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HA+ Hyaluronic Acid 3 In 1 Hydra Activ Hero Cream

Skincare products are something I like to spend money on, I love to find out about new products and I’m always looking for a hero cream. My problem skin has tried a fair few products ranging from cheap supermarket items to purse emptying cult products. One thing I’ve noticed is that when it comes to my skin, nothing works forever.

Figs and Rouge are a brand who claim to be science led and results driven, they focus on working with independent skincare institutions ensuring they are producing natural products that will benefit the skin and provide effective results. Sounds great doesn’t it?

HA+ Hero cream

I purchased a pot of the Hydra Activ Hero Cream on a whim, I’m new to the brand and this is the first product I’ve bought and used.  What really piqued my interest was finding out that the formulas contain active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Retinol and Salicylate Acids, something I’ve started to take a real interest in thanks to the Skincare queen Caroline Hirons.

I usually use a separate acid like Glow tonic which is a glycolic or Zelens pads which contain salicylic, lactic, lactobionic and citric so to try a skincare which is an all in one and actually contains the acid is very new to me.

HA+ Hero cream

You will be forgiven for thinking that this is a pot of steamcream, it does look very similar at first glance with the funky patterns and the metal tin. All of the Figs and Rouge pots have a different limited edition pattern, mine is called ‘Athena’ which looks rather regal I think, I think I’ll use this to store pins once I’m finished with the product. You get 80ml of product for £18 which isn’t cheap at all when it comes to a face cream, having said that, a little seems to go a really long way and I guess you’re not just getting a moisturiser you’re also getting acids in the mix.

HA+ Hero cream

One thing I’ve noticed about this cream is that it’s absorbed incredibly quickly into the skin.  My skin seems to soak the cream in like a sponge which I’m not sure is a good or bad thing.  The cream claims to offer 24 hour intense moisture support for the face and body, I always use a night cream so I can’t answer any questions about the longevity of the cream, what I will say is that my face does feel plumper and soft after using the cream and on the days when I don’t wear any foundation I don’t appear to have any dry patches.

Autumn was probably the worst time of year to try this cream for the first time, the changes in the weather do nothing for my skin and as a result I have been suffering from dryness around my nose, red cheeks and facial skin chafing from the wind so it’s not looking very pretty at the moment.  I wasn’t expecting any miracles from this cream, the redness on my cheeks hasn’t gone after 2 weeks of use but I don’t think that’s anything to do with the cream, it’s most likely down to having the central heating on and going out in the wind.

Would I buy this again? Yes I would.  It’s rare for me to not get a reaction from a new facial product and when I can use something with no repercussions I grab hold of it as long as it’s working on my skin and that’s what i’m going to do with this cream.


L’Occitane Immortelle Cream

I love skincare in all of it’s forms but I’ve had to change my skincare routine over the past few years as my over 30’s skin needs a bit of extra tlc, I find a richer cream works wonders and that’s where L’Occitane Immortelle Cream* (£46) comes in.

L'occitane immortelle cream

Immortelle is known as the everlasting flower because it never fades, even after it has been picked. Its rich in active molecules with unique anti-ageing properties which is something my skin needs. According to Greek mythology, the immortelle flower was the beauty secret of Princess Nausicca who rubbed Odysseus body with Immortelle as an elixir of youth when he was shipwrecked.

I suffer from dry sensitive skin which needs a lot of nourishment and I find the Immortelle cream to be a very rich and smooth moisturiser which works great without a facial serum or oil beforehand. The cream soaks into my skin very quickly and leaves it feeling incredibly soft, a little goes a long way.  I don’t suffer from any deep wrinkles but I do have fine lines and the cream does help to smooth these out and help restore firmness to my skin.

l'occtaine immortelle cream

I started using this cream 4 weeks ago, my skin was feeling rather parched as a result of the season changing and having the central heating on in the house.  I was suffering from dryness and my skin was looking very dull. The pot contains 50ml of product and based on my current use I estimate that I will get around 3 months use from the pot which works out as £15.30 a month, incredibly good value in my opinion.

l'occitane cream

There is a scent with this products which is incredibly light, fresh and botanical, it leaves my skin smelling like juicy clementine’s and it instantly refreshes me in the morning.  I’ve actually gone back to using a very light cc cream where I would usually have changed to a full coverage foundation but I haven’t needed it as my skin is so bright and radiant that I don’t feel the need to cover it with makeup like I usually would.

I’ve been so impressed with this cream that I’ve bought the night cream too.  Have you tried anything from the Immortelle range?

*Press Sample

The Body Shop Oils Of Life

I love skincare, my skin loves skincare and the best thing about skincare products is that when you find something that works it can transform your skin.  My skin isn’t as supple as it once was, I’m 35 and gone are the days of applying a bit of cheap moisturiser every now and again and sleeping with my makeup on. I know, I know.

My skin requires a regime, it needs tlc and above all it needs products that do what they claim.  I have red patches, loss of radiance, fine lines, blemishes and dullness and I don’t like wearing heavy foundation so actually dealing with my skincare issues is important to me.

body shop oils of life

Oils of life is a fairly new range to The Body Shop, the collection is infused with black cumin seed oil, rosehip seed oil and camellia seed oil. As a trained complementary therapist I love oils especially oils that are known for revitalising and repairing skin.

I love the simple packaging, the white and gold works really well together doesn’t it (a bit like my blog header).  The bottles and jars remind me of the oil bottles we used in aromatherapy class at collage, a little bit like what you would find in an old apothecary. I really do like them and think they look great on a dressing table.

oils of life

I’ve been trying the range for a few weeks now, I had originally tried a sample of the facial oil from a beauty box which I really liked and when used with the other products it really does marvellous things.

Before I get into the range and what it’s done for my skin I want to talk about oils.  I completed my foundation degree in complementary therapy a few years ago and during that time I did a lot of research on oils and the benefits of using them.  A lot of people are scared of using oil on the skin as they think it will make it greasy or give them spots. Oils shouldn’t cause your skin to become oily, they should absorb into the skin and leave a glow.  Oils wont give you spots when used correctly, some oils actually have anti-bacterial and anti microbial properties, there are a lot of research papers on the positive benefits of oils which make interesting reading.

There are three oils that make up the oils of life black cumin seed oil, rosehip seed oil and camellia seed oil, black cumin seed black cumin seed oil is antimicrobial and some people say it can help milk supply when breastfeeding.  Rosehip seed oil is full of omega 6 which is why a lot of people use it to help with sun burn.  I’ve been using the oil for a few years now to help with my eczema but it’s also good for mature skin.  Finally camellia seed oil is an anti oxidant and apparently can help with weight loss but I’m yet to see if that works!

body shop oils of life

I have dry sensitive skin which is prone to eczema breakouts so please bear this in mind when reading my thoughts on the products.

oils of life lotion

I use the essence lotion (£15.00) after cleansing my face morning and night, a couple of drops is enough and you can pat it on with the palm of your hands or use a cotton pad if you prefer, I like to use my hands so that I can feel where the product has been applied.   This is a very light product and sinks into the skin very quickly and it makes my dry skin feel soft and radiant.   You can really feel the benefit of this lotion if you cleanse your skin after being outside in the cold/wind or if you have spent a lot of time in shops with central heating on, my skin feels instantly refreshed and moisturised and that’s without using the other two products.

oils of life oil

The revitalising facial oil (£28.00) was the product I had been using as a sample prior to receiving the full sized product.  I use this after the essence lotion and before my moisturiser.   1-2 drops is enough for your face and neck, I apply using my fingertips and massage into my skin using a gentle sweeping motion.  This oil is weightless and although it does have a scent, I find it rather pleasant and it fades away really quickly.  The oil leaves my skin glowing and radiant and I could quite happily leave the house without using moisturiser after application which is something I’ve never been able to do before.

oils of life cream

Finally the intensely moisturising cream (£25.00) is the last product in my routine.  I apply this last and use a very small amount as my skin is usually already moisturised by this point.  Like the other two products this is very light and silky and my skin has improved massively since using the cream.  I haven’t had any breakouts of eczema since using this and my sensitivity has reduced.

body shop oils of life moisturiser

Prior to using these products I hadn’t used any skincare from The Body Shop, I’m a convert and I’ll definitely be repurchasing all three items, I’ve bought the range for my mum for Christmas as I know she will love everything as much as I do.

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Photos taken using a Nikon D80, Nikon 1 and iPhone 6


Liz Earle Superskin Face Serum

Liz Earle Superskin face serum is said to give you radiant, youthful-looking skin which sounds great doesn’t it? my skin has lost it’s radiance recently and I’m always looking for a magic potion to bring back my youthful looks so I’ve been trying it out to see if it does actually live up to its claims.

Liz Earle superskin Serum

I won’t lie, when I first pumped some of the serum out on to my hand I was a little bit put off by the colour which is kind of taupe.  I’m used to a clear serum so wasn’t expecting the colour at all, once you get past the initial shock of a coloured serum you then realise that it’s not just a coloured serum it’s also scented.  I’ve waxed lyrical about my background in complementary therapy so scent, especially the scent of natural oils and botanical ingredients really doesn’t bother me at all in fact I really like them so as you can imagine I do like the scent of this product which is more fruity than floral.


Liz Earle superskin face serum

So how does the superskin face serum work and how can it help my skin? It even’s out  skin tone with the Persian silk tree extract which helps to fight the visible signs of fatigue, such as a dull complexion.  Stress is one of the causes of my dull complexion, I’ve been under a lot of stress at work recently since taking on some new clients and as a consequence my skin has really lost it’s brightness.

My chin area is sagging a bit, I put weight on then lost some and my skin didn’t really recover, the pomegranate flower extract can help to boost collagen which in turn can lift and firm the skin. The rhubarb extract helps hydrate the skin which plumps and smoothes it out, my skin craves hydration and has done ever since I hit my thirties.

I’ve used the superskin face serum daily for 7 days so far, I find all I need is one pump of the product which I apply all over my face with my fingertips, I like to press it in to the skin after a light smoothing over and I leave it for around 5 minutes to fully absorb before applying my moisturiser.  The serum isn’t oily or sticky like some I have used in the past, it’s more of a cross between a gel and light cream which absorbs incredibly well into the skin.

Liz Earle superskin serum

After just one week my skin brightness has already improved and I’ve noticed some firmness to my face especially around my chin and jaw area. I’m quite happy to go out without using foundation or tinted moisturiser as my skin tone has improved and my redness has calmed down. I’ve even had a few people commenting on how healthy I look and it’s certainly not down to my diet this week!

It’s incredibly refreshing to use a skincare product that lives up to it’s claims and I’m looking forward to using this into winter as that’s when my skin really takes a bashing due to central heating and the weather outside.

The Liz Earle superskin face serum retails at £48

*I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network which is a group of parent bloggers picked by Mumsnet to review products, services, events and brands. I have not paid for the product however this has in no way affected my opinion of the brand. As always my review is honest and impartial.


Medosan Bio Clinica plus Anti Wrinkle Cream Does It Work?

When I think about Anti Wrinkle cream the first thought that comes into my mind is that it won’t work, how can a cream take away the signs that I’m getting older when we’re told that surgery is the only way to look younger.

Medosan Bio Clinica Plus

I’ve been using Medosan Bio Clinica plus anti wrinkle cream* (£19.95) now for a few months and I really should have published this post two months ago but I was part of a night cream trial which was at it’s testing stage for a month and I wasn’t sure if the results I was seeing were from the night cream or this anti wrinkle cream so I held off and continued using this for a further 6 weeks exclusively.

I’m 35 years old and the past couple of years have not been kind to me, being a full time mum to a toddler and a teenager as well as working full time as a freelancer takes it’s toll and in my case it shows around the eyes.  My skincare regime prior toddler is non existent as I just don’t have the time anymore and it really does show.  My skin has been neglected and I thought there was no way back from this.


The anti wrinkle cream claims that you can turn back the clock of aging by smoothing out your wrinkles and making them literally ‘disappear’, thanks to the magic of genuine pearls. The 20 essential proteins and mineral substances inside the little pot of cream have apparently shown to be highly effective in cell renewal and improving the skin’s elasticity.

Medosan Bio Clinica plus isn’t just about the anti aging though, it contains valuable plant extracts like Aloe Vera and Marigold which gives your skin important protection against the damaging effects of the sun.

Rather than go on and on about the ingredients, claims and other fluff about the cream I thought it would be best to show you the results and let you make up your own mind about it.

Before an after pictures were all taken on an IPhone 6, no filters have been used and apart from the cream and a touch of mascara my skin is completely natural.

Medosan bio clinica plus Before

The picture on the left was taken after 4 weeks of use, there are still a few fine lines but the lines around my mouth, forehead and eyes have reduced.  The picture on the right was taken 4 weeks later and although there are still some fine lines there had been a massive reduction.

Medosan Bio Clinica After

I took these pictures this morning, I’m wearing nothing on my face and not only have my lines gone I’ve noticed that my skin is looking the best it has in a long time.

I’m impressed.  For me this does what it says on the box, my fine lines around the eyes have gone, the lines under my eyes have reduced, forehead lines have reduced and the fine lines around my mouth have gone.  I have eczema and sensitive skin and although this cream is fragranced I’ve been able to use it without any major issues and it hasn’t caused spots or blemishes.

Have you tried this cream yourself? Do you think we should let nature take it’s course when it comes to ageing?

* c/o Tower Health