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.

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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?

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*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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Feather and Bone face gems face wash Although I have my favourite skincare products I do love to try out different ones. Recently I’ve been testing a few new cleansers – from variations on the tried and tested, to products that are completely new to me. Probably the most unusual is Feather and Bone’s Face Gems. When the company emailed me about Face Gems I have to admit that I was very intrigued about the whole concept: it’s a cleanser in a tablet form that you add a few drops of water to, which then makes a paste.

You pop one of the tablets from the blister pack onto the palm of your hand, add 5-10 drops of water to make a paste, apply to your face and rinse off.

They are made from natural ingredients: sandalwood to cleanse, fuller’s earth to exfoliate and starch to moisturise. The instructions are simple: you pop one of the tablets from the blister pack onto the palm of your hand, add 5-10 drops of water to make a paste, apply to your face and rinse off.  I did find getting the consistency of the paste just right a little tricky – not enough water and the tablet is hard to break up, too much and it becomes too runny, but I think after a few uses it’d become easier to judge. Once applied I looked like I’d covered my face in mud or applied too much fake tan, but it rinses off very easily to leave clean and refreshed skin. They are suitable for all skin types and due to the natural ingredients they are very gentle on the skin.  The big plus point for me is that they are so convenient to take away on holidays or camping trips – they are very light and don’t take up much room, and if you are travelling by plane with only hand luggage you won’t have to worry about the liquid restrictions…brilliant! The Face Gems cost $15 (just under £10 at the current exchange rate) for a box of 60.

Flint and Flint Glycolic cleanser

On the other end of the cleanser spectrum is Flint and Flint’s Glycolic Cleanser. This was recommended to me by the beauty therapists at Skin Health Spa prior to a glycolic peel facial. I was advised to use it once a day for the two weeks leading up to my appointment in order to prepare the skin for the treatment and maximise results. It contains 12% glycolic acid so it’s not an everyday cleanser – after the treatment I was advised to use it 2-3 times a week, and to use a high level SPF as skin is extra sensitive to sun damage after a peel. After the treatment my skin felt smoother than it ever has and there was no down time – no redness or irritation.

…you can also use this cleanser as an overnight spot treatment, and to relieve the itchiness of an insect sting…

The cleanser also contains Panthenol to protect the skin and promote healing, and Defensil which is described as a “skin-conditioning agent that normalises sensitive skin”. It has a gel consistency which you apply to a wet face, leave for 2 minutes and rinse off. You don’t need much so I expect it will last quite a while. On the website it says that you can also use this cleanser as an overnight spot treatment, and to relieve the itchiness of an insect sting, so I’m planning on decanting a small amount of this to take on holiday with me. Flint and Flint Glycolic Cleanser costs £30 for 100ml.

Skin vitamin rich cleanser I don’t often use a creamy cleanser that requires removal with cotton wool, which explains why this has sat in my bathroom cabinet for a year! My preferred cleansing routine consists of a micellar water followed by a wash-off cleansing cream or gel, but this Sk:n Vitamin Rich Cleanser was part of a bargain bundle consisting of six products that was offered as a Groupon deal. I tend to use it for a quick cleanse when I want to leave my eye make up on but just refresh my skin. The key ingredients are Evening Primrose oil for its soothing and healing properties, Allantoin to moisturise, and vitamins A, C and E to protect skin from free radicals. It leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated, but most of all I love the fragrance, which to me smells like sun cream…every time I use it I’m reminded of beach holidays! The Vitamin Rich Cleanser costs £14.75 for a 200ml bottle.

Urban Veda Daily Purifying Wash

When I received a travel size tube of Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash in a beauty box I relegated it to the stash of products deemed unsuitable for my skin type – as soon as I read the “for oil-prone skin” on the tube I assumed it would completely dry my skin out. How wrong I was! I grabbed it one morning as I was diving in to the shower (running late as usual!) and I was immediately won over by the lovely minty freshness. If you’ve ever used a minty shower gel you’ll know that fresh, slightly cold feeling you get when you apply it to the skin.

It’s pleasantly cooling to use after a workout, and it doesn’t make my skin feel at all tight or dry, just really smooth and calmed.

Well this cleanser does the same thing, albeit very gently (ingredients include tea tree, orange, anise, spearmint, wild mint and eucalyptus oils as well as witch hazel).  It’s pleasantly cooling to use after a workout, and it doesn’t make my skin feel at all tight or dry, just really smooth and calmed. Even though I have predominantly dry skin, I am still prone to the mid afternoon shiny T-zone, but on the days I used this cleanser I noticed my nose and forehead were less shiny later in the day. I was really surprised at how much I liked this gel cleanser, and even though it’s not aimed at my skin type I’d definitely consider buying a full size tube. Urban Veda Purifying Facial Wash costs £12.99 for 150ml.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Ltd Edition trio

Well I had to save the best for last…Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is my favourite cleanser, and even though I love the original it’s always a joy to try out the limited editions. When I first saw this 20th anniversary trio on the website I was very tempted to order straight away as I expected it to sell out, so when it was reduced in the sale I was amazed and snapped it up! I had tried the Orange Flower and Chamomile version before, but the Grapefruit and Patchouli, and Rose and Lavender combinations were new to me.

I absolutely love all three versions, which I use according to mood and time of day…

I absolutely love all three versions, which I use according to mood and time of day; I like to use the Grapefruit and Patchouli in the morning because it has a wonderfully energising fragrance, while the relaxing aroma of the Orange Flower and Chamomile is perfect to use before bedtime. I find the Rose and Lavender suitable for any time of the day, as it’s incredibly soothing and comforting.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish anniversary trio

Over the past month or so I’ve been a bit more adventurous with my cleansing routine, and while I’ll always have my favourites, it’s been good to discover new products. Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish is the cleanser I use the most, but all of the products I’ve tried have a place in my skincare routine.

 

Do you have an all time favourite cleanser? Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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May empties Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Last month I came to the end of some truly fabulous products, so good that I’d been trying to eke them out as long as possible. In an effort to clear some space in the bathroom I’ve ended up with quite a few May empties. The items I was really sorry to use up were the two Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Limited Editions.  I’d been using the Sweet Orange and Mint in the morning for a zesty and fresh start to the day, while saving the soothing Orange Flower and Chamomile version for night time.

My favourite cleanser

I’ve been a fan of Cleanse and Polish for many years now. While I find it impossible to fault the original version, I can never resist buying the limited editions. Luckily for me (and every other Cleanse and Polish devotee) Liz Earle is celebrating its 20th birthday with some amazing offers. One of those is a limited edition Cleanse & Polish Beauty Trio. The set contains 3 x 100ml pumps in calming Rose & Lavender, zesty Grapefruit & Patchouli and soothing Orange Flower & Chamomile, plus 2 muslin cloths for £35. Too good to resist I reckon!

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May empties Murad Essential C cleanser

The broad spectrum SPF 30 of the Essential-C Day Moisture provides a good level of protection from UVA and UVB rays…

Another skincare system I’m a fan of is Murad’s Essential-C range, which I find works particularly well for me in warmer weather; in fact it made it onto my list of Beauty Essentials for Running. The broad spectrum SPF 30 of the Essential-C Day Moisture provides a good level of protection from UVA and UVB rays, although I like to apply a separate sunscreen on top as well. The eye cream has an SPF of 15, which is a little low for my liking, although I’m never without big sunglasses, even in Winter. I like to use this cleanser after a workout as I find an emulsifying cleanser more convenient to use in the shower than over the sink, and the citrus fragrance is refreshing and energising.

The Intensive-C Radiance Peel is one of my favourite treatments because it’s so easy to use.

The texture of the Advanced Active Radiance Serum is quite thin and runny. Although it sinks into the skin quickly I didn’t find it particularly hydrating. However, it did give my skin an energising boost which complimented the other products in the range. I also used it up very quickly. The Intensive-C Radiance Peel is one of my favourite treatments because it’s so easy to use. You only have to leave it on for up to 10 minutes and it leaves my skin feeling fresher, cleaner and brighter, without the tight shiny feeling you get with some face masks. I first reviewed Murad’s Essential-C range on Style Splash here.

May empties Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour range

The hand cream is another high performing product, as you’d expect from this range.

Over the past 18 months I’ve never been without an Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant stick in my makeup bag. I first discovered this amazing lip balm when I bought the Elizabeth Arden Eight Winter Essentials kit. I’ve been quite lucky because I also bought my mum one of these gift sets and she gave me her lip protectant stick. Just as that was running out I bought the Latest in Beauty Dream Box 2 which contained one. It’s an incredibly useful item to have in your makeup bag because in addition to being an excellent lip balm it can be used on scrapes, sore bits and blisters (just remember to apply it with your finger or wipe the stick afterwards!)

The hand cream is another high performing product, as you’d expect from this range. Somehow it manages to stay on my hands even after I’ve washed them several times. The fragrance might not be to everyone’s liking but if you can overlook that I’m sure your hands will thank you for slapping this on.

Santuary 30 Day Youth Revolution

The mask is thick and gloopy which takes 15-20 minutes to dry…then comes the really satisfying bit…peeling it off!

The Sanctuary 30 Day Youth Revolution kit and Power Peptide Serum were absolute bargains at just £6 and £5 respectively, which I bought back in October. I have to admit that I wasn’t disciplined enough to use the mask twice a week as advised, but even using it less frequently my skin still felt the benefit.

The mask is thick and gloopy which takes 15-20 minutes to dry…then comes the really satisfying bit…peeling it off! Is it just me that loves doing that? Well apparently not as my daughter insisted on doing it for me every time! The mask contains glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and stimulate renewal. I really enjoyed using this mask, even if it is a bit messy – having a brush included in the kit helps. but even though I washed it out thoroughly after every use it still went hard.

The Anti-Wrinkle Activation Serum gave a nice boost of radiance to my skin. Like the Murad serum, it’s quite runny but I didn’t need to use loads so it did last quite well. I also used the Power Peptide Serum intermittently, which contains Matrixyl and hyaluronic acid. Given the impressive ingredients I had really high hopes for this product, but I wasn’t as impressed as I’d hoped to be. In fact I didn’t notice much of an improvement in skin tone or texture but as it only cost £5 I’m not too disappointed. However, I would definitely purchase the 30 Day Youth Revolution kit again, in fact I’ve been back to the Factory Shop to see if I can pick another bargain up but sadly they’re no longer in stock.

Clinique CC Cream and Lancome Teint Idole Ultra foundation

When BB and then CC creams exploded onto the market a few years ago I was a bit confused about the whole concept.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra is my favourite base and one that I use daily. I’ve tried many different foundations but I always come back to this. It gives lasting coverage and blends in so well. It’s not cheap but for me it’s worth the splurge. When BB and then CC creams exploded onto the market a few years ago I was a bit confused about the whole concept. I don’t like tinted moisturisers (they just seem a bit neither here nor there to me) so I didn’t think a CC cream would impress me. However, I was quite surprised at the level of coverage the Clinique cream gave and how well it blended in. It left a more dewy finish than I’m used to, which often resulted in a shiny nose and forehead by mid-afternoon. But for holidays when you don’t necessarily want full coverage it’s a great product, especially as it contains an SPF 30.

Benefit Dandelion lip gloss and Gimme Brow

I am quite fussy when it comes to lip glosses – I don’t like the really gloopy and sticky ones that your hair gets stuck to on a breezy day…yuk!

Last but not least, two fabulous products from Benefit. The Dandelion Ultra Plush lip gloss is the first lip product I’ve tried from Benefit, and now I’m asking myself why I hadn’t tried it before! I am quite fussy when it comes to lip glosses – I don’t like the really gloopy and sticky ones that your hair gets stuck to on a breezy day…yuk! So the silky texture of this Benefit beauty really floated my boat. I’ll certainly be buying the full size version and probably in several other shades too…It just goes to show that giving out mini versions as free gifts really works as a marketing strategy!

Back in May I reviewed Gimme Brow alongside L’Oreal’s Brow Artist Plumper, and despite preferring the Benefit gel I was swayed by the more purse friendly drug store version. After a couple of months of using the cheaper product I’m now sitting on the fence, mainly because I find the brush a bit cumbersome and the colour is a little too dark and warm-toned for me. Yes there is a big difference in price but I guess it’s true that you get what you pay for. I always did have expensive taste!

Have you tried any of these products? If you have I’d love to know what you thought…please let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

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Liz Earle sale haul

When Liz Earle had a sale recently it was a chance to stock up on some of my favourite beauty products at a discount. After trying the Sweet Orange and Mint Cleanse and Polish Special Edition (you can read my review here) I was regretting not buying the other special editions before they sold out. Luckily the Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanse and Polish was back in stock, and even better, was on sale for £15.75. Offers like this don’t happen very often so I was over the moon with my Liz Earle sale haul.

Admittedly, chamomile might not be a fragrance to everyone’s liking, and this Cleanse and Polish does have quite a strong smell of chamomile, in fact I can’t really detect the orange flower at all. Chamomile is known for its relaxing properties, so I use this Cleanse and Polish at night time, and use one of the other versions in the morning. I have to admit that it’s not my favourite version of Cleanse and Polish, but it is the perfect night time cleanser, particularly if you take a few moments to breathe in the aroma before applying it to your face.

When Liz Earle launched the bodycare range I received a sachet of the Vanilla and Saffron Silky Body Lotion in the post…I was smitten at first sniff!

When Liz Earle launched the bodycare range I received a sachet of the Vanilla and Saffron Silky Body Lotion in the post…I was smitten at first sniff! It has the most gorgeous, warm and comforting fragrance. Containing shea butter and avocado oil, it sinks into the skin effortlessly, leaving it smooth, soft and hydrated. I was really tempted to buy the full size when I first tried it, but at £15.25 it’s a luxury item and not exactly purse friendly, so I was really surprised to see it in the sale, along with the matching Creamy Shower Nectar for £16.20 – they usually retail for £28.50 for the pair! I’ll be saving these for special occasions to eke them out as long as possible.

The Strengthening Nail Colour formula is enriched with avocado and borage oils, which claims to last up to 12 days.

The nail polishes have been on my “to try” list for ages but I never got around to ordering any. This trio were on sale for £9, which is amazing value considering they usually cost £8.50 each. There was a set of four darker colours on sale for £13 but I already have lots of dark nail polishes, and with Spring (hopefully) not to too far away I opted for some brighter shades.

Moonlight is a very chic and contemporary grey-blue shade. Awakening is a pale salmon pink, the perfect shade for Spring, while Parade is a bright pink with a hint of coral, which would look fabulous with a tan. The Strengthening Nail Colour formula is enriched with avocado and borage oils, which claims to last up to 12 days. I’ll be testing these out on my toes to see if they withstand the rigours of running! The cherry on the cake was the free 30ml tube of the original Cleanse and Polish and free delivery!

Liz Earle sale haul

Liz Earle orange flower and chamomile cleanse and polish

Liz Earle vanilla and saffron body lotion and shower cream

Liz Earle Strengthening nail colour trioShades L-R: Awakening, Parade, Moonlight.

Are you a Liz Earle fan? What are your favourites? Thanks for reading, have a lovely day!
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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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