Garden of Wisdom for Victoria Health Vitamin C 23% and Ferulic Acid Serum

Hi beauties,

I’ve been using the Garden of Wisdom for Victoria Health Vitamin C 23% & Ferulic Acid for a while know and wanted to share my thoughts.

I was really excited to see a really affordable Vitamin C serums, a lot that I see around are quite expensive and as I refuse to buy anything from Deciem anymore I wanted to try this product.

GOW Vitamin C is a lightweight slightly milky formula which I find sinks in easily, they do say on the directions two pumps, however I don’t find it enough (take it to the tits people!) so I use four. I apparently had an old style bottle which literally “spat” the serum out making a lovely mess everywhere. Even when I held it close to my palm there was still a considerable amount that covered the bottle and went crusty. That drove me mad…

Onto the results: unfortunately I didn’t see any benefit to my skin at all. It felt nice on but no better than a good hyaluronic serum I already have and the bottle annoyed me so much I wouldn’t buy it again. While it’s a good idea, it just didn’t work for me. I think next I’m going to try Timeless as I’ve heard great things about the effect that has on pigmentation which is what I definitely need.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Dr Feldblum Eye Serum

Hello beauties,

Today I have a brilliant eye serum from Dr Feldblum, who created his multi Peptide serum in an Insraeli lab. Finding out that Collagen isn’t easily absorbed by the skin, he turned to peptides to reduce puffiness, dark circles and lines.

Eye Serum is extremely hydrating, you only need a tiny amount for each eye, I have found that it really is brilliant at helping reducing the look of my lines under my eyes which is a bugbear of mine. It comes in a 20ml tube, which lasts forever! If you go direct to Dr Feldblum it is £32.00 however I bought mine for £6.99 from eBay. The moisturiser is next on my list, if it’s as good as the eye serum it will be a winner!

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

Skin Pep Wrinkle Clear Serum

Hi beauties,

I’ve got Skin Pep Wrinkle Clear Serum today, I’ve tried a couple of things from the brand and like them so thought I would try this.

I had tried Skin Pep’s Eye Lift Serum and didn’t see any difference in my skin at all, Wrinkle Clear Growth Factor Serum seemed to be a lot more of an active formula with Epidermal Growth Factors, Vitamin C, Retinol, Fibroblast Growth Factors, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides, so I decided to use this as an Eye Serum.

I’ve tried a few Eye serums and creams and there are some that I get an instant result with and some I get results with in only a few days. I found Wrinkle Clear Growth Factor Serum wasn’t hydrating enough for me. My lines still looked considerable after use and didn’t improve over time either. I lost my patience with this after only a couple of weeks, so it went in my circular file next to my bed.

Also a gripe with the packaging, you lose so much product with the pump, so you have to do tiny little pumps to get product out. Extremely annoying…!

I want to try the moisturisers from this brand to see what they are like but I wouldn’t repurchase this one.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

You Beauty Box July

Hi beauties

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.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% and HA Spheres 2%

Hi beauties, 

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.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx

The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% and HA

Hi beauties,

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.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx