Tuesday, 29 March 2016

New Beauty


I hope you had a great long Easter weekend. I've pretty much spent the last few days getting the house straight and catching up reading blogs and it's been bliss! I'm really not feeling enthusiastic about going back to work tomorrow now. Booo!

I've been testing out some new beauty bits over the last few weeks so thought I'd give you my thoughts on them in a big roundup rather than individual reviews as I find that more interesting to do personally rather than individual posts - what do you prefer?

First up is my favourite of the bunch, the Radical Skincare Youth Infusion Serum*. I've been using this for a few weeks now and held off mentioning it any earlier as I wanted to see what it was like on my skin after starting Roaccutane, which annoyingly drys your skin like nothing else can. The Radical Skincare Youth Infusion Serum is a delicious product which contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, along with plant stem cells to repair the skin and minimise wrinkles. It also manages to leave my skin feeling super smooth. It's a lightweight, almost runny consistency that sinks in straight away and makes my skin feel nourished, while adding luminosity. It's pricey, but oh so effective and sits nicely in my morning routine as I find it creates a great base for the rest of my skincare and the makeup that follows.

I finished my favourite Dr Dennis Gross eye cream a few weeks ago and thought it was a good opportunity to try out the new Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift. This is a gel formula which aims to brighten the under eye area, reduce puffiness and tighten wrinkles over time. I'm really not sure what I think of this yet, I don't find as hydrating as my beloved Dr Dennis Gross cream and I found that if you're a bit heavy handed it feels quite sticky and tight on the skin. I'll keep going with it though and will give you an update on how I'm getting on.

A definite hit is the  Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm. I used the original Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream obsessively about ten years ago so it's a little nostalgic using the balm version. It's pretty much a solid moisturising balm for super dry skin so I added it to my arsenal in waiting for my skin to turn prune-like once the roaccutane kicked in. For now I'm using it in the evening and come morning my skin feels so much more hydrated than before. If I use an oil on its own in the evening now I find my skin is quite flakey in the morning, but the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm certainly puts an end to that. It's great for any dry patches actually, so not just for your face. I can see this being a long-term love already.

Last up is a new body addition; the Nip+Fab Upper Arm Fix*. Now, I was a bit dubious about this one as it aims to improve elasticity, firm and tone your upper arms and I'm not too sure how effective a topical cream can be at this. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I can't really see a difference in the tone or firmness of my arms, however my skin feels much smoother so it's certainly doing something! I tend to get bumpy dry patches on my upper arms which have now vanished. It's actually a gel which surprised me at first, and it goes perfectly with the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil for gorgeously nourished, smooth arms.

Have you been trying anything new lately? 


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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Caci Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial: The Most High-Tech Facial You'll Ever Have

Caci Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial Review

Last week I was invited to Caci Beauty in Rochester to experience the Caci Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial*.  Without any doubt, this is the most high tech facial you'll ever come across. Shane Cooper, my Caci facialist, explained that there's many different Caci treatments, but the Ultimate Facial gives you a little taste of them all. Perfect. Caci is a super advanced high tech non-surgery system, revered by many celebrities for its results which rival more intrusive alternatives. There's no relaxing massaging and the like; this is essentially a workout for your face using facial rollers, microdermabrasion and LED light therapy.

If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you'll know that I have dry, dehydrated, acne prone skin, but ageing and my eye bags are also big concerns of mine, so I was really keen to see what Caci could do for me.

Caci Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial Review

The Caci Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial comprises many treatments in one, so Shane started off by using crystal free microdermabrasion all over my face, concentrating on my areas of concern to deeply exfoliate and cleanse the skin, removing impurities and refining the texture of the skin. It's an odd and tingly sensation, especially going over the nose as it vibrates away; but certainly not too uncomfortable.

Next up came the wrinkle comb, which has needle like prongs, on my marionette lines and other areas of concern. This uses high frequency and photo stimulation technologies to stimulate collagen production to plump out lines and wrinkles.

The facial toning element was, I think, the most effective. Using micro-currents, Shane moved all over my face, essentially waking up my facial muscles. I couldn't feel this at first (even to Shane's surprise as the machine was on full blast!), but after a little while I could feel the slightly warm tingles. It wasn't painful, more reassuring that it was working! Facial toning helps to tone areas that are starting to drop and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Shane spent a fair bit of time on this step, running the serum filled buds of the tool across my skin for maximum results.

The last step was the most relaxing, which featured a hydro mask to intensively moisturise and replenish the skin after the treatments. Shane applied the thick gel mask to my lower face and ran over it with face firming rollers which also use an electrical current to push moisture into the skin. This was super calming and my skin drank in the moisture.

Caci Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial Review
So did it work? Well I think the above pictures clearly answer that. My under eye bags are greatly reduced, as are my marionette and forehead lines. My skin felt plumper and softer, and come the next day the results were even better. Caci is designed to be used in a course of 10 treatments for best results, and I'll be booking in with Shane for further treatments. His focus on results, knowledge of the system and friendliness was second to none. I'm super happy with my Caci Ultimate facial experience.

Will you be trying this out?


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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix

nip+fab dragons blood fix

Now, I'm fully aware that I harp on about Nip+Fab on this here blog a lot, but that's simply because their products are so darn good. They carry great ingredients that really do deliver and they're affordable too. There's so much stigma that you have to buy expensive skincare in order to see benefits but that's simply not true.

I've been testing out the Nip+Fab Dragons Blood Fix range* and it's another goodun'. I promise. No dragons were harmed in the making of this range I can assure you, but dragons blood is actually a resin which comes from the Croton Lechleri tree. It's been used in medicine for centuries as it's great for healing and protecting skin from environmental aggressors. Nip+Fab took it one step further though and added it in with salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid to create their Dragon's Blood Fix range, resulting in a highly effective set of products which protect, intensely hydrate and plump the complexion. Hydration and radiance are two things that I really need to combat my dry and dehyrdated skin so Nip+Fab's Dragon Blood Fix range couldn't be more tailored for me.

I really enjoy using exfoliating toners as you know, so the Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Cleansing Pads* have fitted into my routine perfectly. I'm pretty sure you're supposed to use these to cleanse your face, but as they contain salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid they definitely fit the toner step in my book. The pads are quite thick and well drenched in product so one covers the whole face. They're also textured which helps push the product into the skin. As the Dragon's Blood Cleansing Pads contain salicylic acid and witch hazel, they soak straight into the skin, clearing pores and healing any breakouts and calming redness. They're super refreshing too, so perfect for waking my up in the morning.

Next up is one of Kylie Jenner's faves, the Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Serum*. I'd love to have her perfect young skin, but I'm being realistic and using this serum instead. I tend to use this in the morning as it's a lightweight yet moisture packed concoction. I like to keep my morning routine as simple as I can, so this serum with a moisturiser on top provides a great base for makeup. It leaves my skin comfortable and my lines and wrinkles are definitely less noticeable.

I always love when a range includes a mask as they're one of my favourite products to use and they're so effective to boot. The Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Plumping Mask* is a gel mask which again intensively hydrates and plumps the skin, making it much more youthful. It leaves my skin super smooth and blurs out any of the uglies. It also refines the texture of the skin, hiding any visible pores and reducing redness and diffusing any blemishes. There's not much this little tube can't do and I'd literally use this every day if I could, I'm obsessed!

I haven't really said anything on this yet, but yesterday I was prescribed Roaccutane to fix my acne so I'll need as much moisture and skin plumping that I can get my hands on over the next few months. For me, the Nip+Fab Dragon's Blood range fits the bill perfectly so its most definitely incorporated into my skincare routine now. I'll be doing a series on my experience of taking Roaccutane, along with some other skincare bits, so if there's anything you'd like me to cover let me know in the comments.

Have you tried this range yet?


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