I got more into makeup and learned about different brands when I worked in a department store whilst at university; I worked on mainly a bath and body section first which included less mainstream skincare brands including Dr Lewinns, Caudalie and Trilogy to name a few, all of which I was given training on.
- This Works In Transit No Traces
- Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix
- The Magic Pads
1. This Works In Transit No Traces
I first saw and heard of these on Kim Kardashians snapchat and was amazed she was (supposedly) using something so affordable.
So when I was given the opportunity to try these I no doubt wanted to see if it was worth the hype.
Key Ingredients:Rosewater - anti aging
Water mint - antibacterial
Sweet Almond Oil - anti inflammatory
"Bio Boost Superblend plant oils" - repairing
Scent: Very soft rose scent.
Size: As you can see above, these are the largest pads of the three I have so I can usually use one for my whole face if I'm not wearing foundation/eye makeup.
How I use: I tend to use this when my skin is feeling parched/dry as it contains a lot of oils and the pads are very wet in comparison to the other two toner pads.These can be used directly on makeup and can dissolve even waterproof makeup, but I tend to go in with an oily makeup remover separately for stubborn eye makeup anyway.
They leave the skin feeling soft and hydrated; sometimes I feel like adding moisturiser after is too much, so I would recommend these more for Dry skin types.
Price: These pads are £17 for 60 pads (available at Boots or John Lewis).
Overall rating: I give these a 4 out of 5 as they do leave the skin feeling clean, soft and certainly hydrated, so if you're looking for an all in one, these will do the job!
2. Nip+Fab Bee Sting FixI was sent these along with the Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Hyaluronic Shot (which I have used a fair bit but want to try it and review on more colder winter days!)
I was actually starting to notice lines on my forehead, so when I saw that these pads contained a "natural botox" and are to "tone and prep" your complexion, I was definitely looking forward to testing these out.
Bee Venom "natural botox" - plumps and firms/fills out fine lines/wrinkles
Witch Hazel - astringent with antibacterial and tightens/refines pores
Propolis extract - antiseptic with skin healing properties
Scent: Witch hazel scent with a slight fruitiness?
Size: As you can see above, these are the same size your average face pads. I do tend to use only one at a time despite how small it is.
How I use: I tend to use this again when my skin is feeling dry/I can see visible lines on my forehead.
I use these in the morning as a toning step in my cleanse tone and moisturise routine (as opposed to the previous This Works pads, used for removing makeup/at the end of the day).
They leave my skin feeling ever so slightly tingly, but definitely feeling clean and soft.
Price: These pads are £12.95 for 60 pads (on the Nip+Fab website here) or currently on promotion here for only £6.48!
Overall rating: I'm not sure if it's the humidity of Summer or these pads, but I have definitely noticed a drastic change in the appearance of my forehead lines that was my initial concern before trying these; if it is indeed these pads that have reduced my lines, I give them a 5!
3. The Magic Pads
I was given these by Sam (of the last two skincare posts). She received these at the Mario Dedivanovic masterclass she attended and had used some of them already but since she's into Korean skincare of late, handed these to me.
Glycolic Acid (2%) - exfoliation; great for scarring
Organic Willow Bark - anti inflammatory; great for spots
Hyaluronic Acid - hydration; prevent drying out the skin
Vitamin E - antioxidant with hydrating properties.
Aloe Vera Juice - anti inflammatory; soothes skin
Scent: No particular scent; not sure if this is because the pads are not freshly opened however!
Size: Again, these are regular sized pads.
How I use: I use these when my skin is feeling particularly oily (on a humid summer day/after a workout) or when I'm having a spot or two.
I tend to use one pad at night after I've cleansed and sweep it over my whole face left and right (I avoid the eye area).
My skin feels a little drier than with the last two pads, however I'm not sure if this is because the pads are not freshly opened again as the actual pads are a lot drier than the previous two pads too.
It's not necessary to apply moisturiser after using these, but sometimes I feel like I should at least put a serum on my drier areas as I have combination skin.
Price: These pads are £13.95 for 60 pads (available at the Magic Pads website).
Overall rating: When my skin is feeling particularly oily, I have to say I feel like these pads help reduce oiliness without drying out my skin and notice a slight improvement in skin clarity/fading of scars when I use this but I don't tend to use it as often as the two pads as I have mostly combination-dry skin.
I give these pads a 3.5 out of 5: