#TheStruggleIsReal: Winter Skin

Aloha! It’s been a while and as most of you know, I have moved to university. This experience has been time-consuming, stressful and mentally draining – it is the sole reason for my lack of posts.

Since moving here everything has been about reading and essays, meaning that I haven’t had as much time to myself as I would like (apart from the time that I visited home for the weekend and it was lovely) and all this moving around (plus cold weather, plus general stress) has caused my skin to self-destruct – and I mean worse than usual.

This could have been down to moving and hormones, but the weather certainly didn’t help, it caused my skin to get very pimply and dry. I couldn’t let it stay like this as it was really starting to put me down and I had to wear make-up to cover it – something I hate doing.

With this in mind, I started getting testers of various skin products to find the root of my problem. I went to Origins because I am a regular user of the “Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash”, where I picked up testers for the “Zero Oil Cleanser” and “Zero Oil Lotion”.

These products started off by clearing up my spots and after a week the effects had reversed, leaving my skin worse than it was before! The cleanser didn’t feel like it was cleaning my skin enough, but the moisturiser was good – it really was “Zero Oil” and kept my skin matte for most of the day, but in the end it just made my skin really dry.

After these products quite literally blew up in my face, I opted for something familiar and headed to BareMinerals where I decided to retry  the “Purely Nourishing Moisturiser for Combination Skin”. I used this for around 2 weeks, my skin didn’t react to it at all, but I came to the conclusion that this is a summer skincare only option for my skin type. I had already purchased it because it really is a dependable moisturiser, just not for me in the winter.

Once again, I was back to square one and decided to use something I already had for the time being and also start using night cream again. I had some of my trusty Nivea “Night Regenerating Cream” left, so I used that along with The Body Shop “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet”.

I remembered how much I loved the smell of the Vitamin E products, which led me to browse the entire Vitamin E line on the Body Shop website. After looking at countless reviews of various products, I decided that I wanted to try out a new night cream, seeing as night cream is something that’s usually a safe option for my troublesome skin.

I didn’t buy the products online, I kept browsing products for a week or so and went into the store to purchase. While in the store, a girl insisted that the toner would be a good addition to my purchase, along with an overnight treatment oil and I decided to try them out as I was already getting something new anyway and rarely used toners and treatments. In total, I purchased the “Vitamin E Nourishing Night Cream”, “Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil” and the “Vitamin E Hydrating Toner”.


The difference in my skin was noticeable within a week, my skin was hydrated and my spots were reducing. I have finally discovered a skincare line that actually works with my skin, one that doesn’t make it worse and since using these products, I have gone back for more from the Vitamin E line. It turns out that the “Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet” wasn’t working as well as I thought it was and it was actually too harsh on my skin, it just took products that didn’t hurt my skin to realise what was doing the damage.

I now own most of The Body Shop Vitamin E range, the “Vitamin E Moisture Cream” replaced the “Aqua Boost Sorbet”, I also got the “Vitamin E Face Mist” to see what all the fuss was about and so far I can see the appeal, it’s very refreshing.


All-in-all, I’m loving the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop and I think it will be my staple skincare range from now on. It rescued my skin from whatever winter/stress induced hell it was in.


I will most probably be separately reviewing these products to help others figure out which ones are best for their skin too. If anyone else suffers from sensitive skin that loves to react and break out – I seriously suggest trying out this range.

Until next time,




Reviewing empties: Bioderma vs. Garnier

As I was going through my stuff and throwing things out I came across an almost empty bottle of the Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water, I decided to bin the very last bit and continue using Bioderma instead and here’s why.

After months of careful consideration and switching from bottle to bottle I have found that Bioderma is the winner, don’t get me wrong Garnier is the closest thing to Bioderma when looking at all the other micellar waters, it is also the cheapest alternative.

If you do not have the money to spend on Bioderma, I would still highly recommend using Garnier’s version, but I did notice a few differences.


Pros of Garnier;

  • Still removes make-up just as well as Bioderma.
  • When removing lipstick, micellar water doesn’t taste horrible.

Cons of Garnier;

  • Skin doesn’t feel as fresh as it does with Bioderma.
  • Use a little too much and it begins to form face-wash-like bubbles on your face.
  • When removing eye make-up it does sting slightly (this might be why they released an eye make-up remover along with the micellar water).

Pros of Bioderma;

  • Leaves skin feeling clear and fresh.
  • Doesn’t sting when removing eye make-up.
  • Rarely forms bubbles when using a large amount of the product.

Cons of Bioderma; 

  • When removing lipstick or other lip products, the solution tastes rather foul.

I would still happily use Garnier if I didn’t have any Bioderma. Both of these solutions are great and do the job, and they both don’t cause breakouts.

If you want to buy either of these Garnier is available here and Bioderma is available rather cheap here at Escentual.

Now that Bioderma is available from Escentual I will be trying the other versions and have actually already tried the Bioderma Sebium H2O for Combination/Oily skin as I got it when purchasing all my other bottles in Paris back in March.

Hope this post is useful to many of you, I know it’s taken a while, but I needed to be sure of my decision.

Bioderma wins!

Love you all,



Beauty: Nivea Tinted Moisturiser!

So it’s been roughly 3 weeks since I bought the Nivea Tinted Moisturising Day Cream and I figured it’s time I gave a truthful review on it.

My skin has had no reaction to it (and my skin is highly sensitive to any irritants) so it should be fine for almost everyone!

The moisturiser only comes in  one colour which is Natural and if you know me, you know that I am the palest person but somehow this tinted moisturiser blends perfectly.

I don’t plan to wear this moisturiser all the time, only when I don’t feel confident enough to wear no make-up, like for example the last two days. Two days ago I had a hormonal break out which was awful and it looked like cystic acne. I did exactly what I have been doing (skincare wise) as I have all month and it went down a lot. I wore the tinted moisturiser both yesterday and the day that I got the breakout and it hasn’t affected my skin in a negative way at all.

This tinted moisturiser will no be my go-to product when I have a break out. It doesn’t cover up the spots, but it does cover most of the redness and makes me feel a little better when I know how awful I look!

After a few hours, it does go a little shiny but not über-shiny! I do look a little tanned when I wear it, but normal people won’t have this problem, only pale-ass people like me.

For anyone with acne prone skin, I would strongly recommend as it doesn’t affect the skin!! As far as moisturising goes, I like to use the moisturising primer from Nivea underneath as it is a perfect base which doubles as a moisturiser.

Here’s how it looks when out of the tube;


Before blending into the skin;


Almost-blended into the skin;


Fully blended into the skin;


As you can see, you can tell that it is on my hand but it isn’t crazy-obvious.

This tinted moisturiser is very affordable, wherever you get it and is so worth it!




Beauty: Skin care no-nos (for me) review

Oh Moisturisers…

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I have been using the Origins Ginzing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser. I was liking this moisturiser, it was a little oily for my liking, but seemed to be doing the job (this was when I first used the product).


After a few days of use I found that it would sting my skin when I applied it and throughout the day, the feeling didn’t go away and hasn’t every time that I have used it, it’s been a few weeks and I have decided to stop using it.

This brings me to the BareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturiser (for combination skin). I used this product prior to my Origins moisturiser and it would leave my skin red and irritated for a while and then slowly fade throughout the day.


This morning when I woke up I decided to use the BareMinerals after realising that the Ginzing solution was not for me. Today’s results are not great, it seems that my skin had reacted worse to theBareMinerals this time around. My skin went red as it usually does with this moisturiser, then went away as usual, but the pain stayed.

I feel like there may be one ingredient in both of these products that my skin does not agree with! Not only did the stinging stay this time, but I have notices a few pimples surfacing on my face, this moisturiser is a definite no-no for me now, and I will not be using it ever again after this. I now know that one of the causes of my (what used to be terrible) acne was the BareMinerals moisturiser.

So after college today I went to my local boots/superdrug stores and picked up two very gentle moisturising products by Nivea which were the original Nivea Cremé (from Boots) and the Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream (which was half price in Superdrug).

nivea products

I look forward to trying these products later and I will post reviews of them when I am confident on how I feel about them.

The reason I went for these two particular products is because the Nivea Cremé is an original, safe option and has been around for years.

The Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream was chosen because I have seen many positive reviews, it is a light moisturising cream which means a lower chance of pimples surfacing and it is very low priced which is means if it doesn’t work out, I have lost about £2 (usually £4).

What’s your favourite moisturiser?

Love Hannah.