Monday, June 25, 2018

New launches from Image Skincare reviewed!

It's no secret that I love me some Image Skincare and this year they've launched some deadly new products - two reformulations and two brand new products, which my face and I have been testing out pretty much since the launch day.  As you know, with me and skincare, I test them out for at least a month, sometimes longer if I'm using other products alongside them, hence the delay in this post.  If you're thinking about investing in some new skincare, grab a cuppa and sit down, because this is a big aul post!

First up, we have the Vital C Hydrating Water Burst (€56).

This intrigued me from the get go because I'd never heard of anything like it.  Described as "a lightweight, transformational gel texture formulated to burst into intense hydration", my withered face was ready.  I remember back at the launch, Catherine from the Renaissance was explaining how to use it and yes, I forgot about it until about three weeks into using it and then she popped into my head like a vision of skincare knowledge.   She'd said to apply the Water Burst to your face, smoothing a layer of it over the skin before patting it in and she said we'd be able to feel the gel turn into a water.  And I do!  It's mad and it doesn't get old, much like myself....  I like using this in the morning on cleansed skin under my moisturiser and my skin literally drinks it up as it releases a flood of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and peptides.  And yes, I'm sometimes inclined to apply it a couple of times on days where I've no makeup on and want to keep the hydration topped up.  It doesn't leave any residue on my skin, it smells like oranges and I absolutely love using it.  I had somebody message me on Instagram saying she had problems with the packaging when she was going on holidays as it spilled in her makeup bag because the twisty cap opened itself in transit.  So that's worth noting if you're thinking of bringing it away.

The next product I've probably tormented you with talking about is the Vital C Hydrating Overnight Masque (€59.50).  I.  Love.  This.  Ok bye.

Anything that I can let work its magic while I conk out for the night is a winner in my book, but this actually lived up to my expectations and more.  It has a lightweight gel texture that my skin sucks up between applying it and throwing myself into the bed.  I could probably apply more of it, but I don't.  I'm trying to ration it.

If I'm just being picky, I'd have loved a little spatula to take the product out rather than sticking my fingers in.  Who am I kidding, I'd have lost that spatula in less than 30 seconds.  If hygiene is an issue for you, use a cotton bud to take out some of the product and allow it to work its magic.  This contains blue-green extract which is a natural retinoid alternative.  Retinoids scare me and I remember lashing on Image Skincare's Overnight Retinol Masque one night, like properly went to town with it, delighted with life, only to watch Jennifer Rock talking about it on Instastories five minute later and she'd recommended to apply a small amount and then wash it off to begin with.

After being delighted with life, I was afraid for my life and took it easy with that masque, but I can confirm with this one, I've had no issues whatsoever.  It has a mineral complex too which helps enhance skin tone and smoothes and energises skin.  Every single time I use this, and I'm trying not to use it every night to make it last longer, I wake up with plump, hydrated, nourished skin and I swear my elevenses (frown lines, I can't get away with calling them laugh lines) look diminished and my skin is so smooth and soft to the touch.  It's a whopper masque and I love that we get to work together in that it works hard treating my skin while I sleep.

The Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler (€85.50) is described as a topical filler, promising to give a youthful look without a needle.

I've been very open about my Botox experience last year and haven't had fillers yet, and thanks to this beaut, I've no interest in getting them anytime soon.  I love using this on the areas that I feel need to be re-plumped, like my elevenses, and the smile lines around my mouth and this acts as a sponge, bringing hydration to those areas and essentially filling in those lines from beneath the skin.  This is the one that I've been using the least frequently, just because my lines aren't that bad yet, well I don't think they are anyway...  Shurrup yew!  But twice a week this goes on at night and when if the time comes where I need a little extra somethin' somethin' to plump out my skin, I have this ready to full on.  Fillers scare me.  This doesn't.

Finally we have the Vital C Hydrating ACE Serum (€64.50) which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and dryness, thanks to the infusion of vitamins A, C and E along with antioxidants and five amino acids to support collage.

This has three forms of vitamin C.  This is brand new information because I did not know there was more than one form of vitamin C.  Learning something new every day.  I haven't used the original version of this, so I can't compare them, but again, my skin is just loving this.  I don't use it every day, but in conjunction with the rest of my skincare, it's slotted in perfectly, absorbing quickly and turning me into Benjamin Button.

I'm 41, soon to be 42 and I'm not afraid to age.  Ok we'll forget the mini meltdown I had the year I was turning 40, but that was less about aging and more about where I was in life.  One of Image's hashtags is #AgeLater and I love that.  It's going to happen to us all, this aging malarkey, and I'm ok with embracing it, but ain't nothin' wrong with delaying it slightly eh?

You can find your local Image Skincare stockist on their website and as much as this was a deadly review and all, there's nothing like getting a consultation with a professional who will be able to recommend the right products for your skin.  I am but one bridie with a specific skin type that might not match yours, so chat to a profesh, especially when it comes to spendy skincare.  You have to listen to me, I'm most likely older than you!


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