Saturday, 3 October 2015

October’s Fave Freebies – L’Occitane and REN

Beauty brands and magazine publishers have really upped their game when it comes to the products being given away with the lifestyle press each month.

For the second consecutive month, I have chosen two rather than one favourite freebies, the competition being such. And once again it was Marie Claire and InStyle that I reached out for on the newsagent shelves (perhaps I should rewind and say that it is Marie Claire and InStyle who have upped their games?).

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Inlight Under Eye Revive – My New Obsession!

Now we’re officially into Autumn, it’s time to start thinking about switching up the skincare routine. Warm sunny days make way for cooler, rainy and often windier ones. Central heating systems get switched to auto-pilot, and before we know it our skin starts to complain!

My skin tends to lose a fair bit of its natural moisture in Autumn (let’s not get started on Winter!), and so it’s about now, at the start of the season, that I begin to add more balms into my daily skincare routine.

The latest one to join the ranks is this eye balm from Inlight, Under Eye Revive. It’s a 100% natural, 100% organic waterless formula which, aside from the moisture-retention properties of all balms, contains added ingredients to minimise puffiness and brighten the look of dark circles.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

How to Tackle Uneven Skin Tone and a Stratum C Solution

I have been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with my skin over the past three years. It all started with an outbreak of acne-like spots, which brought misery for about a year. I then developed Erythema (skin redness). That didn’t hang around quite as long, but I barely had time to enjoy my clear complexion before melasma struck - brown pigmentation marks triggered by the slightest bit of sun exposure.

Growing up I gave very little thought to skin problems. I looked after my skin and it behaved itself, by and large. But now when I look after it, it doesn’t always play ball – thank you female hormones! I empathise enormously with anyone suffering with skin problems - they can occupy your every thought and deal a massive knock to your self-confidence!

Friday, 25 September 2015

Why I’ll Never Use Filtered Pics on My Blog… Here for Illustration Purposes Only!

You may have read about Bigorexia or “reverse anorexia” in the media this week. It’s an anxiety disorder where men see themselves as small, when in fact they are big and muscular. It is thought to be affecting a staggering one in ten men who regularly attend a gym in the UK – and it’s on the increase!

The cause isn’t known but some experts believe it could be due to genetics, or a chemical imbalance in the brain. That may be but I can’t help thinking that the growing selfie culture has a part to play too in this lack of body confidence and distorted sense of what we look like, in particular the growing use of filtered photos and Photoshopped Images on Instagram.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

NEW LAUNCH: Magnifibres Treatment Primer – Giving Lashes Some TLC

My eyelashes do get some stick. I clamp them into a pair of curlers, and coat them with two layers of mascara and one of mascara fix daily. Sometimes twice if I’ve been to the gym and reapplying my makeup after showering – sometimes three times if I’m then going out in the evening and reapplying my makeup yet again!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

3 Fabulously Hydrating Concealers – To Suit All Budgets

Concealers can be our best friend, but they can also be our worst enemy. The right formula for our skin type applied correctly can do wonders to hide the tell-tale signs of too many late nights, or the shadowy blue veins under our eyes as skin thins (a common age-related problem).

But the wrong formula even if applied correctly can make dark circles and fine lines appear more prominent than they really are!

As we age, skin becomes thinner and drier. Mine certainly has and it’s why when choosing a concealer not only do I look for the right shade (a tone lighter than my natural skin colour) but also one that’s going to hydrate. A dry formula applied over dry skin? You get the picture?

I’ve struggled to find really good moisturising concealers, particularly ones at a low price point, but these three stand out for me, whatever your budget.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30 and Advanced Retinol Night Treatment - Review

It’s rare that I’ll slap on a new face cream and go ‘whoa!’. Face creams are generally something I use to rehydrate my skin, to put back some lost moisture and relieve any dryness.

But ‘whoa’ was precisely what I uttered when I first tried the StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Day Treatment SPF 30. My wrinkles didn’t all suddenly disappear or my complexion lose 10 years (no topical can do that).