Zelens – Z-22 Face Oil
This is a product I never thought I’d like in a million years, as a combo skin.
I received this in the Spring Kit by Caroline Hirons. I managed to get both kits because I liked a few products from each, but this was never really something I was excited for.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard amazing things from the brand, but being a high price point, never something I’d indulged myself in.
So the first thing you notice about this stuff is the smell, it’s s t u n n i n g! It literally smells just like a day at the spa, lush. The INCI is full to the brim with various seed oils, giving off a very pungent aroma, which I understand many people don’t want that on their face, but I feel completely pampered by it.
There’s different ways you can use an oil in your routine. I do mine of a night, when it really has time to sink in, as my very last step after moisturiser. But I do know of people preferring before moisturiser, or instead of a moisturiser completely! But it’s completely down to you and your skin type. Oils are also great for massage, with the greasy slip it gives to glide and sink in areas of your face without any tugging or irritation, lovely. You could mix it in with your moisturiser, or hand cream to give that extra supple feeling.
I made the huge mistake of going in with more than 2 pumps with this for the first time, never again. Just one pump, one swipe, and pat onto my face works best for me. Though your face size and type will determine this.
Although you can use facial oils with most skin types, this would be perfect for dry, maturer skin as it gives the extra hydration and richness the skin needs.
Now, how gorgeous is the packaging? Frosted glass, looks really expensive (well…it is). But be careful, I have seen far too many smashed bottles of this thing than I’d like to. I mean, you have super greasy hands once you’ve put this on, just don’t touch it until they’re dry yeah? Oh and DON’T lift it by the lid, that thing just decapitates from it’s body and bye bye 70 quid.
I don’t use this every night, as I do have quite an active oil production. It’s something I use for them nights I just want that little bit extra, a treat you know?
I’m excited I’ve tried Zelens and hopefully will try more products from the brand too!
Company website: https://www.zelens.com/
Full INCI list: Perilla Ocymoides Seed OIl, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Germ/Bran Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Squalane, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isopropyl Myristate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Peel Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol, Citrus Limon Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Leaf Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Peel Oil Distilled, Cymbopogon Citratus Leaf Oil, Elettaria Cardomomum Seed Oil, Lavandula Augustifolia Herb Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil, Pinus Pinaster Twig Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Leaf Oil, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Peel Oil Expressed, Citrus Aurantium Amara Flower Extract, Jasminum Officinale Flower Oil, Cistus Ladaniferus Leaf Oil, Ocimum Basilicum Herb Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol.
REN – Evercalm Day Cream
I tried, I really tried with this product. But the smell, I just can’t.
I’m not disregarding how this feels on the skin, because it’s lovely, really softening and great for sensitive skin, but it smells like burning plastic, I think it’s horrid.
But then this is their best selling moisturiser, and I have seen with my own eyes people rave about what this has done for their skin. I think I’ll recycle this as a hand cream.
I also received this from Caroline’s kit. She loves this brand, as many do, and I haven’t tried anything else from them, this has scared me off a little bit if I’m honest, maybe I just have a sensitive snout.
They seem to be a really environmentally friendly brand and are part of the ‘green’ skincare lines, which I know people will like.
Full INCI list: Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Myristyl Myristate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triheptanoin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Myristyl Laurate, Oryzanol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Tocopherol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora Linalloliferum (Ho Wood) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Pueraria Lobata (Kudzu) Symbiosome Extract, Laminaria Ochroleuca Extract, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glucose, Parfum* (Fragrance), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool * 100% Natural Fragrance – Parfum 100% Naturel
NIOD – Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex
Now hyaluronic acids have caused a bit of a conversation in recent months. Mainly due to some people believing it doesn’t do much, or people use it wrong, or people absolutely swear by the stuff. Me? I’m partial.
I also got this in the Spring Kits. Again, something brand new I’d never dabbled in before, heard great things, know it’s a hydrating ingredient, sounds great! And it is, but it doesn’t blow me away.
So hyaluronic acid actually naturally occurs in the body, just like other skincare ingredients such as lipids or collagen. And it’s job is to attract moisture and also latch onto that moisture as well (holds a thousand times it’s own weight in water). It’s said that it also attracts moisture from the surrounding atmosphere, but I read recently it’s not as much as brands probably make out.
It’s an ingredient many get wrong. If applied to dry skin, it could draw out too much moisture, eventually causing irritation and compramising the skins barrier, so damp skin is always desirable for HA application.
Also over use of an ingredient like this can do more harm than good. Many think wow, I’ll use this every morning and night and my skin will be the most hydrated ever! And I’m sure this has worked for some, but overall, it’s too much activity for the skin to handle.
Incorperate a small amount in your AM routine and you should be good.
As for this specific HA, it’s fine. It leaves a nice, tacky, hydrated feel to this skin and doesn’t cause other ingredients to pill either. I like it.
Company website: https://niod.deciem.com/home
Full INCI list: Butyroyl Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Salvia Sclarea Extract, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Sodium Lactate, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Algae Extract, Sodium Salicylate, Lecithin, Polyglucuronic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sclerotium Gum, Pullulan, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Citric Acid, Magnesium Chloride, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Propyl Gallate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
Hada Labo – Super Hyaluronic Acid
Hada Labo is a brand I’ve heard so so much about this year, and it’s almost always about this prodcut.
Hada Labo is the biggest skincare brand in Japan, and has recently moved over to the EU (last year). They base their whole range around the ingredient HA, their own trademarked HA mixture to be precise. They also have retinol products which are also extremely popluar.
This is thinner than the last HA product, and I like it for that reason. It’s like water but doesn’t have you catching it running off your hands. It’s very quickly absorbed into the skin and has that nice glowing aftermath. The bottle is huge, and really nicely designed, which I love.
I do know of people ordering the Japanese versions online and getting them shipped here, as the ingredients differ due to regulations, and I’ve heard it’s far better, might have to try it out, what do you think?
Overall, if you love having a HA in your routine, this is a lovely choice.
Company’s website: http://www.hadalabotokyo.com/
Full INCI list: Aqua, Butylene Glycol,Pentylene Glycol,Glycerin,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronate Acid, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose,PPG-10 Methyl Glucose Ether
Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid
Sodium Citrate,lodopropynyl butylcarbamate,Phenoxyethanol
Simple – Protecting Light Moisturiser
Simple is what it says on the tin isn’t it? Simple.
Doesn’t blow my socks off but isn’t a god awful.
The skin has to stay hydrated at the end of the day, and this does that.
SPF in moisturisers I’ve found aren’t my thing. A teaspoon of SPF for the face and neck is said to be the right amount, when it’s in moisturiser from, it isn’t likely you’re going to apply that much. Also, SPF 15? Cmon, have you seen my translucent skin? 30 is the lowest I’ll go!
The texture is nice, does absorb nicely and no frangrance.
This will work for some, but I haven’t picked it up in a very long while.
Company’s website: https://www.simple.co.uk/
Full INCI list: Aqua, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Cetyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Panthenol, Pantolactone, Pentylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Carbonate, Potassium Hydroxide, Serine, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea.
Hada Labo – Skin Plumping Gel
I fell in love with this product instantly!
I touched on Hada Labo earlier, and just like the hyaluronic acid, I bought this purely on word of mouth, and I’m so glad I did.
You apply this stuff and it makes your skin shine like glass, it’s bloody gorgeous. It takes a bit longer to sink in than some of my others, so that’s why I use this for my night time moisturiser, it’s fragrance free as well.
Haven’t had it for long and I’m almost out!
I love the packaging, but the silver lid has a tendency to get finger print marks on it, so anyone with OCD traits might get bugged out.
Company’s website: www.hadalabotokyo.com
Full INCI list: Aqua,Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butylene Glycol,Glycerin,Pentylen, Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin,Squalane,Triethylhexanoin,Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer,Dimethicone,Triethyl Citrate,Arginine,Glucosyl Ceramide,Alpha-Glucan,Hydrolyzed Collagen, Camellia Sinensis Leaf extract, Sodium Hyaluronate,Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium acetylated hyaluronate,Agar,Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Disodium EDTA,Phenoxyethanol Chlorphenesin,Decylene Glycol
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