TALIKA Time Control Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Device

Monday, 21 May 2018

The skin around the eyes are the most delicate area of the entire face, it easily shows signs of ageing ie. fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, sagginess etc. and frankly, nobody wants that, well at least not too soon which is why using anti-ageing products around the eyes are so important and the earlier you start, the younger you'd look, after all, prevention is key, am I right?! But that being said, using only skincare products are not always effective as most of them do not always penetrate deeply into the skin, just a light layer of hydration around the surface if I'm honest. We need to combine products and massage techniques to get the best result possible which is why I'm super excited to introduce you to this wonderful Talika time Control Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Device. Obviously, you can massage your eye area with just your fingertips but sometimes you could put too much pressure or you might be lazy so this is when devices come in handy. 

Talika is a French skincare company that has been around since 1948 and they do devices for the face and eye. I discovered it when I was scrolling through Spacenk's web (as you do) because it seemed like the perfect little thing and I was right, here's why... 

I'm gonna make it very clear for you by bullet pointing the PROs and CONs so that you can easily see if this is worth the splurge. 

  • It's very small and compact so you can take it with you wherever and use it whenever.
  • It's not heavy at all so when you massage with it, your arm won't get tired. 
  • It doesn't require charging, all you need is an AA battery (it comes with one when you purchase) but please use chargeable ones for the environment. 
  • It comes with a rather elegant-looking case, an instruction pamphlet, a 2-year warranty card and a little pouch.   
  • It uses light therapy as well as ionotherapy to effectively reduce fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles. 
  • It can be used around the mouth to reduce laugh lines as well as between eyebrows and on your forehead. 
  • You can use it on its own or apply your favourite eye serums because it helps products to penetrate into the skin better. 
  • It's very easy to use, all you have to do is press the power button once and lightly massage with it. When you massage, the light turns on automatically and the timer sets into one minute so you know when to switch.  
  • It retails for £89 which is pricey but I think it's worth it. Just think of the money you will save on eye masks because they aren't cheap and you have to repurchase them all the time but with this one, you can use it every day for one fixed price. 
I honestly can't think of other CONs because it has been doing wonders for my eye contour area. I have been using it twice a day for almost a month now and it makes the skin around my eyes much smoother and brighter. I can definitely see the difference on days when I don't have time to use it. It also makes my eye cream absorb so much better so I'm loving it. 

(I use it together with my beloved 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream mixed with Odacité Ba + S)

If you are over 30 and thinking of investing in a good anti-ageing device, I highly recommend starting with this one instead of a face device because A, it costs way more and B, this little eye thing can be used wherever you need (I sometimes even use it around my neck because why not) so there's really no need for a face device. 

(the result of using Talika: my under eye is so much smoother and plumped)

(this is the before shot: my under eye is dry and you can clearly see that line)

Bear in mind that the result may vary depending on your skin types or skin conditions even, so try to research more if you are interested. 

Have you tried anything from Talika? Thoughts? 

Herbivore Botanicals

Monday, 14 May 2018

Herbivore is a brand I've been eyeing for quite some time as I have seen it all over on Instagram and it seems like an awesome brand. I love that their products are made with coconut water and I really dig the packaging too, so simple yet elegant. I've picked up some of the best selling products to try and I just want to say that it is wonderful companies like Herbivore do travel size products so I could try them out without "breaking the bank". All Herbivore products come in transparent glass bottles even their travel sized products so we can definitely re-use the bottles and save the environment. 

I just want to put it out front that the products do not "wow" me, they are not bad but I've tried better. Bear in mind that this is my personal opinion so if they work for your skin then that's great and I am happy for you but for me, they don't live up to the hype and I'll tell ya why...

Let's start with the product I actually quite like which is the Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Face Mist. It's hydrating, it has a fine mist and it feels refreshing which is wonderful but it smells nothing like roses, straight up honey if I'm honest, don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about that, it's just that I'm not a big honey fan. I use it after cleansing and I do like how it feels on my skin, very light and comfortable so I do recommend checking it out if you are looking for an all natural face mist/toner. 

I love a good sea mist for my hair which is why I am so excited for this Sea Mist Coconut + Sea Salt Beach Wave Hair Mist (their products have the longest names ever). Unfortunately, it doesn't do much for my hair at all. The only thing I like about it is the scent. It smells so coconutty and so pleasant. It leaves my hair smelling good all day long but sadly, that's about it. It doesn't give me the volume I need, it doesn't give me the texture and It doesn't give my hair that beachy wavy look. It does make my hair pretty soft but I need more volume than being soft so I will not buy it again. 

As for Lapis Balancing Facial Oil, it's best for oily skin peeps I think but for me, it's not hydrating enough. I know that a lot of people want to know the differences between Lapis and Sunday Riley Luna and let me tell you now, I much prefer Luna because it's more moisturising and may I just say that I don't care for the scent of Lapis, it makes me kinda nauseous for some reason. On a positive note, Lapis sinks in instantly and it doesn't leave any greasy residue so if you have oily skin, you have found your gem. 

Last but not least, is something I was most excited about - Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask. I got this and the Lipis face oil in a kit actually as it was such a good value kit but I have to say, this mask makes my skin a little dry after so I'm not sure about it. It has the same smell as the face oil which I don't particularly like but I do enjoy the lotion to gel texture and the fact that it sinks really fast, almost too fast and I feel like I need another layer or something. It doesn't tingle as much so if you have sensitive skin you can use it with no problem. It does leave my skin quite soft but other than that I do not see any visible result. In my opinion, this mask is best for people who have oily or blemish-prone skin types and for dry skin peeps, it might not be the ideal mask option. 

All and all, Herbivore is somewhat a disappointment for me. The products do not work well for my skin and I will not repurchase any of the products here but I really like the packaging, so simple yet elegant, and I love that they use coconut water as an ingredient so if you are curious, try it because they do sell minis and I so appreciate that. 

Have you tried Herbivore? Which is your favourite product? 

Altilis Beauty Complete Skincare System

Thursday, 3 May 2018

If you have been following me for a while, you'd know that I believe less is more when it comes to either skincare or makeup. At the end of the day, it really doesn't matter how much you put on your face, it's what we put on that matters. Remember: quality > quantity. 

As I age, I find that I use fewer products but they have to be all natural, effective and lightly fragranced, and that's really what I've been looking for in products these days which is why I'm super duper happy when Altilis Beauty sent me the Complete Skincare System to try and let me tell you, my skin has never felt so fresh and frankly, energetic if I may use that adjective to describe my skin. 

The Complete Skincare System retails for 110 Canadian Dollars and it comes with a cleanser, a serum and a moisturiser, and that is all you need for a perfect skincare routine if I'm honest. Well, I would also add in a refreshing toner but that's just me. This skincare set is suitable for all skin types and all age groups, even if you have the most sensitive or mature skin as all of Altilis skincare products are infused with Tropical Breadfruit and other Powerful Botanicals which are directly picked by micro farmers from Samoa that is well known for their anti-ageing and soothing properties plus the fruit is full of antioxidant which makes the skincare set great for morning use. 

I use the InflorEssence Facial Cleanser mostly in the morning or as my second cleanse sometimes as it lightly foams, very light actually so it doesn't dry out the skin. My skin feels smooth and looks healthy every time I use it plus the scent just really wakes me up and puts me in a better mood. 

But the hero product in the set has to be the InfloEssence Serum. This is by far, one of the best serums I've tried. It makes my skin glow like nobody's business but the best part is the texture. It's halfway between an essence and an oil and as you rub it in, it absorbs instantly, no greasy residue and my skin just looks youthful and healthy. This is truly an 8-hour-sleep in a bottle. 

(photo was taken straight after the serum with no filter. It gave my skin a healthy glow without any unwanted greasiness)

Sometimes I find that the serum alone is hydrating enough for my skin but if I wear foundation or I feel particularly dry someday, I would layer the InflorEssence Moisturiser on top. This is what I would say a light moisturiser so if you have oily or combo skin, this would be a great option but if you have dry skin, make sure to layer it on top of the serum. It has a smooth, kind of a gel to cream texture that sinks in a blink of an eye. It gives a somewhat matte finish and it would be a great primer before any foundations. I think I'm gonna benefit from it a lot this summer as I do prefer a light moisturiser in the summer just to avoid that heavy/greasy feeling. 

All 3 products come in pump bottles so they are very easy to use and you don't have to worry about that "dipping-your-fingers-in" jars or pots situation. I highly recommend checking them out if you like simple but effective skincare routine and if you really like it, you can even purchase the whole set in a much bigger size. 

That's it beauties, and if you can't tell already, I'm in love with these gems and I hope you would too. A massive thank you to Altilis Beauty for sending the goodies! Have a lovely week! 

*PR samples 

Blue Monarch Skin and Body Care Range

Monday, 30 April 2018

Blue Monarch is an all natural skin and body care company based in Boston and it creates products that are chemical-free as well as cruelty-free. I was kindly sent 4 of their best selling products to try and let me tell you, they are gorgeous. 

I'm gonna start with my favourite product which is the Anti-Ageing Face Oil. I have used many different types of face oils in my life, dah!!! And this, in my opinion, is one of the best because of one ingredient: Raspberry Seed Oil which is a natural source of SPF, similar to Titanium Dioxide to protect the skin from the harsh UV rays. It provides SPF 28 which is fairly good for everyday use (do use a higher SPF if you are going to be under the sun for even more than 20 minutes) and it is also very nourishing thanks to Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other blends of seed and nut oils infused with flowers. It has a gorgeous yellow/golden colour, the texture is so smooth and it sinks in beautifully. It has this lavendery scent which is absolutely heavenly and I am loving it. I use it in the morning only because of the SPF factor and it sits nicely under my foundation. It retails for $72 (30ml/1 oz) and you only need 3 to 4 drops so a little goes a long way. 

Another favourite of mine is the Alcohol-Free Face Mist & Toner which has Rose Water, Orange Blossom Water and Chicory Water. It smells light and pleasant plus it does not only hydrate the skin but also soothes. It just feels lovely and I can't help but spray this beauty all day long and I love that the mist is super fine. It retails for $45 for a 60ml (2 oz) bottle and you can use it as your everyday toner, refreshing mist or even makeup setting spray. 

I'm so glad that Blue Monarch sent me the Divine Times Body Oil. I love a good body oil as I use them way more than butters or lotions. They are just easier to apply and feel much more hydrating. I like to use them after taking a shower or bath when my skin is still damp, and that's how you should use your oils too because this way, oils get absorbed better and skin feels a lot smoother. 

This oil has Organic Sunflower Oil infused with Fragrant and other healing flowers and herbs which is why it smells kinda herbally/flowery but by no means strong which I really like. It is super smooth and it's also a great option for an all natural intimate lubricant. In fact, it's called Divine Times Intimate Oil on their website so ditch your petroleum-based lubricants that could easily cause irritation and substitute it with this all natural goodness that is good for the skin and never cause, well, anything. By the way, it comes with a pump which I so appreciate as it's super duper easy to use after showering. It retails for $52 (120ml/4 oz). 

Last but certainly not least, is the Monarch Mask which is a clay mask that also has Chocolate, Charcoal and Herbs. One thing I like about this mask is that the texture is super smooth, kinda like chocolate mousse. It doesn't smell exactly "delicious" but it's all right. It claims to deep cleanse pores, build collagen and elastin, help with blood circulation, moisturise, prevent breakouts, balance oily and dry skin etc. which do sound very promising but honestly, I haven't noticed any of that just yet because I've only used it a few times so I'll keep using it and update you on that. But for now, the only thing I've noticed is that it makes my skin a little dry after rinsing it off so I recommend mixing in with a few drops of your favourite face oils if you have dry skin. It's not the best clay-based mask I've tried but it's not a bad mask. It retails for $38 (15ml). 

All in all, Blue Monarch does a great job on creating these lovely products and I can't recommend them enough except the face mask but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and keep using it, see what it does in the long run and of course, report back. As for now, go check out the face mist, face oil and the body oil as they are fabulous. Blue Monarch also makes essential oils and other all natural products so if you are interested, check them out. FYI, all products come in the gorgeous deep blue glass bottles so thumbs up for the packaging and don't forget to recycle after use. 

Have a lovely the first day of May and of course the rest of the week. Muahh! 

*PR samples 

April Favourites

Sunday, 22 April 2018

I don't have a lot of new faves this month but I thought you might still want to see them so if you are curious, stay with me. By the way, I do have some old faves as well but for the purpose of not-bore-you, I'm just gonna show you my new faves in the month of April, and if you are interested in knowing my old faves you can check out my previous posts or follow me on Instagram for more.

I have been wanting to try Omorovicza Skincare for the longest time but their products are just way too expensive but I've got some travel sized products to try and honestly, they are not bad. My favourite has to be this Moor Cream Cleanser. You guys know I love a good cream cleanser and this one feels quite calming and very refreshing, to be honest. I really like the minty feeling it gives and it is infused with mineral-rich Hungarian moor mud which helps to detoxify and purify the skin. It leaves the skin soft and hydrated without that tight feeling that some of the mud cleansers give. 

(Ultramoor Mud Mask)

And speaking of moor mud, another favourite from the brand is the Ultramoor Mud Mask. I love the deep grey, almost black colour, and I love that it makes my skin clean and ready for the next step. Again, it has the moor mud which is good for detoxifying the skin but it also has calcium and magnesium extracts which help to nourish the skin. My skin doesn't feel too tight but it is a mud based mask so tight feeling is expected so if you have dry skin, mix a couple of drops of your favourite face oil and you are good to go. 

(Gold Hydralifting Mask)

(Midnight Radiance Mask)

I also got to try a couple of mask samples from the brand and may I just say the Gold Hydralifting Mask is heavenly. It makes my skin nice and hydrated. It just gives that slept-well look which I really enjoy. It retails for £120 which is by no means cheap so if you are interested, make sure get a sample before splurging on the full size. As for the Midnight Radiance Mask, it's not my favourite but I just want to let you know that it does not match with the high price tag. Yes, it's moisturising but for £90, I expected much more. 

Keeping with the mask theme here, another favourite mask this month is the Verso Deep Hydration Mask. Again, this isn't cheap so if you could get hold of a sample, do it. The mask itself is lovely. It's a gel sheet mask and it feels very refreshing and hydrating. One of the best things about gel masks is that even if you leave it on your skin for more than you should, it will not dry out your skin, unlike the normal sheet masks. I don't know if you know that the normal sheet masks will suck the hydration out of your skin if you leave them on till they completely dried so never leave them on for more than half an hour but with the gel formula, you can. 

Since summer is just around the corner, I have been enjoying rocking a bright orange lip for pretty much every day. And my favourite this month is this Luxury Lipstick (Tough Tomato) by Rodin. Rodin does luxury skincare and makeup and this lipstick is their best selling product because it's infused with natural/organic lip-loving ingredients and it's so opaque, moisturising and most importantly, comfortable on the lip. It has a creamy formula and gives a semi-matte finish. I love it and I think I need that red shade in my life as well. The only downside is that it costs £28 for a piece and it comes with a cheap-feeling + plight plastic packaging. I thought It was glass but hey, it's good for taking it on the go I guess. 

Last but not least, it's this Coffee Bean Eye Cream by 100% Pure that I didn't think I would like but it turned out to be one of the best eye creams I've tried. It instantly brightens my under eyes and it gives just the right amount of hydration. It retails for £23 for a whopping 30ml (double the normal eye cream size) which makes it an affordable skincare item that works. Plus I love that it has the most gorgeous organic ingredients without any nasties like all 100% Pure products so if you are looking for a good inexpensive eye cream, try this one. 

That's it guys, these are my new faves for April and if you have any questions on any of these products, let me know in the comments below. Have a lovely week! 

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