February 27, 2017

Aww, SBC gels you are my skin savour; with your extensive collection of light, quickly absorbing water based gels that work to deeply hydrate my thirsty skin!!  

For many years I exclusively used the Collagen gel as a thick mask but I have more recently discovered and fallen in love with the Propolis and Vitamin E gels.  Each have a distinctive fragrance and slightly differ in texture.  

SBC Propolis gel has as you'd expect, a medicinal scent, but nothing too overpowering.  To be honest, I wasn't overly keen on the smell but I've grown to accept it; especially after seeing the results on my skin!  The consistency of this gel is a little denser, I feel it soothes and nurtures the skin a little more than the others.  Its particularly good when my face is feeling tight and sore after long dog walks in the cold British weather.

A tip I've learnt from Instagram's beauty community is to mix both the Collagen and Vitamin E gels together and layer as a thick mask for an intens...

February 27, 2017

Viliv Cell Defence Serum was developed in Switzerland by practising dermatologist Dr Felix Bertram.  This Serum contains no parabens, mineral oils or colourants.  What it does contain is active, skin friendly ingredients which help to fight against environmental aggressors. One of the key ingredients being stem cells from the Argan tree.  This has been found to work on cell stimulation and preventing fatigue in said stem cells..........I welcome any help I can get with open arms! 

This lightly fragranced gel serum is housed in the most fabulous, elegant, minimalistic packaging.

The bold P lettering stands for protection, which is not only fun but helps to distinguish between each Viliv product (the eye Serum has an E!).  I think the light texture and packaging definitely appeal to both men and women. 

Now, let's get down to the important factor which is of course the serum itself and the results I've experienced.  Firstly, the texture is sublime, so light (no viscosity) and...

February 27, 2017

I was asked a question today that made me stop and think about skincare and each of our personal preferences.  It was simply "Why do you spritz before applying products".   The answer to that question is because I've never enjoyed applying moisturisers straight onto a dry skin. It feels too cloying (even the lightest lotion).  

It all started when I developed excessively oily, very congested and spot prone skin in my early twenties.  I realised the importance of protecting my skin against the elements especially the sun but absolutely hated the feeling of creams! 

I knew the consequences all too well (sore spots) but then I discovered Spritzing!!

Quite revolutionary in 'those days'.  It meant that I used the tiniest amount of product but it spread much further and absorbed into my skin rapidly.......Hey Presto!!  I didn't use sophisticated tonics then, just a simple spritz of water as the industry was full of alcohol ridden toners. 

Twenty plus years down the lin...

January 22, 2017

Aeria Skin Intensive Hydrating Masks

Sheet masks are my new skincare obsession!  They are capable of providing maximum hydration with minimal time and effort.  However, to be brutally honest I have had difficulties in the past with application. 

A reoccurring theme/problem is their size, which are more often than not way too big for my face and rather than hug my skin and contours,  just simply hang off. 

So you can imagine my excitement and surprise when the Aeria mask adhered snugly to my face; no excess bits of material waving in the breeze......... Yay, at last!!! 

The material is 100% organic cotton; the consistency is fine but more importantly, resilient.  Aeria masks incorporate certified organic, natural and active ingredients, hence making them suitable for even the most sensitive of skins.  Upon application the most notable sensation was just how cooling and soothing they are.  The cotton mask is generously infused with a delicate hydrating serum, which contains...

January 14, 2017

Apothaka rejuvenating face oil for normal - combination skin

It won't come as a big surprise to those that have read my previous blogs that my love for face oils has been a long and illustrious affair.  Their natural affinity with the skin and balancing properties have always kept me coming back for more.  I've used several different face oils over the past few years; each with their own unique benefits and textures. 

My preference is an oil that is light, easily absorbed and that balances my temperamental skin. 

It took me decades to truly understand the benefits of using an oil on an already oily skin! 

I was always too frightened to experiment; thinking it would only exacerbate my existing problems (Oh, how wrong was I).  I finally took the plunge and have never looked back. 

The Apothaka face oil for normal - combination skin is an exquisitely hand blended plant oil that has a low comedogenic rating; something that I find very reassuring.  There's nothing worse than app...

January 4, 2017

Eye creams! .........Umm a point of contention for me!! Unfortunately I'm always left disappointed by them with their apparent ability to tackle all types of issues: lines, puffiness, dark circles etc.

My main concern is hydration and I've always believed this to be the ultimate key to a good conditioned skin. To the point where I've become a tad obsessed with skin hydration!! Lines are inevitable, especially around the delicate eye area and even more so if you're a smiler! (I'm a smiler). I'm probably in the minority when I say I like to see smile lines, particularly when they're in good condition. 
My personal eye cream goal is to find one that intensely hydrates without causing puffiness or milia. No easy feat!!! I have a particular dislike for the silicon type creams/serums that claim to blur lines. To give them credit, I do think they blur to some extent but I want a cream that tackles my issues, not disguises them!

Yep I'm very hard to please. 
I recently entered a competition to...

December 28, 2016

Kat Burki Rose Hip Revitalising Serum:

I was recently given the opportunity to try this beautiful serum from the Kat Burki skincare range; a brand that I’ve admired for some time now.  You can imagine how excited I was receiving this through the post!  This  serum contains a potent anti-oxidant that offers protection from external aggressors/free radicals and a stable form of vitamin C which brightens, strengthens and repairs past damage.

Just when I thought I couldn’t improve on my current ‘perfect’ skincare regime, this little gem arrives!   The bottle itself is aesthetically pleasing; with its classic glass packaging in green and silver.  Now, I realise this isn’t the most important aspect of a luxury anti-ageing skincare product but its certainly a good place to start.  

This prestigious serum has the most heavenly texture; so light and super absorbent.  When warmed between the hands it transforms into a milky, light but intensely hydrating serum, with the ability...

December 16, 2016

AD Skin Synergy nourishing night treatment oil is a beautifully blended facial oil which incorporates a variety of fragrant organic ingredients.  It has a delicate subtle aroma which immediately relaxes the senses; I couldn't help but inhale this before application (even my husband commented on the fragrance!).  The texture is just heavenly, it has such a natural affinity with the skin, so fine and easily absorbed. 

It may seem a little premature writing about a product after just 2 days of use but I saw immediate results on my delicate dehydrated skin, especially on my neck and décolletage. There was a definite marked improvement on the texture and any fine lines were softened.  My skin generally felt plump and dewy - something I think we're all after.  Application couldn't be easier,  just add 2-3 pumps (more if your skin is dryer) into the palm of your hands, warm together, inhale and massage onto the skin.  No other products are needed; just allow this decadent oil to abso...

December 7, 2016

Alpha-H Balancing Moisturiser/Gentle Exfoliant and Decleor Hydra Floral Light cream are my two Star skincare products.  My love for these two are so much so that if I ever struggled to afford them in the future I'd restrain from buying chocolate and prosecco! (If you knew me well you'd realise how serious this statement is!).  Its taken me many years to find the perfect skincare system to get my skin under control and I now know from experience that many other moisturisers can wreak havoc with my skin! 

A vast majority of face creams are too heavy, comedogenic, stimulating, or generally not suitable for my skin needs and for this reason I very rarely experiment with different moisturisers.  I do however use a variety of treatments, oils and serums to amplify my skin care routine.

The Alpha-H moisturiser has a beautiful light/fresh texture and is fast absorbing.  Most significantly is that it contains 10% Glycolic acid, this may seem like a high percentage when applied to th...

November 17, 2016

Anti ageing skincare is a vast and complicated category as there are many aspects to ageing.  Problems ranging from fine lines, deep wrinkles, pigmentation, slackened skin, loss of radiance, rough texture and thinning skin.  Whoah!! what a truly depressing list!  There are no miracle potions that can transform you into your younger self but there are ingredients out there that can make a marked difference.

A well conditioned line and wrinkle has a much more desirable look than that of a dehydrated neglected wrinkle.  Lines are inevitable (nothing wrong with them) with age but they can be softened by using the correct products.  Hydration alone is a critical factor to fend off existing and future skin issues; a lack of water in the skin can exacerbate many ageing conditions so it is vital to keep the hydration levels to a maximum.

Slackened skin is notoriously difficult to treat but there are many tightening serum and creams on the market to target those troublesome ar...

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Disclaimer: Any skincare that works for me may not work for you.  I always recommend a patch test before putting any product to it's full use.