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I have come across a new pill with big promises, ladies and gentleladies. Meet Colladeen Visage – a supplement that promises to reduce wrinkles, improve elasticity and even provide an internal SPF of 10 (yes, by swallowing a pill).

Now, I am pretty strict with my skincare regime, so I’m not going to claim this is a miracle ‘after’ photo you’re seeing. The photo above is a hi-res snap of my face after washing it. (Excuse the leftover flakey mascara and yellow tint from my ceiling light, I wanted it to be completely unedited). I may not have been covered in wrinkles or blemishes beforehand, but before I started taking Colladeen Visage, my rosacea-pronce face never looked this calm, smooth, and bright post-wash.

So, on the surface, it is anti-ageing and SPF in a pill. When I dug a little deeper, I realised it was doing a lot more. Containing only plant-sourced ingredients, Super Skinheroes like anthocyanadins and carotenoid lutein (the properties that protect plants from sun damage) work overtime, even helping to reduce water retention and spider veins.

At only £18.95 for 60 tablets (which will last you a month), this one is added to my monthly must-haves.

Natural Beauty
Not too long ago, I was fortunate enough to be invited to hang out with some of the wonderful faces behind the brands at Nutribeauty.

Nutribeauty is an online beauty mecca practically overloaded with the best in natural beauty. In their own words, they are ‘passionate about providing health, wellbeing and beauty’. All the usual luxury without any of the synthetic stuff.

There was truly something for everyone, and many brands which I had never heard of! Spirit of Beauty, for one, chooses to aid women into feeling fantastic from the inside out, with carefully chosen flower essences.

Then came the Bee Venom mask! Created by the lovely Deborah Mitchell of Heaven Skincare, Bee Venom is the not-so-secret source of the Dutches of Cornwall’s disappearing wrinkles. A pleasant, strange experience I urge you to read more about.

She also created something called “SOS Oil” which can easily be described as a beauty regime in a bottle. Who knew natural beauty was this powerful across the board?!

Antipodes, a brand which I already love, talked about some of their best products – Deliverance Hand Cream, Savior balm etc – and still managed to impress me with the sheer honesty and scientific investment into sharing the percentage figures for the efficacy of their heavenly products. Can’t say enough good things about their products!

Suti was also filled with love. The creators, Suzannah Jenkins and Tina Steadman, combined their names to create a skincare range to ‘feed your skin’. Homeopathy is the name of the game, here. Their oils literally smell good enough to eat and have a sensuous, refined feel to them which remedy almost everything.

These definitely weren’t the only brands on offer, and truly just a small fraction of some incredibly luxurious offerings. Must. Visit. Now.


Nanoblur Case Study

Though the admittance of it is often frowned upon, we all love a little bit of make-up. (Some of us love A WHOLE LOT).

The love, for the most part, comes from a simple desire to look better in almost no time at all. We don’t want Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s face, we just want to look like the best version of ourselves without wasting time or money…

…which is why I have fallen head over heels for a product called Nanoblur. Basically, it’s foolproof airbrushing with instant gratification. It is one of those brands you would love to roll your eyes at – the makers of the balm claim it can make you look younger in 40 seconds – but, unusually, can deliver on their extravagant claims!

How so? The balm is chock full of high tech nanoparticles that distribute light evenly all over your skin, essentially blurring any ‘imperfections’ from wrinkles to pigmentation.

Though the formula is similar to the magic behind YSL’s celebrity and cult favourite, Touche Eclait, the particles are actually even smaller – 700‚ÄČnanometres, hence ‘Nanoblur’.

A perfect choice for make-up ‘free’ days, men who don’t wish to use foundation, and an extra boost under HD demands. Check out my bare face below to see how brilliantly it has worked in regards to evening out my rosacea-affected complexion!

The cherry on top? It sells at Boots for ¬£19.99. For this kind of skin sorcery….a bargain.
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