Tried and Tested: Elemis Illuminating Flash Balm

Happy Monday, everyone!

I am back with another beauty review! This time, its `the new wonder cream from Elemis. I spotted it on the shelf of my regular beauty salon and knew I would be purchasing it straight after my treatments! The Illuminating Flash Balm is an energising, skin radiance balm, that gives you a healthy, dewey glow, while deeply moisturising your skin and preventing premature ageing!

It glides on smoothly and weightlessly, and gives you an instant skin pick me up! I managed to score some free minis with my purchase (one of Elemis’s fave promotions), and the mini bottle is great to carry around in your handbag for those bad skin days we all have. You know the ones. You’re casually perusing Topshop and catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and almost mistake yourself for Voldermort. Nodding your head right now? Then this is for you!

It contains a vitamin complex that encourages moisture retention, and purple orchid, noni and acai are the clever little cookies that stop our skin sagging. Now, we’re all familiar with the phrase “for best results, use with (insert brand name) shampoo/conditioner/cleanser/toner/facial wash, and yes, often its basically a marketing ploy to get you to buy the full set, and despite having just finished my marketing degree, I am a complete sucker for it all. However, I have really found that Elemis is one of those products that does its best work when surrounded by its fellow brand buddies. I switched to Elemis skincare at the end of 2012, after being a dedicated Clinique follower for about 3 years. Now, I wont lie to you, the first month of using it my skin felt really bumpy and horrible. It didnt look it (thank god), but it didnt feel right at all, but as I knew I had been with the same brand for so long, and that our skin renews in one month cycles, I persisted with it. It cleared up really quickly, and while it was annoying, it is actually a good sign as it shows that the change in skin care is actually doing something to your skin, and not just fluffing about on the surface. Its common to take time to adjust to a new skin care, and providing you’re not being mistaken for a shingles patient (i.e. all red and blotchy), its usually just adjusting and it will be fine, so don’t give up too quickly.

Treat your skin and invest in one of their cleansers, toners and moisturisers (if you’re budgeting, the flash balm can be used a daily moisturiser too, so you don’t have to buy both all at once). They have a range, but one of the best things about premium skin care is that you can go and talk to a skin care expert at their concessions, instead of just being left to your own devices on the shelves of Boots.

Here are some of my faves:Image

Left to right:

Rehydrating Rosepetal Cleanser, £21.00

Rehydrating Ginseng Toner, £21.00

Maximum Moisture Day Cream, £38.00

Papaya Enzyme Peel (exfoliator), £29.50

Skin Buff, £26.00

Over and out,

Coco x

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