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Collagem – Beauty Supplement

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While explorers never found the infamous ‘fountain of youth’, we at The Amazing Blog are ever hopeful that we’re one step closer with our latest discovery of Collagem. This beauty supplement has 12 active ingredients from collagen to vitamin C , all effective at delaying signs of ageing and improving the skin from within. They refer to it as: “ Your daily beauty dose”.

Kasia Devraj the creator of the premium Collagem supplement brand and owner of Beauty Boosters Ltd decided to create a collagen supplement after being unable to find one that would encapsulate all that she wanted, bioactive collagen peptides, low molecular weight collagen and antioxidants to help combat anti-ageing. More importantly, it had to be free of artificial preservatives and flavours, added sugars and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). She partnered with scientists and biotechnologist to launch Collagem initially into Poland and then the UK earlier this year.

Collagem is a powder supplement that comes in small packets with an orange flavour. The key ingredient is hydrolysed marine collagen. The other ingredients, bioactive collagen, beta carotene, hyaluronic acid, bamboo extract, CoQ10, and selenium all of which have properties to prevent premature signs of ageing and retain moisture. Additionally, the vitamin C helps boost the immune system while the MSM detoxifies and improves skin texture. When you pair the two together, they also help rebuild new cell tissues and r-alpha lipoic acid (R-ALA)stimulates bio-energy production in each cell. The formula not only has multiple ingredients working together to help create a more youthful looking skin, but has vitamin B complex that strengthens hair and nails as well as decreasing cellulite. We liked the taste, however, felt that we needed to take it for a longer period of time (3+ months) before we could see any real improvement in the skin or nails. Unfortunately the 14-day trial which we were sent was not long enough for us to see any visible results. What we particularly liked was that there are no added sugars, sweeteners, colours, preservatives, GMO, alcohol or caffeine.

The Collagem individual packets are a real plus, perfect for keeping in your handbag. Each box comes with 14 sachets (200-250ml)with the correct dose of powder in each. They recommend mixing one supplement package in water or juice after a meal daily for optimum results. We preferred to start our day with it at breakfast. You can buy a box here for £45.

Nouveau Lashes - Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser

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Over the past few years, having a great set of full-on lashes it has become almost obligatory for adding that final finishing touch to that big glam night out. Yes and even we at The Amazing Blog have been known to sport the odd set of falsies (lashes that is!) What we love about strip lashes is that they are easy to use and instantly transform the eye into a more uber glamorous one. However, when it comes to the end of the night, we need something that is quick and easy to remove all that messy glue and make-up residue. This is where Nouveau Lashes have come to the rescue with their Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser designed specifically to gently cleanse the eye area in just one quick swoop.

The Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser offers a cleaner and more efficient eyelid and lashes cleansing routine. Formulated with potent probiotics the cleanser protects the sensitive eye area from skin irritations, bacteria and redness. The product is enriched with key essential oils including castor oil, tea tree oil, aloe vera, calendula extract and sunflower oil. Together these vegan ingredients make a highly nourishing and anti-ageing cleanser that is not only effectively cleanses eyelids and lashes but leaves them hydrated and conditioned.  Something else to mention is that this cleanser is also perfect for removing all traces make-up from brushes and old adhesive from strip lashes (if you want to reuse them). Ingenious, don't you think? You can purchase the Lash & Lid Foaming Cleanser for £14.99 here.

Friday Favourites: Face Masks

There is nothing better for your body and mind than the occasional pamper day. It is utterly imperative to take the time to give your face and body the attention it needs. We at The Amazing Blog follow a strict rule of giving ourselves a full-blown pamper session at least once a month because it helps us take a moment to breathe, reflect and slow down. Today we've featured a wide range of faces masks so whatever you skin type or budget we think we've got it covered!

If you are like us, then you’re in need of some interstellar relaxation, and the only brand that can meet such space-age promises is Spacemasks. We love that each mask has a stylish star-studded cover so you could literally use it anywhere; at home or on the go. Each box contains five masks guaranteed to whisk you to a world of peace. 

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These masks are the perfect way to get your well-deserved beauty rest. Scented with jasmine essence, these masks are incredibly soothing. Added bonus? They heat up when opened, which left us feeling warm and cosy. It was a fantastic way to literally melt away all the stress of the day and drift off to a more beautiful world as we slept.  It is so easy to use this product, just open the pouch and unfold the mask. Then gently place it over your eyes and fit the loops over your ears.  The mask will start heating up pretty quickly as the oxygen reacts with the iron particles in the product. Leave it on for 15 minutes as you drift off to a space far away from Earthly stresses. 

For a better night’s sleep, reduce eye strain and relieve tiredness you can purchase your pack of 5 masks here for £15.00.

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The second mask for your next pamper day that we would recommend is the Retexturing Radiance Mask from Lucia Magnani Skincare. One of most luxurious range of skincare that we've seen in a while, we all fell in love with this beautiful faux tortoise shell pot. This brand has a fundamental philosophy that helps them develop all of their products. They believe that their products should help bring out everyone's inner beauty to equip you with a natural radiance and a confident glow

This mask has a unique formula based on the individual properties found in the waters and mud of Castrocaro Terme in Italy. It is enriched with antioxidants CoQ10, Alpha-Lipoic Acid and Vitamin E. The combination of these ingredients helps the mask to regenerate, strengthen and preserves the skin's structure. The mask works to keep skin looking youthful and radiant. The presence of minerals and other key ingredients with an astringent effect reduces the size of pores, signs of redness and skin irregularities. We found that our skin was looking brighter and more radiant after use, making it the perfect product to lift you when you’re feeling a bit worse for wear. 

The product is the most effective when used 2-4 times a week. Just massage directly onto cleansed skin and leave to dry for around 5-20 minutes before rinsing off. We'd certainly like to try more products from this skincare range. You can purchase the face mask here as part of their 6 part Ben Essere skincare set for £590 which contains all the brands signature products.

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The next mask we wanted to introduce you to is the steinEY from Soley.  Containing Wild Icelandic Herbs and Volcanic Ash, this face mask will make you feel Scandi chic in 10 minutes.

The face mask contains minerals that regulate and balance skin, stimulate cellular metabolism and strengthen skin tissues while also reducing the signs of ageing. Packing in an exfoliating effect, the mask will also help to even out skin texture by removing dead skin cells, toxins and other impurities. The rich volcanic clay from Eyjafjallajökull and the Wild Icelandic birch promote the skin’s natural equilibrium, meaning you will be looking like your best self in no time. Mix ½ a teaspoon of the mask with ½ a teaspoon of water and apply evenly to clean skin with fingertips once a week. Leave it on until it dries and turns a light grey, which should take roughly 10 minutes. You can purchase the mask here for £38

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Last, but by no means least, we wanted to introduce you to the Chlorella-Algae Mask from one of our favourite brands, ISUN.

This mask is suitable for all skin types and is ideal for people looking for a calming and hydrating gel mask. The mask contains superfood ingredients such as Chlorella-algae and Aloe Vera, which calms, nourishes, soothes and firms the skin. The lavender and rosemary oils in the mask help to enhance the skin-soothing properties and make this a sensory experience as well as a rejuvenating one. We think that this mask is particularly good for those with sensitive skins and the co-owner Tracey Annette suggested: "Chlorella Algae Mask mixed with plain Natural Yoghurt is also excellent for hyper-sensitive skin conditions such as Rosacea." We're already fans for iSuncare skincare and have to say that this mask left our skin feeling more toned and hydrated and we also liked how fresh-faced we felt all day long. You can purchase the ISUN mask here for £52.00

No pampering session is complete without a face mask and we hope you enjoy trying our favourites too. Make your next ‘me time’ all that bit more special.

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!

Epara-Cleansing Lotion and Brightening Night Balm

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At The Amazing Blog, beauty is our common passion. We love discovering new beauty products made for different skin types and age. We were delighted when we received EPARA’s Cleansing Lotion and Brightening Night Balm.

EPARA is an organic and natural skincare brand specialising in Afro-Carribean beauty. After years of suffering from dry and uneven complexion, the founder Ozohu Adoh struggled to find any effective and natural skincare products. So as the story goes, she took a chance and decided to create a brand that would answer the needs of women of colour. In the Nigerian dialect, Ebira, EPARA means “to cocoon oneself” which is the core aim of this brand.

EPARA combined the best of natural African ingredients to create unique and highly nourishing skincare range. The Cleansing Lotion cleanses and gently moisturises and is very efficient in removing all traces of make up and impurities. The lotion is enriched with moringa seed extracts, marula oil, plankton extract, Cananga flower oil and frankincense oil. Together these ingredients work as natural skin brighteners, helping to reduce the imperfections and give a more even skin tone. The oils infused in this formula make the cleanser highly hydrating and perfect for dry or sensitive skin types.

The Brightening Night Balm has won a particular place in our hearts. This balm is infused with the finest ingredients including plankton extracts, allantoin, and hyaluronic acid. Combined, these ingredients replenish the skin with goodness at night, and help reduce age spots and hyperpigmentation. Allantoin and Hyaluronic Acid with their anti-ageing and cell regenerating properties contribute to a softer, clearer and healthier skin tone. The complexion looks instantly rejuvenated and moisturised with the cream absorbing quickly leaving the skin velvety soft. Purchase the Cleansing Lotion here for £40 and the Brightening Night balm here for £100.