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Like me, my hair can be a little rebellious! It’s slightly curly and I have to be careful how I style it otherwise it looks fluffy and dry. Below I will list some useful tips on how I coiffe my quiff.

  • I try not to wash it too often. Daily washing leaves my hair particularly dry and fluffy which I obviously hate. I wait until my hair starts to look greasy before I wash it. I usually get away with once a week. In between I just rinse it in the shower.
  • Most days I let it air dry. My hair has more grip and volume when it’s not super clean. On these days I comb my hair into place when it’s still wet and let it dry naturally. I recommend a carbon comb because they are anti-static and prevent fly away’s.
  • On special occasions I go all out. In the picture above I blow-dried my hair and finished with a little product. I often do this on washing day to avoid the fluff or when I want to look my best. I rough dry my hair with a blow dryer and gently smooth out the front with a brush. My favourite is the Y.S. Park from Japan. I finish with a small amount of matte paste to create a piece-y effect. I’m currently loving Malin + Goetz hair pomade.

 

 

 

 

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Last year the blog was very skincare heavy. This year I decided to take it easy with the products and focus on other topics. However, there will be regular skincare posts. But I’m going to try and keep them to product categories or skincare routines.

If you want to reverse skin damage, delay the signs of skin ageing or preserve the current state of your skin then retinol has your name all over it. After SPF retinols or retinoids are the only legitimate anti-ageing skincare ingredients. I will include some links below if you would like more in depth information. Today I’m going to show you four varieties from my skincare stash.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%. This bad boy packs a punch and it’s cheap as chips at just £8.00/9.80€. Don’t be fooled by the price. This is one of the strongest versions I’ve used and it’s fragrance free. A great option if you want transformative skincare on a budget. Unfortunately, if you are new to retinol or have sensitive skin then this is likely too strong. Start with 0.5% and work your way up to this strength. With this product you get way more for your money.

Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment. This is also pretty strong and therefore not a good option if you are a first timer (they have milder options). I like this a lot as it does exactly what it says on the tin. At £53.00 the price is good for what you get. It’s perfectly packaged in an airtight container and it’s also fragrance free.

African Botanics Intensive Recovery Oil. This is hands down one of my favourite brands. The founders are lovely and they sure know how to create luxury. Besides retinol this serum/oil contains Baobab (rich in antioxidants, vitamins A,C & E. Omega’s 3, 6 & 9), Marula Oil (rich in vitamin E & antioxidants) and CoQ10 (aids collagen production). It also contains Immortelle Jasmine flowers so this is definitely more than just a retinol. And so it should be at £175.00. This is an absolute treat and my skin looks soft and bright the morning after. Three or four drops is plenty so the 30ml bottle should last around a year.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Perhaps the most famous retinol product ever. I’m sure you have read a review on this. The inclusion of synthetic colour pigments with soothing Blue Tansy give this it’s deep blue hue. Cold pressed oils elevate this from a standard retinol product. A little goes a long way so £85.00 for 30ml doesn’t seem so outrageous to me.

When using any type of Retinol or Retinoid it’s essential you wear an SPF 30 or higher everyday. Please see links below for more information.

Disclaimer. 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. What works for me may not work for you. To be on the safe side, try before you buy.

 

 

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The Plasma Essentials Collection by Perricone MD came to my rescue this Winter and I’m going to tell you why. The Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment was out of my comfort zone as it’s non-rinse (kind of like a micellar water). If you wear make-up this is a good option as your first cleanse as part of double cleanse in the evening. Or simply as a morning cleanse. I use it in the morning and splash my face with water afterwards, I couldn’t cleanse without a wet cloth or a thorough splash of water, it wouldn’t feel right. When I use this my face feels especially clean but not stripped.

Cold Plasma Eye is a wonderful eye cream that I’m using at night. Even a generous amount absorbs quickly without a trace of residue. It’s the best. It’s worth mentioning this smells a little like fish. I imagine it’s marine collagen or fish oil. What this means is the nutritious ingredients haven’t been diluted to make it smell pretty. I prefer this as I want the best for my skin. And it doesn’t smell bad, just different. 

Containing three types of hyaluronic acid Hyalo Plasma works as a serum and is a pleasure to use. It’s a gel consistency that feels concentrated and rich yet lightweight. It’s not sticky and leaves my skin feeling properly hydrated.

Photo Plasma is an intensely rich moisturiser with SPF 30. Whilst it hasn’t been fragranced I think this smells very nice. It really is rich, especially when used in combination with the Hyalo Plasma. If you have dry, dull skin I expect you will love it. I appreciate the SPF 30 as anything lower wouldn’t be enough for me. This leaves a nice sheen on the skin which lasts for an hour or two. I have a feeling make-up will sit nicely on top of this as it doesn’t feel greasy. If you have an issue with shine then this won’t work for you. If you like a glossy glow from your moisturiser then give it a go.

The products work very well together and this makes great sense as a set. I need another cleanser in addition. I happened to be using the Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser (it’s so good) and for me this completes the set to perfection. It’s currently on 50% discount but most places are sold out. It’s still available here though.

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My evening skincare routine changes throughout the week. I’m currently using these five products a couple times a week as they hydrate, moisturise, brighten and re-balance my skin. I start off with a hot cloth cleanse using CLINIQUE take the day off, cleansing balm. Before I tell you why I like this I’d like to mention that this product contains ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE. This ingredient is a PKO derivative which means it’s made from palm oil. This can be seen as controversial as it’s been widely documented that the production of palm oil causes deforestation. Estée Lauder who own CLINIQUE have addressed this issue very clearly and thoroughly, explaining how they source palm oil or it’s derivatives in a responsible and sustainable way whilst supporting local communities. Having been properly informed I’m happy to use this product and also recommend it. If you are at all concerned please check out this info from Estée Lauder.

This balm is a great first step in a double cleanse. It removes my SPF easily and gently. I find it lightweight compared with other balms and it’s fragrance free. For the second cleanse I use Marula, buchu botanical enzyme polish by AFRICAN BOTANICS. This is an incredibly nourishing face scrub that I recommending leaving of for a few minutes, allowing your skin to drink up the nutrients this product is full up with. It contains micro algae plus a multitude of balancing essential oils including bergamot, rose, green rooibos tea, aloe ferox and a little tea tree to detox. When massaged gently onto damp skin this sloughs away any dead skin leaving my skin looking bright and soft to the touch. FYI I can be sensitive to potent essential oils and with this I experience no irritation.

After rinsing I apply Hydrating B5 by SKINCEUTICALS. This is a lightweight clear serum that feels wet on the skin before absorbing entirely, without residue. This contains hyaluronic acid which is one of the most important skincare ingredients. It’s like a glass of water for your face!

On top of the serum I add a few drops of ALEX CARRO Balancing face oil. Not only does this smell like a spa it nourishes my skin overnight as it’s full of nutrient dense oils. I posted a full review on the brand here. Make the most of your cleansing balm and face oil by giving your face a good massage. This will drain the skin of toxins and boost circulation for added glow.

Lastly I finish off with the new Radiance Renewal Mask by Paula’s Choice. I tested this out with various product combinations to see if it really does give the skin a lasting glow. And I find that it does. This is an overnight gel mask containing olive oil and many other plumping and skin softening ingredients. With all Paula’s Choice products this is fragrance free and backed up with much clinical research and trials. I apply a generous amount (almost a full pump) all over my face and around my eyes. It’s not sticky and it doesn’t dry taught on the skin. It’s to be left on overnight and that’s what I do. The next day after my morning cleanse I always find an extra sheen on my skin that lasts until the next day unless I use it again.

Disclaimer. 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. What works for me may not work for you. To be on the safe side, try before you buy.