Review – DHC Face Wash Powder

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Regular readers will know that I’m always excited to try new products from DHC. I’d heard about face wash powders but not come across one before. So, when it arrived, looking all retro, I wasn’t sure what to do with it. It has to be said that it takes a little bit of getting used to. You tip some powder into your hands and add water and it froths up into a great lather to wash your face with. It leaves your face feeling great too but I’m not really sold – there I’ve said it – it’s a DHC product that I’m not knocked out by. It think it’s because it’s a bit of a fiddle. I mean I prefer a product that you just have to pump out of a bottle or squeeze out of a tube.

They say:

DHC Face Wash Powder is a silky-soft powder facial cleanser that transforms with water into luxurious, dense lather. Sweep it across your face to cleanse away impurities. Exfoliating protease enzymes help dissolve the bonds of lifeless, dulling skin cells with ease, making this foaming cleanser gentle enough to use daily. Skin becomes soft with moisturising honey and sodium hyaluronate.

  • Generates voluminous micro-fine lather
  • Lavender soothes
  • Convenient for travel”

I’m glad I’ve tried it, (you can buy it here for £9.50 ) and I might even take it away with me on holiday but I think I’ll stick with my more traditional cleansers at home – like DHC Pore Face Wash (told you I love DHC!)

Do you like to try out new and unusual products? What’s the strangest one you have tried?

Hazel

This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and not prescribed.

Review – Clayspray Ginseng Therapy

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It pains me to say that as a beauty blogger I can be a bit lazy when it comes to using treatments and masks. So when I got the opportunity to try this Clayspray Ginseng Therapy I was most interested in the way that it’s packaged and applied. It seemed simple and I like simple!

The Clayspray Ginseng Therapy set has white clay and ginseng and H2O Green Tea water sprays. They are the first emulsified ‘clay in spray’ treatments. They are fortified with hydrating hydrogel, spring water and plant extracts that work to purify, exfoliate and remove impurities in the skin.. It claims to increase moisturisation up to 12% and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

There are a few different formulas but I chose this Ginseng one as it’s perfect for mature, fatigued skin and claims to tighten and brighten. The H2O Green Tea Water Spray tones and soothes and is free from chemical nasties.   It’s free from preservatives, parabens, PEG, phenoxyethanol, artificial colours and perfumes and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians  and animal friendly.

So how did I get on? I decided to put on the mask before my bath and then set the timer for 20 minutes, the prescribed time for mature skin. I first sprayed my face with the water spray as a base for the clay. It was lovely and refreshing and I was really looking forward to applying the clay. But this is where things went a bit wrong because I was expecting the clay to spray……..Clay, Spray, right? Well, not really. I thought that maybe the clay was in a microfine spray and that you would layer it up and it would be a mask. The instructions just said where to apply the clay and in what order. So I pointed it towards my face and pressed….and the clay slopped all down my top. That’s when the penny dropped that I was supposed to apply the clay with my fingers. Well once I’d cleared up the spillage I spread the clay over my face and neck. It was easy, just not what I had expected. I got in the bath and relaxed. The mask tightened and dried out and felt like it was doing good. The water spray can be used to dampen the mask for those with sensitive skin or those who don’t like the tight feeling.

When the time was up I used the water spray to emulsify the mask and it wasn’t too difficult to remove. And then I felt my skin. Wow, it felt amazing! The softest I’ve felt my skin ever. Even with all the amazing products I’ve tried out that was the best.

So, I only have one criticism of the product and that’s maybe that it’s shouldn’t be Clay Spray but Clay and Spray. Perhaps a little more explanation in the leaflet would have helped too.

The Clayspray Ginseng Therapy costs £30 and there are all kinds of formulas for different skin types here

What are your favourite masks? Have you got in a mess with them like me?

Hazel

The product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and not prescribed. This post contains affiliate links.

Review – SkinPep Wrinkle Clear Growth Factor Serum

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I’ve tried a fair few SkinPep products and I’ve never been able to find fault with any of them. This SkinPep Wrinkle Clear Growth Factor Serum wasn’t about to be the first.

SkinPep® WrinkleClear Serum has a double action formulation. It’s a powerful anti-oxidant as well as an excellent moisturiser.

The botanical extracts contained in SkinPep® Wrinkle Clear Serum are:

  • Green Tea
  • Grape Seed Extract
  • Red Ginseng
  • Ginkgo Biloba 

The anti-oxidants  contained in SkinPep® Wrinkle Clear Serum are:

  • Retinol
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K

It’s a high performance anti-aging serum that improves visible signs of ageing – specifically lines, uneven skin tone and immediate hydration.

I used it over a period of around 10 days. I put it on as the first layer of my skin care each morning and night. It’s quite a thin texture and it absorbs quickly. I used it all over my face and neck.

The effect that I saw in this short period of time was that the very fine lines on my cheeks were plumped up and hardly visible and my skin was firmer.

If you’d like to give this serum a try here’s where to find it. As always there are a range of size options starting at a 7ml sample for £7.99.

Review – Microcell Nail Care

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One of the best parts of being a beauty blogger is getting to find out about new brands that you’ve not heard of before. So when I was asked if I would like try some nail products from Microcell I jumped at the chance.

This brand is very popular in Germany but is only just being introduced to the UK. It offers nail repair products that are calcium and seaweed infused along with acetone-free removers, professional and safe files, at-home gel polishes (no lamp needed) and the first nail colours to repair your nails as you wear them.

I tried the products out on my very poorly nails. (They’ve suffered from the cold weather and my being a bit run down after a bout of flu.) I started with the Mineral Nail File. I didn’t really understand the value of using this type of file before but I read that “Micro fine minerals fill the tiniest cracks on nails and seal rough, brittle nail edges. This prevents moisture from penetrating them, stops further damage to the nails, and even allows rough varnished nails to be smoothed without damaging the varnish near the edges.” All that benefit just from the nail file. This was beginning to look interesting!

Next I used the Nail Repair as a base coat. This promises beautiful strong nails in 2-3 weeks. It strengthens nails and protects the tips against tearing and splintering.Microcell1

Then I applied the fun bit which was the gorgeous Colour Repair polish. It went on smoothly and was opaque in one coat. I put on two coats out of habit. This unique nail beauty solution is the first quick-drying varnish which also strengthens the nails. It’s enriched with silicon, calcium, green alga and a unique Diamond-Gloss.

I finished off with a top coat of Nail Wonder. What’s wondrous about it? Here’s what they say:

  • Used as a quick-drying product Nail Wonder dries nails at lightning speed
  • As a top coat sealant Nail Wonder increases the shine of varnished nails and extends the durability of freshly varnished nails
  • As a colour freshener Nail Wonder leaves your nails looking freshly varnished again
  • As a groove & ridge filler Nail Wonder fills out to smooth the nail plate
  • As clear varnish Nail Wonder protects against aggressive external influences and gives the nails a brilliant shine.

What did I think. Well I’m pretty rubbish at applying nail products but this range made it easy. It dried to a great shine and guess what I wore it for 5 days before it chipped! I can’t say that about any product I’ve used before.

Just love it! Would like to see a bigger colour range but I’m sure they’re working on that.

Hazel

These products were gifted to me for review  but the opinions are my own and were not prescribed.

Product Launches – La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL & Skinchecker Campaign

PicMonkey CollageIt’s always a treat to be invited to La Roche-Posay events. But this one was special because along with the drinks, food, bloggers and beauty products there was an important message to share and an invitation to become a Skinchecker.

I wanted to share the message with you and encourage you to take better care of your skin and to actively monitor your and your loved ones moles. This video is one of the cutest I’ve seen and I make no apologies for sharing it. Enjoy!

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So, onto the amazing La Roche-Posay products that all of us bloggers love! The Anthelios XL range is very high protection and is specifically designed for sensitive skin. I was really interested to learn about the products as I burn easily and I need to find suitable skin care for my  trip to Marrakech

We heard that LaRoche-Posay have added three new products to the range this season. These are Anthelios Comfort Cream SPF30 and the Anthelios BB Tinted Comfort Cream SPF50 with the key ingredient Baicalin. The Comfort Cream provides moisture and the BB Tinted Comfort Cream is specifically developed for sensitive skin to moisturise, soothe, illuminate and unify.

For new family members they have introduced Anthelios Dermo Paediatric – a baby lotion with SPF 50+.

It’s fair to say that I won’t have the opportunity to try out many of the products that I was generously gifted until the sun comes out – and in London I could be waiting some time.  But I promise to hit you with some reviews as soon as I get the chance.

Oh and you may have seen a glimpse of the super balloons that were tied to each goodie bag. They were dalmatians and when a stream of bloggers left the event along Oxford Street it was quite a sight to see so many of them bobbing along to kick off the Skinchecker campaign!

Hazel

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Product Launches – Dermalogica Power Bright & Redness Relief Primer

PicMonkey CollageThe first thing that impressed me when I went to Dermalogica at One New Change this week was the poster that said “This is not a beauty product. This is an investment in your skin”. I think that this is what’s different about Dermalogica.  Their products aren’t the kind you buy because you just have to add them to your beauty “collection”. You buy them because they provide real solutions to skin concerns.

I was treated to a skin analysis session and got recommendations for my skin, had lots of prosecco and even had my tarot cards read but the star of the show was the new Power Bright TRx range.

This is a concise range of three leave on treatment products to work on brown spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone. Power Bright TRx contains powerful ingredients such as Oligopepetides, Niacinamide and Zinc Glycinate to help control melanin formation and hyperpigmentation and exfoliating agents such as Pumpkin enzyme to smooth skin, enhance skin tone and eliminate dark spots. Natural plant spheres filled with sunscreens allow for increased SPF performance to help protect against future hyperpigmentation.

The range consists of C-12 Pure Bright Serum, Pure Light SPF 50  and Pure Night. I’ve just tried the 3 products for the first time and  last night, I touched my face and was really surprised at how velvety soft it felt! So that’s just the start. I’ll review the products for a week or two and then let you have my thoughts on the longer term effects.

The other product launched at the event was the Redness Relief Primer. The Redness Relief Primer is an SPF 20 primer that also provides relief for sensitive skin. It counteracts signs of redness, smooths skin and shields it from UV rays.

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Now I do have a  tendency for redness (especially after a glass or two of wine) so I was interested to see how this green tinted product would work. I’ve tried it a couple of times so far but I’ll give a full review along with my reviews of the Power Bright products.

So that’s it for now. Look out for my reviews and do let me know if you try the products yourself!

Hazel

This post contains affiliate links. The products were gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and are not prescribed.

Scents for Summer

Summer Show 5This week has been a complete whirlwind for me. It all started last Saturday with the news that I need to move house after more than 20 years living in the same place.  That sent me into a spin with flat hunting and work taking up most of the week. Throwing three beauty events into the mix set me a few challenges but I’ve survived it through and having put in an offer on a new place to live I’ve found a bit of head space to sit down to tell you a bit about the first event I attended this week which was the KGA Summer Show.

KGA are PR for some of the most amazing brands and so expectations were high as I arrived at the Ice Tank, the event space that was to be the venue for the show. There was a warm welcome as always as well as an open fire for us to gather round. The mantelpiece was the place where all the home fragrances, candles and oils were displayed.

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We were treated to a run through and some history behind all the summer fragrances and I was in heaven. As I was talked through fragrances from Bulgari to Terry de Gunzberg and from Issey Miyake to Jimmy Choo I found some of the scents were already familiar to me like the stunning Elie Saab Resort Collection  that looks like a glimpse of the Amalfi coast and the opulent Van Cleef & Arpels Aqua Oriens which I’ve reviewed here.

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Others were tantalising and new and sometimes surprising. Each new scent was introduced to me with a potted history of the creator or designer and the concept behind it. It was a little bit like being in a lab with a great story-teller. The haunting story of the man who is Serge Lutens and his Black Collection Religieuse will stay with me for a long time. Think dark tales with a hint of  incense.

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I’m such a sucker for beautiful packaging that I fell for the story and concept behind Bulgari Aqua Divina even before I smelled the truly divine Bulgari Aqua DivinaThe jewel bottle pays tribute to Boticelli’s Venus with the bottle cap shaped to be the perfect shell. The fragrance has salty bergamot and pink ginger, magnolia and solar quince with bees-wax and amber to give a heady scent reminiscent of sea, sun and summer.

 bulgariI was given a beautiful notebook fto use during the event and found myself scribbling down the names of every new and exciting scent I tried. In addition to Bulgari Aqua Divina my list looked like this:

  • Van Cleef and Arpels Reve Enchante – a version of the original aimed at a younger audience with a sweet candy-like edge.
  • Agent Provocateur Fatal Intense an intense, seductive and sensual red version of the black original with liquorice, spicy chillies, lotus and blossom, with black leather, vanilla and amber – a potent mix.
  • Annick Goutal L’Ile Au The – the quirky smelling elegantly presented delight from Annick Goutal that contains mandarin, green tea, osmanthus and white musk. I have to say it smelt like a cup of green tea!

Some of the fragrances are yet to launch and one was even embargoed! I hope that I haven’t captured it in my photos of the show or I’ll be in trouble!

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It was such a lovely evening with such delightful discoveries set amid a wonderland of blossom and butterflies – that was the KGA Summer Show!

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Hope you liked this little glimpse into what I selected as my favourites and apologies if I’ve missed any of your favourite perfumiers. I’m sure that I’ll cover them in the future!

What fragrances are you most excited about trying? I’d love to hear.

Hazel

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Review – Narciso Rodriguez – For Her

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Narciso Rodriguez is a brand that has only just come on to my radar recently with the launch of Narciso – I know, I’m a bad blogger, well maybe not bad but just imperfect.

So when I was lucky enough to receive this little bundle of goodies in the post as a mother’s day treat I was so happy. It all looks so chic and feminine even though the bottle for the Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau De Toilette is black. I think that the combination of the delicate pink box with black is really chic.

They say:

Narcisco Rodruiguez For Her eau de toilette. An elegant, sensual, mysterious and delicate fragrance. Three notes enhance the heart of musk: floral, amber and woody notes. A bottle with a black interior is set off by clean, pure lines. A soft-pink box. ”

For me, in addition to the chic classic look, I found the fragrance to be feminine, delicate, a little candy like but not too sweet. I think it’s the perfect fragrance for me to wear today on as I celebrate being a Mum – I mean what greater symbol of femininity is there than being a Mum. I love it and the cute pink candle is set to be lit for dinner. Perfect.

If you would like to try this gorgeous fragrance or buy it for someone special in your life then the Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau De Toilette costs £51 here and the  Narciso Rodriguez For Her Eau De Parfum is £58 here.

Did you receive any fragrances or give any for Mother’s Day? Which did you choose?

Hazel

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Face Oil Review Series – Decleor Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum

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So this is the third in my series about facial oils and the last one, for now at least. You may have read my previous posts about Trilogy and Manuka Doctor which I’ve been trying recently. But this Decleor Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum had me really excited from the off. Let me explain why, I’d heard a lot about the brand before I started blogging but hadn’t seen the products on the high street so didn’t pay too much attention. Then I went to the Professional Beauty Show just over a year ago and watched a Decleor demonstration and was really impressed by the brand and found out a lot more about the its origins.

Strangely enough though I still haven’t tried a single thing from Decleor despite having been very tempted several times by QVC offers!

So I think that I set the bar rather high and was expecting a lot. They say:

“Decléor Aromessence Iris Concentrate is an elixir of 100% pure and natural essential oils specially formulated for the daily care of mature skin. Thanks to its natural affinity with the skin, this unique skin care product penetrates upon application to tone and energise your skin. It also redefines the facial contours and softens the signs of aging. Aromessence Iris Concentrate is the quickest and most direct beauty routine available to offer daily protection against the undesirable signs of ageing.”

How was it for me? Well, as I’ve said before, I try not to read the claims of the brand’s marketing blurb before I try the product. So I started off with a clean slate to form an opinion. The first application of the serum was so lovely because the smell is amazing! This is something that was missing from the other two oils that I tried. The oil sinks in quickly and I applied it night and day without getting any feeling of greasiness.

I suppose that it’s hard to give a definitive view of how a product  improves or affects your skin when over a long period of time you use a number of different products combined to work on your skin t make it the best it can be – and this is particularly true for bloggers who find favourite products every other day. But what I can say is that when I looked in the bathroom mirror last night, when all my make-up and products had been removed I did thought straight away that my skin was looking fresh and quite toned. So I’m pretty impressed with it.

If you’d like to immerse your senses in the wonderful scent and feel of Decleor Aromessence Iris Rejuvenating Serum then you’ll find it here priced £55.00.

Have your tied any of the oils I’ve reviewed? Or any other facial oils? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Hazel

This post contains affiliate links. The products were gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and are not prescribed.

SkinPep® Eye Lift Growth Factor Serum

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Over the last 10 days I’ve been trialling SkinPep® Eye Lift Growth Factor Serum. You’ll know from past posts that this is a brand that I really rate on results. (You can read them here and here).

This product is for day and night application and they say:

SkinPep® Eye Lift Serum may support collagen and elastin in skin cells to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.

  • COMBATS DARK CIRCLES AND PUFFINESS*
    Improved cosmetic appearance of the skin around the eyes.
  • MAXIMUM ANTIOXIDANT PROTECTION*
    With Vitamins; A (Retinol), C, E and Botanical Extracts.
  • REDUCE APPEARANCE OF WRINKLES
    Improved cosmetic appearance of skin.
  • OPTIMISED SKIN FIRMNESS
    May support the natural process of collagen synthesis. May support skin texture and elasticity. May support skin smoothness and tightness. 

I kind of like the way they talk. They don’t make rash claims they can’t keep. They don’t promise over night miracles. The consistency of this serum is really light. It’s not at all greasy and is quite watery (in a good way) and sinks in fast. I can’t see an instant lift as I have with some eye products but I don’t think that this is what we’re looking for here. I think it’s hard to assess improvement over such a short time but will keep using it till it’s done, because it feels like it’s doing good. Is that enough to make me repurchase? I’m not sure but watch this space.

If you’d like to try it in the meantime then you can buy it here  7ml tube : £14.99 15ml bottle : £24.99

Hazel

This product was gifted to me for review but the opinions are my own and not prescribed.