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The RAWRDROBE: Loving ARK Cleansers

You'll have a good memory if you remember me (well, my Mum) raving about ARK's Reverse Gravity Eye Cream almost a year ago. She's still totally in love with it and even asking for a new one for Mother's Day. So the point I'm making is that ARK Skincare is a working miracle.

What ultimately sucks me into their brand is the fact they have a really positive approach to ageing and each product is specially designed for a number of different ages for anyone from their teens to over fifty. So whatever age you are, there is a product there dedicated to the needs of your skin. I find this so refreshing as I think so many brands these days just recommend anything to anyone but oh no, not ARK!

Both of these products work together to form a two-step cleansing regime and for those days where I have a bit more time to myself , it's perfect. It feels like I'm having a mini pamper session!

From ARK's skin essential and age protect ranges, bottles of cleanser, pre cleanse and make-up remover.

First things first, I'll start with the Skin Essential Pre Cleanse and Makeup Remover by gentle rubbing it into my face then rinsing my hands and using that water to delicately wash my face. The idea of the pre cleanser is to prepare your skin for the second cleanse so it removes makeup, excessive sebum and grime and you're skin will instantly feel better for it. Not going to lie, it does a smashing job of removing any traces of makeup, even my stubborn Maybelline mascara! Normally after removing my makeup my skin feels a bit sore but surprisingly I don't get that at all with this which makes a change so there's the thumbs up for anyone with sensitive skin. My only problem with this is it does feel a bit oily/greasy on my skin and after removing my makeup I can feel it on my skin for quite a while.

Formulated for teenagers and those in their 20s, ARK's Age Protect skin clear cleanse will help you maintain healthy skin.

Now it's time for the Skin Clear Cleanser designed for anyone in their teens or twenties. I generally have combination skin and my cheeks can get really dry which would normally be a pain for most cleansers but this one worked really well! This really helps to balance the oil in my skin and for the time being has done a pretty good job at keeping blemishes at bay. I use this in the same way as a hot cloth cleanser which takes no time at all and also gently exfoliates my face a little bit making it silky smooth once I'm finished! PS. it smells amazing but does sting your eyes a little if you put too much on that area.

ARK's Age Protect range is formulated for your teens and 20s. Products include this skin clear cleanser and pre cleanse makeup remover.

I honestly can't recommend this combo enough and even though I haven't tried any other ranges of the cleanser, if they're as good as this one then you need to get your mitts on it pronto! And just remember in this overwhelming world of skincare, that you need to use products suited to your skin, whether that's for age or type. It's so easy to pick up any cleanser which you've heard rave reviews about and slap it on your face but next time, try and tailor your skincare to your skin. The clue is in the name!

FEATURED: ARK AGE PROTECT SKIN CLEAR CLEANSER*, ARK SKIN ESSENTIAL PRE CLEANSE & MAKEUP REMOVER*

http://www.therawrdrobe.com/2017/04/ark-skincare-cleanser.html

ARK Skincare win 7 Beauty Shortlist 2017 Awards!

We are very proud to announce that following a 6 month testing period of products from 38 countries, we have won SEVEN categories at the Beauty Shortlist Awards 2017.
The categories that we won are as follows:
  • Best Skincare for over 45s
  • Best Skincare for over 50s
  • Best Skincare product for over 50s - Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser
  • Best All in one cleanser - Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover
  • Best Primer - Skin Protector SPF 30 Primer
  • 2017 Editor's Choice Awards - Age Defy Nourishing Moisturiser AND Regenerating Skin Defence
 
  
  
To read more about these award-winning products, please click here:

Pixiwoo love our Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover!

Regardless of how much we enjoy the process of applying our make-up, no one wants to slave away to remove it all at the end of the day! If anyone knows a thing or two about that, it's the hugely talented make-up artists Nic & Sam of Pixiwoo. We were therefore extremely flattered when we heard that the stunning sisters enjoy using our Pre Cleanse & Make-up Remover to remove stubborn make-up in an instant! 

Read on for their review:

 

 

"One thing I’m super proud of is that I never go to bed with my makeup on. I just can’t do it, even after a couple of gins! If it’s been an evening out where I have worn a heavier base of eye I find it much easier to spend an extra minute using a pre-cleanse. I know we all just want to get into bed after a late night but by giving your skin a once over with a pre-cleanse will ensure all of your makeup is removed easily, your skin will be perfectly clean and more importantly, you won’t need to wash your bed linen the next day to remove the remnants of your mascara.

I have been using ARK Pre-cleanse makeup remover for the last few weeks.

ARK's Pre Cleanse & Make-Up Remover is formulated with a multi-lipid blend to remove all traces of dirt, make-up and grime from your skin after a long day.

It’s a multi fruit mix of makeup dissolving ingredients, which lift of even the heaviest of eye makeup. Its oily texture will sink into your makeup and through circular movements will gently dislodge your layered products enabling your regular cleanser to just wipe off the stragglers and condition the skin.

What’s in it?

Grape seed, avocado oil and kiwi oil lift off makeup and soften the skin whilst Margosa Leaf Extract acts as an anti-bacterial ingredient to ensure there’s no blemish causing nasty’s lurking on the skin. There is also an Ayurvedic herb called Zi Cao, which is particularly beneficial on a sensitive skin.

The product can be poured out of the 150ml bottle allowing you to get a good amount of product to work into your skin. It’s gentle enough to use over the eyes and lips and once washed off there is no residue.

I don’t tend to use this everyday but reserve it for occasions when I need something a little stronger than my regular cleanser. It’s also a great product for removing waterproof mascara, liner and lip stains.

ARK Pre cleanse is £30.00 and available here."

http://www.pixiwoo.com/2017/03/ark-skincare-pre-cleanse.html

The 12 best hand creams as chosen by The Independent!

Hands are as exposed as our faces and yet we hardly put any thought into skincare or protection for them. Until, that is, winter hits and they start chapping. Modern hand creams don't just boost moisture levels, they're now anti-agers too and can reduce the appearance of age spots and fine lines, and help combat eczema. From sink-side pump dispensers to balms, creams and crème-gloves, we've rounded up the best hand nourishers in the business:

 

Nasties-free (including no mineral oil and fragrance), this British niche-brand bases its hand cream on essential fatty acids and lipids to boost hydration and reinforce the skin's natural moisture barrier. While red algae targets age spots and keratin amino acid ensures nails are kept strong and healthy. Palmarosa, clary sage, rosemary, ylang ylang, jasmine and mimosa also give this cream a stunning fresh floral scent.

Buy here: https://www.arkskincare.com/products/intensive-hand-nail-cream?variant=29705804493

Read more here: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/skincare/best-hand-creams-for-eczema-dry-skin-ageing-winter-cracked-age-spots-a6713806.html?amp

 

ARK visits Thomson Airways Headquarters!

ARK were delighted to visit the Thomson Airways Gatwick Headquarters this week to award their star on board crew member a prize for selling the most ARK products in 2016. Thomson Crew have a passion for quality on board retailing and offer a large range of trending beauty essentials, designer fragrances, and limited edition gifts as well as special offer spirits and tobacco products. Two of the ARK Skincare range are offered on all Thomson flights. Hydration Injection Masque and Skin Protector SPF30 Primer.

ARK visited the Thomson Airways Gatwick Headquarters to award their star on board crew member a prize for selling the most ARK products in 2016.

Both these products are travel essentials, with Skin Protector Primer a must have for daily protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays, as well as serving as a make up primer ensuring make up glides on effortlessly and lasts all day; and Hydration Injection Masque being the perfect pick me up for dehydrated, sun damaged, or wind damaged skin. Both contain multivitamins and antioxidants for maximum efficacy. Next time you travel with Thomson ask your crew for more details, and to see the full range of ARK products visit www.arkskincare.com 

Rock Your Age with ARK Skincare : The Beauty Shortlist

Today, tomorrow, this year...always! “Rock your age” Starts this week!

She’s 98, she’s the world’s oldest yoga teacher and of all the quotes we’ve read about ageing, hers tops the lot: “I don’t believe in age. I believe in energy. Never let age dictate what you can and cannot do”, says Tao Porchon-Lynch (bottom row, far right), nailing the fact spot-on that it’s not “how old are you?” It’s about how you “live your age”!

rock-your-age-main

Another nugget of wisdom from Sophia Loren: “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

We’re not doing “New Year, New You” (January’s most over-used glossy magazine cover), and we are definitely not detoxing (I believe the winter months are a terrible time to do this, completely going against nature and what our bodies need – and who wants to detox when it’s minus one degree outside?) Best leave that to the lighter, longer, warmer days of spring. Better just to cut out the crap and eat lots of whole, nutrient-rich foods or if you really do want to detox, make it a very short one!

Instead, we invite you to join January’s ageless beauty conversation on social media (hashtag #RockYourAge – yes the caps are useful here, otherwise it looks like #rockyourage Rock Your Rage…no!)

I really hope you enjoy The Beauty Shortlist’s January ROCK YOUR AGE campaign!

We’ll be sharing videos, interviewing women who are breaking boundaries and creating innovative makeup ranges for those of us who are just hitting 40-ish or already did way back when, and we’ll be zooming in on some of the most intelligent beauty products you have to have/add to your kit if you haven’t tried them yet.

What does Rocking Your Age mean to you? Which products do you swear by? Do you think we’ll see a more visible spike in older-centric beauty brands? Brands have been notoriously slow and somewhat reticent to embrace this market, led so far by L’Oreal and skincare brands like ARK SKINCARE.  Will we see more revolutionary campaigns, magazine covers and shifts in attitude this year? However cloudy or clear your crystal ball is, 2017 could pull off some big surprises…

For the first time for the 2017 Beauty Shortlist Awards, we included new categories like “Best Beauty Product for Age 60-plus”, and we can’t wait to share the results on Thursday 2nd March.

If you only do one thing this month…get off the sofa and on to the dance floor

Tao Porchon-Lynch shows us how it’s done – at age 96 on America’s Got Talent

WATCH HERE

“She’s 96, but sometimes I think she lies” – Vard, Tao’s dance partner.

“Dancing is pure pleasure, there’s so much to do and so little time to do it” – Tao.

http://www.thebeautyshortlist.com/2017/01/05/today-tomorrow-this-year-always-rock-your-age-starts-this-week/

Need some gift inspiration?

Need some gift inspiration? We caught up with our two busy ARK Brand Ambassadors to chat about their top gifts for great friends, a gift for someone who has everything already, and what they would like for themselves!
  
 
 Susie Amy
   
"The Conditioning Oil is something that I think is impossible not to love. There are so many uses for it and it's perfect for every skin. I would pick it for a friend because it's something I now can't be without. I use it for my hair, my bath and my body oil. It comes everywhere with me and I love to buy gifts that I would love to receive myself. The travel candles are also amazing. I burn them for an hour before I go to sleep and can still smell them in the morning." 
 
"I have a friend who has EVERYTHING so I got her the Radiance Serum. I knew it would work brilliantly on her skin - who doesn't want glowing, radiant skin? 
And a tip as to what to get you, Susie?
"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.... "
     
ARK Brand Ambassador Alice Theobald chats about her top gifts for a good friend, for someone who already has everything, and for herself!
Alice Theobald 
    
Alice, what tips on buying for a good friend do you have?
"For a great friend I would pick an Age Defend Christmas Gift Set. I hope they don't see this! Dont tell them!" 
 
An ARK Age Defend Christmas Gift Set would make the perfect gift for a great friend, according to Alice Theobald.
 
"For someone who already has everything I'd choose Body Beautiful Duo as everyone loves a lux hand wash and hand lotion and these double up for the body too!"Alice Theobold describes ARK's Skincare Body Beautiful Duo Gift Set as the perfect gift "for someone who already has everything.""And for me... If I was being honest everything! However if I am being polite the Soy Wax Candle as it brings a touch of Christmas magic and ambience to my home and to wherever my work place is for the day. Also, at the moment I am loving the new skin brush by Foreo it works very well with the Ark Age Defend Cleanser"
  
We hope that has helped. If still undecided why not consider a gift voucher

Dalry Rose : Hydration Injection Masque Review

Winter rolls in, central heating goes on, skin goes to poop. Cold weather creates the perfect conditions for dry skin problems such as tightness, sore spots, sensitivity - we have to keep skin hydrated and nourished throughout Winter to ensure our face doesn't only look beautiful, but feel comfortable too.
 
ARK Skincare Hydration Injection Masque review, Dalry Rose Blog, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog

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.

For stressed, tired and dull skin, ARK's Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque is ideal to restore your natural glow.

ARK Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque is suitable for any age - the difference is how long you keep the masque on your face. The multivitamin hydration injection masque quenches dehydrated skin, plumps wrinkles and restores vibrancy to dull and tires skin. When your skin looks tired, stressed and dry you can turn to Skin Perfector to restore balance and a healthy glow - it's a luxurious weekly treat!
 
Suitable for any age, ARK Skin Perfector Hydration Injection Masque is great for restoring vibrancy to dull and tired skin.
 
The active ingredients contain a blend of multivitamins: Vitamin A which regulates collages; Vitamin B5 to help skin stay smooth; Vitamin C to fade pigmentation; and Vitamin E to prevent harmful UV damage. Another miracle ingredient in this masque is Hyaluronic Acid which makes your skin feel super smooth by boosting moisture - it optimises the circulation of water through your skins layers and provides 24hr protection against water loss. Hyaluronic Acid is also a good ingredient to have in products if you're suffering from acne as the moisture helps skin tackle spots. And finally, sugar beet and Abyssinian oil nourishes the skin and helps it feel soft, youthful, healthy and glowing.
 
ARK Skincare Hydration Injection Masque review, Dalry Rose Blog, beauty bloggers, UK beauty blog

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!

http://www.dalryroseblog.com/2016/11/ark-skin-hydration-injection-masque.html

Thumbelina Lillie : Transitional Beauty

As the season's change, as does our beauty regime along with it. My products get rotated to suit the weather and the effects it causes on my skin...
It's always the same case, isn't it? The turning and bitterness of the wind can be harsh on our skin, causing chapped lips, dry skin, and red little noses. It is always around October time that I bring out my gloves and earmuffs to keep my lugs warm, there's nothing worse than stone cold ears now, is there? I always seem to bring out more and more skincare products too, as I just feel as if my skin could do with that extra TLC. There happens to be a serum a-plenty and an eye-cream galore that gets added into my simple routine, just so that my skin can soak up every single ounce of moisture that it possibly can because boy, oh boy, does it need it. 

ARK is proud to show on its labels that its products are made from natural ingredients - free from artificial fragrances and artificial colours.

Despite it being the colder months, there is still a touch of that Winter sun that comes out on the golden hour, which can give the most beautiful light and glow ever. SPF is still a necessity whether there are clouds in the sky or not, harmful rays still burst out of that sunshine. This Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 can double up as a makeup primer for an extra level of protection for the skin because SPF should be worn all year round. We also often find our skin on the dehydrated side, looking rather lacklustre thanks to the wind giving it a beating when we're out walking the dogs and what not. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient to have in a product to give you the boost and plumpness your skin may need. Omorovicza's Oxygen Booster combines that beauty of an acid with oxygen molecules to revitalise dry skin, plump it out and smooth the complexion. If you are ever having a makeup free day and need some added skin-loving, this can be a wonder. 
   
In the summer, I often can't wait to take off my makeup after a warm day and to be honest, I can't wait to take it off after a groggy one this time of year too! Instead of using something that can strip our skin, why not use something to continue the daily hydration boost? I often get sniffly at this time of year, which gives me mega dry patches around my nose (anyone else?!) from all the tissue blowing! Using an hydrating cleanser like this Jurlique Ultra Rich Cleanser can help repair the skin back to normal. Its combination of botanicals is designed to specifically assist the skin against the environment - perfect! 

For stressed and pollution-damaged skin, ARK's skin perfector de-stress serum is formulated for all ages.

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! 

 

http://www.thumbelinalillie.com/2016/10/beauty-transitional-beauty-with-beauty-expert.html?m=1

 

Scarlett London : September Favourites

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!

http://scarlettlondon.com/september-beauty-favourites-2/

 

 

Mama Marmalade review

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.

A photo of Mama Marmalade, who is confidently rocking her 40s with ARK Skincare.

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

https://www.instagram.com/p/BLhmD7PDQjf/?taken-by=mamamarmalade

 

 

Best of Britannia

     

ARK Skincare is exhibiting at Best of Britannia in London.

     

ARK are proud to be exhibiting at Best Of Britannia 30th September to 2nd October in London. Visit http://bestofbritannia.com for more information and watch this space to hear how it goes!