Gatineau Skincare!

Hi Everybody,

The French really do know how to make skincare. Is there a country that has so many skincare brands producing such high-quality  skincare products? We are now blessed that availability is easier in the UK than ever before. It used be specialist shops/salons but now Boots and online sellers have wide ranges of French skincare to try.

I have never tried Gatineau products before but I took advantage of an offer on the UK website. Instead of buying one or two products,  I decided to buy one of the gift sets as they have a wider range of products.

The first product is the Eye Make Up Remover.  It is a lightweight, non-oily eye make up remover. It feels like a micellar water but with an acetone smell, similar to a nail polish remover! It is quite strong. My eyes did become quite watery but it removed mascara and make up very well. I don’t think I will purchase it again because of the smell!

The Melatogenine Refreshing Cleansing Cream is a creamy consistency cleansing cream to remove impurities and make up. After use the skin felt so squeaky clean and refreshed. The skin did feel a bit tight but that’s because of the anti-aging ingredients.

The Peeling Expert Radiance Enhancing Gommage is my favourite. You do have to read the instructions carefully to benefit from it. You massage onto dry skin for 1-2 minutes and it feels like you are applying honey into your face!  It feels sticky and difficult to massage into the skin. It will eventually turn into a liquid as you massage it into the skin.  You then remove it with the Gatineau cloth. It’s worth the effort as my skin felt radiant, glowing and fresh. The vitamin C, AHA and the pearlescent orange gel with enzymes are the reason why it works.

The Melatogenine Futur Plus Anti-Wrinkle Radiant Mask is another creamy consistency mask. It gives a fresh and radiant feel to the skin while helping to fight these pesky wrinkles! Ten minutes is all your skin needs with this mask then rinse with warm water. My skin looked nice and radiant, really impressed with this mask.

The Melatogenine AOX Probiotics Plus Advanced Rejuvenating Cream is a rich face cream that boosts skin’s elasticity and restores an even and glowing complexion. Anyone from age 30 upwards should use this cream. You need to warm it between your fingers and massage it into your face. I found it a bit rich for my skin, probably perfect for the winter time.

Overall, they are really great quality products and although expensive the quality of the ingredients and the technology behind them is worth the extra you pay. I don’t believe you should skimp on quality skincare and Gatineau are among the best.

I now look forward to trying the other great French makers of skincare…

Rxx

 

 

 

Oil & Balm Cleansers!

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Hi Everybody,

This is my second post on cleansers and my views on the ones I have been using. This time I will be looking at oil based cleansers.

This is the most important routine of the day when you are preparing your skin to rid of all the dirt, impurities and make up through the day so you have a fresh, clean start for the next morning. Of course you have a second cleanse for your specific skin type.

Here we have four different cleansers from four different types of manufacturer: A multi national conglomerate, a small company, a supermarket chain and a homemade producer!

L’Oreal Skin Perfecting Miracle Cleansing Oil has an advantage straight away from the rest. The easy to use pump is an advantage! This helps to dissolve the make-up with your first step of your cleansing routine. I didn’t get any breakouts or dryness afterwards. One minor issue I has with it was the scent, which is quite overpowering. It felt you were using perfume on your face and rubbing it in! In my view, a cleansing like this does need an strong, artificial scent.

Super Facialist by Una Brennen Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil has no pump action, so you need to pour it onto your hands. Downside! This should have a pump action and all oil based cleansers should have pump action mechanisms to avoid mess free spillages! It  dissolves make up really well and I didn’t feel dryness or breakouts. But the scent is awful in my view. An artificial smell of oranges! It did put me off to continue to use it all.

Waitrose Pure Hydration Hot Cloth Cleanser is more of a balm in a tube! It has no smell so fragrance free. It has an oily consistence when you rub it and a slight grittiness as well. It also exfoliates and is quite gentle as well. I removed with a muslin cloth and my skin felt so soft and smooth. It is so nourishing to your skin  and I had no breakouts with it. I am very impressed with this product and it is also 100% naturally derived ingredients as well! Excellent choice for vegans and those with sensitive skin.

This Facial Cleanser with Frankincense was purchased directly from the producer at Marylebone Farmers Market. I did mention this in my January favoutites. It still smells like shoe polish but the results are still excellent! I use a muslin cloth and I still really happy to use this for my skin routine as my skin loves it!

Rxx

 

My Beauty Bedtime Routine!

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Hi Everybody,

After washing, cleansing and make-up remover, I  have a simple routine which I try to stick with!

I always use an eye cream, this may vary to whatever I have bought. At the moment I am using Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream. The areas around my eyes seem to get fairly dry. This is cream gel texture which is quite thick. It absorbs so nicely into the area, it doesn’t feel greasy or burns or give puffiness. I then follow up with Estee Lauder Advanced Repair Serum. You only need a tiny amount which you massage into your face and neck but I also rub any  excess onto my hands. It does take time to see any difference to my skin so I do need to give it more time before I have a real opinion. I also use Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream. I have found that this product really makes a difference to my skin.  My skin feels brighter, moisturized and gives a real boost to it. A really affordable product. I follow up with Pai Bergamot Lip Balm. My lips feels so moisturized after using it. You only need a small anount and it lasts forever! When I’m in bed, I use the Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil. This is in a pen form, so easy to use and even apply on my husband. This is a really nice product and has made a difference to our nails. Finally I love my hand creams.You look after your face and you need to look after your hands too! I have been using Inspired Silky Hand Cream with Geranium & Orange. This has beeswax, honey and various essential oils in it and my hands feel silky afterwards. A lovely hand cream and a good amount in a pot which lasts a long time.

It’s worth the effort and the results make a difference!

Rxx

 

Dr Hauschka Clarifying Face Care Kit!

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Hi Everybody,

Dr Hauschka has been around since 1935 and based in Eckwalden since 1950. Their reputation is based on its principals of sustainability,  an holistic approach to the mind and spirit and the use of science.

I bought this sample kit in Infinity Foods in Brighton.  I choose the Clarifying Face Care Kit for combination, blemish and oily skin. I have never tried any of their products and I always think the small kits are a great introduction to a brand.

The kit includes; Cleansing Cream; Clarifying toner; Clarifying Day Oil; Melissa Day Cream; Clarifying Steam Bath; Clarifying Clay Mask and Revitalising Mask. So it has everything you need to cleanse, tone and moisturize, which are the three main steps Dr Hauschka  taught to look after your skin.

The cleansing cream is a thick, grainy consistency which is not abrasive to the skin at all but the unusually texture is different to other cleansing creams. You can feel the difference after washing it from your skin.

The Clarifying  Toner really does freshen the skin and it  did help with my redness.

The Day Oil absorbs so quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy feel to it and my skin loves it!

The Melissa Day Cream is a nicely balanced cream which can can do anything.  It calms, hydrates and radiants the skin. My make-up didn’t slide at all.

The Steam Bath prepares the skin for a deep cleanse and is very freshing.

The Clay Mask I used after the Steam Bath and it gives a deep cleanse as it draws out impurities and dirt. My skin feel brighter and blemishes were not so aggressive and also less redness.

The Revitalising Mask rejuvenates and soothes the skin. My blemishes and redness were less aggressive and my skin had a radiant glow.

If you have a nut allergy, please make sure you read the ingredient list as some products do contain peanut oil.

I liked all the products and enjoyed the skincare regime and I really felt the difference of using them so I will be buying some of the full-size products and I will include them in my skincare routine from now on.

Rxx

 

Sukin Skincare Review.

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Hi Everybody,

Sukin was created in Melbourne in 2007  by a family who wanted to provide high-quality, affordable skincare.  They are certified 100% vegan and carbon neutral.  “Skincare that doesn’t cost the earth” is their tagline which reflects their affordable price positioning and also touches on Sukin’s natural formulations and earth friendly brand ethos.

I bought the products from Infinty Foods in Brighton where they have a nice selection of products but now you can buy  some of the range from Holland & Barrett.

Packaging is of a nice quality and with a good quantities of each product. No small amounts in silly little bottles here!

I have mentioned that I have used their cream cleanser which is excellent for removing make-up from my skin with a muslin cloth but I have added more products since then.  The Foaming Facial Cleanser is sulphate and paraben free so it doesn’t dry your skin out.  The ingredients include Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel which makes this a gentle product that you can happily use everyday in your skin care regime.  The Revitalising Facial Scrub is again a gentle scrub that uses non-abrasive, micro particles of bamboo extract and ground walnut shells that removes dirt and impurities.  Your skin feels clean, soft and smooth.  The Facial Moisturiser is a lightweight formula which absorbs into the skin easily. I have used this under make up and have had no issues. I do suffer from breakouts and I have found this helps to calm and heal them. I like the fact you have a pump action mechanism which helps gets all the product out.  The smell won’t be for everyone as it grassy/herby scent but I don’t mind it myself. The last product is the Moisture Restoring Night Cream. I have mentioned this before as a monthly favourite but it is a wonderful product. It has an bouncy,rich texture and is enriched with rose hip, primrose and borage oils to protect the skin’s moisture barrier. After using it, my skin does feel moisturized and hydrated.

These make a nice collection of products to use for your skincare regime without breaking the bank and also knowing that they are also kind to the environment. Now to try their masks, facial oils and body range they make!

Rxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum.

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Hi Everybody,

I discovered this product when I went to the Glamour Magazine festival in March and I received a goodie bag. I was delighted to receive a small sample bottle of it. I immediately started to use this to see if my skin improves as I do suffer from breakouts from time to time.

When visiting my local Waitrose store I found that they had a large selection of Balance Me products. I found the larger size bottle (only 15ml!) for £16. It does seem quite a lot for a small amount.

The serum is for all skin types and it is to be used to help the skin from blemishes, calms redness and to sooth the skin. It also unblocks pores and blackheads. In just a few days, I could see that my blackheads on my nose were disappearing and that redness from my chin area were less aggravated. Spots were still coming through but not so angry and often. The spots didn’t last so long when I applied serum on them. I will point out that I used the serum every single day, twice a day from March till the end of April.

The serum has a slight, herbal scent but not so overbearing. The ingredients include Spruce Knot for redness as soon as a blemish begins to show whilst Kanuka Essential Oil clears congestion with its gentle properties. Roman Chamomile for soothing and lavender for calming. I didn’t suffer from allergy and didn’t dry my skin. It is also a lightweight and absorbed very quickly into the skin.

Now I used my bottle up, I will have to buy another bottle as I can see the difference in my skin without using it! A  wonderful product, well worth every penny of the £16.00. My only gripe is the fact it needs to be in a larger bottle. 30ml would be perfect. I throughly recommend this product.

Rxx

 

No7 Early Defence Eye Cream.

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Hi Everybody,

The effects of everyday living (pollution, lifestyle etc)  and our biological clock means we have to look after ourselves more. We can’t prevent everything but we can slow down and make ourselves older beautifully! We are looking for protection to help skin look younger for longer!

The eye area is so delicate, gentle and sensitive but it shows our age quicker. You can help yourself by looking after this area of your face by starting to use eye creams and face products. Of course, it won’t completely disappear but you can slow down the process.

I have been feeling that my eye areas are getting dryer as I do use face creams but I felt that it didn’t feel right. I  felt that I needed something extra for my eyes as face creams are not right for the eye area.

I went to Boots and started to look for eye creams. No7 do a range of products suitable for different age groups.  I picked up the No7 Early Defence Eye Cream. It is high in vitamin A and with Lipopeptides which help reduce the first fine lines on your delicate areas around your eyes. It is also high in Vitamin C for reducing puffiness and dark circles and make skin brighter. It is also Hypo-allergenic, so good for those of us who have sensitive skin.

It is in a squeezable tube so you don’t need to put your fingers in it. It is also good that it can sit under your foundation and make-up. I also like the fact that it has no scent and it is a light cream formula so it sinks into your skin so quickly with no sticky or greasy feeling to it. My eyes now feel moisturized and no dryness at all around the eyes. At the moment it is helping to boost my protection and gives brightness to my skin.

It is great value at £13.50 and I use it everyday, twice a day, mornings and evenings. For people who want to start using an eye cream, this is a great product. Highly recommended.

Rxx