Katie Vibes
low-impact & conscious lifestyle


Posts tagged skincare
Review: Green People Oy! Organic Young Skincare

The Green People Oy! Organic Young products have long been a staple skincare range for young and teenage skin that is susceptible to acne and/or congestion. Recently the range has been given a new look and I was lucky enough to receive the new and improved selection to test. This couldn't have come at a better time as I have recently been dealing with a flare of cystic acne along my chin and jawline. I was also sent the Organic Young deodorant* but today I shall be focusing on the Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash*, Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser*, and the Clear Skin Purifying Serum*.


I have already mentioned the Clear Skin Foaming Face Wash* in my recent skincare routine update and I have been continuing to use it over the weeks since. Unfortunately, this is still probably my least favourite product. I am unsure whether it is just because I am used to more active formulations, but I don't feel that this actually does much for my skin. I like a foaming or gel cleanser to be slightly resurfacing (via chemical exfoliations like salicylic acid), and although this cleanser contains willow bark extract, I don't think it is strong enough for my hardy skin type to have much effect on my acne or clogged pores. However, saying that, it does make my skin feel wonderfully clean and soft and so I still like to use it on my skin in the shower - for example after I have been working out or when my skin doesn't require a more thorough cleanse. The very light texture is also very pleasing when you are all hot and bothered, and it would be great during the summer months. 

I'm don't sure whether I have given the Clear Skin Purifying Serum* a fair run as of yet but it reminds me of more conventional spot treatments but with of course, far more natural ingredients. Like many of the acne serums I have tried, I find this to be more cooling and soothing than it is healing, but this is very welcomed when you are dealing with red and painful cystic acne. 

My favourite product of the lot has to be the Clear Skin Cleansing Moisturiser*. If you have been reading the blog for a while, you will be aware that I am a massive fan of Green People's Beauty Boost Skin Restore and really enjoy it as a daytime moisturiser. This Clear Skin Moisturiser really reminds me of that product and if you have found the former to be a little heavy for your skin, this may be a good alternative. It's lovely and light while still being moisturising enough for skin that may be a little dry from acne-fighting active ingredients. It sinks in quickly and sits perfectly under makeup. I've been reaching for it on a regular basis when I know I'm going to be spending most of the day inside. As much as this product may benefit from its own SPF, I appreciate the flexibility that is afforded by it being left out. When skin is angry, a solid, simple routine is required and the lack of SPF means that this product can be used both day and night. I feel that this is especially important within a range aimed at younger people as there isn't always the budget for a more expansive skincare collection. The entire Oy! range is great value for money and although cheaper options can be found on the high street, it's definitely a more accessible range within the green/natural beauty sector. 

Overall this range is a triumph in terms of making cleaner beauty more accessible to younger people, both in its value and its likeness in feel to more conventional products on the market. Definitely one to consider if you're looking to introduce a younger family member to green beauty - but also a fantastic range for anyone of any age with skin that is prone to acne and similar issues.

This post contains affiliate links.


On My Bedside Table: Current Skincare

It seems I haven't shared a skincare routine on the blog in the longest time! To be honest, I'm chopping and changing routine constantly so it often seems a bit disingenuous to share some kind of pseudo-regular routine. Saying that, I have actually been keeping to a routine lately as I've been having a nightmare time with my skin. I've been working full time for most of summer and I begin my Masters course this week; safe to say me (and my skin) are stressed.  


In the AM, I like to use a gel cleanser. My usual pick is the Andalou Naturals Kombucha Cleanser but unfortunately I have just used it up and it has now been reformulated. I'm currently trying the Green People Oy! Clear Skin Foaming Wash* but I think, in the future, I would definitely prefer a thicker gel cleanser with a bit more oomph. This offering from Green People almost vanishes into the skin and I'm not really in to it. In the PM I preempt this with a cleansing oil and at the moment I'm loving the Vedani Botanicals Silky Face & Body Oil. This isn't currently on sale and I was very lucky to receive one from Mercedes as part of a giveaway prize. I absolutely love this oil and it also works as a great multi-tasker when I need to pack minimally for travel. I'm definitely not looking forward to when it finally runs out. It's absolutely fabulous at removing makeup but I do occasionally loosen off any heavy eye makeup with the Madara Micellar Water*.

Serum-wise, I'm currently testing some products from The Ordinary. They aren't the cleanest, but they use a selection of natural/organic ingredients and everything is cruelty-free and most products are suitable for vegans. I've been using the Advanced Retinoid 2% (now called Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion) in the evening as a super-charged de-clogging serum for my closed comedones. I definitely think it has been effective and I am happy to continue using it as my comedones are a constant battle that hasn't yet been improved that much by completely natural products. I've also been using the Salicylic Acid 2% as a spot treatment. It is the same strength as the Bravura peel but the thicker consistency makes it easier to apply to smaller areas. I haven't noticed a huge difference from using this but I may give it another go when it runs out due to the great price point of The Ordinary's products.

At the moment I am pre-empting any moisturising product with a good spritz of the Evolve Beauty Skin Defence Moisture Mist*. This is a relatively new release from Evolve and probably one of my favourite products of theirs that I have tried. I find this mist to be moisturising (without making my face greasy) and it provides a perfect base for any kind of face oil. I also love using it as a refreshing face mist post-gym! Skincare-wise however, I enjoy using it before my oil of the moment, the Vedani Botanicals Silky Skin Serum. Unfortunately this is also not available at the moment but if it ever pops up, pick this up. I absolutely adore this serum and I am going to be truly sad when it runs out - which will be soon. It's absolutely perfect for my skin, which is to be hoped as it was a bespoke blend from the lovely Mercedes. I really enjoy giving my skin a good facial massage with it before bed. In the AM, I'm loving the Hynt Beauty Sun Prep Broad Spectrum SPF30. This SPF is one of a kind in the green beauty world, in that it is almost completely transparent. It provides a smoothed and protected base before makeup and its light texture makes it perfect for combination/oily/acne-prone skins like my own. If you're going to try anything from this post, I suggest picking up a sample ASAP from Glow Organic.

What has been featuring in your skincare routine lately?

This post contains affiliate links.

My Travel Skincare (Amsterdam Edition)

For those out of the loop, I spent the first week of the Easter holiday (29th-1st) in Amsterdam with my boyfriend; a wonderful 21st birthday present from him. As we travelled hand luggage only, I had to partake in the hard task of picking my pint-sized skincare for the week. The wonderful Sadie from Vedani Botanicals had sent me one of her new skincare trial kits and I paired this with some of my old favourites. Here's what I took with me...

Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Cleanser*
I recently posted a review of this cleanser and so many of you will already know how much I love it. I simply adore the formula and an oil cleanser is super handy for travel as it is perfect for double cleansing in the evening and removing makeup without the need for a dedicated product. I also took with me some of my favourite muslin cloths (also from Vedani).

Vedani Botanicals No. 21 Moisturiser*
I was really excited to receive a trial set from Sadie as it meant that I would get to try the No. 21 Cleanser's matching moisturiser (in the smaller cleanser bottle). I've only used it a handful of times but it's just as great as the cleanser and definitely something that I will consider repurchasing after making my way through my current stash.

Pukka Organic Rosewater
A recent purchase, and one that will repurchased many times in the future; this rosewater is a great multitasker and super good value at about £10 depending on where you purchase it from. Fancy toners with lots of ingredients are great, but sometimes, it's best to take it down a notch. This 100% organic rosewater was great for travelling; as a toner, cooling spritz, and for soothing my feet during an eczema flare up.

Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum
I've already raved a little about this serum and how it has been keeping my skin happy and clear. With that in mind, I really couldn't leave it behind on our jaunt to Amsterdam. Read my full review here. It's great for morning, evening, and under makeup. 

Andalou Naturals Untinted BB Cream
This is an absolute old favourite and it's actually one of the first green beauty products that I ever reviewed, way back in 2014! Don't worry, this isn't the same bottle... I have repurchased this many times and will continue to do so. It's the best natural SPF for combo/oily skin that I have ever tried. Great for chilly but sunny days, layered over a good facial oil for extra moisture.

Natural Wisdom Exfoliator
This is one of the products still hanging around from my Natural Wisdom trial kit, ordered last year. Unfortunately, I didn't get the chance to try it in Amsterdam as it leaked in transit. However, there is a teeny bit left so hopefully I'll get to try it soon.

Eden Perfumes No. 72
This isn't technically skincare, but it's still something that I want to mention. This is the only perfume that I have been using in 2016 which means that, following this trip, the bottle is now sadly empty. No. 72 from Eden Perfumes is a vegan & cruelty-free reinterpretation of Black XS by Paco Rabanne, one of my favourite scents of all time. The ingredients are a lot better than conventional perfumes, don't make me break out, and this 30ml bottle is only £15. It has already been repurchased. I definitely recommend checking Eden out if you're looking for high quality vegan perfumes. They even have a bricks and mortar store in Brighton!

What are your staples for a trip abroad?

Review: Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum

Although my blogging game seems to be a little below average lately, let me tell you; my skincare game is on top point. I've been adoring my routine and so has my skin. So without further ado, I would like to tell you about the new product that is right at the tippy top of that list. Of course, it's the Kypris Beauty Clearing Serum.

Kypris made the green beauty rounds during 2015 and towards the end of the year, I finally took the plunge and purchased one of their beautiful blue glass bottles from Selfridges in London. At first I was taken aback by the odd pondwater colouring, but after some quick reassurance that my bottle hadn't gone off (thank you Google), I was ready to try one of the best skincare products I have used since - not only going green - but since I started using skincare full stop.

I'll start off by saying that I have never spent £48 on a serum before. I was definitely sceptical. However, Kypris proves that paying good money for a serum really does pay off. I'm not saying you can't get cheaper serums that work amazingly (Andalou) but with Kypris, I feel like I can actually see what I'm paying for. Yes, the packaging is gorgeous, but the ingredients are just as much, if not more.

The Clearing Serum has been specially formulated for problem skin using super high-quality ingredients such as quinoa, zinc, green tea, and fruit derived AHAs. I've found it to be unbeatable when it comes to soothing the swelling, redness, and sensitivity that comes with cystic acne. I've used it at least once a day since making the purchase and haven't looked back. I tend to use it all over my face after acid toning, with a little extra added after moisturiser for those areas that are especially craving a little healing. It works incredibly fast, when using at night, I can visibly see the difference the following morning. My skin always looks so much happier.

At first, I was a little worried about pouring through this bottle too quickly - after all, it's only 47ml and I use it a lot. But, I've now come to the conclusion that this really doesn't matter. My skin loves the stuff, and actually, it's going down quite slowly so my bank balance can rest for another couple months...

Have you tried any Kypris?

Clearing Serum ingredients: Water/Aqua, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Oil, Glycerin, Zinc PCA, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sarcosine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phospholipids, Larrea Tridentata (Chaparral) Extract, Asiaticoside, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugarcane) Extract, Phragmites Communis Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Montmorillonite,  Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Allantoin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil,  Phytosterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Lecithin, Squalane,  Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ceramide NP, Sodium Levulinate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Anisate, Limonene, Linalool