If you’ve been a Velvet Spring reader for quite some time… (you go girl), you’ll know that I like to write about skincare when I find something new that works for me. It’s very rare that I find something that totally agrees with my skin, as it can be super temperamental due to it’s sensitivity. This post is also featuring a new style of photography, I’m unsure whether I want to go ahead and rebrand so this is just to test the waters.. let me know what you think!
A few weeks ago, I was approached by the lovely PR Georgia, behind the online pharmaceutical retailer Chemist.co.uk. In exchange for a skincare review, I received a voucher to go wild with and spend to my hearts content. When the email first popped in my inbox, admittedly I felt like giving this a swerve. As from my own experiences of visiting chemists, there’s never really much variety to pick from and especially not with regards to beauty and skincare.
But after giving the site a quick once over, I managed to pick up a lot of products that I’ve been eyeing up for ages. Including the renowned Cetaphil cleanser (that every blogger seems to rave about) and Dr Paw Paw balm. I guess this is living breathing proof that you shouldn’t judge a book, or a website, by it’s cover. Chemist.co.uk stock such a huuuge variety of brands that you can save a fortune on delivery costs in the long run too.
Since I was so surprised, I had a cheeky peek at the beauty section too. The site also stocks brands like L.A Girl, Rimmel and Max Factor and they’re ALL super cheap and below actual retail price (go have a nosy, thank me and your saved pennies later).
I am all for 2-in-1 beauty products. A product that can prime and moisturise at the same time, gives me a few extra minutes in bed on a morning and I can definitely get on board with that. This primer is so refreshing to pop on on a morning. It’s very light, cooling and absorbs super quickly. It’s left my skin feeling really moisturised and cared for whilst managing to create the perfect base to pop my makeup on. For £4.89, you can’t get much better than this.
After interning at Closer as part of the beauty team, one of the main requirements of an intern is to do some good ol’ research. I was tasked with the job of finding out celeb beauty favourites and the one that kept cropping up was this balm. Honestly google Dr Paw Paw, everyone from Rita Ora to Nicole Richie swear by it. Even though the actual description of the product is a little bit gross, I mean ‘fermented Paw Paw?’ come again? The product is amazing and the possibilities are genuinely endless.
I’ve used this to moisturise my lips, pop on my lids and cheeks for a dewy glow and I’ve even swiped this across my eyelash curler to prime my lashes. I am so impressed, I’ll definitely be picking up the tinted versions in the future! You would think, since it’s such a staple it would come with a huge price tag, but it’s just £8.99 on Chemist.co.uk.
This is a product I’ve seen absolutely everywhere on the Blogosphere, so I thought I’d cave and give it a whirl. Initially I was put off by the bottle as it states it is, ‘fragrance free, soap free and non comdeogenic’ like… if you’ve got none of those, how are you gonna go about doing anything for my skin? Though after using this on the daily for the past two weeks, I’m a convert. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean and has no problems when it comes to removing makeup.
I did have a little bit of a chin breakout (period chin, you know?) before I started to use the cleanser and it hasn’t done anything to help that on it’s way. But my skin definitely feels refreshed and squeaky clean, so I would recommend this for people who have normal/combination skin. Definitely a great gentle cleanser for better skin days!
I’m a real no fuss gal when it comes to my skincare routine. I just like to whip off all of my makeup with a face wipe before I get stuck in with all my lotions and potions. So I bought this on a whim, just to see if it would sway me. But, unsurprisingly I’m definitely not swayed by this. Since it’s supposedly formulated and created to cater to the sensitive eye area, I was expecting it to be pain free. It didn’t do a spectacular job at removing my eye makeup to be honest and left my eyes feeling really sore and stingy anyway. So, its a no from me.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this skincare update. I’m sorry that it’s quite a long one! Have you got any skincare products you’d recommend for oily skin?
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