Just Charlie G

Well here’s a range  for coloured hair that boasts quite the pedigree. Colur Wow was developed by Gail Federici and John Frieda and formulated by Dr Joe Cincotta, the scientist behind many of the Federici and Frieda products.

The range is designed to help keep your hair looking exactly as it did the day it was coloured and it’s a small but perfectly formed range.

I’ve actually had the range here waiting to be tried for quite some time but my hair was already quite faded so I was hanging on until I had it coloured again to give the products I have a road test.

So to start with, the Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner.

Color Wow Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner

I received the 75ml bottles for review purposes which will set you back a hefty £9 each, which for what are essentially travel bottles I think is really extortionate. I have also found that they haven’t lasted long enough for me to really put the claims to the test (particularly the conditioner as I need so much on my thick tangly hair). So here’s my thoughts, firstly, these are sulfate free, and normally for me this is disastrous, but on this occasion I managed to get a rich lather which spread through my hair with ease. It has a variety of scientific sounding ingredients and technologies to help protect your colour, none of which I understand, but what I can tell you is that after colouring, in the few washes afterwards I usually lose some colour, before it settles down and stops… I’ve not noticed any colour fading or loss at all with these products. Granted, I’ve probably only got about two weeks worth of use from these bottles (or rather, just the conditioner, I’ve still got plenty of shampoo left), but I’m impressed. The products I’ve been using are for normal to thick hair but both products are available for fine to normal hair as well. My hair is soft and shiny and really quite lovely.  Oh and the conditioner rinses out with ease too. I still think that these are very expensive, (£9 for 75ml and £16.50 for 250ml per bottle), but if colour loss is something you struggle with, it’s well worth checking the range out.

The other item I’ve been trying out is the Pop & Lock Crystallite Shellac (£14)

Color Wow pop & lock crystallite Shellac

color wow pop & lock crystallite shellac
This gorgeous iridescent serum is designed to coat the hair with a protective layer to make colour pop. It seals cuticles to lock the colour in and keep dryness at bay. I’ve been using this religiously and in conjunction with the shampoo and condition and as I say, so far I’m not spotting any fading at all, in addition this adds shine and as an important bonus it has a UV filter to help prevent colour fade. This is a fabulous product. I also find this to be reasonably priced since you need so little. The only complaint I do have is that I’d appreciate a guide to how much I should use.  You can apply to wet or dry hair but I have no idea how much, so I’ve tended to just use a very small amount as I would with any serum. I’ve not seen or felt it’s presence in my hair, so no greasyness or added weight. Very nice!

The range is available from www.colorwowhair.com and is certainly worth a look if you colour your hair. I’d be especially interested to know how it fares on those shades that traditionally fade fast, like reds!

Other products in the range include Root Cover Up powders which I’d be very tempted to try if they weren’t £28.50 each, but they do sound ideal, especially as my grey roots come through so fast, there’s also a styling cream and mousses for banishing brassiness.

*PR Samples*

Perricone MD Blue Plasma

For many years I’ve been avoiding Perricone MD products. I won’t go into why but lets just say it wasn’t based on experience and I’ve learned my lesson.

Blue Plasma is taking the beauty world by storm and I wanted to find out what was so amazing about it. Okay so to tell you briefly what it is, Blue Plasma is a a non-acidic daily peel. You use it daily after cleansing and toning but before serum and moisturiser, either morning or evening and it should have several effects. Firstly it peels dead skin cells, and please note, dead skin cells only, secondly it extracts surface debris, purifying as it goes and thirdly it hydrates.  It does all of this without being abrasive or harsh. It’s suitable for ALL skin types, including sensitive and it was that fact that persuaded me to add it to my finely tuned regime, after all the effort I’ve put into clearing up my spots, last thing I want to do is get it back again.

Effects you should expect to see with regular use are resurfaced skin, luminosity, radiance and clarity, improved light reflectivity, softness and smoothness and plumpness of lines and wrinkles along with reduction of pore size.

I’m not going to go into all the active ingredients and get all sciency on you because I don’t understand them and my main focus for a product is whether it works or not but I will say that the bio-specific agent is Salmon Egg Enzyme, that is the ingredient responsible for peeling away dead skin cells only. Alaskan salmon fishermen have noted that their hands are softer and smoother after fishing…(Alaskan Journal of Commerce) so why not apply that to the facial skin. Clearly I don’t mean we should all be rubbing our faces with a nice fresh Salmon but you know, that nice Dr Perricone has made a lovely product so we don’t have to!

So, this leads me to my one and only negative point about this product. It does smell of fish. Yep, it does. It’s a light fishy scent and it’s one that doesn’t linger on the skin at all. Put it this way, when I use it at night, get into bed, and my husband comes in ten minutes later, he’s never once noticed it. And I did ask! Really you only have to endure the scent while you apply. Then its gone.

So that bit out of the way, this is a light, blue liquid, it goes into the skin quickly, leaves the skin immediately feeling soft but you can’t sense any product on the skin once applied, which is a good thing. I hate feeling I’m layering products onto my spot prone skin. As soon as this is on it’s absorbed or dried, whichever it does!

Perricone MD Blue Plasma

So given the state my skin has been in for the last year and the effort and upset theres been trying to fix it, I was anxious to add something new into my routine but I needn’t have worried, this stuff is amazing.

I’ve suffered no (extra) spots, no dryness, no irritation, no negative effects at all. Only good.

My skin appears more even, the pores seem less obvious, it looks so much better. I thought it was looking pretty good anyway, but this seems to have…refined things. I can’t explain it more than that, I know it’s not much of a review, but really my thoughts can be summed up that easily. My skin has improved considerably since I started using this (it’s been nearly two months now), but it’s improved in ways I didn’t realise were possible, and that’s what I mean by refined. When I do my evening routine and look in the mirror afterwards my skin looks smoother, with less imperfections and small pores. Lines, whilst still there, look less obvious and I am more even (hormonal acne aside of course).

Very impressed. It’s not a cheap product and of course some of you may find the smell unusuable, but I urge you to try it out, the scent lasts a moment, the effects last much much longer! It’s not a cheap product, it’s £78 for 59ml and a little goes a very long way indeed. I have been using nearly two months and the bottle (which comes with a pipette) has gone down by about half an inch, maybe just over that.

Available now from www.perriconemd.co.uk, www.johnlewis.com and leading department stores. Only problem for me is that now I’m over my Perricone fear there’s a whole new world opening up to me and it’s not a cheap world!

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

14. 03. 2013

I’ve alluded to my bad skin woes lately quite a few times, especially on Twitter, but as yet I’ve not really taken the time to write about what’s been going on in any detail here.

So brace yourself for grim photos of bad skin, news of skin saving products and a make up free photograph I’m proud of but should still probably come with a warning.

So to start at the beginning. Ever since I started my periods (apols for the TMI), I’ve suffered with hormonal outbreaks. Nothing too major. A few spots around my time of month and that’s about it. Fast forward many years to me post having children and my hormonal side effects started to get much worse. Not only the spots, but migraines, mood swings and all the other side effects we all know and love.  It started off with the spots becoming worse, not more frequent, but instead of the usual whiteheads and whatnot, a distinct increase in cystic spots. You know the ones, like having a pea under your skin that never come to a head and take weeks to go. So whilst the spots weren’t coming all month round, they were lasting all month round.  Then things took an even bigger turn for the worse when in the last three or four months the spots started to appear and last all month round, so I was never without small spots, cystic spots, pimples and so on. At any age this is distressing, at the ripe old age of 38 you really hope you’ll be past the spot stage and it’s incredibly difficult to find products that can deal with my type of skin…looking for a product that’s suitable for older skin, tackles spots and dry patches is nigh on impossible, despite the claims of manufacturers… trust me I know. I’ve tried lots. Then along came Dr Murad. I’d heard good things about the brand and they offered to help me out.

I had to send them photographs of my skin along with lots and lots of information. All of which I thought was great, as it meant they really wanted to understand what was going on with my skin rather than just sending out their products for spot prone skin, they wanted to put together a regime that would really suit ALL of my issues, along with advice for my lifestyle (eat more fruit and veg and drink more water!).

So they came up with a recommended regime for me, and offered to send me two products off the list.

Murad Skincare Review

So I chose the Age-Diffusing Serum and the Anti Ageing Moisturizer for blemish prone skin.  In addition I then purchased the Time Release Blemish Cleanser.

Murad Skincare Review

I’ve now been using the products for a month and a half and feel in a position to write about them.

Okay so the Time Release Blemish Cleanser (£29) is a really gentle cleanser which continually releases blemish treatment throughout the day whilst hydrating to help minimise the signs of ageing. It’s got a minty feel on the skin and lathers very very gently, I’m not even sure if you can call it a foam really. It lifts every last scrap of make up off my face although I do tend to need to use an eye make up remover as well (depending on my mascara). It doesn’t leave my face feeling tight or dry, just clean!

Then the Age Diffusing Serum (£64). This is a plant based serum with a gorgeous fruity scent and is designed to address menopausal challenges, such as dry, dull skin, excess facial hair, breakouts, wrinkles and loss of elasticity. I love this product. I’m not menopausal, but I do suffer with many of those symptoms above and I feel this lightweight serum works really well. It spreads easily over the skin and absorbs very well leaving no residue except for smooth soft skin.

Finally the Anti-Ageing Moisturiser SPF20 (£49). This is the dream product for my skin. Just what I was after. A moisturiser for older skin but that tackles blemishes. This minimises oil production but promotes collagen production. I find this, combined with the serum, does a more than adequate job of moisturising my skin. Other moisturisers I’ve tried in the past for blemish prone skin have not been moisturising enough for me. This is.  It leaves no residue on my skin, banishes dry patches and flaky bits left over from spots and as I say, leaves my skin feeling soft.

So do they work? Well you can probably tell from the title of the post, if not the unwitting bias in the post so far but my god, yes.

There’s no better way to explain just how well than to you show you which means you are going to have to look at some less than desirable photographs.  The first is of my chin, a week after starting my regime. It’s not pretty, but it’s better than it was a week before. The spots are drying up, and red and the big cystic one is drying and flattening out, but it’s a gauge of how bad things were before I started.

Brace yourself….

Murad Skincare Review

Then imagine this about twice as bad, which is as bad as it usually gets.

And now, make up free (except mascara) five weeks later.

Murad Skincare Review

Really there are no words for how pleased I am and I don’t feel this review needs any more words about the amazingness (!) of the products. The photographs speak for themselves. I haven’t been completely blemish free for months and months now. Many months. And now I’ve been mostly blemish free for weeks.

Regarding my time of the month, I still got spots. Remarkably there wasn’t one cystic spot amongst them, there were about three small spots, all of which cleared in double quick time. Very impressive.

Now I think this range is very expensive and it’s not one of those brands were a little goes a long way either. Not that you have to use a lot of product, I’d just say it was a normal amount, which means I think, looking at how much product I have left, I’ll be looking to replace the serum and moisturiser every two and a half months approximately and the cleanser will last a lot longer as you actually don’t need much of that. But it is worth every single penny. No doubt. And I’ve already put money aside to replenish my stock as I can’t just come up with that kind of money on short notice. But as I say, it’s worth it, and I’ll pay it. Your skin is so important and blemishes on the skin can affect your self esteem so badly, to have clear skin is worth saving up for!

I can’t recommend this brand highly enough.

There is a 20% Sale off on the Murad website now I’ve just discovered so head over now for some bargains and it looks like they’ve now introduced free shipping, which they didn’t have when I placed my order. Hooray!

If you’re not sure what products you need, there’s a questionnaire on the site to help you out and the gifts and kits are a more budget friendly way of getting started too.

*Disclosure – the Serum and Moisturiser were sent to me free of charge for review purposes*

Gulp! Let’s just start with the bad news and get it out of the way. If you like the sound of this product after reading this post, you’d better have £275 spare. Yes, that’s right £275.

Erno Laszlo Phormula 3-9 Repair Serum

Phormula 3-9 Repair serum is a radiance boosting serum  to improve texture and brightness. It encourages healthy skin metabolism and a strong skin cell turnover whilst boosting collagen and elastin production. Suitable for all skin types this is a lightweight serum full of gold pearlescence which thankfully doesn’t translate to the skin as shimmer, it does however add a gentle touch of light. So fear not, you will not look like a Cullen family member if you use this.

I’ve been loving using this, (simpy use after toner, but before moisturiser) and I think I see a real difference in the texture of my skin. Of course I’ve been using other new skincare which I also credit with great results, but I do think this is quite impressive. Fine lines aren’t affected particularly but the promised results are there, improved texture and brightness. In fact I’ve had several comments on how well I look lately, despite an outbreak of spots, so somethings working.

The big question is, is it worth the hefty £275 price tag? Well I find this is a relative thing, if you don’t have lots of money then probably not, if you do then yes.

For me personally, I’m never going to be able afford the price tags, but as I’ve said before about Erno Laszlo products, if I could, I would use this brand exclusively. Effective and beautiful with a wonderful heritage.

You can buy from www.ernolaszlo.co.uk.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

01. 10. 2012

My skincare journey is in full force and my moves towards more natural skin care with less chemicals seems to be going well and my skin does seem to like it. It’s not that I have problems with ingredients exactly, it’s more a case of okay, my skin is shocking, it’s not getting any better, in fact it’s getting worse, lets strip everything back, get my skin on an even keel and then I can perhaps start adding things back into the regime.

I’m absolutely loving my Brenda Anvari Skin Tonic and Skin Serum and plan to add more products from her range in due course and will be having a Deep Pore Cleansing Facial in a couple of weeks, it’s not going to be a terrifically comfortable experience but I can’t wait!

Anyway, the founder and creator of Skin Guru got in touch with me recently with perfect timing  and sent over a couple of products for me to try out.

Skin Guru is a very new and very small company with a small range of products which I gather will be increasing in due course and their reputation is growing fast, even with a mention in Harper’s Bazaar. A definite watch this space brand.

The secret to great glowing skin is three simple steps using the beautiful products pictured below.

Skin Guru

Starting with the Facial Cleaning Oil £23. An absolutely stunning oil. It deeply cleanses my skin and professes to be especially effective for congested or problem skin, that’s me! Clears make up in a second, you just massage into your face and then remove with the Glow Cloth. The oil is anti oxidant rich, full of omega fatty acids (3, 6 and 9 if you’d like to know!), has anti inflammatory properties to prevent spots and break outs and can help fade scarring. Well my skin loves it. It leaves my skin beautifully clean and extra soft. I don’t feel the need to double cleanse with this oil, but mostly I do so anyway because that’s the habit I’m into. By far my favourite cleansing oil. I still love the Origins one, but this trumps it. Oh and it smells out of this world!

A Little word about the Glow Cloth (2 for £10). A cloth that feels like… oh I don’t know. Soft like velvet. But it cleans and exfoliates amazingly well. You wet your cloth, wring it out, place over your oily face, leave for a moment to inhale the oils, then start using upwards outwards strokes to remove your product, with small circular movements around your nose and chin. Switch to the clean side of the cloth and repeat.  Clears dry flaky skin a treat, it just fab, no idea how such a soft cloth does it, but its wonderful.

Finally, the Nourishing Facial Serum £45.  As a dehydrated person, I know I need products with Nourishing in the title (thank you Caroline Hirons!). Now I am not sure if this an oil that you can use morning and night, but I have been sticking to evenings, but I’ll explain why in a minute. The Facial Serum is packed full of antioxidants, fights free radicals, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, brings luminosity and can help fade scars and age spots. It smells amazing. I apply in the evenings and at first I woke up with a couple of small white heads, but that was day one and two, might not even be related, but whatever, my skin is fine now, that was weeks ago. I’m being really picky here but the pump dispenses too much product for my face, I have to make sure I use the pump very carefully and gently to get about the right amount, and even then it’s usually just a bit too much, but what the hell, I just go for it, which means although it does absorb quickly and nicely, as I’m using a little too much it does take that bit longer, which is the main reason I’m using this night times only. It’s glorious stuff. Actually, the other evening I accidentally washed my face with it thinking I’d picked up the Cleansing Oil. It was an expensive cleanse that’s for sure but hey ho, it did the job!

Beautiful beautiful products and highly recommended by me. I think the prices are reasonable for the glorious-ness of the products but if I’m totally honest, the range is probably a little out of my price range sadly, which makes it more the pity I’m using a bit too much of the serum as I’m trying to treasure it like Charlie and his Wonka Bar.

Do take a look at the Skin Guru website, all ingredients are listed as well as a wealth of information. Lovely stuff.

I can’t move for fabulous skincare at the moment! This a great thing as I’m making a big effort to move away from sciency clever expensive products and back to the more basic but effective products.

Pukka Ayurveda

Got to just say how much I love the outer packaging! It’s really very appealing.

Anyway, Pukka Ayurveda is a range of naturally active organic skincare, based around Ayurveda, an ancient Indian philosophy of heath and wellbeing which advocates skin detoxification and nutrient replenishment. So there’s lots of plant extracts and Ayurvedic herbs, beautiful oils, juices and butters and so on. All are organically certified, everything comes from sustainable sources and there are no petrochemicals.
Pukka Ayurveda

I want to talk about the Firming Face Oil first of all. It’s firming, which means it’s for mature skins… I think that’s me, or at least I’m not far off it!  There’s rosehip and starflower for plumping and tone enhancing and arnica and neroli to rejuvenate and protect. What a beautiful oil! It’s stunningly scented with  neroli and petitgrain. You just apply before or instead of moisturising. It’s an oil so a little goes a long way, don’t go mad, but it feels incredible and smells divine. Highly recommend. This is £34.20.

The other item I’ve been trying out is the Radiance Serum. Not what I was expecting at all, and unlike any other radiance product I’ve tried before. Its like a runny gel, more than an oil or usual serum. It disappears into the skin leaving not a touch of stickiness.  It’s made with aloe vera and manuka honey to soothe and refresh and Gotu kola (no clue!) and lemon balm to tone and brighten, it’s very gently scented with sandalwood but I think I can sniff the Lemon balm too. I use it every day under my moisturiser and I swear I do look a bit brighter! It’s suitable for all skin types and it’s gorgeous! This one is £28.80.

They are both available from the Pukka website. The website itself is to be particularly recommended, every ingredient is listed and there’s a fantastic FAQ section as well as a wealth of other information.

Beautiful stuff.

I recently told you about my visit to Visage House in Exeter, to try out CACI, the non-surgical face lift. I told all about CACI, what it is, how it feels and what results you can expect to receive.

Today I want to tell you about Visage House, Brenda Anvari’s products and about the things I learned about my skin.

When I went for my appointment I nearly didn’t spot Visage House. I actually walked past it twice…I was looking for your traditional beauty salon and I bypassed the gorgeous looking gift shop rammed full with elegant bottles and potions and jewellery.

Visage House Exeter

Then I spotted where it was and headed in to a warm welcome, offers of a drink while I filled in a form and took in my surroundings and waited for my therapist Paula.

When Paula was ready I was ushered into the treatment room which was softly lit and there, in the middle was to all intents and purposes a bed. I’m sure it was the usual type of couch, but there was no mistaking the the big thick pink polka dot duvet. I was asked to remove my top, and shoes and to pull my bra straps down so that my shoulders and upper chest were uncovered, and then I hopped into bed and was tucked in. Very cosy it was too! Considering it was a very hot day, I didn’t feel at all hot. I don’t quite know how that worked, but the temperature was just dandy.

The last time I had a facial (at another salon), it was so hot and stuffy I left with a horrific migraine. This was absolutely fine. And I might add very comfortable.

So Paula asked me if I had any concerns about my skin, and I saw the opportunity to mention the bumps under my skin that have been plaguing me for so long now. I’ve tried so many things to be rid of them but nothing has worked. And in addition, I’ve never actually known what my skin type is as I never seemed to fall into any of the neat brackets. I have hormonal spots, I have dry patches around my nostrils, the bumps under my skin all around my jaw, chin and cheeks, and I’m in my late thirties so concerned about ageing.

Now I know what I am! So Paula decided to examine those bumps and told me that the contents would tell her exactly what condition my skin is in. And so she set about, well, I’m sure there’s a technical term for it, but the best way I can describe it, is squeezing. It was fairly uncomfortable at times, and she only did a few because that wasn’t why I was there. And so it is that the contents of my little bumps are hard. Which tells Paula, and me, that my skin is dehydrated, other factors, based on our discussions, also presented the us with the fact that my skin is sensitive.

This is the best picture I could find of  “the bumps”… I think you can just see my cheeks and chin aren’t smooth.

Visage House Exeter

I cannot tell you how delighted I am to learn this. I know it sounds weird to learn your skin has a few problems, but it’s not, the fact is that once you know what the problem is, you can go about fixing it. Before now I’ve been fumbling around blindly trying to treat my spots, care for the dry bits, and worrying about ageing. All of which I’ve been doing and probably making things worse in the process.

So, the way forward for me is to have a deep pore cleansing facial, in which she’ll clear out all of those blocked pores and to strip back my routine to cut out all heavy moisturisers, all anti ageing products, all spot creams, just everything and go right back to basics with the most simple products… and then and only then, when my skin is clearer and less bumpy and reactive, then start adding in anti ageing products where necessary. And of course, the recommended products are Brenda Anvari products.

Now Brenda Anvari is the owner of Visage House, but for many years Brenda worked for Elizabeth Arden, training therapists all over Europe, before moving with Elizabeth Arden to New York to look after their US Salons, train all new therapists and to develop new treatments and so she bought a great wealth of experience and knowledge with her when she opened her own salon in Exeter. Along with the salon is a great range of products, for your skin, for your body and for scenting your home. And what I’ve tried is so beautiful I’m convinced enough to be ditching everything I’ve previously used.

Brenda Anvari

Brenda Anvari
I was lucky enough to be sent home with the Skin Tonic and the skin serum, both of which I’ve only been using for a week now but so far so good. The Skin Tonic is a floral water toner to balance and stimulate the regeneration process, it’s also calming and so perfect for my sensitivities. 100% pure, no added ingredients, . No parabens. Gorgeous rose product my skin loves. I’ve been naughty, very rarely toning, now I’m religiously toning twice a day. This is £15.95.

Then there’s the fab Skin Serum which is also rose, it’s a perfectly clear gel form, that feels slightly sticky when I apply it but absorbs so quickly into my skin it fails to cause any issue. It’s all free and infused with antioxidants and essential oils and seems to be calming a my skin quite well. After my pore clearing and and CACI, I did suffer quite an outbreak (because I have reactive and sensitive skin and it was also that time of the month) and I believe the two products I was sent home with have really helped to calm the break out also.

I can’t afford to replace my whole regime with Brenda Anvari’s products, yet so I will be replacing one by one as and when I can afford it, so at the moment am reaching for the most basic bits in my collection to compliment the above two products, and I’m giving away anything fancy, rich, full of ingredients I don’t need. I’ll also be back in to the Salon for my Deep Pore Cleansing Facial.

Regarding the skincare products used on me during my facial, I must give special mention to the Sicilian Lemon cleanser which smelled and felt wonderful,  and also the Facial Exfoliating Cleanser.  Stunning.

And before I round up this super long post I must also give mentions to the body care line, I was given an arm and hand massage using a body cream which comes in several stunning varieties, I opted for Pomegranate, Raspberry and Patchouli (as stunning as  I thought it would be), but other options included Lime, Mandarin and Grapefruit, Orange Blossom, Persian Rose and Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood and Black pepper. The last one is what I’ll choose next time!

Finally there is also a beautiful range of home fragrance products in all of the above scents and Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon…. I’m thinking they will make wonderful Christmas Presents.

Whilst those of you not local to Exeter can’t very easily go along to Visage House for a treatment (if you are local, you should) but should any of the products take your fancy, you can buy them all from the Visage House website. Delivery is a hefty £6.25 per order, but I understand that all items are sent by courier.

Amazing. My skin is already seeing the benefits and when I move house (have I mentioned I’m moving imminently??) then I’m going to ensure the house is beautifully scented too.

*Disclosure – products mentioned were received free of charge*

Clarins Hydraquench Bi-phase Serum

So I’m completely in love with Clarins cosmetics, but have very little experience with their Skincare lines.

I was recently sent a couple of brand new products that have been added to the Clarins Hydraquench line but I don’t think they are ideally suited to my skin so this isn’t a review (it seems unfair to review something I know isn’t well suited to my skin type!) but just a quickie really to tell you about the products.

Hydraquench products are for folk who have skin that is lifeless, dry or peeling and is also perfect for weather conditions that can dehydrate your skin, such as a skiing holiday, or the beach.

The range is already fairly extensive, including Tinted Moisturisers, Lotions, lip Balms, Creams and Masks but now there are a couple of new additions. Starting with the Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase.  This serum is light but intensively hydrating and repairing. There are all sorts of ingredients I don’t really understand, including two types of Hyaluronic Acid, Fair Trade Katafray Bark Extract, Inca Peanut Extract, Alfalfa extract and Red Algae. I never pretend to know much about ingredients, other than info I am provided with on press releases, but I do trust Clarins as a brand and suspect this will be incredible. I might just hang onto mine until Winter when my skin can suffer a bit, like most peoples, when exposed to central heating and cold weather. 30ml is £40.

The other new addition to the range is the Cooling Cream-Gel. This sounds like something you want in your holiday kit! The cooling effect of a gel for normal to combination skins or hot climates. Hydrating and pollution protecting formula, sounds lovely. £33.50 for 50ml.

The new products are available now, so be sure to check them out if they sound like they suit your skin, based on the quality of their cosmetics I have no doubt their skincare products are excellent also.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

You may not yet have heard of Face the World, but I’m guessing it won’t be too long before you starting hearing more about this brand.

Face the World (FTW) are a new facial care company who have developed a line of products and facial treatments. All of the products took over four years to develop and were extensively tested on all skin types and are completely cruelty free.

The overnight Skin-Booster Serum was previously given to clients, in sachet form after having a  FTW facial, but due to popular demand, it has now been released as a stand alone product.

Face the World Overnight Skin-Booster Serum

So what we’ve got is a very pretty little tube of opalescent serum. It’s so pretty. I tried really hard to capture how this looks, but I totally failed, you might be able to see the opalescence if you look really closely!

Face the World Overnight Skin-Booster Serum

Okay, so what we have are some beautiful ingredients, Rosehip Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Wheatgerm Oil, Wheat Seed Extract, FTW Ceramide Technology Blend (essentially the emollient that acts as the carrier), Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Meadowfoam Oil and Shea Butter.

This is a tricky one for me to review so I’m going to start off with my first and only negative about this product. It contains silicones.  I seem to react to some products with silicones in and not others, I have not yet discovered if it’s one type of silicone that I have a problem with or if its silicones in general. Now my skin has, spot wise, been marginally worse since I’ve been using this…BUT my skin does seem to be getting worse as I get older and if  I was reacting to this I’d expect to have much worse skin, not just marginally worse skin. All I can say is that if you do know you don’t get on with silicones, then this probably isn’t for you.

Moving on, firstly, this has the scent of Stargazer Lily, it is beyond beautiful. I love that smell so much. Secondly, this feels beautiful to apply, it has that very distinctive feeling of a product that contains silicones, that’s not a negative, unless you don’t like skin that feels like velvet that is! The third and final thing and that is that if I apply this at bedtime, when I wake up in the morning, my skin is soft, plump and looks great (spots aside).

So this is a bit of a mixed review but I can sum it up and say that if you don’t have a problem with silicones, this does wonders for your skin, smells gorgeous and makes you look refreshed in the morning. It’s good stuff.

You can buy this here, for £40.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Amanda Lacey Incredible Pink Serum

The Incredible Pink Serum (anti-Ageing) is one of the hero products from the leading facialist Amanda Lacey’s highly acclaimed collection. It’s a lightweight serum, with a pretty opalescence to give skin an instant glow.

Amanda Lacey Incredible Pink Serum

On the skin you can’t see that opalescence but it helps to give light and glow to your face. Hibiscus Seed Extract helps to relax contracted muscles as well as soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while the natural Protein Complex of soy and wheat extracts provide nourishment with added firming and lifting effects and the serum is suitable for all skin types.

I’ve only had this a couple of days so not had a huge chance to play with it but it feels lovely on my skin and I can certainly detect a little extra brightness, particularly when worn under a tinted moisturiser.

Now this lovely serum is normally a huge £102 but for today only you can buy yours from Wahanda for £40 + £5 first class recorded delivery, mainland UK.

Get yours here. It’s lovely stuff.