Last night, I used Jurlique Herbal Recovery Gel for the first time. I carefully unwrapped the box (which unravels in such a way that you feel like you are opening a wonderful gift) and was immediately hit with a herb fragrance. I then fell madly love with the simple, white, glass bottle which will have pride of place on my bathroom shelf.
Following the instructions, I shook the bottle and applied a couple of pumps of the product to my face, using my fingertips. I expected this ‘gel’ to be thick and sticky but it is much more fluid and glides over the skin with ease. Off to bed I went.
Let me explain a little bit about Jurlique. The line is completely natural; the herbs and flowers in the products are organic and grown on biodynamic farms. They’ve been doing this for over 20 years so they know exactly what they are doing, they believe in their cause and aren’t just jumping on the eco-bandwagon. As for their thoughts on beauty, they believe that balanced skin means beautiful skin. Their products work to do just that; restore the delicate balance of the skin.
I have often wondered (and I’m sure I’m not the only one) if my skin is a bit of a mess because I have screwed up its natural balance through eating too much sugar, applying a million different creams and living in a pollution heavy world. The more I try to fix it the worse it gets, so I was really excited to be trying this out.
When I woke up this morning I simply thought ‘wow’. After just one night my skin looks healthier, spots and marks look less angry, my skin feel incredibly smooth and my entire complexion radiates health. Of course, after just one night I can’t promise you that this isn’t a fluke. I’ll be diligently testing this gel and be posting a full review in a few weeks.
Being the beauty junkie I am, whenever my birthday or Christmas rolls around I always ask for skincare and make-up from my loved ones. Last Christmas, I handed a list of options to my long suffering partner, sent him packing to the delightful Space NK and told him to pick something for my pressie.
When Christmas day arrived I was surprised (and mega chuffed) to find he had bought me not one but two fab products from my wish-list. I’ll come to the second gift later, but for now I’m going to talk about the first; Darphin Baume Purifant… that’s purifying balm to you and me.
This little tub (and I do mean *little*) of golden yellow balm has become a bit of a bedtime ritual to me on nights when I’m feeling worse for wear. The solid block immediately melts on contact with skin into a light oil which can be spread across skin incredibly easily. The balm is said to restore radiance and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections but I can really only agree with half of this description.
After using this aromatic product I always awake the next morning to dewy, plumped up skin which feels and looks a treat, but I’ve not noticed much difference in my blemishes. With tea tree touted as a key ingredient I’m not sure why this is; perhaps the oily texture is just too much. What I do find is that it brings spots which are sitting under the surface of the skin to a head. This isn’t a bad thing; better out than in I say! At least once a pimple has reached the surface of the skin it can heal up and should disappear in a day or two.
My top tip for this product is to take a moment to have a long, deep whiff of the balm before you slather it on. It’s loaded with essential oils and the fragrance is unbelievably calming.
If you fancy something a bit different for your nightly routine, pop down to Space NK and don’t be put off by having to pay £38.00 for such a teeny pot; I’ve hardly dented mine after 5 months. Even better, get someone else to buy it for you like I did!
One of the most luxurious, wondrous, scrummy, yummy products I have ever had the pleasure to saturate my skin in is Rodial Glamotox Night. This oil-rich night cream might make you wince with its £98.00 price tag but I swear it is the skincare of the gods.
Rodial is a cult brand, popular with celebs the world over, and it isn’t hard to see why. Before you even rub this cream in you’ll fall in love with the fragrance. The heavenly grapefruit scent is powerful without being overpowering and it really makes you feel like the liquid is loaded with goodies.
Glamotox Night is a collagen plumper which works while you sleep. After just one night I woke up to find my skin smooth, soft and radiant with the lines creeping up on my forehead a little less noticeable. Sadly, I packed it off to my mum as she was complaining about feeling wrinkly and I’m a soft touch. She’s fallen in love with it too and tells me that, despite the hefty price, she’ll be buying more when it runs out.
Sigh, oh how I miss the wonder oil, but it is much better for older skins as it can overload more youthful complexions. Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to try more Rodial products soon and I can see if the rest of the brand lives up to the Glamotox Night!