Disccovering Ekia – Organic Anti-Ageing Skincare

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At a recent press day I met Carine Mudry, the creator of EKIA,  a unique  certified organic anti-ageing skincare range from France. Carine told me about how she consulted with dermatologists and completed a clinical study in order to find the perfect anti-ageing ingredient. This study led to the discovery of the brand’s valuable active ingredient known as Dragon’s Blood.

Her unique approach to anti-ageing has been to identify three different mature skin types that aren’t defined by the age of the skin but by how weakened the skin is and each of these types needs a different solution from a skincare product. The three distinct  types of mature skin are well preserved, weakened, and damaged and Ekia have a specific face cream for each of these.

As we spoke Carine suggested that we go through a questionnaire to identify my skin type. If you would like to complete the questionnaire you can find it here. My skin type fell between well preserved and weakened but I took Carine’s expert advice and decided to try a product for weakened skin – Ekia Cream Intense.

Its key features are:

  • complete anti-ageing skincare
  • organic certified
  • regenerates skin
  • repairs the skin renewal processes
  • nourishes to restore natural vitality
  • effectively treat wrinkles, sagging, brown pigment spots and skin dryness

Promised results are:

  • Immediate: skin is more supple and comfortable
  • In one month: skin texture is finer
  • In 3 months: skin is firmer, wrinkles have diminished, marks are less visible, and the complexion is bright

I’ve been trialling Ekia Creme Intense for a little over two weeks so I’m at the supple and comfortable first stage. It’s a dense cream that feels quite rich when it goes on but does sink in quite well. At the time of writing I applied the cream 14 hours ago and I have to say it’s still feeling really great.

Also on the same day I got another Ekia product – this time not prescribed specifically for my skin but it was nestling among beauty treats in my goodie bag. It’s the Ekia Eyelid Lifting Serum.

This is a clear gel serum that feels really cooling and fresh as it goes on. You can feel it lifting and tightening immediately – exactly what’s needed for tired eyes. It’s organic certified and highly concentrated in lifting active ingredients.

Promised results are:

  • Immediate: the eyelids are lifted, the eyes look wider and brighter.
  • In 3 months: the eyelids are lastingly firmer, the eyes look less tired.

As before I’m at the initial stages with this product but that’s fine by me with such immediate results!

Ekia products are available on line here now. They’re also stocked in selected Whole Foods Market stores and are coming soon to Holland & Barrett stores.

Hazel

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Book Review – Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe

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Much as I love books I haven’t reviewed many on my blog as they’re rarely a fit for the topic. Still when I got my hands on Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe I instantly recognised that the subject matter was a perfect match for me and the blog. Eating and beauty is what I’m all about!

I won this copy as a giveaway prize and it’s signed by the author Wendy Rowe. Wendy has more than 20 years experience working with A list models and  celebrities. (The foreword is by Sienna Miller – yes she’s that well  connected!) She’s an international make-up artist and beauty expert and is Burberry’s artistic consultant for beauty.

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I’m pretty sure that most of us inherently know the “we are what we eat” concept and that eating well and healthily has a direct effect on how good we feel and look. In this beautifully presented hard back book Wendy has brought together recipes, beauty routines and tips that are based on nutrient boosting ingredients.

With sections on beauty & food, seasonal chapters, beauty tips, healing herbs and spices, supplements and superfoods and a guide to nutrients the content and photography is a feast for the senses.

It’s laid out in a clean and crisp style that’s in easily digestible chunks that you want to read rather than acres of dense text that read like a sermon.

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I have to confess that I can’t make up my mind whether to add this to my coffee table beauty book collection to dip in and out of – I’m particularly intrigued to try some of the DIY beauty treatments – or to keep it in the kitchen for inspiration for healthy meals (or the odd treat – there’s a gorgeous flourless orange and almond cake I want to try). I think that what I’m trying to say is that this is a book that I’ll turn to time and again for inspiration and information wherever it resides in my home.

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With praise from the likes of Victoria Beckham, Cara Delavingne and Christopher Bailey it’s not just me that thinks that Wendy’s knowledge and experience is really something to value. If you’d like to get a hold of a copy for yourself then here’s where to look.

 

Hazel

 

I learned how to wash my hair!

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When I attended a blogger event for Swell recently I was expecting to learn all about the award winning brand and its founders Andrew Bidwell and Jonathan Stallick but I wasn’t expecting to learn something really fundamental that works and that is how to wash my hair!

Andrew Bidwell (the hairdresser behind the brand) started by explaining some of the mistakes that we all make when cleansing and caring for our hair (whether it’s fine or not). He told us the usual routine is that people pour a whole heap of shampoo into their hands and apply it to the roots, lengths and ends of the hair. His big message is that no one needs to wash the ends of their hair. You should concentrate on cleansing the roots and then the rinsing away of the product from the roots will be enough to cleanse the lengths and ends of the hair!

He went onto explain the best method for washing is to start with applying shampoo to the roots at the lower part of the back of your head by bringing your hands upwards from the back of the neck and massaging it into the roots. You should then apply shampoo to the next section of the back of your head bringing your hands in from the side of your head and lifting up the section at the roots and massaging in the shampoo. Carry on applying section by section till you reach the top of your head and all the roots are covered and then rinse away.

With the conditioner it’s the opposite. You generally don’t need to apply conditioner to the roots only the ends and lengths. If you happen to be one of those people who have a need for a bit of conditioning at the roots because you have frizz then Andrew advises that you use the tiniest amount at the last minute and only leave it on for seconds before rinsing it away.

Now of course I’m going to tell you all about the brand and it’s efficacy in this post but I just wanted to say that simple though this instruction is it’s the overriding takeaway message from the event for me – and I’ve tried it now and it works – brilliant!

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So now to the Swell Hair Care brand developed by the founders Jonathan Stallick, leading homeopath and top London hairdresser Andrew Bidwell to address the problems  people face with fine limp hair. They found that whist there were plenty of styling products available there was little that provided long term results and even less availability of products that achieve this naturally.

So at Swell they’ve developed a volume hair care system that uses a blend of botanical extracts to provide a 3 step system:

The 3 step system creates stronger healthier hair over time. It cleans the hair of silicone build up and ensure it receives the nourishment it needs. It optimises existing hair from day one and then treats the roots to help hair to grow stronger and healthier.

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Key features are:

  • adds immediate volume
  • enhanced with 18 active botanicals to combat hormones that cause hair to thin and encouraging hair growthi
  • reduces hair loss meaning up to 50% less shedding
  • three hero ingredients peruvian maca, blue lupin extract and swiss apple stem extract stimulate growth, improve strength and reduce hair loss
  • stimulates hair follicles to improve growth by 93%
  • reduced static
  • increased colour-fastness
  • superior detangling

I’ve not tried out these products yet and I’ll be passing them to a friend to trial (she has really fine hair). The 3 step starter kit (contents pictured above) is available priced £23.50  which gives you the chance to make sure it’s right for you before investing in the full sizes.

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There are further products in the range here and I’ll be trying out the Ultimate Protect and Renew Serum developed to banish frizz and to give hair sleek, hydrated look and the Ultimate Volume Dry Shampoo which promises to brings 24 hour freshness and body to all hair types and reporting back. If you can’t wait to try all the products yourself then here’s where to find them.

Have you got any haircare hints and tips to share? Comment below – it’s never to late to learn!

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Hazel

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Getting the glow with Temple Spa

I’m a bit of an awkward tanner to be perfectly honest. I’m fair skinned and tend to burn more readily than I tan. If I want to gain a golden look it takes me days and days to gently build it up and loving in London that’s difficult to achieve. Still I’ve never been tempted to use any form of fake tan – ever. So what made me change my mind? I had the opportunity to try two gorgeous looking products from Temple Spa.

Goldentini Body Oil & Glaze

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This was the product of the two that I was most attracted to as I’ve always been partial to a bit of golden shimmer – especially for summer. The Goldentini Body Oil is an omega rich skin glaze that nourishes skin and gives a lustrous sheen with special photo-reflecting agents. It’s a non-permanent bronzer that washes off when you shower. Temple Spa describe the key benefits as being:

  • Lusciously lightweight skin glaze
  • Suits all skin tones
  • Quickly absorbed
  • Non-greasy touch
  • Sophisticated bronzer for the body
  • Brightens up skin that doesn’t have a tan
  • Enhancing an existing tan
  • Adds the finishing touch to your appearance

My experience was that it goes on easily and moisturised my skin well, soaking in and being dry to the touch within minutes. It provides a sheer wash of golden colour that’s right for my colouring. It doesn’t look like a fake tan at all and smells lovely. I’ve used it on my shoulders arms and decolletage as well as my legs. Perfect!

Available here priced £25 for 50ml.

Sol Mate Self Tan Soufflé

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This was the product that I was most reluctant to try. As I’ve said I’ve never used self tan before and I witnessed lots of friends make mistakes with self tan. Then there are all those photos of people looking orange and smelling oddly of biscuits!

Of course there are so many pluses to using fake tan – we all like the look of a healthy looking tan but we don’t want to expose ourselves to harmful UV, risk sun damage or accelerate the ageing process. Sol Mate’s Key benefits are listed as:

  • a breakthrough tanner that gives a natural, buildable tan without the risk of streaking, blotches or uneven tone
  • can be reapplied every other day to keep the colour longer or deepen the tone
  • combines serious skincare properties with a healthy sunless tan
  • high quality formula is hydrating to the skin, rich in natural extracts and essential oils
  • beautifully fragrance
  • anti-ageing benefits

So, this is the awkward bit. I really wanted this to work and to be able to say that this had converted me to using fake tans but it didn’t quite work like that. I made sure that I read all the tips and made sure that I exfoliated with a scrub first and then moisturised especially around drier areas like my heels and knees. I bought a special mitt to apply it with so that it would go on smoothly and wouldn’t stain my hands. I was all set.

First good thing about it was that it has a beautiful scent due to the ingredients which included cocoa butter, sweet orange, tarragon, geranium, wild mint, citronella, olive leaf, lemon, grape leaf, thyme, fennel. So no bad smells here!

So onto application – and here’s where I think that I fell down on the task. I decided to use it on my legs as a trial and I patiently and smoothly applied the product to my thighs and then as I got further down my leg I got a bit slap dash and then for my feet I just kind of swiped it over the top of my foot. I think that I had in mind that as this was a buildable product and as I’d previously tried the Goldentini which added a very light colour that this would give me a golden wash.

I was so wrong! I’d planned to wear a summer dress and sandals the next day and instead I had to bring out my tights. My thighs, where I’d applied the product properly were a lovely golden colour but my calves were blotchy and orangey and my feet – oh dear – some toes had stained cuticles and others were white and my heels were a rusty colour! Now I really can’t blame the product – just my poor application- but what I should say is that if you’re used to applying self tan then you’ll be fine but if you’re impatient and inexperienced like me then you might be better to get  a professional to apply it for you.

Available here priced £25 for 150ml.

Have you got any stories of self tan success or failure? What are your favourite tanning products? Do share them with me.

Hazel

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La Roche-Posay Launch Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant

When you get an invite from La Roche-Posay to the launch of a new product – you know it’s going to be something special. This is the brand that has had beauty experts crossing the channel to bag themselves products before they are available here – they’re just that good. This week’s London launch proved to be just as popular as I’d expected and when I arrived just a few minutes after the event was sheduled to start the venue was already packed with press and bloggers spilling out of the door – that’s how keen we all were to find out about the latest thing from LRP!

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So what was all the fuss about?  It’s the Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant – a dual action anti-imperfection formula with sheer coverage and all the efficacy of the award winning Effaclar Duo (+). It’s proven to treat and reduce blemishes in 24 hours and is enhanced with a mattifying 100% mineral pigment tint that instantly reduces redness and evens out skin tone.

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We heard from beauty and skincare experts and I was most interested to hear about how we can utilise this new product in our skincare routine. I was amused to hear that in the beauty world the UK is referred to as the “foundation nation” which is a reflection of how much british women prefer a fuller coverage from their base products.

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We were given some examples of how it can be used either on it’s own or beneath our usual base as a primer – at or after the gym to tone down the redness when you’re not cooled down enough for a full face of make-up was one example. Personally, on a daily basis I prefer a medium coverage (it’s no secret that my go to base is the Effaclar BB Blur Cream). Still today I’ve been wearing a no make-up look wearing the Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant on it’s own with just some brow gel, mascara and lip tint. It’s not a look I’m quite comfortable with but it feels really good and I know it’s doing a great job at calming the odd spot or two and I’m planning on wearing it as a primer when I need a more made up look.

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It’s available in 2 universal shades Fair/Light and Light/Medium. I’ve used the Fair/Light version above. As in the whole of the Effaclar range the active ingredients are:

  • Niacinamide – an anti inflammatory ingredient for intensive smoothing
  • Piroctone Olamine  – to combat bacterial infection
  • LHA – for keratolytic action (speeding cell renewal)
  • Linoleic Acid – to regulate sebum
  • Procerad – a pluripotent ceramide to diffuse inflammation within 1 day and prevent and treat post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

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LRP are results focussed and their research shows:

  • 91% said the product is lightweight on the skin
  • 78% said marks, redness and colour imperfections were minimised
  • 75% of women said the product smoothed skin

It’s anti imperfection performance claims are:

  • From 24 hours – imperfections are visibly less red
  • From 8 days – imperfections are reduced
  • From 4 weeks – pores are unclogged, skin texture is refined and oily areas appear regulated

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I’m glad to have added the Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant to my skincare toolkit. If you’d like to try it it’s available here priced £16.50.

What’s your favourite LRP product? I’d love to hear from you and to to try your recommendations.

Hazel

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How much power do retailers have to effect change?

You may have read a recent post where I wrote about how retailers need to understand their customers’ needs and keep up with their changing demands.  But when a retailer reached out to me recently with their Summer 2016 press brochure I started to think about some of the potentially powerful messages that it contained that weren’t trailed on it’s front cover and asked myself the question – how much power do retailers have to effect change?

The retailer that got me thinking was Superdrug. Inside a brochure that asked the question “are you ready?” (for Summer 2016) it included some really strong messages about what they already do as a brand to support healthy living and to protect the environment but do they have a broader influence that can affect our behaviour, the lifestyle choices we make and further to the legislation that is taken by our government?

Sun protection awareness and working with charities

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Of course they want to sell products and make a profit but promoting awareness of the importance of protecting your skin can save lives and by preventing skin cancer.  As well as this Superdrug has collaborated with brands to raise money from the sale of some of their tanning products to support the Marie Curie charity. Initiatives like this help us to think about taking responsibility for our health and allow us to give back to a charity.

Shades of Beauty

The image above shows every foundation shade stocked by Superdrug! This sets out perfectly the struggle that black and asian women have to find suitable products on the high street. It’s also apparent across skincare and haircare products too but this image is helpful in showing the scale of just one challenge – to find a foundation match!

Superdrug is working with all their makeup brands to expand the ranges. They’ve launched the Shades of Beauty campaign with June Sarpong as an ambassador to drive change. Brands are listening and some have already announced their intentions to add more options to their ranges.

Eradicating microplastics

I have to say that I thought that this was something that all mainstream brands had addressed. Clearly it’s not the case and I could have unknowingly bought products that contain microbeads that damage our environment. Superdrug have committed to reformulating their own brands so they are microbead free by 2016. Is this enough? Shouldn’t there be a law on this now?

Tampon Tax

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This is something that I think every woman is outraged about. Paying VAT on essentials as if they were a luxury. I’m not an expert on this but I understand that this was something that the EU wouldn’t allow our government to remove. Here’s hoping that it’s one of the first things the new prime minister will change when we’re out of the EU. Until then Superdrug give you the VAT back on their own brand tampons and towels as loyalty card points.

Supporting vegan lifestyle and being cruelty free

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There’s been an upward trend in people wanting to live a vegan lifestyle and as well as that there a much larger audience of people who prefer not to use animal byproducts in their daily life. Superdrug clearly labels products that are vegan, vegetarian and cruelty free, There own brand B. skincare and cosmetics are vegan. Additionally all Superdrug’s own brand beauty, toiletries and household products are certified by Cruelty Free International.

Budget beauty

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We’ve probably all struggled at one time or the other with being able to justify spend on beauty products when we have bills to pay. I love how budget beauty brands have improved their offering – think Make Up Revolution (my current favourite lipstick cost only £1 from MUR) and Primark and the Poundshop  sell budget products that work. My recent find from Superdrug is the Simply Pure Hydrating Serum that costs just £2.69. I’ve had it for some time and dismissed it while I tried out high end products. Now I’m using this daily and it’s amazing!

So, I guess in summary what I’m saying is this – there are thousands of organisations retailers, charities and more that lobby for change and I don’t think that Superdrug is any more or less important or influential in society than any other. What it makes me think about though is how strong a force retailers can be. I’m not sure that I’m aware of that on a daily basis and how I’m influenced by where I shop and what I buy.

Perhaps it’s about us all working together as a society for positive change that benefits all of us. We tell retailers what we want and what our values are. Retailers develop more of what we want. We buy more from them and then they have the funding and influence to support good causes and lobby for change. Food for thought?

Tell me what you think in the comments box please.

Hazel

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Feeling Grape with Caudalie!

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Do you ever think that you know a brand and then someone asks you more about it and you realise that you don’t know much about it at all? Maybe just me? Well that’s what happened with me and Caudalie. I’d picked up on it being a French brand (Caudalie Paris) but had never picked up on the grape connection. They use grape-seed Polyphenols -the most powerful anti-oxidant in the plant world; Resveratrol from grapevine stalks –
the anti-ageing revolution; and Viniferine from grapevine sap, the most effective natural molecule against dark spots. They use natural ingredients, favouring natural and environmentally friendly active ingredients and are against animal testing.

So I’ve been trialling a couple of Caudalie products recently to get a feel for the brand and to be able to let you know how it/they worked for me.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting

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I sometimes wonder where my head is a when I’m trialling products. Might be something to do with the day job distracting me but I knew this was a product to improve skin radiance and boy can I do with some of that. I find that my skin looks really grey in the morning (that’s why I never leave the house without makeup – in fact I wear make-up when I’m staying home to so I don’t scare myself in the mirror!) but I didn’t pick up that this is a complexion corrector. I’ve said before that I try not to look into a product’s claims too much before I try it as that might influence me in seeing effects that aren’t really there – just because I’m expecting them.

So I tried the serum after cleansing and before moisturising for about 10 days and it was feeling and looking great but not really anything to be excited about and then I went to a beauty showcase and was completing a skin questionnaire with the founder of another skincare brand.  I was asked questions to establish which kind of products would be the most helpful for my skin and one of them was “do you have any age-spots or sun damage?” I’ve got a few marks on my right cheekbone and on my hairline which are a bit more than freckles and not quite age spots that I always need to cover up with my concealer and base. So I answered “Yes”. Her reply surprised me – she said I didn’t have any – I pointed to where they are and she said no. You don’t have any. Don’t get me wrong, I can still see where they are but they’ve faded and what’s even better about this product is that its preventative too. I’m impressed!

So after that I looked up the  Caudalie claims and I reckon that my experience fits with these pretty well:

  • scientifically proven to lighten dark spots in just 4 weeks and prevents the appearance of new ones
  • will brighten and renew your skin leaving it truly radiant
  • perfect to use in combination with your sunscreen, this serum will encourage an even, longer lasting tan
  • provides anti-oxidant and anti-ageing action by stimulating collagen and elastin production
  • ideal for smokers, scar marks, sun-derived or age-related dark spots or pregnancy marks
  • will give your skin a more unified appearance, leaving you with a luminous complexion

The serum costs £45 for 30ml here

Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water

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I also sampled the Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water (that’s a trial size pictured). I had no expectations apart from that I wanted it to remove make-up cleanly without making my eyes sting – box ticked!

Again checking the Caudalie claims I found:

  • removes impurities
  • attracts dirt like a magnet
  • intense cleansing action.
  • suitable for even the most sensitive skin
  • contains extracts of candeia, vegetable glycerin and mint to calm and soothe irritation
  • leaves your skin feeling refreshed and nourished

The micellar cleansing water cost £15 for 200ml here

If you’d like to discover more about Caudalie you’ll find it’s available on line here and in stores including John Lewis.

Hazel

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Ilia – Organic Beauty

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This week was another busy one and it culminated in a visit to a make up masterclass focussing on the luxury organic beauty brand Ilia. Ilia is a multi-award winning brand founded in Canada by Sasha Plavsic. This prestige line of natural and organic products provides great colour pay off together with nourishing organics.

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Ilia products are gluten free and up to 85% organic and they’re available at a number of retail outlets including Fenwicks and Fortnum & Mason as well as on line.

Recently I was invited to see the products up close and to try them out while we learned from beauty expert Nikki Taylor about the efficacy of the products and watched make-up artist Emma McRae  demonstrate how to apply them.

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We were encouraged to identify the shades that suited us best and to use the face charts to record our favourites. I think I was too interested in what everyone else was doing – or maybe I was busy chatting (my usual downfall) –  as I came home with a blank sheet! Anyway, as my Dad used to say don’t do as I do – do as I say! A completed face chart will save you lots of time when you’re at the make-up counter and ready to buy!

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We watched Emma apply a full face of products to the model. When she was done the model was glowing with a gorgeous Ilia make-up look . The products used were:

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I found this really interesting. In general, I choose the make up I buy based on how it’s presented, whether it works for me (that I like the colours and that it stays on) and whether it contains ingredients that do my skin good and if I can afford it. I’m not someone who has to have green beauty but if it’s available and meets most of my criteria then it’ll be in the mix of options for me. Of course the other thing that influences me is when people that I trust recommend it.

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So by the end of the session I was pretty taken with the products. I liked how they look and feel in their understated metal casing. The colours were great too. I was surprised how good the shades looked once they were applied to my skin and I was very much looking forward to testing them out at home and seeing how they last on me over a day at work for example.

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I brought home four gorgeous products pictured above L to R:

All so beautiful! You’ll be seeing these in future posts I’m sure.

Do you love to buy organic and green beauty products? Have you tried Ilia? D tell me what you think in the comments box below.

Hazel

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Discovering Om Skincare

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If you’re a lover of skincare you might have heard of Om Skincare. You might even have heard of Dr.Om the skincare expert and scientist behind the brand but I bet you didn’t know that Dr Om is a woman. Not only is she incredibly successful in her field, combining her scientific heritage with her love of ancient wisdom and the transforming properties of nature but she has skin so flawless that it distracted me as we spoke! I was mesmerised. She tells me that it’s the OM Invisible Finish Primer that gives her skin such a radiant and luminous glow.

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Dr Om Prawarisa took time to speak to all her guests about her capsule product range. (That’s her in the  middle chatting with Denise from WOW Beauty.) She explained how all the products can be used separately or in combination to suit your skin type or the climate. She hails from Thailand but travels frequently to New York and the UK and she spoke about how the impetus behind the product development was to find products that could handle humid or dry climates that fit with her way of life. So this range is multi-functioning with complex formulas that adapt to all skin types and perform in all climates

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The products contain ingredients from around the world harvested from land and sea to capture healing properties and preserve the Chi energy. The collection includes:

Daily Radiance Moisturiser to give skin a luminous glow and provide deep hydration

Pure Glow Cleanser, a gentle and deeply nourishing cleanser that’s also as a make up remover and deep cleansing treatment.

No Lines Nourishing Treatment (pictured at the top for review in a future post) repairs and rejuvenates the skin minimising fine lines.

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Invisible Finish Primer has SPF40 and UVA and UVB protection that brightens and moisturises for a luminous complexion.

Miracle Serum is for an instant boost for radiant and glowing skin.

Beauty Booster Elixirs for beauty on the go that provide instant hydration, help with collagen production and are powerful anti-oxidants. The Serenity version helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and promotes smooth skin texture whilst the Revitalising version provides vitamins, protects against UV damage and helps to reduce pigmentation.You can buy them separately or together in a double ended spray which is the perfect travel companion.

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There’s also the Cleanse & Glow Konjac Sponge which is 100% natural made from vegetable fibre. It’s pictured at the top too. It as a small hollow in the surface so that you after dampening the sponge to soften it you can put  a little cleanser (any brand) into the hollow and then apply to your face. It’s very gentle and suitable for sensitive skin.

The whole evening was so calming and a lovely introduction to the brand. It really didn’t feel as though I was in a central London hotel – the gorgeous Charlotte Street Hotel.

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Om skincare is available exclusively from Space NK until March 2017 in the UK.

Oh and if you want to meet Dr. Om for yourself she is going to be in selected Space NK stores – here are the dates:

July 7 Guildford – 12-3

July 8 Hampstead – 11-4

July 8 Northcote – 4-6

July 9  Covent Garden – 12-3

July 15 Henley – 12-4

Hazel

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Empties June 2016

Just sitting down at my laptop and realising that it’s time to do my June empties list I was surprised to see that I only used up three products this month. So this is just a quick update for you but I think you’ll see that all three of these are worth a look!

Benefit Gimme Brow

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Gimme Brow is a tinted eyebrow gel from Benefit that contains tiny microfibres that stick to your skin and brows for fullness and definition.

Stubbornly I hadn’t tried this award winning brow gel until I was gifted a sample on the Good Ship Benefit I just have an aversion to rushing to buy something just because it’s all over social media. Anyway this is one of those times where I wish I had rushed to buy it because it’s the best brow product I’ve tried.

Since I got this Benefit have relaunched this and it now comes in three shades (light medium and dark) alongside a huge range of fabulous brow products. The full size will cost you £18.50 here

Pycnogenol

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I don’t regularly take supplements but I took Pycnogenol as part of a challenge which you can read about here. I’m pretty sure they contributed to improving my skin health. You can give them a try too. They’re available from Holland & Barrett here priced £18.99.

Heaven Heavenly Eyes Regenerating Complex

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You’ll see from the photo that I got my Heaven Heavenly Eyes Regenerating Complex as part of a gift set at Christmas. (The baubles and cherub give it away I think!)

The 15ml size that retails at £19 here lasted me a long while so it’s a great chance to try out the product if you’ve not used it before. It’s designed to moisturise dehydrated skin around the eye without making bags and reduce dark circles and fade lines.. It’s described as a putty but I found it’s consistency creamy. You’re directed to press it on around the eye area – I found the normal patting action with my ring finger worked just fine. I found it a great eye cream for moisturisation throughout the day (and night). I can’t say I noticed a reduction in dark circles although I’ve had a particularly bad patch of not getting enough sleep which may have counteracted the effect somewhat.

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know all about Heaven and it’s founder Deborah Mitchell. If you want to find out more here’s the link to my previous post.

So that’s it! Three little gems for you this month. Have you tried any of these before? What did you think?

Comments are welcome below and I always respond.

Hazel

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