Coffee Chat: Nominated for Most Inspiring Beauty Blog at Coupon

Hello my lovelies, A bit of an unscheduled coffee chat but it’s good news and there is always reason enough for a coffee or tea! I’ve been nominated for the Most Inspiring Beauty Blog Award at Coupon and I am absolutely honoured. If you like my science infused blog it would mean the absolute world to me if you voted. It takes literally 1 click, no registration or any fuss required. Click click here to be directed to the votingRead more

Beauty Product Discovery – Look Fantastic Beauty Box January 2019 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

New Year, new lot of beauty boxes! I was very excited to open the January Look Fantastic box as they’ve been advertising, since last year, that it will contain 5 out of 6 full size products and they also said that they are bringing even more improvements to the beauty box this year. Sadly, the hype didn’t pay off for me and the first Look Fantastic box of 2019 felt disappointing. I really hope that’s not the theme for theRead more

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Skincare for me as a chemist is like building a puzzle. You have to find and experiment with different ingredients and formulations and pick the ones that are not only scientifically backed but also actually work for you (biologically and for your budget). Ceramides have been around for a while now and have been one of the ingredients that have given me very quick results, almost as soon as I incorporated them into my skincare. For all science details onRead more

Paula’s Choice Clinical Ceramide-Enriched Firming Moisturiser – In-depth Review and Ingredient Analysis

Skincare is so important not only for maintaining healthy skin but also for future proofing and slowing down the signs of ageing as much as possible. There are so many moisturisers in the market, ranging from £1-100+ and so you might think that you are spoilt for choice. Sadly, when you start looking into ingredients, you’d quickly realise that most of them are very superficial, moisturising or conditioning only the surface and for a short period of time. Your skinRead more

What are ceramides and do they work in skincare?

Ceramides are lipids found naturally in the outer layer of our skin (=epidermis). [1] As a result, ceramides are very important molecules for healthy skin barrier function, which in turn can cause skin sensitivity and other more serious skin conditions and diseases if it becomes damaged or unbalanced. For example, one of the most common reasons for sensitive skin (but not the only) is a damaged epidermis. For more details check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causesRead more

Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2018 Unboxing and Reviews on Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted

What a year for beauty boxes has it been! This year I’ve subscribed and tried the most beauty boxes I’ve ever have before but also unsubscribed from a lot too. I’ve tried Sophie’s Normal and Luxury beauty boxes which were nice but still at their infancy. I’ve tried the Pink Parcel and even though I didn’t write about it, I thought it was more worth the cash than Birchbox . I’ve also tried the MLB Box (aka My Little BeautyRead more

A chemist’s favourite beauty products – the Bonds of Beauty 2018 awards!

Happy New Year 2019! I hope everything you wish for this year comes true! A lot of people ask me what my favourite products are, not only because I am a beauty blogger but also because I am a chemist by profession and therefore, one can say, I am a little pickier than others. I always take into consideration the ingredient and formulation of the products as well as whether they actually work and if they look nice! So, withoutRead more

Look Fantastic and Glossybox Beauty Advent Calendars 2018 – Contents and Verdict

The advent calendars are through and so it is time to have a look at what was inside them. I’ve previously done a general review on beauty advent calendars, going through my reasoning on why I chose certain ones and why I rejected others. If you missed that post check out: Let’s talk beauty advent calendars 2018 – Look Fantastic vs Glossybox vs others However, in that post I kept the products a secret as I didn’t want to spoil it forRead more

Coffee Chat: It’s that time again…New Year Resolutions

Hello my lovelies, I am still maintening the blog, thank you so much for your patience this week. It feels so good to have it all cleaned up and ready for the new year! Remember there are still plenty of posts to read about. For science posts check out Bonds of Beauty (all articles here) and for lots of in-depth reviews have a look at Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (all articles here). And if you read all of my posts,Read more

Coffee Chat: Maintenance week

Hello my lovelies, Just a quick coffee chat to keep you up to date with the posting schedule this week. Sadly, there will be no new review posts this week as I’d like to spend the time maintening the blog. There will be another coffee chat though on New Year resolutions on Thursday the 27th. As you might know already, being a blogger is more of a hobby for me, I have a full time job as a research chemist.Read more