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Hello everyone I hope you’re having a nice relaxing Sunday. I was woken up early by my dog, he was bursting with energy and literally dragged me out of bed to walk him. I used this as an opportunity to go for a run knowing I can spend the rest of the day on the sofa without feeling guilty and here I am blogging. But, I love this so much it doesn’t feel like work. This is a quick post to introduce you to Kiehl’s which I’m sure most of you know as they are sold in most big department stores. They have sent me a lovely selection of serum’s and anti-aging products (prevention is better than cure) which I will share with you in more detail over the coming months. I’m currently on a 10 day vitamin C skin treatment so I need to wait until that’s finished before I can test anything else. Below I will list each of the Kiehl’s products. If you have tried this brand before please share your thoughts as I’m always interested to hear your feedback.

  • Midnight Recovery Concentrate.
  • Daily Reviving Concentrate.
  • Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate.
  • Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Eye-Brightening Concentrate.
  • Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler.

Happy Sunday! : )

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I’ve been sent two products from Jorg Obé and today I will talk you through the 2-in-1 scrub mask. Jorg Obé is a Danish brand with just three products, the focus is on beautiful clear skin, combining the best natural and active ingredients. Sounds good to me! The 2-in-1 scrub mask is a deep cleansing mask that doubles up as a scrub cream. Whilst the range is for men and women I feel this product is geared more toward the guys. I like the mask for it’s cooling and refreshing qualities, my skin certainly felt fresh and clean after using it. This is a product I’d reach for after a long haul flight or during the summer when I’m feeling particularly drained or worn out. Personally I prefer using acids when exfoliating as grains (or spheres) can be a bit scratchy in my opinion. Initially I didn’t love the 2-in-1 concept but I must admit this also works well as a scrub. I applied a generous amount (a teaspoon size) to the palm of my hand, worked it over my face and then massaged the spheres around before leaving for 10 minutes. I was concerned this would leave my skin raw and dry but it felt soft and gently moisturised. Overall I’d recommend this product to anyone with combination or oily skin – especially during the summer months.

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I’m cutting right to the chase here – Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum* is the holy grail of face serums/oils. I absolutely love it! I’m very excited about this product as it harnesses the best plant based actives nature has to offer, my ideal when it comes to cosmetics. At 200€ for 30ml this product should hit the mark and luckily for me, it does. Whilst the price tag is high I see this being a cult product as it performs well and delivers the desired results. Perfect for anyone 30+ in need of hydration, protection and increased glow (basically all of us). The fragrance is full-on and feminine, which I have no problem with, if you aren’t a fan of essential oils this may not be for you. The same goes if you are sensitive to essential oils as this contains exactly 22 of them. I apply about 8 drops to my entire face and neck area, it glides on smoothly and absorbs like a dream. My skin is super soft and glowing. Happy days!

*Press Sample

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Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Shower Cream* is a luxurious body cleanser that boasts a list of nutrient dense ingredients such as starflower & camelina which provide a rich source of omega 3, 6 & 9. The packaging gives a clinical look which I like, it feels almost medical. This gives me the illusion it’s something secret that must be prescribed by a dermatologist. However you can purchase it at the holy grail of cosmetics that is Niche-Beauty. It contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate which isn’t the gentlest of surfactants but it does create that generous foam we come to except from a body cleanser. This product should be very good for anyone with Keratosis Pilaris (KP) which is a skin condition that creates flaky bumps (chicken skin). I don’t suffer from this therefore I can’t comment on it’s effectiveness but the website claims 87% of users with KP saw an improvement. Bonus points come for it being paraben free and against animal testing. Overall I like this product for it’s richness and luxe factor and I recommend it for a comforting shower treat this winter.

*Press Sample

 

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“To sum this up in a nutshell. I’m using face wash as body wash and eye cream as facial moisturiser and absolutely loving it!”

In less than 24hrs it will be 2016 and like every other year I’m excited and hopeful the new year will bring exciting opportunities. I’m also looking at ways to clean up and improve my daily life. First step is to declutter my ever growing skincare collection! Earlier this year I featured Perricone MD which worked great during the summer months. The citrus face wash contains vitamin C which is great for brightening the skin. However it also contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) which is not my favourite ingredient as it can leave my skin dry. Therefore the citrus face wash is a no-go for my face during the winter months but I must admit I’ve been using it as a body wash. At 42€ this is an expensive product to be using this way but it feels so nice and indulgent that I’m doing it anyway. The SLES creates lots of foam which is always nice in the shower and afterwards my skin is brighter and smoother that I’m now kind of addicted. I’m so lazy when it comes to using eye creams. I prefer using a serum everywhere followed by a moisturiser or face oil. Therefore I started mixing the Cold Plama Eye with an Odacité Serum Concentrate (read about this brand here) and applying them to my entire face and neck area. To sum this up in a nutshell. I’m using face wash as body wash, eye cream as facial moisturiser and absolutely loving it! It may seem like I’m discounting Perricone MD but this isn’t the case at all. I like this brand a lot and look forward to trying more products in the range. You can see for yourself at Niche-Beauty or Niche-men. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave me a comment or tweet me!