Top 5 Skincare Products | Sitting In The Clouds

All my life I’ve been very lucky with my skin, no teenage acne, only a few spots here and there from eating too much junk, not drinking enough water, you know…the usual. But for the majority of this year my skin has taken a turn. It’s still not severe but for me but I’m struggling to maintain how it used to be. However without a few holy grail products, I would seriously be lost. And of course some of these products just help me feel pampered.



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I use the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash each morning and evening as my daily face wash. I’m only, at 20, getting around to understanding my skin and what it needs. I’m now pretty sure that my skin is more on the normal/oily side of the spectrum, which means the oil balancing side of this face wash really works well with my skin. The exfoliating beads are super gentle so I can use it twice a day without getting irritation. The scent is barely there, so if your skin is sensitive to perfume or fragrant products, I would suggest giving this one a go.

I actually had a break, a few months back, from this face wash to try a new one…this was a bad mistake on my behalf. It was when I switched things up, my skin really started to break out more and get worse. So I truly believe the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash is doing good for my skin.

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Only very recently I noticed something missing out of my skincare routine that I hadn’t used in ages. This got me thinking, maybe that’s part of the reason my skin isn’t so great at the moment. Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask has been a lifesaver for my skin recently.  I never used to leave my cupboard without one, but with university making me stretch every single penny I had, I never had any spare cash to treat my skin to this wonderful face mask. As soon as I could, I restocked my cupboards and have seen an instant difference.

The packaging even states…”This peppermint mask does everything it can to fight eruptions and outbreaks and return your skin to tip top condition“…aka, the miracle product I needed. I use it two or three times a week, depending on my skins condition and whether I have time. I like to apply a generous layer with my fingers, leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then gently remove the mask with a clean flannel. It’s a face mask that tingles a little when it starts to dry on your skin but that personally doesn’t bother me and afterwards it leaves your skin feeling so smooth. I just love this product so much and I’ve definitely learnt my lesson of always having some of this in my bathroom cupboard.

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The final product that’s really helped improve my skin over the past four(ish) months is the Nivea 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner. I’ve never really been into toners because they always made my skin sting and I never saw the point. However, I picked this product up on a whim when completing a 3 for 2 offer on Nivea products and it’s now an essential in my skincare routine.

Applying a grape size amount on a cotton pad and use circle movements to distribute the product around your face and down your neck. I use this product after removing my makeup, it is only a night time ritual for me,  washing my face. Even after removing my makeup and cleaning my skin, there was still makeup in my pores, so this toner & cleanser just ensures my skin gets a deeper clean. It’s also super moisturising so I find I don’t need to apply a night cream after using it.



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Now onto the products that just make my skin feel good. I’m guilty of not applying body butter as often as I should and I know my skin punishes me. My legs especially are very dry and itchy. However, during the summer, I always bring the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Buttercream out of the cupboard as it just smells like summer in the tub. It basically just smells like lemon sherbet and I’m a sucker for citrus scents.

I apply this after very shower to moisturise my skin. Super simple but a step I feel most people either skip or forget about. I know for sure sometimes I’m just too lazy. But you need to keep the rest of your skin hydrated as well.

My body butter choices change depending on the season or what I’m feeling but at the moment I’m loving the Sugar Crush Body Buttercream from Soap and Glory.

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The final product I’m mentioning today is the Nivea Lip Butter. Ever since using this lip product on a daily basis, every morning and evening, my lips rarely get chapped, when before they were always so dry. Making sure my lips are always moisturized is also a key step in my daily routine.



Without these products my skin would be suffering a lot more but I truly feel like Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty is incredible and allows you to see instant results (I may go do one now).

What are your skincare essentials? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,
xoxo, rachel

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Drugstore Haul | Sitting In The Clouds

Welcome Back!!! I know it’s a common fact that all students are poor and to be fair I’m quite wise when it comes to money. However, the government unfortunately doesn’t fund courses taught at the uni I attend so with full time uni and only a part time job, I’m very tight on money and will be for the next three years. But when your favourite makeup items are rolling low, you just have to restock, there’s no questions about it.

I was in desperate need of new concealer, new foundation, new shampoo and conditioner…basically every single one of my favourites, so I jumped straight into the Superdrug website and ordered everything I needed. I did have a  little browse while I was there and was so tempted to add some liquid lipsticks into my basket from Barry M and Makeup Revolution but I just couldn’t justify afford it…*cry face*.

I love Superdrug for makeup and I feel they do such an amazing range of makeup brands and because I’m a Superdrug member I get free delivery without having a minimum spend…win win!

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Maybelline is one of my favourite drugstore brands, they do my favourite concealer, the Fit Me concealer, as well as my ALL TIME favourite mascara, the Lash Sensational LUSCIOUS, not the original one, although that one is good as well, I just personally prefer the effect on my eyelashes after using the Luscious with Oil Blend formula.

My all time favourite foundation, L’Oreal’s Infallible Matte foundation was out of stock…boo hoo!!! And I couldn’t wait for it be be restocked as I really needed a foundation and since Maybelline had a 3 for 2 offer running, I thought I’d try the Maybelline Fit Me foundation.

I’m hoping I really like this as I’ve heard some really good things about and since it’s in the same line as my favourite concealer, I’m hoping there won’t be too many differences to make me dislike it and love it just as much as the concealer.

I’ll let you know I get on, I’m even thinking about doing a first impression for this foundation.

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I’ve been having real issue with my skin lately which I’m really irritated about as my skin has never been this bad before. Therefore, I repurchased a trusty product, the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash. This product is a really gentle daily exfoliating wash, it really reduces my oil and makes my makeup last longer without primer as well as making my skin feel clean and fresh.

The last couple of products won’t be any surprise to you. I just had to repurchase my favourite hair duo, the Garnier Ulimate Blends shampoo and conditioner.

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For the time being this hair duo is perfect for me. It smells incredible, it’s really affordable and it actually benefits my hair. I have a full length review about this amazing duo on my blog if you want to hear more. They also feature in about 4 of my empties posts, I just can’t get enough of the stuff.

I also decided to pick up another Batiste Dry Shampoo as although it’s not a necessity, it’s always nice to have a product like this for a day that you may need some extra volume or you skipped a “wash hair day” by accident. I just like having one around the house incase I’m in need.

I personally prefer the “divine dark” edition as with my super dark hair, I always find that the white powder is really hard to massage in completely and it’s just safer with brown powder incase I have missed a spot, it won’t look like I have severe dandruff.


So although you’ve probably seen all these products countless times on my blog before because all I did was repurchase my favourites, I hope you enjoyed the post nevertheless. But for a while now, I won’t be able to try many new products alongside my favourites as I just don’t have the money….MAJOR downside to uni/student life…ahah!

Thanks for reading and supporting my blog. I am so close to 700 WordPress followers which is super exciting, each and every one of you mean so much to me. I love chatting to you guys in the comments, so let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve mentioned and if you love or hate them.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel
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Empties #7 | January 2017 | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! I think this may just be my biggest empties post since I started doing them back in the summer of last year. I don’t know how I managed to finish so many products this month but it wasn’t at a great time because they are all my favourites and at the moment I just don’t have the cash to be replenishing my stock this often.


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  • Simple Kind To Skin Protecting Light Moisturiser – I think I’ve been using this moisturiser, day and night, for about 2-3 years now. It keeps my skin hydrated but it’s not at all heavy and sinks into my skin so quickly. It also has SPF 15 so it’s great all year round. The only down side to this product that if you get it in your eyes, it stings like a motherf***er but I let that slide because I love everything else about this product so much.

Repurchase? Always. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve re-brought this product.

  • Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash – Just before Christmas I was using this wonderful product but I had been consistent using it for a while so I decided to switch it up so I brought the Neutrogena Grapefruit range, which was the worst mistake I have done in a while, I’ll explain later, so I jumped straight back to this beautiful product.

Repurchase? I’ve learnt from my mistake and I’m sticking to what my skin likes and at the moment it’s this product, so yes, I’ll definitely be picking this one up again. I actually brought two at the same time so I knew I had a back up, so I’m currently going through my 5th or 6th tube of this miracle product.

  • Maybelline Brow Drama – There is a lot of mixed reviews on this product but I personally love it. I think the reason some people don’t get along with this product is because of the brush style and thickness, but I think it’s amazing but it may be because I have thick eyebrows. But anyhow, I love this product, it keeps my eyebrow hairs in place all day while keeping them looking natural.

Repurchase? Yes. I think this is my third tube I’ve gone through. A common theme in this post but typically once I’ve found a product I love and works for me, I tend to stick with it for a while.

  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – Another one of my holy grail products so I can’t rave enough about this product. It’s just amazing, blends well, so creamy, matches my skin tone perfectly and just stays all day.

Repurchase? YES YES YES!!

  • Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara – This blog post may have well been called “my holy grail products” because that’s what every product I’ve mentioned today has been. But saying that, this is my all time favourite makeup product. It just makes my lashes look amazing. However, I have recently discovered that a fresh tube, although the formula is a little wet, works so much better than after a few weeks/months and it’s dried out. That may just be personal preference but when I opened my new tube recently, the effects were so much better.

Repurchase? No thinking required, of course.

Now onto the two products that made my skin hell before my holy grail, Simple Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash came to the rescue.

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  • Neutrogena Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash and Daily Scrub – I used the facial wash when I was in high school and remembered loving it so I decided to pick it up again but that turned out to be a mistake. Neither I didn’t realise the previous time how bad it made my skin or they have changed the formula or my skin just doesn’t like it anymore, but whatever this reason, when I used these products this time round my skin broke out so bad. I had about 15 spots, mainly on my forehead and chin. Like every human being I’m used to a few spots here and there but my skin has never been that bad before. But as soon as I stopped using them my skin started to clear up immediately, with the help of my trusty Simple face wash. I don’t know if it was just one of the products or both but I’m not willing to test them out separately to find out which one was giving me the issues. As you can see I didn’t even finish them but I wanted to include them in this months empties to let you guys know the problems I had with these products.

Repurchase? Absolutely not and they have already reached my bin.


I think each product I mentioned today, excluding the last two, has been in a previous empties post which just shows how much I love each product otherwise I wouldn’t keep on repurchasing them. Have you had any issues with any of the products I’ve mentioned or do we share the same loves? Let’s chat in the comments.

until next time,

xoxo, rachel


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Empties #4 | October | Sitting In The Clouds

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Welcome Back!!! You don’t realise how many products you finish each month and how much of your money goes on replenishing your stock until you keep all your empty tubes to write an empties post. So without further ado…which products did I use up in October?

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Opsie, just realised that the tub of Lush’s Mask of Magnaminty featured in my September Empties. That’s what happens when you save your LUSH tubs so you get a free face mask. I was meant to pick up my empty pot of Ocean Salt to photograph for this blog post, which I love as it’s a great exfoliating face scrub. 

  • Herbal Essences Dry Shampoo: Don’t get me wrong this is a good dry shampoo but it’s not great. I feel like you have to use a lot of product to make your hair feel fresh again and to be honest I don’t love the scent. I will always be a Batiste girl as I just love their dry shampoos and I have yet to find one better than theirs.

Repurchase? No. Although it’s not a bad product, it’s just not as good as Batiste and I’d much rather spend my money on the Batiste dry shampoo. 

  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: This is the only product I use to take off my makeup on a daily basis. It’s truly amazing and it’s no longer a chore to take off my makeup in the evenings because of this product. I’ve lost count the amount of times I’ve repurchased this product. It’s an awesome product, it lasts for ages and is such good value for money.

Repurchase: Yes, without a doubt. I never allow myself to finish one without having a back up in my cupboard. 

  • Maybellines Baby Skin Face Primer: I really like this primer, it’s a great dupe I feel, for the Benefits Porefessional, which I have also recently finished. It smoothes out your skin and hides all your pores and makes my makeup last until the time in the evening when I take it off.

Repurchase? Yes, I really want to have this in my makeup bag again. I am now on a student budget so I won’t be able to get my hands on the Benefit Porefessional for a while and I really don’t mind using this one as a dupe as it performs great for me.

  • Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Exfoliating Wash: I truly do love this product and I’ve repurchased this product multiple times. If I wash my face with this in the morning it really reduces the oil in my skin which enables my makeup to stay on a lot longer without it looking shiny. I’ve defiantely seen a difference with my skin since I’ve used this product.

Repurchase: Yes I would. However, I’m really in the mood to switch things up with my skincare at the moment.


A bit of a varied bunch today, some products I love and can’t wait to repurchase and others not so much. Have you tried any of these products, what do you think of them? Leave them in the comments below. 

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xoxo, rachel 


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