Zelens Triple Action Advanced Eye Cream – Review

imageIt was a sad day when this fabulous eye cream came to an end. For a small little pot (15ml) it lasted me over 5 months of twice daily use. You really only need the smallest amount, and thank goodness for that because it is most definitely a luxury buy at £75 (!!!).

For this reason I would only recommend to those with substantial beauty budgets, or serious concerns for their eye area. My eye area concerns really only extend to hydration and plumping out fine lines and wrinkles, I don’t currently have puffiness or dark circles (probably jinxing it) although I believe this cream is excellent for both of those. As a hydrating eye cream this works wonders and the added silicones act as a great primer for the eye area, making makeup application smooth and easy.

The product is filled with really impressive ingredients including various antioxidants, botanical extracts, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and peptides. One such peptide is a non toxic form of topical botox, encouraging your muscles to relax and move less, therefore reducing the depth of wrinkles and preventing new ones. But don’t let that worry you, the effect is subtle and in no way comparable to getting the real thing! Your face will not be in any way ‘frozen’.  Zelens also have a great section on their website called the Zelens Garden, where they go into a lot of detail about the different plant extracts used, it’s worth a peruse, HERE.

Next up on my radar is to try more Zelens skincare, as well as their new-ish makeup range. Zelens is available from SpaceNK, BeautyBay or their website (among others).

FOR SMALLER BUDGETS…

If you are looking for a good hydrating eye cream to suit a smaller budget, I recommend trying the Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. It offers lasting hydration that sinks in beautifully and leaves a lovely plump feeling. It contains some excellent ingredients like rosehip oil, coconut oil, hyaluronic acid and cucumber oil to mention just a few – a great product, and only £20 (15ml).

Also great and for a smaller share of your cash is the NUXE Prodigieux Eye Contour (15ml) for £18.50. It contains hyaluronic acid for hydrating, and antioxidants and caffeine for puffiness and dark circles.  NUXE is available on most online beauty sites, as well as M&S , Space NK and independent pharmacies. Oh and this eye cream smells divine!

 

Boscia Luminizing Peel-off Black Mask

I would prefer if my blog focussed on products that I love and recommend – but I think it’s important to also flag up products that I think are in fact bad for your skin…this, unfortunately is one of them.
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Boscia is a brand from California focussing on paraben-free, botanical skincare – which sounds good enough right?! They also have some really interesting looking products on their website, like this Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Deep Hydrating Clay and some other really unusual things including this black mask. I was particularly excited to try this mask, partially because it’s been years since I have used a peel-off mask, let alone a black one, but also for its promise of Vitamin C and brightening, clarifying effects…

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The application was fairly straight forward – the mask is so thick in consistency that it was actually quite easy to control. After 15-20 mins the mask was already almost dry – when I tried to take a sip of tea, I quickly realised that I could barely move my face at all.

At this stage a mild panic started creeping over me, as I desperately clawed at the mask, trying to lift the outer edges. I managed to get the peel going (with a major sigh of relief), only to confronted with – WOW – a lot of pain. It, quite literally, felt like I was ripping my skin off! By now severe panic had set in, I still needed to take the mask off the rest (80%) of my face.

Now I don’t have a particularly hairy face (some of us have more ‘face fluff’ or ‘down’ than others), but I can testify that the pain was overwhelming – I was practically in tears. I would liken the experience to having duct tape stuck to your face and having to rip it off, yourself.

And it just got worse. Like an idiot I put the mask over some of my eyebrow hairs – never do that, mine are now barely intact.

Overall the experience was terrifying and stress inducing.

Luckily I have a wonderful Elemis Balancing Lavender Toner that I used to get any last bits of the mask off and also to cool and calm my aching face!

I really believe that this kind of product can in no way be good for your skin. I wouldn’t even recommend patch testing it – just stay away. Saying that I have seen some positive reviews –  I imagine it would work best on oily skin – but still not worth the risk.

Boscia Luminizing Peel-off Black Mask is around the £20- £25 mark on places like ebay. Avoid.

REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial – Review

Well, it’s not often that you try a new product and it instantly transforms your skin, but I can truly say this does just that!

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I had seen all the positive news and reviews about this product and decided to give it a go.  I do love vitamin C and strongly believe in its power to brighten and reduce pigmentation – so as it has ‘water-activated vitamin C’ I was easily seduced (vitamin C is quite unstable and loses potency quickly if not stored correctly or kept stable by some other means – so this sounded interesting!). I must be honest that I wasn’t expecting it to be quite this good…
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I was very surprised by the texture, it shoots out of the tube with short tiny bursts, as if it was finely chopped ice being squeezed through a funnel, but it’s actually rather soft and non abrasive. You can instantly smell what I associate with ascorbic acid/vitamin C (I take ascorbic acid in a powdered form mixed with water from Holland & Barrett, it’s an excellent product and can also be used to make your own vitamin C creams and serums at home), sour and a little like iron – this may just be my own interpretation – my point is it smells like something that is going to work!

After rubbing onto a dry/dryish clean face,  wet your hands and continue to massage to activate the vitamin C. Then leave on for one minute, rinse and feel the difference! Skin is super soft, smooth, bright and clear – literally transformed, the before and after feeling is like night and day. The formula also contains Boswellic Acid to relax facial muscles and Glycogen Magnesium for energy and radiance – to be honest I hadn’t heard of either of these before, but I think I like them already! As with all REN products, there are no nasties in there either.

It is recommended that you use this a couple of times a week – I’m desperately trying to resist using it every day!

The Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is available anywhere you can buy REN products including selected Boots, all department stores and online from renskincare.com.  It costs £32 for 75ml, so fantastic value for money 🙂

This is an absolute must-have product for fresh, bright skin.

Let me know if you have tried it and what you think!

Diptyque: Radiance Boosting Powder for the face

Since its launch, I have been wanting to get my hands on Diptyque’s skincare range. Their candles and home fragrances are legendary, and I expected the same of their skincare. Also, it’s a French brand, which in my books gives them a head start.

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After visiting their store in Mayfair, it’s fair to say I’m now officially their biggest fan. A super helpful shop assistant talked me through the various fragrances, skincare and bath products. I spent ages looking at exquisite soaps, diffusers and candles, all with simple and elegant designs and branding. I left in awe. I highly recommend visiting the store and exploring – it’s the perfect place to buy special gifts, although be warned the prices are high. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be trying out various products from their skincare and bath/body range – starting with the Radiance Boosting Powder cleanser.

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This powder cleanser is different to other powdered cleansers that I have come across to date, as the others have all been exfoliators (I will be doing a post on powder exfoliators soon). The formula is based on white clay powder which gently cleanses the skin, and according to their website, ‘remineralises’ it. It also contains rose, jasmine, and neroli petals, which add to its luxury and make it smell divine.

To use, sprinkle the powder into wet palms and lather by using the small rubber ball that comes with the product, working the powder and water into a fine foam. I find that it works well enough just rubbing the powder between your hands, (the ball may make the whole process a bit of a schlepp unless you have a very organised bathroom!) but whatever works best for you.

The result was quite surprising! The foam is really light and creamy, and although you can tell it is clay based (I usually associate this with oil-absorbing), the foam is not drying at all. You are left with skin that is incredibly clean and soft. I’m not sure how describe it other than that your skin feel quite thick, in a good, plump way, and incredibly smooth. However you describe it, it feels really amazing, something which is quite rare after just doing a regular cleanse.

Overall, completely in love!

Diptyque products are available to buy from their stores and online, good department stores like Selfridges, Liberty’s and John Lewis, and Space NK. The Radiance Boosting Powder is £38.

Next on the blog, the Diptyque Nourishing Cleansing Balm and the Multi-Use Exfoliating Scrub.

I am visiting Paris in June and will definitely be heading to the Diptyque flagship store at 34 Boulevard Saint-Germain, and getting myself a holiday treat (hopefully cheaper there too)!

NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté

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Having dry/dehydrated  skin, combined with the cold London winter and central heating, I am in need of some serious moisture. Luckily, french pharmaceutical brand NUXE’s Crème Fraîche de Beauté promises 24 hour moisturisation, so I put it to the test.

PACKAGING

The cream comes in a 50ml glass tub (pictured), which feels heavy and really premium. For those who prefer tubes, the cream also comes in a 30ml plastic tube (less chance of contamination and lighter for traveling).

FRAGRANCE

The smell is wonderful and fresh, and very botanical – just take a look at the list of ingredients. It is definitely one of the best smelling face creams I have ever used, and the fragrance is all natural – which I prefer.

TEXTURE

The texture is rich, dense and very creamy. It goes on super smoothly, and sinks in quickly without leaving any sort of greasy layer. I feel it instantly refreshes the skin, leaving it feeling plump and hydrated for the whole day – no reapplication necessary. This is a perfect cream to start the day off with – a sensory treat.

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Aloe Vera Sap, Salicornia, White almond, Macademia Nut oil, Shea Butter, Orange Flower and 8 different types of plant milk

CONCLUSION

Overall I love this product and look forward to using it everyday, in fact I have already bought myself another tub along with more NUXE products to test out. Crème Fraîche de Beauté ticks all the boxes for me, even though my skin isn’t particularly sensitive. There are also variants for dry and combination skins, but unless you are chronically dry, I think the normal should do the job.

Keep an eye out for more NUXE reviews coming soon.

WHERE TO BUY – £25 for 50ml tub

http://www.escentual.com/nuxe/ (keep an eye out on here for great deals)

https://uk.nuxe.com/

http://www.marksandspencer.com/c/beauty/nuxe

http://uk.spacenk.com/nuxe/