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A good quality serum is where the majority of your skincare budget should go, especially if your skin is showing the first signs of ageing. I’m currently using Yüli M.E. Skin Fuel in the morning and African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique at night.

I have wanted to try something from Yüli for a while and the brand suggested M.E. Skin Fuel and so far I’ve been super happy. This is a high-end line of natural skincare products from the US. The sleek and minimalist packaging is certainly instagram worthy but what I like most is that it’s gender neutral. Sometimes I prefer products that have a subtle fragrance or none at all, especially during the day. This is on the subtle side which also means it will appeal to men and women as it’s not particularly floral or sweet. It contains a cocktail of actives such as Broccoli Seed, Black Cumin Seed, Red Raspberry Seed, Seabuckthorn + Helichrysum and Jojoba which are suitable for all skin types including oily or sensitive. It’s rich yet absorbs easily with no greasiness. I like to apply it to damp skin as the oils trap any water in the skin for added moisture. It’s sold here in Germany otherwise you can go directly to Yüli.

I’ve been deeply into African Botanics since I first featured the brand here. This is also a high-end natural skincare line except these products are from South Africa. The Fleurs d’Afrique is an advanced corrective serum with the ability to reverse the signs of aging. Those are big words on my part, I know. This is mostly because it contains retinol which alongside spf is the only legitimate anti-aging ingredient.

The most important thing to remember when using anything containing retinol is to use an spf 30 or higher. Personally, I use 50+ everyday. Marula oil is the heart of the range so it naturally features in this serum as well as CoQ10, vitamin C, marine micro algae and essential oils containing omega’s 3,6,7 & 9. After application my skin tingles a bit but I haven’t experienced any redness of sensitivity. I still advise you to use with caution until you know how your skin responds to retinol. You don’t need this if you are in your 20’s, unless you smoke. Otherwise it’s perfect for 30+, looking to prevent aging or reverse aging. Find your nearest stockist here. If you would like to read more about retinol I recommend this article at The Huffington Post.

 

 

 

 

james read tan review

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There’s nothing better than a deep golden tan. And it seems rude to be pale in August but laying in the sun all day just isn’t my thing. This meant it was time to choose the best products that I knew would give me that summer feelin’ whilst avoiding the health risks from sunbathing.

James Read has the perfect range of tanning products with super cool retro packaging. The Express Bronzing Mousse gives you that rich bronzed glow that would normally take two weeks in the Caribbean to achieve. I moisturised my hairline, hands, wrists, feet and ankles then literally slapped it on and then blended like crazy. Never forget to wear gloves and always make sure there is someone to help apply it to your back. Beforehand make sure you are thoroughly exfoliated and moisturised to ensure an even tone.

I’m still using my favorite new SPF 50 from Kiehl’s and to ensure my skin is hydrated and glowing I’m using Sunday Riley Juno. This is perfect during the summer as it contains naturally unscented superfood (dry) oils which give the glow without any irritation or greasiness.

I keep my freshly bleached hair moisturised with Mukti Hair Balm. Containing only natural and organic ingredients it holds the style in place whilst hydrating and nourishing my hair. I don’t go anywhere without a pair of cool shades and this time I’m wearing an all-black pair from SALT. Optics.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Smoothie’s are my go-to breakfast snack before I head to the gym in the morning. I can’t face eating anything too early so this is perfect as it’s light and easy to prepare. I’ve elevated this recipe to super-smoothie status by adding chia seeds and a shot of hyaluronic acid.

  • Banana
  • Peach (or whatever’s in season)
  • Avocado
  • Chia Seeds (1 tablespoon)
  • Fountain – The Glow Molecule (2 teaspoons)
  • 250 ml Almond Milk
  • A handful of ice (optional)

I like this combination because it isn’t too sweet and I sometimes swap the peach for something else. Instead of almond milk you can use cow’s milk, soya or coconut water. Fountain make a great range of supplements for the skin. I’ve tried a few varieties but I’m currently using the Glow which contains a combination of hyluronic acid and reactive glutathione. The two ingredients boost moisture levels so the skin literally glows, but only with continued use so you need to take it every day. Despite their tiny size chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are gluten-free and rich in omega-3 fatty acids plus fiber, protein and other vitamins. I hope you like the recipe and feel free to let me know what you think. You can comment below or reach me on twitter or instagram.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

AFRICAN botanics reviews

More than anything I would like to be lazing in some far-flung, exotic destination. Sipping something sweet in a warm breeze with the gentle sounds of waves hitting the shore. Unfortunately this desert island dream won’t be a reality anytime soon but thanks to African Botanics I’m feeling that little bit closer. Recently I’ve started using the Baobab Clay Oxygenating Cleanser & the Neroli infused Marula Oil. I was instantly taken with the packaging which also comes in beautiful boxes and the natural fragrances are beyond. Marula Oil is the heart of the brand and features in each of the products throughout the range. When a fruit bearing tree can withstand droughts and the constant onslaught of sun imagine what the cold pressed oil from the seed of that fruit can do for our complexion?

Whilst my skin leans toward dry & sensitive my pores can easily become congested. I’m always on the look out for a great cleanser with the ability to remove impurities without drying or irritating my skin. For a while I’ve been using the Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip which has been great however the Baobab Clay Cleanser is my new best friend. I’m a sucker for packaging (as long as what’s inside works) and the silver tube looks great in my bathroom and my instagram feed. The smell is so unusual. It’s very rich, sweet and slightly bitter – I just love it. I had a very small breakout after using this for the first time which healed in no time thanks to the nourishing oils. For me this was a good sign as it seems to be clearing my skin without drying or irritation.

If you like Neroli you will love the Neroli infused Marula Oil. The smell is what transports me to a desert island. It’s sweet, rich and super luxurious. A lot like Vintners Daughter this oil works on different skin types. It’s rich and absorbs quickly with the ability to thoroughly moisturise and plump whilst preventing or healing acne or breakouts. I plan to keep this in it’s box to preserve it from degrading day light.

I know this has been a gushing review but I really love the brand. The only thing I can think of that might put anyone off is the price. These products are all luxury and only the highest grade of botanicals are used which is what you are paying for besides the luxurious packaging. If you can afford it then I urge you to give them a try because the performance and overall experience is just lovely. I also recommend reading more about the benefits of Marula Oil and check out the founders who have a lovely story. I have a few more products from the brand which I will share with you over the coming weeks.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.

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I smell particularly fine at the moment, even if I do say so myself. And I have the fellas at Brooklyn Soap Company to thank for my sophisticated and manly odeur. A few months ago I featured their first fragrance The Woods which I’m still liking very much.

They just launched a new all-natural deodorant which comes as an improved version of their original one. The previous version was very effective and I couldn’t find fault, however this one is powered by silver (silver is naturally anti-bacterial) and it’s also alcohol free which is great for anyone with sensitive skin. I only use natural deo’s as they are healthier and better for the environment than the commercial, drug store versions. For a while I’d given up on natural deodorant as I’d tried a few that didn’t work at all. I brought one from the drug store brand Lavera which went straight in the bin and I recently tried one from SA.AL&CO which I didn’t like at all. This one ticks all the boxes as it’s effective, smells good and I like the packaging. It’s available from here.