Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review Phots Price

Vitamin C has become an integral part of my skincare regime and I have been using one for the past 2 years. Recently I got a chance to test out Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum. I am going to share my experience with you all today.Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review Phots Price

According to the brand –

A concoction of potent ingredients, this vitamin C serum boosts collagen production, accelerates repair and smoothens expression lines.  With stable Vitamin C in a weightless, quick absorbing, water base formula, this serum actively illuminates the complexion, and eliminates dullness and dark spots by neutralizing free radicals. Infused with moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, this vitamin C serum for face provides intense hydration restoring skin’s plumpness. It contains no nasty chemicals, and is completely safe and gentle on skin. The result? A noticeably brighter, more radiant complexion, with signs of ageing and photo damage minimised. Add it to your beauty routine to make skin less fatigued and more luminous.Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review Phots Price _1

Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review

The serum comes in yellow plastic bottle with dropper. I love serums with droppers as you can control the amount you dispense each time. The serum is clear and quite thin in consistency. It smells nice and mild.

The serum has a water like formula that absorbs into the skin immediately leaving no sticks residue behind. I have used it continuously for two months and loved the brightening effect it leaves. Vitamin C is derived from kakadu plum with 12% concentration.

I used it everyday in the morning. Vitamin C is great for people who want brighter & glowing complexion. With regular use it also fades marks and blemishes. Vitamin C is also great for reducing lines and wrinkles. Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate has hyaluronic acid as well which is one of the most popular humectants and retains moisture in the skin.

My skin is quite dry and prone to dullness, Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate has kept it looking glowing and smooth. I had a few acne marks left on the sides of my cheeks and they have faded to a great extent. The key is to use it regularly without fail. This one bottle lasted me 2 months.

This is a vegan formula and free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates and other skin nasties.

Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate is priced at Rs 975, available online HERE 

Lavender & Lillie Moisturising Hand Creams

[productsamples] At this time of year, there’s a lot of gifty type products heading my way so I’m trying to balance between not bringing Christmas too early and being mindful that some people (like me) are burning through their gift list. I’ve already got presents for my mum, dad and sister and feeling pretty smug. So, I think these hand creams from L&L are just lovely – so strong on opening impact with vibrant illustrations and cityscape inspirations.

Lavender & Lillie Moisturising Hand Creams

Each design comes with an individual fragrance. Dover Street, above, is citrussy with a splash of tea and has a freshness to it that I really liked. The hand cream formula isn’t heavy but it’s enough that your hands will feel instantly more hydrated and flexible (also, I think hand cream works better than most body lotions at keeping flaky shins in check).

Lavender & Lillie Hand Creams

Palace Road, India, is a more fruity-spicy blend – pomegranate, watermelon and plum with jasmin, clove and frankincense. I don’t say you can pick these out easily individually (other than watermelon which my nose could sniff out in a snowstorm) but the finish is pleasingly rich and winterish.

Lavender & Lillie Hand Creams

My favourite is Praslin, Seychelles. Think papaya, frangipani and hibiscus and then send yourself a postcard! It’s just delicious. This brand is fairly new – founded in 2017 – (based in the UK) by partners Lillie and Chris who met at university. Lillie hails from the Seychelles, while Chris is originally from Ireland. They married in Venice and as you can tell from the collections, have roots in or have travelled to some incredible places that inspired them sufficiently to make fragrances in their honour.

Lavender & Lillie Hand Creams

Aside from hand creams, there are beautiful coloured, translucent soaps (£9), decorative candles, body wash, body cream and diffusers. Really, it’s a gorgeous, and reasonably affordable (the hand creams are £12) brand that looks more expensive than it is, so if you have teachers or colleagues to make happy, these seem to fit the bill. Find the site HERE.

 

 

 

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Make-Up Remover

[productsample] To my mind, this cleanser is the thing for getting rid of those last bits of mascara that you’ve inadvertently slept in. I can be absolutely certain I’ve got all my mascara off and yet still wake up with bits under my eyes sometimes. Also, I don’t know why you’d start tackling puffiness before you go to bed!

Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack Make-Up Remover

I love the jelly format of this cleanser which feels very gentle on the skin. However, like a micellar, its first ingredient is water which provides a cooling element while it evaporates but left my under eye area feeling a little bit dry so be prepared to put some moisturiser on straight afterwards. The formula uses Vitamin C and Green Tea but they’re so low down on the ingredient list that I can’t see there being any meaningful benefits. However, this absolutely does the job of removing eye make up and mascara and very nicely too. It’s £5 which seems very reasonable, but while the product is listed on the S&G site, it’s currently ‘unavailable’. Sigh. So, no link, but something perhaps to look out for next time you’re in Boots.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

Rabot 1745 Avocado & Sour Orange Hand Scrub 1

[productsample] I can’t believe I forgot, when I posted about this brand last week, to include my favourite product from the range I was sent.

Rabot 1745 Avocado & Sour Orange Hand Scrub

So, a quick review for the Avocado & Sour Orange Hand Scrub. If you’ve ever used the Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Hand Scrub (which seem to have mysteriously disappeared and been re-invented as a Gardener’s Hand Scrub which is bizarre as it was their best seller for many years), then this is very similar in texture and result but with an elevated olfactory experience.

Rabot 1745 Avocado & Sour Orange Hand Scrub 1

The scent is a sharp orange and the oil is a blend of avocado, grapeseed, shea and sweet almond. The ‘scrub’ aspect is sugar. You may need to shake the tube to redistribute the sugar grains (guess who didn’t shake before snapping!). You get a blast of orange as you work the product over your hands and then a lovely softness after you’ve rinsed and dried. The scent doesn’t linger long so it’s more of an at-the-time experience but my hands are still soft from using it this morning. It’s £9.95 well spent I feel. It’s HERE.

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.

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All that Glitters: Review of Elizavecca’s Gold Essence & Eye Patches

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The YesStyle Beauty Lab

“Golden” Remedies for Troubled Skin

Elizavecca is famed for its Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask. Having heard good things about the brand and drawn by its weird and wonderful packaging featuring a pig mascot, I decided to give two products from the Milky Piggy Hell-Pore series a try – the Milky Piggy Hell-Pore Gold Essence and the Hell-Pore Gold Hyaluronic Eye Patch. Undoubtedly, a major selling point for both is the infusion of 24K gold extracts. Is this a marketing gimmick, or a way to brighter, firmer skin? Let’s find out!

The Context: My skin has been experiencing a number of problems despite dutiful adherence to a regimen that involves cleanser, toner, serum, hydrating cream and plenty of sheet masks. Spots, whiteheads, enlarged pores and even angry red patches have been steadily appearing with no signs of fading. I can’t be sure whether this is due to a lifetime of sleeping with my makeup on or simply the march of time, but I’m desperate for a remedy that can calm down my fluctuating combination skin and save it from premature aging.

The Product:What I noticed immediately about this essence was the 24K gold powder suspended in the dropper bottle. Purportedly, it works with other moisturizing and calming ingredients to produce hydrating, brightening and anti-inflammatory benefits. The essence has a faint herbal scent that I can’t place, but I’m glad it’s not a harsh chemical scent or a rich floral fragrance.

I placed two drops into my palms using the dropper and gently pressed the essence into my face, but that didn’t quite seem to cover it so I added one drop more. Thin, light and watery, it spread easily over my face, producing no immediate irritation. While part of me remained skeptical about whether the gold flakes could indeed melt into my skin and work their magic, the other part of me really wanted to believe the hype. I continued using the essence for two weeks and watched for potential improvements.

The Results:There are no visible downturns in my facial condition so I’m at least not allergic to the product, but there are also no discernible improvements. My skin does seem a teensy bit brighter and smoother, but that could simply be the luster of the gold powder. Unfortunately, the redness, roughness and dry patches remain. Perhaps I need to persist for a few months before visible effects appear?

The Context:In addition to increasingly tired-looking skin, my under-eye area has also been experiencing some trouble. It’s been getting puffier and darker, most likely due to late nights and poor blood circulation. Fine lines have also started to appear. Having always resorted to concealers to hide my dark circles, I used to believe that my eye bags would resolve themselves in time. I’ve finally realized that a more drastic rescue is needed.

The Product:Coming in a sparkly golden hue, these eye patches are infused with gold extracts to “discharge skin impurities.” They’re soaked with hyaluronic acid which helps to lock in moisture while promoting brightness and elasticity, and adenosine which is known for plumping up skin and erasing wrinkles. The patch itself is made of hydrogel and adheres closely to skin, thus preventing the loss of active ingredients.

After cleansing and toning, I stuck the eye patches to my under-eye area, patting and pressing gently to ensure optimal absorption. I also placed a couple of patches onto my neck to curtail potential sagging. There was a slight sting initially, which faded to a cool, soothing sensation. After waiting for 20-25 minutes, I removed the patches and patted the essence in for further absorption. This ritual was religiously repeated every other day for two weeks.

The Results: There’s a visible reduction of swelling and puffiness in my under-eye area, with skin appearing more refined. While my dark circles show only slight signs of fading, I believe continued use would provide further alleviation. Factoring in my habits of going to bed late and sleeping lightly, I’m pleasantly surprised by these small but significant improvements!

Final Verdict

I’d recommend the Gold Hyaluronic Acid Eye Patch to people who want to tighten and firm up their under-eye area at a wallet-friendly price. It may not do everything it says on the tin, but it contains enough of the right ingredients to produce solid benefits. Plus, I have to say that putting on those sparkly eye patches is one of life’s simple joys.

On the other hand, the Hell-Pore Gold Essence did not have any noticeable effect on my skin. The 24K gold seems to serve more as a decoration than a functional ingredient. The bottle does look very pretty on my desk, though I doubt that I’ll be reaching for it anytime soon.

Small Talk: Lador’s Wonder Balm & Wonder Tear Clinic Set

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The YesStylist Editors have talked about our beauty bag essentials and tried out skin care routines and makeup kits, but we’ve never ventured into the world of hair care!

That’s why for this installment of Small Talk we decided to review Lador’s Wonder Balm and Wonder Tear Clinic Set. This salon-grade hair treatment set, which can be used in the comfort of our homes, promises to bring luster, strength and health back to tresses with naturally derived extracts! From Zoe’s bleached bob to Dianne’s curly mane, read on to see how our hair fared.

Wonder Balm & Wonder Tear Clinic Set portrait shadow and light with water

Zoe: Heya girls, I realized we never talked about hair care as a group before~ Always wondering how everyone else looks after their hair lol.

Dianne: Hmmm I don’t have a proper hair care routine tbh 😂 I guess it’s not too late to start one now? Any suggestions?

Maureen: I never really look after mine either.

Romy: I only take care of my hair whenever I feel like it haha!

Zoe: Ha! I get it for Maureen since she has a pixie cut, but I would’ve thought that for Dianne’s curly mane, there ought to be a rigorous routine!

Romy: The Korean brand Lador seems to have a lot of great hair care products. We could give their products a go?

Dianne: 😭 I’m laaazy, long hair don’t care!

Zoe: I’ve heard great things about Lador! Let’s do this!

What’s our hair type?

Dianne: Before we start, does it matter what kind of hair we have?

Romy: I think so since we seem to have different hair types and styles.

Zoe: I usually use hair conditioner rather generously because I have dyed hair, although my hair is really thick and healthy in general.

Red Hair GIF

Maureen: I never use conditioner tbh. My hair’s too short to form knots or split ends 😂 but it’s quite dry and thin.

Dianne: I have medium-length wavy 2b hair apparently. It gets pretty dry and frizzy since I always comb through it with my fingers, even though appaz that’s like a huge no-no for folks with my hair.

Hair Latina GIF by Identity

Romy: I have fine hair that’s also been bleached and dyed. The ends of my hair tend to get dry, so I need a very hydrating hair conditioner or treatment to prevent them from drying out!

Dianne: OMG once upon a time, I too had bleached hair. It was a NIGHTMARE!

Romy: Hahaha, I can’t imagine how you would take care of bleached AND curly hair!

Zoe: Guys, I never realized the way we treat our hair can be this different!

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How did we use Wonder Balm?

Maureen: Did you guys use the Wonder Balm and Tear separately or together?

Zoe: I’ve tried both ways! The results are pretty similar, but I think I got the gist of how and when to use them separately and together.

Romy: I use both of them after shampooing.

Dianne: Together and separately! According to Lador, this is part of a 4-step hair care routine with the Balm & Tear as the 2nd and 3rd 😲

Maureen: I didn’t know so I used them separately 😳

Romy: I didn’t try them separately as the instruction says to use Wonder Balm after shampoo, followed with Wonder Tear. Although I feel like they’re both super nourishing and you can just use one of them.

Dianne: I read the back of the packaging and it suggested that the Wonder Balm can be used every day or before heating products.

Zoe: I feel like the Wonder Balm is more like a hair mask/hair treatment. But tbh I was too lazy to use the recommended intensive method, which required it to be used on towel-dried hair haha.

Dianne: 😂 Since my hair is hella damaged and I got the fat full-sized product, I used it liberally almost like a conditioner and before I blow dried my hair.

Romy: I read that too, but I felt that the Wonder Balm was too thick to use on my hair before heating tools. So I used it like a conditioner instead, and left it on my hair for about 5 minutes before rinsing off.

Zoe: Since I style my hair almost every day with a flat iron, I tried using the Wonder Balm beforehand.

Romy: On towel-dried or damp hair?

Zoe: Mostly dry if I’m using it before styling my hair. It seems to work too 😂 But mainly on the ends, otherwise it’ll look kinda greasy if I use it all over.

What’s the texture like?

Dianne: I didn’t think the formula would be non-sticky! I always thought the best way to moisturize hair is to have formula with the tackiest texture, plus the “Balm” name really threw me off!

Maureen: Zoe, did you not rinse it off?

Zoe: Only when I used it as a hair mask/treatment since it replaces the conditioning step. Because its consistency is more gel-like, I didn’t use as much as I would with my usual hair conditioner.

Maureen: I find it kinda greasy so I always rinse it off.

Romy: I surprisingly really like the texture of this. It’s thick but feels so smooth and silky when I apply it on my hair.

Zoe: Yes! And a little goes a long way!

Dianne: I loved the texture, maybe because it has hydrolyzed silk and aloe vera extracts ­– I felt refreshed~~

Maureen: Maybe I just prefer my hair to be more on the dry side…

Zoe: Well considering Maureen doesn’t usually use hair conditioner to begin with 😂

Maureen: That’s true, I’m not used to sleek silky hair ><

Dianne: Did you guys like the fragrance?

Zoe: I love the scent! It has a refreshing kinda smell that’s not too floral or herbal.

Maureen: I love it! It’s like being in the salon 😃

Zoe:

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Romy: Me too! That’s how I felt when I first tried it – like I was at a salon!

Dianne: Yess! It’s supposed to be salon-grade hair treatment so I guess the salon smell comes with the package 😂

 

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How did we use Wonder Tear?

Dianne: I applied it less frequently than the Wonder Balm and focused mostly on the tips of my hair where it’s the driest.

Romy: I used Wonder Tear right after I rinsed off Wonder Balm. And at that point my hair’s already super hydrated and silky, so it was kind of hard for me to apply it on such smooth hair without it falling off 😂

Maureen: That’s why I feel like it’s a waste to use both, esp with my short hair 😛

Dianne: Hahahahah the ingredients are also quite similar.

Zoe: Totally, and I think it’s more suited to use as a hair conditioner, since it’s not as intensive as the balm. I used half a palm size of this, while for the Wonder Balm a coin-sized amount is enough for my shoulder-length hair.

Romy: All of you seem to apply the products on the tips of your hair. Am I the only one who applied it from my scalp to the tips of my hair? 😆

Dianne: No way! I felt that it would make my scalp incredibly greasy!

Maureen: You’re not the only one Romy 😆 but that’s coz my hair is so short.

Dianne: Plus I have a lot of hair to cover, so my arms would be tired before I reach my scalp 😂

Zoe: My hair dresser says to do the scalp last, so less of it sinks into your roots!

Maureen: Maybe that’s why I felt greasy, I started from the roots.

Romy: Maybe it’s because I recently dyed my hair, so I wanted my entire head to be nourished haha. It didn’t feel greasy for me at all though.

Zoe: Haha I feel you Romy! But doesn’t it get greasy a lot quicker that way? Especially the roots?

Romy: Nah, for some reason it wasn’t greasy at all!

What’s the texture like?

Mauree: I feel like the Wonder Tear is a lot more liquidy. It’s also quite easy to wash off.

Dianne: Yeah, it was definitely easy to wash off. I didn’t feel any icky residue and felt moisturized. I think it’s definitely due to its incredibly lightweight texture.

Romy: Same. I think the Wonder Tear is easier to wash off than the Wonder Balm since it has a thinner texture. I also think the Wonder Tear has a stronger scent of the aloe vera leaf extract which is very soothing.

Zoe: Yeah, if I don’t towel dry my hair properly, the Wonder Balm seems to be more prone to leaving an icky feeling even after I rinse it quite a bit. The Wonder Tear has less of this problem.

Dianne: Maybe it’s because my hair absorbs a lot of moisture but both felt lightweight over my hair even though I applied A LOT!

Long Hair GIF

Zoe: Your hair is THICK girl haha.

Dianne: I felt incredibly refreshed afterwards~~

What’s our final verdict?

Dianne: To me, this definitely saved me from the hassle of going to the hair salon.

Romy: I honestly don’t think I’ve ever used any hair treatments that left my hair as smooth and shiny as the Wonder Balm and Tear. When used together, my hair feels extremely moisturized from my scalp to the ends of my hair. My hair is also quite frizzy and this somehow lessens the frizziness. I love them both!

Dianne: The frizz was definitely controlled for me as well. My hair was also smoother but I felt that it became a lot flatter ­– like not as much volume.

Maureen: I’d probably ditch the Wonder Tear. I prefer the Wonder Balm because it’s more nourishing and makes me feel like it’s worth the deal. I foresee using it once in a while, esp during winter to keep dandruff and frizziness away.

Dianne: NGL this gif is how I feel:

Zoe: Both left my hair feeling super light and soft. I’m used to using hair treatments before running my hair through heated stylers, but the same softnesss retained even when I didn’t use it right before styling.

Romy: Yeah, I think it’s perfect for winter hair care!

Zoe: Out of the two, which do you prefer?

Maureen: Wonder Balm!

Dianne: I think I’ll stick with using both, and defos want to complete that 4-step routine!

Romy: Ahhh I can’t pick. Can I pick both? 🙂

Dianne:

Zoe: I tried them in sample sets, and the Wonder Balm lasted me so long. For my thick shoulder-length hair, I managed to get three uses out of one sample pack, whereas I used the whole packet of Wonder Tear in one go lol. So for the same results, I think the Wonder Balm gets my money’s worth haha, and it can be used in so many different ways too.

Dianne: I think YesStyle shoppers agree with Maureen and Zoe since the sample set and Wonder Balm are bestsellers 😆

Zoe: 🥳

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What’s Safe (& What’s Not) To Use On Your Skin During Pregnancy

If you’re expecting or nursing, two things are certain. First, life is dramatically different than it was before you became pregnant. And second, you’re going to need to take a look at your usual skin-care routine. Just as there are certain foods your doctor may ask you to avoid during pregnancy, there are also some skincare ingredients that can wait. It’s something many women aren’t aware of, but need to educate themselves on in order to make sure they are being cautious of.

The tricky thing is that by default, studies in pregnancy are limited. “We don’t perform studies on pregnant women,” Dr. Desai says, “so a lot of the information goes back a very long time, and we extrapolate from what we do know.” Generally, doctors advise being cautious if there’s any potential risk — the old “better to be safe than sorry” adage in action. “If there is a chemical that we just don’t know what it may or may not do, I advise opting to stay away from that,” she says. For instance, doctors aren’t sure whether injectables such as Botox and Juvederm pose any risk, but few dermatologists use needles on pregnant patients.

Generally, doctors advise being cautious if there’s any potential risk — the old “better to be safe than sorry” adage in action.

Here’s what doctors do know for sure. Without a doubt, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid vitamin A in all its forms. “We know that high doses of vitamin A can cause birth defects,” Dr. Desai says. Those are well-documented in the case of isotretinoin, or Accutane, an oral medication used to treat severe acne. It’s FDA-classified as a category X drug, a serious label that means the risk clearly outweighs any benefits. Risks are lower with Retin-A, a topical sister drug, but doctors still advise against using retinoids and retinol during pregnancy.  “We just don’t want to take those chances,” Dr. Desai says, adding that she takes all of her pregnant patients off any form of retinol.  

You’ll want to take a break from other common active ingredients, too. Hydroquinone, often used to lighten hyperpigmentation, is a category C drug; animal studies have shown it to have an adverse effect on the fetus, but no human studies have been conducted, for obvious reasons. So, unless directed by your doctor, best to steer clear of it. While you’re cleaning out your medicine cabinet, set beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) aside as well. “Salicylic acid is derived from the aspirin family of medication, and we know that high doses of aspirin are not safe for pregnant women — that’s where the idea comes about,” says Dr. Desai. “We know that absorption is minimal, but we have alternatives that are completely safe.”

So which ingredients will safely keep your skin radiant from the first trimester through weaning? Some pregnancy-safe superstar ingredients include vitamin C and kojic acid for overall brightness; hyaluronic acid for hydration; and squalane to moisturize. 

To maximize that pregnancy glow, Dr. Desai likes glycolic acid. “It’s gentle enough to be used while you’re trying to conceive, while you’re pregnant, and during nursing,” she says. “It can brighten the skin and help with cell turnover, which can help with pigment issues and acne pregnant women might have.” Other pregnancy-safe acids include lactic acid and azelaic acid, often used to address breakouts and rosacea. “[They are] great for acne and treating redness, which can flare up during pregnancy,” she says. 

The bottom line: If you’re expecting or nursing, it’s best to be extra-cautious, so consult your doctor for advice on which ingredients will work for you. 

Hint, hint — these Glow Recipe products free of retinol, BHAs, and hydroquinone:

Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser

Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer

Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

Pineapple-C Bright Serum

Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review Phots Price

Vitamin C has become an integral part of my skincare regime and I have been using one for the past 2 years. Recently I got a chance to test out Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum. I am going to share my experience with you all today.Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review Phots Price

According to the brand –

A concoction of potent ingredients, this vitamin C serum boosts collagen production, accelerates repair and smoothens expression lines.  With stable Vitamin C in a weightless, quick absorbing, water base formula, this serum actively illuminates the complexion, and eliminates dullness and dark spots by neutralizing free radicals. Infused with moisture magnet hyaluronic acid, this vitamin C serum for face provides intense hydration restoring skin’s plumpness. It contains no nasty chemicals, and is completely safe and gentle on skin. The result? A noticeably brighter, more radiant complexion, with signs of ageing and photo damage minimised. Add it to your beauty routine to make skin less fatigued and more luminous.Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review Phots Price _1

Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate Glow Reviving Serum Review

The serum comes in yellow plastic bottle with dropper. I love serums with droppers as you can control the amount you dispense each time. The serum is clear and quite thin in consistency. It smells nice and mild.

The serum has a water like formula that absorbs into the skin immediately leaving no sticks residue behind. I have used it continuously for two months and loved the brightening effect it leaves. Vitamin C is derived from kakadu plum with 12% concentration.

I used it everyday in the morning. Vitamin C is great for people who want brighter & glowing complexion. With regular use it also fades marks and blemishes. Vitamin C is also great for reducing lines and wrinkles. Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate has hyaluronic acid as well which is one of the most popular humectants and retains moisture in the skin.

My skin is quite dry and prone to dullness, Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate has kept it looking glowing and smooth. I had a few acne marks left on the sides of my cheeks and they have faded to a great extent. The key is to use it regularly without fail. This one bottle lasted me 2 months.

This is a vegan formula and free from parabens, sulphates, phthalates and other skin nasties.

Dot & Key Vitamin C Concentrate is priced at Rs 975, available online HERE 

Lavender & Lillie Moisturising Hand Creams

[productsamples] At this time of year, there’s a lot of gifty type products heading my way so I’m trying to balance between not bringing Christmas too early and being mindful that some people (like me) are burning through their gift list. I’ve already got presents for my mum, dad and sister and feeling pretty smug. So, I think these hand creams from L&L are just lovely – so strong on opening impact with vibrant illustrations and cityscape inspirations.

Lavender & Lillie Moisturising Hand Creams

Each design comes with an individual fragrance. Dover Street, above, is citrussy with a splash of tea and has a freshness to it that I really liked. The hand cream formula isn’t heavy but it’s enough that your hands will feel instantly more hydrated and flexible (also, I think hand cream works better than most body lotions at keeping flaky shins in check).

Lavender & Lillie Hand Creams

Palace Road, India, is a more fruity-spicy blend – pomegranate, watermelon and plum with jasmin, clove and frankincense. I don’t say you can pick these out easily individually (other than watermelon which my nose could sniff out in a snowstorm) but the finish is pleasingly rich and winterish.

Lavender & Lillie Hand Creams

My favourite is Praslin, Seychelles. Think papaya, frangipani and hibiscus and then send yourself a postcard! It’s just delicious. This brand is fairly new – founded in 2017 – (based in the UK) by partners Lillie and Chris who met at university. Lillie hails from the Seychelles, while Chris is originally from Ireland. They married in Venice and as you can tell from the collections, have roots in or have travelled to some incredible places that inspired them sufficiently to make fragrances in their honour.

Lavender & Lillie Hand Creams

Aside from hand creams, there are beautiful coloured, translucent soaps (£9), decorative candles, body wash, body cream and diffusers. Really, it’s a gorgeous, and reasonably affordable (the hand creams are £12) brand that looks more expensive than it is, so if you have teachers or colleagues to make happy, these seem to fit the bill. Find the site HERE.

 

 

 

*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated. Affiliate links may be used. Posts are not affiliate driven.