Kadalys Musaclean Peeling Exfoliant

Aug 19   -  

Banana extract is an ingredient you don’t normally find in your usual beauty products, we are told that eating a banana a day is highly beneficial for our healths, rumour has it that rubbing the outside skin from a banana onto the face helps acne, I must admit I haven’t tried this interesting method but anything that claims to get rid of those angry spots I’m the first in the queue.

Kadalys was launched in September 2012 and was the first ever cosmetic brand to use Banana extract. Shirley Billot, the founder of Kadalys spend over 3 years researching the banana tree and was surprised on what she discovered. Kadalys develop a new active ingredient MUSACTIF; using the latest modern technology, bioactive ingredients from the beauty of a banana tree. Because of its high content of anti-aging molecules, MUSACTIF promotes collagen and elastin production. 

Enriched with green banana oil and natural fruit acids. The Kadalys Peeling Exfoliant is a pure delight to use, especially when you notice that skin is lacking in energy and realising that your skin isn’t looking its best. Lemon water is a well-known detoxifier and plays an important role in this product by repairing damaged skin cells from past blemishes.

Upon application; this fresh but sweet yogurt like consistency went on like a dream, firstly you apply this product as you would like a normal face mask, after 10 minutes or so with clean fingertips you gently place fingertips onto skin and start physically exfoliating, doing light circular motions, I could instantly tell skin became extremely soft and vibrant, skin also felt nourished and hydrated.

Go bananas and visit Kadalys hereThis is a definite brand to watch out for, I can see them becoming pretty big here in the UK.

 

Dr. Brandt Pores No More – Go To Kit

Aug 11   -  

Celebrity dermatologist, was one of the first doctors to use detox, sees over 40+ clients a day. Dr. Brandt wanted a skincare line that was serious and that offered a similar result to his in-office procedures. Today I bring you an insight to his Pores No More Line.

I seem to have an obsession with ‘pore-reducing’ products, I don’t know why but it must be a good obsession, right? I’ve suffered from enlarged pores since being a teenager and they have always played on my mind, no wonder I’m always shiny and sweaty looking, I blame you open pores, you never want to leave me alone, always hassling me. 

So, I bet you’re wondering whats inside this fabulous kit; Pores No More Cleanser; a soft gel texture that quickly turns into a rich lather once in contact with dampen skin, Salicylic Acid combats pores and blemishes, Tea Tree Oil provides anti-bacterial properties and Willow Bark Extract naturally contains salicylic acid while providing a smoothing effect on the skin. Pores No More Pore Refiner; cannot lie but this is the only product that hides my hideous open pores, long-lasting even in the most heated weathers, this refiner and primer in one blurs the most canning imperfections whilst providing an all day matte effect on the skin. Flaxseed Powder Extract absorbs unwanted shine, clever Microspheres magically minimises the appearance of open pores by defusing light.

Pores No More Pore Effect Refining Cream; Power-punching Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree Oil are combined together in this interesting cream. Hyaluronic Acid quenches skin with moisture, Lavender Extract and Parma Rose desensitized irritated skin and Rosemary Extract stops pores from being blocked. Unfortunately I found this cream too drying and not hydrating enough for my skin, even though my skin is a combination to oily. The finish on the skin appeared clarified and less oily looking.

Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner; The name instantly draws you in, what a brilliant idea! An extensive formulation of Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Japanese Rose Eijitsu and Silicone Dioxide synergies together to pull out those unwanted blackheads. Applying a small amount onto troubled area for 5-10 minutes will certainly do the trick, the clear gel consistency will turn blue letting you know that it’s done its job.

Overall; a great little set that won’t break the bank, with generous deluxe sizes of Dr. Brandt bestsellers. Take the doctor home with you and discover the full range of Dr. Brandt here

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. 

Elemis Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum

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 suffered absorbing into skin, what I mean by this is that the product would literally sit on top of the skin and within the space of half an hour the product would be visible to the eye forming a mask like effect on the skin, something you don’t want to happen when your away from home. 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.

BEFORE

Discolouration and brown spots on my nose which I’ve had for quite sometime now, 2 years to be exact. I’ve noticed the marks have become larger, more noticeable and patchy. I will especially be focusing on applying the serum on this area and obviously my entire face.

WEEK 2

So, it has been a little over 2 weeks from my first initial thoughts on the serum and I have to say I was a bit disappointed, overall, my skin definitely appeared brighter and more wide awake looking but I was sadly disappointed by no major improvement on my nose area.

WEEK 3

What I’ve noticed from this week is that the brown spots appeared ever so slightly lighter in colour and those brown spots began to break up and scatter into smaller sized brown, discoloured spots.

WEEK 4

So, a month as actually flown by and unfortunately my skin appeared nearer enough the same as from week 3, I was hoping to see an improvement over the week but sadly this wasn’t the case. Maybe if I had carried on with a second bottle I probably would have had better results with continuous use.

In conclusion, this serum offered an overall brightening effect on the skin but suffered with its formulation issue. If your main concern is purely dull looking skin then I would recommend this product, but if you’re searching for something to banish those dark spots and pigmentation, then a second bottle is personally the best option. What you have to remember is the everyone’s skin is different and reacts to products differently so this could possibly well work for you on just the one bottle.

You can purchase your very own bottle from Elemis here priced at £59.00.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion

Aug 11

I never dreamt of using a spray lotion, reason being they have never interested me in the slightness, anything that is related to a body moisturiser I soon walk the opposite direction, to me it’s just an extra step or routine that isn’t always necessary. When I heard that Palmer’s were releasing their own take of ‘spray and go’, being an avid fan of Palmer’s products already, I just couldn’t say no to this product, I couldn’t let my beloved Palmers down.

Light, Thin, non-greasy and non-sticky, the consistency is truly perfect for all skin types, even on the more oiler side. Nourishing Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter provide a quick quench of thirst to the skin while Vitamin E gives skin a fresher healthier appearance.

Upon application, this deliciously smelling spray lotion instantly provides skin moisture, without over moisturising the skin as many standard body moisturisers do. With its distinctive cocoa note and long-lasting staying powers, skin never smelt so delicious, skin was throughly hydrated throughout the day.

I particularly enjoyed taking this spray of wonder on my travels to the gym, especially after showering, the scent of cocoa butter lingering on you while in the men’s changing room might give you some funny looks but not only are you smelling absolutely delicious, your body isn’t bone dry but intensely hydrated. I find it such a great connivence to have on you when travelling short or long journeys.

Save time in those rush hours mornings by spraying moisture on the skin with Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Rapid Moisture Spray Lotion. Grab yourself a bottle now at your nearest Boots store or online here

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.