The Ordinary is a skincare line that has taken the world by storm. Never before have products which are so effective been so affordable. I’m going to review my current favourites from the huge range that can leave even skincare junkies feeling confused. View Post
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.
Hylamide targets multiple depths of the skin.
Hylamide SubQ Eyes is a lightweight eye serum. It contains a variety of peptides in different molecular weight to target different layers of the skin. When molecules are larger the ingredients that you want to go deeper are left sitting on the surface layers. A product can only do so much at the surface which makes this product more effective at hydrating the delicate eye area. The skin around the eye has no muscle behind it which is why it tends to age the fastest.
A couple of drops is enough for both eyes. The pipette isn’t ideal as it’s on the large side. It’s easy to make the mistake of applying too much product as I did. When this happens the serum can feel a little sticky. With the right amount it absorbs nicely into the skin and provides that lightweight hydration. When applying anything to the eye area I gently tap the product on to avoid dragging the delicate skin. It great to have a brand that sells advanced skincare at a reasonable price.
I just received some new products from Kiehls. This is my first time trying the brand and I’m excited to test everything out. There is a lovely selection of serum’s and anti-aging products (prevention is better than cure) that I’m going to share with you in more detail. I’m currently on a 10 day vitamin C skin treatment using NUORI. I need to wait until that’s finished before I can test anything else. Below I will list each of the Kiehl’s products I’m going to be testing. If you have tried this brand before please share your thoughts. I’m always interested to hear your opinions.
- 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! : )
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. This provides a welcomed antidote after the indulgence of Christmas. The serum concentrate can be used in one of two ways. Either 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.