Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment

If I’ve said it once I’ve said it a million times. You can never have too many lip products.  

Now, you may have a sh*t tonne of lip balms in your collection, but how many lip treatments do you have? Or more precisely, nightly lip treatments?


Didn’t think so. 

Take a look then at Dermalogica’s new Nightly Lip Treatment, and wherever you do, don’t call it a ‘lip balm’!

Lip ageing is as inevitable as any other type of ageing but often gets overlooked when it comes to skincare.

Our mouth area produces laugh lines, fine lines, and vertical lines over time, just like any other part of your face but by looking after that area correctly you can help to reduce the appearance of ageing.

The guys at Dermalogica have got you covered thanks to their new nightly lip treatment.

Designed to be used on and around your lips, this rich formula works to firm, hydrate and restore the skin around your mouth.

Vitamin rich shea butter instantly hydrates and improves skins elasticity while Indian Gentian Extract, advanced Volumizing Technology and Sesame Seed Extract work to restore the skins volume and reduce the appearance of fine feather lines and wrinkles.

The treatment itself has the appearance and texture of a light moisturser, which while pleasant to apply did feel a bit odd on my lips to begin with.

It possesses a very soft and delicate hint of peppermint which confused me initially because while id pop a lip balm on that was peppermint scented, I’d be slightly more cautious putting something that smelt minty on my skin.

Anyway, once I had got used to the texture and scent I really enjoyed using the product.

It certainly did a great job of instantly hydrating my lips and the skin around my mouth, leaving it feeling soft and nourished.

In terms of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the jury’s out. I’m 32 and I don’t smoke, so I’ve yet to really notice the signs of ageing around my mouth yet, but I imagine if this was something that did concern you then using this treatment could make a difference.

It’s well known that you should use a separate eye cream to your regular moisturiser on the skin around your eyes, so why wouldn’t you treat the skin around your mouth in a similar manner if its appearance concerns you?

I think it’s a great, unique and original product by a trusted brand that is well worth a try. If nothing else it leaves your lips wonderfully soft and kissable!

Dermalogica’s Nightly Lip Treatment is available now and costs £47.50 for 10ml.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream

We all know that Charlotte Tilbury makes the most exquisite make up (if you didn’t know that, where have you been?!) but did you know that she also has a fabulous line of Skincare products too?

When browsing her counters in John Lewis or pouring lover her website I can’t help but get side tracked by all the pretty rose gold housed lipsticks and palettes, foundations and bronzers and by the time I’ve added all these lovelies to my shopping basket and checked out, I’m way too broke to consider skincare.

Let me tell you now that if this sounds like you as well, well, we’ve been missing out on actual gem of a product. And yes it is skincare.

I’m talking about the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream.

Packaged absolutely exquisitely (would you expect anything else) Charlotte’s Magic Cream is an Instant Turnaround Moisturiser with SPF 15.

Housed within a chic, clear octagon shaped jar and adorned with the iconic rose gold lid this daily moisturiser is both magic by name and magic by nature.

This cult cream is based on Charlotte’s hand-made ‘backstage’ formula which was originally created to prep models’ complexions prior to their catwalk shows.

Offering and instant hit of hydration this wonder cream instantly transforms your complexion thanks to its impressive skin loving list of ingredients and hey, if its good enough for a top model its good enough for me!

This rich, multi-tasking product contains a hit of Hylauronic acid, sodium hyaluronate and wild pansy extract which helps to attract and seal-in moisture so that your skin not only feels instantly hydrated but feels wonderfully soft and moisturised all day long.

A unique, multi-tasking, anti-ageing BioNymph Peptide Complex helps to turn back the clock and battles against fine lines and wrinkles to encourage beautiful skin from within, all while fighting free radicals.

Extracts of rosehip and camellia oils along with vitamin E help to transform dull complexions while extracts of frangipani, aloe vera, damask rose and vitamin A work to combat inflammation, soothe redness and leave your skin looking luminous.

I’m sure you’ll agree that the cream boasts an impressive list of skin loving ingredients, but does it actually work?

I’m going to have to say yes.

Despite the fact that the cream is rich and thick in texture, it actually worked really well with my oily/combination skin.

Rich doesn’t have to mean ‘heavy’ and this cream is anything but. 

Lightweight and quickly absorbed, your skin really does instantly feel plumper and hydrated without any hint of residual greasiness.

The cream possesses a really delicate, botanical scent which is really pleasant to apply and my skin was left feeling lovely and soft and hydrated throughout the day.

Because of the nature of my skin I don’t tend to use night creams as I find many too heavy but actually with this cream I don’t feel that my skin needs that extra TLC at night.

It is so well looked after and pampered with the Magic Cream that simply a slightly more generous application at night time is all I need to ensure that my skin is nourished overnight.

It says on the gorgeous packaging for the Magic Cream ‘The Magic Dew of Youth and Luminosity In a Jar’ and I’d say that’s a pretty great description of this product!

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is a wonderful product that will help your skin to glow with radiance and luminosity and absolutely deserves your attention, so when you’re finding yourself captivated by the gorgeous new lipsticks, head over the skincare section and check this gem out.

You will be forever grateful that you did. 

After all, how can you expect your painting to look incredible if you don’t look after the canvas!

Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream is available now and costs £70.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Aromatherapy Associates Face Oil Collection

What is your skin type? Typically I’d categorise mine as being oily/combination in as much as my T- Zone is almost always oily but I sometimes suffer with dry patches on my cheeks and areas on my forehead.

However, that doesn’t mean that my skin is always oily-combination. Our skin is always changing, be-it due to factors such as stress and hormones or environmental factors such as the weather or pollution and when you skin exhibits these changes it is important to adapt your skincare regime accordingly.

While this may sound like a lot of faff (and probably expense) it is actually really important when trying to look after the overall health of your skin.

Aromatherapy Associates understand your skins changing needs and in response to such have created a fabulous and quite frankly, inspired Face Oil Collection (£53).

This cute as collection features all six of the Aromatherapy Associates Face Oils in handy 3ml discovery sizes.

Each oil features a carefully crafted blend of essential oils to help target 6 different sets of skin needs. 

Containing 100% natural ingredients these potent essential oils easily penetrate the layers of your skin to deliver targeted solutions to your skins complaints.

The Collection includes: 

Anti-Ageing Intensive Skin Treatment Oil
Anti-Ageing Fine Line Face Oil
Hydrating Revitalising Face Oil
Hydrating Nourishing Face Oil
Inner Strength Soothing Face Oil
Mattifying Refining Face Oil

As you can see from the extensive list, you have an oil for every complaint!

The Anti-Ageing Intensive Skin Treatment Oil is great for dry areas of skin and for use directly on scarred skin. It contains Rosehip Oil which works as an inti-inflammatory while wheatgerm oil which is rich in Vitamin E aids skin regeneration.

The darkest in colour of all the oils this super rich treatment is slightly too heavy for my skin but smells incredible and would be perfect for skin in need of some real nourishment.

The Anti-Ageing Fine Line Face Oil is designed to plump and boost your skins appearance thanks to its blend of apple and raspberry seed oils which act as anti-oxidants and help with your skins collagen production. 

Lighter in colour and scent it is a gorgeous oil that leaves my skin looking nourished without feeling heavy.

The Hydrating Revitalising Face Oil has been created simply to make your skin glow. Its blend of Rose and Frankincense help to restore your skins vitality, leaving a healthy, glowing complexion.

This a great all-rounder of a face oil that is perfect for most skin types and smells gorgeous too.

The Hydrating Nourishing Face Oil is super nourishing oil (if you hadn’t gathered that from its name!) Rose and Sandalwood work to smooth dry skin while stimulating your circulation, resulting in healthy, soft and beautiful looking skin.

I love the warm woody scent of this oil!

Next up is the Inner Strength Soothing Face Oil. Perfect to help soothe and calm stressed or irritated skin this oil contains camomile to reduce inflammation and Baobab seed oil to encourage cell regeneration.

This has to be my favourite oil because I often suffer skin flare up’s for no apparent reason and when I do I just want something that is going to calm the irritation. This oil does that perfectly.

He lightest in colour of all 6 oils it also possesses the most delicate aroma, gently calming your skin and helping to soften and soothe irritation without causing any additional damage.

Last but by no means least is the Mattifying Refining Face Oil which has been created to help reduce shine as Ylang Ylang helps to balance your skin and Lavender imparts its anti-septic qualities.

Smelling (as you may expect) of beautiful, delicate, relaxing lavender this is my day to day go-to oil of choice.

It allows my skin to be treated to all the benefits of a rich and opulent face oil, without any oily or greasy repercussions!

The 6 piece collections costs £53 which may sound like a lot BUT you actually get £83 worth of facial oils for that.

On top of that each bottle contains enough oil for an entire weeks worth of use which a pretty decent amount of time to road test each one.

The collection is great in several ways.

 It can be bought and used as travel sizes when you’re jet setting but don’t want to take full sized bottles in your suitcase.

Its fab if you are looking to try a facial oil but aren’t sure which one would be best suited to your skin, so it allows you the opportunity to try several before committing to a full size bottle.

It is also perfect to be used in the way I mentioned at the start of my piece- as a capsule of oils that can be swapped and changed depending your skins individual, daily needs.

The Aromatherapy Associates Face Oil Collection is available now and costs £53.
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