Trying a Hydrating Face Gel For The First Time

 

Parched skin can be tricky to combat at any time of the year, but mine suffers more in the winter, as I expect yours might do too.

 

In outright combat with central heating, poor weather, a nasty cold that turned into sinusitis and, erm, more wine than normal (it was December), my skin was feeling slightly tighter (read. dry) than usual.

 

I hunkered down, deep into my beauty cabinet, to flush out as many face masks as I could, while also finding a very good use for a new product that I had asked to trial from Bristol-based Amphora Aromatics.

 

You’ll know that I’m a fan of Amphora Aromatics’ oils  – I use the Rosehip Seed Oil (link to blog post here) constantly – so when I spotted that they had a new hydrating face gel and loved the texture on the back of my hand, I asked if I could review and share the info with you.

 

 

I don’t think I’ve used a gel instead of a cream or oil-based moisturiser before, but honestly I absolutely loved the way this product immediately melted in to my skin, leaving it silky to the touch. I wanted to learn more.

 

What the brand says:

AA Skincare’s vegan-friendly Rejuvenating Rose Hydrating Face Gel is the perfect pick-me-up for dry and tired complexions.  Like a health drink for skin, used daily, it can help slow down signs of ageing such as pigmentation, fine lines and small wrinkles.   Light, refreshing and suitable for all skin types, it is packed with soothing and rejuvenating ingredients such as Comfrey, Rose Geranium, Lavender and Carrot Seed Oil. 

 

What I say:

If I’m honest, I assumed because it was a gel there would be some tackiness to the skin on application, but no, my skin was super smooth from the moment I applied it, using a half a teaspoon-size blob each time.  I used it twice a day, finding the push down pump applicator really easy to work with and used most of the 50 ml pot (RRP £6.96) in 30 days. 

 

My skin felt hydrated and soft, but on some days, due to the skin issues mentioned above, I went back to the bathroom and added a further layer of Rosehip Seed Oil – only in the morning – for that extra boost I obviously needed.

 

 

I guess on those days the gel acted as a nutritious serum in my skincare routine – adding an initial layer of natural ingredients.  Certainly, two layers of moisturising product wasn’t overkill for me.  I like to layer it up!  

 

You might be interested to know that there are other products in the range that complement and work with the gel, which includes a Frankincense and Rose Cream (best seller) and a moisturising lotion and toner of the same name. 

 

As my skin was in dire need of some extra TLC I also had a pot of the Frankincense and Rose Clay Face Mask (100ml pot RRP £7.98) and as you can imagine I made good use of it.  Deeply cleansing, I found the mask gave my skin a real boost, shaking off the dull, tired look it had developed, leaving it looking brighter and feeling more nourished. 

 

To use, it was simply a case of slathering a layer over face and neck and leaving the mask on for five mins, while I had a catch up on Instagram 😉, then I washed it off with a clean face flannel (I buy mine from Superdrug or Primark, as suggested by a friend, you don’t need anything expensive)

 

It was a good month, in the end, and I really loved and would recommend the products.  You can never have too much armour in the cabinet, can you? If you’re interested in these products you can find out more by visiting www.aaskincare.co.uk.

 

Also, please let me know what you’ve been using.  We need all the help we can get.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

 

 

Gail xx

The One Foundation I Keep Buying

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I love trying new make-up, but this week I want to share with you a beauty product that I’ve just re-stocked.  It’s a hard-working, effective foundation and I really love it.

 

Rimmel London’s Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Skin Brightening Foundation with Vitamin C and SPF 20 just ticks all the boxes for my tired skin and the price makes my purse happy too.

 

I don’t normally buy drug store foundations.  Indeed, I love Estee Lauder, Chanel and Marks & Spencer’s Autograph foundations, but I work from home mostly, so wearing expensive make-up that only SP and the postman sees, feels like a waste of money (sorry babe).

 

I started to look around for something under a tenner.  It had to have SPF cause those rays will catch you, even if you’re putting the washing out, and I wanted an element of glow added to my skin, some kind of illuminating power that could help me look alive.

 

Rimmel is a classic brand.  If it’s a good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for me and when I caught sight of its anti-fatigue qualities, I was intrigued.

 

 

What the brand says (taken from Boots website):

* Rimmel Wake Me Up, a foundation that instantly reawakens skin with a healthy, radiant glow and minimizes premature skin ageing

* Formula has a smooth, light texture that effortlessly glides onto your skin, leaving you with a lightweight foundation that feels barely there, yet gives you 100% poreless coverage and a flawless natural finish

* Instantly eliminates signs of tiredness and lifts skin from fatigue, while the use of peptides means elasticity is increased, so your skin recovers and bounces back more quickly

* Luminizing foundation contains radiance pearls, which illuminate your skin for a healthy, radiant glow that’ll get rid of any greyness in no time

* Silky smooth, light formula to feel as if you’re wearing nothing at all

* Contains radiance pearls to illuminate the skin and give you a healthy glow

 

What I say:

* It really does what it says on the tin and leaves me with illuminated skin

* It has a soft, creamy texture that I really like, but I don’t feel like I’m wearing lots of make-up

* The pump dispenses just the right amount of product

* SPF, SPF, SPF (my last drug store foundation from Bourjois didn’t have it and I had to give it up)

* I use a foundation brush to apply and the coverage is evenly applied

* Did I mention, it’s only £8.99 for a 30ml bottle

 

What others say (my mate Louise who asked me for a recommendation):

* Love how it dispenses from the pump – hate it when there is no pump and you have to use finger/back of hand

* Blends evenly over face

* Great range of colours

* Skin feels soft.  No caked/tight feeling that some foundation leaves you with

* Love that is has SPF

* Lasts all day and it is great value

 

Pretty good reviews eh!  If you’re in need of a little freshen up on the foundation front you might get on with this one.  Available in Boots, Super Drug and lots of other places for a under a tenner.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

Natural Is Essential

I’m a big fan of using an oil on my skin at night.  When I was young, it was enough that I remembered to take off the day’s make-up. Nowadays, there is a Routine, which involves putting something back in to the skin, after I’ve taken all the crap, u-hum, expensive make-up, off.

 

There are some real miracle creams out there, and I like a few, but for a real glow that is evident the next day, I like to use an oil.  It has hours to sink in, eight if I’m lucky (I’m loving these perimenopausal years).  At least while I toss and turn the night away I know something good is happening and can see it the next day.

 

So, I was delighted to be invited to an open evening at Amphora Aromatics the other week.  In truth, I hadn’t heard of the brand before, but what a little powerhouse of quality products on my doorstep it is.  A family run business in Clifton with a store on Cotham Hill, it is one of the UK’s largest suppliers of essential oils and aromatherapy products.

 

Walking around the store, there’s literally thousands of products to choose from, from skin creams to shampoos and cleansers to candles, but it was the vast range of essential oils that caught my eye and I was delighted when  Clinical Aromatherapist, Zoë Green, asked me if there was a specific treatment that I was looking for.

 

Now, do you remember the other week, when I found out that the centre of my face is quite red (around the nose area)?  The disappointing part of spotting something awry in the beauty department, is that you can’t un-see it, and I’ve found myself not wearing make-up to see if, by some miracle, it’s vanished.  It has not.

 

Now bugging me, I spoke to Zoë about said issue and she said that I should try Amphora Aromatics Chamomoile Matricaria Essential Oil (£3.60).  Highly beneficial for the skin, it has soothing and calming properties that can help me, over time, reduce the redness.  Pre-diluted to 5% in grapeseed oil, I can use this product straight out of the bottle.  I’m giving it a go, but it’s too early to share the results with you.  I’ll keep you posted.

 

Amphora also do my favourite, Rosehip Seed Oil.   I’ve tried other brands, so I was keen to give this one a try. Recognised as a wonder oil, I know that Rosehip is good for your skin – personally I love the glowing soft skin I get when I use it.  Rich in Omega 3 and essential fatty acids, it also contains Vitamins C, E and F and also really helps with scarring, so popular for stretch marks.  I also noticed that you get more for your buck in this store – Amphora Rosehip Seed Oil, 100ml £10.80, unnamed competitor, 20 ml, £19.99.

 

It was my first forage in the store and I really wanted to focus on the “Red Centre”, but there’s so much good stuff that I want to go back and investigate further.  All the Amphora essential oils are 100% pure, from one botanical source, unless they state otherwise.  The benefits are both physical and psychological and if they’re sourced naturally, from plants and herbs, then that must be good.

 

I do believe in having an arsenal of beauty products to hand.  The is nothing to stop you layering products on as you need them.  You can use a night serum, night cream and essential oil, if you think your skin needs some extra moisture.  Yes, I’ve been reading up!  Did you know that if you are layering, you should put oil on last?  No, well, it’s recommended that you start with water-based products and work up to the oil, so that each product has a chance to do its magic and the oil seals the deal.  I actually just use Rosehip Seed Oil on it’s own at night.  For me, a few drops of this good stuff is all I need.

 

I really like this modern way of looking after your skin.  My mum would probably swear by using a tub of Ponds Cold Cream (some of you may remember this wonder cream of its time), but where’s the fun in that.  I feel like I’m now making more of an effort and you know what they say, if you study hard, you’ll get the results you want.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Gail xx

 

Why I Love Chanel’s Lift Lumière Foundation

When I get paid a compliment I take notice, especially when it comes from a woman.  If a female takes the time to say you look great then you know you’re doing something correct.  Am I right girls?

 

On a number of occasions when I’ve worn Chanel’s Lift Lumière I’ve either been told my complexion looks great, or I’ve been asked outright what I’m wearing.  Enough said, I thought it looked good, but if others say so too, I’m on to a good thing.

 

I have always loved make up, see my earlier post on Looks, Lipstick and Lisa, and I guess I do like to wear high-end brands, but I’ve always believed that you get what you pay for. More than happy to find cheaper alternatives, but when it comes to foundation, the base of the art ‘work’ I am more than happy to shell out.

 

I bought my first bottle of Chanel Lift Lumière two years ago and I fell in love with the texture and resulting look instantly.

 

 

Chanel describes Lift Lumière as ‘a firming and smoothing fluid make up that smooths wrinkles and fine lines, without emphasizing them. It reduces dark spots, the appearance of pores and signs of aging.’ 

 

 

The desired result being thus: an even and natural complexion with a slightly satiny finish. Smoothed features and a sensation of comfort and hold all-day long.

 

I had purposely looked for a foundation that would support aging-skin, or at least make the effort to do so. I love lighter foundations and BB creams, but they do nothing to support a more finished look that I need for meetings, etc.  I wanted medium to full coverage to even out my skin tone and I also wanted a finish that offered ‘highlights’ to lift my sallowing skin.  So I was excited to read that Lift Lumière contains a LIFTOPTIC complex, which directs light exactly where it is needed.

 

The natural coverage is provided ‘thanks to coloured pigments with yellow, red and black iron oxides coated in amino acids, which ensure optimum affinity with the skin. And it also contains a firming polymer that smoothes the skin surface and provides an extremely comfortable firming effect.

 

Now, I don’t know that I would say my skin feels firmer, but it definitely looks more alive!  I can build up the coverage depending on where I’m going and I absolutely adore the smooth, satin finish.  It definitely adds a more radiant look to my skin and in my opinion there’s nothing more aging than matt and nothing less attractive than shiny skin.  It covers imperfections in areas where I want to build up coverage and it has an SPF 15, which means those nasty rays can’t age me even further.  I love it.

 

I have recently bought my second bottle.  The first one I had was shade 30 Cendre (right in picture above), which added a little more colour to my pale face (if I remember correctly I did buy it in the summer) and for my second purchase I’ve chosen 20 Clair (left in picture above), which is lighter, but an exact match to my skin tone and lightens it even more, which I’m learning is something you need when you get older.  See Joan Collins – that chick always looks good!

 

Chanel Lift Lumière Firming and Smoothing Fluid Makeup SPF 15 £34.20 available at John Lewis.

 

Gail x