Skincare | Recent Trials & Purchases

I love trying new skincare products, but I’m also quite picky, tending to stick old faithfuls that I trust for my skin. So when it comes to new, I mainly go for products that I research, or am drawn to the ingredients or brand ethos. As I have some new finds, partly recent purchases plus some sent for review, I thought I would share my thoughts on these.

*Post contains some PR gifts for review purposes and some own purchases*

Nakin

This British natural brand create luxury, affordable and vegan skincare products, plus their products are cruelty-free, meeting the leaping bunny criteria. They use powerful natural and healing plant based ingredients, so of course I was interested in trying a couple of products from their range.

Their Advanced Cleansing Milk is a vegan friendly cleanser created to work on signs of ageing, using Olive oil, Hyaluronic acid, Pomegranate and Seaweed extract, plus Grapeseed, Sunflower and Rosemary oils.

  • 98% natural and free from harsh ingredients like parabens, SLS, PEGs, synthetic dye and scent 
  • Vegan & cruelty-free cleansing milk 
  • Leaping Bunny approved 
  • Wheat free 
  • Gluten free 

This creamy cleansing lotion provides great slip, and for me has been a gentle, yet effective morning cleanser that helps nourish. No stripping of skin here, and it is kind to a sensitive skin like mine. I did find I had to work a little harder to remove mascara when using at night, so I used eye makeup remover. If you are looking for a natural cleanser that leaves skin feeling supple and looking clear, this is worth a try.

The Performance Face Serum has a viscosity more like a lotion, and is somewhat thicker than some serums due to its rich content, yet it is still light. The main ingredients are ; Glycerine, Shea butter, Argan oil, Baobab seed oil, Hydrolysedhibiscus extract, Hyaluronic acid, Pomegranate, Green tea and Rosemary leaf extract.

  • 98% natural and free from harsh ingredients like parabens, MEA, beta glucan, artificial fragrance and colour dyes. 
  • vegetarian & crueltyfree 
  • Leaping Bunny registered. 
  • free from both gluten and wheat content and derivatives. 
  • made in the UK 

Although this was hydrating and pleasurable to use, I just don’t feel it did much more for my skin, maybe I should have tried the Revitalising facial oil instead. I have just purchased the Lip Treatment balm, after checking out the ingredients (plus being a total lip balm freak), and it’s a sumptuous treat. The Eye Cream Complex also sounds inviting, with plant actives and lightweight formula. This is a brand well worth trying, if like me you love natural, plant based and cruelty-free skincare. Go check them out HERE.

J.One Korean Skincare 

This popular Korean skincare brand from actress Ha Ji Won, was first introduced to me by a PR company last year, by way of the Jelly Pack. This strange feeling gel is a primer, but not just your average primer, as this contains hyaluronic acid and peptides to boost collagen, helping to keep skin plump and firm. Also Fullerene, a powerful antioxidant, and Chamomile water to soothe. Basically, it’s a skin treatment wrapped up in a primer.

It feels strange when applying, but it emulsifies leaving a a bit of tack. It smoothes over pores, keeps skin hydrated, and helps makeup stay put for hours. Well worth having this primer with benefits in your kit!

A decadent moisturiser to help plump and firm the skin, the Jelly Cream is a moisturising product aimed at ageing skins. This one particularly helps hydration and skin slackening…woh, hello I need you! It’s texture is of a gel cream, yet it has some body to it.

Ingredients include ; glycerine, olive oil, niacinomide, fruit oils, sugar cane extract, hyaluronic acid. Free from ; parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

This provides hydration and really plumps the skin, giving it more elasticity, whilst also providing a protective barrier. I dip in and out of using this as my moisturiser, turning to it when in need of a bit of help in the firming department. However, I can’t use full time, as it seems a little heavy for my sensitive skin, causing the odd spot (which I very rarely get), after a couple of days of use. Although, I still rate it for skin firming and hydration, and worth trying if your skin needs a bit of scaffolding.

Coming in the form of pea sized capsules, is the Hana Cream, again aimed at helping skin fight signs of ageing. It’s very talked about and These little balls deliver one does of moisturiser, but not if you’re like me and need just need/want a bit more, I sometimes used two.

Ingredients include : Glycerine, sunflower seed oil, shea butter, niacinamide, centella asiatica…and sadly includes palm oil. Free from ; parabens, sulphates and phthalates.

The ‘capsules’ are not encased in a film like many others, and the thickish formula takes a little bit of squishing to then spread into skin. It moisturises and plumps skin, is a good base for makeup, and I noticed fine lines seem less noticeable at the end of the day.

I can’t say I’m a huge fan of the actual cream capsules and texture, and again, it’s a bit rich for my skin everyday. I know it’s a really popular product and leaves skin soft and plump, but to be honest, I’m not a massive fan. If you’re a Korean skincare fan and want to investigate their products, find J.One HERE.

Pixi 

Being an ambassador for Pixi, I kindly get sent products by the PR team, and over the last few months, I received some from the new Rose line, also Glow line. I will share more in a later post, but for now, I picked a few that I’ve been loving.

The Rose Ceramide Cream is sumptuous. It is rich but not heavy, and sinks into the skin well. With barrier protecting ceramics and rose oil, it helps protect against free radicals. Having a sensitive skin, where the barrier is delicate, and sometimes compromised, I love products like this. Skin always feels soft and plump after use and throughout the day.

  • Rose Flower Oil nourishes & restores
  • Ceramide provides time-release moisture
  • Probiotics protect & balance

I have to say I’m smitten with DetoxifEYE patches, which are great for depuffing and refreshing tired eyes. If, like me, you suffer with hay fever at this time of year, along with fatigue (being part of Fibromyalgia syndrome), these are life savers!

They are super cool on the skin, plus brightening and reviving, and totally worth buying. The huge pot contains 60 patches, so that’s 30 refreshing under eye treatments which for the price, is a bargain. I now want to try the FortifEYE patches, to help firm the skin around the eyes.

I love this brands facial mists, and the Rose Glow Mist is one of my everyday go-to products. It helps add moisture to skin after cleansing and before I go in with my serums. Containing olive, avocado, flower and fruit oils, it provides skin with antioxidants and essential fatty acids. As it’s infused with soothing rose oil, this mist helps calm skin with sensitivities and redness, whilst hydrating skin and adding a vibrancy to it.

Now I do love a sheet mask, or 5, but some either don’t fit, or.. are made from quite thick material that’s heavy and non-malleable when applying to the face. The Glow Glycolic Boost mask is a winner, not only does it give hydrate whilst giving skin one hell of a glow, but the material is made from fine microfibre, and it actually fits my small face!

Serum ingredients include : Glycolic acid, witch hazel, chestnut, cucumber and basil. 

The Glow boost masks are a good price too, as they come as a pack of 3. I love the sheet mask material and the result the serum blend provides! Find all Pixi skin treats and products HERE.

Clockface Beauty

This natural brand is a new one to me, but I liked the sound of the ingredients so was intrigued to try these particular two products. The brand founded by mother and daughter, is based in the Yorkshire  countryside, and provides sustainable and 100% natural, organic, vegan and cruelty free products. Plus, they already have some award nominees and winners!

The Enhanced Recovery Body Oil, a blend containing oils of clary sage, geranium rose, grapeseed, sweet almond, pomegranate seed, cypress and rosemary.

This helps to soothe and repair tired, tight muscles, calming the mind with its aroma, as well as being hydrating for the skin. It’s a good blend for massage post-workout, but I’ve mainly been using in conjunction with my Gua sha body tool for my Fibro muscles. As the nozzle does not deliver a mist, but a direct line of oil, I simply spray the amount I need into my hand. A lovely gentle and restorative blend, and 99% organic too!

I love masking to treat the skin, so I was looking forward to trying this Greenclay & Rosewood Face Mask. this has ingredients of : green and white clays, mooring oil, vitamin E, plus rosewood and tea tree oils.

The ingredients help with skin healing for blemishes and scars, and help signs of ageing by promoting cell regeneration as well as repair. This mask works well to unclogs pores, brighten and soften skin, whilst  balancing out all skin types. I use a brush to apply, as it has a high oil content,  and leave on for around 15-20 minutes, usually whilst having a relaxing soak in the bath. It does not dry out, or cause any problems for my sensitive skin, plus I find it easy to remove with a warm, wet flannel. The only issue I have had, is that my jar leaks a small amount of oil down the side, so there might be a tiny crack in the glass.

For all natural skincare lovers out there, this mask is a lovely treat. It has a slight herby fragrance and leaves skin clear, bright and soft. Leaking pot aside, have to say I love this! A lovely British natural brand that I am keen to explore more of, and you can find all their products HERE.

Farmacy Green Clean

I discovered this American clean skincare brand, whilst scrolling a couple of my fave US beauty Instagram accounts. They have a fabulous ethos and are a natural sustainable brand, and their Green Clean cleansing balm has to be one of my favourite new cleansers. Key ingredients are : Sunflower Oil, ginger root oil, moringa tree extract, papaya extract and Echinacea GreenEnvy™. 

“….first discovered growing in the wild in upstate New York. This plant, which is patented & exclusive to Farmacy, has 300% more natural antioxidants in its roots than regular Echinacea—and it’s the superhero plant that kick-started Farmacy.”

This is a pleasure to use, in texture and with its fresh and summery scent. A solid cleanser but not a hard-to-use balm, its contents of Moringa enable a fabulous slip and is gentle on skin. When taking makeup off at the end of the day, it removes the most stubborn of mascaras, making light work of cleansing everything off. Skin is not stripped, but left lightly exfoliated, nourished and feeling really soft. Works for all skin types and definitely kind to us sensitive souls. A winner cleanser in my books and a well deserved award winner, I totally recommend if you’ve not tried it yet! Find it HERE.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel

This one is no newbie, as I’ve used on and off for many years. I wanted to share as it’s a gentle exfoliant, no grains but AHA’s (fruit acids), that works well on my skin. If your skin hates grains or any kind of physical exfoliant and is a sensitive or mature skin, then you’ll love this product. I apply to clean skin, leave for 10 minutes before applying my skincare serums/moisturisers, or, sometimes prior to a moisturising mask.

This has main ingredients of : Glycerine, sunflower seed oil, papaya and pineapple extract, niacinamide, milk protein, vitamin E and marine algae. 

It smells amazing! and although effective in exfoliating, brightening and smoothing, is a gentle product on all skins. Find it HERE.

Madara Lifting Mask

A Nordic brand I’d known about for a while but didn’t try until just before Christmas, Madara is a luxury organic skincare range. When you want a lift and tighten, ‘get the scaffolders in’ type of mask, this is a good choice. This helps firm and support skin tissue, improving collagen production and support.

Ingredients include ; Birch juice, sunflower seed and jojoba oils, shea and cocoa seed butter, horsetail and horse chestnut extract, plus red clover flower extract and fruit oils.

Although a slightly strong, clay aroma, this has a luxurious, creamy texture that nourishes skin leaving it smooth and silky. I love that after using this mask for 15 minutes, my fine lines and also ..deeper set lines, like the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth lines), seem plumped and less noticeable. Now okay, it isn’t a facelift in a tube, but if you need some facial firming action before a ‘do’ or day/night out, it’s definitely a must-try mask. Find it HERE.

So that’s my recent line up for this post, some of these products have been real finds, wether bought with my money or appreciated gifts sent to try.

I have another skincare edit lined up soon, but I like to test run each product to see what works for me, so it will be in the next few weeks. If any of the skincare products in this post tickle your beauty tastebuds, or, if you’re already enjoying any of them, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 

Heidi x

 

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