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DermaQuest | Review

Sunday, 14 May 2017

I am going to start off by apologising, I know it has been quite a while since I last posted and I am making no excuses but I have been extremely busy (busy may be an understatement) and this may be the case for the coming few weeks, although I will try my very best to post as often as I can.
Today's post is one that I have been extremely excited to write. A few weeks ago I was sent a bunch of stuff from DermaQuest and of course I wasn't going to tell you my thoughts until I had tried the products out and that is exactly what I've been doing for the past few weeks.

I wasn't expecting any miracles but around the time I was sent these products I had a painful breakout and I had an inkling that this pesky little thing was going to turn into a mountain overnight if I didn't do something about the unwanted guest pronto! I applied the BHA Spot Treatment on the breakout before I went to bed and I am telling no lies, I woke up to a totally dried out spot, of course it was still slightly visible but it was totally dried out and wasn't causing any pain. If there was one product I could compare to this it would have to be the Mario Badesco Drying Lotion and I have sworn by this product for years! It's main ingredient is Salicylic Acid, which, if like me you've suffered from acne in the past, you will be extremely familiar with.

Another product I was sent was the SheerZinc SPF 30. If there's one product you NEED to have in your skincare routine it's SPF, regardless of whether the sun's out or not, the UV rays will always find a way. I have absolutely loved using this. It is a cream formula but it is extremely light on the skin, now I have really oily skin but this hasn't made me excessively oily or left any white residue, which is great because the last thing you want to do is look like a zombie out in the sun. This offers UVA and UVB protection. Also if you're someone that uses acids on your skin, whether it's hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid or any other acid, SPF is always a must!
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun (UVA and UVB) damage the skin, age it prematurely and increase the chances of skin cancer, which is why SPF is so essential in your daily skincare.
As you all know I am someone that has suffered from severe acne in the past, which is why I try not to use new products because you never really know how your skin will react. None of the products I was sent have made me breakout or caused any irritation.

Lastly I was sent the Essential B5 Hydrating Serum. Now I know you guys must be thinking why on earth is this girl using so many hydrating products when she already has oily skin. Just because you have oily skin doesn't necessarily mean your skin is hydrated. Your skin will always need hydration, whether it's in the form of a cream, serum or just you drinking water regularly. I love having a serum in my skincare routine and this little gem contains Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid and Vitamin B5.
Vitamin B5 is known to hydrate the skin but is also a natural healer and protector of the skin.
One gram of Hyaluronic Acid can hold up to six litres of water and as we age our skin loses it's natural ability to retain moisture and that's where Hyaluronic Acid can help. As well as hydrating the skin, Hyaluronic Acid revitalises the layers of your skin and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Ferulic Acid is naturally found in seeds of fruits such as apples, oranges and even in some vegetables, nuts and grains, where it plays a vital role in the plants' protection and self preservation. It helps fight against the free-radical damage that contributes to ageing. It basically helps slow down the clocks when it comes to ageing.
The Essential B5 Hydrating Serum from DermaQuest contains all three ingredients, so you know it's a load of magic in a bottle. This product has made my skin extremely smooth and so naturally glowy (and I am bloody loving it). It really is hydrating but very lightweight at the same time. The serum has a pump, which is always useful because it means you won't waste any product, one pump of this is more than enough to cover your whole face. It's also won the Best Daily Serum Award at the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017 and I can't say I'm surprised, because it is incredible. Definitely my favourite out of the lot.

Honestly, I can't praise these products enough. I genuinely wasn't expecting any miracles when I received these products, but they really have helped transform my skin and have become such an essential part of my skincare. I will definitely be purchasing the SheerZinc SPF 30 and the Hydrating Serum once I run out because I am obsessed! Another thing I loved about the products was the packaging, I am a sucker for anything minimal. DermaQuest caters for a whole range of skincare concerns, whether it's ageing, acne, pigmentation. They literally have a product for everything.
When it comes to skincare, everyone reacts differently to products so it is extremely important to do your research and avoid any products that contain ingredients that you may be sensitive to. Finding products that work perfectly for you is an ongoing journey, some things may work and some may not but doing your research and being patient is essential to your own personal journey.

DermaQuest Essential B5 Hydrating Serum - available here
DermaQuest SheerZinc SPF 30 - available here
DermaQuest BHA Spot Treatment - available here

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Yogita x

*Products featured in this post were kindly sent to me. Please refer to the Disclaimer page for more information.

Spring Scents | Gucci Flora #SummerWithFD

Saturday, 29 April 2017

We have another bank holiday weekend ahead of us and boy am I glad, although we have kind of been spoilt with all the bank holidays recently, who wouldn't love another one?!

Summer is fast approaching and it is my favourite season to try out new scents, especially because the heat really tests the staying power of the perfume. Heat isn't something we get a lot of in the UK but on the rare occasion that we do, it's perfect to experiment with new scents.

Today's post is about a newbie in my collection although it has fast become a favourite and that is, Gucci Flora.
For me the longevity of a perfume is just as important as the scent itself. I absolutely hate strong scents that linger for a lifetime and give you a pounding headache, so I tend to reach for light floral/sweet scents and Gucci Flora is one that I have found myself reaching for quite regularly.
The staying power of this scent is impeccable, I've put my clothes in the wash and they've come out still smelling of the perfume, which is insane.
The scent features top notes of Mandarin Orange, Peony and other citruses, heart notes of Rose and Osmanthus and base notes of Pink Pepper, Patchouli and Sandalwood. Give me anything with hints of Peony, Rose and Sandalwood and I will happily sleep in it for the rest of my life! Mum if you're reading this, I've seen you watching him (yes my bottle of Gucci Flora is a male) and if he goes missing, you're at the top of my suspect list #justsaying.

I've always been a huge fan of Gucci as a brand but I've also found that their perfumes are absolute classics. The scents never go out of fashion, the staying power is impressive and the packaging is beautiful. I am a packaging hoarder, so of course I still have the box (sorry not sorry). I love that the packaging mirrors the scent, the bold hints of gold and black and the beautiful floral print, sums this scent up perfectly.

Gucci Fragrances - available here
Gucci Flora Collection - available here

Fragrance Direct currently have free delivery on orders over £20 with the code FREEDEL20 and you can get 10% off with Unidays, so there couldn't be a better time to switch up your scent!

There's a Royal Challengers Bangalore match on today and on Monday, so you know where to find me if you need me ;)
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

Yogita x

*Items featured in this post were kindly sent to me. Please refer to the Disclaimer page for more information.

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks | Review & Swatches

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter guys! I hope you're all having a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

I thought I'd get a good old review+swatches post up today incase you guys want to take a break from eating all that yummy food and Easter eggs and have a little read; I on the other hand have no intention of putting this chocolate down because the Royal Challengers Bangalore aka my team are playing today, so I need all the chocolate in the world to keep my energy up as I scream at the top of my lungs.

I will be talking about the Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks today. You may have seen these making the round on Instagram and also causing a fair bit of controversy as they do resemble the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. I won't go into this too much but in my opinion, I love a good dupe. If I really want something high end I will go out and get it, no questions asked, regardless of whether a dupe is available or not. I think purchasing something designer or high end is an experience in itself. Of course not everyone can afford to spend a huge heap of money on a lipstick and you shouldn't have to. A lot of the time the dupes are better than the high end products and sometimes the dupes just can't match up to the high end products and that's just the way things go sometimes, but it's great to have some inexpensive alternatives out there, especially for someone that is just starting to dabble into makeup. I have been a huge fan of Makeup Revolution ever since I read about them on Daily Mail (this was before they had released any products) and I sure do own a fair bit of their products. They're great for everyday use when you don't want to rub £50 in the form of a lipstick on your face. Their products are really affordable and sometimes, just as good as some of the high end products on the market.

The Makeup Revolution Renaissance lipsticks are INCREDIBLE for just £4, they're very pigmented and don't dry out your lips, of course they aren't as long wearing as liquid lipsticks but that can be expected from any lipstick in bullet form, so you may find yourself having to reapply it throughout the day. The packaging is beautiful and has a fair bit of weight to it, so you don't have to worry about it breaking or the lid suddenly falling off and finding your makeup storage in a right old state and assuming it has been vandalised.
The shade range is pretty impressive too, I believe there are 20 shades in total, a lot of these are nude/brown shades, which is right up my street, so I am not complaining.

Below are swatches of the 6 lipsticks that I own from the range.

Top - Bottom: Vintage, Vow, Breathe, Class, Rebirth and Finest

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks - available here and here (currently 3 for 2 at Superdrug)

Enjoy the rest of your Easter bank holiday weekend!

Yogita x

Nip+Fab Matte Liquid Lipsticks | Review & Swatches

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

If you guys follow me on Twitter you will know that the Indian Premier League started last week and I have been watching the Royal Challengers Bangalore matches religiously (as always). I am a HUGE cricket fan and an even bigger RCB fan.
Another great thing that happened last week was that Nip+Fab launched their makeup range at Superdrug. Now, you all know that Nip+Fab is one of my favourite skincare brands, I literally love everything in their skincare range. So as soon as Nip+Fab posted that the range was now available at Superdrug I went straight on to their website and ordered 3 of the matte liquid lipsticks that stood out to me the most, which were Marshmallow, Biscuit and Cinnamon. I will, of course pick up some more of their makeup products in due course and let you guys know what I thought but for now we'll start with the lippes!

The applicator on these liquid lipsticks is SO soft, it glides the product onto your lips evenly without leaving behind any streaks and is the perfect size to get in to the corners of your lips without looking like Miranda Sings. When Nip+Fab stated that these liquid lipsticks were pigmented and long lasting they were not messing around, they last absolutely ages on your lips, although I wouldn't sleep with a lipstick on, I can definitely say they'd probably last the night. I ate with one of these lippes on and it did not budge! One swipe of these lipsticks on your lips is enough to test the pigmentation. The colour range is beautiful, there are some deep nudes, some pink nudes and some peach nudes. My favourite shade out of the ones I have, has got to be Cinammon, it is one of the prettiest shades I have ever come across.
The formula of the lipsticks is very buttery, they go on to your lips like a lovely glossy balm but dry matte. The lipsticks are in no way uncomfortable on the lips, they feel lovely. I get really irritated with the way that some liquid lipsticks feel and want to take them off as soon as I apply them, but these lipsticks are probably the first that I would happily wear all day without ripping open a pack of wet wipes. You could wear these lipsticks with lipliner but I prefer to wear them without.

Top - Bottom: Cinnamon, Biscuit and Marshmallow

At first I was a little sceptical about a skincare brand introducing a makeup range, but I guess if anyone could pull it off, it had to be Nip+Fab. I can safely say that I am impressed, they did not let me down. For the price (£7.95) I cannot praise these lipsticks enough, they are totally worth a try. Compared to some of the more expensive yet not so impressive lipsticks on the market these are easily accessible, they don't burn a hole in your pocket and you certainly won't be disappointed. 
Superdrug currently have 3 for 2 on all makeup, which includes the Nip+Fab makeup range. You can also purchase the lipsticks (and everything else from the range) on the Nip+Fab website.

Nip+Fab Makeup - available here
Nip+Fab Makeup at Superdrug - available here

Yogita x