Thursday, 5 March 2015

fresh Sugar Face Polish

What is it?
'A nourishing exfoliant made with pure brown sugar and strawberry seeds that refines and hydrates for a more radiant complexion.'
aka A face scrub. Albeit a lovely one.

What’s in it?
Sucrose, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit, Propylene Carbonate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candellila) Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Limonene, Fragrance (Parfum), Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Domestica Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Water (Aqua), Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Citral, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Bht.

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

What's not in it?
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Dyes
- Petrochemicals
- Phthalates
- GMOs
- Triclosan

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No/Yes - openly on their website (I was surprised by this to be honest, a lot of brands try to hide China retail!)

Who is it for?
Suitable for all skin types - but obviously you won't be scrubbing this all over your face if you have sensitivity/rosacea.

How do you use it?
'Apply to cleansed, moist skin and massage in avoiding the eye area. Leave 5-10 minutes and rinse off.'

Pre or post cleanse?

What's good/not so good about it?
I am often asked for alternatives to acids, they are not for everyone - for a variety of reasons. You may also have the type of skin that appreciates something a little stronger on occasion - I tend to use this maybe once a month/every 6 weeks but you can obviously use it more frequently. On the other hand, some people simply prefer a scrub. This is one of the more gentle ones. It doesn't tear a strip off your face, contains no plastic beads and uses sugar as its 'scrub' base. Upon massaging the sugar quickly dissolves and it becomes more emollient and slightly oily - in a good way.
When I'm writing these reviews I always investigate the product a little further to give as much info as possible. I was surprised that this contained fragrance - I'm assuming it's synthetic as fresh don't list it in its 'does not contain' section and anything labelled 'fragrance (parfum)' is usually synthetic. It doesn't cause me any problems personally, but for a brand that is so open about the things it leaves out, why would you then put fragrance in?
Having said all of that, this is a very good exfoliating scrub.
The only downside of the product is removing bits of sugar from your hairline if you scrub too close to it, but that's manageable. :)
The downside for UK dwellers is once again, the lack of distribution. I promise I'm not doing it on purpose!

fresh Sugar Face Polish is available from Sephora, Amazon and their own website in the US (and China!)

Similar products?
Exfolikate - Kate Somerville
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish (much more affordable)
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
All the 'buffing' and 'enzyme' powders out there - of which there are plenty

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Dr Sam Bunting on topical retinoids

The Doc is back.

This is a very short one and ends quite suddenly - newsflash - I'm not Martin Scorsese. :)

ANYROAD: we are definitely filming again and will be collating as many questions as we can and YES I am going to interrogate Sam on her own beauty and makeup routine.

I will also remove the bottle of handwash from behind Dr Sam's head. I laugh every time I see it. At least it shows we were so engrossed in content that we didn't even notice it!

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

It would be easy to say that I couldn't love this cleanser any more if it sang for Duran Duran or the Chili Peppers but let's play fair and give it the whole review as usual... :)

What is it?
'A powerful, invigorating detoxifying cleanser for oily or problematic skin.'

What's in it?
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Capric/Caprylic/Triglycerides, Water (Aqua), Glycerine, Propanediol, Glyceryl undecylenate, Aroma**, Sucrose Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Oryza sativa (Rice) Extract*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lactobacillus/Punica granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Papain, Curcuma Zedoaria Root Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sucrose Palmitate, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil, Salix alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Eugenia Caryophyllus Flower Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Abies PectinateLeaf Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extracts, Kaolin, Bioflavanoids, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate, Montmorillonite, Mica, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Extract, Superoxide Dismutase, Soybean Peroxidase, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene *Ingredients from Organic farming **Clinical grade essential oils blend 

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Essential oils

What's not in it?
'Synthetics, artificial fragrances, fillers, GMO, gluten, parabens etc
The TH brand claims to be 100% natural

Tested on animals/sold in China?
No. Carries the Leaping Bunny logo.

Who is it for?
'Oily or problematic skin.' If ever there was proof positive that you can always read beyond the label - whilst this would undoubtedly be a brilliant cleanser for oily/problematic skins, it is also a fabulous product to use first thing in the morning or second cleanse in the evening for all skin types except maybe the extremely sensitive - in which case I would still suggest trying to patch test it/get a sample.
As the UK moves into Spring/Summer I imagine I will use this even more.
If you have acne/combo skin it's a no-brainer. As with all things though - testing/sampling is advisable to any compromised skin.

How do you use it?
Apply to dry skin - massage in, remove with flannel.

First or second/only cleanse?
As above - this is not a makeup remover for me. It would be no good for the eye area. Second cleanse or morning cleanse - if you are a gym-goer, either early moring or after work, you'll love the feel and effect of this.

What's good/not so good about it?
This is a soap-free cleanser that has good, proven clays such as kaolin and montmorillonite along with magnesium aluminum silicate (white clay) alongside fruit enzymes and sugars. Put altogether the mix is a glorious sensation on the skin. 
I love this cleanser. Being completely honest, if you follow me on Instagram you'll see from my daily posts that I literally use something from the Tata Harper range every single day. It's by far my favourite range of the moment. Kate Somerville needs to hurry back to the UK, I'm already sleeping with the enemy. :) 
If I had to stick with one range of cleansers for life, it would be any from the Tata Harper range. They are seriously that good.
The only problem with this range at the moment is the lack of distribution. Some retailers need to wake the hell up.

Similar products (similar, not the same)?
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
REN ClearCalm Clay Cleanser
Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser is £45 for 125ml and I can only find it on Net-A-Porter in the UK.
In the US it's $58.00 and more widely available - predominantly through their own website:

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Beauty Myths No.12 - You have to use everything from the same brand

Ever since I started putting pictures of my daily routine on Instagram I have been asked these two questions: 'Do you use different products every DAY?' and 'Don't you have to use everything from one brand in order for them to really work?'

The answers are 'Yes'. And then 'No'.

Yes, I use different skincare every day. In the same way that I wear different clothes and eat different food. And I always have. Even when wildly restricted by budget, I would have at least two moisturisers and 2/3 cleansers on rotation. Your skin is different every day. So should your products be.

No, you don't have to use everything from the same brand. The only thing to be concerned about are clashing vitamin A products that you get on prescription, but in that case, your doctor would have advised you separately about what to use/not use when issuing the prescription. 

Over the counter products very rarely 'clash' because the %'s of active ingredients are low - they won't build up/interfere with each other.

What IS important is the order you use items and the formulas themselves. Your serum from XYZ won't know that your moisturiser is from ABC and stop working in protest. That's not how it works, no matter what sales hype you are given from the brands at counter. 

My products, as a rule, tend to have peptides, hyaluronic acid and vitamin a (at night) in them. Varying strengths, varying formulas, similar ingredients. There are thousands of products out there. Embrace them (again, obviously within your budget).

The next time someone tells you that you simply have to use their moisturiser on top of their serum, don't buy either of them. 

Or you could hold up this picture of Danny Devito below and say 'I DON'T THINK SO MATEY.'

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