Thursday, 18 July 2019

Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion

I first came across Katherine Daniels as a brand back in 2017 through YouBeauty Box when I tried the Essential Micellar Face and Eye Makeup Remover.  A British skincare brand, Katherine Daniels is the culmination of over 65 years of experience from skincare expert Kirsti Shuba and top facialist Donna Tait and between them, they state that they want you to have ‘Better Skin for Life.’ All of their products are developed with this goal in mind, the formulations enhance the way your skin works. The advanced ingredients within the products allow us to treat the cause of your skin concerns as well as the visible symptoms that you can see. The active ingredients in their products are sourced from plant, marine, Collagen and biotechnology sources.

I was kindly given the Oily Skin Emulsion to use and it is described as being a salon strength fluid emulsion which addresses the needs of your oily skin.  I have combination skin which leans to the oily side, mainly on my t-zone, so when I use skincare products, I often have this issue at the back of my mind, alongside the fact I have dryness on my cheeks and forehead too. 
Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion
Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion
Katherine Daniels products come with a simple to understand 4 step prescription process, which you can use the online skin quiz to help you determine which products are right for you, or you can go along to one of the salons and have your skin looked at by a Katherine Daniels specialist who can prescribe a collection of products for you. This emulsion is stage 3 of the 4-step process and it comes out of the tube feeling like quite a thick cream, but on contact with the skin, it melts and is weightless.  Using four key ingredients which include:
  • Seaweed Extract (Mastocarpus Extract) - Soothing
  • Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract - Reduces excess sebum production
  • Witch Hazel Extract - Astringent and healing
  • Mattifying Powders - Reduce and prevent shine

To use, you simply apply 2-3 pumps directly onto your fingertips and then massage the emulsion into your face, neck and décolleté in upward movements, avoiding your eye area. 

Katherine Daniels Cosmetics - Oily Skin Emulsion
The main standout scent of the emulsion is Witch Hazel but surprisingly it isn't so powerful that it makes my eyes water.   What I have loved about this emulsion is its ability to mattifying the skin and it also feels incredibly refreshing too.  Leaving behind no trace it was there, for me this is a great product if you do have excess sebum, or like me, want to beat that afternoon shine, then this is worth trying.

Prices start at £36 for 50ml here*.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 - A dermal filler, but not as you know it!

Alpha-H is a skincare brand that excites me, I don't mind admitting that.  Each new launch means something new, something a little bit different and something I didn't know I needed until I had it.  Best known for Liquid Gold, the cult product that is just so good, it is no wonder it sells so well all of the time, Alpha-H has a new addition to their family called Hyaluronic 8.
Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8
Tom Ogden, European Business Manager for Alpha-H, best known to Alpha-holics as Tommy Alpha, spent an evening with a few of us to explain about this latest edition. The new Hyaluronic 8 Serum is said to act as a topical alternative to invasive dermal fillers and it includes eight multi-weighted hydrating ingredients including the next generation flash filling Hyaluronic Acid Primalhyal Ultrafiller™. The 'magic 8' instantaneously provide moisture to the surface of the skin while simultaneously penetrating deep into the lower layers of the dermis to build a sustainable moisture reservoir, giving us that much wanted hydrated and plump feeling to the skin.

Anyone who is familiar with Alpha-H and any of their products will know, that brand owner and director Michelle Doherty created Alpha-H out of her own skin struggles and personal need for effective skin treatments, so ingredients are really important to her and Hyaluronic 8 is no different. Within the serum you will find:

  • PrimalHyal Ultrafiller™ - Said to behave like a dermal filler, but with no needle in sight. It penetrates deep into the lowest layers of the skin, this next generation Hyaluronic Acid has a flash filling effect which instantly hydrates and reduces lines and wrinkles. It also restores the skin’s antioxidant defences, helping your skin to fight against the free radicals which degrade collagen production. Alpha-H is proud to be the first A-beauty brand to formulate with this amazing new ingredient.
  • Hydranov works to take it beyond just adding moisture of its own courtesy of its ability to boost your skin’s own natural Hyaluronic Acid synthesis by some 211%. This increased moisture helps to better hold cells together. As a result the appearance of lines and wrinkles are softened.
  • New molecular complex, Patch20 is clinically proven to swell the skin’s moisture reservoir on contact and provides a sustained level of hydration for up to 48 hours.
  • Biotechnological complex Cube3’s primary ingredient is Sodium Hyaluronate; the sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid which is able to hold up to 1000x its own weight in water. Thanks to its smaller molecular size, it penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, thus encouraging softer, smoother skin and an all-round fuller appearance.
  • Modern skin aggressors blue light, pollution, and radiation can damage the skin’s natural barrier function. Once this barrier is impaired, the skin is less able to retain moisture and is left vulnerable to factors which cause premature ageing. To fight back against this, Lumicease™, Pollushield™and Cureberry Extract work in synergy to protect the skin from these aggressors.
  • Rounding out this genius formulation is Aloe Vera. This renowned botanical extract imbues the skin with its stores of vitamins, minerals sugars and amino acids to further hydrate, while also having a healing and anti-inflammatory effect on the skin.

Suitable for all skin types, Hyaluronic 8 is a product that has just fit into my routine and thanks to the inclusion of a pipette, it is even easier to use.

Alpha-H Hyaluronic 8 Pipette

All you need is 2-3 drops of the serum each morning to a freshly cleansed face, neck and décolletage. What I have noticed with my skin since using this is the level of dryness on my cheeks is not as prominent. Usually, you can see a bit of flaking, especially on my left cheek, where I have dry skin, whilst it is still there, it isn't as noticeable and my foundation applies so much better and has very few bits of dry skin to grab hold of and sit on.

The serum is textured exactly as you might expect it to be, much runnier than a fluid and a cream, so those 2-3 drops really do go a long way.  On contact with the skin, the serum once patted on, disappears really quickly and leaves nothing behind, what you will immediately notice is how plump your skin looks and feels.

Hyaluronic 8 from Alpha-H is priced at £38 here* and I will be ordering a second bottle ready for when this one runs out because it has made such an impression.

Are you a fan of Alpha-H products?

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