Lets say the various skincare products were categorised into types of alcohol. Then serum would have to be wine. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic would by an expensive, fine wine. For those of us who’ve spent summers laying in the sun. Probably wearing minimal SPF protection (guilty as charged, I wanted a tan) then this bad boy offers some redemption.
I’m a big fan of SkinCeuticals. Reason being…..
If you want to correct or prevent any damage to your skin then this brand has got you covered. C E Ferulic contains a synergistic blend of 15% pure Vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid). It also contains 1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and 0.5% ferulic acid. These ingredients strengthen skin’s natural protection from free radicals induced by environmental stressors such as UVA/UVB, infrared radiation (IRA), and pollution, which may lead to visible signs of accelerated skin aging.
I’ve been using this for about a week, every other morning. Four drops is enough when applied to slightly damp, freshly washed skin. I follow up with moisuriser and an SPF 50. This serum is lightweight and disappears into the skin instantly. Providing you don’t apply more than 4-5 drops it shouldn’t leave any stickiness. It’s deeply hydrating so unless you have dry skin then you may get away with just some SPF on top.
Another new skincare discovery is John Masters Organics, rose and aloe hydrating toning mist. My skin tends to be dry and sensitive (lucky me) so I’m always on the lookout for products with the ability to calm my skin. This is a gentle spritz containing essential oil of rose, oat kernal, aloe vera juice and white tea extract. Naturally, it smells amaze so I like to spritz a bit on my face, scalp and arms in the evenings. If you like to tone as part of your skincare routine then I recommend you give it a try.
In the last picture you will see Christian looking sad ; ) this is because the cake house was closed. I think this is because it was a Monday!
Regular readers may notice that I collaborate with beauty mecca Niche-Beauty. When I politely requested some samples from Sunday Riley I had my fingers crossed I would receive much coveted Luna. I felt guilty requesting a specific product and decided on leaving it to chance that Luna would arrive. It turned out I was lucky and when I received the samples I found my very own bottle of Luna. It’s no surprise I had high hopes for this product so let me talk you through my experience.
I started using retinol about a month ago which I featured here. I’d heard from numerous sources that Luna contains a potent concentration of retinoid. This is absolutely true. It’s very effective at reducing fine lines whilst brightening. Giving the skin a thorough overhaul. What I love most is that it’s an oil. The morning after using this (it’s a nighttime treatment) my skin feels more hydrated. If I were to compare Luna with the 1% retinol from Paula’s Choice. Luna requires no additional moisturiser and Paula’s Choice does.
I’d say it’s the fairytale name and the subtle shade of blue which has helped propel Luna to it’s cult status. Blue tansy is what gives this product it’s blueish hue, a powerful anti-inflammatory which works in harmony with the retinoid, blue tansy counteracts any potential redness or irritation. I read a rather shocking review of Luna on the Paula’s Choice website which seemed a tad harsh and also unfair considering they advertise their own version right next to the review. I’m using both products and if I had to choose one it would probably be Luna. As a brand, Sunday Riley looks very desirable and this product is a joy to use plus (crucially) it’s very effective. I’m currently testing a couple more Sunday Riley products so look out for the reviews over the coming months.
Hailing from France, Kadalys is the first brand to use banana tree extract in it’s natural and organic formulations. The lip balm initially caught my attention and I couldn’t wait to get one of my own.
For thousands of years people in the Caribbean have relied upon the banana plant for it’s medicinal properties. When used in cosmetics it’s known to be soothing, healing and revitalizing. Personally I love banana. They are healthy and tasty so I was instantly taken by Kadalys use of it in their skincare.
My lips need special attention as they become severely dry and chapped throughout winter. I imagined the banana flavour could be either really good or really bad. I dislike anything that smells sickly or overtly sweet but in this case the fragrance is lovely and juicy. There’s no doubt it’s banana flavor. I had high hopes for this product and it didn’t disappoint.
In addition I received the Pure Melt Cleansing-Oil Gel. The texture of this product is very interesting. It starts as a gel and when massaged onto the face quickly melts into an oil (exactly as the products says). This element feels nice as it reminds me of both a balm cleanser and an oil cleanser. At times I like to use a balm but sometimes forget to wash the muslin cloths. This can be annoying as I can’t use it without the cloths. With the pure melt I get the best of both. This doesn’t leave a residue on the skin so if you find balm’s too heavy then you will love this product. Lastly, I received a small sample of Precious Radiance Oil which is a lightweight, dry oil. It’s perfect as a body oil during the summer as it smells subtly fruity.
My overall experience with Kadalys is excellent and I highly recommend you give this brand a go. The lip balm has such pretty packaging I wish they would carry it through the whole range. I would also prefer the lip balm to come in a tube, for hygiene. The experience, from the smell to the textures are excellent. My skin (and lips) are left soothed, soft and hydrated.
I started this blog with a healthy passion for skincare. Six months in and the passion may be approaching obsession territory. Ooops. My skincare regime is becoming more and more detailed and to be honest, I love it. Of course it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s certainly possible to maintain healthy, glowing skin with just a few key products. One skincare essential that shouldn’t be skipped is face serum. The low molecular weight allows the skin boosting actives to sink deeper in the skin.
I cherry picked two of my favourites for AM and PM. You can also use either one both morning and night.
- SKINCEUTICALS HYDRATING B5. A favourite with dermatologists, you might not have seen this brand outside of skincare clinics. It’s becoming increasingly available and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a lightweight moisture serum containing vitamin B5 and hyaluronic acid. There were some negative customer reviews on the skinceuticals UK and US websites. Many saying it wasn’t hydrating enough. This isn’t the case for me as I find it incredibly hydrating. My skin looks plumper and brighter when it’s used underneath my normal moisuriser.
- KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE. This is finitely a cult product from the Kiehl’s range. Whenever I post about Kiehl’s on twitter I get many so many positive comments. People seem to love this brand. The midnight recovery concentrate is worthy of it’s hero status. The lightweight serum is a perfect addition to anyone’s evening skincare routine. My skin always looks better the morning after using this and the lavender fragrance helps me sleep better.
Both Kiehl’s and Skinceuticals are available worldwide.