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Vice Reversa

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This genius micro-needling pumping mask sold out in 24 hours – by Annabelle Spranklen

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  • Vice Reversa Micro-Needling Plumping Patches, £34.95, for eight patches and Vice Reversa Pimple Patches, £19.95, for eight patches.
  • If, like us, you’re a fan of a sit-back-and-let-it-do-the-work face mask AND micro-needling, you might want to listen up.
  • There’s a new Australian skincare brand called Vice Reversa that’s pretty much the love child of those two beauty treatments, offering micro-needling skin-fix patches you can do at home and they’re promising outrageously good results. Read More…

Beauty High-Street Heroes

Team Grazia share their ultimate high-street beauty heroes, PHA Plus Serum – by Hattie Brett

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    Garden of Wisdom PHA Plus Serum , £14.

    The founders of victoriahealth.com are just brilliant at tracking down new, affordable beauty ranges that go on to become cult classics. their latest is Garden of wisdom range, which delivers advanced skincare, but in a gentle way. I love the PHA Plus Serum, £14 – a genius product that’s left my skin visibly more glowy.

    Buy PHA Plus Serum

Skincare Brand To Know: Garden Of Wisdom

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After recently discovering a shared love for it in our office, we thought we’d let you in on this game-changer… Garden Of Wisdom.

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    When a brand gets 5* ratings on just about every beauty site imaginable, we take note. And when we see seriously impressive results for ourselves, well, we go out and clear the shelves. The premise of Garden of Wisdom (it’s become so cult its also known as GOW), is simple: dubbed The Ordinary’s natural equivalent, the formulas have minimal ingredients, allowing the actives to get to work properly. The pH of the acids have been adjusted too so they don’t irritate the skin, yet still perform their roles of exfoliation while enhancing collagen.

    How long has it been around?

    Longer than we even knew! The pros have been making these formulations for over a decade. The products are potent and cruelty free without common skincare additives such as alcohol, silicones or soya. While it’s not technically new, 2019 is very much about brands with easy-to-follow skincare instructions which skip any science speak, making GOW feel very much of the moment. Read More…

Travel size beauty product of the week

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Our favourite beauty product this week is a sheet mask that’s utterly perfect for a long weekend away – Nannette De Gaspé Vitality Revealed Face – by Catherine Robinson

 

  •  Nannette De Gaspé Face Mask

    The first nudist restaurant in Paris, O’Naturel, is to close. While I don’t like another’s downfall, I cannot help but feel thoroughly relieved. The dream of a romantic weekend in Paris and dinner in a cosy bistro was eclipsed by the terror of being asked to drop my drawers at coat check. And don’t get me started on the sanitary issues I have with sitting on a chair that has played base to other bare-bottomed folk.

    It’s not that I don’t love naked flesh, I do, in fact, I positively endorse it when Nannette de Gaspé brings out a new mask. Nannette is the executive chair of Quebec based bio-tech company Biomod which researches wearable skincare technologies and developed the first ever dry sheet mask. I love dry sheet masks because of their mess-free ease, I wear mine when I’m getting dressed without the worry of getting cream all over my clothes and if you don’t mind looking a little funny, they give the best post flight glow if worn 20 minutes before landing. Her latest, Vitality Revealed, is designed to be worn for five consecutive days for 20 minutes. Read More…

A cheap, unfussy oil for all skin types

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Squalane oil has been my go-to for decades and i’m delighted it’s finally enjoying a big moment – Sali Hughes

 

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    One of the more gratifying trends in modern beauty has been a newfound appreciation for old-fashioned but highly effective ingredients that should never have fallen from favour. While companies were aggressively marketing newfangled, often unproven advances in technology, beauty professionals continued to use unbeatable classics such as hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C and oil. Squalane oil has been among my go-tos for decades, and I’m delighted it’s finally enjoying a big moment and wider availability.

    Squalane (created by adding hydrogen to squalene, a substance traditionally sourced from sharks’ livers – and naturally occurring in humans, too – but now almost always derived from olives or sugarcane) is the perfect oil if you think you hate oil. Light and ungreasy, it adds heaps of moisture, suppleness and visible glow without causing spots or greasiness, even on problem and congested skin, making it suitable for all skin types. Like most saturated oils, it has a long shelf life, so won’t start to smell or spoil. Its unadulterated nature makes it wonderful on sensitive skins and easy to mix with other products without clashing (I frequently add a drop of squalane to my night cream for extra moisture, or to my foundation for added glow). Read More…

Ful.Vic.Health

Ful.Vic.Health Trio

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How Victoria Health Filled The Gap Left By Phylia De M.’s Mysterious Disappearance – By Claire McCormack

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  • It’s a true horror when beauty enthusiasts discover a beloved beauty product ceases to exist. For retailers, impacted financially by the disappearance of a cult offering they’ve depended on for sales, a discontinuation may be even worse.

    Phylia de M.’s mysterious shuttering left Victoria Health, which had been churning through the brand’s hair loss prevention and growth items centered around fulvic acid, in a bind. But Shabir Daya, a pharmacist and co-founder of the United Kingdom-based e-commerce website, didn’t let the closure go unaddressed. He sensed an opportunity in it and took to the lab to create an updated version of Phylia de M. called Ful.Vic.Health.

    “We used the best form of fulvic acid we could get our hands on and, then, coupled that, in the case of haircare products, with things that calm down underlying inflammation,” says Daya. He details that aloe vera, vitamin B, argan, chamomile, hops and silica-loaded equisetum for strand strengthening were added to heighten the formulas. Ful.Vic.Health’s product collection contains Fulvic Acid Shampoo, Fulvic Acid Conditioner, Fulvic Acid Mist and Fulvic Acid Elixir. Read More…