makes me feel less self conscious and makes me aware that I know that the active ingredients in this SPF are doing what they are meant to.

As mentioned above, when I am applying my skincare products, I have a big tendency of multitasking and honestly rushing. I know that I have just whacked products on when I have scheduled to meet a friend or do something specific at a certain time many times before. That’s kind of another reason why I love this product. Not only does it sink in quickly which I am always a big fan of for when I’m well rushing or just having one of those days. This SPF has a non-greasy texture to it which means I’m not feeling self conscious on the train that I’ve slapped products on or that I’m constantly touching my face thinking that I look like I’ve dipped my face into a cosmetics store and not blended them into my skin properly.. 

Would I buy this product again? Definitely. I already have done. I have been using this SPF for several months now and I absolutely love it. It has become my everyday SPF. I have started to dabble back into makeup recently and I am intrigued to try out Garner’s Over Makeup SPF Spray. Would anyone want me to review that? This SPF is definitely one to try if you’re looking for an everyday holy grail SPF 50  that will help you stay looking amazing and prevent dark-spots not only in the blazing weather that we are having at the moment but all year round. I’d definitely give this a 9.7/10. 

Priced at £12 but on offer at Boots at a price of £8 if you use a Boots Advantage Card when purchasing this superb SPF. (This offer is available at the time of writing which is the 25th June 2023). 

What SPF are you using at the moment? What are your staple Holiday Beauty products? Let me know down below! 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Items mentioned in the post were gifted to me in exchange for a blog post. All views and ramblings are my own. 

Tuesday 20 June 2023

Letting The Asteroid Crash Into Ny Tub | Lush X Asteroid City Range

Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently went to Lush to check out their new Asteroid City collaboration range and I thought that today I would talk to you all about it.

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Asteroid Bath Bomb 

This bath bomb is inspired by Asteroid Day that is celebrated in the Asteroid City film by Wes Anderson and the hypothetical planet from the film that is known as Magnavox-27, 

This bath bomb contains Grapefruit, Bergamot and Almond Oils which creates a summery scent that reminds me personally of sweet shops. If you have tried Space Girl or Raspberry Blower Bubble Bar from Lush then you may like the scent of this bomb as Asteroid shares the same scent as these. This bath bomb will turn your bath into an ethereal escapist oasis via turning it a mixture of silver, blue, red and purple. I love this scent as one of the first bombs that I had from Lush back in the day was Space Girl so when I smelt this bomb it instantly took me back to when Space Girl was available all year round in stores. I also think that the mixture of the oils in this product make a sort of tart summer drink which I absolutely adore. If you know anyone that loves all things Asteroids or Wes Anderson then this bath bomb will definitely be for them. I would also suggest getting this if you’re looking for a bomb to compliment the gorgeous weather that we are having in the UK at the moment. Priced at £6. 

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Asteroid City Shower Gel 

This shares the same scent as the Asteroid Bath Bomb. This gel like the bomb contains Grapefruit, Bergamot and Almond Oils which creates a sort of blackcurrant mixed with walking into a sweet shop sort of scent to me. The colour of this gel is a pretty pastel blue which just evokes British blue skied Summers to me, I love this gel. My only qualm about this gel though is the texture. It is slightly on the runnier side which I don’t mind as I use intergalactic Gel from Lush quite a bit and that is extra runny but I do imagine that I may have to be careful with this gel if I was to travel with it. If you’re looking for a Shower Gel to perk you up this 2023 or for one to use before going on a date to see the new Asteroid City film then I would definitely recommend this. I also think that this gel would go well with other fruity scents such as The Comforter Body Spray or Hairdressers Husband Perfume from Lush. Priced at £15 for a 290g bottle. 

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UFO Shower Jelly 

UFO? Don’t you mean Unidentifiable Object? This shower jelly will definitely create a lasting memory! This product contains Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Gel, Lime and Neroli Oils and Olibanium Resinoid. If you have ever smelt the Zesty products from Lush and wanted a Shower Jelly that smelt like Zesrty then you are in luck as this Shower Jelly shares the same scent as Zesty. I have to be in the right mood to enjoy Zesty but when I do oh it’s lovely. The Lime works beautifully with he Neroli and Olibanum in this product as the blend of ingredients reminds me of a mysterious creamy Lime drink. I’d definitely recommend this for those in your life who love programmes like X Files but id also recommend it for a treat yourself gift. Whack it in the freezer, let it firm up and you’ve got a product that you can use to treat yourself this Summer. Priced at £7. 

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Doomsday Soap 

Let’s not leave soaps out of this unworldly mix of gorgeous products. This soap contains Sand, Bergamot and Cypress Oils and Blackcurrant Absolute. This creates a beautifully sweet Blackcurrant scent. To me, the scent of this soap reminds me of a Kir Royale cocktail. If you like all things The Comforter from Lush then you will love this soap as it shares the same scent. (Does anyone else remember Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly that shares the same scent too?) The sand in Doomsday creates a scrub that helps ro remove dead skin cells and ensure that skin is super smooth. Personally, I prefer a slightly grittier scrub like the old Salted Coconut Hand Scrub that used to be available at Lush once upon a time. However, this sand scrub enhanced soap does a good job at scrubbing the skin and is a great product for when you don’t have time for a full on exfoliation. According to a staff member, the disc that is on this soap can be used as a sort of stand for the Asteroid Bomb. Priced at £6. 

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Asteroid City is out in cinemas on the 23rd June. 

Will you be watching Asteroid City? Do you love all things space? What’s your favourite Wes Anderson films and Lush products? Let me know down below! 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x

Tuesday 13 June 2023

Having An Out Of This World Experience In The Tub | Lush Fathers Day 2023 Range

 Hey everyone! 

Welcome to a brand new blog post. I recently went to White Rose Shopping Centre with Luke to check out the new Lush Fathers Day 2023 range and I thought that today I would talk to you all about the products in this range. (I know that Father’s Day can be a difficult day for some so if you’re not a fan of Fathers Day then that’s absolutely fine and I hope that you come back to read the next blog post!) 

Bath Bombs: 

Out Of This World 

It’s time to make your bath tub somewhere that is out of this world! This bath bomb is a brand new one for 2023. As you can tell by the name, this bomb is thematically inspired by space and well all things out of this world. This bath bomb not only looks cute by being designed around a sparkly astronaut but smells amazing too. This bomb contains Lime and Sweet Wild Orange Oils and Olibanum Resinoid. To me, the Olibanum and Orange combine to create a very fragrant Banana scent which goes beautifully with the Lime to create a sort of fruity Summery scent. If you remember Never Mind The Ballistics and have smelt Out Of This World then you may notice that they share the same scent. This bomb also contains Green Tea Powder and Popping Candy which help to give off am out of this world sensorial bathing experience. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone who loves fruity scents or wants something spectacular this Fathers Day. Priced at £5. 

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Candy Wash Showder 

Who doesn’t want to wash themselves with some sweet, sweet candy? This showder isn’t for the faint hearted. If you are unaware on what a showder is then let me educate you. A showder is a shower powder. Imagine a shower product that is the perfect product to take travelling or to festivals due to it being a powder. Just grab some, let the water saturate it, massage and rinse. 

This showder contains Granulate Sugar, Calamine Powder, Clove Bud and Ylang Ylang Oils and Vanilla Absolute. The Sugar and Calamine Powder help to give substance to the powder thus ensuring that your skin is super soft once you have rinsed off Candy Wash. To me, the main scent from this comes from the Ylang Ylang and Vanilla but smells slightly like Bubblegum mixed with Plastic to me. I know that sounds revolting but weirdly it’s not the worst scent in the world. I If you have used any of the oils Creamy Candy products from Lush then you may recognise the Candy Wash scent as they are both the same scent. Priced at £16 for 230g. 

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Fresh As Shower Gel 

Time to feel fresh as this Fathers Day! 

Fresh As is a perfume from Lush that has been out a fair couple of years now. This year Lush decided to release the scent in a Shower Gel format. It was out last year under the Fathers Day range but under the name of ‘Rad Dad’. This shower gel contains Fresh Cucumber Infusion, Fine Sea Salt, Siberian Fir Needle, Orris and Tagetes Oils and Benzoin Resinoid and Fir Needle Absolute. To me, the most prominent scents in this gel are the Fir Needle and Cucumber. It creates a oh so fresh scent. The best way to describe the scent would be walking through a forest full of Pine on an early Spring morning. This gel is definitely a gel that would be great for those who are a bit overwhelmed when it comes to smelling Lush scents or for those who love a morning shower. Priced at £8 for a 125g bottle. 

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Life’s A Beach Showder 

Sometimes, we just need a warm shower and a good scrub when life is being a beach. This scrubby showder was first released alongside Candy Wash, Lemon Sherbet and Washaccino Showders at the launch of the Oxford Street store several years ago. This showder contains Fine Sea Salt, Sand, Vanilla Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Tonka Absolute and Sandalwood Oil. The main scents that comes out in this showder is the Vanilla and Jasmine. This combination of scents creates a mainly strong clean Vanilla scent with a floral undertone which isn’t too strong. If you have smelt the Vanillary perfume from Lush then you may like this showder as it shares the same scent. The sand definitely does scrub the skin so if you like a coarse scrub then you will like this. Definitely a product for anyone who loves a good holiday. Priced at £16 for 300g. 

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Blue Moon Soap 

Blue Moon is coming into orbit and its time to celebrate with a good wash. 

This soap can glow in the dark! This soap contains Rapeseed Oil; Coconut Oil,Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Bergamot, Grapefruit and Almond Essential Oils. I adore the scent of this product. Bright, zingy and citrusy. The grapefruit is the star of this product. It just shines so bright,. The bergamot adds a sort of sherbet note to the scent whilst the almond adds a sort of creaminess. This scent reminds me very much of a sweet shop store but in the best way possible. Not cloying but fresh. If you have smelt anything under the Space Girl scent at Lush (I Want A Hippo For Christmas, Very Very Frightening or some of the products from the upcoming Asteroid City collaboration) and liked it then you will like this soap as it shares the same scent. Definitely a gift worthy of anyone who loves citrus scents or wants a soap that can do anything and everything. Priced at £6. 

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Big Bang (Create Your Own Universe) FUN 

It’s time to create a big bang in the tub! 

FUN can be used in a multitude of ways such as shampoo, soap and a bubble bar. You can even tear bits off and create whatever you want! This FUN contains Peppermint, Grapefruit, Cedarwood and Vetivert Oils. In my opinion, this creates a fresh but complex Mint scent. It’s layered and the fruit and Vetifvert really help to add some depth to the Mint. If you have smelt anything under the Intergalactic scent family at Lush and liked it then you will like this too as they share the same scent. I quite like this FUN but it does take me quite a long time to get through a bar of FUN. Definitely for those who can never decide on what they want or want something that will uplift them no matter what. Priced at £9.50 for a 200g packet of FUN. 

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Have you tried any of these products? Let me know down below or on social media. 

Thanks for reading! 

Jamie x