Friday Favourites: Natural Body & Face Oils

January is the time of the year when we recover from the many excesses that happened during the festive season when our skin is perhaps not at it's best. Then add the effects cold weather or central heating and our complexions become dehydrated and flakey. At The Amazing Blog, we have come up with a few suggestions for natural body and face oils that will provide just what you need for extra nourishment with their plant extracts, vitamins and superfoods.

 

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Anti-cellulite products are often not worth the cash you spend on them. We’ve spent too many hours in search of an efficient way to get rid of the cellulite blight; if only we had come across the Kypwell brand earlier.

The emulsion of Kypwell’s Anti-Cellulite and Firming Body Emulsion contains natural high-tech ingredients that helps to provide a fat burning effect. The unique combination of plants extracts primarily from their native Cyprus provide the key ingredients; namely heart-leaved globe daisy and bitter ginger enhanced with essential oils including lemon, orange and grapefruit oils. These all work to smooth the cellulite bumps while also firming skin. Combine this with their delicious zesty KypSlim organic herbal tea and your regular exercise regime and we think it'll work wonders to get you back in shape in no time! The Kypwell emulsion is for all skin types and works best by being applied to specific body areas once or twice daily. You can purchase the Anti-Cellulite and Firming Body Emulsion, using PayPal, here for around £53.42.

 

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You cannot get more natural than Rio Rosa and their award-winning Chilean Rosehip Oil, containing one key ingredient: rosa mosqueta (rosa affinis rubiginosa) rosehip seed oil. The product is 100% natural, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. The oil is made by pressing wild rose seeds that grow in the Chilean Andes. These seeds are renowned for their skin rejuvenating properties. Used on the face and body it helps to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and wrinkles while effectively nourishing and hydrating dry skin.

The oil is rich in vitamin A, C and E and contains wonderfully high levels of essential fatty acids. This oil is perfect for anyone with dry and sensitive skin looking for a miracle product that will provide the care and hydration with skin needs and help them have a healthier skin. Purchase the Chilean Rosehip oil here for £11.99.

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We couldn’t have a post discussing body oils and emulsions without mentioning one of our favourite brands and also a Beauty Shortlist Winner, Bodhi & Birch. Bodhi & Birch is an independent, eco-luxury, British skincare brand that creates products inspired by aromatherapy and botanical remedies.

The three body oils we like the best are now available in a mini collection which is perfect if you are as indecisive as us. The mini collection features 15 ml versions of the Chinois Blue Body Oil, Nordic White Body Oil and the Sicilian Rose Body Oil.

The Chinois Body Oil indulges skin with organic oils of Camellia, Avocado and Tamanu Nut with Hyacinth and Ginger. Avocado oil with its nourishing properties helps make skin softer and rejuvenated. Skin is left smelling divine and intensely hydrated. The Nordic White Body Oil is perfect for this time of year, warming to the skin with a very uplifting fragrance. It is a curative blend of Spruce, Cypress and Pine and frankincense. The high levels of Gamma Linoleic Acid, Omega 6 and Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes help improve the health of skin and work for a younger looking appearance. If you love roses, then The Sicilian Rose Body Oil is for you, enriched with Safflower, Macadamia, Rose and Lemon oils which nourishes and hydrates skin. This oil also has a beautiful slight zesty and pink pepper scent that lingers throughout the day. You can purchase the mini collection here for £20.00.

 

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Last but by no means least is one of our favourite oil from M Picaut, the Precious Oil. M Picaut is a Swedish skincare brand that believes that 'less is more' when it comes to skincare. Thus they only create products with only the purest organic ingredients.

The Precious Oil is formulated to stimulate the production of collagen, reduce fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing skin. The serum is packed with organic Scandinavian ingredients and superfoods but also include apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, Rosmarin leaf extracts and Sea buckthorn extract. Together these elements fight against signs of ageing, provide deep moisture to the skin helping for a softer and smoother skin.  This highly nourishing serum is perfect to use during the colder months when your complexion is more affected by environmental damage and in need of that extra-hydration and protection. The Precious Oil is 100% vegan and not tested on animals. Purchase The Precious Oil here for £60.

 

Veggie Desserts and Cakes by Kate Hackworthy

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At The Amazing Blog, we are always looking for inventive ways to introduce more veg into our diets. We never thought we would be able to do this while satisfying our sweet teeth. This is the outcome with food writer Kate Hackworthy’s new cookbook Veggie Desserts and Cakes: Carrot Cakes and Beyond.” The book is a collection of unusual but delicious desserts that will help you increase your daily dose of vegetables. 

The writer of the award-winning blog Veggie Desserts, Kate has combined her passion for veg with her love of baking, and we couldn’t thank her enough. With 60 original recipes, the book isn’t about sneaking vegetables into your diet, as perhaps you would expect, but it instead celebrates them as hero ingredients. Our top three desserts from the book were the Courgette and Poppy Seed Loaf with Lavender Glaze, the Chocolate Mashed Potato Cupcakes with Espresso Icing and the Parsnip and Apple Tarte Tatin. Each recipe explains a little about why she chose the vegetables in it and what they add. For example, although mashed potato sounds like an odd thing to add to a cupcake, potatoes have actually been used in cake for decades. The ingredient adds bulk and moisture and helps the cakes keep for longer without drying out.  Veggies tend to bring moisture, natural sweetness and extra nutrients to baking. What’s more is that less refined sugar and fat is required making that you have some unbelievably tasty treats that are a lot less naughty. 
 

The book has really helped open our eyes and appreciate vegetables far more than we already do. If you feel inspired to try something new then you can purchase the book here from £13.78 Trust us, it will be the best decision you make all day. 
 

Lisse Luxe Hair Turban by Aquis

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Welcome back! We wish all our readers a Very Happy 2018 :0) Today we thought we'd start the year off with one of our favourite #amazingfinds for your hair.

Have you ever wondered if there is a more straightforward way to dry hair and keep frizz down to a minimum? We at The Amazing Blog certainly have, and it was through researching this question that we came across Aquis, who believe that your hair needs tender loving care 'just like your hands and your heart.' As such they have created some remarkable hair turbans and towels, guaranteed to dry hair fast and keep frizz down to a minimum. Never ones to pass up the opportunity to make our hair routine easier, we decided to try the Lisse Luxe Hair Turban.

The Lisse Luxe Turban is ideal for people with curly and fine hair that needs to be treated a bit more gently than others. If this isn’t your hair type then don’t worry, Aquis have thought of everything and have a fantastic range of other products designed to treat all different types of hair. However, this particular turban/towel is a must for anyone with curly, wavy or delicate hair, as these hair types are more prone to damage, frizz and breakage.  Aquis is new product and uses a new generation Aquitex material which gives you fast water absorbency. It is an innovative fabric made from weaving together ultra-fine fibres to create a lightweight material with strong wicking abilities. 

The product is so easy to use, after washing hair gently squeeze out excess water from hair, then flip your hair forward, wrap the hair up and tuck the end of the towel at the nape of the neck. The turbans design means that it cradles your hair, so you don’t have to worry about squashing hair in, or bits poking out. 

As one of us at TheAmazingBlog has long and particularly fine curly hair;  they happily trialled this product and whole-heartedly gave it the thumbs up. So If you are worried about having damaged hair or just looking for a change, then we highly recommend the Aquis Hair Towels. You can purchase the Lisse Luxe Hair Turban here for £30.00
 

Friday Favourites-Skincare Feature

Today at The Amazing Blog, is our final post of 2017. With this in mind, we thought that we'd cover great skincare products for healthy skin to take you into the New Year. Regular readers will know, we're firm believers that a good skincare routine is the key for a glowing complexion. As such, we love to indulge our skin with the most efficient and hydrating skincare that we can find; and here are just a few of our favourite 'go-to' products:

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The Hayo’u Treat-Rite de-stress Beauty Oil is one them. Hayo’u is a skincare brand that prides themselves on making fantastic skincare products inspired by ancient Chinese rituals. This face oil is a concentrated treatment that intensely nourishes skin while tackling signs of anti-ageing. The product is packed with essential oils including almond oil, Karanja oil, rice oil, camelia oil, white lotus oil, frankincense oil, lavender oil, ylang-ylang oil, jasmine oil and cedarwood oil. Together these most hydrating and relaxing ingredients work for a younger looking and rejuvenated skin. Purchase the Hayo’u beauty oil here for £33.

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For those of you that like that luxurious packaging with a unique touch then Elizabeth Grant is the brand for you. Her glamorous Supreme Face Cream duo are a big hit at The Amazing Blog. Formulated with gold extracts, these creams promote a healthier, stronger and younger-looking complexion. The Day Cream is packed with botanical ingredients including blue-green algae, gold, yeast, lupin, olive oil, avocado oil, shea butter and vitamin E to name but a few! Gold extracts are well-known for their rich anti-oxidant properties as well as illuminating and revitalising the skin; while the avocado oil, shea butter and olive oil provide intense nourishment. 

The Night Cream also formulated with these gold extracts repairs and improves skin structure during the night. The moringa seeds, peptides, shea butter, olive oil, avocado oil, marula oil, vitamin E, ceramide and aloe vera included in the formula; makes the cream a highly hydrating product that protects, repairs and prevent skin from ageing. What make this product really stand out is the blue-green algae infusion; these algae help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and skin pigmentation thus making it a must-have anti-ageing product. You can purchase the day and night duo here for £19.99.

 

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What could be better than a multi-use product that cleanses, tones and hydrates the skin? Nothing immediately come to mind. Here the Botanicals Nourish Hydrating Mist seems to do it all. Formulated to suit all skin types, this mist helps promote a clearer and more balanced skin tone. Enriched with essential extracts and anti-oxidant such as rose oil, lavender oil, camellia oil, palmarosa oil and white tea; the mist gently cleanse skin while nourishing it. Perfect for keeping on our desk gently spritzing on our face against the dehydrating office central heating. The Nourish Hydrating Mist can be used on its own or to prepare skin for other treatments.You can purchase the Botanicals mist here for £20.

 

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For those looking for that extra-hydration Kudu’s Squalane natural hydrating treatment oil is one of the best solutions. Made with pure Squalane derived from Mediterranean olives this oil nourishes, replenishes skin and works for a firmer and more even skin tone. Its lightweight formula is good for all skin types and it is easily applied and quickly absorbed. In the longer term, Squalane oil helps reduce lines and wrinkles and improves skin texture. This product is good multi-purpose oil and can be used on both the skin and hair.

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Another favourite from the brand is the Bio-Active Hydration serum, specially crafted to provide extra-nourishment to the deepest layers of the skin, this serum pampers and repairs dry skin and sensitive skin. The blend of organic oils infused in the formula are bursting full of nutrients: Squalane, Gotu kola, jojoba, coconut, rosehip, grape, and marula oils. Not only do these ingredients moisturise skin, but also boost collagen production for a more supple skin. This effective mix promotes a more radiant, hydrated and replenished skin. Purchase the squalane here for £20.88 the bio-active serum here for £19.52

That's it from us. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Supple Preparation Facial Toner, Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop, Freshly Juiced Vitamin drop - by Dear, Klairs

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We at The Amazing Blog value brands that strive to create efficient products with natural and botanical ingredients. We know and love Klairs, a Korean brand that aims to create the highest-quality skincare products for sensitive skin. We have previously written about their Midnight Blue Claming Cream  and their Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion. The brand always makes sure that their products are manufactured with the purest raw materials and without harsh ingredients. Therefore all products are made without colourants, alcohol, parabens and artificial fragrance. We were lucky enough to try three of their new products.

The Supple Preparation facial toner is formulated to gently cleanse skin, balance skin PH level and provide deep hydration. The toner key ingredient is Phyto-Oligo, an agent that intensely nourishes skin leaving it smooth and supple.  The product is enriched with botanical extracts including centella asiatica, liquorice root, sponge gourd, hollyhock flower, aloe vera as well as natural oils such as lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, orange oil and cananga oil. Together these ingredients make a highly efficient toner that prepares the skin before the application of serums and creams and boosts their effectiveness. We loved using this facial toner, it made our skin feel supple and rejuvenated, and we are not the only ones loving it as it was named best facial toner by the Beauty Shortlist Awards in 2017

The Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop is designed to tackle the various signs of ageing. The serum diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles, restores natural skin elasticity while replenishing skin with collagen. The product is formulated with EGF (sh-Oligopeptide-1) and bFGF (sh-Polypeptide-1) skin conditioning agents known for minimising the appearance of wrinkles and promoting skin renewal.  The serum is also infused with blueberry extract and castor oil well-known for their hydrating properties. The serum improves skin texture and works for an even and brighter complexion.

Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop, is one of our favourite serum of the year. It is designed for all ages and skin types. The serum’s key ingredient is Vitamin C, a vital molecule for skin health renowned for stimulating collagen production and its anti-oxidant properties. The serum is also packed with botanical extracts including citrus fruit, anise, grapefruit, lotus flower, broccoli extract, Chinese quince, orange oil, lavender oil, Chinese rhubarb, Mongolian oak leaf extract, water pepper and magnolia extract - what a list! The product helps maintain skin condition while protecting it from UV damage.  In one drop this serum instantly plumps and energises skin. In the long term, skin is stronger and healthier. It was also awarded best facial serum by the Beauty Shortlist Awards in 2017.

You can purchase the facial toner here for £17.20, the midnight blue serum is available here at £27 and you can buy the freshly juiced vitamin drop here for £19.