Glossier UK Review

I know everyone, their mums, nans, etc must have heard about Glossier at some point. It's a brand I have always wanted to try because there was (and there still is) a lot of hype from bloggers and vloggers about the brand plus the founder is also a blogger (Emily Weiss from Into The Gloss). I think she is absolutely amazing for developing such a lovely brand and I feel very proud of her as a blogger. Glossier was mainly a US brand but last year things changed and it was finally available in the UK. I was over the moon and I made a quick order on the launch date because I did not want any product to go out of stock. Thankfully, the brand was well prepared as they have their warehouse here in the UK so they don't actually ship from the US to the UK for each order. I think this is amazing because you know you can get your order in good time and there will be no custom charges. At the time of launch, there was free delivery and a discount code which was great. I am sure there are still loads of discount codes floating around. If you fancy a 10% discount code, you can use my link here. Just for transparency, I get some store credit if you use my link above and you also get 10%.  There is free delivery for orders over £25 as well. I did not go crazy at all as I wanted to try out the brand first and then make future orders later. I got the Glossier Phase 1 Set which consists of the best selling Milky Jelly Cleanser, Priming Moisturiser and the Balm Dotcom (Cherry Flavour). You get to choose what flavour you want of the Balm Dotcom which is great. Let's get into the review.

If there is one thing that instantly caught my attention, it has to be the packaging. I am not usually a crazy pink lover but I love the shade of pink used in the brand. It is a soft pink that feels feminine without being too girly. I love the pink and white theme of the entire brand and how minimal the packaging is. I am not going to lie; I was looking forward to ordering so I could get the pink ziploc pouches and stickers (super big baby me!!). It's so silly but I think it is a unique  touch and really stands out. The pink ziplock-like pouch is very handy for travelling. I actually want to place more orders just so I can have more pouches. My order came really well packaged in a white box with all the products in the pouch, stickers and some samples. The box is really sturdy and can be used to store makeup or any bits you fancy. I love the minimalist theme of all the products and they look so pretty in my bathroom, dresser and makeup drawer. They just look very aesthetic and photograph well.

Milk Jelly Cleanser // Link //£15
This definitely has to be one product I really wanted to try because I have read several reviews and watched countless videos on it. I was really glad I could finally see what the hype was all about. I love the bottle as it is very handy although it contains 177ml of product. It is quite travel friendly and I love that it has a safety pump lock to prevent any accidents. Glossier describe the Milky Jelly Cleanser as the ultimate daily face wash that dissolves makeup and grime. It can be used on dry skin or wet skin but I prefer it on wet skin. It contains Glycerin, Rosewater, Pro-Vitamin B5 among other ingredients so it does feel quite moisturising. I feel like people with dry skin will adore it. I don't think it is great at removing my makeup (I do full coverage whenever I wear makeup) and I almost feel like I want to go back with another cleanser whenever I use it. However, it is amazing as a morning cleanser as it feels gentle and non-stripping. It gives my skin a clean feel in the morning but a gentle one which is one I prefer for mornings. Sometimes, I feel like I still have some product on my face but I actually don't; it's just the texture of the Milky Jelly Cleanser. I have mixed feelings about it because I wished it could work well as a cleanser and makeup remover (so I could use it in the evening). Still, I think I will repurchase it at some point. If you are looking for a similar texture, I will highly recommend the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gelee Cleanser which has a very similar texture.

Priming Moisturiser // Link //£18
I love trying out new primers although my absolute favourite will always remain the Wilko Silky Mattifying Primer and the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Primer. Anyway, I was excited to see how this product lived up to the hype surrounding it. Glossier describes it as a base that visibly plumps the skin up with moisture to create a cushiony bounce and even texture to the skin. Basically, it is a hydrating moisturiser with priming abilities. Now, people go for primers for different qualities but I look out for a primer which will act as a great canvas for my makeup and one that gives me shine-free makeup for a good while through the day. I love primers that are non-greasy and matte and most of the primers with these qualities are not usually hydrating but I am okay with that because I use a different moisturiser.

Naturally, I was keen to see if this primer will be one that does all I want while being hydrating. It has a great hydrating texture and I will say it is almost watery so you have to be careful when you dispense/pump it out of the tube. It feels really moisturising on the skin, non-greasy and absorbs well. If you have dry skin, you will adore this primer/moisturiser hybrid. As a primer, I have to say it has not worked well for me. For some bizarre reason, it makes my makeup get shiny and dewy way quicker than if I don't use any moisturiser or primer. It totally baffled me and I tried different methods to tweak it but I always ended up looking shiny even with matte foundations. I just think it works best as a moisturiser for my skin and if ever I wanted a dewy look, I know what primer to choose. If you have dry skin or combination skin and you are looking for a primer which is hydrating while giving you a dewy look, this may be one to try.

Balm Dotcom // Link //£10
This was another product I was so excited to try because I'd heard so many good things about it. I almost made an international order just to try it especially when I heard it was a non-greasy lip balm. I am not a huge lip balm girl at all because many of the ones I have tried tend to feel heavy on my lips. A few of my favourite lip balms include the By Terry Baume de Rose and the ILIA Lip Balms/Tinted Lip Conditioners because they work well on my lips. I was really glad that this was included in the Phase 1 set and I could choose the flavour I wanted. I went for the Cherry Flavour because I felt it will look the most flattering against my complexion. Glossier describes the Balm Dotcom as a hydrating, long lasting, multi-purpose lip balm and skin salve designed to nourish and repair dry/chapped skin. I have to say I absolutely agree with this description as it captures what the Balm Dotcom does to a T. It can be used on the lips, cuticles, hands or anywhere that has dry skin. I tend to use it mainly on my lips and I love it.

Some of the ingredients include Beeswax, Lanolin, Petrolatum, Castor Seed Oil, etc. I did raise my eyebrow when I saw it contains Petrolatum as its first ingredient but I have actually enjoyed using this balm so I don't mind too much.  It feels like a matte lip balm with all the moisture retention abilities of other regular lip balms. It does not sit heavy or greasy on my lips and that's why I really enjoy it. My lips are quite pigmented but the Cherry flavour still manages to give a very slight hint of colour which I love. I am glad I chose this flavour and it smells so lovely too!! It's definitely a handbag staple especially with the current weather.

Is the Phase 1 Set Worth Buying?
I will definitely recommend the Phase 1 Set especially if you just want to test out the brand. The price is a great one because you save at least £8 if you buy the set as opposed to buying the products individually. It's almost like you get a free Balm Dotcom for purchasing the Milky Jelly Cleanser and the Priming Moisturiser. I will definitely say it is worth the price. . They also have the Phase 2 Set which consists of some of their essential makeup products (the Boy Brow, Stretch Concealer and Generation G Lipstick) and you can customise the products too. I am totally for that idea and I am considering getting it at some point.

Where to Buy
Glossier is currently only sold on the Glossier website in the US and UK. I believe the US website ships to a number of countries which you can check out here. I am not sure they will stock them elsewhere but it will be great to see the brand stocked on maybe ASOS so more people can get the brand. It will even be more amazing if they are stocked in Beauty Mart, Urban Outfitters or any other retailers which are more accessible other than the Glossier head offices. I am sure they may be planning something soon for the UK (I know they had pop up shops in the UK last year).

Overall Thoughts
Overall, I am really pleased with my purchase even though I was not over the moon by all the products. I still use these products often except the Priming Moisturiser which I use as a night moisturiser when my skin needs that extra moisture. I  am keen to hear what your thoughts are if you have tried Glossier. Do you have any other recommendations?
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Dermalogica Skincare Review

Back in December, I got a lovely box from Influenster/Dermalogica containing a great selection of some of their best selling skincare products including their recently launched Daily Superfoliant. I have never really tried anything from Dermalogica as such except a few samples here and there. I was very delighted to incorporate these Dermalogica products into my skincare because I'd heard so many good things about them. I was kindly sent the following products: Daily Superfoliant*, Skin Smoothing Cream*, Pre-Cleanse Balm*, Special Cleansing Gel* and the Cleansing Mitt*. I have been trying them out since I got them and I wanted to share my thoughts on here because I really enjoyed using them.

I think the packaging is simple and aesthetically pleasing. Sticking to monochrome or simple colour schemes always looks great especially when it comes to skincare. They have the kind of lab vibe which I totally don't mind at all. Some of the products are sample sizes so I don't know how the full size looks like but I am guessing they are similar to the minis. I actually love the sample sizes because they contain a good amount of product for you to know if you like the product enough to invest in it. Of course, they will be great for travelling although I have been using them while I am at home. I particularly love that the cleansing balm comes in a tube which I feel is the easiest way to use this product. There is minimal mess and I don't have to dip my fingers into a tub to get some product out.

I have to say the packaging of the Daily Superfoliant was a little tricky for me initially because it had a sticker on top which you have to remove when you use it. The product is a powder so you do have to be careful when you are trying to dispense some powder/product to use as there is a chance that too much product can come out at a time. It happened to me a couple of times until I got the hang of it. I don't know if the sticky adhesive is meant to remain on the bottle but it did look like it should be completely removed (which is what I did). Apart from that, I think everything else is great and practical.

Dermalogica Pre Cleanse Balm // Link // £44 (full size), £8 for 15ml
I absolutely love this product and it is definitely one I will be looking to repurchase. It is described as a deep cleansing balm to oil cleanser which melts away all makeup and impurities from the skin. It's a simple description but it really captures what this product does. I already mentioned I love that it comes in a tube so I can control how much product I need with minimal mess and cross contamination. It applies like a dream across my face and all my makeup (including my eye makeup) come off. I save it for days when I wear heavy makeup especially during the weekend and it does such a great job. It does not feel uncomfortably greasy at all and even if you hate oil or balm cleansers, I think you would love this texture. I take it off with a hand-hot or warm flannel and every single makeup is gone including my eye makeup. I absolutely love it and will highly recommend!

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel // Link // £10.50 for 50ml,  £32 (for 250ml), £52.50 for 500ml
I am a big fan of cleansing gels in general because I feel that they give my skin a proper cleanse compared to other textures of cleansers (especially as a double cleanse). The Dermalogica Cleansing Gel is described as a soap-free foaming gel cleanses without disturbing the skin's natural moisture balance. It looks like a basic cleanser but it works better than many cleansers I have tried. I love that it has the right amount of lather to take off my makeup without leaving my skin dry. If you have dry skin and shy away from cleansing gels or lathers, I think this one is worth trying. The sample I received is only 50ml but it has lasted me a good while because only the tiniest amount is enough for my face. I sometimes use this as a single cleanse or a double cleanse after the pre-cleanse balm and my skin feels so clean and non-irritated. It is also one of the few cleansers that I have loved using with just my hands or with my FOREO Luna. I never cleanse/wash my face without a beauty device but this cleanser is one of the cleansers that gives me that clean feel without a beauty device. I am contemplating buying the full size but I have two other cleansers I absolutely love and need to finish before I invest it another one. I have really enjoyed using it is as it is fuss free, soap-free and works so well for my skin.

I also tried this cleanser with the Cleansing Mitt that came along with these products and I loved it. It's not one I will reach out for often but if I did not have a FOREO and did not want to use my hands, I would definitely use it. The good thing about this cleansing mitt is that it can get into pretty much any crevices of the skin that you need to clean such as the corners of the nose. I don't think it is sold on its own but it comes as a set with some of the Dermalogical Cleansing products. This one came with the Pre-Cleanse Balm.

Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream* //Link // £36 for 50ml,  £54 for 100ml
Dermalogica describe the Skin Smoothing Cream as a medium weight moisturiser designed to balance combination/dry skin. I personally won't classify my skin as a combination/dry as it is more of combination oily. I still had an open mind when trying this moisturiser out. Some of the ingredients include lecithin, aloe vera, mallow, cucumber, etc which all work together to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised. It does not have any fragrance to it which I know many people do prefer. I am happy either ways. I love that this cream comes in a tube as it is easy to use and travel with. It provides a good amount of moisture and hydration and I prefer to use it more at night. I think for combination skin, it does not feel too greasy but I won't say it is the lightest weight moisturiser I have tried. If you do have dry skin, I feel you would love this moisturiser a lot.

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant* // Link // £55 (Full size 57g), £17 (for 13g)
Now this is the star of the entire review and it is one product I was very curious about because I have never tried any product like it. Dermalogica describe the Daily Superfoliant as a highly active resurfacer which delivers smoother skin and helps fight the biochemical and environmental triggers known to accelerate skin ageing. Most exfoliants are either in the form of a scrub or toners but a powder exfoliant is not as common and this is why I wanted to try it. I have a love-hate relationship with the packaging. I love that it is lovely size (it's a full size of 57g) and I can get away with travelling easily with it. What I don't like as much is the initial issues I had with the opening at the top of the bottle. I already mentioned there is a high chance of dispensing more product than you need. The great thing is I've now got the hang of getting the right amount of product. I tend to tip a small amount into the cover and then onto my wet/damp hands.

When I first got it, I just thought this will be a faff to use but to my surprise, I have come to love using it almost on a daily basis. I just moisten my hand with some water, pour out a little powder into the lid and onto my wet/damp hands, rub my hands together (it turns to a nice paste) and apply to my skin. It can be used a cleanser, an exfoliator and a mask and I have enjoyed using it in these different ways. When I use it as a cleanser, I apply it a second cleanse after removing my makeup. I love using it as an exfoliator which is what it is designed for and it really keeps my skin very smooth. I absolutely love it. Lastly, I also use it as a mask because let's face it, it does look like a mask. It contains activated binchotan charcoal which is known for purifying the skin and adsorbing toxins/impurities. The Daily Superfoliant also contains niacinamide, red algae and tara fruit extract which are excellent ingredients for the skin.

I feel like everyone will love this product because it is gentle, effective and non-irritant. I do have to mention that there is a note on the website which says it is not recommended for people who use medically prescribed exfoliation products. It's such a great product that can be used everyday which is why I love it as it does not feel abrasive at all. It may seem expensive at £55 but I think it will last a very long time because it is a powder and you need the tiniest amount. The great thing is if you wanted to try it out without splurging, they have a mini size for £17 which you can find here. I will highly recommend trying out this product because it can be used in many ways with visible results.

Where to Buy
Dermalogica products can be purchased from website and they are generous with nice samples. You can also purchase these products from other retailers such as John Lewis, Selfridges, Fenwick, etc. I tend to purchase from any retailers that have the best discounts and those who offer free samples/free deliveries.

Final Thoughts
I am really impressed with Dermalogica as a brand and with all the products I got to try. I did not really know what to expect from using the brand long term but I am so glad and grateful that I had the opportunity to try them out. Now I have some firm favourites and more products on my repurchase list. My absolute favourite products from what I tried include the Pre-Cleanse Balm, the Special Cleansing Gel and the Daily Superfoliant. Massive thanks to Influenster UK for sending me these lovely products.  I hope you enjoyed this post and see you in the next post. Have you tried any product from Dermalogica?
*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are mine. Affiliate links used, read my full disclaimer here.

Favourite Vitamin C Skincare Products

It is no secret that Vitamin C is one of the skincare ingredients that is known for brightening the skin, improving radiance, fighting free radicals (that cause premature ageing & damage the skin) and helps combat hyper pigmentation. Apart from its brightening properties, Vitamin C also has anti-oxidant properties and helps with collagen production (which keeps the skin plump). It all depends on the formula used, quality of the ingredients and the percentage of Vitamin C contained in the products. I have tried a good range of products that contain Vitamin C derivatives and I thought I should do a little round up since it appears that Vitamin C is the going to be on trend this year. There are different formulas for different budgets so there is something for everyone depending on your preference.

For reference, I have combination-oily skin which gets dehydrated pretty quickly. My main skin concern is hyper pigmentation and blemishes especially around my cheeks and that's the main reason why I use Vitamin C products because I know it helps improve the appearance of dark spots/hyper pigmentation. Vitamin C is derived mainly from citrus fruits which includes orange, lemons, tangerine, lime, etc. The active ingredient can be derived from natural sources or they may be synthesized molecules. I won't go into the nitty-gritty because I am not a skincare professional as such. Vitamin C can be incorporated into different formulas including serums, creams, masks, peels etc. It is an unstable active ingredient so it needs to be in the right formula to prevent degradation.

To make matters worse, Vitamin C is unstable with sunlight and in many other normal conditions so it usually loses its efficacy. This is why there are different derivatives of Vitamin C which are synthesized to work as the original but remain stable in normal conditions. Some derivatives of Vitamin C include L-Ascorbic Acid (purest & potent stable form & water soluble), Ascorbyl Palmitate (lipid soluble, highly stable but not as potent as L-Ascorbic Acid), Magnesium Ascorbyl Palmitate (collagen booster, antioxidant properties like the pure form of Vitamin C), etc. Vitaimin C and its derivatives makes the skin sensitive to sunlight which is why it is very important to use sunscreen whenever you use any products containing Vitamin C except at night. Right let's get into my favourite products that contain Vitamin C. Let's get into the post....

Institut Esthderm Intensive Vitamin C Cream* // Link //£64
The first product on my list is the Institut Esthederm Intensive Vitamin C cream which I have been trying out for almost two months. I am yet to try any product from this brand that has not lived up to my expectations and in many cases, surpassed my expectations. I particularly like their Intensive range because the products seem to have a higher concentration of ingredients which target problem areas more effectively. The Intensive Vitamin C Cream is defined as a soft lavish cream that is concentrated with Vitamin C (they have combined two stable Vitamin C derivatives) and targets dark spots and wrinkles. It also stimulates collagen synthesis, re-balances pigmentation and fights against harmful free radicals (which contribute to premature ageing).

I don't have wrinkles but I do have dark spots/hyper pigmentation on my cheeks which are the bane of my life. This is why I was very excited to try out this Intensive Vitamin C Cream. I love the packaging because it looks and feels luxurious. It even comes with a small spatula which makes it very hygienic to use and you know there are limited chances of cross contamination. The texture is possibly one of my favourite textures because it is very silky and smooth on the face. It provides the right amount of hydration that my skin needs and it does not feel greasy at all. This is why I am able to use it during the day and at night. I can wear my makeup straight after using it because it gets absorbed really easily on my skin.

The first thing I noticed is the natural glow my skin has with and without makeup which makes me happy. My hyper pigmentation marks are slowly but surely fading and I can see an improvement although I am also using other products. I would definitely say it provides an additive effect with the other products I am using. I do have to say that I feel like this product is very stable because I have not noticed any darkening/browning of the cream which usually happens when unstable ingredients are used (and it is oxidised by light/sunlight). I am still using this as my everyday cream and I absolutely love it. It is expensive but I do think it is worth it especially if you are looking to have brighter/glowing skin.  I have only used 1/4th of the tub and I am on Month 2. I have used this cream since I got it in January and it has really helped my skin and it is the only Vitamin C product that I have tried for the longest time in a row.

Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Serum // Link //£88 (Currently on offer in Beauty Bay for £66)
I had my eyes on this Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Serum for ages and I even popped into Space NK for a sample so I could see if my skin would love it. My skin loved it and I purchased it the next time a sensible discount code came up. I used the Caroline Hirons 25% discount code so I got it at a reasonable price. The Renaissance Brightlight Serum is described as an intensive daily correcting serum which combats hyper pigmentation, sun damage, dark spots and ensures a visibly brighter even complexion. I feel like I still need to do a full review of this product but for now, I am just going to give a brief overview. It has other brightening ingredients including Vitamin C. It has two types of Vitamin C- Vitamin C Phosphate and Vitamin C Palmitate. I love the gorgeous packaging complete with a pipette. I particularly like it because it is designed in such a way that you only get the exact amount of product you need and the pipette really helps with that. It is a serum as the name suggests and it feels slightly tacky on the skin when I first apply it. It does sink in within a short time which is great for when I am in a hurry. It does not sting or feel irritating on the skin which is amazing and I feel sensitive skin types may tolerate it. The results I have noticed is radiance to my skin. Whenever I use this the night before, my skin glows the next day and I love it. I top up the radiance with my other vitamin c creams and love the results. I am putting together my thoughts on products that work for hyper pigmentation so I will share my full thoughts on that post. They currently have it on offer in Beauty Bay for £66 here.

Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel* // Link //£55
Murad is another tested, tried and loved skincare brands and I have loved all the products I have tried from them. I already have a review of the Intensive Radiance C Peel which you can find here. Murad describe it as an intensive treatment that instantly brightens the skin to reveal a radiant complexion whilst helping to reduce premature ageing. I particularly love this product because it also exfoliates my skin and hydrates my skin. I usually apply it on cleansed skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off. It is an intense treatment as the name suggests so if you have sensitive skin, I will suggest trying it out lightly at first (and for shorter periods). It contains Glycolic Acid and Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate) which I think is just the best combination (in my opinion) for my skin problems. It stings my skin and it's something I have come to accept (at least I know it is working). I try and keep it on for as long as I can tolerate. When I rinse off my skin, my skin looks so radiant, healthy and glowing. I don't think I have used any other product which provides such immediate effect and this effect lasts for a few days. I would highly recommend this product if you want a product that both provides radiance, glow and exfoliation.

The Ordinary 
I know there is a lot of controversy about The Ordinary products which is such a shame as I enjoyed the products. I won't be addressing the drama for now but I do hope the brand gets business in order and asap!! Anyway, I have two favourite Vitamin C (including derivatives) products that I have enjoyed from the brand and they are targeted at brightening and giving the skin that much needed radiance.

The first product is the Vitamin C Suspension 30% in Silicone // Link //£5.80 which is described as a water-free suspension of L-Ascorbic acid (30%) in light silicones. It is designed to help reverse multiple signs of premature ageing as well as brightening the skin. There is another version which contains 23% Vitamin C but I read some reviews which were less than glaring and decided to stick to this version. I was really excited to try this out because I don't think I have tried anything with such a high concentration of Vitamin C. The first thing I noticed was the tingling sensation which I still feel depending on how my skin decides to behave. It contains silicone as the name suggests so it almost feels like you are applying a primer as it has that primer feeling. However, it's not one I tend to use during the day. I prefer to use it at night. It does not really give my skin a radiant or glowing feel I get from other Vitamin C products. However, I do feel like it has helped with some of the hyper pigmentation/ dark marks on my skin compared to the other Vitamin C products I have tried. It is one I definitely want to use for longer so I can see how well it works over time. You do have to exercise patience with using it as with any other skincare product that may take a while to see sensible results. If you have dry skin, I don't think you would like the texture because I feel it may be drying on the skin. However, I don't mind how it feels on my combination oily skin. If you still want to try it out, I will suggest using a thin layer because a generous amount will end up balling up on your skin (regardless of your skin type) and it's not a great look or feel. I experienced this balling up effect the first few times I used it and was almost put off until I started using thin layers and things got way better. For the price and concentration of active ingredient, I think it is worth a try. I would say start off with other gentler versions of Vitamin C before jumping into this intensive 30% strength.

The second product is actually one I absolutely enjoy and it's the Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate 10% // Link //£7.80. I used this all through December along with my other skincare products and I loved the results I got. The Ordinary describes the MAP 10% (as it is called) as a brightening hydrator with stabilized Vitamin C derivative. I definitely prefer the texture of MAP to the Vitamin C 30%. It feels more hydrating on the skin and I feel will work better with many skin types. I tend to reach for this in the morning because it works well as a moisturiser and allows my makeup apply really smoothly. It also works well with other skincare products like my serums, other moisturisers and sunscreen which is really important for me. With MAP, I definitely noticed an immediate and sustained glow to my skin. My dark spots appeared less visible and I was not breaking out as much. I combined it with the Azeliac Acid Suspension and Alpha Arbutin and my skin really looked fantastic despite all the junk I ate in December. I did not experience any tingling sensation with this formula to my delight. This is one of my favourite budget friendly Vitamin C products and I already repurchased it because I don't want to suddenly run out. I will highly recommend giving this a try if you wanted to foray into Vitamin C without breaking the bank.

There are other amazing Vitamin C products from other brands which I love but these are my current favourites. I know Body Shop makes fantastic Vitamin C products especially their Glow Boosting Moisturiser which I am tempted to repurchase because I absolutely enjoyed using it and finished my entire tub. That's all from this end. Have you tried any of these Vitamin C products? What are your recommendations?
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