July Empties: Products I've Used Up

Thursday, 6 August 2020

You guys know what time it is, it's Empties time! This edit is perhaps one of the smallest that I've featured this year so far, but there are some absolute must-haves in this little basket which are not to be missed!

REN Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Salt Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Body Scrub* (reviewed here)
As someone who struggles with chronic tiredness, I personally find REN's Anti-Fatigue range really useful and I love how beneficial magnesium-infused products are for the body. This Body Scrub is a proper luxury treat and it feels like a spa treatment whenever I use it so it's come in handy during lockdown! I just love it and have used up a couple of tubs over the years. Repurchase? Yes definitely, and I'm also already using the matching Body Wash in my shower at the moment.

Weleda Skin Food* (reviewed here)
A beauty regular in many of my Empties posts, Weleda's Skin Food is a multi-tasking superhero that I always have on my bedside table. This ultra-thick moisturiser helps to seriously hydrate dry skin and can be used anywhere on the body that needs some extra TLC such as hands, feet, elbow, cuticles etc. I've used up this tube on my hands alone to combat the drying effects of hand sanitiser! Repurchase? Definitely.

Ben & Anna Sensitive Natural Toothpaste* (reviewed here)
Looking for a plastic-free toothpaste? Look no further! I'm a big fan of Ben & Anna who package their Natural Toothpaste in glass jars. They last a long time too. Repurchase? Yes.

Corpore Sanctum Tonify Me Bunny Pore Minimising Mist (link)
I discovered this super cute bunny-shaped Toner Mist from K-beauty brand Corpore Sanctum in a lifestyle box from The Vegan Kind and I've been seriously impressed it. Infused with Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C, it's a lovely refreshing toner to use during the hot and sticky Summer months. Repurchase? I'm using the Antipodes Resurrect Clarifying Toner at the moment but I'd happily buy this again in the future.  
Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Balm(reviewed here)
Another multi-tasking gem, Balm Balm's Little Miracle Rosehip Balm is great for massaging into dry skin and it's perfect for helping to improve the appearance of stretch marks over time as long as you apply it on a regular basis. I must have used up at least two or three jars by now! Repurchase? Yes. 

A'kin Hydrating Antioxidant Day Cream(reviewed here)
One of my favourite day moisturisers, this one from Australian brand A'kin is ideal for my combination skin as it provides essential hydration but doesn't overload my skin. I find it nice and light for summer, yet it still has a satisfying rich texture. Another product that I've used many times in the past. Repurchase? Definitely.

Doucce Boombastic Lash Volumizer Mascara
I haven't been wearing much makeup during lockdown, except for a bit of tinted moisturiser and this mascara which is one of the best that I've tried for being smudge-proof in the heat - give it a go if you have hayfever! Repurchase? Yes.

P.S - How To Recycle Your Beauty Empties!

All of the glass and easy-to-recycle plastic PET empties will be put into my council's blue bin kerbside recycling scheme, but for the harder-to-recycle stuff, I will be:-

  • Recycling the pumps, lids and atomisers with Neal's Yard Remedies - more info at the bottom of their website here.
  • Recycling any other products that my local council doesn't accept at The Body Shop, L'Occitane or with Garnier's Terracycle partnership - more info here.

What have you used up recently?

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Summer Beauty: 3 Cruelty-Free Sunscreens To Try This Summer

Monday, 3 August 2020

3 Cruelty-Free Sunscreens To Try This Summer
The weather is finally brightening up and feeling much more like Summer so it's a great time to stock up on that all-important essential for you and your family - sunscreen! Here are three cruelty-free brands you should try this Summer.

Best For Those Who Want A Tinted Sunscreen - Alteya Organics Organic Whole Body Sunscreen SPF 30* (90ml, £13.40, link)
I know a lot of people who dislike wearing sunscreen because of the white cast that can often be left on the skin and if that sounds like you, I'd recommend this one from Alteya Organics. Their Organic Whole Body Sunscreen SPF 30 has a clever sheer tint to it which blends into your natural skin tone as you rub it in so that you're not left looking as pale as a ghost after applying it. This broadspectrum formula is water-resistant for 40 minutes (always reapply after you've been swimming/in the water), and contains 95% organic certified natural ingredients which are kinder to sensitive skin types. It can be used all over the body and I'd also say it's suitable for the face thanks to the tinted formula.

3 Cruelty-Free Sunscreens To Try This Summer
Best For For Those Who Want A More Sustainable Option - Suntribe Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30* (60ml, £16.99, link)
It's not easy looking for a sunscreen which is more sustainable but this Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 from Suntribe ticks two important boxes. Firstly, its broad-spectrum formula is made from natural and organic ingredients which are reef-safe so they won't have a negative impact on aquatic life, and secondly, this sunscreen is sustainably packaged in a bio-based sugarcane tube that biodegrades much faster than regular plastic. Free from potentially harmful chemical UV-filters, parabens, alcohol, preservatives, perfume and synthetic chemicals, it's a good all-round option that can be used on the body and face. It has a subtle tint to it which prevents ghost face too.

Best For Babies & Sensitive Skin - Ayan Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50* (100ml, £23.90, link) & SPF 35* (100ml, £21.90, link)
One of the best sunscreen brands that I've tried for sensitive skin is Ayan and their Mineral Sunscreens are also suitable for use on babies as they're so gentle. They're made from just seven natural ingredients (77% of which are certified organic), are reef-safe and feature 20% non-nano zinc oxide to fully protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Sweat and water-resistant (always reapply after swimming/in water), they have lots of nourishing plant-based ingredients such as Shea Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil, Cacao Seed Butter, Coconut Oil, Beeswax and Vitamin E to stop your skin from drying out in the sun. Available in SPF 35 and SP 50, they absorb easily without any stickiness. I've tested them during a recent eczema flare-up and had no problems!

What are your favourite cruelty-free sunscreens?

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The Weekend Post: Improving Your Skin While You're Sleeping #AD

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Having better skin is a wish that is shared by many people. There is plenty of advice to follow about what products you should be using during the day – but what about improving your skin whilst you sleep? Waking up with better skin feels great, so here are a few tips that can help you achieve this.

Staying Cooler to Reduce Sweating

During sleep, the body still sweats and produces oils, but sweating too much can be bad for the skin. Commonly, sweating a lot during sleep is because you get too hot during the night. Whilst it might be tempting to turn up the air-con, this can actually dry out the skin. Instead, you should consider what you are sleeping on. Different materials are better at wicking away excess heat and controlling the temperature, so if you are someone who gets too hot in their sleep, you should look at your mattress. There are some great mattresses out there, and comparing them and reading reviews will help you to find the best mattress for a hot sleeper like yourself. A cooling mattress can make all the difference, and having a more comfortable mattress will help you sleep better too!
Changing Your Sheets

Upgrading your mattress is a good start, but you could also consider upgrading your sheets. Sheets come in all kinds of designs, but they also come in many materials too. You want your sheets to keep you at a comfortable temperature and to feel nice on the skin, you should avoid fabrics that irritate the skin. Another tip is to wash your sheets more regularly with detergent that is gentle on sensitive skin and allergen free. Washing your pillowcases daily might also be necessary if you suffer with acne, because your face will be touching your pillows every night, so a clean pillowcase to sleep on is important.

A Good Evening Routine

While you sleep, you won’t be drinking water or eating anything, so eating healthily and drinking plenty of fluids is important during the day. If you drink plenty of water throughout the day, your skin will stay more hydrated overnight. Drinking too much water just before bed, though, can be a mistake, as your sleep will be interrupted by bathroom trips during the night! Things such as stress and lack of sleep can have an impact on our skin, so unwinding on an evening and going to bed feeling relaxed will ensure you get a good night’s sleep and you won’t wake up with stress-breakouts. 

Leave-On Skincare

Skincare is important too and there are some great products out there that can do their magic whilst you sleep. During the day, you are more likely to be out or wearing makeup, but overnight you can apply heavy moisturizers and leave-on masks. Whatever skincare range you prefer, all skincare brands offer products that are applied in the evening or overnight, so don’t skip out on them. Choose products that are suitable for your skin type and let them get to work whilst you sleep. Hydrating serums in heavier formulas are perfect for overnight when you don’t need to wear makeup and they take longer to absorb, and there are some great serums and treatments to help clear acne scarring and marks overnight too. Don’t forget about anti-ageing products, as these also come in overnight formulas.

There are lots of things that affect skin, including skincare, diet, hormones and stress, so there are lots of factors you need to pay attention to. Everyone’s skin is different, but hopefully some of these tips can help you keep your skin looking its best.

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