My Michael Todd Collection…


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As promised, here I am with my Michael todd collection post. I have come to absolutely love this brand, as they are free of nasties, cater for all skin types and does exactly what it says on the packaging (something that a lot of products promise, yet fail to deliver). I have quite dry and sensitive skin, and as I highlighted in a recent post for the Michael Todd Charcoal face scrub, finding skincare can be a gruelling challenge. Which is why I have been sticking to what I know has been working.

Hearing many, many good things about this brand, one day I decided to take the plunge into the Michael Todd world and make a (quite large) order. And I can say that I have emerged from the other side one very happy girl. Not only have these products met my needs and expectations, but they have gone above and beyond and now cannot imagine being without them.

So without further a-due, I will give a mini review on each product that I have in my collection.

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So numero uno; the ‘Honey and Oat gentle deep pore cleanser’. I have got to say that I was looking forward to this the most, as I have tried many face washes and cleansers that just make my skin dry and tight. This Honey and Oat cleanser is most certainly gentle and leaves skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Michael Todd promises that, “Ultra-hydrating sweet-lemony honey and oat facial cleanser in a base of refreshing aloe vera juice. Effectively removes makeup and impurities in one simple step. Sulfate free “no tears” formula does not irritate eyes and rinses completely without residue leaving the skin clean, fresh and hydrated.”

I find this cleanser gentle yet thorough and I have noticed that my pores were significantly cleaner after a few uses. It smells sweet, just like honey and while many people are not crazy over the scent, I really don’t mind it. If anything it smells fresh and clean. Additionally, I think the packaging is very handy, just one pump in the shower and your good to go. Only a small amount is needed and it foams up really well, I have had mine over four months now and it still has many uses left! I personally like to use this in my morning shower, and use the good old Bioderma before bedtime so that I am not washing my skin too often. Overall, I feel that you can’t go wrong with this product if you need a gentle and effective cleanser.

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Next, I follow with the ‘Jojaba Charcoal Scrub’ 3-4 times per week. This is another holy grail product. I did a full review on this here: https://karenanddiamonds.wordpress.com/2013/11/02/miracle-moisturising-facial-scrub/.

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I think I need to start with the smell of this mask….it is absolutely lovely, smelling fruity and sweet. So good that you almost want to eat it! Most importantly, this mask is perfect for the winter months. I have to admit, I was never really one for face masks and didn’t really see the point. Then I ordered two of them from Michael Todd….and I discovered how wrong I were. This is like an injection of moisture into the skin and you are left with a revitalised and clear complexion.

According to Michael todd; “Mango butter, rich in vitamin C, unites with nutrient rich organic seaweed extract to rejuvenate and  moisturize dry, devitalized skin. Nourish and deeply hydrates with brazilian fruit butter, shea butter and a host of protective oils. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates dead skin cells revealing a fresher, glowing appearance. Revitalize while enhancing skin condition and restoring natural suppleness, elasticity and softness.”

How ever it works, this is a magic formula and it will remain my ‘skin fix’ throughout the cold months. The smell alone makes this a pleasure to use and will have you reaching for it whenever you have a cosy night in, wearing snuggly pyjamas and a cup of tea at hand.

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My second instalment in my face mask collection. I found myself weary before using this, as the words charcoal and detoxifying sounded harsh, and I was so used to using new products which ended up leaving a stinging sensation on my skin. But, I got on with it and was left pleasantly surprised. After wearing this, my skin actually felt lovely and soft without any sign of a stinging sensation…result!

Michael Todd state that, “This gentle detoxifying mask uses mineral rich charcoal to draw out impurities and toxins to clear skin of excess oil, dirt and other pollutants. Fortified with antioxidant green tea, vitamins and black willow tree extract recognized for thousands of years for its healing power. Also contains DMAE and Hyaluronic acid to hydrate and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

The consistency is quite thin, which is nice if you don’t want to be putting anything to thick on your face and it smells quite nice, sort of a mix between a minty, aniseed and herbal smell (I know, I am not the best at describing smells!). After removing this mask, my skin felt clean and refreshed, but another thing that I noticed was that any red patches and blemishes seemed to be a lot calmer. Now that I have used this quite a few times, I can still stick by this observation, as any blemishes seem to be kept at bay.

Overall, my skin does look visibly clearer and plump. I would say this this is a great year-round face mask, in order to keep those pours squeaky clean and clear. All this whilst leaving it moisturised and nourished. It is defiantly one that I will be re-purchasing when I run out.

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The Blue Green Algae Antibacterial Toner is full of nutrients. It contains blue green algae (obviously), organic kelp in a base of aloe vera juice, which is really soothing on the skin. These ingredients, alongside hyaluronic acid, amino acids, tea tree oil and black willow tree extract help to eliminate toxins, speed up cellular renewal and remineralise the skin. This toner is aimed at removing bacteria from the skin for a clean and clear complexion. As it cleans the skin, it maintains the skins ph balance as it does not contain any alcohol, which means that it isn’t drying or harsh (huge bonus!).

This is a huge customer favourite and I can definitely see why. Again, before I bought this item, a toner was something that I never owned before, and associated them more with mature skin types. And yet again, I was wrong. Now I don’t really have problem or blemish prone skin, I just tend to get the occasional breakout (but who doesn’t!). What I do get is redness patches, and this toner really helps with this and I am not exaggerating when I say that it literally works overnight. By morning, skin looks brighter and healthier…woo!

Additionally, the refreshing and soothing sensation on the skin, combined with the scent makes you feel like you have just stepped out of a luxury spa. It smells a mixture of lavender, tea tree and birch wood, which is just heavenly. It is also 97% organic! What more could you want? Needless to say, this has become part of my everyday skincare routine…..go and give it a try; what are you waiting for?

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Finally, the Tinted Lip Protector Trio is 82% organic and contains extra virgin olive oil and beeswax to seal in moisture for long lasting hydration. They are infused with peppermint oil which is why they have a delicious minty flavour which also provides a little lip plumping. (I am a lover of any lip product that has a lip plumping ingredient in for fuller looking lips) The pack contains three shades: ‘Mauve Over’, ‘Copper Penny’ and ‘Very Berry’, which all have spf 18 sun protection. I especially like how they are made without parabens, sulphates, artificial dye or fragrance. I really do like these balms, as they feel highly moisturising and nourishing, whilst providing a subtle hint of colour and shimmer.

So there you have it everybody….my Michael Todd collection. I have had a very positive experience with all of these products, and will be re-purchasing all when I eventually run out. But remember not to expect miracles or solely rely on any products to combat any skin problem. Your skin is part of your body and having a balanced diet, an active lifestyle and keeping yourself hydrated, combined with using good, quality products (like these) will help to keep your skin in optimum condition.

Happy Thursday lovelies!

Miracle Moisturising Facial Scrub


ImageThis is a new one for me. If you have read my previous posts, you will know that I have dry/sensitive skin and finding skincare can be somewhat of a challenge for me. It has now come to a point where it takes a lot of research and trailing different products before I even consider buying something. And this is coming from someone who is persuaded easily by watching youtube videos! Drugstore products tend to send me running in the opposite direction as many seem to have too many chemicals for my liking. (Well that what my skin thinks anyway!)

This is especially true when it comes to buying facial scrubs…just the thought of them sends alarm bells ringing in my head! My first thoughts on facial scrubs were of the harshness on the skin, and the words ‘facial scrub’ and ‘hydration’ were worlds apart (a bit like chalk and cheese). I heard only good things about the Michael Todd products; they are organic (not full of nasty chemicals), cater for all skin types, and relatively decent priced…well I think so anyway for the amount that you get.

So with this in mind, one day I was debating on the website thinking do I? or don’t I? Bearing in mind that I like to try things out first, but then I just thought ‘sod it’… I’m going to give them a go, and I put my trust in many bloggers and youtubers. I ended up with quite a large order, but they do have 20% off…so this kind of made it ok….I like to tell myself that anyway!

Well Michael Todd, you have have converted me. My trust was well placed and I am so happy that I made the order. As mentioned in a previous post, I will be writing about all of the items that I bought, but I thought that this Jojoba Charcoal Facial Scrub deserved a special mention. Especially from someone who ‘doesn’t do’ facial scrubs.

As Michael Todd states, “Highly absorbent Activated Charcoal penetrates deeply into pores to draw out impurities and toxins. Refines texture and encourages skin renewal, leaving skin smooth and refreshed.” Well, let me tell you, this is spot on. At first I was a little dubious as I have always experienced a stinging sensation when trying anything like this….but no…nothing of the sort. It does feel gritty due to the Jojoba wax beads, which are the exfoliator. I put this on at the beginning of my shower, worked into the skin (but not over-stimulate) and rinsed off at the end of my shower. I was actually amazed the first time; my skin felt so soft and moisturised, which I didn’t think was possible. I now fear no more, this really does work and is super hydrating, especially if you follow with the ‘Blue Green Algae Toner’.

I love love love this and if you want a safe (gentle) scrub for you face, then you need to try this. I believe that if this can work for my skin, then it will work on all! It retails at $18.50 (-20%)+ $7.95 shipping so it isn’t the cheapest, but you can also pay a lot more in UK stores for many high-end brands.

My advise…give it a go! And be sure to let me know what you think. What is your favourite product from Michael Todd?

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Winter Skin Essentials


Sorry for the lack of posts over the last few days, had a very busy week, including my first experience of Zumba! And I can honestly say that I love it! I did not think that keeping fit could be so enjoyable! Anyway… these winter months have slowly crept up upon us and the change in temperature and windy weather definitely has an effect on our skin (well mine anyway). This post is about all those winter skin essentials that need to be cracked open at this time of year.

Hands

Firstly, I like in winter a good quality hand cream. I tend to get dry finger tips and around the nail cuticle area , so I pay particular attention to these. I like to use the Vaseline ‘healthy hands and stronger nails’ hand cream. It really does do just what it says; when I use this, my nails do seem to grow quicker and seem much stronger. It also has a lovely texture, non-greasy and melts right into the skin. It smells pretty nice too and for value, you have a pretty good deal on this!

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I also love the Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Cream. This stuff smells amazing and does a great job of keeping those cuticles in tip top condition! I like to use this as a quick fix for those extra dry patches, and was told that it can be used on lips too….bonus! There is also a intense treatment method and I would suggest to do this once a week if you have very dry hands. Before you go to bed, cover your hands in this cream, pop on some cotton gloves and when you wake up, hey presto….your hands will feel like new, baby soft and perfectly moisturised.

Body

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Generally, I have a few go-to products for the body and one of these is The Body Shop’s ‘Coconut Body Butter’.  I find this so rich and creamy and sinks right into the skin. I also love the smell….it lasts all day and keeps you feeling fresh with that just-out-of-the-shower feeling. They do a really great job of moisturising the skin.

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Now now now….the Laura Mercier ‘fresh fig soufflé body creme. If you have a few pretty pennies to spare (£43.50) and would like to splash out on a little piece of heaven…buy this. I heard such great things about these creams and had to go out to the shops and see for myself. I was blown away with the smell of this and had to buy it there and then! It is so thick, silky smooth and creamy and nourishes the skin like no other. The delicious fig scent makes it smell good enough to eat! (I will be doing a full review on this product soon)

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I also think it is vital to exfoliate a bit more in the winter. Products like the Soap and Glory ‘Sugar Crush Body Scrub’ and the S&G ‘Flake away’ do a great job of getting rid of those dead, chapped skin cells, so that we are left looking healthy and polished. Grab yourself any of these products, some good old exfoliating gloves and get scrubbing away!

Feet

Yep thats right….feet. Not the most glamorous of topics, but if your anything like me, you will like your feet to be baby soft at all times. That means making sure that they are well exfoliated and well moisturised.

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I like to use the L’Occitane ‘Dry Skin Foot Cream’. It has sort of a whipped texture and melts into the skin straight away. It can also be used as an overnight treatment….again lather onto the feet, put some foot socks on and sleep whilst it works its magic. It could also be a good idea to invest in a ped egg for easy foot exfoliation, if not, a pummice stone will be suffice.

Lips

Now I don’t know about you, but my lips always go chapped in winter if they are not looked after properly. I hate dry lips and do anything to avoid getting them.

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My personal favourites (apart from the good old Vaseline) is Mac’s ‘Lip Conditioner’ and Dior’s ‘Creme de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm Rose Cream’. Now these are a tad on the expensive side, but I would rather pay for something that works, than spending the same on all the others that don’t. Dior’s Rose Creme is my favourite as it plumps, smooths and nourishes, not to mention smelling great. (again I will do a full review on this product; keep your eyes peeled!)

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As a cheaper alternative, I also like the Carmex Lip Balm. This does do a fab job at injecting moisture into the lips and keeping them plump. Great value for the money in my humble opinion!

Face

If you don’t already know, I have big problems with dry skin on my face (and somehow it still manages to be oily…huh?) so it is vital that I have a religious facial routine.

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The only products that seem to work for me….I mean really work, is the Lancome Genifique and Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm moisturising cream for dry skin. They smooth, hydrate, plump, clarify , tone….and the list goes on. If you suffer from dry skin, I would recommend giving these two a try….maybe try to get a few samples.

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The Origins Mega Mushroom range is also a great buy if you have dry, sensitive and red skin. They are super hydrating and calm the skin right down if you suffer with any redness or blotchiness.

It is also wise to use a separate night cream (Lancome also do one of these in the same range) as they are a lot more moisturising than normal. Giving your skin that big dose of moisture that it needs.

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I know the hype on the Michael Todd range is huge, and they are one thing that many bloggers will have talked about at least once. And let me tell you that there is a reason they are spoken about so highly; they are amazing! I love to use the Avocado and Mango hydrating facial mask (especially good in the winter months) and the Charcoal Mask is a good all rounder. I do understand that it is difficult to know if a face mask is doing it’s job, as its something that you do have to just trust, but after 15 minutes with these on, your skin feels plump, soft and hydrated. After using the Charcoal Mask, you can tell that your pores are cleaner as the Charcoal draws out the impurities in the skin. (I will be doing a full review on my Michael Todd range at a later date) May I also  just add the smell of the Avocado and Mango Mask….delicious! The smell alone makes this a good buy and will have you addicted to using it!

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Finally, Drink lots! We all know that this is a standard, but in winter, the more we stay hydrated, the more our skin stays hydrated. And this is imperative in keeping those dark circles and paleness at bay. Remember, we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day (220ml each). So I suggest to drink a pint before bed and a pint when you wake up to give yourself a kick start!

What products do you like to dig out for winter?