Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Skindinavia Setting Spray

The award winning Skindinavia makeup finishing spray. MAGIC in a bottle.

Pros -
Extremely fine spray/mist
Dries within 15 seconds
Does give makeup long lasting power (up to 16 hour wear)

Cons -
Hard to find (at least in the UK)
Contains alcohol (not great for skin)

Spray after makeup application. 15 seconds later...BAM. Perfect looking finish.

If anything I notice the days I don't use it.

Skindinavia have five different setting sprays (Original, no more shine, moisture lock, 10 years younger and bridal).

I use moisture lock because I tend to have dry skin.

Bottles come in 2 different sizes (4oz, 8oz) including a travel size spray (2oz), ideal for holidays.
Approx. indication if used daily; 2oz - 6 weeks, 4oz - 12 weeks, 8oz - 24 weeks

At the moment if ordering from their website you get a free travel size spray and 60 day money back guarantee.

Go find your magic in a bottle.

Skindinavia Makeup Setting Sprays, Also available at

Monday, 10 December 2012

Hydraluron Moisture Booster

Winter? Dry? Dehydrated Skin? HELLO HYDRALURON.

Continuing with my winter skin care guide (see previous posts) I have to talk about the fab Hydraluron.

Reaction day one: HOLY SCHMOLY. My skin feels AS SOFT AS A BABY'S BUM.

I have been using this for a few months and can't go a day without because the effect is awesome.

Formulated with Hyaluronic acid, able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, results in super increased hydration for your skin right from the get go.

Use pre-moisturiser. Don't use in place of moisturiser - its supposed to 'super-charge' your moisturiser (not replace it). Not much needed, little goes a long way.

Easily absorbs. Skin baby soft. Other products will work better. Make up will look better.

I came across this review which perfectly sums up how great this product is. I asked the reviewer and she kindly let me mention it;

'I will come clean to you, I don't use Hydraluron 2x per day. But it speaks to its efficacy that I can use it 1x per day under a moisturizing SPF and still see results. You allow me to continue to use my retinol products during that time of the year where flakes & spots would otherwise be plentiful. You're not a miracle worker, but you don't claim to be - I appreciate your honesty. Because its the smoother more hydrated skin that I'm after, not a lot of mumbo jumbo'.

Couldn't agree more.

The good: Suitable for all skin types. Does what it says. Skin is NOURISHED, HYDRATED, THANKFUL.

The bad: Nothing.  Some may say the price but for what you get (pretty darn good skin) you can't complain.

No ugly.

Just go buy it.

Your skin will THANK YOU for it.

Indeed Labs. INDEED.

Hydraluron, Boots. (tester in boots available). For more info see their website

How I use: I use this before my usual seabuckthorn facial oil, together they just make your skin feel extremely soft

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum

100% of ingredients from natural origin
74% of ingredients from organic cultivation

This is a nice alternative for sensitive skin. 

It has many different ingredients to benefit the skin, so I will break it down; 

- Scientifically tested Antioxidant-rich Vinanza Performance Plus - redness, melanin production 
- Superfruit kiwi enzyme and soothing Oxifend from red grapes - subtle exfoliation 
- Mamuka black fern and Reishi mushroom - cell renewal 
- Waiwera mineral water (world's best water) - restores moisture

So quite a catch, especially for congested skin. 

So much so it was awarded the Pure Beauty Awards 2012. 

I have been using this serum for approx 2/3 months and it definitely helps even out the skin, less redness and a noticeable mild brightening within 15 seconds. Perfect for the cold winter. 

This stuff sinks in pretty quick. The skin soaks it up and is left feeling surprisingly soft. 

I have used many serums, even those more well known, and this is THE ONLY one where I have seen a noticeable difference and within a few days. LOVE.

Antipodes Apostle corrective serum, available at FeelUnique and lovelula.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Sibu Beauty Organic Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

This is an amazing oil I only came across recently on my new found path of facial oils.

Oils are great for particularly dry skin, especially in the winter months.

I notably LOVE this oil as it sinks in surprisingly quick (30-60 seconds) and results in baby soft skin.

The amazing sea buckthorn berry thrives in harsh conditions and high altitude of the himalayas by fortifying itself with protective nutrients including omegas 3, 6, 7 AND 9. 

So, IMAGINE what it could do for your skin. 

It has long been used for skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, burns and also aids in skin regeneration so good for acne and ageing skin.

Only 2-3 drops are needed for the entire face (can be used on other areas). I think as with most oils best application is to press/massage onto the entire face or specific area.

The quick absorption of this dry oil allows makeup to be applied immediately after (if desired). No issues with makeup sliding off but if you have oily skin I would be cautious with any oil.  Oils are known to really help balance out oily/combination skin so its worth looking into.

Use of product: approx six weeks, half way through the bottle but its on the small side (10ml) so it has lasted longer than I thought.

Without doubt worth the try for dry skin and the cold winter months - and I don't have eczema or rosacea but it does wonders, apparently. 

I do have a bit of redness and it has helped tremendously and my skin has been super soft everyday -  I wouldn't be without it. 

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn oil is available for $15.95 from Sibu Beauty's website (US and Canada) - However they don't deliver to the UK (or at least when I purchased) so I bought mine off eBay from a REPUTABLE seller for £13.90 including P+P. (Also available on Amazon).


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