My July Beauty Picks

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Well Hello Lovelies welcome to the July Beauty Edit.

Every four weeks I will share with you my favourite beauty products for the month. I promise to only share products that I love. They will be products that I’m using on a daily basis. Gorgeous beauty bits and pieces that I have tried and tested and can’t live without!

At the bottom of every months beauty edit, I will also name the one product I can’t get out of my head – yes, the one I’m lusting over and trying to find a way for it to appear as ‘if by magic’ in my beauty collection

Here’s last month’s June edit if you missed it.

So what’s made the list this month then?

Well July seems to be all about my face.

To be honest, I’m really happy with my skincare at the moment.

It seems to be working.

I’ve been fine tuning the right products for my skin for a while now.

So far, the results have been good.

Yes there have been blips. But blips are good.

They allow you to re-evaluate and refocus on the good stuff…or make sure you replace what’s not working anymore, with something spectacularly better.

Now my skin, left to its own devices, would resemble a dried prune in a flash.

It does need plenty of TLC.

Unfortunately, dry skin shows up every line and wrinkle in high-definition.

So my main aim is to throw the big guns at it on a regular basis.

I’m the talking A B C of skincare.

Vitamin A:

Stieva A

Note: No image – my tube is so well used and crinkled it was impossible to get a clear image.

I have used prescription strength vitamin A for a few months now.

Now, before I go any further, this stuff can take some getting use to. Your skin can react to it, if you don’t introduce it slowly.

I started off by using it every other night and slowly built up to every night (that was during the summer).

Now that winter has arrived though, I have completely changed to every third night.

This product can make skin dry. Add to the mix, my already dry skin and it could be a recipe for disaster if not handles carefully.

Typically this cream has always been used for acne sufferers but research has shown that if used correctly, it can help with wrinkles too!

Well Hello vitamin A – I have plenty of those pesky things.

I found all of this out by quizzing lots of girlfriends. Girlfriends who have the most amazing skin. I wanted to know their secret. One of my friends has used this for the last 15 years and let me just say, her skin is bloody amazing. Like me, she has already celebrated the big 5-0 but without a trace of botox or fillers on her skin.

So as I’m sure you can imagine, when I was offered this by my Dermatologist, I didn’t need much convincing.

The product I use is Stieva-A I have also used Retrieve  – if you fancy knowing more, this article does a mighty fine job of explaining the finer details, way better than I can.

Apply at bedtime on freshly cleansed skin.

My July Beauty Picks

Vitamin B:

Ultraceuticals Ultra B2 Hydrating Serum $85.00

This product has revolutionised my skincare in one short month. I kid you not.

Winter plays havoc on my parched skin. As soon as the temperature drops, my skin goes to pot. Scaly raised blotches appear in a millisecond.

Panic follows.

The amazing friend with the fabulous skin (the one that I mentioned above) was reading an article in Harpers Bazaar recently. A Sydney skincare guru was sharing his top picks for perfect skin care. He was not affiliated with any of the products he listed – this kind of article/recommendation is my utopia.

I like independent advice from the professionals.  So I jumped straight on board when I read about the hydrating effects of Ultraceauticals Ultra B2.

This serum is a mixture of B5 (Panthenol) and Hyaluronic Acid (capable of holding a 1000 times its own weight in water) and B3 making it a power-house on the moisture enducing stakes.

Finding the article was perfect timing, my skin was in dire need of something more than I was giving it.

By lunchtime, I had the serum in my hot little hands – I certainly don’t need telling twice!

Apply: As part of my morning skin care routine. On freshly cleansed skin I first apply C23 (see below) followed by B2.

Vitamin C:

Ultraceuticals Ultra C23 Firming Concentrate. $129.00

This little power house of goodness was featured last month in my June Beauty Edit too.

Honestly, I just cannot imagine not using this product – I know I can be fickle when it comes to product lust love, but this one is the bees-knees. 

Although the price is definitely on the luxe side, the mighty vitamin C punch this product packs, is truly worth the investment.

If like me, anti-ageing skincare is your priority, this could be the hero product you have looked for.

Because, when it comes to ageing skin, you have to cover all the bases.

I’ve ignored the importance of topical vitamin C for far too long, but the more I learned, the more I knew I had to try it for myself.

The friend with the amazing skin I talk about above – yep she was the one that put me on to this high concentrate of Vit C from Ultraceuticals. The one I was previously using was only 10% Vit C.

This concentrate feels quite grainy when first applied, but the sensation dissipates within a couple of seconds.

This pro-collagen formula provides 23% vitamin C in a CSIRO formula to offer a helping hand when it comes to firmness and antioxidant protection.

As I mentioned above, the same with vitamin A, you do need to build up a tolerance for the product. I started by using this formula every second day, but found within a week my skin was happy with daily application.

Apply: As part of my morning skincare routine. On freshly cleansed skin, followed by the B2 serum.

My July Beauty Picks

Cleanser:

Dermalogica Age Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser $58.00

I have only been using this cleanser for a couple of weeks. I had it on my birthday wish-list (my lovely Jonny picked it up for me). I was previously using the Essential Cream Cleanser from Dermalogica (which I loved and would still happily recommend). This one however offers a bit more for ageing skin.

It is still a cream cleanser but with the addition of lactic acid which encourages cell turnover at the same time as smoothing and hydrating – I know right up my street!

What I love the most though, is that it exfoliates gently but efficiently too.

Apply: In the shower. Cream cleansers need flowing water in my humble opinion!

Moisture:

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance $60.50

I’ve been using this moisturiser for a while now and until winter hit, it worked like a dream.

For me, I now know this works perfectly as a summer weight moisturiser. But on its own, as soon as it turned cold, I felt like I needed more.

This added with the vitamin B2 serum I mentioned above however, is more than enough to keep the winter scaliness at bay.

Apply: Daily, under make-up and after a dose of vitamin B and C action!

Overall, my skin is looking (and feeling) better than it has in years.

I’m getting compliments.

The combination of products I’m using are all working together, for me. The overall appearance and texture of my skin has improved and considering I’m not getting any younger, I’m mightily impressed.

So what’s next?

I’m now on the hunt for a really good moisturiser laced with a high concentration of vitamin E – because I think that’s the only vitamin that is missing from my beauty arsenal 😉

I’m loving the Ultraceauticals range, so I’m looking at this one below – possibly for my next purchase:

Ultraceuticals Ultra Moisuriser Cream

Unless something else grabs my attention in the meantime that is!

Lust List

By Terry Eclat Opulent Nutra-Lifting Foundation $184.00

I know, look at the price. Major Luxe.

One of my GF’s was on the lookout for a new foundation. I recommended three, including this one.

She fell hook, line and sinker for this one. I’m not surprised.

This product is on my wish-list BIG TIME – watch this space Beauties, watch this space.

Ok, so now it’s over to you…what have you tried lately that has left a lasting impression on your skin? Do you have a winning formula that works and gives you excellent results?

Because you know I can’t resist a recommendation, right?

Nothing gifted, everything loved.

 

 

Bev,

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  • Suzie

    I too am a fan of Stieva and Dermalogica for my 54 year old skin and for winter have switched to Dermalogica Super Rich Repair cream at night which is just perfect with the Stieva. It’s way too rich for daytime and summer but perfect for Melbourne winter.

    • Suzie I’ve used the Dermalogica Super Rich Repair before – it is fabulous, especially when the biting winter snap hits our delicate facial skin. In fact all of the products in the Age Smart range are excellent. Glad to hear you’re getting results from the Stevia too! xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I have very naughty skin as I think I’ve told you before Bev I react to so many things but without allergy testing ,just quietly I’m not going there yet! There is only 2 brands that I will use Dermalogica and Estée Lauder for night cream,also add in bad eczema dryness and wrinkles I now won’t try anything unless I get a month out of a sample pot.
    I’m so glad you have found what your skin loves gorgeous and you’re getting compliments win win Xx

    • Lisa if you’ve fine tuned hero products that work for you and your naughty skin adores them, I say stick to it! Dermalogica products are simply divine. The new cleanser I’m using above is gentle and perfect for ageing skin, with its ex-foliating qualities. Like you, Beckie uses both Dermalogica (Intensive Moisture Balance) and Estee Lauder (Advanced Night Repair).
      Sometimes I can have huge reactions to products, but I’ve found that with a little persistence I have managed to de-sensitise my skin to vitamin A and C products (can you tell I’m obsessed with trying to keep the pesky wrinkles at bay?). The vitamin C especially, with 23% strength stings and tingles for a good couple of weeks, until a tolerance is built up – But I guess this would probably be too much for your sensitive skin though! Mwah Lovely girl xx

  • I would like to give the Ultrceuticals a try. I indulged and bought a By Terry foundation around a month ago. I am in heaven. To me it is worth every cent. V x

    • Vicki I am so impressed with Ultraceuticals – its a bit overwhelming when you start researching their products as they are all extremely powerful. But if anti-ageing and dryness is a concern for you then I couldn’t recommend these two products more!
      I might just be a tad envious over the By Terry 😉 xx