murad-real-radiance-set

Following on from my last post, this is the other Murad gift set I received for Christmas. The Murad Real Radiance Set contains two moisturisers, an eye cream and a peel mask. I’d been saving the Essential-C Day Moisture for my holiday as it’s just the right size for travelling as well as being the ideal moisturiser for hotter climates. The texture is light and absorbs easily, and it left my skin feeling radiant,  hydrated and protected.

The best thing about it for me though is an SPF of 30 PA+++ which provides a high level of protection from ageing UVA rays.

Murad claims  that the Next Generation Vitamin C it contains “provides 50 times the collagen-building, skin-brightening and cell-protecting power of ordinary topical vitamin C”.  It has a lovely fresh, zingy citrus fragrance that isn’t too overpowering. The best thing about it for me though is an SPF of 30 PA+++ which provides a high level of protection from ageing UVA rays.

Murad Real Radiance Set Essential C moisturiser

The caffeine and retinol aim to reduce puffiness and increase cell renewal while the shea butter hydrates and improves elasticity.

The Essential-C Eye Cream has only an SPF of 15 PA++, which I find slightly disappointing given how fragile the skin around the eyes can become. Of course you don’t need me to tell you that we should all wear sunglasses when the sun is bright, but I do prefer an SPF of at least 25 for the eye area. That said, I did find the cream pleasant to use. It absorbed easily, kept the under eye skin moisturised, and being a dinky little tube it took up hardly any space in my bag. The caffeine and retinol aim to reduce puffiness and increase cell renewal while the shea butter hydrates and improves elasticity. The cream also contains light diffusers to minimise lines and dark circles.

 

The thing I really like about this treatment is it’s quick and easy to use – I get so impatient waiting for masks you have to leave on for 10-15 minutes.

The full-sized Intensive-C Radiance Peel is still about half full, and I’ve used it every week since January. You only need to apply a thin layer and should leave it on for up to ten minutes. You can feel it starting to work straight away as it causes a slight tingling sensation. Afterwards skin is left feeling clean and smooth without any tightness. The thing I really like about this treatment is it’s quick and easy to use – I get so impatient waiting for masks you have to leave on for 10-15 minutes. You could wash this off after five minutes and still feel and see the benefit.

Of the four products in this set I would definitely repurchase the Essential-C Day Moisture (mainly for the Summer and beach holidays) and the Vit-C Radiance Peel for all year round use.

The fourth product in the Murad Real Radiance Set is a small pot of Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture which I’ve previously blogged about here and here.  It’s a great moisturiser for both day and night time which hydrates and protects the skin. I found this a more suitable product for the Winter, both because of the lack of sunscreen and also because it protects skin from harsh cold winds. Of the four products in this set I would definitely repurchase the Essential-C Day Moisture (mainly for the Summer and beach holidays) and the Vit-C Radiance Peel for all year round use.

 

Essential-C Day Moisture, £57 for 50ml.

Essential-C Eye Cream, £57 for 15ml.

Intensive-C Radiance Peel, £49.50 for 50ml.

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, £64 for 50ml.

 

Do you have a favourite moisturiser for the Summer? I’d love to hear your recommendations.

 

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Murad Complete Renewal set

The Murad Complete Renewal set was one of two I got for Christmas, and as we’re now well into the Summer I feel as though I’ve had ample time to test it out thoroughly! The Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture and eye cream were only small pots so I got through them quite quickly. I had tried out the moisturiser before and found it to be very nourishing and hydrating without being too heavy or greasy, making it suitable for all year round.

The eye cream was equally pleasant to use, although if you’re looking for an eye cream that has specific anti-ageing properties this probably isn’t the cream for you. Neither of these have an SPF so can be used morning and night, but you would need to apply a separate sunscreen for daytime.

The AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is designed to be used a couple of times a week rather than daily. It contains glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids to dissolve skin cell buildup, as well as jojoba beads to polish and retexturise skin. My skin did feel clearer after using the cleanser and along with the Intensive-C Radiance Peel, which I apply once a week, (see review here) freshens my skin and helps keep congestion at bay.

At first I was using this treatment once or twice a week at night but I wasn’t really seeing any results. I’ve now increased usage to roughly five times per week…

Of all the products in the set I was most excited about the Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles. I’ve always approached retinol-based products with caution as over use can cause irritation. At first I was using this treatment once or twice a week at night but I wasn’t really seeing any results. I’ve now increased usage to roughly five times per week and I do think I’ve seen a small improvement, but as I’ve also recently changed moisturiser it’s impossible to attribute this solely to the Time Release Retinol Concentrate. You can apply it daily under moisturiser in the morning and at night, but Murad advises restricting it to night time usage if the skin starts to become irritated. It claims to reduce deep wrinkles by 45% in six weeks so I will try using it twice daily to see if it makes a difference, in particular on my forehead.

Murad Complete Renewal set

Overall I do like the products in this set and I’ve enjoyed using them, especially the Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, but given the fairly hefty price tag I’m not sure I’d rush out to buy them again when there are so many other products to try. In short I liked them, but probably not quite enough to repurchase in the near future.  I’m still reserving judgement on the Time Release Retinol Concentrate until I up the usage to twice daily.

Murad Hydro-dynamic Ultimate Moisture

Prices stated on Murad website at time of publishing:

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, £64 for 50ml.

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes, £57 for 15ml.

Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles, £65 for 15ml.

AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, £34 for 200ml.

Are you a fan of Murad skincare? I’d love to hear your comments. Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!
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M&S two piece

Blue green M&S two piece

Skirt, top and shoes: M&S

The story behind today's outfit is a bit like a fairy tale. No really, it is. Stick with me on this one. You see I bought the skirt in a sale at Marks and Spencer, and even though I wasn't really sure about it (you know how it is with online shopping – it's not love at first sight but you don't dislike it enough to send it back) I thought if I could just find the right top to go with it, it'd make a nice addition to my wardrobe. But that was the problem – every top I tried with it looked either wrong or just ok. I don't like just ok, I want perfect. Who doesn't? Then on one of my many trawls through Ebay I found a top in the same print. At a starting bid of 99p I thought it was worth a shot. Lucky for me I was the only bidder and for just a few quid with postage added on the skirt had found its perfect partner. Don't you just love a happy ending?

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day,

 

Emma xxx

 

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Black and white Asos trousers

I have to admit, when it first appeared in the glossies the sports luxe trend wasn't something I immediately wanted to try, but it has slowly grown on me. I suppose as with any trend, it's a matter of finding a way to adapt it to your own style and body shape. It's a look you can play down or dress up. Pair some high-heeled sandals with a pair of slouchy trousers and you have an outfit that's on trend and office appropriate too!

 

Black white trousers

Top: Zara, jacket: M&S, trousers: Asos, sandals: Nine West.

 

What do you think about sports luxe? Yay or nay?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading, have a fabulous day!

 

Emma xxx

 

 

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Black and white maxi dress

Looking back through my recent holiday photos I realised I'd forgotten to post this outfit. This dress is a little awkward to get into but once it's on it feels great and drapes in all the right places. The black and white stripes make a change from all the floral prints we see by the pool. I kept accessories minimal with a silver bracelet and earrings, and tan sandals.

BW maxi dress

Dress: Asos, sandals: Asos.

 

Wish I was still there….happy memories 🙂

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day,

 

Emma xxx

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