Pure Chimp Super Cleanser

Jul 25   -  

Founded by Dean Legg in 2013, based in Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. Pure Chimp brings 100% uniqueness to the skin care industry, adopting a natural approach and having fun whilst using the products.

 

Be creative with your cleanser with Pure Chimp Super Cleanser; this clay-dougn like consistency allows you to control the amount of product you choose to use, not like any old pump dispenser that dispenses far too much product resulting in product waste, you actually need a little amount of product to fully deep cleanse skin. With its freshly baked banana loaf smell, users will have severe trouble resisting themselves not to eat it, after all, Pure Chimp only uses 100% natural ingredients so even trying a small piece should be completely harmless, but on second thoughts, best not.

The ingredients. Ultra-Fine Ground Almonds; gently exfoliates the skin, Kaolin Clay; deep cleanses skin, removes debris on the surface and absorbs excess oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil; grown without the use of pesticides, chemicals or fertilisers, this ingredients help retains moisture onto the skin while containing a natural dose of Vitamin E and Omega 9 fatty acid, an ingredient the skin craves, Banana Extract; hydrating, nutritious and super nourishing, banana extract is for sure to give skin that much-needed glow back, Sea Buckthorn Oil; acne sufferers out there will be glad to know that this little ingredient provides a powerful anti-inflammtory effect on the skin while accelerating skin repair, Dried Marigold; adds a plumping effect to the skin while soothing skin irritations.

This clay-dough like texture instantly turns into a heavenly light cleansing milk once in contact with water and fully cleanses the skin without aggravating the natural barrier. I then removed the cleanser carefully with a fresh muslin cloth, skin was left super smooth and radiant. Sensitive skin users can rest assure that this product is perfectly safe for your their misbehaving skin type.

Click here and get down to monkey business with Pure Chimp! I don’t normally say this but it’s brand I really want my readers to try and experiment the use of a more natural approach in skincare. 

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Serum

Jul 21   -  

From the makers of celebrity favourite ‘Rodial’, NIP+FAB offers affordable, high street prices but with high-tech, concentrated ingredients. Maria Hatzistefanis, the founder of NIP+FAB wanted a premium skin care line available for all women, that won’t break the bank.

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Overnight Serum is a ‘fab’ ulous targeted serum that works in two magnificent ways; firstly it smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with the powers of 4% glycolic acid, secondly it gets to battle with enlarged pores with their own creation ingredient PoresAway. Calming and cooling Aloe Vera is also added into the mix.

With it’s light, delicate fragrance and sublime texture, that immediately works on contact and before the sunrise hits next morning, my skin was left super smooth and naturally brighter, make up was also a dream to apply, due to the fact my skins texture had vastly improved, in just one application. I have recently recommended this to my long, supporting sister.

I’ve also been using this as a intensive face mask! Just simply apply on skin as normal but gently without pressing onto the skin, for an extra added cooling effect why not leave it in the fridge.

In conclusion; this is a definite, must try product for most skin types, I would be wary of sensitive skin users, purely because of its high dosage of gycolic acid, 4% to be exact!

Get yourself over to NIP+FAB and discover the brands uniqueness and find out why Millie Mackintosh is the new face of NIP+FAB.

Eve Lom: The Original Balm Cleanser

Jul 12   -  

Eve Lom, a name that is known worldwide all because of one special cleanser, described by Vogue as ‘probably the best cleanser in the world’, now that’s saying something. A cleanser that has won numerous beauty awards throughout the years and has gained various celebrity clients such as Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow. 

At Eve Lom, their believe is that any human being can achieve that clear, perfect and glowing complexion from easy straightforward cleansing and they are 100% right about that theory. Inefficient cleansing can cause a whole load of skin troubles; blemishes, blackheads, skin irritations. What’s also important is to take time whilst cleansing skin, don’t rush and enjoy massaging your cleanser onto the skin and allow the cleansing agents to properly do their work.

The ingredients. Egyptian Camomile Oil; contains anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe, cleanse and help reduce to the swelling of any active blemishes on the skin. Clove Oil; this flower bud grown from the evergreen tree has numerous skin healing properties, especially for users with troublesome skin like acne. This oil is also rich in vitamin A and C. Eucalyptus Oil; commonly grown on gum trees, eucalyptus oil is another brilliant ingredient that helps clear acne and blemishes while making skin super soft. Finally Cocoa Butter; this lovingly, natural ingredient improves skin elasticity and tones skin.

Only a smallest amount is needed, the balm actually goes on the skin like a dream come true and instantly melts into a luxurious oil that smells somewhat mystical, warming, with that added spice. Unlike other cleansing balms, this product doesn’t have that ‘slick feel’ on the skin. After removing the product with the high quality muslin cloth provided, skin honestly felt deeply cleansed, hydrated and nourished. 

Due to its staying powers on the skin you could always apply the product as a quick 5 minute beauty flash mask.

The Eve Lom Cleanser is available in 3 unique sizes; a travel-friendly 50ml, 100ml and a generous 200ml. Which size you choose is entirely up to you. Click here now to learn more about the beauty insiders’ secret weapon.

 

NEW: Elemis Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum: initial thoughts

Jul 8   -  

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Watch out! Elemis have recently jumped on the ‘even tone correcting’ bandwagon and have introduced a serum that promises to reduce uneven pigmentation in just 28 days, clinically proven may I also add, now doesn’t that sound impressive! Elemis have also created a unique complex of botanical ingredients to support this claim; daisy flower extract and pea extract are both encapsulated with a nice dosage of Vitamin C to remove past traces of damaged skin; acne scarring, pigmentation, dark spots and even existing imperfections. Rice silk provides a natural luminosity to the skin leaving a fresh, awake appearance.

Vitamin C has actually took a back seat recently with the release and launches of newer antioxidants but that doesn’t mean Vitamin C should be left out, as it’s still one of the best ingredients out there.

Upon application this incredibly lightweight serum perfectly blended into skin without any trace of residue or stickiness. I wouldn’t say it was hydrating but offered a sheer, luminosity on the skin. It is recommended to apply this serum morning and evening, underneath your usual moisturiser, preferably a moisturiser with SPF and personally I would recommend a 30+ or higher,

I’ve decided to go quite in-depth with this review, purely because a dark spot correcting product doesn’t magically erase any damage to the skin overnight, we can wish but this isn’t the case.

Targeted area

This is a current photo of some discolouration and brown marks on my nose which I’ve had for quite sometime now, I’ve noticed the mark has become larger, more noticeable and patchy. I will especially be focusing on applying the serum on this certain area and obviously my entire face.

I will report back in 2 weeks with my progress and a updated picture.

Have you had success with the use of a dark spot correcting product? I would love to hear your thoughts. 

Clarins Truly Matte Pore Minimizing Serum

Jul 1   -  

Pore-fection! Enlarged pores is an issue nearly everyone has with their troublesome skin and for a lucky few of us, pores are always invisible. The real problem with those little craters is that enlarged pores can’t be shrunk permanently. People with oily skins who unfortunately have it worse as they’re most likely to develop dilated pores resulting in blackheads. Another big problem about having open pores is that they make you look older, something I have recently discovered myself.

Thankfully, Plant-based company Clarins created an exciting Truly Matte’ range for people with combination and oily skins. An ideal and perfect line of products for myself, this range has actually been available for quite some time, but it’s a range of products you don’t normally hear about nowadays so I felt it needed some attention, especially now we are hitting summer time, people start using oil-balancing, oil-free, lightweight moisturisers. After using other pore minimising products in the past that failed its claims, I decided to put Clarins Pore Minimising Serum to the test. Clarins recommends to apply the serum before your day and night cream where pores and that oily t-zone may be visible.

The ingredients; Hibiscus extract and BHA Salicylic acid; quickly get to work on unblocking those pores, White Dead Nettle and Soft Wheat proteins; instantly purifies, brightens and provides an anti-free radical effect, Chrysin; an extract from the beautiful blue passion flower works to reduce active inflammations, Alpine Willow Herb; grown only in peat bogs, a wetland where plant materials deposit, this sharp small bush keeps sebum secretions balanced, Glisten; amino acid rich, this dipeptide produces collagen and elastin whilst protecting and restoring the skin.

Apon application; this super lightweight, quick absorbent serum awakes skin with a hit of purified freshness, pores instantly felt clean and appeared tightened, excess sebum absorbed into thin air. My skin was definitely looking balanced and naturally matte. I work in a humid environment and the excess oils were arriving later than normal, so I know that this product is really working with my skin.

To achieve that truly ever matte finish, I would pair this product with Clarins Ultra-Matte Rebalancing Lotion, another fabulous product from the Truly Matte line which I have been testing so keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming review.

Be pore-less, be shine free with the Truly Matte range available at all Clarins counters and online here

SkinChemists Retinol Moisturiser

Jun 18   -  

Skin Chemist have recently launched an exciting ‘Retinol Range’ which consist of an infused eye serum and a hardworking moisturiser. Luckily, Mr. Wharff was able to get his mitts on the moisturiser.

So, what is Retinol?

Retinol; an ingredient which many of you may have heard of. Retinol (otherwise known as Vitamin A) is a superb powerhouse ingredient that can improve and repair a variety of skin concerns; acne, sun damage and scarring, while diminishing the appearance of those pesky fine lines and wrinkles. This potent, high performance intensive moisturiser also encourages a youthful, glowing appearance. Did you know that retinol is a secret antioxidant?

Other intriguing ingredients include; Coconut Oil deeply repairs and hydrates while Tiare Flower calms and purifies. Common thickening, anti-bacterial and silicone ingredients are used as well.

Retinol is a like the big daddy in the family; strong, protective and hardworking. With its pearl white colour, seductive fragrance from Tiara flower and emulsion consistency, the product immediately absorbed into the skin leaving it velvety smooth. Over the small course of 2 weeks; my skin was beginning to look even-toned, purified and radiant. Applying my corrective concealer wasn’t needed. Skin will be left fresh and mattified. 

Formulated for all skin types. You can use this product alone, or I would personally advice users to apply a sunscreen on top to ensure skin protection from the sun and pollution.

Unfortunately there is a small percentage of people who are unable to handle the power of retinol but that shouldn’t stop users from giving this gentle baby a go.

SkinChemist Retinol Moisturiser 50ml is available directly here

 

 

Estēe Lauder CyberWhite HD Advanced Spot Correcting Essence and BB Creme

Jun 29

futuristic, ultra-advanced serum has made its way to the UK shores. Estēe Lauder CyberWhite HD Advanced Spot Correcting Essence promises to ‘Magnify your skin’s clarity like never before!’ with it’s all new HD-90 Technology; features extracts from flower Baikal Skullcap - strong in anti-bacterial properties, this purple flower promotes natural collagen production while having an whitening effect on sun-induced and aged pigmented skin. With its super high dosage of Vitamin C and a mix of antioxidants, skin will never look so radiant.

Brightening mineral pigments, mica and titanium dioxide treats the skin with a natural, healthy glow. Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract soothes and desensitises irritated skin. Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract; rich in Vitamin A and C. This essential ingredient delivers healthy, luminous skin. Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract; increases collagen production. Hordum Vulgare (Barley) Extract; increases production of oxygen-free radicals. Pueraria Lobata Root Extract; a safe skin lightener that improves skin tone, overtime.

To achieve the full potential of this serum you need to at least use the serum twice daily, morning and evening. My believe is continuous use of a active product like this one will give you some sort of a positive result, even if it’s the slightest improvement. 

This light-weight, luminous textured serum instantly absorbs into the skin leaving a noticeable glowing complexion. I tested the serum for a whole month, twice a day, morning and evening. Unfortunately the results weren’t as promising as Estēe Lauder described. My dark spots on the upper cheeks appeared lighter and less conspicuous, the brown mark on the bridge of my nose stayed the same and the old blemish scar on my chin appeared less visible and had flattened. 

Overall, I’m pretty happy with the results I achieved when using this serum, my only downfall is one bottle is sometimes not enough, especially for stubborn old brown marks that just won’t go away.

Moving on now to the CyberWhite HD BB Creme SPF 50!

Ultra-lightweight, cooling and comforting, Estee Lauder have recently launched a dark spot correcting BB Creme; floral scented, hydrating, high protecting sheer formula that uses advance brightening effects to diminished any appearance of dullness on the skin whilst brightening the look of dark spots, pigmentation, blemish scarring and UV damage.

Firstly, the consistently is somewhat runny and spreadable. You can clearly see my skin has instantly brightened and has concealed those brown spots pretty well. I like how its given the skin that ‘photoshopped effect’ and has magically blurred my enlarged pores, especially around the nose area whist leaving a moist finish.  Personally I like how this BB creme has given me just that brightening look rather than a makeup look. The BB creme comes in one universal shade so my advice would be to try out the product at your nearest Estēe Lauder counter before committing to buying. I think what you have to understand with this BB creme is that it’s not like any others, meaning that this is purely meant to brighten skin.

If you feel the CyberWhite HD range is the perfect match for you, then  head over to Estēe Lauder online now to discover the full range of CyberWhite HD by clicking here