Saturday, 10 April 2021

The skinSense By Abi Cleeve Anti-Ageing Reinforcing Vitamin Complex Review

 I love understanding more about skincare brands, especially those that I haven't tried before. I recently received the skinSense By Abi Cleeve Anti-Ageing Reinforcing Vitamin Complex* to try out, and so as with all new-to-my-blog brands, I thought I would give a little information about the brand itself to start with.

"skinSense was born out of a vision to bring together the newest, ground-breaking technology with the highest-grade concentration of unique active ingredients in order to successfully tackle the signs of ageing". skinSense's founder, Abi Cleeve is also the genius behind UltraSun sun protection, so even based on that alone, I knew Abi's products would be well-thought out and researched.

skinSense By Abi Cleeve Anti-Ageing Reinforcing Vitamin Complex is an advanced, long-lasting formulation which is supercharged with fruit and plant extracts that are rich in vitamins A, C and B. The Vitamin Complex comes in a pretty glass bottle with a push-down applicator so that you can dispense the right amount of product without waste.

This lightweight concentrate helps to promote a brighter, more youthful looking complexion, without irritation or instability, which I found really useful recently as I had been getting some irritation on my cheek area and the sides of my nose due to another product I had used previously. Key ingredients include 3-o Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Passion Fruit, Ginger and Turmeric extract, Linefill, Hyaluronic Acid and Hexylresorcinol. 

These ingredients help to reduce pigmentation on the skin, provide calming properties, combat free radical damage and of course, due to the Hyaluronic Acid, retain hydration as it is an acid which can hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. The formula itself is a cream-coloured serum that is lightweight and hydrating upon application, without leaving behind any oiliness or greasy residue. It sinks into the skin instantly and leaves a healthy glow to the complexion. I can't tell if there is a fragrance or not, so if you have sensitive skin, I believe this would work really well for you too.

To include it into your skin regime, I would recommend cleansing and toning and then applying 1-2 small pumps of the product, smoothing it onto the face and neck before applying moisturiser. I love how quickly this gives you a superficial glow to the skin, and then at the same time is working beneath the top layer of the skin to provide longer lasting results.

The skinSense By Abi Cleeve Anti-Ageing Reinforcing Vitamin Complex costs £28.00 for 15ml, which I think is a really great price for such high quality, effective ingredients and a little goes a long way with this product, so you will definitely get your money's worth. You can find it online at skinSense.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

*This item was gifted to me, but all opinions are my own

Friday, 9 April 2021

Trying Out Dr Lipp 100% Natural Products

This post contains gifted products. 

So many beauty brands are now making more of a conscious effort to include more natural ingredients, but Dr Lipp have always used 100% natural ingredients within their products. I was recently, very kindly sent some of their lip and multi-use products to try out, and here are my thoughts...

Starting with their cult product, the Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm* (£12.00 for 15ml), don't let the name fool you, because this can be used anywhere! It comes in a handy-sized squeezy tube and has a thick, ultra long-lasting formula that provides hydration instantly. This luxurious formula will rebalance, hydrate, nourish, soothe, plump and help heal all types of dry, sore, cracked, itchy or sensitive skin wherever you apply it. It is flavour and fragrance free so it is suitable for those who have sensitive skin types, and as well as a balm for the skin, it can also be used to smooth flyaway hair, on the cuticles, to tame the brows, to prime the lips for lip colour, and so many more uses, this really is a wonderous multi-use product that you need in your life.

Moving on to the products that have a more precise applicator, the Dr Lipp CBD Calm Balm* (£10.99 for 8ml) is again made from just two products that are both 100% natural ingredients and is flavour and fragrance free. If you suffer from extra, extra dry and chapped lip or bits, this multi-use CBD Calm Balm will hydrate the skin using its medical grade Lanolin and 50MG Broad Spectrum CBD Oil with 0.01% THC. It does look like it has a slight colour to it, but this dries down clear and its rich and long-lasting formula will instantly help ease inflammation and extra dry chapped skin, but also will continue to do so throughout the day. A little goes a long way with this product and so even though it looks small, it is definitely mighty!

If you like your balm with a bit of a tint, then be sure to check out the Dr Lipp Tints for Cheeks, Lips & Eyelids* (£6.99 for 8ml or £18.00 for all three). These are available in three different shades - Elderberry Tint, Red Radish Tint and Sweet Potato Tint. These 100% natural, flavour and fragrance free tinted balms are coloured with superfoods that are naturally rich in pigment and in natural antioxidants. They add a beautiful flush of colour to the lips, cheeks or eyelids as well as having that amazingly nourishing formula that Dr Lipp are famous for, to keep the lips hydrated throughout the day, helping them to look and feel so much smoother and healthier, and pretty too with that pop of colour. Elderberry gives a rich burgundy colour, Red Radish gives a pop of red and Sweet Potato is more of a magenta pink.

You can find Dr Lipp online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

e.l.f. Camo CC Cream Foundation Review

 Last year I tried out a lot of e.l.f. products and fell in love with so many, and as one of my favourite foundations is the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, I was super excited to try out the e.l.f. Camo CC Cream Foundation as obviously it is around half the price of the IT Cosmetics one.

The e.l.f. Camo CC Cream Foundation is available in twenty different shades, ranging from fair to rich skin tones, and featuring different undertone options. I chose the shade Fair 150, which is for fair skin with cool undertones. The CC Cream comes in a squeezy tube, which I always prefer as I find them easy to use and this also contains SPF 30, which is less than the IT Cosmetics SPF 50, but still a fair protection.

This is a medium to full coverage foundation and is infused with hydrating and youth-boosting ingredients to help improve the skin's texture and tone, including Hyaluronic Acid to lock in moisture, Niacinamide to help brighten and even out the skin tone, Peptides for a more refreshed complexion and Collagen to help plump up the skin. Through social media, I discovered a lot of people had trouble finding a shade that matched them well, and obviously at the moment, I did have to order online and so I went with their recommendation for fair skin that has a cool undertone. 

However, I think this is probably the perfect match for me - it does look darker in the tube, so I was apprehensive but once I applied it to the skin, it matched my complexion well. The formula is quite thick, but it spreads out onto the skin well and covered all of my redness on my cheeks and my imperfections and I found it very quick and easy to apply. It states it gives a natural finish to the skin, but on my skin, I found it to be more mattifying than anything. When it comes to the IT Cosmetics CC Cream, I love the Illuminating version as it just makes my skin look next level amazing, but I would definitely think this would be a solid option for the warmer months when my skin needs a little more of a matte finish. With that in mind though, it isn't overly mattifying nor is it drying, and you can really feel the skin-loving ingredients when you apply it.

Overall, I am really pleased with this foundation and I would highly recommend picking it up. You can find the e.l.f. Camo CC Cream Foundation online at e.l.f. here, where it retails for £14.00 for 30g.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx