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Hi Everyone,

Hope you enjoy the latest empties, I’ll jump on the comments later today (Sunday) and answer as many as I can. This video contains paid for advertorial from First Aid Beauty.

Sweatshirt is from J.Crew –

Products featured:

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser –

FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid 10% AHA –

FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate –

DCL Peptide Plus Eye Treatment –

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex –

Dr.Jart+ Ceramidin Cream –

Ketrel Cream 0.05% Prescription only (in the UK).


The Blog:




Caroline Hirons c/o
Gleam Futures
6th Floor
60 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NU
[email protected] (skincare queries cannot be answered at this address)

I sometimes (not always) use affiliate links. If you are happy to click on the link and support this blog in that way, thank you very much. If you would prefer not to, just google the brand and the item, it’s all cool. 🙂 For absolute clarity: I do not use affiliate links on products belonging to brands that I work with on a professional basis.

See my full disclaimer here:

The views expressed on this site are the author’s own and are provided for informational purposes only. The author makes no warranties about the suitability of any product or treatment referenced or reviewed here for any person other than herself and any reliance placed on these reviews or references by you is done so solely at your own risk. Nothing on this site shall be construed as providing dermatological, medical or other such advice and you are always advised to seek the advice of a suitable professional should you have any such concerns.

Categories: Beauty Care


  1. Miss Ann Thrope
    Miss Ann Thrope 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    would love to know what's on your nails.

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  2. aslbyweller
    aslbyweller 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi Caroline, I had a peel recently and the facialist suggested a skin care line called Environ, particularly the Avst moisturizer. Any experience or thoughts about that line?

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  3. Vicki Teeples
    Vicki Teeples 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    What is your opinion of the Skinmedica line? Yay for the shoutout to Nashville!

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  4. Maria Kalouptsi
    Maria Kalouptsi 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline your videos are marvelous!!! You mention a dz eye cream for dark circles but i cannot find it can you please tell me the exact name pleaseeeee.
    Thanks you so much

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  5. Shayna Benjamin
    Shayna Benjamin 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline! Tell us how you get that amazing tan/glow

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  6. Melissa Xaysana
    Melissa Xaysana 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline my Love!!!! Can you try out the nuface device? I love it and you see immediate results, also long term effects. Please!!!

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  7. meghead87
    meghead87 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Madame you need a tube ringer for those foil tubes gets every scrap out! And the crimping is very satisfying! Probably safer than cutting them with scissors too!

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  8. Christine Piecyk
    Christine Piecyk 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Missed your videos! And I love the silver rings on your right hand!

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  9. Terri Bakouni
    Terri Bakouni 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi Caroline I'm a newbie and I am just transfixed on your videos. Are there any products out there that can help tighten the skin on the back of your hands? Being a germophobic I wash my hands a lot and being 52 doesn't help either unfortunately. Thank you!!!

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  10. Isobel Tranter
    Isobel Tranter 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi been having issues with my skin! When I put on my moisturiser, afterwards if I rub my skin it like peels off and into little balls and i don't know if it's the moisturiser or my skin! I've tried different moisturisers and I exfoliate everyday. Any help would be much appreciated, I'm really stuck!!! Xx

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  11. Naima Khanam
    Naima Khanam 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I bought indeed labs retinol is that a good one to start with???

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  12. Linda Libra Loca
    Linda Libra Loca 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    It seems I need to explore First Aid soon…

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  13. Charlotte Leigh
    Charlotte Leigh 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi Caroline is the First Aid Beauty Retinol similar to the LRP Redermic (0.3%) ?

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  14. Jessie Ding
    Jessie Ding 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi Caroline could you please talk about how to fight white heads caused by using products that are too strong together, like high concentration vitamin C and retinol, and then top it off with creams that may be a little too rich for combo skin? I am in my late 20s. Thanks so much.

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  15. Julie Rueff
    Julie Rueff 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I bought the Dr. Jart Ceramadin cream to deal with dryness when I first started using prescription Retin-A in February. It made me break out terribly. I was lucky that my slight peeling and dryness cleared up quickly. I'm happy with my .08% Retin-A and I'm starting to see results. This video has me thinking that I should drop the strength.

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  16. Marie Weeks
    Marie Weeks 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Great vid Caroline – such an entertaining idea love you Xx

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  17. Marie Weeks
    Marie Weeks 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    318 th

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  18. Sophie-Ann Crawley
    Sophie-Ann Crawley 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I'd love for you to do a video targeted on specific skin troubles e.g. Spot prone skin, dehydrated skin etc!
    Really enjoyed this video xox

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  19. Leanne Marshall
    Leanne Marshall 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I have the Skinceuticles 1.0 retinol. Sweet Jesus it's too strong for me. I think I am going to take your advice and get a weaker one…. I have mild acne and have just ordered differin. Hoping this will sort my skin out

    Leanne |

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  20. Lucy A-M
    Lucy A-M 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi there, love your video's! They are so informative and you explain everything in an easy to understand way. I never know which order to apply products and you always state this which is really helpful. Random question…where is the big ring on your middle finger from?

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  21. Jules
    Jules 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hello…you've probably already addressed this…but what polish/colour is on your nails please…they always look so good in that colour…mwah xxx

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  22. Tysa Michael
    Tysa Michael 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline what are your thoughts on the Ordinary Retinol 2% ?

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  23. foxy cleox
    foxy cleox 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Sorry to jump in here when its about skin 😳but got the daith piercing and its worked no migraines atall and i sleep better sorry just had to tell you ❤️

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  24. Sophie Harris
    Sophie Harris 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Hi Caroline, I've been a viewer and blog reader since your video with pixiwoo and it's totally changed my skincare world and ignited a passion I didn't know I had! However, I'm 28 and have tried some products you have recommended but some I find some are just out of my budget. Would you consider doing a low, medium and blow the budget recommendations video or blog for all steps. I have oliy skin so that would be fab for me! thanks very much

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  25. Milly Star
    Milly Star 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Epic I have just added more to my shopping list, Caroline you are costing me a fortunate but my skin is looking better. Thanks xxx

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  26. Ekaterina_L
    Ekaterina_L 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Probably a strange question but I wonder if I can use retinols on my face if I had two moles removed a few months ago. Seems like ok but for some reason, I'm worried. Does anyone know?

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  27. Kristin Lowther
    Kristin Lowther 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Holy catfish Caroline! What is on your lips?? It's gorgeous and I need it in my life!

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  28. Mackenzie Slyman
    Mackenzie Slyman 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Should/can you use retinol and lactic acid treatments in the same night routine? Or is it better to alternate nights? I just want to make sure I'm not pushing my skin too far but still want to be active with my acids.

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  29. Melissa Pellegrin
    Melissa Pellegrin 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Let me say,. I am an idiot – I completely missed where you said you wanted the questions/comments associated with the video – DOH! Forgive me! First, I love your vlogs and blog! I am working to correct my skin care
    routine and came across your "cheat sheet" regarding routines. This is
    such a HUGE help – Thank you! I have a couple of questions: 1. You
    mentioned rotating the acid exfoliators. Would it make sense to
    alternate between Pixi's Glow Tonic and First Aid's Beauty Radiance
    Pads? I already have Pixi and was considering purchasing the First Aid
    Radiance Pads. 2. I recently purchased Sunday Riley's Good Genes.
    Would it make sense to alternate with the First Aid product you showed
    in this most current video? I apologize for asking what may seem like
    silly questions, but I am trying to rectify years of poor skin care
    based on not really knowing what to do.

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  30. Christine Lopez
    Christine Lopez 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Love, love, love your videos Caroline, I've watched them multiple times. Warm regards from sunny Australia xx

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  31. ksenish
    ksenish 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline, have you tried Verso's retinol 8 products? What do you think about them? Maybe anyone else tried it?

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  32. Anto Büchi
    Anto Büchi 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I absolutely love your channel!! I recently started getting pimples on my cheeks, and I don't know what to do. I have very sensitive and dry skin and have no idea how to handle this

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  33. Ilina Sandler
    Ilina Sandler 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I loved the comment you made at the end about how the beauty industry makes you feel like if a product doesn't work for you it's your fault. I had that very same reaction when I tried a rx retinoid for the first time. I felt like my skin was to blame for not being able to handle it.

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  34. Marcela Londoño
    Marcela Londoño 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline I love your videos . I follow you from Australia. Please help me with this : I heard that the Retexturing Activator from Skinceuticals is a softer replacement for Retinol for sensitive skins. Is that true? Thanks a lot if you can answer

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  35. Rachel Mohi
    Rachel Mohi 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Oooh nail polish colour?? X

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  36. pursepective
    pursepective 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Caroline, can I use the Dennis gross wipes (extra strength) daily and then the retin a .25 once a week. Or would that be too much? I used retin a some time ago, nightly (too much I know) and it dried my skin out like crazy. I'd like to go back using it once a week but not sure if I can mix these two. I have suspected rosacea/allergy to something and prone to breakouts.

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  37. Tyronna Riley
    Tyronna Riley 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Oh how I need a good overall serum for under make up ! Do you have ANY suggestions? My skin is combination, t- zone a bit oily the rest dry. 😳

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  38. Chrissy2blovely
    Chrissy2blovely 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    What is your fav mineral sunscreen?

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  39. Ana RW
    Ana RW 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    nice hair and your skin is looking really good¡¡

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  40. Beth Watson
    Beth Watson 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Sorry if this has been addressed before and I've missed it somewhere but I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice. I'm 22 and suffer from quite blocked pores, not so much black heads, just blocked pores that add texture to my nose area. Would a retinol such as the first aid one help reduce this? I've had no luck with salicylic or glycolic so am wondering if I should try a retinol? Thank you! 🙂

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  41. Emili Pickenpaugh
    Emili Pickenpaugh 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    What is the best thing to bring on a long-haul flight? 🙂

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  42. Tonya Horan
    Tonya Horan 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    love your videos Caroline!! love seeing your empties and getting your thoughts before i purchase myself. suffer with blocked pores that i am at a loss with as i have tried everything. i'm on a budget so would love your suggestions or any fellow viewers'. i'm approaching 30 with combination skin.

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  43. Kalinda Vazquez
    Kalinda Vazquez 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Thanks for the video! First aid beauty has been a God send for my sensitive skin, curious to try out the new skinlab line. I'm just trying out the Tata Harper eye cream and loving it, but too scared to try out her other products because of my issue with essential oils. Anyone else tried anything of hers that's worked for us sensitive types?

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  44. Emily O'Donnell
    Emily O'Donnell 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I am prone to eczema when I use harsh products and products containing essential oils. Would using a weak retinol be ok or two harsh for my type of skin?

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  45. KathysBeautyCareChats
    KathysBeautyCareChats 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    Love your skincare talk! I tend to go too aggressive on the tretinoin, but right now I'm going through Skintyte laser treatments, and I'm absolutely going to have to use a retinol instead of my tretinoin right now, so I love to hear about good retinols! Makes me feel better as I'm pouting a little over it. lol! Definitely picking up the Ceramidin!!

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  46. alli12987
    alli12987 27 May, 2017, 13:26

    I love empties videos, so thank you for keeping us updated with this one! I have extremely sensitive, dehydrated skin and would love recommendations for serums and moisturizers to combat the flakes without clogging or irritating. So far KS goat milk has been mild enough, but I still have flakes on my forehead. Example of how reactive my skin is: FAB facial radiance pads turned my whole face angry red and took weeks to recover. I do use Pixi glow tonic regularly (though I would love something stronger that my skin will tolerate).Thanks!

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