Vegan Skin care
When I was invited to have a facial with the founder and developer of Celgenics I happily accepted. Having been in the industry myself for over 22 years I seldom accept invitations for facials so quickly as being trained myself in over 25 brands I rarely come across any facials which really wow me, however having learned about Marian’s background and about the skin care range I was very excited to find out more.
I traveled to Marian’s practice which is just a short walk away from Wimbledon train station for a ninety minute Celgenics facial with Marian herself.
Marian is a nutritionist, craniosacral therapist and Kinesiologist who has been practicing for over 20 years. Her skincare range Celgenics was first conceived when a client of hers told her she was suffering with allergies to conventional skincare because of the parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate.
Marian had been using flower and homeopathic remedies as well as gemstones in her treatments so she decided to make a cream for her client formulated without parabens or toxic chemicals. As a result of seeing nothing short of amazing results her client asked Marian to make more cream for her eight sisters who lived in Dublin and that’s where it all began.
As a therapist and beauty expert myself I’m finding more and more people are becoming more sensitive to products, its either that or possibly skincare products are becoming more toxic, either way many people are looking for skincare which are naturally based which are without toxic chemicals which still give results.
It isn’t however always easy to sometimes get sufficient results from skin care who claim to be completely natural without parabens. However Celgenics is completely different to other skin care as not only are they paraben , sodium lauryl sulfate and toxic chemical free, they carry vibrational information from homeopathic remedies such as collagen and hyaluronic acid for repair and rejuvenation, they carry specific frequencies for skin regeneration and have the healing properties of gemstones and flower remedies.
Marian says “The underlying theory behind Celgenics is based on the fact that every cell in the body vibrates at a particular frequency and emits energy. Disease and the ageing process alter the vibratory resonance of cells and tissues including our biggest organ, the skin.”
The benefits of flower and homeopathic remedies used for years and more people are becoming more familiar with the healing properties of gemstones.
Having had great success using Australian Bush Remedies and Bach Remedies as well as developing a facial for a major brand using gemstones myself in the past I knew I had to try this skincare range and experience a facial with Marian.
I was expecting to have a very good facial with Marian because of her experience and knowing about the background of the products thinking it would be a usual facial with cleanse, tone, a bit of exfoliation and a mask with a good facial massage however I was completely blown away by the facial I had. I had never experienced such an amazing facial in my whole life or career as a therapist and I have trained some of the best therapists in many different countries.
From the very moment Marian started the facial right until the very end she treated every single movement with care and attention, the way she handled my head and the muscles on my face you could tell Marian was a cranio sacral therapist and Kinesiologist.
Marian used cold lasers which she told me would help stimulate my skin’s collagen synthesis, increase lymphatic drainage and bring about general blood circulation. She also used a combination of highly effective facial massage movements. She worked on one side of my face first so I could see the immediate effects of the facial. The result on the one side she worked on was absolutely amazing, she side she’d worked on looked more lifted, my skin looked more plumped, re-energised and brighter.
After working on the other side of my face to even me out (thank goodness) Marian showed my skin again and the only way I can explain it is I felt Marian had reset my skin to how it was when I was a baby. I was so happy with the results and it was almost unbelievable that I had baby skin again which was full of life, energy, elasticity and vibrancy.
Marian’s Celgenics facial is a facial like no other, currently priced at just £90 for ninety minutes for a facial which appears to have reset my skin to when I was a baby is a very small price to pay.
After having the facial I didn’t want to use any other products other than Celgenics on my skin. I have seen the results of flower and homeopathic remedies and gemstones in the past and the combination of these together is an ‘energy recipe’ for great looking skin.
I can honestly say the Calgenics facial I had with Marian was the best facial I’ve ever experienced. Anyone wishing to reset their skin back to when they were a baby should because that’s how my skin looked and felt after my facial.
The products are organic, vegan, contain no parabens, SLS or other toxic chemicals.
For further information or to book an appointment:
Phone: 020 8542 7907
By Natasha J Gordon
When I was seventeen years old my skin was terrible, it would breakout all the time and was really shiny especially around my t-zone area. As a beauty therapist starting out it was not an ideal situation as my job was to help people achieve beautiful skin but here was I with terrible skin.
Decleor was the first product range I trained in and the owner of the salon I worked at kindly gave me a bottle of a Decleor oil named at the time Aromaessence Ylang Ylang which was specifically for oily/combination skin. Although I read all my training notes about how this oil could benefit my oily skin, I was still a bit skeptical about using an oil on my oily skin. The salon owner was on my case to sort my skin out so I had to do something so I agreed to use the Aromaessence Ylang Ylang. I used the oil every day, morning and evening as directed and within just one month I noticed my skin was less oily and my breakouts were less frequent. Within three months the breakouts I was having had stopped.
I began singing this oils praises to my clients and I began to see changes in their skin too by using this facial oil.
Christmas last year I began to breakout again, due to some hormonal changes resulting in my skin becoming oily again and at the same time I was sent a sample of an oil for oily/combination skin by Jardin D’Eden named Heavenly Face Ylang Ylang oil , this was great timing. I used the oil morning and evening and not before long my skin cleared up again.
Essential oils have profound physiological and psychological effects and can work for oily/combination skin as well as many other skin concerns. Jardin D’Eden’s Heavenly Face Ylang Ylang oil is a blend of balancing YlangYlang, clearing Lime and Cypress and cleansing juniper specifically for oily/combination skin.
Jardin D’EDEN have two other heavenly facial oils, £28, in rose and neroli which are a blend of softening Sweet Almond Oil, nourishing and Vitamin A rich Apricot Kernel, anti-oxidant Rosehip Oil, sebum balancing Jojoba seed Oil and healing Borage Oil. The range also includes luxury body oils cost £25 each and come in three ranges, Indulge, Detox and Unwind.
By Natasha J Gordon
Beauty Expert & Co-founder of The Best Deal Guide & The Trusted Beauty Guide
With still no end in sight of this cold weather yet, many readers of The Trusted Beauty Guide have been asking about products which can help their skin feel less dry and look less wrinkled.
Although dry skin may not be the cause of wrinkles, it can be a contributing factor. Moisture is one of the ingredients required for youthful skin both from within and on the outside so drinking plenty of water and using hydrating skincare are really important. Wrinkles seem to be more apparent when our skin is dry and the cold dry air along with the drying effects of the central heating doesn’t help at all.
We recently tried one of the products from lavera’s new ‘My Age’ range, which is formulated to deal with signs of troubled skin. It uses highly effective organic ingredients to nourish, restore and improve both dry and mature skin.
For two weeks we used the ‘My Age Restoring Day Cream’ to see if it could help the drying effects of this cold weather on our skin. My Age Restoring Day Cream has a combination of karanja oil, white tea and hyaluronic acid to help protect the skin from free radical damage and help the skin to retain moisture.
All three of The Trusted Beauty Guide’s panelists all reported their skin to feel less dry and more comfortable within the two weeks of using the day cream. The day cream sits nicely under make up as its a fluid and its pump action bottle makes it easy to use.
The beauty of this brand is the products contain no Parabens, no SLS’s & no Synthetic Ingredients. All Lavera’s Natural Skincare products contain only natural and organic ingredients.
My Age Restoring Day Cream
£19.90 for 30ml www.pravera.co.uk
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Popup Paris Diamond Candles
Following its sparkling success in selective stores around the world, Popup Paris Diamond Candles has made its debut in the UK, launching in London’s Harvey Nichols.
These are no ordinary candles, these high quality scented candles are here to standout and outshine the other candles on the market and if you are lucky you could be one of the lucky ones who finds a diamond in your candle. A diamond has been put into every 5oth candle, a 0.15 Carat in a small candle and a 0.25 Carat diamond in a large candle.
Popup is a young brand emerging in the French luxury, its unique lifestyle concept combines avant-garde design and high quality.
Created by two childhood friends Gauthier Malard, passionate about design and Victor Van De Rosieren, a young diamond broker, they decided to start Popup in 2010 with one idea in mind: Transcending the everyday life with surprising designed products. In 2011, Samuel Guez, a young financier who was looking for an entrepreneurial adventure, joined them.
The exciting scented candles are made to the highest quality with its 5 unique fragrances conceived in Grasse, France. They are made of 100% natural wax with a 100% pure cotton wick.
The candles come in two sizes and in five different fragrances, BooBlop (Bamboo), WoodZip (Fire Wood), WizzNadine (Grenadine), FigShebam (Wild Fig) and RicePow (Rice Flower). Every single one of the scented candle takes you on a different journey through its fragrance, for example WoodZip has the cosy scent of a burning log fire perfect for a winter evening in, where you can experience the joy of a real fire
A chance to find a diamond brings a new dimension when it comes to buying a scented candle, its an exciting twist which separates it from other candles and we love it. Popup Paris Diamond Candles excite, delight and could even surprise you!
Available at Harvey Nichols
By Natasha J Gordon
Beauty Expert & Co-founder of The Best Deal Guide
Spanish brand Ainhoa has arrived in the UK and are showcasing their fantastic products at Pop-up Ainhoa City Spa. Situated on the magnificent Grand Terrace at St Pancras, they are offering customers free skincare consultations, express treatments and party makeovers throughout December.
On sale sale are over 20 diverse ranges of Ainhoa’s award winning skincare, bodycare and make-up products, including the first CC Cream to launch in the UK.
Ainhoa (pronounced an-o-ah) was founded in Barcelona and over the last sixteen years has established itself as one of the leading providers of beauty products and treatments in spa’s and 5 star hotels across 50 countries world wide
The Trusted Beauty Guide discovered Ainhoa two years ago in Paris and have eagerly awaited its arrival in the UK. The brand stood out because of their unique products and ingredients. We’ve already raved about Extreme Eclat Instant, a product from the Ainhoa Specific range on The Trusted Beauty Guide and now we are raving about Ainhoa’s new CC Cream.
Ainhoa CC Cream
Ainhoa have reformulated a BB Cream, also known as Blemish Balms into a product that meets beauty needs more effectively, based on market information and feedback. Its colour control cream evolves the concept of BB Creams designed to protect the skin from the sun and environmental factors, regenerate, even skin tone, provide hydration, radiance and convenience.
Using only the highest quality ingredients, Ainhoa CC Cream has and SPF25 and intensely hydrates, nurtures and protects.
Having tested the CC Cream, I’m really happy with how it matched my skin tone. It comes in four skin tones and I chose the darkest (2), it blended into my skin nicely and left my skin feeling really hydrated too. I didn’t feel the need to apply a foundation or powder on top as it gave my skin a nice natural looking coverage.
There are so many BB Creams on the market but there are very few which do what a BB Cream is designed to do, many on the market are just glorified tinted moisturizers. Ainhoa CC Cream treats skin aging and skin imperfections suffered after exposure to environmental conditions using high quality ingredients with an SPF25 and natural looking coverage making it a perfect solution for time strapped individuals like me.
Ainhoa products are available at Ainhoa City Spa and also for direct purchase at www.ainhoabeauty.com
All Ainhoa Products bought online before January 31st 2013 will receive 10% off using this voucher code: GOLD
By Natasha J Gordon
Beauty Expert & Co-founder of The Best Deal Guide
Rihanna performed her song “Diamonds” during The Voice Season 3 Finale on December 18, 2012 wearing Minx nails applied by Los Angeles-based celebrity nail stylist Kimmie Kyees. Kimmie revealed, “Rihanna wanted something shiny that would look amazing on television, so I showed her some options and she picked the Large Gold Maze Minx.” Kimmie applied the metallic gold pattern over a white gel and the results sparkled… like diamonds in the sky!
See a tiny glimpse Rhianna’s nails here:
By Natasha J Gordon Co-founder of The Best Deal Guide
We’ve seen flowery nails, polka dot nails, denim nails and just when we thought we’d seen it all fur-effect nails come along.
Fur-Effect Nails by Make-up Academy hits the high street on 4th January ready for the run up to the Oscars. The range of five different nail shades is inspired by the red carpet and is the first of its kind on the high street.
You don’t even have to be a professional nail artist or technician to produce creative claws. ‘This very easy fur effect nail art created by MUA cosmetics is much easier than it looks. You can create this unique design in minutes!’ says Karla Powell, MUA’s Head of Make-up Artistry.
Make-up Academy Fur Effect Nails – £3.00
Shades: Fluffy Puff, Booboo Fluff, Fluffy Robbin, Fluff and Cuddles & Fuzzu Fluff
Available from 4th January 2013 in Superdrug stores nationwide and www.muastore.co.uk
Scientific brand, StriVectin™ became popular as a stretch mark phenomenon back in 2003. This clinically-proven, scientific skincare line has sold 6 million tubes of StriVectin-SD globally to date and is now famous for its anti-aging solutions amongst both women and men.
The formula has a patented, proven NIA-114™ molecule (Niacin) that powers up skin to repair damage and fight off all visible signs of aging for a healthy-looking, ageless appearance
When the new StriVectin™ Healthy Skin Blockbuster Kit arrived on my desk a month ago, I was thrilled because my skin was feeling tired, looking dull and I could see tiny lines appearing near my eyes. Needless to say this was the perfect time to review the products.
I heard about StriVectin-SD about nine years ago when its ‘Better than Botox’ phenomenon hit the headlines and went viral. Celebrities all over the world including Simon Cowell made the news for apparently enjoying the benefits of this new found wonder cream. My skin wasn’t ready for it then but four children later and now running a busy business it was time give StriVectin-SD a go.
Those who know me and have read my reviews know that if I don’t feel or see at least see the tiniest effect within a couple of days of use then the products are not worth raving about. Being trained in over 22 cosmetic brands and having worked with skincare for over 21 years, I know when a product is good or not for my skin.
The Healthy Skin Blockbuster Kit is a 6-piece collection which treats wrinkles whilst also brightening, tightening, and firming skin.
I dived straight in and used the StriVectin-EV™Get Even Brightening Serum, the StriVectin-SD™ Intensive Concentrate for Stretch Marks & Wrinkles in the morning, the StriVectin-TL™Tightening & Sculpting Face & Neck Cream in the evening as well as the StriVectin-SD™Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles both morning and evening.
Within just two days of using the products my skin felt softer, smoother and looked brighter. After just a week, people were commenting on how great my skin looked and within three weeks the lines around my eyes were smoother.
The Healthy Skin Blockbuster Kit made it possible for me to try a few of the key products for my skin without having to spend on the bigger sizes until I was sure which products would be best for my skin.
I’m really pleased with the results, my skin looks more youthful and many people are struggling to believe I have four children. I was told I looked like I was in my mid-twenties the other day.
StriVectin™ Healthy Skin Blockbuster Kit
Available exclusively at Harvey Nichols
By Natasha J Gordon
Beauty Expert & Co-founder of The Best Deal Guide
It is the season for late nights and Christmas parties and whilst we are enjoying a good night out, most of us are not thinking about the morning until the next day and its time to go to work. That’s usually when the panic sets in about how terrible we look.
The UK’s No 1 Day Spa Nivana Spa brings us the perfect ‘sleep in a bottle’ solution and is available not to far from home, at supermarket chain Asda. nspa Illuminating Beauty Serum helps recreate the benefits of the best night’s sleep. Its packed with moisturising Ginseng and natural Vitamin E, radiance boosting Maca Root and Essential Oil of Neroli designed to give an instant, natural and luminous glow.
The Trusted Beauty Guide put it to our panel to test and 3 of the 3 panelist reported their skin looking instantly more vibrant. All said their skin looked brighter and they all felt more confident facing the day using the serum after a night out.
The slightly shimmery serum with tiny gold flecks can be used under make up or over make up, on its own or as part of of their 4 step routine which we must say is incredibly great value for money. The products are paraben free and are against testing on animals too.
nspa Illuminating Beauty Serum RRP £7 Available online and at Asda