La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm

Apr 5   -  

‘Rescue creams’ are becoming a thing over the past year and brands are developing their own version of a repairing cream. We see Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream becoming more well-known and popular for its famous healing properties whilst sales are sky-rocket, no wonder brands are creating their own version.

Dermatitis is an absolute pain and I’m sure many of you agree, flaky, itchy, red and sore, this condition just won’t bugger off my face, stress makes it 100% worst too! I’m a big fan of sudocrem but sometimes I can become quite addicted to it so I like to give my skin a breathe and rest so sometimes I like to switch by using this ‘skin kind’ balm instead.

This potent, comforting, fragrance-free balm contains a high percentage of Panthenol 5% (know as vitamin B5), Madecassoside (Madecassic Acid) Glycerin, Copper, healing Zinc and Maganese. Naturally rich in vitamin A; Shea Butter is a fantastic all-rounder ingredient for treating common skin conditions such as; blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis. 

For me, I go to this marvellous balm when my skin (or lips) is shouting SOS, especially when my face turns into a pizza with extra pepperoni! 

I adore applying this at night-time as it always seems to de-sensitized my skin in seconds, overall; a brilliant product with a smashing price tag! A definite product to keep handy with you on your short or long-distance travels.

The La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 is widely available online and you can pick up your own at Boots here

 

Paula’s Choice

Apr 2   -  

 

 

The woman behind Paula’s Choice; Paula Begoun; an author of 20 best-selling beauty books which include: Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without MeThe Original Beauty Bible. Due to her successful books and wide knowledge of good and bad ingredients in cosmetics Paula was lucky enough to be invited on repeated TV appearances from Oprah, The Today Show, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The View, Dr. Oz and CNN. 

Paula’s story started at the age of 25 when she noticed her beloved skin-care product contain acetone. She stated ‘That’s nail polish remover! No wonder my skin wasn’t getting better’. I would have loved to know what that skin-care product was.  From then, Paula began intensively researching on ingredient’s that are beneficial for the skin. In 1995, Paula followed her dreams and created Paula’s Choice, with all the knowledge of ingredients, it would be silly not to create her own skin care line.

I do have to admit, I love spending my spare-time on Paula’s website learning what ingredient is safe or not and finding out the real truth about beauty brands.

Watch out brands, the Cosmetic Cop is about!

So, starting off with the review! CLEAR Pore Normalising Cleanser. non-drying, silky refreshing gel that instantly gets to work at tackling those dirty pores while working quickly at removing stubborn make-up. 100% fragrance free, Triclosan; an ingredient in the cleanser that has an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effect on the skin, Panthenol; moisturises while acting as a humectant by hydrating skin deep into the cells. Finally, the natural powers of glycerin attracts moisture on the skin while protecting the outer-layer of the skin from pollution, extreme weather. I was skeptical about using this gel-base cleanser as my skin never agrees with gel consistencies but I was in for a surprise! Skin was left feeling silky and soft once rinsed with water, non of that tight or dry feeling you get from most gel cleansers.

 Next product! Skin Perfecting BHA Lotion Exfoliant

A lovingly blend of plant oils; Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil work together by balancing sebum production. One of my favourite ingredients of all time salicylic acid works by exfoliating the top surface of the skin and cleans deep down into the pores while healing present blemishes. I’ve been using this product for a good full week, twice a day and have only noticed a slight improvement on present blemishes but my annoyingly large pores have certainly reduced in size a little, especially on the t-zone.

Finally! The amazing Moisture Boost Daily Restoring Complex SPF 30. 

There are so many great things about this product! Non-greasy,  protecting and non pore-clogging. Using stabilised avobenzone, you can trust this product to provide you with great sun protection. What I love about this product is that the soft, soufflé like texture doesn’t at all feel like sunscreen. My only moan is that I wish the product was more hydrating than it states.

Paula’s Choice is a no mess no nonsense skin care brand that you might want to consider. Click here to discover the entire range of Paula’s Choice.

 

Scaramouche and Fandango Prickly Pear Face Scrub

Mar 27

Made in Britain, Scaramouche and Fandango is an iconic brand that brings an array of distinctive, simple products for the modern gentleman. Completely unique to others on the market, made with the finest ingredients, straight-forward language and no-fuss packaging.

The Scaramouche and Fandango Face Scrub is the perfect exfoliator for any gentlemen to prep his skin before shaving, designed for all men’s skin types, this gel-based consistency product contains small microbeads what pack a punch on those facial hairs by lifting them up to the surface for a closer, more comfortable shave.

Try using this product at least 2 times a week before shaving, you will definitely notice an improvement to your skin condition. If you suffer from blemishes or irritation from shaving, then be prepared to see a reduction in these problems.

With Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract; also known as prickly pear is the sharp sap from a cactus tree. A strong humectant which has a powerful firming effect on the skin while helping refine skins texture. CHRONODYN (TM); A clinical-proven refreshing cell energiser that has the ability to help firm and tone skin while fighting against fatigue. Finally, Opuntia Ficus Indica Flower Extract; a unusual but interesting cactus specie that is known for its anti-inflammatory and potent antioxidant properties.

If you think this is up your street like myself then you can find it here for £8. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Elemis Balancing Radiance Collection

Mar 20

A marvellous idea from the popular spa brand, Elemis have recently released a duo collection of their cult cleanser and toners; Lucky me, I was asked to review a collection of my choice, now, having pain in the ass skin ‘dry/blemish skin’ I decided to trial the Lime Blossom Cleanser and Lavender Toner, on first contact; the exquisite scent of the Lime Blossom Cleanser reminded me very much of parma violets, one word, mouth-watering delicious.  Now, just imagine walking into a fresh field of lavender while the sunlight is beaming onto the aromatic field, yes! That is exactly what this magical toner smells like. 

Lime Blossom Balancing Cleanser; silky, creamy and heavenly, this spa therapy lotion is bursting with active lime blossom extracts and lecithin that fully removes all signs of make-up, dirt and pollution, this is the ideal product for people with oily/combination skin.

Balancing Lavander Toner; a refreshing, oil-controling, ultra-hydrating toner that instantly clarifies the skin without the use of irritating alcohol and nasty detergents. Pure Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil is actually packed full of anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Saponaria Officinalis Extract (Sweet Betty Flower); a much gentle alternative to alcohol that doesn’t strip the skins natural barrier like alcohol does

and finally, the multi-award winning Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm; Elemis has created this ‘hybrid moisturiser’ into the skin care realms, formulated with an outstanding boosting vitamin complex, this 2013 winner quickly gets to work by illuminating the skin on first contact, similar to how the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm works but with a anti-aging upgrade. This luminous tube of wonder contains purple orchid, noni and acai which fights wrinkles from the earliest signs of ageing in a flash. Light and fresh, this fluid-like balm won’t leave skin feeling tacky or over-moisturised but leaves skin with a semi-matte, radiant finish.

Does your skin need a little radiance-boosting ? Click here to discover Elemis Radiance Collections

Tour De Ted Body Maintenance Kit Range

Mar 19

Maintenance for the everyday man is as important as a woman applying her favourite mascara. Ted Baker, the premium clothing range have been creating body care and beauty for quite some time now, his latest innovation ‘The Tour De Ted Range’ offers a twist of hidden, warm and sensual tones from this enticing range. Using the finest aromatherapy oils; Bergamot, Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Musk. There’s no reason why us gents can’t feel pampered right?

Starting off; the hair & body wash arrives in a eye-catching, sophisticated, green and blue tube printed with various funky  bicycles. the product itself lathers up very nicely, once applied onto the body and rinsed off, skin was left surprisingly soft and clean, I honestly wasn’t expecting my skin to feel this comforted. You gents are in for a treat!

Having the same flow of oils this exciting antiperspirant deodorant surely delivers performance even for the top athlete. I’m normally speptical about using ‘fashion brands’ skin care lines as they don’t really appeal to me because of the minimal, non-active ingredients that they contain. After 24 hours my under-arms were smelling clean and fresh. Ted Baker does state that the product works for 48 hours but I’m sure the modern gentleman washes everyday, am I right?

Overall; a fantastic range for the fine gentleman at any age.

The Tour De Ted Range is available at larger Boots stores or Boots.com

 

AEOS Profound Nourishing Treatment

Mar 12

 

An intensive, super hydrating treatment tackles the driest of skins while also smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. Do you get that feeling when you have been out in harsh weather and you arrive back home and skin instantly feels tight, dry and irritated? Your skin is shouting moisture, moisture, MOISTURE!

Before I start, there isn’t a lot to say about this treatment, purely because it’s simple and does exactly what it says on the tin so to speak!

This ultra-nourishing treatment comes packaged in 20 individual single-use ampoules, the only ingredient; Triticum Spelta (Spelt) Germ Oil, which in-fact is biodynamically grown on their very own farm. Spelt Germ Oil is high in Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids this interesting ingredient is also very available to the skin, in other words, the skin can absorb this ingredient at optimal level.

Upon application; I applied one ampoule onto skin, a little tip is to focus on areas that are feeling dry or looking dry. The consistency of the product has similarities to a serum, but the feel of an oil on the skin. I would recommend using this product in the evening and replace it with your usual night time moisturiser, trust me! This is the only moisturising product you will need on your thirsty skin.

Click here to purchase your life saver for dry skin