Oct 28   -  


Spots, zits, blemishes and acne all fall under the same umbrella that millions of us suffer from every single day, some people are very lucky and get that odd spot once a month but unfortunately, there are sufferers in the world like myself that get the pesky things daily.

High street shops are flooded with anti-spot washes, gels, creams and lotions that truly makes me wonder how on earth can a customer decide on what product/brand to trust? There are so many harsh products lurking on those dusty shelfs and unfortunately you are a target of those products.

But rest assure! Help is at hand with the latest innovation from Proactiv, introducing Proactiv+. Thats right, the makers of Proactiv Katie Rodan, M.D and Kathy Fields, M.D have been cooking up a new recipe and have taken the old formulation of Proactiv to the next level. Well, Proactiv was first released in 1995 as a subscription basis only – I do think it’s about time for a little upgrade, don’t you?

The difference between Proactiv and Proactiv+ packaging:

As shown above, the original out-dated font bottles are now replaced with clean-looking white tubes, more user-friendly, readable to the public eye. The products are now easier to dispense because of the new design. The updated font and the use of green gives the feel of a fresher approach.

Proactiv+ products overview: 

Proactiv+ Skin Smoothing Exfoliator:

An exciting 2-in-1 cleanser and exfoliator that contains power duo Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid that both work in harmony to combat active blemishes on the skin. The essence used from the Saxifrage flower offers whitening properties, Chinese Skullcap releases anti-bacterial agents onto the skin.

Proactiv+ Pore Targeting Treatment:

This particular Proactiv+ product uses all new scientific Smart Target Technology that delivers best friend Salicylic Acid to clean deep down into those dirty pores, reducing the formation of new blemishes. Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract promotes wound healing while having the power to pull up toxins from the skin killing spot-promoting bacteria. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – as we all know soothes, comforts irritated skin.

Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator:

The final 3-step from the newly revamped brand Proactiv+. This lightweight yet comforting hydrator contains an array of skin-fixing ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract improves the health of the skin thanks to its antioxidants and flavonoids. Morus (Mulberry) Alba Bark Extract naturally lightens acne scarring and pigmentation. Baikal Skullcap is also used in Proactiv+ Complexion Perfecting Hydrator as an anti-bacterial agent.

Now, in all honestly I was surprised at how well Proactiv+ performed. In the past Proactiv has received mixed reviews of its original core products, unfortunately, I haven’t tried or tested the original core line of Proactiv so I’m unable to compare the two from side-to-side.

Now, hear comes the interesting part, what is the difference between the original Proactiv and the new Proactiv+? Luckily, to make it clear and easily readable I have found a comparison chart of the original and new side-by-side:

As you can see, Proactiv+ have vastly improved by offering better results from the new Proactiv+ range. Hydration, Radiance, Pore Size, Dark Spots and Redness are probably the five most major issues people are concerned with day-to-day, male or female. So, as you can see from the comparison chart, Proactiv have definitely done their research. For example: Acne sufferers aren’t just wanting clear, blemish-free skin, they’re wanting a reduction in pore size and quick removal of dark marks. Scientist research and discover new powerful ingredients and up-to-date technology to skin care so brands need to up their game!

Did the new Proactiv+ work for me?

Yes! For the first few days of using Proactiv+ I noticed very little improvement but after a full week of using only Proactiv+ products blemishes were becoming less frequent, blemishes that were making an appearance were soon making an exit! For the first time ever, skin didn’t need that extra support from other anti-blemish products, dark marks were fading slowly and my large open pores were looking cleaner, more closed. Overall, very impressed by the results Proactiv+ has given me, but wouldn’t call it the cure for all acne as I was still getting a few blemishes but just not as often – can’t really complain can I.

Are you a long-term acne sufferer like myself? If yes is your answer then head over to Proactiv+ official website by clicking here.

For my U.S + Asian readers, you’ll be excited to know that the original Proactiv ZoomShops have now had a nice little upgrade, so keep an eye out at your nearest shopping mall, military bases and airports.

Proactiv+ ZoomShop

C’mon Proactiv! I’m demanding you to bring this lean mean anti-acne machine to the UK – we want a piece of the pie.



Oct 12   -  

NIP+FAB Dragons Blood Range Serum and Mask

NIP+FAB Dragons Blood Range Cleansing Pads

Have NIPFAB found a random magic dragon walking (or stomping!) along the streets and kindly asked it for some of its blood? The answer is a fire-breathing no! Find out in why in Mr Wharff’s NIPFAB dragons blood range review below…

Don’t worry, no dragons have been harmed in the making of NIPFABs exciting new Dragons Blood range – the ingredients actually come from the Socotra dragon-tree.

Tried & Tested: Face Masks that work

Oct 3   -  

Tried & Tested: Face Masks that work

So you’re looking for a decent face mask? Well, you have come to the right place here at Mr. Wharff. As we all know face masks come in all different shapes, smells and sizes and I have been lucky enough to have tested quite a few to give you my recommendation on which actually do their job, properly. Masks also give you that relaxed pampering-feel which we all need from time-to-time and especially if you’re in a nice, hot bubbly bath!

Whenever you’re after a spot-killer, rehydration or a youthful radiance booster I have it covered from head-to-toe.

Thea Skincare Soothing After Shave Detox Balm

Oct 16

A highly nutritious Soothing After Shave Balm sounds like a mans best friend, right! Well, Thea Skincare brings you an affordable but luxury organic balm that is perfectly designed for all skin types for that fine gentleman who is searching for his lost companion – fear not! This comforting aftershave balm is by your side ready to be de sensitized from smallest signs of irritation after a close-shave.

Well, hello there Anatomicals!

Sep 28

A beauty brand that doesn’t do simple, bland packaging or boring catch phases – Anatomical are different, they like to get straight to the point with no miss-behaving or any misconceptions.

Their full range of uni-sex products will for sure catch the glimpse of our eyes with their bright, funky packaging and hilarious titles like ‘farewell the scarlet pimple hell’. If you haven’t come across the comic brand already then I would be very surprised that you haven’t – Anatomicals are flooding supermarkets with their wallet-friendly groovy products.

Elemis Hydra Range

Sep 25

Elemis Hydra Range

Elemis have just upped their game and released 3 brand new spanking creams; Hydra-Balance, Hydra-Boost and Hydra-Nourish, it’s all going hydra at Elemis HQ and I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that these aren’t the only products or “product” Elemis have under wraps. I have two of the newly released products literally at my side and I’ve been testing them for a good 2-3 weeks, my honest verdict is now in!