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Natalie Smyth  All about healthy skin @alkimiskin

#RTGTOPSHELFIE Mask Edition.
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Admittedly, I’m not an avid mask-er, A) because I’m quite lazy and like a ‘done and done’ routine and B) you get the best results from products with frequent/consistent use, so I prefer leave-on products for that reason. My mask collection is pretty small, but covers all basis for me (exfoliation, decongesting, soothing and hydrating).
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👶🏼 #DrunkElephant Babyfacial. A revolutionary product on the market with 25% AHA and 2% BHA. Excellent for instant gratification and immediate improvements in breakouts, textural issues, pigmentation, etc. I really love this mask but do find it difficult to slot into my routines with Retinol/milder exfoliants. I tend to use maybe 1-2 times a month. Next time I would purchase the mini 15ml as 50ml is quite a generous size for something used infrequently and for me, impossible to use before the 12 month PAO recommendation. A 5/5 though!
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🍯 #Farmacy Honey Potion* Soothing and hydrating and the warming sensation promotes blood circulation, I love this in the colder months for an instant pick me up. 3/5 because you can get the same results with a raw Manuka Honey Mask for a fraction of the price. Nice if you fancy the splurge though. 👍🏻
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🍞 #BiologiqueRecherche Masque Vivant. I’ve recently reviewed this but love. Decongesting and anti-inflammatory without being over stimulating or stripping. Smells like shit, but worth it. 4/5
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💧 #Benton Snail Bee High Content Sheet Mask. I usually hate sheet masks. They cause congestion, the essences never absorb into my skin and they always feel slightly irritating. These however, are super soothing, hydrating and absorb beautifully. The formula is also superior to many other sheet masks (IMO). Includes 20% Snail Secretion Filtrate, Niacinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe, Beta-Glucan and Panthenol, to name a few. My only complaint is that the fit isn’t great for my face, but workable. Does fall off after I laugh at my own impression of Dwight in the CPR scene though. 4/5. 👍🏻
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*Gifted by CB.
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#skin #skincare #skincareroutine

Need a chop stat, but I am obsessed with @alumiermduk Moisture Matte SPF 40 before makeup. Leaves a finish that somehow replicated a holiday glow. Love. ❤️

I have new skincare storage so now is it time to post a #igtopshelfie ? The last time I posted my entire skincare collection was 2017 and although there’s some mainstays, a lot has changed in my stash within the last year! (One being way too many cleansers... again 😫) would you guys like to see a full breakdown? Spot any faves? ❤️
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#Krave #BiologiqueRecherche #Skinceuticals #ALKIMI #AlliesofSkin #Alumier #Glossier #PaulasChoice

Well this is pretty frickin cool... a little feature in September Issue of @glamourmag for tips for healthy, glowing skin. Honoured to be in such amazing company and yes, I’ll probably frame this. 🌝

I’m so glad I can finally share this with you after a pretty sh** month. For those that don’t know, we are having to rebrand @alkimiskin because of trademarking issues. Unfortunately, a new brand under a large corporation filed for the trademark (something we had hoped to do down the line) shortly after ALKIMI had launched, and although not yet fully registered, have threatened legal action against us for trademark infringement. Small businesses simply do not have the same resources as a corporation, and despite putting my best Elle Woods foot forward (seriously), we have no other choice but to rebrand, despite the iffy-ness surrounding the situation (classing our products as ‘household fragranced goods’ as to fit within the class that the trademark covers, no registered trademark but only an application, incorrect dates/evidence that suggests first use).
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I will admit, when I received the news I was completely and utterly devastated. Unsure of how to proceed, if at all. It felt like 10 steps back, starting from the beginning again. But now I’m taking strength from these circumstances. The chance to improve customer experience. To hone in on our identity. More focus. I’m learning that setbacks are crucial and they keep that fire within me alive.
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I want to assure you that the formulas will not change, the ethos will not change, only the brand name. New products are still on the way. We expect the change to happen in the next two months, and will have limited stock during that time as we make the change over to new packaging.
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I and cherish you all for the support over the last year with @alkimiskin - thank you.❤️❤️❤️

Morning routine taking it to the #humidititties 🍉
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💧 #AlliesOfSkin Fresh Slate Purifying Cleanser + Masque left on for 10-15 minutes. I loooove this formula and so happy to hear about the updated packaging to better suit the formula. I love when a brand takes on customer feedback as consistently as @alliesofskin . Decongesting and very balancing!
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💧#Skinceuticals Serum 10. 10% L-AA Serum for pigmentation, antioxidants protection and collagen synthesis. This has just about become too oxidised for use - which is sad as there’s 40-50% left. Otherwise, exceptional, water-weight formula that hasn’t irritated my skin with daily use.
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💧 #FirstAidBeauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum for additional antioxidant protection + Skin-soothing. I can’t believe I haven’t seen this talked about more often. A very viscous gel that is soooo hydrating. Contains both Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate.
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💧 #AlumierMD Moisture Matte SPF40.*
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*gifted

Blown away by the utterly generous package from @rkmcomms and @alumiermduk - Thank you Esther! ❤️❤️
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💧Acne Clarifying Cleanser - a viscous gel textured cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid, Aloe, Rice Bran & Honey. Very excited to introduce this into my routines, especially with the heat and humidity!
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💧Bright & Clear Solution - a daily, 3% Lactic Acid based AHA exfoliant with Yeast Extract, Amino Acids, Arnica, Bisabolol and Kakadu plum.
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💧Ultimate Boost Serum - a hydrating serum (the texture is absolutely sublime) with Niacinamide, Green Tea Extract, Honey, Peptides and Sodium Hyaluronate.
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💧Matticlear / Mattifying Serum. A serum with oil-absorbing properties (but does not feel remotely similar to typical silicone-based mattifying products) with Linseed Extract, Peptides and Phospholipids. Excited to try this under makeup!
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💧 HydraClarite. A light lotion with soothing properties via Resveratrol, Aloe, Sea Whip Extract and Honey.
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💧 Moisture Matte SPF 40 (Zinc and Titanium Dioxide). I am super excited to trial this as their SPFs come highly recommended for their textural elegance; I’m on the hunt for a ‘occasion’ SPF that doesn’t disrupt but enhances makeup (a tough feat) for special/social events.
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I can’t wait to dig in! Have you tried any #AlumierMD products? What should I start with first!? ❤️

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A very welcomed newbie in my routines is the #AlliesOfSkin Promise Keeper Blemish Facial. 👶🏼
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Lately I’ve been digging ‘all-in-one’/multi-purpose products that dramatically reduce the amount of products used in a single routine (esp during hot/humid months) and I find allows a much more curated skincare stash > more consistency > better results. I do love the art of layering and indulging in a lengthy self-care routine, but with life being extremely hectic a ‘done and done’ routine is very much appreciated as of late!
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The Promise Keeper is an overnight treatment in a cream/lotion-like format that primarily targets breakouts and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation/erythema. What excited me the most was the slightly non-conventional yet very promising actives used: Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, a derivative of Azelaic Acid that has similar benefits (reduces redness, breakouts, pigmentation, etc), combined with Azelaic Acid itself, and a combination of exfoliating acids Mandelic, Lactic, Dioic and Pyruvic Acid (both sebum regulating and improve pigmentation). It’s leaps ahead of conventional acne treatments - not aggressive but extremely soothing/hydrating whilst still packing a punch against breakouts and pigmentation. It’s not often I can use a treatment product nightly, but my skin throws no tantrums with daily use. Just balanced, clearer and brighter skin. I can’t wait to share more after a few skin cycles (especially if the results are already impressing me!). I’m loving every product I’ve tried from @alliesofskin and I’m side-eying the Molecular Multi-Nutrient Day Cream as my next purchase. Have you tried anything from the brand? ❤️

There’s a trend in my morning cleansing options: funky jelly texture, or a clay-based cleanser that decongests and absorbs excess oil - an absolute must during these humid, sunny days where my oil production increases ten fold. Yes, I’m still living in despair during this heatwave 🔥👶🏼
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#glossier #alliesofskin #drsambunting #tataharper #igtopshelfie

Step down Glossier Milky Jelly, you’ve been outdone. 🌝

This heat wave is quickly sending me into total despair, I’m like a boiling cauldron of rage in weather above 13 degrees. Trying to offset the congestion I can feel brewing because of excess oil/sweat with a new addition - @alliesofskin Fresh Slate. A good time to put it to the test!
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🔥 #AlliesOfSkin Fresh Slate left for 10 mins as a deep cleanse/mini mask.
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🔥 #Skinceuticals Serum 10. I’m finishing up my review of this. It’s my perfect Vitamin C Serum. But with all L-AA serums housed in water-based serums, I’m only 1/2 through a bottle and it’s almost at the point of being oxidised beyond use. It’s frustrating because a) I purchased directly from SC to avoid the potential that retailers would have stock that had been sitting ducks for months. I thought it would be super fresh but it was a light champagne colour upon opening and B) it’s £80, so it’s a pricy product to waste. Why can’t Vitamin C be easy? 🤷🏻‍♀️
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🔥 #PaulasChoice Brightening Essence. Very light hydration but all that’s needed in this weather.
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🔥 #Skinceuticals Sheer Mineral Defence SPF50 slathered on.
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Hibernating in bed with curtains drawn, bollock naked and spritzing myself with ice cold water for the foreseeable future. 😰

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