That's right, it's time for another empties post!

I love sharing the products that I've used up with you every few months, and this time round I have quite a few summer goodies to talk to you about! Shall we dive in?

St. Tropez Self-Tan Face & Body Mists

Now I'll be honest, I'm not the most experienced fake-tanner. In fact, I have to get Dan to help me because I'm pretty rubbish at the application. So for me, any tanning products need to be SUPER easy to use, and as streak-free as possible.

I picked up the Purity face mist and body mist in a Latest in Beauty box, and after only ever using mousses I wanted to see if these would be any easier to use. I am CONVERTED. I've used these up and bought the full-size.

I tend to use the Purity body mist once a week or so, simply spritzing it on and following it up with a mitt to make sure it's evenly applied. The following morning I wake up and I'm glowing. I personally think that using a mist makes the product a lot easier to control and to ensure you're avoiding streaks. It doesn't transfer at all, and you get a really natural-looking, golden tan which I love. I even get comments on how good my tan looks (this never happens!)

The Face Mist is equally amazing too! I pop on a few spritzes as the last step in my skincare routine before bed, and I wake up with a sun-kissed face. No faff in the morning with bronzer if I don't want to! 

Shop here.


Pixi Glow Mud Mask

I bought this as a mini a good few months ago now, and I've just bought the full-size because it's become a firm favourite in my mask collection! I love using this when my skin is feeling a little bit congested, or to tackle a break-out before it really takes hold. It only takes 10 minutes to work and leaves my skin feeling soft, spots are less angry and my pores look reduced. I also love the fact that it's easy to rinse off, some of my other mud masks are super stubborn and a pain to remove, but the texture of the Pixi offering makes it so much easier!

Shop here.


Glossier Bubblewrap Eye & Lip Cream

I remember buying this after reading loads of mixed reviews, so I was a bit nervous about potentially spending £20+ on an eye cream which was a bit naff. BUT I really liked using it. The texture is feather-light, which made it perfect for use morning and evening, and I definitely saw a difference in the puffiness of my under-eye bags when I used it. It also absorbs really quickly which was great for when I was in a rush!

Shop here.




Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Serum

You might remember seeing this serum feature in my Lockdown Beauty Favourites post. I've just used up the full-sized bottle, and I absolutely love it. I can see the difference in my skin as soon as I apply it, I instantly have a dewy glow to the skin, and it preps my face perfectly for make-up (or makes my skin look super-healthy for a no make up day!) Pair that with its anti-ageing properties, and it's pretty much my perfect product. 

BUT whether or not I repurchase it remains to be seen at this point, and I'll tell you for why. I spent £38 on a bottle, which I didn't even use every single day. The bottle recommends two pumps, but I only felt like I needed a pump and a half. The bottle was gone in around a month. And while I'll always spend a little bit more on skincare if it works, but for that kind of price, I do expect a product to last a bit longer than four weeks. I might still repurchase at some point, I think it depends on how much I'll miss it over the next couple of weeks!

Shop here.

The Inkey List Bakuchiol Moisturiser

This moisturiser came as a recommendation from a friend, shortly after I found my very first wrinkle (it was a traumatic experience!) I know retinol products have been the 'thing' for anti-ageing for a while but I was worried about starting to use them too soon and want to ideally wait until after-30 to start incorporating them into my routine.

So I ordered Bakuchiol, which is a more natural alternative to retinol. I love it because you can use it both morning and evening, which is a huge no-no when it comes to retinol. It's a light moisturiser and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy. But I'm happy to report that it's done the job, my pesky little frown line on my forehead has definitely looked less prominent since using this and no other little buggers have appeared on my face yet! And all of this for only a tenner, yes please!

Shop here.

What have been some of your favourite products recently?

Love,
Sian xo 










I've been thinking about investing in an electronic cleansing tool for a long time after hearing several bloggers and influencers rave about them. But as I do with all slightly more expensive purchases, I dilly-dallied and pondered on it for weeks, wondering if using one would actually make that much difference to my skin.

A couple of months ago PMD Beauty got in touch asking if I would like to test their cleansing tool, and I jumped at the chance! I couldn't wait to give it a go and see if it was worth all of the hype.

So, what is the PMD Clean?

The PMD Clean is a smart cleansing device with built-in 'Sonic Glow' technology. It delivers over 7000 vibrations a minute, designed to cleanse, firm and lift for a deep clean, aiding anti-ageing and giving you radiant-looking skin. 

There are four settings - two for cleansing, and two to use alongside your moisturiser to promote the anti-ageing benefits. Each vibration setting varies in intensity so you can choose depending on what you feel your skin needs.

The PMD is dual-sided, one side has small, silicone bristles which help to cleanse, and the other side has a facial massager to use with your moisturiser.


How do I use it?

I've been using the PMD Clean every day for the last few months. I tend to use the cleansing side with my second cleanse, after removing make-up. I put the cleanser directly onto the PMD Clean, apply to damp skin and rotate in circular motions to try to get into the pores.

I'll then go about toning, exfoliating and applying serum, then I'll use the PMD Clean again with my moisturiser, again rotating it in circles on my skin to aid absorption.


What did I think?

I'll level with you, I had no idea what to expect from this product. But I've loved the addition of it to my routine!

Having the silicone bristles to cleanse with has made it feel like I'm getting a much deeper cleanse than I would if I just used my fingers. And honestly, it feels soooo satisfying after a long day of wearing a full-face of make-up, my skin always feels so fresh after using it for a good minute or so.

And I LOVE the facial massager with my moisturiser. Not only does it feel super-relaxing, I'm finding I'm using less moisturiser because it's so good at aiding absorption that I don't need to overdo it on the product to feel like I'm getting the benefits.

I can definitely see a difference in my skin after I've used it too, it looks more radiant and there's a definite glow there!



So, if you started reading this wondering whether or not you should take the plunge and buy an electric cleansing device, my answer would definitely be yes. I genuinely can't think of a single negative thing to say about the PMD Clean, and I'd definitely say it's worth the £89 price tag, which is actually cheaper than other brands out there which sell a similar product! 

I'd definitely see a purchase as an investment, because it's silicone it'll last you ages, it's easy to clean, waterproof and hard-wearing.

Using it has been a game-changer for me and I'll never look back now!

You can shop the PMD Clean through their website and through Look Fantastic.

Have you ever used an electronic skincare tool before?

Love,
Sian xo



You'll have seen the adverts all over your Instagram and Facebook feeds. The magical, influencer-backed Pink Clay masks, hailed as a 'miracle' by bloggers, YouTubers and Feefo reviewers alike. Infused with Australian Pink Clay, a new cult ingredient which draws out toxins and impurities, the masks boast promises of sorting out large pores, banishing acne scarring and making your skin glooowwwww. 

So, what's the catch? Well, the price tag isn't exactly purse-friendly. And with prices averaging between £30-40 for a jar, I must admit that when I first looked it up I had to close the browser with my eyes watering.

After watching the ads coming up on my social media for months on end and a lot of deliberating, I decided that I just had to get my hands on one. Partly because large pores has been a recent skincare struggle for me which I really wanted to sort, acne scars have been issue for a long time, and partly because I just was so intrigued by whether or not the claims on the ads were true!

I did a lot of research into which brand of Pink Clay to go for. In the end I got it down to the two main ones, Sand&Sky or Alya Skin. I went for Alya Skin in the end, based on the fact that it was a good tenner cheaper for more product, and the skincare sets were better value for money. 

I know there are a fair few dupes out there which are much cheaper, but I decided to go for high-end based on the fact that I wanted to see if the social media claims are true! Let me know in the comments if you've ever used a dupe and what you thought!

Giddy wasn't even the word when the parcel arrived! I picked up the Complete Set which contains the mask, a micellar cleanser, an exfoliating scrub and a moisturiser. I haven't tried them all yet though so I'll only be reviewing the mask for now.

I've been using the mask once a week for the last two months or so. I've seen in other reviews that people have used it up to twice a week but I started with once, mostly because I didn't want to use it up too quickly!

The first thing to say is that the Alya Skin mask is really lovely to use. It smells gorgeous, spa-like with just a hint of floral. It's a really lovely texture too, it's quite creamy but smooths onto the skin really nicely and definitely has a luxurious feel to it. 

You use it like any other mask, apply to dry skin (I've been applying with a brush because there's no way I'm wasting even a tiny little bit!), leave to dry for around 10-15 minutes, and rinse off with a face cloth. 

Okay, let's get down to the crunch; the results.


Let's start with the positives. My skin definitely looked more glow-y after using the mask. It felt softer, and as if all of the crap had been brought out of my skin without feeling too harsh like other clay or charcoal masks do. 

The biggest improvement I've noticed as a result of using Alya skin is my skin texture. I've mentioned before that large pores and uneven skin texture is something that I've only really experienced in the last six months or so, and I've not really been sure on how to deal with it. But as soon as I rinse off the Alya Skin mask, my pores look tighter and my skin looks so much more even. I'll be honest, I've been pretty down about my skin in the last few months but using this mask has helped to bring my confidence back!

BUT, I didn't see any difference in my acne scarring, especially not the larger scars. I would have been very surprised if it lived up to the claims of getting rid of acne scars completely but there wasn't really any change at all. 

So, do I think it's worth the money?


If you have the money to spend, fancy a splurge and suffer with large pores - yes. As someone who has tried all sorts of things for uneven skin texture, I would say this is the biggest difference that I've seen as a result of changing one thing in my skincare routine. And for me, paying £30 to get some confidence back when I've felt self-conscious about my large pores is definitely worth it. 

If your main concern is acne scarring, honestly, try something else. Based on the fact that I saw no difference at all, it definitely isn't worth the bold claims around banishing scars that you see in the social media ads.

With that being said, I would definitely repurchase the Alya Skin mask. I really look forward to using it every week, and part of the claims are true! Yes it's expensive, but I'm only around a quarter of a way through the tub as it stands, so a whole tub will probably last me 6 months or so with once-a-week-use. which doesn't sound as bad!

Have you ever tried a pink clay mask? I would love to hear what you thought in the comments!

Love,
Sian xo



Facebook has become a social media platform that I love to hate. No matter how often I roll my eyes whilst scrolling through, or mutter under my breath that I should just delete the app from my phone, I can't quite resist having a nosey through my feed every day. 

I find myself having the same thoughts almost every time I open up the Facebook app, so have a look through and see how many you relate to!

1. Okay, let's see what crap I can find to mindlessly scroll through...

2. Aw cute, a friendiversary! Wait... 8 years?! How has it been that long? When did I get so old?!

3. Ooooh, friend request! Let's see... Someone from primary school who I haven't spoken to since year 6! 

4. Still gonna accept though because, y'know, nosey.

5. I love my Facebook memories popping up with nights out from seven years ago, it reminds me of a time when I was fun.

5. Oh look, another engagement announcement. Lovely. 

6. Wait, am I jealous? No, no. Not jealous. Or am I?

7. No, definitely not jealous. I don't even want to get married yet anyway!

8. BUT LOOK AT THIS FRIEND OF A FRIEND WHO JUST GOT MARRIED OMG THE DRESS AND THE CUTE LITTLE BRIDESMAIDS... I'm fine.

9. Wish my nan would stop sending me Candy Crush requests. I thought that died in 2013. 

10. Oh goodie, another chain message from Aunty Sue. No, Aunty Sue, I'm not going to keep the candle going to raise awareness for the protection of donkeys.

11. Not that I have anything against donkeys.

12. Oooh, advert for that face mask I was talking to my friend about the other day. Must. Not. Buy.

13. WAIT. How did Facebook know I was talking about it?!

14. Life is a conspiracy. We must trust no-one.

15. Bloody hell, another baby announcement.

16. How am I already at the age where everyone around me is having kids. OMG am I going to be an old mum?!

17. Just gonna go and order my Zimmerframe now ready for the school run.

18. Oooh, Buzzfeed reckons it can tell me which Disney princess I am based on my star sign and favourite biscuit, GO ON THEN.

19. Aurora?! Disappointing. I'm clearly a Belle.

20. Screw it, I'm going back to Tik Tok.


The thing about lockdown, is that pretty much every routine I had has been changed (or become non-existent!) And that includes my beauty routines.

Don't get me wrong though, I've really embraced a different routine. I've been able to strip everything back, simplify my beauty habits and really look after my skin. It's been lovely not to put loads of make up on my face every day!

Seeing as I'm still going to be mostly at home for the next few weeks, I thought I'd share with you the products that I've been loving since lockdown started. Some I've mentioned before, others are old favourites I've rediscovered. Shall we dive in?


Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue

Complexion Rescue is somewhat of a rediscovery for me! It was a go-to summer base a couple of years ago, I ran out and never got around to replacing it. I purchased it again at the beginning of lockdown and I'm SO glad I did because I've been using it most days ever since. It's perfect for the days where you want a little bit of something on your face but nothing heavy. The formula feels super-hydrating, adds a teensy bit of coverage and a glowy, radiant finish. But at the same time feels like you're wearing nothing on your face at all! I think I'll be using this all summer, not just during lockdown because it's just so lovely and lightweight for the warmer months.
Shop here.



Glossier Cloud Paint Blush

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I rave about this product A LOT. The Cloud Paints are such a staple in my day-to-day routine and that hasn't changed even through lockdown! For anyone who hasn't heard of Cloud Paint before, it's the dreamiest cream blush, 
and has been the perfect companion for days where I want to put a bit of make-up on but don't want to spend long on my face to sit in my living room! Just pop a couple of dots on, blend with your fingers and done. Perfect, dewy, natural-looking flush of colour.
Shop here.


Mylee Gel Polish

I cannot express to you how much I miss my nail tech. SO much! I tried having bare nails and hated every second. I tried painting my nails with normal polish, but they were chipping after a day (and I hate having chipped nails more than I hate having bare nails!) So in the end I took the plunge and bought some gel polishes. After doing a bit of research, and reading Beth Sandland's post about the Mylee polishes, I decided to give them a go. The starter kit was really affordable, and the polishes themselves are reasonably priced, and are great quality. My manicures are lasting about 10 days - which I think is down to me needing more practice than anything! It isn't the same as going to see my nail tech every three weeks, but it fills a gel-polish shaped gap in my life.
Shop here.


Pixi Rose Tonic

Lockdown has had my skin feeling a bit sensitive, owing to a combination of stress, changes in weather and eating a lot of crap food! I tend to find that when my skin is this way, it's best for me to swap out my usual Pixi Glow Tonic for something a little bit more gentle. Rose Tonic has been a new discovery for me and I've been using it for a couple of weeks. It's lovely. It feels very gentle and soothing on the skin, smells gorgeous and leaves my skin feeling super soft. 
Shop here.

Bare Minerals SkinLongevity Serum

This serum is another lockdown discovery and I can say HANDS DOWN that it's my favourite skincare product right now. Infused with Long Life Herb Extract and California Poppy, this little bottle of magic promises to nourish, promote anti-ageing and give healthy-looking skin. And ohhhh my goodness, does it deliver! The second I apply, my skin looks smoother, uber-glowy and radiant. I'm obsessed. It's a bit pricey, but 100% worth it in my opinion!
Shop here.

St Tropez Self Tan Purity Face Mist

I've recently got back into self-tanning, and I love it! It's amazing how much a little golden glow boosts your confidence. I got a mini face mist in my Latest in Beauty box a few months ago and it's fab! I've been spritzing it over my face as the last step in my evening skincare routine, and wake up in the morning with a nice healthy glow. Super-easy, no streaks or patchy-ness! AND when I'm a little bit tanned I feel like I can forgo the foundation which is a real bonus!
Shop here.

What have been your lockdown beauty heroes?

Love,
Sian xo




One of my favourite things about blogging is discovering new brands to try - whether that's through other creators' work or through opportunities that I'm presented with myself. There's just something super exciting about opening up a package from a brand that I've never tried before, testing it out and seeing the results... Oooh I just love it!

I was approached by a company called Good Molecules recently, a brand new US-based skincare brand who asked if I would like to try some of their products out. I sent over my skin type and skin concerns, and they sent over a lovely little parcel of goodies tailored to me!

Good Molecules was founded with a simple ideology: creating products that give real results, without paying over the odds. Good Molecules has been widely compared online to the Ordinary, and you can see why - they have a similar ethos, both no-nonsense, high quality, affordable skincare. The products start from just $6 (that's just under a fiver for us Brits) so definitely won't break the bank.

You can shop the entire Good Molecules range at Beautylish, where you get free shipping to the UK over £35!



I was so excited to try the products because Good Molecules seemed like such an up-and-coming brand. First thing to say is that the packaging is lovely! Really fun designs, but not so fancy that it detracts from telling you exactly what is inside the bottle. I love that on each product, you're told exactly when and how to use it, which makes it super-easy for anyone who is looking to up their skincare game to incorporate the products into their routine.

Shall we dive into the products?


Niacinamide Brightening Toner

I've never used Niacinamide before but I definitely had high hopes for this toner. It is designed to target uneven skin texture and reduce the appearance of pores, revealing a brighter complexion. I've been struggling with large pores and uneven skin for the last six months or so, but I've definitely seen a difference since using the niacinamide toner every day. My skin has appeared brighter and smoother, and while I was a little bit worried that my sensitive skin wouldn't like it, it hasn't been too harsh at all!

Would I repurchase? Yes!
Shop here.


Niacinamide Serum

Just like the toner, this serum has been brilliant at evening out my skin texture and refining pores. It is suitable to be used every day but I tend to use it every other day. I think the formula of the serum felt great on the skin, it was thick but didn't take ages to absorb, and didn't leave it feeling at all sticky. My only criticism is that the dropper doesn't work properly on my bottle! The pipette doesn't actually pick up any product, so I ended up just wiping the dropper onto my palm to get enough serum out of the bottle. Looking at online reviews, I think it may have just been my bottle, but it's such a shame when I really like what the serum does for my skin! I'll put up with it because the product is good, but it may put someone else off entirely.

Would I repurchase? Yes, provided I get a dropper that works!
Shop here.


Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil

I think there's something a little bit luxurious about using a facial oil at night-time, don't you? I've been using the Ultra-Hydrating Facial Oil in the evenings underneath my moisturiser, and it's lovely. I've suffered with dry skin for a long time, even more so during lockdown when I'm not getting out and about as much, and this has worked a treat. It comes in a dinky bottle, but a little goes a long way and you only need a couple of drops for your entire face. It sinks into the skin so nicely, without leaving it feeling over-oily or greasy and I wake up in the morning with a super-soft face!

Would I repurchase? Yes!
Shop here.


Silicone-Free Priming Moisturiser

As someone with dry skin, the amount that I've loved this moisturiser has really depended on the day. On days where my skin isn't too dry, I think it's fab. I love the pump, it feels lovely and lightweight and does the job of moisturising, plumping and priming ready for make up application. I've been mixing it with my Dermalogica Barrier Defence Booster [gifted] and it's such a dreamy combination. 

BUT, on days where my skin has felt particularly dry, I've had to steer clear of this one, simply because it isn't enough. On these days, my skin feels tight after a couple of hours and I have to go back and put on something else. 

While I'm finding I do keep reaching it at the moment, I think that come the winter months, I'll just have to leave it alone because it won't do enough for when my skin is really dry. However, I do think it's a lovely summer moisturiser and does exactly what it says on the bottle. For my dry-skinned babes, maybe give another moisturiser a go!

Would I repurchase? Potentially, as a summer moisturiser. But I wouldn't be rushing to replenish it.
Shop here.

My overall thoughts? I think I'll definitely be going back at some point to try some other Good Molecules products. Everything did exactly what it said on the bottle, my skin is definitely feeling happier and for the price, you really can't go wrong!

Let me know what you think to these products! Do you think you'll be picking anything up from Good Molecules? If you do, be sure to head over to my socials (@siankathrine on Instagram & Twitter) and let me know how you get on with them!

Love,
Sian xo

I remember the days leading up to lockdown, muttering to my colleagues over our 11am cup of tea and biscuits. Muttering over the anxiety that came with still trying to work when everything felt so uncertain, and how we would find it difficult to cope if we had to stay totally at home for any prolonged period of time. My heart was going out to those who had to self-isolate, because I just couldn't see myself doing well with it.

And then, I sat in front of the TV whilst Boris told us all we were to Stay At Home. It wasn't totally unexpected, but I still felt as if there had been a lot of speculation and little actual warning, and our day-to-day lives as we knew them were turned upside down.

After an incredibly anxious morning, I was put onto the furlough scheme, and the next goodness-knows-how-long stretched out in front of me. A vast expanse of time with no clear end date.

When you put someone in that situation who, on one hand, is a workaholic, checks her work emails constantly and lives at 100mph and in the same breath has crippling anxiety when it comes to the unknown and not having control of a situation, you'd assume it'd be a disaster.

After laying on my bed, staring at the ceiling and fretting for an hour, texting my mum in a panic and speculating with the rest of the group chat, I tried to gain a bit of perspective.

Before lockdown, I was having panic attacks every morning about going into work and dealing with the general public. I was obsessively wiping down my desk, washing my hands and picking things up with tissues. I was now to stay at home, safe. Not everyone else had that privilege. I could now try to make this experience as positive as possible, despite all of the awful things that were going on.

I sat down, and as I often do when I'm trying to calm my anxious mind and take control of a situation, I wrote lists. Lists of everything that I could fill my time with over the coming weeks. Walks. Online exercise classes. Declutter. Write. Read. Practice make-up. And everything else in between. I instantly felt calmer. I can get through this.

And got through it I have, so far. Some days have been better than others. Some days I've woken up with a sunny outlook, bouncing out of bed knowing I can spend the whole day working on my blog, the kind of time I've been longing for for months (under better circumstances!) Other days I've felt nothing short of naff, exhausted and wanting to spend the day under my duvet eating Doritos.

One of the biggest things I've learned has been that in such a turbulent situation, you have to let yourself feel how you feel, whilst keeping perspective. Even though I'm very privileged to be able to stay at home, myself and my family are all healthy and my furlough pay is still enough to pay my bills, it's okay to admit that the situation is still pretty shit. I've been worried for my job security, for my loved ones. So, when I feel the need to spend the day in my pyjamas, eating my feelings and watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off for the millionth time, that's exactly what I've been doing.

I'm missing a lot of things about 'normal' life. Seemingly odd things. Like reading a book in a coffee shop, or having my mum text me to see if I'm home for a cuppa, as she almost always does on a Sunday afternoon. I miss walking around central London, listening to the sounds of the city and being surrounded by people. I miss saying 'screw it, I can't be bothered to cook, pub for tea?'

I miss seeing my friend's little ones grin at me when I walk through the front door, the eldest dragging me off to play princesses or handing me an imaginary cup of tea. I miss squeezing my uni friends after not seeing them for a few months and laughing over cocktails.

I'm trying to find comfort in the little things. Little things like how I feel so much lighter after a FaceTime chat with my friends. But also knowing that it's okay to leave my phone in another room for a while if needed.

Little things like getting totally lost in a book and coming round to reality hours later.

Not having a garden or any form of outside space in lockdown has been one of the things I've found the most tough, but instead I've been finding little sun-spots around the house where I can lie on the floor and feel the sun on my face. Yep, like a cat.

I've been relishing having the time to work on my content. Making to-do lists knowing that I can sack it off halfway through the day if I fancy it in favour of watching Disney in my duvet with a share-bag of chocolate buttons to myself. The rest can wait until tomorrow.

Nine weeks in (I think?) and I'm now facing the possibility that I'm going to be back at work in the next week or so. And that comes with its own anxieties and worries, but perhaps that's a conversation for another day.

But for the most part, my worries about coping with staying at home and not being able to live my life as usual weren't necessary. I guess it just goes to show the resilience of people and how quickly we can adapt to a new normal.

Whether we're in lockdown for another week, three weeks or nine weeks, we'll be okay. On the not-so-positive days, I'll just keep in mind how good it's going to be when I can squeeze my little sister again knowing that it's safe to do so. How much I'm going to savour my first pub tea, or taking an extra second or two to breathe in the sea air on my first post-lockdown trip to the coast.

However you're coping with lockdown, whether you find each day a battle or are adapting, I'm proud of you. Whatever your coping mechanisms, keep going with them. We've all just got to do what we have to in order to get through.

Love,
Sian xo