Reviews of the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly

 

Amazon reviews of the new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly are coming in.

In the original Wheat Belly book, I focused mostly on the history of wheat from Natufian porridge to modern whole wheat bread, the dramatic changes in wheat introduced by geneticists and agribusiness, and the effects it has on modern health. In Wheat Belly Total Health, I outlined a program to undo the harm incurred by wheat consumption and additional steps to take to, for instance, reverse insulin resistance. In Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, I provided a step-by-step, day-by-day plan to follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle. And, of course, in the Wheat Belly Cookbook and the Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook, I provided hundreds of recipes to make this lifestyle tastier and more versatile.

And, given the worldwide experience that Wheat Belly has generated, new lessons have been learned along the way, particularly as it relates to hormonal changes, steps to take to make reversing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure safer, and the microbiome. ALL of this has been incorporated into one book, the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly. And here is what some readers had to say about it:

 

Winkman: This can be life changing, as it was for me.
A comprehensive treatment on how to have a healthy body and mind, freedom from many debilitating diseases, and a long “young” life.
The importance of our microbiome can’t be overrated. It is the foundation of our health and to a significant degree our happiness with our life and ourselves.

Giving up wheat has helped me immensely.
My wife and I cut down our wheat consumption after reading the original edition years ago. I have now totally eliminated wheat and significantly reduced other grains. Also am following many of Dr Davis’s other recommendations.

I am a healthy 76 and have not felt better in many years. Thank you, Dr Davis.

 

Donna: Happy to receive my book!
I love Dr. Davis and have been eating this way for years, never felt better, and am happy for the UPDATED/REVISED book, if you are willing to change the way you eat, this is not a ‘diet’, you will never look back!

 

Ed Syed: May become the most rewarding decision of your life.
I have read the old version and it worked 100% word by word for me. My A1C was around 9+ and is now 6.7. Weight got reduced around 8 KGs. Feel energetic like when I was in my 20s. Purchase of this book will be the best means you can spend your money. Buy without hesitation there is nothing for you to lose here. I only see benefits with the knowledge gained.

 

I_Love_Amazon: This Book Is An Eye Opener
I started avoiding gluten before it was a household word. I was never diagnosed with celiac, but I just knew I felt better without it. I found this out by accident when I started low carbing and just avoided gluten by default! All my arthritic symptoms, all my stomach problems and low mood just dissipated within three months. When I went off the diet and started eating wheat again, they all returned. When the first edition of Wheat Belly came out, I remember thinking to myself “ finally, someone really gets it.” I am so thrilled to have the revised version. Folk’s today’s wheat is not the wheat of our ancestors. I honestly now liken it to poison, and for a lot of us, it just is. This book is a gem.

Amazon Prime Customer: Incredible Book!
This is an incredible book and makes you never want to eat bread again! I listened to the Audiobook of the original version of this in 2014 and it was eye-opening, and this book underscores those findings. Next time you’re at the grocery store skip the bread aisle, and when you order your next hamburger order it without the bread! This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to kick the bread habit!

 

Helen G.: Read it
It may save your life.

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

If you thought we were all competition-ed out after our crazy month of competitions in December, you’d be wrong. Everyone loves a good competition, right? Right!

We’ve got a Precision Sports Care in a Box set to give away from our friends at Bullet & Bone, worth £39.99. Bullet & Bone is endorsed by two-time Olympian and professor of Sport Science, Greg Whyte OBE, so you know it’s good stuff.

This is what they say about it:

The perfect gift for a sports-mad family member or friend.  A complete set of all four Bullet & Bone products packed in a beautiful, high quality, presentation gift box.

The gift set provides a complete regime of products to optimise warm-up, performance and recovery to deliver the maximum possible benefits. 

What better gift can you give to the special sports enthusiast in your life than one which helps improve their performance and helps them enjoy their sports more?

With all the products tested by elite athletes and recommended by Olympian, Sports Scientist and Physical Activity Expert Professor Greg Whyte OBE, celebrity personal trainers and Performance Expert, Winston Squire, you can trust all the products to deliver great results.

The Gift Set contains: 

1 x Muscle Rub 100ml

1 x Vapour Balm 100ml

1 x Protective Moisturiser 100ml

1 x Cooling Recovery Body 250ml 

The muscle activating rub, vapour release balm, protective moisturising spray and cooling body wash all contain targeted, evidence-based properties that assist with those all-important marginal gains. The unique, power base of three active, natural ingredients across the Bullet & Bone range of maca extract, magnesium and jasmine are known to hold properties that improve stamina, speed, alertness, concentration and recovery. Like any sporting ritual these potent, topical products will be helpful for all levels of sportsmen.

The set also comes with the added benefit of an enclosed discount code offering 20% off any future purchases of the products through the Bullet & Bone website.

Bullet & Bone is a world first. It offers breakthrough, precision skincare engineered to be used when physically active and contains potent, natural ingredients that enhance sporting performance.

Enter the competition below, or click here if you can’t see the Gleam widget.

WIN Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box

Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate Review Photos Price

I have extremely dry skin and it gets even drier especially in winters. I keep looking out for products that are hydrating and nourishing so that my skin doesn’t feel parched throughout the day. I came across Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate and it excited me.Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate

Now, I like using products that have hyaluronic acid content in them since it has been great for my skin so far. So, this serum caught my eye and I thought I should give it a try. I picked it up and have been using for a couple of weeks now. I will share with you what I feel about it today.

About Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate –

Dehydration is a skin state that affects everyone from time to time. And this is why no skin routine is complete without a good hydrating serum. Dot & Key Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Serum is exactly what you need to bring life to dehydrated parched skin.

Featuring intense, water attracting hyaluronic acid, this hydrating serum puts extra thirsty skin to rest by replenishing it’s moisture reservoirs. It contains vitamin C and antioxidants from acai berries, which fight free radicals and daily environmental damage.

Formulated with ceramides and botanicals elements like soothing bulgarian rose, this brilliant hydrator improves skin’s barrier function restoring plump dewy complexion. Ultra concentrated, yet easily absorbable, this face serum can be used alone or along with your favourite moisturising cream for long-lasting hydration. Either way, you are sure to hear your skin heave a sigh of relief.

Features:

  • Hydrating hyaluronic acid serum that boosts moisture and fights free radicals
  • Ultra-concentrated, it is an easily absorbable serum for that youthful dewy looking skin
  • Improves skin’s barrier function, acts as a moisturizer and restores dehydrated skin
  • Contains acai berries a rich source of vitamin C that fights free radical damage
  • Plumps, smooths and deeply hydrates skin while eliminating the signs of daily wear and tear
  • Dermatologist tested, vegan formula
  • Contains no parabens, sulphates, phthalates or other skin nasties

Packaging: The serum comes in a plastic bottle and has a dropper on top to dispense the product. The packaging is much travel-friendly since the bottle is not made from glass. However, the dropper is a little off since it is a bit flimsy and I have to squeeze hard to dispense the product.

This way, if I squeeze way too hard, I am not able to control the amount of product that gets dispensed. I wish the dropper was a bit smoother to use.Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate

Formula: The formula of the Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate is very light weight and it gets absorbed into my skin quickly. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on my skin, which is what I like. I do not prefer heavy serums, or it makes my skin feel oily and sticky.

Texture: This serum feels very smooth and light and has a different texture than the ones that I have used before. I like the way it feels on my skin. It has a slightly thick and jelly like consistency since it is a concentrate and it feels like water on my skin.

Colour and fragrance: The serum is colourless and is transparent and doesn’t have a smell. 

Quantity and price: This serum comes in a 30 ml bottle and costs ₹ 895. It is definitely a bit on the pricier side, but this serum is worth every penny. Since it is a hyaluronic acid concentrate, it contains pure hyaluronic acid which benefits the skin to a greater extent. 

My thoughts on the product:

I like this serum to be honest. However, I wish it came with a proper dropper to dispense the product so that there is a better control over dispensing the product. However, my skin is so dry that it just drinks up the serum very fast and I need to layer it up with another serum or a heavy moisturiser so that it doesn’t feel drying.

But in case you have normal to oily skin and are looking for a serum that has pure hyaluronic acid concentrate in it, this is the one to go for. I haven’t tried Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate in summers so I guess it would be fine for me since my skin wouldn’t feel much dry then. 

Rating:

3.75/5

You can buy Dot & Key Water Drench Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum online.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

[sample/affiliate] Edging towards the end of the month (it’s going so slowly!) and with pay day feeling long overdue, the M&S Pure range is definitely worth some attention for giving effectiveness at a very reasonable price. I really don’t think anyone would have an issue with the £12 Rose Cleansing Balm for example that does a swift and thorough job at cleaning skin while leaving that emollient film that’s so comfortable on the skin.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

If you need to stock up on cleanser, I suggest you grab this and run because it’s giving every balm cleanser double the price a run for its money. It comes with a truly miserable looking muslin cloth which I’ve immediately recycled. The formula does contain essential oils so if that’s an issue, avoid it. Otherwise, key players are camelina oil, blackcurrant seed oil and sweet almond oil. I don’t have a word of complaint although if I was pushed I would like it smell a little more rosy.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

I’d likewise say that I have no complaints about the Glycolic Toner at £10. I often use a glycolic toner after cleansing – it’s a gentle and useful way to get rid of any old cells hanging around although it’s not, in my view, as effective as a proper exfoliation. Over time though, I think it does give a brighter effect to skin so worth having in a routine if radiance is an issue.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

I’ve only surface tested this pair of skin hydrators – the day cream is really cooling on the skin and quite light for an SPF25, leaving a silky and smooth feel on the skin. It’s sort of that instant comfort feel and my first impression is that it’s something like a very light and whippy cold cream. At £16 for 50ml, I think it’s super value. You get more of a lightweight feel with the serum but it’s pleasant to use with an instant gratification finish. It’s the most expensive of the products sent for me to try at £18.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

What I feel you are getting with this collection is a very solid and reliable skin care routine without the bells and whistles. It’s all made with mindfulness towards ‘natural’ ingredients although we could head down an endless rabbit hole working out quite what that means on any given day for any given brand claiming it, but hand on heart, I am not finding anything other than effective hydration and cleansing. I like it a lot and think it’s possibly priced for a younger audience whose values are reflected in the range which is a very different approach to other brands determined to stiff them into paying a fortune for ‘clean’ and ‘vegan’ products on the premise that they’d like to buy less but better. Which they probably wouldn’t if there were more alternatives. So, number one recommend is the cleansing balm if you want to dip your toe in the water. It’s HERE, non affiliate 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.

TREND REPORT: M&S NEW VEGAN RANGE + MORE

As a team of established beauty experts, we’ve got our fingers on the pulse when it comes to knowing the latest the beauty industry has to offer. Want to be kept in the know? The Trend Report is our weekly feature – returning for 2020 – where we share with you the latest launches and news across the industry; from new product launches, beauty concepts and store launches to the latest trends you need to know about. So, what’s trending in beauty this week?

VEGANUARY CONTINUES WITH M&S

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MS-pure-skincare

With vegan beauty a hot topic this month (have you seen our debut
Vegan Beauty Edit with Holland & Barrett?) it’s been announced that M&S has relaunched the PURE range, the brand’s first vegan and cruelty-free skincare collection. Formulated with 95% naturally derived ingredients, the range will focus on fewer yet effective ingredients, many of which are UK grown or made using by-products of English wine produced for M&S. The PURE beauty line encompasses three ranges: Ultimate Cleanse, Super Hydrate and Natural Radiance, each available in stores.

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MOUTHY MOON

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moon-kendall-jenner

MOON is a new-to-the-UK oral care brand launching exclusively into Boots stores nationwide in March. Founded to reimagine traditional oral care, the range will deliver aesthetically pleasing, effective products that are both vegan and cruelty free. Model Kendall Jenner has co-created The Teeth Whitening Pen, a hero product that sits within the range.

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‘IT’S THE ELECTROLYTES’

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drunk-elephant-f-bomb

An ingredient trend for skincare this year seems to be the use of electrolytes in key product technology. With Paula’s Choice’s offering that landed last year, in recent weeks the talk of the web has turned to Drunk Elephant’s new F Bomb. Said to be an electrolyte nightcap, it delivers a surge of overnight hydration to your usual night time routine. F Balm is filled with tiny beans of replenishing vitamin F that burst on your skin as it’s applied. Calming and soothing, you can use it every night to wake up looking dewy and rejuvenated.

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NEW WAY OF MULTI-VITAMIN-G

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st-tropez-purity-multivitamin

Our tanning heroes are St Tropez have come through with a new launch that provides our daily multivitamins in self-tan form. SAY WHAT? Besides delivering a natural glow to skin, this miracle worker contains beetroot extract and naturally occurring sugars which work in tandem to stimulate our natural production of vitamin D. It will also leave your complexion with a boost of hydration and help it defend against pollution. Keep an eye on our
explore page over February 😉

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What Is A Skin-Care Brush & Why Do You Need It?

When it comes to applying your skin-care products, you’ve probably been exclusively using your hands (maybe with a cotton pad thrown in here and there). Which seems like a very “no duh” sort of statement. What else is there? Let us be the first to introduce you to skin-care brushes. 

A rise in the use of beauty tools (see: Gua Sha tools and crystal facial rollers) has shown us that there are alternative ways to put on product that can both amp up the efficacy of products and have immediately noticeable improvements to your skin. The latest addition to this category is skin-care brushes. 

While applying your serums and moisturizers with a brush may seem a bit extra, it’s often better (and, yes, more glamorous) than using your fingers. As Dr. Simone Xavier, co-founder and head of product development for Sigma Beauty brushes tells us, “These brushes don’t pull or tug at the skin, minimizing skin-to-skin friction, which can slowly breakdown collagen and elastin, especially in the eye area, and cause wrinkles or stress.” 

So why not just use a makeup brush? As Dr. Xavier points out, these brushes could potentially soak up product, preventing it from actually getting on your skin. A skin specific brush is ultra soft and won’t absorb your moisturizer or serum, so it actually gets to your face and doesn’t waste product. “Skin brushes can be gentler than fingers for pampering and skin-prep.”

A skin specific brush is ultra soft and won’t absorb your moisturizer or serum, so it doesn’t waste product.

Interested in these cool tools? So were we, which is why we teamed up with Sigma to create the new Glow Recipe x Sigma Beauty Hydrate & Glow Set. It will feature both Sigma’s moisturizer and serum brushes, plus a full-size Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream and a deluxe sample size of the Pineapple-C Bright Serum in special yellow mesh pouch.

The two included brushes were each created for use with its designated product — one for a moisturizer, one for your serum. The serum brush features wispy fibers “that allow for even application of serums which often have a lighter, liquid texture,” Xavier says. The moisturizer brush is angled with dense fibers to help reach every part of your face “and ensure a smooth, gentle application,” Xavier says. She recommends applying moisturizer by sweeping the brush upward for full coverage. 

While Sigma’s brush fibers are made to be anti-microbial, as with any brush or skincare tool being used on your face, it should be washed with a cleansing formula after every use. This can be anything from a brush cleanser to a  gentle face cleanser. 

Adding a skin-care brush to your daily regimen lets you have good, clean fun as you upgrade your routine and pamper yourself in the process. There’s nothing wrong with being a little extra when it comes to your skin.

Reviews of the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly

 

Amazon reviews of the new Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly are coming in.

In the original Wheat Belly book, I focused mostly on the history of wheat from Natufian porridge to modern whole wheat bread, the dramatic changes in wheat introduced by geneticists and agribusiness, and the effects it has on modern health. In Wheat Belly Total Health, I outlined a program to undo the harm incurred by wheat consumption and additional steps to take to, for instance, reverse insulin resistance. In Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox, I provided a step-by-step, day-by-day plan to follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle. And, of course, in the Wheat Belly Cookbook and the Wheat Belly 30-Minute (Or Less!) Cookbook, I provided hundreds of recipes to make this lifestyle tastier and more versatile.

And, given the worldwide experience that Wheat Belly has generated, new lessons have been learned along the way, particularly as it relates to hormonal changes, steps to take to make reversing type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure safer, and the microbiome. ALL of this has been incorporated into one book, the Revised & Expanded Edition of Wheat Belly. And here is what some readers had to say about it:

 

Winkman: This can be life changing, as it was for me.
A comprehensive treatment on how to have a healthy body and mind, freedom from many debilitating diseases, and a long “young” life.
The importance of our microbiome can’t be overrated. It is the foundation of our health and to a significant degree our happiness with our life and ourselves.

Giving up wheat has helped me immensely.
My wife and I cut down our wheat consumption after reading the original edition years ago. I have now totally eliminated wheat and significantly reduced other grains. Also am following many of Dr Davis’s other recommendations.

I am a healthy 76 and have not felt better in many years. Thank you, Dr Davis.

 

Donna: Happy to receive my book!
I love Dr. Davis and have been eating this way for years, never felt better, and am happy for the UPDATED/REVISED book, if you are willing to change the way you eat, this is not a ‘diet’, you will never look back!

 

Ed Syed: May become the most rewarding decision of your life.
I have read the old version and it worked 100% word by word for me. My A1C was around 9+ and is now 6.7. Weight got reduced around 8 KGs. Feel energetic like when I was in my 20s. Purchase of this book will be the best means you can spend your money. Buy without hesitation there is nothing for you to lose here. I only see benefits with the knowledge gained.

 

I_Love_Amazon: This Book Is An Eye Opener
I started avoiding gluten before it was a household word. I was never diagnosed with celiac, but I just knew I felt better without it. I found this out by accident when I started low carbing and just avoided gluten by default! All my arthritic symptoms, all my stomach problems and low mood just dissipated within three months. When I went off the diet and started eating wheat again, they all returned. When the first edition of Wheat Belly came out, I remember thinking to myself “ finally, someone really gets it.” I am so thrilled to have the revised version. Folk’s today’s wheat is not the wheat of our ancestors. I honestly now liken it to poison, and for a lot of us, it just is. This book is a gem.

Amazon Prime Customer: Incredible Book!
This is an incredible book and makes you never want to eat bread again! I listened to the Audiobook of the original version of this in 2014 and it was eye-opening, and this book underscores those findings. Next time you’re at the grocery store skip the bread aisle, and when you order your next hamburger order it without the bread! This book is a must-read for anybody who wants to kick the bread habit!

 

Helen G.: Read it
It may save your life.

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

WIN a Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box Set

If you thought we were all competition-ed out after our crazy month of competitions in December, you’d be wrong. Everyone loves a good competition, right? Right!

We’ve got a Precision Sports Care in a Box set to give away from our friends at Bullet & Bone, worth £39.99. Bullet & Bone is endorsed by two-time Olympian and professor of Sport Science, Greg Whyte OBE, so you know it’s good stuff.

This is what they say about it:

The perfect gift for a sports-mad family member or friend.  A complete set of all four Bullet & Bone products packed in a beautiful, high quality, presentation gift box.

The gift set provides a complete regime of products to optimise warm-up, performance and recovery to deliver the maximum possible benefits. 

What better gift can you give to the special sports enthusiast in your life than one which helps improve their performance and helps them enjoy their sports more?

With all the products tested by elite athletes and recommended by Olympian, Sports Scientist and Physical Activity Expert Professor Greg Whyte OBE, celebrity personal trainers and Performance Expert, Winston Squire, you can trust all the products to deliver great results.

The Gift Set contains: 

1 x Muscle Rub 100ml

1 x Vapour Balm 100ml

1 x Protective Moisturiser 100ml

1 x Cooling Recovery Body 250ml 

The muscle activating rub, vapour release balm, protective moisturising spray and cooling body wash all contain targeted, evidence-based properties that assist with those all-important marginal gains. The unique, power base of three active, natural ingredients across the Bullet & Bone range of maca extract, magnesium and jasmine are known to hold properties that improve stamina, speed, alertness, concentration and recovery. Like any sporting ritual these potent, topical products will be helpful for all levels of sportsmen.

The set also comes with the added benefit of an enclosed discount code offering 20% off any future purchases of the products through the Bullet & Bone website.

Bullet & Bone is a world first. It offers breakthrough, precision skincare engineered to be used when physically active and contains potent, natural ingredients that enhance sporting performance.

Enter the competition below, or click here if you can’t see the Gleam widget.

WIN Bullet & Bone Precision Sports Care In A Box

Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate Review Photos Price

I have extremely dry skin and it gets even drier especially in winters. I keep looking out for products that are hydrating and nourishing so that my skin doesn’t feel parched throughout the day. I came across Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate and it excited me.Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate

Now, I like using products that have hyaluronic acid content in them since it has been great for my skin so far. So, this serum caught my eye and I thought I should give it a try. I picked it up and have been using for a couple of weeks now. I will share with you what I feel about it today.

About Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate –

Dehydration is a skin state that affects everyone from time to time. And this is why no skin routine is complete without a good hydrating serum. Dot & Key Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Serum is exactly what you need to bring life to dehydrated parched skin.

Featuring intense, water attracting hyaluronic acid, this hydrating serum puts extra thirsty skin to rest by replenishing it’s moisture reservoirs. It contains vitamin C and antioxidants from acai berries, which fight free radicals and daily environmental damage.

Formulated with ceramides and botanicals elements like soothing bulgarian rose, this brilliant hydrator improves skin’s barrier function restoring plump dewy complexion. Ultra concentrated, yet easily absorbable, this face serum can be used alone or along with your favourite moisturising cream for long-lasting hydration. Either way, you are sure to hear your skin heave a sigh of relief.

Features:

  • Hydrating hyaluronic acid serum that boosts moisture and fights free radicals
  • Ultra-concentrated, it is an easily absorbable serum for that youthful dewy looking skin
  • Improves skin’s barrier function, acts as a moisturizer and restores dehydrated skin
  • Contains acai berries a rich source of vitamin C that fights free radical damage
  • Plumps, smooths and deeply hydrates skin while eliminating the signs of daily wear and tear
  • Dermatologist tested, vegan formula
  • Contains no parabens, sulphates, phthalates or other skin nasties

Packaging: The serum comes in a plastic bottle and has a dropper on top to dispense the product. The packaging is much travel-friendly since the bottle is not made from glass. However, the dropper is a little off since it is a bit flimsy and I have to squeeze hard to dispense the product.

This way, if I squeeze way too hard, I am not able to control the amount of product that gets dispensed. I wish the dropper was a bit smoother to use.Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate

Formula: The formula of the Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate is very light weight and it gets absorbed into my skin quickly. It doesn’t feel sticky or heavy on my skin, which is what I like. I do not prefer heavy serums, or it makes my skin feel oily and sticky.

Texture: This serum feels very smooth and light and has a different texture than the ones that I have used before. I like the way it feels on my skin. It has a slightly thick and jelly like consistency since it is a concentrate and it feels like water on my skin.

Colour and fragrance: The serum is colourless and is transparent and doesn’t have a smell. 

Quantity and price: This serum comes in a 30 ml bottle and costs ₹ 895. It is definitely a bit on the pricier side, but this serum is worth every penny. Since it is a hyaluronic acid concentrate, it contains pure hyaluronic acid which benefits the skin to a greater extent. 

My thoughts on the product:

I like this serum to be honest. However, I wish it came with a proper dropper to dispense the product so that there is a better control over dispensing the product. However, my skin is so dry that it just drinks up the serum very fast and I need to layer it up with another serum or a heavy moisturiser so that it doesn’t feel drying.

But in case you have normal to oily skin and are looking for a serum that has pure hyaluronic acid concentrate in it, this is the one to go for. I haven’t tried Dot & Key Hyaluronic Serum Concentrate in summers so I guess it would be fine for me since my skin wouldn’t feel much dry then. 

Rating:

3.75/5

You can buy Dot & Key Water Drench Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum online.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

[sample/affiliate] Edging towards the end of the month (it’s going so slowly!) and with pay day feeling long overdue, the M&S Pure range is definitely worth some attention for giving effectiveness at a very reasonable price. I really don’t think anyone would have an issue with the £12 Rose Cleansing Balm for example that does a swift and thorough job at cleaning skin while leaving that emollient film that’s so comfortable on the skin.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

If you need to stock up on cleanser, I suggest you grab this and run because it’s giving every balm cleanser double the price a run for its money. It comes with a truly miserable looking muslin cloth which I’ve immediately recycled. The formula does contain essential oils so if that’s an issue, avoid it. Otherwise, key players are camelina oil, blackcurrant seed oil and sweet almond oil. I don’t have a word of complaint although if I was pushed I would like it smell a little more rosy.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

I’d likewise say that I have no complaints about the Glycolic Toner at £10. I often use a glycolic toner after cleansing – it’s a gentle and useful way to get rid of any old cells hanging around although it’s not, in my view, as effective as a proper exfoliation. Over time though, I think it does give a brighter effect to skin so worth having in a routine if radiance is an issue.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

I’ve only surface tested this pair of skin hydrators – the day cream is really cooling on the skin and quite light for an SPF25, leaving a silky and smooth feel on the skin. It’s sort of that instant comfort feel and my first impression is that it’s something like a very light and whippy cold cream. At £16 for 50ml, I think it’s super value. You get more of a lightweight feel with the serum but it’s pleasant to use with an instant gratification finish. It’s the most expensive of the products sent for me to try at £18.

Marks & Spencer Pure Skincare

What I feel you are getting with this collection is a very solid and reliable skin care routine without the bells and whistles. It’s all made with mindfulness towards ‘natural’ ingredients although we could head down an endless rabbit hole working out quite what that means on any given day for any given brand claiming it, but hand on heart, I am not finding anything other than effective hydration and cleansing. I like it a lot and think it’s possibly priced for a younger audience whose values are reflected in the range which is a very different approach to other brands determined to stiff them into paying a fortune for ‘clean’ and ‘vegan’ products on the premise that they’d like to buy less but better. Which they probably wouldn’t if there were more alternatives. So, number one recommend is the cleansing balm if you want to dip your toe in the water. It’s HERE, non affiliate 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.