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Balance Active Formula Skincare – Budget Skincare without Compromise!

Hello Beauties,

I have recently been trying out a brand that is new to me, called Balance Active Formula Skincare. I have to confess to being a bit of a skincare snob and always wanting what I hope is the most effective products for 47 year old skin.

Well the Balance Active Skincare set is just that. It is very cost effective skincare, without some of the frills, but all of the quality and latest ingredients packed in. 

It can be found in Savers, Home Bargains, Fragrance Direct and Just Beauty. I am honestly surprised by how good this is! I thought it might not be enough for my thirsty skin, but it was very skin nourishing and light on the skin too. It sank in really well and left my skin soft to the touch and hydrated. These qualities are a must have in any skincare product for me. At 47, most important is hydration!

So the first item is Bye Bye Tired Eyes; it is a lovely light, cooling gel like texture, a nice wake up for the eyes in the morning. It has Syn-Ake Venom & active levels levels of Eyepro 3x in. It brightens, refreshes and helps with under eye dark circles, but most importantly it firms and nourishes. I was really surprised how good it was, I felt it helped firm and brighten my whole under eye area and what value at just £2.99!

So my next item is the Wrinkle-Freeze Serum with again Syn-Ake @ 4%, a synthetic form of snake venom. It helps relax the deeper face muscles and when they relax our faces look less tense, more relaxed and youthful. The serum is light, easy to apply and there is a real cooling and freshness to these products that I like.

This serum aims to relax facial muscles, reduce frown lines & crow’s feet. It felt soft & cooling, absorbed into the skin really well. Impressed again!

Lastly is the Instant Effect Wrinkle Killer and it is like a balm that goes on top of everything that gives an immediate  ‘flash effect’  lifting and smoothing line filler. It again has the active Syn-ake formula, MATRIXYL & Synthe. Packed full of active ingredients this has caught my interest the most, as it gives powerful skincare results through the day. It is light, fresh, skin nourishing with a great delivery system and I get a slight tingle with it approx £4.74.

It is full of wrinkle relaxing and plumping peptides, that tackle anti-aging on the face by relaxing the facial expression muscles and plumping the skin from underneath, making you look younger, brighter and fresher.

You can use this by patting it over areas you want to treat, like crow’s feet, nasolabial lines and any wrinkles you want to treat. It can also be used on the neck and chest to smooth out sun damage and wrinkles there too, just £3.49!

Over time, the longer you use these products, the better the results you will get on your skin. I thought I would try these products and think ‘meh’ but I don’t. I have to think it is very clever and a very affordable price range for all.

Oh and it is also paraben free, most important, so it will not cause a lot of skin irritations that some creams do .. this range is not to be snuffed at! It is a hard working synergy of products to help you battle the daily process of ageing!

That is it for now folks!

Take care,

Nicola x

Colours by The Ordinary Launches Early April…. Yippee!

Hello everyone & hello Spring!

Not only have Deciem/Niod/The Ordinary Umbrella opened their first flagship store in London, but they will in a couple of weeks time be releasing their long awaited (impatient much?) Colours makeup range.

Colours will be a range of 2 foundations: 1. Colours Coverage Foundation is thicker in texture and will give the wearer a full coverage look, with spf15 and a semi-matte flawless finish.

2. Colours Skin Serum Foundation gives a sheer coverage, water-like in texture, great for Spring/Summer and this will be what I will be going for. There are lots of water based products on the market right now and I love the sheer, almost transparent look they give to my skin, so very natural and glowy. Again it will give a semi-matte flawless finish and has a built in spf15

There are 21 shades in each range, offering the buyer something to cover just about any skin colour, from very light to very dark. If you cannot get your shade quite right, then the company really goes the extra mile for a customer and will mix one up just for you in your shade!

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They will both be under an incredible £6 each and will offer the buyer a high quality foundation at an incredible bargain price. They are designed to rival & be every bit as good as high end foundations and I just cannot wait until they arrive!

Meantime if you are in London and close to the new Deciem store, you can go in and try the foundations as they have samples out .. if you do I shall be incredibly jealous lol ..I will put the address here for handiness if you are in that area –  18 lamb street, Old Spitafields Market.

I just know, that like everything Deciem does, the Colours range will not only be an instant hit with customers, it is also going to completely take the beauty world by storm and shake it up! (again)

If you would like to be notified when the foundations go live, then the best place to be signed up to  the waitlist on  Victoria Health here: The Colours Waitlist

Are you looking forward to The Colours going on sale too?

If I can say one thing about Deciem .. there is never a dull moment with what they do, always a rush of excitement and the feeling of new groundbreaking products and ideas!

Bye for now beauties,

Nicola x

Bio-Extracts Vegan Cosmeceutical Ground Breaking Skincare!

Hello everyone,

It is very rare that something completely new and outstanding comes your way but in my beauty group on Facebook that is exactly what happened when a lady by the name of Marina Nubo arrived.

Marina has her own labs and her knowledge is skincare and skin is more than outstanding. This is her pride and her joy! She is passionate about what she does and her skincare is her family, so she cares very deeply about her plant ingredients and has put Bio-extracts together from her wealth of knowledge to bring you a Cosmeceutical Vegan Brand that punches way above its weight.

So onto her face creams there is 3 types light, normal and rich and the cream which have the very latest biotechnology and ingredients.  I have been using the Normal face cream but as we slide into winter I will be going onto the rich . This cream and what it does tho is anything other than normal. It has a multi Lamellar (the first of its kind) which is very similar to the skins natural Lamellar structure so it mimics and restores the skins natural barrier function and takes your serums and moisture exactly where it needs to go.

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It comes in an air tight pump dispenser jar, every dose is measured and the ingredients are super fresh and at their most potent. It is British made, cruelty free, paraben free, vegan approved and gmo free ..yet it is so full of high tech plant actives that are proven to work and give great skin results. Something a lot of women on my beauty group have remarked on.

This is also what sets Bio-Extracts apart from a lot of other vegan brands..it is the knowledge of putting together powerful plant actives into a new Llamar system that delivers fresh, potent and powerful plant actives that are so perfectly designed to not only work in tandem together but outstanding results to the women who use it.

The multi layered system in this cream is designed to take the serums which work in tandem with the cream and the vital nutrients your skin needs exactly where it needs to go boosting hydration, skin health, glow , locking that in and protecting your face from daily environmental factors .. even walking along the road now we are inhaling car fumes and it is sitting on our face causing so much irritation . This is pure skin food that protects.

Marina has put so much time and thought into every process. She has a scientific and technical mind. The more you use the products you come to realise this and how truly intelligent and well thought out this brand is!

Face creams are delivered in air tight measured doses and so are the serums. So every-time you use your products you are getting them as fresh as possible so they are at their most potent for you. Even the natural fragrance is designed to be beneficial when we inhale it.

I have to say I find this all pretty amazing considering the brand is Vegan, Clean, Paraben free, high tech and cruelty free!

Some of the serums tackle fine lines and wrinkles, they work on these not only on a daily usage but the more you use them the better the long term benefits are. The serums used alongside this face cream put you as a woman or man fully in control of what your skin needs on a daily basis.

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So for example if you need more hydration there is a Hydra Boost, a Glow Boost for tired dull skin, Anti-Redness, Exfoliating ect … It has the first EVER  Vegan  Hyaluronic Acid ever in a product!! .Want more anti-ageing and wrinkle control during the day and hydration and glow to work on your skin while you sleep .. well no problem. This has been laid out for you to cherry pick what your skin needs on a day to day basis, how clever ..

I think the whole range is  fantastic value the serums come in at just under £20 and the face creams on the website are £27, there are a few value sets on offer and you can put your skin concerns in on the website and they will tailor a set just for you!

I will be doing a post about the serums soon as there is quite a few of them and too much to fit into a single post. Something here for every skin concern and everyone and if you give it a go your skin will definitely be rewarded.

Honestly everything has been thought of here and it is impossible to find fault, my skin loves it and I know a few other ladies who are saying the same thing!  Make up goes on like a dream and doesn’t budge all day. There is no 2 o’clock shiny nose, nothing.

I really hope you take a look at this brand because it is made by a woman who truly loves what she does and working with skincare and helping peoples skincare concerns and that is how this brand was born. I have learnt so much from her and I am blown away by her brand, her knowledge and the fact she will chat away to me about skincare which I love lol.

You can get £15 off your first purchase with Bio-Extracts with my referral which is a fantastic way to start and there is a variety of multi deals on the website which you can find here:  Bio-Extracts 

Anyway that is it for now folks, I hope you enjoy!

Take care

Nicola x