Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Weekend Mix...with Indeed Laboratories

With the festive season approaching at the speed of light, as it always seems to do at this time of the year, getting your skin party ready in preparation for the many Christmas, and end of year events ahead is a good idea.

We all know how much your makeup application and wear is affected by the condition of your skin. I can really notice the difference in how my makeup looks when I have taken the time to prepare my skin beforehand. Today I have some Indeed Laboratories products to share with you to get your complexion looking plump, hydrated, glowing and party ready!

These four products were sent to me for review and consideration recently, and I thought I would share my thoughts with you today on how I find best to use them. Described as the "Weekend Mix", these four products certainly work very nicely on their own,  however put them all together and you'll discover a really nice pre-party pamper combination.

Ready to glow? Read on!

indeed Laboratories Moisture Boosting Mask

Cloth facial masks have really surged onto the skincare market over the last 12 months. I love them. Their packaging lends well to travel, and the single use feature is clean, convenient and ensures the freshness of ingredients. Their ease of use also gets a thumbs up from me, not to mention giving your family a good fright when you emerge from the bathroom looking like something out of a horror movie!

When indeed Labs Hydraluron Serum was first released in Australia, I was there lining up with fellow skincare junkies to get my hands on it. This is mostly due to Caroline Hirons singing its praises...those who follow her will know that for a time it was affectionately renamed "Hironsluron"....I digress...

Whilst I did have good results with the serum, after some weeks of use I noticed that it was feeling a little tacky on my skin, and took a while to absorb. Anyone else find this?

In any case, the Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask does not have this effect, and I think it is a beautiful sheet mask, that gives great results...quickly. The serum that soaks the cloth seems to be a lighter, more fluid consistency, full of hyaluronic acid which draws moisture to the skin and holds it there like a magnet. Another moisture holding ingredient, glycerin, aids in hydrating the skin, whilst the addition of vitamin E heals and protects.

After cleansing, I will open the sheet mask carefully, place my hands at the bottom of the packet, and gently try to squeeze out the excess serum that the cloth is floating around in. There is 20ml of serum in each of these masks, you might as well get the benefit of all of it I say! I smooth that extra serum over my skin first, and then open out the mask and apply to my face.
Alternatively, you can squeeze out the remaining serum from the package after removing your cloth mask, and smooth it over your face and down your neck then. Completely up to you.

Now the instructions say relax for 10-15 minutes, so I will typically fold washing, attend to childrens needs, start cooking dinner etc. however I do recommend you try to have a rest. Relax on your bed. Stop checking Instagram and Twitter, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Try to fit in a little "me time" if you can.

After 10-15 minutes, remove the mask, dispose of the cloth, and massage in the remaining serum that is left on your skin. I will make sure to pat some around my eye area as well. My skin looks hydrated, and feels plump and comfortable.

On to step 2....

indeed Laboratories eyesilix Instant Eye Rescue

I have mentioned in previous posts that tend not to get along with a lot of eye creams. I will often use whatever serum I have in rotation around my eye area in place of a designated eye cream. They are often notoriously expensive, and with the exception of a few, leave me with puffy, swollen eyes because they are just too heavy and rich.

Eyesilix is a no fuss, fragrance free, lightweight eye cream that I have been enjoying, both morning and night. It works really nicely under makeup, and provides a nice smooth, hydrated base for my concealer. It does have a very subtle light-reflective quality, and is also very smoothing on the fine lines around my eyes. I haven't noticed a great deal of difference in terms of a reduction in darkness under my eyes, so perhaps this is something that comes with long term use.

A little goes a long way, I take a small amount of product, pat it between my fingertips, and then pat it gently around the contours of my eyes.

Step three coming up... ( hope you are still with me! )

indeed Laboratories Pepta-Bright Intense Brightening Treatment

Dullness?...Yes!   Dark Spots?...Yes again!

Indeed Labs describe pepta-bright as a cream/serum hybrid. For my oily/combination skin I find it does the job of both serum and moisturiser. It feels very nourishing, though still lightweight enough to absorb nicely into the skin. Like eyesilix, it adds a very subtle glow to the skin.

I do believe that regular use of Pepta-Bright is helping to improve the appearance of some areas of hyperpigmentation on my face. It does contain lactic acid, which is one of the more gentle acids that aid in chemically exfoliating the skin. I feel it is important to note here that I use other products in my skincare routine that are also working well to assist in reducing the appearance of my pigmentation. 

For an event or party, I will normally reach for a long wearing, medium to full coverage foundation. I have found that Pepta-Bright provides a really nice base for makeup on its own, without the use of an additional primer. This of course is up to your own personal preference.

indeed Laboratories Nanoblur

Nanoblur is not designed to be a makeup primer. It is your finishing step...your magic wand...your instagram filter in a tube.

This silicone based gel is designed to smooth over and diffuse the look of fine lines, enlarged pores and wrinkles. It is recommended to use after your foundation, and before your powder. 

I like to use it as one of the final steps in my makeup, just prior to applying a setting powder. 

I take a small amount on my fingertips, smooth them together to spread a thin layer of product, and then tap the product gently over the areas I feel I need it. If I need more, I will dispense another small amount onto clean fingers again, and repeat.

It does take a little practice in order not to disturb your foundation, but if you use small amounts, and a light hand it will work beautifully. The product tends to get tacky and set quickly, so I try to wait after the first layer for a minute. Being patient and waiting will likely give Nanoblur time to do its blurring magic. If you keep on layering too quickly, you are more likely to disturb the foundation underneath.

The areas I focus on are around my eye contour, where I have fine lines, and also around my nose and down the side of my mouth, where I have larger pores and fine lines, and my forehead ( yes ok basically everywhere! )

This may all seem a little fussy, but once you get the hang of it the results are really lovely, and definitely worth it for me for a special occasion or event.

All that's left to do is to decide which shade of lipstick to wear! 

So there you have it loves! I would love to know if you have tried any of these indeed Laboratories products? I know they have recently released a new Moisture Jelly, and powdered Exfoliant, and I have heard great things about both...have you tried them? Do I need them on my list? Do you have a favourite skin pampering routine before a special event? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

Disclaimer: As mentioned in the body of this post, I was gifted the above mentioned products. My thoughts are always my own, and are offered after appropriate time to test and form my own opinions. Cheers xo

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