“To sum this up in a nutshell. I’m using face wash as body wash and eye cream as facial moisturiser and absolutely loving it!”
In less than 24hrs it will be 2016 and like every other year I’m excited and hopeful the new year will bring exciting opportunities. I’m also looking at ways to clean up and improve my daily life. First step is to de-clutter my ever growing skincare collection!
Earlier this year I featured Perricone MD which worked great during the summer months. The citrus face wash contains vitamin C which is great for brightening the skin. However it also contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) which is not my favourite ingredient as it can leave my skin dry. Therefore the citrus face wash is a no-go for my face during the winter months but I must admit I’ve been using it as a body wash. At 42€ this is an expensive product to be using this way but it feels so nice and indulgent that I’m doing it anyway. The SLES creates lots of foam which is always nice in the shower and afterwards my skin is brighter and smoother that I’m now kind of addicted.
I’m so lazy when it comes to using eye creams. I prefer using a serum everywhere followed by a moisturiser or face oil. Therefore I started mixing the Cold Plama Eye with an Odacité Serum Concentrate (read about this brand here) and applying them to my entire face and neck area. To sum this up in a nutshell. I’m using face wash as body wash, eye cream as facial moisturiser and absolutely loving it! It may seem like I’m discounting Perricone MD but this isn’t the case at all. I like this brand a lot and look forward to trying more products in the range.
You can see for yourself at Niche-Beauty or Niche-men. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave me a comment or tweet me!
My love for serums and oils has reached an all time high. You may remember my moans and groans of dry and sensitive skin from previous posts. But thanks to a combination of lightweight yet moisture rich skincare I no longer resemble a brillo pad and I couldn’t be happier.
My latest skincare discovery is US brand Odacité, a collection of pure plant ‘Serum Concentrates’. I’m currently using the Green Tea & Lemongrass Booster for Devitalised skin. This provides a welcomed antidote after the indulgence of Christmas. The serum concentrate can be used in one of two ways. Either it’s own for an intense treatment or 1-2 drops with a moisturiser. For the first try I used it alone to gauge the performance. After cleansing I applied 5 drops to the palm of my hands and massaged over my face and neck. The lemongrass is certainly revitalising and uplifting whilst the richness of this serum is comforting and spa-like.
5 drops went a long way, leaving my skin moisture saturated and nurtured until the next day. For everyday day use I recommend adding 1-2 drops with a lightweight, natural moisturiser such as this one from Grown Alchemist. The variety of concentrates are intermixable so you can create your perfect skincare cocktail.
I love hyaluronic acid!
It sounds like an expensive synthetic ingredient when in fact it occurs naturally in our own bodies.
Serums have a lower molecular weight than thicker creams. This allows them to absorb slightly deeper in the skin. DECIEM is the company behind some of my favourite brands including Fountain. They have since created NIOD and today I will review the Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex. This serum contains 12 different hyaluronic compounds to target different layers of the skin.
This watery texture is unbelievably light. I find 6 drops sufficient to cover my entire face. It absorbs almost immediately leaving my skin super smooth and soft. With continued use (about 10 days) my skin is feeling hydrated from the inside out. I’ve have a few different products on the go but I’m managing to use this twice daily with either a moisturiser or a face oil on top. I heard great reports from others, one friend called it “a face lift in a bottle”. Which is a bit much if you ask me. It’s good but not that good. A little goes a long way, so the 30€ price tag is incredible value for money considering the hydration it provides.
There has never been a more appropriate time for a steaming hot bath – than right now.
Finally, after six months, I have my own bathroom back and I couldn’t be happier.
To soothe my aching muscles and clear my mind is as close to heaven as I can get. And I will happily take it, courtesy of a nice long soak in my new tub. The product of choice is 001 BATH SALT by Swedish brand L:A BRUKET. It contains only natural ingredients including unbleached sea salt, marigold, roses and lavender. This ‘kurbad’ leaves me feeling relaxed, soothed and ready for a perfect night’s sleep.
Colder weather and cozy central heating I love but my poor skin says ‘wah wah wah’ as it begins to shrivel up – unless I take precautions! I’ve incorporated protective skin care into my daily regime that complements my environment. And I have some superb new products that I’d like to share with you. First up is the Carrot Butter cleansing balm by Organic Pharmacy. This is my first time using a cleansing balm and I find it the most comforting experience. I scoop a penny sized amount and massage it over my entire face for a couple of minutes to boost the circulation, and it feels so, so, so good, the consistency is thick and greasy which sounds gross but feels great, especially if your skin is dry. I received a muslin cloth which I believe is sold separately, you should run this under hot water, wring out and press onto your face before wiping off the excess balm. This feels so incredible I can’t even explain. Next up is the eye cream and moisturiser from Grown Alchemist, this is a very cool natural brand from Australia. I like the minimal packaging but crucially it really nurtures my skin. Natural moisturisers absorb nicely into the skin which I put down to their lack of silicone or any petroleum type ingredients which tend to lay on the surface when I use them. This allows me to slather on a really thick layer and leave it to soak in. My skin begins to plump and I’m left looking socially acceptable again.
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