Thursday, 27 October 2011
Beauty showcase event for Holland and Barrett
Last week I attended the launch of some new beauty products for Holland and Barrett that will be hitting stores in November. I'm not really a beauty blogger, but I am always on the hunt for new and innovative ways to improve my skin. After hearing a bit about Manuka Doctor and their revolutionary apitherapy products, I was very intrigued and keen to find out more.
If you're not already in the know, the clever minds behind Manuka Doctor have discovered that the mix of deliciously decadent manuka honey and bee venom (that's right - the venom of bees) make for powerful and effective skin care. Already dubbed "nature's alternative to botox", Purified Bee Venom is renowned for its anti-bacterial, anti-wrinkle and regenerating benefits which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or scars. Sound too good to be true? I had to find out for myself.
I've been using the Manuka Doctor Facial Moisturising Lotion (£16.99) for a few days now, and I must say I am genuinely impressed. I have already noticed an improvement to my skin - blemishes were quickly reduced, and overall my face is softer, looks clearer and feels more toned. My hairdresser even told me I was looking younger - either this stuff is great or he was angling for a bigger tip...either way, I am sold on this product. The whole range is very affordable too, with prices ranging from £3.49 to £49.99. If you're stuck for stocking-fillers for Christmas, this could be a great way to go.
I'm not going to lie to you - I have no idea how this product is produced, and that is the only thing that's bothering me slightly. I sincerely hope there is a ethical method for extracting the bee venom. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I assume there has to be a way of extracting the venom without killing the bees as they are close to becoming endangered...right? If you happen to know anymore about this, please get in touch and fill me in!
Assuming their products are bee-friendly, I would definitely remcommend and continue to use them myself. If you'd like to try the products for yourself, head over to your local Holland and Barrett store in November and let me know what you think!