Sunday, 13 December 2015

REVIEW: TRILOGY INSTANT BRONZING GEL

 

Many years of defying body bronzing I have finally become fond of having tanned limbs especially after seeing myself in a photo with fake tanning.  I looked healthy and my skin amazing.  I'm not sure if its just me but I thought I also looked slimmer.

Summer is all about being bronzed up and looking sexy,  My fear of fake tanning started years ago when I constantly saw girls who were all bronzed up and then wham, the back of their legs and all the way down to their ankles were streaky.  Girlfriends in tow not saying a word. Bitches!

Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel combines caramel from non- GMO cane sugar, for instant colour, with a certified natural, high performance self-tanning ingredient that works with your skin to develop a safe, gorgeous, natural-looking tan. This luxurious gel contains aloe vera to soothe and hydrate and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to help fight free radical damage.

I applied this product with my hands.  I was a bit hesitant as the last thing I needed was the evidence staining my hands!  I was surprised to find that I was able to wash it off without it staining so that was a big plus.  I would attempt it again with a mitt though.


I really like this product as you can actually see where it goes as it's applied. The colour is an intense gold colour gel which develops into a golden colour tan. Application is super easy and spreads really well. Within five minutes my legs were dry enough to put my clothes on.  There were no streaks or patches.

When you first squeeze the gel onto your hands you would instantly think that you will over shimmer, but as you apply the shimmer becomes quite subtle which I love. I'm not a fan of fake tanning that screams FAKE. This has a more natural look to it. The fragrant is really nice, it hasn't got that typical coconut scent.  I can't quite put my finger on the scent but the only thing I can compare it to is Marsala, an Italian port wine, mmm delish!



Here are some tips to get that all over perfect glow
  1. Start by exfoliating your skin everywhere you want to tan, paying special attention to areas that can be dry or rough (elbows, knees and ankles especially).
  2. Use a light moisturiser all over and allow time for it to fully absorb.
  3. Apply Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel with smooth sweeping strokes, blending evenly over the areas you wish to tan for an instant golden glow, which will deepen into a rich bronze tan over a few hours. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  4. Wash hands straight away to avoid staining.
  5. If you like a deeper colour, apply daily until desired tan is achieved and maintain by applying 2-3 times a week.


Price for the Instant Bronzing Gel is value for money at $18.95.

Trilogy products are available from selected Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Myer, pharmacy and health stores.   For further stockist information, call (03) 9533 1336 or visit trilogyproducts.com.


This product was provided for my consideration

Thursday, 10 December 2015

REVIEW: WHICH ONE ARE YOU SO...? SINFUL OR SO...? SUPERSTAR BODY FRAGRANCE


When it comes to body sprays or eau de toilette, which one are you?  Floral, citrus, woody kind of gal? I've picked two of my faves.

Eau de toilette
So...? Superstar contains a wondrous mix of passionfruit and oranges, perfect for summer!


With top notes of  passionfruit and oranges, and middle notes of freesia and lily of the valley which blends deliciously with a smooth base of cedarwood, almond and musk.


The fragrance is more concentrated than the body spray, use once in the morning and the fragrance is longer lasting. When using the two together it enhances the fragrance as well prolongs the scent on the body.

Generally, I change my fragrances per season. So...? has an extensive range of fragrances and body sprays to suit each season.

What is even great is that I have used these two together and they complement each other. I use the fragrance in the morning and have the body spray in my handbag for freshening up in the afternoon. The scents do not clash or overpower each other.


Body Spray
So...? Sinful contains a sweet sumptuous mix of scents with top notes of mint and pineapple, middle notes of violet and strawberry and base notes of vanilla, praline and musk.



I know, you may think it is an over sickly sweet smell but surprisingly not! The fragrance is sweet but not over the top, I actually quite like it. Each fragrant blends in nicely into each other giving it an overall sweet but subtle smell. 

The body spray is a lighter fragrance, where topping up whenever you want throughout the day to freshen up or as I sometimes use it for, refreshing stinky train carriages. the scent doesn't last all day which is why you can never overdose yourself with the body spray.

What's great is that they are inexpensive and perfect for every budget. So..? products are sold at Priceline and Big W Australia wide. Prices starts at $4.95.

To find a stockists go to their website at www.au.sowithattitude.com

Sunday, 6 December 2015

BRAND FOCUS: BOOTS SERUM7 LIFT


Whilst living in the UK oh so many light years ago, my fave beauty haunt was Boots. Its the UK version of our Priceline.

Boots branched out and did something different by launching their own anti-ageing skin care product line called 'Serum Lift 7' back in 2007.

Claiming to deliver results similar to prescription only skin care products, by using a powerfully synergistic blend of active ingredients, Boots backed its claim with an independently conducted, dermatological studies, which produced real data proving the product as effective in reversing the visible signs of ageing. This was pretty impressive to me, as I am so used to seeing fluffy anecdotal surveys posing as “studies” in the promotion of drug store skin care lines.

Independent tests were conducted by Professor Griffiths - a world-renowned dermatologist, confirmed that the formula had equivalent benefits to those of retinoic acid, which is one of the only skin care ingredients which has been scientifically proven to reverse and prevent signs of skin ageing. In their tests, carried out over six months, women's skin showed real improvements, and wrinkles were, in some cases, visibly reduced. Learning this had me pretty excited to trial these products.

On receiving the products my first impression was that packaging has a cheap looking  “drug store” appearance, although each product has an informative insert included, the inserts do not explain the products’ active ingredients or how they work. I had to do my own research, as I usually want to know what my skin care products contain (I don’t always recognise the chemical names of certain actives in the ingredient list) and I usually appreciate a bit of an explanation as to how they work. In my research I learnt that - true to its claims - serum lift 7 products do certainly contain a plethora of active ingredients. Among the active ingredients are ginseng, mulberry and vitamin C, all great antioxidant ingredients for treatment and prevention of sun damage, plus the peptide blend, which works alongside these other ingredients to help improve collagen production.

I don’t know exactly what a peptide is, but I do know it is one of those skin care ingredients that you usually only find in a more expensive product. Peptides are well known to be effective in helping the skin to produce and maintain collagen, which is supremely important in keeping skin firm and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Boots claims is serum lift 7 formula is rich in peptides. Among the included peptides is matrixyl 3000 - a famous peptide blend lauded for its superior performance in skin collagen building and repair.

This product had real, independent scientific data to back up its claims to being an effective anti ageing treatment, and it contains more than a few trusted and effective active ingredients. So far, I was impressed by what I learnt about the serum lift 7 line, but what did my own two weeks long trial of the product reveal regarding its actual effectiveness?


Anti wrinkle eye cream

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
I was immediately impressed with this one. Never before have I used an eye cream that absorbed as well or as quickly as this one, and it is by no means a gel, it is a cream. The effectiveness of how your skin absorbs a product, makes a HUGE impact on how effective it will be, as the product actually has to penetrate the skin in order to work.

Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
This cream seemed to moisturise my eye area better than other creams I’ve used, and it has made me wonder why I have put up with eye creams that just sit on top of the skin for so long! My fine under eye lines did improve noticeably after seven days of use, and this had me excited to see what further use of this product could do for me.


Deep Wrinkle Repair Serum

Deep Wrinkle Repair Serum
I applied the serum to my whole face morning and evening, after cleansing and toning. A little goes a long way! The serum definitely imparts a slight, but noticeable fresh glow to the skin. I felt my skin stimulated (in a good way) using this one, and I enjoyed it.




Firming Day cream

Firming Day cream
The cream itself contain SPF 15, which I appreciate. I really liked the texture of this cream, it looks a lot like clay and it feels just the right thickness. It’s very moisturising, without feeling too heavy on my skin. It worked well under make up. It does not have a strong scent, just enough to be pleasant. Besides from the effective moisturising, I did not notice the firming action of this cream. Perhaps this is something that occurs in long term use (the dermatological studies were conducted over a six month period). I would imagine that a product that works by building and repairing collagen would take a little time to show results.




Rejuvenating Night cream

Rejuvenating Night cream
The night cream has the same clay like appearance which I really like and is a little thicker than the day cream, which is to be expected. Both the day and night cream absorbed well, and it seems you don’t need to use much product, as a little goes a long way. My skin felt very well hydrated and very soft, and I seem to wake up in the morning with fresher looking skin.





Overall result!
I enjoyed using this product line, I think it’s been well thought out, and is pleasant and easy to use. All products absorb well and do a great job at keeping skin moisturised.

Did I notice anti ageing benefits during the trial? 
I have noticed my under eye wrinkles decreased and my complexion brighter. I thought I might of noticed a slight reduction in my forehead wrinkles toward the end of my trial, but I'm not totally sure. 14 days does not seem long enough to trial this product; as real results require 30 days of treatment to start to be noticeable. However, my first impressions are definitely positive. I am definitely enthusiastic to keep using this product for the next 30 days and see what it can do for my skin.

 
Want to know more about Boots Serum 7 range?  Go into the following pharmacies and check it out.

Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacy Australia wide.


These products were provided for my consideration