Emma Hardie’s Starter Kit | Honest Review

I first stumbled across the Emma Hardie brand on YouTube when I saw Anna Saccone using her dual-action cleansing cloth in her fake tanning routine. After a bit of research, I was intrigued to try some of her products. The brand is vegan and cruelty-free, focusing on natural healing and skin rejuvenation for all skin types. It is also free from many harmful ingredients such as SLS, parabens, silicones and more. When I saw a combination of Emma Hardie’s bestselling items available in a bundle on ASOS (+ a 20% discount), I couldn’t resist picking up the Emma Hardie Moringa Starter Kit!

The kit is usually £30 and contains the brand’s best selling Moringa Cleansing Balm, dual-action cleansing cloth, a wash-bag and the Midus Touch gel. The premise of the kit is simple; it is your one stop shop for your morning and evening skincare routine. So, how does it work?

  1. The Moringa Balm can be used to cleanse your face and to remove make-up. Simply take a hazelnut amount and rub it into your palm, and then gently into your face and neck
  2. Next soak the muslin (cotton side of the cloth) in warm water, rinsing any excess water and cleanse away
  3. If you wish, you can then use the microfibre side to exfoliate and polish your skin for a dewy glow. Again take a hazelnut amount, apply, rinse with warm water and gently wipe your face
  4. To finish, apply the Midus Touch gel on your neck and face but avoid the eye area

Sounds great! But what does each product actually do?

The Moringa Cleansing Balm removes all traces of make-up and dirt off your face. For the last seven years I have purely used cleansers and/or micellar water rather than make-up wipes to clean my face, and I must admit that I was thoroughly impressed by this product. At first the balm texture is hard in the pot, but easily softens into a liquid substance when you rub it into your palm. As someone with sensitive skin, I was pleased to see that the balm did not irritate my face or eyes. Instead it left it feeling very soft and moisturised, whilst also crucially removing a lot more dirt off my face than any other cleanser I have used.
You can also leave the Moringa Balm on your skin overnight for a super hydrated treatment – something that I looking forward to trying!

I like the size of the dual-action cleansing cloth and definitely noticed on first-impressions that as promised, the microfibre side brightened, buffed and deep cleansed my skin. I also really like the fact that the cloth is machine-washable so it helps to reduce waste and is far more sustainable. I did wonder whether the Midus Touch gel would leave my skin feeling tingly (as so many other products do). However it glided onto my skin and left it feeling cool and calm, resulting in an instant glowy complexion.

Nonetheless, I’ll be honest with you. Having never used a cleanser with a cloth (my simple skincare routine can be found here) I over-complicated the process and confused myself (as can be seen in the video below). I also noticed on the Moringa Balm pot that I bought, that it very disappointingly had some of the branding missing, which I guess was a quality control issue. However, I really loved the results of the products on my skin and in particular would repurchase the Moringa Balm and a couple more cloths. Overall I really like what this brand stands for and am very pleased with these affordable, but slightly luxe purchases and can definitely see why they are bestsellers!

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Psst… for any other newbies to Emma Hardie here, I have also seen that Cult Beauty are offering the Midus Touch Collection for just £20 which includes a miniature sized Starter Kit (15ml products) plus the mini Midus Touch Mask!

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Day to Night Skincare Routine | SENSITIVE SKIN

Feeling confident in your own skin can be very hard, let alone doing it bare faced. After years of teenage acne, just when I thought my days of spots and blemishes were over, I suffered from a 6 month allergic reaction to a high end make-up brand. I’ve since been VERY careful on what products I use on my face. Fast forward 7 years later, and here I am!

In the video below I show you my exact DAY to NIGHT skincare routine which I adopted over lockdown. Over the last 6 months I’ve mostly been using Revolution Skincare products, which are vegan, fragrance-free, inexpensive and have left my skin glowing! Watch the video to see my exact skincare routine, with all products linked below.

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Try Before You Buy: Latest Summer Beauty Additions

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In March I attended the much awaited Glamour Beauty Festival and to my pleasure I came back home with a face of fresh make-up, my hair styled to the 9’s, my nails newly painted with Orly’s and in hand was also a big metallic bag full of goodies. Throughout the day I strutted around London in a pair of heeled booties (if not in London when can you?) resulting in stylish but poor blistered feet . Nonetheless I knew that both the day and the goodie bag would definitely be worth it! I’ve been trialling some of the products I received over the last few weeks and here are my top 3 that I’ve been using and would recommend to you lovely readers. Think of this post as a try before you buy, so you can have confidence that you have made only wise purchasing decisions; as there’s nothing worse than buying a product or two to only find it’s useless for your desired beauty need!

3. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

In a surprising third place (but still in my top 3) comes the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Intensively Moisturising Hand Treatment. I heard many promises of the 8 Hour Cream that it would be life changing and was certain that this would be a firm favourite. The hand cream is instantly moisturising and the classic packaging is elegant and handbag friendly size. However I’m not a huge fan of the scent; it’s a bit too medicated for me. Although moisturised and smoother hands they may be, the smell of this cream for me means that I wouldn’t be buying it myself. However this is completely subjective and you may find that you quite like the smell and/or the benefits of the product outweigh the cons (or con in this case!) Although I cannot testify that it does indeed last a whole 8 hours, this cream does leave your dry skin hydrated and does not leave a greasy residue. I still keep it in my handbag and apply it to my hands 2-3 times a day.

2. Tigi Bed Head Bee Hive Dry Shampoo

I know what you’re thinking. Lies! Only Batiste’s dry shampoo is the true Universal Beauty Queen of dry shampoos. From root covering wonders, cherry scents and paradise beaches; Batiste has it all. I know. I thought so too. This was certainly proved when once a blue moon ago, I lived life on the dark side and bought Aussie’s dry shampoo. Only to be very disappointed and felt guilty that I had cheated on my beloved Batiste. So surely Tigi’s Bee Hive Dry Shampoo can’t be the one? Oh how wonderfully wrong I was! I have medium to fine dyed blonde hair and this dry shampoo works just as well as Batiste and what’s more it smells of Summer. There is no fallout of powder and the product stays true to it’s name with the volume effect you want with every dry shampoo. Just one application of this product also tends to last me for two days, perfect for in-between hair washes or for any festival goers out there. Tigi, you may well be my new favourite.

1. Pixi Rose Tonic Water

Coming up in first place is my new favourite skincare product. Shamelessly I hadn’t heard of Pixi until the Glamour Beauty Festival and now it’s a brand that I have noticed more and more. For those of you who want to get glowing skin, simply washing your face isn’t enough. Toner’s are great at removing all the unwanted dirt from your face, particularly for oily or acne prone skin. In my current skincare routine I have been using Nivea’s Daily Essentials Cleansor and Toner. It leaves my skin fresh and smooth. However I have also been using Pixi Rose Tonic morning and night and I have found that even more oil is removed off my face. The rose is very subtle and not overpowering and has elements of elderflower. As a result I’ve had less breakouts and I’m noticing a more dewy look to my skin! The toner is really nourishing and leaves your skin feel smooth but not stripped as so many toners do. It’s also free from parabens and the brand doesn’t test on animals for those of you interested!

If you have any products that you recommend I should try I would love to hear from you in the comments.

The Power of the Jade Roller

It is always a good time to give your skin some tender, love and care. But if you’ve been somewhat slacking on your skincare routine, now is a really good reason to start making some changes, as we are approaching Summer. If there is one thing that I’m paying particular attention to is keeping my skin hydrated and to try to get that glow we all want. If you’ve read my skincare routine and my skin story you will know I’m quite cautious on what I use on my skin, which can be a challenge when trying new products. However it’s not just the products we use on our faces that matter, it’s the tools and the way we treat our skin too. Sadly having a monthly 24 carot gold facial is out of my budget, so instead, I recently invested in something a little bit more finance friendly… a jade roller!

Jade is said to be good for keeping stress and anxiety away, so if you’re one to purchase crystals and are all about energy, this is a lovely and inexpensive addition to your skincare routine. Looking like a perfectly instagrammable paintbrush (but for your face), rolling this little green gem on your face is meant to be good for boosting blood flow circulation, reducing swelling under your eyes and relieving tension. It is also known for plumping and firming your skin. Are you convinced yet? I was!

Although I am still in my early 20’s, I’ve always paid particular attention to my skin, from matters of teenage acne to dark circles, I take my skin woes seriously! My mother and grandmother (who have quite good and youthful skin themselves) have also always reminded me to moisturise and use eye cream from a young age. So skincare has always been a focus of mine, therefore naturally trying this tool appealed to me! Plus if the ancient Chinese swear by it, the jade roller must have some value to it.

Most jade rollers, including the one that I purchased, have two jade stones on it. One larger one for your face and on the other end of the handle there is a smaller stone to concentrate on gentle areas like around your eyes. Once you have applied your serums and oils on your face, start rolling the jade from the bottom of your jaw, in upward movements. Repeat until your whole face has been rolled!

So what do I think? Truthfully, you don’t notice a dramatic difference straight away. So if you want an immediate difference maybe Botox is your friend instead! However, after using this tool every day for the last week my skin does feel smoother. What’s more I have noticed that my dark circles – which are to do with the thin skin under my eyes rather than lack of sleep or eye-cream, have improved. I really like that the jade roller is very cooling on your skin*, it is easy to pack away and evidently so simple to use. I definitely think it will be a great addition for any Summer routine. *You can also store the jade roller in the fridge for it to be even cooler and soothing on your skin.

This may not be a magic wand, but slowly I’m seeing a slight difference. The thing that I like most of all about the jade roller, is how calm I feel after using it. It also injects an inexpensive daily luxury into my routine. I now have welcomed this little tool into my make-up bag and will be sure to do an update on my skin throughout the Summer.

Nip + Fab Skincare Review

I always love trying out new skincare products but I’m quite picky on what I use (I swear that’s not a contradiction!) Over the last couple months I was wearing my “Clinique Moisture Surge” moisturiser and as lightweight and skin friendly as the brand is, I still sadly had a few minor spots appear. How? I’m not too sure, obviously something in this product reacted badly to my skin. Sorry Clinique, as much as I love you, this product is not the one for me…it’s not you, it’s me ❤

I wrote about Maria Hatzistefanis’ new book last week and so to continue with the theme, I have tried out a couple of her products from the critically acclaimed Nip and Fab Skincare line!

Product

If you read my review on some of Nip and Fab’s make-up, I mentioned that their skincare line targets different areas. One of the ranges I tried was the Bee Sting Fix line. Products you can get in this collection includes an eye cream, a face mask, toning pads and a face cream. The Bee Sting Fix range is predominately for first signs of ageing; I may be 23 but you can’t be too young to start preserving your youthfulness! I have been using the Bee Sting Fix cream as my daily moisturiser (which can be used at night too) and it is one of the brand’s bestsellers; the sales speaks for themselves.

I also tried a product from the Viper Venom Fix range, which is for smoothing and refining. The line includes the following products: a primer- the ‘Viper Venom micro blur and fix’, a night fix cream, a frown fix and the anti-ageing eye gel. I bought the anti-ageing eye gel which I apply daily after the moisturiser.

Packaging

With names so catchy and unforgettable as “Bee Sting Fix ” and “Viper Venom” I was already entranced to try the products even just for their fun names. When it comes to the packaging for the moisturiser, it is appropriately yellow for it’s bee theme. However the plastic material gives it a slightly cheap feel. However, it is eye-catching, simple and ultimately effective. For the Viper Venom eye gel I really can’t complain. It’s so much easier to apply on the go than a pot of cream. It’s a smooth, slender tube with a ball on top to roll on the gel. The benefit of a tube rather than a pot of eye cream is that it gives you the luxury to top up and hydrate your under eyes throughout the day easily for a pick me up, or even on the plane to make you feel a bit more alive and beat jet lag. I definitely see myself carrying this in my handbag.

Price

In comparison to my goodie and oldie Nivea moisturiser it was a bit pricey, but when I compare it to some other moisturisers on the market for the size of this pot, it really isn’t too bad. At £20.95, it’s a steal I suppose. The Viper Venom Fix eye gel comes up to £15.95. Again for the size of this eye gel, it’s a really competitive price.

Quality

So what do I think? Does it do what it says on the tin? With the moisturiser I feel like I have to put on a bit more than I would normally to fully cover my face. However as soon as you apply it, your can feel the ‘Bee Sting Fix’ effect. It made my skin feel firmer and look smoother. Throughout the day my skin was fully hydrated. If you follow my blog you will know that I have quite sensitive skin, so I was a bit cautious trying a new skincare range as well a new cream. However so far I have been so happy with this Nip & Fab moisturiser and my skin has actually cleared up. What’s more, I haven’t noticed any dryness whatsoever! One gold star for this product!

If you hadn’t guessed it, I really recommend the Viper Venom eye gel, it’s so light but like the Bee Sting Fix cream, you can feel the ‘snake venom’ awaken and hydrate your under eyes instantly.

Final Verdict

My final thoughts is that the Nip And Fab fan club continues. I’m looking forward to trying more from the brand and will be buying these products again!

What range and products shall I try next from Nip & Fab?