The best eye cream yet?( for me at least…)

Hello skincare junkies,

in my land of sleepless nights, overworn contact lenses and depleting collagen, I am always looking for an eye cream that can make me look like I had 10 hours sleep, that can erase any signs of fatigue, wrinkles, tears of joy and sadness and that can pretty much make me look 15 again!The amount of money I spent over the years in the search is embarrassing but I might, i say ‘might’, have found the best eye cream yet!

SKINPEP is a small company I talked about before on my Instagram account and they offer a couple of eye creams and the one I am talking about is called ‘ dark circle eraser eye cream’:

I ordered it about a couple of months ago and I have been hooked ever since. It has a lightweight yet very hydrating feel to it, it comes out with a kind og goldish tone that helps to minimise dark circles immediatly but what really sold me was the ingredient list that i have to share with you:Matrixyl, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Transforming Growth Factor, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, MAP, Ascorbic Acid, Aloe Vera Ext, Niacinamide, Witch Hazel Ext, Panthenol, CO-Q10, Green Tea Ext, Algae Ext, Vit E, Red Ginseng Ext, Ginkgo Biloba Ext, Grape Seed Ext, Resveratrol, Adenosine, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cucumber Ext, Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Ferulic Acid, Laminaria Ochroleuca Ext, Soybean Seed Ext, Shea Butter, Evening Primrose Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Allantoin, Chamomile Ext, Padina Pavonica Ext, (Wheat) Germ Oil, Rose Flower Ext, Willow Bark Ext, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Bisabolol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Laureth-7, Laureth-23, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chlorphenesin, VP/Eicosene Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA PEG-240/HDI Copolymer Bis Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane.

Where to start: the first ingredient is Matrixyl(aka Palmitoyl pentapeptide-4) is the first ingredient and a very powerful peptide shown to be very effective in plumping up fine lines. the list is pretty impressive with ingredients such as niacinamide for brightening,re tinol for retexrurising,an tioxidants,om egas,so othing ingredients like allantoin,hy aluronic acid and collagen.

Science facts aside , this eye cream pucks a punch especially for the very reasonable price :£14.99, you can also order a 2ml sample from their website for £2.99.

https://skinpep.com/dark-circle-eraser-growth-factor-eye-cream/

It works beautifully under makeup and on its own but what really impressed me is that my dark circles and bags have significantly diminished since using it and I also love the immediate brightening and softening effect it gives.

If you are looking  for a good eye cream that does not cost the earth,th at is well formulated and effective then I highly recommed this one.Let me know if you tried it ,if you love it and generally what you think of it.

That’s all for now,

Love

Alex

Let’s talk supplements

 

 

Hello beautiful people,

I hope everyone is feeling amazing. I wanted to briefly dip into the controversial topic of supplements today. First of all, as a disclaimer, I am no doctor so these are my personal views based on my personal experience: what works for me might not work for you.Another little piece of information: I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and IBS so the supplements I am taking today are in part linked to these two issues.

The world is supplements is a very confusing and, at times, scary one, you can find supplements that promise to banish wrinkles, to make your hair grow, to give you the eyes of a tiger and to let you become a porn star for a night. I have in the past fallen into that trap and started taking dozens of pills in the hope of magically curing both my anxiety and IBS and to also give me supermodel skin.That did not quite work out for me so I started to educate myself a bit more and decided that more does not equate better and that diet is the most important step. These are the supplements I am currently  taking that I feel confident in recommending to you:

1- Whole food state multivitamin (for better absorption) if your diet is not perfect or if you feel you need a bit of a boost. Please try and steer clear of synthetic vitamins if possible.

2- Omega 3 fish oil (anti-inflammatory, heart, blood pressure, arthritis, skin, mental health, brain and eye development.) I also find that, if taken at night, these help me sleep better.The one I chose is not cheap but is one of the highest strength and purest form I could find .The smaller the fish it is derived from the better. One 5ml teaspoon a day is all you need.

3- Curcumin capsules (amazing anti-inflammatory and also great for arthritis or joint pain). I take one a day in the morning with breakfast.

4- Magnesium glycinate ( i stress ‘ glycinate’ as normal cheap magnesium tablets will have a laxative effect if taken at high doses) THIS IS MY BEST ADVICE FOR ANYONE SUFFERING from MILD ANXIETY AND MILD INSOMNIA. 400 mg before bedtime do the trick for me. Bear in mind these are not sleeping pills so please don’t expect miracles, but they did help me sleep better or at least deeper for longer.

There you have it, this is what I have now been taking for several months with good results, again what works for me might not work for you but it’s food for thought. I am going to link down below the exact products I am using, but feel free to research and explore and look for alternatives.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/NATURELO-Whole-Food-Multivitamin-Men/dp/B01FYDCGZ4

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bare-Biology-Heart-Purest-Omega/dp/B00O43LECM/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520499272&sr=8-2&keywords=bare+biology+lionheart

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turmeric-Curcumin-Strength-Absorption-Capsules/dp/B01N4A5DH6/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520499312&sr=8-4&keywords=curcumin+capsule

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MAGNESIUM-GLYCINATE-Bioavailable-Absorption-Relaxation/dp/B010HJXQMC/ref=sr_1_6_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520499350&sr=8-6&keywords=magnesium+glycinate

Love,

Alex

 

 

 

Snow proof skincare

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all doing well despite the snow. Speaking of, with this peculiar weather my skin has become increasingly drier and drier( I am usually normal to dry) and I thought I would share with you what I am using right now to keep it supple, hydrated, radiant and nourished.I will link al the products below and please let me know what you like and what you don’t.

First things first: let’s talk cleansers. I tend to prefer oils or balms and right now I am in love with the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide face cleaning oil , a luxurious oil that in contact with water turns into a milky emulsion and removes makeup and impurities, leaving the skin clean and supple, never dry. (https://www.elizabetharden.co.uk/elizabeth-arden-ceramide-cleansing-face-oil-195ml/11158027.html)

My second step is my face oil: I am addicted to face oils and I use them all year round( I sometimes add a drop or two to my foundation to give it that natural dewy finish), right now I am alternating Dr Sebagh Rose de vie serum ( a rosehip oil based dry oil) and the Yes To Blueberries face and neck oil(very different price points here, £129 vs £13).To be honest I like them both equally so whenever money is tight I go for the latter.I normally take 4 or g drops and pat them on my face and neck.(https://www.beautybay.com/skincare/yesto/blueberriesfaceneckoil/)

After my oil, in the morning I follow with Sampar 3-day weekend ( which I have previously reviewed) and Dr. Sebagh Sun city SPF30.In the evening I follow with Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% retinol.(https://www.paulaschoice.co.uk/clinical-retinol-treatment-m8010.html)

As far as an eye cream is concerned, even though I believe it’s not a necessity as a well-formulated face moisturizer can be used around the eyes too, I like to experiment with them and is probably the one item I change more often. Right now I am using Dr. Perrcone firming eye cream. (://www.perriconemd.com/skincare/anti-aging-eye-treatments/hypoallergenic-firming-eye-cream-MP0034.html)

There you have it, my routine for these crazy cold days. Hope you like it.

Love,

Alex

 

 

Make Up Revolution vs Charlotte Tilbury concealer

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Hello,

a quick one today. I decided to try both the Makeup Revolution conceal and define and the Charlotte Tilbury The retoucher and see which one I liked the most.( Shape and define retails for £4 and is available at Superdrug, The Retoucher for £25 and is available on line and at most Department stores in the U.K)bf

I applied them a few hours ago to give them time to settle and I did not use any powder to set them as powder on my skin tends to accentuate my line!

I  am wearing the Makeup revolution on the right side and The Retoucher on the left side.

IMPRESSIONS:  Shape and Define offers better coverage but dries quicker and I found it a little harder to blend. The retoucher is way creamier but provides a minimum amount of coverage.In terms of settling into fine lines, they both do a pretty good job.As far as the eye area is concerned I think the texture of The Retoucher is more suited as it blends like a dream. As an overall concealer and spot treatment Shape and Define wins hand down since the coverage is great without ever being cakey.When it comes to longevity, again, Shape and Define wins in my eyes.

CONCLUSION:  If you are looking for a great coverage concealer that is pocket-friendly and super versatile then Shape and Define is for you.If the eye area is your main concern and you prefer creamy, hydrating textures with a slight sheen to it then The Retoucher is your friend.

 

Charlotte Tilbury on my left side

 

 

Shape and Define
The Retoucher
Shape and Define

 

Love,

Alex

 

Perricone MD Face firming activator

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Hello lovely people,

I hope everyone is doing fine on this cold Tuesday morning…

I want to thank anyone who has been visiting my blog over the past ten days since the launch, I really appreciate it and I hope you are enjoying it.

Skincare is the air I breathe, and I am always on the outlook for something new, exciting or simply that works. I have been a fan of Perricone MD for years, I love most of his formulations and his approach to diet as a crucial part of skin health.

Face firming activator is one of their most iconic products ( it used to be called Formula 15 years ago and was reformulated in 2015 to make it even more powerful)

So let’s get to it

WHAT IS IT: a daily treatment to help smooth out fine lines, as well as deep wrinkles while improving the overall texture and luminosity of the skin. I would advise to use it no more than once a day and if used during daytime SPF is a must.

WHAT’S IN IT DMEA, This ingredient is a nutrient that occurs naturally in our brain(found also in sardines and salmon), in small amounts, and facilitates the synthesis of acetylcholine. Used topically it’s been shown to help specifically with sagging and loss of firmness.Alpha Lipoic Acid: a very powerful antioxidant that specifically targets and improves skin texture and lines.Glycolic acid: most effective for treating fine lines, acne, blackheads, dullness, oiliness and uneven texture. Dead skin cells are sloughed off revealing smoother, brighter, younger-looking skin.

HOW TO USE IT  once a day on perfectly cleansed face and neck. follow with moisturizer and SPF.

WHO IS IT FOR anyone concerned with sagging, loss of firmness and elasticity, fine lines and dull skin. Thanks to glycolic and alpha lipoic acid, this treatment could benefit

also blemish prone or clogged skin types.

MY OPINION this product works very well on my skin. My pores shrink when using it and I  definitely noticed a reduction of my fine lines especially on my forehead.I use it in the morning after I cleanse and I follow with my moisturizer.

If you are looking for a product that really delivers, look no further…you will see results pretty quickly.

Face firming activator retails for £95 for 59ml(twice the size of standard serums)

https://www.perriconemd.co.uk/high-potency-face-firming-activator

Let me know in the comment box below what you think of the product and this review.

Love,

Alex

 

YSL Youth liberator serum foundation

 

Hello gorgeous people,

let’s talk about makeup today, in particular about foundations. I am a guy and I regularly use foundation to even out my skin tone and to give me a healthy,dewy finish.

YSL youth liberator serum foundation is the company’s first serum foundation ‘ to be infused with the unique Glycanactif complex’. In terms of anti-aging benefits, let’s cut straight to the chase: I did not notice any! But this is not the reason why I purchased this foundation in the first place: I was attracted by its lightweight yet buildable coverage( to a medium coverage max, not full as stated on the YSL website) but above all its incredible luminosity and spreadability.

This foundation glides on the skin like a dream , , dewy and leaving your skin radiant and very luminous( hence why I would not recommend this foundation to very oily skin types or to anyone looking for a full coverage foundation).

The color range is pretty impressive and the colors are divided in D(golden undertones) and (pink undertones).The shade range goes from light to deep. For reference, I use  BD50 which is a golden beige.

In terms of longevity, this is probably not the longest wearing foundation but it does not claim to be. It does last 9 hours on me with no issues.

It retails for £43, so not the cheapest but a bottle lasts me easily 3 months.

Just a quick note: Last year, while visiting the YSL counter in Harrods, I was told the foundation was being discontinued and only a few colors were still left. Upon checking now on Ysl website all the colors seems to be in stock.

I attached a couple of close-ups

of me wearing this foundation.

WHO IS IT FOR anyone looking for a natural looking foundation, with a luminous finish.Best suited for people with combo/normal/dry/mature skin.

Let me know if you love or loathe this foundation: I adore it.

Love,

Alex

 

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA gel

Hello, beauty fanatics:

today’s post is for anyone struggling with blemishes, breakouts,post-shave rashes, clogged pores and uneven skin tone.

Paula’s choice ( Paula Begoun is the woman behind Beautypedia and Paula’s choice skincare line and she is quite a goddess for anyone interested in beauty. For more info www.beautypedia.com) is a pretty exceptional skin care line, very straightforward and results driven. Each product has been formulated to address certain skin concerns with the best and most researched active ingredients.

Skin perfecting gel is no exception, using 2% Salicylic Acid (BHA) to exfoliate and unclog pores. Salicylic acid is a great ally for anyone struggling with breakouts and 2% is a pretty high concentration that should allow you to see visible results in reasonably short time.Salicylic acid is also great for reducing inflammation making it fantastic once again for blemish prone skin. I came across this product because I suffer from post shave rashes because of my thick Italian beard and this gel is fantastic at preventing ingrown hairs and reducing redness, so guys this one is for you too!

WHAT IS IN IT  2% salicylic acid and some pretty good antioxidants from grape seed extract and green tea.

WHO IS IT FOR  blemish-prone skin,post-shave rashes, occasional breakouts, clogged pores, dull and uneven skin, ingrown hairs.

HOW TO USE IT  once or twice a day all over face and neck, on its own or layered under an SPF for daytime use and night cream for the evening.

I tried under makeup with no problems at all, my foundation glided on very smoothly.

It comes in a lotion too for people with extremely oily skin who prefer a lighter texture.

It retails for £26 making it quite reasonably priced, also www.paulaschoice.co.uk offers samples so you can try products beforehand.

https://www.paulaschoice.co.uk/search?q=bha&simplesearch=Go

I hope you enjoyed my review, please leave comments and let me know your opinions.

Love,

Alex

get ready with me in 5 minutes

Hi peeps,

just wanted to share a quick video of me doing my face super quickly.

It’s my go-to daily routine for radiant, dewy skin, hope you like it.

Comment the video and let me know what you think 🙂

Love,

Alex

Kate Somerville Exfolikate

Hello beautiful people,

the sun is shining today in London, I am in a great mood and I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite exfoliating treatments: Exfolikate by Kate Somerville.

Kate Somerville is a celebrity cosmetic doctor based in L.A. and has made quite a name for herself for offering some great products.Her skincare line is pretty extensive and I haven’t explored all of it since some of the products are pretty pricey. Bare in mind Kate Somerville is not stocked in the U.K. currently ( it used to be sold in SpaceNK)so eBay, Amazon or other online retailers are your best bet to get your hands on her products.

Exfolikate is an exfoliating mask that can help retexturise the skin, shrink pores and brighten the skin. It’s fantastic before a night out or a big event.

WHAT’S IN IT : lactic acid, salicylic acid, vitamin a, papaya and pineapple enzymes and aloe vera. A powerful combination of acids and fruit enzymes in a correct ph to allow for great exfoliation.

WHO IS IT FOR anyone with dull or lackluster skin who wants to brighten and illuminate the complexion.Not suitable for very sensitive skins.

HOW TO USE IT  cleanse your skin, apply a thin layer massaging for 30 seconds and leave on the skin for no more than 2 or 3 minutes. This mask is pretty intense so go easy to avoid any irritation. Avoid the eye area. Wash off and follow with your normal routine.

You can purchase it at https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/kate-somerville-exfoli-kate-intensive-exfoliating-treatment.html.

You can also find some good deal on eBay(rrp is £72).

So there you have it, I am going to do my mask now and ill post a pic of the Exfolikate Glow.

Love,

dav

 

Alex

Paula’s choice clinical 1% retinol treatment

Hello skincare junkies!!

I hope you are all well on this gloomy Monday afternoon.

Today I want to share with you one of my all-time favorite products: Paula’s choice 1% retinol treatment, which I have been using on and off for over 2 years.

First of all, let’s get a few things out of the way :

1- Retinol is, in the simplest sense, an antioxidant derivative of vitamin A. The powerful ingredient speeds up cell turnover for existing skin damage, and cleverly interrupts the free-radical damage process – from the environment, and general aging – to prevent the likes of wrinkles and spots from forming.

2- Retinol might not be for everyone and caution needs to be used when starting this product

3- Only use Retinol at night, starting with 2 or 3 times a week, and always wear Spf 30 or higher during daytime.

4- 1% is the highest concentration you can get without a prescription.

Now, Paula’s choice offers a variety of retinol products but I find this one to be the most effective.

It has the consistency of a lightweight cream and spreads very easily, it is mostly aimed at people with brown spots, acne scarring, discoloration or deep set of lines. She recommends using it a few nights a week to begin with and then gradually increasing to skin tolerance( being the skincare junkie I am , I didn’t follow her advice and used it every day for a week resulting in a very big and sore dry patch around my cheek area!ouch).

After a few weeks of use, I noticed my pores were significantly smaller and my skin looked very luminous, also my pigmentation around my orbital bone was reduced.As for fine lines, I didn’t notice a massive improvement, though.

I find this product works best when applied on dry skin at night and used up to 4 times a week, at least this works best for me ( normal to dry skin, not particularly sensitive).

What is great about this product is that it contains several peptides to stimulate collagen production and licorice root extract to lessen pigmentation.

It retails for £53 and it is available at https://www.paulaschoice.co.uk.

I ‘ll attach a picture of my skin that I  took last evening after applying the 1% retinol and the Dr. Perricone Face finishing moisturizer.

I hope you enjoyed the review, please subscribe to my youtube channel alkylien8181 and follow me on Instagram via the link above.

love,

Alex