Elemis Pro Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm

Hi beauties,

I have an absolute stunner of a product today, Elemis Pro Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm. I received this in the Pro Collagen Blockbuster kit from QVCUK before Christmas, I had my eye on this for quite some time.

I am a huge fan of Elemis, there are so many products that I absolutely adore so had high hopes for this and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Previously Gatineau made my favourite neck cream but for me, Elemis blow Firming throat gel out of the water.

Pro Collagen Neck and Décolleté Balm contains the Padina Pavonica algae that Elemis discovered and first put into the famous Pro Collagen Marine Cream. It’s seriously smoothing due to the Sea Buckthorn Oil, it made my skin feel like silk. Lately I have noticed that my skin on my throat feels a little gritty, this disappeared as soon as I applied this product. The effect on my lines was brilliant, really softened the lines so much I could hardly see them. I am heavy busted and a side sleeper so that does create tree trunk lines.

I apply a pea sized amount twice a day, as I’m a bit addicted to this one! QVCUK generally sell the 40ml sizes, the duo is available for £45.00. The 50ml directly from Elemis is £52.00. Thanks to QVCUK I bought a trio for about £42, so an awesome bargain for a fabulous product.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Osmo Deep Moisture Dual Action Miracle Repair

Hi beauties,

I don’t review much haircare, I think its because of the psoriasis on my scalp I am very particular in what I use. I came across Osmo online and ordered this leave in conditioner, I was testing this just after Christmas, and it is in the winter months I do enjoy having a leave in formula.

Dual Action Miracle Repair is a dual phase formula, so a good shake is needed before use. Just shampoo and towel dry, and spray directly onto your hair. This is a fantastic deep conditioner, it does exactly as it says on the bottle, is easy to use and smells divine!

This isn’t a deep conditioner that leaves your hair heavy, however I will say err on the side of caution with the application. The first time I used it I was a bit trigger happy and applied too much which made my hair feel great but looked rather greasy.

The fragrance is Patchouli and Ylang Ylang so if you’re not into floral scents this wouldn’t be for you, I love both of those essential oils so it’s perfect for me.

This really works, it’s a deep conditioning treatment that leaves my hair soft and much less frizzy and coarse. Also it’s a 250ml sized bottle, with me using 2-3 sprays I’ve still got loads left! I bought mine from Fragrance Direct at the princely sum of £6.50, it’s currently on offer at £4.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Ziaja Açai Berry Antioxidant Face and Neck Serum*

Hi beauties,

Today I have Ziaja Açai Berry Antioxidant Face and Neck Serum. Eva from Love Little Prices on eBay very kindly sent me a package with various products in and this was included.

I tested it at the same time as the Antioxidant Tonic I was sent too, the Face and Neck Serum is for lifting and firming. I found that the serum was lovely for hydration but I didn’t notice any particular difference in lifting or firming of the skin.

The serum has quite a siliconey feel to it, it’s not unpleasant at all, it makes your skin feel smooth and was very good at filling in lines under my eyes which are the bane of my life! This serum did make a difference here.

Ziaja Açai Berry Antioxidant Face and Neck Serum is also great value at £3.46 from Lovelittleprices on EBay. A good starting serum if you are new to skincare but didn’t quite deliver on the lifting and firming aspect.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Dr Organic Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Haircare

Hi beauties,

More from Dr Organic today, I’m sure you all know my love for this brand and recently the Argan Oil part of the range was Holland and Barrett’s Big Deal and it was half price.

I hadn’t tried the Argan hair care so I picked up the Shampoo, Conditioner and the Restorative Treatment Conditioner.

The shampoo is sulfate free which is I always look for because of the psoriasis on my scalp. This shampoo foams up well and makes your hair feel clean without making it squeaky or your scalp tight. The Conditioner is silky and light, but not heavy. My hair is naturally quite dry and coarse so I need something that is hydrating but not something greasy.

My favourite of the three and a definite repurchase is the Restorative Treatment Conditioner. This is amazing, has made my hair softer, with significantly less breakage. It’s also so easy to use, you only need 5 minutes! Dampen you hair, apply the treatment and wait 5 minutes. After that shampoo and condition as normal and that’s it.

For me it’s on a par with Philip Kingsley Elasticizer which I love. I get the same results with Dr Organic and of course the spicy, warming fragrance is absolutely beautiful. I’ve converted my Mum to this Argan element of the range, and she is always wary of new things, however she has fallen in love with the scent like I have!

Such good value too, I’m going to stick with this system. The Shampoo and Conditioner are £6.39 each for 265ml and the Restorative Treatment Conditioner is £8.99 for 200ml. The range is often on offer, either half price or buy one get one half price at Holland and Barrett, but saying that full price isn’t extortionate. Another winner from Dr Organic!

Till next time,

Lucy

Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer

Hi beauties

Today I have Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave in Conditioner, this was a bonus for gold members of the You Beauty Box and I have been testing it since I got it. I don’t test a lot of haircare, if I find something I like I tend to stick with it for example my shampoo and conditioner by Kind Natured. 

I have a hair confession: I don’t like my hair, I never have. I have a lot of it and it grows like wildfire so I frequently look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards. It can be coarse and wiry and some if it is fine, its kinky and wavy and now a LOT of it is grey – how rude, I am FAR too young! I also have psoriasis on my scalp which drives me absolutely crazy so with all of those issues, haircare products have a lot to live up to.

Due to the coarseness and wiry texture I like using leave in conditioners, that and they are so quick and speedy to use so if you are in a rush in the mornings they can cut down a wee bit on shower time. Hair Healer is a gel-like texture, I use a pea sized amount on my collar length hair. It has Argan Oil in it which I find works well for my hair, leaving it softer and more manageable and Hair Healer definitely does both of those things. It doesn’t make your hair greasy or oily even though it has silicones in, its easy to apply and the fragrance is beautiful.

I will get a bigger tube when this one runs out, I especially like to have a leave in conditioner in winter time when I am using my hair dryer (I don’t tend to use it much in the summer, I let my hair air dry) so it doesn’t get too frazzled. A full size tube is £5.99 for 200ml which is great value, this would be a brilliant addition to your haircare routine if you have hair like mine.

Til next time,

Lucy xxx

Oils of Heaven Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil

Hi beauties,

Today’s post is Oils of Heaven Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil. I chose this from a You Beauty Box as I had wanted to try this brand for a while. 

Oils of Heaven have got many oils as part of their range Cacay, Argan, Moringa, Rosehip and Baobab Oils. They source them from local suppliers in a sustainable way from women’s cooperatives.

To be honest I wasn’t bowled over by this Argan Oil. I have tried many and although it’s pleasant to use, I have (I feel) used better quality, cheaper oils. You only need a couple of drops to cover your face and neck, I found this to be slightly thicker than other oils I have used. Being an oily skin type, the thinner the better for me as they tend to sink into my skin a lot more easily.

Although it states it’s a facial oil, it’s still just one ingredient of Argan Oil so I tried it on my hair too, I found that I preferred it as a hair oil. My hair is coarse so it responds to oils well, I only needed a couple of drops in damp hair and then I blow dried. My hair was left soft and shiny and felt easier to manage.

Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil is available from http://www.oilsofheaven.com and is £19.00 for 30ml.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

You Beauty Box June

Hi beauties

I love You Beauty Box time, it is my favourite time of the month. I always look forward to the 1st when the list is released and you can choose your products for the month. I chose:

  • Nuxe Prodigieux Precious Scented Shower Oil
  • Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Hand Cream
  • Burts Bees Tinted Lipbalm
  • AA Skincare Frankincense and Rose Face Toner 

Gold subscribers also received 50ml of Charles Worthington Moisture Seal Hair Healer Leave-in Conditioner.

You have three subscription choices, silver, bronze and gold, priced at £6.95 for 2 products, £8.95 for 3 products and £10.95 for 4 products available at http://www.box.you.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy