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GOW – Affordable Beauty

Sarah Jossel: Affordable beauty products you need to know about

 

  • GOW Vitamin C 23% Serum & Ferulic Acid

    I’m done with the summer sales. Last night I put five frocks in my basket, just because. The worst was a burgundy appliqué strapless mididress that I almost bought. It had been reduced from £900 to £295. Bargain, right? The site said it was my last chance, so of course I swiftly started to type in my credit-card details, but then I realised I have absolutely nowhere to wear it. I’m sorted for my ten (hundred) summer weddings, so I’m panic buying, not practical buying.

    Sales can make you do silly things. That’s why today’s column is dedicated to affordable and brilliant products: ones that work hard without robbing you of your income, that will last for ages, and will give you results.

    Let’s start with Garden of Wisdom. Ignore the flouncy, fluffy name and the dated green website. This Arizona-based brand, dubbed the natural alternative to the Ordinary, is making a name for itself as the go-to skincare range for powerful ingredients without gimmicks and high prices. (You can see why it’s being compared to the Ordinary.) It’s brilliant for sensitive skins as the ingredient list is tiny. Read More…

How To Beat Adult Acne

Lisa Armstrong: How to beat adult acne with this £9 super-serum

 

  • GOW Niacinamide

    Truly, the Lord giveth and taketh away. On the credit side, She has endowed women with the wherewithal to look better for longer and longer. But She has also promulgated widespread outbreaks of what is euphemistically called adult-onset acne (or as it referred to in common parlance, ‘Seriously?!’)

    Ironically, sometimes the very tools we use to boost our wellbeing are the culprits in the Great Zit Disaster. Too little oestrogen and too much testosterone can disrupt service, leading to eruptions more akin to cysts or boils than normal pimples. Adjusting your levels can result in immediate improvements – checking your HRT/bio-identical hormone or Pill prescription should be your first step.

    And then generally easing up. No squeezing – it’s not just the potential scarring, but the chain reaction beneath the skin that’s counterproductive…

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Garden of Wisdom: The Affordable Skincare Brand That’s Huge On Reddit

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It’s so popular that it’s referred to by its acronym (GoW) and famed as a natural alternative to The Ordinary. Here’s what all the fuss is about, and why the UK launch offers up something different – by Anna Hunter

 

  • GOW Niacinamide

    Budget, ‘one note’ skincare looks to be setting the tone for sought-after beauty industry launches currently. While skincare sales were up by six per cent up across the board in 2017 according to the NPD Group, and continue to grow, it’s low cost, no frills, concentrated ingredient based ranges and brands that are having a particularly hot moment. From Beauty Pie’s ‘members club’ approach that allows you to tap into the likes of peptide rich serums and retinol spiked moisturisers from a fiver to the now cult status of The Ordinary, brands that capitalise on powerful actives and keep packaging, marketing and general frou frou to a minimum are, somewhat ironically, garnering a lot of public attention, whether from Kim Kardashian in the case of The Ordinary, or Reddit and global beauty forums worldwide with today’s case in point.

    Garden of Wisdom, or GoW to the brand’s global devotees, is by no means the new skincare company on the block. Founded by two skincare enthusiasts in Arizona over a decade ago, GoW’s USP is potent, cruelty-free, natural ingredients at thrifty price points, without common skincare additives such as alcohol, silicones or soya. While the packaging has recently been redesigned in line with GoW’s exclusive UK launch at Victoria Health, the aesthetic is basic to say the least, there’s no glossy Instagram presence and the brand’s website looks (and functions) like a tech relic from the mid 90s. So what’s all the fuss about? We asked Victoria Health co-founder and pharmacist, Shabir Daya, who worked with GoW to evolve formulations ready for the UK launch, what sets the brand’s offering apart from the crowd, and why it’s caused such a stir in Reddit threads. Read More…

Review: A Spritz For Irritated Skin

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If summer is the season of itchy skin for you, this soothing product really works – By India Knight

 

  • Thyme Out Spray

    I am always on the lookout for products that help irritated skin, especially at this time of year. I am a bug magnet and everything bites me, which is unfortunate as I have various disproportionate reactions, depending on the species. Insects aside, when I lived in London I sometimes used to get these sudden, weird, raised, red flare-ups on the side of my neck or on the inside of my arms, like an allergic reaction to something, but not anything obvious. (I no longer get these — I wonder if, perhaps, they were related to pollution?)

    I think a lot of people have similarly reactive skin: a little patch that appears for no reason, itches like mad and then goes away again, or all sorts of stress-related rednesses and rashes and irritations that pop up when they are least welcome. And then there are the more explicable things such as insect bites, nettle rash, snog rash, spots, grazes, you know the sort of thing. It’s really useful to have something on you that will alleviate, and ideally eradicate, the issue, not just for yourself, but also for any children you might have about your person.
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Lisa Armstrong on the Hayo’u Beauty Restorer

 

The £35 jade stone that gives your face a new lease of life, by Lisa Armstrong

  • Just before Christmas, I found myself sitting at a stranger’s dining table with a jade implement in my hand which I couldn’t stop massaging into my face. There must be something instinctive that makes humans want to press jade against their skin – perhaps it’s the smoothness. Or the cooling properties, which reduce swelling so effectively. Or how it becomes warm, which feels good too – not least because that warmth is heat that it’s drawing out of your body. Read More…

Beauty Bible loves… LIXIRSKIN

WOW. WOW. WOW!!!! by Jo Fairley & Sarah Stacey

 

  • This past week has been quite the week for wows, what with our Beauty Bible Awards – but we confidently expect that quite a few of the products in the new LIXIRSKIN range will be up there receiving gongs next year, when we hand out the 2018/2019 Awards.

    Lixir is the ‘baby’ of an incredibly gifted cosmetic scientist called Colette Haydon, who we’ve known forever. Quietly, cleverly, behind the scenes she has created ranges for all sorts of brands – many of which have gone on to become global bestsellers, including REN, Aromatherapy Associates, HealGel and more.

    About flipping time, then, that Colette came out of her lab and took some well-deserved glory – and she’s done it with Lixir, kinda named after the laboratory she set up 20 years ago (Elixir de Beauté). In gorgeous, simple packaging – with the ‘vintage knicker pink’ colour somehow making it feel super-feminine and desirable – there are just six products. And we’re in love, love, love with at least three of them.

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