Vitamin C Invigorating Skin Booster

Vitamin C Invigorating Skin Booster

This is actually my very first vitamin C serum. It is one of those ingredients that everybody was talking about but I didn't see it as a necessary step in my routine. Last year I got it as a gift on my birthday and have slowly but surely been using it up and applying it during my morning routine. 

This Vitamin C serum from Superdrug claims to "detoxify" the skin, and leave it brighter and softer. It is infused with vitamin C and Kakadu Plum & Goji Berry extracts (Kakadu Plum has the highest known ‭concentration of Vitamin C of any food on the planet and ‭Goji Berry is known to induce calm, ‭wellbeing and energy).

There isn't that much information about this serum on the packaging or the website but it is common knowledge that Vitamin C can help brighten the skin, fade hyperpigmentation and increase collagen production.

While this serum only uses the vitamin C derivative Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate at a concentration of 1%, I did notice it helped fade some hyperpigmentation from both breakouts and sun damage. The effect was more visible on the more recent pigmentation though. 

The product also mentions that it leaves skin softer and it is definitely noticeable at the end of the day when I wash my face and feel my skin being softer. The serum is also lightly moisturising thanks to the glycerin in the formula, however it does not feel heavy or sticky on the skin.

Vitamin C serums can be irritating in some cases, but as this product uses a derivative instead of pure vitamin C it is more gentle and I believe it would be suitable for more sensitive skin types. 

The Vitamin C Invigorating Skin Booster is very affordable, costing only £4.99 at Superdrug so it is a great option if you are looking to start using a vitamin C serum.

I would definitely recommend the Vitamin C Invigorating Skin Booster if you are looking for a gentle brightening serum that won't break the bank.

Find the Vitamin C Invigorating Skin Booster at Superdrug.



Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream

Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream

A couple of weeks ago I received the Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream, which is a multitasking eye cream enriched with Saccharomyces/Snail Secretion Ferment Filtrate, Peptides and Bee Venom to smoothen and vitalise the eye area. 

The first thing to notice about this eye cream is the size of the tube, you get 30g which is double what you usually get for an eye cream, so it makes it better value for money.

As well as the ingredients mentioned earlier, it also contains Lactobacillus/Collagen Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Olive Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid, Bifida Ferment Lysate, various plant extracts including Elm, Willow and Aloe; Beta Glucan, Panthenol, several Amino Acids, Ceramide NP and vitamin E.

The Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream is packed with many beneficial ingredients that will help moisturise, soothe and plump the skin, as well as improve lines and texture over time with Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (aka Argireline) and Copper Tripeptide-1.

This eye cream has a light to medium texture that feels velvety when applied onto the skin. It helps diminish the look of fine lines instantly thanks to its hydrating properties. It is not sticky or pore clogging and it wears well under other products.

Because of the size of the product I have not only been using it on the eye area but also on the areas above my eyebrows and nasolabial folds.

I have been really enjoying the Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream and am looking forward to seeing what the long term effects of this product are. 

If you are looking for a nourishing but light eye cream with multiple benefits such as moisturising, plumping and line reducing, that is also good value for money I would definitely recommend trying the Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream.

Find the Benton Snail Bee Ultimate Eye Cream on YesStyle and use code NAV19 for money off your order!



Alien Goddess Eau De Parfum

Alien Goddess Eau De Parfum

Another perfume sample I recently received is Alien Goddess by Mugler, which is the newest addition to the Alien feminine fragrance family. 

Alien Goddess is a Floral, Oriental, Woody Eau de Parfum, which consists of "3 olfactory revelations":

  • Radiant Revelation: a top note of sparkling Italian Bergamot essence.
  • Miraculous Revelation: middle notes of Jasmine Grandiflorum, an intense solar flower.
  • Mindful Revelation: base notes of warmth-evoking Bourbon Vanilla.

Upon first application of Alien Goddess I perceive very faint citrus with a stronger note of coconut, which quickly evolves into a light floral mix which includes jasmine and heliotrope, before finally settling on the skin as a warm vanilla base.

While I like the overall scent of this fragrance, I find that it does not last very long on the skin and once a couple of hours have passed it is barely perceptible (which I find quite disappointing for a premium fragrance), leaving only a hint of dry vanilla and mostly musky cashmeran wood, which I'm not the biggest fan of. 

Alien Goddess would make a nice summer fragrance, especially on more hot or humid climates because of the tropical notes, as well as the lightness which will prevent it from becoming overpowering.

Find Alien Goddess at Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.



All Used Up #11

All Used Up #11

Welcome to another instalment of the All Used Up series! This time it is an all skincare exclusive post:

Naturally Radiant 5% Glycolic Tonic: this exfoliant mentions that it can be used daily in the morning and evening, which is too much and unnecessary. Only a couple of times a week is more than enough (I learned the hard way). It leaves skin smoother and softer, will probably purchase a full sized bottle.

The Body Shop Strawberry Smoothing Face Mist: I really enjoyed the fruity scent of this face mist. It contains blueberry, strawberry, sugar cane, orange, lemon, maple and guava extracts to exfoliate and brighten the skin, so a great option if you are looking to start using chemical exfoliants.

Garnier Organic Lemongrass Detox Gel Wash: a nice non-drying cleanser for combination skin types. It contains glycerin and mild surfactants however it is fragranced with lemongrass essential oil. I would probably repurchase however I have a couple cleansers I'm excited to try now!

Simple Kind to Skin Protecting Moisture Cream SPF 30: a great moisturising cream with chemical and mineral UV filters, plus glycerin, niacinamide, almond oil, vitamin E, allantoin, lactic acid, serine and urea. It evens out the skin and smoothes texture while reducing shine. It unfortunately was discontinued so will be trying its replacement very soon.

SNP mini Moisture Petal Toner: a hydrating toner that leaves skin super soft and supple, while moisturising. Great as a first step after cleansing for light moisture, also ideal for traveling because of the size and packaging. Will probably repurchase.

SNP mini Eye & Facial Nourishing Cream: a lightweight multi-use moisturiser that is great value for money even if used not only as an eye cream. Leaves skin soft and contains many great ingredients including peptides. Will probably repurchase too. Full review here.

Naturally Radiant Glow Prebiotic Booster: a serum that calms the skin and helps reduce breakouts without drying out the skin. I did find this product to be effective and a gentle way to prevent breakouts so will probably repurchase it as well (even though it's gone up in price since I bought it back in March). Full review here.

Have you tried any of these products?