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A good quality serum is where the majority of your skincare budget should go, especially if your skin is showing the first signs of ageing. I’m currently using Yüli M.E. Skin Fuel in the morning and African Botanics Fleurs d’Afrique at night.

I have wanted to try something from Yüli for a while and the brand suggested M.E. Skin Fuel and so far I’ve been super happy. This is a high-end line of natural skincare products from the US. The sleek and minimalist packaging is certainly instagram worthy but what I like most is that it’s gender neutral. Sometimes I prefer products that have a subtle fragrance or none at all, especially during the day. This is on the subtle side which also means it will appeal to men and women as it’s not particularly floral or sweet. It contains a cocktail of actives such as Broccoli Seed, Black Cumin Seed, Red Raspberry Seed, Seabuckthorn + Helichrysum and Jojoba which are suitable for all skin types including oily or sensitive. It’s rich yet absorbs easily with no greasiness. I like to apply it to damp skin as the oils trap any water in the skin for added moisture. It’s sold here in Germany otherwise you can go directly to Yüli.

I’ve been deeply into African Botanics since I first featured the brand here. This is also a high-end natural skincare line except these products are from South Africa. The Fleurs d’Afrique is an advanced corrective serum with the ability to reverse the signs of aging. Those are big words on my part, I know. This is mostly because it contains retinol which alongside spf is the only legitimate anti-aging ingredient. The most important thing to remember when using anything containing retinol is to use an spf 30 or higher. Personally, I use 50+ everyday. Marula oil is the heart of the range so it naturally features in this serum as well as CoQ10, vitamin C, marine micro algae and essential oils containing omega’s 3,6,7 & 9. After application my skin tingles a bit but I haven’t experienced any redness of sensitivity. I still advise you to use with caution until you know how your skin responds to retinol. You don’t need this if you are in your 20’s, unless you smoke. Otherwise it’s perfect for 30+, looking to prevent aging or reverse aging. Find your nearest stockist here. If you would like to read more about retinol I recommend this article at The Huffington Post.

FYI The glasses in this picture are from Willems Eyewear and you can see me wearing them in this instagram picture.

*Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using.

 

 

 

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Hylamide is a range of skin treatments that target every depth of the skin. The price point of Hylamide is more accessible compared with other brands offering a similar type of product. The packaging utilizes colour blocking to boldly distinguish the variety of skin treatments in the range. I’ve been sent the SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum. A couple of drops is enough for both eyes, I used too much at first and it was a tad sticky so I recommend using this sparingly. It absorbs nicely into the skin and provides that lightweight hydration I come to expect from this type of product. When applying anything to the eye area it’s a good idea to tap the product on to avoid dragging the delicate skin. I’m very happy to see a brand offering advanced skincare at a more realistic price.

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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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My love for serums and oils has reached an all time high. You may remember my moans and groans of dry and sensitive skin from previous posts. But thanks to a combination of lightweight yet moisture rich skincare I no longer resemble a brillo pad and I couldn’t be happier. My latest skincare discovery is US brand Odacité, a collection of pure plant ‘Serum Concentrates’. I’m currently using the Green Tea & Lemongrass Booster for Devitalised skin* which provides a welcomed antidote after the indulgence of Christmas. The serum concentrate can be used in one of two ways, on it’s own for an intense treatment or 1-2 drops with a moisturiser. For the first try I used it alone to gauge the performance. After cleansing I applied 5 drops to the palm of my hands and massaged over my face and neck. The lemongrass is certainly revitalising and uplifting whilst the richness of this serum is comforting and spa-like. 5 drops went a long way, leaving my skin moisture saturated and nurtured until the next day. For everyday day use I recommend adding 1-2 drops with a lightweight, natural moisturiser such as this one from Grown Alchemist. The variety of concentrates are intermixable so you can create your perfect skincare cocktail.

*Press Sample