February 6th, 2014 § § permalink
Once again, here we are buzzing about another wonderful bee product. As you know, we here at The Amazing Blog are passionate about bringing awareness to a growing issue in the UK; our native bee population is on the decline and that can be detrimental to our future generations. Therefore, we are always excited to bring to you products that are made with bees in mind that give your skin that sweet, honey love. b2 Performance Skinwear is a British company that merges Buddhist inspired apothecary with scientific research using ingredients from ‘Earth, Sea and Bee’ realms all the while staying paraben and toxin-free.
We were lucky to try the b2 Sknrg Enzyme Daily Essentials Trio Mid Kit and this wonderful kit includes three products: AHA & Enzyme Cleansing Melt, Enzyme & AHA Toner and M+Collagen Day Cream. The treatment has anti-wrinkle properties as well as helps reduce skin irregularities (like scarring, pigmentation and pore size) and can improve skin tone and texture without leaving your skin dry. Whether you are trying to minimise wrinkles or prevent them, the treatment works well at renewing your skin to give it a youthful and healthy appearance.
The creators of the b2 line, husband and wife duo, Robert and Deborah Scott along with their team of researchers created this product with all natural and organic ingredients such as antioxidant packed seaweed, fruit enzymes, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA). In order to ensure that their ingredients remain as organic and toxin-free, b2 follow organic farming standards when cultivating the plant extracts used in their products. The bee ingredients they use include seasoned honey, pollen and beeswax. These ingredients are cultivated from the b2 apiaries housing various bees, but most importantly our native black honeybee. b2 Sknrg Enzyme Daily Essentials Trio Mid Kit is available here for £39.50. Why not have your skin ‘bee’ its very best and have all your friends buzzing about how you did it!
January 30th, 2014 § § permalink
It’s no secret that we at The Amazing Blog are fans of Ark Skincare. One or other of us has a pot or two on the go at any one time. Plus not forgetting to mention that their flagship salon is based nearby our office. So I in particular was excited to receive their new Regenerating Skin Defence and SPF 30 Primer, which work very neatly together or separately to fit with your regular skincare regime.
I’ll start with The Ark Regenerating Skin Defence available here – this is suitable for all skin types and is designed to protect and nourish the skin. It is a great daily moisturiser particularly for those of us who are city dwellers, as this product is designed to defend the skin against pollution, environmental and lifestyle pressures. We love the texture and smell. It comprises of advanced plant stem-cell technology which helps to repair and the regenerate skin cells. Ingredients include stem cells of Alpine Rose, Camelina Oil, Natural Vitamin C and that all important Hyaluronic Acid. You can get your bottle for £42, for 50ml that will last and last…
We’re also impressed with The Ark SPF 30 Primer, which can be found here. This is a product that has been four years in the making, the new ARK SPF30 Primer is clinically tested and contains an advanced formulation fusing skincare and SPF to protect skin from sun damage and pollution, while enhancing its appearance and texture. Again it is suitable for all skin types and it not only delivers protection like the Regenerating Skin Defence, but also works as a fabulous primer giving the skin a silky feel and a wonderfully luminous velvet finish. Key natural ingredients include Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Jojoba, Mimosa and Sunflower. The primer is available for £36, for 50 ml – we consider this an essential.
I personally vary using them together and apart. Great products that my skin loves – what more can I say?
January 23rd, 2014 § § permalink
If there is a beauty field that the team at The Amazing Blog is obsessed with is skincare. Ignore other beauty bits -just for now- because most of us here, hide (and treasure) a whole ‘skincare wardrobe’ inside our bathroom cabinets. Needless to say, the day 2 FOREO Lunas arrived through our door, we were simply over the moon. After hearing so much about FOREO’s offering, and having read The Beauty Shortlist’s feature, we couldn’t wait to give these cute devices a go. And they certainly performed as well as expected.
FOREO offers a completely new approach to skincare with their Luna devices’ design. The Luna’s cleansing action resides in the T-Sonic pulsations that are channelled across the skin’s surface through a unique brush surface of super soft silicone short bristles. The combination of the bristles and the vibration delivers a thorough yet incredibly gentle cleanse. From what we’ve experienced, cream cleansers work best with the Luna, the texture is less sticky than a balm’s and have more slip to it.
The Luna also features an anti-aging surface on the reverse side. This side is meant to be used after the cleansing to give the skin a nice massage, that according to the brand will make the signs of aging less visible. The one thing that makes the FOREO Luna stand-out from the rest of the cleansing devices in the market, is that it is 100% waterproof; making it perfect to use in the shower.
Have we seen an improvement on our skins? Yes. Do our serums and oils absorb quicker? Yes. Does our skin look brighter? Yes. FOREO Luna ticks all the boxes for us: it’s effective and the most gentle cleansing device out there in our eyes.
FOREO offers the Luna for women and men, both ranges include the following types: Luna Mini, Luna (for ultra-sensitive, sensitive/normal or combination skin) and Luna Luxe (Luna Gold and Luna Platinum for Men).
The Luna Mini is £99, the Luna in £145 and The Luna Luxe start from £5,000. You can get hold of these Swedish wonders on FOREO’s website and Selfridges. Steep prices, but if you’re looking for an extra step to achieve perfectly cleansed skin, FOREO has you covered!
January 7th, 2014 § § permalink
With the core principle of letting ‘nature nurture your skin’, the Borealis Organic Skincare range is a popular choice for The Amazing Blog girls. Originating in the Isle of Skye over 20 years ago, the brand has journeyed a long way and now offer plenty of lovely and natural skincare products. We have been trying out the Palmarosa Exfoliating Facial Scrub, Wild Rose Night Cream and the Cranberry & Q10 Eye Repair Cream.
The Palmarosa Exfoliating Facial Scrub is suitable for both men and women which will make a great addition to the bathroom for all to enjoy. Borealis enjoy every part of making their products and create them in small batches to ensure the best possible care goes into their manufacturing. Everything they make is hand blended, including this Beauty Award winning Scrub. In 2012 it was winner of the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards. At £18.50 I also think its really great value for money because it’s suitable for all skin types so can be shared in the family bathroom to help cleanse and revitalise everyone’s skin. There is Safflower Oil and Omega 6 & 3 to provide nourishment and protection for even the most delicate of skin. This unique inclusion of softening ingredients mean the scrub can be used be those of us with sensitive skin, which I have. I often avoid scrubs because they will leave me with blemishes and irritated skin because of the harsh texture. This scrub was far less aggravating but still felt like it was clearing my pores and removing any dead skin cells. The Ylang Ylang adds an exotic fragrance making the scrub pleasant to experience even after you have washed it off. You can purchase it here.
The Wild Rose Night Cream is another organic addition to the collection which has multiple benefits for the skin, working through the night to clear up imperfections and any damaged patches. The Organic Rose Water can help to reduce inflammation, redness or itching. This is a really great calming product for anyone who has sensitive skin that can become inflamed after washing. The ingredients also mean it’s effective in treating thread veins and wrinkled skin. The infusion of Rose Maroc adds a wonderful protective element to the cream so you’re in good hands all night. It also smells lovely. This cream is £16.50 and can be found here.
We have also been trying out the Cranberry & Q10 Eye Repair Cream. This luxury eye cream is beautifully light and easy to blend into your skin. It’s filled with anti-oxidants and Q10 to minimise the effect of aging which can start to show around the eyes. The ingredients are all soft, as with the scrub, so it won’t irritate the sensitive skin we all have around our eyes. This is a comforting, hand blended cream with effective and fast results. The Vitamin E and Q10 in the formula help to minimise fine lines and keep you looking young and fresh! It’s not a heavy cream so it doesn’t sit with a dewy texture on top of your skin. It is £25.00 and can be found on their website.
January 2nd, 2014 § § permalink
Our skincare regime can change on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It’s totally dependent on what our skin is doing at any given time and of course the ever changeable British weather. At The Amazing Blog we all have varying skin types and therefore very different beauty routines. However, there is one skincare range that we all agree on and that is the Love Your Skin products. They have been a great addition to all of our skincare regimes. There are a plethora of cleansers, toners, lotions, serums, and gels, so what more could one possibly ask for?
Their facial range includes: Cleanse & Smooth Exfoliating Wash, Complete Cleansing Creme Lotion, Complete Cleansing Water, Floral Hydrating Spritzer, Intensive Hydra Gel Moisturiser, and a variety of Treatment Serums. One of my favourite products in this collection is the Floral Hydrating Spritzer, it’s a great way to freshen up and give your skin a bit of a boost especially if it’s taken its toll with all the recent seasonal partying. This spritz really has helped to balance and freshen up my complexion. A delicate combination of ingredients (Rose and Aloe Vera) are used to create this spritz, including Frankincense and Myrrh (er sadly no gold!) All at a reasonable £19.99 for 100ml. This is currently my everyday handbag staple. The Complete Cleansing Water is another favourite with The Amazing Blog team. It’s a great way to remove makeup without agitating your skin. It’s oil free, making it suitable for all skin types. This is also good for the other members of the team as they tend to have more oily skin types, so an oil free product for them is always a positive. There are calming anti-oxidants in the water in the form of Linden Blossom and Green Tea. The girls just added a small amount to a cotton pad and gently wiped away their foundation and eye makeup. They loved it as they were left with a moisturised and beautifully cleansed face. This is definitely a very gentle way to remove your makeup, we like the ingredients and also the price £22.99 for 200ml. The serums are worth having a look at too, as there are plenty to choose from and each one is packed with different ingredients depending on the what skin imperfections you are targeting.
The Body Skincare products for Love Your Skin comprise of two main types the Arnica and the Collagen ranges. There are the Arnica and the Collagen Body Moisturising Gels, as well as the Collagen and the Arnica Bath & Shower Gels. The Arnica Montana plant (found in the Arnica range) has been used for centuries in topical application for healing the skin, it is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies in Britain for soothing wounds and bruising. Therefore no surprise as to why Love Your Skin includes it in almost all of their bodycare products. All the gels are a very light and non-greasy and don’t have the same density as some other gels have. We like the fact that the gels get absorbed quickly, are not overpowering with their fragrance and are very easy to apply. They have excellent skin calming qualities so brilliant for any aches or pains that you might have. I found the Arnica Duo Set a great combination especially for using after a hard session at the gym.
The prices vary but you can find all them and further ingredient information here. There are so many lovely products to explore and lots of sets to make great presents, it’s only a month away until Valentines Day so maybe start scheduling in some heavy hints now…?