Epibrow Lash Serum Review

Over the years, in my quest for long and full eyelashes, I’ve gone to extraordinary lengths (no pun intended). I’ve had my eyelashes tinted, permed, lifted, and tried countless mascaras, but the results were hit and miss. I did consider lash extensions or strips but it just seems like too much maintenance for me, as well as being expensive. Plus, I’d be worried about them falling out at an inopportune moment.

After about two weeks I started to notice a difference: my lashes were longer, thicker and darker.

I’d always been a bit skeptical about lash serums, but when I was offered the chance to try Epibrow Lash Serum I figured it was worth a go – after all, it only takes about 30 seconds to apply it. So, every night before I went to bed I applied the serum to the upper and lower lash line. The thin brush makes it easy to reach the hair follicles and ensures you don’t waste any. After about two weeks I started to notice a difference: my lashes were longer, thicker and darker. By the end of the four week trial I was amazed at the difference it had made.

It has made doing my eye makeup much quicker and easier, which is a real bonus when I’m in a rush in the morning.

I’ve always had fairly long lashes, but the natural hair cycle and over zealous use of eyelash curlers meant that sometimes they looked sparse and gappy. The photos below show my lashes with mascara before I started using the serum, and after I’d used it for four weeks. The before photo was taken on my phone so it’s not as clear as the after photo, but you can see the difference. It has made doing my eye makeup much quicker and easier, which is a real bonus when I’m in a rush in the morning. Having long, thick lashes makes me look awake even if I’m not feeling it.

Hair follows a three-phase growth cycle:

Anagen (growth) stage – This is the phase when lashes are actively growing, which lasts between 30 and 45 days. Only about 40% of the upper lashes and 15% of the lower lashes are in the anagen phase at any one time. Each lash will grow to a specific length and then stop.

Catagen (transitional) stage – During this phase the lash stops growing and the hair follicle shrinks. If an eyelash falls out or is plucked out during this phase, it won’t grow back right away because the follicle needs to complete the catagen phase before it can move on to the next one. This phase lasts between two and three weeks.

Telogen stage   This is a resting phase when your hair is released and falls out. This phase can last more than 100 days before the eyelash falls out and a new one begins to grow. Because each individual lash is in its own phase of the growing cycle, it’s normal for a few lashes to fall out most days. It typically takes between four and eight weeks to fully replace an eyelash.

I’m now on my second treatment cycle but the results from the first cycle haven’t diminished.

The serum extends the anagen phase so you get full and maximum growth. It contains essential minerals and polypeptides to feed the hair follicles. It’s recommended that you wait four weeks between treatments, then repeat. I’m now on my second treatment cycle but the results from the first cycle haven’t diminished. Starting the second cycle is really to maintain those results. To give you a better idea of how effective this serum is I’ve compared photos of my lashes without and with mascara. In the bottom photo I’ve applied two coats of Tarte Maneater mascara.

Epibrow Lash Serum Review

Epibrow Lash Serum Review

The verdict

The results far exceeded my expectations, I was really surprised at the difference the serum made. Thicker, longer eyelashes might seem like a minor detail but I feel much more confident without makeup. With a quick curl and one or two coats of mascara my eyelashes are almost touching my eyebrows! I’m so glad I discovered this treatment because I really didn’t want to get into the expensive and time consuming habit of having lash extensions. Now I know I don’t need to. At £55 it’s not cheap, but compare that to salon treatments that can cost more than that and don’t last as long, I think it’s quite reasonable. It’s difficult to tell how much is left in the tube but it’s showing no signs of running low. Would I buy it again? Absolutely! My lashes have never looked better!

 

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Disclaimer: I was gifted the serum in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own and completely honest.

 

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Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Happy Friday! Are you all ready for the weekend? I know I am after this morning’s 5am alarm call! Today I’m sharing my latest beauty indulgence, the Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition from QVC. The Tili boxes have all had rave reviews and it’s easy to see why: you get to try a selection of high-end beauty products at a fraction of the RRP. Best of all is that you don’t have to subscribe and you can see exactly what you’re getting. In the past I’ve bought other beauty boxes and probably loved and used up about half the contents, with the rest left to clutter up my bathroom cabinet for all eternity.

For me, this box contains the perfect combination of skincare, cosmetics and bodycare, with a decent-sized perfume to top it off.

For £20 you get a selection of new launches, cult brands and well-established favourites. I bought the first three Tili boxes, but skipped the fourth because it just didn’t appeal to me enough – either I already had some of the selected products or I knew I wouldn’t use them. On the other hand, this fifth edition had me clicking ‘add to basket’ immediately. For me, this box contains the perfect combination of skincare, cosmetics and bodycare, with a decent-sized perfume to top it off.

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Inside the Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick (1g) in Colada

This lipstick was the real hook for me. I’m a fairly recent convert to the Tarte brand, but I have loved everything I’ve tried so far (you can see my review of the Maneater set here). Colada is a peachy-brown nude shade that is right up my street.  This moisture-rich, long-lasting lipstick provides full, creamy coverage that doesn’t dry out my lips. It’s not a full-sized tube, but it’s ideal for popping in my handbag for touch-ups throughout the day.

Bareminerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lipcolour (4ml) in Juju

This deep rosy mauve shade will suit most people. The creamy full-coverage lip colour contains primer-infused formula, that gives a soft satin-matte finish. I’m generally not all that keen on matte finish lipsticks but this is one I know I will use regularly. It doesn’t have that strange drying effect that some other similar products have and the colour is within my go-to range of shades.

Gatineau Floracil Plus Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover (118ml)

I’m a micellar water devotee, but the right eye make-up remover can tempt me to stray every so often. The Gatineau Floracil is a fragrance-free bi-phase formula enriched with Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Vitamin E. It claims to instantly remove mascara (waterproof), heavy-duty eyeshadow and eyeliner to leave your eye area and lashes feeling smooth and conditioned. I haven’t actually tried it yet, but at £18 for 118ml I’m pretty sure I won’t be buying it after this one runs out. One to save for my travel wash bag.

Shay & Blue Blood Orange eau de parfum (10ml)

This is a rich, zesty fragrance with bursts of citrus underpinned with a sensual blend of musk, woods and leather. This fragrance manages to be zingy and exotic at the same time. I received a Shay & Blue fragrance in another beauty box which I quite liked, but not enough to wear regularly. I definitely prefer this one.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum (10ml)

This lightweight satin-feel formula is designed to reduce the appearance of dark spots, even out skin tone and boost radiance to leave your complexion looking brighter and glowing. I haven’t been using it long enough to gauge its effectiveness, but I do like the texture and feel of this serum. The milky-coloured liquid sinks into the skin instantly. It’ll be interesting to see the results over a longer period of use.

L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil (15ml)

The full-sized version of this body oil comes in a spray, which I dare say makes for a much easier application than trying to pour it into your hand first. The lightweight formula melts into the skin to leave skin feeling smooth, supple and soft. It’s enriched with over 50% almond oil, plus camelina oil, but doesn’t feel at all greasy. At £36 for 100ml it’s not cheap, but it’d be nice for treat.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel (15ml)

I’ve used this papaya enzyme peel many times so this is one of the products I know I will use up. It’s a creamy, exfoliating formula formulated to revitalise the look of dull skin and leave your complexion looking bright and feeling soft. It’s enriched with natural fruit enzymes of papaya and pineapple, plus vitamin E and marine algae. This treatment always perks my skin up when it’s looking a bit lacklustre.

Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat (18ml)

Ever since I stopped having gel overlays on my nails they’ve been desperately trying to recover. Almost a year later they are still not as strong and resilient as they should be. Peeling and flaking is the main issue so I like to keep them well protected. This pink gel coat creates a thick, protein-rich coating to help to maintain your nails’ natural strength, with a pink tint to bring out the colour in your nail for an enhanced finish. The keratin-rich formula includes an optical brightener that filters out any yellow appearance in your nails, bringing out the natural color in your nail bed and making the whites of your nails appear whiter. It’s recommended that you apply it directly to your natural nails once a week and re-coat anytime. It can be removed with any nail polish remover. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel (50ml)

I received the body cream from this range in a previous beauty box (I included it in my January beauty favourites) and loved the delicate fragrance. This luxurious shower gel turns into a creamy foam upon contact with water to gently cleanse your skin and leave it fragranced with the uplifting scent of cherry blossom. A lovely travel-sized shower gel to pop in my wash bag.

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition

Tili Beauty Box Fifth Edition Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Color Splash Lipstick Colada

Have you bought any of the Tili boxes? Are any of these products amongst your favourites?

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Vivderma Detox Elixir Serum and Restoring Moisturiser

Keeping my skin happy in Winter is always a challenge. When the weather’s grim I don’t spend much time outdoors, which often results in a dull, sluggish complexion. Luckily, I was sent the skin-saving duo Vivderma Detox Elixir and Restoring Skin Moisturiser just in time.

Our complexion can be negatively affected by hormonal fluctuation, seasonal changes, environmental impact and over-exposure to damaging UV rays. This serum tackles it all.

The Detox Elixir is an ultra-light serum that calms and rebalances skin in crisis. It sinks into the skin effortlessly to boost radiance, minimise the appearance of pores and regulate sebum production. Our complexion can be negatively affected by hormonal fluctuation, seasonal changes, environmental impact and over-exposure to damaging UV rays. This serum tackles it all.

vivderma-detox-elixir serum

 

One of the main ingredients is Sacred Lotus which has calming, soothing, and anti-inflammatory properties. The serum has a milky consistency, not the slightly greasy feeling some serums have, so it’s perfect for using day and night.

I’ve used the whole bottle of Detox Elixir and since it ran out my skin has been noticeably duller and generally lacking radiance.

When gauging the effectiveness of a new product I look not only at improvements while I’m using it, but also for changes after I’ve finished it. I’ve used the whole bottle of Detox Elixir and since it ran out my skin has been noticeably duller and generally lacking radiance. Clearly it’s been having a positive effect. I’ve been using the serum with the Restoring Moisturiser and the two work really well together. Both lasted about six/seven weeks so my skin was hit with the double whammy of both running out at the same time.

The botanical blend soothes, tones, balances and calms, leaving skin nourished and hydrated.

The Restoring Moisturiser is a concentrated blend that delivers powerful anti-oxidant protection, deactivates free radicals and provides all round anti-ageing care. It’s a beautiful rose quartz-coloured gel, fragranced with essential oils of Petitgrain, Palmarosa, Jasmine, Rose and Neroli. The botanical blend soothes, tones, balances and calms, leaving skin nourished and hydrated.

Vivderma Restoring Moisturiser

The Restoring Moisturiser contains Bioretinol and Gladbackto improve microcirculation and help redensify the skin. All Vivderma products contain Dermahealth Biomimetic Skin Complex™ which “mimics the natural biological conditions of healthy skin to ensure optimal absorption”.

My skin was plumper, smoother and more radiant while using these two products.

What surprised me most about both the Detox Elixir and Restoring Moisturiser is the level of hydration they deliver while mattifying the skin. My skin was plumper, smoother and more radiant while using these two products. Dry, flaky patches disappeared, fine lines reduced and my skin tone became more even. All this and no afternoon shiny T-zone. I will definitely be making room in my bathroom cabinet for these on a permanent basis. The Detox Elixir costs £85 and the Restoring Moisturiser £50. Vivderma has a wide range of products to suit all skin types and concerns.

Have you tried anything from Vivderma? What do you use to keep your skin happy during Winter?

vivderma detox elixir serum

 

 

*Disclaimer: I was sent the Vivderma Detox Elixir Serum and Restoring Moisturiser for review, all opinions are completely honest and unbiased. 

 

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Sönd Revitalising Face Serum and Hydrating Face Spray

I like to keep my skincare simple. Let’s face it – not many of us want to spend half an hour at each end of the day applying lots of different potions and lotions. Along with a good cleanser and moisturiser, one skincare step I never skip is serum. I’m always up for trying new ones, so I was more than happy to receive the Sönd Revitalising Face Serum and Hydrating Face Spray to review.

The products contain Silica – a powerful mineral that is naturally present within our bodies.

Sönd’s mission is to improve the lives of people with sensitive skin. The name derives from the middle of the German word ‘besonders’, which means special. The products contain Silica – a powerful mineral that is naturally present within our bodies. It’s an important substance that maintains our overall health. An average adult excretes between 300-400 mg of silica per day but our bodies only take in about 50mg from the food we eat.

Silica plays a vital role in skin health:

  • Required for collagen production – silica sits inside collagen acting as glue to provide the connective tissue with strength, flexibility and resilience.
  • Increases water retention – with it’s ability to create bonds with protein molecules (collagen & keratin) and polysaccharides, which are responsible for the skin’s natural ability to hydrate and retain water.
  • Soothes irritated skin – as the silica can form strong bonds with free radicals, reducing inflammation.
  • Improves blood vessels’ ability to deliver oxygen and nutrients to skin cells by increasing their elasticity and firmness.

Sond Firm and Smooth Serum Hydrating Face Spray

I started using the serum about six weeks ago, morning and night, and I still haven’t used it all up. I’ve been using the recommended two pumps, which is ample for face and neck, so it’s lasting a lot longer than I expected. I also used the hydrating face spray until it ran out. The two products work really well together, as using the spray first enhances the absorption of the serum.

I have definitely noticed an improvement in the texture and overall appearance of my skin. It feels and looks plumper and more hydrated.

The texture is light and absorbs really easily. I have definitely noticed an improvement in the texture and overall appearance of my skin. It feels and looks plumper and more hydrated. Usually at this time of year my skin gets quite dry but so far I haven’t experienced any dry patches or redness. My skin feels soft and dewy, and makeup goes on much more evenly.

Over the last couple of years I’ve tried a fair few different serums and have yet to repurchase any of them, but I will definitely continue to use this one.

The Sönd Revitalising Face Serum costs £42 for 30ml which I think is exceptional value for such a fantastic product. Serums cost considerably more than moisturisers because of their potency. They are made up of smaller molecules that can penetrate deep into the skin and deliver a very high concentration of active ingredients. Over the last couple of years I’ve tried a fair few different serums and have yet to repurchase any of them, but I will definitely continue to use this one. If you want to try out the Sönd skincare range you can buy a starter kit for £25. There’s a 30 day returns policy so you can shop with confidence 🙂

Have you tried anything from the Sönd skincare range?
Sönd Revitalising Face Serum and Hydrating Face Spray

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Skinova Acropass Ageless Lifter Eyezone Care

When it comes to signs of ageing, the delicate skin under the eyes is often the first area to succumb. Although genetics and facial movements contribute to the appearance of wrinkles, bags and dark circles, lifestyle plays a major part: lack of sleep, sun damage, poor diet, smoking and staring at a screen for hours on end all accelerate the ageing process. I’m guilty of frequently rubbing my eyes and fiddling with my contact lenses, so I’m acutely aware of how sensitive the under-eye skin is. When I was invited to review the Acropass Ageless Lifter Eyezone Care patches (RRP £48*) I was only too happy to give it a go.

As we get older the body’s ability to replenish hyaluronic acid diminishes, but restoring levels of it is difficult because the molecules are too large to penetrate the epidermis.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin and is involved in tissue repair and hydration, acting like a sponge to retain moisture up to 100 times its volume. As we get older the body’s ability to replenish hyaluronic acid diminishes, but restoring levels of it is difficult because the molecules are too large to penetrate the epidermis. Using a new technology called TransDermal Nano patch (TDN) – a patented process of microstructures – the patches deliver hyaluronic acid into the Epidermis without irritation or discomfort.  They contain perfectly shaped pointed microstructures (around one quarter the thickness of a human hair) that act as miniature needles which penetrate the epidermis and gradually dissolve, delivering hyaluronic acid to the target area. Each patch contains 100% of the highest quality French hyaluronic acid and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) to moisturise, lift and rejuvenate the skin. Skinova cosmeceuticals are the first to bring this revolutionary technology to the UK.

After the first application I noticed a marked difference: the treated area looked smoother and plumper.

The patches are really easy to apply – you just peel off the backing (being careful not to touch the microstructure) and pop them on the under-eye area. It’s a bit like applying a plaster, only not as sticky! The first time I used the patches I put them a little too close to my eye and had to reposition them slightly but after that I got it right straight away. The microstructures are fully absorbed after two hours and can be used at any time of the day, but wearing them overnight is probably the most convenient. The patches leave a faint outline when you first remove them, which disappears after about ten minutes. After the first application I noticed a marked difference: the treated area looked smoother and plumper. I’ve noticed further improvements after subsequent uses – recommended use is twice a week for four weeks, then once a week for maintenance. Each patch delivers the equivalent of what an entire 30ml jar of hyaluronic acid would normally deliver to the skin, and clinical studies have shown that after one month of use the effects can be seen for an additional four weeks.

Acropass Ageless Lifter Eyezone Care

Skinova Acropass Ageless Lifter patches

Acropass Ageless Lifter Eyezone Care instructions

Acropass Ageless Lifter hyaluronic eye patches

This was my first experience of using under-eye patches so I really had no idea what to expect, but I would certainly try them again. While the recommended four-week course of treatment will give a more long-lasting result, a one-off use would be great for a pick-me-up before a special event. If you’d like to try the Acropass Ageless Lifter Hyaluronic patches for yourself you can enter my giveaway to win a box of four pairs!  A winner will be picked at random on June 6th. Best of luck!

 

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*I was gifted a pack containing four pairs of patches (RRP £48).

 

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