Mary Katranzou x Cowshed: Limited-edition natural skincare collection

 

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Beauty bags at the ready! This designer skincare collection is set to be the season’s sell-out. Yakymour has the details…

Greek fashion designer Mary Katrantzou and the award-winning natural beauty brand Cowshed have collaborated on a coveted collection of skincare. The limited-edition collection will include four products: Dirty Cow Freshening Hand Wash, Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream, Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel and Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion. Each product has been designed by Katrantzou – who also created an exclusive carry-all for Mira Duma’s The Tot – has etched her signature prints onto the label, think delicate florals which represent the naturally-sourced ingredients inside.

The Mary Katrantzou x Cowshed collection will be available from September 21 at cowshed.com.

 

 

 

How to Update Your Skincare for Fall

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Every September we look forward to updating our wardrobes but how much thought do we put into our seasonal skincare routine? I will approach to beauty and recommends a skincare overhaul in response to the change in season.

Our bodies have a relationship with the world that surrounds us. Climate, environmental stressors and the energy of people around us play an important role in proper skin and body care.

Here are some tips on getting a gorgeous complexion through the cooler season.

1. Go liquid. Use a serum. U few drops under your day and/of nightcream is enough. These ‘liquids’ give you extra hydratation, ‘anti-aging’ and give you extra comfort, because they treat your shin in the deeper layers.

2. Go Heavy. Move towards heavier skincare products for fall. As the weather becomes cooler and drier, you should balance your skin and body by using more nourishing formulas. Go for a richer moisturizer and switch your cleanser to a milk formula. Looking beyond product, I would also suggests incorporating warming, moist foods into your fall diet.

3. Indulge in Oil. I would recommend face oil for everyone – even oily (acne) skin types (Clarins Huile Lotus). Select an oil based on your skin. Sensitive skin benefits from anti-inflammatory coconut or camellia oils. Drier complexions should look to heavier, nourishing sesame or avocado oils. Oily skin types benefit from sebum-balancing ingredients.

4. Get Circulating. Another beauty tip for fall? Rev up your circulation. Proper blood flow rejuvenates our skin, detoxifies and oxygenates our cells, and is important for anti-aging, Cooler weather can impede circulation and constrict blood vessels so it’s important to promote blood flow at this time of year. Applying a face oil can increase circulation and subtly warm your skin.

What products are you introducing into your fall skincare routine?

 

 

L’Oreal Skin Expert Pure-Clay Cleansers

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Literally, these are the most exciting cleansers I’ve seen in a while.  I think we’re all over the oil cleansing, the balm cleaners, the charcoal masks, but these are different.

L’Oreal took their immensely popular clay masks and turned them into cleansers.  Each cleanser has a significant amount of clay in it, but it’s in a formula that emulsifies easily with water and actually cleans your skin.

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There are three kinds: Exfoliating and Refining (the salmon-coloured one), Purifying and Mattifying (mint-coloured), and Energizing and Brightening (charcoal).

L’Oreal  Pure Clay Glow Scrub

the Pure Clay Glow Scrub is a thick scrub that helps to cleanse, brighten and exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin sells and sebum. It includes Red Algae which is known for its brightening properties and is better than the mask version as it has natural exfoliating micro-beads inside to really get into the pores and clean them.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Wash

The Pure Clay Purity Wash aims to cleanse, purify and mattify the skin as it has the three pure clays inside plus Eucalyptus and is thick in texture to help gently clean the face and is easy to rinse off.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Detox Wash

The Pure Clay Detox Wash had high expectations as the Detox Mask was my favourite out of the three. This includes Charcoal to help cleanse, clarify and detoxify the skin and is loose in texture to make it easy to use. Finally,

These are excellent options for summer cleansers simply because they have an ingredient that’s amazing at getting rid of oil – kaolin clay – and you don’t have to leave them on your skin for a long time to get the full benefit of the clay!

The L’Oreal Skin Expert Pure-Clay Cleansers are available in drugstores now.

 

 

The Rosebud Perfume Company

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Founded in 1892, the Rosebud Perfume Company set out with a simple mission: To provide simple, multi-usage products that are both affordable and effective. With the creation of the world famous, cult-favorite Rosebud Salve that boasts to be the cure-all for a wide array of skin ailments from blemishes to chapped lips to dry elbows, the family run Rosebud Perfume Company has solidified its place in cosmetic history.

Rosebud Salve is perfect for travel as an eye make-up remover, cuticle softener, sunburn easer, dry skin healer, and frizzy fighter. Use Rosebud Salve around the eyes and on the throat for severely parched, dry, or wrinkled skin.

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New Vichy Ideal Sport Ultra-Light Refreshing Lotion SPF 60

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New sunscreen technology means that no longer are sunscreens sticky, greasy, or heavy on the skin.  Instead, they’re light and wearable, with the best formulas being suitable on the face or the body.

All that is definitely true of Vichy’s new Ideal Sport Ultra-Light Refreshing Lotion in SPF 60. Formulated to be light and refreshing, with technology that works on wet or dry skin, it’s the sunscreen that’s perfect for every day use, but even more suitable for the times that you’re out and about. It’s water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes, and because it works on wet skin too, you don’t have to dry off before applying it.

There’s no white cast or residue and even when I use this sunscreen on my face, it sinks in easily and makeup goes on top without any issues. If you’re looking for skin protection that’s all-encompassing and easy to wear, then this is a fantastic option. Also, the European and Cannadian versions of Vichy sunscreens contain Mexoryl XL, which is an ingredient that helps the sunscreen be more photostable. That means that it’s less likely to disintegrate in the sun.

Vichy Ideal Sport Ultra-Light Refreshing Lotion SPF 60 is available now.

 

 

Vichy Mineral 89

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Vichy, one of the leading European pharmacy brands, has just rolled out a new product – Vichy Mineral 89, hyaluronic acid face moisturizer. As its name suggests, Mineral 89 is a strong hydrating product formulated with Vichy’s miracle-working mineralizing thermal water from the French volcanoes.

But what kind of water is this? In a nutshell: anything but your basic H20. Vichy thermal water flows warms over 4000 meters underground, and flows through the thousand-year-old magmatic volcanic rock, where it picks up no less but 15 skin-strengthening minerals including iron, potassium, calcium, and manganese. Yes, most of the pharmacy brands offer their versions of skin-soothing mists and thermal waters, but Vichy’s one comes with a major advantage! Not only it soothes the skin, but also helps to rebalance pH and protects from external aggressors, like pollution and weather.

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Vichy’s mineralizing thermal water is present in all of its products, and everyone, no matter age or skin type, women or men, can benefit from using it. The newly launched product, Mineral 89, contains the highest concentration of this skin-soothing, hydrating water, which makes it the perfect addition to any skin care routine.

Vichy Mineral 89 is announced as a new generation moisturizer, a product that combines 15-mineral rich water with hyaluronic acid to fortify the skin and make it more resilient to internal and external stressors. No less than 89% of this product is Vichy’s legendary mineralizing thermal water, which fortifies the skin and strengthens its moisture barrier. In combination with hyaluronic acid, the water hydrates and plumps the skin. As a result, skin feels more hydrated and toned, radiating with a healthy glow.

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Vichy Mineral 89 is a colorless, transparent, gel-to-water face moisturizer that absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling comfortably soft, soothed, and hydrated. The formula is fragrance free, non-greasy, non-sticky, and non-shiny. You may use it as a regular face moisturizer, morning and evening.

How to use:

Apply 2 drops on your skin after cleansing morning and evening. Use as a regular face moisturizer on its own or as the first step of your skincare routine. Spread with outward movements from the middle of the face, without applying too much pressure.

 

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Vichy Mineral 89 is presented in a massive glass bottle of 50ml, and it comes with a price tag of €22.50/$29.50.

Medik8 White Balance Cleanse

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The Medik8 White Balance Cleanse, doubled as a cleanser and micro-exfoliator, is designed to give skin that deep cleanse for brighter, refined and smoother skin finish.

Infused with potent key active ingredients (Oxy-R – Oxyresveratrol) and combined with micro-fine bamboo particles and volcanic perlite, this cleanser saves you time from having to do both cleansing and exfoliating steps.

What I like about it:

  • Unique powder texture that transforms into light foam when water is added to it
  • The flexibility to adapt the amount of powder to suit a daily gentle exfoliation or weekly deeper exfoliation
  • Appearance of pigmentation is reduced, balance out uneven skin tone and reduce blotchiness from dryness around skin
  • Overtime, with consistent use of this cleanser, it helps to inhibite tyrosinase activity and the production of melanin to prevent premature ageing
  • Suitable for all skin types and even those with pigmentation and sun damaged skin

Just add a level teaspoon amount of powder onto palm and mix with a few drops of warm water and rub hands together to activate powder to create a creamy texture and cleanse away. Perfect for face, neck and decolleté.

The only downside is that this cleanser is probably not suited to be use in shower as dry hands are required to handle and to mix with this cleanser.

Otherwise, if you want baby smooth and refined skin, this cleanser delivers just that!

Come into the world of Medik8.