On Trial: 5 Glycolic Acid Beauty Products

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My skin is problematic to say the least, I have had on going acne since I was a teenager, so I have quite a lot of scarring. I'm doing my best to combat these dark spots at home, so I don't have to splash my cash on microdermabrasion; I might eventually have the treatment but for now I'm trialling some at home treatments.

I find myself scouring the internet for acne scarring solutions and one common ingredient in the products suggested is Glycolic Acid. This is often found in brightening, renewing skincare products but can also be used to fade scarring, as well as getting a glow!

I would like to note glycolic acid isn't always suitable for people with sensitive skins, so be careful!

Here are 5 Glycolic Acid products on trial:

Glycolic Acid Product Review

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads
These nifty little pads make my skincare routine so simple. Once I've removed my make-up, I sweep a pad over my face, and that's it! Then I move onto toning and moisturising, so simple to use. I find these sting a little, so I wouldn't recommend them to anyone with sensitive skin and I would always suggest following up with a moisturiser, as they might leave your skin feeling a little tight.

Glycolic Acid Mask, Pads, Toner Review

Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Mask
Another Nip and Fab product that I love! This mask is a little strange in consistency, it's a goopy, clear gel, which you leave on to dry. I do notice my skin looks brighter after I use this! Again, I wouldn't recommend this to people with sensitive skin as it does have a strong grapefruit scent, which might cause irritation.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel
I grabbed this while it was half price, which made it around £2.50! I'm always intrigued by overnight products, this one especially caught my eye as it was a 'peel'. If you've research acne scar fading like I have, you will know you can have peels done, which strip layers of dead skin cells off, revealing fresher, clearer skin underneath; these are often pricey though. I wouldn't say that this is a peel, it neither peels off or makes layers of your skin peel off, it's more of an overnight mask. I do like using this product, and have noticed my skin improves in quality after use, but I think it's branded wrong.

Superdrug Glycolic Acid Overnight Peel Review

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Face Mask
I'd been eyeing up this mask for ages! I've heard so many rave reviews so when I managed to get a sample, I was keen to try it out! It's a orange goopy gel, much like the texture of the Nib and Fab Mask. I found this mask had the most 'tingle' out of those I was trialling, I didn't mind this but some people may find it uncomfortable. My skin did feel tighter and looked more clear after use. I think this one is my favourite because I can actually feel it working, I'll be purchasing the full size for sure.

REN Clarimatte Clarifying Toner
I wouldn't suggest using this toner every day, just as more of a boosting product when your skin is at it's worst. It's very strong, it's incredibly tightening but also refreshing as well because of it's menthol fragrance. I would recommend using a moisturiser after this product, as it does leave your skin feeling tight but I love the effect it gives; it's the only toner I have immediate results with!

REN Clarimatte Toner Review Glycolic Acid

I don't think any of these products are perfect, they all have different pros and cons but they are much cheaper than any facial treatment. I just tend to pick and choose when I use these products to make the most of them and not dry my skin out too much.

I think I will eventually go for microdermabrasion, so if you've had it done, please let me know how you got on in the comments!

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Top 5 Mood and Confidence Boosting Beauty Products

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One of the reasons many of us become interested in beauty products is because they give us a little confidence boost. It's handy to have a handful of mood boosting products in your arsenal for those grey days when you need a 'pick me up'. Here are my five favourites.
Confidence Boosting Products
MAC Russian Red Lipstick
There is an excellent quote which states 'Give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world', it's true! There is something so uplifting about wearing a red lipstick. I personally love MAC's Russian Red, a matte red lipstick that refuses to budge.

Veet Wax Strips*
Girls, we all know how good it feels to have super smooth legs! I recently tried waxing for the first time and loved the results. If you can get over the initial shock of ripping the strip off, it's worth it for silky smooth pins. They have great guides on their website, if you haven't tried waxing before.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede Perfume
Jo Malone perfumes are worth the splurge! This perfume has soft floral notes, which just boost my mood instantly and throughout the day I catch the scent again and it puts a smile on my face.
Top 5 Beauty Products that Boost your Confidence
Eyelure Lashes
Flirty, full lashes really help to draw attention to your eyes - the windows to the soul apparently! I just love adding that touch of glamour to my make-up using lashes. Eyelure have the best high street lashes, they have so many styles and they are very affordable.

Charles Worthington Texturising Spray
Big bouncy waves will never go out of style. There is something so pretty and youthful looking about messy waves. I just quickly run my straighteners over odd sections of my hair and curve them to create waves. Then I use the Texturising Spray to volumise the ends, I spray a little and then scrunch the hair up, this adds more texture and oomph!


Thank you to these products for giving me a boost of confidence on those grey days! I'd love to know what products give you a little boost? Write them in the comments below...
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L.A.B2 Beauty 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Kit Review - Affordable Brushes

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Using the right make-up brushes can make a big difference to your make-up. No one wants a brush which sheds when you blend your foundation or eyeshadow, or even leaves streaks when buffing products in.

I'm fond of my Real Techniques brushes but I like to try new things and switch things up, so when these L.A.B2 Brushes arrived I tested them straight away (after I photographed them obvs, #bloggerproblems).


LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Brush Kit Review

I haven't used a buffing brush in a long time, my Beauty Blender Sponge is my 'go to' when I want a flawless base. I found this Buffing Brush really worked my foundation into the skin and didn't shed at all. I did pat my beauty blender over the top once I was done just to perfect things.

The Foundation Brush was also good quality but I'm not sure if this brush is needed in the set. This flat painter style brush isn't as popular as buffing brushes for foundation as they can leave streaks and they don't really work the product into the skin. However they are great for applying high coverage beauty products like concealer and thick foundation quickly to those areas of concern. Then you can use the Buffing Brush to smooth out the edges and lines.

LAB2 I'm Turning Pro Face Brush Kit Review

The Eyeshadow Brush can be used in two ways; a flat packing brush and a fluffy buffing brush. You can lay down areas of colour by using the flat sides and then switch to using the semi-circle shaped end to blend any harsh lines and smoke out colours. This brush would be great for travelling so you don't have to take two separate brushes for eyeshadow.

Finally, my favourite, the Contour Brush, it's amazing at blending powder bronzer and contour shades. It's angled brush fibres fit perfectly into the hollows of your cheeks. I've ditched my battered Sigma Contour Brush for this one!

I'm impressed with the quality of the L.A.B2 Beauty Brushes, they are on par with the Real Techniques versions. My only downside is the rubberised packaging, yes it does look chic but over time I think this will be grubby. Nothing you couldn't wash off though.

The 'I'm Turning Pro' Brush Set is available from Superdrug and is priced at £18.99, which I think is very reasonable. They also do single brushes if you just want to try one at a time.

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Rose Gold Wishing Thomas Sabo at Silver Tree Jewellery

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Investing in jewellery wasn't something I thought about when I was a teenager. My jewellery box was filled to the brim with cheap jewellery from high street shops that often fell apart. Now I'm earning in a job I enjoy, I'm more willing to part with my cash for designer or higher end jewellery pieces.

As you may know I recently purchased the Rose Gold Bee Necklace from Alex Monroe, which has reignited my love for rose gold again. I'm now on the hunt for some rose gold rings which complement the necklace in their colour.

I found these beauties on Silver Tree Jewellery, they caught my eye immediately, so pretty and very unique. I just love the necklace too, can I justify another rose gold necklace?!
Being authorised Thomas Sabo stockists they have the full range from the designer, which made choosing out of these lovely pieces even harder!




I love how unique these pieces are, so much more different than the high street alternatives I used to buy. When is pay day again?!
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