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


ELEMIS Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment

I began to develop a skincare regime when I was 21 after attending an event with Elizabeth Arden where the key speaker emphasised the importance of 'prevention over cure' when it comes to young skin. This motto really struck me and I've been living by it ever since; I cleanse, tone and moisturise everyday, always wear an SPF (even in the winter), and eye cream/serum is a must. 
As a full-time PhD student, part-time university lecturer and beauty blogger, I'm always limited on spare time so looking after my skin is so important to me. I'm always switching products in order to test them out, but when a product is really good beyond expectation- I will always re-purchase and stick to it. Elemis' Pro Collagen Eye Treatment is one of those products. 

At £46, the product's not cheap. But it works. I've never suffered from dark circles, but when I began by third year of PhD study and started lecturing, I noticed some fine lines had developed underneath my eyes. Clearly this was caused by stress (as you can imagine) and less sleep. Within two weeks, I saw an improvement. Since then, I have gone through 3 bottles of the stuff. 

The serum is so smooth that the product glides over the eyelid and underneath the eyes. It's almost like water so it doesn't even feel like a serum, and isn't at all sticky. Many eye treatments/serums on the market are sticky and remain so when applied over the eyes. This can be incredibly frustrating when applying concealer or eyeshadow as it causes clumping.

Also, some eye treatments irritate the hell out of my eyes. This one thankfully doesn't.

What I would say that is a downside of the product is just in terms of the design of the product. Because of the way the pump is designed, the bottle releases way too much serum than is actually required.

Elemis Pro Collagen Eye Treatment is available nationwide and is priced at £46. 


Unity by Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini

As an Arsenal fan, I was thrilled when I spotted an invitation to the launch of Unity- a wellbeing brand by Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini. I wasn't sure of what to expect as the invitation was brief and didn't explain what the product line would consist of. Like others at the launch event, I honestly thought it would be a range of sports or health drinks (it wasn't!). I actually even got to see Ozil and Flamini in the flesh which was an absolutely amazing experience. 
Unity: the brand 
'For people and planet', Unity is a collection of skincare/grooming products, ranging from hydrating lotions to body washes and beard oils. The majority of the range is meant to be unisex but there are obviously products aimed at the male market like the beard oil. 

I also had the opportunity to learn about Ozil and Flamini's reasons behind creating the brand. As an environmentalist, Flamini is very passionate about raising awareness and possible solutions to the problem of climate change. Whereas, Ozil's reasons for having co-founded the brand sits in the desire of being a voice for others in times of diversity and discrimination whilst also wanting to provide a healthier future for the the next generation. Overall, both of them come across to me as very nice, and incredibly ambitious people who really want to bring about positive change in the world- something we can never get enough of.

Natural ingredients 

As a skincare and fragrance enthusiast, it was only natural for me to pop open the lids and check out the scent of some of the products at the launch. I was actually expecting them to be non-scented (not sure why), so to my surprise- I actually widened my eyes upon smelling the fragrance of the products. The scent is incredibly fresh and invigorating without smelling artificial, and this is because Unity refuses to include any parabens or artificial fragrances in their products, as well as mineral oils or plastic microbeads. All product ingredients are 100% natural, and sustainably sourced too. 

Eco-friendly packaging 

The product is just as beautiful on the outside as it is on the inside (and I'm not just talking about the simple yet clean/sleek design). 

I was very impressed when the PR told me about the packaging for the range. Get this: the product containers are made from sugar cane. You read that right. Sugar cane is a recyclable bioplastic that help to reduce C02 emissions (normal plastic increases them). 

But, the bottle tops are made from plastic but this is because there is no suitable alternative at the moment. Unity will change this if an alternative is found though. 

I couldn't help but smile when I saw this
photo canvas at the launch 
Why is climate change important to address? 

As a PhD student, I'm constantly reading and learning new things but at the launch, I learnt so much about climate change and the importance of reducing plastic that I kept thinking about it as I travelled home in the evening. 

Here are some facts I learnt: 
       - Climate change displaces up to 10x more people than conflict and war. By 2050, climate change will have displaced 250 million people, impacting the world's poorest populations. 

       - We cannot lift people out of poverty if we do not conserve the environment and the natural resources they rely on, and we can't protect the environment if we do not address their needs. 

It's so lovely to see footballers giving back, and to address the detrimental effects of plastic waste (which has amplified in the past couple of years) is- in my opinion- an excellent choice to make. Especially as it's evident that Ozil and Flamini are extremely passionate about it. 

I also was told that Ozil has visited refugee camps. I've always had respect for him as a footballer but now I love him even more, particularly as he's supporting a global cause that I'm also passionate about. Both Ozil and Flamini have brilliant outreach opportunities, and for them to use it in this way is quite frankly, beautiful. I really believe their brand will be a huge success whilst also bringing about positive, global change. 

To check out the product line, visit Unity's website at: 


SK:N Age-Delaying Cream for Younger Skin

I'm incredibly diligent with my skincare routine, and have been ever since I was 21. I've recently been using SK:N's Age-Delaying Cream for Younger Skin, and I very quickly became a fan of it. 

I admire SK:N as a brand- I attended a roundtable conference of theirs last year and was slightly taken aback as to how the company seemed to genuinely care for its patients and was so passionate about the future of the beauty/aesthetics industry. To me, this is pretty rare.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist

I love Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour range; I apply the Skin Protectant on my lips every night without fail, and due to its versatility, I use it on cuts, dry and sunburnt areas, and burns. So obviously, I had high decent expectations of their Miracle Hydrating Mist.


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. 
I personally believe that skin should be thoroughly looked after, and whilst I don't have a problem with make up- I really don't want to rely on it every single day. And with people leading busier lives nowadays, I'm sure a lot of women feel the same. So this is why I feel UNIVERSKIN has a key place in the current market. 

It was really interesting to see the results of my facial scan, and learning about my skin in terms of percentages and features was so useful. This is great and not just in the sense that UNIVERSKIN's products can be tailored specifically to your skin, but you also gain an idea of how to develop your own skincare regime in order to help certain conditions- such as pigmentation or fine lines.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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


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. 


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!


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. 


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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.