MŪN is a line of natural skincare products for all skin types. Created by celebrity makeup artist Munemi Imai and entrepreneur Anas Saidi.
Face oils provide much needed nutrition for the skin. They aren’t just for dry or dehydrated skin, if you have acne prone skin you can also benefit from using an oil, proving it’s the correct one. Jurlique recently sent me their selection of face oils and it seems they have something for everyone. The scent varies throughout the three due the varying blends of oils and none are too potent or overwhelming. The price point of £34.20/€38.00 is reasonable considering you get 50ml of product. I recommend using the right one for your skin type in combination with an acid exfoliator and serum as part of your evening skin care routine. More information on the three different varieties is listed below.
BEST FOR OILY OR COMBINATION SKIN SKIN BALANCING FACE OIL. As the name suggests this oil will re balance the skin using a blend of Safflower Oil (which protects the skin against moisture loss), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (replenishes the skin with natural fatty acid’s), Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil and Shea butter which all nourish, moisturise, soften and plump the skin. Evening Primrose Oil, Chamomile and Daisy flower extract will sooth and calm any irritation brought upon by hormones, changes in weather or stress. Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Echinacea will heal and repair any damage to the skin. This is a lightweight oil that absorbs easily without any residue on the surface of the skin. A good choice for oily skin providing you use just 2-3 drops.
BEST FOR DULL SKIN ANTIOXIDANT FACE OIL. A blend of antioxidants and plant extracts combat free radicals/environmental damage that causes skin to become dull. Avocado Oil (nurtures and protects the skin from moisture loss) Grape Seed Oil (softens the appearance of fine lines) and Squalane (boosts the skin’s regenerative abilities). It’s a good idea to spend a minute massaging the oil into your skin. This will boost circulation and detoxify your skin leaving it looking brighter and more radiant.
BEST FOR SKIN WITH VISIBLE SIGNS OF AGEING. FIRMING FACE OIL. As we get older our skin’s ability to regenerate and produce collagen decreases. Safflower oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil , Rosa Canina Oil, Avocado Oil, Black Currant Seed Oil ,Cacao Seed Butter and Licorice root extract work in harmony to hydrate and plump up the skin. This also contains Vitamin A which gives this product it’s anti-ageing credentials. Products containing Vitamin A are best used at night as daylight will weaken this vitamin reducing it’s ability to rejuvenate the skin.
Alex Carro is great new line of all-natural skin care from Barcelona. It’s a capsule range containing five intermixable products. This well balanced collection will work for most skin types from normal to dry – I received three products to try out.
The cleanser is a gel texture which dissolves into a milk once emulsified with water. If you like a moisturing cleanser but find a balm or oil heavy then this is a good option. If you use a foaming cleanser now might be a good time to switch to a more nourishing, gentle cleanser such as this. The exfoliating powder can be added to the cleanser to create a scrub or add it to the face oil for a hydrating scrub. Personally I prefer to cleanse my face first and before rinsing I add a half teaspoon of the exfoliating powder to damp hands and gently massage it in with the cleanser to exfoliate. The cleanser contains jojoba oil for moisture, petitgrain to re-balance, palmarose for hydration and uplifting bitter orange. The exfoliating powder is a combination of natural granules and enzyme powders. These are made up of bamboo, rosehip, papaya, pineapple and enzymes of papain and bromelain.
Last up is the balancing face oil. This is my favourite product due to it’s smell which I really like. The blend of rose, geranuim, patchouli, Moroccan argan, evening primrose and Japanese rice bran oils creates a luxurious, spa-like fragrance which I find extremely calming. It’s a relatively lightweight oil which gives my skin an intense glow after the cleanser and exfoliator. Due to the soothing fragrance I prefer to use this at night.
The reduced design of the packaging reflects the simplified approach of this brand which I like very much. If you visit the Alex Carro website you will see the products also come in nice grey boxes. They offer a gift box and a sampling set making this is great option for gifting this Christmas. All of the ingredients are functional and nourish the skin, naturally. In addition to the three products I featured there is a face cream and a multi-use balm which I imagine will make the most wonderful lip balm this winter.
This week I’m like one of those people who constantly post pictures of their cat’s or their kids. I haven’t got any cat’s or kids so I’ve been posting pictures of trees. I just love Autumn with it’s golden coziness. The first sign of colder weather and I’m already making cottage pies and planning where I’ll buy my crazy Christmas socks from. The tree obsession needs to calm down, my instagram feed is full of them.
In today’s post there’s not a hint of a tree not even a single golden leaf. Instead I’d like to tell you about my lovely new hand & body wash from MALIN + GOETZ. I recently featured their detox cleansing mask and it’s still my favourite. The body wash is also a lovely treat. The bulk of anyone’s skincare budget should go on the face but considering skin is our biggest organ we should splurge on a gentle body wash when possible.
MALIN + GOETZ only formulate with functional ingredients that are good for us. It’s not completely natural and organic but you won’t find an effective yet drying foaming agent or any potentially irritating artificial fragrances. This has a subtle yummy fragrance of lime and foams very nicely. It would make an excellent Christmas gift as it comes in a nice box. The brand has stand alone stores in London or you can order online from Liberty. Another brand I like is NIOD. The mother company Deciem recently launched a new brand called The Ordinary which is anything but. I’m desperate to get my hands on some of the products to share with you all. For now I’m using NIOD Flavanone Mud which is responsible for clearing out the pores in my t zone.
Do you remember the terrible sachet mud masks, well this is nothing like those. Containing bentonite clay, black mud and a highly purified flavanone derived from citrus peel this chocolaty concoction effectively cleanses my sometimes congested pores. Beware, it stings when emulsified with water which they say is to be expected in some cases. It’s not super uncomfortable but in my case it’s definitely noticeable. It’s recommended for use once a week with the option to use daily for the first five days which accelerates the results.
Anthony skincare product review.
In today’s post I have two products to introduce from the men’s skincare line Anthony. I hadn’t tried this line before and my first impression was – nice packaging! It’s stylish and masculine without having MEN plastered all over it. Thumbs up for that.
I received the Glycolic Exfoliating Wipes and the Oil Free Facial Lotion. This is my first time using an exfoliating wipe and I’m hooked. I’ve always used liquid or cream acid exfoliators but the wipes are super convenient. Glycolic isn’t my preferred AHA so I was surprised to like these so much. The wipes are large when compared to the pad’s other brands offer which is nice. One side of the wipe is textured which adds to the exfoliation process and I feel also helps unclog pores.
After cleansing I gently wipe my face with the textured side followed by the smooth side. It doesn’t leave a noticeable residue on the skin and it definitely works well as an exfoliator. Some of the additional ingredients I like and some not so much. There’s a multitude of soothing botanicals including aloe vera, chamomile, cucumber and white tea. These are all great. There are also smaller amounts of witch hazel and menthol which I’m not so keen on. Personally I wouldn’t put witch hazel with an AHA as it has the potential to exacerbate any sensitivity brought on by the glycolic acid. Menthol is used a lot in men’s skincare because it creates a cooling effect and ‘energises’ the skin. I think menthol is used more for marketing rather than it’s potential skin benefits. Menthol can also irritate sensitive skin so whilst there is only a small amount in this product I don’t think it should be in there at all.
The oil free facial lotion is a perfect option if you have oily or shiny skin. It’s a lightweight gel-like texture which absorbs easily. It contains aloe and chamomile to soothe the skin and glycerin to retain moisture. Personally I love oils in my moisturiser as my skin is dry and absorbs product easily so I add a couple drops of Rodin olio lusso face oil to this and I’m good to go. Bonus points are given as a portion of the profits go to prostate cancer research. All products in the range are free from PARABENS, PHTHALATES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PETROCHEMICALS, ANIMAL DERIVED INGREDIENTS, TRICLOSAN, DEA & GMO’S. To find out more about Anthony or find your nearest stockist visit the website here.