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Steamcream Review

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I have to admit, I had never heard of Steamcream before but when I was sent a tin recently & I read the information, I was really interested to try it out.

Freshly handmade using high-quality, natural ingredients that are fused together by a shot of steam. This unique method makes the cream very lightweight, providing long-lasting hydration for the face. The texture also makes it a perfect nourishing treat for your body and hands too. I know, when I read that I was a bit nervous as well! I have always stuck to the ‘rules’ separate creams for the face, hands and body. I have no idea why, I’ve never really been one for rules in any other department!

The steam process is not only how Steamcream got its name, but is what makes it such a unique and effective moisturiser. Many creams on the market use complex molecules to bind their ingredients, which gives them a heavy emulsion that sits on the surface of the skin and only moisturises the outer layer. Because Steamcream is so light and loosely bound it penetrates into your skin leaving it smooth, supple and flexible for longer, and without any nasty chemicals.

Recommended for it’s healing properties so it’s perfect for people who suffer from psoriasis and eczema and those with sensitive skin. Each ingredient has been carefully selected for its unique soothing, calming and toning benefits. Steamcream also contains soothing oats, calming neroli and chamomile oil, rose absolute and orange flower water.

Apart from the fab cream, which I have been trying on my face and hands, (still can’t get used to it, but it works) they also have a massive collection of tins, and you can pick your own favourite, if you head to their website, you’ll be amazed at the different tins! Their latest collaboration is with talented Japanese poet, designer and embroidery artist Mako Kikkawa. Mako Kikkawa was inspired by the majestic Hoàn Kiêm Lake in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, and this design was carefully embroidered by hand and transformed into a beautiful tin.

Steamcream available here for £12.95

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REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil

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If you’re looking for a facial serum that doesn’t feel like an oil slick and you want something to give your skin a boost, add moisture AND make it look more radiant and even, then this is the baby for you.

“Skin looks and feels plumper, healthier, fitter. Reduces the signs of premature ageing and sensitivity. Soothes skin, stays fitter, better protected and hydrated”

That quote says it all really. The moment I tried this serum I was hooked. I intended to use it under my night time moisturiser, as I always found serums too heavy to use under make up during the day, but I can’t get enough of this product. 2 drops in the morning under my HealGel Face (coming soon) and 3 drops under my REN night cream. Forget any thoughts of greasiness or a face all shiny and drip like, my skin literally laps this up, even on my oily T-Zone (remember, oil loves oil)

Like most of the REN products, this contains Omega 3 & Vitamin E, along with Rose Hip Seed Oil, Camellia Oil and Bisabolol, with no parabens or mineral oil. And, as I’ve said a million times before, I am always on the lookout for something that will slow down the ageing process (I’ve been looking into Botox lately) and something that will give my skin a boost, radiance wise. Anti-Ageing, Radiance Boosting. That’s what I am constantly looking for. Does this work? Yes. Yes It does!

I have pale skin that can sometimes look slightly grey/blue if I’m not careful. And no amount of make up can give a glow if the skin care is cr*p. I also, still, suffer from hormonal spots so I can’t use anything that will immediately clog my pores because no matter how glowing my cheeks may look, if it gives me chin issues, we’re not friends. This serum is heaven. It’s also a bargain compared to some brands, REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil is £23.00 for 30ml AND it can be purchased at Marks & Spencer!

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HealGel Body

 

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HealGel is one of my favourite brands, I have loved everything that I’ve tried & they’re one of the brands that I will restock up on once I’ve finished it, so when I was sent HealGel Body, I was really excited to try it out, everything else has gone on my face so far so this was a new one!

HealGel Body is a gel that soaks into the skin easily and quickly, designed to soothe, nourish and regenerate skin. It’s lightly scented (a gorgeous scent) and helps to maintain moisture throughout the day. Containing Arnica and Madecassoside liposomes (I know!) which target stressed areas of the skin to calm it, it’s great for sensitive skin. I’ve been finding the skin on my arms has been drying out lately, maybe because I’ve been having extra hot baths in the evening (constantly knackered no matter how much sleep I have I’ve been trying to improve the quality of my sleep rather than the quantity of it) so my skin has been looking dull and ‘white’. This has been brilliant. I hate thick, gloopy moisturising creams which feel like they take forever to soak in, and make getting dressed some kind of art from where your skin can’t actually touch the clothes, this is so lightweight it sinks in fast, meaning once I’ve done my arms & legs and put the lid back on, I can get dressed without a fight. Which means I am more likely to use it every single day.

It’s also said to be a great after-sun replenishing formula but we’ll just have to take their word for that for the moment! (great British weather!) I can imagine the gel would feel lovely and cooling after spending the day in the sun though.

HealGel Body can be applied two or three times a day for maximum benefit, anyone with extra dry or sensitive skin will love the relief this gives, but even those with normal skin will appreciate it. Available here for £39.50 (100ml)

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Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

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I have never been a massive fan of fake tan, in any form but especially for the face because I am so pale and freckly, I didn’t want to look too obviously tanned, because it just wouldn’t suit me. A natural glow however, to add a boost to my sometimes ‘blue’ skin is always something I’ve tried to get, normally with make up, although I’ve yet to find a traditional bronzer that isn’t too orange for me, so when I was sent the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster from Clarins, I have to admit I was really nervous! It’s one thing going to heavy handed with make up, but another with something that stays on your face until it actually wears off!

The idea behind the glow is you add 2-3 drops to your night time moisturiser, apply as normal (making sure to wash your hands) and in the morning you wake up with a natural, made to measure golden glow. Applying it this way gives the self-tanner time to develop naturally and evenly meaning no patches or strange tide marks!

Radiance Plus can be mixed with all times of moisturisers, gel, serum, cream etc so you can continue to use your favourite product and get the results from it, as well as adding in a glow that is perfect for your skin. You just click the bottom of the tiny bottle to dispense three drops into your cream, mix them together and apply as you usually would. You continue with three drops each day until you’ve reached the glow level you’re happy with, then you move down to two drops each day to maintain that level.

Radiance-Plus costs £18 and is available from Clarins.

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For Him: New Mazorin

 

Mazorin launched their skincare range for men last summer with four core products and they’ve now added two new ones to their range for Spring 2014. Oakham’s Razor Shaving Cream and Wash Trade Face Scrub.

The shaving cream is a foamless texture which is designed to improve the glide and reduce razor friction, the active ingredients help skin to heal and prevent irritations and cuts and the rich formula leaves the face super soft and moisturised. My Man is a beard man now (love a man with a beard and tattoos) but he needs to regularly keep the edges neat and sharp, so this new cream has become his new favourite. He has quite sensitive skin, and some foams can dry his skin out, but this hasn’t irritated him at all.  The ingredients include Greater Plantain (aka soldiers herb) used to heal wounds on the battlefields, which also promotes skin cell renewal. RRP £12.50

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The scrub is just as good, containing bamboo and maracuja powder to exfoliate dead skin and unclog pores, it’s active ingredients help prevent blackheads and ingrown hairs and the gentle formulation leaves skin hydrated and deep cleansed. The main ingredient is white willow extract, which is antibacterial, astringent and has anti oxidant properties. Malachite rich in copper and high in antiseptic to keep the skin protected, and Salicylic Acid which prevents pimples and acne. RRP £15

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They’re both dermatologically tested, with no parabens, mineral oils or synthetic colouring, which is why they are so perfect for sensitive skin.

Available from Yes Sir.

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Ren V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream

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Last month I spent a gorgeous weekend walking round the streets of Paris, popping in and out of all the French Pharmacies, which are nothing like our pharmacies, and I could have spent a FORTUNE on skincare. I was looking for a night cream to use, as I was finding my face was starting to feel a little dry and thirsty in the evenings and I didn’t want to use my facial oil every single night. Luckily, I didn’t know which brand to pick from because when I got home, I was greeted by this little beauty, the V-Cense Revitalising Night Cream from Ren, a luxury skincare brand, that uses only 100% plant and mineral derived products. Perfect for sensitive skin.

It’s been formulated to recharge, revitalise and intensively hydrate the skin overnight, this multi action cream visibly smooths fine lines, evens skin tone and offers antioxidant protection to help combat the signs of premature ageing.

It contains vitamin C and citroflavonoids from calabrian oranges to help reduce free radical damage and boost collagen formation to lift and firm the skin, frankincense and boswellic acid  to relax facial muscles to help smooth expression lines and wrinkles and phytosterols from camellia and wheat germ to boost lipid content. It smells divine. I have never really been one to remember to apply night cream each evening, hence the need to buy one all of a sudden, but since I’ve got this, I’ve used it each night. I’ve also been combining it with the Clarins radiance plus (post coming soon) and it works brilliantly. Hooked!

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Costing £32 for 50ml, available from Ren.

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