Sunday, 12 February 2017

XYZ Smart Collagen Luxe Cream Review and Giveaway


XYZ Smart Collagen Review

Just before Xmas I was sent some of the XYZ Smart Collagen Luxe Cream to try out. I had heard of this cream before in the past, but only in relation to the 'tattoo healing' cream it was originally developed to be used as. Having the grand total of zero tattoos myself, this sort of passed me by - but I can see how this would work. The cream is now being hailed as the next best thing for wtrinkles and anti-ageing - claiming to Increase your skin’s natural collagen production to lift, firm and smooth the skin and visibly reduce lines and wrinkles, making you look 7.5 years younger.....which at the age of 31 would give me the face of a 24 year old. Yes please! Having been endorsed by the likes of Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan and being 100% vegan, it certainly grabbed my attention. As with most skincare reviews, I like to give it a try over a number of weeks in order to see a true result. 



Pre-review context:

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you may have noticed that I recently announced my pregnancy along with an explanation as to why I've been a little quiet on here lately! For this reason, I did extend the trial time of this product for this particular review, because, let's be honest - there is no cream in the whole wide world that can make you look even half human when you've spent all day contending with morning sickness and a strong willed 2 year old.
 Now seems like the perfect time to post a bit of info, along with a few barefaced selfies (be kind!) as I haven't yet hit the deceptive 'glow' stage of pregnancy, but I am feeling significantly better than a few weeks ago.

XYZ Smart Collagen Luxe Cream

The packaging:

As you can see from the photo above, the packaging for this product doesn't disappoint. It looks really clean and professional with the black and white box, sponge insert and lid - along with a darkened glass jar which I would expect from a cream which claims to include natural ingredients. It is the type of box that you would happily store the product in rather than throw away and just keep the container. I was surprised at the lack of cap liner/seal for the jar itself  - I suppose this is something I have come to take for granted. I also love to see branding printed directly onto the jars to give it an extra professional look - it also makes the product much harder to counterfeit than printed labels such as this...just a personal opinion here and in no way affects the quality of the product itself.

The product:

If you would like to read about the natural, active  ingredients, benefits, directions and clinical results for this product in more detail, there is a lot of really useful information on the XYZ website - I'm not going to copy and paste this info here, I'd like to tell you about my own personal, honest experience of using this cream.

The cream itself is quite a thick, white cream and the first thing I noticed about the product was the smell - or more accurately, the lack of it. I suppose I've come to expect products with natural ingredients to go hand in hand with some sort of essential oil or plant based fragrance but this product doesn't. In fact, the smell almost reminded me of a Boots fragrance free body moisturiser for very dry skin I used years ago. The lack of smell isn't actually a bad thing - and in these most recent times of pregnancy nausea it was actually a bit of a godsend!

I was a little bit worried that the consistency of the cream would make for a heavy feeling product on the skin once applied, but I was pleasantly surprised. although it feels very moisturising and definitely luxurious, it didn't leave any oily or heavy residues on my skin at all! I have a naturally oily T-Zone, so this was a huge plus and it also meant that I could use the cream both morning and night as suggested. It sinks into the skin really well and doesn't interfere with makeup.

I have definitely noticed a positive result. I'm not sure if I yet look like a 24 year old instead of a 31 year old (and I think it's fair to say I couldn't blame this entirely on the cream) but my skin has definitely been smoother and more plumped than it was previously.

The results:

Pictures speak a thousand words, so rather than just fill this review with text, i've taken a few photos. Some of these are no-makeup selfies - don't judge me too harshly on these, I am a girl who needs a bit of makeup, but for the purpose of the review and showing you how this cream sits on the skin and doesn't interfere with makeup, hopefully these photos will be helpful:

No Makeup, No cream
The photo above has no filters and no editing, just a completely clean, morning skin face, before any products have been applied.


XYZ Snart Collagen cream with no makeup
No Makeup, just XYZ cream
The photo above is again, un-edited and my skin is bare apart from the XYZ Collagen cream. You can see that my skin has more of a 'glow' on the high points, but does not look overly shiny or greasy.
 
bareMinerals Complexion rescue in Vanilla
XYZ Cream and BareMinerals SPF30 Complexion rescue
The photo above is completely un-edited. One of the biggest causes of premature ageing is sun damage which is why I always wear an SPF on my face. Here I have applied the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue tinted gel in SPF30  to even out my skin tone and give it some UVA/UVB protection. I have a lot of redness in my skin naturally, you can read how I combat this in my step by step complexion post here. As you can see, the XYZ Collagen cream hasn't affected the makeup in anyway and I would say it has actually acted as a really nice base - helping my makeup to go on more smoothly and look more radiant.

 
Arthurwears XYZ Collagen Cream and bareMinerals makeup
XYZ Cream, BareMinerals Complexion rescue, blush, eyebrow pencil, nude lipstick, Benefit Tinted eyelash primer
Photos above show my finished face for today - un-edited. I don't wear lots of makeup as I prefer a more natural look. I also don't really have the time! Here I am wearing the XYZ Collagen Luxe Cream, bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla as mentioned above, the bareMinerals frame&define brow pencil in light, the new bareMinerals Gen Nude lipstick in Heaven, and Benefit tinted brown lash primer.



bareMinerals makeup with XYZ Smart Collagen

Would you like to win a jar of the XYZ Smart Collagen Luxe Cream for yourself? I am running a giveaway for a full sized jar of the product as seen in the photos above. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter link below. You can enter more than once, and some options have daily entries for more chances to win - hooray!

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78 comments:

  1. I would try this myself as my skin has developed so dry patches with the cold weather. I like the fact it is a thick cream rather than a runny lotion and the fact it is not fragranced too. I also think the cream would make me look younger and less tired as it plumps up my skin and remoisturises it!

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  2. I too prefer a more natural look with my makeup, so like the idea of a cream helping to give me a healthy glow look, rather than greasy one! #KCACOLS

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  3. I really need to up my skincare game. Yours looks amazing! #kcacols

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  4. All the best with the giveaway and you are beautiful

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  5. I would so love to win this for myself, as my skin could use some real help! I really wish I had as good looking skin as you do x

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  6. You look fab with and without the make up! I've heard lots of good things about this cream and I like that you get a healthy glow from it as I tend to not wear much makeup if any at all. I use the jml magic minerals as it's the only one that doesn't make my dry skin look flaky! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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  7. I really need some of this in my life right now! Thank you for the chance x

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  8. I'd love to try this product. I suffer with adult acne and I'd be hopeful that this helps my skin.

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  9. I would love to win this for myself as reading the review and looking at the results definitely gives a positive result.

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  10. I would like to win this for myself as I need something to increase my skin's natural collagen.

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  11. I am having major issues with my skin at the moment and feel so upset about my skin, i would love to give this a try and hopefully look as good as you.

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  12. I would love to try this. My ears always prick up when I hear the word vegan! haha :p Wouldn't mind looking a few years younger, I'm turning 30 at the end of the year xx

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  13. I would like to try this for my problematic skin. Its very dry and horrible at times. It needs a bit of TLC :)

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  14. I don't wear any makeup myself. I love that when you have on the cream and the bare minerals you don't look like you are wearing anything but you have the most beautiful glow to your face!!!! Great review and pics. Thanks for sharing. #KCACOLS

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  15. Wouldn't everyone like to look younger I certainly would. Since the menopause my skin looks dull old and worn out

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  16. My skin seems to have taken a nose dive this year
    Lokking for a beauty cream to help restore natural elasticity and firmness
    This looks perfect

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  17. Would like to win this for my wife who has sensitive skin.

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  18. I was looking at photos the other day and cant believe how much i have aged , would love to try this, help my face even a little x

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  19. I'd love to win this for myself as think late thirties is the right time to start increasing damage limitation so collagen cream sounds like a great place to start!

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  20. would love to win this for my skin as i suffer from oily skin

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  21. I would really hope this product would make me look around three years younger or more if i'm lucky!

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  22. i would love to try this im trying to go au naturel! x

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  23. I need it I'm afraid as the big 60 is fast approaching

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  24. I would love to look 7.5 years longer!

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  25. I'd love this cream and it would hopefully make me look in my early 20's again

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  26. I HAVE SMILE LINES AND ID LIKE TO SEE IF THIS CREAM WOULD HELP

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  27. I have turned 40 this year and I have stated to notice fine lines on my forehead and around my eyes. I'd love to try this to tackle this and look 30ish again...

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  28. I like the idea of this cream being vegan and ethical... Not easy to find in an effective product...This would be a lovely treat for my tired face!

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  29. Would like to try the cream on myself as I am getting a few more wrinkles and age spots so interesting to see if helps

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  30. This would be perfect for my daughter's skin.

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  31. I have quite blotchy skin with brown patches in some places -I wonder if it would help me

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  32. I am starting to see fine lines on my face and would love to try out this product to see if it makes a difference. I love trying out new skincare and beauty products

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  33. I have quite an oily skin too so it is nice to hear that this one doesn't leave an oily residue and that makeup sits on well after moisturising.Good to see that it contains natural ingredients too.

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  34. I've just turned 55 and have noticed my skin is not as elastic as it used to be. So I'd love to try anything that would help me look a bit younger :)

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  35. This sounds wonderful. I have rdry skin so I wonder if this would work well? I'd definitely be interested in giving it a go.

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  36. Central heating followed by cutting winds really dries my skin but the review of this sounds like it will help

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  37. I am 39, and I have noticed my skin is lacking a bit of a glow, and I am getting dark circles - meh! I t needs a pick me up... I too like a natural look, a dewy glow! So I would love to give this a go x

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  38. I'd love to try this, i'm nearly 30 & i have really dark circles & fine lines & some wrinkles peaking through. Also i have pale dull looking skin & this could give me a 'glow'.

    Thanks for the chance xo

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  39. My skin is sun damaged and looks tired and dry. I'd love to try this cream to see if I can achieve the plumped up glowing look that you managed :)

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  40. I would like to win this for those pesky dark circles under my eyes and to even my complexion.

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  41. this would be great for my skin, which gets older by the day lol! as do I!! Would love to try it, see what difference it makes xx

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  42. I would love to win this for myself I have lost just over 2 stone in weight I use creams for my face but never tried anything with collagen it sound really good and at 63 need to smooth some lines . Also my daughter gets married later this year so want to look my best. Thank you

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  43. this cream sounds like a miricle! ive got red dry patches on my cheaks and little wrinkles its sounds great and id love to try it/!

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  44. id love to give this a try. my skin is always so dry

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  45. I've always tried to look after my skin and I know this would be good for me.

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  46. I would love to win this for my mum. She is always trying new creams out to help with her skin so this would be great

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  47. LOVE TO TRY THIS CREAM,SOUNDS BRILLIANT.

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  48. i would love to try this product - it looks lovely

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  49. I could do with something like this to stop the wrinkles taking hold!

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  50. This would be perfect to repair that new mum dull skin I'm currently rocking!

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  51. I could really do with this - I need to knock off some years

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  52. I'd love to try this to see if it really does reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles - I really could do with getting rid of some!

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

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  53. I would like to win this lovely product for myself. Humiliating when bus drivers ask if I am travelling on my pass (they mean pensioner pass!). I am a long way short of that age but was a sun goddess in the 60s so have obviously paid the price.

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  54. I'd like it for my friend (@PeanutHog)

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  55. I reeally need to try this cream! I certainly have noticed a change in my skin since turning 50 :(

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  56. My skin is menopausal at the moment and needs pampering

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  57. The skin is an organ of the body and should be treated with respect. Using a quality cream is a must.

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  58. I have always struggled with my skin. At thirty years old you'd think that it has calmed down but sadly not. Uneven skin tone and patchiness is an every day issue and that's why I'd love to win :) to try out a new product.

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  59. I'd love to try this as I'm about to turn 27 and I'm definitely getting faint lines around my eyes and on my forehead. I'm also really busy at work and my skin in suffering as a result.

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  60. I have been struggling with my skin for about six months now, its dry and lacklustre and I have tried most products on the market but it just looks dull and blotchy and after reading the reviews on this cream I think it would help my skin a lot xx

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  61. I would love to try this myself, my skin has got a lot drier over the last few years and this souns as if it would really help

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  62. My skin is always really dry this time of year so i would love to win this for me

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  63. I could do with a re-vamp to this tired old face for the coming spring.

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  64. I love to try out new skin care, I think this would be great for my skin too.

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  65. I would love to try this face cream as I want to keep my skin looking good for as long as possible.

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  66. My skin is looking very dull and lifeless afterbeing very poorly.
    Your skin is flawless. Share your routine please. I am a skincare junkie so love seeing what people are using. This cream looks amazing
    Thank you

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  67. I would love to win this as my face was permanently damaged and prematurely aged from a facial assault so I am keen to take as good care of it as I can, but it's difficult to buy quality skin-care products on a budget so it would be helpful to win this face cream. Thanks for the chance!

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  68. my wife wants this for her birthday

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  69. winter has taken it's toll x so has having 2 boys, would love to give my skin some 'va va voom' s

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  70. Thanks for running such a lovely giveaway, only just found your blog and love the content, thank you!

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  71. I'd love to give it ago, I would like to look as I did in my 20's

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  72. I was 60 last September and the good thing about having deteriating eyesight is the fact you cannot see the facial blemishes but I know they are there. Crows feet, wrinkles, pigmentation spots and blue shadows under the eyes are unfortunately the sign of my age, but if your beautiful face cream could at least sort one of these annoying imperfections I should be extremely grateful.

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  73. I definitely like the idea of looking younger!! x

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  74. I love the sound of this product; I don't usually use such specialised ones and I think it would really be worth a go.

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  75. I feel my skin gets tight and dry in the winter but this sounds it will sort these problems;

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  76. I've reached a stage where the lines on my face are not bouncing back and leave marks in my make-up, I need to sort that out!

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