Monday, 11 June 2018

New To Me Skincare: Marine Hyaluronics, Matrixyl + HA & Natural Moisturising Factors


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Home improvement never seems to end....

The consequence of decorating that final room can often result in having to go full circle again because it shows up the rest of the house. After a recent overhaul involving a spanking brand new kitchen, I thought it would be our last project for now.... I was wrong. The study has been the latest to have a makeover. Perhaps I should've started up a second blog. Lol!

So, after popping to the garage for the original tin to give the walls a quick spruce up, (I liked the original as it was bright and airy) I soon realised after the furniture had been removed, I should've re-painted the whole room instead. My decorating skills, although generally pretty good, wasn't up to scratch at the time of painting due to two little helpers assisting at the time (bless them), and looking closely I could see the walls are - shall we say - a tad patchy! New carpet is to be laid in less than 24hours. Oops!

I am now currently painting the washrooms.

So, what's this got to do with skincare, you may ask?

For once, skincare or makeup hasn't been the culprit to have dented my purse...home improvement has. Once a room has been completed, filling it with all those essential pretty accessories becomes too much of a joy to resist! Not only for the room that's had the makeover, but also for tweaking and freshening up the rest of the house (dear loorrdd!)

So, back to the budget buys I'm showing you today which has once again proved I needn't be heading to the high price tags of the beauty counters in order to obtain good skin.


But first....


The CEO has been a worry to a lot of his fans, which I too have shared concerns of the wellbeing behind the eccentric genius. Some of us don't always choose to follow what is considered to be the norm when it comes to running a company. However, responding to some customers in inappropriate behaviour on the company's Instagram page certainly wouldn't be my idea of running a business (I won't go into it too much, otherwise we'll be here all day). While I initially thought that perhaps all wasn't well with the Deciem founder and was prepared to give the benefit of the doubt, plus also choose to support his co-workers who at the end of the day are just like you and me, trying to earn a crust and put meals on the table, all this drama has left a very bad taste in my mouth. To say I am torn is an understatement. It really saddens me as I think for the price, the products are amazing! One of the best things about blogging is sharing products that work whilst on a budget.You cannot argue that he has changed the way we view and buy skincare and has transformed the complexion of thousands upon thousands of men and women, who for some have been life-changing, and I for one receive compliments on a regular basis since its introduction to mine. I also have a Niod product that I've been regularly using and loving which unfortunately feel reluctant to review. This may be my last post featuring the brand. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, I apologise.

For those that have or are thinking of dropping Deciem, you'll be pleased to know I have become very intrigued with another inexpensive brand which I hope will make a great alternative - Garden of Wisdom.

Stay tuned...



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When my skin is a little on the dry side, for an extra boost I've been switching to a nice concoction of Marine Hyaluronics followed by peptide wizard of Buffet and Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop (review coming soon), a final slick of Natural Moisturising Factors (or NMF as it's commonly known) is then added to seal everything in. My skin feels very plumped and hydrated so much so, I can switch back to an even lighter moisturiser just after a few days.

Marine Hyaluronics works in the same way as hyaluronic acid, in that it attracts and holds water for deeper hydration. It contains exopolysaccharides from skin-friendly marine bacteria, Hawaiian red algae, Glycoproteins from Antarctic marine sources, micro-filtered blue-green algae and several health supporting amino acids. 


Marine Hyaluronics has a much lighter viscosity (watery) compared to the thicker serum feel from their other formula - Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. It can easily layered with other products, but preferably as a first port of call after cleansers or toners. It gives excellent hydration without any greasiness or heaviness. It sinks into skin easily without leaving any residual. The only downside is the slight pond water scent that comes with this, lol! But that really is only for few moments and soon dissipates. Apart from the smell, I think this really is a lovely formula, and if you, like me, didn't quite get on with their Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, I highly recommend giving this a shot.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Algae Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.



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Natural Moisturising Factors or NMF is a lightweight oil-free cream that keeps the outer-layer of the skin hydrated and protected without leaving it greasy. It offers immediate hydration and lasting results with continued use. It contains: 11 amino acids, phospholipids, alpha/beta/gamma fatty acids, triglycerides, sterols and sterol esters, glycerin, ceramide precursors, urea, saccharides, sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid.

Why oh why have I left it so long to try this? For the price, it really is such a great formula for giving my skin a boost when it feels a little on the dry-side. I also think the price makes it incredibly purse-friendly for teenagers who are just starting out in skincare. I foolishly bought the smaller tube size of 30ml £4.90 when I should've purchased the bigger and better buy of 100ml at just £6.80.

This cream can be used in the morning or at night. Upon application, its thick cream can give a slight impression that it's going to be a tad too rich my skin - no! The cream absorbs wonderfully into my skin, and after a few moments it's looking plumped and feeling very comfortable.  I also find this pairs beautifully with their High Adherence Silicone Primer. However, if do you find for some reason it's not for you, it makes a wonderful hand cream instead! Don't waste it!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Propanediol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Arginine, Aspartic Acid, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glucose, Maltose, Fructose, Trehalose, Sodium PCA, PCA, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Triolein, Tocopherol, Carbomer, Isoceteth-20, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Pentylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.


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Matrixyl 10% + HA 30ml 


Matrixyl is meant to be another one of those great skincare ingredients that we should all be aiming for. It's a trademarked peptide ingredient developed by Sederma Inc, France, and is meant to be super-charged to stimulate collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance of static lines and wrinkles. This one from The Ordinary contains two generations of Matrixyl - Matrixyl™ 3000 and Matrixyl™ synthe'6™ to give a combined concentration of 10%. It also includes Hyaluronic Acid.

Matrixyl is also featured in their Buffet formula but at a lower percentage. The formula looks less cloudy than Buffet but still shares the same fluidy/gel consistency and once again, absorbs very easily into the skin. I wanted to give this one a go to see if worked any better than Buffet and I've been using this at night-time. I'm not sure if it's any better as I haven't used it long enough, although I am close to finishing the bottle. Whilst I can confirm that it is excellent for fine lines around the eye area, (my crows feet has virtually gone) I think more time is needed to work on the deeper lines on my forehead. However, still very good given the price and another I would recommend.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Ethoxydiglycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.



Have you tried any of these from The Ordinary?



Toni. xoxo














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  1. Great review! I do have to say I’ve gone of the Deciem brands since the CEO stuff has come out. I feel funny supporting a guy who bullies not only the workers but the consumers too :/

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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