no7 nourishing cleansing balm.

Hey there! So in my boots haul last week one of the things i picked up was the No7 nourishing cleansing balm £13.00, as a lot of products were on 3 for 2, and i was very interested in trying a different cleansing balm! i do love a good cleanser, especially a budget one.

This cleansing balm promises “radiant and healthier looking skin in 1 week”, with No7s tri-vit complex and grapeseed oil. It is what i would call a rather “basic” cleanser, but you know at least its not full of mineral oil!


As you can see, its in a nice big pot and it looks like your normal balm cleanser, waxy but put a little pressure on it and you can scoop some up. The cleanser feels really buttery as soon as you pick some up, it feels silky and really nice to touch, not gritty in the slightest! It smells clean, it does have a smell but its just clean and fresh not really over powering or annoying in anyway for me at least.

It melts super quickly in your hands and it feels really nice on the skin, its got plenty of slip to it and you can easily massage everything off. Makeup wise, it removes everything no problem but a lot of mascara would likely need a different remover, but i tend to do it that myself all the time anyway, i wouldn’t use this on my eyes unless i had too but i feel the same about every balm or oil cleanser. It doesn’t leave any residue when removed with a warm flannel (it comes with a muslin cloth but no thanks).

Honestly this is a pretty short review but i dont have much more to say! this is a really nice, staple balm cleanser that is one of those cleansers i can see myself keeping in my stash at all times. I would highly suggest giving it a go next time theres a sale or offer on!

Cath x

Natures Alchemist Balancing clay Face Mask.

Hey There! So a few weeks ago i posted a superdrug & boots order that i made to pick up some pampering products for my birthday. One of the products i got is this the Natures Alchemist balancing clay face mask £6.99, now honestly i bought it thinking it would be that kind of pore cleaning clay mask but it isnt really like that. Its more something made to balance and calm stressed calm, so honestly its still up my ally! but what was even more interesting once i had it in my hands is that its a 2 in 1! you can also use it as a cleanser, colour me curious! its also vegan, gluten free and contains no parabens which is all of course becoming more and more important.

So on the back it says that if you want to use it as a cleanser you use a small amount on damp skin massaging until theres a lather and then splash off…shudder, Can we all start praying to the alter of caroline hirons please and stop it with the “lather” and the “splash off”.

first off, this doesnt lather and i mean it, i have tried to lather it and it just doesnt and secondly good luck splashing this off, your gonna be splashing for a while!. If you can get past the out dated directions on the back this is actually a really nice clay cleanser, which im really happy about because ive wanted a clay cleanser for a while.

How i use it, is i use around a 5p sized amount and massage onto either dry skin or skin that ive just cleansed with a oil or balm (so using this as a second cleanse) and once ive massaged this onto my skin for a bit i then use a damp flannel to remove. It really does live up to the stressed skin claims because its very calming, it feels cool on the skin and cleanses without upsetting which as been very nice lately for my hormonal stressed anxiety ridden face.

So, how does it do as a mask? well wait for it, we have outdated directions to make caroline hirons shudder again first “spread on a thick layer, leave for 5 minutes then remove with damp cotton wool”, damp cotton wool?? are you mad?? of course, i removed it with a flannel.

Honestly, and this is rather funny considering what its marketed as and what i bought it has but i prefer it as a cleanser than a mask. It didnt do anything bad as a mask, but it just felt like i left my cleanser on for a while before i removed it, now it is very cooling so if my skin was throwing all the toys out of the pram and having a right old tantrum i think it would be really good to calm my skin down but i dont think it did too much for me right now.

I honestly think that if they rebranded this as a clay cleanser it would do rather well, and if they started telling us to remove it with a flannel and stopping claiming that it will lather.

So did i get the pore cleansing mask i wanted? no, but i did get a clay cleanser and im happy with that!

Cath x

The ordinary 100% plant derived squalane.


Hey there! so the other week i made an order on Asos and when i spotted that they stocked the ordinary there was no way i wasnt picking a few things up! You would have to be living under the rock to have not heard of the ordinary over the past year or so, coming from parent company deciem the ordinary is a line of skincare that is normally very hard to find at a good price, at a very good price! I have tried the ordinary foundations, primer & the hyaluronic acid, and i used the hyaluronic up to the very last drop so i knew i wanted to try more from them.

before i get into the product, i will say that yes im aware of the situation with deciem on instagram but personally for me that doesnt take away how good the ordinary products are and as someone who adores skincare but doesnt have a massive budget its amazing for me and thats what im going to focus on over what happens on social media.

100% plant-derived squalane £5.50 is what caught my eye, now the ordinary can be a bit difficult to navigate so i do suggest doing some research into what everything is and picking what is best for you. For me when it comes to serums and oils i mainly want something that is going to hydrate has that tends to be what my skin wants, so when i spotted this it sounded perfect exactly the kind of thing i want to use in the evenings.

Squalane is found naturally in our bodies, its part of our skins natural moisture, its also found in various plants and sharks liver hence why they pointed out it was plant-derived!

The ordinary say that its for surface hydration, good for those with dryer skins but suitable for everyone and its also very good to apply to your hair for heat protection! it is basically at its very core a hydrating oil, and i have found that is exactly what it does.

They say to apply this after any water based treatments, so normally for me i tend to go double cleanse-acid toner-spritz-squalane-moisturiser. You really dont need much, a few drops is more than enough! then i do the “therapist swipe” (caroline hirons anyone?) before applying to my face, a therapist swipe by the way is just a quick swipe with your hands so your hands both have product without doing the dreaded “warming up” of the product!

Now i will say, yes it feels like you are putting oil on your face because you are! however give it a minute or two, and especially once you have your moisturiser on there isnt any issues regarding greasy or oily ness anymore, it does sink it very quickly.

I really like how plump and just hydrated my skin feels when i use this, i have noticed that bringing an oil back in my routine has does wonders for my skin! i should of  brought an oil bought into my routine a long time ago but im glad this one seems to work so well for me!

have you tried this? or any of the ordinary products?

Cath x