I don’t do many skincare reviews because, well, frankly, this isn’t a skincare blog! Most of you are here for the fashion and it’s my first love too, so that’s fine by me. But now and then, I do like to mix it up so I hope you’ll indulge me this post about Dirty Works, a UK-based beauty brand.
I’m no different to the thousands of women who search for miracle products that can banish fine lines, brighten dark circles, prevent pimples and anything else that helps my temperamental skin to fall in line. But I don’t buy a lot of them, to be honest, because I’d rather buy makeup that I know for sure will cover these issues up – whereas prevention doesn’t seem so guaranteed. Still, when Dirty Works asked if I’d like to try some things from their range I was game – not least because the packaging is so darn adorable! There’s a lot of similarities to Soap N Glory here, but hey, no bad thing.
So I’m going to run through the items I’ve tried and what I thought, but as it was near impossible to capture any differences in photographs I gave up that fool’s errand – you’ll have to take my word for it 🙂 This range is available in Sainsbury’s in the UK, and can be bought directly internationally too for a reasonable flat rate fee of £5.95 (excluding fragrances, which I’m not reviewing here). It’s very reasonably priced so if you find something that works for you it’s worth it!
This is probably best described as a day-time moisturiser, because that’s how I found it worked best. When I wear a moisturiser (which isn’t often, because a lot of products encourage my oily skin and it for sure needs no encouragement), I want it to sink in rapidly, smell nice, not make me even greasier than I already am, not break me out and for my make-up to apply nicely on top. This cream ticks all of those boxes probably the best of any I’ve tried! Particularly the sinking in and no-shine part – which are the ones I struggle most with usually. Miracle cream though? I didn’t really notice many of the effects the box says above, but I also probably haven’t been trying it consistently enough to make any kind of big change. I also fundamentally don’t believe many products can do all of that, to be pretty frank. And hence why I’m not a skincare blogger…
Re-purchase? This is really quite a good moisturiser for me that didn’t cause my oil production to go into over-drive or any spots! I’ve been using it as a sort of primer and it seems to work about as good as any of those do, so this might just be the first day moisturiser I ever re-purchase!
This was my first ever sheet mask! I wasn’t sure what to expect from it therefore, so I asked my friend who micro-blogs about Asian skincare (@thewayofthesnail) how she’d review something like this? She said a good mask will have immediate effects when you remove it; they can reduce redness and plump up fine lines visibly. Wow, skincare with instant results; who knew?! I was excited! I had a giant spot on my chin that was cruisin’ for a reducin’. This mask claims it hydrates and reduces lines and wrinkles, and while it doesn’t say anything about redness, I was still hopeful. However, I really didn’t like this product. It was incredibly messy and the fit of the mask was really bad on my face. I couldn’t see or move my mouth because the holes were all in the wrong place and I couldn’t get it to sit comfortably. I persevered and removed after the suggested time to find… no difference. My spot was still angry and my skin looked and felt precisely the same as it did before. Maybe me and sheet masks just aren’t meant to be… I have no idea if they’re all this messy!
Re-purchase? Nope, really didn’t get on with this one.
I might not buy a lot of skincare but I’m not a stranger to eye creams. The first sign of ageing on my face was dark circles and thinning skin that my veins now show through (lovely). I’ve got some fine lines now that particularly appear at the end of the day (which is weird, I never know where they are when I wake up). I’ve been using a Boots No7 cream that I really like for how it applies and does seem to brighten the area a little, but I wouldn’t call it a wonder product. So how did this one compare? It was really similar, actually. In that it seemed to marginally brighten the area (perhaps not as much), sunk in nicely and didn’t tamper with my concealer. More profound effects than that though? Maybe I just can’t see them, but nothing noticeable here either. But as with the Miracle Cream, I haven’t been testing this for weeks which I’d probably need to do to see a difference.
Re-purchase? I think I still prefer the brightening of the Boots cream, but I’m on the fence as this one’s a lot cheaper and the differences are barely visible, so I may go this way next time…
I looooove me a scrub. The one skincare product I can always get behind, because pretty much any scrub worth its gritty salt will instantly make skin feel softer. Particularly if you have problem skin like mine that is forever spotty. I’ve not allowed myself to buy any products with micro-beads because of how bad they are for the environment, so I’ve been on the look out for a good new facial scrub. Could this be the one? Well, it could be! I really like this; it was very gentle – so gentle I didn’t know if it was doing anything scrub-like, but when it was washed off I could feel it definitely had exfoliated the skin (you know when you can just feel it’s a new layer?). It was also very menthol-y which was really refreshing and as I use scrubs in the shower first thing, perfect for waking me up.
Re-purchase? Yes, did exactly as advertised and didn’t irritate my skin whatsoever.
So that’s all of the skincare products taken care of, but I also got sent a shower cap and a ‘rough skin shaver’ to tackle my feet (it looks hardcore so I’m quite excited about it). Gross, but necessary. I’m yet to try these but don’t worry, I won’t be back to talk about how many layers of skin I removed 😉