Thursday 29 August 2019

Dermalogica AGE bright clearing serum

I always assumed that once I had left my teen years behind me that along with major mood swings, braces and bad eyebrows, spots would be a thing of the past.


How wrong was I. I am now in my thirties and spots are still as present as they have ever been, particularly at my time of the month.

However, unlike my teen days where ALL I had to worry about skin wise was spots, I’m now also suffering with the early stages of ageing, namely fine lines and wrinkles.

Oh joy.

One of the things I’ve struggled with at this stage of my life is to find a product that is capable of tackling both acne AND ageing. It seems that many anti-ageing products actually aggravate my skin, causing more spots, while acne treatments are leaving my skin dry and the wrinkles even more obvious. Gah!

You can imagine my sheer joy then when I stumbled across a new product from Dermalogica called AGE bright clearing serum.

This active two in one serum has been created to help clear your skin and prevent breakouts while simultaneously reducing the visible signs of ageing.

I swear to you I felt like all my prayers had been answered and I’m convinced that I’m not alone.

It seems that more women than ever are experiencing adult acne, thanks to a combination of factors including stress, hormonal changes, lifestyle and environment.

We all know that to try and help keep breakages under control that there are certain things we can do such as alleviating stress and eating healthy but now there is a product that can help those like me who also want to keep wrinkles and ageing at bay at the same time.

This highly-concentrated serum from Dermalogica contains Salicylic Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid to clear breakouts and gently exfoliates your skin while accelerating cell turnover to reduce the signs of skin aging.

Formulated with Dermalogica’s Bright™ Complex, the serum works with your skin’s natural microbiome for clearer, brighter skin. Phytoactives from the Resurrection Plant (known for its ability to survive extreme dehydration) hydrates and smoothes your skin while Niacinamide works together with White Shiitake Mushroom to promote a brighter, more even skin tone.

Suitable for even sensitive skin the serum is designed to be used all over your face, under your moisturiser like any other serum.

Lightweight and silky in texture it possesses a soft, refreshing, botanical scent. Once applied, this clear fluid is absorbed almost instantly into the skin leaving behind no trace.

Skin instantly feels soft and hydrated without a hint of tightness so often associated with acne treatments.

It soothes irritated skin without stinging, while offering feather-light hydrated to parched areas.

I’ve been using it twice daily for a couple of weeks and I’ve noticed not just a reduction in the amount of breakouts I’ve been having but that my skin texture and appearance overall has improved.

Dermalogica’s AGE bright clearing serum is just one product within the brands new Active Clearing line for adult acne and ageing and I can’t wait to experiment with other products!

Dermalogica’s AGE bright clearing serum is available now and costs £58.50.

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Sanctuary Spa Wet Skin Radiance Jelly Watermelon Fragrance

If like me you suffer with dry skin on your body that always requires some form of body lotion post bathing or showering, but you hate the heavy, thick feeling it can leave on your skin, particularly on a stinking hot then day rejoice because I’ve found just the product for you.

This innovative little gem of a product is an ultra light-weight gel that locks in moisture and refines your skin, restoring radiance and providing super nourishment to dry skin.

Infused with a refreshing, fruity and sweet watermelon fragrance it is the perfect summer time product to leave you smelling of a tropical paradise before you’ve even stepped out of the shower.

Yep you read that right, this gel is designed for use while you are still in the shower. So how does it work?

Created with SmartMoisture technology, this unique gel is for use on soaking wet skin.

Once you’ve finished your shower, before you step out apply the product any where you would like to moisturise like you would a traditional moisturiser.

While it may feel quite odd to begin with, stick with it. Massage the lightweight, silky gel into your skin then towel try and get ready as usual.

The gel has been supercharged with Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture, exfoliating natural AHA fruit extracts to keep your skin feeling toned and refreshed and brightening Vitamin B3.

Its fast-absorbing, multi-tasking  properties leave your skin feeling hydrated, soft and nourished in super quick time without having to mess about with greasy moisturisers that weigh your skin down.

It leaves your skin smelling good enough to eat too thanks to its summery watermelon scent which is just gorgeous.

I can’t get enough of this miracle worker at the moment and I’m not alone, with 74% of women tested agreeing that it was the easiest hydrating and refining product they’ve used and 83% loving its quick absorption.

It has actually been clinically proven to lock in 3 times the hydration and in turn 3 times the radiance for skin that is instantly softer and smoother.

Great for people on-the-go who don’t have time to wait for their lotions and potions to dry or for people like me who want a lightweight way to ensure soft, hydrated skin it is an awesome find.

Sanctuary Spa’s Wet Skin Radiance Jelly with Watermelon Fragrance is available now from Boots in store and online and costs £10.

Thursday 22 August 2019

Clarins Cheeky Cheeky Bam Bam Autumn Make-Up Collection

While the summer holidays may be upon us its also that time of year where brand’s get ready to release their autumn collections and I’ve fallen completely in love with the beautiful Clarins Cheeky Cheeky Bam Bam Autumn Make-Up 2019 collection.

Comprising of 8 new blushers and 4 gorgeous lip perfectors, the collection is all about playing with colour.

Having said that, I’m delighted to see a departure from vivid, super bright and somewhat intimidatingly scary shades and a reprise of classic, timeless hues designed to delight and create romantic, dreamy looks.

The eight new shades of Joli Blush (£27 each) are the first Clarins blusher to be enriched with plant oils and feature ultra-pigmented, long wearing formulas that highlight your cheeks in one simple sweep.

Its featherlight, powder soft texture allows your skin to breathe, letting your inner radiance shine through while Hazelnut oil nourishes and comforts your skin.

Meanwhile, the iconic Clarins Anti-Pollution Complex helps to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the environment, looking after your skins wellbeing while imparting its beautiful shade.

Housed within a pretty pink and silver, feminine, pocked sized compact complete with a mirror and synthetic hair brush it is perfect for on-the-go applications and top ups throughout the day.

I love the super soft brush which effortlessly applies the silky soft powder to your cheeks, leaving behind a soft, subtle pop of colour which you can build to meet your desired colour.

The powder itself also features a decadent, soft and beautifully delicate scent which just screams luxury!

I adore the blush in shade 02 Cheeky Pink as it is the perfect shade for creating a natural blush and allows you to gi bolder with your lip colour or alternatively match it with one of the new Natural Lip Perfectors.

Priced at £18.50 each, Clarins’ iconic Natural Lip Perfectors have been updated in four new creamy, intense shades packaged in a gorgeous limited edition golden, geometric pattern.

Available in 4 shades from a soft, light pink to intense garnet these lovelies are enriched with shea and mango butter to moisturise and protect your lips while imparting a bold sweep of comfortable, wearable colour.

Simply squeeze the tube gently to release the lipgloss/balm/oil hybrid onto the silky soft cushion applicator. Designed to hug your lips contours the applicator tip allows for precise, quick application, gliding the formula across your lips with ease.

Lighter than a gloss and non- sticky it features all the nourishing properties of a balm with the shine of a gloss and colour of a lipstick.

It smells and tastes absolutely incredible on your lips too- think sweet, creamy vanilla. Mnnnn, a delight for your senses as well as creating a soft, kissable pout.

I adore my Lip Perfector which is in shade 16 Intense Rosebud.  I would describe its shade as being somewhere between a nude and soft pink and it offers a really delicate hint of shimmer, creating a 3D illusion of fuller lips.

The quality of both the blush and lip perfector is obvious and I cant wait to explore other shades within the collection.

Clarins’ new Autumn collection featuring their new Natural Lip Perfector and Joli Blush shades will be available from August 25th.
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