Sunday, 9 November 2014

CosMedix Purity Solution + Purity Detox Scrub

I am a HUGE fan of CosMedix Purity Clean (read my full review of it HERE and I also featured in my How To Cleanse Your Face video). I love it as a customer and use it personally but also as a therapist and use it in my treatments too.

So imagine how I excited I was to here that CosMedix were releasing two new cleansing products to the Purity range!

Now, let me start by saying that the products haven't reached the UK yet (although will do very soon) so this post is not a review, but rather a pre-release feature.
What struck my attention the most with both products is there similarities between too very well known and very popular products, so with CosMedix's unique spin on things and superior formulations, I just know they have the potential to be a huge hit. Possibly becoming even more popular than Purity Clean!



Purity Solution - Deep Cleansing Oil


Purity Solution is a deep cleansing oil that is designed to dissolve makeup, oil-based sunscreen and excess sebum. It contains a number of different oils including Olive, Moringa Seed, Kukui Seed, Argan, Safflower Seed, Sesame Seed plus Neem Leaf Extract.

Other ingredients include Soybean oil, D-Tocopherol, Amber Powder, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Turmeric and Pearl Powder.

Purity Solution emulsifies upon contact with water and is suitable for all skin types, to be used as the first step in your cleansing. It's nourishing enough for hyper-sensitive skins, but cleansing enough for oily skins. You would then follow up with either Benefit Clean or Purity Clean. So you could therefore say this is designed as a "precleanse". 

See the resemblance to Dermalogica Precleanse? I did. The difference between Dermalogica Precleanse and Purity Solution, is as with all CosMedix formulations, it is free-from parabens and PEG's, so it means it's suitable for even the most sensitive / reactive skins and / or those who choose to avoid these ingredients in their skin care.

The CosMedix offering is cheaper too, retailing at £28.36 compared to Dermalogica Precleanse which is £34.


Purity Detox Scrub


Purity Detox Scrub is described as a 'multi-layer' exfoliation system, which combines both mechanical scrub from Poppy Seed, Date Seed, Jojoba Beads and Yellow Corn Kernel Meal plus chemical exfoliation from Salicylic Acid. 

The only other ingredients included are Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate & Cocoyl Isethionate, both mild coconut-oil based surfactants.

Purity Detox Scrub is a powder based "micro-exfoliant" that is designed to detox, polish and decongest the skin. It can be mixed with water OR for best results mixed with Purity Solution and used 1-3 times a week, depending on skin type or tolerance.

See the resemblance to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant? I did. The difference between Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and Purity Detox Scrub, is as above, the CosMedix formulation is free-from parabens. It also doesn't contain any bulking-agents or talc. CosMedix really are living up to their reputation as "Clean-Cosmeceuticals".

The CosMedix Detox Scrub is also cheaper, retailing at £37.81 compared to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant which is £41.30.

Like I mentioned before, the products haven't arrived the UK yet so this is just based on my observations on the function of the product and their ingredients but out of the entire Dermalogica range, Precleanse and Daily Microfoliant are my favourites so it will be great to see how CosMedix compare!

I am definitely looking forward to trying them for myself and will be incorporating them into my facials as soon as they arrive.

Both will be available to buy soon from Medico Beauty.

Andy

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bodhi & Birch - Camomile Sky Bath & Shower Therapy


Bodhi & Birch Camomile Sky is the newest fragrance to join the Bath & Shower Therapy range and the first Bodhi & Birch body cleanser I have used since the re-branding and packaging overhaul.

This is a 'calming' fragrance and replaces the original Palmarosa Verde Purifying Bath & Shower Therapy. I must admit, when I first heard Palmarosa Verde was being discontinued, I was a little disappointed. 

I love ALL of the Bodhi & Birch Bath & Shower Therapies (I've even grown to love Mint Thé and I can't usually stand mint fragrance!), Palmarosa Verde in particular was one of my favourites, so I was sorry to see it disappear. That said however, Camomile Sky is a worthy replacement!

Camomile Sky is similar but not the same as Palmarosa Verde. They both have that herby-floral, almost "Turkish Delight" type fragrance that I like, but they have a few subtle differences.

Now, I don't pretend to have a sophisticated nose at all (which is why I don't review perfume on my blog often) so the subtleties between the two may be a little lost on my primitive nasal passages. However I'd describe Camomile Sky as being slightly 'lighter' and a little 'fresher'. Whereas Palmarosa Verde was a little 'muskier', making it a slightly heavier fragrance (by the way I still have a full size of both here with me and I keep sniffing both bottles to compare the two, in case you were wondering. I'm not doing this from memory!!)
If I were to compare the two in a human analogy, I'd describe Camomile Sky as the fresher, slightly more delicate younger sister, with more of a calming nature. The kind of person you choose to be around when you need some quiet Zen in your life!

The new pump style bottles are a welcome change too! Bodhi & Birch Bath & Shower Therapies are really concentrated and it's easy to over use them when using a pouring dispenser. The pump helps you use a measured dose, so much more economical. Especially when you live with heavy handed people!

Definitely another hit to add to the Bodhi & Birch range! 

Retailing at £18 for 200ml and available from Bodhi & Birch.

Andy

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

BodhiLuxe: Career Reinvention


If you're a long standing reader of my blog or have been following my progress on social media etc, you'll know that I've been through a major career change over the last 12-18 months. From IT support analyst to Facialist / skin care therapist at andymillward.com.

BodhiLuxe who I am a proud contributor for asked me to share my story in the hope it may inspire others who are currently unhappy in their 9-5 jobs!

As part of their Monday Motivation series, please go read my guest blog post on "Career Reinvention", where I share my transitional story and advice, in the hope that if I can inspire even one person to pursue what makes them happy, then its worth it!

Click the image or HERE to read it. I hope you enjoy and don't forget to subscribe to their other posts, which are fab!

Andy

Monday, 27 October 2014

WIN A REMINGTON SMARTEDGE SHAVER!!


Want to get the most out of your shaving routine? Then you’ll need the tools to do so. Including one of the most powerful and innovative shavers on the market. Luckily, the grooming experts at Remington are giving FIVE Pampered Prince readers the chance to get their hands on one of their latest and most powerful foil shavers to date, the SMARTEDGE.

Remington’s SmartEdge is a no-hassle powerhouse of electrical shaving. The foil shaver is an essential accomplice to the modern man’s world! Packed with innovation for an effortless shave experience the SmartEdge features include 100% waterproof technology to take minutes off the morning grooming routine by allowing you to shave in the shower whilst delivering a close comfortable shave. 

The Remington SmartEdge is priced from £129.99 and available at Boots in-store and online at www.boots.com

To enter and be in with a chance to win one of five of these amazing shavers simply share your top shaving tip or advice in the comments below and ladies, please don't feel left out as this would make an excellent Christmas present for the special man in your life so make sure you enter too!


Open to UK residents only. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 09th November 2014. The winner will be chosen at random using Rafflecopter on Monday 10th November. Good Luck!

Andy.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Look, it's me on ReallyRee!


I was approached recently by the lovely and beautiful Ree to become a contributor and men's skin care expert for ReallyRee blog.

As with all great routines, I've started with the basics and covered "Men's Skin Care and the Importance of Cleansing". Obviously a subject I preach here a lot but specifically this time to men.

Head over to ReallyRee to checkout my feature and don't forget to subscribe to the mailing list so you don't miss future features!

Andy

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Launched: AndyMillward.com


As some of you may already be aware, I've been busy working on my new website for facials, peels and advanced skin treatments in the Birmingham, Stourbridge, Dudley & Halesowen area.

I am very pleased to announce that I have launched my new site today, andymillward.com. I'd really appreciate it if you could go check it out!

On there you'll find all of the facials and treatments I offer, plus a list of all the CosMedix 'metabolic peels' to treat and correct a variety of cosmetic skin conditions and restore the skins natural radiance.

For those who aren't familiar with the term "metabolic peel", unlike a traditional chemical peel that use acids to 'burn' down, effectively wounding the skin to cause regeneration and healing. A metabolic peel used advanced Chirally Correct ingredients that work with the skin's natural metabolic processes, stimulating renewal from within for advanced results with the downtime and inflammation associated with a "chemical peel". 


I will continue to use CosMedix & Result RX in all of my treatments as I truly feel in love with the range and the results that can be achieved while woking at Samsara Skin.

A typical treatment with me goes beyond topical treatments and I incorporate my "4 Pillars of Skin Health" philosophy into every treatment, as I believe in treating each person in a holistic manner.

If you live in the Birmingam, Stourbridge, Dudley, Halesowen area and are looking for advanced facial treatments, then please enquire or book an appointment via andymillward.com.

Andy

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

MARSTE Academy Blog Post: Skin Nutrition

As you may already be aware, I am a proud associate of MARSTE Academy, to support specialised post-graduate training for beauty and holistic therapists looking to excel within their industry.

I'm also a regular contributor to their fantastically informative and interesting blog. Checkout my latest post on 'Nutrition for Skin', where I explain that not all skin care is topical and give my Top 5 SKINutrition Tips to benefit all skin types and conditions.


To read the blog post, click the image or HERE.

Andy
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