Skin Doctors – Antarctilyne – The Cosmetic Alternative To Collagen


I had a few pounds in Amazon vouchers and so when the sales were on just after Christmas I treated my skin to a few presents that would hopefully make me look years younger.
I have bought creams from the Skin Doctor’s range before and found it to be very good so I thought I would try a few of their other products and this was one I chose.

Prior to buying one of their products from Amazon I had never heard of the company before but it turns out it is an Australian company originally but has now spread across the world.


The company do not test any of their products on animals.

I am informed on their facebook page that they are ‘industry leaders in the development and marketing of breakthrough cosmeceutical products ‘Well that is a new word in my world so of course I had to go and investigate what that meant.

I discovered on several sites that:

“Cosmeceuticals represent a marriage between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are topically applied, but they contain ingredients that influence the biological function of the skin. Cosmeceuticals improve appearance, but they do so by delivering nutrients necessary for healthy skin.”

I tell you review writing and reading enlightens me and increases my knowledge every day. Apparently these new products are subject to safety testing but not necessarily to testing as to their claims so you have to be prepared to test them yourself or read someone‘s review to see what they thought.

So their products are creams that you apply to the skin as alternatives to cosmetic surgery. Again according to their facebook page their products are award winners;
“ …based on painstaking, cutting-edge research and are packed with more ingredients, at the highest dosage allowable. No wonder consumers notice visible improvement in just a matter of days.”


This jar comes in a cardboard box with clear plastic packing. The jar is glass and the contents is 50ml of white cream which costs £23.75 on Amazon at the present time but it has a RRP of £39.95 so that is a good price.

It is very well packaged which means that the glass jar arrives unbroken but does mean that you get excess packaging for landfill which is not so great.

What the product claims:

“Topical alternative to collagen injections
Advanced peptide technology stimulates collagen production within the skin to plump up fine lines and wrinkles
These peptides also help protect your collagen from breaking down helping you to retain younger looking skin for longer
A reduction in wrinkles caused through the decline of collagen should be seen in as little as 30 days.”



I have been using this since mid January so I thought I’d given it a fair try. Now I’ll be honest with you, no-one has said ‘Gosh you are looking younger’ but neither have they said ‘You look tired’ which is the euphemism for you look pretty awful!

The cream is white and very soft so you don’t need much as it spreads very easily on my face. I sort of gently pat it on to my lined areas. The worst being my ‘laughter’ lines from my mouth to my nose and my ‘frown’ lines on my forehead and between my eye brows. I obviously spend too much time laughing and alternating this with frowning. I do know the frown lines are not helped as I squint in the bright sun and indeed the ‘laughter lines’ come from me screwing up my face when the sun is glaring and I am driving.

The cream contains ‘Trylagen’ which had ‘scientifically’ been proven to triple the appearance of collagen in seven days. It boosts collagen, keeps the skin looking younger and former and also prevents further degeneration.

Checking on the pack for the ingredients I can’t actually see ‘Tryagen’ so I feel it must be a combination of the many chemical sounding ingredients on the list. This does not appear to be a very ‘natural’ product from the list of ingredients.

The instructions tell me to apply twice a day to face and neck, morning and at night but before first using they suggest a patch test to check for any allergic reaction. I didn’t use this on my neck at all I used my normal moisturiser and limited my use of this to my face concentrating on the lined and wrinkled areas.

The little instruction leaflet that comes with the pot is actually only very small in detail but is presented in sixteen different languages so ends up quite a large piece of paper, about A4 in size.

The cream doesn’t smell of much really, a bit like Nivea, clean and fairly unnoticeable and certainly won’t cause any offense by being too strong or unpleasant.


I am not going to say that I look years younger but I do think it has helped reduce those deeper lines and around my eyes my crow’s feet are looking more like blue tit’s feet and my deeper lines are definitely less entrenched, not disappeared but certainly less defined than they were.

The problem with this sort of test is that it is very subjective as even a photograph from early January and then now may not even be accurate as it depends on how the light shines on my face as to what my skin looks like. However I do feel like I have had some improvement in the firmness of my skin and the lines and wrinkles are less obvious.


Really this means did it do enough to make you think it is worth spending £40 on again. If it was going for the RRP then probably I would try something else but if I had spare Amazon vouchers and it was around the £23 again then yes I think it has been enough of an improvement to encourage me to buy this one again.

I use it in conjunction with other Skin Doctor products that I bought at the same time and also a cream with Argan in it so it is hard to say which of the products has had most effect but I have had no adverse reaction to the cream and it feels like it is ‘feeding’ my aged skin with something good. It feels firmer and looks brighter so I am reasonably happy with the results. It isn’t cheap and if I had to buy it in Boots and pay real money for it then I might be less inclined to hand over the hard cash but it is something nice to treat myself to with my Amazon vouchers from various survey sites.

Baylis & Harding Skin Spa – Rose Ylang ylang &patchouli body smoothing polish


I finished this a while back and because I liked it so much I kept the last dregs and the container to write a review. I am not sure where I got this or if it was a gift but I really loved the smell and would buy it again for the smell alone.


This is another family based British company which was started by a Birmingham couple who wanted to created affordable yet high quality products in bath and beauty. They named the company after their grandmothers as a tribute to their family values and hard work.

I am not sure about their naturalness of the ingredients or their eco friendly values but as their products are manufactured in the UK they cannot be tested on animals. They are on the cruelty free website but are not vegan or vegetarian.

Their products are sold in a wide range of high street and on line stores but you may have to hunt for specific products.


This comes in a recyclable upside down plastic tube so that the product is down at the end you squeeze it out of so easy to get it all out with no waste.

The tube is basically white with the traditional black imagery and design that is often found on Baylis & Harding products. I do think it is quite a classy minimalist look and it attracted me anyway.

The actual contents are a creamy white with mini gritty bits that exfoliate gently as you rub this over your body before rinsing it off under the shower.

The product smells absolutely lovely of a combination of rose mix with exotic patchouli which is lifted by the ylang ylang. I love rose when it has a north African, Middle Eastern touch which you get here from the patchouli. It is far from being old lady rose scented as the patchouli gives the real exotic .earthy hippy part of this product’s aroma. I am a sucker for anything with this rose /patchouli combination and so I was pretty much going to fall for this .

It gave a good exfoliate but didn’t give me a nasty red looking skin after I used it. The bits that scrubbed were quite fine yet also obvious, they were gritty like ground rice rather than sandy.

I wish that the ingredients were more obvious but looking at them I do suspect that they are not that natural as we have things like methylsothiazolinone – and similar and I have no idea what that is or does.

Rose or patchouli or ylang ylang are not mentioned in the ingredients unless they have another name I don’t recognise. It does have parfam so I suspect the scent is a synthetic one which is disappointing. I guess if it was all natural it would be less affordable.



Well it depends on how strongly you feel about eco friendly and natural products. It is affordable and certainly more so that Lush and Bodhi and other companies that do promise ethical and natural ingredients. These don’t make that promise. They say they make quality and affordable products for the average person.

If you want a reasonably priced exfoliating shower product that smells lovely then this is worth a try bit if ethical and natural stuff is vital then I would try another brand.

My most recent Empties


My empties

I have far more creams and potions that I need but still I get tempted by more. In the last couple of weeks I have used up these items.

Jergens Skin firming lotion


Jergens skin firming body lotion. I can’t say I noticed much firmer skin so I won’t bother with that one again.


Dirty Works – Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward Foot butter from Dirty Works which I feel is a bit of a copy cat brand looking like Soap & Glory I think. The Foot butter was quite good and kept me feet soft but I wasn’t minty which I like in a foot butter so not sure I will buy it again.

Ancienne Ambience Bath Crystals

A sample of Ancienne Ambiennce bath crystals which didn’t smell of much and as they are very expensive i will not be buying them in the future. I know they are all natural and all that but I like my bath stuff to smell quite strongly and these didn’t.


Birch anti cellulite oil

Weleda Birch oil. I have had several samples which I have now finished and I did buy a bottle when I had my day at Weleda. I wrote a post about this lovely anti cellulite oil on here before.


Burt’s Bees Eye cream

Burt’s bees eye cream was nice enough and did a good job of keeping the area around my eyes moisturised without making them weep as some products do/ I would buy this again but I have several eye creams in my stash so won’t be for a while.


Olay anti aging moisturiser

The sample of Olay Total effects wake up wonder for tired skin. This was a pleasant enough moisturiser and effective but personally I prefer more natural moisturisers. I am happy to get samples but probably wouldn’t spend more on a moisturiser with petroleum based oils in it.


So there you are another five products tried and finished. Some good and some not so great.

Gerlinde Naturals -Avocado and Jasmine hand therapy cream


Gerlinde Naturals is another great British company which makes 100% natural skin and beauty products. They are free of skin irritants, vegan friendly and gentle to all skin types.

When you buy their products they come beautifully packaged in a small brown cardboard box with and little gift tag on it. The gift tag has a cut out decal which gives a kind of 3D effect and there is also a small silver charm heart attached with the words ‘Made with love’ engraved on the heart.

Inside the product is safely packed in paper straw and all that is of course recyclable.

My hand cream came in a small plastic screw top pot with the name of the product on the lid. There are no ingredients listed on my pot as it is the small trial size 10 ml pot which costs £2.50 but it does have the web address so you can look it up and find the full list of natural ingredients that are in this hand cream.

The cream is quite a thick white cream that smells truly lovely. You can smell jasmine as soon as you unscrew the lid and then when you apply it to your hands it is quite strong and lasts for some time.

The cream is quickly absorbed but leaves a nice well nourished effect, not at all greasy and you get no slippery feeling. My skin instantly looks better. It looks less dry and more alive.

It is great to apply after a time in the garden or after coking and washing things up as it feeds back in all the moisture your skin lost in the washing and cleaning up process.

It also smells lovely, obvious but not too’ in your face strong’ so that you are overwhelmed.

The full sized product comes in a recyclable glass screw top pot holding 50 ml for £7.90 so a very good price for a product that is 100% natural with no nasty parabens and synthetic scents or mineral oils.

I have been very happy to be able to try this which I won in a facebook competition.

Peppy Galore Star Face moisturiser


Peppy Galore-moisturisers

Peppy Galore STAR face moisturiser is created for normal skins

Again this was a trial for beautyontrial and I was lucky enough to get this free. I love getting these products and have found ones that I would never have heard about otherwise. This is one of those I have never come across before and yet they are another lovely little British company.

The founder of this Bristol based company Jessi Frey who was formerly in a rock band. The idea behind her products is that they are natural and fun. ‘Beauty with attitude’ is how she puts it. The products are ‘fun, contemporary and affordable, but don’t cut corners on natural ingredients. Having beautifully scented and packaged skin care is also very important. Natural skin care doesn’t have to mean using boring, earthy products! ‘

I like the fact that this is another British company and that all their skin care products are made from natural ingredients yet they are affordable and packed in nice fresh young looking packaging. They are ideal for sensitive skin as they are not only natural but also free from parabens, SLS, SLES, silicons, petrochemicals and other nasty ingredients.

They are also not tested on animals , freshly made in the UK and made using 100% renewable gas and electricity.

Peppy Galore – STAR

As I said I knew nothing about the company or product prior to trying it when it arrived from beautyontrial so I had no preconceptions at all.

The product comes in a small 50 ml plastic push pump container with a clear plastic lid to keep it clean and from germs when not in use. The container is white with yellow patterning and the label at the front has the product name and a red heart. To me it looks fresh and bright but quite young as though it would appeal more to teens and youngsters than old people like me.

In fact I did wonder with the name Peppy whether it was for a younger audience too but I gave it a try. When i looked more closely it does say for normal skin and doesn’t make any anti aging claims although it was created to ‘ to nourish and protect your skin against the damaging effect of sun and pollution, so that your skin stays soft, healthy and wrinkle free.

Something I was pleased to see was that it is made with olive, avocado and apricot kernel oils, which are natural sunblocks and packed with vitamins and antioxidants. It is not often that a natural product claims to be a sun block as well although there is no specific SPF rating on the container.

The moisturiser is a white soft cream that is dispensed easily and cleanly through the push pump dispenser. The only downside of the packing is that you don’t know how close you are to the end and there is no scraping out the final morsels as you cannot get into the packaging at all.

The cream is soft and yet quite thick, it does soak in but does have a bit of a greasy feel for a few minutes once applied. It smells lovely of fresh lavender and rose geranium and you easily pick the notes of those fresh ingredients out. I like the smell on my face as it is uplifting yet not overpowering at all .

Having used this for some time now, I think that it is more for someone with normal to dry skin and probably is a bit heavy for younger greasier skins. When I apply a little extra on my lips at times when they are dry I can feel them tingle a little so something is doing some good. After just minutes my lips feel less dry and yet no greasy like you get from lip salves like Vaseline.

Both lavender and the rose geranium are regarded as being good for improving circulation so maybe that is the tingly feeling. They also help to balance the skin’s sebum product so maybe it would be okay for younger skins. All the oils are natural and plant based , there are no synthetic or oil based ingredients.

This needs to be used on the face but away from your eyes and should not be used on broken skin so if you have really bad acne then beware. They do say it is advised for normal to dry skin on the product.

The cream is made from Water, Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Olivate and Sorbitan Olivate (Emulsifier), Glycerin, Gluconolactone and Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Vitamin E, Lavender Oil, Rose Geranium Oil


I was a little less thrilled to see the preservative sodium benzoate as it has been linked to cancer but I am not sure if that is only if you consume it. It is a food based preservative. “Organic consumers and nutritionists may already know, but the rest of the general population does not know about sodium benzoate. It has the ability to deprive the cells of oxygen, break down the immune system and cause cancer. This killer is flying under consumer radar with its user friendly tag.

I was interested to find out that “Gluconolactone is composed of multiple water-attracting hydroxyl groups, which hydrate the skin, resulting in enhanced degrees of moisturization. “ it is also “ capable of chelating metals and may also function by scavenging free radicals, thereby protecting skin from some of the damaging effects of UV radiation. Gluconolactone provided up to 50% protection against UV radiation and UV radiation-induced elastin promotor activation. Contrary to some scientific fears, it does not significantly increase sunburn cells in human skin.” (

I would say that is a positive ingredient then. The others look pretty okay so all in all pretty good. I wish you could know for certain who is telling the truth with ingredients as some say one thing is safe while others say it is linked to cancer. I think I would like to err on the side of caution if possible considering that scientists have told us many other things were safe in the past that have been proven to be hazardous.

Yes i would say that this is a basically natural moisturiser with lots of good points. I like the fact that it is a British small company and that they are not tested on animals and they are creating products that are affordable and yet natural. This moisturiser for example costs £12.50 for the 50 ml pot so compared to many natural moisturisers that is a pretty fair price

Origins – Pure Cleanser


pure cleanser Origins

I have also taken advantage of the great Origins offer of free facials to anyone if you book and this way you get to be pampered, try their products and come away with a few samples. They obviously want you to buy some but I usually either buy one item or make an excuse to buy it at a later date and I always manage to come away with a few samples and have a really nice facial, even if it is in the shop.


Origins mission is” to create high performance natural skincare that is powered by nature and proven by science. (They) use potent plants, organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils.” They also avoid the use of parabens, dyes and mineral oils in their products. On their website there is a lot of information about how they discover, and source their plant based ingredients and also about their ‘long-standing commitment to protect the planet, its resources and all those who populate it’. They are suitable for vegans and none of their products contain any animal ingredients nor are they tested on animals.



This is a cleanser. It is a cream tissue or rinse of cleanser. It is soap-free and made using Coconut Oil and Glycerin so it a lovely creamy gentle cleanser which manages to remove my make up and leaves my skin feeling clean but moisturised as well. I would personally say this is a great cleanser but still not quite as good as Lush’s ‘Ultra bland’ which to me is the best make up remover that money can buy for anyone’s skin.


This product comes in a plastic upside down tube so that it stands on its lid and the product is down where the opening is. The plastic tube is recyclable and it also means that it is easy to get all the product out so there is no waste. It comes in the white and green original colour scheme of Origins which I find a nicer colour than the plantscription dull green.

The idea is that you squeeze a little of the very white coloured creamy stuff out and gently massage this onto your face either wet or dry in circular motions and then you can either rinse it off with warm water or wipe it off with a tissue.

Once you have wiped or washed this off then then pat your face dry, tone and moisturise as normal. They suggest using this night and morning.

This has quite a pleasant fresh aroma almost lemony but also it feels soft and creamy on my skin. It does seem to get make up off but I have not used it on my eyes as I am not sure of how it would be so on my eyes I still use my Lush one. I prefer to wipe it off with a tissue then use warm water to wash my face after cleansing with this but that is how I have felt cleans my skin best.

I have been very pleased with how my skin feels after using this; it feels clean, soft and not in desperate need of instant moisturising. This might well be an Origins product that I will be buying on my next visit.

“This soap-free cleanser with Coconut Oil and Glycerin gently creams away makeup, dirt and moisture-stealing debris without parching skin. “


I have been using my small tube sample of this for about two weeks now and do quite like the aroma but love the feel on my skin. I like the way it is gentle but cleans all grime from my skin leaving it clean and yet not dry and tight. Because of the natural oils in this cream cleanser my skin doesn’t feel as though I have stripped it of its natural oils.

You can buy this from origins counters in a number of shops or on line or from Amazon but beware as Amazon can sometimes cost more and Origins offer extra bonuses when buying from them. This is not a cheap option as 150 ml costs about £17 but I found that a little goes a long way


Yes I would. I find this does a good job of cleaning my skin and I might well save up for this one as it is light but creamy. However it is expensive and I am not sure it does any better job than Lush’s Ultra Bland which is cheaper and also cleans all of my face including my eyes without drying my skin either. Lush cleansers are a lot cheaper and I have been happy with them so I will see when it come to replacing that and if any extra product samples are offered if I bought this. So yes, a really nice cleanser but it comes with a high price tag so I am glad I got to try it but it is probably not one I will be buying regularly.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream


BB nude cream

This was the second free sample I ordered using my £4 voucher for Ginvera. The other was the Green Tea Marvel gel which I already reviewed on here.

In my previous review I explained that this was a company formed in Singapore that promise that they do not test on animals. I was pleased with that as a lot of Asian companies sell to China and all beauty products sold in China must be tested quite horribly on animals.

I have had a few BB creams over the years from Max factor to L’Oreal and others, all samples and trials. I don’t think I have ever bought one yet. The BB stands for Blemish Balm and it is basically a light foundation with a moisturiser combined. It generally goes on very easily because of the moisturiser but doesn’t tend to give as good a coverage as a foundation does I found.

My sample pack

BB creams seem to have become very popular only recently yet the idea was developed by a German dermatologist in the 1950s. It was created to protect the skin after surgery and laser procedures whilst helping to cover scars and discolouration.

The first place to adapt it for make up generally was South Korea where it became known as ‘the secret of Korean actresses’ who apparently have flawless complexions. It seems that all actresses have flawless complexions while on camera yet in reality they tend to suffer as much as the rest of us mere mortals when off camera.

The idea being that it combines skin care and make up in one product so saving time and money and for those of us who travel it does mean in theory you only need to take one tube not two to do the job.

This is meant to be an improvement on other BB creams in that unlike the others it has green tea extracts in it and that is full of ant oxidants which fight the free radicals around us that damage skin.

The cream claims to diminish fine lines and conceal existing lines. It does have an SPF cover of factor 30 which is good for a face product I have found. According to Ginvera this product will give great coverage and not only hide and reduce lines but will “provide you with bright, flawless-looking skin.”

The Green tea range

As I have said i have tried a few of these |BB creams from different companies over the years and all have been slightly lacking in cover and easy to apply but rather too greasy for a lasting finish. They feel good when applied but creep into my lines and pores by the end of the day and in hot weather they are not great. I prefer to wear no foundation when it is hot for that very reason. So instead of doing two jobs they do neither really well.

I think maybe if you have younger skin with fewer large pores and ‘fine’ lines it may work better but I don’t think they are great for those with greasy skin as they do tend to rush to fill spaces made by pores and lines.

This BB cream is meant to be so much better with its green tea fighting the free radicals. It is meant to cover fine lines and give you a flawless complexion. It may be good for Asian complexions as they tend to be smooth and flawless anyway but my ancient sun damaged enlarged pores and fine lines I think were just too much for this cream.


I found this much less creamy than other BB creams so it was a matt er feel once applied but it was rather too dry and I found I needed a primer or base before using it. According to the blurb this cream can be used as a primer, before applying make-up, a light foundation on its own or you can use it as a concealer.

Personally I think I found I got the best results from this using combined with another BB cream so a kind of primer. I also found it really good when my eye make up ran to apply a bit to cover that area as it didn’t look as though I have added it afterwards and it blended in well.

I use it in a similar way to Benefit’s Porefessional which I use as both a primer and sometimes alone depending on the cover I want at the time.


I think the thing I am most impressed with is that it claims to be a Nude Cover and will go with all skin tones. I  found it blended with mine does need a bit of extra colour so I mix a darker foundation with it. I also like the fact that it does give 30 SPF protection and that has to be a good thing as sun damage is the thing that makes people look old very quickly and does damage the skin. This has a real skin tone colour neither too pink nor too pasty which suits me.

Ginvera state :”Its fine consistency blends and sinks into skin nicely, leaving a lovely dewy finish. “
Sadly my skin has long lost it ‘dewey finish’ and a bucketful of this wouldn’t do anything to restore it. However it does give a better coverage than other BB creams as it lasts longer without being too greasy. My fine lines are not invisible not are the bigger ones covered but realistically I wasn’t expecting them to be. I think only air brushing after a photo gives that look. I am 60 and do have lines and facial expressions that have stayed leaving their marks behind and I fully realise that no cream with wipe them away.

I think the soya bean extract and green tea do help to absorb the greasiness around my nose area hence this lasting better than other BB creams as it leaves a matt finish and doesn’t make my T zone greasier than it already is. With this I can apply moisturiser to my dry areas and use this neat on my greasy areas.

It isn’t quite as wonderful as they claim but I have managed to adapt my use to suit me. It does have SPF 30 in it, the green tea helps prevent further sun damage as it is an anti oxidant and it works to absorb greasiness yet gives a pretty good coverage to my face . The colour blends well with my colour and I don’t need to mix another darker foundation in to make it look natural.

I know you can buy this from Ginvera on line but Amazon and also Superdrug now stock Ginvera products so you can try them in Superdrug and if like me, you have lots of Amazon vouchers then it is something to try when you have some spare.

It costs £14.50 for a tube with 25 ml inside. My sample had 8 ml so I got a bargain there for free!

Ginseng root

Yes it is a good BB cream and the SPF 30 is a bonus. If you are not a fan of BB creams then you may not like it but it is less greasy and gives a better though not flawless coverage.

Would I buy it again? Well yes I would buy this over other BB creams but I am not sure that I don’t prefer to use a moisturiser and a foundation with a good primer personally. I will use my sample up and I have found a way that suits me as I described so it does what I want. I am just not sure BB creams are the answer to my face when it comes to make up and coverage.