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It shall come as no surprise to many of you that i am quite the skincare addict and i don't plan on going to rehab. I just intend to help my obsession by testing out every skincare product humanly possible lol (or what my skin will allow me to lol). At the moment i have a lot of moisturisers and serums on my radar, even though in reality i know i don't need anymore. When i first started out in skincare in my early twenties it was French pharmacy brands that i gravitated towards, now i am blessed to try skincare products from all over the world but french skincare brands will always have a special place in my heart. So i thought i would share with you some of the French skincare products I'm lusting after and why......

L'Occitane Precious Light Cream SPF20 | £52 | I am already a fan of the L'Occitane Precious Cleansing Foam and Mist (both of which i have used up), so after exploring every Face cream L´Occitane had to offer i immediately gravitated towards this. I love that its lightweight which makes it ideal for my oily combination skin, and that it has an spf of 20. Its incredibly hard to find top-quality moisturisers that contain spf that are lightweight and won't congest my skin. Most also leave a white cast and aren't hydrating enough under makeup. I've had a sample of the original Precious Cream and really enjoyed it during the winter months, so this lighter version would be perfect for the warmer months both for day and night.

L'Occitane Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 | £30 | Before exploring the moisturisers page i had never heard of this L'Occitane line, now i find myself wanting all the products in the entire range. Sunscreen is incredibly important for anti-ageing and taking good care of your skin. I struggle to find a lightweight sunscreen that doesn't feel greasy or make me oily after a few hours, and i have found that a lot of the Asian gel-based sunscreens contain a lot of alcohol and actually irritate my skin. I like that this appears to be a cross between a sunscreen and milky serum, being thin in texture, lightweight and silky smooth. I would assume this would be great for layering due to its light texture and will act as a smooth base under foundation. Over time it promises to help make your skin look plump, healthy and full of life. What more could you want?....Get in my basket now!

L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel | £30 | I love Gel moisturisers, especially in the warmer months as they are nice and cooling and incredibly hydrating. My favourite to date is this one but the ingredients in this Angelica Hydra Vital Gel has me lusting after it so bad! I'm pretty much on a mission to try every watery based, gel moisturiser out there on the market. This unique textured moisturiser aims to revitalise and refresh dull dehydrated skin and provide intense hydration for 24 hours. This would be the perfect day time moisturiser for when i lean more oily in the warmer months, but it will also be great for layering in the winter. Overall it just sounds like a great lightweight moisturiser for anyone with dehydrated skin who needs an extra boost of hydration.

L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence | £55 |  I Love essences and really enjoy layering them at night, for a good 2 years now this one has been my favourite, so i do find that i compare every essence i try to it. The L'Occitane Immortelle Essence claims to help even out skin tone and illuminate the complexion, with a derivative of vitamin C to help brighten. After just seven days of consistent use you should be able to see a more luminous and healthy looking complexion. It also naturally exfoliates and helps to smooth the skin, helping reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I'm hooked, expect to this this in my skincare routines very soon.

L'Occitane Precious Night Cream | £54 | This just sounds like rich decadence. Of course i love the scent of the entire Precious line so i know i will also enjoy this. When it comes to nighttime moisturisers i am incredibly picky when it comes to their scent. I dislike strong synthetic fragrance and any irritating essential oils. So it can be challenging to find a cream that works. At night time my entire pillowcase becomes infused with the scent of whatever products i have on my skin, so i prefer it to be something i can stomach and is also relaxing that i enjoy the pleasant scent of. It's not as bad in the daytime as unfavourable scents can be masked by foundation, powder etc. The precious night cream claims to help with skin regeneration, visibly correct deep wrinkles (which i don't have yet, sorry) and improve the skins firmness. I've seen a few reviews from other oily girls saying this worked really well for them, so i am excited to try out. It just sounds like a deeply nourishing moisturiser that will help plump up my skin and leave me glowing come morning that i could use all year round.

Ekia Radiance Cleansing Water | £18.99 | A natural and organic micellar water aimed at those with combination skin. I have extremely sensitive eyes and even though micellar waters like Bioderma help to remove my makeup, i found them to be drying under my eyes over time, so i stopped using them. I then switched over to natural, organic and basic ingredient oil makeup-remover cleansers, but i continued to use this micellar water, which i thoroughly enjoy. Now this Ekia cleansing water is on my radar to try out next. Also did you notice that extra word i love....Radiance? It promises to effectively eliminate all impurities and leaves the dermis clean, smooth and radiant. I cannot wait to try.

Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Oil | £30 | An anti-ageing repairing oil full of antioxidants and omegas that helps to speed up cell recovery. I aim to mix this with the Vinosource oil below for a night time treatment. I like that it's high in Vitamin E and always contains carrot seed oil which i find really beneficial for helping to reduce pigmentation. The oil formula promises to help detox the skin and increase collagen production to give the skin it's ‘bounce’ back. 

Caudalie Vinosource Night Recovery Oil | £26 | Another caudalie oil, this one is a recovery night oil that helps to deeply moisturise, nourish and replenish dehydrated skin overnight. It promises to help encourage youthful, plump and radiant skin. I plan to use this as a booster to cocktail with other oils, serums and moisturisers to get that extra hydration. 

Absolution La Creme Gommante | £25 | This peeling treatment is described as a gentle work out for your skin. It works as both a chemical and physical exfoliator. The physical exfoliating element comes from the rounded micro-algae diatoms which gently slough off dead skin cells without causing any damage to the skin. Or to the environment. Blueberry, Lemon, Orange, Sugar Cane and Maple create this gentle AHA exfoliation, which helps to stimulate the skin and brighten the complexion. Promising to leave the skin smooth, and glowing in one easy step. I am hoping that this will be an alternative to this which i love, but this is of course much more affordable and easier to get hold of. 

Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask | £77 | Any product that promises to help make my skin glow just reels me in like a fish on a line. As someone who doesn't get much sleep, and feels constantly tired it can take its toll on my skin, so brightening skincare products are incredibly important to me. This is a red clay mask mixed with Carrot, Red Vine, Rosehip, Rosemary and Chamomile that helps to deeply clean the skin eliminating impurities that can dull the complexion.

Sisley Cleansing Milk with Sage | £69 | A delicate yet pricey cream cleanser. Maree of alittlebitetc always raves about how good Sisley cleansers and masks are, so this cleanser formulated for combination/oily skin has been on my radar for quite some time. It promises to help deeply cleanse, tone and purify the skin helping with excess sebum production. I find cream cleansers hit or miss, so i am definitely going to try to get a sample of this next time i am in London.


What French Skincare products do you love?
View my last Wishlist blogpost here...

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo


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Some of The Best French Skincare Products on My Radar


It shall come as no surprise to many of you that i am quite the skincare addict and i don't plan on going to rehab. I just intend to help my obsession by testing out every skincare product humanly possible lol (or what my skin will allow me to lol). At the moment i have a lot of moisturisers and serums on my radar, even though in reality i know i don't need anymore. When i first started out in skincare in my early twenties it was French pharmacy brands that i gravitated towards, now i am blessed to try skincare products from all over the world but french skincare brands will always have a special place in my heart. So i thought i would share with you some of the French skincare products I'm lusting after and why......

L'Occitane Precious Light Cream SPF20 | £52 | I am already a fan of the L'Occitane Precious Cleansing Foam and Mist (both of which i have used up), so after exploring every Face cream L´Occitane had to offer i immediately gravitated towards this. I love that its lightweight which makes it ideal for my oily combination skin, and that it has an spf of 20. Its incredibly hard to find top-quality moisturisers that contain spf that are lightweight and won't congest my skin. Most also leave a white cast and aren't hydrating enough under makeup. I've had a sample of the original Precious Cream and really enjoyed it during the winter months, so this lighter version would be perfect for the warmer months both for day and night.

L'Occitane Angelica UV Shield SPF 40 | £30 | Before exploring the moisturisers page i had never heard of this L'Occitane line, now i find myself wanting all the products in the entire range. Sunscreen is incredibly important for anti-ageing and taking good care of your skin. I struggle to find a lightweight sunscreen that doesn't feel greasy or make me oily after a few hours, and i have found that a lot of the Asian gel-based sunscreens contain a lot of alcohol and actually irritate my skin. I like that this appears to be a cross between a sunscreen and milky serum, being thin in texture, lightweight and silky smooth. I would assume this would be great for layering due to its light texture and will act as a smooth base under foundation. Over time it promises to help make your skin look plump, healthy and full of life. What more could you want?....Get in my basket now!

L'Occitane Angelica Hydra Vital Gel | £30 | I love Gel moisturisers, especially in the warmer months as they are nice and cooling and incredibly hydrating. My favourite to date is this one but the ingredients in this Angelica Hydra Vital Gel has me lusting after it so bad! I'm pretty much on a mission to try every watery based, gel moisturiser out there on the market. This unique textured moisturiser aims to revitalise and refresh dull dehydrated skin and provide intense hydration for 24 hours. This would be the perfect day time moisturiser for when i lean more oily in the warmer months, but it will also be great for layering in the winter. Overall it just sounds like a great lightweight moisturiser for anyone with dehydrated skin who needs an extra boost of hydration.

L'Occitane Immortelle Brightening Essence | £55 |  I Love essences and really enjoy layering them at night, for a good 2 years now this one has been my favourite, so i do find that i compare every essence i try to it. The L'Occitane Immortelle Essence claims to help even out skin tone and illuminate the complexion, with a derivative of vitamin C to help brighten. After just seven days of consistent use you should be able to see a more luminous and healthy looking complexion. It also naturally exfoliates and helps to smooth the skin, helping reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. I'm hooked, expect to this this in my skincare routines very soon.

L'Occitane Precious Night Cream | £54 | This just sounds like rich decadence. Of course i love the scent of the entire Precious line so i know i will also enjoy this. When it comes to nighttime moisturisers i am incredibly picky when it comes to their scent. I dislike strong synthetic fragrance and any irritating essential oils. So it can be challenging to find a cream that works. At night time my entire pillowcase becomes infused with the scent of whatever products i have on my skin, so i prefer it to be something i can stomach and is also relaxing that i enjoy the pleasant scent of. It's not as bad in the daytime as unfavourable scents can be masked by foundation, powder etc. The precious night cream claims to help with skin regeneration, visibly correct deep wrinkles (which i don't have yet, sorry) and improve the skins firmness. I've seen a few reviews from other oily girls saying this worked really well for them, so i am excited to try out. It just sounds like a deeply nourishing moisturiser that will help plump up my skin and leave me glowing come morning that i could use all year round.

Ekia Radiance Cleansing Water | £18.99 | A natural and organic micellar water aimed at those with combination skin. I have extremely sensitive eyes and even though micellar waters like Bioderma help to remove my makeup, i found them to be drying under my eyes over time, so i stopped using them. I then switched over to natural, organic and basic ingredient oil makeup-remover cleansers, but i continued to use this micellar water, which i thoroughly enjoy. Now this Ekia cleansing water is on my radar to try out next. Also did you notice that extra word i love....Radiance? It promises to effectively eliminate all impurities and leaves the dermis clean, smooth and radiant. I cannot wait to try.

Caudalie VineActiv Overnight Detox Oil | £30 | An anti-ageing repairing oil full of antioxidants and omegas that helps to speed up cell recovery. I aim to mix this with the Vinosource oil below for a night time treatment. I like that it's high in Vitamin E and always contains carrot seed oil which i find really beneficial for helping to reduce pigmentation. The oil formula promises to help detox the skin and increase collagen production to give the skin it's ‘bounce’ back. 

Caudalie Vinosource Night Recovery Oil | £26 | Another caudalie oil, this one is a recovery night oil that helps to deeply moisturise, nourish and replenish dehydrated skin overnight. It promises to help encourage youthful, plump and radiant skin. I plan to use this as a booster to cocktail with other oils, serums and moisturisers to get that extra hydration. 

Absolution La Creme Gommante | £25 | This peeling treatment is described as a gentle work out for your skin. It works as both a chemical and physical exfoliator. The physical exfoliating element comes from the rounded micro-algae diatoms which gently slough off dead skin cells without causing any damage to the skin. Or to the environment. Blueberry, Lemon, Orange, Sugar Cane and Maple create this gentle AHA exfoliation, which helps to stimulate the skin and brighten the complexion. Promising to leave the skin smooth, and glowing in one easy step. I am hoping that this will be an alternative to this which i love, but this is of course much more affordable and easier to get hold of. 

Sisley Radiant Glow Express Mask | £77 | Any product that promises to help make my skin glow just reels me in like a fish on a line. As someone who doesn't get much sleep, and feels constantly tired it can take its toll on my skin, so brightening skincare products are incredibly important to me. This is a red clay mask mixed with Carrot, Red Vine, Rosehip, Rosemary and Chamomile that helps to deeply clean the skin eliminating impurities that can dull the complexion.

Sisley Cleansing Milk with Sage | £69 | A delicate yet pricey cream cleanser. Maree of alittlebitetc always raves about how good Sisley cleansers and masks are, so this cleanser formulated for combination/oily skin has been on my radar for quite some time. It promises to help deeply cleanse, tone and purify the skin helping with excess sebum production. I find cream cleansers hit or miss, so i am definitely going to try to get a sample of this next time i am in London.


What French Skincare products do you love?
View my last Wishlist blogpost here...

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo


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  I only add links to websites i personally recommend or use!
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So it's been a couple of months now since i did a monthly favourites blogpost about the beauty products i am currently loving, so i thought it was about time i caught up. Especially seeing as i have a fair few new discoveries i am dying to share with you. So this is the 2nd instalment of my '5 Beauty Products I'm Loving' series on the blog, as i actually forgot March's (bad blogger Jamey), but to be fair i have had a lot going on in my personal life. You can catch up on what i was loving during February here (in fact i am still obsessed with all of those products) however now there are now some new obsessions that have joined them. So without further ado here are the products i have been obsessed with over the past couple of months........ keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive skincare favourites blogpost coming up soon....



1. Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream* - £69 / $80 | As you may have seen recently if you follow my blog or my Instagram i have been testing out the New Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Skincare line for around 6 weeks. The Hydrating Cloud Cream is by far the must have super-star product of the entire line up, even though i personally think every product is wonderful (no i am not sponsored to say that). I generally think Perricone MD have been on a role over the past year first with the amazing Pre:Empt Series and now with their revolutionary H2 line. The entire Elemental Energy line is powered by Hydrogen (which Perricone MD are naming it's H2 Energy Complex™). This stable form of hydrogen is incredibly powerful at deeply penetrating the skin to help energise and activate skin cells, adding vitality back into the skin through intense hydration. The revolutionary formula really helps to infuse hydration into dull, tired and dehydrated skin that is lacking in water-moisture. The texture is incredibly unique and lightweight. The result is always perfectly hydrated, refreshed and balanced skin. If you struggle with unbalanced skin i highly recommend you try this out, because even after just a week of use you will notice a huge difference! This is the only day moisturiser i have reached for over the last 6 weeks, and that says something! You can read more about this moisturiser here and the entire H2 Elemental Energy line here.


2. BECCA First Light Priming Filter - £32 / $38 | Despite being someone who doesn't like the colour purple, i gravitated towards this pretty lilac primer like it was a glittery unicorn flying through the sky. So the moment payday came around i couldn't put the primer and this other Becca product into my basket quick enough. I have been a fan of the Backlight Priming Filter (and pretty much all Becca products ) for quite some time now (you can find more Becca reviews here); But i think i have to say that i love this primer even more! Dare i say that this is my favourite Becca product yet? The lavender-toned lightweight primer really helps to brighten up dull, tired and sallow-looking skin parting a beautiful soft-focus dewy glow that will wake up any complexion. I find that it blends into the skin seamlessly as if they were one, and leaves behind a beautiful lit-from-within, healthy sheen. I imagine if you crushed some beautiful pearls and mixed with some finely powdered diamond dust and dusted them all over your face, it would look a little something like this. It's honestly stunning and my favourite glowy primer to date (I've tested a fair few). What’s more the formula gets it's lightweight texture from the use of refreshing Spring Water and Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate and plump up the skin, Prickly Pear Flower to re-energise skin and Ginger to help combat redness and sooth any skin irritations. Ginger also helps to improve the appearance of skin because it helps to increase circulation. Many people with oilier skin have said they are too nervous to try this, but my oily-combination skin loves this! I find that the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid really helps to keep the skin moisturised all day, therefor producing much less oil. This is everything i wanted the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer to be, and its more affordable! This used under the foundation mentioned in this post gives me flawless-looking skin that lasts all day! This is the perfect morning wake-me-up product for anyone like myself who gets next-to-no sleep, as well as those suffering with a self inflicted hangover or jet lag. It's like cheating a good facial, ssh no one will ever know! This product is another perfect example of 'good for you cosmetics', that infuses good skincare with makeup. Well done Becca.


3. Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation - £34 / $40 | I discovered the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation last year and was intrigued as i had never heard anything about it before. Everyone seemed to be a huge fan of the Custom Cover Drops, but their other foundation formulas never seem to get a mention. Which is a shame as i have to say that Cover FX in my opinion have some of the best foundation formulas out there! The only problem is trying to find the right shade (online) as there are so many shades to choose from it can be a little overwhelming. I also find the shades differ with each foundation formula. Even though i have a warm undertone, i find neutral-toned foundations suit me better (otherwise when they oxidise i can end up looking like something off of the Simpsons) Crikey! Before i started using more skin-brightening skincare products the shade N35 suited me perfectly, now i am more of a N25 so i have to mix in a couple of drops of The Body Shop Lightening Drops to get my correct shade. The texture of this foundation is unusual and somewhat thick, like a lotion/cream hybrid. However it doesn't feel heavy or thick on the skin once blended in (unlike this and this). I love to apply this foundation with a dense buffing brush like this or this and then go over with a damp beauty blender to make sure everything is blended into the skin. It is one of those foundations that takes a little while to set but i like that, as it means i have more time to work with it to make sure its perfected before it sets. The foundation formula is enriched with vitamins C & E which help to brighten, protect and help with ageing (meaning this is one that looks lovely on those with fine lines), i like that it smooths over fine lines, dry patches and pores. It's a buildable foundation that can be taken from sheer to full coverage, however i personally prefer this as a light-medium coverage and if i want extra coverage i use the Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation underneath beforehand (which also has an spf of 30 btw). The finish is very natural with a slight healthy glow, but not glowy enough to be considered a dewy foundation. However i do enjoy mixing in a couple of drops of these to add a sun-kissed glow. Though this is oil free i always set my oily areas (the t-zone) with a powder and i find the more hours that go by, the more beautiful this foundation looks on the skin.


4. Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Contour Wand - Sculpting Medium - £38 / $48 |  Kevin Aucoin practically pioneered contouring in the beauty industry, and despite every company following suit and coming out with their own contour products, i always find myself reaching for his over any others that i own! I like that every Kevyn Aucoin product i have ever tried has been of the highest quality and i have been a fan of his medium sculpting powder, creamy glow sculpting duo and his contour book for a long time. So i knew the moment i saw the release of his contour wands that i just had to try them out. Both Cult Beauty and Love Makeup only stock the contour shades (i couldn't see the highlight shades) so i chose a contour shade i knew would suit me the best, Medium. Initially i thought medium would be too dark (after seeing 1 swatch online) but it suits me perfectly. I love how the product is housed in a pen with a soft-bristled brush that you click to dispense for easily application, its like a giant Touche Eclat Pen. However i use the pen for precise application but i prefer to use a small buffing brush or beauty blender to blend it out. The texture is lightweight just like a concealer and blends seamlessly into the skin, lasts all day and layers extremely well with contouring powders over top. It works over top of all foundation formulas and it even blends well over top of powders (i learnt by mistake when i set with powder beforehand one day lol). If you are someone who wants to start contouring but are too nervous that it will look a little too drastic or drag queen like, then i highly recommend this. Rest assured this sheers out beautifully and is incredibly buildable. I honestly haven't reached for any other contour product in months! Now i just need to get my mitts on the highlight shades. I guess a mini Sephora Spree is in order?!



5. The Perfect Eyebrow Trio | OK so this last favourite might be cheating a little, but seeing as i have not done a monthly favourites in a couple of months i thought it would be acceptable to include this dynamic trio together! Especially seeing as i use all 3 of them in conjunction with each other to do my brows every single day. I honestly don't remember how i ever did my brows before these 3 products came into my life. It's no secret that i have been a huge fan of the precise-tipped Anastasia Brow Wiz for years. It's pretty much all i have used along with this for the past 5 years! So when Tope kindly sent me her new Mahogany Naturals Brown Eye Brow Pencil* (£20) i wasn't that enthusiastic that i was going to love it. I have been a huge fan of her hair products for a while (especially this and this) and have repurchased numerous times, so i was excited when she said she was going to start her own cruelty-free makeup line for darker skin tones. Anyway, going back to my brows.... when i first started out doing my brows (when i wasn't using a black eyeliner *cringe) I loved the Etude House Drawing Pencil, but i found because of the size (and firm waxy texture) i would draw my brows far too thick. I assumed this pencil would do the same....boy was i wrong!!! The texture of this pencil is beautiful! It's creamy, but not so creamy that it applies too much product. Its pretty much my ABH Brow Wiz with an angled shape to cover a wider area of space! It's definitely one of those products that took me by surprise and I'm so glad that it's now part of my everyday makeup routine. The colour is perfect for me, its a dark brown that's not too deep nor too warm; However because its a universal 'brown' shade it wont suit all skin-tones or hair shades, i find that it will suit light-medium to medium-deep skin tones best and i hope she will come out with more shades in the future. Though this fills in a good 90% of my brows i find that the tail of my brow needs more definition. The Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ebony (£17/$23) is the perfect product for achieving this, used in conjunction with the Louise Young Angled Brow Brush LY30 (£10) my brows have been the most defined they have ever been, whilst looking natural and avoiding the harsh Instabrow look. This brush is honestly amazing!!! In fact i have loved every brush i have ever purchased by Louise Young (especially the LYO6 Blush Brush and this). I actually have my friend Alicja of Land of Makeup to thank for the powder and brush, as i discovered both of these while playing with her makeup products during one of our girly sleepovers. I rushed out and purchased both products the next day and 2 months later they are all i use. I have learnt to accept that my brows will always be distant cousins that hate each other behind each others back's (in length & shape because my eyes are different shapes) im not lucky enough to have brows that are sisters; but at least they stay put and they look natural and fabulous all day long.


So these are the products that really stood out to me the most over the past couple of months. I will admit that it was hard to choose just 5 (*cough 7 lol) especially as i had a lot of new skincare items i was loving, but as i mentioned i will be doing a blogpost exclusively on the skincare items i am loving. I would love to know what beauty products have you been loving recently? Do any of the products i shared in this post intrigue you?..... 


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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5 Beauty Products I'm Loving - April Edition


So it's been a couple of months now since i did a monthly favourites blogpost about the beauty products i am currently loving, so i thought it was about time i caught up. Especially seeing as i have a fair few new discoveries i am dying to share with you. So this is the 2nd instalment of my '5 Beauty Products I'm Loving' series on the blog, as i actually forgot March's (bad blogger Jamey), but to be fair i have had a lot going on in my personal life. You can catch up on what i was loving during February here (in fact i am still obsessed with all of those products) however now there are now some new obsessions that have joined them. So without further ado here are the products i have been obsessed with over the past couple of months........ keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive skincare favourites blogpost coming up soon....



1. Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream* - £69 / $80 | As you may have seen recently if you follow my blog or my Instagram i have been testing out the New Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Skincare line for around 6 weeks. The Hydrating Cloud Cream is by far the must have super-star product of the entire line up, even though i personally think every product is wonderful (no i am not sponsored to say that). I generally think Perricone MD have been on a role over the past year first with the amazing Pre:Empt Series and now with their revolutionary H2 line. The entire Elemental Energy line is powered by Hydrogen (which Perricone MD are naming it's H2 Energy Complex™). This stable form of hydrogen is incredibly powerful at deeply penetrating the skin to help energise and activate skin cells, adding vitality back into the skin through intense hydration. The revolutionary formula really helps to infuse hydration into dull, tired and dehydrated skin that is lacking in water-moisture. The texture is incredibly unique and lightweight. The result is always perfectly hydrated, refreshed and balanced skin. If you struggle with unbalanced skin i highly recommend you try this out, because even after just a week of use you will notice a huge difference! This is the only day moisturiser i have reached for over the last 6 weeks, and that says something! You can read more about this moisturiser here and the entire H2 Elemental Energy line here.


2. BECCA First Light Priming Filter - £32 / $38 | Despite being someone who doesn't like the colour purple, i gravitated towards this pretty lilac primer like it was a glittery unicorn flying through the sky. So the moment payday came around i couldn't put the primer and this other Becca product into my basket quick enough. I have been a fan of the Backlight Priming Filter (and pretty much all Becca products ) for quite some time now (you can find more Becca reviews here); But i think i have to say that i love this primer even more! Dare i say that this is my favourite Becca product yet? The lavender-toned lightweight primer really helps to brighten up dull, tired and sallow-looking skin parting a beautiful soft-focus dewy glow that will wake up any complexion. I find that it blends into the skin seamlessly as if they were one, and leaves behind a beautiful lit-from-within, healthy sheen. I imagine if you crushed some beautiful pearls and mixed with some finely powdered diamond dust and dusted them all over your face, it would look a little something like this. It's honestly stunning and my favourite glowy primer to date (I've tested a fair few). What’s more the formula gets it's lightweight texture from the use of refreshing Spring Water and Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate and plump up the skin, Prickly Pear Flower to re-energise skin and Ginger to help combat redness and sooth any skin irritations. Ginger also helps to improve the appearance of skin because it helps to increase circulation. Many people with oilier skin have said they are too nervous to try this, but my oily-combination skin loves this! I find that the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid really helps to keep the skin moisturised all day, therefor producing much less oil. This is everything i wanted the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Primer to be, and its more affordable! This used under the foundation mentioned in this post gives me flawless-looking skin that lasts all day! This is the perfect morning wake-me-up product for anyone like myself who gets next-to-no sleep, as well as those suffering with a self inflicted hangover or jet lag. It's like cheating a good facial, ssh no one will ever know! This product is another perfect example of 'good for you cosmetics', that infuses good skincare with makeup. Well done Becca.


3. Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation - £34 / $40 | I discovered the Cover FX Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation last year and was intrigued as i had never heard anything about it before. Everyone seemed to be a huge fan of the Custom Cover Drops, but their other foundation formulas never seem to get a mention. Which is a shame as i have to say that Cover FX in my opinion have some of the best foundation formulas out there! The only problem is trying to find the right shade (online) as there are so many shades to choose from it can be a little overwhelming. I also find the shades differ with each foundation formula. Even though i have a warm undertone, i find neutral-toned foundations suit me better (otherwise when they oxidise i can end up looking like something off of the Simpsons) Crikey! Before i started using more skin-brightening skincare products the shade N35 suited me perfectly, now i am more of a N25 so i have to mix in a couple of drops of The Body Shop Lightening Drops to get my correct shade. The texture of this foundation is unusual and somewhat thick, like a lotion/cream hybrid. However it doesn't feel heavy or thick on the skin once blended in (unlike this and this). I love to apply this foundation with a dense buffing brush like this or this and then go over with a damp beauty blender to make sure everything is blended into the skin. It is one of those foundations that takes a little while to set but i like that, as it means i have more time to work with it to make sure its perfected before it sets. The foundation formula is enriched with vitamins C & E which help to brighten, protect and help with ageing (meaning this is one that looks lovely on those with fine lines), i like that it smooths over fine lines, dry patches and pores. It's a buildable foundation that can be taken from sheer to full coverage, however i personally prefer this as a light-medium coverage and if i want extra coverage i use the Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation underneath beforehand (which also has an spf of 30 btw). The finish is very natural with a slight healthy glow, but not glowy enough to be considered a dewy foundation. However i do enjoy mixing in a couple of drops of these to add a sun-kissed glow. Though this is oil free i always set my oily areas (the t-zone) with a powder and i find the more hours that go by, the more beautiful this foundation looks on the skin.


4. Kevyn Aucoin Liquid Contour Wand - Sculpting Medium - £38 / $48 |  Kevin Aucoin practically pioneered contouring in the beauty industry, and despite every company following suit and coming out with their own contour products, i always find myself reaching for his over any others that i own! I like that every Kevyn Aucoin product i have ever tried has been of the highest quality and i have been a fan of his medium sculpting powder, creamy glow sculpting duo and his contour book for a long time. So i knew the moment i saw the release of his contour wands that i just had to try them out. Both Cult Beauty and Love Makeup only stock the contour shades (i couldn't see the highlight shades) so i chose a contour shade i knew would suit me the best, Medium. Initially i thought medium would be too dark (after seeing 1 swatch online) but it suits me perfectly. I love how the product is housed in a pen with a soft-bristled brush that you click to dispense for easily application, its like a giant Touche Eclat Pen. However i use the pen for precise application but i prefer to use a small buffing brush or beauty blender to blend it out. The texture is lightweight just like a concealer and blends seamlessly into the skin, lasts all day and layers extremely well with contouring powders over top. It works over top of all foundation formulas and it even blends well over top of powders (i learnt by mistake when i set with powder beforehand one day lol). If you are someone who wants to start contouring but are too nervous that it will look a little too drastic or drag queen like, then i highly recommend this. Rest assured this sheers out beautifully and is incredibly buildable. I honestly haven't reached for any other contour product in months! Now i just need to get my mitts on the highlight shades. I guess a mini Sephora Spree is in order?!



5. The Perfect Eyebrow Trio | OK so this last favourite might be cheating a little, but seeing as i have not done a monthly favourites in a couple of months i thought it would be acceptable to include this dynamic trio together! Especially seeing as i use all 3 of them in conjunction with each other to do my brows every single day. I honestly don't remember how i ever did my brows before these 3 products came into my life. It's no secret that i have been a huge fan of the precise-tipped Anastasia Brow Wiz for years. It's pretty much all i have used along with this for the past 5 years! So when Tope kindly sent me her new Mahogany Naturals Brown Eye Brow Pencil* (£20) i wasn't that enthusiastic that i was going to love it. I have been a huge fan of her hair products for a while (especially this and this) and have repurchased numerous times, so i was excited when she said she was going to start her own cruelty-free makeup line for darker skin tones. Anyway, going back to my brows.... when i first started out doing my brows (when i wasn't using a black eyeliner *cringe) I loved the Etude House Drawing Pencil, but i found because of the size (and firm waxy texture) i would draw my brows far too thick. I assumed this pencil would do the same....boy was i wrong!!! The texture of this pencil is beautiful! It's creamy, but not so creamy that it applies too much product. Its pretty much my ABH Brow Wiz with an angled shape to cover a wider area of space! It's definitely one of those products that took me by surprise and I'm so glad that it's now part of my everyday makeup routine. The colour is perfect for me, its a dark brown that's not too deep nor too warm; However because its a universal 'brown' shade it wont suit all skin-tones or hair shades, i find that it will suit light-medium to medium-deep skin tones best and i hope she will come out with more shades in the future. Though this fills in a good 90% of my brows i find that the tail of my brow needs more definition. The Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Ebony (£17/$23) is the perfect product for achieving this, used in conjunction with the Louise Young Angled Brow Brush LY30 (£10) my brows have been the most defined they have ever been, whilst looking natural and avoiding the harsh Instabrow look. This brush is honestly amazing!!! In fact i have loved every brush i have ever purchased by Louise Young (especially the LYO6 Blush Brush and this). I actually have my friend Alicja of Land of Makeup to thank for the powder and brush, as i discovered both of these while playing with her makeup products during one of our girly sleepovers. I rushed out and purchased both products the next day and 2 months later they are all i use. I have learnt to accept that my brows will always be distant cousins that hate each other behind each others back's (in length & shape because my eyes are different shapes) im not lucky enough to have brows that are sisters; but at least they stay put and they look natural and fabulous all day long.


So these are the products that really stood out to me the most over the past couple of months. I will admit that it was hard to choose just 5 (*cough 7 lol) especially as i had a lot of new skincare items i was loving, but as i mentioned i will be doing a blogpost exclusively on the skincare items i am loving. I would love to know what beauty products have you been loving recently? Do any of the products i shared in this post intrigue you?..... 


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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Damage caused to our skin over time can lead to dull, dehydrated and tired-looking skin. Perricone MD is renowned for its efficacious anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing skincare, as well as it's supplements range to help combat these skin issues. Dr Nick Perricone recently added a new line to the renowned Perricone MD Army called the H2 Elemental Energy™ Collection. The collection contains a comprehensive range of lightweight and fast-absorbing products that help to provide extremely hydrating results, leaving the skin feeling re-energised and looking more radiant. The entire line is powered by Hydrogen (which Perricone MD are naming its H2 Energy Complex™ ) and is apparently known to be the smallest molecule in the universe. This stable form of hydrogen is incredibly powerful at helping each product to rapidly-absorb into the skin, helping to activate and energise skins cells to add vitality back into the skin by delivering a powerful boost of hydration. Not only are the scientific results actually effective in this entire line but the packaging is equally as stylish, and rather unique. It just screams modern-day science. 


I feel that this is a collection that will work for every skin type that suffers with dehydrated skin. However i feel that it is ultimately beneficial for those with Normal, Combination and Oily skin, simply because of the lightweight textures and that all of the products contain no pore-clogging or congesting ingredients. Though dry skin-types could also use these products, i feel they won't give substantial enough nourishment to the skin, that dry skin-types really need. So i would recommend layering an oil over top (like this or this) to really help combat any dryness you may have on the surface layer of your skin, and to lock in all the moisture. I was very kindly sent 4 out of the 5 products from the line 6 weeks ago, upon it's initial release in the USA. The only product i don't own from the line is the Advanced Renewal Infusion Serum, which will be retailing in the UK shortly for a whopping £210 - *Gulp! Yes i am pulling my shocked face! I was aware of this line for a good month before it even released and i was super excited impatiently counting down the days for its PR event and initial release. Each product within the line is created to work simultaneously together in light layers to provide deep hydration, that will last all day long. I can honestly say that since i started incorporating these products into my skincare routine, my skin has never been as balanced as it currently is! I most definitely put it down to these products! I have tested these products everyday for 6 weeks now (with the exception of the mask), so i thought that i would finally share my thoughts on each of the products (in the order of which i use them) and let you know which ones are worth the investment.... 


Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Firming Foam Mask* - £48/$50 for 100ml | The first thing i noticed is that there is no cleanser in this line, which to be honest Perricone didn't need as they already own an amazing selection of cleansers (all but 1 i already own). I'm pretty new to the foaming mask game and despite owning a small collection in my bathroom cabinet, the only one i have used (and thoroughly enjoyed) is the Radical Skincare Instant Revitalising Mask. The lovely Veronica insisted that i test out the firming face mask as she loved it so much, so of course valuing her credible recommendations i tested it out, and now i see why she loves it so much! The Firming Foam Mask comes in a sleek airtight pump container and the amount of product you get is amazing (100ml to be precise, most brands will offer 50ml for this price point).  It dispenses out as a rich gel texture which is incredibly cooling on the skin, (the total opposite of this Perricone MD Mask, which heats up) and begins to turn into a delicate yet rich and dense foam almost immediately with the slightest tingling sensation. I like that the foam doesn't dissolve/evaporate too quickly like with some 'foaming' masks, and the rich texture does a great job of preventing it from running into your eyes, nose or mouth. If you could put your face in a cool fluffy cloud, I'm guessing it would probably feel something like this!? It's one of those face masks that you notice immediate results with after rinsing. The Perricone MD Firming Foam Mask* is not only fun to use, but it really works to help your skin feel and look amazing! Skin is left feeling hydrated, invigorated, refreshed, soft, soothed and moisturised. It also smells delightful. If your looking for a mask to give instant brightening and firming results, then i highly recommend this. It's now a firm staple in my beauty cabinet. This is a face mask that is gentle enough to be used everyday, however i only mask when needed. At present i am enjoying using this once a week. Perricone now have 4 face masks in their collection, all of which i thoroughly enjoy. Though i have yet to try the Chloro Plasma.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Bentonite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Saccharide Isomerate, Disiloxane, Decyl Glucoside, Betaine, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Phosphatidylcholine, Sodium Borohydride, Perfluorohexane, Perfluoromethylcyclopentane, Perfluorodecalin, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Octyldodecyl PCA, Menthyl PCA, Algin, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Coconut Acid, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Isethionate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol.

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - Dermstore - Sephora



Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Booster Serum* - £80/$100 for 30ml | The Most Expensive product of the 4 i own, and at first it was my least favourite. Not because it's a bad product, but because for the price point, the texture and the amount of product i have to use! Surely i could use a more affordable hyaluronic serum like this and this to get the same hydration right? I'm so used to my serums being power houses that combine a multitude of ingredients to target an array of different skin issues, so i just didn't find that this wowed me..... However, the longer i used it the more i became to love it, especially when used in conjunction with the Hydrating Cloud Cream. The serums pros is that it is super lightweight which absorbs instantly and gives your skin an instant boost of hydration. Those who dislike sticky or tacky serums will love this. Its's also especially effective if you are someone who is short of time and needs your skincare routine to be quick and efficient. The container is also airtight which makes it fantastic for travel with no risk for spillage. Now for the cons, though i do find that this does a fantastic job of hydrating my skin, the texture is just far too watery for my personal taste. Fluid textures that are almost water-like with no viscosity are brilliant for penetrating the skin quickly, but because of the texture i find that i have to use a lot of product to cover my entire face and neck (3 pumps to be precise). Which sadly means i am going through the product far too quickly! I also find the pump shoots product out a little messily (because of the watery texture) and though i prefer pumps, i feel the consistency of this serum would have benefited much greater with a dropper applicator instead. I think if this would have been at a more affordable price it would be a definite constant repurchase, but because of the high price tag and the amount of product i use it's personally a little out of my financial reach. I do feel blessed to have been lucky enough to trial it. However i would definitely purchase this again at some point in the future and perhaps mix it with some of my other serums, as i found this layered really well with other serums (especially this and this). Would i say this is a must have product in the collection? I would say yes and no! Just weigh up the pro's and con's and you decide.


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Methyl Gluceth-20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Betaine, Ectoin, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Acrylatesa/Inyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Allantoin, Di Potassi Um Glycyrrhizate, Phosphatidylcholine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomerate, Sea Whip Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Sodium Borohydride.

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - DermstoreSephora  



Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy De-Puffing Eye Gel* - £60/$75 for 15ml | This is not my most expensive eye cream in my collection (in fact this, this and this are!) it retails for only a few £'s more than my favourite Aesop Parsley Seed Eye Serum. The H2 Elemental Energy Eye Gel is a cooling, soothing eye gel that de-puffs and hydrates the delicate eye area. Dr Nick Perricone describes the De-Puffing Eye Gel as a preventative measure for any visible signs of ageing around the eye area, and tackles puffiness, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a fantastic eye product for those who are after a lightweight hydrator that wont irritate sensitive eyes and it also layers well with a richer eye cream over top. I also really like that it is Fragrance-Free as i have extremely sensitive eyes, strong fragrance often irritates them. It works for all skin types and i believe all ages too, helping to provide immediate, soothing hydration. I spent a fair amount of last month crying after i tragically lost a family member, and this eye cream really helped to reduce the puffiness i woke up with every morning. Initially i wasn't sure at first that the gel texture would give my super dry under eyes enough moisture, but boy-oh-boy, was I wrong! It feels incredibly delicate and silky to the touch, and had my under eyes feeling extremely hydrated and moisturised all day! Even throughout allergy season where my eyes tend to be more dry, itchy and inflamed. A little really goes a long way with this, and concealer applies like a dream over top (i actually had less creasing and didn't use a powder to set). I actually find myself looking forward to applying this to my under eyes every morning. If you are after a lightweight eye product that feels like a glass of water for your under eyes, has a nice cooling sensation and instantly makes your eyes feel refreshed and look visibly less puffy then i highly recommend this. Best of all if you also have extremely sensitive eyes and get milia bumps easily, you will really enjoy this. I actually found it has helped remove some of the milia bumps i had under my eyes.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Phosphatidycholine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Borohydride, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ectoin, Adenosine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Panthenol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Betaine, Dimethicone, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tromethamine, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Silica, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - Dermstore - Sephora



Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream* -  £69/$80 for 50ml | Now for the Creme-De-La-Creme of this entire line *imagine angels start singing in the background. This is by far one of Perricone MD's most exciting innovations to date! The H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream features a luxurious, lighter-than-air formula that provides a superior hydrating experience and true efficacy. It's incredibly unique in that it addresses the needs of dehydrated, dull, tired-looking skin without being heavy or pore-clogging, which can result in breakouts. The revolutionary formula helps to infuse hydration to skin that is lacking in water, to help you achieve healthy, hydrated and youthful looking skin; Where as most traditional moisturisers target skin types lacking in oil. This was the product i was most excited about getting my hands on and i must say that it exceeded my already high expectations! This moisturiser is simply amazing and I have found myself reaching for this every single morning over every other moisturuiser i own, including this and this (which are long-time favourites)! It feels so lightweight on the skin and cool to the touch, similar to the Blithe Pressed Serum - Crystal Iceplant but much more whipped. The Perricone Hydrating Cloud Cream is the ultimate lightweight hydrator for those with combination and oily skin. It helps to provide the skin with intense hydration that feels featherlight on the skin and absorbs instantly, leaving the skin feeling cool, refreshed and awake. Before you know it your skin will be balanced and clear. This is the product that has worked in conjunction with the serum to make a huge difference to my dehydrated skin. Not just in this line, but in my entire skincare routine! For the first time in years my skin feels normal... not oily, not combination, but perfectly balanced and normal. It was definitely a new feeling to get used to after being combination and oily my entire adult life! I also noticed i have been breaking out much as well. I honestly could not see myself living without this moisturiser in my life now and it will forever be a repurchase for me, for as long as my skin continues to love it! In fact this is everything i wished the Bliss Drench 'n' Quench to be, only this feels much less silicone like and absorbs a million times better. So if you liked that moisturiser, you will LOVE this!

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Porphyridium Polysaccharide, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phosphatidylcholine, PCA, Sodium Borohydride, Arginine, Dimethyl MEA, Aspartic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Pullulan, Disodium EDTA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - Dermstore - Sephora


The entire collection is now available both in the USA and UK (as well as worldwide). You can purchase the entire collection for $305 in the USA and Perricone MD currently have it on offer for $259 - Link. In the UK the entire set will set you back £257 though Perricone MD UK, they also currently have a good offer for £218 for the entire set - Link. Alternatively if you don't want to fork out on the full sizes, Perricone MD also offers the Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit which retails for £65 and contains deluxe sample sizes of the Booster Serum (15ml), Eye Gel (7.5ml) and Cloud Cream (15ml) which are perfect for travel . Purchasing this set is also the perfect way to try out the range before splurging on the full sizes. In fact i wish more brands did sets like this. The Perricone H2 Elemental Energy Line is most definitely a skincare line i would recommend. Keep your eyes peeled for my morning skincare routine, that will be coming up shortly and incorporates the H2 Elemental Energy Line Products.

What are your favourite Perricone MD Products? I would love to know which products you swear by to achieve ultimate hydration.....

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo


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Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Collection Review


Damage caused to our skin over time can lead to dull, dehydrated and tired-looking skin. Perricone MD is renowned for its efficacious anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing skincare, as well as it's supplements range to help combat these skin issues. Dr Nick Perricone recently added a new line to the renowned Perricone MD Army called the H2 Elemental Energy™ Collection. The collection contains a comprehensive range of lightweight and fast-absorbing products that help to provide extremely hydrating results, leaving the skin feeling re-energised and looking more radiant. The entire line is powered by Hydrogen (which Perricone MD are naming its H2 Energy Complex™ ) and is apparently known to be the smallest molecule in the universe. This stable form of hydrogen is incredibly powerful at helping each product to rapidly-absorb into the skin, helping to activate and energise skins cells to add vitality back into the skin by delivering a powerful boost of hydration. Not only are the scientific results actually effective in this entire line but the packaging is equally as stylish, and rather unique. It just screams modern-day science. 


I feel that this is a collection that will work for every skin type that suffers with dehydrated skin. However i feel that it is ultimately beneficial for those with Normal, Combination and Oily skin, simply because of the lightweight textures and that all of the products contain no pore-clogging or congesting ingredients. Though dry skin-types could also use these products, i feel they won't give substantial enough nourishment to the skin, that dry skin-types really need. So i would recommend layering an oil over top (like this or this) to really help combat any dryness you may have on the surface layer of your skin, and to lock in all the moisture. I was very kindly sent 4 out of the 5 products from the line 6 weeks ago, upon it's initial release in the USA. The only product i don't own from the line is the Advanced Renewal Infusion Serum, which will be retailing in the UK shortly for a whopping £210 - *Gulp! Yes i am pulling my shocked face! I was aware of this line for a good month before it even released and i was super excited impatiently counting down the days for its PR event and initial release. Each product within the line is created to work simultaneously together in light layers to provide deep hydration, that will last all day long. I can honestly say that since i started incorporating these products into my skincare routine, my skin has never been as balanced as it currently is! I most definitely put it down to these products! I have tested these products everyday for 6 weeks now (with the exception of the mask), so i thought that i would finally share my thoughts on each of the products (in the order of which i use them) and let you know which ones are worth the investment.... 


Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Firming Foam Mask* - £48/$50 for 100ml | The first thing i noticed is that there is no cleanser in this line, which to be honest Perricone didn't need as they already own an amazing selection of cleansers (all but 1 i already own). I'm pretty new to the foaming mask game and despite owning a small collection in my bathroom cabinet, the only one i have used (and thoroughly enjoyed) is the Radical Skincare Instant Revitalising Mask. The lovely Veronica insisted that i test out the firming face mask as she loved it so much, so of course valuing her credible recommendations i tested it out, and now i see why she loves it so much! The Firming Foam Mask comes in a sleek airtight pump container and the amount of product you get is amazing (100ml to be precise, most brands will offer 50ml for this price point).  It dispenses out as a rich gel texture which is incredibly cooling on the skin, (the total opposite of this Perricone MD Mask, which heats up) and begins to turn into a delicate yet rich and dense foam almost immediately with the slightest tingling sensation. I like that the foam doesn't dissolve/evaporate too quickly like with some 'foaming' masks, and the rich texture does a great job of preventing it from running into your eyes, nose or mouth. If you could put your face in a cool fluffy cloud, I'm guessing it would probably feel something like this!? It's one of those face masks that you notice immediate results with after rinsing. The Perricone MD Firming Foam Mask* is not only fun to use, but it really works to help your skin feel and look amazing! Skin is left feeling hydrated, invigorated, refreshed, soft, soothed and moisturised. It also smells delightful. If your looking for a mask to give instant brightening and firming results, then i highly recommend this. It's now a firm staple in my beauty cabinet. This is a face mask that is gentle enough to be used everyday, however i only mask when needed. At present i am enjoying using this once a week. Perricone now have 4 face masks in their collection, all of which i thoroughly enjoy. Though i have yet to try the Chloro Plasma.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Bentonite, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Saccharide Isomerate, Disiloxane, Decyl Glucoside, Betaine, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Phosphatidylcholine, Sodium Borohydride, Perfluorohexane, Perfluoromethylcyclopentane, Perfluorodecalin, Disodium Adenosine Triphosphate, Octyldodecyl PCA, Menthyl PCA, Algin, Carica Papaya Fruit Extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Coconut Acid, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Xanthan Gum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Isethionate, Butylene Glycol, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol.

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - Dermstore - Sephora



Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Booster Serum* - £80/$100 for 30ml | The Most Expensive product of the 4 i own, and at first it was my least favourite. Not because it's a bad product, but because for the price point, the texture and the amount of product i have to use! Surely i could use a more affordable hyaluronic serum like this and this to get the same hydration right? I'm so used to my serums being power houses that combine a multitude of ingredients to target an array of different skin issues, so i just didn't find that this wowed me..... However, the longer i used it the more i became to love it, especially when used in conjunction with the Hydrating Cloud Cream. The serums pros is that it is super lightweight which absorbs instantly and gives your skin an instant boost of hydration. Those who dislike sticky or tacky serums will love this. Its's also especially effective if you are someone who is short of time and needs your skincare routine to be quick and efficient. The container is also airtight which makes it fantastic for travel with no risk for spillage. Now for the cons, though i do find that this does a fantastic job of hydrating my skin, the texture is just far too watery for my personal taste. Fluid textures that are almost water-like with no viscosity are brilliant for penetrating the skin quickly, but because of the texture i find that i have to use a lot of product to cover my entire face and neck (3 pumps to be precise). Which sadly means i am going through the product far too quickly! I also find the pump shoots product out a little messily (because of the watery texture) and though i prefer pumps, i feel the consistency of this serum would have benefited much greater with a dropper applicator instead. I think if this would have been at a more affordable price it would be a definite constant repurchase, but because of the high price tag and the amount of product i use it's personally a little out of my financial reach. I do feel blessed to have been lucky enough to trial it. However i would definitely purchase this again at some point in the future and perhaps mix it with some of my other serums, as i found this layered really well with other serums (especially this and this). Would i say this is a must have product in the collection? I would say yes and no! Just weigh up the pro's and con's and you decide.


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Methyl Gluceth-20, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Betaine, Ectoin, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Acrylatesa/Inyl Isodecanoate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Allantoin, Di Potassi Um Glycyrrhizate, Phosphatidylcholine, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenoxyethanol, Saccharide Isomerate, Sea Whip Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Sodium Borohydride.

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - DermstoreSephora  



Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy De-Puffing Eye Gel* - £60/$75 for 15ml | This is not my most expensive eye cream in my collection (in fact this, this and this are!) it retails for only a few £'s more than my favourite Aesop Parsley Seed Eye Serum. The H2 Elemental Energy Eye Gel is a cooling, soothing eye gel that de-puffs and hydrates the delicate eye area. Dr Nick Perricone describes the De-Puffing Eye Gel as a preventative measure for any visible signs of ageing around the eye area, and tackles puffiness, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. This is a fantastic eye product for those who are after a lightweight hydrator that wont irritate sensitive eyes and it also layers well with a richer eye cream over top. I also really like that it is Fragrance-Free as i have extremely sensitive eyes, strong fragrance often irritates them. It works for all skin types and i believe all ages too, helping to provide immediate, soothing hydration. I spent a fair amount of last month crying after i tragically lost a family member, and this eye cream really helped to reduce the puffiness i woke up with every morning. Initially i wasn't sure at first that the gel texture would give my super dry under eyes enough moisture, but boy-oh-boy, was I wrong! It feels incredibly delicate and silky to the touch, and had my under eyes feeling extremely hydrated and moisturised all day! Even throughout allergy season where my eyes tend to be more dry, itchy and inflamed. A little really goes a long way with this, and concealer applies like a dream over top (i actually had less creasing and didn't use a powder to set). I actually find myself looking forward to applying this to my under eyes every morning. If you are after a lightweight eye product that feels like a glass of water for your under eyes, has a nice cooling sensation and instantly makes your eyes feel refreshed and look visibly less puffy then i highly recommend this. Best of all if you also have extremely sensitive eyes and get milia bumps easily, you will really enjoy this. I actually found it has helped remove some of the milia bumps i had under my eyes.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycereth-26, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Phosphatidycholine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Borohydride, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ectoin, Adenosine, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Panthenol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Olivate, Betaine, Dimethicone, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tromethamine, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Allantoin, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Silica, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - Dermstore - Sephora



Perricone MD H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream* -  £69/$80 for 50ml | Now for the Creme-De-La-Creme of this entire line *imagine angels start singing in the background. This is by far one of Perricone MD's most exciting innovations to date! The H2 Elemental Energy Hydrating Cloud Cream features a luxurious, lighter-than-air formula that provides a superior hydrating experience and true efficacy. It's incredibly unique in that it addresses the needs of dehydrated, dull, tired-looking skin without being heavy or pore-clogging, which can result in breakouts. The revolutionary formula helps to infuse hydration to skin that is lacking in water, to help you achieve healthy, hydrated and youthful looking skin; Where as most traditional moisturisers target skin types lacking in oil. This was the product i was most excited about getting my hands on and i must say that it exceeded my already high expectations! This moisturiser is simply amazing and I have found myself reaching for this every single morning over every other moisturuiser i own, including this and this (which are long-time favourites)! It feels so lightweight on the skin and cool to the touch, similar to the Blithe Pressed Serum - Crystal Iceplant but much more whipped. The Perricone Hydrating Cloud Cream is the ultimate lightweight hydrator for those with combination and oily skin. It helps to provide the skin with intense hydration that feels featherlight on the skin and absorbs instantly, leaving the skin feeling cool, refreshed and awake. Before you know it your skin will be balanced and clear. This is the product that has worked in conjunction with the serum to make a huge difference to my dehydrated skin. Not just in this line, but in my entire skincare routine! For the first time in years my skin feels normal... not oily, not combination, but perfectly balanced and normal. It was definitely a new feeling to get used to after being combination and oily my entire adult life! I also noticed i have been breaking out much as well. I honestly could not see myself living without this moisturiser in my life now and it will forever be a repurchase for me, for as long as my skin continues to love it! In fact this is everything i wished the Bliss Drench 'n' Quench to be, only this feels much less silicone like and absorbs a million times better. So if you liked that moisturiser, you will LOVE this!

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Porphyridium Polysaccharide, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arachidyl Alcohol, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phosphatidylcholine, PCA, Sodium Borohydride, Arginine, Dimethyl MEA, Aspartic Acid, Arachidyl Glucoside, Carbomer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Pullulan, Disodium EDTA, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

UK Link | USA Link
Other Retailers: Skinstore - Dermstore - Sephora


The entire collection is now available both in the USA and UK (as well as worldwide). You can purchase the entire collection for $305 in the USA and Perricone MD currently have it on offer for $259 - Link. In the UK the entire set will set you back £257 though Perricone MD UK, they also currently have a good offer for £218 for the entire set - Link. Alternatively if you don't want to fork out on the full sizes, Perricone MD also offers the Ultimate Hydration Starter Kit which retails for £65 and contains deluxe sample sizes of the Booster Serum (15ml), Eye Gel (7.5ml) and Cloud Cream (15ml) which are perfect for travel . Purchasing this set is also the perfect way to try out the range before splurging on the full sizes. In fact i wish more brands did sets like this. The Perricone H2 Elemental Energy Line is most definitely a skincare line i would recommend. Keep your eyes peeled for my morning skincare routine, that will be coming up shortly and incorporates the H2 Elemental Energy Line Products.

What are your favourite Perricone MD Products? I would love to know which products you swear by to achieve ultimate hydration.....

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo


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I thought that i would start off explaining a little more about Amly Botanicals and how they came about. Amly Botanicals is a small British Skincare Brand founded by friends Kerry Moore and Lisa Smallpeice. Both Lisa and Kerry share a love of natural beauty products and after Lisa moved to Hawthbush Farm situated in the East Sussex Countryside with her family, they noticed the land was virtually untouched. Boasting of 140 acres of organic land, complete with beautiful untouched wild-flower meadows and hedgerows full of wild herbs and medicinal plants (i bet it's breathtakingly beautiful!?) - I have uploaded a snippet from their youtube below. They soon started looking for a water source and this is where they discovered a water-spring running beneath the wild meadow. They decided to bottle this incredible silver-rich water source, basing their entire skincare line around it and Amly Botanicals (which Amly is actually the Old English name of the organic wild-flower meadow) was born.


They wanted to create a clean natural skincare line free from nasties like: parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulphates, GMOs, PEGs, mineral oil, silicon and animal-derived ingredients. Creating only clean handmade, cruelty-free, vegan friendly products. The Amly 'Radiance Boost' Silver Rich Face Mist was their first creation, created to be a first in a lineup of' 'silver-rich inspired' face mists. Did you know that every fresh batch of Amly silver-rich face mists takes 8 weeks to produce?! All of the organic flowers and native herbs are extracted using the gentle and slow process of hydro-distillation. (where the plants are left to soak and are heated, leaving the oil and water separated using condensation). Then the floral hydrosols and essential oils are hand blended into the silver-rich water. Every ingredient within each bottle is inspired by their East Sussex landscape using the wild plants that live on the land. Lisa and Kerry were determined to create beauty products that not only work, but remained as pure as possible. I think it is because of the natural sources they use and their passion and ethos, that this brand is so beautiful! I honestly have the utmost respect for them both. Every product they create is based around the Silver-rich water, due to it's anti-bacterial and anti-microbial healing properties. Which makes for a fantastic base for a skincare product (find out more about why silver is good for your skin here). Lisa and Kerry aim to create several mists to correspond to a various lifestyle needs, and each and every one will cater to all skin-types. 

The Amly face mists can be used post-cleansing as a hydrating toner to a balance out your skin ready for your next products; As a post-makeup setting spray to help powders to blend seamlessly into the skin, and add a beautiful dewy glow; And they can even act as a moisturising pick-me-up throughout the day. Each mist is designed to protect your skin from environmental challenges and give a good sense of well-being at the same time. The Amly Face mists have become a firm handbag staple for me. Not only are they a must-have product as part of my morning and evening skincare routines, but they act as an uplifting refresher when I'm feeling a little rundown, unmotivated and lazy throughout the day. In fact i always have an Amly face mist close by me when i am blogging away at my computer.


All of the Amly mists come housed within the chic Miron Glass bottles, with the best nozzles that honestly disperse the most finest mist! (I'm quite the nozzle snob when it comes to face mists). The reason why Miron glass is so amazing is because it works like a natural filter blocking complete spectrum of visible light & allowing a part of the product inside to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UVA, and infra-red light. Thus lengthening the stability & potency of the product inside without the use of any parabens or preservatives. Pretty amazing huh? However i still always store my skincare products out of direct sunlight to help preserve my products longer. May Lindstrom (Link), MUN Skin (Link), De Mamiel (Link), Dafnas (Link), Kahina Giving Beauty (Link), Bella Aura (Link), La Belle Lune (Link), Vintners Daughter (Link) and Lina Hanson (Link) are other wonderful brands that also use Miron Glass packaging.


I am happy to finally say that my Amly Radiance Boost Face Mist now has a sister, the second member of the Amly Alchemy Family.....

Meet Digital Detox....


A protective and re-energising mineral-rich Face Mist to help combat the skin-stressing and energy-zapping effects of digital, environmental and cosmic pollution.


Ingredients:
Aqua, Glucose, Rapeseed Acid, Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Pink Salt), Magnesium Sulfate, Aloe Barbadensis (***Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, *Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil, *Jasmine Officinale (Jasmine Absolute) Flower Oil, *Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Niaouli) Leaf/Twig Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, *Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Leaf Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Wood Oil, *Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Quartz Powder, Panax, Ginseng Root Extract, Salicornia, Herbacea (Glasswort) Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beetroot) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Silver Citrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citric Acid, **Limonene, **Linalool, **Geraniol, **Citral, **Citronellol, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Benzyl Alcohol, **Eugenol, **Farnesol, **Benzyl Salicylate. 
*Natural Pure Essential Oils **Potential Allergens ***Certified Organic Ingredients ^Ecocert certified (man this took me forever to copy and type lol)


The Amly Digital Detox Silver-Rich Face Mist has more of a woodsy, floral aroma than the original Radiance Boost Mist, which is much lighter & delicate in comparison. With strong woody and floral notes of  Jasmine, Juniper, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Rose Geranium & Frankincense this mist is especially perfect for the Spring and summer months. Bring the outside sunshine, inside. DD is made specifically to protect skin cells, detoxify and de-stress by promoting clarity of mind. Exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted from computers and mobile devices in our everyday lives, really can affect our energy levels and even irritate our skin. I mean how many of you find you have dry itchy eyes, or dehydrated skin after sitting in front of a phone or computer screen all day long? Exactly! The Digital Detox mist is the perfect preventative-measure against the negative side-effects of technological devices, making it a wonderful desk companion for any of us who are exposed to one of more digital devices every day. Keep it at your desk and enjoy using throughout the day to boost energy levels and maintain skin vitality. Not only is Digital detox perfect for those of us stuck behind a computer desk, but it is also the perfect travel companion. Whether it be through experiencing the stress of the London underground commute or mid way through a long flight, this mist is the perfect skin protector, hydrator and pick-me-up in one.


Packed full of natures minerals & antioxidants that help to shield against environmental aggressors and daily airborne pollutants, it is also chocked full of ingredients rich in hydration, in small molecules to really penetrate the skin faster battling dehydration. Frankincense, Niaouli and Yarrow essential oils work in harmony to help detoxify the skin; Himalayan Salts & Magnesium help to shield against damaging electromagnetic frequencies. Marine Algae and Salicorne extract have the ability to prevent dehydration and protect the skin from environmental stresses by strengthening the skin's lipid barrier; and ingredients like Ylang Ylang, Juniper, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood and Rose Quartz help to de-stress and improve concentration. Making this the perfect mist come midday when that afternoon fatigue kicks in, or even if you are just experiencing a stressful day and need an extra boost. Just like with the original radiance boost Silver Rich mist you can transform yourself into a beautiful countryside-meadow daydream with just a few delicate spritzes, and come back refreshed and revamped ready to take on whatever is thrown at you.

  With notes somewhat similar to the May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden but with benefits much greater, i would say if the MLJG is out of your reach, definitely give the Digital Detox a try. Especially as its £27 cheaper and in my opinion much more pleasant.


Directions:
Shake well (this is very important, as it is packed full of nutrient rich ingredients that need to be shaken before every use to disperse through) then close your eyes and spray liberally onto the face. Inhale deeply to allow the aromatic oils to stimulate the senses, relax your mind and help you recharge.


Prices & Stockists:
The Amly Digital Detox Silver-Rich Facial Mist will be up on the official Amly website shortly, however it will also be available to purchase from these retailers:
^ Content Beauty £42 (UK) - Link
^ Seed To Serum $ (USA) - Coming Soon
^ Integrity Botanicals $58 (USA) - Link
^ Green Soul Cosmetics €52 (Italy) - Link
Divine Green Beauty €52 (France) - Link
 The Jamila (Bahrain - covering all of the Arab GCC) - Link
(^) = Ships Worldwide


 Socialise with Amly via:

Instagram - Link
Twitter - Link
Facebook - Link


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo


*Disclaimer
*This post contains a Gifted Sample kindly given by Amly Botanicals
However all opinions are my own 
You can read my full disclaimer here
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A New Release By Amly Botanicals | The Digital Detox Silver Rich Face Mist


I thought that i would start off explaining a little more about Amly Botanicals and how they came about. Amly Botanicals is a small British Skincare Brand founded by friends Kerry Moore and Lisa Smallpeice. Both Lisa and Kerry share a love of natural beauty products and after Lisa moved to Hawthbush Farm situated in the East Sussex Countryside with her family, they noticed the land was virtually untouched. Boasting of 140 acres of organic land, complete with beautiful untouched wild-flower meadows and hedgerows full of wild herbs and medicinal plants (i bet it's breathtakingly beautiful!?) - I have uploaded a snippet from their youtube below. They soon started looking for a water source and this is where they discovered a water-spring running beneath the wild meadow. They decided to bottle this incredible silver-rich water source, basing their entire skincare line around it and Amly Botanicals (which Amly is actually the Old English name of the organic wild-flower meadow) was born.


They wanted to create a clean natural skincare line free from nasties like: parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulphates, GMOs, PEGs, mineral oil, silicon and animal-derived ingredients. Creating only clean handmade, cruelty-free, vegan friendly products. The Amly 'Radiance Boost' Silver Rich Face Mist was their first creation, created to be a first in a lineup of' 'silver-rich inspired' face mists. Did you know that every fresh batch of Amly silver-rich face mists takes 8 weeks to produce?! All of the organic flowers and native herbs are extracted using the gentle and slow process of hydro-distillation. (where the plants are left to soak and are heated, leaving the oil and water separated using condensation). Then the floral hydrosols and essential oils are hand blended into the silver-rich water. Every ingredient within each bottle is inspired by their East Sussex landscape using the wild plants that live on the land. Lisa and Kerry were determined to create beauty products that not only work, but remained as pure as possible. I think it is because of the natural sources they use and their passion and ethos, that this brand is so beautiful! I honestly have the utmost respect for them both. Every product they create is based around the Silver-rich water, due to it's anti-bacterial and anti-microbial healing properties. Which makes for a fantastic base for a skincare product (find out more about why silver is good for your skin here). Lisa and Kerry aim to create several mists to correspond to a various lifestyle needs, and each and every one will cater to all skin-types. 

The Amly face mists can be used post-cleansing as a hydrating toner to a balance out your skin ready for your next products; As a post-makeup setting spray to help powders to blend seamlessly into the skin, and add a beautiful dewy glow; And they can even act as a moisturising pick-me-up throughout the day. Each mist is designed to protect your skin from environmental challenges and give a good sense of well-being at the same time. The Amly Face mists have become a firm handbag staple for me. Not only are they a must-have product as part of my morning and evening skincare routines, but they act as an uplifting refresher when I'm feeling a little rundown, unmotivated and lazy throughout the day. In fact i always have an Amly face mist close by me when i am blogging away at my computer.


All of the Amly mists come housed within the chic Miron Glass bottles, with the best nozzles that honestly disperse the most finest mist! (I'm quite the nozzle snob when it comes to face mists). The reason why Miron glass is so amazing is because it works like a natural filter blocking complete spectrum of visible light & allowing a part of the product inside to be permeable for radiation in the spectral range of UVA, and infra-red light. Thus lengthening the stability & potency of the product inside without the use of any parabens or preservatives. Pretty amazing huh? However i still always store my skincare products out of direct sunlight to help preserve my products longer. May Lindstrom (Link), MUN Skin (Link), De Mamiel (Link), Dafnas (Link), Kahina Giving Beauty (Link), Bella Aura (Link), La Belle Lune (Link), Vintners Daughter (Link) and Lina Hanson (Link) are other wonderful brands that also use Miron Glass packaging.


I am happy to finally say that my Amly Radiance Boost Face Mist now has a sister, the second member of the Amly Alchemy Family.....

Meet Digital Detox....


A protective and re-energising mineral-rich Face Mist to help combat the skin-stressing and energy-zapping effects of digital, environmental and cosmic pollution.


Ingredients:
Aqua, Glucose, Rapeseed Acid, Sodium Chloride (Himalayan Pink Salt), Magnesium Sulfate, Aloe Barbadensis (***Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, *Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum Oil, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil, *Jasmine Officinale (Jasmine Absolute) Flower Oil, *Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Niaouli) Leaf/Twig Oil, *Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, *Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, *Tilia Cordata (Linden) Flower Oil, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, *Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Leaf Oil, *Juniperus Virginiana (Cedarwood) Wood Oil, *Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Quartz Powder, Panax, Ginseng Root Extract, Salicornia, Herbacea (Glasswort) Extract, Beta Vulgaris (Beetroot) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Silver Citrate, Lactobacillus Ferment, Hydroxyacetophenone, Tocopherol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citric Acid, **Limonene, **Linalool, **Geraniol, **Citral, **Citronellol, **Benzyl Benzoate, **Benzyl Alcohol, **Eugenol, **Farnesol, **Benzyl Salicylate. 
*Natural Pure Essential Oils **Potential Allergens ***Certified Organic Ingredients ^Ecocert certified (man this took me forever to copy and type lol)


The Amly Digital Detox Silver-Rich Face Mist has more of a woodsy, floral aroma than the original Radiance Boost Mist, which is much lighter & delicate in comparison. With strong woody and floral notes of  Jasmine, Juniper, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Rose Geranium & Frankincense this mist is especially perfect for the Spring and summer months. Bring the outside sunshine, inside. DD is made specifically to protect skin cells, detoxify and de-stress by promoting clarity of mind. Exposure to electromagnetic fields emitted from computers and mobile devices in our everyday lives, really can affect our energy levels and even irritate our skin. I mean how many of you find you have dry itchy eyes, or dehydrated skin after sitting in front of a phone or computer screen all day long? Exactly! The Digital Detox mist is the perfect preventative-measure against the negative side-effects of technological devices, making it a wonderful desk companion for any of us who are exposed to one of more digital devices every day. Keep it at your desk and enjoy using throughout the day to boost energy levels and maintain skin vitality. Not only is Digital detox perfect for those of us stuck behind a computer desk, but it is also the perfect travel companion. Whether it be through experiencing the stress of the London underground commute or mid way through a long flight, this mist is the perfect skin protector, hydrator and pick-me-up in one.


Packed full of natures minerals & antioxidants that help to shield against environmental aggressors and daily airborne pollutants, it is also chocked full of ingredients rich in hydration, in small molecules to really penetrate the skin faster battling dehydration. Frankincense, Niaouli and Yarrow essential oils work in harmony to help detoxify the skin; Himalayan Salts & Magnesium help to shield against damaging electromagnetic frequencies. Marine Algae and Salicorne extract have the ability to prevent dehydration and protect the skin from environmental stresses by strengthening the skin's lipid barrier; and ingredients like Ylang Ylang, Juniper, Orange Blossom, Cedarwood and Rose Quartz help to de-stress and improve concentration. Making this the perfect mist come midday when that afternoon fatigue kicks in, or even if you are just experiencing a stressful day and need an extra boost. Just like with the original radiance boost Silver Rich mist you can transform yourself into a beautiful countryside-meadow daydream with just a few delicate spritzes, and come back refreshed and revamped ready to take on whatever is thrown at you.

  With notes somewhat similar to the May Lindstrom Jasmine Garden but with benefits much greater, i would say if the MLJG is out of your reach, definitely give the Digital Detox a try. Especially as its £27 cheaper and in my opinion much more pleasant.


Directions:
Shake well (this is very important, as it is packed full of nutrient rich ingredients that need to be shaken before every use to disperse through) then close your eyes and spray liberally onto the face. Inhale deeply to allow the aromatic oils to stimulate the senses, relax your mind and help you recharge.


Prices & Stockists:
The Amly Digital Detox Silver-Rich Facial Mist will be up on the official Amly website shortly, however it will also be available to purchase from these retailers:
^ Content Beauty £42 (UK) - Link
^ Seed To Serum $ (USA) - Coming Soon
^ Integrity Botanicals $58 (USA) - Link
^ Green Soul Cosmetics €52 (Italy) - Link
Divine Green Beauty €52 (France) - Link
 The Jamila (Bahrain - covering all of the Arab GCC) - Link
(^) = Ships Worldwide


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I always get excited for my monthly Mintd beauty box, and i was a huge fan of last months box - which you can read about here. Sadly this months box review took a little longer to get up. If you follow me on Instagram you will know why (or you can catch up briefly here). All of the heartbreak resulted in me adding a new addition to our family,who comes in sweet kitten form. We have named her Joanie, and she has been a huge positive influence for me. I also spent the months of March and April on a strict product routine, which i was doing in partnership with my friend Jason (skincare routine & review coming soon). So that also made it difficult for me to incorporate any new products into my routine. Over the past 6 days i have briefly tested out the contents of 'The Upkeep' April box and i thought that i would share my first impressions with you..... 


Rosalena Beauty & The Beast Face Oil | Full Size 15ml - Retail Value of £42

Rosalena first came under my radar when their Frank & Sense Face Oil appeared in Septembers Mintd Box last year. Despite having interest in this brand for quite some time i still had not got round to purchasing anything of theirs, so i was excited to find a Rosalena product in this months box. From what i can see of Rosalena they are a beautiful and natural oil based skincare brand that was founded in 2013 by Helena Chapman & Maja Griffith. They Specialise in clean, pure plant bioactive ingredients with the aim to combine the ancient wisdom of plant oils, with contemporary botanical actives. Their products contain no additives or preservatives, and aim to evoke a sense of wellbeing. I am a huge fan of clean and green skincare that also doubles up as self care, through a relaxing sensory experience. So this pretty little bottle certainly piqued my interest. The Beauty & The Beast Oil is a lightweight, antioxidant rich oil that helps to hydrate and tone the skin. It is supposed to be fantastic pre-makeup or post shave for all skin types, as either a morning moisture boost or a night time nourisher (or both!). I will admit that the rosalena oils can be a little confusing to decide which one to use as they all seem to say that they do the same thing!?? However because i know my own skin and what ingredients it likes, i choose the products i use by the ingredients list. This oil contains Watermelon Seed Oil to help hydrate but without causing congestion or clogging the pores. Camellia Kissi Oil to help rejuvenate tired skin. Apricot Kernal oil which is high in oleic acid and is great for inflamed & dry skin. Rosehip Oil i have talked about many times (see here) and then they're Antioxidant rich ingredients like CoQ10, Grapeseed Oil & Vitamin E and Organic Essential Oils include Cape Chamomile, Cypress, Sandalwood Mysore, Sweet Orange & Neroli which are all in low amounts to prevent irritation, but also help give the oil its beautiful scent. Though this is labelled as good for all skin types i would say that this will work best for those with normal to dry skin (so my skin will love this during the winter months). I definitely want to try their other oils, and i think these will be beautiful to mix and combine together. Overall i have only used this a few times but so far i am thoroughly enjoying it. Besides the Beauty & The Beast Oil and the Frank & Sense oil (that i mentioned briefly above) Rosalena have two other facial oils ( which you can view here and here). 

Ingredients: Camellia Kissi Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip C02) Seed Oil**, Rosmarinus Officinales**, Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme 10), Tocopherol Acetate, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil**, Santalum Album (Sandalwood Mysore) Oil**, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil**, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil**, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Oil**, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool* *naturally occurring ingredients ** organic. 


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Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner | Deluxe Travel Size - Retail Value of £48 for 130ml

When this first released it received so much hype from bloggers that received PR packages and Sephora Purchasers (SR are definitely ahead of the game when it comes to Marketing & Press); But after seeing how shady Sephora are with their reviews (they promote sponsored brands and delete peoples negative comments, which is misleading to consumers) i decided that i wanted to wait until the buzz had died down before purchasing this, along with the UFO oil (which i've still yet to get). So i was very pleasantly surprised to find a deluxe travel-sized sample of this toner in this months Mintd box. Just in time for the summer months when my skin leans a little oilier. My skin has been so much more balanced recently and i have noticed it can dry out very easily, so i was a little apprehensive that this might strip my skin of its natural oils. I personally like a little oil on my face, as it gives my skin a beautiful youthful glow. However i genuinely like this toner! After a bad reaction to Tidal (which i rushed out and purchased the day it released on Sephora) and with Sunday Riley discontinuing so many of their most popular products, i have been a little apprehensive to purchase any more of their products recently (even though i desperately want to try the new CEO serum). As who wants to fall in love with a product and then have it discontinued? Sunday Riley have discontinued both my beloved Artemis face oil & Start Over over cream. I am also too nervous to use my Blue Moon which has stayed in my bathroom cabinet, because it too is being discontinued. There is nothing more disheartening than finding a product that you love, then never being able to get it again *sigh. Many of my skincare friends feel that Sunday Riley nowadays concentrate too much on their marketing and gimmicky names, and not enough focusing on the quality of their products anymore - which is what originally made us fall in love with them in the first place. I personally adore Sunday Riley products (i have purchased them all myself), and with the exception of Tidal i have loved everything else i have ever tried, but we can't always like everything can we? Now regarding the Martian toner, the ingredients list didn't wow me! Especially with the first ingredient being water (which usually means the product is heavily diluted). It also contains alcohol (something i try to avoid, as i find it drying on me personally) and it has a lot of carriers and emollients. However moving past those it does contain some beautiful extracts, oils and skin soothers like: Manuka Oil, Black Cumin (which is great for helping with congestion), Witch Hazel (a natural astringent that helps with blemishes), Aloe Vera, Chaulmogra Oil, Bentonite (which helps to absorb excess sebum & mattify the skin) and Cucumber Extract (which is very soothing and cooling). It's these ingredients that made me love this product. I use this in my toner or essence step, and simply pour a few drops into the palm of my hands and gently press into the skin. Concentrating mostly on my t-zone where i produce excess sebum. I prefer using this in the morning, as i prefer an exfoliating toner and hydrating-mist routine at night. If you have combination/oily, acne-prone skin you will love this.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sorbeth-30 Tetraisostearate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Ppg-8 Ceteth-20, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Taraktogenos Kurzii Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Branch/Leaf Oil, Potassium Lauroyl Wheat Amino Acids, Palm Glycerides, Capryloyl Glycine, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Lauryl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Tapioca Starch, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bentonite, Tapioca Starch (And) Polymethylsilsequioxane, Lauryl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogan Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolamine, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pearl Powder. 


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Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum | Full Size 10ml - Retail Value of £30

Skyn Iceland is a brand that i have seen pop up quite a bit on Cult Beauty. The website i probably do the most damage on each month (followed up by this site and this! #help). I have been eyeing up the Arctic Face Oil of theirs for a quite some time, so i was happy to see a product of theirs in the box. Especially being an eye product! Due to lack of sleep, a bit too much crying and allergies recently, my under-eyes need all the help they can get. Though Cult Beauty stock Skyn Iceland i could not find this product on their website, but i did find it through Marks & Spencers. The Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum is best described as a cooling gel, and has a watery gel consistency. It contains over 20 peptides, as well as antioxidants and algae extracts designed to help hydrate, smooth, de-puff, firm and brighten the under eyes. I love that its texture is similar to my favourite eye serum, being that it's lightweight and easily absorbed and doesn't irritate or sting my extremely sensitive eyes. Whether it will help with the dark pigmentation, only time will tell; but i do think this is a great eye-hydrator and it has been a wonderful product for me this week with the early school mornings. With eye products it takes quite a while to see results, so i will update on this in a few months after i have finished up a couple of other eye products i am testing out (this and this). So watch this space! I also think the price point is brilliant for such fantastic ingredients. Have i finally found the eye serum to replace the Elemis one i used to love? (sadly i no longer purchase anything from this brand).

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, dunaliella salina extract, centella asiatica extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, palmitoyl hexapeptide-52, buddleja davidii extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, oxycoccus palustris (arctic cranberry) seed oil, rubus chamaemorus (arctic cloudberry) seed oil, palmitoyl heptapeptide-18, angelica archangelica root water*, acetyl citrull amido arginine, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, phenethyl alcohol, sodium gluconate, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, carbomer, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hydroxide, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, perfluorodecalin, xanthan gum, sucrose palmitate, glycosphingolipids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, polyvinyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate. *component of Icelandic glacial water. 


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Apa Beauty Lip Loofah | Full Size 11g - Retail Value of £16

Apa Beauty is a brand that i had never heard of until i received this lip scrub. That's one of the cool features of a beauty box is that sometimes you can discover wonderful new brands. The Apa Lip Loofah is a rich exfoliating lip-balm. A mix of sugar and walnut shell powder help to gently buff away dry and flaky dead skin, used in conjunction with jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, orange peel, shea butter and cocoa butter it not only exfoliates but really nourishes the lips. The inclusion of Beeswax really helps to add a protective coat across the lips, so they are protected all day but without feeling greasy. Obviously the inclusion of beeswax means this isn't vegan. It also smells and tastes soooo good! Upon looking into Apa Beauty a little bit more, i discovered that it is founded by Dr Michael Apa. A cosmetic dentist who creates simple yet effective oral care and hygiene products. I must say that i am intrigued by the Blue Lip Shine. As i love anything that can make my teeth look whiter without irritating or sensitizing them.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma (Cacao) Seed Butter, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Silica, Squalane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Citruss Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Flavor.  


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Potion London The Beauty Formula | Full Size 60 tablets - Retail Value of £25

I'm a firm believer in that in order to achieve best skin health, it has to start from the inside out. I already make sure i drink plenty of water, take vitamins and keep a balanced diet, trying to reduce how much sugar i have. Not only can diet mess with skin health but stress can also be a huge benefactor for how our skin looks. Sometimes an extra boost through a supplement can really help! Potion London are a fairly new brand to the market that focus on making easy to understand supplements that can be easily incorporate into your life. Currently they have 6 different types of supplements (probiotic, super greens, bone formula, hyaluronic acid and collagen booster) with the 6th being the Beauty Formula which is within this months Mintd Box. The beauty supplements  ingredients include Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D (something we lack of in England), Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and Zinc to help promote healthy hair, skin and nails. The supplements have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and are also vegan and gluten, nut and soy free. These are the only products i have not yet tried in the box, only because i spent most of April poorly with a sore throat and swollen glands, swallowing pills was quite a mission. I will update properly once i have really introduced these into my everyday routine, but they do sound lovely. 

Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate (with Maltodextrin), Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vitamin C 97% (Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxypropylmethyl Cellulose), Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Fumarate, Vitamin E 50% (DL Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Silicon Dioxide), Nicotinamide, Zinc Oxide, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Magnesium Stearate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Silicon Dioxide, Hydroxypropylmethyl Cellulose (with Glycerin), Riboflavin, Cupric Sulphate Anhydrous, Vitamin D3 Prep (Sucrose, Corn Starch, Gum Arabic, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Tri-Calcium Phosphate, Cholecalciferol, DL-Alpha Tocopherol), Manganese Sulphate Monohydrate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, D-Biotin, Cyanocobalamin. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. No added salt or sweeteners. No gluten, no crustaceans, no fish, no egg, no peanuts, no soya, no milk, no nuts, no celery, no mustard, no sesame seeds, no sulphites. Suitable for vegetarians.



As always the box is great value for money, with the box containing products with a value of £141 for just £65. Every month Mintd offer a new subscription box which contains 4-5 luxury/highend brand products that are stocked on a variety of premium sites like Space NK, Selfridges, Style.com and Beauty Expert to name a few. What a lot of beauty box companies don't tell us is that the products within them are actually old stock, where as with Mintd everything is globally on trend NOW. I personally hold the 'quality over quantity' rule when it comes to the beauty products i use, especially so with skincare. So Mintd really speaks to me on a personal level and is the only beauty box service i currently use. Mintd Beauty Box has multiple subscription plans to suit your lifestyle or budget, and their customer service team go above and beyond to help you with any queries. Their subscription plans go from monthly or bi-monthly at £65, 3 months for £190.50, 6 months for £381 and yearly/12 months for £762. They can also be cancelled if you just contact their customer service and can easily be reactivated by yourself manually on your 'subscription' plan under your account. Mintd Box has Worldwide Delivery (UK Free, Europe, North America & Australia). For those out of the UK you can receive Free delivery on your first box when you sign up using the promo code WELCOME17. Sign up here or at www.mintdbox.com. Or alternatively you can invest in this months box here.

"At Mintd box we aim to inspire & encourage women from all walks of life to own their presence, reveal their inner beauty through experimentation and discovery of new luxury beauty brands. We believe that every women deserves to feel confident and in control of her day"

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Mintd Luxury Beauty Box | April Box Review - The Upkeep


I always get excited for my monthly Mintd beauty box, and i was a huge fan of last months box - which you can read about here. Sadly this months box review took a little longer to get up. If you follow me on Instagram you will know why (or you can catch up briefly here). All of the heartbreak resulted in me adding a new addition to our family,who comes in sweet kitten form. We have named her Joanie, and she has been a huge positive influence for me. I also spent the months of March and April on a strict product routine, which i was doing in partnership with my friend Jason (skincare routine & review coming soon). So that also made it difficult for me to incorporate any new products into my routine. Over the past 6 days i have briefly tested out the contents of 'The Upkeep' April box and i thought that i would share my first impressions with you..... 


Rosalena Beauty & The Beast Face Oil | Full Size 15ml - Retail Value of £42

Rosalena first came under my radar when their Frank & Sense Face Oil appeared in Septembers Mintd Box last year. Despite having interest in this brand for quite some time i still had not got round to purchasing anything of theirs, so i was excited to find a Rosalena product in this months box. From what i can see of Rosalena they are a beautiful and natural oil based skincare brand that was founded in 2013 by Helena Chapman & Maja Griffith. They Specialise in clean, pure plant bioactive ingredients with the aim to combine the ancient wisdom of plant oils, with contemporary botanical actives. Their products contain no additives or preservatives, and aim to evoke a sense of wellbeing. I am a huge fan of clean and green skincare that also doubles up as self care, through a relaxing sensory experience. So this pretty little bottle certainly piqued my interest. The Beauty & The Beast Oil is a lightweight, antioxidant rich oil that helps to hydrate and tone the skin. It is supposed to be fantastic pre-makeup or post shave for all skin types, as either a morning moisture boost or a night time nourisher (or both!). I will admit that the rosalena oils can be a little confusing to decide which one to use as they all seem to say that they do the same thing!?? However because i know my own skin and what ingredients it likes, i choose the products i use by the ingredients list. This oil contains Watermelon Seed Oil to help hydrate but without causing congestion or clogging the pores. Camellia Kissi Oil to help rejuvenate tired skin. Apricot Kernal oil which is high in oleic acid and is great for inflamed & dry skin. Rosehip Oil i have talked about many times (see here) and then they're Antioxidant rich ingredients like CoQ10, Grapeseed Oil & Vitamin E and Organic Essential Oils include Cape Chamomile, Cypress, Sandalwood Mysore, Sweet Orange & Neroli which are all in low amounts to prevent irritation, but also help give the oil its beautiful scent. Though this is labelled as good for all skin types i would say that this will work best for those with normal to dry skin (so my skin will love this during the winter months). I definitely want to try their other oils, and i think these will be beautiful to mix and combine together. Overall i have only used this a few times but so far i am thoroughly enjoying it. Besides the Beauty & The Beast Oil and the Frank & Sense oil (that i mentioned briefly above) Rosalena have two other facial oils ( which you can view here and here). 

Ingredients: Camellia Kissi Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Bisabolol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip C02) Seed Oil**, Rosmarinus Officinales**, Ubiquinone (CoEnzyme 10), Tocopherol Acetate, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil**, Santalum Album (Sandalwood Mysore) Oil**, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Flower Oil**, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil**, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Oil**, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Limonene*, Linalool* *naturally occurring ingredients ** organic. 


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Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner | Deluxe Travel Size - Retail Value of £48 for 130ml

When this first released it received so much hype from bloggers that received PR packages and Sephora Purchasers (SR are definitely ahead of the game when it comes to Marketing & Press); But after seeing how shady Sephora are with their reviews (they promote sponsored brands and delete peoples negative comments, which is misleading to consumers) i decided that i wanted to wait until the buzz had died down before purchasing this, along with the UFO oil (which i've still yet to get). So i was very pleasantly surprised to find a deluxe travel-sized sample of this toner in this months Mintd box. Just in time for the summer months when my skin leans a little oilier. My skin has been so much more balanced recently and i have noticed it can dry out very easily, so i was a little apprehensive that this might strip my skin of its natural oils. I personally like a little oil on my face, as it gives my skin a beautiful youthful glow. However i genuinely like this toner! After a bad reaction to Tidal (which i rushed out and purchased the day it released on Sephora) and with Sunday Riley discontinuing so many of their most popular products, i have been a little apprehensive to purchase any more of their products recently (even though i desperately want to try the new CEO serum). As who wants to fall in love with a product and then have it discontinued? Sunday Riley have discontinued both my beloved Artemis face oil & Start Over over cream. I am also too nervous to use my Blue Moon which has stayed in my bathroom cabinet, because it too is being discontinued. There is nothing more disheartening than finding a product that you love, then never being able to get it again *sigh. Many of my skincare friends feel that Sunday Riley nowadays concentrate too much on their marketing and gimmicky names, and not enough focusing on the quality of their products anymore - which is what originally made us fall in love with them in the first place. I personally adore Sunday Riley products (i have purchased them all myself), and with the exception of Tidal i have loved everything else i have ever tried, but we can't always like everything can we? Now regarding the Martian toner, the ingredients list didn't wow me! Especially with the first ingredient being water (which usually means the product is heavily diluted). It also contains alcohol (something i try to avoid, as i find it drying on me personally) and it has a lot of carriers and emollients. However moving past those it does contain some beautiful extracts, oils and skin soothers like: Manuka Oil, Black Cumin (which is great for helping with congestion), Witch Hazel (a natural astringent that helps with blemishes), Aloe Vera, Chaulmogra Oil, Bentonite (which helps to absorb excess sebum & mattify the skin) and Cucumber Extract (which is very soothing and cooling). It's these ingredients that made me love this product. I use this in my toner or essence step, and simply pour a few drops into the palm of my hands and gently press into the skin. Concentrating mostly on my t-zone where i produce excess sebum. I prefer using this in the morning, as i prefer an exfoliating toner and hydrating-mist routine at night. If you have combination/oily, acne-prone skin you will love this.

Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat., Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Sorbeth-30 Tetraisostearate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Ppg-8 Ceteth-20, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Taraktogenos Kurzii Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Seed Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Branch/Leaf Oil, Potassium Lauroyl Wheat Amino Acids, Palm Glycerides, Capryloyl Glycine, Magnolia Grandiflora Bark Extract, Lauryl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Tapioca Starch, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Bentonite, Tapioca Starch (And) Polymethylsilsequioxane, Lauryl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cymbopogan Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethanolamine, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Amino Esters-1, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Pearl Powder. 


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Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum | Full Size 10ml - Retail Value of £30

Skyn Iceland is a brand that i have seen pop up quite a bit on Cult Beauty. The website i probably do the most damage on each month (followed up by this site and this! #help). I have been eyeing up the Arctic Face Oil of theirs for a quite some time, so i was happy to see a product of theirs in the box. Especially being an eye product! Due to lack of sleep, a bit too much crying and allergies recently, my under-eyes need all the help they can get. Though Cult Beauty stock Skyn Iceland i could not find this product on their website, but i did find it through Marks & Spencers. The Skyn Iceland Brightening Eye Serum is best described as a cooling gel, and has a watery gel consistency. It contains over 20 peptides, as well as antioxidants and algae extracts designed to help hydrate, smooth, de-puff, firm and brighten the under eyes. I love that its texture is similar to my favourite eye serum, being that it's lightweight and easily absorbed and doesn't irritate or sting my extremely sensitive eyes. Whether it will help with the dark pigmentation, only time will tell; but i do think this is a great eye-hydrator and it has been a wonderful product for me this week with the early school mornings. With eye products it takes quite a while to see results, so i will update on this in a few months after i have finished up a couple of other eye products i am testing out (this and this). So watch this space! I also think the price point is brilliant for such fantastic ingredients. Have i finally found the eye serum to replace the Elemis one i used to love? (sadly i no longer purchase anything from this brand).

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, dunaliella salina extract, centella asiatica extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, palmitoyl hexapeptide-52, buddleja davidii extract, cucumis sativus (cucumber) extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) flower/leaf extract, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, oxycoccus palustris (arctic cranberry) seed oil, rubus chamaemorus (arctic cloudberry) seed oil, palmitoyl heptapeptide-18, angelica archangelica root water*, acetyl citrull amido arginine, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, phenethyl alcohol, sodium gluconate, panthenol, sodium hyaluronate, carbomer, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hydroxide, hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, perfluorodecalin, xanthan gum, sucrose palmitate, glycosphingolipids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, polyvinyl alcohol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate. *component of Icelandic glacial water. 


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Apa Beauty Lip Loofah | Full Size 11g - Retail Value of £16

Apa Beauty is a brand that i had never heard of until i received this lip scrub. That's one of the cool features of a beauty box is that sometimes you can discover wonderful new brands. The Apa Lip Loofah is a rich exfoliating lip-balm. A mix of sugar and walnut shell powder help to gently buff away dry and flaky dead skin, used in conjunction with jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, orange peel, shea butter and cocoa butter it not only exfoliates but really nourishes the lips. The inclusion of Beeswax really helps to add a protective coat across the lips, so they are protected all day but without feeling greasy. Obviously the inclusion of beeswax means this isn't vegan. It also smells and tastes soooo good! Upon looking into Apa Beauty a little bit more, i discovered that it is founded by Dr Michael Apa. A cosmetic dentist who creates simple yet effective oral care and hygiene products. I must say that i am intrigued by the Blue Lip Shine. As i love anything that can make my teeth look whiter without irritating or sensitizing them.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Beeswax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Theobroma (Cacao) Seed Butter, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Silica, Squalane, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Meal, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Citruss Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Flavor.  


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Potion London The Beauty Formula | Full Size 60 tablets - Retail Value of £25

I'm a firm believer in that in order to achieve best skin health, it has to start from the inside out. I already make sure i drink plenty of water, take vitamins and keep a balanced diet, trying to reduce how much sugar i have. Not only can diet mess with skin health but stress can also be a huge benefactor for how our skin looks. Sometimes an extra boost through a supplement can really help! Potion London are a fairly new brand to the market that focus on making easy to understand supplements that can be easily incorporate into your life. Currently they have 6 different types of supplements (probiotic, super greens, bone formula, hyaluronic acid and collagen booster) with the 6th being the Beauty Formula which is within this months Mintd Box. The beauty supplements  ingredients include Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin D (something we lack of in England), Vitamin B3 (Niacin) and Zinc to help promote healthy hair, skin and nails. The supplements have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and are also vegan and gluten, nut and soy free. These are the only products i have not yet tried in the box, only because i spent most of April poorly with a sore throat and swollen glands, swallowing pills was quite a mission. I will update properly once i have really introduced these into my everyday routine, but they do sound lovely. 

Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate (with Maltodextrin), Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Vitamin C 97% (Ascorbic Acid, Hydroxypropylmethyl Cellulose), Calcium Pantothenate, Ferrous Fumarate, Vitamin E 50% (DL Alpha Tocopherol Acetate, Silicon Dioxide), Nicotinamide, Zinc Oxide, L-Cysteine Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Magnesium Stearate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Silicon Dioxide, Hydroxypropylmethyl Cellulose (with Glycerin), Riboflavin, Cupric Sulphate Anhydrous, Vitamin D3 Prep (Sucrose, Corn Starch, Gum Arabic, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Tri-Calcium Phosphate, Cholecalciferol, DL-Alpha Tocopherol), Manganese Sulphate Monohydrate, Folic Acid, Potassium Iodide, Chromium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, D-Biotin, Cyanocobalamin. No artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. No added salt or sweeteners. No gluten, no crustaceans, no fish, no egg, no peanuts, no soya, no milk, no nuts, no celery, no mustard, no sesame seeds, no sulphites. Suitable for vegetarians.



As always the box is great value for money, with the box containing products with a value of £141 for just £65. Every month Mintd offer a new subscription box which contains 4-5 luxury/highend brand products that are stocked on a variety of premium sites like Space NK, Selfridges, Style.com and Beauty Expert to name a few. What a lot of beauty box companies don't tell us is that the products within them are actually old stock, where as with Mintd everything is globally on trend NOW. I personally hold the 'quality over quantity' rule when it comes to the beauty products i use, especially so with skincare. So Mintd really speaks to me on a personal level and is the only beauty box service i currently use. Mintd Beauty Box has multiple subscription plans to suit your lifestyle or budget, and their customer service team go above and beyond to help you with any queries. Their subscription plans go from monthly or bi-monthly at £65, 3 months for £190.50, 6 months for £381 and yearly/12 months for £762. They can also be cancelled if you just contact their customer service and can easily be reactivated by yourself manually on your 'subscription' plan under your account. Mintd Box has Worldwide Delivery (UK Free, Europe, North America & Australia). For those out of the UK you can receive Free delivery on your first box when you sign up using the promo code WELCOME17. Sign up here or at www.mintdbox.com. Or alternatively you can invest in this months box here.

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