Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Skincare

Elemis Biotec Skincare

The Elemis Biotec range is focused on combating depleted cell energy which is often the result of lifestyle, environment, diet and stress which takes its toll on our skin. It makes our skin look dull, dehydrated, less firm and fatigued & these three products help to reboot our skins performance.

Biotec Skin Energising Day Cream £75

Both the day & night cream are bi phase and are packed with so many amazing ingredients to improve skin function, help your skin look radiant, protect it and encourage cell turnover and function. The white part has a creamy texture whilst the green part is a gel, two pumps massaged in to your skin is all you need to deliver a boost of ingredients to help improve your skins performance,

Intensely moisturise skin with the BIOTEC Skin Energising Day Cream from Elemis. Specially formulated with an energising trio of acids, including Succinic, Lactic and Ferulic to hydrate and nourish skin, revealing a smoother, replenished complexion. With the brand’s Bio-Energy™ Complex of encapsulated Zinc and Copper, the lightweight moisturiser increases cell energy, whilst working to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Skin Energising Night Cream* £85

This is much like the day cream in texture and feels similar on the skin, it contains much the same cell boosting ingredients and is also a bi phase formula. It contains these incredible ingredients for your skin:-

‘Intensely hydrate skin whilst you sleep with the BIOTEC Skin Energising Night Creamfrom Elemis. Specially formulated with an energising trio of acids, including Succinic, Lactic and Ferulic to deeply nourish skin, revealing a smoother, replenished complexion. Powered by the brand’s Bio-Energy™ Complex of encapsulated Zinc and Copper, the lightweight moisturiser increases cell energy, whilst Calcium PCA and Sunflower help to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.’ 

New Elemis Biotec Skincare

I’ve been using the day & night creams for about 3 weeks now, I do think they have helped give my skin a lovely boost of hydration and radiance. I thought the formula was rich, creamy and made my skin feel incredible, instantly smooth and hydrated. It feels like they’re giving my skin a shot of nourishment, I would say that I saw instant results and also over the past few weeks I think my skin is looking less red, not so dull and a little more refreshed. They leave skin feeling silky smooth and very soft.

The day cream feels lovely under makeup and my skin felt really moisturised throughout the day. The night cream is my favourite because its rich formula just seems to work a little magic over night and I wake up with lovely refreshed skin.

The price point is more on the luxury side so if I had to recommend just one of them it would have to be the night cream over the day cream because I feel that overnight we get the most out of our skincare and we don’t pile makeup on top or SPF so I think the product is able to work a little better whilst we rest and I always see better results in the morning.

Biotec Skin Energising Day Cream

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser* £39.50

This is a gel cleanser which you massage in with warm water and remove with a warm damp cloth, It did leave my skin very clean but I just wasn’t as impressed with the cleanser. I liked using it more in the morning because it felt energising on my skin but I felt like my skin didn’t feel very hydrated. Elemis say that:-

This step kick-starts the BIOTEC system, preparing the skin for optimum performance, creating a dynamic environment to activate the BIOTEC day and night moisturisers. 

But I’m not 100% convinced. I will continue to use it a couple of times a week and see if I grow to like it. I have read quite a few glowing reviews so maybe I am writing it off a little too soon. I might try it as a first cleanse and follow it with more of a cream based product. Its all trial & error I guess. The cleanser also contains some great ingredients for your skin:-

‘Specially formulated with an energising trio of acids, including Succinic, Lactic and Ferulic to reduces excess oil and rebalance skin, revealing a refreshed, revitalised complexion’

Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleanser

All in all I think these products are exciting and skincare seems to be getting more scientific by the day. Lots of advancements mean our products have a more impressive and potent list of ingredients which is deliver just what our skin needs. I’m excited to continue to use the Elemis Biotec Skincare System and I hope to see continuing results.

If you do want to try these but feel the price tag of the full sized products is just too much for you to commit to, Elemis do a great discovery version which includes a mini version of all three products for £35.00. This is a great way to try them all and see how they work for you.

Elemis Biotec Discovery Collection

Let me know if you have any Elemis products that you enjoy using.

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My Desk Essentials

My Desk Essentials

I work from home & seem to spend more & more time sat at my desk (not great for my posture), I try to keep my space as tidy as possible but it always ends up looking like a complete mess by the end of the week. Here are a few essentials I always have to hand, there are no snacks included in this post but rest assured in my desk drawer I have a supply of biscuits that would feed an army.

A huge cup of (quite weak) tea is my number one desk essential, I drink more tea in a day than I care to admit. I am a chai tea drinker most of the time but I am partial to a PUKKA Apple & Cinnamon, Lemon & Ginger and I like anything that has cardamon, cloves and winter spices in. I couldn’t get through my day without tea & I find popping to the kitchen to brew up makes me actually leave my desk otherwise I would sit there for far too long without moving.

Hand sanitiser – I’m terrible for touching my face, hair and biting my nails when sat at my desk so I like to make sure I keep my hands as clean as possible so I do use these quite a lot. I know they can be quite drying and contain a lot of alcohol but these Bath & Body Works ones just smell wonderful and look so cute sat on my desk.

What Is On Your Desk

I like to either burn a candle or my melts just to keep my office smelling lovely. I am a very very lucky lady as Timothy Dunn sent me some of their Spring / Summer candles to try out. Click through If you want to read my review of their Arabian Fig Candle (which is my ALL time favourite scent). Their candles are utterly luxurious from the outer packaging right down to the elegant bespoke hand blown glass container, everything feels like exquisite quality, such a treat. Their candles kick out scent even when they’re not burning, they have at least 60 hour burn time and I burn them for about 2 hours a day & then blow it out and the scent continues to be very present in the air. I’m currently burning the Mille Fleurs* scent which is a sophisticate blend described as:-

An exotic floral bouquet with tuberose, ylang ylang, frangipani, orchid, jasmine, lotus flower, white rose, carnation and neroli blossom with undertones of powdery heliotrope, vanilla and musk..

I think I may have the most luxurious smelling office, its really lovely to have this burning whilst I work, I find the scent relaxing, rich and it reminds me of a warm Summer evening. The candle burns down evenly and cleanly, it doesn’t give off any soot and the glass containers are just too beautiful to throw away so I like to reuse them. I have a small succulent plant in one. If you like to burn luxurious candles then Timothy Dunn needs to be on your to try list.

Lipbalm is a must for me & I have drawer full of them (hoarder) so each week I pick a different one to use and this week it has been the Blistex Intensive Moisturiser Cherry. I do like Blistex lip products and find they work well at stopping my lips from drying out without having a greasy formula. It contains a blend of Shea butter & bees wax so very nourishing and smoothing on the lips oh & its also SPF15.  I like this cherry scented one & I think I will pop it in my handbag so I can keep using it.

My Desk Essentials

I have used Jurlique Hand Cream for almost 10 years now and I love to have one in my handbag or on my desk. This has a rich but gentle, hydrating and smoothing formula, its so nice to massage in to your hands throughout the day to keep them feeling moisturised and nourished. This does have quite a rich creamy formula but it doesn’t leave your hands greasy and you can apply it & get right back to typing / working. I personally like the Rose scent but I know its not everyones cup of tea and Jurlique also have Citrus, Lavender and Jasmine ones to pick from. I have their 40ml tube which I think is more handbag / desk friendly.

To keep my skin and my mind fresh and soothed I like to use a face mist and this Pai offering has been doing the trick. I would say its more of a spray than a mist so its quite wet on the skin but it feels refreshing. This Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Skin Tonic is fantastic if you have sensitive, dull skin.

It contains pure ‘living waters’ extracted directly from the plant. Rich in amino acids, vitamins and trace minerals, with regular use they help to cleanse and purify combination skin types. These natural elixirs have the exact pH and biochemical balance of healthy skin, giving unparalleled skin affinity while improving the appearance of skin tone and texture.

Just wonderfully gentle and a great product to add to your skincare routine. Pai is such a great brand and their skincare always seems to work wonders. Give me your Pai skincare recomendations if you have any.

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Two Beautiful Cheek Palettes

Favourite Blush Palettes

I have really been getting into wearing blusher a lot more this year. I used to shy away from wearing them as I have quite naturally rosy cheeks & a little rosacea too so I felt that blusher often made me feel self conscious of that & made it look worse. I have learnt that I can wear blush if I apply it subtly and not on the apples of my cheeks, even if that is where you are meant to wear it.

I am so pleased that I have introduced blusher to my everyday makeup routine because I own some gorgeous ones and they just weren’t getting used. I have been using two of my blush palettes religiously this year and I have to say that between the two of them that have every shade I need.

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot

This was a Christmas limited edition release but the single Box O’Powders are always for sale and they quite often release them as ltd edition palettes – I think atm you can get the Benefit Cheekathon Palette. You get 5 blushers, 1 Bronzer and a Cream Highlighter,

  • Dandelion 4g – Ballerina pink brightening face powder with a hint of shimmer
  • Bella Bamba 5g – Watermelon pink laced with shimmering gold undertones
  • Sugarbomb 8g – 4 beautiful shimmering shades of peach, soft plum, pink and rose that swirl together to create a gorgeous blush
  • Hoola 5g – Matte bronzer perfect for a natural sun kissed look
  • Coralista 5g – Warm coral blush
  • Rockateur 5g – Rose gold highlighting blush
  • Watt’s Up! 1.5g – A delicate champagne glow that will give your cheeks a luminous glow.

So a great mix of shades and finishes. I especially love Dandelion and Rockateur which are two very different shades but they look pretty work together too.

I absolutely adore the Benefit Box Blushes and although they’re quite expensive if you buy them on their own, they last a very long time on my cheeks and the colour pay off and quality is worth every penny. Which are your favourites?

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette

Zoeva Pink Spectrum Blush Palette*

This blush palette is very different from the Benefit one, in that the packaging is so slim, sleek and understated – whereas Benefit opt for a more colourful, fun vibe. The Zoeva palette has four gorgeous pink toned blushers, which look as pretty on the cheeks as they do in the pans. The shades are flattering and the ideal for Spring / Summer.

You get a mix of satin and matte shades and as you can see all four shades are beautiful.

  • PK010 – Apricot pink nude
  • PK020 – Soft pink with peachy beige undertones.
  • PK030 – Dusky rose pink with soft mauve undertones.
  • PK040 – Pop of fuchsia pink

These are incredibly pigmented and blend beautifully. I haven’t worn Pop of Fuchsia as much as the others, only because its so bright and I think a little too pink for me. Its a really great palette for travel and I just think Zoeva products are the most incredible quality, I am always so impressed by them. If pink isn’t your shade the Spectrum Blush Palettes are also available in Coral & Nude.

The formulation of the blushes is enriched with vitamin E and is 100% free of parabens, mineral oils, perfume and phthalates.

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Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense* £45.00

Each year Jurlique release a beautiful limited edition intense version of their international best selling Rosewater Balancing Mist and I’m excited to say its back for 2016. It comes in a gorgeous limited edition 200ml pink glass bottle, even the outer cardboard packaging is just too pretty to throw away.

The product has such a lovely fresh scent of roses and I find its ideal for keeping on your desk and spritzing throughout the day, keeping your skin feeling fresh and hydrated – also the bottle just looks so pretty sat out on display.

This mist is enriched with a unique blend of five precious rose extracts grown on Jurlique’s farm in Australia – including,

• Rosa centifolia: Smooths
• Rosa canina: Hydrates
• Rosa gallica: Restores
• Rosa multiflora: Brightens
• Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: Softens

Jurlique Rose Balancing Face-Mist

Jurlique Deluxe Edition

This is a product that will hydrate your skin & keep it looking radiant, whilst the antioxidants protect it from natural aggressors and its a lovely way to refresh your skin & your makeup throughout the day.

This 200ml deluxe bottle is a whopper and you will last you for months and months – so you won’t be afraid to indulge and lightly mist your skin as often as you please.

In the UK Jurlique will be donating a 5% of sales of this years Rosewater Balancing Mist to support the London Wildlife Trust which is a UK based charity dedicated to protecting the capitals wildlife and wild spaces. So that is really in keeping with Jurlique’s ethos of giving back to the earth and helping nature and people thrive.

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