I had a treat myself moment...
It was on Instagram I first saw that Beauty Bay was releasing their own line of skincare and immediately decided to purchase the entire line. Their ethos seemed similar to The Ordinary, a brand I have loved for years, which is good ingredients and no-frills. I was interested to see how the products compared.
From the off the packaging is different, everything is in plastic bottles or jars with colourful labels. I like it, they're good for travel, not heavy and aesthetically pleasing. Sadly, my boxes got damaged in shipping. I wish I still had the photo but the actual box they came in was sopping wet and open on one side...fortunately nothing was missing.
As a perk for the amount I ordered I received this real cute Beauty Bay branded headband too.
Spoiler, I was pleasantly surprised.
Straight away their cleansing gel reminded me of the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser that I love but hate shelling out for. The Glossier is £15 and the Beauty Bay Super Jelly Cleansing Gel is £6.50, less than half price. I don't notice a massive difference in the ability to remove makeup, I do think that the Beauty Bay one doesn't change consistency as much. To save £8.50 I know which I'm going to stick with...
This smells phenomenal, it's slightly menthol-y but that doesn't affect the skin. I'm thinking it's probably the ginseng in the moisturiser. I've been using the Day One Moisturiser for about a month and a half now and I adore it. I've noticed a change in the texture of my skin and strangely the longevity of my makeup. It almost acts as a primer which I really enjoy. It's thick, but sinks in incredibly quickly. For £6.50 you can't really go wrong.
I enjoyed using the Acid Trip Exfoliating Toner and definitely felt like it made a difference to the texture of my skin. I had to stop using it for a little bit as it was aggravating a few blemishes I had (Yay, hormonal spots). I do intend to use this again as it got rid of a lot of the dry skin I have on and around my nose. I also love the bottle, you twist the lid and that exposes the spout. £6.75...yes please.
Again this also smells wonderful, like warm porridge. It does have oatmeal and oat lipids in so it isn't surprising. I think this is the item that has made the biggest difference to my skin. I never understood people who said their skin felt tight in the morning until I started using this. I'd wake up with plump, baby soft skin and realise how bad my skin when I wasn't using this! The Thirst Trap Rich Moisturiser does as the name suggests, it fills your skin with moisture. It's thick, creamy but not sticky. It soon absorbs and I can't be without this now. I can tell when I haven't used it. For £7 I think I'm going to need some backups...
I do love a good pamper night. There are few things better in life than slapping on a mask, taking twenty and relaxing. This Skin Fixer Clay Mask is nice but I didn't really notice it working any differently to any other clay masks I've used. It is only £7.50 which I like as its one of, if not the most inexpensive mask I own. Would I immediately repurchase this? Probably not, but that's only because I'm not very loyal when it comes to masks.
When I put these in my basket I was a little sceptical as to if they would work or if they were just a gimmick. I'm surprised to report the Dot-a-Spot patches are actually really effective. I'd use one on a spot, leave it overnight and then in the morning there was a visible reduction in both the size and redness of the blemish. If you're okay with looking a little odd for the night I'd highly recommend these. These are £5.95 for 72 patches.
Onto the SkinHits...
The first being the Clarifying Serum that claims to tackle breakouts and moisturise skin. It's a thick white liquid that disappears as soon as you apply it. I've noticed a dramatic reduction in how long I suffer from breakouts when I'm using this product. I haven't noticed the moisturising effect though. I tend to get that from my actual moisturisers. This comes in at £6.50.
Give me all the hydration. The Hydration Serum, aptly named, promises to minimise fine lines whilst hydrating the skin. I'm 23 and therefore unconcerned about my fine lines at the minute but I imagine products like this will affect delaying them. I do think this provides an awful lot of hydration. The clear watery liquid absorbs really quickly and I can immediately notice how plump my skin becomes. A new favourite for sure. Once again, £6.50.
I have used the Soothing Serum the least but I have still enjoyed using it. It's a blue watery liquid so it makes me feel a little like a scientist when I use it. Small pleasures and all that. This serum aims to tackle excess oil and clogged pores, which I do agree with. However, it suggests for all skin types which I don't agree with. A person with dry/normal skin would not have excess oil. To use this might have adverse effects. My skin is on the oily/normal scale dependant on the time of year. I would bear that in mind when looking at this one in particular. This one is a little less at £5.
Finally, the Brightening Serum. This looks like that really sweet medicine that you used to get for flu and stuff. It's a really pale yellow and quite thick in comparison to some of the other SkinHits. This one claims to brighten and even out skin. I want everything that will make my skin brighter and more glowy, this one certainly does that. I wish I'd taken a before and after picture when I started using this. Without makeup, there's a glow to my skin that definitely wasn't there before. This one is £6.50.