Pink Diamond Instant Lifting Serum by Rodial

IMG_3836.jpg
fullsizeoutput_8075.jpeg
fullsizeoutput_7dfa.jpeg
IMG_3049.JPG

Having used Rodial’s cult line, the ‘Dragon’s Blood’ range for several years, I wanted to mix things up and try something new. The skin quickly gets used to routine, and a bit of a shake-up often works wonders for pepping up a complacent complexion!

I wanted something that has the wow factor; something that I could rely on when I’ve been averaging 3 hours sleep a night for a week, under pressure, and expected to look my best under unforgiving studio lights. In short, a bottle of alchemy was the order of the day.

I’d heard about the Pink Diamond Instant Lifting serum, and it sounded like the kind of bottled magic I was after. Containing real diamond powder, potent enzymes and vitamin C, it provides a powerful dose of skin-tightening luminosity. I tried this product throughout a week when I was feeling particularly beleaguered, and the effects were every bit as impressive as I’ve come to expect from Rodial.

It really does transform the skin, lift contours, shrink pores until they’re almost invisible and adds a visible ‘sleep effect’ to the skin. Its light-reflecting magic was noted by several friends and colleagues, who told me I looked more ‘rested’ despite a week of deadlines and events. The Rodial wand strikes again!

I would keep this product as my go-to for pre-events, or when your skin needs turbocharging. Of course, like the other serums in the Rodial range, you can use it as part of your daily routine, and the accumulative effect combats sagging, worn out skin, works on homogenising the skin tone and boosting clarity and radiance.

I also used the Pink Diamond Instant Lifting sheet mask, which works on the same premise and delivers an instant hit of skin tightening peptides. The bio-cellulose face sheets suffuse the skin with hydration and lock in moisture to plump and refresh. Perfect for pre/post parties, Monday mornings, or any other skin SOS.

These are definitely two wonder products in the Rodial arsenal I shall be keeping close by!

In my next Rodial blog I shall be looking at the super luxurious Rose Gold range, so stay tuned!

https://www.rodial.co.uk

Love,

Heidi xoxox





Skin Saving Treats

It's been a while since my last blog after a crazy start to the year, but here I am with a fantastic new treatment I discovered, which I have to say, I was thrilled with.

I visited the clinic of world-renowned cosmetic surgeon and skin genius, Dr Angelica Kavouni, at her practice in Harley St. With the Cannes Film Festival around the corner, I wanted to get my skin in tip-top condition without having anything surgical or invasive.

fullsizeoutput_6160.jpeg

My skin is pretty good generally, mainly owing to my vegan diet, but living in Central London, it takes a fair amount of battering on a daily basis.

Dr Kavouni listened to my concerns and suggested the Obagi Radiance peel might be a perfect antidote and never having had a peel before, I was excited but slightly nervous, too. I needn't have been though, as I was in such expert hands, and Dr Kavouni is as lovely as she is highly skilled.

The entire treatment took less than twenty minutes, and there was absolutely no discomfort, barely even a tingle, and I left the clinic with skin so glowy I felt thirteen again, almost!

The process involves applying a layer of salicylic acid, trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and a unique blue paste, customised to your skin type, which gently but effectively sloughs away the superficial skin layers to reveal a clearer, brighter and more uniform complexion. Best of all though, is that it continues working its alchemy over the following seven days, so while the effect is an immediate tightening and plumping, it continues to improve over the course of a week.

I was advised to expect some mild peeling after the treatment, but it's day two, and so far there hasn't been any, just better, more luminous skin. It's so lovely to walk around with a bare face and feel confident, with a lit from within, filter effect glow.

I just loved the treatment, and most of all the entire Obagi range is cruelty-free and vegan. I will definitely be back for more!

Thanks, Dr Kavouni!

Nurturing Children With The Right Foods

When World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 announced red meat a class 1 carcinogen, equal only to cigarettes and asbestos, the question became if we cannot or will not give up meat for ourselves, then surely it's time we stopped feeding it to our children?

Surely most responsible, caring parents would be horrified to know they were actively contributing to their child's risk of developing cancer and other chronic illnesses. If giving children, cigarettes is deemed irresponsible and abusive then surely feeding them the equivalent is?

Shockingly though the message for many still hasn't hit home, and while sales of meat and dairy are steadily declining, it is not commensurate to the overwhelming evidence, anecdotal and clinical, on the adverse effects of feeding your children toxic animal products.

Even the most cursory google search around the subject will provide all the facts and statistics to convince the most recalcitrant to abandon meat and dairy. So why then are people still feeding their children a potent cocktail of carcinogens, antibiotics, puss, growth hormones, uric acid, mercury, cortisol and other delightful ingredients all contained in meat, fish and dairy?

Factors like societal conditioning and familial pressure play a large part. The lies peddled by both the dairy and meat industries have embedded themselves into the fabric of our collective psyche, which for some people is hard to throw off. Thankfully though we are in 2017 and spoilt with a repository of information at our fingertips, to cross-check and analyse for ourselves and surely as parents, we would all want to do this for the well-being of our children? You'd think.

The answer to why we cannot admit to ourselves that our choices are not just morally wrong, but putting our children at risk, is a mixture of cognitive dissonance, laziness and denial.

Milk, we have been told is an excellence source calcium and vitamin D which will strengthen our bones and give us radiant skin and hair. LIE. There is no naturally found Vitamin D present in dairy milk. It is added afterwards in synthesised form. Far from being good for us, dairy triggers gut inflammation, eczema, psoriasis, autism, diabetes, osteoporosis, migraine, brain fog, lethargy, grey sallow skin, accelerated ageing and a plethora of other degenerative conditions. 

Why? Well, nature intended milk to turn a baby calf into a two-ton cow; it is wholly unintended to benefit the human digestive tract. Aside from the cruelty involved in the dairy industry, the mixture of puss, secretions, hormones and antibiotics is fed into your child's gut where it will ferment a provide a springboard for so many adverse health conditions.

While your child might not develop acne or eczema overnight, you can bet that a dairy manifested allergy will present itself at some point, whether it is skin deep or otherwise. It's not that we're lactose intolerant - we're just not baby cows.

Speaking from personal experience, as a teenager I was constantly told drinking lots of milk would make me tall and strong. What is actually did was cause me acne and headaches to the point I needed to miss time at school, such was my sore skin and migraines. It did not improve until I eliminated every source of dairy from my diet. 

There is no vitamin or mineral present is dairy that cannot be found in clean, wholesome sources of foods; from delicious plant milks and cheeses, fortified cereals, tofu, legumes, lentils, seitan, vegetables, quinoa, the list goes on. So why cause suffering to your child and others when you don't have to?

Today we are spoilt for choice with a market saturated with alternatives. Children love colour, and a vegan diet is full of it. But children are led by their parents, so it needs to be fun. There is not one meat-based recipe I have not found a vegan version of, from chilli to paella - the options are plentiful.

The answer to all the adverse health conditions and cruelty involved in the meat and dairy industry is not, as some would counter, the organic versions.

'Organic' 'Humane' 'Welfare Assured' 'RSPCA Approved' are merely marketing falsities which the industry attempts to placate us with, and assuage our guilt so they can keep peddling their lies. It's a multi-billion pound industry, and let me assure you, people's health is their last consideration.

Even a desultory look at the conditions that chickens live in on a so-called 'free-range' farm will reveal just how duplicitous these labels are. Cramped, full of squalor and disease farm animals are anything but well-treated, irrelevant of whatever stamp a supermarket puts on the packet.

The British Advertising Standards Agency recently found in favour of the Go Vegan World to run its 'Human Milk Is A Myth' campaign, recognising the mendacious way the dairy industry works.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/25/humane-milk-myth-ad-relaunched-asa-rejects-farmers-complaints/

When an animal is slaughtered it experiences as you would expect acute terror and pain, releasing both uric acid and cortisol which floods its system. There is no way to remove these highly toxic compounds from the flesh so it must pass from them to us where it sits in our gut, commonly taking a week or sometimes longer to entirely exit the digestive tract. The human digestive system is unsuited to meat, we lack the enzymes and hydrochloric acid to break it down, as true carnivores are able to successfully. Our intestinal tract is also too long, three times longer than carnivores, which explains why meat sits and rots in our system, unlike true carnivores which have far shorter tracts. 

https://www.peta.org/living/food/natural-human-diet/

Lastly, there is a reason that we take children fruit picking and not to the slaughterhouse; by nature children instinctively want to nurture and care for animals. Wouldn't you want to raise a child that has respect for all life and the environment in which they live? It after all the legacy that they will inherit.

If we were really meant to eat animals, then we would the have the stomach to kill them ourselves, Except we do not. We shield our eyes, and our children's eyes from the horrific reality that we pay someone else to do, so we won't have to.

Below are just a few links among the thousands available:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2015/11/03/report-says-eating-processed-meat-is-carcinogenic-understanding-the-findings/

http://www.who.int/features/qa/cancer-red-meat/en/

https://iahp.org/dairy/

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/reasons-to-never-feed-your-kids-dairy-again/

https://www.livescience.com/49551-should-kids-drink-milk.html

IMG_2883.jpg
IMG_4611.jpg
humane milk.jpg

Debunking the Protein Myth

For decades, the meat and dairy industries have been telling us we need to consume animal products to acquire enough protein to be healthy.

The truth is the opposite. Far from causing the body good, it actively creates a multitude of diseases & illnesses; from preventable cancers, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis (yes, it's the reverse of what we've been old!)

The human body is not designed to ingest animal protein; for example, on a physiological level, we do not have the claws or fangs that other, true carnivores have, and can only eat animal flesh if it is cooked. Our jaw structure is completely that of a herbivore, and far from having 'canine' teeth, ours closely resemble the plant-eating cow.

This is kind of a huge clue! Mankind today does not possess the biological stomach to hunt and kill their prey. In fact, our ancestors were omnivores which meant they ate very little animal flesh in fact, their systems much better suited to plant-based food. There has been much academic conjecture about what enabled our homo sapien brains to evolve and predominate other species in the way we have, and the carbohydrate theory is today still the most compelling and rational (further blog coming)

The human system lacks the intestinal tract and the stomach acids to successively break down animal protein, which explains the prevalence of diseases inherent in western diets where animal products are widely consumed, vis a vis cultures which have a marginalised animal protein intake.

In the following videos, which I will keep augmenting,  I will show how the meat and dairy industries propagate these fallacies, which have become entrenched in our collective psyches. Never before has so much information been so accessible, addressing the falsehoods and misinformation peddled by these multi-trillion pound industries, who lobby to keep us in a state of confusion and dependency.

All protein comes from plants. Fact. Consuming protein from animal tissue is merely consuming second-hand protein along with uric acid (urine) antibiotics, hormones and an array of toxins. Most people have TOO much protein in their diets, again misled by the popularity of such diets, such as the Atkins. The reality is most people need between 45-55 grams per day, any more and the body converts it to sugar, and then fat. Excess protein places a strain on the kidneys and increases the risk of osteoporosis, diabetes and certain cancers.

Take a look.....

https://www.peta.org/living/food/much-protein-need/

I have many conversations with women who have started the transition to being vegan and are worried about their partner and families converting, or even approving of their decision. While some people go vegan overnight, which was the case with myself having watched the Earthlings documentary, others need more time, and men in particular (not all) need more clarity/convincing/encouragement around the health benefits.

In my case, I asked Joe to watch all the available footage on the horrific cruelty of separating newborn calfs from their distraught mothers (see my Why Vegan page) We also watched plenty of undercover footage of factory farms and abattoirs in the UK, and even did a virtual tour inside a few of them, in the UK and abroad. By this point, he was pretty much there, as most caring and compassionate people would be. He was utterly unaware and horrified at the avalanche of evidence on how appallingly animals are treated before they end up as headless and tailless, neatly packaged and sterilised in our supermarket aisles.

I also presented factual and scientific evidence of how detrimental animal flesh and dairy is for the human body (there was plenty to draw on). As a scientist he could not equivocate on the points I was raising, nor counter the environmental and ecological cost of eating animals. He was horrified at how long he was kept in the dark about the reality, which is hidden behind closed doors from all of us. That is until now.

While we are still very much vegan for the animals, but what I'm saying is that some aspects resonate more with others; whether it's personal health, global poverty, or the immorality of consuming living, feeling beings. We're all different, and at the end of the day, who cares why someone becomes vegan, so long as we achieve the end game.

Although I do not understand anyone who does not share a love and compassion for all animals and our natural world, I do not believe it is necessary to love animals as a pre-requisite to being vegan, even though it is synergistic.  What I believe in is justice. Animals are the most vulnerable and abused members of our society, and as right-minded, evolved animals ourselves, surely we hate all forms of injustice and bullying, which is all that happens in the hell-hole farms and slaughterhouses. Wouldn't you want someone to step in and help you if you were being abused and tortured?

The final point I always like to raise in debunking the protein myth-a conversation I had with Chris Eubank himself-is how many elite sportsman and athletes have embraced veganism. From world heavyweight boxer David Haye to tennis champions Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, along with countless bodybuilders, rugby players and dancers, etc., etc. The out-moded stereotype of vegans being sickly and weak, lacking essential nutrients & vitality has at last been eradicated. It was all nonsense in the first place, propagated to continue the falsehoods around the need to consume animal flesh.

As the medical profession is coming to realise, a vegan diet is the only way of living and eating that can prevent, reverse and very often cure chronic, terminal and degenerative diseases. The World Health Institute has recently classified red animal flesh a class one carcinogen, on par with cigarettes and asbestos. Harvard and Yale Universities have concurred that there is no healthy intake of meat in the human diet.

There should be no frontiers on how or why someone becomes vegan. It's neither the preserve of the elite, nor the disenfranchised; it's a critical cause affecting us all, without any class, gender or race prejudice. When you can make a difference to billions of lives, global poverty, preservation of fellow species, our natural habitat then why wouldn't you?

There's so many inspiring men and women along with countless everyday heroes who rock the vegan world. Here are just a few. Enjoy! :) xx

Dr Lancer Skincare Review

Another great line I've recently discovered is Dr Lancer. I'd heard about the LA-based skin care wizard to the stars, and was keen to try his much-lauded Advanced Vitamin C Radiance cream.

Using high end, medical grade ingredients including retinol, vitamin C & Shea butter, it promises to restore lacklustre skin to luminosity by gently sloughing away pigmentation, UV damage, sun spots, and 'city face' wan. Vitamin C & retinol work synergistically to increase collagen production and cellular renewal, meaning younger, fresher skin.

I was particularly impressed with the texture which glided on and immediately absorbed to leave a velvety film, which felt like a second, almost protective skin.

Immediately my skin brightened, and within a few days, I could notice a difference in clarity. My skin seemed plumper and rosier despite a week of late nights.

I'm definitely impressed enough to try the rest of the range, and of course, the best part is it's completely cruelty-free.

ARE LANCER SKINCARE PRODUCTS CRUELTY FREE? 

Yes, our products are never tested on animals and don’t contain any animal by-products. Also, our sea algae is harvested from special algae farms as not to deplete the natural supply of ocean algae.

I use Lancer in conjunction with Metier De Beaute Instant Line Perfecting serum - another fantastic discovery. It works really well under the Lancer moisturiser and packs a powerful punch to fine lines, dullness and is particularly great for toning and lifting.

I'm generally quite sceptical when it comes to the hype around new beauty products, but in both cases, I was really impressed. They're not cheap, but the quality of the ingredients are premium grade, and they also last a long time. Great when you need to look your best and haven't time for facials!

Another amazing cruelty-free line.

Rodial Skin Care Review

With beauty products becoming more high tech than A.I, the rise of biotechnology in skin care has created a world within a world, a parallel universe if you like, plumping the gap between anodyne brands to a market that expects a double PhD in biochemistry.

The advent of cosmeceuticals, a synergistic blend of medicine and beauty, has been redefining the gold standard for the past decade or so. But it’s really been the last few years that the mass market has been invited to try a piece of the pie.

Brands such as Dr Lancer, Alegenist, Sarah Chapman and Rodial have all capitalised on the idea that today’s discerning client - prepared to wait 8 weeks for an appointment with the latest facialist du jour - expects nothing less than incontrovertible proof from the science lab that the elixirs in her bathroom cabinet are worthy of the Nobel.

Although this is not new, with skin care gurus to the stars Dr. Perricone & Dr. Sebagh (Cindy Crawford apparently has the latter to Thanksgiving dinner) launching their lines some years back, it introduced the concept that while you couldn’t have a celebrated skin surgeon on your speed dial, you could have a little of him in your bathroom.

The popularity of cosmeceutical brands, which combine high-end luxury with a science PhD, reveals just how far the market has evolved, with client expectation at the core. It is no longer enough for companies to extol the virtues of peptides, throw in some pleasant smelling neroli oil and create packaging to rival Faberge.

With consumers wise to the gimmickry and false promises of the beauty industry, a tougher audience has emerged, able to calibrate and corroborate every claim and ingredient list within a digital click.

In today's discerning, over saturated market, customers expect complete transparency, authenticity and integrity when choosing skincare. Efficacy alone no longer cuts it. The high-end beauty expectation is that products have not only been ethically sourced and tested, but they have also incorporated the latest advances in stem cell science, along with medical grade hyaluronic acid, retinol and some gold leaf as a finishing touch. It is alchemy after all!

Then there is Rodial who exploded onto the market with an alchemist’s dream of terrifyingly titled lines such as Glamtoxy Snake Serum, and my own personal favourite Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel.

Rodial soon became a cult name, and it’s cult product, the Dragons Blood Sculpting gel became a wait list product.

Obviously, we do not live in 16th Century China, so none of these products actually contain venom or blood, dragon’s or otherwise, but what they do combine are high-end botanicals with clinical ingredients known as cosmeceuticals.

Rodial’s dragon's blood complex is, in fact, a sap from the Croton Lechleri tree, which reduces redness and environmental sensitivity by creating a film like barrier on the skin.

Having sensitive skin myself I tried the Dragons Blood Sculpting Gel, which promises to calm, lift and contour, all in one magical pump.

Within a few hours my sensitive skin, continually affronted by its London life, had not only calmed & brightened, but a 10-hour sleep-like glow had transposed the fatigued city pallor.

Needless to say, I was a convert, and the Dragons Blood range is a firm stable (pun intended). Not quite ready for a one-dimensional face that injectables can give, I was also keen to try Rodial’s other celebrated line, the Glamtoxy Snake range.

Claiming to make the need for injections redundant (hurray), it works on the same pretex as botox. A line eraser in a bottle, essentially. I had high hopes, having been already hit by the dragon’s wand.

The main ingredients are Syn®-Ake Dipeptid, a synthetic peptide which inhibits, or ’freezes’ muscle contractions in the same way that botox performs, and Haloxyl, which drain toxins. It also contains the miracle plumper hyaluronic acid and oxygen to recharge worn out skin.

I applied the Snake eye cream after a particularly aggressive week of after shows and cocktails and held my breath for the alchemy to work.

Again, as if by magic, my sleep deprived face took on an almost ethereal hue, only achievable for the under 20s or after three weeks in St. Bart’s, and I was routinely asked in sly asides who my derm was.

What I like and respect about brands such a Rodial is that while they aren’t cheap, they are still accessible. Ok, so Harrods and Harvey Nichols have concessions, and SPACE NK are main stockists, but the way I look at it, a £80 jar of magic must be far cheaper than quarterly trips to the needle-ville.

The final thumbs up, which as a vegan is the most important to me, the brand are resolutely cruelty-free, which unlike other high-end brands means you can indulge knowing no snakes, dragons or any other animal has been harmed in the pursuit of timeless youth.

With beauty moving away from the frozen, or pillow-faced look, brands like Rodial really do give people realistic alternatives to invasive treatments, fillers and peels. Rodial is a product range worthy of its cult status and conspicuous names. In short, a real face-game changer.

 
I use the Dragons Blood sculpting gel daily and love how dewy it makes my skin feel & appear

I use the Dragons Blood sculpting gel daily and love how dewy it makes my skin feel & appear