Yaoh Skincare

Yaoh are an independant vegan company based in Bristol, UK who are one of the original hemp beauty companies. They were the first cruelty free and natural beauty brand that I ever used, around ten years ago. Since then they have extended their range which includes bath products, skincare, suncare, lipcare and even organic food!

Deep Forest Moisturiser £6.99, 56g

Containing multiple essential oils this is an incredibly effective moisturiser. It has the thick consistency of a luxury night cream but sinks in fairly quickly. This would be the perfect base for foundation if you have very dry skin and primers don’t work for you. My skin has become a lot drier since turning 30 (on the exact day, I swear) but Deep Forest Moisturiser replaces everything I’m naturally lacking for healthy, younger looking skin. For combination skin I’ve found applying an essential oil based moisturiser like this (sparingly), after cleansing, can re-balance it over a week or two.

Tropical Fruits Body Butter £11.99, 200g

I find this to be more of a cream, rather than a butter or balm but it still hydrates really well and feels lovely; a little like comfort-food for the skin. I love that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling really tacking and so I’m able to put on leggings and/skinny jeans within a few minutes of application; something that’s often impossible after using a lot of other body butters. One thing which does disappoint me is the ‘tropical fruits’ scent. I was expecting it to smell like a giant holiday cocktail but it just doesn’t. I am glad that it doesn’t contain any synthetic perfumes though so…

50% off all body butters throughout October 2018 Use code BUTT50

Lip Balms £2.95, 4g

Made with Candelila Wax, Olive Oil, Vitamin E and Comfrey, these lip balms are work really hard to rescue dry damaged lips and also act as a barrier against harsh weather. They have a nice scent but don’t taste of much, which I like because otherwise I’d lick it all off!

50% off selected lip balms Oct-Dec 2018 Use code LIPS50

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Look out for my upcoming review of Yaoh Shampoo and Conditioner!

Chrissie

Arbonne, Calm Range Review

I’ve only recently discovered Arbonne, traditionally a skincare company developed in Switzerland in 1975 and I’m impressed with the purity of their products and the ethically sourced botanicals they contain. Their products – now ranging from skincare and makeup to nutrition – are vegetarian, free from animal products or by-products, artificial flavours, artificial sweeteners, benzene, formaldehyde donating preservatives, mineral oil, parabens, petrolatum, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfates (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), synthetic dyes and talc and gluten.

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I have mild heyfever so my skin gets irritated easily in spring and summer, so I need lighter, gentler products making the Calm range perfect for me.

Soothing Facial Serum

• Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes and moisturises
• Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) helps soothe skin
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) softens and soothes skin
• Mallow (Malva sylvestris), rich in vitamins, softens and soothes
• Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) contains antioxidant properties
• Sea mayweed (Matricaria maritima) calms skin
• Japanese green tea (Camellia oleifera) helps soothe skin

It’s been so humid lately I’ve not needed to use any moisturiser (my skin sucks up the moisture out of the air so well) but my skin did need soothing and balancing, which is exactly what this serum achieved and without any oil slicks around my T-zone in the evening. I’m going to carry on using my usual serum for Autumn and Winter as it contains vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid and retinol (which I know some people can be sensitive to so it’s understandable this wouldn’t be a suitable ingredient for the Arbonne Calm range).

Gentle Daily Cleanser

• Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes and moisturises
• Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) helps soothe skin
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) softens and soothes skin
• Mallow (Malva sylvestris), rich in vitamins, softens and soothes
• Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) contains antioxidant properties
• Sea mayweed (Matricaria maritima) calms skin
• Japanese green tea (Camellia oleifera) helps soothe skin

I think I’ve worn makeup twice this whole summer but when I did, it was a full face. This gentle cleanser removed all of my makeup (although I wasn’t wearing water proof mascara) and left my skin feeling clean, refreshed and nourished.

Soothing Eye Gel

• Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) soothes and moisturises
• Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) helps soothe skin
• Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) softens and soothes skin
• Mallow (Malva sylvestris) rich in vitamins, softens and soothes
• Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis) contains antioxidant properties
• Sea mayweed (Matricaria maritima) calms skin
• Japanese green tea (Camellia oleifera) helps soothe skin

I have to confess that I’ve been upping my salt and water intake to help me cool down in the heat and my gosh has it made a difference to my giant puffy eye bags! After using this gel (which I keep in the fridge and apply by gentle taping with my ring finger) my bags weren’t visible AT ALL. Can’t get any better than that!

Gentle Daily Moisturiser

After some gentle exfoliating with a fruit peel my face needed some moisturiser but I was dreading the feel of it on my skin and wondering if it would be too heavy. My skin absorbed this moisturiser immediately and any redness from exfoliating had subsided within five minutes. I also used some on my hands which were rather dry as it was to hand (please excuse the pun) and it worked really well. I would recommend this as a basic moisturiser to everyone, no matter what their skin type.

Overall Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

 

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Ooh Arr Face Masks

Yes this brand is literally pronounced “Oooh – arrgh” which I like a lot. I was thinking that they had gone all Warhol with the packaging and used interpretive colours…I was wrong, the masks are really that bright!

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I found it strange at first to apply a face pack to damp skin and I thought I’d end up with sludgy mud but after applying nearly the whole pack and waiting a little while it dried to a mask. These are one of the few face masks I’ve used that haven’t made my face feel uncomfortably tight as they dried.

Dead Sea Cooler Deep Cleansing Face Mask 

Active Ingredients:

‘Clay – helps to detoxify skin and draw out impurities. Glycerin – has great moisturising and hydrating properties. Witch Hazel extract – a great anti-inflammatory and astringent to help tighten skin. Sweet Almond – rich in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Full of monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids – to help condition skin and promote a youthful, healthy complexion. Bamboo powder – rich in minerals and acts as a gentle exfoliant in this refreshing face mask. Argan Oil – intensely moisturising, a great antioxidant and contains Vitamin A and E which can help protect skin. Tea Tree Oil – a natural anti-septic, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory – making it an excellent natural treatment for acne. Peppermint Oil – cools and soothes the skin, helping achieve a bright, clear complexion. Dead Sea Salts – help to detoxify, soften and moisturise skin.’

Looking like a villain from Batman

Looking like a villain from Batman

I used this on a day when my complexion was starting to break out slightly due to too much dairy and needed a really deep calming cleanse. When Ooh-arr say this is cooling they really do mean it. It was the kind of cooling that’s so tingly it feels almost hot like those extra strong mints! After rinsing off I found my skin to be calm and moisturised. What amazed me was that my face was remotely red, which I expected it to be after all of the tingling and rinsing. The next day my breakout was reduced by around 50%.

Star Glow Skin Polisher Face Mask

Active Ingredients:

‘Clay – helps to detoxify the skin and draw out impurities.
Glycerin – has great moisturising and hydrating properties. Sweet Almond – rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Full of monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids – to help condition skin and promote a youthful, health complexion.
Shea Butter – a classic moisturiser. Reduces inflammation and helps soften and smooth skin. Argan Oil – intensely moisturising and a great antioxidant. Contacts vitamin A and E to help protect skin. Jojoba – helps to balance skin’s natural sebum production, reducing the appearance of breakouts. Coconut oil – very beneficial moisturiser. Softens skin and reduces signs of ageing. Vitamin E helps skin to regenerate. Honey – packed full of antioxidants to slow down ageing. Antibacterial properties help treat spots and blemishes. Aloe Vera – soothes and moisturises skin, helping prevent acne breakouts. Vanilla Extract – a great source of B vitamins to promote healthy skin.
Sunflower Oil – high in vitamin E. Helps lock in moisture and keep skin feeling soft.’

After letting the mask set for 15 minutes I slowly rinsed it off with warm water in gentle circular motion to exfoliate my face – especially my T-zone. Even though the particles were very fine they were incredibly effective and my complexion felt smooth and incredibly moisturised, again without any irritation or redness.

Rosie Glow Deep Cleansing Face Mask

Active Ingredients:

‘Natural Clay – helps to detoxify and draw out impurities within the skin. Montmorillonite – acts as a toner for the skin, helping to tighten pores and revitalise your complexion. Glycerin – has great moisturising and hydrating properties. Bentonite Clay – draws out impurities, helping unclog pores and absorb excess oil, clearing congested skin and can help to tighten fine lines and wrinkles. Sweet Almond – rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Full of monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids – to help condition skin and promote a youthful, healthy complexion. Shea Butter – moisturises, reduces inflammation and helps skin to appear smoother and softer. Argan Oil – intensely moisturising, a great antioxidant and contains vitamin A and E, which can help protect skin. Geranium essential oil – helps balance the oil production of skin and helps keep it supple. Marula Oil – contains antioxidants which help protect skin from environmental damage. Sunflower Oil – high in vitamin E to help lock in moisture and keep skin feeling soft. Palmarosa Essential oil – great rejuvenating and regenerating properties – promote healthy cell growth and help repair damaged skin caused by ageing. Rose Essential Oil – can moisturise and hydrate skin and help with inflammation as well as redness. Rosehip Oil – high in vitamin C and has great rejuvenating and regenerating properties.’

I used this mask on my cheeks 3 times in 18 days and it gave my complexion a real boost. My skin felt incredibly soft and looked rather radiant, which is saying a lot in March with all of the wind and rain and lack of sunshine.

Over all rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie