Discovering Alterna has been one of my favourite beauty highlights of 2013. The results of using a sulphate and sodium chloride-free shampoo has added longevity to the condition and colour of my fine hair, so it’s with much excitement that I was kindly sent their Bamboo UV+ C Vibrant Color shampoo and conditioner for colour preservation to try.
The Bamboo range is designed to make your hair stronger, smoother and frizz-free whilst protecting and prolonging its colour from its formula that relies on Fair Trade, certified organic, eco-certified Bamboo Extract and Kendi Oil. It is also packed with rinse-resistant Color Hold® UV+ Technology for the highest level of colour protection.
Another wonderful thing about Bamboo is the production and sale of these products aid in supporting the development of local communities while remaining environmentally friendly. More and more of us are concerned about beauty products that are ethically produced so it’s reassuring to know Alterna takes this on board.
It is a very gentle product and is even gluten-free so ideal for those who have an allergy to it. It is, however, less expensive than the Caviar collection at around £16 a bottle online. That might seem like a lot to invest in a shampoo and conditioner but it outlasts the average on-the-shelf stuff because so little goes a long way.
I do prefer the luxury of Caviar more but Bamboo serves nicely for taming my unpredictable hair on a more frequent use.
If you’re looking for a refreshing and different brand of haircare products to try, give Alterna a go. It’s becoming a firm favourite of mine and you know how fussy I am about what goes on my hair…
The other day I dug out a DVD of a holiday in Cornwall from over three years ago. I weeped at how long my hair used to be but on the flip side, I realised how much my skin has improved. I reckon it looks much clearer and plumper than when it was three years more youthful back in the summer of 2010.
One type of product I have inducted into my skin care routine is using a facial serum twice daily. I used to be baffled by them. Now it feels wrong if I skip straight to the moisturiser. It definitely offers an extra layer of protection and feeds the skin of the nourishment it craves.
For the last few months I’ve been using SkinCeuticals’ Serum 10 AOX+ in the mornings on my face and neck. It’s billed as a dual antioxidant treatment, working to prevent premature signs of ageing. As it’s winter I add an additional layer with a drop or two of Z-22 Absolute Face Oil mixed in.
I feel pretty alien to the brand but from what I have picked up on, it’s a range of skincare products using intergalactic sounding ingredients like titanium dioxide (*looks positively clueless*). OK, that stuff forms a protective barrier over the skin to guard against UV. SkinCeuticals is only available at spas, surgeries, clinics and online.
The serum is dispensed through a pipette and looks and feels like water. Very lightweight and fast-absorbing, once it sinks in, you can’t wash it off. The formula contains ferulic acid along with 10% pure vitamin C to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst stimulating collagen synthesis. Ah, the ‘c’ word. I know that’s the stuff that depreciates from birth which gives your skin elasticity and makes it look good. It’s what we all want, isn’t it?
Well only time can measure if this serum is a wondrous potion and that is something I don’t have a lot of but I can comment on how smooth and clear my complexion started to look after a few weeks and how it continues to sustain that. Friends have remarked my skin is looking radiant and supple so I will put that down to partial help from this antioxidant serum.
I am half way through a 30ml bottle which costs around the £65 mark (give or take a few pounds depending on where you look online). Will I purchase this? Possibly. It is going on my short list for sure.
For more information on SkinCeuticals, visit www.skinceuticals.co.uk.
Happy new year, folks! Hope you had a lovely break over the festive period and are full of the joys of spring. Speaking of spring, here is a peek at a couple of new shades from Nails Inc’s Gel Effect range to get you in the mood because the fact is, the next two months are deeply dull and miserable weather-wise.
Here is Downtown, a delicious bright pink that is perfect to show off in sunshine. I really can’t wait to wear this next season – such a feel-good colour. I managed to capture this in the daylight:
Soho Place, however, was frustratingly difficult to photograph in natural light, appearing as a pale pastel when it’s actually a green based aqua. Flash kills the true colour even more but I managed to get something on the phone’s camera:
There are five bright shades in total. Mercer Street (blue), Downtown (pink) and Mayfair Lane (dusky pale pink) launch this month followed by Soho Place (aqua) and Kensington Passage (coral) in March.
I am liking the gel effect polishes from Nails Inc. They’re vibrant, glossy, flawless to apply without streaking and provide a quick and cost effective alternative to the real deal. No need to soak off in acetone either, this stuff comes off easily with regular nail polish remover.
The Nails Inc Gel Effect Polishes are priced at £14 each.