Molton Brown Anti-Fatigue Bai Ji Eye Gel

Since we’re in the run-up to Father’s Day, I thought I would start sharing some gift ideas, so present buying is a little easier. I don’t know about you, but I usually get completely stumped when it comes to buying gifts for guys, but fear not! I come bearing gift ideas aplenty, and I’m starting off with a good ‘un!

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Molton Brown have just released a line of mens’ skincare, and one of my favourite products is the Anti-Fatigue Bai Ji Eye Gel. It’s a roller ball applicator which deposits a light gel which moisturises and calms your skin while algae extract helps reduce the appearance of puffy, dark circles. I’ve been popping this in the fridge, and using it every morning before I apply my makeup.

The cold roller ball feels ah-mazing, and it works like an absolute charm to de-puff if I’ve had a late night. Honestly, this is one of those products which you can then gift then surreptitiously use – it’s a win win!

Molton Brown Anti-Fatigue Bai Ji Eye Gel is priced at £22.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye

I really can’t believe we’re in June already – 2015 seems to be absolutely racing by, and I cannot believe it’s almost half the year gone already! June is also my birthday month, and as my mother keeps kindly reminding me, I’m one year closer to 30 (eek)! So, in attempt to at least look younger than my 25 years, I’ve been turning to Philosophy’s fabulous Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye Cream.

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I’ve not really dabbled in Philosophy face creams before – I’m usually too distracted by their bubble baths to notice, but I’ve been seriously impressed with this chic little white jar.

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Promising to refresh and revive the eye area, I’ve been turning to Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye every evening before bed. To use, I simply tap a little of the formula around my orbital bones using my ring fingers. If I’m suffering from hot or tired eyes, I also use my rose quartz butterfly to help the cream sink in.

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I’m kind of obsessed with the texture of Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye. It has a light yet almost balmy feel which is perfect for all night hydration, and when I apply the cream, there isn’t a hint of irritation for my sensitive skin. Instead, my delicate under-eye area feels calm and soothed, and when I wake up, puffiness is reduced which means I’m reaching for my concealer less than before, and that’s always a good thing!

Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar Eye is priced at £29.50 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Realine Beauty

So it will come to a surprise to exactly no one, that I love trying out new beauty products, and I can safely say that I’ve never stumbled across anything which even remotely resembles Realine Beauty’s Frown Line Patches.

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On the photo above, you can just about see the outline of the sticker, which, when peeled, resembles ‘invisible’ Sellotape. The difference is, however, that Realine’s frown patches are completely hypoallergenic and the shape is designed to train muscles out of frowning. Every evening, after I’ve cleansed, I’ve been popping a sheet on my forehead, and then smoothing it to make sure it’s properly in place.

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The special shape of the patches really focuses on the ’11’ lines some people get between the eyebrows, and even though it sounds crazy, the patches really do help muscles relax away from frowning. I’ve noticed that when I’m working away in front of a computer I tend to frown as I’m thinking, and since I’m trying to avoid botox for as long as possible, I’m finding Realine’s patches a fabulous alternative. The patches are incredibly easy to use, and they don’t look too funny once I smooth them on at night. When it comes to removing them in the morning, they peel off incredibly easily leaving no stickiness or irritation, even on my sensitive skin! I also don’t think that it’s a coincidence that my tension headaches have also been reduced!

A box of 30 Realine Patches (a month’s supply) is priced at £28 and is available here.

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As much as I adore makeup (and I really, truly do) over the past couple of years, I’ve realised just how important skincare actually is. After all, you can’t out-lipgloss bad skin! So, as I’ve learnt more about what works for my skin, I’ve discovered some really amazing skincare brands. One of these is Själ . I’ve featured some of their products on here before, as I just adore the way the brand mixes ideas from Ancient Eastern Medicine with cutting edge science. So, you can only imagine how excited I was when I got to interview the brand’s terribly glamorous founder Kristin Petrovich!

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LL: What prompted you to create your own skincare line? What were your aims for Själ when you founded it?

KP: My mother and I were looking to create something extremely simple and effective for today’s consumer; multi-tasking products that would produce results and that would not plateau on the skin but rather to become a staple or ‘go to’ product in ones bathroom cabinet. It was our goal to create a well-edited, straightforward line using the highest quality ingredients free of harsh chemicals and fillers that visibly restore, nourish and reversed signs of aging while working to detoxify, balance energies and protect the skin from the damaging effects of the environment, stress, fatigue and travel.

LL: What attracted to you the idea of fusing Ancient Eastern medicine with modern technology? What do you think can be gained with combining the two?

KP: We always practiced both Eastern and Western medicines. Eastern medicines for prevention, relaxing and re-balancing energy and Western for general health and advanced science.  For us, the integration of the East and the West was the natural course to take for the brand, we found that ancient medicines coupled with the latest advances in bio-technology and anti-aging technology proved for the most balanced, effective and efficacious products. We felt this complementary approach provides for a truly comprehensive, well-rounded anti-aging regimen.

LL: Sjal skincare products are charged with precious minerals. What difference does that make to the overall product as well as to skin? How are the products charged?

KP: All matter has energy, however, gemstones and minerals naturally emit a higher frequency or energy.  Higher frequency or energy is positive for our cells and ultimately for our health.  Själ products are ‘charged’ with precious minerals including gold, silver, copper, platinum and germanium in both liquid and solid form. Known as electro-stimulants, these minerals function as semi-conductors increasing cellular productivity, performance, repair and penetration while leveraging the effects of the other ingredients. We use gemstones and minerals in different ways: powder, colloidal, elixir and frequency. Powder is ground gemstones, colloidal is a liquid suspension with nano particles and frequency or an elixir is when a stone is programmed or blue printed into the substance, it can also be done through osmosis. Själ uses a platinum peptide complex with targeted platinum delivery system, this platinum delivery system was taken from a bio-tech cancer drug research group as they are using platinum and other precious minerals (which naturally vibrate at a higher frequency) to directly target weaker cells.  They incorporated this platinum delivery system with peptides to help target anti-aging. In addition to precious minerals, själ incorporates gemstones such as diamond, blue sapphire, ruby, amethyst, citrine, and tourmaline, which promote increased cellular energy, microcirculation and clarity. Just like minerals, different stones have different properties.  For example, the sapphire is known for clearing, amethyst is known for healing, rose quartz is known for calming and circulation, malachite is known for protection.  We use gemstones and minerals that we feel are universally beneficial and complementary to our products.

This elevated frequency emitted from gemstones and precious minerals helps direct energy to specific areas of need, constantly adapting to your skin under any condition, allowing for maximum performance and benefits.

LL: The products feel incredibly luxurious to use. Was that an important element in creating them?

KP: Yes, of course, the entire experience of the product is important. From texture, to slip, to absorbency to overall feel on the skin.  We work with the purest ingredients and bases as we want the product to feel luxury as though its your your own skin, we want allow for the product to absorb so it can do its job.

LL:What do you think are the most important elements of an effective skincare regime?

KP: I think creating a well-round product as opposed to something one dimensional, the modern consumer does not have time for 15 serums, things need to be simple yet comprehensive with a multitude of minerals, proteins, vitamins, peptides, amino acids, botanicals, algae, etc.  Products need to be balanced yet effective.

LL:Your newest product, the Bio-Regeneratif Serum is absolutely amazing to use! How did you decide on the Malachite and gemstone blend?

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KP: We are constantly being bombarded with EMFs and Radiation, we are electrical beings affected by electromagnetic pollution (mobile phones, computers, power grids, etc).   Electromagnetic pollution creates oxidative stress. Stress can lower our frequency and energy field making us more susceptible to illness and disease.  As gemstones naturally vibrate at a higher frequency they are healthy for our skin and body.  Malachite, for example, acts as a shield against EMFs and Radiation.  It protects the skin externally by balancing electrons and internally by stimulating the production of glutathione, our body’s most powerful detoxifier.  Our gemstone blend helps to provide enhanced cellular energy, microcirculation and skin clarity.

LL: How important do you think a serum is in your skincare regime? Should it be used once or twice per day?

KP: The most important part of a regimen as they can make the greatest impact, I always suggest twice per day.

LL: What’s next for Sjal?

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Kristin for taking the time to answer my questions! I just find it so fascinating to learn about brands like Själ and see how individual they truly are! I’ve also been fortunate enough to try out the new Bio-Regeneratif Serum, and it’s amazing! So keep an eye out for my review!

Själ skincare is available from Harvey Nichols and from www.sjalskincare.com

Magicstripes

It’s a bit of an understatement to say that I’m always trying to find the newest, most unusual products. And I think I may have just about outdone myself with Magicstripes. Basically, if you suffer from heavy or droopy eyelids, you need to check these transparent silicon strips out!

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Magicstripes come in two sizes – small and medium, and if you’ve not tried them out before, I would recommend grabbing both sizes, to make sure you find which size works best for you. In addition to working with eye size, the small strips are recommended for normal, sagging eyes, whilst medium strips are best for big eyes and drooping eyelids.

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Despite looking quite complicated to use, the strips are super easy to get the hang of! Before applying, it’s best to prime your eyelids by removing any oils. To do this, I swipe the lids with a toner-soaked cotton pad, then I pat the area dry. Afterwards, you just peel off one of the strips and position it directly in the crease of the eye. The strips have adhesive which then sticks to the lid, and the magic happens!

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What I find incredible, is how subtle Magicstripes are. They feel almost weightless whilst on, and they make you look so well rested and alert. Thankfully, droopy eyelids are too much of a problem for me, but some members of my family (who, of course shall remain nameless) have become absolutely addicted to using them!

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Magicstripes are priced at £18 for 64 strips, and you can find them at Harvey Nichols

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