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27/04/2016

Over Thirty Skincare - Teoxane Skincare Review

Teoxane review


For the last month I’ve been trying out some skincare products from the brand Teoxane which I’ve never used before.

Teoxane Radiant Night Peel 15% AHA (Glycolic Acid)

This peel is for the treatment of wrinkles, fine lines, complexion irregularities and imperfections. It has been specially designed for use in a medical peeling which I believe means after you've had a chemical peel at a clinic, but can also be used alone. IE perfect for if you’re too poor to afford a peel, but are 30+ and are unimpressed by your skin’s betrayal ie. ageing.

Due to its high glycolic acid concentration, the peel accelerates the cell renewal process,
smooths and renders skin texture to be more uniform while alleviating any pigmentation imperfections.  You apply a thin layer to cleansed skin at night avoiding the eye and lip areas and used every night for 21 nights.  This also contains hyaluronic acid as well as glycolic acid. Use a lovely cooling and hydrating moisturiser or rich skin oil each morning when you use this in the evening as AHA products generally cause peeling or flaking due to the resurfacing of the skin. So be aware of that, don’t use this product a week before a big event.  This works really well and I think this is the best product from the range to buy if you can only afford one.  

Teoxane Perfect Skin Refiner

The Teoxane perfect skin refiner is to be used in place of a moisturiser after you have cleansed your skin at night. You apply 2 or 3 pumps of the product all over your face avoiding the contours of your eyes and lips.  After 21 days of using the Radiant Night Peel I switched to using this.

I researched the ingredient called RHA which Teoxane mention this product contains a high concentration of, since I had no idea what it was. RHA stands for resilient hyaluronic acid. Resiliant Hyaluronic Acid in a topical serum, developed in Switzerland for dermal fillers and is now incorporated in this impressive range of products from Teoxane.  The RHA is formulated to provide a hydrating layer on the surface of the skin to moisturise and tighten the skin.  Well I am no doctor but here is a link to their clinical data so you can take a look yourself.

Teoxane R[II] Eyes

I rarely use eye creams or gels as they tend to make my under-eye puffy and look worse than if I didn't use them, which is a shame as I do worry about fine lines in this area. The Teosyal Teoxane R[II] Eyes also contains Resilient Hyaluronic Acid with that gives the skin around the eyes hydration and dark circle lightening action and gives the face a renewed fresh, youthful appearance. You are supposed to use this morning and evening.

The Teoxane R[II] Eyes has an immediate effect of decreasing puffiness and calming the skin however it is quite a strong formulation and I have extremely sensitive eyes so I only use it a few times a week to try and negate my eyes stinging.  I really enjoy the decrease in puffiness but I am hoping in the coming weeks I will notice some dark circle lightening as I haven’t so far, probably because I can’t use it every day.  I love the metal applicator as it feels so cold and soothing as you apply the product after a long day starting at the computer, you actually tap this very gently against your under-eye area whilst applying the product which I presume is to help drain any fluid in this area to help with the de-puffing.

Overall Range Review

Personally I love the range.  To start with the packaging is minimalist, functional, classy and all have great pump dispensers.  All of the products smell lovely, but not perfumed and have all fitted nicely into my existed skincare regime. With all of the products the skin feels instantly smooth and then over the weeks of using all of the products I think my completion looks a lot better.  The products are expensive but they are lasting really well having been used pretty much daily for a month, there is plenty of each product left so it seems like it would be very good value for money. If you only plan to get one I would suggest the Radiant Night peel for the most noticeable results.

You can purchase Teoxane Products here: www.teoxane-beauty.co.uk

Teoxane Perfect Skin Refiner  - £70

Teoxane R[II] Eyes  - £54
Teoxane Radiant Night Peel 15% AHA (Glycolic Acid) 

Do you find glycolic and hyaluronic acid help the texture of your skin?

26/04/2016

Disappointing Products - Kerastase Bain Fluidealiste and Fondant Fluidealiste Shampoo and Conditioner


Recently I treated myself to some new, more expensive hair care and chose the Kerastase Discipline Bain Fluidealiste shampoo and Fondant Fluidealiste conditioner due to the rave reviews all over the internet. 

I was expecting big things from both products to keep my hair silky and smooth and was really excited when they arrived as they smell gorgeous and have beautiful peach and copper packaging.

The shampoo and conditioner seemed a good size - shampoo is 250ml for £13.40 on Lookfantastic and the conditioner is £15.65 for 200ml on the same website.  

They are both sulfate free which I have been told to look out for in hair products when you have human hair extensions and came highly recommended as professional standard products.  They claim they are enriched with amino acids, a wheat protein derivative and ceramide R, which smooths and strengthens the hair, whilst creating an even surface and a hydrophobic layer which protects the hair from humidity. Your locks will be left with natural movement, a soft texture and a frizz-free finish. The sulfate-free formula is ideal for colour-treated or sensitive hair.

While this all sounds great and many of the reviews online are five star I unfortunately found quite a few problems with both products and, while I don't normally post a negative review, this made my hair so unmanageable that I thought I would mention it in case you also have human hair extensions, to save you the same problems! 

Firstly, while the packaging is beautiful the screw top lids to both products are such a faff in the shower and a flip top lid would really be helpful, especially for those of us with glasses who don't want to be wearing them in the shower just so they can remove the lids from their products.

Next, both the shampoo and conditioner did the opposite of what was claimed and left my hair dry (like straw), frizzy, tangled and completely unmanageable. Perhaps I should have used the mask instead, however I am not wanting to test it out now in case the same thing happens! After washing and conditioning I tried to dry my hair and had trouble getting even a tangle teezer style brush through it at all and it felt like it had completely stripped any oil or moisture that my hair had in it including both my own natural hair and my extensions. I had to invest in this product in the end RemySoft silicone coating for extensions to even be able to get it looking slightly normal and use it on my natural hair as well as the extensions. 

The shampoo didn't seem to clean properly in that my hair felt stripped of moisture but not of product build up, dead skin etc. and the conditioner was very thin, meaning I had to use 1/3 of the tube for one application, it is the consistency of a light body lotion rather than a nice thick hydrating conditioner that you would expect from an anti frizz product.   I found that the conditioner didn't really rinse out well and felt sticky, despite not feeling silky or smooth and my hair stuck together and knotted. My extensions are all natural human hair, not silicone coated (well they are now I had to put the product on to revive them) but weren't previously and my extensions are generally super silky soft and smooth. They are also weave extensions so it wasn't a case of any bonds melting, slipping or causing the problem. 

Overall if you are looking for a good moisturising and de-frizzing shampoo I would give this a miss, just in case this happens to you! 

Have you ever had a problem with Kerastase products? Let me know! 


22/04/2016

Bikini Line Topiary with Wilkinson Sword and Jamie Aston



Spring is finally here, it’s almost time to ditch the tights and coats and, if you’re jetting off on holiday next month as I am, it’s time to get cracking with your beauty regime now if you’ll be wearing a bikini in a few weeks. First stop – the lady garden!

Bikini Line Topiary

The bikini line dilemma is a chore for most women and the cheapest and quickest way to get rid of the hair is shaving.  Contrary to popular belief, shaving doesn’t make hair grow back thicker and it’s handy to have a razor with you if you are going on a holiday longer than a week as you’ll need something simple you can do yourself while you are away.


Is there a way to shave without the pesky side effects? You might be surprised to know - there is! In conjunction with Wilkinson Sword and their two fab products: the New Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini (RRP £14.99) and the Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Bikini Pearl and Papaya (RRP £10.99).  So follow these steps, and you’ll be bikini ready in no time.


Step 1 - Invest in a Good Razor

Picking the right razor is the first step to ensure you don’t get razor burn or ingrown hairs.  The more blades the better as they dispense more pressure, allowing each blade to cut with less force but with more effect – the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini has 5 curve sensing blades and this  five-blade combination is designed to adapt naturally to women’s curves as each of the blades is individually suspended.  The blade tips are designed to help reduce the pull sensation of hair being cut, giving you a comfortable shave that leaves skin irresistibly smooth. The Quattro for Women Bikini Pearl and Papaya has 4 blades.  They feel so gentle on your skin and give such a close and smooth finish, much better than any regular

Choosing a firm, sturdy razor which is easy to grip and getting one with soothing strips will make a huge difference and ensure you don’t get razor burn or slip and nick yourself.  The Water-Activated Moisturising Serum in the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini is infused with marine extracts and shea butter, this unique serum activates when in contact with water, helping to replenish skin’s natural moisture with every stroke. What’s more this razor has unique skin guards work in combination with the 5 Curve-Sensing Blades to help reduce skin irritation.  They even-out the skin’s surface to help prevent it getting caught between the blades, providing a unique, super smooth shaving experience.  Hydro Silk Bikini also features a new handle with a grip pattern designed for easy handling and an integrated stand to prevent blades from touching countertop surfaces. The pack includes a premium AAA lithium battery for long lasting performance. 


Prepare the Area

If you’ve gone too long since your last shave (who hasn’t)! Trim the hair first before taking a razor to it. Both the Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini and the Quattro for Women Bikini Pearl and Papaya razors have a waterproof trimmer on the other end of the razor so you don’t need to buy a separate one, and it can be used in the shower, what a genius idea!   Both feature a wide trimmer, sharp blades and the Hydro Silk Bikini has a new comb design so there are four different length settings which provides an easy solution to obtain a customised trim.  Use the trimmer to reduce the length of the hair to about a quarter of an inch long.


Soak and Scrub

If it’s been ages since your last bikini shave then I recommend a bath before shaving, soak for at least 10 minutes because the warm water will help soften the outermost layer of your skin, making it easier to remove hair, afterwards use a gentle facial exfoliator on the area to remove dry skin and tease out any stubborn ingrown hairs prior to shaving.

Shave Smart

To shave this area correctly glide the razor gently once over the area, each time going in the direction that the hair grows, once that is done apply more shaving cream and then do one gentle pass over the area against the hair growth, to get it really smooth. Rinse thoroughly after shaving and apply a light moisturiser, after shave balm or oil to soothe.

I have been really surprised with how much I am impressed with these two razors, I pitted them both against each other and used one for one side of the bikini line and the other razor for the other side.  Both gave a great result and the trimmers are such an ingenious idea which saves the money and time of having to buy and use two different items.  The Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Bikini Pearl and Papaya is a well-priced, easy and convenient way of trimming, shaping or shaving your bikini line into whatever style is your preference but the New Hydro Silk Bikini just pipped it to the post as my favourite.  It gives such a close shave, even in hard to reach areas and leaves your skin silky soft and smooth, with no redness or bumps.


From Lady Garden to Actual Garden!

I learnt about these fab products when I was the guest at the Wilkinson Sword Topiary Master class with Jamie Aston at his Floristry School in Marylebone this week.  If you’ve not heard of Jamie before he is considered to be the leading florist of his generation and his unique style is frequently called upon by the world’s elite names in fashion, film, music and finance. Along with his flower school in Marylebone he also has one in Seoul, South Korea with plans to expand further in Asia and America.

I had such a great evening and felt really amazed at what I managed to make!  Jamie’s design was a simple and beautiful table centrepiece which involved shaping both dry oasis, the foam that is used to hold the base of the centrepiece up in the vase to wet oasis which is cut and shaped into a ball, covered in wire mesh and then attached to the top of the centrepiece as the base for all of the beautiful flowers to be pushed into.

Hard at work with Ania from aniaaniapawlak.blogspot.fr/


After the first part of the demonstration we set about having a go ourselves and with guidance from Jamie and everyone helping each other I think we did a great job to get the basis of the centrepiece together, without any injuries!

Once the bases were ready Jamie demonstrated how you prepare the different types of flowers before arranging the piece and how to structure and push the flowers into the oasis to form a circular arrangement, ensuring that the flowers have a balance of colour and texture.  Once you have decided on your design you just keep turning the base around to each side and filling in any gaps.  The flowers we used were fuchsia roses, pale pinkish white tea roses, pale blue hydrangea, hypericum berries in pale pink.  This was balanced out by some greenery from the foliage and then the oasis in the bottom of the vase was covered in bright pink moss! I had no idea they even sold that and it did make my arrangement very pink but I loved it! 




I had such a great evening with the other girls from different blogs and Wilkinson Sword, I was really pleased with the arrangement that I made and it was great to meet Jamie,  such a nice guy and clearly a good teacher as we all managed to make such lovely decorations.

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Bikini is available in all major retailers nationwide (RRP: £14.99*). For more information, visit Wilkinson Sword

If you would like to find more about Jamie Aston flowers or his floristry school his website is Jamie Aston Website

*Price is at the sole discretion of individual retailers. This post is sponsored, however all opinions are my own.