Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Organic Rose Otto Day Moisturizer, Night Moisturizer and Eye Cream reviews

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Hey guys! If you are a regular reader of the blog then you may have seen my last post talking about Lexira, a skincare brand that harnesses Bulgarian Rose Oil for its amazing skincare benefits. At the end of that post I promised a second post featuring another brand that puts Bulgarian rose oil at the core of its products, and today it is here!

Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Organic Rose Otto Day Moisturizer, Eye Cream and Night Moisturizer
Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Organic Rose Otto Day Moisturizer, Eye Cream and Night Moisturizer

Alteya Organics is a natural skincare brand that has beginnings in growing and harvesting roses and lavender flowers in Bulgaria. Over the years this then branched out into utilising the rose flowers for their oil by using them in a skincare range. I won’t go into all the details about the benefits of Bulgarian Rose Oil in this post, but instead I’ll direct you to my Lexira post where I went into more detail about what Bulgarian Rose Oil can be used for. 

Alteya Organics provide a wide range of skincare products for all skin types, including baby products. Today I have three products from their Bio Demascena collection to share with you: the Rose Otto Day Moisturizer, Rose Otto Night Moisturizer and Rose Otto Eye Cream.

This range is targeted to those who are looking to fight the first signs of ageing and also for balancing the skin. 

The Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Organic Rose Otto Day Moisturizer is a daytime moisturiser that promises to balance and rejuvenate the skin whilst battling the appearance of the first signs of ageing. On top of that, it also helps against protecting the skin against daily environmental stress. 

The Alteya Organics Bio Damascena Organic Rose Otto Night Moisturizer is a night cream that provides moisture to the skin whilst helping with the overall skin texture, to repair skin damage from the day, provide nourishment as well as a glow to the skin and to smooth and condition. Like the rest of the range, this is also designed to target the first signs of ageing.

The Alteya Bio Damascena Organic Rose Otto Ageless Eye Cream is an eye cream that is designed to nourish the eye area, preventing dehydration and helping to promote a radiant and more youthful look. It also helps with fine lines around the eyes.

The products are all packaged in black, with black, glass bottles for the day and night moisturisers and a black, plastic jar for the eye cream. Both of the moisturisers are white and average lotion-like in consistency whereas the eye cream is an off white, mousse-esque balm. 

Monday, 29 April 2019

Lexira Luxurious Day Cream Light Formula, Night Emulsion, Eye Serum and Rich Moisturizing Body Butter reviews

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Hey guys! Who doesn't love a bit of luxury in their lives? Luxury skincare in particular can really make us feel great. There’s something about the use of it as well as the results, isn’t there? You just feel really good using it. It’s a hard to explain feeling. Well today I’m bringing some beautifully luxurious skincare products to the blog (seriously, they all have luxurious in the name and everything) made around one of the most sought after and exquisite essential oils in the world: Bulgarian rose oil.

Lexira Luxurious Day Cream Light Formula, Night Emulsion, Eye Serum and Rich Moisturizing Body Butter
Lexira Luxurious Day Cream Light Formula, Night Emulsion, Eye Serum and Rich Moisturizing Body Butter

Lexira is a brand that you may not have heard of before, but is one you should take notice of. The main ingredient in their entire range is organically grown Bulgarian rose oil which is a well sought after essential oil in the beauty industry. It is renowned for its skin reviving effects. Bulgarian rose oil hydrates, smoothes and soothes the skin and is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant.

Rather than importing this oil for use elsewhere, Lexira have utilised this oil on their doorstep to bring you the purest and best Bulgarian rose oil in their products and they are manufactured by hand in Bulgaria.

The products I have to share with you today are the Lexira Luxurious Day Cream Light Formula, Luxurious Night Emulsion, Luxurious Eye Serum and Rich Moisturizing Body Butter

The Lexira Luxurious Day Cream Light Formula is a lightweight moisturiser that is designed for humid conditions. I would also say this is a moisturiser that is suitable for all skin types, including oily/blemish prone. Alongside the Bulgarian Rose Oil, this moisturiser contains oat extract for moisture retention, toning and tightening, argan, sesame and macadamia oils for hydration and nourishment, and green tea and Arninca Montana to invigorate and stimulate micro circulation. 

The Lexira Luxurious Night Emulsion is formulated with a range of precious oils and natural extracts to create an intensively nourishing and hydrating night time moisturiser. Alongside the Bulgarian rose oil, the Night Emulsion contains argan and almond oils for cell regeneration, sesame oil for elastin production and cleansing properties, Shea butter for smoothing and softening and oat extract for tightening, toning and retaining moisture. 

Lexira
Lexira

The Lexira Luxurious Eye Serum contains a concentrated amount of ingredients similar to the Night Emulsion, except that it also boasts micro algae extract to reduce puffiness around the eyes and to tighten the area. It is also designed to intensely hydrate the sensitive skin around the eyes. 

The Lexira Rich Moisturizing Body Butter is a long-lasting blend of butters and oils to provide incredible hydration for even the driest of skin. As well as the rose oil, this Body Butter is enriched with Shea butter and argan, olive and almond oils. 

When I received this amazing box of goodies, I also received a lot of samples. Because of this, I handed some out to people close to me to try out for some extra feedback. Hopefully this will make the reviews more well-rounded and informative for you all!

Additionally, I can mention a few other products that I sampled at the end. I won’t be able to give a full on review for those products, but at least I can give them a mention if you’re interested in the brand and their range. 

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Derma Roller System, DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum and PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask reviews

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Hey guys! So it’s pretty well known by now that there are some weird and wonderful things that people can do to their bodies in the name of beauty, and as a beauty blogger I naturally love trying some of them out so I can talk about them with you all. So how about today we talk about what it’s like to stick hundreds of needles into your face over and over in the hunt to achieve smooth skin? Yep, today we’re talking about microneedling with the Derma Roller System.

DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum, PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask and the Derma Roller System
DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum, PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask and the Derma Roller System

So what is microneedling? Microneedling is a natural way to help the skin with a range of issues on the face, hair and body. On the face it can help with reducing acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. It can also help with evening out the skin tone, firming the skin and helping your skincare products to work better. On the body it can help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite, and on the hair it can help to promote hair growth. The Derma Roller System works by rolling 200 medical-grade stainless steel needles over the area you want to treat to create tiny micro-injuries which then stimulates the natural healing process of the skin, therefore boosting collagen and elastin production. This is basically the same kind of thing that most of your skincare products are saying they will help with, but your body is already making its own, so why not simply utilise that better?

I was recently sent the Derma Roller System to try, and alongside it I have also got the DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum and the PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask to show you. The DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum and the PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask are described as being best used directly after the Derma Roller, but as well as that I have carried on using the DermaC+ Serum nightly to allow me to give some proper feedback on it alongside the roller.

The Derma Roller System comes with varying needle sizes. The size that you need to use is going to be dependant on what you need to use it for. I followed the guide on the Derma Roller System website to choose the right needle size for microneedling and settled the 1mm needle size. If you are new to it I would suggest sticking to the smaller sizes like I did as the longer needles are intended for professional use. 

Derma Roller System
Derma Roller System

The Derma Roller comes packaged up in a handy plastic travel case which is nice, but it all also comes packaged up in a box with the product info on with instructions. 

The DermaC+ Anti-Aging Serum is packed with Vitamins C and E as well as Hyaluronic Acid and is designed to minimise the appearance of wrinkles (even deep set ones), even out the skin tone, hydrate, improve skin texture, leave the skin looking and feeling smoother and firmer, restore natural glow and to help other skincare products work better.

It comes in an orange-brown glass bottle with a pipette dropper for dispensing. It holds 30ml of product and the serum is bright white and of average consistency. 

The PerfectDerm Collagen Face Mask is pretty much designed to the exact same as the DermaC+ Serum above, but it also exfoliates too. The face mask is a sheet mask which comes packaged in a white and blue sachet.

Before getting into the review, a heads up; this post is a long one. I’ve written a little TL;DR at the end of the post with some bullet points, but if you’re genuinely interested in trying out a derma roller then I do recommend reading the entire post as I talk in detail about the different steps and methods which I think could be helpful for you. 

Sunday, 14 April 2019

APN Always Perfect Nails Nail Polish in Naughty Nights review and swatches

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Hey guys! It’s been a while since I got to write a nail polish post, but I’ve got one for you today!

As we come into spring, it’s nice to bring out a lovely spring shade for your nails. I like pastels and nude shades during the spring, so today I’ve got an interesting nude nail polish to show you (I'll explain why it's interesting as we go). 

APN Always Perfect Nails Nail Polish in Naughty Nights
APN Always Perfect Nails Nail Polish in Naughty Nights

The APN Always Perfect Nails nail polish promises to be fast drying with a non-chip finish. It is free of Toulene and DBP 01 and is scented with pomegranate to leave the nails smelling sweet. It comes in a wide range of shades including some glitter nail polish shades too.

Each shade comes packaged in a clear glass bottle with the product logo printed on in black. It has a rounded black handle with a thin brush. 

Monday, 1 April 2019

Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer review

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Hey guys! I’ve spoken a little about ion technology on the blog recently with the ION-Sei Electric Toothbrush. Today I’m going to be talking about another ion tech product, but a type of product that you probably already associate with ion tech. Yup, that’s right! We’re getting loud and hairy and we're talking about an ionic hairdryer today.

Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer
Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer

The Aphrodite Ultra Ionic 3000 Professional Hair Dryer is designed to use ions to smoothen the hair as it dries, leaving you with silky smooth hair and less frizz.

It has two speeds, three heat settings, three nozzle attachments and 2100W of power. One nozzle is for fast drying, another for straightening and one for setting.

On top of the hairdryer is a small blue diode which creates negative ions that are blown onto the hair. This negatively charges the hair, reducing static and leaving the hair feeling and looking silky smooth.

To help me out with this review I have enlisted my sister. Her hair type is very different to mine and this hairdryer could get a really thorough road-test on her hair. My hair is very fine and lacking volume, but my sisters hair is Afro-Caribbean, so it’s very thick, curly, dry and prone to extreme frizz. Could this finally be the best hairdryer for her thick and curly, frizz-prone hair? Let's find out!