Posts Tagged: Elemis


10
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.

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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.


10
Jun 13

Exercise Beauty Favourites

I am currently two weeks in to a 60 day exercise programme called Insanity.

Created by ex-dancer Shaun T it is intense interval training and it’s the hardest workout I’ve ever done (yes, worse than spinning) but it drops the fat like nothing else.

All this exercise means I’ve had to switch up my beauty routine slightly so these are my current favourites:

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Bumble & Bumble Black Hair Powder – £16
This is like dry shampoo in black; perfect for those of us with darker tresses. If your hair gets greasy, use this to soak up some of the oils. The colour was especially formulated for inky brown, Asian, Hispanic and afro hair and I use it post exercise to add fullness to my otherwise ratty ponytail. You can also use it to give a matte finish to your hair, dry cleanse or add volume if your hair is falling flat. Spray carefully; this is like black coloured hairspray and you don’t want it all over your clothes/bed/walls.

Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone & Shimmer – £16.99
Although I am exercising my heart out, every little helps which is why I am using Dr Ceuticals Leg Tone & Shimmer. Not only does it give the legs a subtle shimmer, it contains marine extracts which are proven to target and refine stubborn fatty deposits. For best results use religiously every morning for three months. Massage into dry skin until the cream has fully absorbed. It’s only been two weeks but I’ll let you know if it makes a difference. Worst case scenario I’m left with moisturised and shimmery legs!

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak – £34.50
Insanity is like nothing you’ve ever seen, high intensity isn’t the word so you can imagine the state I am in by the end of the workout. The first few days I could hardly move which is why I was so happy when the Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak arrived in the post. With extracts of extracts of Birch, Juniper, Clove, Alpine Lavender, Wild Thyme and Blue Chamomile, combined with Mineral-rich Sea Salt a 15 minute soak in the bath does a great job in lessening the strains and aches next morning.

Bioderma Sebium Corrective Concentrate for Enlarged Pores - £14.85
There’s a reason French women always look so fabulous and it’s probably because most of them use Bioderma products. The Micelle solution for sensitive skin is a favourite of beauty editors worldwide but I think the Sebium range has been overlooked. Formulated for combination and oily skins, it clears pores and smooths skin. Excess sebum, stress, smoking and pollution can cause pores to dilate and enlarge but this corrective concentrate improves the appearance of the skin and can be worn as primer. I use it on my forehead, nose and shin before applying makeup.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – £3.65
This is a genius product from Nivea; you use your shower gel as usual, rinse off, apply this in shower moisturiser (I used the blue bottle – it contains almond oil and is especially for dry skins) rinse off and you are ready to face the day. Yes, no moisturising your skin afterwards. While it definitely hydrates and moisturises the skin, I’m not ready to say goodbye to a separate body cream totally but it is perfect for the gym, the busy and/or the lazy.


16
Apr 13

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis are calling their Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm “a balm for the skin, a balm for the senses and a balm for the soul.” While I wouldn’t go that far, it is pretty darn good.

With ingredients like geranium, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, ho wood, orange and clove blended with starflower and elderberry oils, mimosa and rose wax, as soon as you open it you’re hit by the gorgeous smell. The balm itself is thick and gooey and feels luxurious and expensive on your face.

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At the end of the day, simply smooth all over your face with dry fingers. For a mini treatment, leave it on for ten minutes or better yet, apply in the bath or shower and let the steam really open up your pores. The balm comes with a white cleansing cloth (no flimsy muslins here) and after ten minutes, run the cloth under hot water and simply wipe away the day’s makeup and grime.

I imagined the cleansing cloth would end up black; as if the days make up and dirt were transferred upon it, but the balm does a great job melting away whatever was on your face so while the cloth is soiled, it’s nothing a quick run under the hot tap can’t get out.

In consumer tests, 96% of women felt the balm helped leave skin softened and soothed, 91% agreed it helped leave skin nourished and 91% said the balm was effective at removing make-up.

After just one use my face felt clean but not dry and taut and it smelled great! My face was soft and it really did feel like I’d had a mini facial.

With sustainably sourced ingredients from across the UK, it’s another great product from Elemis.

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm – £39.50/105g

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