5 From Jurlique

Five From Jurlique

Five From Jurlique

Jurlique Activating Water Essence

I discovered this product last year and it was the first Essence I had tried. I’d heard using an Essence was a very popular step in Asian skincare routines but was dubious as to whether I needed to add another step to my already quite rigorous regime. After using it for a while I realised that it was that perfect step for refreshing and hydrating your skin before going in with your serum. Just to be clear, an Essence is not a toner, nope it’s used after both cleansing and toning, it can replenish moisture, balance skins PH levels and help skin look glowing and it is now one of the steps in my routine that I look forward too.

At the centre of the Jurlique Activating Water Essence is their star ingredient – Marshmallow Root Extract, which is great at deeply hydrating skin and improving its ability to retain moisture. If you have yet to try an essence I highly recommend trying one.

Favourite Jurlique Products

Rose Moisture Plus Balancing Serum

Jurlique are well-known for their incredible quality rose products, they have an Organic Farm in the Adelaide Hills of Australia where they grow many of the herbs, flowers (including their roses) and plants for their products. This serum is part of their Moisture Plus range and it is fantastic at reviving tired, dry skin. It combines rose hip fruit oil, evening primrose oil and green tea extract to protect the skin’s barrier and provide extended moisture to keep skin cushioned, fresh and looking radiant.

Purely Age Defying Firming Face Oil

LOVE this product, in fact I really like the whole Purely Age Defying range, if I was pushed to name my must have product from Jurlique it would 100% be this Face Oil. I have used up so many bottles and always have one on the go. I use it at night and it performs nothing short of a miracle because when I wake up my skin looks well rested and healthy, it also works to even skintone and keep skin looking plump. It is infused with a trio of potent anti-ageing ingredients; Blackcurrant Seed Oil helps to improve elasticity and firmness, Buriti Oil reduces fine lines and wrinkles and Rock Samphire Extract helps to support collagen synthesis and promotes a firmer complexion. So your skin is in good hands with this and my skin always feels incredible after I have used it.

Favourite Jurlique Skincare Products

Jurlique Rose Silk Finishing Powder

Most people are unaware that Jurlique do a finishing powder, I think it is the only makeup product they stock but it is one of my absolute favourites. This loose powder is so fine & lightweight that it never feels heavy or drying on the skin. It’s a translucent powder so it’s not going to add coverage or leave a white cast to your skin. It is great at setting makeup and keeping that oily t zone in check. I like to apply this with a big powder brush & sweep the product across my t-zone & chin, it has a really nice floral scent and my go to powder for eliminating that dreaded shine but leaving the skin with a slight matte velvety smooth finish.

It contains the key ingredients Corn Starch & Rice Starch which act as natural substitutes for talc, while Silican imparts a smooth texture on skin, Glycerin helps to moisturise and prevent moisture loss and Arnica helps soothe and cool the skin. If you like your setting powder to leave your skin with a slight matte finish without looking flat then this would be a great product for you.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream

This moisturiser does feel quite thick and rich when you first apply it but give it a minute and your skin will have absorbed it to leave you with a velvety soft finish. It’s so nourishing and instantly smoothing. It contains powerful natural ingredients such as, Yeast Extract to help promote collagen synthesis, Amino Acid Lipid Complex promotes skin remodeling and contraction of collagen fibers, Rock Samphire Extract supports skin density while reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles and finally Beech Tree Bud Extract accelerates the production of fresh new cells. For me the one thing I noticed almost instantly from using this is my skin looked smoother, which is why I think it makes the perfect base for foundation. It helps give you that flawless base.

Have you tried any products from Jurlique that you would recommend?

My Winter Skincare Must Haves

Winter Skincare Favourites 2017

Winter Skincare Favourites 2017

Jurlique Jasmine Hand Cream

All year round I have dry hands and I always have to have a hand cream with me. It has to be one that doesn’t just make them feel smooth but one that actually hydrates them and stops them feeling dry again within minutes. One of the first products I ever bought from Jurlique over 10 years ago was one of their luxurious hand creams & all this time on I still adore them. I’m currently using their Jasmine one and it has a light fresh scent and includes safflower seed oil & macadamia nut oil, blended with glycerin, aloe vera, calendula, honey, violet & chamomile extract which replenishes skin with deep hydration.

Tropic Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum

I thoroughly enjoy using serums in my skincare routine, they’ve become a step I look forward too. Yes, this serum from Tropic Skincare is green and it does have an unusual scent but do not let that put you off. This is a luxurious serum which at full price is £42 and I have to say it is worth every single penny. It is a serum that combats quite a few skin concerns including dull, tired, skin and also addressing troublesome skin by helping repair inflammation and heal blemishes.

The key ingredients are Super Greens (which you may be more familiar seeing on your plate rather than in your skincare) such as Kale, chlorophyll and maca root extracts which help rejuvenate dull skin and organic tamanu oil helps to repair inflammation and heal blemishes. Green coffee extract not only stimulates skin cell renewal, it protects against pollution which is is a major factor in premature ageing and dull skin.

This lightweight serum addresses so many skin concerns and the rich, nutritious, natural ingredients ensure this is a product that you can rely on to deliver results. If you get chance you must give this serum a go.

Roger & Gallet Ultra Nourishing Oil

This Roger & Gallet Body Oil is beautifully nourishing and leaves your skin with a healthy glow & feeling very hydrated. Also just as importantly as all the lovely skincare benefits the scent of this is incredible, fig is my favourite scent and the Fig scent in this is beautiful and its so long lasting on the skin and smells divine. It has that signature fresh Mediterranean Fig scent that I love but it has a slight sweetness to it too & I can smell it on my skin for hours. I use this after shaving my legs to keep them feeling as smooth and soft for as long as possible and during the winter I also like to use this on my knees and elbows as they always get very dry. I love that although this is an oil it never feels greasy or heavy on the skin.

Decléor Lip Balm Luxuriant Nourishing Lip Balm

You can’t go through Winter without having a lipbalm strategically placed in your car, handbag on your desk and coat pocket. I have one close at hand at all times. I have been using this Decléor one whilst I work at my desk and its helping combat the effects of central heating drying out my lips. This is one of the more luxurious lip balms I have used, it is enriched with marjoram essential oil, shea butter and macadamia oil which all help to hydrate, sooth and protect your lips.

Vichy Double Glow Peel Mask

I have spoken about this mask quite a few times and I’m still not over how much I love it, its fantastic at helping to remove dead skin to promote a healthy glow and during the Winter I can use all the help I can get combating dull skin. This mask has a cooling almost jelly like texture which feels soothing on the skin and the combination of volcanic rock and AHA both gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells to revive and rejuvenate your complexion. I have been using this at least once a week for a couple of months and I notice the results. Its a really good mask to use the evening before an event or special occasion as your skin will have that healthy glow then next day.

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Favourite Summer Products 2016

Summer Favourite Products 2016

Summer Beauty Favourites 2016

Roger Gallet Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil

This is a beautiful body oil and its perfect for keeping your skin soft, and nourished during the warmer months. I like to use it either in the evening after a bath / shower, to lock in moisture and too soothe my legs after shaving. Or alternatively its nice to apply to your skin if you have your legs / arms out, it gives them an added healthy radiance without looking greasy. It is also really good at hydrating those more stubborn areas like elbows / knees. Oh and how could I not mention that it has a gorgeous fresh juicy fig scent – yes we all know fig is my favourite scent and its the perfect sweet Summer scent. This body oil is enriched with fruit oils (grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, apricot, passionfruit and sweet almond oil)

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue

This is one of my favourite makeup bases but I especially like to using it when the weather is warm because it has broad spectrum SPF30, it feels light on the skin whilst giving you just the perfect amount of coverage and it makes my skin look radiant. I also like that it’s not only a great makeup item but it’s also full of skin loving ingredients too, including

  • Marine botanicals – help refuel thirsty skin and enhance skins appearance
  • Water loving humectants,Tehalsose and glycerine- which locks in moisture
  • Heart leaf globe daisy – an antioxidant, defends skin from from environmental aggressors
  • Calcium and Magnesium – help replenish the skin and promote the skins moisture balance

I really enjoy wearing this and find it easy to apply (I use my RT sponge), it gives a nice, even, & very natural coverage and it lasts well even on warm days. Even my lovely Mum who is in her 50’s bought it and uses it as her everyday foundation.

essence Blush Up Powder Blush in Heat Wave

Everything about this blush screams SUMMER – look at that beautiful peachy / pink / orange ombre colour. I like to use this by swirling my brush through all the pretty shades getting a little of each colour and then applying it to my cheeks, with a very light hand. This is very pigmented and a little product goes a long way so bare that in mind.

Kiko Sunscreen Stick SPF 50

I always wear SPF on a daily basis, no excuses. I like to (where I can) have it in my moisturiser or foundation (like the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue). That being said I like to be prepared when I am out an about and I like to carry a facial SPF in my handbag. This solid Kiko Sunscreen Stick is very convenient and travel friendly. Just twist it up and swipe it across your face where needed. Its fuss free, mess free and super quick. This is quite creamy but blends in well without leaving your skin looking white and its perfect for keeping your nose from getting burnt when out & about. It also helps that the packaging is cute and pink.Summer Favourite Products 2016

eos Lemon Drop Lip Balm

This smells of Lemons which just makes me feels so Summery. I know these spherical lip balms are a little gimmicky but this one has SPF15 in and it does make my lips feel hydrated and soft. Its not the best lip balm out there but its pretty decent and these eos ones are quite readily available in the UK now. If I was going to recommend my all time favourite Summer Lip Balm  it would 100% be the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant SPF15 – the stick one though not the pot, its incredible but I don’t currently have one so this eos one is my backup option.

TonyMoly I’m Real Sheet Mask

I have used all of the masks in this I’m Real Collection, there are 11 in total and to be honest they are all pretty good. I like how instantly cooling and nourishing they feel on the skin. They are literally dripping with essence and I try to keep them on as long as I can – well for as long as I can sit still and relax. These fit perfectly on my small face, the eye and mouth holes are in the right place which doesn’t often happen with these sheet masks. This lemon one is targeted at brightening the skin which is a really nice one for the warmer months, when you want most of your days to be makeup free.

These TonyMoly masks are very affordable and I buy mine as a set of 11 masks from Amazon, they arrive quickly and they come in the most adorable bright packaging.

July 2016 Beauty Favourites

Five Beauty Favourites July 2016

Five Beauty Favourites July 2016

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

I adore using this toner as part of my morning skincare routine. Its so soothing, calming and refreshing on the skin. It contains so many skin loving ingredients (as you expect from skincare experts Liz Earle), including active ingredients aloe vera to revitalise and soften and calendula, chamomile, cucumber and natural source vitamin E to soothe and refresh the skin.

This feels so gentle and soothing nice on the skin and the formula is alcohol free. It does have quite a strong floral / botanical scent, which I like and find relaxing. I pour a little product on to a cotton pad & sweep all over my face and neck every morning. Its not at all drying and leaves your skin feeling leans and hydrated, ready for the next step in your skincare routine. This paired with the Eye is the complete package! Now that Liz Earle is sold at larger Boots stores it is even easier to get hold of, which is ideal.

My Current Favourite Beauty Products

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Gorgeous Berries 

I always come back to this blush more than any other in my collection. Its just beautiful. I love the packaging, the fact that its a baked blush and the colour looks a little different each time I wear it. This blush has a marbling effect and I have heard them described as dupes for the much coveted Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher, I haven’t used those so I can’t compare. Although I can say its incredible quality for the price.

The Max Factor ones are buttery soft and extremely pigmented, I have the shade Gorgeous Berries which is a deep mauve berry shade. It is the darkest shade in the range and it gives the cheeks a beautiful flush of colour, if you want to build up the intensity you can go all out. These wear really well and the colour lasts all day. This shade does have a slight sheen to it but I wouldn’t say it was anything on par with a highlighter.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude

Again this is a foundation I have had in my collection for some time now and its one I love to go back to. The consistency is so fluid that I find it easy to blend and get a good even coverage. This is quite a dark shade compared to what I would usually wear but it works for the warmer months when I have a little more colour, so I am making the most of it. This gives quite a light coverage but it is build-able and it gives the skin a velvety smooth flawless (as the name suggests) finish. I really like the way it makes my skin look and it feels lightweight. Unlike some bases it actually looks better throughout the day, bonus!

July favourite products swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in BackTalk*

I have been wearing this lipstick almost everyday, the colour is so easy to wear. Its is a comfort matte finish but it doesn’t make my lips feel overly dry. Its not a faff to apply and it just makes me look like I have have made more of an effort with my makeup (when I am wearing bare minimal). BackTalk is a gorgeous mauve pink nude shade and I just can’t get enough of it.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in BackTalk

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink

I know I am not alone in loving cream shadows, they are a lazy girls best friend. You just sweep the product over your eyelid & blend it out using your finger & it always looks amazing. This Golden Pink is not what I would call a pink, it is a lot more a golden and has a pretty metallic finish. These cream shadow sticks are easy to blend but after a couple of minutes they dry done and do not budge. These are very similar to the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks which I have quite a few of and I’d say the quality of them is identical. I always travel with cream shadows, because they take up no space, they don’t break in your makeup bag and you don’t need a brush.

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