In a bid to get my skin ready for my brothers Wedding next week I have been using a few carefully selected skincare products (I have a post all about my skin prep coming next week) and this new VICHY Mask was one of the standout products.
Vichy introduces its first double action face mask with volcanic rock and AHA to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. This mask is the perfect pick me up for a dull complexion and works quickly to reveal glowing skin. The skin’s texture is immediately smoother and more luminous whilst pores look refined. Partner with other Vichy Masks for a multi-masking ritual.
This mask has a gel texture and it feels cooling on the skin when you first apply it, I smoothed a generous layer over my face and left it for 5 minutes before gently massaging the product in to my skin. The gel has all but gone but it has a slight texture to it and it feels a little grainy (not abrasive at all). After massaging for about a minute I rinsed the product off with a warm cloth and my skin was pink and a little sensitive but it looked smooth and after 15 minutes the rosy colour had subdued and my skin looked fresh and felt incredibly smooth.
There are so many glow getting ingredients in this Double Glow Peel Mask including,
REMINERALIZING THERMAL WATER: Reinforces the skin’s natural moisture barrier, giving it time to regenerate and rebalance
AHA (ALPHA-HYDROXY ACIDS): Remove dead skin cells, using 5 natural plant extracts: blueberry, sugar cane, maple-sugar, orange and lemon
VOLCANIC ROCK: To exfoliate and eliminate impurities
VITAMIN CG+ MANNOSE: To brighten, hydrate and restore the epidermis of the skin
This mask is going to gently exfoliate away all the grime and dead skin cells which is why you’re skin looks so fresh and radiant after using it. So it has been fantastic in reviving my dull skin. Vichy have released 2 other masks along side this Double Glow Peel Mask & they’re the Quenching Mineral Mask & Pore Purifying Mask. It seems that VICHY have a specific mask to combat each skin concern.
We are seeing Asian beauty influences in so many products being released by Western brands, only last week I blogged about the latest Lancome Cushion Makeup and it seems that the latest trend to hit our skincare routines is the Essence. I had to do a little background reading on just what exactly an Essence was and how best to use it in my skincare regime.
I thought I had a pretty rigorous regime and didn’t realise that there was room for one more step, a step that the Asian market have deemed to be one of the most important. So an Essence is not a toner, nope its used after both cleansing and toning, it can replenish moisture, balance skins PH levels and help skin look glowing. You use your hands to pat the product into your skin and let the rich, nourishing ingredients work their magic. One of the latest to hit the market is the Activating Water Essence from Australian skincare brand Jurlique & I have been putting it to the test.
I thought adding another step to my skincare routine would be pointless and even more time consuming but I have to say this extra step has become one of my favourites. The action of patting the product into my skin is quite relaxing and my skin has felt a lot better too since introducing this. This product activates your skin in 3 ways
Hydrates – Delivers continuous hydration and lasting moisture
Conditions – Smooths skin to provide a soft, supple complexion
Revitalise – Revitalises and re-energises for healthy-looking skin
At the centre of its highly concentrated formula is their star ingredient – Marshmallow Root Extract, which is great at deeply hydrating skin and improving its ability to retain moisture. So what is it about Marshmallow Root that makes it such a good skincare ingredient,
Marshmallow Root Extract has been used throughout history as a healing treatment, it has anti inflammatory properties, its gentle and soothing on the skin whilst also being a natural hydrator.
The Marshmallow Root’s ability to attract and retain water allows it to provide lasting hydration to the skin. It forms a protective barrier that helps rebalance dry skin and prevent moisture loss to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
Along side the Marshmallow Root there are also quite a few other natural ingredients including,
Neem – Conditions and soothes
Lavender – Hydrates and calms
Rosemary – Invigorates and restores
Horsetail – Hydrates and balances
Witch Hazel – Clarifies and firms
Nettle – Rebalances and refreshes
Peach Leaf – Revitalises, regenerates and protects
Since using this my skin doesn’t look as fatigued or dull and it has been really good at reducing the redness in my cheeks. I am pretty pleased to have this step in my routine and can see why it is so popular. This bottle is going to last ages, you only need to splash a few drops into your hands and because it is so fluid a little goes a long way.
Let me know if you already have this step in your routine & if you’re a fan of any other Korean / Japanese beauty regimes or products.
I’ve been trying a selection of beauty products which are available exclusively in the UK through Ideal World TV, who have an extensive range of makeup and skincare brands available on both their TV Channel & online shop. I have been aware of them for some time now but they’re constantly adding new product lines and always offering incredible deals. I thought I would share with you a few of the products, so you can get a little insight into a couple of the brands available.
These come in a pack of 4, you place the wrap around the target area and they say you will see the best results if you’re able to leave it on overnight (not sure how comfortable that would be). These wraps are designed to smooth, tighten, hydrate skin leaving it more slender. These contain skin loving ingredients including, Seaweed, Ivy, Rosemary, Jojoba, Menthol and a range of essential vitamins. I love a face mask but not sure how I feel about a body wrap. I guess the results may be short lived, I haven’t used this yet & if I am honest I’m not overly excited to.
Now, this is 100% more my cup of tea. Sheet masks are so popular right now and I love using them. If you’re new to the craze that is the sheet mask, they’ve been hugely popular in Korea for years and are a one use cotton / cloth mask saturated in powerful ingredients to help keep your skin looking its best. There are so many varieties on the market and are specific to your skin needs. This one from Beauty Pro is formulated with Green Tea Extract which combats oil, rehydrates skin and gives your skin a beautiful healthy glow. This one has a great amount of liquid which feels cooling and relaxing on the skin, I left this on for a little over 20 minutes, my skin felt instantly hydrated and did look fresher. These masks are great to travel with as they’re compact and help refresh skin after flying, or during your long haul flight if you’re brave enough to apply it. These come in a pack of 5 individual masks.
Elizabeth Grant Firming Eye Pads
These eye pads are on a similar vein to the sheet masks but these are specifically a treatment for your under eye area. These are so easy to apply and give an instant result to puffy tired eyes. I leave them on for as long as I can, to get every ounce of benefit out of them. They’re great to use before an important event or again after travelling and help revive and brighten your under eye. After I take them off I pat in what product is left under my eye. You get 12 sets in each pack.
Elizabeth Grant Hydra Cell Active Hand Cream
This is a nice rich but lightweight hand cream it helped hydrate my hands and stop them looking dry. Its lightweight formula sinks in quickly but leaves hands feeling protected. You can never own too many hand creams, I have them stashed all over the place but especially in my car and handbag.
Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect Glycolic Mask
I have yet to put this to the test but Glycolic Acid products are really popular in the beauty world right now because of its exfoliating and skin rejuvenating qualities. This mask is a creamy, hydrating clay mask and loaded with 10% glycolic acid and Torricelum. The mask helps draw out deep impurities, encourages healthy new skin cells to reveal themselves, tightens pores, reduces lines, and moisturises. So with all those potential benefits I am excited to use this.
I have tried a couple of products from this brand and I really liked the eyeshadow palette, so was excited to test out more from their range. The Plasma Fusion Full Pigment Lipstick in the shade Natural Kiss has such a creamy, hydrating formula and it felt so smooth and comfortable on the lips. Its a very wearable pink and the perfect everyday shade. This range of lipsticks offer, ‘the best of four worlds in one handy tube. The outer layer is filled with rich, full-pigmented pure colour lipstick that goes on smooth and even, with the staying power of a stain. While the inner core is infused with Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil to sooth and nourish lips, adding a subtle glossy finish to those rich coloured lips’
I have also been trying the Skinn Luxe Waterproof Eyeliner in Rich Black. This wasn’t too smooth to apply and I did notice it feathered out in the fine lines on my eyelid. I will say the colour is very pigmented and once it dries there is no budging, it stays in place all day. So if you want to smoke this out you have about 2 minutes before it won’t move. It didn’t irritate my eyes but you will need a good cleanser to get this waterproof liner off.
These brushes are a must of you struggle with knotty hair after washing, these are specifically designed to be used on wet hair. Wet brushes come in a range of sizes and styles, this one is neon green & yellow and the rubber coated handle for grip, the super thin, flexible bristles detangle tough knots with ease. The great thing about these brushes is they doesn’t tug, snap or damage your hair so you can detangle it knowing your hair isn’t getting damaged. Also because they’re so gentle they prevent split ends.
If you haven’t already browsed the beauty department on Ideal World TV make sure you pop over. You might discover some interesting new brands and great offers.
As most of you know I love Lancome Mascara’s (all of them) they’re fantastic quality, extremely black and they never dry out. I don’t rate many high-end mascara’s but Lancome just never disappoint, they never irritate my eyes, flake or smudge. I have repurchased them over & over again and when people ask me to recommend a high-end mascara I always point them in the direction of Lancome, simply because they won’t let you down. The Grandiose comes with this innovative wand which allows you to get right down to the lash line & also right in to the corner so every eyelash is coated. It also gives that fluttery lash effect by pushing up your lashes and fanning them out, giving them length and volume.
If you like a your eyeliner to be the blackest of black then this Zoeva Cat Eye Pen is a must, its so pigmented and applies smoothly without dragging. The tapered nib gives you fantastic precision, so you can achieve a very neat cat eye flick. I have to say I always opt for liquid liners and in particular the felt tip style as they’re so effortless to use. Let me know if you have any liquid liner recommendations.
I have loved this face wash for 3 years now, its one of Merumaya’s cult products and one of mine too! I find this face wash calming on my skin and it leaves it feeling very clean but not stripped or dry. It is a very good cleanser for blemish prone skin and helps reduce, calm any active breakouts. Although I wouldn’t recommend using this on your eyes, its one of my favourite face washes to use after removing my eye makeup with a separate micellar water.
Pomegranate Enzymes help exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells
Mangosteen and Baobab extractprovide antioxidant protection
This micellar water is a quick and easy way of removing the bulk of your makeup, especially if you’re wearing a lot. You soak your cotton wool pad and gently sweep it across your face to remove your makeup (pressing it gently on your eye for a minute or so to help loosen your eye makeup), I only use this as a pre cleanse, but it is a quick, easy step to help remove stubborn eye makeup without rubbing your eyes & loosing all your eyelashes. This Elemis one is lovely and gentle and it removes my makeup, particularly my eye makeup with ease. It contains quite a few skin loving ingredients too,
‘Cleansing micelles, attracting both water and oil-based grime are enhanced with a complex of natural surfactants derived from Apple amino acids, Rosehip Seed oil and Indian Soapnut to lift impurities from the skin. Infused with organic English Rose water and soothing anti-oxidant rich Chamomile, skin is gently cleansed, whilst the natural moisture barrier is maintained’
I am saving this 30ml bottle to take with me on my city break to Amsterdam later this month, I have already packed my skincare. I know I am premature but I like to be organised.
If you like to use a product that is specifically for removing eye makeup then the JustBe Eye Makeup Remover is one of the best I have tried. It even stands up to stubborn waterproof mascara. This has a fluid, gel like texture and it smells beautifully botanical. You simply apply the product to a damp cotton pad & press down gently on your eyes, holding in place for about 1 minute. Then sweep across your eye, removing eye makeup & any dirt and grime from the day. This is very effective and leaves my eye area feeling clean, smooth and hydrated. JustBe are a lovely natural, handmade brand based in Scotland & their products all sound incredible. Let me know if you have tried anything from them and what you’d recommend.
This is such a wonderful product if like me you struggle with early mornings. I keep my bottle in my fridge so its much cooler, I soak two cotton pads and hold them over my eyes whilst I wait for my kettle to boil. This helps sooth and de puff my sleepy eyes and helps me wake up (a little). As with all Liz Earle skincare is contains some lovely naturally active ingredients, including the herb eyebright, witch hazel, aloe vera and cornflower to cool and soothe the delicate eye area. Ideal for those early mornings.