Monday, 15 December 2014

Sarah Chapman review




When you follow some british bloggers they all mention 1 person: Sarah Chapman. Sarah is a well known facialist in London who launched her own signature product range in 2008 and has won various awards including Best New Skincare Brand at the CEW Awards 2009. After everybody was raving about her "overnight facial" I really got curious and ordered the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Starter Kit on Feelunique.com.

There are 4 products in the starterkit:

Ultimate cleanse
Dynamic Defence SPF 15
Overnight Facial
Eye Recovery


Ultimate cleanse starts off as a balm but once you start massaging it around your face it melts to oil so you're able to give yourself a good facial massage for as long as you want. The balm/oil works it's way deep into pores and removes impurities then when you add water it changes to a milk. Ultimate Cleanse is full of anti-ageing ingredients as well as ingredients to boost collagen production. It leaves my skin feeling smooth, soft and completely clean. I've just been using a flannel to remove it from my face. It's really a lovely cleanser, but I don't know if I would spend that amount of money(40£ for 100ml) on the full size cleanser.

Ingredients: 

Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Dermaxyl™ Oligopeptide, White Lily, Coenzyme Q10, Borage Oil, Baobab Oil, Melon Oil, Rosehip, Jojoba Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Meadowfarm Seed Oil. 


Dynamic Defence SPF 15: I'm still on the look of the perfect moisturiser, I haven't found it yet. My skin is at an awkward age, I'm 27 and I need to hydrate but also prevent wrinkels! I'm at an age now where I'm starting to notice fine lines (only around my eyes but I want to prevent them appearing on the rest of my face) so I'll need anti-ageing products that aren't to heavy. Trying to find a product to target fine lines without over stimulating my skin and causing spots is almost impossible. According to Sarah Chapman the Dynamic Defence SPF 15  protects from UV and environmental damage. Improves the appearance of clarity and restores the skin’s natural moisture balance. Revolutionary peptides plump the skin and increase collagen production, giving skin back its firmness and elasticity. Improves acne marking and calms irritated skin. Our signature complex of skin brighteners lightens uneven dark pigmentation and gives skin a radiant glow. At this moment I've tried it for a couple of days and haven't had a spot yet (because of the SPF it's a bit of a thicker cream). Perhaps I might have found the perfect moisturiser?

Ingredients: 

SPF 15 UVA/UVB, Vitamin A, Coenzyme Q10, Tyrostat™ 11, Emblica™, Bearberry, Photosomes, Beta Glucan, Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Abyssinian Oil, Iris, Rose and Jasmine, also contains Oxybenzone.

Overnight Facial: this is Sarah's cult product that everyone is raving about! But I'm not really sure if I'm in to it that much. It's an oil that you need to apply over the face and the neck. I was afraid that the oil would be to heavy for me, but actually it's not. I haven't woken up with any spots or rash. The one thing that does irritate me is the smell! I just don't know but I don't like it and it'll last for a pretty long time after applying the serum. The morning after using the overnight facial my skin will look very plumped, smooth and rejuvenated (at the website they mention that the serum also helps with stressed skin) I won't use this every night, but it's a nice extra to give your skin a little treat.

Ingredients: 

Vitamin A, VCIP Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lipobrite®HCA-4, Coenzyme Q10, Renovage™, Dermaxyl™Oligopeptide, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Abyssinian Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Melon Oil, Baobab Oil, Jojoba, Jasmine, Rose.


Eye Recovery: My eye area is my main concern. I'm starting to see fine lines, and it irritates me! Eye Recovery contains an ingredient called Syn-Ake peptide which creates a botox like effect to instantly plump and smooth fine lines. My ears pricked up when I heard Botox like effect but I was sceptical. Honestly I haven't seen any difference with my Bobbi Brown extra repair eyecream. I'll need to test this product a little bit more before I can write an honest review on it. Eye Recovery can also be used around the lip area and between the eyes.

Ingredients:

Matrixyl™ Pentapeptide, Eyeliss™ Tetrapeptide, Syn®-Ake Dipeptide, Haloxyl™ Oligopeptide & Tetrapeptide, Syn®-Coll Tripeptide, Renovage™, DMAE, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres™, Unirepair T43, VCIP Vitamin C, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Pentavitin®, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin E, Vitamin A Palmitate, L-Carnosine, Iris, Mushroom, Aloe Leaf Juice.

The verdict?
I like the products and understand all the fuss about it, after all she wouldn't win awards if it didn't work. I'm curious about trying some more of her products!

Do these products sound interesting to you? Which one would you order?

XO S.

Monday, 8 December 2014

London & Paris Shopping Haul!


I've just returned from a shoppingtrip to London and thought you would be curious to know what came home with me.

First stop was Tory Burch, there was a 30% sale going on, so we just had to take a look.
Get 2 TB-addicts in a store with discount and we won't leave empty handed. I got the perfume (no discount unfortunately) and the typical TB cardigan in beige. I already have one and I'm just soooo in love with it, the stoftest fabric...



After TB I went in to Space NK, heaven on earth for the beautyaddicts among us. I could have bought everything in the store. It was hard but I only left with a little Christmas present for my dad, a gift set from this works,  the deep sleep pillow talk.


Boots was another store I just had to check, I bought some presents there, but I know some of these persons read the blog so I'm only going to mention the things I bought for myself ;-) There was a 3 for 2 action on all the maybelline products and this is what came home with me:

2 colordrama lippencils (the 2nd red on the left and the first pink one on the right). These are SO smooth to apply, and not expensive at all! Happy camper overhere!





I'm a bit tired of spending more than 25€ on a mascara (although I'm in love with the Chanel Inimitable). So I went for the colossal volume express mascara by maybelline that A. suggested me.




Final Boots purchase is the Philospohy - Help me nightcream. Everytime I use this I just notice that my skin is so much better. I haven't found it in Belgium (yet?) so I had no other choice than to buy it ;-)



That's it for my London shopping haul. I didn't buy that much but thats mostely because of the bad pound rate and I already had a little #Feelingspendy moment in Paris a week before!

When entering the Chanel store at Rue Cambon, I just knew it, I wasn't going to leave the store without a new handbag! An early Christmas present it was. :-)
I've tried the Maxi and the Jumbo, just because I was still in doubt. Surprisingly the Maxi wasn't TO big for me (okay it's a big handbag, but not that huge). But eventually I decided to go with the Jumbo. Why? Because 1) you can use the Jumbo at night time, the maxi was definitly only a day-time bag, and 2) for those few cm's diffrence they asked about 400€ more.
Here's a little picture of my latest addition to my handbag collection ;-)




What do you like to try/buy from my shopping haul?

XO S.

I don't post this to brag about anything, I've saved up a long time to buy all these items.

Monday, 1 December 2014

London Beauty Wishlist



My annual London shopping trip is just around the corner, about time to make my beauty wishlist!
A lot of great makeup- and beauty products aren't available in Belgium or they are just a lot cheaper in the UK. These products don't come cheap so if I can save some money by buying them in London I will definitely do that :-).
It's not a huge wishlist, but I've heard such great things and read a lot of reviews about them that I really want to see/test them in real life! When I return from London I'll blog a haul-post of what I eventually ended up buying.

Here are the items on my beauty wishlist:

1) Help Me - Philosophy
2) Charlotte Tilbury - Magic Cream
3) Charlotte Tilbury - Lipstick 
4) Oribe - Dry Texturizing Spray
5) Thisworks - Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
6) NARS - Concealer
7) Laura Mercier - Primer
8) Tory Burch - Perfume


What would you like to try of this list?
XO S.

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