Its EMPTIES time again! This year, I have decided to really focus on finishing up what I have and because of this focus, I have a few full size skincare empties this month. This is something that is quite rare for me so I am relishing it! This month, a few of my favourites have been completely used up and whilst it is really sad to say goodbye, I know that I will be reunited with these products again soon (or have already) as I have enjoyed using these very much.Read More
If there is just one thing that I enjoy doing in a skincare routine (other than a good cleanse) it would have to be a fantastic mask. I love a good mask and a pamper session of double masking (with a good movie and ice cream) would actually be my ideal evening in, yes - I am practically a granny at 28. I generally love all masks, everything from sheet masks, hydrating masks, wash off masks, clay masks to rubber masks. I find that the masking experience is not only extremely relaxing but also very rewarding as I generally have better looking skin at the end of the 15-45 minute ritual.
Recently I was absolutely fascinated by a brand called The Hanacure and their star product the - All In One Facial Mask. This mask had been doing the rounds on social media and has been getting a lot of press from 'high fashion' websites such as Elle, Instyle, Refinery 29 and of course an endorsement from the lovely Drew Barrymore. The Hanacure All in One Facial claims that in a space of 30 minutes, it will tighten, brighten, contour, and diminish the appearance of wrinkles, giving the skin a restored and youthful appearance. To achieve these sort of results, Hanacure taps into their 20 years of experience in skincare and uses patented skincare technology to bring up on these amazing results for the skin. With this sort of praise, hype on social media and remarkable product claims - I couldn't help but be curious. Was the Hanacure All in One Facial Mask all it is cracked up to be?Read More
A bit of a different blog post today...as my little blog has just turned one. What a crazy, exciting and wonderful 12 months it has been. In the past 365 days I have moved three times to three different cities, started a blog, met and connected with the most wonderful and generous people from all corners on the globe, got married, made some wonderful new lifelong friends, expanded my knowledge on all things skincare and have really just had a really amazing time along the way.
Blogging isn't glamorous (who ever said it was is lying), it takes a lot of time and a lot of patience but it is also so rewarding in the way of the people you meet and cross paths with and it is also so much fun. I truly enjoy writing each and every blog post and I feel that I am always challenged to learn something new or think a little differently. My little blog is a passion and I really enjoy what I do and a huge part of it is due to each and every one of you - a fellow blogger, a company, a CEO, an every day person, a mother, a sister basically anyone who I have interacted with or has in some shape of form interacted with me.
I actually can't believe orchids and peonies is having its one year birthday.Read More
The whole notion of farm to skin has been making waves in the world of skincare, with more and more upcoming brands choosing to source and include ingredients from their own farms. Brands such a Tata Harper, Bottega Organica and of course Farmacy Beauty are examples of skincare brands who farm and cultivate many of their ingredients used in their formulations. Farm to skin is a movement that is similar to the Farm to Table concept - where consumers want more knowledge about what they are buying, where it comes from and how it is grown and brands want to have more control over the quality and integrity of ingredients. Generally speaking, products that have the farm to skin concept usually have high concentrations of super-fresh extracts to achieve maximum potency.
Farmacy Beauty is a brand that has been on my radar for some time now and I feel it is a brand that has grown in popularity in 2016. So what sets Farmacy Beauty apart from other skincare brands? Well quite simply, Farmacy is a brand that builds that bridge between local farmers in upstate New York, skincare and science. The core of the Farmacy Beauty brand is its use of a unique form of Echinacea Purpurea - a herbaceous flowering plant (that looks a little bit like a daisy). The type of Echinacea Purpurea used in a Farmacy formulation is unlike any other in the family as it blooms a bright green flower. The green Echinacea Purpurea (known as GreenEnvy to Farmacy Beauty) has been found to have the highest concentrations of Cichoric Acid (a phytochemical), a potent natural antioxidant that helps to protect and firm the skin by inhibiting the enzymes that break down collagen. Farmacy Beauty only cold press the roots of the GreenEnvy plants as it is here where the Cichoric Acid is at its most potent. Whilst also utilising this unique plant, Farmacy Beauty has also helped to support the dwindling farming industry in upstate New York with its farming and cultivation of this unique form of Echinacea Purpurea. In turn this has helped to create jobs and keep the farming community going in an area where farming is an industry that is slowly dying. Each and every Farmacy product contains their trademarked GreenEnvy and the Honey Potion is not exception to this - combining GreenEnvy with honey that is sourced from the bees from the Farmacy farm.
If there has been one product that I have been asked frequently to review or for an opinion on - it would have to be Farmacy Beauty's The Honey Potion. After a month or two of weekly use I feel like I am ready to give this pot of gold a comprehensive review of my thoughts and experiences of this remarkable mask. If I had to summarise how I feel about this mask - quite simply put I really enjoy using this. In fact - I look forward to using this. What keeps me coming back for more exactly? Read on to find out!Read More
Let's be honest, if there is one brand to have shaken up the skincare industry in the past 12 months, it would have to be DECIEM's launch of The Ordinary. The line is described as 'an evolving collection of treatments offering familiar, effective clinical technologies positioned to raise pricing and communication integrity in skincare' and is "Clinical formulations with integrity" as it's premise was to offer formulations that have been tried and tested in the industry but are often sold at exorbitant prices at a much more humble price point. The Ordinary offers industry proven skincare formulations but at the same time are transparent and honest about it price points. There is no over charging, no 'extra' and unnecessary money spent on packaging and general branding - the brand is all about the formulations and just how much these simplistic formulations are really worth.
Since being launched, I have noticed that the range has had mixed reviews. There are those who absolutely LOVE the range to those (like myself) who are a bit meh about the line. There is no denying that The Ordinary has really opened up a new can of worms in the skincare industry. I also feel it has made skincare a little bit more accessible to those who had always thought that looking after the skin was expensive. I have had so many friends who don't normally purchase skincare ask me about my thoughts on the range and what products they should use. This is their first time exploring slightly complex serums and straying away from the usual cleanse, tone and moisturise. I think this is great as it has grabbed the attention of those who normally wouldn't care less about what they use on their skin due to its price point and concept. Whilst I haven't been the biggest fan of what I have tried of the range so far, I do have to give DECIEM props on making a skincare line just so damned affordable.
A little while ago, I shared my opinions on The Ordinary's Niacinamide Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% stating that I personally didn't love this. Recently, I finally opened up my bottle of The Ordinary's Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and I have to say...it's not that bad, especially given its price point.Read More
We all love a little bit of simplicity don't we? Sometimes I do feel that we do tend to overcomplicate things whether it be life situation, a routine, what someone has said to us or even in what we decide to use in terms of products we use. With so much knowledge and understanding that we have as humans, we sometimes make a somewhat simple solution or answer a very complex and complicated one. This has also extended to the realm of beauty and skincare, with many of us sometimes using more than ten products in one routines (yes, guilty!) or applying and blending face products to get cheek bones like our favourite celebrities. No matter how complicated things can get, it is absolutely okay to keep things simple and strip things back to the basics. It is from there that we build on these basics to find solutions to the original problem, right?
In the month of April, the brands that I have come across have a very simplistic take on skincare and beauty. This is shown both in their aesthetics, in their product lines and even their brand or founder philosophies. Each and every brand aims to make our lives easier, whether it be using less products in general, simply finding a solution for all or perfectly tailoring a product to suit one's particular needs. April's Skincare Discoveries has been a real eye opening one and I have discovered both some really interesting brands and others who are just a little bit more cutting edge than the rest! Enjoy!!Read More
Well April has been a pretty exciting month for me, with a move pending (yes I am moving again...not too far this time round though), celebrations of all kinds with friends and family, meeting and making new friends (hehe you know who you are) and of course having the opportunity to try new skincare products.
There have a been a plethora of new releases from all different brands recently, which excites me greatly as it shows that there is a change of seasons coming. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer is soon approaching and it is (hopefully) goodbye to rainy days and grey skies. However in the Southern Hemisphere, we farewell endless amounts of sunshine and get ready to rug up for winter. I have already purchased some of these new releases and I can't wait for them to arrive for me to test and play.
New releases aside, I have had the most wonderful chance to experience some new releases this past month as well as be introduced to some brands that are still quite new to me. Today I share with you my six skincare favourites for April 2017!Read More
If there is one thing that I have learnt recently - it is that stress can really wreak havoc on the skin. Stress and its effects on the body is something I have always known about but it hasn't really had a tremendous effect on me personally. This was up until recently, about 2-3 weeks in the lead up to my wedding where I started to break out around my right cheek.
For someone who has generally been blessed to have pretty good skin and with such a big day coming up, something that may seem so trivial suddenly became such a big deal. I racked my brains as to how and why this started to happen. Was it a product? An ingredient? My generally healthy diet (although chocolate intake may have increased closer to the big day)? After going through everything, the answer was quite simple. It was that dreaded wedding stress that many brides talk about. So many things were happening, there were so many things to do, I wasn't sleeping, not properly eating and in a nutshell I was pretty stressed!
At the time I was in the process of talking to Cassandra Hilton, founder of Ocinium, resident beauty genius and naturopath about her skincare line and learning about the term organic cosmeceutical (read more about it here). In our chats, I randomly asked her what I could do about my skin, which was clearly freaking out. She was kind enough to give me some tips and on the lead up to the big day I adopted what I could. Whilst my skin wasn't amazing, it was significantly better and I noticed a shift in my skin's general health when the craziness of the big day was over. Coming back from my honeymoon, I told Cassandra that I wanted to write a blog post on stress and she was kind enough to contribute and help me understand the science behind it all. What I learnt is that recent research shows that our skin is an immediate stress perceiver and is a target of stress responses. My research also confirmed that stress, our skin and how our body works is complex and is also commonly linked to other factors such as genes, lifestyle and general health. However, in saying that stress can contribute to our skin's behaviour and along with Cassandra's help, I went to find out how and why.Read More
Empties...its something that I really struggle to do as I don't often go through as many empties as I would like. It was one of my New Year's Resolutions to endeavour to use up my products more and also to try and get into the wonderful habit of opening something only when something has been fully used up - like the lovely @skinminimalist has done with her #1empty1newbie crusade. Its a really great project that I know many have got on board with on Instagram and I guess it helps all of us try to keep our skincare stashes in check. Too often to many of us (myself included) not finish product or leave it to expire.
In saying this about empties, I haven't done an Empties post in quite some time due to the wedding, moving, general life and I have accumulated enough empty product to write a decent empties post! So enough with ramble from me and bring on the EMPTIES!Read More
I am sure many of you have had this same feeling...you know the one where you find a skincare or makeup brand that you feel resonates with you and just seems to work? That brand where you pretty much have loved every single product in their range and hardly ever fails to disappoint. There are possibly a small handful of brands where I feel very passionately about and one of these is none other than Allies of Skin. I pretty much love everything in their range and I do think that Nicolas Travis' creations and formulations are definitely ones to watch. Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to try their latest creation - Bright Future Overnight Facial and whilst I was a little skeptical in how it worked (I had to learn how to REALLY strip back my skincare routine), I found myself really enjoying the results and just surprised at how effective this product really is. Bright Future is quite simply put an sleeping peel that aims to illuminate, regenerate and renew the skin. In true Allies of Skin style, the brand have yet again simplified the skincare rules and steps and created a product that aims to do everything in 30 seconds.Read More