Review: Revuele charcoal range

Revuele Charcoal range

Acne and spots get most of us at some point (if they haven't got you then you don't know how lucky you are!). If you do happen to suffer from spots. whiteheads or blackheads, this range is a must try for you.

 As you may be aware if you have seen any of my previous skincare posts such as this one on achieving clear, glowing skin, this recent review of a healthy hair hero product I stumbled across or my Top 5 Summer Beauty Essentials – there's a strong theme, and it's all focused on achieving a healthy glow, for both the skin and hair. Unfortunately, I suffer from breakouts too, so I'm always balancing products that give that 'glow' with those that clear my skin. This can be difficult, because most products that are aimed at acne are drying, while most products that give you that beautiful glow are pore clogging. Getting the balance right is basically an art form.

To add to the difficulty, my skin is massively sensitive, and can easily react with burns/rashes. Despite this, I really wanted to give this charcoal range a go because I'd heard great things about black masks and the detoxing effects of charcoal. In fact, I'd already tried the much talked about L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox mask with charcoal which personally I'm not 100% convinced on. I didn't see amazing results, and 50% of the time it left my skin a bit red and blotchy (probably mainly due to the other products I was using). So how was this peel off charcoal mask going to fair against my difficult needs and high standards? I'll kick straight off with a review of the mask before chatting through the other two products in the range...

Revuele black charcoal peel off mask

Revuele No Problem Black Mask

Okay so the things I like about this mask include:

  • It's peel off. Not only is this fun (hello PVA glue throwback), it feels like it really is pulling the s*** out of your pores and, like with facial cleansing strips, you can actually see the stuff that has been yanked out of your pores if you look closely enough. Gross, but great. 
  • It removes dead skin too. What a multitasker.
  • The list of ingredients includes zinc and silver ions which have antibacterial properties, thus help prevent acne and blackheads.
  • If you're going through an oily skin phase, it's great as it does a fantastic job of magnifying your skin.

What's in it?

Some of the important, cleansing and spot reducing/preventing ingredients include:

  • Zinc Oxide – something you should look for in acne products. In a previous skincare post, I recommended taking a zinc supplement to help fight acne, but, as well as consuming zinc, applying zinc oxide topically works wonders too, it decreases inflammation (making your spots less visible and red - yey!) and helps reduce oil.
  • Charcoal Powder – as mentioned, charcoal is a detoxifier. People even drink it when hungover to pull the toxins out of their bodies. Whether or not it's strong enough to stop you throwing up and inject some life into your aching bones, who knows, but in my experience, it certainly seems to work in terms of encouraging dirt, oil and whatever else is blocking pores to get out.
  • Silver Citrate – while I've researched the other ingredients quite a bit over the years, and heard a lot about them, I'm not as much of an expert on the benefits of silver, but Revuele claim it has antibacterial properties, and from a quick Google I've found many others agree.

If I was comparing this mask to the L'Oreal Charcoal Clay Mask, I'd definitely give this one a much higher score. Not only are the results more visible, it irritates my skin less too. Plus, it's cheaper.

Overall scoring:

Sensitivity: 8/10
Acne-clearing: 8/10 (obviously it isn't a cure, but for an over the counter product, it's bloody good)
Overall ease-of use: 7/10 (can be a bit painful to remove, but I am a wimp)

Revuele 3 in 1 Gel Scrub Mask

Revuele 3 in 1 Gel Scrub Mask

Next up, we've got this '3 in 1' product which claims to be a gel, a scrub and a mask. A miraculous, money-saving, time-saving, space-saving product if true.

So with three different application methods which are summarised as:

mask method: put it on your face as a mask, leave for 5-7 mins and rinse
scrub method: massage into skin in circular motions then rinse
As a cleanser: apply onto wet skin and rinse

This product contains very similar ingredients to that of the above mask, it includes charcoal and silver but no zinc oxide. The bottle claims that, thanks to the 'most effective natural exflolient' the activated carbon microparticles (which I think are basically tiny lumps of activated charcoal), it exfoliates and removes blackheads, while the clay renders skin matte and evens out your complexion.

I tried using this product all three ways but to be honest, I ended up leaving it in my shower and using it as a face scrub, replacing how I would normally use my St Ives Apricot Scrub ( 3-4 times a week, mid-shower). It worked well all three ways but for me and my sensitive skin, using it dry felt a bit harsh and I prefer the peel off mask when it comes to using a mask.

Overall scoring: 

Sensitivity: 7/10
Acne-clearing: 7/10 (more beneficial to blackheads than other forms of acne, which it could irritate if used too much I think)
Overall ease-of use: 9/10 (loses 1 point due to the fact the 3 in 1 sitch is a bit confusing, and it is basically a creamy scrub in my opinion)

Revuele matting facial tonic toner

Revuele No Problem Matting Facial Tonic

This alcohol-free toner contains salicylic acid, zinc oxide and silver among the acne and shine-fighting ingredients. It removes any oil and dirt from your skin and leaves it feeling clean and matte without drying it out. For me, this is a great alternative to products such as Clinique's anti-blemish toner which does contain alcohol and can be too drying. 

I really like this toner, it's great for situations in which you might want to quickly and easily cleanse your face and ensure it has no bacteria residing on it, for example before heading home from the gym if you have been super sweaty or if you have picked at spots or touched your face and you know you shouldn't have (lol so me) and are now panicking about making said breakout worse.

It also ensures you have a good, clean and small-pored base before applying makeup.

Overall scoring:

Sensitivity: 8/10
Acne-clearing: 8/10
Overall ease-of use: 10/10

Click here to get your hands on the 3 in 1 Gel Scrub Mask, Black Peel Off Mask and Matting Facial Tonic

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried this range too!

*Revuele gifted me the products but the post was not paid for and opinions are 100% my own

Food Review: Neanderthals Deli

Neanderthal's Deli Norton buddha bowl

Having recently moved to Teesside from Newcastle, I was very excited to hear about a health deli having opened in Norton. As mentioned in this review of Clean & Press in Jesmond, I am a huge fan of healthy food and healthy eateries, so I was very excited to see what Neanderthals had to offer.

From a bit of research (primarily Instagram) I discovered they serve buddha bowls, salads, healthy sweet treats, loose leaf teas, coffees and smoothies etc and it was opened by the same people who own the fitness studio above (Marss Fitness). I got in touch to see if they would like a review and they were very happy for me to do one so here's how I found it...

I popped along one lunchtime, mid-week and it was surprisingly busy – a great sign, so my hopes were high!

Drinks-wise, I opted for the Mint Chocolate Tea (because chocolate), while my mum went for her go-to cappuccino (the day she goes for another beverage I will hand her a medal for bravery). As you can see in the above photo, my tea was loose leaf and in a cute AF teapot – 10/10 for quality and aesthetics. It tasted much more minty and chocolatey than I had imagined to be honest, it's definitely one to try if you're a chocoholic trynna be healthy!

Neanderthal's Deli Norton buddha bowl

The Buddha Bowl – I feel like the pic pretty much says it all. It was so delicious, so filling and SO HEALTHY. You choose your meat, base and carb, so obviously I went for salmon, seasonal vegetables and sweet potato and butternut squash mash. The salmon was crispy on the outside and super soft in the middle (plus the fillet was quite large!), the veg was al dente and the mash was so smooth and sweet. Oh and it also came with homemade pesto (I think) hummus, which was quite honestly the best hummus I have ever tried and I could have gotten through way more! Especially since my mother stole some... It just left me wondering why I have never put pesto in hummus before.

Neanderthal's Deli Norton buddha bowl

Finally, can you guess what my mum ordered? A BLT – the same thing she opted for at the previous healthy eatery review I took her along to. So luckily for you BLT lovers, we're basically doing for BLT's what Parmo Hunters are doing for parmos. The BLT Chronicles will be coming soon. 

This BLT was an all around winner apparently – top points for the bread (I have never heard anyone express so much admiration for a bun), homemade slaw, salad and filling. Unfortunately we totally forgot to get a snap of the inside of the bun but I trust my mum's 100% thrilled reaction to the sandwich and its sides. It was a good'un.

Neanderthal's Deli Norton blt

The cafe itself is lovely – all wooden tables, cute candles and rustic decor, and the staff were lovely too, we had a little chat to the co-owner, Emma, who explained why they opened Neanderthals (to provide healthy, back to basics food to us Teessiders). They're definitely succeeding! Head to for more info and to see the full menu. The deli is just on Norton High Street and is weeelll worth a visit!