October, 2013

Oct 13

Natural Beauty From Burt’s Bees & Naked

Natural beauty at its best.

Burt’s Bees Honey Collection – £15.99
I love a good gift set and this one from Burt’s Bees is a real winner. It contains a honey lip balm; honey & shea body scrub; thoroughly therapeutic hand cream and a naturally nourishing milk & honey body lotion. Not bad for under £20! Honey has been used for centuries in skincare for its skin softening abilities and high concentration if amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It’s criminally early to say, so forgive me, but I’m thinking great stocking filler or gift to yourself!


Naked Skincare Hair & Body Washes – from £3.99 
Every Naked product is 97% natural and free from sulphates, parabens and petrochemicals so perfect for young skins (my kids are all over these). Those with sensitive skin, dandruff and scalp problems, coloured tresses and those with thick and curly or African Caribbean hair. I use the Coco de Mer and Rose body wash on my children’s skin and the lovely smelling Jam Sandwiches 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner on my youngest hair. Gentle yet effective and so reasonably priced.


Oct 13

Four of the Best: Night Creams

Most of us know that it’s worth spending a little extra on night cream. Our skin repairs itself at night so it’s worth treating it to something a little special considering all the abuse we throw at it through the day via pollution, wind, sun, rain, central heating etc.

Here are my current faves:

Omorovicza Gold Night Drops – £185
This anti-aging night serum works in three stages to smooth wrinkles and repair skin overnight. First, Vitamin A (encapsulated retinol) begins the skin repairing process by reducing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles while redensifying the epidermis and reversing the effect of sun damage. Next a bio-available form of colloidal gold, a powerful anti- inflammatory, and Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, repair the skin, boost its immune system and restore elasticity.
Finally, Omega 6 ceramide and hyaluronic acid retexture the lipid matrix and provide long lasting hydration. The serum also contains Gold Ferment, a powerful anti-inflammatory that works to heal accumulated micro damage and strengthen the skin.

Elemis Pro-Intense Lift Effect Night Cream – £95
This super soft night cream harnesses the science of plant stem cell technology and was designed to target the sagging of jowls, cheeks and chin. The cream is nice and rich and layers the lipid barrier and works overnight to stimulate the cell’s biological energy cycle to deliver a lift effect. In tests, 78% of users felt the product helped improve texture and tone of their skin.


Murad Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator – £49.50
If you look at the ingredients list on your favourite moisturisers, one of the first few ingredients will be water, which does little more than bind the ingredients in the jar. Murad have taken that water and treated it with patent-pending technology called Replenicell. Replenicell water has been treated (with osmolytes, select amino acids and trehalose) to take it from a filler ingredient into active skincare. Murad surveyed 1240 women and found that pores, for the first time, were now as much of a concern as wrinkles. This cream (which is quite rich so I like to use it at night) works to both create plumper, firmer skin to minimise the signs of ageing, whilst reducing the appearance of pores and repairing skin breakouts to reveal a more even, refined skin tone. Kombucha collagen defense stimulates collagen production and inhibits its breakdown to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, lentil seed extract and witch hazel tighten pores and help control excess oil while cinnamon extract restores skin surface by reducing inflammation and optimising oil production.

Biotherm Blue Therapy Serum-in-Oil – £44
This serum-in-oil combines with electrolytes found naturally in the skin to transform the gel into oil allowing instant diffusion into the skin. Blending together Ceramides that maintain the skin barrier function, Vegetal oils which are rich in antioxidants, and the ‘Blue Therapy Trio’ (AFA Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca and Life Plankton), targets visible signs of anti-ageing to smooth and nourish the skin.

Oct 13

NEOM Organics Perfect Night’s Sleep

Modern life means a lot of us are finding it hard to get a good night sleep. With the advent of iPhone’s, BlackBerry’s and iPads, are we ever really switched off?

I find it really hard to fall asleep, having kids means I’m woken up by the sound of a bird yawning and I find it really hard to fall back asleep again. I then make things worse by plugging back in to Twitter or Instagram making it even harder to get some more shuteye before it’s 6:30 am and my darling son wakes me up.

I’m forever on the quest for products to help me sleep so am really looking forward to trying out the new Perfect Night’s Sleep’ range from NEOM Organics.

The 3-step range uses key products from their Tranquillity range to aid the perfect night’s sleep. The scent (which launched after trialling over 200 blends and expertly twisting together over 12 of the purest essential oils) was made with one purpose: to induce deep relaxation:

NEOM Organics

Step 1: Light the Tranquillity Candle a couple of hours before bedtime to allow the oils to fill the room. Then drift off surrounded by beautiful, relaxing scent.

Step 2: Take a Tranquillity Bath. Studies show that combining pure essential oils with a calming routine works best for a deep sleep. This SLS-free Bath Foam is packed with maximum essential oils for you to breathe in whilst in the tub, allowing them to take hold.

Step 3: Spritz your pillow with Tranquility Mist just before bedtime, the final layer to your Tranquility trio. While you sleep the oils keep working into the night, keeping you relaxed and in deep sleep.

For more info on getting a good night’s sleep see www.neomorganics.com/sleepguide

Tranquillity Candle – 380g/£39.50
Tranquillity Bath – 200ml/£20.00
Tranquility Mist – 100ml/£15.00

Oct 13

The Lancer Method

Want to know the product behind the perfect skin of Victoria Beckham, Scarlett Johanssen and Dakota Fanning?

They are all fans of dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer’s approach to skincare. Previously only available in the US, the Lancer range is finally available in the UK, exclusively at Harrods. Dr. Lancer is a Beverley Hills based board certified practicing dermatologist with over 30 years experience in the field.


Lancer believes that skin will begin to look younger if trained to follow a 28 day cycle, resulting in the signature A-List ‘Lancer glow’.

Known as the ‘Lancer Method’ his collection of products focus on stimulating the upper-most layer of the skin, shifting the dermis into high gear. Cell turnover speeds up, more collagen and elastin are produced and skin visibly glows – the skin effectively begins to follow a more youthful cycle, becoming more resilient and younger looking!

The Lancer Method is made up of three steps:

Step 1: Polish
‘Polish’ uses physical exfoliation beads and fruit enzymes to maximise cell turnover without causing irritation. In addition, brown sea algae moisturises skin and stimulates collagen production.

Step 2: Cleanse
‘Cleanse’ has been formulated to pick up where the Polish leaves off. It sweeps skin clean of any residual exfoliation debris and prepares it to receive further treatments. As the key middle link in the Method, the composition and pH of Cleanse precisely interlocks with the Polish and Nourish to enhance the potency and efficacy of each step in the Method.

Step 3: Nourish
Once skin has been properly exfoliated and thoroughly cleansed, it is more receptive to anti-ageing benefits than unprepared skin. The Nourish step delivers the maximum amount of age-reversing superstars.

The Method is also available in a sensitive or blemish-prone formula, optimised for the specific demands of the skin. I’ve been using the range religiously for the past five days and oh my goodness the difference it has made to my skin! My skin is brighter and smoother. Some hormonal pimples have dried up; this stuff is amazing!

The Method: Polish / £60.00
The Method: Cleanse / £48.00
The Method: Nourish / £105.00


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