Sukin Super Greens Skincare

Last year I tried a few Sukin products from their Super Greens range after sampling some of the moisturiser in a local store and loving it! I’ve now repurchased the moisturiser and also bought the serum, so thought I’d share my review of each of the items I’ve tried from the range. Sukin is an Australian brand and all their items are cruelty free and vegan.

Sukin Super Greens range
Sukin Super Greens range

Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser* – £9.99

This started my love affair with this range and was my first Sukin item. It was recommended to me by a member of staff in The Eighth Day in Manchester when I was looking for a cruelty free moisturiser for my dry skin. I was a bit put off by the use of ‘rich’ in the title but realised it was actually ‘nutrient rich’ and wasn’t too heavy. It smells amazing (despite the fact it is enriched with kale, spirulina, chlorella and parsley which doesn’t sound appealing to me at all!) and is a lovely texture. It does take a little longer than some lighter moisturisers to completely soak in to the skin, but only a matter of a minute or two, and it is so worth the wait. It really seems to help balance my skin and leaves it feeling so nourished and soft. It’s fairly mattifying in its finish – it doesn’t leave a sheen at all but does allow natural glow to show through. It’s fantastic value too – less than £10 for 125ml which lasts for ages. The only downside to this, and the reason I didn’t use it much over summer is that it doesn’t contain SPF. I prefer to use SPF all year round ideally but my foundation has SPF and this is a lovely base for make up so I tend to use this on days when I’m planning to wear make up. I can’t recommend it highly enough if you have dry or combination skin.

Detoxifying Clay Masque* – £11.95

I really like a clay mask for helping to deep cleanse my skin when I get blemishes. This one smells divine and leaves skin feeling lovely and smooth. It’s a thick consistency so takes a while to dry, but I tend to prefer ones like this as they’re less likely to get on clothes! It recommends leaving it for about 20 minutes but I always leave it on for a good half an hour or more before rinsing and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It’s very gentle but really effective. I find it softens my skin immediately, and I tend to find it helps bring out any spots I might have over the next day or so. It also seems to help to calm down any redness. You don’t need much of this so although I’ve had this a long while I still have plenty left, though admittedly I don’t tend to use masks often at the moment. If you’re looking for something to help cleanse and rejuvenate your skin I think you’d love this.

Detoxifying Facial Scrub* – £9.99

I’m a fan of facial scrubs and tend to use them a couple of times a week in the shower to exfoliate. This one is a nice creamy one with small exfoliating jojoba beads. It is very gentle and calming so nothing too harsh on the skin (very similar to the Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub*). I massage a small amount of the Sukin scrub onto my face and neck in the shower and rinse well. I find this leaves my skin feeling lovely and smooth. The thing that stands out about this scrub (and again I find the same with the Joik one) is that it doesn’t strip the skin at all and the creaminess tends to moisturise so my skin feels nourished as well as smooth. I’d recommend this for gentle exfoliation for those who have dry or combination skin.

Facial Recovery Serum* – £13.95

The facial recovery serum is the most recent addition to my Sukin Super Greens collection. My skin tends to be dry and a little dull so in the morning I’m mostly looking for additional moisture and ideally a bit of glow from a serum. This one definitely fits the bill! It has the same lovely scent as the rest of the range (broken record I know but I can’t get over how nice it is!). It’s a very watery serum which I’m not used to, but you only need a tiny amount and it soaks in well. At the moment I’m using a spray toner (Balm Balm Chamomile Hydrosol*) after cleansing and before my serum and this serum is all I need to just add a little bit more moisture and rejuvenate my skin. Because it is so light I do find that it feels nice to massage into the skin, and it gives a lovely base for moisturiser. This has become my regular morning serum; it’s effective and great value.

Overall

I love this range (can you tell?!). Everything I’ve tried has been fantastic. I’ve had no adverse reactions to any of the products and they’ve all helped balance and nourish my skin. When used independently or combined, they help my skin texture (I confess sometimes after using the moisturiser I have been known to stroke my face!) and act as an excellent base for make up. They’re great value for the quality and the amount of product you get. If you have dry or combination skin I think you’d love this range too.

Purchase details

The Sukin Super Greens range is available, along with other Sukin items, from LoveLula*. The only item from the  Super Greens range that I haven’t yet tried is the Nourishing Chia Seed Oil but I haven’t tried many other Sukin items yet either.

Do you have any Sukin recommendations?

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Autumn Favourites

It’s definitely autumn now, with beautiful leaves around us and cooler temperatures giving us a reason to wear tights and boots and big snuggly scarves (or is that just me?!). As we move into autumn I switch up my skincare routine slightly (as my skin becomes drier) and my make up preferences tend to alter a little too. In this post I’ll share some of my current autumn favourites.

Autumn Favourites

Balm Balm Beauty Balm*

Balm Balm Beauty Balm
Balm Balm Beauty Balm

I raved about this in my recent post about the LoveLula September Beauty Box so I won’t go on too much but I am absolutely loving it. I tend to use it in the evening and it’s such a gentle yet incredibly effective cleanser, even on days I wear make up. The thing I love, and the reason I’ve included it in my autumn favourites, is how nourishing it is for my skin. It feels lovely to massage into my skin and it leaves it feeling amazing after I’ve rinsed it. I have also used it as an overnight moisturiser; it’s a great multipurpose product. You only need a tiny amount of product so I think this is really good value for money.

Balm Balm Beauty Balm* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub*

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub

I tried a sample of this a few months ago (hooray for LoveLula stocking samples!), and I loved it but at the time I was using another face scrub (Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub*, also recommended). Once I’d finished that scrub I ordered the full size of the Joik one, and I now use it a couple of times a week. It contains small grains which help exfoliate, and I find it really helps to deep cleanse and smooth the skin. It’s a fairly gentle scrub which doesn’t irritate my skin at all, and in the cooler months I prefer something a little gentler like this so as not to strip my skin too much. This is a little pricey, however you really only need a tiny amount compared to other scrubs so I feel it offers good value for money.

Joik Exfoliating Facial Scrub* is available from LoveLula* for £16.50.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser*

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser
Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser

I’ve mentioned this before on the blog and it’s something I’ve been using for over a year now. I find this to be a very effective moisturiser for my dry skin. It nourishes and is an excellent primer for days when I’m wearing make up. It is quite a thick, creamy moisturiser so takes a little longer to soak in but once it does it leaves the skin feeling really smooth. I find that it doesn’t add any sheen to the skin so if you prefer a matt finish I think you would like this. It’s great value for money compared to other moisturisers. The only real downside for me is the lack of SPF so I tend to wear this under make up which has SPF.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Face Moisturiser* is available from LoveLula* for £9.99.

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn*

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn
Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn

This is a very new addition to my skincare routine but it has earnt its place as a favourite already. I’m trying out a few Laidbare* items and am really impressed (full review to come when I’ve given them a good test for a few weeks), but this is a standout product for me and very seasonally appropriate. I hadn’t realised this would be an oil serum and am delighted it is as I’d been looking for a face oil to use at night. This is just a gorgeous product. You only need a tiny amount to cover your face and neck, and it feels lovely to massage in. It tends to sit on the skin so I wouldn’t use it during the day; it’s intended for night time use hence the name. From the first morning after I used it, my skin felt so soft and smooth. I’ve used it every night for over a week now and look forward to using it each evening. It’s such a reasonable price too. Highly recommend!

Laidbare From Dusk Till Dawn* is available from LoveLula* for £12.99.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude
Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude

Another item that featured on the blog last year, but this is one I’ve only recently started to use again as I tend to wear peach or pink shade blushes in spring and summer. This is, as the name suggests, a beautiful nude blush. It’s easy to apply but fairly subtle and blends well. It’s the sort of shade that can be used as a bronzer or contour to shape the face, whilst also being able to be used in the traditional way to add that “just pinched” type effect to the cheeks; this is how I tend to use it. It lasts well during the day and as you only need a small amount per application I think they’re great value.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude is available from Inika for £21.00.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig*

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig
Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig

I recently shared a full review of all the shade of the Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tints which are probably my most used non-skincare item. As we move into the cooler months I tend to favour slightly darker make up (partly to accompany my burgundy winter coats!) and the Sugared Fig shade is perfect for this. You can see swatches of the colour in my previous post. I wear this either with or without other make up.

Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint in Sugared Fig* is available from LoveLula* for £7.49.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy*

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy
Ere Perez Clever Carrot Lip and Cheek Balm in Holy

Another new one though I don’t feel you need to test make up items as long as skincare items – I loved this as soon as I tried it. I love the versatility and also the fact that it’s so compact so perfect for travel. It is fairly pigmented so I find I have to be very light-handed when using it as a blush. I tend to apply it to my lips first and then use what is left on my fingers to apply to my cheeks. It’s a lovely smooth consistency and I find it moisturises the lips. The stain lasts well – I wore this recently and could still notice the stain about 3 hours later. I love multipurpose products and am likely to be checking out other shades in this range.

Ere Perez Clever Carrot Cheek & Lip Balm in Holy* is available from LoveLula* for £17.00 (currently on sale for £13.60).

So that’s what I’m loving for autumn – what are your favourite autumnal products? Let me know in the comments if you have any recommendations.

 

Disclaimer: Whilst some of these items have been purchased by me, I chose some of these items as part of the LoveLula Accredited Blogger Programme. All products have been reviewed honestly taking into consideration value for money at full price.

*Affiliate link: I may receive a small commission if you purchase via this link. 

Going natural

Recently I’ve been spending time on the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club on Facebook and am discovering more about natural skin care and make up. I guess this was a natural shift after moving to cruelty free products just over 18 months ago, and adopting a reducetarian diet (I don’t tend to eat meat unless I have limited options due to my existing dietary needs because I have coeliac disease). Most of the beauty products I use are vegan, and I’m moving more to avoiding products that contain animal products (for ethical and environmental reasons) or chemicals (for health reasons).

I don’t wear much make up but I do have a lot of skincare products. I love using skincare, but I’ve realised I may be using too many different products and might benefit from simplifying my routine and the products I use. I’m slowly moving to natural products and reducing the amount of different products I use. This should hopefully streamline the bathroom cabinet and make travelling easier too. I’ve noticed that although my skin is still fairly smooth (I’ve always been quite fortunate with my skin), I’ve had more breakouts and scarring recently and think simplifying things and using less chemicals might help. I love the Sukin Supergreens moisturiser and mask, so I’m going to be trying the serum from that range when my current serum is finished. I’m also looking to try a new cleanser either from Sukin or another similarly priced brand as my current Oskia one isn’t cheap! I could do with a toner or AHA exfoliator, a night cream, and a day moisturiser with SPF, and an eye cream/serum. Any recommendations appreciated! I have combination skin (more dry than oily) and like to use products that leave my skin moisturised and dewy.

On the make up side of things I’ve fallen in love with some PHB, Inika, Pacifica and RMS items so am keen to try more from these brands. My wish list is growing rapidly but I don’t need much more for my make up collection to be complete. I’m still looking for a BB cream, long-lasting (ideally waterproof) mascara, highlighter, and long-lasting lip colour, and possibly a liquid foundation.

Do you have any recommendations of natural brands or products? If you’re new to this too I can highly recommend LoveLula* and the LoveLula Natural Beauty Club.

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Cruelty free favourites in 2016

2016 was the year I learnt about cruelty free companies, and I’ve gradually made the switch so that most of my skincare and cosmetics are now from cruelty free brands (I still have a few items that I’ve owned since before making the switch). I’ve tried a lot of new products and many of them have been brilliant – by having to research products I’ve made more informed purchases (not all have been good though!). Here’s my favourite discoveries; the things I’d not want to be without and will repurchase once they run out.

2016 Cruelty Free Favourites
2016 Cruelty Free Favourites
Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£29.50) – By far my favourite cleanser of the year. I have dry/combination skin and this cleansing gel which transforms to an oil helps to really cleanse well, but leaves skin feeling lovely and moisturised rather than ‘squeaky clean’ which can leave it dry. The scent is lovely too, and you only need a small amount so although it’s expensive it does last a long time.

Foreo Luna Play (£29) – I got this in one of my advent calendars and am so glad I did as I’ve been wanting to try one for ages. It’s great for deep cleansing (especially around the nose). Since using this my skin has been smoother and my skincare products seem to absorb better. Sadly this can’t be recharged so once it runs out I’ll be treating myself to a full-sized rechargeable one.

Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser (£9.99) – I wouldn’t have thought this would suit my skin as I tend to prefer a gel cream moisturiser and this is a rich cream, but I got it when it was on offer as it was recommended to me by a sales assistant in a natural beauty shop in Manchester (and I loved the smell!). I love the convenience of the pump dispenser and the moisturiser does a great job at balancing my skin. I have to leave it a little while to absorb, but a little goes a long way.

Sleek CC Cream (£8.99) – I tried this earlier in the year as it has a high SPF and I thought it would make a good tinted moisturiser for summer. I ended up loving it so much I used it all through summer, autumn, and winter! I occasionally wear foundation but don’t usually like anything too heavy, and this CC cream is perfect for wearing something to help even out skintone without being too heavy. The fair shade is pale enough for me in winter, and I wore the light shade (or a mixture of light and fair) in summer when I had a bit more colour. I’m almost out of my second tube of this and have another ready for when it’s finished.

Barry M That’s How I Roll Mascara (£4.99) – It took me a while to find a cruelty free mascara I liked but I love this! It’s a plastic wand and helps separate, lengthen and curl lashes. It gives a natural look, but you can build it up too. I’m on my second tube of this which will soon need replacing.

Inika Loose Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude (£21) – another advent calendar product, but not one I thought I’d love so much. Every time I’ve worn make up since I got this at the beginning of December I’ve worn this blush. It’s a very natural colour and easy to apply (though you only need a tiny amount!). I love it, and am definitely keen to try more mineral products.

Sleek Power Plump Lip Crayon in Notorious Nude (£5.50) – this one wasn’t as well researched as other purchases; to be honest I can’t even remember why I bought it but it was probably part of an offer with the CC cream. I’m so glad I got it though as it’s definitely my most worn lip product this year. It’s a very neutral nude, a perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade for me. It has a plumping effect which gives a tingly feeling (which I love). It lasts fairly well, and is easy to reapply; it doesn’t wear in an uneven way or clump if you add more later in the day. I just love it and have recommended it to so many people. Mine is getting much shorter and I may have to buy a backup soon – I’d be gutted if they stopped making this!

Lavanila Perfume in Fresh Vanilla Lemon ($19) – Cruelty free perfumes are quite tricky to find as most of the main brands aren’t cruelty free. I like fruity scents and foodie scents so this fresh vanilla lemon fragrance is right up my street. I’ve almost finished my current one and I’ve really loved it. It’s not so easy to find in the UK sadly, but I have family in the US so I may be doing some orders to their address now I know how much I love this scent!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Intensive Lip Balm (£14) – I use an intensive lip balm every night and when I switched to cruelty free I started using this one. It’s only a tiny pot but I’ve been using it since June and you can hardly tell I’ve used any! It’s very rich and moisturising so is great for an overnight treatment which is how I use it.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner (£3.99 each) – My hair is very dry and this range works amazingly well for me. I don’t have bottles to photograph at the moment because I finally invested in a shower dispenser (I only wanted to do this once I’d found a shampoo and conditioner that suited me well!). I like the scent of this but the main thing is that it moisturises my hair well and leaves it feeling soft. My hair seems to be growing well at the moment and I think this is partly due to the shampoo and conditioner (and the fact I don’t have to style my hair as much).

Overall I’ve found some real gems this year and switching to cruelty free has been an enjoyable process and nowhere near as scary as it first seemed like it might be. The ranges I can choose from might be less than they were a year ago, but there are some great quality cruelty free brands and products so I don’t feel like I’m missing out at all.

What are your favourite cruelty free products?