Sunday, 20 May 2018

Current Favourites: Serums & Oils

 Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum*

I go through these phases where I’m obsessed with certain products and can’t stop using them. Last month, I was seriously crushing over the Tom Ford bronzer in ‘Terra’ and this month, my attention has shifted to this wonderfully hydrating serum. I’ve long been a fan of Caudalie and their gentle yet effective formulations but the Vinoperfect Radiance Serum is undoubtedly the star of their range. It’s jam-packed with skin-benefitting ingredients, such as moisture-boosting squalane and radiance-enhancing grapevine shoot extract. I absolutely love the lightweight, milky consistency and how easily and effortlessly it sinks into the skin. I’ve gone through an entire bottle in just one month and that’s a testament to how much I love this! 

I don’t really like watery serums and this took a while to get used to. But I’m glad I persevered and continued using it as it works brilliantly to boost moisture levels in the skin. I noticed an immediate improvement in my complexion, thanks to the presence of Sodium Hyaluronate so high up on the ingredients list. This lightweight serum also has a host of humectants and plant extracts to deliver a jolt of refreshing moisture. It has a thin, gel-like consistency that doesn’t feel like much on the skin but its magic lies in its power-packed formulation. Also, my husband R, who has severely acneic skin loves this, as it’s fragrance-free, doesn’t irritate his skin and feels moisturising enough on its own. 

If you’re a K-beauty obsessive, you’d know by now that this enjoys a cult-like status in the beauty world. This serum-oil contains a concentrated version of vitamin C – which is the gold standard for brightening and whisking away any dullness. It’s a dry oil, which has a slight warming sensation when patted into the skin.  Due to its oily consistency, I’ve only been applying this at night and it has helped a lot with my pigmentation issues. I have some stubborn sunspots and discolouration around my mouth, and whilst it hasn’t completely disappeared, it has started to fade.  

Tata Harper Beautifying Oil 

This squalane-based oil is an absolute sensorial delight to use – I love massaging it into my face every night.  Made with a blend of jojoba, olive, argan oils, it feels absolutely luxurious and the heady scent elevates the whole routine. On days when I feel like my skin needs a pick-me-up, I apply a generous layer of the oil and massage my face with a jade roller. I understand the amount of essential oils in it might ring alarm bells for those with sensitive skin, but my dry skin laps it up. I don’t know if it makes any real difference to my skin apart from providing a good dose of moisture, but I continue to use it just for the experience alone. 

The first time I stumbled across Jasmine Garnsworthy’s Instagram, I was awestruck by her effortless Aussie-girl style and her glowing skin. Little did I know that the secret behind her radiant complexion was her all-natural skincare line – It's The Buff.  The premise is simple – they custom blends oils to suit customers’ specific skin concerns. Simple yet ingenious, isn’t it? I told them I had normal-ish skin that vacillates between dry and dehydrated depending on the weather and they concocted a golden elixir, made up of just two cold-pressed oils – jojoba and rosehip. Both the oils are great for boosting moisture levels and also act as an anti-inflammatory agent to soothe and nourish weather-stricken skin. They also take the personalisation game one step further by stamping your initials onto a generously sized 120ml bottle – very insta-worthy (geddit? ;)), don’t you think? 

NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex

Niod, as a brand, somehow never appealed to me – until I read this thorough and detailed review by Detail Oriented Beauty. Whilst I appreciated their science-backed formulations and bs-free messaging, I couldn’t get my head around their sciency-sounding product names – thankfully Arly has done a brilliant job of explaining it all in her comprehensive review. Clearly swayed by her glowing review, I placed an order on Victoria Health. Two months on and an empty bottle later, I totally understand the hype surrounding this beautifully formulated serum. Packed with 15 forms of hyaluronic acid, the lightweight liquid hydrates, plumps, soothes and leaves the skin feeling cossetted and comforted. I call this my skin whisperer!

(* denotes products sent for consideration - thoughts and opinions are all formed after putting the products through their paces) 

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