Winter Skin Saviours from DHC

Baby it’s cold outside! It’s snowing as I write this and believe me, these cold temperatures will ruin my skin for weeks and I will have to resort to rubbing E45 on my face before leaving the house. Luckily, this year, I discovered these amazing amazing products from Japanese skincare brand DHC which have saved my skin. 

Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel

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This DHC Astaxanthin Collagen All-in-One Gel is a super rich and hydrating cream which is amazing for the winter. It’s a gel but comes on like a cream to nourish skin yet doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. When you feel grey in the winter, this will brighten as the antioxidant Astaxanthin,derived from freshwater green algae is a vitamin-like substance considered 6000 times more powerful than vitamin C. It also tones, hydrates, while fighting free radical damage and forms a barrier against the elements.  I have to admit, it smells funky, but it has made a difference to my skin over the last few weeks and I will continue to use it for the rest of winter. 

Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On

£24

Okay so this DHC Beauty Lift Eye Care Essence Roll-On is not only an eye cream, it smooths out your bags or puffiness and gives your eye area a massage. My eye area is sensitive and I react to most eye creams but this has been amazing! It feels lightweight and great on the skin.The massaging beads cool and stimulate the delicate skin around the eye, so great for first thing in the morning, when your eyes are feeling puffy. It’s amazing, I love using this product! The eye treatment contains oat kernel extract that firms and smoothes, the firming power of mevalonolactone, ceramide 3, and pentapeptide-18 to hydrate and lift. 

All you do is click for more product and you don’t need much for your eye area so it lasts a while. My eye area has stayed smooth and bright this winter so I would highly recommend this product. Also, did I mention that they are Japanese?  Always trust the japanese when it comes to skincare and ageing as they seem to hold the secret to looking incredible. 

Available from DHC and Feelunique

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Rodial – Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask

I love a sheet mask. They originate from Korea and boy do the Korean’s lead the way when it comes to Beauty. They are inexpensive, so easy to use and they actually work – they’re like a facial in a packet. The array of masks available on the market is huge. There are wet and dry masks, lip masks, under eye, decolletage and even body masks.

Bubble masks have been circulating the internet for a couple of months now and they look hilarious! They bubble up on your face over time and as the bubbles grow, they make you look more monstrous by the minute.

I reviewed the Rodial Pink Diamond Mask a few weeks ago so I jumped to the chance to try the new Snake Oxygenating & Cleansing Bubble Mask which gives skin that extra bit of help which is definitely needed for winter.

First of all, what’s amazing about this mask is that it’s £7.50, cheaper than a facial and even cheaper than a cup of coffee and cake! The mask contains all the amazing ingredients to to freeze the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plumps and hydrates skin, leaving it looking refreshed a bright. 

The mask contains detoxifying O2 bubbles to remove dirt…that’s Oxygen directly on the skin to remove dead skin cells and excess oil, revealing a brighter-looking complexion. It also contains Bamboo charcoal to unclog pores and deeply clean skin for fresher and smoother looking skin. The Hyaluronic Acid, plumps and moisturise. Syn®-Ake Dipeptide freezes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and a rich blend of collagen, ceramide, vitamins A & E and peptides leaves it revitalized.

I love using this mask, first of all because it’s super fun and funny to use. I had to facetime my sister the first time I used and laughed so much the mask kept slipping off my face. I use it once a month when I really need it – when my skin is looking terrible, before an event, when my skin needs to look alive, but also after a few sleepless nights. It’s definitely a post partying mask so I would highly recommend it this time of year. Don’t be put off by the colour if you have sensitive skin, it’s not scary or full of harsh ingredients to irritate skin. Your skin after, does feel like it’s had a major cleanse so make sure you wash off the residue and moisturise immediately. You skin will look instantly refreshed and awake.

How to use:

  • First of all rub the surface of the pouch to mix the contents well
  • Remove the mask from the protective sheets on each side and apply directly to a dry face
  • Leave for 10-15 minutes and remove once the oxygen bubbles have risen
  • Massage remaining bubbles into face and rinse off with lukewarm water

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Haha! Enjoy 😉 x

£48 for a box or £7.50 for an individual packet

Available from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Rodial

The Instant, Overnight Facial using Alpha-H Liquid Rose Gold

You might have heard of award winning and revolutionary Alpha-H Liquid Gold on Instagram or any blog. It’s an overnight facial which works in 20 minutes to resurface and transform skin.

Its a strange product because it feels like a regular toner that you apply directly onto the skin with a cotton pad and leave on overnight without applying a moisturiser. Do this once or twice a week for an intense treatment or every other day with a moisturiser for a regular application.

How does it work?

Its main ingredient is 5% nature-derived glycolic acid which is an exfoliator and mini peel which stimulates cells and melts the ‘glue’ that binds dulling dead cells to skin’s surface. Due to this always use an SPF with this product.

It lowers the skin’s pH (from 5.5 to around 3), to stimulates cellular activity – accelerating repair and renewal processes, as skin works hard to re-establish its equilibrium.

It also boosts elastin and collagen, penetrating deep within pores to eradicate spot-causing bacteria and resurfaces skin such as acne scars, dark spots and brown patches, so your complexion to make skin look even-toned and luminous. 

What does it do?

It brightens and revitalises tired, ageing skin, decreases wrinkle depth, enlarged pores, blackheads, blemishes, pigmentation, scarring and redness and improves texture and increases moisture. 

Gold Liquid Rose

The limited edition Rose Gold version is all the above but contains aromatic botanicals Rose, Lotus and Orchid Petal extracts as well as moisture-binding ingredients to offer instant, weightless hydration. It also contains my favourite and wonder ingredient Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate your skin further. 

Does it work? 

Yes…. BUT… the first time I used it, I woke up with a headache. It smells pretty strong and chemically with a hint of rose but after a few uses you get used to it and it’s totally worth the sacrifice. I have noticed that my already good skin does look brighter, feels softer and looks healthier, however, the product itself is a little too strong for me so I only use it twice a week and rarely without a moisturiser. I have pretty good skin but I would definitely recommend it to those who feel that their skin is tired, sun damaged, has wrinkles and lacks radiance. Not a product for sensitive skin but definitely for those who can handle their chemicals … it works. 

£37.00

Available from Cult Beauty and M&S

Skincare, Swiss Style, from Mavala

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Just like their watches, coffee, chocolate and…er…knives, the Swiss know a little something about making high quality products. The latest high performing products I have been trying out is skincare is from Mavala, the company that makes those cute little nail polishes.

The skincare doesn’t look super fancy, more like something you would pick up at the French pharmacy, the packaging is white, with lots of writing all over it – but lets face it, those are some of the best products you can find and any gorgeous French woman will tell you that. 

The natural key ingredient of the new Mavalia face care is extracts of the Mallow plant found locally in the Alps. Mallow has smoothing, emollient, astringent and has refreshing properties present in all their products. It is of course, 100% Swiss, and when tested in the labs it managed to flourish in wild areas and in extreme conditions, where few other plants survive, so the clever Swiss scientists decided to add it to their skincare. 

They have a huge range to suit all type of skin concerns so its good to mix and match depending on what you need. The collection consists of moisturisers, masks, overnight masques, cleansers, face mists, exfoliators… the list goes on. Here’s some of my favs:

AQUA PLUS Multi-Moisturizing Featherlight Cream

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I have been using this day cream for around three months now and I really like it. Its white, practically scentless and very light. The only product I can compare it to is Kiehl’s Ultra Day Cream. Most skincare products nowadays are infused with scent, have a special texture and come in gorgeous packaging. There’s a lot of competition out there and brands need to stand out, I get it, and it works, but what’s nice about Mavala is, is that it goes back to basics, and focuses more on the actual substance over style, just like the Kiehl’s Cream. 

Despite its super light texture, the AQUA PLUS Multi-Moisturizing Featherlight Cream provides 24h non-stop hydration for dehydrated skin. It’s highly concentrated in the dermo-soothing Mallow flower and my favourite ingredient, Hyaluronic acids, but this time, three different molecular weights, so its formula penetrates the layers of the epidermis to intensely re-infuse skin with moisture. This cream is subtle yet powerful, really hydrating, feels amazing under makeup and so reliable as an everyday moisturiser. 

SKIN VITALITY Vitalizing Alpine Micro-Mist

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I spray this gorgeous micro-mist all over before my face before I put on my makeup. This smells beautiful and fruity, just like apricot which is so gorgeous and refreshing. It calms my skin down between blow drying and applying my foundation but can be used any time of the day. It’s great for the summer to cool down and also good to sprits onto our face in the winter when you’re indoors and the radiators are on full blast. It helps to protect against pollution and UV rays and generally perks up skin to make it look more radiant. The vitalizing Swiss Apricot extract, high in provitamin A offers toning and antioxidant properties and the organic acids provide gentle exfoliating properties. It makes skin look instantly energised when you’re tired and need a pick-me-up. You can use it any time of the day, its small enough to throw it into your handbag and when sprayed, it doesn’t ruin your makeup, just make sure spritz from far away!

ANTI-AGE PRO Time Release System Night Cream

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This night cream is also has subtle super powers – it’s super light, odourless, so hydrating and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin or greasy. It smooths out wrinkles, clears uneven skin tone and makes skin feel radiant. It’s synchronized on the natural biorhythm of your body, meaning it repairs at night so the ‘Time Release System Night Care’ intensifies the cycle of the nocturnal cell renewal. It contains an extract of Swiss organic concentrated and encapsulated Watercress Seedlings which helps eliminate toxins that lead to a dull complexion, Alpine Rose stem cells, an exceptional adaptogen flower born at a very high altitude, to improve skin barrier function and boost skin rejuvenation, Biomimetic Lipo-amino Acid to help rebuild natural collagen network and an anti-dark spot complex of Arbutin, Vitamin C and Vitamin E evens out skin tone.

My final verdict is, if you’re looking for anti-ageing, reliable and quality skincare without the fluff, Mavala will not let you down. 

Available from Look Fantastic and Lloyds Pharmacy 

Winter is coming – Rodial Pink Diamond and Dragon’s Blood Face Masks are here to help!

If you’re not familiar with Rodial’s products, you probably thinking im talking about some crazy Game of Thrones themed skin care. Famous for their Snake and Bee Venom, Rodial have always been there on the forefront of beauty trends and innovations.  I am a HUGE fan of both their skincare and the makeup, I mean Kim Kardashian uses the contour powder I posted about a few months ago, I am obsessed with it, and their Stem Cell Booster Oil is just magic! Apply it under your makeup and it gives your skin an incredible glow and it instantly smooths out wrinkles giving you a flawless complexion. 

The latest products I want to tell you about from Rodial are the two I tried on my trip to New York a few weeks ago.  They completely saved my skin from dehydration and boosted it with moisture to reveal flawless and radiant skin.  You must be wondering why I am telling you now? Well, these two masks will 100% get you through the winter and keep your skin looking and feeling soft, radiant and wrinkle free.

DRAGONS BLOOD HYALURONIC MASK  (£45.00)

It was my first time in New York so I wanted to look my skin to look amazing and was really worried about the affect the long haul flight would have on my skin.  I needed something that would defy the lack of oxygen, humidity and air con and boy this Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask did that both ways and so much more! It contains hyaluronic acid which is the super ingredient that the beauty world is still obsessed with. It is kept my skin hydrated and plumped out all my tired lines and imperfections. The mask contains Dragon’s Blood (the spa from the Croton Lechleri tree) to reduce redness and inflammation so I can assure you, no dragons were harmed to make this. Other ingredients include Hydromanil to firm, refine and soften dehydrated skin. Gransil to rehydrate, correct skin tone and plump the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a skin plumper with 3D filling spheres and LaraCare to stimulate and mildly exfoliate.
The gel is really light and feels really cooling on the skin. Apply a thick layer and remove after 10 minutes if you’re in a hurry, but I would recommend applying a thin layer over night. You will wake up looking plumper, younger and your skin will be softer. I love the bright packaging and the scent is pleasant. The gel itself doesn’t weight down or feel uncomfortable on the skin and if you’re luckty emough to be travelling this winter, it comes in a size that can be taken as hand luggage. 
PINK DIAMOND LIFTING FACE MASK (£85.00)

If you like a sheet mask, you will love this Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Face Mask which is a pink second skin likeand kind of strange mask that will brighten, hydrate and make your skin skine bright like a diamond! This mask comes out of the wrapper covered in two sheets so don’t do what I did the first time and only remove one sheet and apply on the skin. I thought it was like a Korean sheet mask and was wondering why there were no cut marks to fit the face. After about 15 minutes I realised that I needed to remove both sheets to reveal a sticky, gel like pink mask.  I applied again and waited 10 minutes. The mask doesnt slip and stays in place be perfectly moulding around the face. It stays cool and only dries up when its ready to be removed which is after around 20 minutes. Once removed, continue with your normal skincare. You will notice how amazing your skin will feel.  My skin after my flight was SO soft and hydrated, it was glowing like crazy! I actually didnt need makeup at all.  In fact, there were a few days I went makeup free… something I never do in London but sriously my skin looked so amazing and illuminated. 

The way it works is the bio-cellulose face mask acts like a cooling second skin, whilst the fibres instantly lock moisture into the skin and enables a deeper penetration of the formula. The mask itself is infused with pink grapefruit, actual diamond powder and skin-tightening peptides to instantly lift, tighten and brighten skin for a more youthful looking, radiant complexion with lifted facial contours. Its so amazing I have to stop myself finishing the box too quickly.  Unlike many masks, the glowy feeling and look lasts for a really long time and I believe these will get you through those dull winter skin days. 

Use the mask day or night on clean skin. Rubthe closed packet, remove mask and BOTH sheets and apply tto the face. Remove after 20-30 mins.

Below are some images of the mask:

with the sheet 
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without the sheet 
close up on my face…
Here’s me and my mask, lol, sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you!
Enoy! 
Available from Rodial, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols  and Space NK

Pollution-Proof your skin with REN Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist

Air Pollution levels, especially in London, larger cities and urban areas are at a record high. As well as being harmful to the environment and your health, pollution also damages your skin. 

Pigmentation, dullness known as ‘urban grey’ and premature ageing to the skin is caused by toxic air and free radicals such as UV light, cigarette smoke, exhaust fumes and heavy metals. These generate free radicals on the surface of the skin which cause “oxidative stress” which damages the cells, making in intoxicated.  

So how do we pollution proof our skin?  

Just like UV protection, the beauty industry has quickly caught onto this problem, providing solutions for your skin and now even hair. Anti-pollution products are everywhere and I am sure they will continue to rise of the years. For those of you who are a little sceptical about the risk of pollution on skin as a marketing buzzword, yes, you are right, but if you read about anti-ageing products from the beginning of your beauty and skincare life, you will notice that a lot of products help protect your skin from free radicals which is pollution so it’s nothing new, the problem is the increasing levels. 

An easy way to protect your skin from pollution is the REN Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Spray which instantly shields and protects the skin from the ageing effects of harmful free radicals and environmental pollution. The fine and lightweight mist can be sprayed under or over makeup and throughout the day.  Its super lightweight, absorbs straight into the skin and feels so great in the summer.  It smells really nice, like essential oils when you first apply but the scent quickly evaporates and feels more like unscented water so feels refreshing on the skin. I use mine before I apply my foundation and it doesn’t affect it at all.

How does it work?

The mist forms an invisible barrier which acts like a second skin to shield any pollutants. The natural ingredients such as Zinc, Amino Acids, Quercetin (Sophora Japonica Flowers) and Alfa-glucan (extract from yeast) boost the skin’s antioxidant capacity which helps to strengthen the skin’s natural defences, promotes cell longevity, and stimulates skin repair which neutralizes urban grey and combats signs of fatigue on the skin. 

If you’re looking for a summer face mist, I would definitely invest in this anti-pollution one as it’s a great natural alternative to what is already on the market. It reduces your carbon footprint too, so you can practice what you preach.

Available from Space NKSpace NK

£24

Perricone MD – H2 Elemental Energy

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Perricone MD is one of those skincare brands which continues to surprise you with their innovative products using groundbreaking technology. Famous for their no foundation foundation which is now a cult product, you would think that would be it for them, job done, but no, this company just keeps on giving. Last year they launched the Pre:Empt collection which I used to the very last drop, and now, the new H2 Elemental Energy Collection has totally saved my skin.

The H2 Elemental Energy™ Featuring H2 Energy Complex™ basically contains Hydrogen, the smallest and most basic molecule, representing 99% of the matter in the universe.  After 30 years of research, Dr. Perricone has discovered that Hydrogen transforms the body from both the inside out and the outside in, while simultaneously transforming cellular energy and delivering a powerful boost of hydration. This collection has been developed to activate and energise surface skin cells by simultaneously transforming cellular energy and delivering a powerful boost of hydration.  It combats the signs of aging caused by pollution, lack of sleep and sun damage by penetrating the surface layers of the skin with a boost of hydrating vitality so that your skin looks re-energized and radiant.

I have recently been using a product lately that has completely messed up my skin causing it to be dry, flakey and really uncomfortable.  It was so bad, you could even see the flakes under my foundation which has been so embarrassing because I have never had bad skin. Daily face masks and exfoliating didn’t help either, so as you can imagine, I was quite upset and felt like it was going to last forever until I discovered these two products from the collection.

Hydrating Cloud Cream

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I absolutely love this airy, cloud-like cream which is powered by the Hydrogen H2 Energy Complex™. It rapidly penetrates the surface layers of the skin with a boost of hydrating vitality so that your skin looks re-energized and radiant. There is no scent which makes it feel like water and so creamy and intense yet light and airy, absorbing straight into my skin.

 Its seriously like a glass of water for the skin making it look instantly refreshed, plum and radiant. It keeps skin hydrated for 24 hours and can be used day and night.  I really love using this cream and it’s perfect for spring as its deeply nourishing and doesn’t melt under direct sunlight. It also sits beautifully under makeup.

£69.00

Firming Foam Mask

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Now this foaming mask is INSANE! Its the most fun beauty product ever and it really takes the chore out of doing a home mask. The gel mask is packaged in this futuristic tube and pumps out a gel. Once applied on the face, it transforms into a lightweight foam which leaves a cooling sensation whilst bubbling away until dry.  You only need to leave it on for around 5-10 minutes as the foam rapidly penetrates the surface layers of the skin.  I normally leave mine for around 7 because I am super ticklish and that’s all I can normally handle, it’s so weird. Once washed off the results are incredible and glowy AF!

Here’s the three stages of the mask:

£48.00

I really love this collection. It’s not like me to try a product as soon as step through my front door but I was so desperate after my skin reaction, I had to try it. After laughing so much due to the tickles, I revealed super soft, hydrated skin. The flakiness had completely gone and my skin was new again! Its the best two products I have used in a really long time.  I love how futuristic the packaging is and I love Hydrogen, it really works! I use the mask every other day and the cream every morning.

Available from Perricone MD and Selfridges