October, 2013

Oct 13

Beat the Winter blues

Hello everyone, hope you’re all well! This week I’m talking on how to cheat sexy skin and look like A-listers such as Victoria Beckham and how to beat the winter cellulite wobble. All with my product recommendations of the week!

New in this week



Do you want to look like you’ve just stumbled out of Rodeo Drive without the doctor’s bill?



Seen to be a ‘closely’ guarded secret of the Hollywood elite, with fans such as Victoria Beckham and Scarlett Johanssen – Dr. Harold Lancer’s unique approach to skincare is now being stocked at Harrods.

This range has been hyped up as it has had a whole heap of celebrity fans. Dr. Lancer’s METHOD range stimulates the upper layer of the skin, which helps speed up your skins elasticity and boosts your skins ‘cell turnover’ (which is just science talk for your skin to become visibly glowing). It comes with an exfoliating Polish (£60), Cleanser (£48) and Nourishing moisturiser (£105). It also is available for sensitive skin, blemish-prone and for anti-ageing. Perfect!


After my experimental team tried this, is what they said “my skin felt silky and luxurious, you can really tell the results reflect the price!” I’d recommend this for someone who wants a luxury brand and be the leader of the pack with new, innovative products.

Available exclusively at www.harrods.com/Lancer

Treatment of the week



Clocks have turned back the winter months have come upon us and that means it’ll soon be time for the Christmas party season! They’re selling Christmas food at the supermarkets already now so, just waiting to jump onto your thighs, it’s time to wage war and make sure you look fabulous in that little black dress! if that’s your colour of course.  Murad has a great product that helps minimize imperfections and reduces the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. With ingredients such as Horse Nut Tree Extract it helps refine your silhouette, which will help with the battle of the bulge.

However its still not an excuse to avoid the gym or go out for run.

I gave this to a friend and she said her ‘wobbly bits’ felt tighter and tauter. She also said “the bits of my body that had cellulite had improved and my skin had and my skin felt smoother.

 Now! where are those Mince Pies? The puff pastry all butter ones Mmmmm!?

Available at www.murad.co.uk at £63.

Splash the Cash



 Want to make sure that people don’t mistake you for wearing a   Halloween mask? Considered as a ‘desert island’ beauty product, this is a great regenerating day and night cream – it helps revitalize mature skin. I like this because it doesn’t leave your skin oily in the day and your skin can ‘breathe’ without feeling dry. It also helps sooth red irritations and moisturizes. I’d recommend use instead of a facial toner or before you use a toner to get maximum results. 

Available at www.drhauschka.co.uk for £54.


Skincare Tip of the Week 


You cannot moisturize dead skin. Dead skin is dead, just incase you didn’t know that, dry and flaky and it’s not going to go away with moisturiser. Ashy skin will come back as soon as the moisturiser wears off if you don’t exfoliate. Exfoliation is key to a brighter complexion it removes your dead cells and you can exfoliate with a flannel if you don’t want to use an exfoliator, (Demeralogica’s Sponge Cloth, £9) which helps promote healthy, glowing and radiant skin), or an exfoliating face wash such as Clearasil’s Daily Clear Clear ‘n’ Refine Daily Scrub (£3.69), is specially developed for daily use to help clear and prevent breakouts.


You can go deeper with our new chemical peels which you can have in your lunch hour, (go on www.leegarrett.net for more details on prices) which revitalizes the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines it also stimulates collagen production which helps to thicken and plump out the skin. Wrinkles and shallow acne scars, I will cover this in my next column


Hope you enjoyed reading this, please let me know what you think, you can contact me via my website leegarrett.net

Lee x


Oct 13

Make a statement and shine!

Hello everyone, I hope you’re enjoying my column as I certainly am! This week I’ve been researching face-masks, pore minimizing treatments and products that you can cheat your friends or boss into thinking you had an amazing nights sleep or you’ve been away for a relaxing countryside weekend. Strange I know but all will be revealed…



New in this week 

Murad Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator


Murad has launched their brand new skincare solution to treat pores and ageing skin in one: Pore and Line Minimizing Hydrator, pores have joined wrinkles as women’s top skin priority so it’s time to wage war and get a great complexion! You can get big pores from blackheads, blemishes, sun damage and stress as in being stressed can effect your skin big time and can take a toll on your pores. This product also boosts collagen leaving it plumper and smoother. After one use a friend of mine  noticed a change in their big pores on their cheeks, I would have tried it but I am pleased to say I don’t have big pores lol!, which is a great improvement for them. I’d use this before you put on your moisturiser.

Available at www.murad.co.uk at £49.50


Espa Optimal Skim Pro Serum


Espa’s new serum is definitely worth the hype with an amazing beautiful, silky texture and is easily absorbed into the skin. Packed full of nearly 99% natural ingredients, this is a great formula that is perfect to use both day and night and produces healthy, youthful, radiant looking skin!

This done to activate the skin’s own natural revitalizer with sunflower seed extract which boosts Ceramide production (great for keeping water in the skin), White Lupin extra boots the skin’s natural collagen and Tumeric Root Extract that calms and comforts the skin.

This feels great and I’d recommend using this before your moisturiser or could almost be used as a primer as well.

Available at www.espaonline.com (£48)

Treatment of the week

ThisWorks No Wrinkles Night Repair


Not getting enough sleep from your children, puppies, work, or you’re someone who loves to go out? Thankfully ThisWorks has something for you as it ensures you wake up with the natural glow of eight hours sleep – regardless of how little you’ve had!

This is a rich night serum that claims to revive tired skin and prevent premature ageing by attacking the glycotoxins that build up when you don’t get enough sleep. I would say exfoliate before using this, then you have a ‘fresh canvas’ to work on. It has a nice texture not at all oily like other serums so you don’t feel that you’re wearing one and soaks in quickly, which is handy!

OLEHenriksen Ultimate lift – Neck Cream


 This is a dual action firming and sculpting crème that helps firms and sculpts aged and fragile skin. It immediately tightens and tones, resilient, younger looking neckline. It doesn’t smell very nice, but after trying it my neck looked better instantly. It looked hydrated and tighter after the first use, I’d recommend this crème and I can’t wait to see the results in the long term. It’s perfect as well as a décolletage booster as well for the ladies! And some men.

Remember to use this twice a day and team up with OLE Henrikisen’s Ultimate Lift Serum and Eye Gel for maximum results

Available from www.feelunique.com at £40.

Splash the Cash

MitoQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenation


I’m a sucker for a ‘jack of all trades’ product and when I discovered MitoQ I was amazed. Don’t be put off by it’s high price tag as you only need to use a little bit of it so it’ll last.

This cream is a revolutionary skincare product that works to hydrate skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, brown spots and skin discoloration. It claims to be 1000 times more effective than the most powerful anti-ageing product and with a formula that boosts the skin’s natural anti-ageing defenses.

I gave it to a pal of mine to try who I hope is not reading my column, she had brown spots, fine lines she needed some help, so I transferred some into an unmarked bottle and gave it to her, she loved the results, after a few uses she could see fine lines and brown marks disappearing, but our friendship didn’t either.

Available at www.mitoQ.com and £79.


 Chantecaille Retinol Intense


If you’ve read my column before, then you know that I love retinol products and I’ve come across this amazingly packaged night cream that is extremely healing and rejuvenates the face and neck. It’s pure retinol so you get results after a 24 hour period, please note not for use if you are pregnant, so if you want quick results look no further.  It’s also anti-inflammatory which is good as retinol can cause redness, and moisturizes and nourishes the skin and feels great when you put this on your skin, it’s almost a luxury treat before you go to bed! Oh and don’t forget you need your SPF with this product, during the day.

Available – at Harrods, Fenwick, Space NK and is £80.


Save the Cash 

Simple Deep Cleansing Face Mask


We all know Simple, as well…it’s simple to use! Full of vitamins and nutrients you know what you’re getting when you try their products. It won’t upset your skin, which is always the worry we all have when we try skincare products. Also it restores, softens and soothes your skin and improves its condition.

Put it on after cleansing and leave on for 3 minutes.

www.boots.com £3.99

Proactiv Refining Face Mask


In need for deeper clean? Sometimes your skin needs a proper cleanse to help declog the skin and minimize pores. Try Proactiv’s Refining Mask, which has a special formula that leaves the skin looking fresh and radiant! If you’re feeling adventurous put it overnight and wash it off in the morning for an overnight  deep clean!

www.proactiv.co.uk and priced at £13.95

Skincare Products of the Week


Orico London Streetwise Make-Up Remover Face and Eyes


City living is fast, exciting and always full of surprises. Especially when one of the surprises is that the pollution and the environment around you affect your skin. Orico London has branched out and released a range to make us all city dwellers glow as much as if we’ve lived in the countryside our whole lives! Don’t worry you wake up with a Barbour and wellies, Their Streetwise Hydrating Make Up Remover for Face and Eyes is a great all in one product that removes makeup, impurities, dirt and pollutants we all experience. The orange oil in the remover smell great and is effective in removing makeup. Your skin feels as if it’s been away in the countryside all week instead of being in a packed up tube during rush hour, without the sweaty armpit or garlic breath.

www.oricolondon.co.uk and priced at £15


Let me know what you think I love feedback positive or negative or even if you want me to look at any products and please tweet me @LeeSkinGuru for any skincare questions or tips you might have!
Lee x

Oct 13

Get October ready!


New in this week

Frankincense Intense[1]

I always love Neal’s Yard Remedies products, they always produce great, luxury products with ingredients that are natural and are perfect for your skin. Launching their ‘Frankincense Intense’ (£55) which is a new product from their multi-award winning skincare collection. This little cream is perfect for collagen production for firmer, younger looking skin, also mixed with a traditional therapeutic essential oils help calm the mind, improve elasticity and nourish skin on all levels. Clinical trials show a visible reduction the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, this is definitely something I’d recommend investing in!

Treatment of the week

Prep kit[4]

Some people can’t always make it to the clinic, things get in the way such as the school run, working meetings and running errands. So why not take the clinic to your home? This great product called the Mycrolator by Black et Blanc has the luxury of a micro-needle facial in the comfort of your home. It only takes ten minutes and this little night time treatment tackles blemishes and signs of ageing quickly! The Mycrolator is used like a cotton pad and creates micro pockets in the skin, then natural filtered oils are applied and repairs itself overnight.

Available from www.blacketblanc.com, 3 vial kit £39, 16 vial kit £97.50

Splash the Cash


Makeup wipes are seen as a quick fix, they’re easy to use and great when you’re travelling around. It’s the ‘lazy people’s’ way after a tiring, long day. Face wipes lead to extreme dryness of the skin because face wipes don’t contain moisturiser in them, they’re also soaked in harmful chemicals such as Dipropylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol which are irritants.

You don’t need to feel guilty using face wipes anymore! Murad’s Clarifying Wipes are great to use, they are packed with high performance skincare ingredients so you can wipe away guilt free. These wipes treat, repair and protect the skin and offer a quick, simple solution to cleanse and refresh skin.

Priced at £18 for a pack of 30 (www.murad.co.uk), these are a good investment to use when you need a quick fix after the gym, a heavy night out, or when you’re too tired to cleanse.


Save the Cash

Makeup Cleansing Wipes[3]

Perfect for keeping in your handbag and gentle enough for use morning and evening, Proactiv’s Make Up Cleansing Wipes are gentle with excess oil, dirt and other skin impurities and condition the skin. These are perfect for everyday grime removal.

£4.95 at 40 wipes , available at www.proactiv.co.uk

Skincare Products of the Week 

NUDE_Cellular Renewal_Moisturiser[4]

Nude’s Cellular renewal moisturiser is a clinically advanced moisturiser and acts at the heart of the skin to help correct all the visible signs of ageing. NUDE’s pioneering n-probiotic is partnered with cellular renewal ingredients to help skin resist damage and revitalize the skin’s own collagen and hyaluronic acid.

You only need the tiniest amount on each part of the face. Felt very light once applied, leaves a luminous smooth finish with a slight residue. My face still felt smooth after 24 hours of wearing the moisturiser. Makeup can be applied very nicely over the top and can be used as a primer.


Sheer Cover Studio is a high performance mineral makeup with an exclusive patented formula designed to adapt with light which givs the wearer a perfect colour match. People always say that wearing makeup clogs pores and causes more spots, products such as Sheer Cover don’t clog the pores thanks to the soothing botanicals and light-reflecting minerals. It also contains a natural SPF for the ultimate in complexion protection, no oils, perfumes, dyes or talc so it doesn’t ‘cake’ the skin.

Let me know what you think and please tweet me @LeeSkinGuru for any skincare questions or tips you might have!

Lee x

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