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Retinol’s Days Are Numbered: There’s A New Queen In Town And She’s Called Bakuchiol

Hey Lovelies!

Want the results retinol offers without the side-effects? Retinol’s days may be numbered! It’s time to discover the natural alternative, bakuchiol.

When it comes to skincare there are a few key products we should all be using. These include vitamin C, E and retinol (vitamin A) and are brimming with vital antioxidant value. However, now there is another antioxidant on the table – making its name known across the globe for providing outstanding skin-loving benefits. Discover bakuchiol and why it is way better than retinol.

What is This Mystical Bakuchiol You Talk Of?

Pronounced “buh-coo-chee-all”, this antioxidant is in a beauty league of its own. Revered for having retinol-like anti-aging abilities, with its superpowers being the reduction of inflammation and excelling in the rejuvenation mission – this component packs a powerful punch and is literally transformative.

Bakuchiol is sourced from the bakuchiol seeds of the babchi plant, found mainly in Asia. offering a natural alternative to retinol. This plant-derived ingredient is perfect for those who are looking for all-natural skincare that delivers the same outstanding results we see from retinol. Should you suffer from sensitive skin and do not tolerate retinol products well, listen up; this has shown to cause none of the retinol-induced side effects yet gives the same outstanding results.

Basically, bakuchiol provides the skin with boosted collagen levels, added elasticity and the reduction of lines and wrinkles. All of this can be achieved without even a hint of flaky skin. Sold yet? I know I am.

Some Reasons Bakuchiol Rocks:

Bakuchiol Booster, £12 (15ml), www.bybi.com

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Credit: Bybi

Natural / vegan skincare is fast-becoming the most sought-after beauty trend. Loved so much it deserves its own handprint on the wall of fame. Should you be looking for fast no-fuss product and application, check out this awesome gem: Formulated with 1% bakuchiol and 99% olive squalene, this all-natural product can be added to your daily moisturiser. Expect some effortlessly rejuvenated skin.

  1. Unlike retinol, you are not restricted to using it at night for fear of adverse reactions under direct sunlight.

2. It Comes Without Side Effects

Whereas retinol can cause skin sensitivity and should be used wisely of sensitive skin, bakuchiol has no harmful effect. It can be used regularly without dryness, flaking, redness or irritation. Hooray.

3. Natural Alternative – Better Results

 

The Inkey List Bakuchiol Moisturiser, £9.99 (30ml),. www.cultbeauty.com

the inkey list bakuchiol moisturiser

This fabulously cost-effective yet exceptional moisturiser by The Inkey List combines bakuchiol together with omega-3, sacha inchii oil and squalene. These ingredients work in unison to achieve incredible anti-aging and nourishing results.

Retinol increases cell turnover to achieve rejuvenation, whilst bakuchiol aids in the mitochondrial process. This component greatly enhances collagen and elastin production and usage (essential proteins for youthful skin).

4.Goodbye Wrinkles

Omorovicza Miracle Facial Oil, £82 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

 

 

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I love a good facial oil and this…this is one PRECIOUS facial oil. Formulated with bakuchiol and a host of richly hydrating oils such as sweet almond oil, your skin will feel like an angel has literally blessed your face. Worth the price tag? I think so!

Should you hate wrinkles (like me) you can go ahead and wave bye bye to them. This component has shown to actively reduce the appearance of this troublesome feature. Thank you, God!

5.Acne-Reducing

Better yet, bakuchiol’s anti-inflammatory properties mean that acne and blemishes go from being a volcanic eruption of despair to being reduced to an insey wincey tiny dot soon to be out of your life forever. (Evoking bizarrely similar traits as to that of my recent break-up.)

Have you tried bakuchiol yet and how impressed were you? Leave a message in the comments below xx

 

 

 

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4 Organic Skincare Products That I’m Obsessed With Right Now

Hey Lovelies!

When it comes to the world of skincare, organic products have well and truly earned their place on centre stage. Brimming with the most incredible ingredients that truly deliver remarkable results, whilst being brought to us in totally environmentally friendly packaging; what’s not to love? Check out the best organic skincare products I’m obsessed with right now:

1.For Acne-Prone Skin Choose: Inner Senses Deep Blue c facial Oil, £42, www.innersenses.co.uk

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Cancel the witchcraft book, there’s no need for drastic measures. This awesome facial oil by multi-award-winning brand Inner Senses will ensure that acne blemishes and imperfections are a thing of the past. Begone dreaded acne. Every Inner Senses product i have tested has far- exceeded my expectations. I am totally obsessed with this brand!

2.True Botanicals Renew Pure Radiance Oil, $110, www.truebotanicals.com

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If you suffer from pesky signs of aging, dryness or redness, this oil will feel like the best dream ever. Algae extract provides that beautiful plumped-up complexion; marula oil diminishes redness and red raspberry seed oil is your little helper in the fight against free radical damage and thwarts the signs of aging. Expect clear, hydrated and rejuvenated skin – also, expect to find this in it’s own forever spot in my bathroom cabinet! N.B: This is the one product I was not sent for review and being in the UK, I could only source from eBay.

3.For Sensitive Skin Types (Including Eczema): Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, £24, www.naturismo.com

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Credit: naturismo

This awesome multi-tasker will kick some serious butt, turning around signs of aging, acne scars, stretch marks on even eczema-prone and sensitive skin to provide a fully revitalised and youthful finish. What-is-more, the formula gets to work at Roadrunner speeds, leaving you quite gobsmacked at just how quickly your skin has transformed.

Combining a host of nurturing organic ingredients such as:  Andean rosehip oil (well-known for its miraculous skin-healing capabilities; a rich supply of omega3,6, 7 and 9, and antioxidant cartenoids that work in unison to aid the repair and further protect skin against free radical damage. After a week of use my skin was receiving much-appreciated compliments. Love this.

4.Sunscreen Choose: Soleil Toujours Organic Sheer Sunscreen Mist (SPF30), £32, www.cultbeauty.com

soleil touours organic sheer spf mist
Credit: Cult Beauty

Check out the only 70%+ organic sunscreen mist that does NOT combine oxybenzone or octinoxate. These two common little devils are found in most SPFs and cause allergenic and cellular mayhem. Additionally, they are now considered to cause coral bleaching, thus leading to the death of coral reefs.

When you use this your skin will enjoy a powerhouse of natural yet highly effective components, including red algae, vitamin C ester, vitamin E and bisabolol that together achieve results too good to pass-by. Basically, SPF is enhanced; UV triggered skin damage is lessened; skin elasticity is maintained, and your complexion looks firm and smooth.

Furthermore, Soleil Toujours has also combined within the formula green tea extract, which works as a big warrior in protecting your skin form environmental stressors.

Should you be looking for an organic SPF that goes far and beyond its’ usual duties, look no further than this little gem!

Have you tried any of these and what is your fave? Leave me a message in the comments below. Xx

6 Of The Most Iconic Beauty Products Of All Time

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Discover 6 of the most iconic beauty products of all time!

Today I am letting you in on the secret true hero products of which will always be cherished. Each day new products arrive on my lap to be tried and tested. However, these little gems remain a firm favourite for most dermatologists, beauty editors, makeup artists – and of course, the customers in the know.

1.For Anti-Inflammatory / Anti-Redness/Regeneration: Beauty Sleep Elixir, £47, www.beautyskincare.co.uk

beuti sleep elixir facial oil
Credit: beuti skincare

This product isn’t old, but it delivers such incredible results that I am certain it will remain a key item in my bathroom cabinet until the day I die. This oil is packed with 14 plant-based ingredients that work in unison that provide anti-inflammatory and regenerating qualities. I can guarantee your complexion will be transformed within a week of use. No wonder Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are such fans! If you want to know more about this product, check out my article here.

2.For Dry/Mature Skin And To Prohibit Signs Of Aging: Estee Lauder Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex 11, £53, www.lookfantastic.com

estee lauder advanced night repair serum
Credit: Look fantastic

This brand has been around for decades and their Advanced Night Repair Complex 11 has a real cult following. Brimming with hyaluronic acid and with the help of their exclusive ChronoluxCB technology, this serum offers a fantastic super-boost of hydration and skin renewal. Apply at night before sleep, the formula quickly absorbs into your skin and you awaken to discover a complexion that is hydrated, smooth, toned – and just beautiful. Furthermore, this product can be used alongside most other beauty products without fear of contraindications. Yay!

3. For Concealing/Contouring/Highlighting: Iconic London Multi-Use Cream Contour Palette, £33.50, www.iconiclondon.com

iconic london multi use cream contour
Credit: iconic london

I tried out this contour palette over a year ago and seriously, I have never looked back. Highly pigmented, gorgeous colours that offer absolutely amazing results every time. Whether you wish to conceal, contour, highlight, this palette has everything you need. Iconic also offer the palette in powder form, but should you have dry or mature skin, this is the kitty for you.

4.Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £24, www.urbandecay.co.uk

urban decay all nighter setting spray
Credit: Urban Decay

I absolutely ADORE Urban Decay products – I just can’t ever have enough! When it comes to setting sprays, this one is the product that ensures your makeup remains firmly intact throughout the day and night. It is literally un-moveable – which means no more nipping to the bathroom and looking at your reflection in horror as you appear to have morphed into Alice Cooper! This setting spray’s incredible and ever-growing fan-base speaks for itself.

5.For Aging Skin / Skin Protection: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, £135, www.skinceuticals.co.uk

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Credit: SkinCeuticals

Since discovering SkinCeuticals some time ago, the brand continues to be one of my all-time favourites. This brand truly deliver on their promise every single time! Two key ingredients of which we all need to keep using are vitamin C and E. Combining 15% pure vitamin C, 1 % vitamin E and 0.5% ferulic acid, this formula offers exceptional results, turning around dry or age-affected skin and transforming it into a complexion of utter smooth radiance. Additionally, you can expect high protection from free radical damage and continual cell-regenerating qualities. Awesome!

6.For Cleansing and Ingredient Delivery: Foreo Luna Mini 2 Cleansing Brush, £119, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

Foreo Luna 2
Credit: Amazon

Want to diminish toxins effectively without damaging your skin leaving a beautifully clear complexion? Want to ensure those cherished skincare ingredients are delivered as deeply as possible? Look no further than the Foreo Luna or Luna 2. I was given this cleansing brush several years ago to try and it has been my skincare lifesaver. Not only does it achieve clear and smooth results, but I have found by applying my favourite skincare ingredients and working them in with this brush, my skin has never looked more incredible! Love this! Also – bonus points for the awesome colour, right?

Have you tried any of these products and what do you think? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a great afternoon xx

Beauty Editor’s Weekly Favourites

 

Hey Lovelies!

 I hope you’re all having an awesome week.

As a Beauty Editor I come across many, many products (some amazing, some not so much). Below are some of my favourite products discovered thus far:

1.Revitalizing Bio Cellulose Face Mask – Lucia Magnani, £45, www.luciamagnani.com

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As a big fan of sheet masks, I was so excited to receive the Lucia Magnani sheet mask to try. Incredibly luxurious, bursting with amazing ingredients and the ultimate in skin pampering (without travelling miles and spending a fortune at the nearest spa). This mask is every bit as good as I’d imagined it to be – and then a whole lot more IRL. My complexion was actually transformed, fine lines were noticeably reduced, and my skin felt and looked firmer, smoother and altogether fabulous. This is one mask that will be damn hard to top – everyone should keep one in their makeup cabinet for that special night or for an emergency beauty event. I love, love, love this mask!

2.MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Face & Body, £31, www.escentual.com

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Until recently I haven’t had much experience of body foundations; since trying this one by Makeup Forever, I am a changed woman (quite literally). If you have missed out on your fake tan appointment, or putting off wearing that slinky dress because the winter has left your skin looking tired and neglected – this is the perfect product to buy. Makeup Forever’s foundation glides on seamlessly creating flawless results. So happy!

3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy, £19, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Our hands are often forgotten – and given the fact that I am always the one lumbered with the cleaning products and never bothering to put the gloves on (I know – cardinal sin), my hands appear more like something from Gardeners Weekly/Roofers Weekly/Witches Weekly (take your pick), than the flawless fingers of a beauty editor. The other morning, I actually glanced down at hands and sheer horror gripped my face – they actually looked more like my nan’s hands (sorry nan). Time for some serious TLC.

Now there seems to be an end to the cold spell we have no excuse to ignore our weathered hands. This is where Crabtree & Evelyn come in: their La Source Hand Therapy combines an array of amino acids and vitamins that thoroughly transform both the hands and nails, whilst simultaneously providing the utmost protection. what is more, this product smells so good that reapplication each day will definitely be a pleasure and never a chore.

4.Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 Face Oil, £216, www.naturisimo.com

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OMG this is the oil of dreams. Made from 1000 roses, the high-end facial oil sadly comes at a high-end price. That said, in my humble opinion it is worth every last penny.  The Elixir works little miracles on your skin by smoothing, evening tone and rejuvenating to reveal a beautifully radiant complexion. Yes, it may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. This is one of those must-have products of which you will never want to run out. To give you an idea, I used my bottle every evening and it lasted for almost a year – until the week whereby I held it upside down without the pipette every day in the vain hope a drop may still be left (I know, a tad sad, but you do what you have to). My advice is if you want to buy an investment facial oil – this should be at the top of the list.

What are your favourite products? Let me know what you think below xx

 

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