My top skincare and haircare beauty favourites for at-home self-care. And a very honest review of the Glow Recipe skincare range.
BEAUTY FOR AT-HOME SELF-CARE & REVIEWING GLOW RECIPE
These beauty round-up posts are always long, so I will keep my intro brief. The idea is to share some of my skincare and haircare beauty favourites for at-home self-care. We all need to give our selves extra love and attention right now. I think it’s one way to decompress, to make time for ourselves and show our bodies self-love. I find a self-care ritual to be de-stressing so why not take a break from the news updates? They will be there later and I know you will check them anyway. Below are some of my at-home beauty loves. I’m honestly a bit of a home body and rarely ever go to get beauty treatments done. I would much prefer to do what I can at home.
In here too, is a very honest review about Glow Recipe. I hummed and hared about sharing my experiences with the products for months. I hate writing negative reviews so if I don’t like something I usually just don’t share it. But this one was something I was so excited about, really wanted to love and know a lot of girls who love them.
LA MER NECK & DECOLLETE CONCENTRATE
Alright, I reviewed this one on my 2019 new releases from La Mer post here. Created to combat ‘tech neck’ caused by looking down for hours each day (at phones etc), this concentrate is a gem in the La Mer body line. The intensive balm delivers plumping hydration and Concentrated cell-renewing Miracle Broth™ to help create a more youthful-looking neckline. The formula combines the miracle broth with an antioxidant lime-tea concentrate and marine-based ingredients to help support the skins’ natural fibronectin and collagen.
I apply with the soft brush in upward strokes and massage it in lightly.
FOREO LUNA 3 DEVICE
I’ve talked about the Foreo Luna 3 cleansing device before (here) and I still love it. It uses 8,000 T-Sonic™ pulsations per minute reach into your pores to wash away dirt, oil, sweat, make-up residue and dead skin cells. Not only to deep cleanse, but I also use it for lymphatic drainage. The massage side on the back of the device is made up of ridges that help firm and tighten the skin. That is such a nice thing to do, making sure you get in some much-needed self-care. I’m also a big fan of quartz rollers and gua sha so I mix them up and use all three. Foreo is stocked at Mecca, Adore Beauty and Revolve Beauty.
Okay, I better start by saying I was really excited about the launch of Glow Recipe to Australia at Mecca. But I have really struggled with these. Which sucks because I think they are actually very cool, I love the concept, the scents, and range. Turns out, my skin doesn’t really feel the same.
So, here is what happened… full disclosure, I was seriously lucky to be gifted this range by Mecca, who surprised me with it late last year. Upon arrival, I’d had a sample of the Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask which I’d tried once already. The rest were all new to me and I excitedly took them away with me that weekend for a road trip. Along with a few other product samples.
Mistake number one: I should have tested them first. I’ve since learned not to pack new samples or products on trips. The reason? My skin burned badly. I usually don’t get a big reaction from products, I have combination oily skin. This was a whole new experience. After three days of use of the whole range my skin felt like it was on fire, it was itchy and I just wanted to scratch it all off. My skin went red and then peeled off for over a week.
Then, over the course of months, once my skin had healed, I slowly tried each Glow Recipe product out bit by bit. Sometimes I reacted, sometimes I did not.
GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON GLOW SLEEPING MASK
The Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask is formulated with watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid and AHA. AHA’s smooth the surface of the skin by gently removing dead skin cells whilst hyaluronic acid soaks in moisture, for intensely hydrated skin overnight. I’ve used plenty of products with active ingredients but this was the first time I’ve had a reaction.
The mask is something I’ve tried to use every now and again for about five minutes. But not more than once a fortnight. I wanted to love it but I think I’ll have to pass this on to someone else as it didn’t work so well for me.
GLOW RECIPE WATERMELON GLOW PINK JUICE MOISTURISER
The Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturiser is one that I later ended up using more, after reintroducing it to my usual skincare routine. However, now I am about halfway in and have decided to ultimately pass this one on to someone else as well. The reason being that I realised with each application the skin around my mouth and under eyes was burning, going red and flaking off. It took me a while to really notice it I think because I am used to that slight tingling/ stinging sensation you get from an active ingredient based product. Then I was applying makeup over it so I didn’t notice the redness.
It’s such a shame because I love gel-style moisturisers, particularly in summer. The watermelon is an amino-rich extract that deeply hydrates, soothes and fights free radical damage to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. I think it would be the ideal lightweight moisturiser for a lot of skin types, but sadly it didn’t work for me.
GLOW RECIPE BLUEBERRY BOUNCE GENTLE CLEANSER
Again, I’ve stopped using the Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser, as it didn’t work for me. Even trying it again with my usual routine I found my skin burnt around the mouth and eyes. So sadly it’s another I have to pass on. What is it made with? Blueberry extract is an antioxidant-packed berry that fights against free radicals to prevent premature aging whilst naturally hydrating, calming the skin and minimizing discolouration.
GLOW RECIPE AVOCADO MELT SLEEPING MASK
Finally, I slowly retried the Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask and it’s probably the only one I will keep. Despite trying it with my normal routine, I’ve not really noticed it causing any irritation on my skin, but I’ve probably not really noticed it did much either. I’ve applied it overnight as a mask. When I wake up my skin is fairly normal, not too dry or too moisturised but it doesn’t leave my skin oily which is a plus. I hate having an oily forehead! So, maybe I just need to keep giving it a go. As with all of the Glow Recipe products, I looooove the packaging, the bottles are all so cute.
This one contains Avocado, obviously, which is packed with oleic and linoleic acid which restores moisture and collagen. It also contains Manuka Honey which is antioxidant-packed and antibacterial and Kaolin which extracts impurities from the skin without irritating to decongest pores and absorb excess oil.
HAVE YOU TRIED GLOW RECIPE?
So all in all, the verdict? I think I love the concept, and if it worked for my skin I would be raving about them right now. I’m so so sad to say that I can’t really use them. It sucks. And of course, I hate writing anything negative. I thought for months if I should review them because it didn’t work for me. Rather than write them off I tried them again bit by bit to really make sure I wasn’t just having an off week. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Friends have had great experiences with Glow Recipe so it might just be me. I would advise with any rich products like these to see if you can try a sample first.
Have you tried anything from Glow Recipe? Please let me know how you went and what your thoughts were. As I said, friends have loved them including fellow beauty bloggers. So I’m just thinking this might be my skin.
ORIGINS GINZING REFRESHING EYE CREAM
In my post on my new Mecca Cosmetica beauty favourites (here), the Origins Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream was already featured. And I soon ran out. Sadly I used this one up but really loved it. So, I will have to re-purchase when I’ve used up my supply of eye creams.
Using this in the morning brightened my eye area. Powered by an energising duo of caffeine and panax ginseng, it brightens and helps fight signs of fatigue whilst softening the look dark circles and puffiness.
SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. SERUM
Hello, holy grail product! I used this up so fast I couldn’t believe it when it ran out. The Sunday Riley C.E.O. Serum contains 15% vitamin C to instantly polish, and brighten skin. Bestowing an instantly radiant, firmed and plumped complexion with soothed redness and sensitivity. It is formulated with a Phytosterols complex derived from soybeans that helps soothe, reduce inflammation and sensitivity while encouraging the production of collagen. Glycolic acid gently lifts away dulling dead skin cells and boosts cellular turnover. I want more. It’s so damn good! My first Sunday Riley product and I loved it! Mine came from a collaboration I did with Revolve Beauty but it is also available at Mecca here.
ISLE OF PARADISE DROPS AND MIST
Since the seasons are changing and many of us are looking to self-tan I thought I’d best share these once again. I’ve been either using these Isle of Paradise goodies or the Elle Effect self-tan all summer. Both I bought at Mecca. As a part of a home self-care routine, these keep me glowing and feeling less pale, even if I am inside all the time.
Lightweight and hydrating, the colour-correcting Isle of Paradise tan works over 4 – 6 hours for a gorgeous sun-kissed glow. Minus the tell-tale streaks and traditional self-tanner smell. It has been designed with hypoallergenic ingredients and actives at the ideal pH level.
I use either in Medium which is formulated with Super Balance™ complex to reduce redness and calm the skin. The spray is simple, but I still use a mitt to apply. The drops I add to a body moisturiser for my face and body, again using the mitt.
OLAPLEX NO. 3 HAIR PERFECTOR
My hair care OG. Well, for the last few years at least. I love No.3 for sealing in moisture, strengthening and generally improving my hair. The strengthening treatment features Olaplex’s patented active ingredient, which works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage, restoring a healthy look and feel to hair. Olaplex is available on Adore Beauty or Revolve Beauty.
OLAPLEX NO.6 BOND SMOOTHER
I am sure the No.6 Bond Smoother was highly anticipated by more people than just me. After using No.3 for years, I was super excited when this leave-in treatment came out. The reparative cream is formulated with Coconut Oil and Vitamin E. It strengthens, hydrates, moisturizes, speeds up blow-dry time, and protects against heat damage while imparting a long-lasting smoothing effect for sleek, strong, shiny hair. I’ve used it after every wash, but have been finding I can extend my washes to once or twice a week. It instantly smoothes and tames my hair of crazy frizz. I am obsessed. A little goes a long way but I need it in a vat.
UMA ULTIMATE BRIGHTENING ROSE TONER
I already raved about the UMA Ultimate Brightening Rose Toner back in my February faves here. I’ve since finished the bottle but my skin has been brighter and I’ve had no issues with pigmentation. It cleared up red patches that I had since being a teenager. Pigmentation was the main reason I wore foundation, so I’ve basically worn foundation only a handful of times. How good is that!? Available at Revolve Beauty or Adore Beauty.
111 SKIN Y NECK AND DECOLLATEAGE SERUM
On the luxury end of the scale, the 111 Skin Neck and Decolletage Serum is fancy, which thankfully I loved. The lightweight, powerful formula features clinically proven Progeline to rapidly reduce sagging and restore the skin’s natural cellular foundation. Creases and crepiness appear visibly reduced and a sculpted, hydrated neckline is restored. Niacinamide improves the skin’s moisture barrier and aids in reversing sun damage and hyperpigmentation. I used this one up quickly too. Too quickly. Sadly. It was just beautiful. This one came via Revolve Beauty but 111 Skin is also at Mecca.
KORA ORGANICS FOAMING CLEANSER
Okay, I’ve said this is my favourite cleanser of all time before but it had been a year or two since I’d bought it. In the meantime, I fell for the Eve Lom Cleanser which has probably actually taken first place. Purely because, though I adore it, the Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser is gentle, and I find the Eve Lom one removed more makeup. So, in saying that, the Kora Organics Foaming Cleanser is what I use if I am not removing makeup but just cleansing my face. And it’s beautiful. The scent is divine, it is a soap-free cleanser formulated to naturally and deeply cleanse oily/combination skin. Certified Organic Noni Fruit, Green Tea Extracts and Sandalwood Oil combine with Aloe Vera to rinse away impurities, leaving the skin feeling pure and clean. Again, I love it. LOVE. Kora Organics are stocked on Adore Beauty.
KORA ORGANICS 2-IN-1 TUMERIC BRIGHTENING AND EXFOLIATING MASK
This 2-In-1 Mask had come so highly recommended that I was super excited to try it. And it worked for me too. The mask has another fan in me. I use it in the morning in the shower, applying it a few minutes before I step in, allowing it to dry then I gently scrub to remove. The peppermint oil is so refreshing, I leave the shower more awake, while my skin is less congested and bright. This multitasking face mask will help to decongest and detox pores, refine skin texture, promote healthy cell renewal and unveil a bright, radiant complexion thanks to added Tumeric, Papaya Enzymes, Rosehip Seeds and Peppermint. Heaven.
KORA ORGANICS NONI LIP TINT
No self-care list would be complete without a lip product. I am so obsessed with this lip tint balm. Like SO obsessed. Using only beetroot juice and natural minerals to create the perfect, universally flattering hue, KORA Organics Noni Lip Tint can also be used on the cheeks. I apply some to my lips first then dab any remaining onto my cheeks for a natural flushed look. The tint has anti-ageing benefits with certified organic noni fruit and licorice root that defends the lips from free radical damage. While Cocoa seed & cupaucu butter condition and lock in hydration. My lips are less dry and chapped and I love the scent too.
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WHAT DO YOU USE FOR AT-HOME SELF-CARE?
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