Welcome to another beauty favourites post, this time a double-length post featuring my recommendations from the beauty products I have finished during June and July.
Legology Air-Lite Contouring Cream For Legs
Legology Air-Lite Contouring Cream For Legs: “Born out of the belief that beauty junkies were being short-changed on leg care, award-winning beauty journalist and ‘legspert’ Kate Shapland has changed the game with Legology. Crafted with the invaluable assistance of an independent French chemist, this innovative line is the first of its kind, targeting fluid retention and heaviness (often brought on by pregnancy, travel or long days on your feet) as well as cellulite, leaving your pins perfectly energised, smooth and supple.”
When the team at Legology emailed to see if I’d like to try a PR sample of their Legology Air- Lite Contouring Cream for Legs, I was intrigued. Before accepting any PR products I do a little bit of research to see if it is something that will benefit me or that I’m genuinely interested in. The reviews were all excellent and positive so I accepted with interest.
Legology Air-Lite Contouring Cream For Legs has a lightweight, almost whipped texture with a divine citrus scent, (I can’t resist anything with lemon or lime). The cream contains two potent complexes to support massage and help reduce the appearance of cellulite by making skin look smoother. It would be untrue to say this cream has eliminated the cellulite on my legs, but there is a definite improvement in texture. It is one of those products that is a joy to use. I can see why so many reviews suggest it is addictive. It feels wonderful to use and it truly does make the legs feel lighter and “more alive”. I thoroughly enjoyed using this and was sorry when I finished the pot.
Aldi Rose Oil
This Aldi rose oil has a divine delicate rose fragrance and a gorgeous smooth feel. I adore rose in any form, be it flowers, perfume, Turkish Delight or anything containing rose water, so it’s a pleasure to use. This rose oil worked wonders on dry patches after a few applications. This was sent to me to try in a bundle of Aldi beauty dupes about which you can read my reviews here. I was particularly impressed with this and have bought more myself.
Aldi Glycolic Serum
The Aldi Glycolic Serum (PR sample) contains prickly pear, lemongrass and lactic acid. I was new to glycolic acid so started gradually by using it every three nights. I didn’t experience any irritation or discomfort at all so increased the frequency to alternate nights. It’s difficult to quantify improvements in my skin but it certainly hasn’t harmed it.
Boots No 7 Retinol Complex Night Concentrate
I’ve been using the No 7 Retinol Night Complex for a few years now. (See this post I wrote about how to use Retinol skincare and for more information about this specific product). I tend to use it on alternate days, not least so I can try out other serums I receive as samples and PR products. This is my constant though because of its proven effectiveness. (*At the time of writing the whole No retinol range is on offer at 3-for-2 at Boots). This is one of my beauty mainstays.
Azio Intense Firming Face Serum
Azio is another beauty brand that is new to me. The team sent some samples to me to try including this, the Intense Firming Serum, (PR sample). It is particularly nice to use in the morning, post-shower because it has a clear, lightweight gel formulation which rubs into the skin very easily- no need to wait before applying SPF moisturiser. The serum addresses multiple signs of ageing by empowering the potency of Copper Tripeptide-1 and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 said to improve skin’s elasticity and firmness. This is a lovely product.
Calypso Dry Oil sun spray
For several years now, the *Calypso dry oil spray SPF 30 has been my sun protection of choice. When I’m on holiday, I use about half a bottle per day. It is infinitely better than any cream I have ever used and I have yet to find an oil that I prefer. It dries very quickly and rubs in very easily. Sun care can be very costly- the Calypso has an excellent price point and I recommend it to everyone.
Vichy Dry Touch Face Cream SPF 50
The only place I don’t use the Calypso oil is on my face. I use *Vichy Dry Touch Face Cream in SPF 50. I particularly like this because it has a matte finish so I can wear make up over the top should I wish to. It is non-greasy, very comfortable to wear and doesn’t leave a white or shiny residue. This tube is small enough to fit into a make up bag but is enough to last for two full weeks in the sun.
Digital Defence Cleanser
In my previous beauty favourites post, I reviewed the Digital Defence Blue Light Protection Serum. This month, I have finished the *Digital Defence Hydrating Cleansing Milk (PR sample). This ultra-light lotion is very gentle on the skin and it has a gorgeous but subtle scent. It is designed to be rinsed off with warm water. I use bamboo cleansing pads soaked in warm water to do this.
This milk contains lemon and rosemary to cleanse, (hence the lovely scent) and mallow and calendula to soothe. This formula has been expertly developed to protect skin from the damaging effects of high energy (HEV) blue light emitted by screens which cause visible signs of premature ageing. As I always say, it is very difficult to quantify results from skin care products. What I can say for certain though is that this is among my favourite cleansers and I would buy it with my own money.
Nars Niagara Lipstick
*Nars Niagara lipstick is my current favourite lipstick for both day and evening. It’s the colour I wore on our wedding day and it’s one I will never tire of. Nars describes it as a pink-based coral which I’d agree with. It has a very comfortable satin formula which moisturises nicely and generally speaking, it stays put. Because it has yellow undertones it makes my teeth look whiter too. Lipsticks with blue undertones have the opposite effect so I always go for a colour with a coral or yellow base.
BlanX Whitening Toothpaste
I’ve been using *BlanX toothpaste for several years now and only now realised that it is a good recommendation. The whole BlanX range is excellent and I do switch between the different options, but this is my favourite. It doesn’t contain peroxide and it is non-abrasive so it is perfectly safe to use two or three times a day. This particular formulation is blue , the others in the range are white.
Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo
I wrote about this xcellent daily shampoo in the first blog post in this series, but I have finished another bottle of it, so I’m including it in this post too. I wash and blow dry my hair every morning and use straighteners about four times a week. Consequently, I go through a lot of shampoo and conditioner. Without doubt, the best daily shampoo I have ever used is *Charles Worthington Everyday Gentle Micellar Shampoo. It is lightweight, gentle and a little goes a long way. I’ve been using it for well over two years and I highly recommend it. If you was your hair frequently, then this is a brilliant shampoo. It is often on a three-for-two promotion at Boots which is when I stock up.