Stuff I’ve Been Trying: Beauty Pie Haul, Pat McGrath Lip Balm, Bioglan Beauty Collagen, Phillip Kingsley Itchy Scalp

Afternoon everyone!

I thought I’d do a group review of some of the new things I’ve been testing out these last few weeks. You may know that I have a new addition to the family so unsurprisingly, we are just getting through each day as it comes, as so often happens when you have a new baby. It’s fine. Things feel fairly under control! So whilst I am not up for full reviews, I can certainly talk you though some of my purchases/PR samples etc. 

1. Beauty Pie – May 

Despite saying I would cancel my subscription, I forgot and since I had £100 credit plus 3 kind people used my referral code, I had £250 to use so I decided to buy a few more items. 

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I am a sucker for new products, so I ordered their new Triple Hyaluronic Acid serum, Superdose Vitamin C moisturiser, Super Healthy Skin Oil which has been out of stock for ages and a Lipstick in the Future Lipstick Luxe Shine formula in Master Sweet (a nude peach). I also got the Retinol eye cream I forgot to photograph and the Seamless Foundation Brush. 

Honestly – I have ordered so much skincare from them that I have fatigue – what am I supposed to use first?!?! I now have about 7 serums from Beauty Pie and it’s a funny one as they are all so similar to each other in that, I am not finding one a knockout over another.

I am enjoying the light texture of the Triple Hyaluronic Acid and Peptide serum, it’s less sticky than the High Intensity Hydration serum. But it’s not like it makes my skin feel less dry all day long, know what I mean?  The Vitamin C moisturiser is nice enough again and it’s too soon for me to report back on any texture or pigmentation improvements IMO but it feels fine, quite lightweight and my skin doesn’t react badly to it.  

The best product from this months box is the Future Lipstick Luxe Shine Shine which is just a really beautiful thick balm and leaves a sexy glossy hint of colour and shine. It doesn’t last though and needs reapplying, but it reminds me of the pretty shiny Japanese lipsticks I used to buy. I want a few more shades before I do cancel the subscription. 

I’ll share my referral link again here if you want to use it – you get £50 extra credit and I will also get £50 when you make your first purchase.  

I was obsessed with owning some Pat McGrath Labs, and my first purchase came in the form of a Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Bronze Astral (a glittery orange gold) for a whopping £35. 

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The packaging is very nice and it looks promising – I love glittery shiny lips so I have no problem with that. And yet I am not a fan of the texture at all – it’s quite thick but lacks glide if that makes sense? It doesn’t feel nourishing and I wouldn’t at all have it down as a protective balm more of a glittery top coat.  I am going to use it because £35!!!!!!!!!! But I wouldn’t buy it again. 

I was sent some nutritional supplements to try and I have to tell you, supplements are right up my street. I currently add bovine collagen to my coffee once a day so this Marine collagen which apparently is dense in nutrients like selenium, Biotin, fit C and more. It’s currently £14.99 on Amazon. The effervescent tablets do the same but in a drinkable form, it tastes fruity and is pleasant enough to drink. That is £7.49. 

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I am annoyed that I wasted my time buying these hair products from Innisfree – I just thought I would try something better but the Velvet Base Hair Essence does nothing for me and the Quick Dry Hair Mist is so full of alcohol that it stings like a mother when it hits my scalp. Back to Cloud9’s quick dry potion for me which is expensive. 

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Finally another press sample from Philip Kingsley – the Flaky/Itchy Scalp 8 day kit (£30).

I have a chronically itchy scalp so I used this set for..well, 8 days. 

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The Set Contains:

2 x Flaky/Itchy Scalp Mask (20ml)
The nourishing treatment is enriched with anti-fungal Piroctone Olamine and Salicylic Acid to gently sweep away dandruff and impurities whilst replenishing deep hydration to ease itchiness. Antioxidant Green Tea Extract defends against environmental aggressors to promote a calm, comfortable and healthy scalp environment.

1 x Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo (75ml)
A gentle yet effective formula that helps to relieve itching and irritation for long-lasting comfort. Mild enough for daily use, the anti-dandruff shampoo eliminates flaking and build-up, whilst soothing the scalp and leaving hair feeling soft, shiny and manageable from root to tip. Imparts a pleasant Apple fragrance. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

1 x Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner (75ml)
Soothes and calms sensitive scalp. Enriched with an anti-microbial and anti-flaking formula, it gives immediate and long-lasting relief from irritation. Clear and odourless, it’s safe to use on colour-treated hair.

No complaints at all – this set worked for me and I haven’t scratched for the weeks following it or had flaking. I have continued with the last of the shampoo once a week and the toner once a week which stung at first but doesn’t seem to hurt now. 

If you find that things like T-Gel doesn’t work for you (it doesn’t work for me) this this may be the set to invest it. 

Hope you are all well, and if you have tried anything interesting lately, let me know! 

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