All posts tagged: moisturiser

Sisley Dreams

I probably spend too much time thinking about how I’d live if I inherited lot of money.  Of course, I’d be responsible, but surely I’d be allowed a few treats.  If I ever came into an unexpected windfall, I’d be straight over to the Sisley counter for a bit of luxury. For this review, I’m leaving out the usual rating system, because let’s face it, it’s all wonderful and we’d all buy it again and again if we could. First on my list is the Black Rose Precious Face Oil (£136).  It is, to me, the most perfect facial oil ever made.  It glides onto the skin while imparting the most glorious rosy scent.  And it immediately nourishes and plumps the skin beautifully.  It contains one of my favourite oils – plum kernel – which is rich in omegas and vitamin E.  It really is a gorgeously addictive product. Next I’d go for the Black Rose Cream Mask (£95.50).  If you want to appear to have perfect skin, this is your mask.  I use it before a big …

Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturiser

I’ve said in the past that you don’t need to spend a lot on a moisturiser.  It’s my belief that serious investment is better placed in serums and facial oils as they’re more easily able to penetrate skin to deliver nutrients, anti-ageing ingredients and antioxidants.  For me, moisturiser is about protection and comfort, and there are plenty of great ones available that don’t cost a fortune. So why do I love Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturiser so much?  At just over £49, it’s not cheap, and I have used plenty of less-expensive moisturisers that work well.  Just not as well.  This might actually be my Holy Grail moisturiser – no small feat as I am notoriously fussy when spending this much money on a product. It contains a lot of wonderful ingredients like vitamins C and E,  alpha lipoic acid, wheat protein, glycerine and kukui nut oil.  But it’s what it does on the skin that impresses me.  It’s light – almost like a lotion in a cream form.  It sinks into the skin quickly and makes mine look instantly …

Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream

Last January, and almost overnight, my skin became dry, irritated, and very sore.  My eyelids  were particularly bad, which led to case after case of conjunctivitis.  It was as if my skin’s moisture barrier had completely broken down, and no matter what skincare I used, my skin couldn’t seem to retain moisture.  I had to stop wearing makeup completely, and could only use the mildest creams. It’s no exaggeration to say that Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream saved my skin.  The first few applications seemed to make my skin instantly happy, so I continued slathering it on my face several times a day.  It took about a week, but the rawness began to disappear and my skin felt restored.  After two weeks, it was almost back to normal. While I can’t claim that this product medically cured my skin, it certainly kept it comfortable and hydrated during the healing process.  Hada Labo products don’t contain fragrance, petrochemicals, or alcohol, so they’re unlikely to cause irritation.  The Super Hyaluronic Hydrating Cream also doesn’t contain any heavy oils, so it’s great …

Lacura Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream

What if I told you that you could have an effective day cream with panthenol, vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, a peptide complex, Q10, soya and wheat proteins, and an SPF of 20?  And if I said it had a lovely, rich texture that glides over the skin, is easily-absorbed, and makes a fantastic base for makeup?  How about the fact that it comes in a luxurious glass jar and has a pleasant, clean scent? I suppose you might be keen to try it, so when I mention that you can have this super beauty product for under £2.00*, you might think I’ve made an error somewhere.  But I haven’t.  Aldi’s own-brand Lacura Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream is packed with amazingly beneficial skincare ingredients at a ridiculously low price – and they don’t skimp on packaging, either. I really rate this cream and would happily use it every day.  It keeps my skin comfortable and hydrated all day, and it does not irritate my sensitive eyes.  If I’d blind tested this cream, I would have guessed it …

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet

When auditioning new skincare, I try not to have unrealistic expectations.  Having high hopes for a product, especially one that’s been hyped for years, usually brings disappointment.  Too much hype can make a great product seem mediocre, so I try to temper my enthusiasm accordingly. I didn’t know anything about the Vinosource products before I tried them, except that they are good for sensitive skin.  Because I occasionally suffer from sensitivity, I know that most products for sensitive skin can seem a little underwhelming because they forsake a lot of the ‘wow’ ingredients for those that quietly soothe and moisturise. So imagine my delight when I discovered that Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet feels absolutely luxurious.  The whipped mousse texture is divine, and it melts into a soothing, aqueous treat on the skin.  It moisturises well and lasts until bedtime, long after similar products have faded.  I regularly use it as a day cream, even on the days my skin isn’t behaving. Effectiveness: 5 – sensitive skin or not, this works. User Experience: 5 – surprisingly luxurious.  I would not have guessed this was …

8 Steps to Fabulous Skin

Layering skincare has been a revelation for me.  Without really noticing, I’d been slowly adding steps to my routine for the past few years.  I started with cleansers and SPF day creams.  Then I added serums and night creams. Soon after came essences and chemical exfoliants.  Early last year, I discovered the joys of facial oils, and more recently, facial mists. If I’d started with all eight steps at once, I don’t think I’d be able to appreciate how each new step/product benefitted my skin.  To be honest, I probably didn’t need all of this skincare a few years ago, but it’s become essential since I’d been edging ever closer to the big five-o.  I’ll take you through the routine that works for me.  Feel free to pick and choose the bits you feel will benefit you. Cleanser – I think I’ve mentioned before that this is my favourite type of skincare.  There are few things I love more than taking off my makeup at the end of the day and treating my skin to some much-needed care and …