Sunday, 27 August 2017

Bravura London Skincare

Bravura London first caught my eye on Instagram, their colourful packaging was seriously beautiful.  It wasn't a brand that I had heard of before, but I had read some very good things from other bloggers. When I had the opportunity to try out their products, I jumped at the chance. I have been using these products over the last couple of months, so I want to share with you my first impressions of these products. At a later date, I will come back to these products and reflect on the more long term results.

Buying skin care online has never really been something I have done before. I like to be in store, speaking to the store assistances and testing out the products before I buy. So, I was very surprised to find out how personalised this brand makes buying skin care online. Bravura offers a free skin care advice service where they ask you about your skin type and then recommend the most suitable products for your skin. This consultation is no obligation, they will give you your recommendations without the pressure of needing to purchase from them. Another brilliant factor to this brand is that they do not test their products on animals.

Revitalising Ginseng Toner with Glycolic Acid 5%
Revitalising Ginseng Toner with Glycolic Acid 5% - £12.40
Is it just me, or is anyone else really lazy with toner? It's always a step that I miss out, but it really is needed. The aim of this product is to balance your skin's PH after cleansing, to prepare your skin for treatments or moisturiser. The Glycolic Acid helps to brighten and tone the skin. After cleansing, I  apply the toner to my skin using a cotton wool pad. I've really noticed more of a glow to my skin when I use this.

Azulene Moisturiser

Azulene Moisturiser
Azulene Moisturiser - £9.90
Firstly, how cool is the colour of this moisturiser. I expected to look like an Avatar when wearing it, but sadly thankfully not! When I received this, I had no idea was Azulene was. But, after reading up on the product on the Bravura website, I found out Azulene is a natural, healing botanical extract from the chamomile flower that helps to soothe sensitive areas and prevent inflammations, blemishes and blackheads. I am very lucky with my skin in terms of breakouts, but around that time of the month, I always suffer from hormonal breakouts. Since using this product, I have noticed they have been less and not as severe.

The product contains Rosemary, Sage and Hop extracts which help to reduce inflammation of breakouts. It also contains Hazelnut, Wheatgerm and Avocado Oils combine to nourish the skin without clogging the pores. It's a really lightweight moisturiser that provides a really good base for makeup.

I'm not going to lie, this product scared me somewhat. It even came with its own leaflet of instructions. I have never used an acid like this before, so I was a bit confused with how I was meant to be using it. Hannah at Bravura was so helpful in guiding me in the right direction with this product.

Lactic acid is a milder exfoliator, whilst also helping the skin to hold moisture, so it's good if you have dry skin. To apply, I used one of the Bravura brushes to ensure I had an even application. I use the product every other day, as advised by Hannah at Bravura. She said that it was important to have at least a days break between each use. You start by leaving the Lactic Acid on for a few minutes and then building up the time with each use. Once you have achieved your desired effect, you can then just apply the product twice a week to maintain. I was a bit lazy, and a bit nervous, with this, so I probably haven't been increasing the time as much as I should. So, I'll be restarting my course of this product to see the full effects.

I may only be 26 years old, but in my opinion, it is never too early to start using anti-ageing products. This product is perfect for that. It provides lightweight, but intense, hydration that helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or prevent them from appearing. You only need a couple of drops of this product for it to do its magic. You apply the product after cleansing and toning, before adding other serums or moisturisers. This can even be used on the very sensitive skin under the eyes. I'm lucky to not have any major wrinkles yet, so I can't comment on that. But, my skin has definitely benefitted from the extra boost of hydration.

If you've read my blog before, you'll know I'm a huge fan of an oil cleanser, especially the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil. The First Cleanse Oil contains organic cleansing oils, infused with organic chamomile, lavender and rosemary oil. So, it smells great and it is really good for your skin. You apply the product all over the skin and to closed eyes to break down your make up. You then add a little bit of water to turn the oil into a milky cleanser. For me personally, I found this product really irritating to my eyes. I asked my mum to use this as I wanted to check if it was just me, and she felt that it was irritating to her eyes too. So that was a bit of a shame as it is a really lovely cleanser on the skin. But for me, I need my cleanser to be able to remove eye makeup too - purely because I am too lazy to take eye and face makeup off separately.

Overall, I have been seriously impressed with this brand and I really looking forward to seeing the long term effects on my skin. Have you ever tried any bits from this brand? If so, what do you recommend? Let me know in the comments, or you can find me on Instagram and Twitter.
Love, Kate xx 

This post contains PR samples, however, all opinions are my own. 


  1. Really impressed with the sound of all the products. Great detailed review of ingredients and great that you explained how to use the lactic acid!

    Amina xx |

    1. Thank you - such lovely feedback!! They are really impressive and actually not that expensive either. Thanks for stopping by :)

      Kate xx


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