Skin Republic Foot Peel Foot Mask

Hi beauties,

I have a confession to make: I have seriously scabby feet. I mean so scabby I would be totally ashamed to post a picture of them. Think yellow heels….I’ll leave that lovely thought with you.

So I thought I have to do something about them. I struggle using my electric pedi thing, I find to make any difference I have to use it constantly and my back just won’t let me. I had heard of all these foot peels and I wanted to see if they would make a difference to my horrendous trotters.

I chose Skin Republic’s Foot Peel and used it for the hour and a half that was prescribed. It was only near the end of treatment that my feet started to tingle a bit but other than that it was completely painless.

It was after 7 days that I started to notice some peeling, only on the upper side of my foot which is baby soft. This product made no difference on my heels and stubborn skin under my big toe at all. So a complete waste of time.

Luckily I didn’t pay full price for this, it was one of my choices for my Latest in Beauty Box. I certainly wouldn’t be shelling out a tenner to peel the tops of my feet which are perfectly fine. Very disappointed, and I know I have to bite the bullet and go to the salon.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Jane Scrivner Skinfoliate*

Hi beauties,

Earlier on in the year I was very lucky to receive a gift parcel from the lovely Jane Scrivner and included was a bottle of Skinfoliate.

Skinfoliate is Jane’s organic AHA and BHA exfoliator, the formula is made up of Malic, Glycolic, Lactic, and Citric Acids to target the skin at different levels. There is also a blend of both AHA and BHA from pineapple, burdock, bilberry, orange, lemon, sugar maple, witchazel, white willow and raw organic apple cider vinegar.

The AHA’s in Skinfoliate target the cells on the upper layers of the skin, working to dissolve the glue that holds them to the surface while the BHA’s target lower levels, to exfoliate the pores which is ideal for oilier skins. This multi acid approach means it will sweep away dead skin cells to refine the texture of your skin, as well as encourage collagen and elastin production.

Skinfoliate is a daily resurfacer, I don’t use it every day as my skin can’t take the use of acids daily. I prefer to use this every other night with the use of a mask on a Sunday, that keeps my skin happy and also lovely and smooth. You can smell the apple cider vinegar but I don’t find it unpleasant at all, in fact I prefer it over some of the chemical smell you can get with acids. Also Skinfoliate comes in a generous 150ml size, I’ve been using it frequently and still have a lot left! Just saturate a cotton pad and apply it to your face, neck and décolleté, as Mrs Hirons says “takeittothetits”! You can find this at http://www.janescrivner.com, a 150ml bottle is £26.00. A big thank you to Jane for sending me this wonderful product to try, another product from the range that is fantastic and a joy to use.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*Gifted by the brand

Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel*

Hi beauties

I have got Merumaya Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel today, this was very kindly sent to me by the brand before Christmas. I love their Cleansing Balm, in my opinion it is the best emulsifying balm on the market and so affordable, it’s under £20!

Back to the product at hand, Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel is a great formula, it uses glycolic acid as well as enzymes for an easy to use peel that is quick to boot.

The peel is a gel texture that is easy to apply, no grains (which I don’t like to use anymore as I have some broken capillaries) smooth it over your skin and leave on for 5-15 minutes depending on your skin’s tolerance/amount of time you have. I really like that you can leave it on longer for a more intense result.

Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel has the same beautiful fragrance as the gorgeous Cleansing Balm which makes it such a pleasure to use. It makes my skin feel smooth, and looking brighter. No redness or irritation for me afterwards, just lovely feeling smooth clean skin. And who doesn’t want that?? Brilliant value too at £21.00 for 50ml, check it out at http://www.merumaya.com

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage

Hi beauties,

Today is the turn of Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage. This is part of the Activ Éclat range which promotes Radiance.  Gommage is French for exfoliation and this is a great salon-type Treatment that you don't need to go to a salon to get the benefit from.

Radiance Enhancing Gommage is an enzymatic exfoliator so no micro beads which is great for the environment and no particles which is great for skin that can't really use manual exfoliation like mine.

The ingredients are: Isononyl Isononanoate, Triethylhexanoin, Octyldodeceth-25, Aqua (water) Eau>, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Propylene Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Limonene, Parfum , Malic Acid, Pyrus Malus , Butylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid,peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glycine Soja (soybean) Oil, Hydrolyzed Triticum Monococcum Seed Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben,bacillus Ferment, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 40 (CI 16035).

Radiance Enhancing Gommage is packed with Vitamin C to encourage brightness, it's a pearlised gel texture that you spread over your skin and you leave it until it turns from the Gel to a water-like texture. That takes a couple of minutes making this exfoliator so easy to use. You can rinse it off in the shower or remove it with a cloth and you are left with smoother, brighter more glowing skin. 

I love this, for the ease of use and the results. I have been using this for a very long time, I can't even remember when I bought it! It was in a kit from QVC which for me is the best way of buying Gatineau, separately it is available for £35.00 for a 75ml tube from http://www.feelunique.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Grounded Coffee Scrub

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Hi lovelies

If you haven’t tried a coffee scrub before, where have you been?? Ok, I have only tried one in the last couple of months but these are new scrubs on the block, kicking those with plastic microbeads in the pants! Ok so mixed metaphors there but I’m sure you get what I mean!

This scrub is from Grounded Body Scrub and I won it as part of a prize from lovely Nikki Taylor from Taylor Made Beauty. It is made by ground Robusta Coffee beans, Himayalan rock salt and brown sugar and packs a punch with caffeine. It’s rougher than your average body scrub so I wouldn’t use it on the face, but this bad boy is amazing on the body. Vitamin E and Cold Pressed Sweet Almond Oil is also included, so it’s definitely moisturises as well as thoroughly exfoliates your skin.

On opening the package you are hit with the most gorgeous aroma, I received the Chocolate Orange version so by the end of my shower I smelled like a popular chocolate confection! And that beautiful smell did last a few hours after my shower too. You grab a small handful of scrub and apply it to damp skin, you are supposed to leave it on for 10 minutes, I didn’t as I can’t stand in the shower for that long. The results for me is fantastic! Smooth and soft skin feeling moisturised and comfortable. You don’t have to use a body lotion afterwards if you don’t want to due to the Sweet Almond Oil in the scrub. I find lotions do sink in much more easily after using and I tend to use it twice a week. I have to be a bit careful as I do have eczema so I don’t rub too hard whilst applying.

Grounded Coffee Scrub really is a pleasure to use, they have other fragrances such as, coconut, mint and grapefruit as well as the chocolate orange that I have. It’s available from http://www.groundedbodyscrub.co.uk and Boots and is £15.00 for a 200ml bag.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

Alpha H Age Delay Hand Cream*

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Hi lovelies,

Today’s hand cream choice is Alpha H Age Delay Hand Cream which has been on my list for I don’t know how long, so when I got a 30ml size in my QVC Beauty Bash goody bag I was very pleased!

I am a fan of Alpha H, they are an Australian brand who specialise in exfoliation with Glycolic Acid, their hero being Liquid Gold which I use 3 nights a week. So it’s not a surprise to see Glycolic in this hand cream. It has a light lemony fresh fragrance and you don’t need to use a lot.

I am sorry to jump in with a negative point straight away, but I find I can only use this once a day or my skin at the top of my fingers literally starts to peel. This must be down to the 10% Glycolic Acid content. However, using it as a cuticle remover a few times a week is fantastic! I usually paint my nails after my afternoon nap, so I remove all polish in the morning and then pop oil and this hand cream around my cuticles. It gets rid of the dead skin and makes it so easy for me to push my cuticles back. I wash my hands a lot and find my cuticles get very dry and I find in small doses this is extremely effective. It is also quite greasy, but if you are only using it at night or with gloves like I do then it’s ok.

I don’t have pigmentation on my hands so this isn’t a concern for me, I have read a lot of reviews where people find that Age Delay is really good for evening out skin tone on the backs of hands. Alpha H say this is a manicure in a tube and I think as an intensive cuticle treatment it is brilliant. It’s the best cream I have tried for cuticle removal and will use this from now on for that purpose meaning a standard 100ml tube will last a very long time. A duo is available from http://www.qvcuk.com for £25.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*I received this sample in my QVCUK Beauty Bash Goody bag

Alpha H Liquid Gold

 Hello lovelies,

Ah a real holy grail product and I am sure you have heard of it already the Alpha H Liquid Gold.

Liquid Gold is glycolic acid based liquid peel that lowers your skins pH level to increase moisture levels, refine the look of wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that is derived from sugar cane. It gently resurfaces and polishes your skin by loosening dead skin cells from the surface levels of your skin.

It is ridiculously easy to use, you pour a small amount on a cotton pad, sweep it over your skin and go to bed. It replaces the need for serums and moisturisers and makes your skin so smooth and look more radiant. I would suggest that if you have sensitive skin, start off by dampening a cotton pad before applying the Liquid Gold onto the pad so it dilutes it slightly. Once your skin is used to the product, you can then use the product neat onto a dry cotton pad.

It is advised that you only use it on alternate nights, I use mine on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so all I do on those nights is double cleanse and apply Liquid Gold and then eye cream. That is it! So easy and the results are brilliant. I find it really does improve my skins texture, it looks and feels smoother and also brightens. The joy of this product is that it’s so easy to use you don’t even really need to think about it, so I love the lazy Liquid Gold nights. It really does pare back your routine so good for use if you feel you don’t have time for exfoliating as it does the work as you sleep.

You may experience a small amount of tingling when you have applied Liquid Gold. I personally love that as I know that it is working as it should be so don’t be alarmed if you do feel the tingle. Tingle is good, burning is bad! You must also wear SPF during the day if you are using glycolic acid.

I haven’t noticed much changing with the pigmentation I have, but I’ve only recently upped my SPF from 30 to 50 so I hoping that that change will help. If you read other reviews, a lot of people have seen extremely good results on their pigmentation so I do hope with stronger SPF and prolonged use this will improve. Despite this I will always carry on using Liquid Gold as I do love the effect and would recommend it for soft, smooth, bright skin.

Do you exfoliate? If so, what kind do you use? Leave me a comment and let me know.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx