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Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Favourites, Moisturisers, Skin Care

Best Product Ever! Olay 3 Point Serum Review

Ok, stating that something is the best product ever is a tall order. I thought I better qualify.

First of all, here is the beaut in question…

Olay 3 Point Serum is the best product for me for the following reasons:

1. It cleared all of my spots. Yes, all. This is a happy side affect of this product. I know this is an anti-ageing product but this is not why I use it at all.

2. It makes my pores look normal, rather than irregular and swollen. It also reduces blackheads

3. It calms my red areas.

4. It doesn’t dry my skin out

5. It firms my skin and leaves it feeling taught.

4. It’s amazing when used in conjunction with Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Wash. I highly recommend using these together.

5. It’s cheap – at least when you buy it on ebay, like I do. (The seller I used – Link!) I also bought a little set to try it out which contained a full cleanser (which is amazing – review to follow) and a few other samples (from this seller here Link!)It was a good way to try out 5 Olay products, two of which are firm favourites.

I LOVE IT!!

As I mentioned on Facebook, I ran out of my sample bottle last week and ordered some more on ebay. In the meantime my skin started to misbehave. The new serum arrived yesterday and my skin already looks less spotty today.

My skin issues are…

  • Spots
  • Clogged pores
  • Enlarged pores – irregular shape
  • Early signs of ageing (Doubt it matters if you have this issue or not)
  • Combination skin

If you have similar issues I highly recommend you give this a whirl! Like all skin care it’s not for everyone but I am delighted with the results.

Thoughts?

Drugstore Make-up, Favourites, Make-up, YouTube Videos

October Favourites Video

October favourites time! There are quite a few this month. I also came across quite a few products that I didn’t rate at all, maybe I should make a disappointments video too. I find those useful, let me know if you do. For now, here are my current favourite make-up and beauty products…

Links mentioned in video:

Benefit Cha Cha Tint Review & Application http://tinyurl.com/5ufmw6h
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation & Application http://tinyurl.com/6hol2st
Sugarpill Palette swatches and review http://tinyurl.com/6gdxghr
My nails today http://tinyurl.com/64rppnh

Products I mentioned:

Mi-Oils Raw Argan Oil €8.50 http://mi-oils.com/product
Origins MegaMushroom Relief Serum http://tinyurl.com/65cb8rq
Argan457 Long Lasting Eye Contour €76 http://tinyurl.com/63ahmx5
Lush Dirty shower gel £4.95 http://tinyurl.com/3ape2vz
Neal Wolfe Glow Supershine Spray €14.40 http://tinyurl.com/6d2phxx
Redken Outshine Anti-Frizz Serum €15.69 buy online – http://tinyurl.com/5wcbdg6 (I get mine from Beauty Matters Clontarf)
Leighton Denny Babydoll €12.20 http://tinyurl.com/62wpofn
No7 Nail polish in Cheeky Chops €9 http://tinyurl.com/6aalq8e
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzer Powder 51 £6.99 http://tinyurl.com/6dwd7u6
Rimmel Soft Coral Lipstick £6.29 http://tinyurl.com/y9rjkje
Gosh Light n’ Shine Lipgloss €9 http://tinyurl.com/6xko6hm
Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation €7-€9 http://tinyurl.com/65uhglq
Sigma Tapered Kabuki F86 http://tinyurl.com/6f5pwby
Mary Kay Cheek Glaze Tangerine $16 http://tinyurl.com/6co3k8m
Benefit Cha Cha Tint £24.50 http://tinyurl.com/6hjlo53
Collection 2000 Concealer €6 http://tinyurl.com/45zsgcp
Elf Shimmer Liner Bronze £1.50 http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/
NYX Pink Dolly Lip Liner $2.49 http://tinyurl.com/629a8q2
Estee Lauder Electric Ginger £16.50 http://tinyurl.com/6by77o7
MUFE Smokey Lash Mascara $22 http://tinyurl.com/5usmwhp
Sugarpill Palette http://tinyurl.com/6gdxghr
Sigma P82 $14(for my primer) http://tinyurl.com/5v5qq9p
Sigma P80 $14(for my concealer) http://tinyurl.com/6hnzk65
(or mini kabuki kit $49- http://tinyurl.com/5tf3okv)

What I’m wearing:

Nails http://tinyurl.com/64rppnh
Face – Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation, Bourjois bronzer, MAC Dame blush, MAC All that Glitters & Satin Taupe Eyeshadows, MAC Fluidline, Collection 2000 Collagen Curl Mascara, MAC Angel lipstick, Collection 2000 concealer wand.

Disclaimers:

All of the opinions expressed in this video are entirely my own. I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned in this video. (less info)

Thanks for watching!

What products are you loving right now?

Favourites, General, Haircare / Styling

Current Hair Care Favourites

It’s no secret that I’m as fickle about hair care as I am about skin care. But I have found a little system that really works for me lately. It’s a little bit of a pick n’ mix brand wise.

Products that have made it into my favourites list

  • John Frieda Go Blonder
  • John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Days Straight
  • Redken Clear Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Wella Brilliance Mask for Fine hair

I’m absolutely in love with Redken Clear Moisture. I have worked my way through all of their shampoos over the years and have finally found one that’s not too heavy for my fine hair. I love the fresh scent of the products too. My hair is like silk after using these but I still get to keep what little volume I have.

I picked Clear Moisture up from Hair Matters in Clontarf (they have a buy one shampoo get a conditioner free offer).

The Wella Brilliance mask is for fine hair too. I have never found a hair mask that’s light enough for my hair. It conditions the hair very well without leaving a residue or making hair greasy. Love.

Go Blonder – I recorded a video review on this one. It’s excellent for root blending. I’m going a little longer between highlights now.

3 Day Straight – Great stuff and easy to use. Spray it on and dry your hair. I get three days free from the dreaded ‘humidity hair’. Video review will be up on this one later this week.

What are you current hair care favourites?

Favourites, Make-up

Video: April Favourites ’11

I finally uploaded my April Favourites video. I know it’s already well into May but better late than never?

I didn’t record a favourites video in March so here are the products I have been using and loving for the past two months.

httpvh://youtu.be/qRwc-nfGlVE

On another note, I’ll be uploading another video in the next 2-3 days. I’ll also be returning to regular video posting now that I have my recording situation sorted.

What are your current favourites?

Favourites, Haircare / Styling

My Hair Care Arsenal – what are you using?

I thought I would post some pictures of my favourite hair care and styling products at the moment and talk you through how I use them. I did record a video on the subject last week but I didn’t provide enough information on the products, how I use them and why I love them.

Unlike my make-up addiction I tend not to be so fickle and faddy when it comes to hair care. I find a routine that works and generally I stick to it until the day it stops providing the results I’m after.

I’m using Pureology shampoo which is organic, sulphate free and it stops colour fading. This is hands down my favourite shampoo ( I bought it at Hair Matters in Clontarf). I originally bought it for use after the 12 weeks blow-dry / keratin treatment but I fell in love and it has become a firm favourite. I don’t bother with conditioner any more. It was once a necessity but since the chop there is no need.

 

I have also been using Wella High Hair Soft Clay to mould flicks into my hair. I never used products like this when my hair was longer but now that it’s shorter with lots of layers this is the way forward for me. I use the tiniest amount imaginable on my finger tips and use it to texturise the ends of random pieces of hair. I apply it only to the very ends of my hair, otherwise it will look greasy the next day. Although I like this putty I wouldn’t necessarily repurchase. My mum also informed me that the green label Wella clay is better. I will probably just buy whatever putty is on offer since I have no experience with clays.

 

 

I love the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion. I turn my head upside down and spray three pumps worth, I then work it in with my fingers. It makes my hair look thicker and healthier. It also makes my hair manageable and easy to style. This was in my Christmas stocking from my mum and I will definitely be repurchasing. It’s cheap n’ cheerful and does exactly what it says on the tin. (I’m assuming you’ve all seen the Ronseal ad!)

 

I have been a fan of Catwalk by Tigi Root Boost for a few years now. It’s designed to give texture and lift. I use it only at the roots. I don’t use it every time I wash my hair but usually at the weekend. It’s doesn’t make my hair greasy or sticky which is important. I do hate the nozzle. It’s supposed to be directional but it’s just annoying.I end up squirting some into my hand and using my finger tips to massage the products into the roots. I bought mine on Amazon since it was so overpriced here in Ireland. The bottle last absolutely ages though.

 

What hair products are you using at the moment?

Favourites, Perfume / Fragrance

My Love for Victoria’s Secret Spritzers…

I have built up a little collection of Victoria Secret body sprays over the past few years. Most mornings I open my closet and stare at a shelf of perfumes, make my selection based on my mood, outfit and plans for the day. But some days I can’t face perfume, I don’t entirely know why this is but sometimes they are too much first thing in the morning. On those days I select a VS spritzer. That way I still smell pretty but it’s a light scent.

I thought I would show you the ones I have and a little about them and I was hoping you would have some Victoria Secret recommendations for me :)

Here is the lot….

First,the Secret Garden sprays…

Victoria’s Secret Love Spell, Pure Seduction, Amber Romance, Secret Charm

These are fruity and sweet and a pleasure to use. I also have a pear scented one but I can’t stand the smell of it was excluded from the photograph. Aw, poor pear! My favourite is Love Spell. I liked it so much that I bought the shampoo and conditioner with the same scent so now my hair smells the same…it’s the little things.

I occasionally spray these on my duvet before I get into bed at night. Not for any reason other than I like to smell nice things whilst drifting off to the land of nod. Amber Romance is the one I least like out of these four, it reminds me a little of toilet freshener (just a hint of toilet freshener!).

And my absolute favourites, the PINK With a Splash line…

Victoria Secret PINK With a Splash – Soft & Dreamy, Soft & Pure, Fresh & Clean

These are absolutely DIVINE! I can’t decide which one I like best. They’re completely different and are suitable for different seasons and different times of the day.

Soft & Dreamy reminds me of cosying up beside the fire in Chigaco surrounded my shopping bags, eating gingerbread and sipping hot chocolate. Fresh & Clean reminds me of Summer dresses and freshly laundered clothes whilst Soft & Pure is a great every day scent – I have yet to assign a memory to this one :)

I was having a look at the Victoria’s Secret Website and it appears that I am missing a few from the collection. Oh dear, now we can’t have that can we! *scribbles on wishlist*.

Have you any Victoria Secret recommendations? Make-up, beauty, fragrance?

Favourites, Holy Grail Products, YouTube Videos

Holy Grail Series – Product #1

I have spent so much money on products for personal use and my make-up artist kit over the years. As you can imagine, I have come across a lot of rubbish.

It struck me the other day that there are very few products that I would repurchase again and again, can’t live without, rely on heavily… holy grail products if you will.  With this in mind I have decided to share my holy grail products in a video series.

Here is video one, enjoy!

What products do you consider holy grail?

Thanks for watching,

Amy

Favourites, Reviews, Skin Care, YouTube Videos

Skin Care Favourite’s

I’ve changed my skin care routine up a bit over the past few weeks. I was suffering from breakouts go leoir but also dryness and sensitivity. My new routine has improved the situation enormously.

It’s a fickle world so no doubt I will change my routine again at some stage in the future, but for the moment I am delighted with the results of using these. What skincare products are in your arsenal at the moment?

 

Favourites, General, Haircare / Styling, Reviews

Beach hair season: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray has been a favourite of mine for quite a few years. It’s about time I shared my love for it.

The spray is essentially a salt spray (yes we could make one ourselves but are we bothered?). It’s primary job is to add texture to the hair. It’s one of those products people use to create sexy beach hair.

The official line: Sexy, salty, sun-dried, windswept styles – whenever, wherever. (stolen from their website)

I use it in 3 ways:

1. I spritz my hair  when it’s damp and leave it to dry naturally. I end up with a tousled, textured effect.

2. The spray can also me used to get volume at the root of the hair. I like to spray it on my roots and dry my hair upside down for tonnes of volume.

3. After wearing my hair in ghd curls or a set style the following day I might spritz some Surf Spray in to make a messier look.

I do find it a little dying on the ends of my hair if I use it too often. Everyone’s hair is different though. Although my hair looks great after applying the spray, I don’t really like the feel of it. It feels exactly like you hair feels after you get out of the sea. I realise that this is the point but I just need to point out that it doesn’t deliver silky soft hair.

A word of caution to those who colour their hair, the salt in the spray it’s great for keeping your colour vibrant!

I love the name, the packaging and the results. I don’t however like the price, €16 for 125ml’s makes for quite an expensive hair product but it does last.Would I buy again? I’m on my third bottle so yes but it’s not a product I could use every day, it would be too drying.

I bought mine from Amazon. (for those of you in Ireland Peter Mark sell their products).