Plumping elasticity for the skin

Just because I have a blemish prone skin does not mean I don’t think about concerns; I should be so lucky! I have to be double careful with my regime.

Eucerin has a brilliant, extensive range of skincare to cater for all skin concerns (I am a fan), taking into account sensitive skin, and their latest is no different: meet Eucerin Elasticity + Filler.

Now, these babies are made to not only work on texture, giving skin more elasticity and less sagging, as well as plumping, helping fill out the natural structure changes that come with age and impact firmness.

Arctiin (a collagen renewal booster), Sylmariin (which helps protect collagen and elastin) and hyaluronic acid (full of hydrating plumping goodness) are present on all three products in the range and working on aiding restore elasticity and reduce deep wrinkles.

I tried the fabulously smoothing Facial Oil, which is extremely light and smells divine.

It applies amazingly, sinks in quickly and leaves no greasy residues. It also contains Argan and Lady Thistle oils, as well as vitamin E.

It is fantastic mixed with foundation – you can put one precise drop with the pipette and it does not affect it – for some extra care and protection.

The nourishing Day Care face moisturiser is light, non-comedogenic, has SPF 15 (UVA protection, is very light, absorbing quickly and making a good makeup base.

I like that the lovely muted gold packaging really reflects how my skin feels after use: radiant and smooth, as well as supported.

The Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Facial Oil costs £31 for 30ml, the Eucerin Elasticity + Filler Day Care and the Night Care, £26 each for 50ml.

At the moment, you can get 25% off selected Eucerin anti-ageing products at Boots, so hurry!

You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Embracing the power and purity of plants in my skincare routine

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 1The Herbfarmacy is a company you cannot help but love. They love their plants: they take good care of them, they nurture and give them time and space to create fabulous organic skincare.

They grow their own organic herbs and create their products from plant to jars in their farm in the Welsh border.

From the planting to the infusion process, all care is taken so we get the purest active ingredients into the products, which are suitable for sensitive skin and carry nourishing, conditioning and cleansing plants and oils, and are very fresh.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 6Now, I tried a few and have to say I am impressed.

Starting with the gorgeous Rose & Mallow Facial Oil (£24.50, 25ml), which combines plants and oils to hydrate the skin and promote radiance.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 2The damask rose is toning, the marshmallow, nurturing and protecting, the calendula, calming, the evening primrose oil, anti-inflammatory, the rosehip oil, regenerating and the hempseed oil, restoring and soothing. Phew.

With all this goodness packed in, it is not surprising that this rich facial oil makes skin feel supple, bright and moisturised.

I mentioned a few times I love a facial mist and once again, the Herbfarmacy offer does not disappoint.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 3The Rose & Echinacea Toner (£17.50, 95ml)  is fresh and cool on the skin. Echinacea is a natural astringent which helps detoxify and close pores. The damask rose is a skin tonic and also adds a lovely smell.

Sometimes, I just spray it to freshen up and give my face a mid-day uplift!

Beauty balms, for me, were never that highly rated, until now. The Mallow Beauty Balm is award-winning for a reason: it softens, moisturises and gives radiance, as well as healing and protecting, thanks to the marshmallow, mullein and calendula in its formulation.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 4It is also multi-tasking as it can be used as a cleanser or a balm directly on the skin for fine lines or deep skin repair. I like it on lips, battered hands from hoop, scrapes and grazes, as well as around the eyes.

Balms are “their things” and they have a fabulous, extensive range, including the Meadowsweet Muscle Balm, which is fantastic to rub on tired muscles post workout.

I’ve been using is an awful lot, and apart from working a treat on my shoulders and back, it also has the most amazing smell that comes from eucalyptus, pepper and ginger essential oils, which is invigorating.

It contains soothing and repairing comfrey, tension-easing and ache-calming hypericum and sore muscles-relieving meadowsweet.

Other balms, looking after body and mind, include the Skin Rescue, Temple and Easy Breathe. But there are many more in their extensive range of balms.

All balms mentioned are 100% organic and cost only £15 for 30ml (Temple and Easy Breathe £8.50 for 15ml), which goes a long way.

herbfarmacy-skincare-review - 5My obsession with face creams is never ending, so I was happy to also try their Replenishing Face Cream (£24, 60ml). It is pure skin food to rejuvenate mature or very dry skin.

With the nurturing and protecting properties of marshmallow and healing calendula, it promotes regeneration and restores radiance.

The Herbfarmacy has, apart from the Replenishing, a Calming (£19.50), a Balancing(£19.50) and a Nourishing Face Cream (£19.50) in their range.

The founder of Herbfarmacy, Paul Richards is absolutely lovely and we can feel the passion and care he has for the herbs and process, so it is not surprising you can actually see all that translated into each product.

I recommend watching their video on spring seedlings to feel the love!

Not to mention their amazing price point – exceptionally good value for money.

You can get your hands on the Herbfarmacy Skincare organic range on their brand new website.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Well oiled: the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil

elizabeth_arden_eight_hour_all_over_miracle_oil_review - 1A couple years ago I developed a serious love of facial oils. The effect oils made for my skin is quite amazing.

The Eight Hour Cream is a must have classic and lives in my makeup bag – it’s great for everything.

When I found out about the Eight Hour Miracle Oil, I had a little silent squee and just needed to try. I was intrigued by the multi functionality of this product, as I can be used on face, body and hair.

When it arrived, I was going away for the weekend, had packed and boyfriend was picking me up from the office and bringing my bag. He mention a parcel had arrived, and there it was! I immediately told him to throw it in the suitcase.

It was a god send as I forgot my body moisturiser and hair conditioner!

Used it after washing my hair with shampoo only and my hair immediately felt soft and manageable. Plus it dried shiny and it didn’t weigh hair down.

elizabeth_arden_eight_hour_all_over_miracle_oil_review - 2Feels great on the body too. It is super light in consistency, spreads and absorbs very well.

Where it shines, however, for me, is on the face. It’s supple but light enough to use during the day under makeup, just beware it does compromise durability a bit, just like any oil.

I’ve been massaging it deeply on face a neck. It delivers superior hydration throughout the day, something very welcome as my skin is suffering a lot with the weather at the moment.

At night, can be combined with a thin layer of the traditional Eight Hour Cream; I woke up to replenished, hydrated, soothed, soft and radiant skin.

It contains tsubaki oil (extracted from camellia flowers), omega 6 and 9, grapeseed, avocado, sunflower seed oils, ginger root extract, boswellia resin and vitamin E.

Overall, a superb product. And the price is quite something too: £29 for 100ml.

It’s available at Elizabeth Arden online, concessions and retailers nationwide.

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This post contains PR samples. This review, however, is based on my experience with the product and reflects my honest opinion on them.

Discovering Dr Jackson’s natural products

dr_jacksons_face_oil_review - 1How many times have I started an article with “I love oils”? Probably more than you’d be comfortable with, but the truth is, oils really changed my skin.

Being the lucky girl I am, I was invited to iconic London store Liberty to hear from Dr Jackson, or Simon, as he prefers to be called, for a showcase of his fabulous products.

And yes, I brought home the Dr Jackson’s 03 Face Oil.

This wonder oil is luscious and thick, but spreads divinely and is extremely well absorbed by the skin. The smell is rather herbal but not too overpowering.

dr_jacksons_face_oil_review - 3Skin immediately feels soft and nourished, and when I wake up in the morning it looks supple and radiant, with a fabulous texture.

As part of my skincare routine it helped minimise breakouts at that time of the month, which are a certain for me. Well, much less this time.

The oil is 100 % natural and contains the goodness of a unique blend of oleic and linoleic acids, baobab (see the little seed on my pics?) and marula oils, calendula and arnica.

The blend of ingredients has anti-inflamatory properties and works on improving skin tone and elasticity, minimising scarring, deeply moisturising, reducing redness and healing – read damaged tissue repair. The result is a visibly smoother, re-texurised complexion.

I left the event inspired. By beauty, of course, by nature, by science and human nature. Simon is fascinating, and his work, not only the science bit (which is mesmerising, by the way), is just wonderful.

dr_jacksons_face_oil_review - 1 (1)Dr Jackson is a pharmacognosist, so he is and expert on the active chemical components of medicinal plants. 

He fell in love with regional indigenous plants’ medicinal properties and traditional medicine early in life and went on to study them.

His travels got him exposed to different cultures and uses of plants as healing agents, and introduced new plants to his life. Amongst his studies, he came across beautifying properties in certain plants, and ran with it, creating a fantastic natural skincare range which was four years in the making.

He will only use carefully selected ingredients of the best quality that can be found int he world, extracted the closest way they would at source, pure and at the right concentration to be efficient, while also supporting the communities which grow them.

Now, wouldn’t you trust your skin to this man? Well, you should.

They now have a whole concession at Liberty London and there are also treatments available.

The fantastic Dr Jackson’s 03 Face Oil costs £55 for 50ml and £30 for 25ml and is available at Liberty London, and online.

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Review: Balance Me Radiance Face Oil

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Due to the nature of my skin, I never thought of incorporation an oil in my routine – that was before I came across the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil.

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