It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with a skincare update. Mainly due to the fact that when I recommend something in the complexion caring realm I want to make sure that it’s real good. Of course that’s the case with any VDM-approved goods but with skincare it’s a different story. A few days of wearing a blush and I can tell whether it’s a yay of neigh, but with skincare the like it/hate it process can take months – hence the wait on this one.

I’ll give you a quick bulletin on the state of my face first. Well, aside from the burn mark I’ve got on my chin from the edge of a pan (don’t lean towards the pan when carrying out food tastings kids) and the fact that my eyebrows are well overdue some attention, things don’t look too bad. Of course there was the pizza face episode of Christmas 2013 caused by excessive homemade chocolate truffle consuming but the less that that’s spoken about the better. Overall, it’s ok. I feel like I’m finally at the place where I’m yelling ‘moisture, come at me’ every evening (well that sounded better in my head). I’m most definitely not in my greasy gal teen phase anymore (boo! I don’t even get ID’ed anymore). Which leads me on to the point of this post, some Sarah Chapman skincare additions which have been ruling the roost and basically being the bosses of my stash for the past season. It’s a brand known for its hydrating properties – ain’t nothing stripping round here – with rich formulas and emollient textures. I’ve given a large proportion of the line a trial, but these are the four items that have really made me go ‘hold up – this rocks’. I attempted to put them in a chart-like order then realised I love them all equally. I can only imagine it’s like picking a favourite child. I jest.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse - I’d describe this as a formula that wedges in-between the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm and the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel in the complexion cleaning world. Slightly lighter on the face than the Hardie offering, but more oily than the Oskia. You know how these things work by now; my skin is baby soft post removal. The best bit? It comes in a pump. I’ll be upgrading the full-size very soon. Which means I’ll have this, the Oskia and the Emma Hardie to pick from each morning. What can I say? I’m a cleanser whore.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Eye Recovery - Eye creams are something that I’m not sure I’ve ever found ‘the one’ with and though (knowing my ways) I can’t guarantee that I’ll be using this for the rest of eternity, it’s the perfect fit for right now. Not too greasy, it deposits just the right amount of moisture and works equally well as a base for makeup in the morning as it does as a treatment at night.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial - This is the most well-known product from the range – I mean common’ doesn’t the name just sell it to you? Do I even need to go on? It’s a serum, moisturiser and oil in one and basically does everything you’d want a skincare product to do. In all honesty the reason I like this is because it’s easy, no-fuss; I can throw this on after cleansing and not feel too guilty for going through the whole 6-step routine. In fact it’s becoming an all too frequent occurrence…

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Intense Hydrating Booster - I know I said I hadn’t put them in order, but I’ve saved the best till last. It’s a tough one to describe, I guess at the base of it it’s a serum, but a really hydrating one. I use this post-tone and pre-moisture morning and evening. It’s kind of like a daily dose of the Origins Drink-Up Intensive Mask (only without the ‘eat me’ scent). After a good few months of using it, things just feel hydrated and smooth and let’s just say since this has come into play, Hydraluron has sat a little unloved (ohhh – burn). 

Woah nelly. Was that a rave or what? The appearance of Sarah Chapman on my shelves has truly been a positive move for my skin. It’s juicy, naturally sheeny and sits on the skincare fence at ‘normal’. There’s some other new additions too that I’ll mention another day, including one that made my face flare up and look like the back-end of a baboon. Nice. The lengths I go to, eh?

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  • Chloe

    Ah I am using the Ultimate Cleanse at the moment. It’s nice ! I think I prefer the Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm though it terms of smell and texture ! And the Renaissance Cleansing Gel is definitely on top of my list once I’m done with Sarah Chapman. (God, don’t I sound like a complete CW too?)

  • Bella

    I enjoy the skincare features! Uhm, “neigh” is what a horse does. The opposite of yay is nay…

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I’d love to try the Skinesis booster, is sounds fantastic! Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • Lottie Kerr

    I got the serum in the Space NK GWP last year and it is just lovely.

    Lottie x

  • whenthesaints

    How much are the products?

  • Chloe Murray

    I’d love to try the serum, looks lovely :)

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • livvyg

    Would you recommend the cleanser for combo skin? Looking for a new cleanser x

  • Annie Davies

    I’m sold! I’m on the total look out for a new cleanser too, now though, a decent moisturiser would be perfect as well! x x

  • Stephanie

    So many people keep raving about these! I need to try them, they just seem so expensive! Just a random note: has anyone else had trouble commenting via Chrome? It never seems to load for me :(



    • Jen

      Clean your history, cookies and cache and try your best to reload Chrome. Should work okay hopefully. Alternatively, you could open up an incognito window, type the website address in the bar and it should work properly for you. Hope that helps! =)

  • Parisian To Be

    I’ve heard such good things about the Overnight Facial, I may have to pick it up soon. xo

    Lillian from

  • Pink Elephant Blog

    These sound really fab & I’ve heard lots of good reviews… Really want to try this brand!

    alex @

  • Eleri Roberts

    These sound divine…! x

    Eleri Roberts

  • Jennifer Monforton

    Yay, glad you’re loving this line! I got some Sara Chapman samples from Space NK when I visited NYC last week. Tried the Overnight Facial last night for the first time and woke to some seriously glowy, even skin. I’m intrigued! xo

  • Carrie Ward

    Tried to get my beloved clay cleanser from Ren (massive bottle with the green stripe) and pretty much everywhere is sold out!!! :( So I got the ultimate cleanse today along with the Hydrating booster. I have used the overnight facial for 8 months or so and love it so much. Very interested in trying out the rest of the range.

  • Hattie S

    aah so pretty! I want to try them all, especially hydrating booster xx

  • Paulina

    Souns great, shame we don’t have it here in Poland.. And well, if your hydraluron is unloved, my skincare shelf would greet it with great pleasure! (just kidding). Lovely review, gotta try this things out one day ;)

  • PeonyandPeach

    I absolutely love the overnight facial, nothing else makes my skin look and feel quite like it. I just wish I could afford to have a bottle of it on the go at all times, atm I just buy one when I know I have a special occasion coming up that I want to look extra glowy for! The hydrating booster sounds great, might give that a go next time! Thanks for the great review!

  • Sierra Calah

    The packaging is gorgeous! <3

    Sierra Calah ♡ Berry Stylish  

  • Natalie

    Just to let you know that QVC UK carry this line and its cheaper too

    • Donna

      And the Emma Hardie range too. Good old QVC x

  • Heels Forever

    All these products sound incredible, the serum is going straight to the top of my wish list! Xx

    Heels Forever

  • Sarah Vaughan

    Anna, you should try the Origins Eye Doctor eye cream! It’s fantastic and smells divine.

  • mageeski

    Sounds great! Emily | PENNY RUGBURN

  • Zoë Baldwin

    Really keen to try out the brand x x

  • katy // rottenotter

    With everyone raving about Sarah Chapman at the moment I feel like I’m missing out on something good! The Overnight Facial seems like it would be really nice :) xx

  • Vicky M

    I’ve been really interested in trying the Overnight Facial… I just don’t know if I really need more skincare. It’s getting to the point where it’s a little bit ridiculous… maybe I’ll ‘reward’ myself with it when I finish a few of the things that I have…

  • Faith M

    it would have been lovely for a discount offer Anna *hint sarah chapman*

  • Xanthi

    Hi Anna!! I just bought the overnight facial for friend and I am quite tempted to just go there and try… But I will be a better person.. Just wanted to ask you… If (if ) you had to choose between Emma Hardie, Oskia and Sarah Chapman which one would you choose? Or maybe could you put them in order? :-) I have tried Oskia and Emma Hardie and thinking if my next one should be Sarah Chapman’s…
    P.S. I would love to try the sunday riley too… But one thing at a time…

  • Daisy797

    Hi Anna! How do Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse, Emma Hardie Amazing Face Cleansing Balm and the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel compare on the eyes? I love putting a cleansing oil on my face at night and get everything off. Pai cleanser is gentle enough that I can do that, I am curious if any of these new popular ones would also do the job.