Ecooking – A review of the newest brand to hit Cult Beauty

In the last year I have changed career, city and pace – embracing the non-stop craziness of a tech start up and slowing down the weekends to spend time with friends and family. However, the change in career means that my day-to-day is sadly no longer spent with beauty fanatics. So, to quench the beauty-thirst I have decided to dust off my blog and get writing…starting with a review of the Danish skincare brand Ecooking.

I came across Ecooking whilst browsing Cult Beauty last Sunday in the need of a pick-me-up. I think I was looking for lipstick at the time, but I stopped to have a nosy on their brand page as the packaging looked so cool. I immediately imagined the handsoap in my bathroom… it’s cheaper and just as chic as the Aesop handwash I think I need.

Aside from the packaging, the brand boasts an Eco-friendly ethos with ingredients good enough to cook with. It was founded by entrepreneur Tina Sogaard, who decided to create her own DIY skincare following weightloss which left her skin lacklustre and grey. Tina ‘cooked’ up batches of products in her kitchen using a combination of natural and where possible, organic ingredients that she knew to have positive effects on the skin. With her own radiance restored and various friends ailments treated, Tina was convinced to launch her range to the world.

From the range, I decided to buy the Gel Cleanser and the Multi Balm. I’ve just about run out of my Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser and wanted to move away from the clay texture, so this suited perfectly. The gel is light, with a fresh cucumber scent and soothing aloe, great if you’ve seen the sun at all this summer. It’s sulphate free, yet still foams slightly and leaves the skin feeling ‘squeaky clean’. As such, I would say it’s great for normal to oily skin yet I would perhaps avoid if you’re on the drier side as it did leave my skin feeling a little tight. As the cleanser doesn’t remove make up, I would recommend using this as a morning cleanse or second cleanse in the evening. It’s also a great wash for the shower as it has a pump to avoid getting water in the product.

The Multi Balm is a thick salve packed with natural butters and oils designed to intensely moisturise and repair chapped lips, dry skin and eczema. The consistency is similar to Dr Lipp Nipple Balm and so is quite sticky for the day but it makes for a great night time treatment which I’ve been using it on my lips, hands and feet. The product is fragrance free, can be used on sensitive skin and the natural smell reminds me of warm wax. As this is a great multi-tasking product and is even said to relieve insect bites, this is the first thing I’ll be packaging for my holiday next month. I’ll report back on it’s effectiveness post the inevitable mosquito attack…

Jessica Rose x

 

 

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream Review

Sunday Riley is one of my favourite skincare brands to date and that is for one simple reason – her products WORK WORK WORK WORK WORK. (Que Rihanna)

…That’s not to say that others don’t but from her oils to her lactic acid treatment serum (Good Genes) I have seen incredible results on all skin types of all ages – including my own!

Sunday Riley herself is a formulator and began her career working for large companies before starting her own line of  high performance skincare using beautiful botanicals.  She is a busy working mum and so likes to keep her range concise. Not all of us have time for a 10 step facial twice a day and she gets that. As such, all her products are multitaskers. For instance, her Blue Moon Cleansing Balm removes make up, cleanses and doubles up as a hydrating mask!

Her newest arrival Tidal Brightening Water Enzyme Cream is brilliant. It’s brightening, hydrating and anti-aging. For drier skins this is a fantastic hydrating treatment underneath a rich moisturiser. For normal to oily skin, especially coming in to the summer months, it is a fabulous light weight moisturiser. The texture is between a gel and a cream and a little goes a very long way. It has a fresh cucumber scent and instantly plumps with its hyaluronic acid complex which holds water at the skins surface and eradicates dehydration.

Tidal also features an ingredient called Alpha-Arbutin which is used to brighten hyper-pigmentation and will help with acne scarring. This works together with the award winning ingredient the ‘Great White Bird of Paradise’. Strangely enough this is not a bird and is in fact a flower extract also with brightening properties. No birds were harmed during the making of this cream. Which is possibly the best time to tell you that no animals were harmed either as the product is cruelty free.

Finally this gorgeous water cream is topped off with a fruit enzyme called Papin, derived from Papayas which will exfoliate the skin and so is great for pores, blemishes and fine lines.

I have loved using Tidal as a lightweight moisturiser for the past two weeks. My skin stays hydrated all day which stops my make up creasing in the dehydration  lines around my eyes. I have also found that my skin is bright and much clearer than usual so I have been wearing a tinted moisturiser instead of my usual high coverage (also amazing) Laura Mercier Moisturising Silk Creme Foundation. Fabulous!

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream retails at £60 and is available at Space NK.

 

Jessica Rose x

Who I’m Showering with Today

From left to right: REN Moroccan Rose Body Wash, Prismologie The Red Hour Foaming Body Scrub, R+Co Gemstone Colour Shampoo, Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner, Nude Skincare Detox Fizzy Powder Wash and Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

From left to right: REN Moroccan Rose Body Wash, Prismologie The Red Hour Foaming Body Scrub, R+Co Gemstone Colour Shampoo, Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner, Nude Skincare Detox Fizzy Powder Wash and Omorovicza Cleansing Foam

My showering routine changes often but right now I think I’ve got it pretty good. I come out fresh as a daisy and literally smelling of (Moroccan) roses.

Here’s my current line up:

  1. REN Moroccan Rose Body Wash – £18 for 200ml

This product feels too luxury to be showering with everyday but I like to feel like I’m living above my means and so have nearly run out. It contains Moroccan Rose Otto oil, which both smells divine and is said to bring calm and stress relief. REN have some fab natural bodycare products and this beauty has won Instyle’s best shower gel award for over 10 years running.

2. Prismologie The Red Hour Foaming Body Scrub – £35 for 200ml

Prismologie is a relatively new bodycare brand which uses colour, fragrance and precious stones to enhance the mood. The Red Hour range is scented with Cedarwood and uses Ruby Crystals and Pomegranate enzymes to gently exfoliate. Its a good, light exfoliator and leaves my skin feeling very moisturized. I also adore the Indigo Interlude Foot Cream from this brand which I tend to use on both my hands and feet as I love a rich hand cream and can’t get enough of the Oud smell.

3. R+Co Gemstone Colour Shampoo – £22 for 241ml

The idea behind this shampoo is that it enhances the tones in your hair be they colour-treated or natural. It also contains heat defense and colour protection which is great for those who blow-dry, straighten or dye their hair. I really enjoy using this shampoo as it does what it says on the tin and leaves the hair shiny and soft. However, it may be slightly too heavy for my fine hair as I seem to have to wash it more frequently. This said, I’m quite happy to do so as it smells gorgeous and lathers well when massaged, despite their sulphate-free formula. R+Co have recently launched a shampoo and conditioner called Sunset Blvd specifically for blonde/grey tones which is next on the wish list!

4. Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner – £43 for 250ml

Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner is a purple conditioner that takes out the brassiness in blonde hair. Most blondes use a product like this. But it is not this. Oribe Bright Blonde Conditioner makes even the most coarse hair silky and the dullest tones bright. It is luxury in a bottle and is worth every penny of the hefty price tag.

5. Nude Detox Fizzy Powder Wash – £38 for 60g

This exfoliating powder wash is designed to work with all skin types to brighten and detoxify with gorgeous natural ingredients. I love using this product as I find it reminds me of baking a cake. To use, you measure out half a teaspoon of the powder into your clean, dry hand and then add about 3 drops of water which makes the powder expand and fizz. In doing this you are activating the stabilized vitamin C ensuring the ingredient is working to its full potential in each use. You then massage onto the skin in circular motions, avoiding the eyes and wash off. The exfoliating beads are rose hip and vanilla orchid seeds which will buff away any dead skin whilst the omega rich Inca gold reduces redness and irritation.

6. Omorovicza Cleansing Foam – £44 for 150ml

Finally (I know, it’s a long shower) is a very new product to my shelf. The Omorovicza Cleansing Foam. This feels clean and light to use, with no residue or feeling or tightness afterwards. It removed all my make up and felt incredibly gentle on my skin. Unfortunately, I still have my reservations about this product and tend to approach with caution as it contains synthetic fragrance which I do not like using on my blemish prone skin.

These products are all available to buy at Space NK Apothecary.

Jessica Rose x

Oskia MSM Supplement: Acne miracle and naturally Anti-Aging

There was no doubt about it in my mind that my first real post would be about anything other than the Oskia Pure MSM Beauty Supplement. For over 9 years now I have suffered with acne and so have tried every course of anti-biotics and every skin cream imaginable to try and finally get rid.

At the start of this year, my skin was particularly bad, and my cheeks were breaking out and were sore, itchy and angry. I did my normal routine of pairing back my skincare to very gentle products, getting rid of wheat from my diet (which I believe is just generally not great for my body) and heading to the GP for a referral to the Dermatologist.

During this time, we started selling Oskia at work and upon hearing the story of the founder Georgie Cleeve, I immediately bought the supplement in the hope I too may be able to benefit from this ingredient.

Georgie’s story is one an acne sufferers dreams are made of…She began taking MSM (a joint supplement given to race horses) to mend the damaged cartilage in her knees following a skiing accident and not only did it fix her knees but also her skin. She suffered with both acne and eczema and found that the anti-inflammatory properties were able to significantly improve the quality of her complexion.

How I understand it (in simple terms) is that the pure MSM works as a potent anti-inflammatory from the inside so that inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis and eczema ease. It also increases collagen and keratin production which means it helps reduce the signs of premature aging and strengthens your hair and nails.

So…my experience:

I LOVE THIS SUPPLEMENT.

After taking it for 3 weeks my blemishes were getting less and less and my skin was soft not sore.

After taking it for 3 months my skin was clear of blemishes and my scarring was improving. Not only that but my bleached hair was stronger so much so that I have been able to grow it past bob length for the first time in 6 years without it splitting at the ends.

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Yes Miss Georgie Cleeve – BIG HIGH 5!

I still take it now 9 months later and find I don’t tend to get many breakouts (touch wood) and those I do seem to be the odd spot that comes and go’s without much fuss. To test the water recently I stopped taking the supplement for 2 weeks and found my skin started to get sore and again, my cheeks began to break out. This, for me, solidified the magic effects this supplement has on my skin and my body and I went straight back on it before my symptoms worsened.

One tablet is recommended per day for general skin maintenance, though those using it for their joints may take 2 per day. I have recommended this to many customers for a variety of reasons and even the most cynical repurchase upon seeing the results for themselves.

Oskia products are FREE FROM artificial fragrances, colourants, silicones, parabens, sulphates, propylene glycol and all other harmful chemicals.

45 Tablets – £29.50 available at Space NK

Starting Simply: An Introduction

I decided to start writing this blog for a number of reasons…

  1. I love the beauty industry for all its lipstick loving, trend setting, beautiful beautiful glory

And so I wanted an outlet to collect the things I discover, learn and love about all that it encompasses.

  1. I am fortunate enough to be working for a company that sells a collection of some of the best skincare, haircare and wellness products from around the world

This not only means I am one of those lucky people who loves their job, but also that I get a fantastic insight into great products and training from great brands. The blog will therefore include but not be exclusive to the products I discover in this way. It is probably important to also say that I am not being paid to write this blog – I just want to!

  1. And finally…I have a lot to say!

Crazily enough, not all my friends understand the buzz I get from buying a new cream/oil/lipstick etc. but, as my friends, they have an obligation to sit and listen to me obsess. However, I’m hoping that this blog may give some of them respite as I can just obsess on here, perhaps to like-minded people.

Feel free to get in touch if you have anything you have to say, add or ask.

Jessica Rose

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*Warning: there is always an appropriate (or inappropriate) SATC quote <see above>