It is always exciting when a brand new skincare line is launched, especially when it promises big things and is a bit "different" to the norm. Then, when you add in a huge wealth of expertise, a background in ground breaking skincare from all around the world and the fact that the CEO is the founder of Nubo skincare, you realise you are onto something incredibly Special.
Bio Extracts Anti-Ageing Collection

Russian born Founder Marina Shcherbinina has been serious about skincare from a very early age thanks to her Grandmother. Whilst growing up she was told "Don't cry you will get wrinkles" "Don't stretch your skin you will get wrinkles"  and so Marina decided she wanted to look more deeply into skincare and what  does actually affect our skin. Having grown up in a family of scientist and also gaining a masters degree from Moscow State University, she was able to create creams and make up which were in incredibly short supply.  Marina then Moved to London, began working as Beauty Editor for a luxury Russian Beauty magazine and went on to create her incredible skincare brands.

Created for both Men and Women Bio-Extracts is an innovative yet simple to use construction of skincare has been created for anyone with concerns about fine lines, wrinkles, slackened skin and dehydration. Allowing us to create a "Bespoke" skincare kit at home, for exactly what  our skin needs. If you are someone that has noticed how your skin changes from day to day or week by week depending on lifestyle such as, travel, health, stress, time of the month, any lifestyle factors then this really is a great system as it allows you to completely customise your skincare routine on a day by day basis to exactly what you  need and when

Today I am featuring a selection of products from the brand new BIO-EXTRACTS range. The face cream I will be discussing today is the Rich formula but it is also available in Light and Normal options.

In this system you will receive your moisturiser of choice and then two serum extracts ( with two more available separately) which you then blend and mix with your moisturiser as and when needed meaning you always have a fresh blend. You can add all four to your moisturiser or just one, or none at all. The moisturiser can be used on its own, however due to their potent blend, the serums must be  used only when mixed with the moisturiser. Here's how :

Face Cream Rich 30ml -

Bio Extracts Lamellar System Face Cream - Rich

This airtight container features the cushion top allowing you to keep the moisturiser perfectly fresh and clean at all times . By pushing the top down you get a measured dose of Moisturiser, you then add your shot of 'Boost' into this.
To begin your bespoke process, start with cleansed, dry skin, then pump your moisturiser into its white dispensing plate, You then remove the white lid from the syringe and add your choice of booster on top of the moisturiser, mix with your index finger and apply.

 Each push from the "Syringe" Gives a measured dose of Serum and you can mix up to two drops of each serum if needed.
Dispense the moisturiser by pushing down the plate

Pump your chosen 'Boost' into moisturiser

Mix both moisturiser and Boost with finger

Apply to face, neck and decolette
The day cream is all about hydration, and in my case using the Rich it is all about keeping really dry skin thoroughly hydrated for 24 hours a day. Sugar Esters act as a second skin and restore the skin whilst building a barrier of repair against outside elements. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, this really is a gentle formula. The Bio-Extracts Lamellar System is a system of  Natural 'Liquid crystals' formulated to mimic the structure of our own skin, therefore allowing the moisturiser to act as a second skin, preventing water loss and leaving it deeply hydrated and refreshed.
BIO-EXTRACTS Face Cream in Rich has a lovely light texture

This Rich Cream is suitable for dry or mature skin and would be great in winter for anyone that prefers a richer cream.  Including Cupuacu Butter from seeds from the Amazonian Tree, it offers long lasting hydration whilst feeling incredibly light on the skin. I was so surprised by how quickly and easily the moisturiser sunk into my skin, it really is such a light texture which I wasn't expecting from a "Rich" cream. It has a light scent, almost a Musk to it, and feels lovely and smooth on the skin. It really does even out the skins texture and give it an almost "Primed" feel.

Lifting Boost 10ml -
BIO-EXTRACTS Lifting Boost

This is the Pinky coloured plastic syringe. Supercharged with active plant molecules in high concentrations, this serum is perfect for lifting the skin. Containing Wild Oats this highly purified formula creates a lifting effect whilst leaving the skin feeling supple and smooth and looking awake. Each plastic syringe has a measuring system on the side which allows you to add 1-2 pumps of serum into the mixing plate containing your moisturiser. If you want more lifted skin, if you are suffering from slackened skin, then this would be a great one to use as the benefits get to work immediately. Add a pump to your moisturiser, gently mix with your finger and (if not adding any other serum) apply to your face, neck and décolleté.

Hydro Boost 10ml -

The blue one. I love this one as it is a highly purified solution based on botanical Hyaluronic Acid from the seeds of the Indian Senna Plant. This adds even more hydration to the moisturiser and then the skin so it really is a Hydro Boost. It works beautifully with the moisturiser and gives the skin a lovely finish which works well as a make up base. Leaves my skin feeling comfortably hydrated all day and lines and wrinkles around my mouth area look less pronounced. I really notice a difference with this booster.

Anti-Wrinkle Boost 10ml -
BIO-EXTRACTS Anti-Wrinkle Boost

The Purple one. Based on Marine Algae Extracts, this serum boost is to help with those signs of fine lines, wrinkles and the beginning of loss of skins elasticity. Also a lovely one for anyone with a thinning skin as it works really well in adding an extra strength to the skin. Again, feels really lovely mixed in and leaves the skin looking incredibly smooth.

Firming Boost 10ml -
BIO-EXTRACTS Firming Boost

The Lilac one. This serum is all about increasing the skins resistance to harmful factors such as the elements, dirt and grime, so great if you frequently travel. It also builds up the skins firmness and elasticity and gives the skin a toned sensation.

My overall thoughts on this system - This incredibly clever system actually sounds more complicated than it is. Based on the principle that everyone's skin is uniquely different, it allows us to custom blend our perfect skincare routine. If like me you have to buy a collection of serums to satisfy your skins ever changing needs, then this system aims to do that quickly, hygienically, cost effectively and expertly. One moisturiser and four boosters allow you to decide every day what your skin wants, whilst maximising the use of the highly potent skincare ingredient's and aromatherapy benefits. It is an overall multi sensory skincare experience. Suitable for all skin types you choose the correct moisturiser for you so :

Light - Would be for Oily/Combination skin or anyone wanting a light summer moisturiser
Normal - For normal skin types that do not have many major issues
Rich - Dry, mature skins that need extra hydration, or for use in Winter.

The use of these thin, lightweight serums means that your skincare is mixed fresh every single time you use it thanks to the airless syringe system. I usually allow a good 6 weeks to try a new skincare range so that i can report back with true results. This time however i have only been using this system for two weeks, so my findings are based more on day to day use than long term results. I love that we can add all four serums if we feel or just one or none at all. My favourite blend in my Rich cream is the Hydro Boost and Anti wrinkle as my skin looks and feels so hydrated whilst also getting deep into my wrinkles and plumping them out. My only gripe would be the packaging. Working on a simplistic basis (of which I understand)  I think the style of the syringes could be worked on to make them a little more "luxurious" looking to portray the exceptional ingredient's inside them. Certainly a collection for someone looking for something more from their skincare regime. I have only been using this skincare regime for a short time but I have to say my skin is really enjoying it, especially in this incredibly hot weather we are experiencing in the UK. It sinks perfectly into my skin creating no roll off and my make up sits beautifully on top. I am really enjoying this range. This range is Vegan, Hypoallergenic, dermatology tested and free from Parabens.
    Bio-Extracts Anti-Ageing Collection

This collection from BIO-EXTRACTS is available exclusively to QVCUK and launches on Wednesday 27th July at 8pm. The kit will contain the moisturiser of your choice PLUS 1 Anti Wrinkle Boost and 1 Lifting Boost. The other "Boost's" will be available separately. The price will be £49.50 which for a premium moisturiser and two serums, is quite comparable. You can purchase this collection HERE

What do you think of the idea of Fresh, bespoke skincare? Please leave me a comment below.

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Doll 10 are back in the UK this July with an amazing collection of make up. Having been using this brand for over 3 years, since it was first launched in the UK, it is still one of my go to brands on a daily basis.
Doll 10 July QVC UK TSV Collection

This collection is ideal for new "Dolls" and also anyone wishing to stock up on their basics and add some new and exclusive colours. Containing 7 items sure to make a statement in your cosmetics wardrobe, it is an amazing value kit.
 Doll 10 Cosmetics were created by Former Mrs America, Doris Dalton out of sheer necessity. Having lost her brows due to Cancer treatment, she decide to create her own, (and now bestselling ), brow product. With hard work, dedication and now a huge, loyal following Worldwide, Doll 10 has become a cult beauty brand, sought after by many. With the emphasis on making women look their most naturally beautiful, as opposed to creating "High Fashion" looks, this really is a brand of Make Up that will see you through any age and skincare issue you may have. For more info read my other posts HERE.

Hydragel Foundation (Medium) -
Doll 10 HydraGel Foundation in Medium

 A water based foundation Containing the new Hydragel formula which was released in the UK at the beginning of the year, this is an incredibly lightweight, yet full coverage foundation.  I have been lucky enough to have been  using this product since last year and adore the way it feels and looks on my skin. So light and smooth whilst covering my pigmentation, redness and all round uneven skin tone. It really gives a flawless base, full coverage and wonderful brightness to my skin. A little really does go a long way. Containing high density pure pigments which are suspended in the gel formula, it  gives a radiant finish. Using the double-ended foundation/concealer brush included, blend the foundation from inwards out and really get into the contours of your face. You  will be surprised at how little of this product you actually need to achieve a flawless finish. I buff mine on using the Doll 10 Blendsmart  brush and it really gives an airbrushed look. Play around with it at first because I think you will be surprised at how little you need and you can then build in the areas that need more coverage if you feel you need it, or use your concealer. Don't forget to also try different foundation brushes, a different level of coverage can be achieved depending on the brush. This is a lightweight, full coverage foundation, suitable for all skin types. Available currently in Fair, Light, Medium and Tan with Deep on the horizon imminently.
Doll 10 HydraGel Foundation in Medium

 When I asked Doris Dalton for Shade tips here is what she said -

 "Shade choices for the foundations are pretty easy.. The Fair shade is for ultra fair gals.. You always burn in the sun.. Think Nicole Kidman or Snow White .. It has a bit of a Pink undertone to it.. Light is the shade that I wear.. It's a bit warmer and not as Pink. A blend between Pink and Yellow. It's for girls that burn in the sun but then turn to tan..Medium is warmer then the Light definitely the most popular shade and... has yellow under tones..Tan is the richest colour for Olive skin tone complexions. The foundation and Concealer match each other.. Don't forget that in the Summer your foundation tends to be a bit warmer then in the Autumn or Winter months. Even though you use SPF, you still get sun. I typically don't change my foundation colour. If I notice that it appears a bit light because my skin has warmed in the summer, I usually sweep a small bit of bronzer on my face.. Hope that helps.."

Hydragel Concealer -
Doll 10 HydraGel Concealer in Medium

The perfect accompaniment  to the Hydragel Foundation, this Water based concealer is absolutely amazing!  The Gel technology makes this another lightweight concealer, that dries instantly and gives a full coverage. Perfect for concealing dark circles under the eyes as it does not dry cakey or crack. I wear this under my eyes all the time and never have a problem with it, however in warmer weather i always set my under eye concealer with just a touch of translucent powder. I find it also works really well as an eye shadow primer because it evens out the colour of the eyelids and gives a beautiful neutral base to apply eye shadow. This concealer has so much coverage that is can even cover tattoos!  If you are suffering from redness or dark circles under the eyes, like I do, then I am sure you will find the coverage amazing.

Doll 10 HydraGel Concealer

 Using the smaller end of the soft, synthetic brush included dot the concealer where you need it, whether that be under the eye, around the nose, on any redness or blemishes and then use the fluffy end to gently buff it into the skin. Containing Light diffusing technology, it really brightens up the under eye area, yet does not draw attention to any blemishes you may have used it on. I also love Doll 10's Conceal it concealer which is more of a cream base, but am using this Hydragel formula more. Inside the tube the gel is liquid, so only squeeze a tiny amount onto the back of your hand and dip your brush in. I know that you will not believe me, and probably squeeze out a big dollop hahaha, but I promise, you need the tiniest amount. The gel then dries to a smooth, almost powder like texture that you really cannot feel on the skin.  It  currently comes in Light, Fair, Medium and Tan shades, I actually have it in light and medium because I like a lighter look under my eyes however, if I use the light on my medium foundation, it blends and covers so beautifully with my foundation that you do not notice a shade difference.

EffortLash Mascara  - Launched earlier this year in the UK this mascara is not for the faint hearted.

Doll 10 EffortLash Mascara

You will notice that the wand is quite slim, with teeny, tiny bristles. Do not let that fool you! As soon as you apply this mascara it is as if you are applying false lashes from the Tube! Wow!
Before & After EffortLash Mascara by Doll 10

Each tiny, little bristle, gets between each of our lashes coating even those invisible lashes. It literally coats from the lash line all the way to the very tip of the lashes. If you love longer, fuller lashes then this is absolutely the mascara for you. Real false lash style lashes are yours within seconds and from that very first coat.  Now I know why it is called Effortlash mascara, a couple of sweeps and full, beautiful, black lashes are yours - amazing.

 Hydragel Blush in Kiss On The Chic -
Doll 10 HydraGel Blush in Kiss on the Chic

Containing the Hydra Gel technology, this beautifully creamy blush is perfect for anyone that does not like the feel of a powder on the skin. This is a light weight blush that will not disturb your make up as you tap it on or look too cakey. It gives  a natural flush of colour that is easily buildable depending on the look you want to create. As someone with dry skin, I will always choose a liquid foundation and blush over anything else, it looks better on my skin than a powder and I prefer its natural look on my skin.  Easy to apply, I just use my finger and gently tap it where I want it on my cheeks. No shimmer, no sparkle, not sticky, just a beautiful, silky, healthy natural colour. I even use these as a lip tint sometimes when I don't want a make up look but my lips are a bit pale.  Do not be afraid of the colour in the pan as they are more natural on than they appear. If you are a darker skin tone, just have a play with it and build it up. Comes in a lovely, portable, mini compact with mirror included which I adore. These can also be applied with a brush if you prefer.

Double ended Lip Gloss(Miss Bliss) & Lipstick (Doll Code)  -

Doll 10 LipStick in Shade Doll Code

 Oh Doris!! You have done it again! Hahaha, I think I have bought every single, lipstick and gloss that Doll 10 have ever done. Why? Well Doll 10 do Nude Lip shades like no one else. Their is a shade for every one, every occasion, every day, month and year haha, but most importantly...I never look dead when wearing them!! Combined together in a very clever "click system" you can click together you favourite colours and always have them with you. Containing Shea Butter and Almond Oil within a beautiful pigment, these lipsticks are so comfortable on, you forget you are wearing them. Deeply moisturising and Hydrating the lipsticks smoothe the skin and fill out any lines effortlessly.

Doll 0 Double ended Click System Lipstick and Lip Gloss

This shade is my absolute favourite ( even though I say that about every one) It is a Nude with the perfect, prettiest hint of pink that doesn't make me look too young and girly but brightens my look. Really long lasting too. On the end is a wonderful lip gloss that smells gorgeous, its like a cross between Caramel and Coconut without being sweet. It reminds me of sunshine holidays abroad.
Doll 10 Lipstick (top) in shade Doll Code & Lip Gloss (bottom) in Miss Bliss

 The lip-gloss is perfect on its own as a sheer wash of colour but sits beautiful over the lipstick to intensify the colour and add shine. Not sticky or tacky, just beautifully kissable. Don't forget though, lip-glosses naturally tend to not last as long as a lipstick due to the formula.

Double ended brush - All of Doll 10 Brushes are synthetic and the whole range is completely cruelty free. Doris has a deep love for animals and rescue dogs in particular. The brushes are the softest of soft and feel so lovely swiped across the face. They have the perfect density for the enclosed foundation and concealer and look so pretty in their Nude/Rose Gold colour.
Doll 10 July QVC UK TSV

The whole collection comes boxed in the most pretty gift box, with instructions on how to use the products making this a gorgeous collection to give as a gift or just treat yourself to.

My thoughts on this range - Doll 10 Have been daily staples in my make up collection since the get go. As a 41 year old women with skin issues ranging from dehydration to pigmentation and everything in between, I know the range contains good-for-you ingredient's that will not dry out my skin or aggravate any blemishes. The foundation shades are very easily mixable if you wish to combine shades as I do. I wear Light&Medium in Winter & Spring and Medium from End of Spring all the way through to Winter again. The shades are very forgiving so I can easily stay in Medium and wear a lighter amount and blend it out. Current Shades on the concealer and foundation in the UK are Fair, Light, Medium and Tan but as mentioned above Deep is expected Imminantly so fingers crossed. All ages can easily wear this collection in conjunction with other brands or as a stand alone as it really does enhance your own natural beauty whilst covering a multitude of lines, wrinkles, pores and blemishes.
Before and After using this collection, Skin has a flawless finish ( touch of Doll 10 Contour Bronzer used too)

The price of this collection is ridiculously good at under £40 and I have recommened this brand for years and will happily continue to do so.
Doll 10 are only available Exclusively to QVC - This Collection is available as a Today's Special Value (TSV) for one day only or whilst stocks last on 21st July. Available at just under £34.98 + p&p the value on this set is incredible. The item number is 216352 and before it is "Live" online, you may be able to phone QVC and place your order. The link to purchase is HERE it may show as SOLD out until it officially launches at midnight Wednesday into Thursday

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I am very lucky on my Blog in that I get to try lots of skincare, some amazing and some not so great. It doesn't all make it onto the Blog though, if it does nothing for me, I just don't have the time to feature it or the inclination to write badly about something that may suit other people.
Dr Renaud My Glowing Complexion Programme

Sometimes the process of trialling skincare can be lengthy, especially if I trial a product that i don't end up featuring. Dr Renaud My Glowing Complexion Programme was something that I had for a while before I was able to give it a thorough testing as I like to trial skincare for quite a while and over different times of the month to see how my skin fairs, so that I can pass on the information to you. When I was finally able to test this collection, I was thrilled. Not only does this trio make a wonderful gift, especially great for teachers at this time of the year, but it works wonders on the skin, is certified Organic and has absolutely no animal testing whatsoever.

Dr Renaud, a renowned dermatologist and founder of aesthetics in France and Europe, created Laboratoire Dr Renaud in 1947. Dedicated to creating skincare full of natural, organic ingredient's, without fillers and parabens or nasties, and without testing on animals, the brand continues to use innovative technology to deliver the best that science and nature allow.

The kit that I am have been trying is the My Glowing Complexion kit which contains three sample sized products which are fantastic to give as a gift or to try before embarking on a full on skincare regime.

Raspberry Cleansing Water 50ml -
Dr Renaud Raspberry Cleansing Water

This Micellar water is absolutely beautiful, firstly because it has a lovely light, mouth watering, refreshing scent of Raspberry, but secondly because it works. This soft water is great at cleansing make up, eye make up dirt and grime quickly and easily without any pulling or tugging at the skin or eyelashes. It makes my skin feel beautifully hydrated thanks to the inclusions of Hyaluronic acid, which I love and is completely alcohol free so it doesn't strip the skin. What you may notice, as I did, is how bright your skin looks straight after use. The Raspberry extract is great at refreshing the skin whilst reducing any redness and brightening the skin. Feels lovely when used on a hot day, straight from the fridge to refresh tired skin and eyes. A fab size for an overnight bag too. Apply to a cotton pad when needed and gently swipe over the skin removing all traces of dirt. No need to rinse.

Carrot Anti-Pollution Radiance Cream 15ml -
Dr Renaud Carrot Anti-Pollution Radiance Cream

A small tube that lasts a while as a little does goes a long way, even on my skin. This is beautiful and most definitely a cream I would purchase in full size. This orange cream contains active ingredients which detoxify, oxygenate and protect the skin from pollution. Containing Organic Carrot Extract, Carrot cells, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Brown Algae and more, this is perfect to add a radiance to the complexion, lift dullness, and bring more colour within the skin. This cream feels incredibly cooling on the skin and is very light in texture, making it easy to absorb. This leaves the skin feeling ready for make up straight away as it makes such a great base and gives a lovely bright, fresh looking complexion to work on. I was really impressed from the first try and over the next few days my skin got better and better.

Apple Anti-Tiredness Eye Care 5ml -
Dr Renaud Apple Anti-tiredness Eye Cream

 I have very sensitive eyes and had an eye infection at the time of trialling this eye cream. I have to say it felt lovely and cooling under my eyes and had such a beautiful, almost serum like texture, it was a joy to use. It sunk in very quickly as I gently tapped it in twice a day and made my eyes immediately feel more refreshed. Containing :
+ Organic Apple Concentrate
 Rich in vitamins and minerals, it dynamise the skin
+ Apple Sugar
Smoothing and plumping properties
+ Apple Cellular Extract
Prevents wrinkles
+ Apple Pips Oil
Protector thanks to its strong content in vitamin E and in essential fatty acids
+ Soft Orange Extract
Anti-puffiness effect
+ Micro-Algue
Reduces dark circles
+ Neuro-Phyto-Oxygenating Complex
Smooth and illuminates the complexion (Patent)

It really is full of ingredient's aimed at de-puffing the eyes, brightening, cooling them and helping with dark circles. Now, I had such a small amount I could not see a difference, however, the cooling and brightening was immediate and felt wonderful.

My thoughts on this collection. I will admit I had not heard of this brand, but boy am I glad I have now. They have so many beautiful products that are all full of active, plant and fruit ingredient's that brighten the skin, its mouth-watering. The collection I had was a great starter set, would be a great overnight set or a wonderful gift to someone looking for new skincare. If you want ingrediants from nature, that lift the skin and give great results, that smells, feels and looks beautiful then maybe start here. I love Radical skincare and this range really reminds me of that in the way my skin reacted so beautifully to it, the glow I got and the ingredient's, but on a more affordable price point. The kit I tried with the 3 items in is currently £9.00 which I think is great to try out a new brand. You can purchase the MY Glowing Complexion Kit HERE. I would love to try so much more from this range including the body scrubs and BB cream. Suitable for all skin types

Have you tried this brand before? What is your favourite product? Please let me know. For more information or to purchase these products click HERE

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It comes as no surprise to my readers that I am a huge Elemis fan, I have been since the very beginning. I guess I have been very lucky in that from a very, very early age (16) with a career in the Financial Futures Market, I was able to afford such lovely skincare products all those years ago. I credit Elemis with giving me great skin and seeing me through acne, parenthood, sleepless nights and illness.
Elemis 6 piece Skin Rituals Collection

 The brand over the past 25 years has used the power of Science, Nature and aromatics to create a huge range of products that work. Today I am discussing the upcoming 6 piece Skin Rituals Collection which is the QVC TSV available only on 24th July. This really is a wonderful collection for face and body, a beautifully indulgent collection of  "Me Time" products.

Brand new launch from Elemis is the Smart Cleanse Micellar water 200ml -
Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water

 This  fragrance free water is divine and yet another reason why Elemis is my favourite skincare brand. I am always writing about new product launches from them,( Most recently the Elemis Superfood Facial Oil HERE)  because they just do not stop listening to their customer and what we want. I know Micellar waters have been around a while now, but they are going to stay, and I am thrilled that Elemis have put their knowledge and expertise into creating this one. I am always going on about the fantastic effects of a double cleanse and although that is a "Buzz Phrase" I think it is something a lot of us have been doing for years...I know I have. Double cleansing basically means removing all of your make up, dirt and grime in the first cleanse, then switching to a more "Treatment" based cleanser that will nourish, feed and hydrate your skin whilst deeply cleansing it. Micellar Water is perfect for the first step. If you are someone that does not cope with the feel of normal water on your face or you have sensitive skin then this is ideal. Containing natural surfactants derived from Apple amino acids, Rosehip Seed oil and Indian Soapnut it gently lifts impurities from the skin, even sensitive skin. Organic English Rose water and Chamomile gently cleanse and soothe the skin and keep it feeling really hydrated. I use this in a few ways, of a morning if I am in a hurry, I soak a cotton pad and quickly swipe this all over my face to remove any traces of skincare from the night before.

Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water

 If I have made any make up mistakes I dip my cotton bud in a little and use it to wipe away mistakes without ruining the rest of my make up. Of an evening I soak two cotton pads and place them on my eyes for a few seconds then ever so gently wipe away and all of my mascara, including long lasting mascara, is taken away without pulling my eyelashes. This feels beautiful and cool on the skin and I love how it leaves my skin feeling really fresh afterwards. Great to keep by your bedside so you NEVER fall asleep with make up on!! Suitable for all skin types  it is really gentle and clarifying on the skin. Follow with your second cleanse Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. If you prefer an oil cleanser you can read More about Elemis Fab Micellar OIL can be found HERE

Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm 150g -
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

I have previously written about this award winning Cleansing Balm HERE and many of my readers will know that this is my go to cleanser most days and has been since it was launched. I love using it in the evening as I find it so relaxing and so much more than a cleanser. Rose and Mimosa waxes are infused with nourishing Elderberry, Starflower and Optimega oils and supercharged with anti-ageing algae, Padina Pavonica . As soon as you open this huge pot, you know this is a luxurious product. It has a gorgeous Spa-Like scent, that relaxes the senses and makes cleansing the skin a really nurturing time.
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

 I warm about a 10p size in my hands and gently massage it into my skin, my face, neck, decollate and eyes. It smells absolutely amazing and really hydrates and cleanses the skin deeply. I then wet my fingertips and rub this over the balm, loosening it and turning it almost milky, then wet a cotton cloth with warm water and gently wipe away. It literally removes every single trace of dirt, grime and make up and leaves the skin feeling beautifully soft, clean and plumped up. It is also beautiful layered on the face and just left to soak in as a mask. I do this when I am in a lovely warm bath, as a pampering ritual and then gently wipe away any residue. Feels amazing. One of my absolute top cleansers ever.

How I double cleanse - I remove my make up all over with the Smart Cleanse Micellar Water, Then massage the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm into my skin, Add water and massage with my finger tips, then wipe away with warm water!!

End of the Day Make up
Remove Make up Using Elemis Smart Cleanse Micellar Water

Add Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, massage in then add a little water

Wipe away Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and grime, with cloth and warm water

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel ml

Oh my goodness I have been using this peel for years and years and just adore it. This has seen me through real troubled acne prone skin to my skin today which is clear but dehydrated. I seriously cannot say enough good about this product and how it transformed my skin and continues to do so. Please don't be frightend by the sound of a "peel" as this is incredibly gentle. This non abrasive exfoliator uses mild Papaya enzymes and pineapple extract to give the skin a more refined look and feel. It really brightens the skin and makes the overall texture appear so much softer. It contains an ingrediants called Bladderwreck which I love in products. It is a form of kelp/black seaweed which has a really high iodine content, as well as many other minerals and vitamins. I have actually bathed in Bladderwreck numerous times to detoxify my skin and its amazing. In skincare it also does exactly that, it detoxifies the skin in a gentle way, without causing breakouts, it nourishes the skin and deeply cleanses it without leaving it dry. I know I am waxing lyrical but I have seen the amazing benefits of this ingredient first hand and that's why I love this peel so much. The Papaya Enzyme peel smells, mouth-wateringly fruiy and uplifting. It is a light orange coloured cream that you apply to your face ( Avoiding the eyes) after cleansing, twice a week and leave on for 10-15minutes. Sometimes on my dehydrated skin it sinks straight in so I just wipe away with a warm cloth after. I am always blown away by how clean, bright, soft and hydrated my skin feels. If your skin is lacking brightness, or you have breakouts around your chin area definitely give this a go.

Pro-Collagen Marine Cream 50ml (or Pro-Collagen Ultra Rich) -

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

 Again, a favourite, I absolutely feel like this collection was made for me so, yes I am jumping up and down over it! This is my Cream, the cream I always go back to and use every day when I am not trialling any other skincare. This cream makes my skin sigh with happiness hahaha and is the perfect base for make up too. If you look on the ELEMIS website you can read some of the data they have collected regarding the trials on this product, but it has been clinically proven to reduce the depth of wrinkles, improve firmness, tone and hydration in 15 days! The texture is so light and cooling and really sinks in quickly onto the skin leaving no residue.
Light Texture of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream DO NOT USE THIS MUCH!!

You  only need a small, pea sized amount, gently warmed in the hands then just massage it upwards over the face, neck and décolleté. In the beginning I used slightly more as my skin was so dehydrated and I felt that I needed it, but with regular use, that really is enough to cover that whole area. I just do not feel it on my skin, it melts in immediately and keeps my skin deeply hydrated all day long. I would highly recommend this product if you are concerned about fine lines, wrinkles and hydration, its a no brainer. Suitable for all skin types.

Sweet Orchid Shower Cream 200ml -
Elemis Sweet Orchid Shower Cream

If you read my post back in November last year HERE when we were first introduced to this product, you will know how beautiful me and many, many other people found it.  What you have here is THE most beautifully decadent, shower cream possible. This Shower cream is suitable for all skin types and feels exquisite on the skin. I was blown away by the scent and I really do not think you will be disappointed. The scent of Oriental Orchid, Sweet Vanilla, Aromatic Santalum and refreshing Citrus have been so expertly blended that although they are light, they linger and if you use this before bed, you will most definitely wake the next morning being able to smell this delicious scent. It is absolutely beautiful. It is Floral without being sweet, it is warming without being a winter fragrance and it is Oriental without being too spicy. Its has a citrus edge which, combined with the other scents reminds me of late nights on exotic holidays with the scent of Beautiful, warm flowers. Its sensual, its spa like, I adore this fragrance and would happily wear it as a perfume. Not only does this shower cream smell divine, in my opinion, but the packaging looks gorgeous. It foams up wonderfully on a shower sponge, feels beautifully silky on the skin and gives a deep down, thorough cleanse which leaves the body completly hydrated.

New Sweet Orchid Monoi Body Oil 35ml - 
Elemis Sweet Orchid Monoi Body Oil

At the end of last year I was incredibly lucky to have a Sweet Orchid body wrap massage at The House of Elemis Spa in Mayfair. The Sweet Orchid Monoi Oil was used lavishly in that treatment and was divine, so I am thrilled it has finally been released for at home use. This oil comes in a small bottle as a solid oil. To loosen it, let the bottle sit in warm water for a while and it will become a liquid again.

This highly scented oil feels amazing massaged over damp skin after bathing to increase skins hydration. The smell is intoxicating and the oil leaves everywhere feeling beautifully soft and smoothe. Suitable for use on the body as well feet and hands as part of a manicure and pedicure ritual and also on the ends of the hair to tame split ends and flyaways. This oil can be decanted into small pots and left to go solid, this then makes it perfect to keep in your handbag or pockets and use on dry lips, cuticles and anywhere the skin needs extra hydration. Beautiful to use on summer skin of an evening to deeply nourish it and scent the skin before an evening out. A wonderful, multitasking oil.

This whole collection also comes in a beautiful cosmetics bag that is suitable for bath products or make up products and is really sturdy and holds the whole collection perfectly.
Elemis Qvc July Tsv 6 Piece Skin Rituals Collection

My overall thoughts on this collection - As much as I try to remain impartial on my posts, its hard with this collection. I don't think it has come as a great surprise to see that this collection contains some of my all time favourite Elemis products. This really is a wonderfully pampering selection of products that look good, smell great but achieve outstanding results. You have everything you need for a beautiful top-to-toe ritual for yourself or as a wonderful gift for someone else. I think this collection is beautiful, perfect for all year round and all skin types. The Sweet Orchid products are highly scented so please bare that in mind.

This collection as a whole is available only on QVCUK as a Today's Special Value (TSV) on 24th July for one day only or whilst stocks last. However you can purchase this collection now HERE The collection will cost £58.96 and is available on 4 x Easy pay.

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If like me you suffer from dry or dehydrated skin, Summer and Winter can really play havoc with us. However as long as you keep up a great skincare regime, you can have hydrated bright skin all year round.
BURT'S BEES Intense Hydration Range

Burts Bee's have a wonderful range called Intense Hydration and it does exactly that. It has a great selection of products aimed at hydrating and brightening the skin at every step. Burt's Bees is now a huge brand which started out very small and rustic with just Burt, his bees, and some natural ingredient's harvested from nature. Knowing the power of beeswax and how deeply nourishing it is for the skin and blending different ingredient's to it, a huge host of products were created, and still are, to look after peoples skin all over the world. With more and more people now turning to more natural ingredient's in their skincare, this range continues to grow and thrive and create more and more wonderful products.

Today I will be featuring 3 lovely products that I think work well in summer.

Intense Hydration Treatment Mask with Clary Sage 110g -

BURT'S BEES Intense Hydration Mask - Rich and Creamy

This is just beautiful and a mask that I reach for when time is short and my skin needs a real pick-me-up. A beautifully rich white cream that smells so comforting. It has a light scent of herbs and honey and not that soapy scent of Sage that you may expect. Clary Sage is from the windswept hills of the Meditaranian and is very resilient and able to retain moisture, hence its inclusion in this Mask. It is also proven to reduce those first signs of fine lines and wrinkles so that's a winner in my book. Unfortunately at the time of trialling this I was very unwell and also had sn awful eye infection so I will not scare you with a before photo but will scare you with an after where my skin is at least looking brighter haha!
BURTS BEES Intense Mask Application

When you first apply this mask onto clean, dry skin, you will notice it feels beautiful and cool and like a luxurious, rich face cream. Apply it all over the face and neck, avoiding the eye area, and leave it for ten minutes, wipe off with a tissue and rub in any excess.
BURTS BEE Intense Hydration Mask after 5 minutes

 On me the first time I applied it, mine sunk into my skin immediately within about 5 minutes, and I use great skincare products! But, because of constant medication, my skin is constantly dehydrated so I need to do whatever I can to add moisture back in.

Skin After BURTS BEES Intense Hydration 10minute Mask

After application my skin did not look greasy or feel sticky or itchy it looked beautifully radiant, plump and hydrated. It really is a wonderful mask that can be used twice a week. It is so easy to become addicted to this product because the scent is delicious and the results are amazing. Suitable for anyone with skin that needs Intense Hydration.

Intense Hydration Eye Cream with Clary Sage 10g -

BURTS BEES Intense Hydration Eye Cream

Again containing that wonderful Meditarranian Clary Sage and infused with Probiotic Technology this product has :-

 • 99% natural ingredients
• Intensely hydrates dry skin
• Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• Absorbs quickly with non-greasy formula
• Ophthalmologist Tested and Dermatologist Tested
• Noncomedogenic
BURTS BEES Intense Hydration Eye Cream Applicator

Again, it has the same lovely comforting smell as the mask above, it comes in a fantastic tube which has a great delivery system allowing you to get the product right into those fine lines and wrinkles and sinks in fast. It is quite a thicker consistency of eye cream than I am used to but don't let that put you off as it really does sink in fast. I use this twice a day under and around my eye area and tap it in gently with my ring finger. Immediately my delicate eye area looks more hydrated and brighter and feels lovely.

Tinted Lip Balm in shade 'Hibiscus' -
BURTS BEES Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus

 This 100% Natural product is the perfect size to pop in your pocket or handbag and keep on you at all times. The shade I have is Hibiscus which is a very pretty, sheer, dark pink shade that offers deep levels of hydration to the lips.
BURTS BEES Tinted Lip Balm Hibiscus

 Containing Shea Butter which is incredibly nourishing it really leaves the lips very very soft and moisturised for up to 8 hours. Available in 6 pretty colours, really easy to use just twist up and apply and wear anywhere. Great value too at £5.99 as its a lip treatment, lip balm and lip colour all in one.

A Lovely range of products that are perfect for brightening the skin and making us feel summer ready. For more information on Burt's Bees Click HERE

Have you tried anything from the Burts Bees range? Let me know what your favourite product is.

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