DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten System Review
DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten System

I have recently been given the opportunity to review this award winning DermaTx Microdermabrasion System*. You can choose one of three creams with each a different purpose: Brighten to even the skintone, Clarify containing 2% salicylic acid for acne-prone oily skin, and Rejuvenate with antioxidants for normal to sensitive skin. I chose Brighten which contains SabiWhite, to correct hyperpigmented freckles and uneven skin tone, a result of years of sun exposure.

DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten Cream is a mild exfoliant with tiny aluminium oxide crystals. It contains SabiWhite (tetrahydrocurcumin), an extract derived from turmeric used to bleach and de-pigment the skin. See this article for further information on SabiWhite. This cream also contains Vitamin A that has many beneficial effects on the skin.

This microdermabrasion set also contains the DermaTx Facial Tool that provides small vibrating micro-pulses. At first I was a little let down as I was expecting a rotating motion as opposed to an electric toothbrush-like action, but I realise the massaging vibrating motion gently recruits blood and growth factors to improve the skin texture. It has two interchangeable heads: one cleansing brush head and one exfoliating foam (spongy) head. These both act to improve the microdermabrasion process.

This system hasn't irritated my skin with a twice weekly use and helps to remove dry dead skin cells at the surface aiding the skin's renewal process. My skin instantly feels smoother and brighter, although it is perhaps too early to tell whether my freckles have lightened.

I would recommend using this at night, after firstly cleansing the skin with a mild cleansing milk. For daytime it is important to use sunscreen to protect newly exposed skin.

If you have acne or open broken skin, I would advise to stay away from this as the grains may aggravate and worsen the skin. I would also not recommend using daily use as constant friction may paradoxically thicken the skin (as its normal protective response).

This set requires two AA batteries and is perfect for traveling and jet-setting individuals.

DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten Cream Review
DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten Cream
DermaTx Facial Tool Review
DermaTx Facial Tool
DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten System Review
DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten System
 
Overall I do enjoy using this DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten System. This set is available from at £70, which is cheaper than purchasing the DermaTx Brighten Microdermabrasion Cream (£39) and DermaTx Facial Tool (£40) sold separately. Although admittedly not an essential to my skincare routine, I would recommend it for those who enjoy exfoliating and as a gentler alternative to more expensive professional-grade microdermabrasion treatments in salons.

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Livia
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11/03/2017

DermaTx Microdermabrasion Brighten System

TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask Review
TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo, Conditioner and Hair Mask

As my hair grows longer and longer, I have found 'taming' it can become and chore and with such a busy work schedule clean hair can sometimes be a luxury... I do have dry hair but what I despise more than anything is  greasy roots and limp hair - which is how things can get it if if not managed to fit in my hour ritual of washing blow drying and straightening.

On first impressions I liked the sleek packaging and although the TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo had only 300mls, I found I needed a much smaller amount in comparison to other shampoos and conditioner as it was very thick. On my first trial I found the smell to be overpowering but I now realise this is because I used a far too large amount and now in subsequent washes using a smaller amount gives a nice fragrance. Be careful - it probably is a 'marmite' love/hate scent and I quite liked it but my aunt hated it!

Now onto the best part. I found this TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Shampoo and Conditioner product really nourished my hair and kept it in good condition for far longer than any other product I've tried ... I'm talking days... I have always used drugstore brand products but this has been far superior and I don't think I'll ever go back after seeing such a remarkable difference.

The TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Mask is also a great addition and good to use once in a while to give your hair a boost but not essential. It's good to use before important events or when your hair is drier than normal.

Overall I would definitely repurchase and can see myself repeatedly doing so for the near future. I am keen to try others in the range too! There is also a larger 750ml size of the TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner if you're as keen as I am!

I would rate these products 10/10

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Shivanee
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19/02/2017

Catwalk by TIGI Oatmeal and Honey Haircare Review - My New Favourites

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick

Orange-toned red lipsticks flatter warm-toned skin.

If your skin looks better in gold jewellery than silver, in yellow or orangey-red clothing than blues, and if you tend to tan under the sun without burning, warm red-orange lipsticks may be the right reds for you.

My NC25 to NC30 skin falls in the warm spectrum and these lipsticks flatter my skin colour overall.

However, be warned. Make sure your pearly whites are pearly white, otherwise go for neutral or more blue-tinged tones to flatter yellow teeth.

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick (Discontinued)

This is one of my earliest purchases from MAC. MAC Powerhouse Lipstick is a bright orange red with a tinge of pink compared to the rest. It has an awesome amplified formula that lasts ages on the lips.

MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

If you're a fan of the 1920's retro look, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick should be in your arsenal. It is a cult fave shade in the MAC range. It is a fiery orange red with a matte finish. MAC has released a matching Shadescent that smells of a gorgeous woody floriental. You should check it out!

NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Next is cult fave NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.It is an orange red that appears more matte and a lil more orange than MAC Lady Danger Lipstick. They are close dupes though.

MAC Von Teese Lipstick (LE)

Red lip enthusiast Dita Von Teese released her red lipstick MAC Von Teese Lipstick in a previous collection. It is a bright red that leans a little pink compared to the rest swatched. It comes in a matte formula. Love it.

MAC Port Red Lipstick (LE)

Now to the frosty reds, MAC Port Red Lipstick is a bright red with an red orange frost. Its an absolutely gorgeous colour and was unfortunately limited edition.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick (LE)

Rihanna previously collaborated with MAC to release her MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick. It is a limited edition shade that is another frosty red that leans more orange than MAC Port Red Lipstick above. Truly gorgeous colour.

MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Powerhouse Lipstick, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick, NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, MAC Von Teese Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick, MAC Port Red Lipstick
Overall if I had to pick favourites, I would choose NARS Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil and MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick
Which one do YOU like the most?

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Livia
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14/02/2017

My Red-Orange Lipsticks from NARS & MAC

Jolen Cream Bleach Review
Jolen Cream Bleach Review

Way back before Cara De Levigne et al brought back the dark brow trend, Jolen used to be my brows' best friend.

I bleached my brows at home three or four times a year to match my hair dye of choice for a more natural look. Apart from brows it also works on other body hairs, notably moustaches and sideburns if you were the anti-epilating/anti-waxing type.

Jolen Cream Bleach comes in two ingredients: a bleaching cream and an accelerator powder. The kit also contains a spatula and a mixing cup (newer packs).

How to use:

1. Wash the area to be treated with soap and water and pat dry.

2. With the spatula provided, add and mix two parts bleaching cream to one part accelerator powder in the mixing cup.

3. Make sure the powder is properly mixed in the solution to avoid fall-out.

4. Apply to the area treated. You can use the spatula provided or an old mascara brush/spoolie brush (for eyebrows).

5. Leave on for a few minutes. The longer you leave it, the lighter the hair would get.

For dark asian eyebrows, experience taught me to leave it on for approximately 5-6 minutes for my perfect brow shade. If its your first time and for a more controlled brightening, you can apply it at 45-second to 1 minute intervals. Note down the time it took for future reference.

For facial hair, Jolen advises to use for 10 minutes to make hair appear invisible.

Take care not to get the product into your eyes. The cream is quite thick if mixed properly. If this happens rinse immediately and see your GP.

6. Wipe off with a wet towel, I like to use tissues dampened in cold water to provide a cooling effect.

7. Enjoy your bleached hair!

Before your first use of Jolen, like all treatments, I would recommend doing a test dose to ensure it doesn't sting your skin.

Honestly I haven't tried other bleaching creams as I've been so happy with Jolen Cream Bleach.

Jolen Cream Bleach Review
Jolen Cream Bleach Review

Overall I highly recommend Jolen Cream Bleach for the 'tache and brows and I would repurchase when I run out (like I have in the past).

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Livia
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13/02/2017

Jolen Cream Bleach

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