Shiseido Pureness Range

Shiseido's Pureness range is a line of products aimed at those of us with combination, oily or acne-prone skin types. This week I tried out two products from Shiseido's Pureness range; the Foaming Cleansing Fluid and the Balancing Softener. I believe that there is only so much a facial cleanser can achieve. For me, a quality cleanser will remove all dirt and grease and leave skin feeling soft and smooth without that horrid tight feeling you get[...]


Neutrogena Hydrating Cleansing Wipes

I realise that writing a review on cleansing wipes is unlikely to make for a riveting read, but an experience I had recently forced me to decide to give these babies a shout-out because they're just so good.  I've always been a fan of cleansing wipes; mainly to remove the majority of make-up BEFORE starting to cleanse (and not to be considered as a cleansing alternative) and I've tried quite a few different brands with mixed success.  However, thes[...]


Spotting the Difference: Things to be aware of when self-diagnosing acne

Spot the Dog.  See what I did there?  Yeah. Great.  We all know that we should be drinking more water (allegedly), eating more fruit, avoiding sugar and exercising regularly.  So if you look at your lifestyle and realise that you're not quite managing to achieve these ideals, it would be quite easy to assume that that's why your skin is playing up.  Whilst these factors are relevant, a lot of people suffer from acne - mild or moderately - beca[...]


My Night Time Skincare Routine

This is me asleep.  No, really, it is.   I've always had a slightly weird fascination with the way other beauty obsessives approach their maintenance routine as I think we all find our own way of doing things and it's interesting to know if anyone does anything differently. So assuming (and hoping) that's it's not just me being plain nosey, I thought I'd do a few blogs on the approaches I take to my beauty-related maintenance, starting with my ni[...]


Philips ReAura: What’s In The Box

As mentioned earlier, I was very excited at the arrival of my ReAura today. I'm going to spend the next couple of days watching the how-to DVD, reading the impressively comprehensive instruction manual and getting to grips with my new favourite thing before lasering the bejesus out of my skin. So it's safe to say expect plenty of updates, progress reports, thoughts on the experience of using it and anything else I learn along my ReAura journey. I[...]


How I Got My Acne Under Control

I've had a couple of messages referencing the fact that I've mentioned a few times that I've got my acne under control and asking how I managed it. Whilst I've replied to the messages, I thought it might not be a bad idea to write a blog about it too. It's a weird one that came from desperation of trying absolutely everything I could get my hands on and having to deal with the continual frustration of the rollercoaster that starts with the hope and[...]

Best Cleansers for Sonic Brushes like the Clarisonic/Nutra Sonic

If you're a fan of deep cleansing with a sonic brush like I am, then here's my suggestions for cleansers to use with your brush. Ideally, you want something that is going to move around the skin with ease as if you use a sonic brush with something that isn't emollient enough then you risk scratching the skin. I personally prefer to build the cleanser up on the skin first before starting with the brush as I think this minimises the waste. I've tried[...]


Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense – The Range

I'm going to take one more blog post to bang on about the brilliance of this range and then I promise to stop. I wrote about the serum here, and if you've had a chance to read it then you'll know that I'm mos-def a fan. I got the serum and cleanser together and recently ordered the toner to complete the collection as I'm so in love with what it's doing for my skin. Recently I'd managed to just about get a hold of my skin; having suffered from prett[...]


Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Defense Serum

Normally I'd like to give it at least a month before reviewing a skincare product because that's how long it should (in theory) take for your skin to show what's really going on as your skin takes that long to regenerate. I bought this serum as I had a 20% voucher and I've been really keen to try it for ages, but £75 is a considerable amount to spend on something on the hope that it'll work! However, I'm so pleased I did. This serum is aimed at wo[...]

Neutrogena Visibly Clear 2in1 Wash and Mask

After my last visit to see Dr Tony Chu (arguably the UK's leading Dermatologist when it comes to acne-related skin conditions) I overhead him discussing moisturisers with another client.  He said that without a doubt, Neutrogena moisturisers were the best for acne-prone skin.  Unfortunately, whilst I'm definitely acne-prone, I also have dry skin (seriously difficult to treat...but I'm getting there!) and Dr Chu's recommendation was aimed at those wi[...]


Philips ReAura

Philips are about to launch a new at-home skincare product called the ReAura. It's main aim will be to reduce wrinkles, even skintone and smooth skin texture. These claims are nothing special, considering so many products launch with these intentions, but what's interesting about this specific gadget is that it's based on Fraxel laser technology. Anybody who's suffered from acne scarring, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and sun spots who have v[...]