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If skincare were categorised into the various types of alcohol then serum would be wine, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic* being an expensive, fine wine. For those of us who’ve spent summers laying in the sun, wearing minimal SPF protection (guilty as charged, I wanted a tan) then this bad boy offers some redemption. I’ve been heard raving about SkinCeuticals before. 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),  1% vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) and 0.5% ferulic acid to 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 my SPF 50. This serum is lightweight and disappears into the skin instantly and providing you don’t apply more than 4-5 drops it shouldn’t leave any stickiness which is common with topical vitamin C. 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.

SkinCeuticals is available internationally. * Press Samples

 

 

camel story

I’m currently obsessed with the varying tones of camel, so I’ve put together an edit of key pieces from Mr Porter. Camel is a great colour to wear as we transition from Winter to Spring. Adding one of these key pieces to your wardrobe will instantly update your look.

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When it comes to shopping smart I’ve found it pays off to invest in a few classic pieces that are high quality and made to last. I’ve done this several times and I find either a coat, boots or a piece of luggage bods well in terms of longevity, providing the item is well cared for. In the pictures I’m wearing a Dior Homme coat which I purchased from Harrods about 10 years ago, at the time it cost around £1500 which I know is super expensive but when I calculate the amount of times I’ve worn it, well it works out more cost effective than the Zara t-shirts that (in my case) start shrinking after the second wash. All we need is one luxurious piece, mixed with high street basics to elevate the whole look. In the case of this coat, when I’m not using it I store it in the garment bag and take it to a good dry cleaners. Because of this it’s just starting to show it’s age but it’s kept me warm for the last decade and people always comment when I’m wearing it.

luna

Regular readers may have noticed that I often collaborate with luxe beauty mecca Niche-Beauty & Niche Men. When I politely requested some samples from Sunday Riley I had my fingers crossed I would receive the 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 waiting for me. 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, basically 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 when compared with the retinol from Paula’s Choice which I combine with a moisturiser, in the case of Luna I don’t need to apply a moisuriser on top.

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.