Skincare: the good, the bad and the fab


What would you expect from an ideal skincare product? Most likely, it’d be that it lives up to its claims. Doesn’t happen too often though, does it?

Even if you end up loving a product enough to repurchase it over and over again, it rarely happens that they actually “transform your skin overnight!” I recently browsed through Sephora’s website and come across a product, which shall remain nameless, that I’ve seen all over Instagram. A fun color seems like something that’d be exciting to use. Then, you take one look at the ingredient list and think “wtf?” When any beneficial ingredients are mixed in with a highly fragranced and potentially irritating formula, I can’t imagine paying 70 bucks for something just because it’s “fun” to use. Of course, I’ve done it in the past. But those days are gone.

Thankfully, I don’t come across a lot of products that I don’t like.


The Good

Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse* is definitely one of the most exciting recent releases. I feel like this collaboration was bound to happen at some point and I’m SO glad it finally did! Having much love for both Pixi and Lady Hirons, I couldn’t wait to try this product. Double cleanse is my jam. Love that this solid cleansing oil and cleansing cream come in one jar. The cleansing oil does a good job of removing makeup while the cleansing balm is quite light and doesn’t leave any film or residue on the skin. AND it’s fragrance-free. Love. My only wish is that the jar was a bit easier to close and I think it’d be nice if it came with a little spatula.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Cream*- lightweight and fast-absorbing night cream that feels SO lovely on my skin. I usually prefer night treatments that are a bit more thick and heavy, but the Herbal Recovery is great to use when my skin doesn’t feel extremely dry. I think that anyone with normal/combo skin would love this. It’s not quite rich enough for drier skin types. It does contain fragrance, but it’s from essential oils and it’s very delicate. Sort of an herbal/rosy scent that is very calming and can definitely help you unwind at the and of the day.

I don’t use physical exfoliants too often, but once in awhile, I’ll reach for one (especially on my hands, right before putting on my hand cream). Right now I’m loving the Gentle Purifying Scrub from Jouviance*. It’s gentle, doesn’t contain any artificial fragrance and isn’t harsh on the skin at all.


The “bad”…

So… perhaps I should say that it’s not so much “bad” as it is disappointing. There is so much hype surrounding the Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Being as dry as I am at the moment, it sounded like something I’d love. Nope. I was only able to use it exactly three times. After using it, I woke up to dry patches on my forehead and cheeks. After giving it the benefit of the doubt, I made the mistake of using it again, and my skin got even drier and patchy. I had my husband (who has dry skin) use it as well, just because I couldn’t believe that it was this product that dried me out so much. He also wasn’t a fan and said he prefers his good old CeraVe.

Now, I don’t know why my skin didn’t end up loving this product as it is packed with great ingredients. I just found that other than the texture, there’s nothing rich about this cream. My skin felt completely matte and dry to touch after using it, but it did feel much smoother. This is why I think that this would work much better for normal skin type and when used as a primer- definitely not something I’d use as a night treatment. Keep in mind that my skin is extremely dry right now, so maybe that had something to do with it. I love Glossier and this is their first product that left me feeling disappointed.

The FAB…

I already talked about both MŪN Aknari Brightening Youth Serum and MŪN Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner in my post about acne/Accutane skincare routine. Both products are incredibly gentle and I love the Aknari Serum more and more with each use. I usually reach for it at night as it brightens and calms my skin (you can use my code “MUN13T” to save 15% off your entire order if you’re interested in trying these). I love that these products are natural, organic and come in beautiful glass packaging.

Another FABULOUS product that I’ve been absolutely loving is The Ordinary 5% Lactic Acid. I usually love using AHA products and can’t really imagine life without them. Since going on accutane I did stop using most of my favorite AHA products,  just because the meds already do a great job at renewing the skin, but also because my skin is very sensitive at the moment. I tried this mild lactic acid and was so happy that it didn’t irritate my skin one bit. I have quite a few acne scars left on my cheeks and I’m already seeing results after introducing it to my routine two weeks ago.


Next: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel.*  It’s a quite unique product that has a really fun consistency; you apply it on your face, massage it in for about 20 seconds until small clumps start to form. I usually then wash the product off with a warm washcloth. It’s such a nice little pick-me-up for the skin and leaves it feeling very soft and smooth and the rest of the products apply and absorb like a dream. I love the packaging and the way this leaves my skin feeling. I wish it didn’t have fragrance, but again, it doesn’t irritate my skin and is very much on the light side.

Unlike the PMR, my skin LOVES Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser. It has a creamy, gel formula that glides on the skin very smoothly, it’s gentle, effective, fragrance-free and doesn’t have a problem removing oils and doesn’t dry out my skin. I haven’t used it to remove my makeup (I usually reach for oils), so I don’t know how well this cleanser would work for that.  This is one of those products that you look forward to using- it just feels SO good when it comes to contact with skin. You can save 20% off your first Glossier order using this link.

I just talked about Confidence in a Cream* right here and I know I’ve mentioned it quite a few times in the past. I think that it’s one of my favorite products from It Cosmetics (and you know I use A LOT of their products). It’s thick, rich, creamy and delivers so much hydration to the skin, without it feeling greasy. It plumps the skin and just makes it look and feel very healthy. I can’t think of a single bad thing to say about this cream. It’s suitable for all skin types so if you’re on a hunt for a new moisturizer that’s on the rich side- you’d love this one.

What are some skincare products you guys are loving at the moment?

 *PR samples/Gifted Items


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    Aleksandra // bunniesaremagic
    February 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I finally gave in to the Pixi love, I am afraid, I was holding on for a veeery long time :)

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    February 15, 2017 at 10:28 am

    That Pixi cleaner sounds lovely! And I’ve been wanting to try Mun skincare for a while now… I’m currently loving Hylamide SubQ serum+eye serum ???

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    Claire Cavanagh
    February 15, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I’ve tried a few products from the Body Shop Drops of Youth range and really loved them, so I wasn’t too surprised to see this feature as a fab product! I really want to try some Pixi products too so thanks for the recommendation :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:22 am

      It’s such a great product, TBS always impresses me! Pixi is a lovely brand, love their Glow Tonic, too

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    Christine C.
    February 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I have just recently started using several of the ordinary’s products and I have to admit that I’m way more impressed than I thought I would be!! I can’t wait to the Body Shop’s new goodies that they sent. I’m thinking that the peel is a similar one to a Boscia product that I’ve used!

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    February 15, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I loved this post! I haven’t tried the Drops of Youth range yet but I might have to now, sounds lovely. I think I might need to pick up the Pixi Double Cleanse, it looks so good.
    Chloe xxx

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    February 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    I really want to try that Glossier cleanser, it sounds like something I would love! I want to try that Pixi/Caroline Hirons cleanser too – I seem to have a *thing* with cleansers! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceGiveaway

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:23 am

      It’s great, but definitely not something you’d want to remove your makeup with. I definitely have a thing for cleansers as well!

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    February 15, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I’m so happy to see your the Ordinary and Glossier picks here as I’ve literally ordered these goodies last week! Can’t wait to try them. :)


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    Biana Perez
    February 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    I love when you share these posts because I haven’t tried any of these products yet!! xo, Biana BlovedBoston

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    February 15, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I need to try this new Pixi cleanser soon, in fact I need to try a lot of products from Pixi. Such shame that Glossier cream didn’t work for you & made your skin even more dry, hate it when that happens. Oh I am also using the new TBS liquid peels and whilst I find them effective, I struggle to remove all the product as I find it sticks to my facial hair haha. I’ll try removing them with a warm washcloth next as you recommended x

    Beauty with charm

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Haha, I know the feeling! I usually use a warm cloth the remove the peel and follow up with a cleanser.

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    February 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    It is so weird how the PMR didn’t work for you. My skin is on the dry side too but I love it. I don’t use it at night but I use it in the morning before I apply my makeup and it leaves my skin soft, hydrated and glowy.

    On other skincare that I’ve been loving, The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2%+B5 and Advanced Retinoid 2% and Algenist GENIUS Moisturizer.

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:25 am

      I think it’ll work better as a makeup primer for me, once my skin doesn’t feel as dry.

      I need to get the Hyaluronic Acid from The Ordinary next, it was out of stock when I placed my order.

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    February 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I’m loving the Double Cleanse too! I’m looking to try Glossier soon. I was thinking about PMR, but I might pass on it now, since what you described is a very common occurrence with moisturizers for me. The cleanser I should get though! I believe I just bought The Ordinary lactic acid but I can’t remember lol. I’ll try it soon if I did! Great post!

    Jenn |

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Right now my skin is difficult to please when it comes to moisturizers. I much prefer having dryer skin and hope I don’t go back to being as oily as I naturally am when I get off my meds.

      I hope you love that Lactic Acid as much as I do! Great dupe for Good Genes.

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    The Sunday Mode
    February 16, 2017 at 12:27 am

    The Body Shop peel sounds really interesting but I don’t love that it’s got fragrance in it. Just ordered myself the Double Cleanse as well and now that you pointed out the spatula thing I think I’m going to try and hunt one down before I use it!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    Kiss & Make-up
    February 16, 2017 at 3:53 am

    I’m sooooo dying to try The Ordinary! I hope we get the brand here soon.

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    February 16, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Love this post! I am so glad the new PIXI double cleanse was in the good as after seeing it stalk my IG feed all month, I really want to try it out. I too love the Ordinary products and am currently using the Hyaluronic acid which is brilliant and I am a huge Lactic acid fan too as it works so so well! Kelly xx

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Wanted to get the Hyaluronic Acid too, but it was out of stock when I placed my order. Need to get my hands on it!

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    Lisa Autumn
    February 16, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I want to try the Pixi thing so much… I personally love TBS’s Oild of Life range!

    xx Lisa

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    Dagmara Klich
    February 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    I often get disappointed by very hyped up products, mostly because after hearing all amazing things I expect little miracles :)

    I want to try the Pixi -Hirrons cleanser, it seems like simple, no fuss, yet effective product. x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      February 21, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Haha I know! I’m the same way and you’d think that after years of testing out products, I’d know better than to get my hopes up, especially with my skin being as picky as it is.

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    Jess Edelblut
    February 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the round up! I’m looking for some new moisturizers/night creams to try because my forehead has been SO DRY. ? Seriously, I’ve started just using olive oil morning, night, and day for cleansing AND moisturizing because literally nothing else is working. ugh, winter.

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    Tara Daniella
    February 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    So many products that I NEED in my life! I wish we could get Glossier in the UK- I’m so desperate to try the Milky Jelly Cleanser!

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    February 17, 2017 at 9:01 am

    I wonder if your bad reaction to the PMR has to do with the lavender. I know people’s skin reacts so differently to lavender. Lavender works great for me, so I love the PMR but people I know whose skin does not react well to lavender have also not liked PMR.

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      Paula @
      February 17, 2017 at 9:48 am

      I don’t think so. One of my favorite night creams has lavender as well so I doubt that was the issue! x

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    Valentina | The Blue Bride
    February 17, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    I just made a big purchase on the Kiehl’s website, but I’m gonna study the Ordinary collection as soon as I need a new routine, their product seem amazing and so affordable ^_^

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    Jasmine Talks Beauty
    February 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I needed the Pixi Double Cleanser :) It’s a shame about the Glossier priming moisturiser, as I just ordered the original version… hopefully that’s a different formula!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    Demilade Aina
    February 19, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Thank you for this product roundup! I would love to try The Ordinary’s Lactic Acid , I am currently using their Rosehip Oil and it’s wonderful. Would also like to try the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel, sounds like a great product. Thanks for sharing. xx

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    The Gossip Darling
    February 21, 2017 at 12:36 am

    I’ve been meaning to try IT’s Confidence in a Jar. Their skincare is my favorite.

    Mel |

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    Michela Amp
    February 21, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    very useful post :)
    Miki xx

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    Leanne Page
    February 22, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I really didn’t like the Ordinary Lactic Acid, the smell literally made me gag! And it gave the worst breakouts of my life! I love the sound the It Cosmetic cream though, it sounds right up my street xx

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      Paula @
      February 26, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Have you ever used a lactic acid product? They all have similar scent, especially in higher concentrations. Sorry it gave you breakouts! That sometimes happens when introducing acid products into your routine. Hope your skin cleared up quickly!

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        Leanne Page
        February 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

        I have. I’m currently using one from Bravura which i really like and doesn’t smell half as bad. Thank you xx

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    Breanna Marie
    February 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I love Even Better Skin Serum from Clinique. I’ve been using it off and on for over a year.

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