Skincare

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It’s time… To read… My Magical Moringa review…

If only you knew how long I’ve been putting this post off for out of fear that I won’t be able to explain exactly how awesome it actually is. How do you describe something as beautiful as this? Impossible. I’m almost never speechless, but this got me. There are no words.

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Lush: Enzymion

Guys, dolls, cats, dogs, birds, and aliens… You haven’t lived until you’ve tried Lush‘s Enzymion!

A gentle face cream to replenish moisture without oiliness, leaving a matte finish. We use a whole fresh lemon in every pot to stop your skin looking shiny, popped in fresh papaya, and blended in light oils and cocoa butter. Fresh fruit contains enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids to remove dead skin cells and help to stimulate and brighten.

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The entire Younique Royalty range

Hello you bunch of legends!

Today, I’ll be writing you a full and frank review about Younique Corporation‘s new(ish) Royalty Range – and not the Frank who lives next door to you, potentially. One choice word keeps coming to mind: “luxurious”.

A little back story on Younique… Younique’s mission is to uplift, empower, validate, and ultimately build self-esteem in women around the world. Some of the profit made by this brand goes to charities that support rape victims, therefore it’s a good cause to get behind.

Derek Maxfield and Melanie Huscroft, a brother-and-sister team, founded Younique in September 2012 with a mission to uplift, empower, and validate women across the globe. Derek and Melanie firmly believe that all women should feel valued, smart, and empowered through opportunities of personal growth and financial reward!

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Castor Oil vs Coconut Oil

Castor Oil vs Coconut oil… Which one do you use? If you answered neither, that’s fine, but which one would you choose?

In a similar report published by The Little Health Company they chose to put Coconut Oil up against the equally wonderful Olive Oil (as opposed to Castor Oil) and Coconut Oil won the battle! #WellOilBeDamned

Coconut Oil edges it in our opinion. It’s nourishing properties will leave your hair looking healthy and vibrant will feeling soft and the smell is divine.

The pros of using Castor Oil:

  1. Castor Oil is a thick, stick oil that prevents hair loss by coating strands and helps them stay firmly attached to the root.
  2. It’s is considered an anti-bacterial and anti-fungus which means: in the unlikely event that someone throws mushroom seeds on your hair, you won’t see Portobellos or Shiitakes spurting out later on. #GIrlsJustWannaHaveFUN 
  3. Being rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids makes Castor Oil a great contender if you’re looking for an oil to strengthen your nails, hair and/or skin.
  4. This oil also makes your hair glossy but almost too shiny (if overused).
  5. Castor Oil is cost-effective and a little it goes a long way.

The pros of using Coconut Oil:

  1. Coconut Oil stops and prevents dandruff. Similar to Castor Oil, it too is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial – just don’t try cleaning your hands with it after eating, shaking a flu-stricken person’s hand and/or getting off a mode of public transport, it’s oil NOT sanitiser.
  2. This essential oil is also good at protecting against hair shedding and/or head lice thanks to its Vitamins E and K content.
  3. Massaging Coconut Oil into the scalp improves blood circulation, ensures that oxygen is absorbed and strengthening the hair follicles resulting in soft, strong and healthy hair.
  4. It also improves the hair cuticle whilst keeping the scalp moisturised, prohibiting dust and pollution.
  5. Its high in fatty acids nature supplies the hair with protein which helps retain strength and eliminates breakage.
  6. Coconut Oil is one of the very few oils that has what it takes to fix split ends as well as repair damaged hair from root to tip while also smoothening rough, coarse or fizzy hair. #ItsMAGICYouKnow

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Photo Credit: LUSH

LUSH Cosmetics don’t just sell bath bombes, you know… They also sell hair care, skincare, make-up, perfume, bubble and massage bars too…

During my lunch break, I headed to my nearest LUSH to try one their massage bars. I was greeted by a lovely Lushie who demoed the Each Peach massage bar on my hand. She rubbed the bar into my skin until it began to melt, explaining all about the ingredients that go into it… She then began massaging the essential oils into my skin – topping it off with a dusting powder.

Although I love the citrussy smell of it and enjoyed how soft it made my skin feel, I opted to purchase the Peace bar instead because I fell in love with the cause… I also knew that my mum would love it because ‘Peace’ is her middle name…

A culmination of the most peaceful ingredients we can find, Peace massage bar is the perfect recipe to settle your soul. We’ve used our new aeration technique to blend Fair Trade organic cocoa butter from the Peace Community in Colombia with Fair Trade olive oil, creating a light, smooth and luxurious massage on the skin. That lovely lavender-chamomile aroma? It’s a combination of four fragrances from our signature Synesthesia massage at our LUSH Spas: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Calm and Content; traits we could all benefit more from. Go on, give Peace a chance.

Okay, so the Peace Bar is a peaceful smelling massage bar that evokes relaxation within you as soon as it absorbs into the skin. Packed with only the best Fair Trade Columbian Cocoa Butter, Fair Trade Shea Butter and Fair Trade Olive Oil, this massage bar is sure to send you to sleep at first contact.

Apparently, the majority of the proceeds of Peace go to the Columbian Peace Community who continue to fight for peace in Columbia.

This supports the self-sustaining farmers who are peacefully protesting the civil unrest in their country.

So, once I finished work, I went home to test out the massage bar on my first client – my mum. I copied the Lushie’s every move to make sure my mum had the best hand and foot massage ever. Like I predicted, she loved the smell, the name, and what it stands for. She also fell asleep mid-massage.

Who knew I gave such good massages?!

One of my favourite product ranges has to Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix. This stuff is a miracle worker on my skin…

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Deluxe Cream [RRP: £19.95]

A nourishing moisturiser to provide a “second-skin” anti-ageing shield, helping reduce the look of lines + wrinkles through skin hydration. Bee venom works in synergy with wheat proteins to help plump + tighten appearance of skin, restoring a healthy, youthful-looking complexion.

This is one of my favourite creams ever. I used it when I was on holiday in Switzerland, last year and the smell takes me right back! What does it smell like? Honey.

Anyway, this isn’t a scent blog – so I’ll get back to discussing its benefits… The Deluxe Cream is a thick cream that glides on the skin seamlessly to reveal plump, tight skin and restores a healthy, youthful complexion.

I noticed that in just one use my fine lines appeared reduced. Before you ask, no this isn’t something I say about every product I use. If I do, it’s only because it’s true!

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Eye Night

 A rich + stimulating eye cream to defend against the look of fatigue. Nip+Fab brings you Bee Venom which is the latest anti-ageing active for younger looking skin. This will target your eye area to brighten and reduce the look of tiredness.

If you’re looking for a thick eye cream that covers the look of tiredness, Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Eye is the one for you… It’ll focus on brightening the eye area, eliminating dark circles in the process. Like the Deluxe Cream, this too smells like honey!

This is my go-to Nip + Fab eye cream and I wear it only at night [as advised]. I personally love the thickness of it, although it may not be to everyone’s taste. I wake up every day with rejuvenated eyes that look as though they’ve had 40 winks. I don’t want to seem like I’m repeating myself, but this too glides on really well…

Alternatively, if eye creams aren’t your jam you should check out Nip + Fab’s Bee Sting Fix Eye in the form of a gel…

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Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Lifting Mask [RRP: £9.95]

An advanced performance gel mask combining bee venom with 3D express lifting effect technology. Wrinkles appear visibly smoother + skin feels firmer for the appearance of a more lifted facial contour.

Okay, so a lot of products are called things that are far-fetched… I mean, let’s face it – who’d have thought that a “Lifting Mask” could actually lift our face as though we’ve had plastic surgery?!

This lifting mask, in the form of a gel, doesn’t claim to give us a face-lift. Instead, it  promises to tone our face, and make our skin feel firmer. What’s more, similarly to all Nip + Fab products, there’s an added bonus in the fact that our wrinkles and fine lines will appear visibly smoother.

I’ve tried this for almost a year now, and I can vouch that it does exactly what it says. I’m not joking when I say that it’s like gym for the face…

There are two ways of wearing this cream, either as a 15 minute mask or an intense sleep-in treatment. I always use it as an intense sleep-in treatment. I lather it on [in thick layers] and leave it to seep into my skin. When it’s all absorbed, I sleep and wake up the next morning with a glowing face and shapelier facial contours.

P.S. if you want to try them all, feel free to check out Nip + Fab’s website where you can purchase the whole range [including the body moisturiser] for £35.00.

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The Ann Chery Caffeine Cream helps to reduce the appereance of cellulite, stimulates circulation and increases the levels of molecules lipolytic fat burning effect. this caffeine cream helps achieve a flat belly helping eliminate stretch marks while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

I want to begin by saying no this isn’t liposuction in a bottle, neither is it a quick fix to a long-lasting problem…

I love this cream because it’s relatively cheap [if bought from the right place] and actually works. At first, I bought it because it was $6.89 on eBay [compared to other places online where it cost a fortune] and people were ranting and raving about how good it is – giving it 5*****/4**** ratings.

 

Anyway, it arrived – all the way from America – and I have been testing it out for two weeks [the length of time says it’ll take for us to begin to notice a difference].

 

Let’s begin with a little description of the cream… Ann Chery’s caffeine cream helps flatten our stomachs, eliminate the look of stretch marks whilst reducing the appearance of cellulite. This caffeine cream aids us in achieving the perfect silhouette “in as little as 2 weeks” because it’s made using the finest ingredients and extracts.

 

According to WaistShaperUK, the best and most proven way of getting results is to lather this cream underneath a waist trainer of some sort. Having said that, this cream is not restricted to the just the tummy  area, it can also be applied on your arms, back or legs for reducing the look of cellulite.

 

My result? I’ve got to admit that I don’t have much cellulite so I wasn’t expecting it to work. But, I’m pleasantly surprised with the way my very little cellulite has diminished. It’s literally gone. I tend to apply this cream before wearing my waist trainer – when I’m off to the gym – and I sweat buckets afterwards. If it works for me, I’m sure it’ll work for you…

 

The ingredients in this cream are as follows:  water, paraffin liquid, stearic acid, propylene, glycerin USP, triethanolamine, ginkgo bilbia extract, equisetum arvense extract, citrus lemon fruit, camellia sinsis leaf, caprsium fruit, hedera, caffeine, methyslalycite, CI191410 CII16185 CI 42090 may contain fragrance.

 

P.S. I find that this is the safest and best way to lose weight because taking pills, protein shakes and weight-loss teas are not the best option!

So, I’ve blogged about most of the Nip + Fab products ranging from Glycolic, Dragon’s Blood, Bee Sting, and Viper Venom Fix. However, if I had to choose a Nip + Fab product range that I loved the most, it’d have to be Viper Venom.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re all amazing, and work well to do different things, but my skin actually looks and feels noticeably different when using Viper Venom. Again, I’ve noticed a difference using the other product ranges too – but I find Viper Venom works best to clear my skin and freeze my frown lines.

I’ve always had frown lines, ever since I was young… Although England gets almost zero sunshine, I manage to spend a lot of my time squinting and drooping my eyebrows to protect the sun from going in my eyes, in Summer. With that in mind, here is the Viper Venom range.

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Viper Venom Frown Fix [RRP: £12.95]
The innovative Viper Venom Frown Fix contains a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients combined for targeted action on the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. Infused with wonder ingredient SYN®-AKE, which works instantly to freeze lines for a smooth and wrinkle-free finish. The brush pen is easy to use, simply brush the product over particularly deep or noticeable lines for an instant blurring effect.
I’d like to start off by saying that I carry this brush pen with me everywhere I go. I need this product more than most people do because I spend my entire life laughing and smiling… Nip + Fab’s Viper Venom Frown Fix is incredible, it’ll minimise the look of fine lines and wrinkles in just one use.As I said, I smile a heck of a lot and although I’m only 24, I’ve already developed fine crows feet and a nasolabial fold. So, you could imagine my sheer glee when I came across product – it was like gift from the dermatological Gods! There’s really not much else to say apart from: “PURCHASE IT NOW!”
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A revolutionary skin refining serum with innovative LIFTONIN®-XPRESS + SYN®-AKE to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles. Wrinkle Blur Technology softens the appearance of imperfections for a naturally smoother + more even looking complexion.
I swear by this product. This is the only product that I’ve used which doesn’t break me out. One thing I forgot to mention is that I’ve suffered from acne for many years. Cystic, little white spots, zits, pimples – you name it, I’ve had it. But, after trying Nip + Fab, my skin cleared up nicely. Obviously I get the odd spot, because I’m human and hormonal, but they’re nowhere near as bad and as much as they used to be.
Viper Venom Wrinkle Fix “is a revolutionary skin refining serum innovative LIFTONIN®-XPRESS + SYN®-AKE to help visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Wrinkle Blur Technology softens the appearance of imperfections for a naturally smoother and more even looking complexion.” It features: Syn®-ake (Dipeptide) Neuropeptide which mimics the effects of muscle relaxing cosmetic procedures and softens expression lines. Now, I don’t have wrinkles but I do have nasolabial folds aka laugh lines. I spend my whole life laughing and smiling because like Buddy the Elf, “smiling is my favourite”. In a nutshell, this serum is great if you want something which works instantly and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
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A refreshing eye gel in a cooling roll-on applicator with wrinkle minimising LIFTONIN® + SYN®-AKE to smooth the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles around the eye area. Red Algae Extract reduces the look of dark circles for a radiance boosting effect. With Syn-ake, a revolutionary ingredient that works to smooth skin and liftonin for instant tightening.
This roll-on eye gel should win awards, I’ll tell you that much! It’s the only roll-on eye gel that has left a lasting impact on and underneath my eyes. I use it in the morning and evening, finding that it begins to work it’s magic almost instantly.
The formula is a transparent liquid which is easily dispensed through the metal rotating ball applicator and does not drag on the delicate under-eye area. It is cooling, hydrating and after regular use, helps to eliminate dark circles and/or crow’s feet.
The clear fluid is non-greasy, absorbs quickly and leaves no residue on the skin. It is pleasant and easy to use, brightens the eye area and leaves you with that refreshed ‘wide awake’ feeling.
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Nip + Fab Micro-Blur [RRP: £19.95]
The latest addition to our Viper Venom range, the Micro Blur Fix works to prime, blur and mattify the skin, for an instant flawless complexion so you’re selfie ready. This innovative priming serum contains a concentrated blend of high-tech ingredients to reduce the appearance of pores, diminish signs of oil on the skin and give an instant blurring effect for matte, selfie ready skin. The addition of wonder ingredient SYN®-AKE also works to instantly freeze lines for a smooth finish.

I use this product as a primer of course. I have an oily T-zone and it gets really greasy and shiny after about 3 or 4 hours into my day. I even where a powder foundation and it still gets greasy.

This kept my T-zone matte looking for over 8 hours. It also really did help my makeup stay put. My makeup tends to rub off on areas I’ve applied concealer (like on pimples and acne scars) but this helped keep them covered.

It goes on smooth like a primer but feels more like a serum. Definitely does not have the heavy silicone feel. I don’t put lotion underneath since my skin is oily and this is moisturizing enough for me on days that I do wear makeup. Best part, it does not break me out.

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A powerful night cream specially formulated with encapsulated time release retinol + SYN®-AKE, to reduce the appearance of fine lines + wrinkles + retexture skin, whilst you sleep. Hyaluronic acid provides long term hydration + an intensive plumping effect. Awake to smoother looking skin with a renewed youthful glow.
This is a night cream which boasts ‘encapsulated time release retinol’ (one of the animal forms of vitamin A) ‘and SYN-AKE’, which together are supposed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst you sleep.
‘SYN-AKE’ is a topical anti-ageing treatment, developed by the Swedish company Pentapharm, marketed as an alternative to Botox injections and other types of synthetic treatments formulated to minimise wrinkles, crow’s feet and other signs of ageing. The ingredient is a synthetic form of snake venom. SYN-AKE is said to replicate the effects of a peptide that is known as Waglerin 1, which is a component of the venom found in the poisonous temple viper. The serum can either be used on its own or added to any moisturising cream as an anti-aging element. The manufacturers of SYN-AKE claim that it offers users all the benefits of Botox without having to pay for costly injections.

Now, let’s get down to discussing whether it works or not… I mean, you won’t wake up looking like those celebrities with frozen faces after applying this. But, you will notice a reduction in the apparance of your fine-lines and wrinkles, put it that way…

It absorbs easily and is gentle and subtle on the skin. The fragrance is quite pleasant, and, after a few applications, it does indeed seem to smooth out the small laughter lines and slightly firm-up the skin around the eyes and jawline. Nothing dramatic happens, but there’s a minor improvement that makes you feel a little better about your looks. The relatively low price is another positive.