Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

Monday 4 December 2023

Skinsense Christmas Gifting 2023

Skinsense is a brand which is described as being a modern, effective and logical skincare and it is the brainchild of beauty expert Abi Cleeve, a name you might be more familiar with when it comes to the sun protection brand Ultrasun. For Christmas, I am sharing two beautiful gift sets in this post and they feature everything you need for a pamper session.
Skinsense Christmas Gifting 2023
Starting with the skinSense Advanced Restore Collection (£45) which is packaged inside an unmissable bright pink package. This collection is said to be or those with more mature skin that has begun to show signs of ageing, so it offers targeted, highly potent ingredients to tackle common skin concerns such as pigmentation, loss of firmness and fine lines.
Skinsense Christmas Gifting 2023
Inside this collection there is a total of 4 products, all of which work together to create a nice, easy to follow routine.
  • Advanced Lifting Day Cream 50ml - Newly formulated, this cream contains skinSense's trio of proven ingredients to tackle fine lines and pigmentation: Linefill™, Hexylresorcinol and Liquorice Extract and alongside it is a unique lifting complex, a skin pro-biotic derived from the bark of a Sequoia tree which helps creates a balanced healthy skin microbiome.
  • Restorative Eye Cream 15ml - This cream contains clever light-reflecting formula which helps camouflage dark shadows and the appearance of fine lines, whilst silk tree extract tackles inflammation and puffiness. The delicate texture is able to treat the entire eye area with a gentle lifting effect, which creates a more refreshed appearance.
  • Reinforcing Vitamin Complex 15ml - Described as having a formula which is supercharged with fruit and plant extracts that are rich in vitamins A, B and C to deliver powerful brightening benefits to skin in need of a boost. There is also the inclusion of Vitamin C derivatives and Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate which work to reverse free radical damage including stubborn hyper-pigmentation caused by UV exposure. Then finally Turmeric, passion fruit and ginger root extracts which work to further improve the clarity, tone, and texture of the skin to achieve and overall brighter, clearer and more even appearance.
  • Overnight Leave-On Mask 100ml - If your skin can be described as dull and lacklustre and indeed of hydration, then this is the mask you need. Alongside Hyaluronic Acid, Lactic acid diminishes the signs of premature ageing, by brightening and improving skin tone and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Copper peptides improve skin elasticity, firmness and hyperpigmentation.  Perfect for use once or twice a week.
This is a lovely set of skincare for anyone who loves looking after their skin but needs something a little more.  RRP £120 but on sale here for just £45

The second gift set I have to share is the Ceramide24 Luxe Barrier Repair Collection and it comes presented in a sparkly gold cosmetic bag
Skinsense Christmas Gifting 2023
Inside this gold case is a collection of four products to leave you with nourished and healthy skin and again all of these products work together to create a nice, easy to follow routine.
  • Ceramide24 Pro-Resilience Day Cream 50ml - Described as being a highly compatible ceramide lipid complex, it provides intense moisture to replenish and hydrate dry, stressed-out skin. Using nourishing fatty acids provide essential recovery and support to a compromised skin barrier, soothing discomfort and fighting the dehydration caused by environmental stress.
  • Ceramide24 Recovery Support Night Cream 50ml - A deeply nourishing night cream which plumps and firms the skin, it is packed with Sweet Almond oil to ensure noticeable moisture is restored and then skin's barrier against environmental stress is reinforced.
  • Ceramide24 Comforting Eye Cream 15ml - This cream contains what is called Shadownyl™ and it is an innovative ingredient that is derived from marine algae. This delicate eye cream visibly brightens dark circles and smooths fine lines and wrinkles thanks to the inclusion of essential fatty acids and a unique ceramide lipid complex which delivers moisture and hydration, leaving a comforted and hydrated feeling to the skin.
  • Ceramide24 Ceramide Complex Serum 30ml - Possibly my favourite skinSense product, this serum contains a highly compatible ceramide lipid complex and it helps to restore elasticity, tone and radiance to mature skin. The skin's moisture barrier is strengthened as elasticity and firmness is restored to the skin, resulting in a healthier, younger looking complexion.
The Ceramide24 Luxe Barrier Repair Collection £56.00 but is worth £144, so it is an absolute bargain, you can find this gift set here.

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Wednesday 29 November 2023

Evolve - The Firm Favourites

If an environmentally friendly Christmas with an offering of exceptional beauty products is the one to tick all the boxes for you, then Evolve Organic Beauty is once again ticking those boxes.
Evolve - The Firm Favourites
The Firm Favourites Gift Set (£50), which is perfect for all skin types is designed to firm, soothe and hydrate the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing skin luminosity. Described as being the perfect gift for anyone who is looking to treat their skin and give it a bit of TLC in the run up to Christmas or as we wind down from Party Season to enter a new year! 
Containing a vitamin-rich oil booster serum, an age-defying daily moisturiser and a radiance-boosting face mask, this gift set provides a truly indulgent and rejuvenating experience, leaving skin looking radiant this festive season.
Essentially this box is giving you a facial and an excuse to sit down, relax, unwind and just give yourself a little pamper.

This trio includes:
  • Bio-Retinol Gold Mask 30ml - Bio-Retinol Gold Mask and the name suggests, this mask uses Bio-Retinol, which is a natural retinol-like plant extract from Bidens Pilosa which works to smooth the skin, plump up wrinkles, stimulate collagen synthesis and rejuvenate the skin, as well reducing the appearance of wrinkles and the production of free-radicals. This mask also contains both organic Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil which work together to really nourish and moisturise your skin, so it glows just as much as the sustainably sourced mineral Mica that has been used for the golden shimmers! Full review
  • Bio-Retinol + C Booster 15ml - This oil brings together Vitamin C and Bio-Retinol into what is described as being an innovative cocktail of vitamins and their job is to improve the appearance of dull and tired skin, and provide the nourishment your skin needs to look radiant.  Full review
  • Multi Peptide 360 Anti-Ageing Cream 30ml - This is described as being a certified organic moisturising cream is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and visibly firm and smooth ageing skin. Packed with superfoods to deliver comprehensive age-protection benefits as well as providing intense daily hydration for skin.
This is just one gift idea from Evolve Organic Beauty and with many more in the offering which are all just amazing to give.  If you fancy trying a lot more products from the brand, they have a huge selection of gift sets available with everything from stocking fillers and tree baubles to amazing bundles.

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Tuesday 28 November 2023

Nourish Pure Joy Hydration Heroes Gift Set

I was first introduced to Nourish London back in 2021 and since then have been lucky enough to get to know the brand really well, one of my favourite products Antioxidant Multi-Tasking Super Balm.
Nourish Pure Joy Hydration Heroes Gift Set
For Christmas this year, Nourish London has a whole host of gift sets and the one I am sharing is the Nourish Pure Joy Hydration Heroes Gift Set. Described as being a luxurious gift, it features 3 of the brand's bestselling hydration heroes which are designed to quench thirsty skin and achieve a smooth, replenished, glowing complexion.

Inside your natural skincare gift set is:
  • Ceramide Moisture Boost Essence - 100ml
  • Argan Anti-Ageing Peptide Serum - 30ml
  • Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser - 50ml

The Ceramide Moisture Boost Essence is new to the Nourish London collection and it is described as being a lightweight essence which provides an intensive boost of hydration. Featuring a moisture-boosting blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Trehalose that mimics the skin’s natural moisturising factor, Ceramides which help to repair the skin barrier, and increase moisture levels, reducing skin dryness and soothing the skin.Them there is the inclusion of skin repairing Probiotic Minerals such as Magnesium, Zinc, Copper and Iron work to calm the skin and finally supercharged Kale Sprout extract, skin will look and feel nourished, plumped and radiant.

The second product is the Argan Anti-Ageing Peptide Serum and it is said to boost collagen, reduces fine lines, smooths and nourishes the skin. Again, it is formulated with a whole host of powerful anti-ageing ingredients which includes peptides, whilst hyaluronic acid and argan hydrate and replenish the skinkale to boost collagen and finally tonka bean extract which boosts natural luminosity.

The final product within this trio is the Argan Skin Renew Moisturiser and it has been  clinically proven to boost hydration by 25% for 24 hours. Featuring a blend of omega-rich argan oil, collagen-boosting tripeptides and antioxidant vitamin E, this daily moisturiser is said to help increase hydration to the skin as it nourishes, smooths and firms whilst at the same time, working to minimise fine lines and other signs of ageing. Added to this moisturiser is the inclusion of frankincense, myrrh and borage oil and their job is to rejuvenate the skin, then with the rose of Jericho, it not only optimises hydration but also helps to strengthen skin cells to help improve elasticity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

This makes an amazing gift for her, him and you and it comes beautifully presented in a fully recyclable gift box. Nourish London skincare formulations are 100% vegan, made with natural organic ingredients, alcohol (ethanol) free & cruelty-free.

Worth £93.00, the Nourish Pure Joy Hydration Heroes Gift Set is 

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Sunday 26 November 2023

Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023

With all the running around, stresses, strains and queuing to be done in the run up to Christmas, one of the best gifts you can give to yourself is some time out and self love. Just over a year ago, I was introduced to Caci Beauty and as a brand it is one you don't forget using and thoroughly enjoying, and the products won't annoy your bank manager with their pricing!
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
Today, I have a selection of amazing products to share, which give you time to sit down and relax and just take some time out.

Starting with the eyes, I have an Eye Revive Mask (£7.50/£35) and it is one of my favourite products from the brand. This is a transparent silicon gel eye mask which has a soothing and calming effect on tired eyes. On the skin, this mask feels absolutely incredible when applied to the face as it is cool to the touch but soaked in enough serum to really feel relaxing. For anyone who suffers with tired, puffy eyes, then the soothing and calming action works wonders.
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
Packed full of amazing ingredients including Hyaluronic acid and Cucumber extract which work together to deeply nourish, cool and moisturise the skin, there is also the inclusion of Green Tea extract which helps to detoxify the skin and reduce puffiness and Collagen to plump up the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Staying with the eyes is the Eye Revive Serum (£36) and it is described as being a line-smoothing, vegan-friendly lightweight eye wonder serum that delivers long-lasting hydration and visibly brightens the eye area - So quite the clam. 
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
It uses calming and conditioning seaweed extracts alongside powerful rice and soy peptides that work to diffuse the appearance of dark circles and boost collagen for smoother, firmer skin, water-binding hyaluronic acid, and line-reducing biotin. What I love about this product is how it is packaged, almost like a syringe, you get to use just enough product without any waste and it is easily absorbed with a few finger tappings.

Next is something for the hands and it is the Rejuvenating Hand Mask (£8/£37.50). I am lucky enough to have used these before and have re-purchased them because they are just so lovely to use.  
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
Described as being a hydrating and nourishing pair of gloves which are perfect to use at home as part of your regular hand care routine. Hydrating and nourishing, these gloves contain a host of powerful ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolysed Collagen and Shea Butter, they come together to help combat the signs of ageing by softening the skin and smoothing the appearance of fine lines. After use, these Rejuvenating Hand Mask will leave your hands feeling soft, supple and re-hydrated, all for just 20 minutes of your time.

If you love face masks, then this Hydro Mask (£8.50/£40) is one of the most soothing and easy to use masks I have come across. The mask itself comes in two parts, one for the upper part of your face and one for the lower part of your face and I find that it fits really well to all contours of the face and it doesn't slip off either.
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
The mask with its infusion of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and rose water instantly sooth and calm as soon as it has been applied to the skin as well as to pump the skin with moisture, so if you have dry skin, then this is a mask you really should try.

The Amino Peptide Lift Complex (£45) is a product you didn't know you needed to try until now! Utilising a combination of clinically effective peptides and amino acids which help to improve the firmness of the skin, reduce expression lines and wrinkles and help combat the signs of ageing.
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
Using an Amino-Lift Peptide Complex which helps to improve skin firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and it works along Peptides to achieve what is referred to as being a Botox™ like effect that inhibits the contraction of the facial muscles responsible for the formation of lines and wrinkles.  I don't have enough wrinkles to show the difference this product has made, but what it does is help with firmness, especially around the jowls!

The last product I have to share in this gift guide is the Purifying Silver Mask (£8.50/£40) and its job is to soothe, calm and improve the appearance of problematic skin.
Caci Skin Gift Guide 2023
Like the Hydro Mask above, this mask comes in two parts, one for the upper part of your face and one for the lower part of your face. Infused with pure colloidal silver, for its anti-bacterial properties, it works to help skin that is prone to blemishes and breakouts. There is also a combination of other key ingredients such as Aloe Leaf Extract, Seaweed Extract and Marine Collagen and they work together to maintain healthy skin and a clearer complexion.  I adore this mask, instantly soothing, especially when it has been in the fridge for a few hours before use, it fits onto the contours of your face and doesn't budge - though my advice is to use the 10-20 minutes of time that this mask needs to work, to lie down somewhere and relax, to really reap the benefits.

So there you have three inexpensive but amazingly good products from CACI Beauty which would make an incredible gift to yourself!

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Saturday 25 November 2023

FaceFact Wonder Cream

I have featured facefact a few times now on my blog and if you haven't yet come across them, they are a brand that is described as being affordable and feel good skincare and today I am featuring the Wonder Cream.
FaceFact Wonder Cream
Described as being a dreamy blend of botanical extracts and antioxidants which help to rejuvenate, boost hydration and get that youthful, smooth, glowing feeling. It is packaged in a small glass jar and already a few people have asked if it is a dupe for Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream and personally, I don't think it is.

This Wonder Cream has been expertly crafted with a host of amazing ingredients which includes: 
  • Niacinamide, 
  • Hyaluronic Acid 
  • Liquorice Root, 
  • Green Tea 
  • Rosemary Extracts 
All of these ingredients come together to really give your skin, as has been described,  a boost of hydration along with a smooth and glowing complexion.

I really like the texture of this cream, it is rich and indulgent without being too thick. When applied to the skin, it massages in really quickly and because it is fragrance free, it is unlikely to cause any irritation.  Once applied after cleansing and toning, my skin always feels hydrated and smooth to the touch.
FaceFact Wonder Cream
It can be used both morning an evening as part of your skincare routine and as with all products within the Face Facts range have been expertly formulated for all skin types, including for those who have dry and sensitive skin.

The Face Facts range is also fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and vegan friendly and it is readily available from Home Bargains, B&M, and Savers.  The Wonder Cream costs just £7.99.

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Friday 24 November 2023

Zelens Skincare

Described as being a brand at the cutting edge of high-performance, age-defying skin care, Zelens products are said to combine breakthrough active biotechnology ingredients with a unique blend of plant-derived molecules, to deliver proven, visible results. The brand is the brainchild of expert Dr. Marko Lens who is a leading plastic surgeon and internationally renowned authority in the field of skin ageing and skin cancer. So it makes for a fascinating insight to a brand I have been getting to know over the past few months.
Zelens Skincare
Zelens state that each product is rigorously trialled and tested, "until the exact balance and synergistic action of ingredients is established to trigger the cellular processes responsible for regeneration and repair. Hailed as a ‘new dimension in skin perfection’, each jar is brimming with potent botanical extracts… and completely free from false promises", so quite the bold claim, but an exciting one.

The three products I have been getting to know is the Shiso Balm, Tea Shot and the Provitamin D3 Mist and each one fits easily into an existing skincare routine or you can use them to create a routine that is easy to follow, all depending on your skincare needs.

Starting with the Zelens Shiso Balm Radiance Cleanser (£50) . Described as being a moisturising liquid cleansing balm formulated to gently, yet thoroughly, cleanse the skin and remove make-up.
Zelens Skincare
Enriched with Shiso (Japanese mint) which lends antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Nourishing olive oil helps to moisturise and soften so the skin appears smooth, soothed and luminous post-rinse. Shiso Oil which has a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and its job is to replenish moisture, reinforce the skin’s natural barrier and repair, heal and soothe. Olive Oil which is a good antioxidant and also rich in omega-9, Glycerin which is a humectant, a substance that attracts moisture from the environment and increases the amount of water in the surface layers of the skin and Yeast which is rich in amino acids, essential minerals, beta-glucan and vitamins. Plus a few more ingredients.

On the skin, this daily cleanser transforms into a light milk when it comes into contact  with water to purify the skin without stripping it of its natural moisture and it does an excellent job at removing makeup and other detritus in its way to leave the skin feeling soft and smooth to the touch. 

The second product is Tea Shot Urban Defence Serum (£90) and it is absolutely delightful to use.
Zelens Skincare
Described as being a highly concentrated defence serum, it is made up of a proprietary blend of five different types of teas - hence the name it has been given - green tea, matcha green tea, white tea, black tea and fermented black tea ad breaking them down, this is why they are so important:
  • Green tea: Rich in polyphenols, this tea has a strong antioxidant, photoprotective, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Green tea inhibits the breakdown of collagen and induces significant DNA repair. It also has anti-ageing properties as it inhibits the breakdown of collagen.
  • Matcha green tea: Rich in polyphenols, theanine and caffeine, matcha tea shows excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Helps protect the skin from oxidative stress and premature skin ageing caused by free radicals. Interestingly, it is Matcha which gives Tea Shot Urban Defence Serum its beautiful green colour.
  • White tea: Has excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent and skin-soothing properties. It also has an energising and stimulating effect.
  • Black tea: Rich in polyphenols and tannins, black tea shows antioxidant, soothing, conditioning, tonic and firming properties.
  • Kombucha: Rich in probiotics, flavonoids and other polyphenols. It helps restore volume through lipofilling activity, decreases skin roughness and improves overall skin quality by enhancing smoothness and radiance.
This moisturising serum is designed to help protect the skin from daily environmental pollution and stressors and combat visible signs of premature skin ageing caused by free radicals, the end result being skin feels protected and looks healthy and youthful with this brightening serum. On the skin, this silky smooth green serum is one that should be used daily, after cleansing and is perfect for use morning and evening applied to the face, neck and décolleté.

Then finally we have the Provitamin D3 Fortifying Mist (£52) and this is such a beautiful product, I wish I didn't love it as much as I do.
Zelens Skincare
Described as being an ultra-fine facial mist that has been formulated to give dry skin a vitality boost throughout the day. This hydrating face mist not only reinforces skin barrier function but also helps to protect it from environmental aggressors and comforts the skin while supporting its natural recovery capacity.

Enriched with ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Yeast, Provitamin D3 and Glycerin, you will also find the likes of Beetroot which is rich in betaine, this moisturising active ingredient potentiates the effect of provitamin D3 Chicory which restores the functions of the vitamin D receptor, reinforces skin barrier and enhances skin’s natural recovery capacity. Chicory extract also supports the balance of the skin microbiome and also worthy of a mention is Almond Esters which improve skin moisture, skin smoothness and elasticity, while supporting skin barrier repairing.

As this is a mist you can use it daily and as many times as you feel you need to do so, in my case every few hours as I sit in the front of the laptop for most of the day.

This has been an amazing introduction for to Zelens skincare and each product definitely has its wow factor, leaving the issue of the need to try everything the brand has to offer1

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Wednesday 22 November 2023

REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm

New to my favourite Ren Clean Skincare collection is the Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm and it is fantastic.  The Evercalm range is described as being soothing skincare for sensitive and sensitised skin and it is completely free from known allergens and potentially detrimental ingredients.
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm
Designed to deliver instant and long-term relief from head to toe, the Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm from REN Clean Skincare is designed to target key areas of sensitivity such as - dry patches, chafing, tattoo after-care, post-shave or laser irritation, baby bump and pregnancy care, nipples, dry and irritated armpits, and after sun care.

This luxurious, buttery balm is powered by the brand’s unique barrier support complex, which is a unique trio of natural oils which are rich in omega 3, 6 and 9 and ceramides to help restore and strengthen the skin barrier. Enriched with a host of calming bioactives such as: 
  • Barrier Support Complex: A unique trio of natural oils (Sunflower, Apricot Kernel, and Sweet Almond), rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 and Ceramides, to help repair the skin barrier, with a prebiotic effect that supports the skin’s microbiome. 
  • Camellia Japonica Seed Oil: This precious oil is rich in Omega 6 and 9 to soothe skin and help replenish the skin barrier, and antioxidants to help protect against free radical damage.
  • Safflower Ceramide Complex: This unique blend of Omega 6, Ceramides 3, and analogue of Ceramides 2 and 10 help to relieve dry skin and help strengthen the skin barrier instantly, and over time. A patented solvent-free enzymatic synthesis process is used to obtain a biomimetic structure of the ceramides found in skin.
As this balm is designed to melt into a nourishing oil on contact with your skin, this buttery formula is lightweight, non-greasy and glides onto the skin so effortlessly it is a delight to use. 
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Barrier Support Body Balm
If you are a fan of the Ren Clean Skincare Overnight Recovery Balm, then you will absolutely love this balm, it's a lighter much softer to use and is suitable for use on the skin of the whole family. 

Priced at £35 for 90ml, this tub lasts a good few months depending on how often you use it and because you only need such a small amount, it is a case of a little goes a long way.

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Wednesday 15 November 2023

L'Occitane Almond and Flowers Collection

The L'Occitane Almond Collection is the best ever collection and anyone who reads my blog will know tht I adore it.  In recent weeks there have been a few new launches to L'Occitane which I have shared and am sharing. The Shea Sparking Leaves Collection, I have raved about in this post and today is another new launch and it is the L'Occitane Almond and Flowers Collection.
L'Occitane Almond and Flowers Collection
Described as being a mouth-watering fragrance where the subtle scent of almond is intertwined with olive blossom and citrus scents, the L'Occitane Almond and Flowers Collection is simply beautiful. Made up of a Shower Oil, Bath Cube, Hand Cream and Milk Concentrate the packaging is as stunning as the products themselves.

Starting with the Almond and Flowers Shower Oil (£19.50), which as you can expect is designed to help hydrate and nourish the skin all day long. As with its sister oil, when this shower oil comes into contact with water, it transforms from an oil into a sheer milky lotion to gently cleanse the body. Enriched in almond and olive oil,not only does it help to keep skin moisturised it also leaves behind the most subtle floral scent, where the notes of almond intertwine with the fresh notes of olive blossom and citruses such as Neroli.

The second product is the Almond and Flowers Milk Concentrate (£44) and one body care product I am guaranteed to use is a L'Occitane body product, they're somewhat addictive and I make my way through a lot of refills.

This Milk Concentrate has a luxuriously rich texture and is just a delight to use. Again it is enriched in the same softening and moisturising almond and olive oil. Its job is to deliver long-lasting hydration to the skin as well as to improve suppleness, and smooth the skin. On conact with the skin, it absorbs quickly and leaves behind a slightly stronger scent that the Shower Oil gives, and again it is that comforting notes of almond alongside those fresh notes of olive blossom and citruses.

Then finally I have the Almond and Flowers Delicious Hands (£9) and it is described as being a light hand cream that has a delicately perfumed floral gourmand scent.

No L'Occitane collection is complete without a hand cream and this one is beautiful to use. It is described as being a hand cream which embellishes the skin and softens the cuticles, whilst at the same time enveloping them with a floral gourmand scent. Again, those same fragrance notes which are present in the Milk Concentrate and the Shower Oil are present in the hand cream, so you get the notes of almond intertwined with the fresh notes of olive blossom and citruses.  On the hands, the silky smooth texture is fast absorbing and non-greasy or tacky, it leaves behind a wonderful lingering scent on the skin.

This collection is on sale now with L'Occitane and it is, as you would expect to find Vegan-friendly and made as sustainably as possible.

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Monday 13 November 2023

L'Occitane Shea Sparkling Leaves Collection

I don't think L'Occitane will ever release a product that I am more obsessed about than the Almond Shower Oil, or indeed the entire Almond Collection, it is just the best. However, that doesn't mean I am not wanting to try every other product that is released, especially when it sounds so scrumptious.
L'Occitane Shea Sparkling Leaves Collection
Meet the Shea Sparkling Leaves Rich as Honey collection, described as being a citrusy green scent of Sparkling Leaves where fresh notes of mandarin and ginger, glister against the warm backdrop of woody shea and sandalwood. Simply divine. The collection comprises of some amazing products and I am sharing five of them with you in this post, so whether you choose to love one of them or all five of them, you are in for a treat.  

Starting with the Shea Sparkling Leaves Rich as Honey Shower Gel (£17.50) you have a product which is suitable for all skin types and one which is enriched with softening shea butter and moisturising olive oil to gently cleanse the skin while at the same time leaving it delicately fragranced with what is described as being 'a scent inspired by a walk in the Provençal olive tree fields, combining fresh and sparkling notes of olive tree leaves and fruits'.  Not only does it smell exactly as that description envisages, it has a texture that looks just like dark honey and is divine on the skin.

The second product is the Shea Sparkling Leaves Body Exfoliating Scrub (£30) and it is designed to soften and smooth the skin.

Again, it has an infusion of shea extract, olive oil and olive leaf powder which again has those scent notes of sunny fruit and olive leaves, but the best part is the indulgent jelly texture which I was not expecting to find and it reminds me of a crushed Kiwi Fruit, though it smells a whole lot better. On the skin, the Olive Leaf Powder works its magic to exfoliate your skin to leave it feeling not only soft and smooth to the touch, but also delicately scented too.

Up next is the Shea Sparkling Leaves Extra-Gentle Soap (£5.50) which you can get a real scent of before removing the wrapping.

Again, this soap is enriched with shea butter, an ingredient known for its softening and nourishing properties, it not only cleanses the skin but also envelopes it with that same citrusy green set of notes which runs throughout this collection. When mixed with warm water, it creates a generous lather, so whether you choose to use it to just wash your hands, or elsewhere, the scent lingers on the skin and in the room it has been used in.

One brand that is guaranteed to have me using their body creams is L'Occitane, so within this collection is the Sparkling Leaves Ultra Light Body Cream (£34.50) and again, packaged similarly to the Body Scrub, it is just a delight to use.

Again, formulated with 5% shea butter, this body cream works to leave the skin feeling supple, comfortable and moisturised. It has a really unique whipped like texture which melts onto and into the skin when applied and as it does so, those green citrus notes again, lightly scent the skin.

Then finally, fans of the brand won't be too shocked to see that this collection features a hand cream, The Sparkling Leaves Light Hand Cream (£22).

Again, formulated with 5% Shea Butter, this hand cream has the same whipped cream texture as the body cream and when used, it leaves skin feeling soft and protected from dryness. If like me you make your way through a tube of hand cream as quick as a box of Maltersers, then this one is super special, those cirtusy green notes are really noticeable and my hands are always left feeling really nourished after using.

If you like the sound of the Shea Sparkling Leaves Collection, then it is a Limited Edition and to get your hands on it along with the rest of the products, you can find them and the web exclusives online right here.

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Monday 6 November 2023

Marie Reynolds London Skincare Review

It's not every day you attempt to make some soup and the cat is so offended he knocks it over you and in the process sends you to A&E with a burn on your wrist, but that happened and when I started sharing pictures of my rather gruesome injury online, the lovely people at Marie Reynolds reached out to offer some products to help the healing and prevent scarring.
Marie Reynolds Skincare
The advice was to use these two products on my wrist to help heal and soothe and hopefully over time, they would support my skin and diminish any scarring that would usually occur from such an injury.

The first product, Anoint is the brands best selling Skin Integrity Oil and it has been created to aid skin healing for issues and concerns such as stretch marks and scars, as well as softening and smoothing the skin.
Marie Reynolds Skincare
Anoint is made using a specific blend of base oils that have a high fatty acid, antioxidant and vitamin contents including Vitamins A, C & E to condition and support the skins integrity. Those oils such as Apricot Kernal Oil, Aleurites Molluccana Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil and Kukui Nut Oil and they come together to protect the lipid barrier, decrease inflammation and nourish the skin.

To use Anoint, I have applied directly to my wrist after showering and gently massaged it into my skin to let it work its magic. As an oil, it is as you might expect a runny texture, so I only needed one pump to cover the entire area that was affected, though I have used it on other areas of the body too and it is just a delightful product to use.

The second product I have been using is called Restore (£69) and it is designed to feed the skin and support imbalances within the epidermal flora through the skins microorganisms.
Marie Reynolds Skincare
Designed to be used as a mask, which as you can see, is a product you mix up yourself and it offers the following benefits:
  • Fortified in phytonutrients
  • Balances skin’s fatural Flora
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti- inflammatory
  • Rejuvenating
  • Brightening
  • Uses probiotic technology
  • Includes 8 strains of live bacteria culture
To use this on my wrist, I have mixed a small amount of the powder with a teaspoon of water to work it into a paste and then applied it to directly to the skin on my wrist, always after showering and left it to works its magic for around 15 minutes before removing it with a soft flannel carefully, as to not tear the delicate skin. It is also an incredible facemask too and it doesn't irritate the skin or leave it feeling dry and in need of moisture.

So how have these products worked on my wrist? Below is a series of photos over the last four weeks which show the changes to my skin. I didn't start to use either of these products until the second week for reference.
Marie Reynolds Skincare
Marie Reynolds Skincare
Marie Reynolds Skincare
Marie Reynolds Skincare
As you can see, my wrist has really improved over the last four weeks since I started to use both of these products and until my wrist heals completely, I will continue to use both of them, but I am so delighted that there is no scarring, no dry itching skin and almost no sign there was ever an injury to start with.  Both are seemingly magical potions!

To find our more about the brand and its founder Marie Reynolds, there is a whole host of information alongside an incredible catalogue of products to discover.

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Wednesday 18 October 2023

Hemsley Organic and Natural Skincare

Hemsley Organics is a brand I had never come across until I was kindly sent two products from their growing collection. A British, UK based well-being brand, Hemlsey Organics is described as being dedicated to offering natural, organic products for the skin and soul. 
Hemsley Organic and Natural Skincare
They use pairing sensorial blends of organic and natural essential oils that connect with your senses, and scientifically backed ingredients to promote healthy beautiful skin, all blessed by Reiki energy, to create their products.

The first product is Smooth & Hydrate Cream Cleanser (£25) and as all cleansers do, it works to remove all traces of makeup, impurities and other detritus that sits on the skin without stripping your skin's natural barrier and whilst working to maintain skins natural pH balance and safeguards your natural equilibrium.
Hemsley Organic and Natural Skincare
Blessed by the brands reiki master and co-founder, Georgina Hemsley, this cleanser is creamy and lightweight has the most incredible scent, this is partly owing to the blend of 8 Essential Oil blend of Ylang Ylang, Rose Geranium and Bergamot which are used because they offer an uplifting and refreshing blend to begin and end your day without being too over-powering. Then we have the key ingredients within the cleanser:
  • Organic Bulgarian Rose Water offers a powerful antioxidant base, working dynamically with the natural plant-based extractions. Bulgarian rose is naturally rich in flavonoids and vitamins A, C, D, E & B3. This superior ingredient works to keep skins natural pH balanced, plump skin, visibly soften fine lines and wrinkles and protect skin from harmful free radicals. Fighting oxidative stress whilst providing superior hydration qualities to support a youthful complexion.
  • Coconut Oil - Naturally antibacterial, it works to dissolve dirt, sebum and other impurities without leaving any residue behind. It also contains vitamin C to hydrate and brighten as it also helps to reduce pigmentation and blemishes, plus it smoothes and hydrates skin, providing a host of antioxidants.
  • Grapefruit - With a variety of natural acids which work to break down dead skin cells to smooth and brighten. it is also a natural source of Salicylic Acid and that works to deeply cleanse pores as it also helps to improve skin's appearance and texture. Not forgetting that you will also find beta carotene, whose job it is to transform dull, dehydrated complexions and leave skin beautifully radiant. Grapefruit oil also has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which work to clean and clear congested skin.
What I have loved about using this Cleanser is just how beautiful it feels on the skin and just how nourished and hydrated my skin feels, all without being stripped.

The second product is the Hydrating Skin Mist (£22) and anyone who reads my blog or follows me on social media knows how much I love a good mist.
Hemsley Organic and Natural Skincare
A main ingredient of Organic Bulgarian Rose Water, which also features in the Cleanser, offers a powerful antioxidant base. Naturally rich in flavonoids and vitamins A, C, D, E & B3, this amazing ingredient works to keep skins natural pH balanced, plump skin and to also visibly soften fine lines and wrinkles and protect skin from harmful free radicals. You will also find the inclusion of Kelp and Hyaluronic Acid alongside the essential oils of both Grapefruit and Rose Absolute which provide a refreshing scent for an energising and uplifting blend. If that isn't impressive, it also helps to fight oxidative stress whilst providing superior hydration qualities to support a youthful complexion.

This mist can be used as a mist by simply spritzing it directly onto the skin to keep your skin refreshed and hydrated, or you can use it as a toner by spritzing a few sprays to a cotton pad to use after cleansing.

Both of these products are just a delight to use and together they are just beautiful, whether you use the Mist as a toner or a mist or use it as both. 

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Monday 9 October 2023

REN Clean Skincare Everyhydrate Review

After the launch of the REN Clean Skincare Perfect Canvas Smooth, Prep and Plump Essence, I didn't think things could get better, then I remembered I was on my second bottle of the EverHydrate serum, and you know its an amazing product when the latest launch from REN Clean Skincare already has you buying a back up ready.
REN Clean Skincare Everyhydrate Review
Everyhydrate is made up of two products, the Everhydrate Marine Moisture-Restore Serum and the Everhydrate Marine Moisture-Replenish Cream and together they are quite the power couple. REN, if you have ever used products from REN, then you will know that these products will only ever be exceptional. So, the new Everhydrate range is designed to work in synergy with your skin to deliver deep hydration and moisture retention for up to 72 hours.  

The Everhydrate Marine Moisture-Restore Serum (£40), which is described as being a 'water-jelly osmo-hydration serum', is infused with Wild Rosella and sustainably sourced Algae Extracts to rejuvenate the skin whilst flooding it with hydration, then with freshwater Algae and Hyaluronic acid, they work in synergy to help protect against free radicals whilst Green Caviar Algae smooths and plumps the skin.
REN Clean Skincare Everyhydrate Review
As soon as this serum is applied to my skin, it is absorbed without leaving any sticky trace or residue behind. With its lightweight texture and incredible freshwater scent, almost as though you are walking down the promenade feeling the fresh sea air.   I absolutely adore this serum as does my skin, after using my skin is hydrated, it feels smooth to the touch and it just needs its partner in cream to finish the job.

So the Everhydrate Marine Moisture-Replenish Cream (£35) also has a really lightweight, almost gel like texture to it and on contact with the skin, this cream sinks beautifully without leaving behind any sticky residue. As with the serum, this cream is also clinically proven to deliver up to 48-hour defence from dehydration and help repair the skin barrier.
REN Clean Skincare Everyhydrate Review
Again, this cream is powered by the same moisture-maximising matrix infused with pioneering water-retention technology which works to flood the skin with moisture and then trap it on the skin’s surface to intensively replenish and deliver relief from dehydration, when, and where, you need it most. This cream also features sustainably sourced algae extracts just like the EverHydrate Serum, and again it is infused with Vitamins, Minerals and Marine Algae alongside Hyaluronic and Polyglutamic Acids which work to replenish and lock in moisture, boost the skins barrier and leaves the skin feeling soft, comfortable and looking plump, smooth and bright.

As always from REN Clean SKincare this is an incredible duo and my skin has just absolutely loved using them. Both products are packaged in recyclable packaging – a mono-material pump pack for the cream and a recyclable glass bottle with 50% recycled plastic twist-lock pump for the serum.

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