It's You Beauty time again, which is my favourite time of the month! I get ridiculously excited about seeing what products ar going to be on the shortlist when the first of the month rolls around.
So from July's shortlist, I chose:
- Hawaiian Tropic Air Soft Face SPF30
- Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
- Skin Chemists Aqua Repair Facial serum
- Green People Age Defy 24 hour Brightening Moisturiser
- St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan in medium (Gold subscribers only)
I am looking forward to testing out the SPF, I usually wear a Ultrasun Face 50 but I do find this heavy so I thought I would give Hawaiian Tropic a try, I've not tried the brand before. Also looking forward to seeing how Simple's Micellar water compares to the Garnier and Boots I have already tried. I am not sure I will use the St Tropez gradual tanner, I don't faux tan at all anymore as I am far too lazy. Pale and interesting is the way forward you know!!
If you want to find more about the You subscriptions available go to http://www.box.you.co.uk.
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I’ve been looking for a good Vitamin C product for a while now, so I chose The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA spheres 2%. Vitamin c products seem to be quite expensive and difficult to make as it can be very tricky to keep it active.
It has been a part of my Instagram feed for a while so I thought I would give it a try. I have to tell you that I have pretty hardy skin, it’s rare I have problems and I am used to using active ingredients. I have heard that Vitamin C is good for lightening pigmentation and this being an affordable price I snapped it up.
I used this for about a week and I had to stop using it. The texture is gritty and absolutely awful, I don’t know how anyone gets on with this product. It also burns like an absolute git, I’m used to the tingle of using acids, but sweet Baby Jesus and the orphans I thought my face would fall off. It didn’t of course, but this was so damn uncomfortable I chucked it in the bin. Sorry Deciem, but I can’t recommend this one.
So my hunt for a decent, affordable Vitamin C product is still ongoing. If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know in the comments.
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I have The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA for you today. I bought this at the end of January with a couple of other products and I’ve been using this pretty much every day since.
Matrixyl is a peptide that claims to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, the ingredients are: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.
This formula contains two types of Matrixyl, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6, and I have been really impressed with this Serum. I’ve found it definitely softens lines, I’ve been testing underneath my crinkley eyes and also my necklace lines.
Matrixyl sinks in very quickly and is nice and hydrating. It layers well under oils, moisturisers and SPF without pilling or rolling off. It’s also lovely and cooling, easy to use. I’ve enjoyed using this as it gives me great results, it’s a definite repurchase. As it’s a serum from The Ordinary it doesn’t cost the earth, it’s £9.60 for a 30ml size. I’ve been using it consistently, practically every morning and evening for the last 6 weeks and I’m just about half way through the bottle.
I’ve been very impressed with this, it delivers results for a brilliant value price, this is one serum well worth trying.
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As I am sure I have mentioned before, I have sun damage on my skin which to be honest is the only thing that bothers me, so I am always on the hunt for products that will help. So when I heard of Time Bomb Overexposed Sun Damage Rescue I was very intrigued!
Time Bomb say that this product is for dry, tight, leathery skin and visibly improves the sign of long-term photo damage. Overexposed has a beautiful silky texture, it’s like a moisturiser but to be used in the serum stage. It is rich but not greasy so it does sink in well even with my oily skin type. During the day this would actually be enough for me, at night I do layer with a moisturiser.
Overexposed has Omega 9 ester, which is a vegetable-derived moisture ingredient, Time Bomb say that saddle manufacturers use this ingredient to restore dried out leather back to a soft and supple state. The antioxidant Pycnogenol is also in the formula which helps to inhibit UV damage so that skin tone is clearer and more even.
I would love to say that this was great, that it reduced the look of my pigmentation but apart from deeply moisturising my skin (don’t get me wrong, this is never a bad thing!) it did nothing. I was so disappointed and I do realise that this is one of the hardest skin issues to treat so I am always asking a lot of products like these. If you are looking for an intense moisturising serum then you may like this, but for pigmentation this gets a thumbs down. Sorry Lulu…!
Overexposed Sun Damage Rescue is available from http://www.timebombco.com and is £39.00.
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Some skincare today with Prai 24k Gold Wrinkle Repair Serum that I received from my QVC Beauty Bash goody bag in January. I have not tried any products from Prai before but seen many presentations on QVC.
Prai is a skincare brand that is famous for it’s Neck and Decollatage Cream that has sold many millions across the world. The brand was created in 1999 by Cathy Kangas who had over 20 years experience in the beauty industry and created a team who had come from the biggest skincare brands in the world. Their signature ingredient is the Prai Root which is similar to ginger and has wrinkle smoothing and restoring benefits to skin. Once revered and reserved for the Thai Royal Household, Cathy now uses this ingredient in many of the Prai products. Prai has recently become Leaping Bunny Certified, they do not test on animals or use any animal ingredients in the brand and what I really love is partial proceeds from every purchase goes back to animal welfare organizations. Cathy is a huge animal lover and has many rescue animals herself, she also sits on the board of The Humane Society of the United States and is very passionate about animal causes.
24k Gold Wrinkle Repair Serum is a gel/oil-like texture, it’s extremely unusual, I haven’t really come across anything like it before. It sinks into your skin very quickly and has a lovely scent, a kind of warm spicy floral (so right up my street!). With the 24k Gold which helps maintain healthy collagen in the skin, the serum also has Line Factor that is derived from Hibiscus Seed to help with regeneration of the skin. Prai Oil helps to smooth, add suppleness and moisture to your skin.
I love this serum! So easy to use and the glow you get from it is really beautiful. It doesn’t overload my oily skin and I found it very effective to reduce the appearance of lines on my neck, I don’t really have any on my face yet, so my neck is a good test! My skin always feels so comfortable and looks dewy afterwards, it dries down quickly so I can put my moisturiser on over the top. I don’t need to use a separate oil because of the Prai Root Oil in the serum, you get great hydration without an oily or greasy feel. I think this serum is fab for people of my age (36) that want to use anti ageing but don’t want products that are too stimulating and likely to break you out. The 24k Gold gives a luminous healthy glow to your skin. I only use it at night as I wear SPF in the day and I feel this doesn’t go that well over it (it’s Ultrasun so always goes on naked skin first) but if you wanted a lovely glowy base to your makeup this would be a great choice. It is available at http://www.praibeauty.com for $39.95 for 30ml however the best place is usually http://www.qvcuk.com as part of some fabulous collections.
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I’ve got a really affordable skincare range today with Balance Active Formula Dragons Blood Lifting Collection. Rhiannon from Brodie & Stone (parent company of Balance Active Formula) very kindly sent me a set for me to test. The Dragons Blood Collecction is for lifting and tightening the skin and to smooth wrinkles. Dragons blood extract as well as Liftonin Xpress are the main active ingredients. Dragons blood extract is a resin found from trees found in the Amazon rainforest, it is said to be an potent antioxidant and extremely effective in helping compromised skin. I have heard of this ingredient from seeing demonstrations on QVC from a brand called Taya which use it in their haircare range for volume and hold for hair.
So starting with the serum; this is a lovely lightweight non greasy serum that sinks into your skin very quickly. It does have a fragrance, however it is quite difficult to describe! It is not unpleasant though, slightly fresh and spicy. It has a firming effect on the skin, you can definitely tell when it has been applied to the skin, it’s a gentle firming rather than tight and uncomfortable. Your skin is still able to move and there is no flaking or chalk whiteness that you can get with some lifting products. You can also use this under your eyes as well to improve the look of lines. I like this serum, I like the firming feeling and the hydration you get, if your skin feels stickly then you have used too much. Your skin should feel smooth and with a gentle firming action.
I am really impressed with the Dragons Blood Eye Lift Balm. I have found the biggest result with this product. This did help reduce the look of the lines after I had applied the eye cream and has a tightening feeling like the serum. Obviously no eye cream can get rid of lines and wrinkles under your eyes but this does make the lines look more hydrated and comfortable and as a balm it is thicker than a lot of eye creams I have tried before. It doesn’t beat my favourite Gatineau Melatogenine Eye Concentrate yet I think for the value of the range the Eye Lift Balm is very good. A friend of mine got in touch with me about it a couple of days after I had been using it and asked my thoughts, I told her it’s the best of the range and well worth trying.
The last of the collection is the Dragons Blood Lifting Cream, this product wasn’t for me. It is a very thin lotion that sinks in quickly but I didn’t overly like the feel of it on my skin. I don’t think that it would be enough hydration for drier skins because it is very fine. I didn’t have a lot of shine breakthough when using it so for my oily skin type it would be ok. Layered with the serum my skin felt a bit tacky and I did vary the amount of product used while I was testing it but I still had the same result.
Bar the Lifting Cream I think this is a good collection, the Lifting Serum and Eye Lift Balm are pleasant to use and results are good. I don’t have many wrinkles on my face so I always test these kind of products on my neck, the Serum made a difference on the necklace lines, they didn’t look as prominent and the lifing properties felt comfortable. Also the Serum didn’t roll off underneath other moisturisers I tested it with and worked well over a couple of oils I used too. The value of these products are extremely good too, you can find them on Amazon.co.uk, the Serum is available for as litle as £5.00, the Eye Lift Balm £3.70 and the Lifting Cream £4.49 so to try the whole range is not going to break the bank! A big thank you to Rhiannon at Brodie & Stone for sending the products for me to try.
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Another post that has been long in the making! This is a serum I’ve used consistently for the last 6 months which as a beauty lover and always keen to try new things is rare.
I had heard of it before and after trying so many serums to try and correct the dark spots I have on my skin that didn’t work I thought I would give Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum a try. Vinoperfect is extremely lightweight, it feels like nothing on your skin so I was a bit sceptical. However, this means that it does sink into lower levels of your skin making a brilliant difference.
Having oily skin means I do get the occasional breakout and I do get spots that are lumps under my skin that just don’t go so I have scars from those. I find this serum gets rid of those discolourations on my skin and really does brighten my complexion. You have to be committed to using it day and night as it will not get rid of those problems overnight and although it hasn’t totally got rid of the brown patches it has certainly lightened them.
Another important thing when using this serum is SPF. The serum works so much better when using SPF religiously, I haven’t recently and I have noticed that the marks have become a little more pronounced. It’s a very light texture so do be sure to not to use too much, it is more a fluid so a couple of drops is all you need. During the day I don’t need an extra serum for moisturisation although you can layer easily, so I just pop my SPF over the top of this and I am done for the day. At night I do layer with an oil, I apply it first and there is no annoying roll off.
This serum is a pleasure to use, light non greasy with a fresh fragrance that dissipates quickly and sinks in very well. It doesn’t leave any residue or feel sticky, if it does then you have used far too much. It works so well for me that I will always have some in my beauty back up drawer, luckily I was given a sample from the Beauty Bash so I have extra waiting for me!
An excellent serum that is really worth using, it is available from http://uk.caudalie.com/ at £45.00 for 30ml.
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