BEAUTY & WELLNESS

MY VALENTINE’S DAY BEAUTY AND GROOMING GIFT GUIDE

It’s a week to go until the day of love, so I have put together a list of beauty and grooming gifts perfect for both him and her…

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette, Pillow Talk

This is by far my favourite eye palette with colours you just can’t go wrong with. I love the neutral colours and you can add a little sparkle for special occasions.

Glossier You

By far my go-to fragrance. It’s woody and warm but also floral and fresh – the perfect combination. I have had so many compliments on it and know others who have had them too, meaning it is probably a sure winner if you are looking for a fragrance gift!

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

The ultimate sexy perfume. It comes in the most INCREDIBLE bottle (as you can see from the image) and a divine scent to match. It is an oriental fragrance that merges jasmine, tuberose, Tonka beans and cacao – it is quite strong but not overpowering.  As soon as I spritzed it for the first time, it instantly gave me a feeling of confidence which is always a good thing.

NARS Audacious Lipstick, Raquel

Okay, I don’t just like this lipstick because it is named after the Spanish equivalent of my name, but that may play a slight part in it… It’s the perfect creamy lipstick which doesn’t dry out or flake (we all hate that). The colour is the perfect nude/pink hybrid and I find it is perfect for both day and night!

Men’s Society Handsome Hands Manicure Kit

This a cute little gift for those who like to keep their nails in tip top shape. Great quality, everything you need and a great price – a win!

Hugo Boss BOSS Bottled

This is the scent my boyfriend wears so naturally it is my favourite. It’s both fruity, woody, spicy and warm… basically a dream. It is also very sophisticated and not too overwhelming! 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask 

The perfect luxurious mask for a pamper. This is such a gorgeous, great quality mask that is so good for a skin pick-me-up and a burst of hydration. Everyone I know who has tried this mask loves it, so I doubt you can go wrong with it!

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask 

A great product for decongesting skin and giving it a good clean out. If your love suffers from spots or blackheads and is bothered by them, this is a great gift!

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Hair Mask 

No hair salon, no problem. If you’re other half loves a good day in the salon chair, this is a fab gift! It’s a high-performance, rich and creamy deep-conditioning mask formulated to improve hair’s texture, elasticity, shine and manageability. In fact, I might gift myself with it this year!

SKINCARE ISN’T JUST FOR THE FACE

Many of us tend to follow an elaborate, multi-step facial skincare routine. The opposite, however, can be said for our bodies, which we often neglect, resulting in dryness and irritation. The skin on our bodies deserves just as much attention, however I completely understand that finding the time (or motivation) to pamper our whole bodies can be very challenging.

I thought I would round up the top 5 products I use from shoulder to toe that leave my skin feeling soft, glowing and healthy. And they don’t require a lot of time or money either!

Garnier Body Ultimate Blends Restoring Lotion 

Firstly, this lotion smells divine. It is tailor-made for very dry skin, with ‘3 incredible treasures from the beehive’; Royal Jelly, Propolis & Honey. The incredible formula leaves skin feeling gorgeously nourished and smooth.

Perfect for the winter, the gentle cream sensitively heals the skin by inputting essential oils to areas of damage and irritation.

It doesn’t leave any greasiness or stickiness and is just an all-round winner.

ESPA Restorative Body Oil

A spa in a bottle. ESPA’s Restorative Body Oil contains a comforting and soothing aromatic blend of rose geranium, sweet orange and lavender. It makes you feel like you have been transported to a luxurious spa as the oil glides on skin perfectly.

What’s most important is that it sinks into skin perfectly and doesn’t leave a horrible oily residue. I often use after exfoliating around once-twice a week.

Bamboo Body Brush

Dry brushing is a relatively new thing in my beauty routine, and I love it! Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs – thank goodness!

It is also known for assisting in improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively.

Health and beauty benefits… what more could you want?


Margaret Dabbs London Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion

If you have ever had a pedicure from Margaret Dabbs or used any of the products before you will understand the hype. I can’t wait to get back there when possible!

This foot lotion is so luxurious and wonderful. It contains emu oil – an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing ingredient which is perfect for tired feet in need of some TLC.

It’s super hydrating and just a gorgeous product to indulge in.

No1 Illume Silk Exfoliating Glove

This is a game-changer when it comes to exfoliating.

The glove is made of 100% silk and effortlessly exfoliates, purifies and energises the skin – no need for harsh scrubs anymore!

Silk gloves have traditionally been used in the world famous Turkish baths (Hammams) and are known to brighten dull skin, prevent ingrown hairs and improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and cellulite too!

I use it after a warm shower or bath and move the glove in sweeping motions across my skin applying pressure. Skin starts to gently peel (goodbye dead skin cells) leaving skin looking glowing!

My Self-Care Routine

If there was ever a time for self-care, it’s right now. We are in the 100th Lockdown of the past year and to be honest the main thing getting me through the day is my self-care routine.

Self-care is all about putting yourself first, both physically and mentally, and doing things you enjoy to make you feel happier and healthier. I must admit that during the first Lockdown, I completely let my self-care routine slide, so this time round I am making it a huge priority. I thought I would share some of my self-care routine for a little inspiration.

My Skincare Routine

The first one is my skincare routine. It may sound silly, but this is a huge part of my self-care as I like to make my evening skincare into a ritual. There is nothing like taking 15-20 minutes in the evening to really pamper my skin, massage oils in and just enjoy looking after myself. I make sure I do this every evening, no matter how tired or unmotivated I am feeling! I often put some music on (John Legend is my go-to right now) and take my time to double cleanse, perhaps put a face mask on and alllwaaays end with a facial massage, which leads me onto my next point….

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is a relatively new concept that has really hit the UK beauty and self-care world in the last year or so, and I recently jumped on board a few months ago. Gua Sha is a treatment that involves scraping a flat jade or rose quartz stone over the skin in upward strokes to relax stiff muscles and promote tissue drainage. The treatment is traditionally used in East Asian and Chinese medicine and has now been adopted as a way to perform a facial massage.

After carrying out my facial course last year, I really started to see the difference facial massage had on not only my skin, but my mental health. Studies show that just 10 minutes of muscle massage can reduce cortisol levels (cortisol is a stress hormone) so taking just 10 minutes a day really does make a difference. I bought my Gua Sha from The White Company, but you can get them on most beauty retail websites and they aren’t too expensive. You can find tutorials on how to use a Gua Sha for facial massage on YouTube, but I will be doing one soon so keep an eye out on my Instagram page!

Dancing

This has been a game-changer for me in the last few months. I am by no means a professional dancer, in fact I am quite the opposite, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy myself. Dancing has become my go-to workout in Lockdown. I love listening to upbeat music and following steps in a routine – I find it really takes my mind of whatever is stressing me out and makes me focus on something else. I recently discovered Apple Fitness+ which has some great dance workouts and I also love Pamela Reif’s dance workouts on YouTube.

Walking

So simple, yet so effective. Right now, pretty much all we can do is walk, but I am still loving it! Getting out in the fresh air really does wonders for the brain, even if it is freezing cold right now! I am trying to get out on walks during weekday evenings (I need to get better at it still) and then a, going on a couple of long walks on the weekend. I love listening to a podcast (Sh**ged, Married, Annoyed is great for a laugh) and just getting outside. I promise it will make you feel better if you are feeling a little low!

Meditating

And finally… breathe. Meditating is something I have enjoyed for years and it has really helped me through a lot of stressful and anxious times. Meditating for me is all about focusing on my breath and my mind. It’s crazy how much just doing some proper breaths can totally re-centre yourself and bring some peace to a stressed out brain. I love doing Roxie Nafousi’s Meditations (I have been doing them every evening) as I find listening to a voice makes me focus more and means my brain is less likely to wander.

Let me know what you do for self-care in the comments below!

AHAs vs BHAs… what’s the difference?

You will have most likely seen AHAs and BHAs pop up in the ingredients list of your favourite face masks, cleansers, moisturisers and toners, but what exactly are they and what’s the difference between them?

Both are hydroxy acids that are effective methods of deep exfoliation, however they are both considerably different.

AHAS:

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) contain molecules that love water and help improve your skins surface moisture level.

  • The effects of AHAs are primarily seen on the skin’s surface, therefore are helpful if you have surface-level skin concerns like hyperpigmentation.
  • The most common AHAs are Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.
  • AHAs work by breaking down the glue holding your skin cells together, urging along the skin’s natural shedding process, ensuring there are new, fresh skin cells on top as opposed to old, troublesome ones.
  • AHAs are great for those with dry and/or flaky skin, hyperpigmentation (age spots, melasma, and scars), fine lines and wrinkles and a dull complexion.

BHAS:

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA) on the other hand contain molecules that love oil rather than water.

  • They are better suited to those with oily, acne-prone skin as they can bypass the oil that clogs pores and dissolve the mix of sebum and dead skin that leads to acne, as well as stabilise the lining of the pore.
  • The most common BHA is Salicylic Acid.
  • BHAs clear up blackheads and have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
  • BHAs also exfoliate the top layer but are best bought for their deep penetrative qualities.
  • They are best suited to skin that is acne-prone, blackhead-prone and combination to oily.

What BHAs and AHAs have in common:

They both:

  • Hydrate skin
  • Diminish the look of lines and wrinkles
  • Make skin feel firmer
  • Improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone
  • Smooth rough, bumpy texture

Is it safe to use both together?

It is safe to use AHAs and BHAs together. They target different actions so they have different benefits – BHAs disrupt the connections between dead cells whilst AHAs cause dead cells to detach and slough away, therefore they can indeed work well together. However you need to be careful to not overdo it. If your skin starts to react, stop immediately.

My top tips for using AHAs and BHAs

  • Start introducing acids into your skincare routine slowly. Don’t start using 3 different acids every day of the week and expect incredible results, it’s most likely your skin will react very aggressively! Perhaps introduce an acid 2-3 times a week and slowly build up to around 5-7 times a week (depending on your skin type of course).
  • SPF!! Don’t forget to wear your SPF in the morning after using a chemical exfoliant as skin will be especially sensitive to UVA rays. The skin is more vulnerable to damage and pigmentation following these types of treatments which means pigmentation can potentially get worse if SPF is not used regularly.
  • I tend to find that using AHA in the morning (to gently exfoliate my skin) and BHA at night (to get deeper into the pores and clear out build-up from the day) works well.
  • If you have very sensitive skin or peeling skin, please avoid using acids.
  • If you are under the age of 20, also avoid using acids on your skin. Your skin isn’t quite ready for them yet.

My favourite AHA and BHA products

REN Ready Steady Glow Toner

The perfect everyday toner. This lactic-based toner is so refreshing and makes skin go from dull and matte to glowing and dewy. There’s also no irritation involved!

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

I bang on and on about this product, but it is seriously good for acne-prone skin like mine. It has a great balanced concentration of spot-reducing salicylic acid with soothing green tea to decongests pores and minimises breakouts. I noticed results within 4 weeks!

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

This gentle yet effective toner contains glycolic acid (an AHA) to gently exfoliate the skin and improve its texture. This was the first AHA product I tried and I still use it. It’s constantly sold out so that says it all!

Skincare you NEED for 2021

New Year, New Skin!

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions, but I am a fan of setting some goals for the year. My goal this year (and every other year) is to get my skin nice and healthy. If there is anything I have learned, it’s that it’s good to invest in some skincare staples that I know work.

Last year I discovered quite a few brands and products that I now swear by, so I thought I would share them below.

Heliocare Gelcream SPF 50

This is a product that I kept seeing everywhere, especially on Instagram. Lots of beauty influencers were raving about it so of course I had to give it a go. This is essentially a tinted gel cream with SPF 50 in it. I am sure you are all aware, but SPF is essential all year round to protect our skin from ageing, so of course a product that offers protection, hydration and coverage is an all round yes from me! I find the coverage is perfect, it goes on the skin seamlessly and it smells divine. It’s also non-comedogenic , which means it doesn’t clog pores which is great for someone like myself with easily congested skin!

Jorgobé Niacinamide Serum

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I am truly obsessed with Niacinamide Serum. Niacinamide (vitamin B3) evens out skin tone, smoothes the structure of the skin, reduces pigment spots, minimises pores and adds hydration to the skin. It’s an all round winner! I recently discovered this serum from Jorgobé, a Danish skincare brand, and love it. It feels amazing on the skin and does everything it says on the tin.

The White Company Rose Quartz Gua Sha

Gua Sha is renowned to help tone, firm and stimulate the skin, and boy does it feel dreamy to use. Perfect for using with your daily skincare, this Rose Quartz facial-massage tool allows controlled pressure and hugs the curves of your face and neck to help improve the complexion. I am hoping to film a video soon on how to use a Gua Sha!

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

The perfect cleanser if you have oily, acne-prone skin like mine! I find a lot of cleansers for oily skin really strip the skin of hydration, however this one doesn’t. It doesn’t irritate my skin, and dare I say it, I think has prevented many breakouts! It’s also super affordable too.

Algenist Melting Cleanser

This is a wonderful cleanser for taking make-up off. It quite literally melts make-up off the skin without causing any irritation – it also smells amazing! I find that it doesn’t strip, leaves my skin very soft and feels wonderful on the skin. I think this will be a cleanser I use forever.

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Easily the best exfoliator I have ever used. If you have congested, acne-prone skin like myself, it is likely you will agree! This product exfoliates dead skin cells both on the surface and deep inside pores to reveal smoother, clearer and glowing skin. The product also contains BHA (salicylic acid) which anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce blackheads, blemishes and redness. I have found this product really has helped reduce my breakouts and blackheads.

SOS SPF 50

This is a fab non-sensitising, non-greasy & non-whitening suncream that provides protection from UVA/UVB and blue light. It also contains Vitamin E which helps fight free-radical skin damage and is a natural anti-inflammatory that soothes and calms the skin, so if you suffer from easily irritated skin (like I do with SPF) this is brilliant! It also helps firm the skin too and really goes on perfectly under make-up.

And that’s my recommended skincare products for 2021! I’d be interested to know if you have used any of these products or are keen to try? Comment below!

Current Skincare Favourites

Hi lovelies!

Happy Weekend!

I haven’t written a skincare favourites recently, so thought I would pop on and update you all!

With the colder weather arriving, my skin is experiencing a little dryness and also these dreaded masks are causing breakouts, so I am finding skincare to help these issues. Here are a few that I am enjoying:

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré,  www.lookfantastic.com

I looove this super hydrating Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré .This multi-tasking cream works as a five-in-onemoisturiser, primer, intensive masque, after shaving product and make-up remover. Its rich formula contains essential fatty acids and vitamins to reduce irritation and plumps skin for firmer results. It’s a miracle in a tube!


Beauty Bay Blemish Treatment and Clarifying Serum, www.beautybay.com

Goooodbye maskne! This combo is great for tackling breakouts. I find the clarifying serum really soothes my skin, especially when it is irritated from wearing a mask. The blemish treatment is great for drying out spots and contains salicylic acid (the holy grail spot ingredient) to combat any infection.

Eucerin Acute Lip Balm, www.boots.com

This is the best lip balm I have ever found! It is so hydrating and instantly moisturises. It is also super easy to apply!

Funderm NO DRAMA Mask, www.funderm.com

You can’t go wrong with a clay mask! This natural red clay mask contains Funderm’s prebiotics & probiotic which help fight bad bacteria and control inflammation. The cleansing mask is infused with Pro-Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3 and Salicylic Acid to inhibit sebum production (an oily substance found in pores which often leads to acne). I use it once a week to keep spots at bay!

Let me know if any of these are favourites of yours!

Lots of love,

Rachael x

How to get the perfect brows

You will have probably noticed the picture above is (sadly) not me – its Rosie Huntington-Whitely aka my brow inspiration.

I thought I would pop in and chat quickly through my 3 favourite brow products to create the perfect shape and fullness.

First up – tweezers!!

My all time favourite tweezers are from Swiss brand, Rubis.

This tweezer brand is actually a favourite of Rosie HW’s! I find they have a great grip and are super precise. It’s so easy to shape my brows with them and I have definitely found them more efficient than any other tweezers I have used.

They can be purchased from Cult Beauty.

Next up, tinting!! Over lockdown, I really missed my regular tinting sessions so I found this great alternative from Revolution.

You simply fill your brows with the liquid product, leave it for a couple hours and then peel it off! It tints the brows for around 3 days, so that is the only downside. I often tint on a Thursday evening so my brows are ready for the weekend!!

It’s only £5 and can be bought from ASOS.

Finally, the whole grail of brow setting products – Soap Brow!

This baby is perfect for holding your brows in place all day. I use an eyebrow brush to brush the brows up and then use the soap to hold them in place. Hello feathered brows!!!

I got mine from Beauty Bay.

And there we go! 3 steps to the perfect brows!

White Rabbit Skincare

Hello!

I hope you are all good and are enjoying coming out of lock down slowly but surely.

I wanted to write a post about White Rabbit Skincare, as I have been using it for a while now and get lots of questions regarding it. It’s such a fab brand, which I am proud to be an ambassador for, so I thought I would talk you through my favourite products from the collection.

Before I get into the products, here is a little more information on White Rabbit Skincare…

White Rabbit Skincare is a gorgeous, natural, cruelty free, vegan-friendly skincare range that is hand crafted in Scotland. It was created by founder, Melanie, who believes in harnessing the therapeutic aspect of essential oils, base oils, butters and waxes to help to nourish and nurture the skin. All the products don’t contain any nasties such as Parabens, SLS, Silicones, Mineral oils or derivatives of petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, artificial colours, or anything else confusing and synthetic. I have always been really interested in trying natural skin products as I have very reactive skin so don’t really like using products with ingredients I can’t pronounce! I also suffer from acne and breakouts so I like to know what I am putting on my skin every day so I can monitor it, and I feel natural products help me do so.

Another fab thing about White Rabbit Skincare products is that they are 99% plastic free, and aiming for 100% soon. You can also recycle your packaging with them and get 50p off your next purchase if you do so.

Now lets get into my favourite products…

First up is the cleansing balm. Not only does this product smell divine, it feels so luxurious on the skin. You only need a small amount to take all the make up/oils/whatever is on your face off. I love cleansing this into my face every evening and then washing it off with warm water and a muslin cloth. I really feel like it leaves my skin fresh and clean and it isn’t too harsh.

This toner is super refreshing and just a delight to spritz on my face. I love the fact you can just spray it on without the need to use a cotton pad. It feels really calming and smells incredible! I also find that on warm days, if I pop it in the fridge, I can spritz it on my face throughout the day to keep cool.

I have completely ignored eye cream and only started using it recently – but I am already seeing results with this one! I always find the skin around my eyes is really sensitive, however this product doesn’t irritate it at all. It is super hydrating and does the job perfectly.

The scent of this moisturiser is just incredible – and knowing that it is all natural makes it even better! Again, as I have said before I have quite reactive skin, so this calming cream is such a fab addition to my skincare routine. I love putting it on in the evening and waking up to hydrated and glowing skin!

And that’s it! These are a few of my favourite products from the range which I think are really worth giving a go as they should fit into every skin types routine. I also have a discount code ‘RACHAEL20’ which you can use at the checkout to get some money off if you want to give anything a go!

Let me know if you have any other questions or end up purchasing a product!

Take care,

Rachael x

*full disclosure, I am an ambassador for the brand and get products kindly gifted to try – these are a few of my favourite ones which I genuinely enjoy using*

Recent Beauty Buys

Hello!

I hope you are all keeping well and not going too crazy in lock-down! Hopefully not too much longer to go… Anyway, I don’t think I’m the only one who is enjoying online shopping and taking advantage of those extra pennies saved from not leaving the house. I have been investing in some beauty products and tools that I have been wanting for a while now so thought I would share them and what my thoughts are on them. Here we go…

*Before I start please note I use affiliate links *

Soap Brows

West Barn Co - Soap Brows

I’ve been wanting to try this for a while and finally got my hands on it. I really like it – it keeps my eyebrows put and helps create the ‘feather brow’ look I’ve lusted after for ages. However, after purchasing I was told by a few people that apparently using Pears Soap (79p) and an eyebrow brush, you can get the same effect, so you might as well save your money!

Maybelline Tattoo Brow

This is a great way to tint your brows whilst we can’t get to a salon (I’m really missing my brow appointments). You can leave the product on your eyebrows for 2 hours then peel it off and it will leave a semi-permanent tint for 3 days. I was really impressed by this product and do recommend it if you are missing those filled brows!

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution - 30ml

After seeing this all over social media (and my bestie, Chani, recommending it), I had to order this. It came super quickly and my goodness it’s good. It’s an exfoliating mask that unclogs pores and resurfaces the skin. Although the dark red colour can be off-putting, I noticed results straight away – petal soft skin in minutes.

(If you aren’t used to using acids or have sensitive skin, I wouldn’t recommend using this as it is quite harsh!)

Revolution Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid

Revolution Skincare - Targeted Blemish Serum 2% Salicylic Acid

Is it just me or has your skin been breaking out like mad recently? I feel like I’m really struggling to control it! I decided to get some Salicylic Acid (the best acid for fighting blemishes) to try and target my nasty spots and this serum has worked well so far. I’ve been putting it all over my face after cleansing and my spots have reduced a little (touch wood).

Microfiber Hair Towel Wraps

Such a simple purchase but they have been a game-changer for my hair. Gone are the days of wrapping my hair in a heavy towel after a shower and hello to these light-weight pretty hair towels. I got this pack of 3 from Amazon and am so glad I have discovered them – I also think they absorb more water than a regular towel too!

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

I’m ashamed I hadn’t discovered these earlier, but at least I’ve got them now! Cotton wool is obviously not very environmentally friendly so these reusable ones are a great alternative! Every week I will pop them in the wee bag they come with and put them in the washing machine!

Electric Foot File

Those with a foot phobia, I would probably skip this part! I hate hard skin on my feet – it’s not pretty, nor does it feel nice. I have tried countless callus and hard skin remover tools but this has by far been the best one I have tried! It’s a wee electric machine with 2 different speed settings and 3 different heads: 1 fine roller for daily foot care; 1 regular roller for remove dead skin; and 1 coarse roller for troublesome crack callus. I used the coarse roller first and it removed all the hard skin within seconds and has left my feet feeling so so soft. It has definitely made me miss pedicures a lot less!

That’s all for now but no doubt I will find some more products to spend my money on…

Take care and lots of love,

Rachael x

My Beauty Pie Review

Hello!

So this weeks blog is something I have been wanting to write for a while now as a compulsive beauty hoarder.

As soon as I see a new beauty brand on the market, a must-have product or a new acid or retinol, I need to have it. This often means I end up buying whatever it is, but consequently leaves me with no money left for food at the end of the month. This is the beauty of Beauty Pie – AFFORDABLE, luxury beauty products that won’t break the bank but still expose you to all the amazing products out there.

The low-down on Beauty Pie

Beauty Pie is a ‘luxury beauty buyers club’ where you can get high-end beauty products at a fraction of the price… as long as you pay a monthly membership. Each membership has a corresponding monthly spending limit based on typical prices.
You can pay £5, £10, £20 a month or £99 a year in order to join and you get the following:

I realise that may seem confusing so here is an example:

I pay £10 a month, therefore I get my £100 spending limit a month. I could then buy a moisturiser that is £10 (normally worth £60) and a cleanser that is £8 (normally worth £40) and therefore spend £28 (including my membership) for two products that would cost £100 (my monthly spending limit). Make sense?

Also if you don’t use up your full membership allowance one month, it rolls over into the next month and so on… Beauty Pie create these great products at such a low prices by cutting out the ‘middle-men’, shop costs and expensive marketing.

So is it worth it?

YES.

Firstly, I think in total I have saved around £400-£500 in the last year or so, which really does make me feel so much better about my product hoarding issues.

Secondly and most importantly – the products are amazing!! I have found so many products that I buy regularly and swear by, so I thought I would share them below.

My favourite Beauty Pie products:

This is an incredible cleanser for removing make-up and gently cleansing my skin! If you have quite sensitive skin and wear make-up regulary, this is perfect for you.

This is literally a facial in a bottle… or tube? It contains my all time favourite acid, salicylic acid, which helps unclog pores and prevent blemishes.

If you don’t use retinol, begin to use it! It’s amazing for brightening and smoothing out the skins texture. Just make sure you use an spf daily as well as retinol can leave the skin a little more exposed (in a good way). This brings me onto my next product…

It’s super important to wear spf daily (even when you’re indoors as windows don’t protect you from UVA rays). This moisturiser it great for putting under make-up as it’s super lightweight and hydrating (hello hyaluronic acid).

Recently purchased – LOVE! So hydrating and leaves my skin feeling as soft as a petal.

The best serum I’ve ever used – so hydrating and leaves skin feeling plump and fresh.

I use this on my T-Zone twice a week for a good detox and clear out – it works wonders!

I basically used this all of last summer and it gave me such a lovely glow. You could use it on its own or under foundation as a base.

Perfect for on-the-go – can’t go wrong with a nude lip!

The best setting powder I have tried – and I’ve tried a lot!

And that’s it! Although I have my eye on trying the fragrances, hair-care and the body sugar scrub so I think I will be putting in another order very soon!

Let me know if this has convinced you to join or whether you are already a member. Also if you have any questions, fire away!

Lots of love and take care,

Rachael x