Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Zelens Power A High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops

One of my must have skincare products comes from a brand that I have come to trust and very much love.

It is a luxury, expensive brand that creates products that really work and I can honestly say are worth every single penny.

Zelens Power A High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops are my skins saviour.

Used nightly as an all-over treatment or to target specific areas, this oil contains a powerful combination of pure, encapsulated retinol and two retinoids to promote skin renewal, improve skin tone and texture and does so with minimal or no irritation so often associated with the use of retinoids.

This wonder oil can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots as well as help to clear blemishes and minimise the look of enlarged pores. It really is a multi functional, miracle little product.

You’ve only got to the look at the impressive list of ingredients to realise that it is jam packed full of a huge range of skin loving, nourishing and beautifying ingredients. 

Retinol: Zelens uses encapsulated, time-released retinol which stimulates cellular turnover minimal or no irritation. Visibly retexturize skin surface, restores skin thickness and help reverse signs of aging.
Retinoids: Zelens uses two cosmetic grades retinoids: Hydroxypinacolone retinoate and Retinyl palmitate. Hydroxypinacolone retinoate is an ester of all-trans retinoic acid. This retinoid demonstrates activities of pure retinol without irritation. Retinyl palmitate is an ester of retinol and palmitic acid. This retinoid facilitates cell communication and enhances skin renewal process.
Phospholipids: Major building components in the structure of any cellular membrane essential for all vital physiological processes. These natural skin-identical ingredients demonstrate moisturising, restructuring and protective properties.
Sterol complex: A blend of vegetable-derived esters structurally similar to skin lipids. Demonstrates moisturising, conditioning and repairing properties. Reinforces skin barrier function.
Soybean sterols: Phytosterols derived from soybeans are lipid molecules with strong biomimetic and soothing properties. Structurally similar to skin natural lipids, these sterols moisturise skin, reduce water loss and strengthen natural barrier function.
Glycolipids: Lipid molecules analogous to the intercellular lipids of stratum corneum (SC) demonstrate structuring, repairing and protective properties. Strengthen the barrier function and hydro-retaining capacity of skin.
Omega-3 and Omega-6: Essential fatty acids derived from safflower oil. Help restore and maintain lipid barrier function and balance the moisture of the skin. Omega acids act as skin protectors and revitalisers.
Proprietary botanical blend: This unique botanical blend contains 6 fruit and vegetable extracts (pumpkin, carrot, broccoli, sweet potato, tomato and spinach) rich in Vitamin A (carotenoids).
Vitamin E: An antioxidant with a key role in the protection of cellular membranes from free radicals. It is the major antioxidant in the human epidermis with strong protective - effects against UV-induced skin damage.
Geranium oil: An essential oil extracted from the plant Rose geranium. This oil possesses antioxidant and antiseptic properties. It helps to balance the secretion of sebum and clear oily skins. Traditionally it has been used for years to help healing of wounds, burns and ulcers.

The oil itself is light in texture and possesses a fresh, pleasant and relaxing aroma.

Designed for use on cleansed skin prior to a serum or moisturiser, I use around 3-4 drops and gently massage it all over my face, concentrating on particularly troublesome areas.

The skin around my nose is often dry and flaky and my chin is frequently oily and regularly features hormonal spots, yet this concentrated oil somehow manages to soothe and rectify both areas.

Seriously! It soothes and nourishes my dry skin patches and yet also helps to clear my problem skin.

When my skin is bad I can notice a huge difference come the morning after just one application of this oil. My skintone is more even, redness has been reduced and my skin actually feels healthier.

I am completely in love with this product and love that it helps with two of my biggest skin concerns; ageing and acne and its gentle enough for even my sensitive skin.

Zelens Power A High Potency Vitamin A Treatment Drops are available now and costs £115.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Benefit KA BROW!

There are many, many things that Benefit do right and their ever growing brow perfecting collection is just one example of this.

I had thought that nothing could draw me away from my Gimmie Brow (reviewed here) until I met Ka BROW! that is.

Ka BROW! is an eyebrow cream-gel colour which offers buildable colour and 24 hour waterproof wear.

Housed in a ridiculously cute bottle it features a built in, hard angled brush that offers precise and easy application.

I LOVE this product! It is so easy to use and the brush is brilliant for applying the product which in my opinion is actually more of a thick, dry paste than a cream gel, which is great because it doesn’t run or bleed.

As you can see from my swatch, it is really easy to build colour, ensuring your brows look the best they possibly can and it actually is budge proof.

I have a 9 month old baby who likes to grab at my face and not once have I lost an eye brow during such a moment!

I love how precise this product is in comparison to gimmie brow, and if like me you’re somewhat lacking in natural eyebrow hair, ka BROW! allows you to both make the most of what you have as well as creating bushier brows.

Benefit's Ka BROW! Is available in 6 different shades and costs £20.

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks

Fans of Burt’s Bees will be thrilled to hear that they have launched a 100% natural lipstick collection!

Comprising of 18 gorgeous shades, these full coverage lippies are made with 100% naturally moisturising ingredients to help soften and condition your lips leaving them kissably soft all day long.

Housed in 100% recyclable packaging, these gorgeous lipsticks contain beeswax,  raspberry seed oil (which contains vitamin E) to improve skin elasticity and Moringa oil which is packed with antioxidants as well as being a skin purifier.

Boasting 8 hours worth of moisturisation AND full coverage, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

The range of shades are just stunning, from pinks and corals, to nudes, reds and berries.

Applying the lipstick is just sheer heaven. The formula is really soft and creamy allowing for easy application and while they do offer full coverage, you can opt to build the colour.

Paler shades such as Tulip Tide which Holly Willoughby recently rocked at The NTA awards can be slightly harder to apply in terms of getting an even look but once you’ve built the colour it looks fab and feels wonderful on your lips.

I cannot stand lipsticks that within 5 minutes leave your lips screaming out for moisture and these lippies do a brilliant job of leaving your lips feeling soft and nourished.

Top: Lily Lake,  Middle: Tulip Tide, Bottom: Blush Basin

I love their really soft, pleasant scent as well which despite being barely detectable is a sweet and comforting aroma.

They offer a delicate sheen and soft, satin finish which gives the illusion of fuller lips and they are so comfortable to wear I’d almost liken them to a tinted balm were it not for their powerful, pigmented colours.

All 18 wearable shades of the new Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks are available now and cost £9.99 each.
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