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For this post I’ve teamed up with Jurlique UK where I will be answering questions live on Periscope. The live Q&A takes place Thursday 25th February between 7-7.30 UK time. Please join us @JurliqueUK where I will be on board to answer your questions regarding the Celendula Redness Rescue range. You can submit your own questions on instagram or twitter, simply add #jurliquetalks for the team to pick out your question, the best one will win a prize (I believe this is only open to UK residents).

So, let me talk you through my first encounter with Jurlique. Whilst I hadn’t used any products from Jurlique in the past I do recall the brand as I’ve seen it in Selfridges and Space NK. I was sent the Calendula Redness Range which consists of three products – Calming Mist – Restorative Treatment Serum – Soothing Moisturising Cream. As the name suggests these products target anyone with sensitive skin, I was pleased to see the use of calendula which is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory.

The calming mist smells really good, I couldn’t quite work out the smell, juicy yet fresh but delicate, not too sweet. I’d describe it as grape and white tea but it’s actually fresh cucumber and chamomile. If you like to create a skincare ritual and layer your products then this will make a lovely addition but it’s certainly not an essential unless perhaps you have sunburn – then a refrigerated bottle of this would be ideal.

The restorative treatment serum is a great product for anyone with sensitive or irritated skin, it works well in combination with the moisturiser as it’s lightweight and absorbs quickly. It has a gel texture so distributes across the skin easily, I found 2 pumps enough, anymore and it might feel sticky. The soothing moisture cream is my favourite product in the range. My face needs a rich cream at this time of year and I’m impressed at how hydrating this product is. Avocado oil is what’s behind the hydration and chamomile will calm the skin alongside the calendula. I’ve been using the three products morning and night, I apply extra moisteriser at night which I love. I’m still using 1% retinol which I featured here so the calming elements of these products are a handy addition alongside the retinol.

 

I’m not sure why I’m exhausted today. I went for a run with the dog which usually get’s me going but for some reason it hasn’t helped – someone pass me the coffee so I can write this post. Anyway enough moaning and on with my introduction to Rodin*. I’ve had my eye on this brand for a while because I find it so chic. Founded by former fashion editor Linda Rodin, if you’ve read about or seen pictures of Linda you’ll understand why the branding is so on point.

Linda’s approach to beauty is simple. Preferring products that caress the skin noticeably over the anti-ageing claims and complicated regimes. After experimenting with essential oils in her bathroom for nearly two years, Rodin put the finishing touches on her first dream elixir, the original RODIN olio lusso face oil, in 2007.

At 190€ this oil is definitely a luxury purchase. The base fragrance is jasmine which I absolutely love. Whilst the packaging looks beautiful the clear glass bottle will not preserve the oil from degrading day light so remember to store it in the box or in a dark cabinet. This is a shame because the whole point of this product is the packaging, you can purchase less beautiful yet just as effective face oils for much less. The fragranced plant oils can cause irritation in some cases therefor everyday use might not be the best idea.

This product is all about the luxury, it’s the ultimate skin treat. It looks precious and should be treated as such, stored away for occasional use when you want to feel special and pampered. Only then does it warrant the expensive price tag.

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*Press Sample

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Retinol (vitamin a) is one of the most effective anti-ageing skincare ingredients on the market. It’s ability to fight fine lines & wrinkles, refine pores and even target breakouts seems almost too good to be true. Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment is one of the few brands that offer retinol in this strength which is the highest you can get without having to visit a dermatologist. This product really does what it says on the tin so be sure to make sure your skin is prepared to take this kind of treatment. The brand offers milder retinol products so if you haven’t used this before I recommend you start with a milder version. My facialist/bestie has been treating my skin and gave me the all clear to use the 1% as long as I introduce it slowly. If you don’t take these precautions your skin can become ultra sensitive with extreme peeling – so unless you want to scare small children then please take their advice.

I started by applying this at night, twice a week for the first week and since I haven’t experienced peeling, sensitivity or redness I am now using it every other night. I apply a pea size amount after cleansing and then finish off with moistutiser. I’m using the Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser as it’s very gentle and soothing, in the morning I use Nuori Vital Foaming Cleanser.

Now let me get started with the results. Once word – beyond! My skin looks incredible after using this and thanks to a multitude of skin calming ingredients my skin is baby soft, even toned, hydrated and glowing. I even have rosy cheeks which I haven’t seen since I was like, eleven years old! I really like Paula’s Choice as a brand, I first featured them last year and it’s become a brand I completely trust. I can just tell the founder is obsessed with making the best products. Alongside hyaluronic acid, retinol is now one of my favourite skincare ingredients. You need to continue using it to retain the increased cell turnover and collagen production so it’s worth making it a permanent fixture in your skin care routine. My thoughts on ageing? Prevention is better than cure. And as I’ve seen the first signs of ageing in my own skin I feel it’s better to introduce this type of product now to ensure my skin looks it’s best in ten or twenty years from now.

A brand I am very, very, very excited to introduce here for the first time is SkinCeuticals. Eeeek I absolutely love this brand because it makes a huge difference to the skin. They have sent me some samples which I will be featuring soon but for now I’m using their Ultra Facial Defense SPF 50+. When using retinol it’s essential to use an SPF during the day, I know, 50+ is on the higher end of the spectrum but I like it. I apply a small amount over my moisuriser which blends perfectly without leaving me ghostly white or chalky. It’s brilliant! Lastly I want to introduce a quirky little product that I was sent by Niche-Beauty. Egyptian Magic is an all natural cream but I’d say it’s actually a balm. It’s contains olive oil, bees wax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly extract and bee propolis. I used it as a daily moisturiser during the first week of using the retinol as I find it gentle and comforting, whilst it offers lasting hydration. It’s an all purpose product so I’m now using it at night on my elbows and lips.

Hit me up on twitter or instagram if you have any questions.

 

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During the winter months our cell turnover is slower which can result in dehydrated and dull skin. A culmination of dead skin will stop our moisturiser absorbing efficiently thus preventing it from really working it’s magic. I’ve put together three products that when used in combination will help smooth out the surface skin with deep hydration and increased radiance.

Kiehls Powerful-Strength Line Reducing Concentrate* delivers 10.5% pure vitamin c with a separate product specifically for the eye area. I recommend using these at night, when used together they will help smooth out fine lines whilst gently retexturising the skin which creates a brighter and more even tone.

After your morning cleanse apply a small amount of RODIN olio lusso*, this is a lovely rich face oil that provides enough hydration to get you through the day (it also smells delish). When used in combination with the vitamin c your skin should start to look more like an instagram filter. HOLA! Don’t forget to finish off with some SPF 25 or higher.

Kiehls is available online and in stores worldwide.

*Press samples.

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I’ve seen various “beauty drinks” popping up and I must say I’m quite taken by the concept. A while back I featured FOUNTAIN which offer a lovely selection of liquid supplements, all enhanced with hyaluronic acid. I was contacted by UK brand Rejuvenated who’ve sent me a sample of Collagen Shots. They say it’s a high performance collagen drink formulated with the most powerful and effective ingredients for maintaining firm, plump and youthful skin from the inside.

I remember first seeing collagen pills in Space NK about 10 years ago and I have no idea if they are still there. Rejuvenated contains 10,000 mgs per serving which I’m sure is a vast improvement to the tiny bottle of pills I saw 10 years ago. It also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin B, copper, acai berry, vitamin c and zinc so think of this as a daily vitamin supplement for your skin. It’s best taken on an empty stomach so you can drink it at night with a glass of water or perhaps first thing with a juice or smoothie. It’s pink in colour and tastes nice, it’s sweetened using stevia which is a natural substitute to sugar. The pack contains 30 servings and costs £39.95.

When I started using this it happened to coincide with a review on the 20 day vitamin C serum treatment from Nouri. The serum was incredible and left my skin super smooth so I can’t say if the collagen shots made a noticeable difference to my skin. But! I think these things should be taken for longer to really gauge the results, the FOUNTAIN bottle lasted for three months. I also don’t expect any supplement to make a visible difference in the same way a moisturiser does. I imagine the external results are more gradual as the nutrients are doing their job from the inside out. Overall I think this is a nice brand, that offers daily vitamins/supplements that specifically target the skin.