RAMOSU – Bifida Ferment Lysate 100 Review

hihi everyone, today’s post will be a full review on the Ramosu 100 Bifida ampoules I got from Stylevana. If you want to see the other items I picked up, read that post here

I wanted to experiment with k beauty dupes for the Estee Lauder ANR serum. I absolutely LOVE the ANR serum, its pricey but its so worth it! I usually bulk buy it when they do their buy 1 get 1 free promotion but the problem is they haven’t done this in 2 years and my stash is down to the last 1, sigh. I worked it out that they run this promotion when they update the ingredient list so that they can quickly get rid of the old stock. the last update I feel was 2022 when they did the promotion.

Anyways the promotion hasn’t be run in the last 2 years so I decided to find some k beauty dupes I can use whilst waiting for the promotion to come back or a really good offer on. Estee Lauder do have some great offers from time to time so really its only a matter of time LOOL.

Criteria for Estee Lauder ANR dupes

This is the current full ingredient list for the ANR, what I am looking for in a dupe is something as close to this OR has the key ingredients I have put in bold, but the main ingredient I look for in dupes is the Bifida Ferment Lysate since its the 2nd ingredient in ANR therefore in high conc

Ingredients: WaterAquaEau, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Peg-8, Propanediol, Bis-Peg-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycereth-26, Peg-75, Butylene Glycol, Adansonia Digitata Seed Extract, Tripeptide-32, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast ExtractFaexExtrait De Levure, Lactobacillus Ferment, Cola Acuminata (Kola) Seed Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Algin, Pantethine, Caffeine, Lecithin, Sodium Rna, Bisabolol, Squalane, Glycerin, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Caprylyl Glycol, Oleth-3, Oleth-5, Choleth-24, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Jojoba Wax Peg-120 Esters, Ceteth-24, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium Edta, Bht, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (Ci 14700), Yellow 5 (Ci 19140) 

It is well known that k beauty have a lot of products with Bifida Ferment Lysate in them so I turned to the k beauty world for dupes. I picked up 3 for my 1st round of testing and I started with the RAMOSU – Bifida Ferment Lysate 100.

RAMOSU – Bifida Ferment Lysate 100 – this is a 100% pure bifida ferment ampoule with nothing else added to it. I had never heard of the brand Ramosu until browsing on Stylevana and I got it because it was on clearance. You get 5x10ml bottles, I have finished 3 so far out of 5. This ampoule promises a special skin feeling in 28 days

Experience

This was an easy addition to my skincare routine, it layers well with other products and pairs well with other actives. I have used it with high strength retinol, acids, peptides with no irritation. I started using this on the 20th of March after I had just finished a bottle of ANR. I finished a 3rd bottle of the Ramosu on the 2nd of May before taking a 1 week break to use ANR then back to Ramosu.

Is it similar to ANR? In terms of ingredients, this product only has the bifida ferment so its lacking the benefits of other ingredients in a well rounded serum. To combat this I just layered other products with some of the ingredients in ANR e.g peptides, glycerin etc. The serum itself is not hydrating.

Results: I think that the ampoule has helped maintain a healthy glowing complexion like ANR but I can see a difference. ANR makes my skin feel smooth, soft and radiant and the results are literally overnight. I just didn’t get that from this. In the pictures and ignore my spot treatments, I feel like there is a slight difference in terms radiance and feeling of my skin. My skin looks great but I can feel the difference

Verdict

Is it a dupe for ANR? Well it has the main ingredient which is the bifida however the lack of other ingredients means you are not getting full benefits so I would say its not a dupe.

Is it a great product? absolutely, if you are the type to layer on skincare then the lack of other ingredients wont bother you so much because you will be getting them elsewhere. The only time this was annoying was when I wanted a lazy pm routine, the lack of hydration from ramosu meant I couldn’t just use this plus a cream because it wont be enough

Do I recommend it: yes and no- yes because for the price you pay for 100% bifida its amazing, its well packaged and it actually leaves the skin great but no because there are no many other dupes that are well rounded in ingredients and may work better.

Bottomline: it doesnt hurt to try this, its £10 for 50ml but it is not a dupe for ANR. Get it to try as a product because you want to experiment with bifida but not as a dupe for ANR

I have 20ml left of this to use up then its onto the next dupe!

I hope this review is helpful! Catch you later

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Flora Verde Collection Review & Swatches

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If you have been a reader for a while, you’ll know that the new Bronze Goddess collection is one of my favourite dates in the beauty calendar. For 2024, we have the limited edition Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Flora Verde collection and it is giving me all the summer feelings! Here’s what you need to know.

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Bronze Goddess Flora Verde Palette for Eyes and Cheeks 2024 Shades

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Flora Verde Palette
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Flora Verde Palette

This is a really pretty palette that follows a similar format as the Lumiere palette from last year, the Desert Heat Eyeshadow palette, the Azur Summer Look palette and the Nuit Summer Look palette from previous years. 

The Flora Verde Palette palette includes a mirror inside a limited-edition case and is a 9 shade eyeshadow and highlighter palette.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Flora Verde Palette shades
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Flora Verde Palette shades

Shades include:
1. Brazilian Coast (Matte finish; a soft cream)
2. Rio Sol (Shimmer finish; a warm gold tone)
3. Flora Verde (Shimmer finish; a golden olive)
4. Nightshade (Matte finish; a flawless flat black)
5. Passion (Shimmer & Overall Highlighter; a fiery copper-gold tone)
6. Samba (Shimmer finish; a fizzy Champagne)
7. Viva Pink (Demi Matte finish; a bright, deep pink)
8. Heat (Shimmer finish; a coppery sunset red)
9. Café Brazil Nut (Demi Matte finish; deep olive brown)

This is last year’s Lumiere palette:

Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Lumière: The Summer Look Palette
Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Lumière: The Summer Look Palette 2023

Here are those swatches:

Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Lumière: The Summer Look Palette Swatches
Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Lumière: The Summer Look Palette Swatches 2023

NEW Bronze Goddess Shimmering Gelée

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Shimmering Gelee
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Shimmering Gelee

This is a brand new body highlighter with a shimmering finish. It is a lightweight non-sticky, clear, pearlised gel formula.

Here’s a swatch:

Bronze Goddess Shimmering Gelee Swatch
Bronze Goddess Shimmering Gelee Swatch
Bronze Goddess Shimmering Gelee on skin
Bronze Goddess Shimmering Gelee on skin

This shot probably doesn’t do it justice. You need to imagine it on tanned shoulders and shins!

Bronze Goddess Healthy Glow Powder

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Healthy Glow Bronzer - Sunrise
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Healthy Glow Bronzer – Sunrise

This is limited-edition face palette with blush, bronzer and highlighter in one. It really reminds me of the now discontinued La Mer bronzing compacts with the mix of all the complexion enhancers in one.

Like the La Mer, you can use them individually, or blend them together for a healthy glow.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Healthy Glow Bronzer - Sunrise Swatches (mixed)
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Healthy Glow Bronzer – Sunrise Swatches (mixed)

Above are the swatches blended together.

There are two shades to choose from:

  • Sunrise – terracotta bronzer, peach blush, rose gold highlighter
  • Sunset – sienna bronzer, tangerine blush, yellow gold highlighter

Bronze Goddess 2024 Illuminating Powder Gelee Shades & Swatches

Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2024 - Heatwave, Solar Crush, Modern Mercury
Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2024 – Heatwave, Solar Crush, Modern Mercury

Like last year, there are three illuminator shades and we have Modern Mercury again yay.

  • 01 Heatwave
  • 02 Solar Crush
  • 03 Modern Mercury
Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2024 - Heatwave, Solar Crush, Modern Mercury
Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2024 – Heatwave, Solar Crush, Modern Mercury

In case you’re unaware, Modern Mercury has quite the Estee Lauder history. It was a limited edition highlighter back in a collection that launched in 2013. It was a ground-breaking formula of the time, but once the collection was sold out, MM was no longer available.

Then, in 2016, Victoria Beckham chose it to be part of her debut VB X EL collection and everyone went completely crazy over it and wondered why it has never been made permanent.

Now that Victoria Beckham has her own beauty range, we had to say goodbye to Modern Mercury again. The Bronze Goddess 2020 collection brought it back and so we had it for the past few years too.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Modern Mercury 2024
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Modern Mercury 2024

I love this outer packaging and the pan design. Here are the swatches:

Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2024 Swatches - Heatwave, Solar Crush, Modern Mercury
Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee 2024 Swatches – Heatwave, Solar Crush, Modern Mercury

I really enjoy this highlighter formula from EL. It uses unique prisma technology which gives such a gorgeous glow. It is a tri-brid of liquid, powder and gel and it has such a beautiful smooth finish, delivering a soft sheen that illuminates the complexion wonderfully.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Heatwave 2024
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Heatwave 2024
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Solar Crush 2024
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Solar Crush 2024

Bronze Goddess Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio

This was a new format in 2020, with three different powders and remains part of the permanent Bronze Goddess collection.

Estee Lauder Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio
Estee Lauder Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio

We have two matte powder bronzers (medium and deep) and one luminous highlighter. You can use them individually, or blend them together. Here are the swatches:

Estee Lauder Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio Swatches
Estee Lauder Matte & Glow Bronzing Trio Swatches

This is the perfect palette to use with a big fluffy brush, swirled all over the pan to warm up the complexion and get it glowing.

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 Fragrance Collection

Of course we have the classic Bronze Goddess skinscent. I absolutely adore it and for me, it really is the scent of summer.

Original Bronze Goddess Skinscent 2024
Original Bronze Goddess Skinscent 2024

It’s like lying on the beach in a beautiful place surrounded by the uplifting scents of creamy coconut, soft vanilla and sexy amber. It will always be a favourite for me.

This year we also have the Flora Verde limited edition. Described as a Floral green fragrance with a Brazilian Gardenia accord surrounded by Coconut Water and Sandalwood:

  • Top notes – Italian Bergamot, Coconut Water, Orange Bigarade
  • Heart Notes – Pink Pepper, Brazilian Gardenia, Ylang Essential Oil
  • Base Notes – Jasmine Sambac Absolute, Sandalwood, Skin Musk
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Nuit Eau de Parfum
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Nuit Eau de Parfum

It’s a gorgeous, green floral take the iconic Bronze Goddess scent and I’m really enjoying it. It makes me think of an upscale beach holiday as Bronze Goddess always does, and I love the uplifting Bergamot in the top notes and the deeper smoothness of the Jasmine Sambac Absolute. Of course it has the milky coconut tones you’d expect from this iconic fragrance.

When is Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess 2024 out?

The full Bronze Goddess collection is out now at Estee Lauder*.

Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel Review

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Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel Review

I am always excited to try out a new high protection SPF product and when Allies of Skin said they had created the One, I had to try it out. Here’s the lowdown on Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel.

What is Allies of Skin The One?

Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel
Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel

Allies of Skin say, “Stop looking for The One, we’ve created it for you.” This is quite the claim, however, this new SPF 50 sunscreen has been in the works for six years and has rather a lot going on in terms of skincare ingredients too.

  • Completely transparent gel
  • Water resistant for up to 80 minutes
  • Provides high UVA/UVB protection
  • PA rating of PA ++++ (highest possible rating in terms of UVA coverage)
  • Supercharged with skincare ingredients
  • Conditions the skin
  • Blurs the appearance of pores
  • Doubles as a primer and makeup base
  • Uses a protective and breathable Second-Skin Membrane Complex

Key Ingredients

SECOND-SKIN ALOE MEMBRANE COMPLEX – base of the sunscreen which allows high protection with a light feel, a blend of evaporating emollients and non-comodegenic polymers

VITAMIN C – helps combat free radicals and protects the skin from UV rays and pollution

VITAMIN E – defends against free radicals and environmental aggressors

GREEN TEA – potent antioxidant to help soothe the skin and reduces free radical damage caused by sun exposure

LICORICE ROOT EXTRACT – helps soothe the skin, brighten and even out skin tone

NIACINAMIDE – helps to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, improves blemish marks, promotes ore even texture and supports skin barrier

RED RASPBERRY SEED OIL – rich in antioxidants, helps to retain moisture, and promotes youthful-looking skin

My Review of Allies The One SPF 50

Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel review
Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel review

I think the keys things with this sunscreen is that it is completely transparent and invisible, and it actually feels much more like a makeup primer than it does a sun protection product. This is pretty important because it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. Normally for that kind of performance, you get a much heavier and thicker consistency.

Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel texture
Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel texture

The texture is that of a silicone-based gel that melts into the skin effortlessly and is entirely invisible on the skin. There’s no white cast, no shine and actually it just looks like you have nothing on your skin at all.

When first applied, it does feel quite silicone-y but as you work it into the skin it really lightens up and once it has sunk in to the skin, it feels super light.

I think it is important to note that you should let this sink in before going in with your makeup. This is not only so that it has time to set on the skin, but I also think it’s important to let your SPF product bond with your skin for a good amount of time before you start using things around with your makeup. Regardless of the SPF you choose.

It works really well under makeup. Everything apples on top effortlessly without any issues. It’s great to know that I have all that extra skincare too, and you could in fact skip serums or moisturiser if you really wanted to streamline things.

Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel packaging

I love that this is water resistant. This means it will be perfect for outdoor exercise and also if you’re on holiday and going in and out of the pool or sea. In fact, I think that I will be saving this for times when I might be outside and exercising, or swimming in the sea, and I really need that high performance water resistance.

The reason I say that I’d reserve it for this is that it’s not the cheapest sunscreen, and I have more affordable options (Garnier Vitamin C Daily UV Fluid SPF50 Glow Review) that I can use day to day. It is £43 for 50ml which although expensive, it is extremely high performance, so worth when you need high performance like the cases I have stated. This is one to have in your stash when you know you will be more vulnerable to sun exposure than usual.

I think it’s an absolutely brilliant product, and if you have the budget, it would be the perfect daily go-to to make sure your is looked after and protected.

Where to buy it

The Allies of Skin The One SPF 50 Invisible Sunscreen Gel is £43 and available via the following links:

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara Review

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara Review

There’s a brand new mascara from Maybelline and as it’s one of my favourite high street brands, I was very excited to try it. Here’s the low down on the Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara with before and after photos.

What is Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara?

Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara Features
Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara Features
  • Designed to deliver 360° lash-by-lash impact
  • Innovative SuperSpark Brush with bristles arranged in a unique spiral firework pattern
  • Designed to capture and lift each lash
  • Gel-based formula is enriched with Pro-Vitamin B5 to condition and strength
  • Buildable 24 hour smudge-resistant formula

Before and After Photos

Here’s the before:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara before photo
Before Photo

Here’s one coat on one side:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara - one coat
One Coat

Here’s two coats on one side:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara - Two Coats
Two Coats

See below for the full after photo with two coats on both eyes

My Review of Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara After Photo
Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara After Photo

I love Maybelline mascaras, so I was pretty confident that I would get on well with this.

I am a huge fan of Maybelline Sky High – see my review here – and have been wearing the Burgundy Haze shade pretty much every day for the last couple of months. See Burgundy Haze in action in this Instagram video.

Whereas Sky High Mascara is mainly about lengthening the lashes, I think that Maybelline Fireworks really delivers on the volume (and gives length too). As you will probably have seen in the Before & After photos above, I could easily have just used one coat, as it packs on so much volume really quickly.

The formula is super black and really adds great impact and definition to the eyes. What I love about this formula is that it doesn’t make the lashes at all crispy, even when it’s dry, and the eyelashes stay feeling flexible for the whole day.

This means that you can easily layer up Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara later in the day, which I find can usually be quite a struggle with a lot of mascara. Often, when I go to top up with a lot of mascaras, I can find the brush drags and kind of catches on the lashes. Whereas topping up with Firework feels smooth and fluid.

I think it is down to a combination of the smooth gel-based formula and the very flexible, bendy brush which allows for intuitive application.

I love that it makes my eyelashes look very thick, long and black. I think it separates them nicely and lifts them up with a good curl which lasts. You get a really nice full and fanned out appearance to the lashes and there is very minimal flaking and smudging. 

The pink packaging is fun, but it is pretty big and bulky, and I definitely prefer the sky high style of packaging, but it’s no big deal. For me, Sky High is more of an everyday mascara, where as Fireworks is one I will be reaching for when I need a bit more drama.

I am a fan of thick lashes, and really enjoy the bulked up look, so I loved the two coats with the Maybelline Lash Sensational Firework Mascara. However, if you like something a bit less bulky, then one coat will be all you need, which not only saves on product, but also time!

If you are looking for a new mascara and love something super black and dramatic, I definitely think this is worth a try.

It takes a bit more work to remove than Sky High, but it’s nothing that a minute massaging an oil cleanser over the lashes can’t deal with.

Where to buy Maybelline Fireworks Mascara

This mascara is available now for £12.99. Buy it via the following links:

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The Best Sunscreens from Boots

hihi all, I hope all is well. Spring is fully here and we are finally getting some sun in the UK! I know for a lot of people, the spring summer season is when their SPF is finally out so I’m here with a post with my tried and test sunscreens from Boots to help you out.

We should be wearing SPF every day of the year even in the winter and reapplying especially when the sun is out and we are out and about. I think the key to ensuring you wear your SPF as frequently as possible is to find one you like. I have tried a lot of SPFs and here are some of my tips to finding one you will like

  • Find a white cast FREE/ invisible option
  • A lightweight sunscreen that layers well with your other beauty products
  • Suitable for your budget
  • Suits your skintype
  • Easily accessible

If you are able to tick all 5 boxes, then I am confident you will find something you will like that wont be a chore to use. If you are looking for a starting point, my sunscreen recs are below. I have tried each of them and have video links either here or on my Insta darkskin highlight, instagram- sarahfynn. These sunscreens, can be purchased from Boots, Superdrug, LookFantasic or even ASOS so they are very easy to find.

Facial Sunscreens

Garnier Ambre Solaire SPF 50+ Sensitive Advanced Face & Body Serum £15– I have tried many of Garnier’s sunscreens, but I keep coming back to this one. It is hydrating and leaves a dewy finish but it doesnt feel greasy or heavy on the skin. This one can also be used on the body and comes in a massive 125ml tube. Its suitable for all skintypes but if you have really oily skin, you will prefer the Garnier UV Anti Dark Spots & Anti Pollution Face Fluid SPF50+ £13 which is a dupe of the La Roche Posay Shaka fluid

Boots No7 SPF 50

No 7 Future Renew Damage Protection Defence Shield Spf50 £24.95 – this is the latest one I tried. I got this for holiday and let me tell you it was love at first use! The lightweight watery lotion sinks into the skin very easily, It feels hydrating & lightweight with 0 cast. It layers so well on top of each other, I layered this many many times in the day whilst on holiday and it did not pill, not once! It works so well under makeup too. I have to admit I went looking for another SPF to buy but the sales lady said it was £10 off and I was able to test it, it also helped that it was a black lady who said the SPF was also invisible on her. I purchased it and the rest is history

Bondi Sands Face SPF50 £7.99 – Bondi Sands is an Aussie brand where SPF is taken very very serious so I tend to trust them. Bondi Sands is a fav. of mine. I have used both the ‘face’ and ‘body’ sunscreens on my face and I love them both however the body SPF on the face feels slightly heavy. This is a very dewy finish SPF so if that is not your cup of tea, please stay away from these lol

La Roche Posay Shaka Fluid SPF50 £20– one of the OG SPFs out there, shaka fluid is a semi matte finish with great SPF filters. La Roche Posay is an amazing French pharmacy skincare brand, well known for their sensitive skin products

For body SPF, there is only 1 for me and that is the Nivea Dry Protection SPF 50 mist, £12. Its a cooling SPF so it feels so great when applying in the heat its really cold tho lol. The finish of this is very dewy so if thats not your thing, you can use the Garnier or the Bondi sands mentioned above for your body.

How to remove SPF effectively

After a day of multiple SPF reapplications( btw I will do another post of easy SPF reapplication products!), I like to triple cleanse to ensure every last bit of SPF, dirt, oils is off. I use whatever balm cleanser I’m using at the time( post on this soon) twice, emulsifying well & removing with my wash cloth then finishing off with my gel cleanser. This can dry out the skin a bit depending on the cleansers I am using but I always go in well hydrating products in my pm routine so I dont have any issues after.

I hope this post is helpful if you are looking for a new SPF to try. Please check out my insta for video reviews on the SPFs mentioned. Catch you later