Do you really have oily skin??

Recently I popped into my local Kiehl’s store in Brighton. Simply just browsing the shelves whilst the husband was getting his hair cut a few doors down. Whilst I was in there I got talking to the in-store adviser who kindly took me through a skin consultation.

We talked through my skin concerns which were mainly that my skin was feeling more oily lately and blemished – I think mainly down to working back in London and being in the highly populated air a lot of the time now. She then proceeded to press some testing patching pads on my skin to check the levels of oil in my skin to discover I wasn’t actually that oily. “Do you tend to find that you are more oily towards the end of the day?” she asked. Yup! By the time I’m on my train home from work all my makeup is slipping over my face. She explained, that because I was treating my skin as oily (using products to combat the shine), my skin was actually feeling very dehydrated – explaining that actually by the end of the day my skin was over compensating and producing more oil because it needed the moisture. Well that kinda makes sense as I’ve always mainly had dry skin…Go figure!

We then went through some different products I could try to improve my skin. She recommended four products –

  • Kiehl’s Ultra Face Toner
  • Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate
  • Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer – Daily Hydrator for Sensitive Skin
  • Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque

I didn’t make any purchases there and then because quite frankly, with Christmas around the corner my pennies are a little limited but she did kindly give me some samples to test. What I can say is that I will definitely be buying the Kiehl’s Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and Kiehl’s Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque in the new year because they were so nice on my skin.

In the meantime however, I’ve been evaluating my skincare routine and upping the moisture and I’ve been noticing a drastic difference! I’ve recently starting testing the Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb Day Antioxidant Super Moisturising Cream in the mornings and I really like it. It contains Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump the skin, retaining up to 1,000 times its weight in water and also Antioxidant Superfruit pomegranate to neutralise any harmful effects from daily aggressions. By the end of the day my skin is still feeling soft and plump but not oily. Turn’s out the lady in Kiehl’s was 100% right! I’ve also started to add in a night cream into my evening skincare routine because I never really bothered before. I’m testing out a few at the moment so I can’t say I have a favourite but I have really noticed a real difference in my skin.

Do you find yourself with oliy skin later in the day? Or does the above skin issues sound familiar? I would really reccomend try to speak to a professional or even popping into Kiehls like I did for a skin consultation. You might see a real difference in your skin!

What is your skin type? And what is your favourite moisturiser?

Heard of Beauty Pie yet?

Have you heard of Beauty Pie before? I had heard the odd thing over the past year or so, but nothing outstanding to go and investigate for myself. My colleague then had a Beauty Pie parcel turn up at the office and she said it was definitely worth checking out.

If you haven’t heard of Beauty Pie before, it’s basically a beauty buyer’s club. It works by customers signing up to be members and paying £10 per month. This then allows you to access to buying luxury beauty products – both makeup and skincare at transparent factory costs, saving up to 85% on all products. Sound a little strange…? I thought so too so here is an example from Beauty Pie’s website:

Quite an unusual model, but in the days of beauty boxes (Birchbox, Glossy Box, etc) beauty consumers are more familiar with being a subscriber in order to get their hands of the latest beauty products – so I think this is a great idea from Beauty Pie. They are guaranteeing their income from subscribers membership fees whilst offering their consumers the very best products at factory prices – just without the high end branding and luxury, heavy packaging. With each product on the website they go into great detail on how the item it priced. Here is how they manage to sell a nail polish at £2.09:

So a pretty great concept, I think you would agree? Intrigued on how good these products really were I signed up, but rather then committing to spending £10 a month on repeat, I brought myself a three month membership for £30 to ensure I am not spending £10 every single month without the feeling I had to buy beauty products every month – although let’s face it, I do that already!

Membership brought, I explored the website for what to try out. With the membership you are given a limit of £112 you can spend (RRP). I wanted to first try the range of make-up so I tried select one type of each product –

  • Pro-Glow Face Sculpting Palette – £32 / £5.71
  • Wondercolour Nail Polish (Black Cherry Bomb)  – £14 / £1.81
  • Futurelipstick Matte (To the Beet) – £20 / £2.30
  • 123 Lips Match Set inc. lipstick, lip-liner and lipgloss (Nude) – £54 / 7.19
  • Fantasticolour Eye Crayon (A Rich Bronze) – £18 / £3.03

TOTAL = £138 / £20.04 (saving £117.96!!)

SWATCHES: Pro-Glow Sculpting Palette

SWATCHES (left to right): Lipstick in Too the Beet, next three swatches is 123 Lips Match Set in Nude and heart is Eye Crayon in A Rich Bronze

My Verdict:

Well first impression because I haven’t a huge amount of time to play around with everything and properly test out every product, but what I can say is that I am really impressed with the quality of the products. Apart from the packaging, these honestly could past for products on high-end make-up counters. What I have been really enjoy straight away is the lipsticks, these are really nice to apply on the lips and not to drying either. The main reason I decided to purchase the 123 Lips Match Set is because I wanted to try out a range of products from Beauty Pie. All the products (lipstick, liner and gloss) are all really nice and I am still in shock that these set is only £7.19!

As I mentioned earlier, I brought a three month membership so next month I will be exploring the skincare range because I heard some pretty great things about their products – often being great dupes for the high-end skincare currently on the market! If theses products are worth the hype, I might be invested in a 12 month membership… but I will keep you posted on my thoughts.

Have you tried anything from Beauty Pie yet? Is there anything you would recommend trying?