Drunk Elephant Brand Review

Haven’t heard of Drunk Elephant? Where have you been? It was definitely the talk of the town for a good few months at the end of 2018. They are a “clean compatible” skincare brand which creates products without what they call the ‘Suspicious 6’. They believe that Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Sunscreens, Fragrance/Dyes and SLS and the root of most skin issues.

The brand first launched in the UK in October 2018 to SpaceNK and Cult Beauty. There was a huge buzz around launch day with mounds of content being uploaded online by bloggers and influencers just like any other huge brand launch. Of course being quite a big skincare enthusiast myself, I was very excited to try a few products from the brand. I really liked the simple design with the white bottles and the fun coloured tops.

At the time of the launch, I was actually in New York for a few days for a holiday. The first opportunity I had, I went into a Sephora to have a look at the range and test a few products. In the end I picked up the Inspector Drunk Night Kit, which had a full size T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and 4 miniatures so that I could try a couple of different products without spending too much. In the end I realised that I should have just waited to buy it at home in London, because it ended up being cheaper after the price was reduced due to confusion of setting up a brand in a new continent.

The C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream is the only eye creams i’ve used that has made a noticeable difference to my under eye area as soon as I started using the product. It smooths and brightens, whilst still feeling light. I’ve already purchased my second full size version of this product. That’s how much I love it!

The B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum is great at boosting hydration, but it’s a product I probably won’t repurchase because I prefer using Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate or La Roche-Posay’s Hyalu B5 Serum.

The Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser is a nice and light morning cleanse product. I wouldn’t use it remove makeup as I feel like you’ll need a lot of product to do so, and you’ll run out very very quickly. I won’t be repurchasing this either because I find that it leaves a sticky residue on the skin after washing.

The T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum is definitely the stand out product for me in the whole range. This is the first time that I have ever tried an AHA based serum. I usually use Glycolic Acid in toner form, my favourite being Pixi Glow Tonic which I usually use a few times a week as a chemical exfoliant. T.L.C is a step up from that. It’s a blend of Glycolic and Salicylic Acid which does wonders on my skin. It brightens, improves texture and skin tone. When I first started using the product, it tingled a bit, but that soon goes away after frequent use, and it doesn’t cause any redness either. I usually use T.L.C every other day followed by the Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil for a boost of moisture and to complete my routine. On the alternate days I like to use the Lala Retro Whipped Cream both day and night to hydrate my dry skin.

Overall, I think there are some real gems in the range which I will continue to repurchase, however I do believe that if you don’t have any problems with the “Suspicious 6” then you don’t necessarily need to splash out on these products. I would definitely recommend buying a mini set if you are in the market of trying these products to see if they suit your skin before grabbing the full size, and they are perfect for travel too!

Blemishes – Do you have them?

Blemishes, spots, marks, I think we all get them. To be honest, there is probably no escape. Whether it’s a teenage breakout, an allergic reaction, a hormonal imbalance or even food related reaction, something is bound to pop up.

As a teenager, I have to say that I wasn’t plagued with spots constantly. I would call it mild acne. Every so often I would get a breakout, it would then die down but the marks post breakout would linger, for what felt like months.

To treat my spots I used to use both Benzoyl Peroxide and Niacinamide. I would swap these every so often because they were quite harsh treatments. It would often sting when I applied them to my spots. What didn’t help was that I was obsessed with using The Body Shop Tea Tree Toner to combat my oily blemish prone skin. I used it daily but it was also a product that stung my skin. I made the mistake of using it daily which probably made my skin worse. It was far too stripping and caused my skin create even more oil, and so the vicious cycle of spots began again.

These days my skin is a lot clearer. I only ever get hormonal breakouts every so often. I have actually not used much product to treat them. I just use a flannel, run it under hot water, pop it on the spots to open up the pores, then do the same but with cold water. This has been pretty much the only thing I’ve used for years now, until this month haha!

I had a massive breakout this month. I only usually get them on my forehead and around my nose. This time it was on my chin and cheeks which never ever happens. I haven’t even worked out what caused it. The tea tree toner came back out of my cabinet, this time used sparingly, and thus became the hunt for something to get rid of my outbreak.

I stripped back my whole skincare routine to find out it if it was a new product causing the spots to appear. I stopped using AHA toners daily and that seemed to make the biggest difference. Also La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo+ really helped calm my skin down and of course I used La Roche-Posay’s Serozinc as my toner twice daily so soothe my skin.

Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Light Therapy Targeted Acne Spot Treatment pen has been out since December, but I hadn’t taken much notice of it seeing as I didn’t have a big issue with spots at the time. It had recently featured by a lot of Youtubers and bloggers that I follow, so I decided to buy one to see what all the hype was about. I found that it reduced the size of spots, or even help them disappear altogether. The UV and chemical free pen produces 2 coloured lights.The blue light targets acne-causing bacteria and the red light reduces inflammation. The pen is perfect for occasional breakouts and the mask is for more regular treatments for multiple breakouts.

The trick is to catch them at the right time, just as you can feel them coming up to the surface of your skin and to also use the pen three times a day. The only downside to this particular product is that it is a little time consuming, You are required to hold the pen to each spot for 2 minutes. In the mornings, sometimes I just don’t have the time to treat a few spots.

For when I don’t have time to use the pen I either use The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution or the Kiehl’s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment to dry out and reduce the appearance of the blemishes.

I’ve actually had trouble with finding products that help with marks post breakout. Introducing AHAs and BHAs back into my skincare routine has helped, my favourite at the moment being VIchy’s Idelia Peeling Care. It is very important that you remember to use sun protection when using any acid based products and retinols. They can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. I usually use either the Keihl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense or any of the La Roche-Posay Anthelios range.

I also picked up the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution after watching reviews of the product and it actually works wonders on any marks. I’ve been using it for a week and I can definitely notice a reduction in dark marks on my skin. When my skin is spot free I also sometimes use a low concentration retinol to help improve the appearance of dark spots and as a preventative anti-ageing measure. I use The Ordinary Retinol 0.2% in Squalane.

My skin has been a lot clearer and brighter now that I have found the perfect combination of products to deal with those pesky blemishes. What do you use when you get a breakout?

 

Glossier Solutions – Review

Solution – Exfoliating Skin Perfector

As soon as the email popped into my inbox ‘Meet Solution” I was hooked. Within a minute it was added to my basket and I was ready to order it.

I am always on the hunt for chemical exfoliators. I use Pixi Glow Tonic daily as the first step after cleansing. With 5% Glycolic Acid it improves skin texture and brightens. My skin does not get on very well with physical exfoliators. I don’t really like using beaded creams all over my face, it feels too stripping and harsh for my sensitive skin. However, I have to say I do prefer gel or balm based exfoliators like Clinique Pep-Start Cleanser or Oskia Micro Exfoliating Balm on any super dry areas like around my nose.

I ordered some cotton pads as well, simply to get free shipping on the order. Haha! I mean it was a pretty extravagant purchase for £4 and only 60 pads, but they are actually very good quality.

Solution is designed to be used daily. It contains a combination of alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids and polyhydroxy acids.

Lactic Acid – AHA
Glycolic Acid – AHA
Salicylic Acid – BHA
Gluconolactone – PHA

AHAs are designed to remove the top layers of dead skin cells and promote firmness by increasing the thickness of deeper layers of skin. It is water soluble so it’s suitable for normal/dry skin as it helps to hydrate and reduce blemishes and dark spots. It is also important to use sun protection daily whilst using AHAs as it can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight. BHAs are oil soluble and work to improve skin surface and is designed to clear out pores, so it’s perfect for oily blemish prone skin. It is also suitable for sensitive skin as it’s a gentle exfoliant and has skin calming properties. PHAs help to brighten and smooth skin by promoting cell turnover. It also has antioxidant properties to protect exposure to UV rays and helps to reduce flare ups in conditions such as rosacea and dermatitis.

First lets talk about packaging. It comes in a plastic tear bag which I think is a little unnecessary. A waste of plastic for a bottled product. I do like the pump dispenser bottle though. It comes in handy to dispense just enough product to sweep across your face.

I used Solution daily for one week to see if it had any affect on my skin. It helped to improve skin tone and the smoothness of my skin. I was pretty impressed with results after only using the product for one week. But there is a downside to Solution. It leaves a sticky residue on my skin which I can’t stand. Even after using moisture sprays on top, my skin still feels tacky. It also broke me out. I don’t normally get blemishes on my cheeks, but after using it for 3 days, blemishes started appearing, especially on dry patches.

I think I will continue using Solution, but only on more oily areas, such as my t-zone and hopefully I can continue to see the benefits of a three acid combination product on my skin.

Get your glow back!

Summer has been and gone, but that doesn’t mean your skin shouldn’t continue to glow throughout the winter months. The best way that I have found to keep my skin looking radiant is by using fresh vitamin C products. These fresh products generally have a shelf life of about 1-2 weeks.

I have found two products that have made a noticeable difference to my skin. The first one being the Clinique Fresh Pressed Renewing Powder Cleanser and Daily Booster. The powder comes in little sachets and are to be used in the morning. Pour the contents into your hand, add a little water and then it is ready to be applied to your face. This is then followed by the daily booster with 10% pure vitamin C. This product should be used for 7 days for full potency, after this the efficacy decreases. I mix the booster with my moisturiser, currently Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, or it can be used separately as a serum.


Another product I have also tried is the No7 Youthful Vitamin C Fresh Radiance Essence. The recommended treatment time for this product is 2 weeks and similarly to the Clinique product the consistency of this product changes after it’s shelf life and it does turn a bright orange colour, but can be used if there is still product remaining for up to a month.

Both these products have improved the appearance and texture of my skin, however I do prefer the Clinique range as it is more powerful, with 5% more fresh vitamin C than the No7 product and it also combines well with any moisturiser. The No7 essence is a little too thin to combine, so I use it as a separate treatment.

These products are not designed to be used long term. I use one every month or so just to give my skin that extra boost of brightness. Clinique offers a handy 7 day system where you get one booster and 7 powder sachets to try before purchasing them individually.