Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% retinol treatment





Hello skincare junkie!!!!

it’s been a minute since we talked about retinol and tretinoin so I thought what better time to introduce to you my retinol of choice: Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% retinol treatment.

A little disclaimer: I had used this product a couple of years ago but had to stop it because of irritation which was probably caused by my negligence in following the instructions properly. Fast forward and this product is now working wonders on me.

WHAT IS IT:  it’s a 1% strength retinol (highest without a prescription) mixed with a good amount of vitamin c and peptides. The inclusion of peptides and vitamin c makes this serum/lotion/cream a great all rounder and not a one ingredient wonder.I do not know how to describe it in the sense that once pumped out of its dark airless pump bottle(to keep retinol stable) it has the consistency of a light cream yet you should apply it before your serum and moisturizer.

WHO IS IT FOR anyone with scarring(acne anyone?), pigmentation, melasma, fine lines and deep wrinkles. I would probably recommend to people 30 and over. It should suit most skin types but I know Paula now offers a lighter texture called Retinol booster 1% for oilier skin types. I have not checked that out yet.

WHAT’S IN IT:   1 per cent retinol, vitamin c, peptides, liquorice extract, antioxidants, and anti-irritants.

HOW TO USE: start with 2 or three times a week, one pump all over. the face avoiding eye area(you can use around orbital bone) and sides of the mouth. If you find even a couple of times a week is troubling your skin, mix it with your moisturiser and then apply. Gradually build up to every other night and then nighly. Always use SPF in the morning.


It retails for £53 pounds, but if you are lucky sometimes on eBay you can snatch it for less. ( i didn’t tell you that). After using now for several months I can honestly say my pores got smaller, my pigmentation around my eyes is starting to fade and my crow’s feet look diminished. Please be patient and be consistent and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section and as usual:

lots of love


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.

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,



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. (

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.(

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.(

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. (://

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





Perricone MD Face firming activator


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)

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




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 🙂



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

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.





NuFace Trinity

Hello precious drops of honey that sweeten my days,

today I want to share with you a device which is so amazing and multipurpose, you have to have it.

Nuface Trinity is a device which uses microcurrent to tone and firm the skin.Microcurrent has been around for ages and it has been shown to improve the overall appearance and firmness of the skin, so it is a great ally in our battle against aging,.

Microcurrent is a low level of electricity that mirrors the body’s own natural electrical currents, triggering chemical reactions at a cellular level to enhance the production of natural collagen and elastin, provide circulatory benefits, and re-educate the muscles of the face.

with just 5 minutes a day of use, you can have great benefits, even though I would advise you to use it for at least 15mins.You can tone up the jaw area, the cheek area, the forehead and now this device has been FDA cleared for use on the neck as well.

In the video below I will quickly show how to use it to get best results.

The device retails for £300, the box you also get a conduction gel( without a conducting gel the microcurrent won’t work, but you can use a simple aloe vera gel instead of the branded one)and the microcurrent head. Separately you can purchase two different attachments: Wrinkle reducer(a red light to plump up lines and wrinkles) and Elle( a smaller microcurrent head designed to be used around the eye and lip area). They both retail for around £135.

WHAT IS IT:  a microcurrent device aimed at firming the skin and improving collagen production. A 5-minute facelift!

WHO IS IT FOR anyone concerned with sagging skin, loss of elasticity and visible lines who wants an immediate as well as long-term effect.

You can get it at

I have been using mine for over a month now and it definitely works, consistency is key here though so you really have to commit to it.No pain no gain! I like to focus on my eyebrow area and my cheekbone and I normally use it for 5 minutes a day.

I hope you enjoyed.



Sampar 3 day-weekend 27/7

Hello beautiful people!

Since the sun seems like an old memory, I decided to show you one of my little hidden gems to illuminate your complexion (without self-tanners): Sampar 3-day weekend.

Sampar is a French brand, not particularly well known in the U.K. that offers a few interesting products, this one being one of them.(

WHAT IS IT: a lightweight gel for everyday use designed to provide all-day hydration and increase melanin production hence providing a subtle glow over the course of 2 or 3 days of use.

WHAT’S IN IT: Cimicifuga racemosa Extract, Native American medicinal root that naturally stimulates the synthesis of cutaneous melanin.Promelanotrope Peptides boost skin melanin synthesis.Hydrocomplex repairs and reinforces the skin’s hydrolipidic film in order to retain moisturization and maintain elasticity and suppleness. Paraben free.

WHO IS IT FOR: Anyone looking for a subtle glow, who does not want to use self-tanners.This a little gem of a product, which over the years I have recommended to several people (Alessandra this is a shout out to you!).If used continuously for a few days it provides a nice glow to the skin without any yellow or orange hue.It works great under makeup. If you are oily or combo, this is perfect as your everyday moisturizer, if you are dry or normal you might want to add a nice oily serum underneath.

Bear in mind the intensity of the color will depend on your own skin ability to produce melanin and will vary from person to person: do not expect s St Tropez kind of effect.This is more of a healthy glow, fresh look.

It retails for £34 on Amazon (

At the moment you can find it on TKmaxx for £7.99(, so if you are into it hurry up! I got myself a few of those to stock up.

I hope you enjoyed this review and that you found it interesting.Feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel too



Darphin 8-flower nectar

Hello skincare junkies,

London today is looking gloomy and rainy so I wanted to uplift you all with a product that my skin and my nose love: Darphin 8-flower nectar.

I have to be honest here, I am not a big fan of the so-called ‘natural’ skincare brands as  I often find too many essential oils or plant extracts tend to either irritate my skin or do nothing at all. So I was a little bit skeptical when I purchased this elixir but the reviews seemed great so I thought I would give it a try, even though the price is quite up there as it retails for £98.

This is a night-time face treatment infused with 8 different essential oils: iris, jasmine, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, ylang-ylang and everlasting.They work in synergy to improve hydration, elasticity and fine lines.

I have been using it for several weeks now, alternating it with my Dr. Sebagh rose de vie serum, and my skin just adores this oil and the smell is intoxication( Darphin recommends taking a few drops on your hands, breathing in the aroma and then applying it on the face)…I look forward to my evening routine just to breathe it in.

In terms of hydration, this oil is very nourishing, non-comedogenic and of 99% natural origin(whatever that means).I sometimes add one drop to my foundation to give my skin that beautiful dewy effect and it does work wonders.

Bear in mind this oil contains lavender which can be problematic for some skin types.If you have normal to dry skin and are concerned with dryness, lackluster skin, fine lines and want an overall glow I bet you will love this product.

Let me know in the comments below your thoughts and experience with the 8-flower nectar.



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

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.