Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skincare. Show all posts

Friday

UNIVERSKIN: Bespoke Skincare

Universkin is a bespoke skincare brand that offers tailored products (produced in front of you) to suit your own needs, which are determined by having a facial digital scan. I had a consultation at Dr Rita Rakus' clinic in Knightsbridge, just a stone's throw away from Harrod's. 
UNIVERSKIN 

Wednesday

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask | First Impressions

I'm always intrigued about innovations in skincare- particularly with regard to light and laser technologies, and this is such an exciting launch from Neutrogena! It's a light therapy mask that launches next week and claims to treat facial acne from the source and therefore reduce the appearance of it. 

Saturday

Icon stretch mark treatment: a second update

My stretch marks have improved dramatically since undergoing Icon treatments. Even my 8 year old sister noticed a difference, and she doesn't even know that I've been having treatments! So I know for sure, that they've worked. I've had one more treatment since my last update (see post here). 
Before starting the treatments, I could always feel the 'engraving' texture of my stretch marks on my stomach whereas I can't feel them at all now. They're also a lot less visible and much more blended into my skin. 

The ones on my stomach have improved a lot more compared to the ones on my back, but Jenna assured me that this is most likely due to the fact that the back's skin tissue tends to be a lot more thick and stubborn, so there's a lower chance of the laser actually getting through the layers. 

Monday

Icon stretch mark treatment: an update

A few months ago, I wrote about my initial appointment for the Icon Stretch Mark Treatment at the PHI Clinic on Harley Street and expressed that I had already seen a slight difference in the reduction of the stretch marks on my stomach and hips (See post here). Since then, I've had two more treatments and some photos taken- and I'm so pleased to report that there has been some very significant progress. 

Treatment 2: 
Prior to the treatment, Jenna used a numbing cream on the area (particularly as I found the treatment to be slightly painful on my hips). I personally don't think the numbing cream made much difference but maybe this was because my period was due that week and so I was little more sensitive. 

During this session, Jenna concentrated on treating my upper stomach as this area is where the stretch marks are a bit more visible (usually they tend to exist on the lower stomach). I asked her if there is a specific reason as to why this is, and she said that it's just the way that my body reacted to change during puberty and weight gain/loss. She stressed that everyone's body is different, and that stretch marks can appear anywhere. 

Thursday

Regime London Deluxe Collagen supplements

I'm obsessed with health and beauty supplements- in fact, I take quite a lot of them (multi-vit, CLA, L-Carnitine) as the skin and hair can drastically be improved with their help (and of course- with a good diet). For the past couple of months, I've been taking the Deluxe Collagen supplements by Regime London and they are brilliant.

Wednesday

Icon Stretch Mark Treatment: Consultation and First Treatment

I've had stretch marks on my stomach and hips for years and they've had a huge impact on my life- especially after becoming a gym addict and losing weight. After trying everything from Vitamin and collagen supplements to expensive oils that claim to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, I was seriously starting to lose hope. Until I was given the opportunity to try out a laser treatment by Icon. 

Icon is a non-ablative laser treatment than can be used for scars, hair removal, and stretch marks without much pain. It causes trauma within the skin which makes the skin heal itself, allowing the skin to re-surface and balance out the skin tone. My stretch marks are moderate, white in colour, and slightly raised. So a laser treatment is the best option to try and reduce them.

I was booked in at the PHI Clinic on Harley Street for my treatment, which began with a consultation to see if the treatment was right for me and so I could ask any questions I may have. The PHI Clinic was very professional and I'm definitely considering future treatments there.

The treatment room at the PHI Clinic

Sunday

Elizabeth Arden All Over Miracle Oil

I've been a fan of Elizabeth Arden's 8 Hour Cream for years- the versatility of it is what I love most about it. I use it on abrasions, dry patches, and my nails when they're brittle. So when I noticed that Elizabeth Arden's latest skincare innovation, the All Over Miracle Oil, claims to be suitable for use on the face, body and hair- I was intrigued to try it, albeit a little sceptical at first as I'm not the biggest fan of oils. 

Monday

La Roche Posay Effaclar BB Blur

I could never wear foundation on a daily basis for a number of reasons: 1. Pure laziness, 2. Foundation has previously caused breakouts on my face, and 3. I like my skin to be able to breathe. However, I do suffer from the odd spot so I do need some coverage every now and then to conceal any marks. 

La Roche Posay's Effaclar BB Blur offers a lightweight coverage to conceal the appearance of blemishes and dark spots. I've been using it for 3 days and I think it's fantastic!

Sunday

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Night Cream

Elizabeth Arden's products have always been a staple in my skincare drawer- I always stock up on their 8 Hour Skin Protectant. I've been using their Flawless Future Night Cream for over a month now, and here are my thoughts. 

Tuesday

Keratosis Pilaris: My Experience + My Product Recommendations

Keratosis Pilaris is an inherited skin condition that affects around 1 in 3 people, and is a build up of keratin that sits in the hair follicles and blocks them, causing rough dry skin, inflamed red bumps, and ingrown hairs. The condition (also colloquially known as 'chicken skin'- nice...) isn't harmless, painful or contagious- it's just annoying and can cause a huge lack in confidence.

Wednesday

Masque Bar

I recently tried out these exciting face masks from Masque Bar, a Korean brand that's stocked at Boots. Each pack comes with 3 mask sachets and are priced £9.99. There are obviously cheaper face masks out there but these are probably the best ones I've used that are available on the high street. 

Tuesday

Pixi Beauty: Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balms have recently become so popular and after trying out Pixi's new Nourishing Cleansing Balm, I now understand why. 

I have to admit, I was a little frightened of using a balm to cleanse my face and remove my make up. I thought it'd have a horrible sticky feel to it and would be a absolute nightmare to rinse off. On the contrary,  it was a actually pleasure to use. 

Saturday

LUSH Oxford Street Haul

Last week, I finally visited the recently opened LUSH in Oxford Street. I've been meaning to pop in for ages- being a LUSH fan, the idea of a store with 3 floors and a heap of exclusives made me very excited. 
I wasn't there for too long but did manage to pick up a few bits- some old faves, and some exclusives.  Also, I was so sad to find out that the Space Girl Bath Bomb has been discontinued! My little sister has been a big fan of it for years. 

Wednesday

Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner

I don't have the best track record with facial sprays- I've tried so many over the past few years and they've either been sticky, too dense, or just plain useless. So it was very nice to finally get on well with one. 

Thursday

NEW No7 Early Defence Range

Anti-ageing has always been a complicated topic, and in my opinion- some beauty brands aren't helping consumers to discover which products are right for them, so they end up learning through mistakes and a pile of unhelpful products. The anti-ageing skincare market is booming- which seems promising at first, but it can be confusing.

Monday

An Evening With Tria Beauty

A couple of weeks ago, I attended an event held by Tria Beauty at the Icetank Studios on London's Grape Street to learn all things laser hair removal and anti-ageing.
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Saturday

MakeUp Eraser review

MakeUp Eraser is a re-useable make up remover cloth that requires just water in order for it to work and prior to its recent launch in the UK, it proved to be incredibly popular in the US.

First of all, I love how the MakeUp Eraser is bright pink! The cloth is made of a blend of polyester silk fibre that leaves the skin feeling soft and clean at the same time. I've been using the product since December and have honestly fallen in love with it. Removing my make up at the end of the day always seemed tedious to me despite me never forgetting to, but my positive experience with the MakeUp Eraser has completely changed that and has just made the process a lot easier. 

It's made my evening routine a lot easier and a lot less expensive as I've stopped using my expensive make up remover oil. It's also a very handy little product that I sometimes take with me to the gym as my eyeliner sometimes smudges after a workout if I go in the evenings after a long day.

Tuesday

An Investment In Your Skin's Future: Elizabeth Arden's Flawless Future Serum

Anti-ageing is something that terrifies millions of women. Saying goodbye to plump, clear skin and saying a disappointing hello to wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots is understandably difficult.

As a woman in her early 20s, I admit that I felt as if my skin was invincible and that it'd be a long time until I found my first wrinkle and I used to brag at university that I never really used facial skincare products. It was only a year ago that I started using anti-ageing products as I realised that I needed all the help I can get to prevent the early signs of ageing- which can begin in a woman's early 20s. 

Fun fact: Did you know that French women tend to start using anti-ageing products as early 
as the age of 15! Whilst statistics show that British women only tend to start worrying about 
wrinkles at the age of 24.

Wednesday

Rituals Ancient Beauty Gift Set

When I saw the gorgeous Rituals Christmas gift sets in House of Fraser, I couldn't resist treating myself to one. I've been a fan of Rituals for ages, and I was very impressed  that they even bought out a Diwali Delight shower gel. I love Diwali and it's nice that they launched a product in celebration of another culture. 

If you haven't heard of Rituals before- it's a beauty, body and home brand (think scented candles, fragrances, make up, and bath products) who believe that happiness can be found in the smallest of things. I love this motto and I really am a believer of it myself. For me- the best aspect of Winter is having a beautiful scented candle warming and gently lighting up my bedroom in the cold, dark evenings.

Tuesday

The Body Shop Festive Shower Gels: Glazed Apple and Frosted Cranberry

I don't usually go crazy over shower gels but I do love a festive shower gel to smother myself in at Christmas time, and I recently came across the new Glazed Apple and Frosted Cranberry ones from The Body Shop's new seasonal range. 




The Body Shop is one of my favourite stores to visit for Christmas as they always come up with the most cutest gift sets and will even offer to create a bespoke gift hamper filled with products of your choice for you on the spot, which personally I think is an amazing service.