Yes, another addiction. Murad’s Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask was recommended for my skin type by a facialist at my last visit to Therapie. Let me start by saying that this mask is said to suit most skin types Read more…
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I had a nice Amy Day yesterday. I popped up to Therapie in Malahide for a well needed facial. My skin has dry patches, oily patches and some major large pore issues. Fine lines have also been on my mind. I haven’t tried any of Dr Murad’s products, which has to be some sort of a sin for a beauty blogger. Read more…
Holy mother of divine I have found a great one! GLAMGLOW Tingling & Exfoliating Mud Mask for Face and decollete. Read more…
I mentioned Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum in a recent video and received a few requests for a full review. I was of course happy to oblige :)
This products full title is Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum. What a mouthful. It’s designed to visibly reduce dark spots and discolorations and prevents them from reappearing.
I have been using the products for 5 weeks now and I love it!
The effects I noticed on my skin
- Smoother and clearer skin (the most noticeable improvement I have come across from a product)
- My skin looked noticeable more radiant and glowing
- It left my skin less oily
- It lightened my pregnancy mask marks from my last pregnany
- It has lessened the discolouration from acne scarring on my chin
- Makes my skin feel firmer
- Left no residue or oiliness on my skin. It feels invisible.
Needless to say, I’m a fan. The bottle is 30ml. I apply one pump over my face morning and evening. Based on my rate or usage it might last 2 months. For people with greater discoloration you can apply up to four times a day. I would imagine you might only get a month out of the bottle in this instance.
The ingredients in this product works. I suspect this is not only down to the choice of ingredients but also the quantity and quality of them. I have heard a few people have issues with dryness using this product – this may be down to sensitivity tot ingredients perhaps? I have sensitive skin and I had absolutely no issues.
I’m more confident sans make-up but the best part is less concealer and a lighter coverage base. It’s worth it for the radiance and glow alone. As a testament to this I just recorded a video on my Everyday Foundation Routine and I use a tinted moisturiser. I never thought I would be in a position to put down the foundation bottle. I’m converted.
Now, the downside. It costs €62. I buy Origins products from Debenhams if anyone is wondering where they’re on sale here. The bottle is 30ml, it feels small but then again it’s a serum not a cream.
This product is well worth a try if you have any sort of discolouration. I am very happy with the results and have already sent a few friends to pick up a bottle. I always feel a little bad when I rave about an expensive product, but this is truly worth it.
Any Origins fans?
I have been know to have a shiny face from time to time. Never a good look for me. I notice this most on a busy day – always on the days that you want to apply make-up and have it stay put. Now I’m not a make-up checker, I probably should be but there’s no Read more…
I was perusing the Olay section in my local Boots a while back and I was approached by a lovely sales lady who tried to coerce me into buying the new Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15. I politely listened to the sales pitch and allowed her to demonstrate the smoothness of said magical product on the back of my hand. I then pointed to the oily mess that has become my chin and asked how well it would work for me. I was swiftly ushered to a counter that housed Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder. Apparently this is the product for those of us with combination skin. It was reduced to €10 (from €16 I think) so I tossed a box in my already bulging shopping basket while my Mum bought herself the sensitive product.
According to the box Wake Up Wonder works in the following ways:
- Line minimisation: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Hydration: For a health radiant glow.
- Firming: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.
- Dullness: Improves skin surface dullness.
- Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture.
- Pore appearance: Helps minimise the appearance of pores.
- Antioxidant: Helps to prevent free radical damage to skin’s surface layers.
Does it work?
That’s a bit of a tall order but for the most part, it works. It most definitely makes fine lines look less, even if it is just an illusion. I wonder if it would do anything for wrinkles though, since they’re deeper than lines and harder to disguise – I’m not in a position to test that one out yet :) Hydration wise, my skin stayed moisturised all day without any richness or heaviness. My dry bits didn’t look chapped as the day went on and my oily bits weren’t out of control. My skin did also feel a little firmer, but nothing to write home about – bear in mind that I’m still in my 20′s. I would say I saw the most improvement in dullness. Pregnancy hormones have left me with a beautiful ashen complexion and Wake Up Wonder seriously helps in this department. It gives the skin a soft focus glow that counteracts knackered grey looking skin (video coming on this soon). My skin also felt really smooth after 2 weeks of use and the soft-focus glow I mentioned does seem to make pores less noticeable – again, an illusion, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s altering your skin somehow. I should also point out that this hasn’t caused a breakout either. ( I have been using my usual spot fighting arsenal too).
Would I buy again?
Yes. It’s by no means a life changer but it works for my skin type and it’s affordable. ‘Nuff said :)
A note on Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15 – My mum loves it. She finds it moisturising and calming on her skin. She’s quite dry so uses this in the morning and a rich cream at night. She said she would definitely re-purchase.
Have you tried any of these?
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…
- 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.
My moisturiser of choice lately is Geranium & Thistle Skin Cream from Pai. Apparently it’s Saoirse Ronan’s moisturiser of choice and Natalie Portman loves the ranges. I had to try it.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Pai, it’s a premium organic skincare range which was launched in 2007. It’s also certified by the Soil Association.Their products are high performing and made from pure plant extracts. They are completely paraben and chemical free so are ideal for sensitive and allergy prone skin.
I really like the Geranium & Thistle cream. It’s designed to clear and re-balance congested combination skin, that’s me unfortunately.
It’s absorbed by the skin quite quickly. It’s not sticky or oily and left my skin matte. It also works well as a base for make-up on combination skin.
I love the packaging and the branding. It’s a little different to the run of the mill organic ranges out there. The pump on top of the glass bottle is great. I’m not a fan of sticking my hands into pots of cream – I hate that it gets behind my nails. One pump is enough for one application so a little goes a long way.
Pai products are sold direct from their website. They also list all of their ingredients in plain English so you know what’s in the bottle wihtout needing a degree in chemistry. They also sell little sample pots so you can try before you commit to the larger bottles.
I think I’ll be giving the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil a try next. The Geranium & Thistle Skin Cream costs €29.95 /£24.
If you’re a regular reader you might remember the trouble I was having with acne during Winter and Spring. It was confined to my chin area, thank you hormones, but it made me miserable. I tried leaving it alone but after the condition of my skin worsened I pulled out every spot cream I had and tried to get rid of them. This was largely unsuccessful but I did find two that were impressive. One of these is Vichy Normaderm Nuit.
Normaderm Nuit Anti-Imperfections is designed for swollen and deformed pores and irregular skin texture. I have both of these issues but was rather skeptical, being a beauty blogger has made me very cynical :) I smeared a little of the product in desperation one night, expecting nothing. However, the next morning my skin looked less agitated and red. I continued using it for two more nights and on the third morning I woke to zero new spots, zero! After a few more nights of application the rest of my spots started to heal and my skin looked clearer.
You would imagine that I would love this for it’s spot fighting ability alone but not so. What I like most is the effect this product has on my pores. It has made them smaller, more regular in shape and much less noticeable. To make sure that this was down to the cream, and not other factors, I stopped using it for a week. I completely regretted this decission – the spots and irregular pores returned.
Bottom line, this worked a treat for me and is continuing to work. I apply a tiny amount every night on my chin and nose – the former gets spotty, the latter suffers from large, weird looking pores.
The product itself smells quite nice, no chemical scent like most spot creams. It’s between a lotion and a cream in consistency so it’s easy to apply. It’s not thick or greasy and absorbs easily. In fact on occasion I have applied it under my makeup in the morning.It didn’t cause any reaction or irritation and best of all it didn’t cause any dryness. This was a concern of mine since some reviewers found it too drying. I’m chuffed.
Here comes the science bit…It contains LHA, an exfoliant and anti-bacterial agent and Vitamin E to bring down inflammation. Normaderm has Zincadone A complex which contains glycolic acid, glycadone, and stimoderm.
As a testament to how much I love this product I bought my second tube last week from my local pharmacy (€15.50). The tube contains 50ml and one tube lasted me four months with everyday use.
Yes, I’ve changed my skincare routine again. I’m fickle when it comes to skincare products. I tend to find a routine that works for me and I use it until my skin plateaus and then try something else. I recorded a video sharing my current favourites. My skin has improved ten fold.
What products have you been using lately?