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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

Bio-Extracts Bio Active Vegan Skincare

 

Hello everyone,

I am very fortunate to have been sent some brand new on the market skincare by Bio-Extracts. Made with all natural ingredients, it combines the latest advanced technology with highly active purified ingredients, to bring you the cleanest, freshest ingredients in your skincare.

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Marina, who owns the brand, is from the Russia , and getting skincare and make up as she was growing up was impossible. So she learnt from a young age how to make her own lipsticks, make up and most importantly skincare; and that has lead her to producing high end cosmeceuticals.

But that is not all ..the face creams have the latest Lamellar technology within them and what that means for us, is that the creams mimic our skins own natural Lamellar structure. It was first designed to treat ultra sensitive skin-types, so it fits on the skin like a glove, it is ultra gentle, keeping moisture in, protecting the skin and keeping pollutants out.

The face cream is so lightweight and very quickly fully absorbs into my skin, which I love, as I hate anything sitting on my skin and looking oily. It smells beautiful and fresh and you can smell the pure plant extracts within it.

So once you have chosen your new high spec face cream, in light, normal or rich, Bio-Extracts then give you the power to be your very own skincare consultant. You choose from a very wide range of their vegan skin booster serums, exactly what your own individual skin needs.

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The packaging is all designed to work in synergy and both the face cream and the serums give you precise airtight fresh doses every time you use them to keep everything at its most potent.

These serums are so good that they really need their own blog post and that will follow, but to give you an idea of what they are like, I will firstly say they can be slotted into any skincare routine. If you just fancied trying one to start you off, you can do that, but I guarantee you will be back for more!

I chose anti-ageing serums in Firming (this I could feel working straight away), Lifting and Anti-wrinkle, but the range is constantly growing and there is a Glow Boost, Hydro Boost, Pore Minimising, Redness Relief Boost to name but a few. To be able to tailor your skincare in this way is so new and to have so much choice, to be able personalise it to your needs in this way, is revolutionary, genius and trailblazing, setting a new standard in how we can select our own skincare!

Then to be fresh, pure, paraben free and vegan – it has set a whole new standard in skincare for sure…

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You can check out Bio-Extracts own website where they have a personal shopper function that helps you select the right products for your skin Bio-Extracts or you can also find it on QVC UK

Evolve Beauty Hyaluronic Serum 200

 

Hello everyone

Evolve are a niche organic/natural skincare brand. They make everything themselves in small batches so it is fresher and at its most potent.

The Hyaluronic 200 serum is so called because it contains 200mg of Hyaluronic Acid per 30ml bottle. This is mega hydration for the skin as it holds up to 1000 times its own weight in water making it super effective hydration for all skin-types.

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It also contains Pomegranate extract which is known to promote cell turnover, strengthen the skin & protect the it from free radicals; Damask Rose Water, a natural hydrolat; and Aloe Vera.

This is a lovely silky texture going onto my skin. I have had a rash on my face & neck recently and once it started to settle, my skin really needed moisture and plenty of it, so this has been a godsend by my side.

It sinks in quickly, no residue, no wait time to carry on with your skincare and it helped keep my skin hydrated all day while going through a very bad time skin-wise

It has helped with hydration and helped me get my glow back. I applied it a few times a day along with my regular skincare routine and it has helped give me the moisture boost that I needed.

It is no big secret in the beauty world that Hyaluronic Acid is a wonder product for anti-ageing, for really plumping out the skin and filling out fine lines and wrinkles, and this serum really packs a strong moisture punch!

Evolve are a brand that sources only organic products where they can and if not organic then as naturally grown and sourced as possible.

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There is change afoot in the beauty kingdom. People are learning and they are starting to read what is actually in their products and reducing the toxins they eat, put on their skin and their carbon footprint.

Evolve products give you artisan, green, organic, vegan, natural products that fit into a good healthy lifestyle and a better you inside and out and any product of theirs I have tried has been fantastic!

If you are interested in the Hyaluronic Serum you can get 20% off here at the Libbie Club while stocks last!

That it is for now folks, have a great weekend!

Nicola x

Niod Bio-Lipid Concentrate is lip plumping, Conditioning, Perfection!!

Hello everyone,

NIOD – Non Invasive Options in Dermal Science is a results driven brand that offers people who do not want to go down the surgical route an alternative to going under the knife. Their products are unique, trailblazing and streets ahead of most brands I have used.

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What this means for me is I not only have the most AMAZING skin care ever … I am a total convert … because it gives me results that I can feel and see!

At 47 I was noticing that my lips were going a bit like a flat tyre and had definitely lost a lot of volume. I didn’t want to go down the route of lip plumping injections but I didn’t like how deflated my lips were either.

BLC  (Bio-Lipid Concentrate) is a combination of power packed latest technologies they plump, nourish, increase lip colour which fades as we get older and generally give us fuller bigger lips and for me this has been a Godsend.

It works!

It has lifted and filled my lips out as I hope the pictures show ..my lips are soft, hydrated and plumped (phew)

This product comes in a 15 ml and is generally around the £36 mark , I considered this a lot before I bought it but you only use one drop at a time, so 2 drops a day lasts you a very long time!

I am not going to even try to go into all the technology in this little bottle but I will tell you this .. I reach for it every day and I see the difference it continues to make to my lips .. it works long-term on a daily basis to improve lip volume… so the more you use it the better it works ..

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I adore NIOD.  Gone are the days of heavy creams just sitting on your face that your skin cannot absorb .. move over to  slick potions that go straight into your skin delivering amazing results .. stick with NIOD and it will reward you .. lots!!

Ps please make sure you  wash your hands after using this product and don’t get it on any other part of your skin!

That is it for now

Take care

Nicola

 

James Read H20 Mist with Rosewater

Hey Everyone,

I got sent the brand new on the market James Read gradual tan with a rose water infusion.

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Firstly let me say I adore pure rose water  and use it a lot in my skincare, it is my daily morning and night toner. It soothes my skin, takes down any redness and it is a hydrolat which means that it hydrates deeply as it goes.

So when I saw this tanning mist had rose water in it i was excited to try it last night. It is super easy to use and perfect for people with busy lives who want to look healthy, tanned and not have to sit and wait ages for their tan to dry!

This tanning mist puts you completely in control of your tanning and what colour you want to go as a light mist will give you a healthy look and be great in fair skins like myself and a few spritzes morning and evening will of course give you a bit of a stronger tan.

I don’t think this is for people who are avid die hard tanners as they would be looking for a much stronger look but it you like a light tan/golden glow then this really is fab!

First thing I noticed last night was no tan smell (yay) at all! The tanning mist is infused with rose water and minerals .. I used this on clean dry skin. My skin tends to be on the dry side and this did not dry it out in any way. In fact I went to bed with no other skincare on and even this morning skin looked and felt well hydrated.

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The mist is clear and doesn’t stain clothes/ It can be used as a primer under make up or applied on top to set make up .. and to give a hydration boost and refresh to skin during the day.

You just hold the bottle about 15 cm from your face and spray evenly over your face .. let it dry and get on with your day, apply your make up or whatever that may be.

All things considered I really like this Tanning Mist because it is light .. natural in colour, it hydrates really well, doesn’t smell and I like the colour of my skin today, so much so I have put another application on so .. tomorrow I shall look like I had a week away (I wish lol)

The only thing I was not overly impressed with was the nozzle that delivers the spray, I feel it could be finer and deliver a much lighter spritz to the face and it would go on even more evenly ..other than that it is fantastic!

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Have you tried the James Read H20 Rose Water Face Mist yet? I think it is perfect for pale skins for summer ..I want to look golden, healthy and hydrated and this mist delivers on all of these points!

You can check out the Tan here where there is 10% off The Libbie Club and get your glow on for summer.

That is it for now folks

Nicola x

The Hero Project Hyasoft Gel

Hi Everyone,

I have found the perfect gel for the face!

It is super lightweight, sinks straight in with a lovely cooling effect and it leaves no stickiness or residue, is non perfumed, contains no oil  and just all round pretty fabulous! (honestly)

It is unscented and is in a clear super-lightweight gel. It feels very cooling as I feel it sink into my skin.

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The Hyasoft gel is made up of Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin  B5 to really nourish and boost the hydration levels in your skin and put the much needed bounce back in.

The gel gives an instant boost of hydration and brightness to any skin-type. So it is good on oily, dry, sensitive, tired or hungover skin.. It is a big long drink of water for thirsty skins of all sorts, particularly the men in our lives as their skin tends to be a lot oiler !

 

I particularly love it dabbed on around my orbital bone and let it sink in to boost my eye area, on top of make up to refresh during the day (just dab on lightly and let is sink in).  At 46 this is an area of concern for me and I do like to keep it well hydrated so this is perfect !

This little gel really punches above its weight as it is so super effective at what it does .. it hydrates your skin and it does it very well .. a real handbag hero that will really be going places once people realise how good it really is!

The Hero Project aims to bring out high quality affordable products that really work hard for you and so far they are doing a really fantastic job!

They have their own team of scientists who have worked for some of the biggest brands in the world and they are going to be going places fast if their first 2 products are anything to go by!

As you can probably tell I really love this gel because of the hydration it gives me and no smell or residue of any kind with it.

I have seen something similar sell for at least 3 times the price so it is a bargain price  in my eyes and a very clever product!

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At the moment the Hyasoft Gel is 20% off at the The Libbie Club making it £15.20 & with free post .. it will soon be a super handbag staple in any clever woman’s handbag for super hydration on the go…

Try something new and fantastic today …

That’s it for now folks

Thank you for reading

Nicola x

 

 

Jo Malone Amber & Lavender Bath Oil

Hello fellow beauty lovers ,

I had a massively stressful week last week with the flat beside me being ripped apart and put back together again in a totally new format, walls knocked down, new walls put in, the sheer non stop drilling and racket on 2 sides of me had my teeth rattling it was so bad!

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So thank heavens i had this Jo Malone Amber & lavender bath oil for my bath to have lovely relaxing soak in because i really needed it!

It smells amazing with top notes of Petitgrain giving a freshness and a hint of sharp orange, heart note of rich luxurious spicy Lavender which i truly love and adore, finished off with lovely heady warming Amber for a truly heavenly bathing experience.

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Being oils i wasn’t expecting any foam but there was a little and once the oil hit the running water and steam whole bathroom transformed into haven of fragrant tranquillity.

This is a masculine scent but to me its very unisex  for bathing, can be used by men or women, for that relaxing bathing experience and after a 20 minute soak in this normality had resumed to my wee flat, the stress was gone, the aches and pains were gone too and i felt so much more relaxed!

The almond, Jojoba seed and Avocado oils left my skin well hydrated and it was lightly scented too with all the wonderful ingredients!

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I would love this scent for all over my bed linen, it would be so amazing to get into bed and this relaxing exquisite fragrance wafting all around you as you got into bed .. heaven!

Have you tried Jo Malone Yet? I have tried a few of her fragrances now and they are always in a league of their own, very beautiful with a price tag to match but oh so worth it …

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You can read more about Jo Malone products here: Jo Malone  ….treat yourself to something luxurious and decadent 🙂

Bye for now

Nicola x