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Stellar Décolletage – Velvet Restore Sleep Complex

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Regular readers of The Amazing Blog, will know that we love anti-ageing products because no matter your age, it is essential to protect your skin against the sun and pollution. If you’re hitting 30 years old, then it’s a good moment to consider using skincare products that both hydrate and firm the skin; leaving it looking better than when you were a teenager (well that might be pushing it!) We must point out that like many individuals, we often forget  to take care of our neck and décolletage, which are just as sensitive as our faces and need the same diligent care. This is when we discovered The Beauty Shortlist award winning Stellar Décolletage who have created a luxurious conditioning treatment that will rejuvenate this neglected area and doesn’t require a 10-step process!

The brand was founded by Helen Erichsen, who noticed a gap in the beauty market for products that improve the appearance of your décolletage, an area that can age almost three years faster than your face. She was always keenly interested in beauty items which contained high performance and natural ingredients and worked to achieve noticeable results. Each product of her products has carefully chosen ingredients for this specific area, including hyaluronic acid with the lowest molecular weight to moisturise  (so as not clog your décolletage’s small pores). This thoughtful formulation is particularly evident in the Velvet Restore Sleep Complex anti-ageing treatment which we tried.

The complex is full of countless beneficial elements and has quickly visible results, making it no surprise to us why it won the 2019 Beauty Shortlist Award for Best Neck & Décolletage Product. There are a few ingredients that immediately jump out at us to help regenerate skin cells and nourish skin. The first is MPC Milk Peptide Complex, and this boosts your skin’s protein, collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin levels—all of which promote smoother skin texture and firmness. Secondly, SalSphere AquaSkin, which adds extra hydration and repairs skin that, has redness and hyperpigmentation. Finally, the treatment is infused with six different vitamins like Vitamin E to keep skin healthy and fight ageing.

To use the product, apply a small amount (2-3 pumps) to your neck, décolletage, and chest before going to bed. It has a creamy texture that is not greasy and has a clean scent. The complex works overnight, allowing you to wake up the next morning with immensely soft and velvety skin. While the price is quite high, a little goes a long way, and the results are really worth it. Helen explained: “The Complex is 150ml and is therefore over double or triple in some cases, the quantity of most products for this specific area of the body. This was a deliberate decision, following a recommendation by the women who trialled this, who felt it was important not to have a 50 or 75ml product that they would run out of in a shorter time. It is the equivalent of £26 per 50ml, which we feel is incredibly reasonable for the high efficiency and level of active ingredients included in the formulation.” We were very impressed by the results and will certainly be going on to buy more. To begin reviving your décolletage now or to protect it, purchase this British made and cruelty-free Velvet Restore Sleep Complex (150ml) here for £78.

Manna face & bodycare

You know how much we at The Amazing Blog appreciate an ethical beauty company, so once you hear a little more about today's featured brand, the wonderful Mannayou'll understand why we are obsessed with them! Not only are they cruelty-free (and with the German accreditation from BDIH), they are also an organic brand from Hungary, that was recently recognised by The Vegan Society, for their world-class formulas and quality products. Today we look at Manna's fabulous Body Wash and their brilliant soaps. 

Manna's Body Wash is made with Neroli oil, which is renowned for its calming properties to both the mind and body. Making this the perfect relaxing product to use at the end of a busy day. The uniqueness of the product lies in its captivating fragrance and versatility of usage. Infused with high-vitamin sunflower oil and sesame oil the Body Wash provides extra-hydration to the skin, whilst its floral scent lasts all day long.

Manna’s soaps are the perfect unisex face soaps which are formulated for anyone looking for carefully selected organic ingredients that also offer unique health benefits. The Facial Cleansing Soap with Camphor addresses specific skin issues and aids to diminish the appearance of spots and blackheads. The COCO Lavender Soap enriched with coconut oil and Shea butter deeply cleanses normal skin types, leaving it nourished and velvety soft; whilst the White Satin Facial Cleansing Soap is the perfect option for anyone with sensitive skin. These soaps are a bathroom essential, bringing a gentleness and wonderfully natural approach to your cleansing routine.

The Manna shower gel is available here for £7.40, and the soaps can be purchased here for £6.20.

Male Exclusive Skincare Travel Set By Regentiv

Travel kits are always handy to have in the stash, as you never know when you're going to need to take your skincare regime in transit with you. For all the men out there, don't think The Amazing Blog has forgotten about you. We fully appreciate that men need to keep their regime going, even while travelling. That's why Regentiv's Male Exclusive Travel Set is on our radar and now on yours.

Regentiv works alongside leading Harley Street Skin Specialists to combine science with nature. The result is unique formulas with highly effective and active ingredients. Their products are cruelty-free and paraben free, which is always an added plus. Regentiv has created a skincare travel set of their Male Exclusive skincare range which includes their Deep Cleansing Wash, Vitalising Freshener, Specialist Serum With Retinol and Oxygenating Moisturiser With Vitamin E. Together they tackle tired, dull and dry complexions, lines and wrinkles, blocked pores, acne, skin irritations and uneven pigmentation. This little set is perfect as a gift, to sample the range or for travel.

The Deep Cleansing Wash exfoliates and cleanses the pores with fine natural grains. This is ideal for sloughing away dead skin for fresh and smooth skin. The Vitalising Freshener further works to exfoliate the skin of impurities, while also refining open pores for clarity and tone. To help reduce the signs of ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and puffiness, apply the Specialist Serum. This serum also works wonders to soothe the skin post-shave, helping to prevent shaving rashes and blocked follicles. If you suffer from acne scarring, the serum also helps to diminish old marks. Finish the regime off with the Oxygenating Moisturiser to quench the skin and give it some life, preventing any tightness that can happen after using exfoliators and toners. The moisturiser has a bonus SPF15, which is always important!

Purchase the Male Exclusive Travel Set here for £59.95.

Skincare and Lipcare by Skôt Beauté

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Skôt Beauté’s philosophy is centred around incorporating natural and pure botanical ingredients to enhance your skin. The company prides themselves on their cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly and organic products. The people at Skôt believe that beautiful skin can only be achieved by treating it right and we at The Amazing Blog couldn't agree more. Skôt very kidly sent us a few products from both their skincare range and lip care range.

Toks Fahm Ajayi, the founder of Skôt Beauté, was inspired to create the company after experiencing various beauty rituals from different cultures around the world. The star ingredient of the skincare products is Calendula, a flower that has been used throughout history to regenerate and heal dry and damaged skin. Skôt sent us their Discovery Kit which included the Supple Glow Moisture CrèmeDivine Cleansing Crème, Nevaeh Hydrating Mist and the Lip Smoothie. The Glow Crème contains anti-ageing antioxidants and extracts of spinach leaves and grape skin which protect skin from damaging UV rays. The Divine Crème gently removes makeup while the calendula and sunflower oil stimulate cell regeneration. The Hydrating Mist is delightfully refreshing and it instantly hydrated, refreshed and brightened skin. The Lip Smoothie acts as a treatment to help diminish fine lines around the mouth. Enriched with lemon balm extract, shea butter, carrot extract, peppermint oil and beeswax, lips are left feeling softer and more supple.

The Natural Luxe Lipstick, made again from organic oils, extracts, botanicals and butters, intensely rejuvenates lips, visibly reducing the appearance of lines leaving your lips looking luscious and kissable.The colours are bright and attractive; we tried the brilliant but deep fuschia rose colour which we think is the perfect summer shade. 

You can buy the products in Pounds on their US website via PayPal, where prices will be listed in Dollars. The Discovery Kit is roughly £43.00 and the Natural Luxe Lipstick here for approximtely £19.30.

 

Light, Normal and Rich Intense Moisturisers and Boosters - Bio-Extracts

As you know, we are always on the lookout for exciting, revolutionary and different beauty products here at The Amazing Blog as such we have seen many different approaches to skin care, so please believe us when we say that we have seen nothing like Bio-Extracts! Thes products are based on scientific theory, they are fun to use, and they are effective! We can't think of anything better, except maybe if they were vegan, paraben free and made with all natural ingredients – which they are!

Bio Extracts work off a concept unlike any other; they have three intense moisturisers called light, normal and rich. Once you have selected the moisturiser you think is most appropriate for you skin, you then choose a ‘booster’. The boosters they have come in large syringes, which you are supposed to then add to the cream. By mixing and matching their boosters with the creams, you can tailor a product ideal for your skin’s individual needs! It’s very simple to use, with every pump of moisturiser you add 1-2 shots of the booster!

So what is the science behind it? Well the upper layers of the skin, the stratum corneum, are elaborately organised into a highly-structured, lamellar arrangement. These layers are what form the skin’s barrier function, which keeps internal fluids and external stressors external. If this sounds too scientific for you, it did to us; we understand the lamellar arrangement as consisting of lipids, or ‘oils and fats’. Bio-Extracts has a very distinctive structural similarity to these natural layers in the skin and is therefore designed to act as a patch on the skin. This, in turn, helps to restore and protect the barrier function of the skin; stopping trans-epidermal water loss, improving hydration, and protecting the skin from external irritants.

There are nine boosters to choose from; Glow boost, clean to clear boost, pore minimising boost, anti wrinkle boost, lifting booster, firming booster, hydro booster, glow boost, and anti-oxidant booster. Each moisturiser recommends which boosters are most efficient with the cream, helping you get the best results. The products all smelt divine, and we loved incorporating Bio-Extracts into our routine. We can’t wait to use them again!

You can purchase the creams for £27.00 and the boosters for £19.50 from here.