Glow Recipe – Skincare Serum – Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum

Glow Recipe’s Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum is a Cult Beauty favourite for good reason. This vitamin c serum brightens and evens out skin tone while diminishing the appearance of dark spots. I absolutely love it!

It is a brightening and even tone serum that is jam packed with vitamin c, ferulic acid vitamin E, guava extract and gentle resurfacing agents.

I have been using this product for a while, often after the Glow Recipe’s Plum Plump hyaluronic acid serum, and it has helped to improve the overall appearance of my skin.

This vitamin c serum is super lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. This pink serum itself has a light, refreshing scent – a softer guava Rubicon drink vibe – and makes my skin feel smooth and radiant with gentle exfoliation every use.

As this is a vitamin c product – use either in the evening or before your SPF!

I’ve been using it both morning and night, and I’ve noticed a significant difference in the overall appearance of my skin. My complexion looks brighter and more even, and I’ve also noticed a decrease in the appearance of dark spots, as well as hyperpigmentation from my adult acne. This serum has also decreased the number of breakouts I get – and it has replaced my standalone spot treatment!

Price: £41.00 from Cult Beauty, an UK Exclusive Retailer.

Rating: *****

LANEIGE – Lip Treatment Balm

LANEIGE is a Korean beauty brand that is known for its high quality products, and as you all know – I am big on my Asian skincare. Their attention to the quality and science behind their ingredients really makes them your skins best friend in delivering quick, and visible results.

LANEIGE’s Lip Treatment Balm is a repairing and nourishing lip balm that contains coconut oil and peptides and adenosine all wrapped up in this pearlised balm.

The Lip Treatment is a thick and creamy balm that comes in a cute baby pink compact with a built in applicator to keep it clean and sanitary.


It has a sweet but subtle, coconut scent and leaves the lips feeling soft and hydrated – with a cooling effect causing pleasurable tingles (not like a menthol burn sensation). It also has a lovely pearlised finish that makes my lips look healthy and plump, with a subtle glow.

I’ve been using this lip treatment for a few weeks now, and I absolutely love it!

It’s very nourishing and my lips feel so soft and repaired after using it, and I can definitely see a difference in the appearance of my lips. My lips look healthier and more hydrated since using this lip balm.

The balm is really effective at nourishing and repairing my lips. They’re softer and smoother, and the pigments give them a lovely pearlescent finish.


If you’re looking for a affordable and nourishing lip balm, then I would definitely recommend the LANEIGE Lip Treatment.

Bottom Line: I highly recommend this lip treatment to anyone, especially if you’re looking for a Korean-inspired beauty product. It’s definitely worth the price and it will leave your lips feeling moisturised and repaired.

Price: 
£22.00 from Cult Beauty
£22.00 from BeautyBay.com
£22.00 from YesStyle.com – get 15% off with ‘RHXO2021’
£22.00 from LookFantastic.com – get £5 off £25 with this link.

Rating: *****

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First Aid Beauty – Niacinamide Brightening Eye Cream – PR {Gifted}

Looking for a brightening eye cream that can help you achieve a more youthful appearance? First Aid Beauty’s Niacinamide Brightening Eye Cream may be just what you need!

This premium eye cream is formulated with niacinamide, which has been shown to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.

Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is a powerful ingredient that brightens and evens out the skin tone. It also has antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from environmental damage.

This eye cream is lightly-scented and quickly absorbs into the skin, delivering intense hydration. It is also cruelty-free and suitable for all skin types as well as being perfect for those who are concerned about the signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

I loved how quickly this plumped my eyes up, and helped dim my dark circles from the first use due to the radiant peach micro-pearls which added a lovely glow-dewy look.

The formula didn’t clog my pores, or cause any eye irritation – even on a few super hot and therefore sweaty summer days- it didn’t cause my makeup to peel either. I did use this instead of a eyeshadow primer as a base for some more subtle looks, as the micro-pearls really enhanced a basic nude eye.

Bottom Line: One of the better eye creams I have tried, beneficial for those who have sensitive eyes and would like additional glow. Those who do not like the extra sparkle might not like this one though!

Price: £30.00 from LookFantastic.com – get £5 off £25 with this link.

Rating: ***

Wella’s System Professional – Solar Sun UV Hair Oil – PR {Gifted}

Wella’s System Professional Solar Sun Oil is a hair oil that provides UV protection and is ideal for beach days or any time you want to protect your hair from the sun when you’ll be spending time outdoors.

The oil conveniently comes in a handy travel size, so it’s perfect for taking on the go! You can also get a bigger version to refill when getting low.

I love that it has a light, refreshing scent and leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy. The oil is lightweight and non-greasy, making it perfect for use on all hair types. These means I can protect my hair simply and easily without feeling greasy or looking like I have product in. It doesn’t have a strong smell, and it washes out very easy so build up isn’t an issue.

This sun oil protects via their HelioGuard technology so your hair can stay vibrant for longer with less damage from the harmful UV rays. The avocado oil prevents against moisture loss, whilst the cationic polymers help repair damaged hair.

I teamed it up with Systems hydrating shampoo and repair mask (in lieu of conditioner) one I got home to wash away the sand and day, and reintroduce moisture to my hair after a long day relaxing in the sun. 

Bottom Line: So if you’re looking for a hair oil that can do it all, be sure to try System Professional Solar Sun Oil. Your hair –and scalp– will thank you for it!

Price: £22.00 from LookFantastic.comget £5 off £25 with this link.

Rating: ***

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Glow Recipe – Skincare Serum – Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid

If you’re looking for a hyaluronic acid serum that will give you deep hydration, healthy skin, Glow Recipe’s option is a great choice. This cult status Korean skincare brand is known for their quality ingredients and this serum is no exception.

Hyaluronic acid is a great addition to any skincare routine. Known for being dry skin’s BFF, hyaluronic acid helps to hydrate and plump the skin by helping its stretch and flex, and and in turn reducing skin wrinkles and lines.

It has also proven to help wounds heal faster and can reduce scarring, so this can help with any cuts, or spots and aid better healing.


The additional benefit of Glow Recipe’s addition of juicy Kakadu, Illawarra, and Burdekin plum means that this serum in particular boasts high concentrations of anti-inflammatory vitamin C and contains minerals like magnesium, calcium, zinc, & potassium.

The Plum Plump serum has a light, gel-like consistency that absorbs quickly into the skin, and I like to use it before pairing with my CeraVe moisturiser. I’ve been using this serum for a few weeks now and my skin looks and feels great. I definitely notice a difference in my skin’s hydration levels and my complexion looks more even.

Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a quality hyaluronic acid serum, I would highly recommend Glow Recipe’s option.

Price: £37.00 from Cult Beauty, an UK Exclusive Retailer.

Rating: ****

New Year, New Discounts!

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Happy New Year!
Here are the first discounts of the New Year!

If you’re looking for all up to date offers, you can see them by clicking here!

If I don’t use it or trust it – I won’t promote it!
These are my genuine favourite sites/brands to buy from.

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Ever seen a luxury makeup brand that you couldn’t find online?

Well Beauty Bay is your dream come true. They carry brands that are scarce for the UK Market.

Spectrum Collections are taking Instagram and the beauty world by storm with their chic, luxurious and vegan friendly brushes! They have brushes to suit everyone’s aesthetic.

You can get 15% off your order with my special link! 

Cult Beauty are beauty curators. Rather than selling full beauty lines, they’ve created a shop where every product is chosen by a world-class expert panel – giving you the “cult favourites”.

Use this code to get £5 off your order!

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The Pro Co. have a huge array of natural products ranging from retinol creams to charcoal teeth whitening kits!

You can find my most up to date 15% off discount code here!
YesStyle.com is the home for all things Korean when it comes to beauty and fashion!  You can find brands from Corsx to Laniege, to Tony Moly all in one shop!

Use the code “RHXO2021” for 10% off your orders!

Revolution Beauty are the masterminds behind many budget friendly makeup brands including XX and numerous collabs.

Use my special link for £5 off your order!

~ Skincare ~

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Space NK is the number one destination for my skincare purchases. Their staff are very knowledgeable and more than happy to give you a personal consultation in store to find the best products suited to your skin.

Use this link for £10 off your first order of £40!.
Lili Margo have a skincare routine and set for every type of skin. Invented and produced in France, they create moments of pleasure and relaxation.

Find my most up to date discount here, as well as how to join their team.

Nail’s Inc are one of the most popular nail varnish companies and they’ve branched out into skincare. You can find sheet masks and makeup galore!

As well as a free fullsized nail varnish on any £35 spend, here!

~ Lifestyle & Self Care ~

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Add your aesthetic to your living space with Desenio prints.

With their Personal Shopper page you can narrow down your perfect wall art.

Find the most up to date 10% off discount code here.
The other place I get my wardrobe from is New Look. I loved this store during my Uni days and I just can’t give it up!

They have budget friendly, fashionable, great quality clothing!

Find their latest seasonal garments here!
If you’re looking to indulge in Self Care, look no further than Neom Organics. 

Their array of aromatherapy oils, skincare and home items are perfect for adding wellbeing to your life.

Get 20% discount code here!

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Mask Time – South Korean Subscription Box – You Got It Glowing On – PR {PAID}

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I was very lucky to have Mask Time to reach out to me, and help me share in their new subscription box showing off the new South Korean skincare range from 9CC – Please note I was gifted this subscription box complimentary and paid to feature a review on my website.

The first thing that struck me regarding Mask Time was their wide selection of gift boxes – it’s not just a one size fits all kind of deal; they have a variety of boxes to suit every budget, every skin type and every personality.

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Mask Time have different tiers of boxes, ranging from their £9.95 – Glow Starter box, which is their basic, to their £24.99 – Glow Setter box which contains more full size goodies. Each box has a variety of exclusive South Korean masks ranging from Fibre Masks, Peel Masks and Wash Off masks. These boxes are designed to easily fit through most letterboxes so you can order them and not have to worry about a trip to the post office if you were out!

The box I was sent was their special collaboration with the brand 9CC (Nine Changeless Champion) which contained an 100ml foam cleanser, an 100ml water drops cream, and three fibre face masks. As the products are Korean, they included a handy guide in English to instruct on how to use your new skincare goodies, along with some of their tips! Included with the products is a guide about the brand, and how its making waves in the beauty world with their products that are powered by the energy of the South Korean Sea.

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My first impressions of the products included were how they were full sized, and the quality of them. The fibre masks were thick, not the usual thin “tissue-paper” material with a hydrating and non sticky serum. The foaming cleanser has a iridescent sheen and cleansed my skin without leaving it feeling exposed or dry. The water drop cream had more of a balm appearance, but instantly dispersed into tiny droplets as the name suggested. Mask Time included a guide on how to categorise your skin from the drops appearance. They are very attentive to their customers and ensure we receive in-depth information regarding the products they include in their boxes – which I have found to be unique as I often find subscriptions boxes seem like a jumble sale of uncoordinated items, whereas these are curated regarding the items included.

Overall I would say this would be a brilliant subscription to have – the items included are quality items, full sized and not discontinued bits-n-bobs that were cheap to throw together you find in other subscription boxes. The variety of prices make them a budget friendly treat, and Mask Time also have their own online store where they sell individual Korean skincare masks and items, so if you don’t want to have a box – you can always pick up a single mask from their store!

Bottom Line: A brilliant box to explore Korean sheet masks and more!

Price: Subscriptions start from £9.95 a month, at Mask Time, or you can purchase individual items from their store! 

Rating: ****

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Herbivore Botanicals – Coco Rose – Luxe Hydration Trio Collection

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A wonderful introduction to the Herbivore brand!

If you haven’t stumbled upon the much coveted Vegan brand Herbivore, then this might be the set that introduces you to their world. Herbivore is a Vegan, natural company which combines the focus on the modern clean beauty movement with result-driven products, in insanely aesthetically packaging.

This is their Coconut + Rose Luxe Hydration Trio set, where you get three stars of their collection in this curated set. This set includes their Rose Hibiscus hydration spray, their Coco Rose lip conditioner and their Coco Rose body polish, in a smaller travel friendly size as a perfect discovery package.

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Their Rose Hibiscus coconut water face mist is lovely to refresh bare skin or to set makeup with a touch more hydration. The Coco Rose smells delicious, but is a harder, solid type balm which takes a while to warm up so applies in chunks rather than a normal lip balm, which is a bit disappointing.

The body polish is one of the drier of exfoliating polishes, which means it does requires a bit of water to lubricate the exfoliating as it does get a bit raw if used on bone dry skin. Due to this, it does make a wonderful exfoliator to use in the bath as opposed to the shower.

Bottom Line: Wonderfully natural, vegan products that give results every time!

Price: £36 at Space NK 

Rating: ****

 

Lifestyle – Event – Lush Bournemouth’s Palentine, Galentine, and Valentine Day!

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A wonderful evening for those looking to self pamper, or with a loved one!

I was very lucky to attend this event for Valentine’s day for me to review for my blog. The lovely ladies at Bournemouth’s Lush welcomed us with lovely Rose and Raspberry mock tail to set the mood, and introduced themselves to us and gave us an overview of what will be happening during the night.

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We also introduced ourselves and then relaxed whilst sipping the delicious mock tails and browsing the store as it was closed to the public – giving us free reign of the stock to try!

To start with we each created the Sex Bomb bath bombs, and was taught how the master compactors at the nearby Lush factory make hundreds each per eight hour shift, as they are seasoned professionals – where as it took me two tries to create one where you can see the Rose!

After this, we were introduced to Lush’s collection of solid massage bars and given information about each type and what they’re best for. Then we all grabbed a massage bar each, and gave each other arm and hand massages after learning the special techniques that Lush utilise in their Spa’s to soothe their clients aches and pains.

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Once we were soothed, we had more mock tails and then made our own Rosy Cheeks face mask from scratch, learning the important properties each ingredient contributes to the mask and the benefits they give the skin.

After all the events and activities we were allowed once more to peruse the shelves and select items we want to purchase, as well as one-on-one time with a Lush expert to have our queries answered! The lovely ladies bid us adieu! and gave us a wonderful goody bag, each containing a few surprise goodies and our personally handmade bath bombs and face mask!

Pop in to your local Lush store to see if they are holding an event soon. The next one open to public in Bournemouth is on the 28th March 6-8pm for Mother’s Day celebrations, please contact the store to reserve a spot!

 

Pro Teeth Whitening Co. – Day and Night Set – Keep Your Teeth Sparkling Night and Day – PR

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Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Day & Night Set – A two in one kit for brightening and moisturising your teeth!

I was lucky enough to be gifted this Pro Teeth Whitening Co. Day & Night set from the use of the new Brandbassador App – you can find my review on the App here! They were also kind enough to sponsor my latest giveaway on my Instagram which was up last week.

I’ve seen activated charcoal kits before, and even tried the SmileLab whitening toothpaste, but have never used a dual kit before. It was a very unique experience, I’ve never thought of moisturising my teeth. My skin obviously, but teeth? Never.

The premise of these toothpastes is pretty self explanatory – you use one in the morning which polishes teeth, whitens their appearance and provides all day protection. The night time one uses to moisturise your teeth and also balance pH which prevents cavities caused by the breaking down of food by bacteria in your mouth. This is why its important to brush your teeth before bed! They say that using a combination of the two is the best way to achieve optimal oral health ensuring all day protection – Day and Night. All of their products are created from natural sources and made entirely in the United Kingdom!

The day one I found bizarre – its black from the activated charcoal, and has a sweet, minty taste. I’ve noticed that my teeth have whitened up a shade over the paste few days, and I hope with continued use they’ll be sparkling white. Using the Night toothpaste I’ve found I don’t have morning breath as much, and my mouth doesn’t taste as weird in the morning – something they’ve put down to the balance of pH which prevents and neutralises the over night bacteria activity! This pack provides a two month supply of toothpaste which I have noticed lasts a while if you use the recommended pea-sized amount.

Bottom Line: A unique product which provides around the clock protection, and over times helps brightens your smile.

Price: Currently £12.99 @ Pro Teeth Whitening Co. 
Get another 20% off with the code “RosemaryHXO” at checkout!

Rating: *** Expected more dramatic results.