Archive for the ‘Skin Care’ Category
Earlier this week I had the privilege of visiting the EVE LOM Complexion Studio, a pop-up shop at Space NK in Soho, London.
EVE LOM has taken over half of the store to mark the launch of the new EVE LOM Complexion range.
The exciting collection includes powders, foundations, tinted moisturisers and concealers which hydrate, firm, repair and protect the skin, for a long-lasting, radiance-perfecting complexion.
It is a sophisticated, delicate and classy collection and I am sure fans will be pouring themselves over it. I was fortunate enough to have EVE LOM’s Product Development Director, Amandine Isnard give me a personal colour and skin diagnosis. Just from looking at me, she instinctively knew what shade I would be – Honey. Not slightly light, or a bit dark or too pink – the match is bang-on.
To go with the collection EVE LOM has also the Flawless Radiance Primer (£40) which can also be applied as a moisturiser in the day and at night time.
The simplistic packaging and design is beautiful but also practical with the tinted moisturiser, foundation and primer in squeezable bottles. I’ve started using some of these products and will report back with my findings.
If you fancy visiting the pop-up store and being colour matched from the new Complexion range, you can book a one-to-one day time appointment for either a 30 minute express treatment or a one hour in-depth consultation. Tickets cost £15 which is redeemable against any purchase made on the day. Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. To book a space, call +44(0)208 740 2076.
EVE LOM’s Complexion Studio is based at Space NK, 8-10 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8HW and is open till 8th March 2014.
For more details on the colour ranges and to make an appointment at the Studio, visit www.evelom.com.
I’m becoming fond of these horror face masks. They’re hassle-free to apply and remove with no mess and they seem to offer infinitely instant and better results. I suppose it also matters what you want to achieve from using a face mask. The mud/clay ones usually draw out impurities whereas these sheet face masks plump up the face for a smoother and hydrated complexion.
The latest one I’ve tried is Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask. You unpeel it carefully from its pack and apply it to your cleansed and dry face, relax for 15 minutes and remove. Any serum that’s penetrated from the mask onto the surface of your face should then be massaged gently into the skin before finishing off with a dab of moisturiser.
My skin felt so soft to touch after – I mean, seriously baby soft and I had an instant glow to my complexion. My cheeks tend to be dehydrated particularly in the winter months so the fact the mask feeds the drought in the affected areas is one something I am looking for.
The coolness of the mask is also very soothing and sustains its temperature for the duration you wear it for. If I had to pick one problematic concern for skin care it’s certainly lack of hydration. Despite drinking plentiful bottles of water, like many I can’t avoid the suction of the weather, pollution and public transport so a booster from this mask does the trick.
There are four in a pack and it is recommended you use it once a week. Available exclusively to Boots stores nationwide and online for £19.99.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a special preview of the Body Shop’s exciting new skincare product – their Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. It WAS special for the queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons was ready and waiting to scrutinise my every pore. I’ve known Caroline for a few years thanks to blogging but if I’m honest, I was terrified to the core for this examination because I’ve never met Caroline in a professional capacity and there was no running away when the door was slammed shut.
…aaaaaaaand it was alright. Thank God. My cheeks are dehydrated (which I knew) but the rest of my face is fine bar the odd blemish and spot. However, I must invest in a quality exfoliating toner (in fact I should not skip using a toner) and bin a face wash that foams up (and I know these are a no-no in the Book of Hirons but like a sugar addiction, I thought I could get away with it).
Here’s a picture of Caroline in action, prodding my wife Leanne’s face (she of Do Not Refreeze just in case you need reminding):
As I was due to board a plane for a long haul flight two days later, Caroline advised me to spritz the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist on my face every hour to keep my skin hydrated (which helped massively, might have got a few odd looks from the passengers seated next to me though). It’s a 100ml bottle so within the allowance for taking liquids on board and it smells gorgeous thanks to the rose water scent.
But let’s get back to the new serum from the vitamin E family. The Body Shop’s vitamin E collection was something I embraced during my A Levels, notably the moisturiser. For a student, it was affordable and I loved the results. I passed on my recommendations to my mum and my best friend at school, who for someone cautious of beauty products messing with her skin, got on superbly with vitamin E – and still does.
I am genuinely excited about this serum, which completes this family. Why? It combines a serum with an oil to lock in moisture to give your skin the equivalent of the 8 hour sleep it craves and it works.
It’s also accessible for all. I can’t skip using a serum in my skincare routine – it’s improved the condition of my skin hugely and if I forget to use it for one day, the absence feels and looks obvious. A serum provides an extra layer of protection and preserves my skin’s elasticity, keeping it supple and soft. However, my favourite serums are somewhat pricey (around £40-60 mark but could be more and I know there are more expensive ones). While I will argue a drop every day goes a very long way, paying a large sum up front is a big commitment which I suspect some would be reluctant to buy.
Praise be to The Body Shop for their efforts in creating this potion. It’s a clear, non-greasy serum that absorbs into the skin leaving you with baby soft skin the following morning. I started to see results within a few days and have been using it with the vitamin E night moisturiser to maximise its benefits.
A bottle of this will set you back just £12 – £12!!! How could you say no to this? And at the moment, there is a voucher code flying around online for 40% off all orders but it expires on 17th February so buy now. NOW!
Also, you may want to peruse this helpful skin care guide from Caroline on The Body Shop’s beauty blog.