Thursday, 28 November 2013

A Trio of Serums

As soon as September ended, I knew that the colder weather would be on its way so I started to try out some different skincare products in order to prepare myself for now- the end of November when I'm sat shivering having just come out of the cold.  I've been using serum as an added hydration step under my moisturiser religiously but I've also found some with added benefits.
Kiko Neon Glow*, Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum* and Weleda Pomegranate Firming Face Serum*
I really wanted to tell you all about these as my skin has been looking pretty dull lately, as I haven't been well in myself and these serums in particular are good to perk up your skin before applying make up.
Weleda Pomegranate Firming Face Serum
The first serum I have been trying out is the Weleda Pomegranate Firming Face Serum.
The Pomegranate Firming Face Serum is part of a dermatologically tested range from the leader in natural skin care products, Weleda, who have jam packed the products full of antioxidant rich organic oil of pomegranates in order to tackle common skincare problems like dull and ageing skin.  Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, B5, potassium, antioxidant polyphenols which are all great ingredients for protecting and preserving the skins natural vibrant look.
This serum is one of the hero products from the range as it is intended to give a smoother, more youthful appearance by giving the skin a boost of nutrients, stimulating cell renewal and elasticity and improve the surface of the skin whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles.  Whilst I don't have a great deal of wrinkles to test this out on, I certainly noticed my skin felt revived and plump with the surface of my skin being much smoother after use.
The formula is fairly fluid so you need to apply it quite quickly before it escapes from your face but it sinks in incredibly quickly after the application, making it a great option to take care of your skin when you're in a rush in the morning time.  I'd say that this serum is suitable for all skin types as it doesn't try your skin out and it doesn't make it feel more oily either, it feels very balancing on the skin and seems to neutralise it, making it a great base for make up.
For now, my skin feels hydrated after using this serum but I am really looking forward to seeing what the long term effects of using it are.  I would definitely recommend it, especially to those in their late twenties/early thirties who are experiencing the first signs of wrinkles.
This serum is £34.95 for 30ml from the Weleda website but you can also buy it much cheaper here.
Kiko Make Up Milano Neon Glow Light Effect Serum
The second serum that I have to review for you is the Kiko Make Up Milano Neon Glow Light Effect Serum.
The Neon Glow Light Effect Serum from Kiko Make Up Milano is a stunning product- when I first received it, I sat staring at it for ages as the clear serum is combined with a double-swirled illuminating helix that is pink and sparkly.  New technology holds the helix in suspense in the serum which is pretty clever really.

The serum, in this innovative product, feels like a gel in formula whereas the helix is much more like a make up highlighter.  When applied to clean skin, the serum feels very moisturising and the gel part itself sinks in fairly quickly, with the helix part following soon after- they feel as though they warm and melt into one another.  A little goes a very long way with this product so I think it will last a long time, especially for a 30ml bottle.

The micro pearls within the helix are incredibly illuminating, a little too highlighting for my liking but this will be great for particularly dull skin as it gives a very brightening glow.  This is definitely a serum that you would wear make up over the top of to create that healthy, lit from within glow, as it is a little too intense to use without make up on top.

Not only does the serum give an instant brightening effect but it also has some active ingredients that have been selected to help renew the skins natural brightness.  It contains Green Tea which helps to absorb and retain moisture and Hyaluronic Acid that stimulates the renewal of the skin cells, promotes the production of collagen and encourages skin elasticity, giving it anti-ageing properties.

This serum retails for £13.90 from the Kiko website and in the Kiko store.  It is a limited edition product as part of the Dark Heroine Fall Collection so it wont be around forever if you want to snap it up!
Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum
The final product that I have to review for you is the Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum.
With the Manuka Doctor ApiRefine Radiance Serum, I have certainly saved the best until last.  If you've read my previous Manuka Doctor reviews, you'll know that I am a great fan of their Skin Treatment Serum from the Apiclear line, so you could say that I'm a little biased towards their serums, but one try of this and you'll know it is justified.

In terms of radiance, this is everything I thought the Kiko Neon Glow would be and more, as it leaves a subtle but noticeable radiant glow to the skin.  I smooth a little onto my cleansed skin in sweeping motions across my whole face.  It is fast acting, sinking in almost immediately without leaving a residue on my skin, making it perfect to follow with my make up routine.  My skin looks even and as though it has a healthy glow when I wear this.

You might notice from the swatch above that like the Kiko serum, this too has a pink tone to it but it is much more subtle, more iridescent.  The serum feels very light weight, a little more substantial than the Weleda serum but still very much a fluid rather than a thicker gel like the Kiko serum.  It feels as though it has air in it, almost like it is whipped slightly.

The Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum is a naturally inspired, scientifically enhanced skincare product that is designed to have long term age-defying effects as well as the immediate illuminating glow.  Purified Bee Venom and Manuka Honey are within the serum and combine with the other ingredients, such as Organic Cactus Extract that hydrates with vitamins and minerals, to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and support the production of collagen and elastin in the skin.  I'm looking forward to seeing the long term effects with using this serum and I'm very hopeful as I really trust the Manuka Doctor brand.

Buy it now here (quick, its on offer!).

I hope you've all enjoyed my serums post and that its given you some ideas on one to try out for yourselves.  In the meantime, i'll BRB while I abuse the House of Fraser up to 40% off sale.... *come to mamma!*
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