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The Ordinary Skincare and Foundation Haul

Following on from my previous review on The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer, I loved it so much that I found myself going on a little spending spree on their website for more heavenly products. I originally only wanted to buy another High-Spreadability Fluid Primer for my sister as I wanted her to experience the good stuff too and before I knew it, I had 2 other skincare products and 4 foundations in my basket. Don't you just hate it when that happens?! 

When I first heard about The Ordinary I knew that they were soon to release a range of foundations which had over 25,000 people signed up to a waiting list for. Unsurprisingly they sold out pretty damn quickly and have been sold out ever since. That was until the day I decided to buy another primer and would you believe it? The foundations were back in stock and as I was unsure as to which colour I was, I bought 4. I managed to buy 2 of the Coverage Foundations and 2 of the Serum Foundations. At just over £5 each, it is no wonder they sold out so quickly.

I ended up buying quite a few skincare products and of course the 4 foundations but even with all of those, my order only came to just over £30 which is amazing considering everything I bought. If you hadn't heard about The Ordinary before then they are a skincare brand from umbrella company DECIEM which houses brands such as Hylamide and NIOD. The Ordinary promises to deliver effective clinical technologies within the skincare world, just like Hylamide and NIOD offer but at more of an affordable price. If you are interested in The Ordinary then I would really recommend reading their About section on their website as their mission statement is very inspiring and I really like what the brand is all about. They aren't just a brand which spurts out products for quick money, they have values behind them and I like that.

Let me share with you what I bought! I wouldn't usually treat myself to this amount but as everything was so reasonable price it was really hard not to get carried away.

This primer is the first product from The Ordinary that I have tried and it is the product which has enabled me to do this haul! The primer itself is designed to increase the spreadability of foundation, acting almost like a velvety soft film to the skin to ensure your foundation doesn't cling to any dry areas on the face. This primer is really thick and gloopy in consistency and actually it looks rather unpleasant and unappealing when you see it on the applicator but it practically melts into the skin and it makes applying foundation effortless. This is the only product out of the bunch that I have actually tried but goodness me, is it good.

Another primer, this time rather than being designed to help the application of your foundation, this primer is designed to act as matte, hydrating blurring primer which also claims to make your foundation stay on for longer. This primer can also be used as a moisturiser which reduces the look of pores and imperfections. The primer has the consistency of a creamy moisturiser in comparison to the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer which is more like a serum.

The Argireline Solution is a really lightweight serum which is designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. You are supposed to apply it directly to the forehead and around the eye area in hope that it will improve the appearance of wrinkles but as I am only 23 and don't currently have any, I will be bathing in this morning, noon and night in hope that it will prevent the inevitable. After all, prevention is better than cure!

Onto the good stuff, the foundation! The Serum Foundation is a very lightweight foundation with a light coverage. I have been after some sort of BB, CC Cream for the warmer weather when I still want to wear a little bit of something something on my face to hide dark circles and blemishes without the heaviness of my usual foundations so this range of lightweight, light coverage foundation sounds perfect. I went for the shades 1.0N and 1.1N which are their very fair, neutral shades. I couldn't decide between two shades of pale so I decided to buy both and they seem fine but I will find out when I give them a try!

The product I was most looking forward to! All of my current foundations are running out and they are all high end so having the possibility of trying out a high coverage foundation in paler shades for £5.90 sounds too good to be true. The Coverage Foundation offers higher pigment levels than the Serum Foundation but still offer a smooth finish that avoids the heavy make-up look that can make skin appear aged. The consistency is that of a lightweight, non-oily cream and the foundation offers a semi-matte finish. I decided to buy this foundation in the shades 1.0N which is the very fair neutral shade and 1.0NS which is the very fair neutral shade with silver highlights to give the effect of a glow from within. I am so excited to try these foundations and I can't wait to share my opinions with you!

So, that was my little but quite substantial The Ordinary haul! I am really looking forward to trying everything out, especially the foundations. I struggle to find foundations in shades as pale as I am and from first appearances they all seem to suit me quite well but we will have to see what they will be like when I apply them to my skin. Have you tried anything from The Ordinary?


MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in You've Got Me Feeling Review

I think it is no secret that I love make-up. I have too much of it, I don't particularly need it but I just can't stop buying it. Some of it is justitified, like this purchase for instance as I only have 2 blushers but the majority of the time I buy for the sake of buying. And it is hard not to when so much beautiful make-up is released so often. One brand in particular I believe release perhaps a little too much. 

I remember buying my first item from MAC about 6 years ago and I thought I was so grown up. Buying my first item of 'proper' make-up! Wow! Since then I have continued to admire MAC make-up and although I still love it and I will repurchase my beloved Paint Pot in Painterly until the end of time but I feel like MAC has been pushed to the back since all of these amazing other brands have since come about. Tarte, Morphe, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Colourpop... That said, MAC continue to bring out collection after collection of limited edition items endorsed by some celebrity or tv show or film etc etc. And, in my eyes, that is where they have gone wrong. They bring out so many collections so often that it is hard to keep up. How can you possibly buy everything you want if everything is limited and for such a short period of time? Of course a lot of people will buy it quickly as they genuinely want it but I do find MAC and their quick regurgitation of limited edition products hard to keep up with, so I tend not to bother. Because of the above, I am not interested in the limited edition collections and to be honest, I never have been. I once considered purchasing the Viva Glam hot pink mess all those years ago but chose against it which was rightly so as I knew I would never have used it. 

I recently went into a Cosmetics Company Store which is like an outlet store for last seasons make-up. They sell makeup from brands such as Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Estee Lauder, MAC.. Which is where I spotted this hot pink blush. Completely out of my comfort zone, I only swatched it to see how bright it would look on my skin and I was so surprised at how flattering it was on my pale skintone. Housed in beautiful packaging, let me share with you the MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in You've Got Me Feeling.

About the MAC x Mariah Carey Collection:
"We’ve long been dazzled by the chanteuse of the century. Now, Mariah Carey brings her impeccable glamour to a makeup collection that’s all you’ll ever want and a lot more, with sexy nude tones sparkling like champagne and glimmering like diamonds! The online-exclusive Lipglass in Butterfly Bling adds just the right amount of flash. Luxurious packaging in silver glitter with champagne gold accents and Mariah’s signature."

The MAC x Mariah Carey collection was impressive, as MAC collections go. Not only was the packaging absolutely beautiful with champagne gold detailing and embossed silver glittery accents, but the make-up itself was truly stunning. 2 eyeshadow palettes, 5 lipsticks, 5 lipglosses, 2 powder blushers.. And that's just the start. I wasn't tempted by this collection when it came out as I can't say the name Mariah Carey would particularly encourage me to buy but the products do speak for themselves.

The MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush in You've Got Me Feeling looks fairly intimidating in the pan but once on the skin it looks beautiful. You've Got Me Feeling is described to be a light candy pink and for someone who isn't too keen on bright colours, it is definitely outside of my comfort zone but it makes a nice change from the two other blushers that I own - a coral orange and a muted pink. Pigmentation wise this blusher is just as great as the others from MAC. Rich in pigmentation, a little goes a long way making them so long lasting, they can last for years! 

I'm so pleased I decided to buy You've Got Me Feeling. There is no denying that it is out of my comfort zone shade wise but as soon as it is on the skin it is incredibly flattering, as long as you use a light hand! It can be easy to get carried away when applying blusher but when dusted lightly on the apples of the cheeks it looks lovely. I think I paid about £12 for this blusher which is a great investment really as they last for such a long time. I still might not be a MAC collections fan but I do really like this shade and it has taught me not to instantly dismiss MAC's limited edition collections, even if it does seem as if they are brought out every other week!

MAC x Mariah Carey Powder Blush - £12.00


My Summer Style

I'm going to share a personal opinion with you - I'm not crazy about summer. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the warmer weather and the longer days but as a hayfever sufferer, summer for me is just 3 months of absolute misery. My eyes sting and water as soon as I open a window, my chest hurts so I can't breathe properly, I can't stop sniffing, people constantly ask why I am crying and to top it off, I am yet to meet any medication to help me in any possible way. In fact, I wear more eye make-up in the summer to stop myself from itching my eyes as as soon as I will start, I will not be able to stop! 

Aside from spending the entire summer with a permanent cold, I also struggle to find summer clothes that I like. I can dress for Autumn and Winter no problem but I really struggle with my summer style, especially given the infamous Great British Summer. What do you wear when it is pouring with rain outside but still 22 degrees?? One piece of clothing I have worn a lot so far this summer is my trench coat. Perfect for the warmer seasons, a trench coat is effortlessly stylish. I used to wonder how to style a trench coat but actually, they style themselves. You create your outfit around the trench coat as they go with everything whilst remaining an outerwear essential. Quintessentially British, the trench coat is a summer essential, especially with the festival season coming up. You won't catch me in a cagoule or plastic poncho in the pouring rain this summer, but you will catch me in a trench!

Alongside the classic women's trench coat, this summer you will also find me wearing a hell of a lot of bardot tops, bardot dresses, clean, crisp white cotton shirts and floral midi dresses. I dress lazily in the summer. I like to pull something on quickly and not have to spend ages in the mirror trying to work out if my outfit goes or not. This is my summer style!
Jack Wills Dollyhill Trench / Jack Wills Duncombe Trench / Jack Wills Dollyhill Trench
Jack Wills Woolscott Broderie Shirt Dress / Jack Wills Downswood Floral Short / Jack Wills Mazza Floral Dress
Zara Shimmery Jacket / Zara Textured Tweed Jacket / Zara Suede Jacket
Zara Floral Dress / Zara Faux Leather Dress / Zara Suede Effect Dress
Zara Off The Shoulder Dress / Zara Frilly Dress / Zara Frilled Sleeve Dress

You really cannot beat the classic stone trench coat, can you? That's my summer style, what is yours? I have lost count of how many summer sales I have participated in so far this year and we haven't even reached July yet!

(Post in collaboration with Jack Wills)


The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer Review

I'm not one to usually go for hyped up products (ahem) but when I heard that people were joining the waiting list for the majority of this brands products, I had a feeling that it must be good. The Ordinary are a skincare brand from umbrella company DECIEM which houses brands such as Hylamide and NIOD. The Ordinary promises to deliver effective clinical technologies within the skincare world, just like Hylamide and NIOD offer but at more of an affordable price. If you are interested in The Ordinary then I would really recommend reading their About section on their website as their mission statement is very inspiring and I really like what the brand is all about. They aren't just a brand which spurts out products for quick money, they have values behind them and I like that.

When I first heard about The Ordinary, I was amazed about how many people had joined the waiting list for their products and I will admit that I am now on that waiting list for their highly anticipated foundations as they just sound incredible. At less than £6 each, both of their foundations, their Serum Foundation which is lightweight and the Coverage Foundation, which offers a higher level of pigmentation, promises to offer a smooth finish which avoids the appearance of a heavier makeup look which can make the skin appear more aged. The textures of the foundations are that of a lightweight cream and I honestly have never been more excited to try a product before. I have not yet met my 'holy-grail' foundation and I already have good feelings about this one and I've not tried it yet!

Let me share with you a product that I have tried. I was recently making an ASOS order and saw that they stocked The Ordinary skincare products and decided to buy a couple of their primers to see what they would be like. Very reasonably priced, let me share with you The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer.

About The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer:
"This new generation of primer is a lightweight serum-like formula that increases the spreadability of subsequent complexion makeup to help avoid the unnatural and uneven accumulation of pigments especially around the eyes and on dry skin. The formula also acts as a light, non-oily surface hydrator for a natural dewy look."

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer is designed to increase the spreadability of your foundation to help avoid the unnatural and uneven build up when you have dry skin. It is supposed to stop the cakey build up which might get accumulated on certain areas on the face. For me I suffer with really dry skin on my cheeks and on my forehead and I do find that my foundation does seem to cling to it so the idea of having a serum to apply onto my bare face to act as almost a smooth barrier does sound like the perfect solution.

The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer arrives in a little 30 ml bottle with a dropper applicator which I like the look of but practicality wise you can't beat a plastic squeezy bottle, can you?! The formula of the primer is most unusual. It is clear in appearance but in formula it is fairly thick and dare I say it, gloopy? It isn't runny, instead it is almost like a thick gel so because of this I find the dropper to be rather indifferent. It is good at sucking the product up and squeezing it out but when you pull the dropper out of the bottle it is covered in the thick, gloopy primer so it can make a bit of a mess when you try not to waste the precious, precious product.

To apply, I squeeze a small amount onto the back of my hand then blend it into the skin with my fingertips and goodness me, it is like applying velvet to the face. You can definitely feel the silicone within the product as it gives the skin a silky smooth, velvety appearance and feel and it makes for a wonderful base for foundation as your skin is just so incredibly smooth. It immediately sinks into the skin, evens out the skins appearance and really preps and primes the skin for the application of make-up. I can't say that it makes my make-up stay on for longer and actually, I wouldn't expect it to as The Ordinary don't claim it to do so. It simply smooths and evens the skintone out to help make your foundation glide on flawlessly and it does exactly that. 

You know when you have a great product in your hands when you immediately tell someone about it and as soon as I had applied this primer to my skin, I immediately texted my sister a photo of it saying 'omggg this is amazing!!!' and it is. I love it and I can see exactly why The Ordinary have a waiting list for their products!


Printing Instagram Photos With Inkifi

When Instagram first got downloaded onto my phone, I wasn't all that fussed. I would post the odd photo with the Valencia filter and that was that but now Instagram means business. People are making careers off of posting photos on Instagram and I think that is to be admired. A lot of a persons life is documented on Instagram and it would be great to be able to print off those memories and put them into a photo album or hang them in a photo frame. I was recently contacted by Inkifi asking if I would be interesting in trying out their prints and printing my own Instagram photos through them and I couldn't wait to see what they would look like. I had a whole bunch of photos I thought would look good on my bedroom wall so I jumped at the chance and swiftly spent 2 and a half hours deciding which photos I would like printing!

With Inkifi you can get your Instagram photos printed on a whole variety of products ranging from posters, photo albums and the traditional prints. I decided to get my Instagram photos printed onto their Inkifi Square Prints* and I was really surprised at how big they were when they arrived. I was expecting something an awful lot smaller so I was pleasantly surprised. The whole process was unbelievably easy. All you have to do is connect Inkifi to your Instagram and choose which photos you would like printing and how many then checkout. The hardest bit was deciding which photos I wanted printing!

My prints arrived within a couple of days and I was so thrilled to see them in the flesh. They are printed on really excellent quality paper which is so thick it almost feels like card and the printers managed to pick up the bright pigments within each photo perfectly. I did notice that a few of the photos I had edited before uploading to Instagram had come out slightly grainier in comparison to unedited photos but it isn't too noticeable and it doesn't detract from a beautiful photo. I had all of my recent holiday photos printed and they look so perfect, I can't wait to find the perfect photo frame to hang them on my bedroom wall in.

I would really recommend Inkifi as I love not only the concept but the large variety of products you can get your Insta snaps printed onto. I really like the size of the Square Prints which I ordered and now I just need to find a frame to fit them in! For such a long time I have struggled to find some nice prints to go up on my bedroom wall but I needn't bother, I can have my own photographs instead. 

(My prints were sent to me in exchange for an honest review)


NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Blonde Review

The one part of make-up which I hate doing the most is my eyebrows. I wish I could have pretty Instagram eyebrows but I just don't. Before recently I had never even touched my eyebrows. I had never plucked them, waxed them, tinted them... I was lucky I didn't have a monobrow to be honest. A little while ago I plucked up the courage to get HD Brows done and whilst I liked them to begin with, they weren't what I wanted and I personally don't think it lasted very long. I would really like to get my eyebrows reshaped again and perhaps dyed as I have since changed my hair colour but for now I am trying to find products to help me work with the eyebrows that I have, not the ones I am dreaming about! 

A while ago I tried Benefit Gimme Brow which is a product designed to brush through the brows almost like a mascara, in order to create natural-looking fullness and definition to them. I really loved it and the results it created to the eyebrows but unfortunately it is slightly pricey at £20 a go and as I have recently ran out of Gimme Brow, I really wanted to see if I could find a cheaper alternative. Which was actually pretty easy to find! I ended up purchasing a few brow products from NYX in hope to tame my eyebrows and one of the products I bought is a wonderful, cheaper alternative to Gimme Brow. The NYX Tinted Brow Mascara has the same great qualities of Gimme Brow at a fraction of the price!

About the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara:
"No shame in wishing for a strong beautiful brow! Our foolproof tinted brow mascara helps your dream come true. It sets tames and tints brows for natural-looking wear. Our dependable formula leaves brows feeling soft while maintaining complete control."

The NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is available in 5 different shades varying from blonde to black. Very similar to the Benefit Gimme Brow, it works in exactly the same way of combing through the brows to create a natural fullness to them. It really is just like a mascara but for eyebrows!

It's hard to rave a product which is essentially just a coloured mascara but it is good. It is really good. This product does exactly what it claims to do. It is easy to comb through the eyebrows to create a really natural fullness to them and it pretty much does everything the Benefit Gimme Brow does but at a third of a cost! I do actually prefer the brush to the Benefit Gimmer brow as it has soft bristles in comparison to the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara which, as it is a lot smaller in size, has slightly stubbier bristles so I find that the Gimme Brow brushes through slightly easier and dispensers the product a little more naturally than the NYX version but for the price you can't really complain!


L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water Review

I'm quite tight when it comes to spending money so I don't tend to buy things on a whim. I want to make sure what I buy and spend my hard earned cash on will be worth it so I always read reviews beforehand, even if it's something for just a fiver. But when I heard someone talk about this product I didn't bother looking up reviews to see if it was good or not, I just bought it - which is very unlike me!

The L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water sounded like heaven to me. It is designed to refresh and remoisturise the skin whilst being as lightweight as water in texture. You are supposed to use it instead of your daily moisturiser and as soon as I heard about it I was sold. It might not sound too incredible but trust me, it is!

About the L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water:
"The Liquid Care; Fresh as water hydrating as a cream. Locks in Moisture for 72hrs. Enriched with Aloe Water & Hyaluronic Acid. Instantly Refreshes. For Normal to Dry Skin. Inspired by Asian skincare, L'OrĂ©al Paris Laboratories introduces the liquid care. It delivers pure moisture that penetrates quickly, deeply and continuously - without overloading the skin."

Available in three different versions depending on your skintype, the L'oreal Paris Hydra Genius Aloe Water is everything you will need as a base in just one bottle. It preps the skin before the application of make-up, it hydrates and moisturises and it leaves a lightweight, refreshing feeling on the skin. It is so hydrating that L'oreal recommend you don't use a moisturiser with it which is pretty bold, but you really don't need to use both products at the same time. For its hydration alone I would already recommend it.

I apply this product after I have cleansed my face in the morning, just before I apply my make-up. I apply one pump to a clean face and rub it in before immediately applying my make-up. It absorbs into the skin within moments and leaves it feeling incredibly soft and hydrated, giving the skin a really plump base to apply make-up to. I find that my foundation applies smoother and looks better if I apply it on top of the Hydra Genius Aloe Water as it makes the skin feel so hydrated and so smooth, foundation just blends into it perfectly. 

I really love this product and I can definitely see myself re-purchasing after I have finished this bottle. You only need one pump for the entire face and the product absorbs into the skin immediately. It is so hydrating, it keeps the skin hydrated and moisturised all day long and as it is so lightweight, it doesn't affect make-up application at all. It actually makes the application of foundation even easier as it leaves your skin feeling so plump and smooth. I definitely recommend it and I think my regular moisturising days may be over!


Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon Review

I love doing my make-up. I take a lot of time doing it and I forgo an extra hour in bed just so I have time to put my make-up on before I go to work in the morning and most of the time, I am happy with it. That is until I scroll through Instagram and see all of these amazing, pretty Instagram girls with their chiselled cheeks, false eyelashes and blinding highlighter and I suddenly feel disheartened. Of course I know that a few filters have been used and everyone takes selfies with a ring light now but it can be so disheartening thinking you look nice and have made an effort then you look at Instagram and realise you are a bit of a chubby mouldy potato.

Slight body issues aside, I choose these few mind-numbing moments of liking pretty photos on Instagram to work out what I can do to change my make-up rather than to use it in an angry, self-hate sort of way. What is it that I like about their appearance that I can try and incorporate into my own? The first point of envy that I wanted to try and recreate on my face was the blindingly bright, glowy highlighter that is so bright it is almost as if it is beaming up to space. I know highlighter is usually supposed to be soft and subtle rather than bright and obvious - some days I want it to be subtle but right now all I want is it to be seen from miles away! 

Obviously I want Becca's Champagne Pop as much as the next person and I have added it to my online basket so many times and at the last minute I have changed my mind as £32 for a highlighter does seem a bit of an extravagance so before I splashed the cash, I really want to see what the highlighters were like on the high street. I searched Boots and Superdrug but couldn't find any highlighting powder which was buttery soft as well as hella shimmery. Everything seemed to be rather gritty and dull in terms of shimmer. In fact, the only place I managed to find what I was looking for was in Topshop, of all places. 

I have heard lots about Topshop's own brand of make-up and I know a while ago it was really popular but since then I haven't really heard much about it. What caught my eye was a gorgeous selection of highlighters and I was completely sold after just one swatch. With three shades on offer, I was completely torn between all three - they were all so soft, pigmented and shimmery, just what I have been after! I eventually went for the Topshop Highlight in Crescent Moon and you know what? I love it.

About the Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon:
"Shimmering silky pearl highlighter to add radiance to the face and body. Swirl with kabuki or powder brush and apply directly to face and body."

With the Topshop Highlighters available in three shades, you would almost believe that there wasn't enough choice but boy, it is hard to choose between just three, let me tell you. The shades to choose from are Sunbeam, a bright gold, Horizon, a bronzey rose gold and finally Crescent Moon, a beautiful champagne with an iridescent, almost metallic pink finish to it. Crescent Moon is not a shade I have ever seen before which was why I was so drawn to it. It looks pretty basic in the pan but as soon as you swipe your finger across the domed highlighter, you are really in for a treat. It looked so beautiful on the back of my hand that I just could not wait to apply it to my face!

Housed in a pretty generous compact, you get 6.5 g of product for your money. I love the domed effect to the highlighter itself, as well as the pretty star outer packaging. It feels pretty sturdy but I can't say that it would survive a fall and because of that I probably wouldn't want to travel with it. The texture of the highlighter is very soft and finely milled without being gritty which makes application incredibly easy. It applies and blends like a dream and whilst it could be easy to go a little overboard with the highlighter as it is very pigmented, I don't think there is such a thing as too much! It is easy to apply a light layer for a subtle glow if applied with a light hand but I like to pack it all on with a small face brush then blend it out afterwards. 

I'm obsessed with this highlighter and I am so pleased that I discovered it. I was not expecting to find a highlighter I would love from Topshop but I am completely converted. Crescent Moon is like no other. In the pan it looks like a basic and pretty champagne shade but when blended out it has a gorgeous metallic, almost pink iridescence to it which looks so lovely on the cheekbones. I still really want Becca's Champagne Pop but for now, Crescent Moon will do for me!


Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser Review

I've recently been on the hunt for an ultra-lightweight moisturiser for the summer time. Something really fresh and cooling on the skin. Something perfect for underneath foundation and make-up and preferably, something which helps to mattify the skin too. I've recently noticed that my usual everyday go-to moisturiser gets a little greasy throughout the day, even under matte foundation. I do have slightly oily skin but goodness me, it seems to be getting worse as the weather gets warmer. So to have a product with mattifying properties to it seems like the perfect aide to me at the moment.

I was recently in Boots and I saw the Garnier Skinactive Naturals range which is a range of skincare products available in 4 different variations with each type easing a different skin complaint. The products available in the range are; a milk cleanser, a gel facial wash, a toner and a moisturiser, all of which are available in the 4 different varieties, Rose, Aloe, Honey and Green Tea. The Rose products help to soothe, Aloe helps to refresh, Honey helps to nourish and Green Tea helps to purify and mattify. Obviously with the above taken into consideration I bought the Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser with its claims to hydrate and mattify although I could have easily bought every variation as they all sound as if they would work wonders on the skin.

About the Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser:
"Is Green Tea Leaves Purifying Botanical Day Cream right for me? Yes if you're looking for a daily skin care product to leave your skin hydrated and looking matte, as if rebalanced. What is different? This botanical cream is a part of Garnier's new generation of hydrating formulas made with 96% ingredients from natural origin. Specially formulated to mattify skin: Enriched with Green Tea Leaves, known for its purifying power, it's formula leaves skin looking mattified as if rebalanced. Enriched with a natural antioxidant to help protect skin day after day against the harmful effects of the environment."

The Garnier Skinactive Naturals Green Tea Moisturiser is designed to hydrate and mattify the skin with the help of the natural ingredients within. The formula is made up of 96% natural ingredients which are kind and gentle on the skin whilst delivering hydration. I chose the Green Tea variation of the botanical day cream rather than the Rose, Honey or Aloe versions as I need the mattifying results that the Green Tea moisturiser offers. But does it?

The Green Tea Moisturiser itself is very lightweight in formula and in consistency. It is incredibly refreshing in scent and on the skin, although I would have expected it to have a slightly more noticeable green tea scent to it. That said, this moisturiser does exactly what it claims to do. It is the perfect lightweight day cream which really does help to mattify the skin and keep oil at bay throughout the day. It is light enough that it doesn't affect your foundation or other make-up and it does a great job of keeping your skin hydrated during the day. I can't see myself using it during Autumn/Winter as I prefer slightly thicker creams for those periods but for sunnier, warmer times then I can definitely see myself using this for the foreseeable future! If you are after a budget. lightweight day moisturiser then I definitely recommend not only this moisturiser but the whole range and I definitely want to try a few more products from the Garnier Skinactive Naturals range.