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Beauty Bite: Origins Modern Friction – The Debate!

Origins Modern Friction Exfoliator.

I am in two minds. One the one hand, I really like the product. On the other, I’m not sure how effective it really is.

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The debate:

Argument one – The product is applied onto dry skin and is bursting with natural goodness and I really like how gentle it is on the skin, but I can still feel it working away at all the dry skin on my face. The smell is to die for and a little seems to go a very long way. Using rice starch as the exfoliant it has none of those nasty chemicals that I don’t like and utilises ‘natural technology’ to get results. For the most part, it works great on my face. Skin is smoothes and refreshed and the dry skin and all gone. Furthermore, it’s great when you have sensitive areas – it doesn’t irritate any spots or blemishes and actually evens out the skin tone and texture wonderfully. I’ve been using it three times a week and for the most part, it’s an excellent product.

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The Opposition – I have really bad black-heads on my nose. Only my nose, the rest of may face is remarkably clear. it’s just the nose and they’re really quite bad. I have never found a product that successfully clears them. Although Modern Friction does wonders for the rest of my skin, it doesn’t appear to have made much of an impact at all upon these blackheads, which is dissappointing, but not surprising to me.

As far as I am aware, blackheads aren’t pores clogged with dirt – it is actually the result of larger, open pores where the oil within the pores is exposed to the air and ‘oxidises’ turning black as a result of having contact with the air. You can be as clean and cleansed as you like, but the oil in the pores will always turn black when it meets the air. So they have to be ‘evacuated’ regularly. By most accounts, blackheads must be regularly cleaned out and exfoliation will help keep them clear.

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So, with this in mind I am persuaded to be generous to Origins and suggest that maybe I need to have a good facial and get those pores de-congested properly before I pass judgement on the blackhead preventing qualities of Modern Friction.

That said, I would still hope for a little more action on the blackhead front! it is an exfoliator afterall!

So judgement time. When all has been said and taken into account, I think that overall (for me anyway, this is after all only my opinion!) Origins Modern Friction is a pretty great product. It is gentle but effective (mostly!!) on the skin, doesn’t irritate or inflame, and clears out (most) pores and dry sken, leaving the face smooth, radiant and soft as a baby’s bottom!! And really, isn’t that the dream?!

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Origins Modern Friction uses natural products and utilises the organic exfoliating properties of rice-starch to gently remove sluggish cells, uneven patches and dry, damaged skin. Lemon Oil kick starts the process of illumination and Vitamin C mops up skin-menacing free radicals! Leaving the skin renewed, smooth and radient.

Origins Modern Friction used three times a week is a great addition to the beauty regime. A salon facial once a month or every 6 weeks will leave you with a clean slate and Modern Friction will be the perfect accompaniment to keep the skin clear and congestion free in the mean time!

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Beauty Bite: Neal’s Yard Cleanser and Toner Review

Neal’s Yard Remedies Rose Facial Wash Cleanser and Rehydrating Rose Toner…The Review!

    IMG_0128Well, let’s start with the packaging shall we? I’m an aesthetic person and I like things to look nice and pretty, and these do! In lovely glass blue bottles, with simple labelling they look adorable and lmost like bathroom furnishings rather than my beauty products! So there’s a point to NYR…

I’m very much about using products that are kind to the skin and aren’t filled with chemicals, harmful substances and man-made nasties! This is the major reason why I love Neal’s Yard. I have always used their soaps and body lotions, and occasionally sunscreen, but until a couple of weeks ago, I had never tried their beauty products, so I was unsure what to expect. Although their soaps smell great and are very kind to the hands, I didn’t know whether their cleanser and toner would have enough ‘punch’ as it were to ‘get the job done…’ I wondered if it might be just a little too gentle to balance the skin and get rid of all the bad stuff.

IMG_0134I can safely say, I was wrong! These products are great; The cleanser is very effective at removing all the makeup and really getting into the pores and cleaning out the skin – my T-zone is definitely less oily, although that will be a combination of different factors as well, and my skin looks brightened and fresh after a cleanse which is great! Full of natural oils, plant extracts, organic ingredients and the softest acids (we like slightly acidic PH skin!) this product is wonderful, and it smells divine!!
IMG_0138The toner too works wonders…A lot of toners have all number of nasty, and potentially very harmful, chemicals in, supposedly to close up the pores and aid the rebalance of skin’s PH, but I know for a fact that these are unnecessary! The Neal’s Yard Toner is packed with essential oils, aloe vera and is water based, which means no added oil to the skin, and it uses to softest, natural acids to bring the PH down! It has been working wonders for my skin, and doesn’t have that nasty burn that can accompany lots of toners out there!
IMG_0140I often have a problem when I use new beauty products, in that my skin reacts badly and will break out and I will get lots of tiny red spots under the skin, almost like a rash. This has not happened here, in fact my skin has, in the 15 days I have been using the products, cleared up immensely and is much smoother, more refreshed and more even than it has been is some time!

IMG_0141My one gripe here, however, is the use of alcohol in the products. I didn’t check thoroughly before I purchased and I wouldn’t normally buy a product for my face with alcohol in. it’s drying, its damaging and there’s just no need for it! Although it is denatured Alcohol, whihc is supposedly derived organically and is therefore less harmful, I am still very reluctant to put it on my skin. But oh well, if my skin starts to dry out, bye bye Neal’s Yard!

Neal’s Yard create natural, plant based and organically produced products and these are by far the best products to put on the skin. We as humans are organic (mostly!!) and natural, so it makes sense that nature can provide everything our skin and body needs to survive and look good! Putting natural and non-toxic products on your face is the best way to ensure you take the best care of your skin possible, anf these products from neal’s Yard are not only bursting with natural ingredients, and very kind to the skin, but they work wonders and are great for fairly normal to sensitive skin! The one downside? Alcohol.

Score: 7.5/10…dropped a point for the nasty alcohol there!!

Beauty Bite: Everyday Make Up

I have to be up and about really early at the moment, and the last thing I want to do is spend hours doing my make up.

I want a quick, simple and natural look that will go with every outfit and works for the office.

Here’s my look:

Make Up 1It’s natural, simple and takes five minutes to do, but I find it really works for me. I have naturally quite small and ‘sad’ eyes, so I need to make them bigger and brighter, but not look like I have layers and layers of make up on.

I never use foundation, as I have quite a good skin tone and my skin is pretty good too (of course I get spots and blemishes…who doesn’t?) but in reality, I don’t need to use foundation, so why ruin my skin by using it when I don’t need to?touche

What I do use:

If I find myself with bags and dark circles under my eyes, there’s nothing like an old favourite: Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat. A little dab under the eyes, gentle patting and sweeping to blend and then hello bright eyes!bb pencil

Do do the eyes, I line my upper eye-lid with Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Eye Pencil in Caviar.

Now, you can’t get this any more and I’m rapidly approaching the end of my last pencil, so I’m a bit peeved: I’ve been using this pencil for years and the smudger is really handy! I will have to go on a hunt for a new eyeliner at some point…

Anyway, this gives me some definition on my eyes and allows me to turn up the corners with a little ‘flick’.

Next, I bring out my god-send.

Dior’s 5 Couleurs Lift Eyeshadow Palette.

A base-lift to help the shadows stay on the eye and even the lid
2 shades of serum-eyeshadow, one dark brown and one a champagne colourA shimmering highlighter shadow in a pale, neutral tone
An eye and eye-brow pencil to help structure and define.

diorI love this palette and I’m almost out…I might try something new next time, but we’ll see!

I use the eye pencil with a small sponge to run over the pencil on my eyelid already; it adds to the definition and keeps it firm all day.

Then I use a larger pad with the champagne shadow and sweep it from the very inside corner of my eye accross the whole lid. It lifts the whole complexion and brightens the eyes.

Finally, I take another sponge and apply a very small amount of the dark brown shadow to the very outside of my eyelids, sweeping it in about a third of the way over my lid and blending it so it’s barely-there but gives the hint of a smokey look.

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Next up: mascara. I have very long and thick eyelashes, so they tend to droop and no amount of curling seems to work on them, but sometimes a good mascara will do the trick.

I’m currently using Benfit’s Bad Girl Lash mascara, and I also use Lancome’s Hypnose regularly. The Benefit I find better for the day, as it isn’t as thick and it has a lighter texter on my eyelashes, keeping them thick and open all day.

A generous lick on the upper eyelashes and then I just touch it to my lower lashes; I don’t want to lengthen them, just define them, so I don’t brush it on, I just gently touch it to the lashes and it adds some definition to my lower eye, but isn’t as heavy as having eyeliner on the under eye as well.

Finally, I sweep on a little of Clinique’s Almost Bronzer, just a soft touch down the cheekbones to give some definition, but without being obvious.

That’s it. All done. Just a simple, neutral look, for every day and it goes with any outfit and hairstyle.

Understated is often best. For a natural everyday look, I find less is more. Using neutral colours and simple techniques you can create an effective and pure look. And when you’re pushed for time in the morning, the simpler the better!