Category Archives: Moisturiser

Skincare products you can’t live without

First off, lip balms! I have perpetually dry lips that need constant hydration. No matter how much water I drink, my lips seem to just want to dry out. Here are two lip balms that actually do it for me. The Nuxe Reve de Miel is my night time balm because it’s quite thick and has a bit of a colour to it. It stays on all night and if my lips are a bit chapped, this sorts it out by the morning. The only down side to this is that it comes in a pot.

The second lip balm is one I’ve previously finished and repurchased. It’s the Jack Black intense therapy lip balm in natural mint. I wear this throughout the day because it’s thinner, a  bit glossy and completely transparent. Of course, since I’ve repurchased this, it certainly works well for me 🙂

Next up is an eye cream that I really need to rave about. This brand is new to me, Arad.  I received this in a PR package along with a few other skincare products from Arad. I love the brand but this cream really takes the cake for quite possibly the best eye cream I’ve ever tried. First off, it’s huge in size and it’s very affordable. Secondly, from the first time I’ve worn this at night, I’ve woken up with beautifully plump skin around by eyes.  I’ve worm eye creams that are a lot more expensive than this, and I own a stash of more fancy and expensive eye creams that I receive for PR purposes, but this is the eye cream I put on when I really want to get the job done. It works really well for me.

Next up is this moisturiser from Lierac Paris. I won this in a small blogging competition and since I received it I haven’t stopped using it. I’ve almost finished the jar and I’ll certainly be repurchasing the next jar myself. This is a very light gel-cream moisturiser that simply does the job. It keeps me hydrated, it’s not too rich for me, it’s a moisturiser that’s perfect for my combination skin. It also contains oxygen and since the air in Malta is quite polluted, having pure oxygen in my moisturiser is certainly a plus since it’s an anti-inflammatory, helps collagen production and overall helps the skin to function better.

If you’re looking for some new skincare products, you should certainly consider these 🙂


Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Products Review

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair

I used these products for five months, they’re all done and through and now it’s time for a review!

These are the Neutrogena rapid wrinkle repair Night, Day and Serum products. I’m going to start off with saying that I don’t have wrinkles on my face (just a couple of fine lines) but I use these to slow down my skin’s ageing. As far as I know, products can only temporarily plump up the skin to make wrinkles look less pronounced but they can’t fix wrinkles. So that’s my first point, the name of this line is misleading since the ingredients will not repair anyone’s wrinkles but the hyaluronic acid does give that plumping effect temporarily.
This product line is a retinol and hyaluronic acid treatment. Retinol is the whole Vitamin A molecule and it is clinically proven to slow down the ageing process (it won’t repair wrinkles but helps slow down their development) since it’s a very strong antioxidant. Hyaluronic acid works very well at plumping up the skin.

For retinol to be preserved properly and for it to work, it needs to be stored in packaging that protects it from sunlight and that’s airtight. This range comes in dark packaging that’s good for preserving the retinol and they’re all dispensed with pumps. This is certainly better than a jar packaging but retinol would be more effective if it comes in dark single use capsules.

With retinol, it’s very important to wear sunscreen because it makes the skin more prone to sun damage (which is very counter productive if you’re trying to slow down the ageing process). The day cream from this line is an SPF30 that wears very nicely under makeup.

Every night, I applied the serum and the night cream every  and during the day I applied the day cream under makeup. The serum and night cream shouldn’t be used on the thin skin around the eyes and on the lips. Some people are allergic to retinol and their skin cannot tolerate it. I’m not allergic but in the beginning, I applied a little too close to my eyes and noticed that (only around my eyes), my skin started to get a little flakey. This is a normal reaction with retinol products, my skin wasn’t used to it and this product is too strong for the skin around the eyes. Neutrogena has an eye cream in this line but I never tried it. By time, I didn’t notice any more flakey skin.

After a couple of weeks of use, I noticed that my skin was feeling much softer, looked plumper (because of the hyaluronic acid) and it was smoother. Pimples became less frequent and when I did get a pimple, it healed quicker.

Although I used the day cream under my makeup, since I was wearing this in the Maltese summer, I used a mineral powder with SPF50 on my face on top of my makeup and topped up it up before going out in the sun at any time in the day. Simply wearing SPF30 in the morning under makeup isn’t sufficient for protecting skin all day. The day cream is nice for the hyaluronic acid, but it’s not very functional for me as a sunscreen.

Final Verdict

This is a product I recommend if 1) you’re not allergic to retinol 2) you’re not expecting your wrinkles to be magically repaired and 3) if you want to start out with using retinol products. The price is fantastic for the (realistic) effectiveness of the products and the packaging is suitable for preserving the retinol. The hyaluronic acid in this line is sufficient to plump up the skin, my fine lines are less defined when I used it.


Least Favourite Product – Day 22 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

glossybox moisturiserThis is by far my least favourite product that I’ve had my hands on lately. It’s the Astral original face and body moisturiser. I got this in the Iconic Hollywood Edition of the Glossybox that was themed around 1950s beauty.

Glossybox described this product like this…

” This versatile, rich moisturising cream has been a firm favourite amongst Hollywood stars and make-up artists alike since its creation in the 1950s – and we’re not surprised. Perfect for all ages, Astral hydrates deep below the skin’s surface and can even be used to remove make-up!”

Initially, my thoughts were that this is a product that has been on the market for about 60 years, then it must be good. I opened it, had a whiff, then though, “yep, they didn’t change the scent.” I was keen on trying it since I thought it would revolutionise my skin care regime, but… no.

It’s a very thick consistency and it feels very greasy. I’m one for trying things and I fist tried this to remove makeup (as Glossybox suggested) and no, it wasn’t working. I thought, fine, I don’t expect a moisturiser to remove my makeup really. So I removed my makeup and applied this as my moisturiser. My skin felt all clogged up and like it can’t breathe. As you can imagine, the next day I woke up to find that a new mountain had erected itself on my face.

I thought I’d try it as a body moisturiser. Again, it felt very greasy. This time, however, I also noticed that after I showered, my skin still looked and felt dry. This product makes me feel greasy but it doesn’t actually hydrate deep below the skin surface as Glossybox suggested.

Essentially, this is my lease favourite product because it’s useless for my skin. It might work for others, but my skin and Astral Original simply don’t get along.



My most frequently used hand creams – Day 18 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge

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For day 18 of the 30 days of beauty challenge, here are my most frequently used hand creams. I never thought of myself as someone who religiously uses hand cream but somehow, I found three products that I use regularly.

First up, L’Occitane Creme Mains. This is the hand cream that I currently have in my handbag. I carry around a hand cream and a cuticle balm in my handbag and these get pulled out when I’m having some sort of beauty break either on a train or at my desk. Some people have cigarette breaks, I have beauty breaks. I didn’t buy this product, it must have either been free with a magazine or free with some L’Occitane promotion box. Although this resides in my handbag, this is by no means my favourite hand cream. It leaves my hands greasy, I’m not too keen on the vanilla smell and I can’t vouch for any intense moisture. It’s just there because I got it for free and it serves its purpose for rubbing some cream on my hands during my mini beauty breaks.

Nivea Soft (Face, Body, Hands). I use this as my face moisturiser, and it serves its purpose for that. When I’m done moisturising my face, I rub any excess onto my hands. If my hands are feeling a little dry, I squeeze some extra product out and rub that into my hands. This is an easily absorbed cream that’s lightly scented. It moisturises and it’s convenient. I’ve never thought of this as a wow product but at the same time, it’s a product that I find very convenient and use daily. A good all rounder.

Finally, we have the star of the show, the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream. This is the cream I use when my hands are very dry in winter. This is a glycerin hand cream that I would recommend to people with dry hands. I love the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula line and this does a great job at deeply moisturising and repairing dry hands. A tiny amount of product is more than enough and it’s very quickly absorbed. It leaves my hands feeling soft and it’s not greasy at all. I love this.

I hope you found this post useful 🙂


My current moisturiser – Day 16 of the 30 Days of Beauty Challenge


I don’t think of myself as being too fussy with moisturisers but there are some that work for me and some that don’t. Everyone’s skin is different and this post is of course about how my own skin works. I’m not a dermatologist and I can only speak for myself.

I find that if my skin is either too dry or overly moisturised, it tends to break out. If it’s too dry, it starts producing oil and it will eventually lead to too much oil in some places causing spots. On the other hand, if a moisturiser is too heavy for me, I will also end up with spots on my face.

My go to face moisturiser is the Nivea Soft moisturiser that comes in a 75ml tube. I prefer squeezinNiveaSoftg (or pumping) out moisturiser rather than scooping it out from a tub because I think it’s more hygenic. I use a pea sized amount and massage it onto my face every night and I find that this absorbs very quickly. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy and it’s neither too light nor too heavy for me and it doesn’t break me out. It’s probably a pretty average moisturiser (as moisturisers go) but it just works for me.

It has a bit of scent to it but I don’t find it very strong and it doesn’t irritate me — I actually find it quite pleasant. It has Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E and since I’ve started using it (about 6 months ago) it did make my skin feel softer.

I also use this under makeup if I’m not using my Missha BB Cream. I find it works very well and I don’t find that it alters the longevity of my makeup (it doesn’t last longer and doesn’t wear off quicker either).

This cream can also be used as a hand or body cream — I don’t use it as a body lotion but sometimes I use it as a hand cream if it’s the first thing that pops into my hands when I’m looking for a hand cream.

Every once in a while, possibly once every week or two, I give my skin some extra moisture by topping off this moisturiser with an Etude House sleeping pack (either the firming one or the moisturising one). The sleeping packs, especially the moisturising one, make my skin feel baby soft in the morning but if I use them too often, I will break out.

All in all, I find to be a convenient moisturiser that works well for my skin. It quenches my skin, doesn’t break me out and it’s at a great price (£2.17 on Amazon.) I wouldn’t say that it does anything spectacular to my skin but it does keep it moisturised and soft, which is what it says it does. After I’m done with this tube I have some samples and moisturisers that I got in previous Glossyboxes to go through, but if I didn’t have a stash of moisturisers, I would repurchase this one.

I’m pretty basic with my moisturising routine, what do you use?