4 July 2014

2 steps to flawless skin with Radical Glow

Radical Glow Travel Pack

Radical Glow Duo

Having previously featured Radical skincare a few months ago i was very excited to be able to try a couple of their newest products which when combined provide a 2 step process towards flawless skin.

Sold as a pair but also available on their own the Radical Glow system is designed to target dark spots, UV spots and age spots. The pack comes with a Multi Brightening serum and a Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30.

Multi Brightening Serum

Multi Brightening Serum

Multi Brightening Serum


So firstly the serum....and before anything i have to comment on the packaging as it is seriously good. From the minimal print to the bottle size to the oh so clever hidden applicator top....this product screams quality even before you've opened it. The applicator is a simple push button one which is easy to control and ultimately doesn't squirt the product out...you can apply the right amount everytime. 

The serum is very light and fragrance free, when applying to face it sinks in easily and doesn't leave and greasy residue. The serum is designed to fight uneven skintone and dark spots and contains some pretty interesting ingredients:

Algae Extract: This functions as a skin tightener and also aids the formation of collagen. Long term use promotes this tightening effect through the strengthening of the skin’s connective tissue.

Sea Lilly: help control transportation and inhibition of dendrites (extensions of the nerve cell).

Vitamin C: This helps to reduces skin spots by lightening existing melanin and suppressing the damage to cells caused by UV. Also improves the appearance of wrinkles and helps to soften the skin

The main benefit i gained from the serum was a much more even skintone....skin felt soft and very smooth and just had a much healthier glow. Another big plus for me was combining it with the Skin Perfecting Screen as sun protection is hugely important to me being fair skinned.

Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30

Skin Perfecting Screen

Perfecting Screen

Now people call me mad but i have been protecting my skin from UV since my early teens..whether it be hot or cloudy i made a conscious decision early on that i needed to protect my skin....and now as im creeping slowly up towards being 40 the benefits are paying off. So the fact that one half of the duo was a protective skin screen was a big plus point even before id tried the product.

Again the packaging is spot on even down to the soft twist top its the sort of product you want to be seen in your make up bag. Application is very easy, the lotion is very light...looks almost like a BB cream as it has a hint of tint in it which just adds to the overall flawless finish. It just sinks into your skin and again no greasy residue which you do tend to get with SPF type creams. The combination of this and the serum left me with super soft skin but also happy in the knowledge i was protected against the sun and those nasty UV rays.

Not only is it tinted but its also infused with light reflecting pigments so when applied it gives your skin a lovely dewy glow and it also aids to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

Some key ingredients to note:
Zinc Oxide: This helps protect against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by UV light. Zinc oxide blocks both UVA and UVB rays of ultraviolet light.

Titanium dioxide: Has strong UV light absorbing capabilities and its resistance to discolouration under ultraviolet light. Sunscreens designed for infants or people with sensitive skin are often based on titanium dioxide as they are believed to cause less skin irritation than other UV absorbing chemicals.

Diamond Powder: Capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced.

Conclusion
The combination of the two products just works really well. I love how the serum makes my skin feel and then the perfecting screen adds a healthy glow and screens me from the UV rays. A perfect travel duo even down the the rather fab travel bag that comes with them. 

You can currently buy this set from Space NK for £68 which i think is an excellent price considering how much the products are on their own. They are also available from multiple other online stockist or check here for the one closest to you.

Once again thank you to the lovely ladies at Radical Skincare for letting me try out these products.


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1 July 2014

Acupuncture in a jar..Hello Yungskin

Yungskin face products

And yes you did read that right......Meet the worlds first skincare product based on homeopathy and acupuncture....Yungskin!

Made from only the best organic and natural ingredients Yungskin utilises quantum energy science and cellular stimulation (sounds very Star Trek!!) to reinvigorate your skin! Its been infused with energies that represent the acupuncture points on your face, neck and eyes.

The cream aims to restore vitality, rejuvenate skin cells, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, sun spots and pigmentation and also helps tighten the skin. Iv been lucky enough to trial 2 of their products to see if all the hype is justified...the light face cream and the Yungskin Food Supplement.

Face Cream - Light

Yungskin Facecream

Yungskin face cream

The face cream is available in both a rich and a light version.....rich being better suited to more mature skin over 30 and the light being more suited to teens, females up to 30, males and people with sensitive skin. The cream is to be applied to cleansed skin both in the morning and evening for 14 days. After that time it is recommended to rest your skin for at least a couple of days in order to allow your facial muscles to relax. 

The cream is fairly thick but doesn't feel greasy at all....simply apply to the face and gently massage into the skin. The cream sinks very easily into the skin and is just so light...also provided a great base for application of makeup. Some people may find that they experience slight tingling or redness after application.....this is basically due to the circulation being brought to the skin surface and shouldn't last too long. 

Myself personally i didn't experience any of this but absolutely loved the way my skin felt after application, it was super soft which pretty much lasted most of the day, there was no tightness, skin felt calm and first application of this product was nothing but positive. Now iv used this cream for about 2 weeks and have to admit my skin is feeling pretty amazing, it looks healthy and there's not a hint of dryness anywhere. For the first time in a while my skin has actually got its glow back....i have to say I'm a bit of a fan!!

Yungskin Food

Yungskin Food supplement

The food is basically a skin supplement which you can take in conjunction with the cream to help enhance results. This feeds your skin from within and contains the following:

Minerals
Silica: Reduces wrinkles and improves the skin’s lustre, also reduces itchiness and prematurely aged and dry skin.

Magnesium Phosphate: Reduces itchiness and is a muscle relaxant and skin nutrient

Calcium Fluoride: Improves elasticity, flexibility, tone and strength of connective tissue (skin) and eliminates cracks.

Potassium Sulphate: Oxygenates and cleanse the cells of the skin. Also helps to clear up eczema. 

Sodium Phosphate: The great alkalizer

Stress Essence
A huge list of essences are contained including Comfrey, Dandelion, Lavender, Sweet Pea, 
Orange Pincushion and Larch.

Trace Minerals
Basically helps conduct and generate the body's entire electrical system.

Jam packed with goodies the combination of both the cream and the food is designed to give skin all the fuel it needs to be glowing and healthy once again. 10 drops of the food should be taken in a glass of water every morning and evening. Its tasteless so very easy to take.

Conclusion
Whether the food does actually help improve my skin, im not 100% sure...but what i do know is that after using this cream for 2 weeks my skin looks and feels 10 times better than it did before i started. Whatever the science...something is working, i can see the results for myself and my skin really does look damn healthy!.

The downside to this rather fab product is you can't actually buy this in the shops......its currently only available via trained and qualified Beauticians and Practitioners. So if you do fancy experiencing the world of Yungskin simply email info@yungskin.co.uk for details.

I would like to thank the lovely people over at Yungskin for letting me trail these products and if you do get the chance to try Yungskin for yourself let me know how you get on!!



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12 June 2014

Say hello Ambiance, bye bye dodgy roots


Now im a big advocate of dry shampoo so jumped at the chance when asked to try a brand i hadn't come across before....Ambiance dry shampoo

Ambiance do a range of dry shampoos and refills aimed at all the main hair colours....so blonde, brunette, black red and a gre hair/no tint variation. Didn't know what to expect about the product having never seen it before and its very different from other dry shampoo brands out there in the market.

Firstly packaging....instantly love it, this comes across as a high end product, the box is simple and states exactly what it does:
  • Cleans and refreshes hair
  • Adds body, fullness and shine
  • covers roots between colourings
  • Made of natural ingredients (sulfate free, no alcohol, butane, parabens and no animal testing)



The powder comes in a very cute and very handy sized brush applicator..which is the first big plus as its travel ready! Theres a small hollow area in the centre of the brush, this is where the powder comes out.....word of warning, it comes out fast so be careful when applying on your head or you could get more than you bargained for!!!

Anyway 'carefully' using the applicator tap some of the powder into your roots and then either use the brush at a sideways angle or your fingers to blend the powder in.

Now i have salon dyed very red hair so anything that can help with bad root days is a bonus, this powder not only blended extremely well with my hair colour but also instantly zaps any sign of greasiness....plus it gives great volume. No powder residue, no white bits....its all very natural and gives your hair that much needed 'between shampoo' boost. 

Do i prefer this to other leading dry shampoos?....well as far as results go, this provides great grease zapping results and is just as good as some of the others, but colour wise this definitely tops it for me..just blends so well, the red colour is perfect.. Applicator takes a bit of getting used to and my sink had a fair dusting of it the first time round, it remains to be seen if it will be this or a mini spray can that will be making it into my festival bag this summer....we shall see!!

So now to the price....to buy the above box with applicator is £11.99, yes a little bit more pricey but considering the applicator is reusable and you can purchase refills this sort of justifies the overall price. Refills for the applicator are priced at £9.99 or there is also the option to buy a multi kit comprising of both applicator and refill for £22.99.

The dry shampoo is available direct from the website or you can purchase from Feel Unique, Chemist Direct, Look Fantastic and various other online retailers. Please note, prices do vary from site to site to look around first before purchasing.

So have you tried this, are you a fan? drop me a comment xx

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10 June 2014

Zenmed Beauty Roundup

Zenmed Range

So im back with yet more fabulous natural skincare, this time round a brand iv featured previously called Zenmed.  Zenmed have an eye watering array of products designed around key skin problems such as acne, rosacea, anti ageing and scars. 

All products contain naturally sourced ingredients, contain no nasties, dont test on animals and are both PETA and Leaping Bunny approved sellers. Zenmed is what you'd class as a more scientific brand....its all about correction, assistance, improvement....and iv had a chance to put some of their top sellers to the test.


Micordermabrasion Complex

This is basically a scrub which helps target acne and the scarring caused, sun damage and also hyper pigmentation . Its to be used in conjunction with the Skin Eraser which you will see featured below. 

This is a clay based scrub which provides intensive dermabrasion and gradually diminishes any skin imperfections leaving you with new, smoother and refreshed skin. The scrub has no fragrance and is extremely thick so was a bit hard to get out of the tube. You use on wet skin and simply apply small amounts to your face and rub in (not too hard). Just rinse, pat dry and then if you wish you can then apply a small layer of the skin eraser (see below) to complete the process. 

Please note this product and some of the others in this post can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so you must ensure you apply sunscreen during the day. 

This scrub produces great results. Although i don't have problems with scarring or acne my skin can get quite dry but after using this my skin felt really smooth which provided a great base for my makeup. My skin looked less dull and it gives your cheeks that healthy 'looks like iv got blusher on' glow. My only gripe was the packaging.....think this stuff needs to be in a jar so you can literally scoop it out....its that thick!!

To get this product on its own would be £30 however you can purchase this as part of a 2 step programme with the skin eraser at just £45.....bargain!


Skin Eraser

So this is the other product i mentioned. It contains the rather scary sounding Ascorbic-Glycolic-Lactic acid..which basically does a similar job, exfoliates the upper layers of the skin targeting all those little imperfections, pigmentation, wrinkles etc

I have to admit just reading the main ingredient made me a bit wary as i have fairly sensitive skin....but this stuff not only exfoliates the skin it also calms and nourishes it.....who'd of thought eh!!

So to maximise effect i used this after using the scrub above. Use sparingly when applying and simply rub in till absorbed. The combination of the 2 products works really well....skin feels really smooth and i can totally see how someone with scarring or problem skin would really benefit from this combination.The best thing for me is no signs of irritation so its also perfect for sensitive skins types. The bottle on its own is priced at £23 so if you do fancy getting both then i suggest the 2 step package is a really good offer.


Scar Lightening Serum

So keeping on the skin correction path meet Skincorrect+...this is a super serum which contains hydroquinone which help to lighten the appearance of scars, correct hyper pigmentation and also great for targeting dark spots and sun damage.

It basically stops stubborn imperfections from getting worse and evens out the overall skintone. To be used at nightime only, simply apply sparingly to affected areas after cleansing. This is a permanent lightening solution and again sunscreen must be used when using this product as skin sensitivity will occur. This is full on medical grade beauty and at just £34 is well worth it for a permanent solution to dark skin areas. 


Plumping Serum

This serum is part of their  Skin Support and Reconstructive Skincare line and is another product that can be used in conjunction with another (see below). This serum is aimed at stopping the visible signs of ageing (always a bonus), to aid tightening skin, improve tone and help diminish signs of blood vessels.

Packed full of Hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 this little serum helps to increase collagen and plumps up skin cells which in turn aid the visible appearance of ageing, dry and sun damaged skin.

Again use this product sparingly and apply after cleaning. A little goes a long way and this serum sinks easily into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. To improve results use the Omegaceramide+ Recovery Moisturizer straight after.

After using for a while my skin feels much improved, i love this with the combination of the moisturizer as the 2 work really well together and i would definitely put this on par with other anti ageing products on the market.

The serum is priced at £30 direct from the site but can be bought with the moisturizer (see below)


Recovery Moisturizer

Now this moisturizer is also part of their Skin Support and Reconstructive Skincare line and is best to be used following application of the the Hyaluronic Plumping Serum (above). This is a collegen boosting cream full of Omega 3 and the same hyaluronic acid as the serum. This is best for parched super dry and dull skin. This stuff can reduce the appearance of fine lines, reduce the size of visible pores and also aid to diminish the appearance of broken blood vessels. 

To be used at night,  just apply after the serum. The cream is thick but very light and has a very subtle fragrance. It sinks into the skin easily and leaves it feeling super soft and hydrated. Even applied on its own this stuff feels great, but with the combination of the serum as well, the 2 products produce fab feeling skin. This is one of my favourites as it leaves my skin feeling so so good. This doesn't irritate me in any way, my skin just feels calm and looks much much brighter and more healthier. 

A pot of this is available for £34 but again you can buy it in conjunction with the serum for £56.

So 5 very worthy products from a brand still not as well known as i think it should be. I love the fact that these target some really stubborn and annoying skin issues, i also love the fact they are ideal for sensitive skin and not one of these products irritated me in any way. 

Yes they are a bit pricier but ultimately you can see results and i think Zenmed are the ideal 'go to' beauty company for people with targeted issues.

The website is a hive of information and tips for all your skincare issues and which product to best target it. They also have a live help feature so you can chat about your issues one to one with a skincare rep.

If you have yet to try a Zenmed product then do have a look at their website, have you tried Zenmed before?? Do the products work for you? Drop me a comment.
Ciao for now!
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22 May 2014

MyChelle Skincare

cleanser and face cream

So i've got a whole heap of lovely natural products winging your way over my next few blog posts. I've been lucky enough to come across some greats brands over the last few weeks, most not that well known and i have discovered some 'hidden gems' . 

First up is MyChelle a natural skincare company from Colarado. Their main aim is to create the most effective 'non toxic' skincare products in the country. They source the most amazing cutting edge plant and marine extracts such as Edelweiss, Sea buckthorn, pumpkin and Gardenia and combine them all at the highest concentration levels thus resulting in skincare products that feed your skin and make it glow!!

Free from phthalates, parabens, fragrances, and artificial colors they are also cruelty free and never test on animals.

MyChelle have 6 main targeted areas for skincare:
  • Dry
  • Age Defence
  • All/Combination
  • Oily/Blemish Control
  • Age Spot/UV Recovery
  • Sensitive

The 2 products i've trialed are from the sensitive 'Pure Harmony' range, a Hydrating cleanser and a face cream.


pure harmony cleanser box

pure harmony cleanser

The Pure Harmony Cleanser is specifically designed for sensitive skin and includes nutrient rich ingredients such as Aquacacteen, Green Tea and Sea Buckthorn. Application is simple , massage a small amount onto skin with cool water and then rinse. The cleanser has absolutely no fragrance whatsoever, no stinging, no dryness...just felt great to use and skin felt clean after rinsing. Just follow with a serum or moisturiser afterwards. Comes in a handy size bottle which you do have to squeeze a bit to get the product out, but apart from that this is a really nice little cleanser. If your prone to flair ups or are just super sensitive to ingredients then this may be perfect for you.

The cleanser is available direct from their online store for £10.50 for 61ml.

pure harmony cream box

pure harmony cream pot

The Pure Harmony Cream is a rich, restorative cream whose main aim is to replenish vital nutrients in the skin, hydrate and protect against nasty irritation. Containing Gardenia Plant stem cells and a rather cool ingredient called Renovage which not only hydrates and improves skins firmness but also reduces pore size and pigmentation. The cream itself has a slight yellow tinge to it which actually helps to neutralise red tone.....so perfect for slathering on!.

The cream has a gorgeous delicate fragrance and is super light. You only need the smallest amount and it feels great to apply. Skin feels soft and hydrated soon after application and has quite a calming effect on my skin. Yet again no sign of irritation.....both products pass with flying colours on that point.

The cream is also available via their online store for £23.00 for 35ml

Having never heard of MyChelle before I'm now very glad i did. A great little brand which obviously knows its stuff, I'm loving the unusual ingredients they use and there's such a fantastic range of products that caters for all skin types....make sure you grab a look at their website as i guarantee you will have serious product lust!!.

Thank you to the lovely people at MyChelle for letting me try the above products. x


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