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My Collection – Moisturisers / Oils / HA Part 1

Like my My Collection – Cleansers (part 1) (part 2), this is a step in my routine I have a LOT of choice for, too much I know. So I will split this into 2 parts so you don’t fall asleep trying to get through them all.

I’ve included 1 oil and 2 hyaluronic acids as they are in the same part of the routine as moisturisers for many, and won’t do a my collection of something I’ve only got a couple of.

Let’s get into it!

Garnier – Botanical Balm

When I got this, it was a quick, I need a new moisturiser buy in Tesco. I didn’t really take into consideration the word balm, which means it’s somewhere between a solid and a liquid, if I’d realised then, I wouldn’t have bought it. Thankfully, the mistake was a happy accident, as I really love this product.

I use it in the evening, as such a thick consistency is too much for my combo complexion in the day time.
It’s advertised as a ‘3 in 1’ product. Day, night and mask. To be honest, this seems to me like a bit of an advertisement ploy to make it sound like it does more. ”Day and night” a bit of a given for a moisturiser that doesn’t have spf included, not really necessary but I guess they have a lot of competition out there so they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do. ‘Mask’ is also stated, I’ve not used it as a mask personally, but I can see it working well, it’s extremely rich texture leaves the skin feeling so soft.
You have to massage the cream into your hand for a few seconds to melt it, making it easier to apply.

When my skin is having a temper, I reach for this as my PM moisturiser. It has rose water, glycerin and salicylic acid in the ingredients, along with some nice seed oils. It has got beeswax so not suitable for vegans, and is also fragranced but that’s the very last ingredient on the INCI so take that how you will.
The smell is a nice subtle rose smell, not too over powering, really nice and calming.
The size is also really good, I’ve almost finished but it’s took me a wee while to hit the pan.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Rating: 7/10
Bottle: 140ml
Company’s website:
Full INCI list: 967302 16, Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Alcohol Denat., Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Stearyl Alcohol, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Dicaprylyl Ether, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Phytate, Arginine, Myristic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Salicylic Acid, Linalool, Citronellol, Parfum / Fragrance , (F.I.L B202343/1

Glow Recipe – Watermelon Sleeping Mask

I bought this thinking I was going to be in love, but, it wasn’t life changing really.

The smell is lovely I have to say, really sweet but not too overpowering.

I’ve only used it a couple of times so haven’t given it the best chance. It’s just ok, my skin did feel nice the next day, but it does with a basic PM routine.

I think I’ll give it another chance and will update if any changes. The INCI is really nice.

Rating: 3 out of 10.

Rating: 3/10
Bottle: 30ml (also comes in 80ml)
Company website:
Full INCI list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Caulerpa Lentillifera (Seaweed) Extract, Simethicone, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit, Silica, Propanediol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Brassica Oleracea Capitata (Cabbage) Leaf Extract, Ipomoea Batatas (Sweet Potato) Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis (Skullcap) Root Extract, Betaine, Beta-Glucan, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Xanthan Gum, Alcohol, Fragrance/Parfum.

Glow Recipe – Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream

Might as well stick to the Glow theme.

This product is just, WOW.

So this, the sleeping mask and the mist were all included in a little travel pack, I wanted to try the mist really, but the sleeping mask caught my eye too, this was just a bonus product that to be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for, boy was I wrong.

So Glow Recipe as a company is targeted (but not exclusive) for teens and young adults, with their colourful packaging, fruity smelling ingredients and their ‘skincare fridge’ aesthetic. I didn’t really think they were ingredient lead until I started delving deeper into the brand, they do include amazing ingredients.

Now I LOVE anything banana, my shampoo and conditioner are banana smelling, it’s just gorgeous, but I was hesitant on having a banana smell all over my face, but this isn’t over powering at all. Smells more heavy when you smell it in the pot, but settles when it’s in contact with the skin.

The formula is perfection, it’s almost water like and slips across the skin effortlessly. The glow it leaves on the skin no wonder it’s in the name! I always get compliments when wearing this as the dewy finish it leaves is stunning.
I’m definitely going to purchase the bigger size when I’ve finished with this one.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

Rating: 8.5/10
Bottle: 30ml (lone purchase is 50ml)
Company’s website:
Full INCI list: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Coconut Alkanes, Squalane, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Water, Magnesium PCA, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Extract, Bisabolol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salvia Miltiorrhiza Root Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Diheptyl Succinate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Flavor/Aroma*. *Natural Fragrance

B. Skincare – Night Serum

If there’s a product around that can have a label on ‘does f*ck all’ it’s this one.

It probably boils down to me not essentially needing a serum in my routine, so won’t reap the benefits as much as someone else maybe.

I’m pretty sure this broke me out.

I’m not exactly sure what coaxed me into purchasing this, I think I seen serum on the bottle and thought, ”Oh, I don’t have a serum in my routine, what am I thinking”.
Serums are there to do a specific job like hydrating, anti ageing, brightening ect, but this does none of the above. Caroline Hirons always says to spend your money on your serums, cleansers and moisturisers can be cheap and effective, but as this is around £5, it’s not likely it’ll do much.
I’ve had a look at other reviews as I’m writing up this post and they’re not great either, it’s just a meh product.

The only thing I like about this is the pump.

Rating: 1.5 out of 10.

Rating: 1.5/10
Bottle: 30ml
Company website:
Full INCI list: Aqua, Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil Phytosterol Esters, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Niacinamide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Methyl Gluceth-20, Oleyl Erucate, Pentylene Glycol, Triisostearin, Betaine, Nylon-12, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Dipropylene Glycol, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, Xylitylglucoside, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 40, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Parfum, Methylpropanediol, Boswellia Serrata Gum, Squalane, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Limonene, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Hexyl Cinamaldehyde, Geraniol, Citronellol, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fructose, Glycine, Inositol, Lactic Acid, Urea.

Origins – GinZing

Okay, this is a bit of a difficult one for me, I love this, but I have my suspicions that this broke me out.

The reason I don’t know if it was this cream that was the culprit, is because I broke one of the biggest rules in the skincare game, trying too many products in one time space.

The moisturiser itself is lovely, smells really citrus-y and leaves an amazing glow.
GinZing is a really good range of products made by Origins. I already have the GinZing Eye Cream. Full review on the Eye Creams section of this My Collection series. Which I adore.

I’ll have to give this another go and not incorporate other new products to the mix, to get a full review of it.

Rating: Will rate once I try again
Bottle: 50ml
Company’s website:
Full INCI list: Water\Aqua\Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/​Capric Triglyceride, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Caprylic/​Capric/​Myristic/​Stearic Triglyceride, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Cetyl Alcohol, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Polyaspartate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/​VP Copolymer, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Panax Ginseng (Ginseng) Root Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract\Extrait D’Orge, Salicylic Acid, Algae Extract, Linoleic Acid, Caffeine, Sucrose**, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Trehalose, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Sorbitol, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Arginine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Squalane, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates/​C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol

The Ordinary – Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

Ah, a classic

I love this stuff.

It’s cheap and cheerful and SO effective. If you don’t want to break the bank but also want hydration and smoothness out of your moisturiser then this is the product for you.
I would definitely recommend this for someone with dry skin, as the added hyaluronic acid really gives your skin a nice slip and moisture it needs.
It’s texture is quite thick and rich, if you’re super oily it might not be great, but a small amount would probably do.

This doesn’t give an amazing glow or smell like anything at all, it’s a basic, well made, working product. It’s also super cheap and often out of stock on some suppliers. I think this is my third or fourth bottle.

A great starter product if you’re just getting into skincare, or if you’re travelling and need something simple.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

Rating: 7.5/10
Bottle: 30 ml (also comes in 100ml which I can never get in stock!)
Company’s website:
Full INCI list: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Triolein, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

So that’s all for part 1! Hope you’ve enjoyed snooping through my collection of moisturisers, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for part 2, which will include hyaluronic acids and an oil 🙂

Remember, Love your skin? Come and join in!

L.K. X

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Make sure you take a look at more from the My Collection series.
As I’ve mentioned, if I have changed products I will do an updated version, but for now, I need to get through this one.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the brands in my post, and everything is my honest opinion.

2 thoughts on “My Collection – Moisturisers / Oils / HA Part 1”

  1. I’m a minimalist skincare person myself, but I’ve enjoyed reading your reviews! The only product I’ve tried on this list was The Ordinary moisturizer. Sadly, it didn’t work for me. I agree that it was thick, so I thought it would work well for my dry, dehydrated skin, but it just didn’t meet my expectations. I really love products by Volition Beauty and Krave Beauty. Have you ever tried them?

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    1. Hi!
      Yesss I can see why The Ordinary might not meet expectations, it is heavily raved about but very rich indeed.
      I haven’t tried from these companies, I will be sure to look them up!
      Thanks for the comment, much appreciated❤️


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