Posts Tagged: Murad

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.

Sep 13

Murad Clarifying Wipes For Blemish Prone Skin

I love a good skin wipe (the easiest way to remove make up and great for a weekend away) and these new Clarifying Wipes from Murad have been clinically proved to remove dirt and bacteria and clear pore-clogging sebum.


As with all Murad products, they not only do the job, they also condition the skin on the way. These clarifying wipes contain:

Witch Hazel to control oil and tighten pores
Algae Extract to regulate excess sebum production
Grape Seed Extract and Vitamin E protect from free radical damage
Menthol soothes irritated skin and is cooling
Cucumber Extract hydrates skin and minimises skin irritations.
Calendula calms inflamed blemishes.

I warn you now, Witch Hazel water is the second ingredient and when I first used them, my eyes watered the witch hazel was that strong! My skin felt a little tingly and I was worried that they might be too harsh for my face but I decided not to wash it off and after a few seconds the tingling sensation subsided.

I always like to double cleanse but I needn’t have bothered as the cotton pad came away completely clean. These new Clarifying Wipes clean the skin without stripping and leave your skin feeling clean and fresh.

They are good for when time is tight (i.e. the gym) or when you’re travelling and/or when you are simply too tired to cleanse properly. If you have very oily skin, you can also use them to mop up oil and shine during the day.

Murad Clarifying Wipes For Blemish Prone Skin – £18/30 wipes

Mar 13

Mother’s Day Beauty Gift Ideas

Buying for good old Mum isn’t always easy; she’s priceless (obviously) but you want to get her something that shows what she means to you.

Speaking to a few of my friends; I’ve decided to group my beauty gift suggestions into the following categories. I hope your mum fits into one of these:

Mum to be

More for the partners among us; Mother’s Day is going to take on new meaning for the mama-to-be. While she’s pregnant, everyone is interested in her every midwife appointment and due date but that all changes once the sprog has popped. These gifts let her know you still care and you want her final days of not-quite-a-fully-fledged-Mum-yet to be as enjoyable as possible.


Mama Mio Candle – £18.50
I love this candle; the pink glass container looks great (and can be used to store make up when the candle has burned out) and it smells so uplifting and fresh. Mum-to-be should spend as much time as possible relaxing and an evening with a bath and this candle will be divine.

StriVectin SD Sensitive Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles – £115 
Some mums call them marks of pregnancy and wear them with pride but most of us aren’t happy when those little slithers first start so appear. This cream works on even sensitive skin and has been clinically proven to visibly fade discolorations, intensify natural cell turnover and visibly diminish stretch marks. Fragrance, oil, paraben, allergen and artificial dye-free, it also contains Nia-114, active peptides, rose & cucumber extracts, and oat kernel extract to gently soothe the skin.

Green & Blacks Tasting Collection – £11.99 
It’s 24 mini bars of organic dark and milk chocolate (plus recipe cards on what she can do with it all). Need I say more? Don’t be tempted to eat any; let Mum to be enjoy them all on her own.

Ethical Mum

Some of our mothers like the complimentary/holistic lifestyle and buying for them requires a little more forethought. Thankfully, a lot of brands are more ‘green’ so there’s more t available for those who like their beauty to be kind to the planet.

Burts Bees Intense Hydration Range – from £7.99
I was first introduced to Burt’s Bees via their excellent baby range (Baby Bees) but their range of beauty products for adults is just as good. Their new range, Intense Hydration, contains clary sage which is known for its ability to retain moisture. I tried the cream cleanser which left my skin wonderfully soft while the day night cream can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Wild About Beauty Safari Nights Collection – from £14
Wild about Beauty was founded by Louise Redknapp and international make-up artist Kim Jacob. The new Safari Nights collection has very earthy colours (think coral hues, pistachio greens and shimmering bronzes) and most of the products contain friendly ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter and are paraben and petrochemical free.


Nude ProGenius Treatment Oil – £58 
Rich in Omega oils 3, 6, 7 & 9, this oil provides deep moisturising and hydration, aids in the renewal and repairing of skin cells and provides skin protection, hydration and nourishment.

Dielle Nail Polish – from £9 
There’s a lot to love about this brand; the colours are lovely (they’ve been featured in fashion bible Vogue) and a portion of the proceeds go to humanitarian causes in Haiti. Dielle means Goddess and the brand is called that because they aim to restore the dignity of women and bring value to the lives of those women in the most deprived areas of the world.


Glamorous Mum

Chanel Spring 2013 Collection – from £18
We all love to receive something with the magic interlocking C on so anything from Chanel will go down a storm. Their Spring 2013 is perfection personified; my favourite product is the Poudre Signée De Chanel, a gorgeous warm beige/peach highlighter. Everything looks as good in the box as they do on your face. Form meets function.


Face Forward by Kevyn Aucoin – £11.51 
An oldie but a goodie; I love this book. It explains the basics of makeup; contouring, how to exaggerate and minimise certain features and features gorgeous photographs of celebrities as varied as Sharon Stone, Mary J Blige, Madonna and Diana Ross with detailed step by step instructions on how to perfect their look.

Murad Skin Perfecting Primer – £58.50
This dual-functioning cosmetic treatment minimises the appearance of pores and eliminates shine, leaving the skin with a smooth, matte finish. It contains a probiotic complex which promotes resistance to harmful bacteria and salicylic acid to reduce blemishes and dissolve dull, dry skin. It also has adaptive shade technology which creates a perfect skin tone match for virtually any skin shade and colour.

MD Lash Factor – £79.95 
Eyelash conditioner is a bit of a thing now and this one is probably the best out there. Developed by a physician, it improves the appearance, thickness and fullness of your natural lashes. In a one month study 95% of users reported an improvement in the overall appearance of lashes with an average increase of 53% increase in length. I’m all for mascara, but who doesn’t want naturally longer and thicker lashes? Plus 5% of all proceeds goes toward autism research.


Happy shopping!

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