The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors and HA

Hello beautiful people,

I have another The Ordinary offering today,  Natural Moisturising Factors. This is their moisturiser from the range, so to be used as the last step in your routine.

Natural Moisturising Factors are elements that keep skin protected and hydrated, this is formulated to moisturise and repair impaired barrier function with continued use. 

Ingredients are: 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Coco-Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Jojoba Esters, Alumina (Aluminum Oxide), Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

This is a great moisturiser, it does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s non greasy and sinks into skin easily.  It feels like a basic moisturiser because there are no frills, but the formula is sound. If you are looking for something that will help keep your skin healthy, with no fragrance and you have a very limited budget, Natural Moisturising Factors is a good option. It’s available from http://www.theordinary.com and is £4.90 for 30ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Niod Mask Set

Hi beauties

This is the set that I got in the Black Friday sale, I had not tried any NIOD before but loving other offerings from Deciem I was looking forward to trying them.

The set includes the cleanser Sanskrit Saponins, masks Mastic Must and Myrrh Clay. They are all part of the yešti range which takes inspiration from Ayurveda.

I tried the Mastic Must mask first, from what I read on the NIOD website this is supposed to be extremely deep cleaning and Pore refining. It’s a gloopy texture that you smooth over your face, leave for 10 minutes then rinse off. Bizarrely afterwards it is recommended that you blow dry your face for 15 seconds, quite what that is supposed to do I have no idea. I didn’t notice any discernible benefit using this product in comparison to 2 clay mask products I already have, which are much cheaper and I feel work more effectively. Yes my skin felt clean, but my pores did not look noticeably smaller and it didn’t get rid of the blackheads on my nose. I will be finding this another home, either to someone I can find who wants it or the bin.

Next was myrrh clay, this is a firming clay mask. Quite a nice texture, again smoothing it over your face and leaving it for 15 minutes. My face felt nice and clean but again no discernible difference or any firming effect at all. I shall not be keeping this either.

So onto Sanskrit Saponins which was the last product I tried, this I have already found a new home for, it is absolutely vile!! The smell is so disgusting and again how it is supposed to be different from traditional cleansers I don’t know as personally I think it’s crap. 

I am so disappointed by this set and upset that I have wasted £30 that I could ill afford to. Sorry Deciem, but I won’t be trying anymore NIOD, these products have completely put me off. Overpriced, overhyped and completely underwhelming. 

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 

Hi beauties,

Today I have The Ordinary 100% Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil for you today, I bought it with 2 other serums in this set The Ordinary when the brand was first launched. It’s another range from fabulous Deciem which as I am sure you know I am a huge fan of. I like Rosehip Oil, it was one of the first pure oils I started to use on my skin a long time ago.

My skin loves Rosehip so I didn’t have to wait long to see results from this, within two uses my skin was radiant, smooth and soft and not as greasy. Rosehip is a dry oil and it sinks in so easily. I’ve layered it with another serum from The Ordinary (the Alpha Arbutin) and there is no product roll off or any incompatibility so play around with what you have at home.

It’s a versatile oil which you can use face and body, I find it excellent for hydrating and balancing my skin. It’s great at reducing signs of old marks from breakouts as well as scars and improving the look of strechmarks. This oil is 100% organic and the quality is very good. I have used inferior oils in the past so I know what a good quality cold pressed oil should look like which is  deep golden orange colour.

It’s also not as pungent as some Rosehip oils can be, I have tried some that have been so earthy they have put me off (A’Kin I am looking at you) this is so much better. It comes in a generous 30ml bottle in UV protective packaging so the oil does not degrade, a really nice touch, so you can leave it out on your dressing table should you wish to. The most amazing thing about The Ordinary Rosehip Oil is the price: it’s £9.00. I know, I couldn’t believe it either! I am so pleased about the quality for the low price and admire greatly what Deciem are achieving with The Ordinary, excellent quality ingredients and products for brilliant value. If I had to stop using my beloved Decleor Neroli and could only afford to buy this oil I wouldn’t be disappointed, I enjoy using this a great deal so it’s fantastic to see such an affordable range of serums. It’s available here http://www.ordinaries.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

Hylamide Sub Q Eye Serum

Hi beauties,

I have another awesome Deciem product Hylamide Sub Q Eye Serum. I bought this in the Black Friday sale last November and I only started using it in March just after my birthday as I wanted to finish something else up first (I know – what is wrong with me??) I have been testing this since then and it is actually still going. I have been using this every other day in conjunction with my favourite Gatineau Melatogenine eye cream, but as this is a serum you need a very small amount so I think if you were to use it every day you would get at least 4 months out of it.

As Hylamide is from Deciem, it is a very sophisticated formula addressing all the signs of age around the eyes, puffiness, dark circles, lines & wrinkles and hooding. You could think that sounds too good to be true however, with lots of peptides with names I can’t pronounce and a form of retinol which is Nonapeptide-3 Retino-Complex that gives the great results retinol offers without irritation.

I have seen excellent results from this eye product, it plumps up lines and I have also used it above my eye lid to help with hooding, it really does help lift. Darkness and puffiness I can’t comment on as I don’t suffer with those but it’s so great on lines I would try it anyway. As I mentioned earlier I do use it with another eye product so that’s why this has lasted me so long, but it is a light serum texture that sinks in so quickly you just need a grain of rice size for both eyes. There have been days when I have been super tired (or hungover!) so have used it underneath my eye cream for an extra boost. It really is a gem.

Hylamide Sub Q Eye Serum is available from boots.com or at http://www.hylamide.com and is the superb price at £27.00 for a 15ml bottle.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

 

The Ordinary

Hi beauties,

Oh my goodness I am so excited about the launch of this fabulous new brand from Deciem The Ordinary. The brand is offering clinically proven ingredients with new technologies at crazy affordable prices, I wanted to try out some products from the range so bought the following:

  • Advanced Retinoid 2% – This is offering a new kind of stable retinol which has been formulated using Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate. This kind minimises the irritation that can be common using other retinol and retinyl palmate products.
  • Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA – Alpha Arbutin minimises the look of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, as I have sun damage I was very keen to get my hands on this formula at the more concentrated level of 2%.
  • 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil – I really like rosehip seed oil and have used it many times before. This is supplied in UV-protective packaging so the oil does not degrade quickly. Rosehip is rich in linoleic acid, linolenic acid and pro-vitamin A, which degrade if a heat extraction method is used. I love having oils in my routine and rosehip is one of the first pure oils I started with.

I will be doing reviews on these properly when I have tested them at length. The Ordinary do have other products in their range such as Vitamin C, Matrixyl, Niacinamide and Lactic Acid Serums which I will more than likely go on to try!

Now on to the thing that is most extraordinary about The Ordinary – pricing. All three serums cost me less than £25.00 in fact they were £23.90 which as I am sure you can agree is brilliant. I really admire Deciem having tried other products in their other ranges and I am so pleased to see such an affordable set of products. I hope they will be as amazing in the results. Check out the serums at http://www.ordinaries.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil

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Hello beauties,

I have got a remarkable product to talk about today, Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil. Hand Chemistry is one of Deciem’s brands and if you haven’t heard of them you are in for a treat. Deciem have many brands with problem solving products at crazy affordable prices. I reviewed their Hylamide Hyaluronic Acid booster serum (click here to read) which blew me away. So when I discovered Retin-Oil I wanted to try it immediately!

Retin-Oil is a retinol based body oil to treat strechmarks, scars, irregular skin texture, ageing dehydrated skin and discolouration. It is a multi-vitamin dry oil with high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin E, the most effective retinoid compound wihtout the need for a prescription. The formula also includes Vitamin C to target collagen production, Deep Sea Algae targets stretchmarks and the Amazonian oils leave a protective barrier to the skin.

Deciem had tweeted that this could be used on your face as well so I put in an order with my local Boots store and got it delivered. I tested this both on my face and body as I have an old surgery scar on my thigh where I have had nerve decompression surgery. I had not used anything on the scar while it was healing and I had forgotten about it but I thought this would be a great area to test the product. I have used retinol before but not liked it, it had made my skin very flaky and red so I gave up. I know that dermatologists and skin experts say that retinol is an extremely effective ingredient against ageing skin.

The results have been fantastic, my scar is much improved, the redness has gone and it is much less noticeable. My other half was very impressed when I had showed him the difference after using Retin-oil for 3 weeks. The texture of the skin on my face I felt a difference in days! It was much smoother and less bumpy and felt well hydrated and plumped. It also looks brighter and skintone more even. I am hoping it will help get rid of the stubborn pigmentation that I have.

This is a before picture I took on the day I started treatment:image

As you can see the scar is red and the skin is very dry. The oil hydrated my skin making it so much more comfortable and has evened out the colour of my skin. I honestly think with regular continued use the scar will diminish.

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I can safely say that this product will be a staple in my regime from now on. It comes in an 100ml bottle and after using it on my face and scar after 4 weeks there is only about an inch missing from the top, making this amazing value.

My only criticism is the smell, it is very fruity and tropical which are not my favourite scents but saying that I have got used to it and when layered with other products does not linger. The results I have found have been so good it is well worth carrying on with.

Deciem Hand Chemistry Retin-Oil is available from Boots at £20.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Deciem Hylamide 

 Hi beauties,

I’ve heard so many good things about Deciem Hylamide that I couldn’t wait to try it. I bought a bottle from my local Boots on Sunday and I have to say I am very impressed. I first used it on Sunday night and thanks to a bit of a boozy do on girl’s day out on Saturday, thought that this would be a good time to test it!

If you haven’t heard of Deceim, they call themselves The Abnormal Beauty Company. They have several brands under their umbrella and Hylamide is part of a booster series which comprises of 4 serums in the range. Hylamide is a hydrating serum with 5 forms of hyaluronic acid (HA) in the formula at varing molecular weights. This means that the lower weights can target the lower levels of the skin for maximum hydration. Deciem claim that the other forms of HA also rehydrate middle to lower levels of the skin, encourage your skin to produce it’s own HA and improve skin elasticity.
 Hylamide is a oil free lightweight serum that sinks into your skin instantly, I was impressed straight away with the improvement of my wrinkles underneath my eyes which always get worse when I am dehydrated. It made my skin feel comfortable and smooth and instead of using my other usual skincare (I have another serum I am using which I have put to one side) I just went straight to my normal moisturiser. Usually when I’ve had a bit more wine than is wise, I layer up with oils and a richer moisturiser but I wanted to test Hylamide on it’s own with my usual lightweight SBC day and night cream.

In the morning my skin looked so much better, looked plumper and hydrated. It felt very comfortable, I didn’t feel as if I have missed out on using richer formulas. My skin looked a bit brighter too. I have been using it every morning since and I don’t know if it is my imagination but my skin feels firmer. I’m so impressed with the results in such a short period of time that I feel Hylamide will definitely be repurchased. This kind of serum is fantastic for my oily complexion as it is so lightweight, you don’t feel it on your skin at all. A great supplement for those days when you need something a little extra. So I think this will be used frequently now the colder weather is on it’s way.

Perhaps the most impressive is the price, Hylamide is £18.00 for a 30ml bottle making it amazing value. I had heard about it on a few blogs and was impressed by the brilliant sounding results, so I thought it would be very expensive. Please don’t be put off by the affordable price tag, Deciem want to make beauty products that work and accessible to all. In my opinion they have done that with bells on, I have already recommended it to a friend! Hylamide is £18.00 and available from Boots.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx