B moisturisers and serum

If you’re looking for high-end skincare on a budget then read on, because today’s post is all about a fantastic brand which is exclusive to Superdrug. ‘B.’ is a range of anti-ageing skincare which is divided into four phases according to age:

Phase 1 (20’s and 30’s) focuses on preventing the signs of ageing and hydration.

Phase 2 ( late 30’s and 40’s) is aimed at boosting radiance and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Phase 3 (late 40’s and 50’s) targets deep wrinkles whilst firming and repairing the skin.

Phase 4 (late 50’s onwards) nourishes and protects skin, claiming to improve elasticity, brighten skin tone and stimulate collagen.

When I first discovered the range I tried the Phase 3 B. Restored Night Cream. I was so pleased with the results that I had to try some of the other products from the brand. Luckily there was a half price offer so I purchased both the Phase 2 B. Active Day Cream and Phase 3 B. Firm Day Cream, the B. Flawless Targeted Wrinkle Filler, and the B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum.

Now we are often bombarded with adverts for creams and serums claiming to reduce wrinkles, firm and plump up the skin, and generally make us look younger, but they don’t always deliver the results we’re looking for. Well I certainly wasn’t disappointed with these moisturisers – in fact I’d go as far as saying they are some of the best I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a quite a few!

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The B. range uses a cocktail of anti-ageing ingredients in high concentrations which you wouldn’t expect to find in a drug store brand: Hyaluronic Acid, which helps skin retain moisture to keep it plumped up; Tetrapeptide 21 to boost firmness and elasticity; Celligent, to repair sun damage, and SPF to prevent further sun damage.

After only a few days I definitely noticed a difference in my skin, it looked more plumped up and radiant, and my skin tone evened out. The Phase 3 creams are thicker in consistency than the Phase 2 creams, but both improved my complexion. I recommended it to my mum and she loves it, so much so that she’s asked for some more for Christmas. Luckily, B. have recently added the fourth phase to the range for late 50’s onwards so that’s perfect timing! But let’s not neglect the men in our life –  he probably won’t thank me for writing this but my husband started using the night cream and even he thinks it makes a difference! A ringing endorsement from a man who used to think all creams are the same!

 

I used the B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum twice a day alongside the moisturisers until it ran out. I enjoyed using it and I think it improved my skin further. For the price (£13.99) it’s great value and I would repurchase it. I wasn’t sure about the B. Flawless Targeted Wrinkle Filler at first because the instructions say to apply it after foundation and before powder. I found it a little tricky to apply without disturbing my base but I think maybe it just needs a very light touch. It’s like a silicone-based primer that you apply after foundation rather than before, and it produces similar results. In all honesty I think I’d rather just use a primer but I’m going to perservere with it until it’s all gone.

Superdrug have really come up trumps with this brand – it’s affordable, fantastic quality and there’s a full range of testers in-store.

As well as skincare, B. also have an extensive makeup range – all cruelty free and suitable for vegans. I haven’t tried the make up yet but next time I’m in Superdrug I’ll be stocking up!

The Phase 2 B Active Day Cream is £11.99; the Phase 3 B. Firm Day Cream and B. Restored Night Cream are £13.99 each; the B. Firm Targeted Wrinkle Filler is £7.99 and the B. Radiant Rejuvenating Serum is £13.99*…but Superdrug have regular offers on the B. skincare range so it’s worth keeping an eye on the website for these.

 

Have you tried anything from B.? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!

 

*Prices correct at time of writing.

 

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Elemis TSV

If you've ever purchased one of the Elemis Today's Special Value (TSV) sets on QVC then you'll know what a bargain they are. This is my second, and I've found them a fantastic way of trying out some of the many products from across the range. The set includes three new global exclusives and is valued at over £125, but the TSV price was just under £40! The Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser is a limited edition, and for me is the star product of the set. I tried the original about a year ago, and although I liked it I wasn't smitten enough to repurchase it, but this version is a different story. Firstly it smells divine. Fragranced with neroli, bergamot, cedarwood and rosewood, it has the most exquisite botanical aroma that subtly lingers on the skin. I love the fragrance so much that after I've squeezed some onto the palms of my hands I just hold them over my nose and breath it in before cleansing my face. Secondly, it really does live up to its name by leaving my skin baby soft and radiant, to such an extent that I don't want to use it up too quickly in case I can't buy a replacement. I really hope Elemis make this version of the Pro-Radiance Cleanser a permanent fixture – I'm hooked! A 30ml pot of the award-winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is included in the set. I love the light texture of this anti-ageing moisturiser, it quickly sinks into the skin leaving a soft and glowing complexion. It's suitable to use day and night as it doesn't contain an SPF, and it can be used on the eye area, making it a very versatile product.

Elemis Pro-Radiance cleanser and Pro-Collagen marine cream

Elemis body care

The Nourishing Shower Cream and Nourishing Body Cream share the same lovely comforting fragrance. The shower cream contains camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils to soften and hydrate the skin. As it's a full size bottle I'm sure it will easily see me through the winter. The rich body cream which contains concentrated milk protein, oat kernels, camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils is also perfect for the colder months, and is ideal for those with dry skin. As this is a travel size I'll probably keep this in my gym bag.

If, like me, you love the scent of rose then you'll adore the Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath, and Jasmine and Rose Hand and Nail Cream. The milk bath can be used as a hand or foot soak, which I really must try. Of course hands do tend to suffer over the winter - being exposed to cold weather can really dry the skin out. I find a lot of hand creams leave a greasy residue which can make gripping things tricky. I have round chrome door knobs in my house and greasy hand creams make it impossible to open doors! No such problem with this Elemis hand cream however, it's nourishing, hydrating and effortlessly absorbed, and to top it all the fragrance is beautiful. I find rose a very comforting aroma and slathering this on my hands is a wonderful little luxury.

Elemis bodycare trio

 

 

Included in the set is:

 

Special Edition Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser 200ml

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 30ml

Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 300ml

Skin Nourishing Body Cream 50ml

Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath 125ml

Jasmine and Rose Hand and Nail Cream 20ml

 

Are you an Elemis fan? What are your favourites?

 

Thanks for reading, enjoy your day.

 

Emma xxx

 

 

 

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October skincare haul

A change in the weather calls for a skincare rethink and this month I’ve got plenty of new products to try out. The best thing is they were all incredible bargains! My local Factory Shop is selling Sanctuary skincare at rock bottom prices, with gift sets at just £6 and moisturisers and serums for £5. Naturally I snapped up a few items for myself and I may well store a few more away for Christmas presents. I’m most excited about trying the 30 Day Youth Revolution…I love those peel-off face masks!

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The cherry on the cake was this gift with purchase for spending £20 on skincare. I wasn’t expecting it, but it was a nice surprise at the checkout!

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The second amazing skincare bargain I bagged is this set from Sk:n which was a Groupon offer. The bundle is said to be worth £140 and it was being offered on Groupon for just £25.  I had never tried the brand before but for that price I thought it was worth a punt.  The only slight downside was I had to collect it from one of the Sk:n clinics as home delivery was not an option. Luckily there is one a short tram ride from where I work near Manchester so it wasn’t too much of an inconvenience, especially for that price. There were different options to choose from depending on skin type. I opted for the anti-ageing set which should have included a neck cream, but they had run out of that so gave me a cream to treat mature and sun-damaged skin instead. Included in the set is a voucher for £25 off a treatment at the clinic. I’ll be testing out all of these products and posting a review soon!

 

Have you tried any of these products and if so what did you think to them?

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

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