Wednesday, 29 July 2015

How to stop yourself burning in Summer with Riemann P20 Once a Day Sun Protection

The Hype
Whether you're basking on a hot beach or simply wandering around town, it's important to stay protected. Whether it's overcast or a bright blue sky the level UVA and UBV rays can still affect and burn your skin.

P20 the iconic once a day sun protection brand has created a new range that makes it much easier for all skin types to stay protected.

Unlike traditional suncreams, P20 contains UVA and UVB filters that provide protection for up to 10 hours after just one application. It has a alcohol based formula that is very different to most products on the market.

The original P20 SPF 20 is available in a light lotion whilst SPF 15,30 and 50+ have been formulated into a spray for easy application. Whilst many suncreams are not water resistant, P20 has been categorised as very water resistant under European health and beauty industry Colipa's guidelines.

The Lowdown
When you're on holiday and you're sitting under the hot sun for the majority of the day, the combination of sweat and suncream can leave you feeling very sticky and uncomfortable. From personal experience I'm not a fan and have to take regular showers to get rid of that horrible feeling.

For the purposes of the review I am testing the SPF 20 Medium lotion and the SPF 30 High spray.

When testing the lotion I was surprised to find it was actually more like a oil with a slightly greasy consistency. Once rubbed in the yellow oil transforms into a transparent liquid. I was expecting it to have a pleasant smell that you associate with suncream but it was very alcohol based and not very pleasant. The bottle isn't really user friendly and I lost far more product then I should have done as it's hard to tell where to squeeze the bottle!

The spray which doesn't hide the fact it has alcohol in smells very strongly of it when applied. I won't lie I don't really like smelling like I've sprayed strong alcohol on. Whilst the spray is supposed to be quick drying it still remained wet after several minutes of application. After a longer period of time the spray changes to a slightly greasy sheen. One of the major benefits of the spray is that it can be directed wherever you want without lengthy application times. I would add also that there is a known issue with the spray damaging clothes and causing them to turn yellow.

The products are the most effective after fifteen minutes which gives the products enough time to settle and protect the skin.  The products work really well as suncream and protect from those pesky burns without having to be applied multiple times.

It's fantastic that these products only need to be applied once whilst in the sun as having to take time out to reapply product can be a pain. I am put off by the alcoholic scent and feel this can be masked but the excellent protection overweighs this.

I give P20 Sun Protection 3/5

The range are available in both 200ml and 100ml sizes.

Get the 30 SPF spray in 200ml for £19.99 at Boots 

Get the 20 SPF lotion in 200ml for £19.99 at Boots


  • Offers a range of SPF that is suitable for all the family
  • You only need to apply it once a day for effective sun protection 
  • Available in a spray or lotion format
  • Great sun protection


  • Leaves a slightly greasy feel on the skin
  • The spray can stain clothes if you're not careful
  • High alcohol smell

Monday, 27 July 2015

Help reduce the signs of ageing with Ahava Dead Sea products

Ahava Active Deadsea Minerals Time to hydrate Essential Day Moisturiser

The Hype
Time to Hydrate is a fast absorbing moisturiser that is designed to provide long lasting hydration to give a smoother and younger looking complexion. The product has a lot of ingredients although its major selling point is of course Dead Sea Water.

The Lowdown 
The moisturiser is quite basic and does not feature any anti ageing properties, SPF or anti oxidants. The addition of Dead sea water is great for problem skin as the high salt content helps to repair and soften the skin. The moisturiser has a lovely scent and the light cream quickly sinks into the skin. I didn't notice any reduction in fine lines but didn't really expect to. It's a nice product that left my skin feeling really soft the next morning.

Get the moisturiser for only £19.99 on the Ebay store saving yourself £9.01 

Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate

The Hype
Designed to aid moisture and radiance in your skin this boosting serum  uses high concentrates of Dead sea minerals. Over time the concentrate aims to restore your skins vitality enhancing its natural ability to retain moisture and keep hydrated. The serum is quite unique in that is boosts your skins cellular functions to counteract ageing by adding clarity and luminosity. Tests have found that:

  • 85% of users saw more youthful skin
  • 91% of users reported a more luminous complexion 

The Lowdown 
Anything that helps to counteract ageing is a good thing, but does the concentrate live up to its claims As I only had a small sample I obviously wasn't using this over a long period of time, however the product does claim to have some effect overnight. The serum has a light gel consistency and quickly sinks into the skin. It does have a semi strong smell that is neither pleasant nor unpleasant but I can't say it bothered me that much. I applied the serum for two nights in a row and can't say I noticed a massive difference. This may be down to the limited time I was testing the product.

Get it for only £27.99 on the Ebay store (saving yourself £11.01!)
Before and After Dead Sea Mineral TIme to Hydrate Essential Moisturiser

Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate

The Hype
Like its face counterpart the Dead Sea Osmoter eye concentrate is designed to focus entirely on improving the appearance of the skin around your eye. As the skin is more sensitive around the eye it features cucumber and aloe vera to help calm skin and reduce any puffiness. The concentrate features 3x the concentration of the key product the osmoter to help moisturise and transform skin.

The Lowdown
The concentrate is very light which is great as it doesn't weigh down skin. I have quite dark circles and fine lines so I was hoping it would help to reduce those. With a triple dose of the active concentrate I was optimistic that my skins vitality would be restored. The serum appears quite thin but feels thicker when I apply it and it has a slight perfume scent. I felt this product performed the best out of the range as the skin around my eye looked a lot firmer in the morning, although I can't really say the under eye circles were reduced.
Before and After Dead Sea Osmoter Eye Concentrate

Time to Revitalise Extreme Firming Eye Cream

The Hype
Like the eye concentrate Time to Revitalise features Avaha's Osmoter, Extreme Complex and Red Microalgae to help reduce wrinkles and firm the delicate skin around the eyes. The powerful formula claims to help repair your skin by covering it in a protective shield that over time will help to improve its elasticity. You can apply it morning and night to get a more youthful appearance.

The Lowdown
The cream is very thick and a little goes a long way in coating the entire eye area. It has quite a strong chemical smell which I can't say is that pleasant. I didn't notice much difference the next morning but it may take a little longer to take effect. It works well under makeup and helps to soften any puffiness. As with the Eye Concentrate I  had heard good reviews and was hoping for some good results with the fine lines around my eyes and dark circles. The cream has quite a thick consistency but it soon absorbs into the skin. I didn't notice any overnight anti-ageing effect but it may work better over time.
Before and After Time to Revitalise Firming Eye Cream

Get both the Osmoter and Extreme Firming Eye Cream for £47.99 on the Ebay Store 
You will save £20.01!

All these products are available on the Ebay shop and are great value. The shop is really easy to navigate and you can easily find the product you want to buy.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Cohorted July Beauty Box Video Review

Have you heard of Cohorted yet? They are a beauty outlet that offers premium branded cosmetics at a cut price and they offer amazing monthly beauty boxes.

The boxes are so popular they're often snapped up within a day of being launched but I was lucky enough to get my hands on July's box. I had never managed to get hold of one before so I was super excited to see what was inside, and it wasn't disappointing. Watch on to find out what's inside!

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Bourjois Nude Smoky Sable Show palette review

When holidaying in Calella, Costa Brava this week I found Bourjois Nude Smoky palette in Sable Show. Not currently available in the UK the palette features a trio of illuminating shades to enhance and highlight your eyes.

I love discovering new and unseen products and was instantly attracted by the pigmentation of the middle dark gold shade.

The palette features a double sponge applicator brush alongside the three shadows, taupe, dark brown and dark gold. When applying I found the taupe shade was really hard to apply with a brush or my fingers and is hardly visible even after several applications. The dark brown shade has slightly more prominence but is quite matte and fine. The dark gold shade is of course the most pigmented and works well as a highlighter.

The overall style is a light matte look suitable for work or a casual outing. If i'm honest I am a little disappointed with this palette as on first glance it appeared more pigmented then it actually is. If you're just after a basic palette for a everyday look this is your goto product.

I give it 1/5


  • Trio of three shades to mix and match
  • Good for casual occasions such as work or a lunch date


  • The shades are quite flat and take several applications to get any visible colour especially with the taupe shade

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

What gives your skin the stress factor?

Life can be hectic and you'll often find your life can get out of control. If your skin is as problematic as trying to keep a day free in your diary it may be down to the stress in your life. Women in the 25-35 generation are finding their faces are often besieged with dullness, spot flare ups and uneven skin patches. This phenomenon according to recent skin studies is down to a generation of women who are permanently exhausted, rushed and worried. Stress comes in a number of forms and is the worst culprit for causing inflammation which is the major trigger for skin irritation. So what can you do about it? Well the solution is in a jar.

Working all hours
Working longer hours then normal can lead to redness, enlarged pores and breakouts due to the body being in a highly pressurised environment. These extra work hours makes the body release more stress hormones than normal which weakens the skins protective barrier. Moisture can seep out letting irritants and toxins creep in which can cause inflammation, red blotches and fine lines.

How can I fix it?  
An emergency skincare formula can help to repair the lipid barrier which will calm irritation and forms a barrier against UV rays and skin destroying free radicals.

My Achy Breaky Heart
Heartache is a highly stressful time of your life when the last thing you want to do is smile. The period of sadness can cause redness, dehydration and eye bags. Studies on how divorce effects women found that psychological stress can damage your DNA. Heartache is effectively very ageing on your face and this is not good news for young women who are regularly on the dating scene.

How can I fix it?
Whilst all stress can age skin it's best to opt for a product that offers superior moisturising in order to avoid the dehydration that can age skin cells. You should also make sure your product has plenty of anti-irritants and barrier building lipids to calm down the puffiness that can build.

Partying the night away
Whilst partying can give you many nights to remember it also leads to fine lines, dullness and age spots. When you party you'll often be drinking which is not good for skin as it contains sugar that dehydrates skin and breaks down the collagen. You'll also find you'll be exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke which is also a major free-radical collagen killer. If your skin is already vulnerable from stress from working excess partying can leave your skin looking dull and haggard in no time. Over time you'll also start to develop irregular pigment blotches forming on your face.

How can I fix it?
Whilst cutting down on the partying will of course help to repair your skin, using good products will also play a part. The skins top layer is always repairing itself and you'll find your skin will regain its glow and tone if you stimulate and protect it.

Sleep deprivation
Not getting enough sleep can cause dullness, dryness and dark circles. If you can't sleep because you're stressed, the lack of sleep can stress you out which is a vicious circle that can take hold and sap the life out of your skin. Sleep deprivation can impair the lipid barrier as well as the production of plumping hyaluronic acid. It can also effect cell function and micro blood vessels around the eyes which can lead to dark circles.

How can I fix it?
If you're one of the 77% who feels sleeplessness is affecting your skin there is a solution at hand. Aim for products that help to absorb tiredness by depuffing the skin, soothing and brightening it.