[ESSENTIALS FOR A FAUX EUROPEAN HOLIDAY]

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Winter is well and truly here, as your BFF’s prepare to jet off to chase the sun, a serious case of Instagram-induced FOMO is immanent. You may be chained to your desk and forced to face our dreary Winter-weather, but that doesn’t mean that you too can’t get a gorgeous glow (sans return airfare to Europe!)

Whether you want a believable tan, just need an instant boost of radiance or your limbs are on the verge of transparency, we’ve rounded up the best glow-inducing products to help you get through the season.

THE ULTIMATE [FAUX] TANS
It’s no secret that some of the most desirous tans come straight from a bottle; but the key is making it undetectable; did I spend 2 weeks in Miami or did this happen on Thursday evening post shower while it was 4 degrees outside? We won’t tell if you don’t. This calls for a formula that works for your skin.

Here are some of our favourites…

The Best Faux Tans

The perfect tan for when: You have zero time but need a glow that is not one bit orange
Fake Bake 60 Minute Self-Tan – I have no idea how this works, but I am so thankful I discovered it! Fake Bake’s 60 minute self-tan is green-based, which means you’ll NEVER turn orange. And as it promises, it delivers a natural glow in just 60 minutes. It’s an easy to use spray formula that can be buffed and blended with the complimentary tanning mitt that this formula comes with.

The perfect tan for when: You have dry Winter limbs but still need a luminous glow
Ella Bache Great Tan Without Sun – a revolutionary cream based tanner that is incredibly moisture-rich thanks to powerful antioxidants, vitamin E and cocoa butter. This tan is like your favourite moisturizer, enriched with a dark self-tanning agent that takes around 2-3 hours to develop; it leaves limbs silky smooth and nourished and blending is an absolute breeze (no tell-tale faux tan streaks here!).

The perfect tan for when: You need an undetectable colour boost for your face only
J-Bronze Face Flawless Tan – one of the best facial tanners I’ve ever used; it’s not-at-all greasy and is enriched with anti-aging ingredients, perfect to swap your evening moisturizer to wake up with a radiant complexion.

The perfect tan for when: You want limbs with an alluring glow and hint of colour, on demand!
NARS Body Glow – this multipurpose oil has reached absolute cult-status, and with good reason! It’s ever so hydrating and infuses skin with a subtle, bronzed shimmery sheen. It leaves skin smooth and supple; perfect for gliding over your legs, arm and décolletage. It also smells like a tropical holiday in a bottle; so it’s really the next best thing to a return airfare to Tahiti, available at MECCA.

THE GREATEST GLOW-INDUCING LOTIONS & POTIONS
The power of the perfect bronzer is unprecedented. When applied correctly, it can boost radiance, slim your face, highlight your best features and brighten your complexion. When paired with the ultimate illuminating lotions, potions and powders, you can enhance your flawless [faux] glow as required.

GLOW INDUCING COSMETICS

We love…

DERMALOGICA – Super Rich Repair
A super nourishing moisturizer is absolutely essential to treat your face with after you’ve applied fake tanner AND are braving Winters environmental aggressors. Without a hydrated canvas, even the best bronzers will look cakey and dull. Dermalogica’s Super Rich Repair is enriched with powerful peptides and glucosamine that work overtime to ensure your skin is nourished and protected, the result is silky smooth, impeccably hydrated skin.

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Super lightweight coverage and incredible hydration are imparted from just one light layer of this heavenly tinted cream. Blur imperfections and create a perfect, dewy canvas ready to bronze as required.

HOURGLASSAmbient Lighting Bronzer
From the cult ambient-lighting series of powders, comes your favourite new bronzer. This powder is ever so finely spun and in the perfect warm-bronze hue to boost any complexion. The texture of the powder means it can be layered and layered and never looks cakey. It has subtle golden shimmer weaved throughout to take that luminous ‘glow’ to the next level. You can grab it at MECCA.

IT Cosmetics – Vitality Face Disc
This mega multi-tasking disc is equipped with a bronzer, blush and luminous highlighter – it’s the perfect travel companion (for when you’re ACTUALLY travelling overseas) and is a one-stop complexion enhancer. What’s so great about these powders is that they are actually incredibly hydrating (thanks to the infusion of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, acai, green tea and Vitamins A, C and E!) – a super long lasting glow and anti-aging properties? We’ll take two…

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess All-Over Illuminator
When you have a collection titled ‘Bronze Goddess’ – it is really hard to fault it. This multi-purpose blendable stick gets our pick as it is so versatile; it’s perfect to highlight cheekbones, layer upon a [faux] bronzed face, to run along your collarbones or to add a little warmth to your complexion, thanks to it’s peachy rose, illuminating hue.

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelée
Sun-kissed sheen in a compact. This hydrating powder is the perfect universal golden pearl colour to enhance your favourite features, swipe it over the bridge of your nose, cheek and brow bones as a finishing powder.


 

 

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[WINTER SKIN SECRETS]

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I’ll preface this post by saying that I am pretty lucky to have good skin; I’ve never had acne, my pores aren’t enlarged, I don’t have any discoloration and I don’t even really know what rosacea is…

But, I do look after my skin – and I am more than willing to splurge on all things skincare, if I know it will work. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s no secret that I have a little love affair with Danné Montague King. Why? Well, while I’ve never had ‘bad’ skin – ever since I started having an enzyme therapy facial every month or so, my skin has never been better. While I don’t have daunting skincare woes to treat, I did notice that whenever I missed an enzyme therapy treatment, my complexion didn’t seem as bright or as ‘refreshed’ as it I now know it can be – while I wasn’t doing anything different – it looked like I needed a couple extra hours sleep, a green juice and whole lot more water.

I’ve been ever so diligent with my enzyme facials and my DMK skincare regime and it shows, my complexion is as bright as ever and if I do have a dreaded breakout, it’s gone in around a day (thank the lord!) So, like you do when anything is going great – you look for the next best thing…

Enter the DMK ‘Instant Lift’ facial AKA #flawless in less than 90 minutes. DMK’s Instant Lift facial combines Enzyme Masks 1, 2 and 3 (that’s cleansing, detoxifying, oxygenizing, firming, tightening and toning – ALL in ONE). Given that this mask combines DMK enzyme therapy and muscle banding treatments – you will see results right after your treatment, making it perrrrfect to have right before a big event, like a birthday or wedding.201506031970675375
But, be prepared to work for it. This facial is no walk in the park – it sets and it sets hard, I am talking a mask with a creamy paste texture that sets like concrete on your face; all while pulling your facial muscles upward, hence the name ‘Instant LiftIn case you still can’t wrap your head around what this facial is all about, take a look (and take mercy on) my face midst Instant Lift facial to the right…

Being Winter, it’s incredibly easy to slather on a few additional layers of foundation and call it day; perhaps your not drinking enough water and you are most likely definitely in need of a little Vitamin D (WHERE is the sun!?)
If you’re contemplating embarking on a little Winter skin journey, best you make the absolute most of it. Whether you’re thinking of visiting DMK for your first DMK enzyme mask, or are looking for an ‘instant lift’ pre a special event, I’ve rounded up the best “add-ons” to your DMK enzyme facials…


Quick Peel
An extremely powerful skin-flusher that gets EXTRA hot due to the pseudo heat created from the miracle ingredient, cassia nut. It’s perfect to have prior to your Enzyme Facial to increase oxygen to the skin to flush toxins, blemishes and imperfections while strengthening connective tissue; perfect to eliminate stagnation, inflammation or to boost slow-healing.

MediPedi
Remove every single ounce of dead skin caused by frolicking on the beach in Summer; power alkaline solution cleanses and eats through dead skin to reveal baby-soft feet.

Radiotherapy
Got a pesky blemish, acne scar or blossoming pimple (gross, I know, but we’ve all been there!)? A laser is used on a low-level frequency to zap imperfections prior to applying your Enzyme Masque; perfect to speed healing of blemishes and imperfections or to zap blemishes right before they become a real issue.

Body Enzyme
Treat yourself and epitomize the art of multi-tasking through opting to have a body enzyme while you are having your facial enzyme; a full body exfoliation that flushes your entire body of toxins while removing dead skin. Body Enzyme treatments treat cellulite, fluid retention, dry skin and poor circulation; perfect to invest in a series of Body Enzyme treatments over the cooler months if you are jetting off on a holiday to the Northern Hemisphere and need to get bikini ready.

Body Sculpting
Minimize cellulite and firm your limbs with this treatment that takes a professional thermogenic (heat creating) cream; coats your body and is left to be absorbed while your enzyme mask sets on your pretty little face. This treatment flushes toxins smoothes skin while diminishing any unsightly ‘puffiness’. It’ll only add an additional 10-15 minutes to your treatment and is the perfect partner to an Instant Lift facial right before a special event!

As with any face or body treatment; it’s best to seek the advice of a professional – the amazing team at the DMK Clinic in Crows Nest (Sydney’s lower-north shore) are skin magicians, there’s nothing they haven’t seen before; no skincare woe they can’t fix and no skin that they can’t improve! Mention any of the above face or body treatments and they will be able to ascertain what will work best for you.
If you’re not in Sydney, visit – http://dannemking.com.au/contact/ – to find your nearest clinic.


 

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[PRECIOUS DIAMONDS FOR THE SKIN]

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It’s quite rare that you come across a product that is completely unparalleled in terms of it’s unique ingredients and promises of extraordinary benefits.

I mean – it’s 2015; how many more new ingredients can their possibility be to discover!?
One of the world’s most well renowned beauty houses, Estee Lauder seem to have taken innovation to a whole new level through one of their latest creations, Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme.
Gilded in gold; luxury is personified through this heavenly creme that is just as precious as it appears to be. The creme is infused with Black Diamond Truffle; one of the worlds rarest treasures; and yes, it is as special as it sounds; it takes over 10,000 hours to create!

The creme is a potent potion suitable for all skin types.
The creme is silky, rich and hydrating; it adds an immediate dewy glow to the skin and is absorbed almost ESTEE LAUDER RE-NUTRIVinstantaneously despite it’s somewhat heavy texture. It leaves skin firm, supple and refreshed.
It contains a plethora of antioxidants and ingredients to boost radiance and even-out skin tone; such as Vitamin C, peptides and refined 24K gold.
After just days of using this miracle creme; I can notice that my skin is far more hydrated (note that I replaced a several serums and oils to just use this creme) – my complexion is brighter and tiny fine lines are starting to dissipate, it’s as though I’ve had 9 hours sleep and have consumed 3L of water; the apples of my cheeks are positively radiant.
While the creme is incredibly rich and hydrating, it won’t clog pores; it actually calms the skin cells while boosting their strength of cells to ensure they are able to live longer and act younger; to defy fine lines or early ageing.
This creme truly is the Hermés Birkin of 2015; exemplifying the ethos in which the first ever Re-Nutriv cream was created upon almost half a century ago in 1956, that “Every woman wants a little luxury in their life.” 
 
Estee Lauder Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme is available at selected Estee Lauder counters nationwide and retails for $450 for 50ml.
 
Whether you are treating yourself or a spoiling a loved one with this precious investment lotion; it is a real treat that you skin won’t be able to thank you enough for!
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[LUXE HAIR ESSENTIALS]

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The market of hair products is such a saturated one; it’s so hard to find products that are right for your locks and then there’s the perpetual questioning of do you actually need that styling product!?
As the Winter season sets in, you might be saying sayonara to heavily-highlighted ends and sea salt spray, but one thing is for sure – hydrated, shiny, lush locks that are full of life will never go out of style; no matter the season, your hair type, colour or preferred style.

We have rounded up five must-have products that can be used on all hair types and integrated into all styles…

Oribe is the epitome of luxury in hair care; from the gorgeously sleek packaging to the scent of the products to simply how magnificent their functionality is! I first discovered the iconic brand at Rachel Zoe’s blowdry bar in New York, Dream Dry. It was one of the best blowdries I have ever had; and ever since, I’ve been stocking up Oribe products on visits to the US. So, you can imagine my excitement when it was announced that the brand was now available in Australia!

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream is an opulently rich leave-in conditioner; it is one of the very best hair-moisturising crèmes I have ever used! It calms frizz and leaves hair ridiculously hydrated and has a fresh, florally apricot scent. The luxe crème is infused with tiny shimmer particles, taking shiny locks to a WHOLE new level. It’s perfect to use on damp hair prior to styling; or as a finishing product on styled hair – the smallest amount goes the looongest way!

Oribe’s Dry Texturising Spray is an absolute icon, promising more volumised, more glamorous hair. Think of this product like a hero dry-shampoo; like a Chanel 2.55 to a black leather handbag. It’s been used on the locks of everyone from Kim Kardashian to Scarlet Johansson to J.Lo… This fine spray absorbs oil at the roots but leaves zero residue; it is perfect to use throughout hair ends to add volume and subtle hold, it’s virtually undetectable and can be layered and layered; without ever looking too overdone.

Kerastase really can do no wrong; Ciment Thermique from the Resistance collection is a heat-activated blowdry primer for weakened hair. It promises 85% less breakage from blow-drying and I really have no idea how I ever lived without it. The gel-like crème is absorbed immediately, it leaves no sticky residue but smooths ends and strengthens the hair, it’s perfect to use when your hair is feeling weak or damaged; such as after a weekend exposed to the elements.

How many times have you styled your hair to perfection, only to go out to a special event and find in only a couple of hours later; your hair is flat and lifeless. Problem solved with Shu Uemura’s Volume Maker Brush; a must-have product that is the size of a blush-brush, filled with root-boosting hair powder that adds volume to all styles; it’s a weightless hair powder that adds body and texture where you need it most. A little bit goes a long way and the click-brush applicator is perfect for popping into your clutch for special events.

You have your styling products sorted; but what about the styler; it’s no secret that we are huge fans of the ghd eclipse; from shiny straight locks to tousled curls; this styler can do it all. It’s taken the original ghd styler to a whole new level with new innovative technology that maintains a temperature of 185c throughout all phases of styling; all you need to know, is that this means that you can achieve styles quicker and with less effort; while ensuring your hair is as protected as can be at all times. Healthier hair and more time to primp and preen? We don’t even need to think twice, it’s a must have.


OribeSupershine Moisturising Crème – 1300 725 122 || OribeDry Texturising Spray – 1300 725 122 || KerastaseCiment Thermique || Shu UemuraVolume Maker Brush || ghdeclipse styler


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AN [ECLIPSE] OF ALL HEAT STYLERS

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There are staples in your beauty cupboard that come and go – like your favourite lip shade of the moment or a new go-to nail hue – then there are true essentials; products and tools that become second nature; that you simply can’t live without. A ghd styler is right at the top of the list for me, and for most girls I know, for that matter! Whether poker-straight or tousled and whimsical locks are your thing – if you didn’t use a ghd to create the style; well, a ghd styler can make your style oh-so-much better.

If like me, you’ve been a ghd devotee for some time now – it may be time to upgrade. Just when you thought your must-have tool couldn’t get any better – introducing the ghd eclipse styler – a revolutionary new styler from the brand that promises single stroke styling and breakthrough technology that protects the hair from heat damage due to uneven temperatures when styling.

Having used the ghd eclipse over the past month – it most certainly lives up to it’s claims. But, why do you need it? How is it different to your current go-to styling tool Well, for starters when ghd say single-stroke styling, they really mean it. Smooth and seal hair in just one stroke; reducing styling time dramatically. Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 11.17.03 AM

Take a look at the imagery to the right – from freshly washed, air-dryed hair – to a single pass of the ghd eclipse; the result is silky, smooth, and perfectly straight.

Secondly, the patented tri-zone technology uses six sensors to ensure constant temperature is maintained throughout the entirety of each stroke; while thermal control ensures that 185 degrees is sustained throughout styling. This means no heat-fried ends and no more gliding over the ends of your locks a thousand times to get them smooth.

Other than this, the functionality of the new eclipse styler is unprecedented due to all the amazing new innovations; precision plates result in the styler simply gliding over the hair; making it SO much easier to achieve waves or curls without snagging the hair; making straight styles so much quicker to achieve. Aerogel insulation means that the body of the styler is a lot cooler than previous ghd models – which is again; great for curling the hair as you can safely grip onto the edge of your ghd eclipse to guide the styler through the hair.

If you don’t want to take our word for it – we have been lucky enough to chat to ghd’s education manager for Australia & New Zealand, Robert Kovacs on why you need a ghd eclipse and how you can use it. Robert has been an educator for more than 20 years; he has been a professional colourist for over two decades; he has taught the best-of-the best stylists in salons you know and love across the country; one thing is for sure, the man knows hair!

 

9ONE5: Why you need to update your straightener to a ghd eclipse and how it can achieve all your desired hair-styles?
RK: Styling your hair is made easy with the ghd eclipse. The styler uses breakthrough patented tri-zone technology to maintain a constant heat of 185ºC. Proven as the ultimate styling temperature, the ghd eclipse ensures single stroke styling that is faster and easier for long lasting results.

9ONE5: What are your top tips for styling with the eclipse?
RK: Always use a heat protect spray to ensure your hair is protected from heat. Try using a styling foam such as a ghd total volume foam to create soft but lasting volume and fullness in all hair types. Apply 2-4 pumps (depending on length/ thickness) to damp hair before blow-drying hair dry and using your ghd eclipse to style.

9ONE5: As ghd is the hair partner for Victoria’s Secret; can you tell us how we can achieve those luscious, bouncy locks!?
RK: To achieve big and bouncy Victoria’s Secret curls, when styling place the ghd eclipse on a horizontal angle and turn in the barrel for a full rotation to create the perfect curl. Repeat this movement throughout the whole head until complete. Once finished styling, turn your head upside down and using fingers only to volumize the hair.

9ONE5: And how about super-straight, smooth styles?
RK: My #1 tip is to use a tail comb to help divide the hair into smaller sections. Hold the hair close to the head and glide the ghd eclipse starting from the roots to the ends.

9ONE5: How about if we’re going for a straight look, but still want volume and movement from roots to ends; can the ghd eclipse help?
RK: A round brush such as the ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush will help to ensure for a straight style however one that also has volume from the roots to tips. Using the brush, take a section of the hair and brush from roots to end whilst gliding the eclipse through.

Robert’s essential ghd products as mentioned in his top tricks above, include:
ghd eclipse RRP $300
ghd Heat Protect Spray RRP $24
ghd Total Volume Foam RRP $22
ghd Natural Bristle Radial Brush (Sizes 1-4 RRP $32-34)

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From the Victoria’s Secret runway to the world’s leading salons to tending to the locks of the globe’s leading models and celebrities – and now to your bathroom vanity – the ghd eclipse is the ultimate tool to achieving what ever hair style you desire; in record time; with as little damage as possible.


 

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AN URBAN CELEBRATION

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If you are yet to hear (and squeal with excitement) over the Australian launch of Urban Decay – perhaps you’ve been living under a rock; or perhaps you simply don’t know what you’ve been missing out on…

In what has been coined the biggest beauty launch to ever hit the country – the cult-status brand, Urban Decay is now available at Mecca Maxima stores and mecca.com.au nationwide.

The brand launched in-store late last month – so now that the queues are starting to dwindle and some must-try products have been re-stocked on shelves, it’s time to get really excited and start compiling those shopping lists…

Urban Decay has been one of my favourite beauty brands for sometime – as with so many amazing brands, I was first introduced to the brand on a trip to LA – the pigmentation of the products and colour shades of products on offer hit the nail on the head – big time.
The brand launched in 1996 and has gone from strength to strength in beauty-world domination; to the point where one of the brands iconic Naked Palette is sold every five seconds!!

So now that overseas product hauls are a thing of the past – what do you need to buy immediately now that UD has hit Oz!?

urban decay skinLet’s start with the face – Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Bronzing Balm takes your ordinary BB Cream to a whole new level. It’s enriched with watermelon extract and amino acids to protect, hydrate and prime the skin. The result is a flawless, undetectable base with light-diffusing, ever so subtle shimmer and a bronzed, dewy glow. It’s PERFECT for wearing alone or for mixing with your favourite liquid foundation for added glow.

For those who want more coverage UD’s Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer is revolutionary; it gives serious coverage but is not drying at all; it glides on ever so easily and melts right into the skin; perfect to disguise dark circles under the eyes or blemishes; it can be layered and layered and never looks cakey.
While Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder Foundation is a powder foundation that gives THE longest lasting, flawless complexion. It’s rich and velvety and can be layered on top of liquid foundation for added coverage; while it’s a full to medium powder-based foundation, you’ll be seriously blown away by how luminous the finish is.

A favourite product of mine is the Naked Illuminated Shimmering Powder – it’s glitter for the most sophisticated of grown-ups. A luxuriously silky powder that tricks everyone you know into thinking you were born with J.Lo-dewy skin; it’s perfect to dust on the tops of cheekbones, on the bridge of your nose and across your collarbones to diffuse (faux) light and blur imperfections.

urban decay eyesMoving onto the windows to the soul; you can’t start without an eyeshadow primer… Don’t think you need an eyeshadow primer? Well give Urban Decay’s Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion a whirl for a day; it’s a creamy, weightless cream brightens your eyes, reduces redness and fills imperfections; basically 8-hours sleep in a tube, really. And in case that wasn’t enough; it ensures that your shadow sits on top of your lids and never sinks into creases; it also makes your shadow lasts hours and hours and hours longer than should you apply without it.

Liquid-liner fiend? Me too. UD’s Ink for Eyes was used by Kim K on her wedding day; it is a waterproof liner with one of the most precise tips I’ve ever used; and boy does it last; [god forbid] if you fall asleep with your makeup on… expect to wake up with perfect feline flicks.

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For the piece-de-resistance; the Naked Eyeshadow Palette – there have been three; pictured here is Naked3, the newest addition to the trio. It’s a palette that features 12 shades; all of which you will ACTUALLY use; yes, all twelve shades. Naked3 features rose-toned hues that are incredibly luxurious and so ridiculously pigmented that they glide across the eye with zero effort and have unprecedented staying power. Think pale, shimmering champagne tones to brighten the eyes, pinky copper tones, an array of taupe tones to define and contour, shimmering mauves, rich copper and smokey charcoal; it’s a fail proof ticket to THE most glamorous smokey eye packaged up in the prettiest metallic rose tin for safe keeping.

Urban Decay products can honestly create any look you desire; and not only do their products ‘do the job’; the have some of the best colour shades on offer anywhere and they last the distance while being incredibly easy to use. Their product offering is essentially a fail-proof ticket to the best-looking version of yourself, and who wouldn’t want that!?

Head into your nearest Mecca Maxima store to give the Urban Decay range a test-drive; the Mecca Maxima girls are some of the loveliest (and most knowledgeable) in the industry – they are only too happy to help with testing, trying and assisting with product application; I guarantee you won’t be able to leave with just one product!
Find your nearest store here or buy online here.


 

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[HYALURONIC ACID]

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Hyaluronic acid – if I had no prior knowledge, it wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice of ingredients to swathe my skin in! It sounds scary. Really scary. What first comes to mind for me – especially when I hear acid – is burning, drying, peeling or intense exfoliation… But hyaluronic acid does almost the exact opposite to this!

Without getting too complex or scientific, it’s actually an ingredient already found within the human body – that acts as a hydrating, cushioning and lubricating agent for joints and tissue. Hyaluronic acid has the ability to absorb 1000 times it’s weight in water… HELLO hydration!

So how and why should you use this ingredient in your skincare routine? Think of it as a hydration booster; not necessarily as a moisturiser but as an additive to your skincare regime to plump skin, boost hydration levels in the skin, smooth skin and boost and prevent moisture loss. You know how glowy, dewy and amazing your skin looks when you’ve been really [really, really] diligent with ensuring you drink enough water everyday? Think of it as a topical alternative to that.

I find hyaluronic acid best used as a serum applied to clean skin underneath moisturiser or as a ‘boost’ to my skincare regime by simply adding something new when my skin starts to feel a little dry; or in weekly treatment cycles while changing nothing else at all, such as a weekly mask.

‘The One’ serum by CR Formulations is jam-packed with essential ingredients – it’s a serum that I’ve recommended before that focuses on plumping, tightening and fortifying the skin. One of the key ingredients within this serum is hyaluronic acid. It’s a perfect ‘all-in-one’ serum and amazing for those who want a hit of HA daily, with this serum; pair underneath your favourite moisturiser and you are good to go, hence the name The One! This is an amazing serum that provides all the benefits of hyaluronic acid skincare products; a great one if you haven’t already refined your skincare routine or simply don’t know where to start.

BABOR’s Hyaluronic Collagen Booster Fluids claim to be an “effective alternative to wrinkle injection fillers”. They are a highly concentrated dose of hyaluronic acid complex in individual ampoules; that also feature marine collagen. These little ampoules are miracle workers; they are designed to be applied after cleansing; before any other product. I find they work beautifully when applied at night-time right before bed. Use them as a little boost on a weekly basis and you will wake up with the dewiest, most hydrated skin; and it’s just an extra little step that takes no more than a minute. The ampoules are sold as 28ml ampoules in a set of 12, they are glass and the consistency is just a little thicker than water, so it does suggest that they are a ‘one-use’ product; however I think you could get 2, perhaps 3 uses from each ampoule if you store it safely.

Thalgo’s Hyaluronic Mask is one of my favourites. It is a professional grade at-home facial treatment that smoothes and plumps skin in a flash. The mask is ever so quick and easy to apply due to it’s clear gel-formula. 20 minutes is all it takes, and you can really see results. Whenever I haven’t been eating as well as I should, haven’t drunk enough water or have been spending too much time in the sun; I can see fine lines on my face, especially in delicate areas; in less than half-an-hour, I can return my skin to it’s former glory with this mask. I love using it before special occasions for a smooth, hydrated complexion and a serious radiance boost!

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