Skincare Review: Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum and Antioxidant Hydramist

These cold days give me the opportunity to really go in with the thicker serums in my stash. One of the things I’ve recently been using is the Phyto-Nature Firming Serum (£130) from Dermalogica. With my quest to incorporate more firming and tightening in my routine, this just fits right in.

This serum promises to reduce the appearance of premature skin aging while firming, protecting, and revitalizing it using sapphire-bound biomimetic peptides, Amazonian Camu Camu, hyaluronic acid, Moroccan rockrose extract, and Madagascar green coffee bean.

It has a dense gel consistency that spreads easily and sinks in fairly quickly, which impressed me. Given the consistency, I thought it would be thick and it would sit on top of the skin. It has sort of a slip to it, giving the firming feel to the skin and it plays well with the other products I use in the evening. It instantly tightens and firms. What I really like about this is that it also hydrates my skin, leaving it plump and smooth in the morning instead of oily. This also goes well with the gua sha it came with for extra relaxation and firming. I will continue to use this and see more results aside from its hydrating, plumping, and firming benefits.

They also sent the Antioxidant Hydramist (£40), which I use every morning as a toner and a hydrator while applying makeup. It aims to firm, hydrate, protect, and refresh the skin with pea, rose, and clove extracts. It’s hydrating and it sinks in quickly. It does what a hydrating mist would do so the price is not justified for me. It has a fine mist, though, so I can easily use it without messing my makeup.

The Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum and Antioxidant Hydramist were provided by @dermalogicauki. Available at

Monthly Favorites: April 2019

Peek Beauty Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette, Double Take

For someone who has a ton of shit in the purse, I would give anything that will lessen the things I carry a try. The Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette from Peek Beauty promises to give lush lips, full brows, and stunning eyes in a thin tin case. The palette I have, Double Take, contains Expresso Natural Stain Brow Powder, Metalimatte Naturally Quick Drying Blush, Nom Nom Natural Plumping Balm, Eye Will Stay Naturally Long Wearing Eyeshadow, and a double-ended brush.

This cruelty-free palette contains two eyeshadows that are pigmented and soft to the feel. The mauve eyeshadow I like to use for every day then I add the bronze-toned one if I’m going out or if I’m just feeling some shimmer. The brow powder also comes in two shades.

Both colors are bold, pigmented, and easy to apply. The brow powders glide onto the hair smoothly while leaving my brows looking fuller and bushier. The colors are definitely budge-proof but I mostly use the darker one as it suits the colors of my brows better. If I’m really lacking products, I usually use the lighter one as a base for my eye look. The brush is also a great help when applying as it blends the shadows. It’s not the best and softest brush in the market but it does the job of giving a good eye look.

The blush gives off a very subtle warm coral tone which melts onto the skin quickly. It’s lightweight and blendable too, which is perfect for on-the-go. It delivers a luminous finish, similar to that of a baked mineral blush powder, only in cream form. However, I wouldn’t say that it has a great staying power though. This is what I retouch the most as it doesn’t stay long enough on my oily skin.

The plumping balm, on the other hand, helps keep my lips soft and smooth. I have to reapply this throughout the day because I need more moisture on my lips. The lipgloss is cute, though, as it’s not too glossy. It also looks good as a topper to a more vibrant lipcolor.

The Peek Beauty Screenshot Natural Beauty Palette in Double Take was provided by @peekbeauty and @piercemattie. Available for $55 at

Frank Body A-Beauty Scrub

Just when I was running out of body scrub, Frank Body comes out with a new one, the A-Beauty Scrub. The scrub A-Beauty (which stands for Australian beauty) promises to provide glowing skin. It contains finger lime to brighten, eucalyptus for its antiseptic properties, macadamia oil to hydrate and nourish, and kakadu plum for its vitamin c.

As with most Frank Body products, this smells like fresh coffee. The course scrub doesn’t feel harsh and on the skin, as always. As with all the Frank Body scrubs I tried, this left my skin smooth and soft.

I have been using this twice a week for a month now and have noticed brightening in the darker parts of my body like my knees and elbows. It has also helped to diminish the bumps I occasionally get on my arms. Honestly, Frank Body scrubs are a favorite and the A-Beauty scrub is no exception. They just get the right type of scrub my body prefers.

The Frank Body A-Beauty Scrub was provided by @frankbody. Available for $18.95 at

S5 Skincare Balance Fluid

Wanting to pay respect to the skin and the way it functions naturally, S5 Skincare are made with natural and organic formulas and without parabens, ethoxylated ingredients, SLS / SLES, glycols, phenoxyethanol, and petrochemical derived ingredients.

For oily skin, the Balance Fluid (£20 for a travel-sized bottle) promises to be an anti-aging fluid that balances and protects oily or combination and reactive skin. It contains alpine epilobium to reduce oil production and the appearance of pores, and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soothe and plump the skin. This made me excited, as with all products that promise to control and manage my oily skin. I liked its soft texture. It wasn’t heavy on the skin and the lightweight texture felt relaxing on my skin.

When used in the morning, it helped hydrate my oily skin. It goes well with makeup and helps mattify my skin for about 4 hours before I have to blot. Worth noting, though, that when I blot, the oil isn’t as much than usual. These are good options for those with oily skin looking for a clean moisturizer than can be used in the morning.

The S5 Skincare Balance Fluid was provided by @s5skincare. Available at

Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30

The Prisma Protect SPF 30 from Dermalogica is a light-activated multitasking moisturizer that provides broad spectrum defense while preventing future signs of skin damage. It has an intelligent drone technology to help boost the skin’s natural luminosity, bio-ferment from sage to help maintain an even skin tone, and advanced moisture magnets to provide hydration for visibly smooth skin.

As I’m getting more and more into spf, I’ve been trying out a lot of products. With someone who has oily skin , it’s as difficult as finding skincare products for the morning that wouldn’t slide off after 30 minutes.

I have to say, when I first tried this I found that is was creamier than I would prefer. I went light with the foundation and used powder products to prevent and impending grease-fest I’m about to experience. Amazingly enough, my skin felt hydrated and look bright all throughout the day. So the next day, I went for my usual makeup routine. This kept my skin hydrated and I only had to blot once in the afternoon. Since I have long forgone applying a moisturizer in the morning, this is a good product that protects, moisturizes, and hydrates the skin in one application. It’s light enough so it doesn’t make my makeup move around and my skin looks clear and healthy all day.

This is a good option for those looking for a vegan and cruelty-free moisturizing SPF that’s free of gluten, artificial fragrances, colors, and parabens.

The Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 was provided by @dermalogicauk . Available for £58.00 at

Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer

I’ve recently been into moisturizing and hydrating my #oilyskin. I feel like, since my skin is getting older, my face is changing. It’s slow but from time to time, I can feel my skin getting a bit drier than usual. I still get oily during the day but after exfoliating, my skin feels a bit different – a tad drier. That’s why my skin is loving hydrating and moisturizing products.

One of the moisturizers my changing skin is responding to is the Omega+ Complex Moisturizer from Paula’s Choice. This fragrance-free and cruelty-free moisturizer promises to nourish, hydrate, soothe, and address signs of dryness with a blend of shea butter and omega oils, guava, flax seeds, citric acid, passion fruit, ceramides, plant oils, and botanical antioxidants.

This is creamier than most moisturizers I’m used too. It’s lightweight and it settles into a creamy silky finish. Especially after exfoliating, this feels really hydrating and nourishing to the skin. For $35, this feels more luxurious on the skin than I would expect. This has helped my skin look more together and plumper in the mornings. It really shows in the middle of the week when my skin can look dull after being outdoors and exposed to pollution. Using this countered that, my skin is not as dull and sallow looking. It just feels soft, hydrated, and moisturized.

The Paula’s Choice Omega+ Complex Moisturizer was provided by @paulaschoice. Available for $35 at

W=Hb2 Power Duo Face Serum

W=Hb2, which is short for Wellness = (Health x beauty) Squared, believes that true beauty is defined by your inner health, peace, and spiritual wellbeing. They only have one product – the Power Duo Face Serum.

The #serum has two products in one package. Phase I contains a tri-active age corrector complex (phytocelltec alpine rose stem cell, biotechnical tri-peptide, and probiotic bacterium) to encourage skin stell cell vitality, boost collagen production, strengthen the skin barrier. It also has a botanical sodium hyaluronate to hydrate the skin. Phase II, on the other hand, has the tri-active brightening and anti-pollution complex. The complex contains niacinamide to brighten, moringa seed pure cure peptide to purify, raspberry stem cell technology to protect the skin from environmental stressors, and sodium hyaluronate to hydration.

Phase II is runnier than phase I but both feel luxurious on the skin and get absorbed quickly into the skin so they can be used by those with oily skin either at night or in the morning. Both products hydrate my skin enough for me not to produce excess oil and lead to shine. Both serums left my skin soft and smooth. I liked how they can brighten up my skin without making it look oily. This is kept my skin from looking dull and sallow and instead left my skin soft and plump. The price is not for everyone but if you are looking for a product that will plump, hydrate, and brighten your skin, this might be for you. It’s one of those anti-aging products that doesn’t clog pores and works even for oily skin types.

The W=Hb2 Power Duo Face Serum was provided by @whb2 and @wizardpiblicity. Available for £110 at

Brand Overview: Dermalogica

With the vision of creating products free of common irritants to improve skin health, Dermalogica was born. Founded in 1986, their products are free of ingredients that the Dermalogica thinks cause breakouts like lanolin, SD alcohol, mineral oil, and artificial colors and fragrance. Dermalogica is also recognized as cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). They have also been recognized by the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil for sourcing palm oil in a manner that does not negatively impact local wildlife.

The Precleanse (£38.50) promises to melt away excess oil, sunscreen, waterproof makeup, environmental pollutants, and residual products with rice bran and borage seed, kukui, and apricot oils.

This is a light runny oil that feels nourishing to the skin. It turns into a milky consistency when mixed with water. It feels viscous making it a joy to massage onto the skin. It easily removes long-wearing and waterproof makeup but needs to be massaged more when used to remove mascaras. I like that this leaves the skin soft and moisturized.

The Special Cleansing Gel (£32) is a soap-free cleanser that aims to remove impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance using quillaja saponaria, balm mint, and lavender extract. This cleanser is lightweight and feels really gentle on the skin. It’s runny and lathers into a comfortable texture great for massaging on the skin. It removes excess oil without leaving my skin stripped or tight.

The Daily Microfoliant (£49.50) is a rice-based powder that works to brighten and smooth the skin with papain, salicylic acid, rice enzymes, phytic acid, white tea, licorice, colloidal oatmeal, and allantoin. It contains microbeads but feels gentle on the skin. It lathers easily and doesn’t feel irritating. I usually steer clear of harsh-looking scrubs but this just leaves my skin oh so soft and smooth, something I usually only experience after applying an essence. I like that this is so easy to use, much like a third cleanser, so it doesn’t take too much of my time but still gives me a bright and soft complexion. It has honestly become a favorite.

The Skin Smoothing Cream (£57) has the Active HydraMesh Technology™, which is designed to infuse the skin with 48 hours of continuous hydration and help protect it against environmental stress. It is also formulated with hyaluronic acid complex, mallow, cucumber, arnica, grape seed extract, vitamin c, and vitamin e to lock in moisture and protect the skin. A little goes a long way with this one. Five pea-sized dots can cover my whole face. It has a whipped cream-like texture and feels like it liquifies once it’s massaged into the skin. It has a slight cooling effect and its creamy texture takes a few seconds to completely dry. Using this alone in the morning is not enough to hydrate my skin, especially my t zone area so this works best for me as a night moisturizer. It acts as a seal to the products I used before it and leaves my skin smooth and soft without the tackiness. It’s also pillow stain-proof.

The Skinperfect Primer SPF30 (£44.50) claims to smooth fine lines, even out texture, protect, and brighten the skin with soy protein, pearl powder, and broad spectrum sunscreen. This tinted primer blurs pores like no other. I have honestly tried a lot of blurring primers but this one did the trick for me. It doesn’t feel silicone-y so it doesn’t give off that pore-blocking feeling. It actually feels a bit oily so I like following this with a mattifying stick. For something so lightweight, I can’t believe that has SPF so this has been an everyday staple for me.

I have pleasantly enjoyed trying out #dermalogicauk products because even though there are standouts (love the Daily Microfoliant and the Skinperfect Primer SPF30) I enjoyed using these products and will continue to use them.

#skinwhimsreview Dermalogica Precleanse, Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant, Skin Smoothing Cream, and Skinperfect Primer SPF30

These products were provided by @dermalogicauk. Available at