I love a good comparison post of skincare products and have written a few in the past which have proved some of my most visited posts. I hope that my experience with these products has helped a few people in some way!
Let’s jump into a comparison of the two products followed by my reviews.
Pixi Glow Tonic
REN Ready Steady Glow Toner
Price (Available in multiple sizes – I’ve listed the size I tried and where I bought it)
£10 for 100ml (from Boots)
£6 for 50ml (from SpaceNK)
5% Glycolic acid (AHA)
Lactic acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA)
Product Claims (as per their websites)
exfoliates, brightens and smooths skin. Alcohol free.
brightens skin, replaces moisture, no irritation, dissolves in pore build up, pores appear tighter, smooths skin, expect a reduction in breakouts
Results (as per their websites)
None mentioned on Pixi website
96% said no skin irritation 92% said brighter skin
REN Ready Steady Glow Review
This was the first AHA toner I bought, apparently this AHA acid is the least likely to cause irritation and I agree it didn’t upset my skin at all. The product had a strong false chemically orange smell which I wasn’t crazy about but luckily my skin didn’t mind this. I used this 3-4 times a week in the mornings and found it gentle and did for once notice an improvement in my enlarged congested pores around my nose. I liked this product. I did notice a little extra texture on my usually clear forehead when I was using this but I’m fully aware AHAs can cause a bit of purging and this wasn’t drastic, never resulted in breakouts and wasn’t long lasting. I did find it stung incredibly mildly if I had dry healing spots but nothing uncomfortable at all.
Re-Buy Yes or No? Honestly, on the fence, I thought this was a great introduction to AHA for my skin. I wasn’t mad on the fragrance or price so this led me to trying the cult classic Pixi Glow. The more I use the Pixi Glow the more I prefer the effects of this product.
I was excited to try this after seeing rave reviews from others with acne. I like that it’s alcohol free as some heavy alcohol products I’ve used in the past really dried out my skin. I found this slightly more intense AHA didn’t irritate my skin either at first which was a pleasant surprise. In between using these two products I used a non AHA toner and at first I thought this was making minor improvements on the congested darker enlarged pores I was aiming to target but half a bottle down my pores went back to looking like their old congested selves. I used this 3 times a week in the mornings. If I tried using it any more often my skin would get sensitised and this product then stung ever so slightly. It particularly stung if applied over any partially healed spots which I really wasn’t a fan on. The more time went by the less I liked this product as I felt the only thing it really did for me when make my skin more sensitive without about positive results. It just didn’t really do anything for me.
ReBuy Yes or No? No. I wouldn’t bother buying this again. At first I really liked it but began to loose enthusiasm for it very quickly. My congested pores looked much better when using the REN product. Halfway through the Pixi Glow I was bored of it, in the end I gave up using it on my face and used the rest on my legs where I experienced some texture from neglecting them during the winter.
If I could only buy one of these again it really is no contest. It has to be the REN Ready Steady Glow. Another factor for this decision is whilst it is a really effective product it is also a more environmentally friendly one as REN have much better eco credentials than many other beauty companies out there which I really like.
I’ve bought a mini of the Paula’s Choice BHA toner after hearing incredible reviews which I intend to try next to address my enlarged and congested pores around my nose and cheeks. I wondered if the reason the REN product worked so well for me was because of the BHA present in it.
Happy New Year! I decided to put together some money saving, eco friendly and skin goals for the year.
I feel like I’ve found almost all my trusted holy grail skincare products apart from an exfoliator. My spots are significantly more under control after all the changes I made throughout 2020 and more importantly my attitude towards my skin has hugely improved. I would like to improve my enlarged pores which often get congested as I’ve yet to find anything to make a massive difference to black heads etc.
To work through the slightly mad collection of skincare I accumulated throughout 2020. I’ve got a couple of new serums to try, 2 clay masks, a new cleanser and more. Naturally I didn’t pay full price for any of these but I think my goal is definitely to gradually try out what I have before buying anything else!
I saved lots last year thanks to national lockdowns. My biggest routine spends were toiletries and food. I ate out and got takeaways less than 10 times from February to December which feels crazy to write but is true. Obviously trips to the cinema and so much more didn’t happen. Partly working from home saved me money on the weekly commute too.
I discovered Shopmium in 2020 and would like to branch out into Green Jinn and CheckOutSmart in 2021 as I love getting cashback to save me money on food. I need to get better at remembering to purchase through cashback websites like TopCashBack when shopping online. TopCashBack often have promotions where you get £2 back for spending over £5 on a website which I plan to make the most of this year to get extra money back on things I always need, even if this is just buying essentials like toothpaste from Superdrug! I intend to also look at QuidCo in case their cashback deals are any better. Prior to 2020 I pretty much always shopped in stores so am still getting used to this transition.
I’ve accumulated over £30 of Boots points and over £10 of Nectar points so need to decide the best way to spend these to make the most of the savings they’ll earn me!
I managed to make some small changes last year like using only recycled toilet paper that doesn’t come in plastic packaging and totally reusing boxes, brown paper from deliveries (both personal and from work!) for my Christmas wrapping. I’ve lined up bar soap to use instead of shower gel after working through the stash of beauty products I have accumulated. I plan to make the most of everything I have such as upcycling skincare jars into plant pots and getting a reusable water bottle instead of reusing plastic bottles until they die!
I love the idea of apps like Olio but the pandemic sadly put me off using these. I plan to review how I feel about this later into 2021. I plan to get better at recycling items which can’t be recycled in household waste such as some bread bags and worn out carrier bags which can often now be recycled at bigger stores. I have a large bag of skincare and beauty empties which aren’t suitable for domestic recycling that I intend to take to a store like Boots or L’Occitane which have recycling services for these items.
I’m interested in an Eco Egg for my laundry as they have products suitable for sensitive skin. The egg has pellets which last for 70 washes before you need to buy replacements. I typically do 1 to 2 loads of laundry a week so this would last me almost a year. The egg case comes with a 10 year guarantee and costs £9.99 from sites I’ve browsed.
My last post of 2020 is somehow upon us! As per usual I’m choosing to look on the brightside of what has been an incredibly tough year. I’m thankful that at least 2020 finally gave me the push towards starting this blog. I’ve loved the experience and am so pleased to feel like I’ve found my voice for this site.
I want to say the biggest of thank yous to all those who have supported my little blogging adventure so far. It honestly does mean so much. Never in a million years did I expect in over 7 months or less to hit over 1,300 Instagram followers or have people from over 92 countries read posts I’ve put out into the big wide world. Some have been me wanting to share thrifty tips and others I realise have been skin related rants I’ve therapeutically shared and clearly had a lot to say about! It’s blown my mind slightly to see the stats of this page and my Instagram grow and I honestly am so grateful.
Highlights for me on my blog have been reading comments from others who mention they can relate to my acne journey as its always lovely to be reminded we aren’t alone, others sharing thrifty tips and so much more. Sharing my first guest post with In My Piggy Bank Blog felt like a real moment of triumph for me as I’ve read so many blogs over the years doing this and it was something I’d always wanted to do. I’ve also connected with some wonderfully supportive accounts on Instagram who are either absolute geniuses at bargain hunting and freebie nabbing or empowering individuals within the acne community who truly have helped me to stop hating my skin after 6 years and enabled me to accept it which has been life changing.
So what does the future hold for Forever Saving For A Rainy Day? I fully intend to keep blogging, expect plenty of skincare reviews as heaven help me I still have quite a hoard to get through from 2020 but fear not of course I didn’t pay full price for any of the products! No doubt January will include some very savvy money saving tips as I appreciate we’ll all be feeling the pinch post Christmas. I’d like to broaden out into sharing more of my preloved finds and tips for saving around the house.
I’m fully aware that this New Years will definitely be one to remember as it is the end of a very strange year as opposed to perhaps the big parties most are used to! I wanted to sign off 2020 wishing anyone who has interacted with Forever Saving For A Rainy Day in anyway and wish you all the very best for the next 12 months. Here’s hoping the new year brings us lots of happiness, togetherness when allowed and no national toilet roll shortages!