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murad vita c glycolic brightening serum and dark circle corrector

Vitamin C has seriously blown up this year, becoming the new must-have ingredient to have in your skincare routine. I've dabbled with a few Vitamin C products in the past but hadn't really found anything that ticked all the boxes until the new Murad Environmental Shield Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum* & Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector* landed on my desk. The latest additions to the Environmental Shield range, this duo is your one-stop-shop for a brighter, smoother complexion. Lockdown skin? We don't know her... 

So what's so special about this formula? Usually, Vitamin C products don't last very long as it's hard to keep the product fresh and efficiently stored but the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum* & Dark Circle Corrector* have been stabilized with Gold and come in an airtight delivery system to prevent the formula from oxidising and going off quicker. It also means more potency for a better result. Vitamin C is extremely important for helping to protect the skin against things like pollution, free radicals and other environmental stressors but also aids dark spot and scar reduction. As the name would suggest, the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum* also contains Glycolic Acid, something I've never seen before as mixing L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and AHAs can cause irritation but Murad have been able to create a gentle balance between the two - genius! I've been using this serum as my AM treatment pretty much daily for the past 2-3 weeks and I've noticed such a difference in the tone and texture of my skin. Most Vitamin C serums have a slightly gritty/siliconey texture but this is a very smooth lotion-serum that absorbs instantly into the skin. Using it once a day I don't notice any sensation on the skin but if you use it both AM & PM or when your skin is feeling more sensitive it might give you that classic tingling effect but it shouldn't be anything overbearing. I find this is a great option when I don't want/have time to use a separate acid toner as I'm still getting the exfoliation which not only helps to resurface and unbind the dead skin cells but also evens out the skin tone and reveals newer skin helping the Vitamin C penetrate better. A lot of Vitamin C products can be quite strong, especially for beginners but this one is super gentle making it a great option for all skin tones and types!

I was super excited to see there was an eye product in this duo as over the last few months I've noticed a few more fine lines pop up and I felt my under eyes were looking particularly dark - sleep who? The Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector* has a peachy tint and contains light-reflection micro-minerals which gives an immediate brightening effect. For me, my dark circles are more prominent as I'm quite fair and the skin around my eyes is very thin meaning any pigment is more noticeable. The serum is formulated to target multiple types of dark circles: Blue/purple: Low microcirculation and thin skin around the eyes increases the visibility of unoxygenated blood (which is blue). Brown: Sun damage, irritation and genetics can result in hyperpigmentation. Red: Triggered by inflammation, irritation and allergies. It also features Red & Brown Algae Extract to help depuff and soothe & Cucumber Extract to visibly smooth wrinkles. Again I tend to use this in the AM as I want all the luminosity I can get. The texture is a lightweight lotion/cream that feels lovely and smooth on the skin and layers well with other products. It also makes a lovely base for makeup and I find my concealer sits particularly well on top. Since using this I've noticed my dark circles are definitely less prominent and don't look so stark. Due to my sleep pattern and genetics, they'll never fully go away but now I can cheat looking perky and well-slept even though I'm exhausted and running on 3 coffees a day (whoops). 

Being Murad they're obviously on the pricier side but if you have the budget and are looking to invest in your skin I would highly recommend checking them out for instant glow and protection! 

Are you currently using Vitamin C in your routine?

Maiya
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This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.


  • Friday, June 19, 2020

Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum & Dark Circle Corrector

murad vita c glycolic brightening serum and dark circle corrector

Vitamin C has seriously blown up this year, becoming the new must-have ingredient to have in your skincare routine. I've dabbled with a few Vitamin C products in the past but hadn't really found anything that ticked all the boxes until the new Murad Environmental Shield Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum* & Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector* landed on my desk. The latest additions to the Environmental Shield range, this duo is your one-stop-shop for a brighter, smoother complexion. Lockdown skin? We don't know her... 

So what's so special about this formula? Usually, Vitamin C products don't last very long as it's hard to keep the product fresh and efficiently stored but the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum* & Dark Circle Corrector* have been stabilized with Gold and come in an airtight delivery system to prevent the formula from oxidising and going off quicker. It also means more potency for a better result. Vitamin C is extremely important for helping to protect the skin against things like pollution, free radicals and other environmental stressors but also aids dark spot and scar reduction. As the name would suggest, the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum* also contains Glycolic Acid, something I've never seen before as mixing L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and AHAs can cause irritation but Murad have been able to create a gentle balance between the two - genius! I've been using this serum as my AM treatment pretty much daily for the past 2-3 weeks and I've noticed such a difference in the tone and texture of my skin. Most Vitamin C serums have a slightly gritty/siliconey texture but this is a very smooth lotion-serum that absorbs instantly into the skin. Using it once a day I don't notice any sensation on the skin but if you use it both AM & PM or when your skin is feeling more sensitive it might give you that classic tingling effect but it shouldn't be anything overbearing. I find this is a great option when I don't want/have time to use a separate acid toner as I'm still getting the exfoliation which not only helps to resurface and unbind the dead skin cells but also evens out the skin tone and reveals newer skin helping the Vitamin C penetrate better. A lot of Vitamin C products can be quite strong, especially for beginners but this one is super gentle making it a great option for all skin tones and types!

I was super excited to see there was an eye product in this duo as over the last few months I've noticed a few more fine lines pop up and I felt my under eyes were looking particularly dark - sleep who? The Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector* has a peachy tint and contains light-reflection micro-minerals which gives an immediate brightening effect. For me, my dark circles are more prominent as I'm quite fair and the skin around my eyes is very thin meaning any pigment is more noticeable. The serum is formulated to target multiple types of dark circles: Blue/purple: Low microcirculation and thin skin around the eyes increases the visibility of unoxygenated blood (which is blue). Brown: Sun damage, irritation and genetics can result in hyperpigmentation. Red: Triggered by inflammation, irritation and allergies. It also features Red & Brown Algae Extract to help depuff and soothe & Cucumber Extract to visibly smooth wrinkles. Again I tend to use this in the AM as I want all the luminosity I can get. The texture is a lightweight lotion/cream that feels lovely and smooth on the skin and layers well with other products. It also makes a lovely base for makeup and I find my concealer sits particularly well on top. Since using this I've noticed my dark circles are definitely less prominent and don't look so stark. Due to my sleep pattern and genetics, they'll never fully go away but now I can cheat looking perky and well-slept even though I'm exhausted and running on 3 coffees a day (whoops). 

Being Murad they're obviously on the pricier side but if you have the budget and are looking to invest in your skin I would highly recommend checking them out for instant glow and protection! 

Are you currently using Vitamin C in your routine?

Maiya
x

This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.


by terry hyaluronic hydra foundation review

by terry hyaluronic foundation review
I've always been intrigued by By Terry and after receiving their Hyaluronic Hydra Primer & Powder* back in June 2019 I've been a fan ever since. Everything from the formulas to Terry's philosophy and the stunning packaging appeals to me and it's now one of my go-to brands. With the Hyaluronic range being such a success, By Terry have done what we were all thinking and released a new Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation* to complete the collection - genius! I don't usually lust after high-end foundations but this new launch is so luxurious you can't help but stop for a second glance.

The new Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation* is designed to infuse the skin with moisture whilst perfecting blemishes to create a truly flawless finish. A note on the packaging - I mean, you can't get more high-end than that can you? I enjoy a simple foundation tube as much as the next person but sometimes it's nice to switch things up and add a touch of luxury to your routine. I also love having a pipette dispenser as my coverage needs change all the time and the last thing I want is to waste my makeup! The foundation comes in 15 shades (I think there's always room to extend) but there's an option of three different undertones which is so important for finding the perfect match! I have the shades 100W (Fair/Warm) which is my current shade although I could probably switch to Fair/Neutral in the future and 200N (Natural/Neutral) which is going to be my Summer shade. 

Now onto the good stuff, the formula... Naturally, I had high expectations for this foundation, especially after my obsession with the primer and powder. The first thing I noticed was how fluid the consistency was, it's a much thinner base than I usually go for but I actually prefer this as I can slowly build up the coverage and get a more even finish. Paired with a Beauty Blender (my preferred way to apply foundation) this duo is a match made in makeup heaven! I like to layer a small amount of the Hyaluronic Hydra Primer* underneath for some extra hold and longevity. It's fab for anyone on the more normal/combination side of the spectrum but the Light Reflecting Pigments and Hyaluronic Acid make it a particular winner for those with dry/dehydrated skin. I have the latter so I find this to be perfect for smoothing out fine lines, blurring imperfections and giving my skin a radiant boost. There's just something about the formula that leaves your skin evened out and polished but in such a natural way. I also love the added SPF 30, which helps protect the skin against UV rays - this baby really has it all! When it comes to wear-time, I find this lasts a good 8-9 hours on me before my skin starts to show signs of dehydration and oil breakdown. For me personally, this isn't bad at all as I like my base to have a glow but if you prefer something heavy-duty and mattifying, this might not be the one for you. 

Obviously, at £49, this is a pricey foundation so I don't reach for it every day but I adore how it makes my skin look and the customisable coverage! It really is a beautiful product and I highly recommend checking it out along with the rest of the Hyaluronic Hydra range! 


Will you be trying the new By Terry Foundation?

Maiya 
x


This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.
  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation SPF 30 Review

by terry hyaluronic hydra foundation review

by terry hyaluronic foundation review
I've always been intrigued by By Terry and after receiving their Hyaluronic Hydra Primer & Powder* back in June 2019 I've been a fan ever since. Everything from the formulas to Terry's philosophy and the stunning packaging appeals to me and it's now one of my go-to brands. With the Hyaluronic range being such a success, By Terry have done what we were all thinking and released a new Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation* to complete the collection - genius! I don't usually lust after high-end foundations but this new launch is so luxurious you can't help but stop for a second glance.

The new Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation* is designed to infuse the skin with moisture whilst perfecting blemishes to create a truly flawless finish. A note on the packaging - I mean, you can't get more high-end than that can you? I enjoy a simple foundation tube as much as the next person but sometimes it's nice to switch things up and add a touch of luxury to your routine. I also love having a pipette dispenser as my coverage needs change all the time and the last thing I want is to waste my makeup! The foundation comes in 15 shades (I think there's always room to extend) but there's an option of three different undertones which is so important for finding the perfect match! I have the shades 100W (Fair/Warm) which is my current shade although I could probably switch to Fair/Neutral in the future and 200N (Natural/Neutral) which is going to be my Summer shade. 

Now onto the good stuff, the formula... Naturally, I had high expectations for this foundation, especially after my obsession with the primer and powder. The first thing I noticed was how fluid the consistency was, it's a much thinner base than I usually go for but I actually prefer this as I can slowly build up the coverage and get a more even finish. Paired with a Beauty Blender (my preferred way to apply foundation) this duo is a match made in makeup heaven! I like to layer a small amount of the Hyaluronic Hydra Primer* underneath for some extra hold and longevity. It's fab for anyone on the more normal/combination side of the spectrum but the Light Reflecting Pigments and Hyaluronic Acid make it a particular winner for those with dry/dehydrated skin. I have the latter so I find this to be perfect for smoothing out fine lines, blurring imperfections and giving my skin a radiant boost. There's just something about the formula that leaves your skin evened out and polished but in such a natural way. I also love the added SPF 30, which helps protect the skin against UV rays - this baby really has it all! When it comes to wear-time, I find this lasts a good 8-9 hours on me before my skin starts to show signs of dehydration and oil breakdown. For me personally, this isn't bad at all as I like my base to have a glow but if you prefer something heavy-duty and mattifying, this might not be the one for you. 

Obviously, at £49, this is a pricey foundation so I don't reach for it every day but I adore how it makes my skin look and the customisable coverage! It really is a beautiful product and I highly recommend checking it out along with the rest of the Hyaluronic Hydra range! 


Will you be trying the new By Terry Foundation?

Maiya 
x


This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.
femme luxe black and white tracksuit loungewear
If you know me you'll know I'm all about the cosy vibes. If everyone's wearing a dress on a night out I'll be there with a cute top and joggers (yes really), I just love being comfortable and what better way to spend lockdown than with some new and totally cute loungewear? Even though we're only at home I find wearing a matching set to be really confidence-boosting and helps me feel more productive and less likely to sit around eating last night's pizza (even though that's what I love to do). Femme Luxe Finery is a super cute online clothing store and they've recently released a whole collection of totally grammable and affordable loungewear - it's time go get excited! I've been kindly gifted a few items and I'm so excited to share the pieces I've chosen with you! 

It's no secret I have a monochromatic wardrobe. Personally, I just love to keep my colour scheme as neutral as possible so of course, the first set I opted for is black and white - shocker. Naturally, I gravitated towards the Black With White Stripe Lexi Loungewear Set* because it's a tracksuit and is perfect for both running to the shops or just chilling at home. It comes with a cropped hoodie and matching long-legged fitted joggers. Paired with trainers or fluffy slippers, this set is perfect when you still want to feel put together and ready for the day without being uncomfortable - does anyone even wear jeans anymore? The material is really soft and non-scratchy on the skin which I love as a lot of tracksuits can irritate my arms throughout the day. They have an amazing Black Loungewear Collection with a bunch of other styles including T-Shirt Dresses and Cycling Shorts which I've got my eye on! 

femme luxe grey ribbed crop loungewear set

I decided to go a bit girlier with the second set but I still wanted something neutral so I went for my other go-to colour, grey! If you want to be seriously comfy whilst chilling at home than I'd highly recommend something like the Grey Ribbed Drawstring Tie Up Front Elisa Co-Ord* which literally feels like you're wearing nothing (in the best way possible). I love how flattering the crop top is and paired with the legging style bottoms, they make a super versatile set that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I love ribbed clothing, it just adds something extra to the outfit and allows a bit of stretch to make items more comfortable which we love. It's also the softest material ever! If cropped tops aren't your thing, there are quite a few longer styles in the Ribbed Loungewear Collection that are just as pretty! 

femme luxe lilac crop wide leg co ord loungewear

Now, this final pick is probably going to really shock you. I, yes I the least experimental person ever when it comes to clothing, actually chose something with colour - I'll wait while you gather yourself. Something about the Lilac Bandeau Wide Leg Annalise Loungewear Set* jumped out to me and I just had to have it. It's unlike anything I've ever worn but I'm actually obsessed with the whole look! I thought this would be perfect on the weekends if you fancy sitting in the garden with a sleek ponytail and some oversized sunnies. The Bandeau Top has an elasticated strip so it fits really well on the chest and is super light on. The Wide Leg Bottoms are also elasticated at the waist so they fit just right on your hips, they also just skim the floor and I'm 5'7 so it's worth noting if you usually shop Petite/Tall! This gives me serious Daphne vibes and to be honest, I'm here for it!

All of the loungewear is currently on offer with most pieces being over 50% off so if you've been thinking about ordering some new comfies be sure you check out the full Femme Luxe Loungewear Collection.


Have you tried any loungewear from Femme Luxe Finery?

Maiya
x

This post may contain affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.
  • Monday, April 27, 2020

Lounging Cute With Femme Luxe Finery

femme luxe black and white tracksuit loungewear
If you know me you'll know I'm all about the cosy vibes. If everyone's wearing a dress on a night out I'll be there with a cute top and joggers (yes really), I just love being comfortable and what better way to spend lockdown than with some new and totally cute loungewear? Even though we're only at home I find wearing a matching set to be really confidence-boosting and helps me feel more productive and less likely to sit around eating last night's pizza (even though that's what I love to do). Femme Luxe Finery is a super cute online clothing store and they've recently released a whole collection of totally grammable and affordable loungewear - it's time go get excited! I've been kindly gifted a few items and I'm so excited to share the pieces I've chosen with you! 

It's no secret I have a monochromatic wardrobe. Personally, I just love to keep my colour scheme as neutral as possible so of course, the first set I opted for is black and white - shocker. Naturally, I gravitated towards the Black With White Stripe Lexi Loungewear Set* because it's a tracksuit and is perfect for both running to the shops or just chilling at home. It comes with a cropped hoodie and matching long-legged fitted joggers. Paired with trainers or fluffy slippers, this set is perfect when you still want to feel put together and ready for the day without being uncomfortable - does anyone even wear jeans anymore? The material is really soft and non-scratchy on the skin which I love as a lot of tracksuits can irritate my arms throughout the day. They have an amazing Black Loungewear Collection with a bunch of other styles including T-Shirt Dresses and Cycling Shorts which I've got my eye on! 

femme luxe grey ribbed crop loungewear set

I decided to go a bit girlier with the second set but I still wanted something neutral so I went for my other go-to colour, grey! If you want to be seriously comfy whilst chilling at home than I'd highly recommend something like the Grey Ribbed Drawstring Tie Up Front Elisa Co-Ord* which literally feels like you're wearing nothing (in the best way possible). I love how flattering the crop top is and paired with the legging style bottoms, they make a super versatile set that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I love ribbed clothing, it just adds something extra to the outfit and allows a bit of stretch to make items more comfortable which we love. It's also the softest material ever! If cropped tops aren't your thing, there are quite a few longer styles in the Ribbed Loungewear Collection that are just as pretty! 

femme luxe lilac crop wide leg co ord loungewear

Now, this final pick is probably going to really shock you. I, yes I the least experimental person ever when it comes to clothing, actually chose something with colour - I'll wait while you gather yourself. Something about the Lilac Bandeau Wide Leg Annalise Loungewear Set* jumped out to me and I just had to have it. It's unlike anything I've ever worn but I'm actually obsessed with the whole look! I thought this would be perfect on the weekends if you fancy sitting in the garden with a sleek ponytail and some oversized sunnies. The Bandeau Top has an elasticated strip so it fits really well on the chest and is super light on. The Wide Leg Bottoms are also elasticated at the waist so they fit just right on your hips, they also just skim the floor and I'm 5'7 so it's worth noting if you usually shop Petite/Tall! This gives me serious Daphne vibes and to be honest, I'm here for it!

All of the loungewear is currently on offer with most pieces being over 50% off so if you've been thinking about ordering some new comfies be sure you check out the full Femme Luxe Loungewear Collection.


Have you tried any loungewear from Femme Luxe Finery?

Maiya
x

This post may contain affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.
new dermalogica biolumin-c eye serum review
It's so important to start looking after your skin from an early age and now I'm in my twenties, I'm starting to notice more fine lines and darkness around my eyes that I want to treat sooner rather than later. Dermalogica is one of my go-to brands for effective, fuss-free skincare and when I heard a few months ago that they were launching an eye product with Vitamin C I was all ears. Being part of their Skinfluencer programme I was lucky enough to be sent their new Biolumin-C Eye Serum* and boy has it impressed! 

This new release is an extension of their best selling Biolumin-C Serum which is loaded with Ultra-Stable Vitamin C to provide antioxidant protection and help correct free radical damage, fine lines and uneven skin tone. It's such an amazing product - I really need to order a full-size! However, the skin around the eyes is much thinner compared to the rest of the face and is constantly being hit with pollution and environmental stressors which is why having a dedicated Vitamin C eye treatment is such a good idea! 

I’m super fussy when it comes to eye creams and usually I tend to avoid anything too rich as it can disrupt my makeup and leave my annoyingly puffy eyes even puffier but the fact this is a light serum is a game-changer. The texture is very thin and almost watery which I love as it makes it super easy to slot into any routine and doesn't break down my concealer. The supercharged Vitamin C helps to brighten and combat the visible signs of premature ageing while Peptides improve skin texture and elasticity & Papain (papaya enzyme) gently exfoliates. I always apply eye products after toning and before my serum to allow them to absorb better. At first, I was just using this in the mornings but it’s now become a staple in my evening routine as well. The day after I started using it I noticed a big difference in how bright my eye area looked and also how much smoother my fine lines were. I really struggle with dark circles (I blame it on being a night owl... and my mom) but along with drinking lots of water and getting more sleep, using this consistently has seriously reduced them! It also keeps my under-eyes looking firmer throughout the day which isn't easy to do as my skin is quite dehydrated and can look very crepey if I don’t use the right product. I’m seriously obsessed with this eye serum and I think anyone who’s worried about first signs of ageing or feels they're looking a bit dull and lifeless around the eyes should definitely check this out!


Will you be opting for a Vitamin C eye product from now on?

Maiya
x

This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020

New In Skincare | Dermalogica Biolumin-C Eye Serum

new dermalogica biolumin-c eye serum review
It's so important to start looking after your skin from an early age and now I'm in my twenties, I'm starting to notice more fine lines and darkness around my eyes that I want to treat sooner rather than later. Dermalogica is one of my go-to brands for effective, fuss-free skincare and when I heard a few months ago that they were launching an eye product with Vitamin C I was all ears. Being part of their Skinfluencer programme I was lucky enough to be sent their new Biolumin-C Eye Serum* and boy has it impressed! 

This new release is an extension of their best selling Biolumin-C Serum which is loaded with Ultra-Stable Vitamin C to provide antioxidant protection and help correct free radical damage, fine lines and uneven skin tone. It's such an amazing product - I really need to order a full-size! However, the skin around the eyes is much thinner compared to the rest of the face and is constantly being hit with pollution and environmental stressors which is why having a dedicated Vitamin C eye treatment is such a good idea! 

I’m super fussy when it comes to eye creams and usually I tend to avoid anything too rich as it can disrupt my makeup and leave my annoyingly puffy eyes even puffier but the fact this is a light serum is a game-changer. The texture is very thin and almost watery which I love as it makes it super easy to slot into any routine and doesn't break down my concealer. The supercharged Vitamin C helps to brighten and combat the visible signs of premature ageing while Peptides improve skin texture and elasticity & Papain (papaya enzyme) gently exfoliates. I always apply eye products after toning and before my serum to allow them to absorb better. At first, I was just using this in the mornings but it’s now become a staple in my evening routine as well. The day after I started using it I noticed a big difference in how bright my eye area looked and also how much smoother my fine lines were. I really struggle with dark circles (I blame it on being a night owl... and my mom) but along with drinking lots of water and getting more sleep, using this consistently has seriously reduced them! It also keeps my under-eyes looking firmer throughout the day which isn't easy to do as my skin is quite dehydrated and can look very crepey if I don’t use the right product. I’m seriously obsessed with this eye serum and I think anyone who’s worried about first signs of ageing or feels they're looking a bit dull and lifeless around the eyes should definitely check this out!


Will you be opting for a Vitamin C eye product from now on?

Maiya
x

This post contains affiliate links. Products marked with * have been gifted. Read my full disclaimer here.


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