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

Boots Haul January 2019.


Hey there! so surprisingly its been a while since ive done a boots haul, and theres a few reasons for that. Having my benefits lowered does mean im being more careful than i was, though i was being careful then too. Ive also gotten very into cleaning and especially buying cleaning products, quite a chunk of my “play around” money going there! and ive just been waiting for a moment were i could save the most to buy what i needed/wanted and it finally arrived. With half off a lot of skincare, lots of other deals and an offer i had for triple points when you spend over £20, the order was made!

So lets start with skincare shall we?

I have slacked big time on my skincare of late, i think because i haven’t had a few things and such i just haven’t wanted to bother so i didn’t! though i wouldn’t suggest doing that, i just found myself slipping that way.

So first off, i was looking for a new moisturiser, ideally something i could use morning or night but mainly morning with a lighter texture but still hydrating, ding ding ding! Neutrogena hydro boost water gel moisturiser £12.99 ticked all of those boxes so i picked it up. I knew i also wanted a morning serum, a really simple hydrating serum and the same range had exactly what i wanted the Neutrogena hydroboost supercharged booster£14.99. I didn’t really need a new cleanser, but i spotted an interesting one from the same range so i picked up the Neutrogena hydroboost gelee milk cleanser £7.99. Theres something satisfying about using 3 products from the same range! and as a heads up, i bought all of these at half price.

A few bits that dont really have a category as such, I picked up more Boots smooth care hair removal cream £3.49 because i needed it, the Barry m base coat, top coat and nail hardener £2.99 being my favourite top coat and i needed more! And finally, the Boots cracked heel balm £4.89 because my feet are forever a disaster, and im trying to try out a few different things to do a post about it eventually!

Make up wise, only two products go me! getting a moment to play with makeup is unheard of these days so i dont buy half as much as i used too, but i needed new mascara! i was going to get another tube of my favourite soap & glory but it wasn’t in stock and i had been curious about the Maybelline snapscara £7.99 for a bit so i picked that up. And then i always use a waterproof mascara as like a top coat, normally maybelline the rocket but couldn’t find the waterproof version online, so instead i got the Maybelline colossal mascara waterproof £6.99.

Finally, hair! my hair has been showing damage, its been dryer and breaking a lot so ive started listening too it and trying to help it as much as i can. Hair masks as if they are going out of style is the first port of call and i adore garnier for these, and then i spotted these Garnier ultimate blends hair food papaya 3 in 1 damaged hair mask treatment 300ml £6.99. First things first this pot is massive! i loved the sound of papaya and hair food, so in the basket that went. I also spotted these new conditioners loreal have brought out, Loreal elvive full restore rapid reviver damaged hair power conditioner £5.50 these are meant to be stronger than your normal conditioner but dont need to be left on, sounds good to me! so i thought i would give that a go too. I knew one thing i wanted to get and start being better about was a heat protector so i got the John Frieda detox & repair care & protect spray £5.99, so many heat protectors ive used in the past are annoying and sticky so something designed to be caring too sounded good! Finally, i really wanted to try something from the new soap & glory hair care range, and i needed a new styling serum/oil so i got the Soap & glory split happens conditioning styling oil £7.50 to give it a go, has i always finish my hair with a serum/oil.

So there we go! made up for lost time i think? what have you picked up lately? let me know!

Cath x

Current favourites.

Hey there! so i havent done monthly favourites before, and i think its a little outdated these days! however, i felt like showing you what im enjoying lately, and i think ill do these posts randomly just when i have things to show you! i have 3 skincare, 2 makeup, a wax melt, and some music too! so lets get started.

First up we have a wax melt! i mentioned wax melts a few weeks ago, and in that haul i picked up the rainbow splash bramble wax £5. I have had the shot pot of rainbow splash and i love the smell, so i grabbed the bramble snap and im so glad i did! its so nice just being able to grab a chunk and pop it in the burner, and its bramble wax so of course it smells amazing, its meant to smell like fruit chews and honestly id say its fruitier than that!

Right onto the makeup! First off the E.l.f HD setting powder £7.50, now i bought this a while ago but have only started wearing makeup regularly again over the past few weeks, and this set powder is lovely! i used to use it years ago back when elf was in the uk the first time around. its very fine, easy to buff away and keeps everything matte! big thumbs up from me.

Oh mascara, we all want the perfect one dont we? i wouldnt say this is my perfect one, but the soap & glory thick & fast mascara £10.50 is really doing it for me right now! it makes my lashes look full and long, matching the dark purple eye i like doing perfectly, it doesnt flake or smudge and is easy to remove!, it doesnt hold a curl sadly, but ill take everything else for that!

First up in my favourite skincare right now, is the no7 nourishing cleansing balm £13.00. i picked this up in a haul a few weeks ago and god i love this cleansing balm! its so good, i reviewed it fully here but if your looking for a good basic in the best way cleansing balm check this out!

I bought this speed plump miracle moisture mouse £14.00, now i know i used this a while ago but it had been a while! trying it again, i really like it. Its a very interesting texture, like a oily mouse, its hydrating and feels lovely on the skin.

Finally for skincare, we have the Revolution skin mild skin exfoliator 5% lactic acid & hyaluronic acid £6.00, this month i tried a tonne of the revolution skincare products, and i love all of them but the lactic acid has really stood out for me as a really gentle exfoliating option.

Ive been really back into musical soundtracks at the minute, this video from west end live introduced me too the musical six, i fell in love with it very quickly! its a really quirky fun soundtrack that can be found on spotify.

Along the same vein, i have been a watcher of carrie fletcher for a while, and shes currently in the west end production of heathers,i hadnt heard of heathers until she got the part but now oh wow its so good! again, the full soundtrack (not sung by carrie sadly) is on spotify.

So thats what im enjoying at the moment, id love to hear what your loving right now!

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

My Nighttime Self-care Routine.

Hey! So, for the past week or so ive gotten into having a bit of a self-care routine every night at the minute. I started having issues with going to sleep, as someone who after many sleep issues in my teen years was able to sleep with no issue. But now, i have been getting anxious about the idea of going too sleep, as someone who responds well to the pampering side of self care and i also needed to start taking better care of more than just my face! i brought in a routine that has really been helping.

So generally i am a massive night owl, and myself and friends will generally stop playing video games and go to bed between 1-3am. So, at this point i turn off my pc move my water bottle & phone near my bed and then i get my room sorted, i draw my blinds and tidy up my bed if i dumped stuff on it! I then will get a youtube video going  on my phone, currently its generally a video from thrift thick  (please check her out i adore her!) then i get all the products i need out and put them onto the corner of my dressing table that i use as a night stand, before i get changed & go off to cleanse my face brush my teeth etc.

So i always double cleanse, ive always been a massive fan of doing this and i start with generally the super facialist vitamin C+ skin renew cleansing oil £10.99 this is hands down my favourite cleansing oil, ive used it for years and will continue to do so! it cleanses without stripping, it isnt super oily or heavy and it smells like oranges! for my second cleanse, i go with either the botanics all bright gentle cleansing cream £5.49 witch is very gentle and good for when my skin is dryer or the B. creamy foam cleanser £6.99 during the summer and when my skin is oiler. Both staples in my bathroom cupboard!

Once im back in my room i turn off my light and do everything else just by the light of my phone, i do this purely because i dont wanna have to get back up and turn my light off again! continuing with skincare, i use an acid toner, at the minute ive been enjoying the Freedom makeup london pro studio radiance tonic £ 6.00, this is really good, pretty gentle but still helps to remove dead skin cells using good old acid! (nice acid!), after this ive really gotten into using a hydrating facial spritz, my choice being the B. hydrated hyaluronic acid spritz £7.99, i am going through this so fast! i think this was hands down what kept my skin from being dry during the heat wave when i didnt want anything on my face!

Then i use a serum, ive really been enjoying the superdrug vitamin c invigorating skin booster £4.99 at the moment, of course i love the smell! but it also adds an extra layer of hydration and softness that i love. Finally for my face, i use a night cream and i wrote a whole review about these garnier natural 3 in 1 soothing rose botanical balm £12.99 witch you can read here, but the short version is hydrating, calming and lovely!

With all that on my face, i turn my attention to the rest of my body! now i have never liked putting body cream on, i hate the feeling so that doesnt happen. But i have been finally paying my feet some attention, i have very difficult problematic feet (this, is an understatement) we are talking cracks so deep they bleed bad, and having to be bandaged up earlier this year! my foot cream of choice right now is the scholl hard skin softening cream £5.99. i have to be honest however i dont know if its as heavy duty as my feet need! so if you have a suggestion please let me know!

now, i lay down and watch the youtube video for a bit, as it gets closer to the end i pop on a lip balm. ive really been liking the REN vita mineral lip balm £10.50 lately, i think this was a freebie in a box at some point? but however i got it, i really like how smooth it feels on the lips and its very hydrating, its still on in the morning! the very last thing i do beauty product wise is pop on some hand cream, ive been going for this NAOBAY orange juice hand cream £11.50 currently, another box item! because its on the lighter side so good for the summer, but its still very hydrating and plus side it smells amazing (can you tell i like orange smelling things?).

and with that, i close my phone and go to sleep and generally this little routine as really been helping me unwind and not be quite so anxious at night!

do you have a night time routine? any foot cream suggestions for me? let me know!

cath x