Neutrogena Hydro Boost Skincare Review.

Hey there! so in a boots haul a few weeks ago, i picked up a few products from the Neutrogena hydro boost skincare range, i picked up the hydro boost gelee milk cleanser £7.99, hydro boost supercharged booster £14.99 hydro boost water gel moisturiser £12.99 when wanting/needing some new skincare the other day!

So, lets do this in routine order.

Starting with the hydro boost gelee milk cleanser £7.99

This was the one product in this trio that was more a want purchase than a need! i have plenty of cleansers, but im a sucker and wanted to try this as it sounded really gentle and mild and perfect for the morning cleanse! so this is a very light milk gelee cleanser, its texture is a gel but its got a white tint to it, it says on the bottle that it doesnt need water but i subscribe to the caroline hirons way of doing things so i of course remove it with a flannel! And it works very well this way, its not drying in the slightest, its gentle but my skin still feels clean, ive used it morning and night and its just really good but quick, it reminds me a bit of the avene extra gentle cleansing milk, but in a pump bottle! and a little bit lighter i think.

Next up is the hydro boost supercharged booster £14.99, i was really looking for a basic serum, one that would still feel like i was using a nice serum but be really hydrating and just that extra layer so this sounded perfect. Your first pump or two will be clear, but once you hit the little beads there will be lots of little white bits in the gel, you cant feel them at all however. This serum is completely weightless, as soon as its on your skin it sinks in and you cant feel it, but your skin does feel more hydrated than it would without it. It works really well with the moisturiser too, not feeling too heavy at all! i really like the effect it has on my skin, never feeling oily or heavy but just adding that layer of hydration that would normally be missing.

The final product i bought in the range was the hydro boost water gel moisturiser £12.99, this was actually what i needed most having ran out of most of my moisturisers, the ones i had left i was finding just way too heavy and creating a greasy canvas, this sounded perfect. Ive been using it day and night and its just so much lighter, yet still hydrating and a little goes a very long way.

So there you have it! as you can see, i really enjoyed all the products, simple effective and hydrating, exactly what i wanted!

Cath x

Blogging on a budget.

Hey there! so over the years blogging has become something that i think is honestly a bit out of control, you can tend to feel a bit over looked if your not blogging about the latest products, with the best pictures & photo props, perfect lighting and back drops and it can be concerning, especially if you are on a tight budget and a lot of that is out of your budget. Obviously for the bigger bloggers the new product problem is solved by Pr, but if you are on the smaller side like me if you want to blog about a new product you will be buying it, however i have over the years that i have read and written blogs picked up some tips for blogging on a budget.

1. Dont give in to pressure
This is honestly my biggest tip, with all these blogs showing the latest products, new reviews and new sparkly things to show every week. With perfect pictures and back drops, it can be very easy to feel like you will only get noticed in the blogging world if you compete with all these things which means throwing a lot of money at your blog. But you dont need to do this, you can and will get noticed if you have good content, you dont need to look as professional as everyone else!

2. phone cameras are fine.
Blog photos, the bane of most bloggers existence but its not actually as bad as it seems, you do not need a ring light, perfect back drops & a super pricey camera to get good blog photos. An iphone camera works fine (saying iphone because that is what i have) you dont need a state of the art camera back drop or lighting. natural light is awesome, works best if you just find somewhere near a window. for background, blankets, scrap fabrics, pretty clothes, trays etc all work really well.

3. Be creative
One thing about blogging on a budget means you may have to get creative, and that too me is a lot of fun though i know not everyone finds having to think outside of the box that fun and it can be frustrating! of course blogging is a creative exercise anyway, its just on a budget you may have to be even more so. Using blankets, scraps of fabric, jewellery, random nick nacks for picture back grounds and props for example! It also means thinking out of the box for your posts, what can you talk about that requires just words maybe? what do you already own that you can talk about? etc

4. Pound shops, discount shops and sales/offers are your best friends.
You can get so many beauty products and the like for at a discount or on offer these days, try and base when you may be buying said things around that! I always try and hold off on buying stuff from boots until theres a triple points offer, i live in places like poundland, B & m, home bargains etc. Amazon is also a useful place for bulk buying or when they have there offers on, and of course you can also always write posts about these places themselves so its win win!

5. Prioritise.
When it comes to spending on your blog and for your blog, prioritise what you need and were you spend. For example, you dont need to spend much on a domain, i got mine on godaddy for just over a pound a year! but a good blog banner and button if you cant do it yourself is worth spending a little bit on, as it is often the first thing people will see. For the most part spending 100s on advertising isnt worth it, ive advertised with a few people here and there but i tend to always go back to jordanne, i get the £3 package and thats enough! you dont need to spend £100s if you dont have it.

So there are my blogging on a budget tips! im sure theres more, maybe ill do a part 2 at some point? let me know if you think thats a good idea!

Cath x