It’s officially Springtime people! Well, in this part of the world at least. The Easter Holiday’s are over and and it’s time to freshen up my home and my skin.
Kiehl’s have launched two new masques to the range and they both look super. A few times a week I’m using the Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque. Whilst this is a purifying mask it’s different from the usual clay types. It brightens the skin leaving it soft and fresh looking. This should be used at night as the last step of your routine. I apply a generous amount to my face and leave on for 15 minutes. To finish I wipe off the excess and then leave it on overnight.
The smell is fresh and minty (don’t expect orange or sweet because it’s not) which seems strange for a nighttime product. I usually prefer something that comforting at night but if this works then I’m on board! The slight menthol fragrance helps stimulate blood flow overnight. This results in bright and fresh skin by morning – totally worth it!
I recommend a double cleanse to thoroughly remove the product. This leads me to Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser. I’m avoid harsh or heavy cleansers so I had some trepidation using this in case. I’m nervous anything with clay might leave my skin stripped. It totally didn’t! Whilst my skin tends to be dry my pores can also become clogged. To negate this I wanted to incorporate a cleanser that detoxifies my skin without stripping the natural oils. This cleanser is perfectly gentle yet leaves my skin super clean. Detoxifying and foaming are usually a bad combination for a cleanser. But in this case Sunday Riley has it down!
Photography: Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine
This week I had to make a work trip to Stuttgart, this small city has a few cultural highlights so I took the opportunity to take a stroll through the city center. And this is what I found, and also what I wore ; )
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.