Thursday 27 July 2017

My Skin's Heroes♥*

Skincare has literally taken over makeup for me at the moment. I have no clue why, but I've been slacking in the makeup department but prioritising skincare, but then again, you need a good skincare routine in order to achieve clear skin, which creates an ideal, blank canvas for your makeup. When I try out new skincare products, I try them out for a long period of time to give them time to work with my skin and find out what works, or doesn't, with my skin. A while back, Bravura London* got in contact with me about trying out their skincare range. When I looked on their website, I couldn't resist their products - look how professional and expensive looking the packaging is! The wonderful Hannah (the PR who emailed me) was fantastic and helped pick out products which are perfect for oily skin.

Bravura London was established back in 2003 and was the first brand to create chemical peels (more to come on that further in the post!) Their products are not tested on animals (yayy!) and are suitable for vegans too. I have found that their products are delivered to a high standard, and this is perhaps why I adore them, along with many other customers.

Azulene Moisturiser* - can we take a minute to appreciate the fact that the moisturiser itself is blue? How cool is that! The word "azul" in Spanish means blue, hence the colour, but also because the compound azulene is dark blue in colour too. As soon as I seen this little tub, I could not wait to dive right into it and give it a shot. Little did I know how easily I would fall in love with it. The formula is quite thin and feels cool and soothing on the skin, of which my skin absorbs, feeling refreshed and hydrated. It is designed for all skin types, including sensitive, combination, normal and oily, so I have no problem using this. I couldn't say there was any sort of strong, overwhelming scent but even if there was, it wouldn't put me off the product. My skin feels incredible after using; irresistibly smooth, not to mention healthy too. I use it both in the morning and in the evening to allow the moisturiser to work it's magic on my skin. Sometimes moisturisers can feel heavy and greasy on my oily skin but I haven't experienced this once using this one, so for me, this moisturiser is a winner.

Revitalising Ginseng Toner* - Oh how I love toner! It makes my skin feel squeaky clean and cleansed to the max. This toner has a pH of 4.5 and helps to even out your skin's own pH level following cleansing etc, and before any further treatments. I have discovered that there is a scent - I'm not the biggest fan ever - but I can look past this because it works well with my skin, and it's alcohol free too. I use this after cleansing and before moisturising just to ensure that there is no excess dirt or makeup (if any is worn!) trapped beneath my skin. Some toners can be quite strong and harsh, but this is quite gentle on my skin, and I haven't experienced any break outs using it - in my books, it deserves praise for this! After using, my skin feels so clean you would think I've had a luxury facial. I find that I don't need to use a lot of this on my cotton pad, meaning it will last me a while! I also believe that this is a dupe for the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic as they both contain the same ingredients, but saving you a couple of pennies!

First Cleanse Oil* - I've used various cleansers in the past but never had I tried an oil based one. I felt weird using it at first because the formula was quite runny, but that was expected to be due to the oil. I only need to use two pumps for my face, I simply rub it in and then wash it off using warm water. It doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy after use, it actually feels hydrated and silky soft. It leaves a sort of "glowing" effect on my skin, and it doesn't clog up my pores either. I use it regardless of having oily skin because it doesn't do any harm to use it. It can be used to remove makeup, and I was quite impressed by how simple it was to use and how easily it removed every last trace of makeup - even mascara! Typically, I use it in the evening every day but it can be used in the morning too, and I believe that it would help to "wake up" the skin. Since using, I haven't suffered any breakouts at all!

Salicylic Acid* - I'm not going to lie, I was kind of intimidated and scared by the bottle at first. Going back to a previous reference to a chemical peel, this is exactly what I was talking about. The product is simply applied to the area of your concern - whether that be acne, blackheads, blocked pores etc - and then wash off. Having the word "acid" in it's name makes it sound much scarier than it actually is, but trust me, it's a skincare miracle in a bottle. I only use it once a week, and I find it to be pretty damn impressive. After such a short use, I can already see a vast improvement on my t-zone - it's basically helping to unblock and eradicate any of my main skincare concerns, ace. The pH of this acid is actually lower than the toner at pH 3. Whilst on my skin, it doesn't cause me any irritation whatsoever, whether that may be itchiness or redness. The acid is at a low concentration of 2% due to it being more effective at lower levels, however, it isn't advisable for people with sensitive skin just incase, but, you can find out more about it on the Bravura website.

When Bravura first contacted me, in typical beauty blogger style, I instantly did my research and read numerous blog reviews on the products, all of which spoke rather highly of them, so you could imagine my expectations for them. I can only say that I have not been let down by these products in the slightest. I adore the simplicity of the packaging, and their glass bottles make them appear more expensive. My favourite part is that the brand caters for everyone as there are products designed for each skin type so you are guaranteed to find something that works with your skin! Their products are of such a high quality and I'm so happy to include them in my skincare routine - who knows, I might even end up buying some more!

Again, thank you to Bravura London and their PR Hannah for helping select these products for me - you're the best! (PS I believe that if you contact the brand themselves they will be able to find some products that will suit your skin!)

Have you ever tried Bravura London skincare?

*PR Samples


  1. Cool products!

  2. I've not tried any of their products but I really want to, although I've got no idea where to start as they have so many to choose from xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

    1. Oh goodness I could only imagine the dilemma! I definitely recommend the moisturiser (and the chemical peel if your skin isn't too sensitive!) x

  3. That ginseng toner sounds so lovely and refreshing! also i love that the cream is blue!

    1. Definitely is, such a good way to finish off cleaning my skin!! Haha me too!! x

  4. These look great not heard of the brand before but look super luxe x

  5. These sound really nice, I'm definitely going to try these out!

    Emily xo


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