Wednesday, 17 May 2017

NUDE Skincare's ProGenius Firming Youth Oil

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There’s a lot to be said for stellar skin care!

This time, and unlike with the Philip Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Eye Cream I talked about recently, I did my homework on the ingredients, and I love everything about NUDE’s ProGenius Firming Youth Oil!

Made with fruit oils such as passion fruit seed oil, antioxidant rich Acai, Omegas 3,5,6,7 and 9, along with wild card ingredients like peacock’s tail algae, there are so many good natural ingredients and antioxidants packaged in this oil! Seriously, what is peacock’s tail algae anyway?

Considering the potent blend of omegas, the good and healthy kinds of fatty acids, this oil is suggested for dry skin types but I disagree. I have oily skin, yet oils help restore balance and regulate my problem areas, and this one especially works beautifully with the rest of my skin care. It’s “dry” in consistency and is entirely non-sticky, and doesn’t leave a residue! What’s not to love?

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccanus Seed Oil, Shea Butter Ethyl Esters, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Canola Oil, Passiflora Incarnata (Passionfruit) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Padina Pavonica Thallus Extract, Opuntia Ficus Indica Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Sterols, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Squalene, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Fragrance, Benzyl Salicylate, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

Aside from standard anti-ageing ingredients in skin care, like retinol, I rely on antioxidant rich oils as an addition to my skin care because antioxidants help prevent free radical damage, that ultimately harms skin cells. We’re exposed to fumes, smoke, and environmental factors in the atmosphere every day, that preventative products have become part of skin care routines of people barely into their twenties, and it’s crazy!

I’ve used the ProGenius Firming Youth Oil three to four times per week for the last five months, and the difference it’s made to my skin is incredible! My complexion is more even, my skin looks and feels better hydrated, and because of that my fine lines aren’t as noticeable. It also makes me glow quite beautifully!

Just don’t make the mistake I made of using oils alone, because that’s the reason I ultimately ended up feeling extremely dehydrated and had to reach for hyaluronic acid as I mentioned a few weeks ago here. Used on its own every now and again won’t do you any harm, but all skin types still need hydration with emollient rich creams.

At £72, it’s expensive. But it’s almost the same price as the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil, and the main differences are that Luna contains retinol and artificial blue dye, and a blend of potentially sensitising fragrant oils, whereas NUDE’s ProGenius contains more antioxidants, and potentially sensitising ingredients in limonene and linalool, and doesn’t contain retinol.

Which would you choose?
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Spring nail colours

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I’m softening, making a little change.

I always wear black. Maybe a little navy blue, oxblood, a little grey here and there. But considering I’m twenty-something and still a bit of a goth, my makeup is much softer.

Nudes I love! But I also rather love peach and soft pink hues, and especially when it comes to my nails. I’m taking better care of them now, so I have more room to play around.

Seeing as I was bored of my usual Nails Inc. and Kiko polishes, and it was high time I tried Barry M and L’Oréal!

Left to right: Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in 704 Peanut Butter, L’Oréal Color Riche in 556 Grenat Irreverent, L’Oréal Color Riche in 26 Rue Cremieux, Barry M Sunset Gel Nail Paint in 649 Dark Side of the ‘Shroom

As far as quality goes, they’re wonderful! The Barry M shades are somewhat glossy, but I prefer a more amplified shine. For that and longevity, I use both a Maybelline base and Nails Inc.’s Kensington Caviar top coat to get a solid four or five days of wear before they begin to chip.

Peanut Butter is the prettiest shade of peach, but I’m also quite taken with Rue Cremieux, the cutest baby pink!  But I’m predictable, and you just know I had to throw in a vampy berry red!

Can you blame me?
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Sunday, 7 May 2017

April Favourites

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I’ve finally torn myself away from the Winter essentials I shared a few months ago.

After over a year, I’m back with REN’s Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser. Although I love using oils for my morning cleanse, especially the Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renewing Cleansing Oil, I needed a change.

I stay far away from foaming cleansers that strip my skin and send my oiliness into overdrive, so the creamy texture of this REN cream is perfect. Coupled with the gentle exfoliation of a damp hot cloth, and it’s the perfect kick-start to my morning.

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My love of peach and rust hues is still going strong, and BECCA’s Songbird Mineral Blush is my latest obsession. It’s typical BECCA! Pigmented, even, buttery, and long lasting. What’s not to love?

I’ve been a Morphe sceptic for ages. The less than flattering online images don’t do Morphe any favours, and in my opinion, some of the brushes look cheap. I bought the Morphe E49 on a whim, and was pleasantly surprised.

The brush is rather weighty and sturdy, the same way Sigma brushes have a certain weight to them, and I much prefer that. The synthetic fibres are curious, but they pick up powder and disperse product well. Better yet, brush is the perfect size to use with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit!

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Lastly, I braved Lush on a busy Saturday afternoon for Brazened Honey. I haven’t used this mask in years, and I forgot how lovely and bright it makes my skin. Plus, I love the cooling effect when I first apply it!

This is a pretty tame line-up, but hey! What were your favourites in April?
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