"Ooooh well I use everything. I'm very attached to both my Hydration Injection Masque and Pro Remove Pre Cleanse at the moment. And the Radiance Serum because it's helping me with pigmentation - my skin is looking so clear without make-up. I sound greedy I'm picking so many.....!"
Finally what do you suggest for something a bit different?
"My friend Vicky Silverthorn wrote a book called 'Start With Your Sock Drawer' and it's inspired me to have a declutter. Life is easier without too much stuff.... "
I have been trialling a hydrating masque by ARK Skincare, who's range comprises of three key age products: teens & 20s protects skin; 30s and 40s defends skin; and 50s + defies ageing. ARK is an award-winning skincare range which is made in Britain, contains natural ingredients and is never tested on animals.
I use this masque once or twice a week if I need a pick me up - my skin feels incredibly soft and smooth. Even when I have a spot outbreak, which often happens when central heating comes on as my skin gets dry, I use the masque and my skin feels clean and clear after use. If you're in your 20s: leave the masque on for 5 minutes; in your 30 and 40s: leave it on for 10 minutes; and 50s + leave it one for 15 minutes for a truly pampering feel.
It's not often I find a product that I really love - but this is staying as a gold item in my bathroom cabinet!
After our brilliant Radiance Serum was featured as one of Stylist magazines most popular products earlier in the year, our favourite make up primer with SPF 30 has now also been featured and we can't say we disagree!
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Finally, we have a product to round off the day with a name to match it's acting, the De-Stress Serum by ARK. This product looks like you're dabbing milk onto your face, but it gives such a calming effect to the skin, perfect to round off a pamper evening. The product has chamomile to give an anti-inflammatory effect, assisting in getting rid of any kind of issue with the skin, whether that irritation or sun damage. It's a little pippette full of magic!
I’m pretty sure I’ve spoken about Ark Skincare as a brand before on my blog, as they have some really great products for sensitive and dry skin types. I love the chic grey and white minimalist feel to the products (they look very pretty on the bathroom shelf) and what’s inside, certainly doesn’t disappoint. This month I’ve been testing out two of their age protect products, which are essentially especially formulated for those in their twenties – featuring all of the skin goodness (technical term, definitely) suited to your skin’s age-related needs. The main ingredients include Avocado and Peach lipids for balancing moisture and then Vitamin E, which helps strengthen skin and soothe any redness.
They’re both fab at this time of the year when you’ve had potentially a little too much sun and need to replenish and hydrate your skin cells – ready for the dryness that A/W can bring with it. The Skin Vitality Moisturiser is really lightweight and non-greasy, yet it sinks into your skin and immediately provides a splash of moisture. It smells really fresh – and when you team it with the Skin Clear Cleanser, you get this lovely silky softness – a perfect morning base for your make-up! If you (like me) need something a little extra to recover your skin and not realise halfway through the day that you’ve got dry patches, their Hydration Injection Masque is amazing at keeping flakiness at bay!
About 5 years ago when I lived in London I met a friend of a friend who introduced me to ARK Skincare. I was a cynic and sick of people telling me "their" skincare range was the best. At the time I'd been a long time La Prarie user and each year I was spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on their skincare that included micronised diamonds and pearls and all sorts of fancy stuff.
Enter Tamsin Styles from Ark and we talked about my skin and concerns and I really liked what she told me about their products. The clincher was when she showed me her left hand which was where she was regularly rubbing creams into to show clients different products compared to her right hand. Such an amazing difference.
Aside from another cleanser I use sometimes in the shower, since that day I've never used another brand on my face. It's just that good. It's also about a tenth of the cost of what I was spending on La Prairie. At 43 I'm at the age where skin really starts showing it's age and I'm so glad I got a little head-start thanks to Tamsin.
Ark is a British brand that ships to Australia and if you're looking for new skincare I highly recommend it. I've converted a few friends who all love it.
Anyone who has followed me a while knows I quite often promote products and services I use and love. I don't write sponsored posts and I'm not paid to plug brands. Just sharing the love ❤️#arkskincare
This is the perfect time of year to be talking about ARK Skincare’s award winning Conditioning Oil. This oil from the ARK range is 100% natural and contains 25 different essential oils. After being in the recent beautiful UK sunshine, and lightening my hair pre-summer I’m all together a little bit parched – my legs deserve a special mention in that category. I also have the odd spray tan – which makes me look healthy and is always a better option than baking in the sun, but I definitely notice that my skin is dryer in the days afterwards, due to the tanning agent DHA.
ARK’s Conditioning Oil is a multi-use product designed for massage, the bath, body and hair and here are some ideas:-
- Hair Recovery – After sun exposure apply to the hair, I then knot mine into a bun. This is a great hair oil and protects the condition of the hair.
- Heat styling – I am currently heat styling my hair for work every day and I love to counteract the damage by leaving the Conditioning Oil on for an hour prior to washing. I also use a few drops to smooth the ends.
- Body Oil – incredibly nourishing for the skin. My legs are especially dry, I hate to write it but scaly at times! I shave them, I tan them, I expose them (protected with SPF) to the sun and they really need some looking after!
- I use Conditioning Oil to shave my legs when I really need them to be irritation free and silky smooth
- If you prefer to have moisturised skin without putting body oil on before dressing or bed the Conditioning Oil makes a fantastic bath oil – and even a shower oil
- One of the ingredients is sweet almond oil which is great for improving the strength and quality of nails – I use it on both my hands and my feet.
ARK Skincare’s Conditioning Oil won ‘Best Mum-To-Be’ Beauty Product in the Beauty Shortlist Baby Awards 2016 – it’s suitable for use in pregnancy.
Abyssinian Oil is a light oil that is highly heat resistant which makes it ideal for the hair before heat styling – a couple of drops is all you need if you are using it pre-styling. It also won’t clog the skin, and doesn’t leave a greasy film.
Sweet Almond Oil – which is packed with vitamins and deeply nourishing
25 Essential Oils – including Frankincense, Myrrh, Patchouli, Lemon, Mandarin, Rosewood, Labdanum, Rose and Jasmine. The scent is warm and gentle.
Sacha Inchi Seed Oil – Contains high levels of antioxidants, and omega fatty acids which help skin elasticity. Renowned for its skin soothing properties and is helpful for irritated skin and dry skin.
The oil comes with both a screw and pump dispenser – so that it’s easy to travel with as well as use at home.
Price – £35.00 for a 250ml bottle (use code SUSIE15 for 15% discount on all Ark Skincare orders)
Find it – HERE
Current offer at ARK Skincare
Spend £75.00 and receive a full size Conditioning Oil for free which is worth £35.00 – it will be automatically added at check in while stocks last.
Read more of Susie Amy's blog here: http://www.blusherandblogging.com/2016/09/12/the-wonder-oil-ark-skincare-body-conditioning-oil/
Skin sensitivity can be caused by over use of inappropriate skincare products, or repeated use of exfoliants, microdermabrasion or lasers. Redness, tightness and burning may result. Skin could otherwise be normal but has become overly sensitive due to the over stimulation.
All redness and irritation can be increased by highly scented products or synthetic chemicals. Learning to avoid triggers, using products specific to your age, and ensuring your products are free from any known irritants will help. Look for brands which display "free from" logos and explore ranges which are recommended for sensitive skin.
Follow these easy skincare tips:
- Use skincare products suitable for your specific age group. Take a "less is more" approach when still young
- Avoid artificial scents and colorants, and avoid synthetic chemicals
- Use a serum with calming benefits aimed at reducing redness and flushing
- Use a daily broad spectrum SPF to protect against damaging UVA and UVB rays
- Use a cooling, calming spritz throughout the day
- Consult with your skincare therapist / facialist for advise on the best course of facial treatments for you
The best products for reducing redness and flushing
To see our entire range of skin perfector treatments, click here: http://www.arkskincare.com/collections/skin-perfectors
Be beautiful with the Beauty Expert's rose collection - a selection of hand-picked products chosen for their soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the ideal collection for all skin types.
With its alluring, feminine and floral properties, the essential oil of rose is a delightful one, perfect for anyone who enjoys pampering their skin with only the finest of ingredients.
The collection includes Pai, Korres, Balance Me and REN, representing a wonderfully delicate and indulgent set of skincare products designed to hydrate, restore, and soften your skin, whilst allowing your senses to be enlivened by the beautiful scent of rose.
It includes our award winning Body Beautiful Conditioning Oil. This gorgeous multi-purpose beauty elixir can be used as a massage, bath, body and hair oil. Containing sweet almond oil, abyssian oil and sacha inchi-seed oil, this unique blend rejuvenates your senses and ensures your skin receives maximum results
To purchase this fantastic collection, click here: http://www.beautyexpert.com/the-beauty-expert-collection-the-rose-edition/11270127.html?widget_id=293955
One product I have never really used or trialled on my blog before is eye cream, mainly because I’d read that as long as you have a good quality moisturiser then a separate eye cream is not really necessary and a bit of a placebo product.
Over recent months I have however found myself becoming increasingly concerned about covering dark circles under my eyes and dealing with general fatigue and puffiness in my eye area. I was therefore really keen to trial and review this Ark Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream for Beauty Expert.
The product comes in a long thin 15ml tube with a pump dispenser and has a gel like consistency which is easily absorbed into the under eye area and leaves a smooth grease free finish prior to the application of make up. It is designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, reduce puffiness and diminish dark circles by tightening and hydrating the eye area.
Rather crucially it is free from parabens, lanolin, mineral oil, SD, alcohol, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl Esther sulphate, artificial fragrance and artificial colours. What it does contain is Persian silk tree extract which is proven to tighten and lift the eye area and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains aloe Vera and Allantoin to calm the skin.
I have to say that I totally underestimated the power of this product. I have been trialling it since the beginning of May (so 2.5 months now), applying it every morning after my normal moisturiser and underneath my make up and oh my what a difference it makes! On the days where I have forgotten to apply eye cream I have looked in the mirror and thought “Gosh woman you look dreadful.”
On those days my eyes looked darker, puffier and fatigued which I found hard to conceal and cover up. However, on the days where I have used this cream, my under eye puffiness and dark circles have been reduced and my eyes generally look brighter.
I am up really early in a morning as I commute to work every day and have quite a busy lifestyle so puffiness and eye fatigue have been real frustrations for me. Thankfully you only need one pump of this cream and to use it quite sparingly so it does last a really long time.
I found that if I used any more than one pump of the product, when I applied make up under my eye area the excess cream would flake off and look patchy. Using one pump allows the cream to be absorbed quickly into the skin and for your make up to go on flawlessly over the top.
My only real criticism of the product is that I found the pump dispenser to be quite awkward to use. The design itself is beautiful, but for me it’s very much a case of “style over substance”. A basic pump dispenser or a pipette which isn’t quite so awkward to push would make using the product much more enjoyable for me. In a morning speed is essential, so the easier it is for me to do my skincare routine the better!
Either way the Ark Skincare Reverse Gravity Eye Cream has totally altered my view on eye creams, so it just goes to show that sometimes you have to just give things a go. Don’t spend time trying to cover up skin complaints, try doing something that will treat them first.
We are delighted to announce that for the fifth time we have won at the Beauty Shortlist Awards!
This time it was in their Mama & Baby Awards, and we have been informed that this year’s awards entries were up nearly 150% on last year, and the calibre of products was the highest ever!
We are very proud to have won the following fantastic categories:
BEST TIME-SAVING/MULTI-TASKING BEAUTY PRODUCT FOR MUMS
WINNER: ARK Skincare – ARK SKIN PROTECTOR SPF 30 PRIMER
BEST MUM-TO-BE BEAUTY PRODUCT
WINNER: ARK Skincare – CONDITIONING OIL
I am always busy, be it running my kids around, cleaning the house, writing blog posts and lots of fun things like going to events and sourcing vintage for my business. The negative side to always being busy, is that I get really tired all the time. Now I’ve turned 30 I’m more aware of the negative impact this can have on my skin. I do eat very healthily and try really hard to drink enough, but I also try to have a really good skin care regime too.
As I’ve mentioned many times on the blog, I’m a bit of a skincare addict. When shopping for beauty products it’s always skincare items that I enjoy buying the most and will invest slightly more of my budget on. I was recently offered a new skincare product to review. I have been aware of ARK skincare for a while, but had never tried any of their products. They produce a beautiful range of specially formulated for different aged skin. They also avoid harmful chemicals in their products and favour natural ingredients, which is always something I look out for when choosing any kind of beauty product.
I was sent the Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque, which is aimed at all ages of skin. This product is perfect for the summer months when a mixture of sun, late nights and cocktails can get the better of us, especially during festival season. This SOS rescue masque is designed to instantly rehydrate the skin and get it back to its former glory.
It is packed with lots of lovely ingredients including; Vitamin A to help keep skin supple; Vitamin B5 for smoothness; Vitamin C for brighter-looking skin and Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Hyaluronic Acid Booster drenches skin with moisture, optimising the circulation of water through all skin layers and providing 24-hour protection against water loss. Sugar Beet and Abyssinian Oil intensely nourish the skin for a plush, luxury skin feel.
The product is easy to apply, you just smooth a thin layer over freshly cleansed skin. The amount of time that you leave the product on depends on your age. Having just entered the 30s bracket, I left it on for a full 10 minutes. I then gently removed it with a muslin cloth.
So what did I think? My first impression was how much I liked the formula, it has quite a thick honey-like consistency, with a lovely natural smell. It feels really nice on the skin and I found it easy to relax and read my book for 10 minutes while the mask worked its magic. After removing it, I could definitely feel a huge improvement in my skin, which felt soft and less tired. Appearance-wise my skin definitely looked brighter and less tired after using the mask.
I’ve been using the product once a week for the last few weeks and I still absolutely love it. The quality is fantastic and I am really seeing and feeling a difference in my skin since using it. I will definitely be re-ordering this one and adding it to the few favourite products which I use every week. I’d also love to find some other items from the ARK range to try.
This Vitamin filled mask is designed as once or twice weekly pick me up for tired looking skin that lacks radiance, I am happy to report that I have used this a few times now, the 75ml tube will actually go a long long way as you only need to apply a thin layer to gain the benefits. It has clean fresh almost herb fragrance, nothing overpowering or fake, applied to clean skin you leave the mask on for the given length of time for your age group from 5-20 minutes, needless to say I was in the 20 minute range, and on a couple of occasions I did even better than that and slept in the mask, my idea not Arks, when you are ready to remove simply clean off with a cloth and warm water, follow up with ideally Ark Hydrating Toner, I didn't have this so used another brand, and then follow with Ark Age Aware moisturiser which I have reviewed here my skin was left looking plump and refreshed as though I had had a really good nights sleep.
Just as a little side note the fragrance actually aids as a relaxing aroma when falling to sleep, it was like drifting off in the middle of a salon facial :)