skincare

Touché by Flavien

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You’ve been told over and over again that Argan Oil is the best thing for you skin, but what if we told you that there might be something better…. After hearing about Touché by Flavien through our client the eminent beauty blogger, The Beauty Shortlist, where the company won an award last year, I just knew I had to try some products for The Amazing Blog.

What makes this luxurious brand Touché by Flavien so unique is the fact that they contain the ingredient Prickly Pear, which is one of the most exclusive (and expensive!) beauty oils in the world. The reason why is that its production is quite labour intensive and can take up to an astonishing 4 days to process – all of which has to be done by hand. The Prickly Pear seeds are separated from the pulp before being dried and cold pressed and each seed only contains 5% of oil, so over 60 lbs of seeds have to be handled for about 34 oz. of oil. So, I hear you ask, what makes Prickly Pear oil a competitor of Argan Oil?  Well, it contains more Tocopherol than any other oil used in the beauty sector. Tocopherol are molecules with strong antioxidants and the highest levels of Vitamin E, which contains powerful anti-inflammatory powers and has excellent wound healing properties.

I was lucky enough to try the Soothing Body Cream, Delicate Cleansing Gel and Body Cleansing Milk. They are absolutely my favourite products right now.

The Soothing Body Cream is an anti-ageing luxurious body cream that glides over the skin with a calming touch. It deeply nourishes and smoothes the skin from head to toe. The ingredients of White Peony, Prickly Pear, Almond Seed Oil, Black Tea, and St. John’s Wort regenerate collagen, deeply nourish and counteract the effects of any skin irritations. This body lotion is light but extremely long lasting. I found that even at nighttime my skin still felt soft and moisturised – for me this is a winner!  It has a very delicate fragrance, which won’t conflict with any other scent you care to spray on afterwards. You can purchase 150 ml of the Soothing Body Cream for £49.00 here.

The Delicate Cleansing Gel is the one product I was desperate to try. It has been specifically formulated with calming and balancing plant extracts suitable for sensitive skin. This cleansing gel also contains Prickly Pear, which helps nourish and soothe the skin. A trio of coconut derivatives gently cleanse, helping water to mix with oil and impurities, so that they are easily washed away. The ingredient Glycerin works with the skin’s intercellular matrix to attract just the right amount of water to maintain homeostasis. I really love this cleansing gel, and will definitely be buying more. It is made specifically for ‘intimate areas’ and as far as I can see, there are very few ‘natural’ cleansing products on the market that cater to this specific region of the body. If this sounds like a product for you, you can purchase the Delicate Cleansing Gel for £39.00 for 200 ml here.

The Body Cleansing Milk is also deeply moisturising and regenerates skin while lifting away impurities thanks to Moringa Oil, Vitamins A, C, and E and Amino Acids. These ingredients provide a healthy environment for skin cells to thrive. Infused with Prickly Pear, the cleansing milk helps prevent the development of fine lines and radical damage. It is one of the richest body cleansing milks that I have used and it’s absolutely fabulous. I found it particularly good for me especially before applying my weekly fake tan, mainly because it left my skin perfectly prepped. Again, I’ll be buying more of this too! You can purchase 200 ml of the Body Cleansing Milk here for £38.00.

I’m in love with these products, particularly as they are so pure and use the wonderful Prickly Pear Oil. After using them, there is no doubt in my mind that Prickly Pear Oil will be the next big thing for skincare products, and I can’t wait to try more of what Touché by Flavien has to offer. Unfortunately for Touché by Flavien, the products seem to be a best kept secret, but take it from me, they are all highly recommended – so please don’t miss out! 

Docteur Renaud's Iris Lift Pore-Reducing Gel-Cream

Here at The Amazing Blog, we understand that as we age, our skin unfortunately ages as well. As you age, you may begin to notice wrinkles, your pores becoming more visible, or your skin losing its shine. Thanks to Docteur Renaud’s new Iris Lift Pore-Reducing Gel-Cream, you can reduce these pesky ageing effects and go back to looking like a younger version of you. 

Docteur Renaud uses Iris for all of its age defying formulations because of its ability to strengthen the skin. The anti-ageing properties of Iris limit the breakdown of protein and collagen while maintaining the quality of the membrane between the dermis and epidermis. Maintaining the membrane restores the firmness and tone of the skin, reducing fine lines and decreasing wrinkle depth.

The Iris Lift Pore-Reducing Gel-Cream provides complete anti-ageing care, tackling all the signs of ageing by bringing together three Iris extracts. The combination of the Iris Cell Extract, Iris Polyphenols and Organic Iris combat fine lines and wrinkles, restore firmness and elasticity to the skin, reduce visible pores, and deliver a radiance-boosting effect. Pistachio Tree Resin, Jojoba Oil, Macadamia Oils, Hyaluronic Acid, and Docteur Renaud’s Phyto-Oxygenating complex also help provide a boost of radiance to the skin, while moisturising and strengthening it as well.   

After using the product, 96% of 22 females interviewed said their skin felt smoother, firmer and more plumped up. We couldn't agree more!

Created for normal to combination skin types, the light cream will melt effortlessly into the skin, leaving it looking younger and feeling silky soft. For the best results, apply the Iris Lift Pore-Reducing Gel-Cream morning and evening on the face and neck area.

Docteur Renaud Iris Lift Pore-Reducing Gel-Cream is available here at £44.00 for 50 ml. 

 

Divine Herbal - Facial Treatment Serum


As the colder months are slowly creeping up on us, here at The Amazing Blog, we are beginning to retire our light summer moisturisers, and the search is now on for rich, hydrating products to keep that dreaded dry skin at bay. So when natural skincare brand, Divine Herbal got in touch, we thought that their Facial Treatment Serum would be just the thing we were looking for.

A British born company, Divine Herbal strive to create botanical based, chemical free products, using a range of plant oils and extracts. Ever a fan of all things natural, we couldn’t wait to try out the intense serum, which claims to ‘correct pigmentation, dark circles and uneven skin tone.’ Although we don't think we've used it for long enough to support these lofty claims, we can certainly speak for its hydrating and nourishing abilities. After smoothing a couple of drops onto our face and neck in the evening, as per the instructions, we felt our tired skin breathe a sigh of relief as it drank in the nurturing oil. We definitely agree with Divine Herbal’s evening oil prognosis, as this is not an oil that absorbs quickly into the skin. Usually not a quality we value in our products, as a treatment serum, we were happy to leave it overnight to work its oily magic. A potent combination of Rosehip Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil and Grapeseed Oil, among other naturally derived ingredients, it left us with an enviable complexion, allowing us to greet the day with a radiant, silky and supple visage.

If you’re looking to revive your skin in a natural caring way, the Divine Herbal Facial Treatment Serum is available here for £22.99.

Premae Skincare - Mattifying Mousse Foundation

Although the warm summer evenings are coming to an end we at The Amazing Blog have a common enemy and that enemy is the shiny forehead! Thanks to Premae Skincare sending us a sample of their lovely Mattifying Mousse Foundation our mutual enemy has been slain.

The MM Foundation is among the first mango based foundations to arrive on the market. This whipped foundation is not only gluten and paraben free but it is also filled with other healthy ingredients such as rose, lavender, and jojoba. This blended foundation is good for the skin and smells very sweet. We loved the ease with which this foundation blended and the possibility of buildable coverage. MM Foundation comes in an array of 16 shades, so you are sure to find the right colour for your skin. From Ebony to Ivory, Premae has a shade that will match all of our beautiful and unique skin tones. Unlike some other cream foundations the Premae version felt light as air on the skin and we were happy to know that it has antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, and anti-ageing properties. The 2 in 1 crème to powder formula allows for the foundation to be applied very quickly and efficiently without the need to set your face after application, which can save precious moments in the morning when we are rushing around. Here’s to saving a couple of minutes on our morning routine with Premae MM Foundations!

This unique foundation is packed with goodness and even has the benefit of being free from nuts, petrochemicals and SLS. Check out Premae Mattifying Mousse Foundation here for £29 or head over to their new store in Whiteleys.