Recently I was kindly sent some goodies from Nia, the worldwide known skincare brand, to review on my blog. I’m so excited about this collab and can’t wait to share with you all my thoughts.
NIA – Not Into Ageing.
“A radically different collection of lifestyle infused skincare that counters the situational stressors that steal your natural glow” – Nia
In store at Harvey Nichols or online.
If you’re in the UK – you can purchase Nia skincare products here.
So the first item I tried out was the Sunday Detox whipped clay peel-off mask. This is priced at £30 and comes in a light weight bottles with instructions of how to use on the back.
Tazmyn and myself both tried this out, Tazmyn is majorly into clay masks, so she’s the expert more so than me. We quite liked the texture of this particular mask, as it does have that whipped feel to it and it’s very light as well. Most clay masks we have used previously have been a lot thicker in consistency so this was a lot thinner and possibly needed that bit more of it for full coverage when applied to the face. The one thing we didn’t like about the applying stage of this mask, was the smell. It was not a pleasant smell at all unfortunately, and as you can see from the ingredients above, it does contain lentil seed extract and clay as well as bamboo charcoal powder which was kind strong in smell. That aside though, it felt amazing once applied to the skin, really fresh, light and hydrating.
We left it on our face for the recommended time of 10-15 minutes, and then gently peeled off the excess mask once it had set.
Instantly both of our skin felt really soft and energised.
We decided to both rate this clay mask out of 5 stars with 5 being the best. We based our views on texture, quality, results, packaging etc.
Tazmyn: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Me: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We both felt the only thing that could make this better would be the smell, I don’t think any of us particularly want to have something that doesn’t smell nice on our skin, however we would use this product again.
I then went ahead and tried the Glow on Demand energising Illuminator, this is priced at £29 but currently on sale at £19.90. To be honest, I hadn’t really used any illuminating serums before so this was kind of new to me.
On the packaging, it does say to use at any time of day or night, whenever your skin feels like it needs a boost, promising to rev up dull, lifeless skin. However, once I had applied it to my hand, I realised it’s probably not something I’d apply at night, and more so maybe before doing my make up as it’s quite dark in texture.
I applied this to my face and instantly fell in love with it, I love the texture of it, how alive it made my skin feel and that it is slightly tinted which made my skin look really radiant.
I’d absolutely give this product 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to use it again as a base before applying my make up.
I hope you enjoyed this review, as much as I enjoyed testing these products out.
A huge thank you to Nia for working with me on this collaboration, I really appreciate being able to review these items on my blog.
Have you used these products before? If so let me know what you thought below ✨
Todays post is a long one! I’ll be answering “99 questions you’ve never been asked”
Let’s not waste any time and get straight into it.
1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
2. Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?
3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
Can’t say it’s something I think about
6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Erm a big bear, I think?
8. Do you have freckles?
9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Most of the time
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Fuck there’s too many, people who cough without covering their mouths is the first that comes to mind though..
11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No but Tazmyn has a tracker on her phone and she usually tells me at the end of every day
12. Have you ever peed in the wood?
13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Don’t think so
16. What size is your bed?
17. What is your song of the week?
I’ve had “hands up” by Chris Brown on repeat for the past two days
18. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
19. Do you still watch cartoons?
No, never watched them
20. What’s your least favourite movie?
21. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I wouldn’t bury it
22. What do you drink with dinner?
Diet Coke usually 🤦🏻♀️
23. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Sweet chilli sauce
24. What is your favourite food?
Pasta or roast beef dinner
25. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
The best of me, like crazy, the Vow, pretty woman, dirty dancing
26. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
27. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
28. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
29. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
30. Can you change the oil on a car?
31. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
32. Ever ran out of gas?
33. Favourite kind of sandwich?
Roast beef, chilli jam, cucumber and salt and pepper. On Boxing Day it’s the best!
34. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes and or watermelon
35. What is your usual bedtime?
9pm if I had my way
36. Are you lazy?
Nowhere near as lazy as I used to be
37. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Halloween has never been my thing, dressed up as a school girl one Halloween when I was like 15 with my friends but that was sooo cringe thinking about it now
38. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
39. How many languages can you speak?
English and Italian
40. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
41. Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
42. Are you stubborn?
I can be
43. Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
I have no idea who they are
44. Ever watch soap operas?
45. Are you afraid of heights?
46. Do you sing in the car?
47. Do you sing in the shower?
48. Do you dance in the car?
49. Ever used a gun?
50. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
51. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
I’m not a fan of musicals
52. Is Christmas stressful?
No, Christmas is magical
53. Ever eat a pierogi?
54. Favourite type of fruit pie?
55. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
The queen or a spice girl
56. Do you believe in ghosts?
57. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
All the time
58. Take a vitamin daily?
59. Wear slippers?
60. Wear a bathrobe?
No but I love my dressing gown
61. What do you wear to bed?
Pyjamas, I have too many!
62. First concert?
The spice girls, I was 7.
63. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Don’t have any of them in the UK
64. Nike or Adidas?
65. Cheetos Or Fritos?
I haven’t tried either
66. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
67. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
68. Ever take dance lessons?
Street and hip hop when I was 13/14?
69. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Yes she works in law
70. Can you curl your tongue?
71. Ever won a spelling bee?
72. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
I cry a lot, both happy and sad tears.
73. Own any record albums?
74. Own a record player?
75. Regularly burn incense?
76. Ever been in love?
Yes I’m married to her
77. Who would you like to see in concert?
Carrie Underwood and Adele
78. What was the last concert you saw?
Maleek Berry in February
79. Hot tea or cold tea?
80. Tea or coffee?
Tea these days
81. Sugar or snickerdoodles?
82. Can you swim well?
No I’m really not a confident swimmer
83. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
84. Are you patient?
Not at all
85. DJ or band, at a wedding?
A band would be pretty cool
86. Ever won a contest?
I have won a couple of things
87. Ever have plastic surgery?
88. Which are better black or green olives?
89. Can you knit or crochet?
I can knit
90. Best room for a fireplace?
The living room, of course.
91. Do you want to get married?
I am married
92. If married, how long have you been married?
2 months and 1 week.
93. Who was your HS crush?
Definitely didn’t fancy anyone from my high school what’s so ever lol
94. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
It’s been known lol
95. Do you have kids?
96. Do you want kids?
I’d love to have a little girl one day, but at the same time I don’t think I’d feel incomplete if it never happened if that makes sense
97. Whats your favourite colour?
Yellow these days and grey.
98. Do you miss anyone right now?
Missed my cat while I was on holiday
99. Who should answer these questions next?
Anyone who wants to!
One tube of hot cloth cleanser
1 Muslin face cloth.
Do you know what? I was so looking forward to trying this hot cloth cleanser, I’m a huge fan of anything vitamin E based, I’ve been a regular user of the Vitamin E moisture mask and the hydrating serum part of the same range with Superdrug, so when I heard about this hot cloth cleanser, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and try it out! I compare this particular hot cloth cleanser a lot to the Lacura one to the Aldi £3.99 one because there’s a £1 difference in price and they both aim to do the same thing. I have reviewed the Aldi hot cloth cleanser here, so feel free to check it out. Firstly, I’m going to say I 10000% prefer the Lacura hot cloth cleanser from Aldi to this Vitamin E one from Superdrug. Even on first initial thoughts, appearance wise the packaging is nicer on the Aldi one and a little more simplistic too yet more noticeable on the shelf. The Muslin cloth however, does feel of a better quality with the Superdrug one. When it comes to the smell, this Superdrug one generally smells like a suntan lotion cream and feels like you’re applying a basic day cream to your face rather than an actual cleanser! I love the smell from the Lacura cleanser, it’s minty and fresh.
So I applied this cleanser to my face, as I do with other cleansers, making small circular motions onto my face, spreading it evenly onto my skin. As I was applying it, it just didn’t feel like it was cleansing my skin at all. Within 10-15 seconds after having applied the product to my face, I began to get a burning sensation and my skin was becoming visibly very red. Great, another allergic reaction! I washed off the cleanser immediately, and the redness only become more and more noticeable. I have read all the ingredients that this Vitamin E cleanser contains and nothing stands out to me as being generally nasty on the skin, but I do have an incredibly sensitive skin type and I obviously just don’t get on with certain products which is a real shame because I was looking forward to trying this cleanser, and like I say, the moisture mask in the same Vitamin E Superdrug range has been absolutely fine on my skin for years!
I have now raised the issue with Superdrug head office to let them know I have suffered a reaction to this particular product and unfortunately they weren’t very helpful which was a bit of a pain. I’m definitely going to stick to the Aldi one from now on!
Have you tried this hot cloth cleanser out? What did you make of it? What ones do you swear by?
“Poundland have pulled another bargain out of the bag and launched their own range of skincare products to rival Boots No7” – The Sun
All over social media lately I’ve seen so many posts about people searching high and low for the new #6 skincare range that Poundland have recently launched, with it being near enough impossible to get hold of as stores up and down the country have either sold out already or simply haven’t had it come in yet. So recently when I was shopping in my local Poundland, I was pleasantly surprised when I came across the entire range on the shelf. It wasn’t hugely sign posted and there wasn’t any special offers on the products, but the packaging did catch my eye. The simple, stylish, packaging really is a very similar yet possibly more on trend branding of the No7 range by Boots. To me, each item looked way more than the £1 price tag they came with, so of course, I put everything bar the anti-ageing collegian filler, which I must say, did look appealing but I thought I’d give that one a miss, into my basket.
The Micellar Cleansing Water
With pro-vitamin B5, Aloe Vera (my bestie), chamomile and Vitamin E.
Remove make up whilst helping to cleanse, smooth and purify the skin.
All skin types, it’s fragrance free & alcohol free.
So, firstly I’m going to say I don’t use Micellar water as my main source of cleansing, simply because ever since I had my wedding make up done by a professional, she told me that Micellar water is simply just that, water to remove make up and doesn’t cleanse or treat the skin, so I will say i use Micellar water as part of my skincare routine but not the main source of cleansing, because it isn’t enough. Anyway, that aside, as far as Micellar waters go, and I’ve used a few, ranging from the famous Garnier, Simple and No7, this #6 brand is absolutely no different in my opinion. You could blind fold me and I wouldn’t be able to tell it was a £1 product being used on my skin. I love that its fragrance free, I love that it leaves the skin feeling free of make up and hydrated. It does what it says on the bottle, and for £1, hun I’m all over that shit, I’ll be stocking up!
Anti-ageing Derma Serum:
With Jojoba oil, Vitamins A, C & E, white water lily extract and and Rice milk.
Fight visible signs of ageing
All skin types, it’s fragrance free!
Right I’ll be honest, I’ve never used any anti-ageing products before, but let’s face it I’m approaching 30 and too much of a pussy for Botox just yet, so why not give it a go, that wrinkle on my left eye ain’t going anywhere in a hurry so somethings gotta be done. I am a huge fan of serums though, ever since discovering hydrating serum about a year ago, it’s a huge part of my skincare routine anyway! I’ve used this #6 serum two days in a row now, and honestly, it makes my face feel amazing, super glowing, fresh and almost like my skin feels a little tighter? I don’t even know if that’s what it’s supposed to do, but whatever it’s doing, I like it, and again, for £1 how can you knock something so bloody cheap. This is my favourite product from all the #6 range I’ve tried so far. It’s light in texture, absorbs straight into the skin, and feels luxurious once applied. I’m buying 5 of these next time I’m in town!
Anti-Ageing Night Cream & Day Cream
With most cheap, basic range facial creams, I almost expect them to be thick and heavy and take forever to absorb into the skin, I’m not sure if you’ve heard of Lidl’s basic range Cien but if you’ve tried their night and day cream you’ll agree that the #6 version is a lot lighter in texture and feels a lot less heavy once applied. I wouldn’t really agree that it’s fragrance free though, it smells like cucumber but still quite a nice fresh scent, and despite having the most sensitive on skin types, this does feel nice and light on my face. I’m not entirely sure I’d stick to using this night cream though, for the simple reason my skin can go through really dry patches and I’m looking to invest in something a little more expensive that gives me that real moisturising and hydrating element, so if you have any suggestions do let me know!
Hopefully this little review has been insightful, let me know what you’ve tried lately, what you think I should try and whether you can recommend a really good moisturiser for me!
Ciao for now,