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Brooklyn Soap Company is a great brand that I have always liked. Since the launch of their first fragrance The Woods I was impressed to see that they switched up the packaging. It looked great before but we always like something new, right?! The change in packaging brought a new addition. The Woods body wash which smells bloody gorgeous. This is a modern and luxurious fragrance that happens to be right up my street. It’s masculine but not obviously masculine. Instead it’s richly intense and simply, really good. If you are looking to upgrade your body wash to something special then I urge you to have a whiff of this. It’s free from the aggressive sulfates, artificial colors and preservatives found in the luxury brands. If you are shopping for that man in your life then consider this, I have a feeling you might be looking to borrow it. What’s next from Brooklyn Soap Company? I have no idea. But if I had to guess I’d say skincare. I’m sure it would be great!

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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.

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M.E. Skin Lab Paris is a line of skincare created by Pharmacist Ms Michèle Evrard who had over 18 years’ experience in the industry before she started the brand in 2009. Each product relies on a carefully measured blend of active natural ingredients to give the results we come to expect from premium skincare.

The brand sent me three serums and I’ve been testing them over the last couple of weeks. Complex 27 Bio-Restorative Regenerative Serum is lightweight and nutrient dense with a lovely silky texture that’s unusual for a non-synthetic product. At night I’ve been mixing one pump of this with Essence 27 Bio-Vitalizing Cell Hydration Fluid which contains hyaluronic acid and vitamin c. When combined at night I find my skin to be fresh looking, plump and even toned by morning. Whilst these are both lightweight in texture they are somewhat rich so a little goes a long way.

Huile 27 Bio-Nourishing Cell Regenerating Oil I found intensely rich. Containing Macadamia Oil, and Tiger Nut Oil this will quench the thirstiest skin. On the first use I mixed all three products together and I developed a pimple overnight which told me this combination was too rich and I stuck with the first two products. My skin leans toward the dry side and I use oils a lot so my skin is used to them. I plan to save this for January and February when my skin starts to shrivel up from the months of cold weather and central heating. Then will this product serve me and I imagine a few drops of this, either with the other serums or with some moisturiser will deeply nourish and hydrate my skin. Each serum has a very subtle fragrance which comes from the natural ingredients.

I find the monochrome packaging super slick and plan to take them on my trip to London in a couple of weeks. They also come in a box making them a great option for gifting this Christmas. There are more products in the range which you can find at Mr Porter & Colette.

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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Face oils provide much needed nutrition for the skin. They aren’t just for dry or dehydrated skin, if you have acne prone skin you can also benefit from using an oil, proving it’s the correct one. Jurlique recently sent me their selection of face oils and it seems they have something for everyone. The scent varies throughout the three due the varying blends of oils and none are too potent or overwhelming. The price point of  £34.20/€38.00 is reasonable considering you get 50ml of product. I recommend using the right one for your skin type in combination with an acid exfoliator and serum as part of your evening skin care routine. More information on the three different varieties is listed below.

BEST FOR OILY OR COMBINATION SKIN SKIN BALANCING FACE OIL. As the name suggests this oil will re balance the skin using a blend of Safflower Oil (which protects the skin against moisture loss), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (replenishes the skin with natural fatty acid’s), Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil and Shea butter which all nourish, moisturise, soften and plump the skin. Evening Primrose Oil, Chamomile and Daisy flower extract will sooth and calm any irritation brought upon by hormones, changes in weather or stress. Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Echinacea will heal and repair any damage to the skin. This is a lightweight oil that absorbs easily without any residue on the surface of the skin. A good choice for oily skin providing you use just 2-3 drops.

BEST FOR DULL SKIN ANTIOXIDANT FACE OIL. A blend of antioxidants and plant extracts combat free radicals/environmental damage that causes skin to become dull. Avocado Oil (nurtures and protects the skin from moisture loss) Grape Seed Oil (softens the appearance of fine lines) and Squalane (boosts the skin’s regenerative abilities). It’s a good idea to spend a minute massaging the oil into your skin. This will boost circulation and detoxify your skin leaving it looking brighter and more radiant.

BEST FOR SKIN WITH VISIBLE SIGNS OF AGEING. FIRMING FACE OIL. As we get older our skin’s ability to regenerate and produce collagen decreases. Safflower oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil , Rosa Canina Oil, Avocado Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil ,Cacao Seed Butter and Licorice root extract work in harmony to hydrate and plump up the skin. This also contains Vitamin A which gives this product it’s anti-ageing credentials. Products containing Vitamin A are best used at night as daylight will weaken this vitamin reducing it’s ability to rejuvenate the skin.

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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If IKEA created a line of skincare I imagine it would look a lot like grüum (pronounced groom). This is meant as a compliment. I imagine most of us own at least one household item from IKEA as their products offer exceptional value for money.

GRÜUM is an affordable line of skincare for men, that surprisingly, comes from the UK and not Sweden. The products are available online only and come in tailor-made kit’s as part of a subscription. After a consultation a kit is built around your skin/shaving needs and sent out to you each month. I imagine this retail system allows them to sell a better quality product for less by cutting out the middle man i.e ‘the shop’. It’s not an all-natural or organic line but the products contain a lot of plant based ingredients and any synthetic ingredients are included for their benefits to the skin. You won’t find any parabens (a preservative that’s been linked to breast cancer) sulphates (potentially irritating foaming agent), SLS (potentially irritating foaming agent), SLES (another potentially irritating foaming agent), artificial fragrances, artificial colours. They don’t use micro beads (that pollute the oceans) and they don’t work with suppliers who test on animals.

In my kit I received kóri daily exfoliating face wash, gösta facial tonic and kåra daily moisturiser. I must say the products are all very nice and I’m astounded that these cost just £10 which is excellent value for money. They are all pretty simple and no-fuss but they definitely don’t feel cheap and I wouldn’t describe them as basic either. The quality is very good. The face wash is a clear gel and smells slightly fruity, like a jelly baby. It offers a mild exfoliation and I would need to go with a stronger exfoliant once a week as this wouldn’t be enough. The facial tonic gives a soft veil of hydration without being sticky. Rub two pumps between your palms and press onto damp skin after cleansing. The moisturiser offers a light hydration and absorbs well. You can layer it for extra moisture without it sitting on top of the skin or feeling sticky. Both the mist and moisturiser smell ok but not great.

Overall I think grüum is a really good system. I’m not massively into it being a subscription service but I get why they have done it this way. There is the option to sign up for a free trial and receive a free kit. I definitely recommend you give this a try if you are looking for a simple but good line of skincare that won’t break the bank. There is no doubt you are getting excellent value for money. For more information on grüum and how to sign up visit the website here.