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Aging, Cleansers, OSKIA, Reviews, Skin Care

Oskia The Nutritional Skincare Angle

I have been keeping beauty secrets! I think it’s clear I love a bit of skincare but I don’t know if you guys know how interested I am in holistic nutrition. It has been something I have been reading up on for years and a big part of my life. So I was really excited when I heard about OSKIA skincare arrival to our shores. If you haven’t heard of the brand they create nutritional skincare, that has been proven to work. I have fallen hard. Continue Reading

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Cleansers, Ren, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

5 Stars: Ren Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser



I have been using Ren’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser for the past month. The product, formerly known Jojoba Microbead Purifying Facial Polish, has been given 5 stars from testers time and time again. Of course, I had to see for myself.

Us skincare junkies can be a bit gung-ho when it comes to a face scrub. I once thought the rougher the better (haha). Well having been told by countless professionals that my skin is fine in texture, like anyone who has a celtic complexion, I have changed tactics. This is a non-abrasive 2 in 1 product;. firstly it cleanses the skin with exfoliating beads made from Jojoba Wax. The wax microbeads will gently lift and exfoliate dead skin cells and other pollutants. Secondly, the wax melts to indicate that the exfoliation phase is finished. The melted Jojoba Wax then deeply hydrates to firm and plump up the skin.

This is a great one for those with reactive skin. If you’re red, sensitive, acne-prone, have rosacea, this is worth a try. It doesn’t cause any irritation – not just for me, I searched through reviews to see if others disagreed, the general consensus is that this is fantastic for sensitive skin.

It contains Triglycerides from Jojoba Oil help add suppleness to the skin and Alpha Pinene from Juniper Oil and Menthone from Peppermint Oil, uplift and detox the skin.

I apply to my damp face and gently massage with circular movements while avoiding the eye area and then rinse it off with warm water.


This cleanser leaves my skin squeaky clean without feeling dry. After a few weeks of use my skin clarity has improved. There was no redness, no irritation and no breakouts. It actually cleared two spots I had pretty quickly. I should point out that this is not one of those products with rough particles that will slough off dead skin in one swipe. It is more about regular use and gradual but visible improvements.

The bottom line? This is a good all rounder but particularly good for sensitive  skin. It also works wonders on congestion and black-heads, you can’t go wrong! It coats €22 / £15 from, from or and Sephora in the US.



Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Cleansers, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Addicted to Double Cleansing!


According to Una Brennan, infamous facialist, deep cleansing is the foundation of good skin. However the double cleansing method is the cornerstone of the perfect skin care regime – promoting healthy, balanced and properly cleansed skin.I’ll be honest, for me cleansing has mostly been about taking make-up off.  In the last year or so I have developed a new obsession with cleansing Continue Reading

Aging, Cleansers, Organic / Natural, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

VOYA Cast Away Anti-Aging Facial Wash

I have been experimenting with a few different cleanser over the past few weeks. One I particularly liked is VOYA Cast Away Anti-Aging Facial Wash.

Before I get started I should point out that I’m a fan of wash-off cleansers. They fit in with my lifestyle. The fact that I’m usually falling into bed exhausted these days means I need a make-up remover that takes 20 seconds max. Cleansing isn’t something I luxuriate over any more. That being said I do like a bit of luxury, especially since I’m short on time. Some people loathe wash-off products. I think this is often down to skin type – these types of products are often drying. Not this one.

It’s lovely to find a wash-off product that offers anti-aging properties too. This bad boy is made from natural cleansing ingedients and VOYA’s hand harvested algae. It removes make-up, grease and apparently pollutants – although I can’t testify to that one. It washes everything off quickly and left my skin feeling soft, without a hint of dryness.For extra exfoliation I use a muslin cloth to remove the wash.

Skin sensitivity has been an issue for me lately and I often find myself reaching for the same gentle products – namely from Origins or VOYA. More on Origins tomorrow.

Cast Away costs €26 for 125ml from or Avoca. Their products are also on sale around Ireland – you can check their website for a full stocklist.

What are your thoughts on wash-off cleansers?


Cleansers, General, Skin Care

Sigma’s Cleansing Gadget for Perfect Makeup Application?

I’m often sucked in by beauty gadgets and gizmo’s, usually hair related. Lately I have been pondering about cleansing tools.

Designed to polish your skin and leave it perfectly smooth and flawless before and after your make-up application. I’m intrigued.

You apply your cleanser and apply the brush head to your skin. It comes with different heads and it’s recommended to use the medium or firm head once a week to exfoliate the dead skin cells and the soft brush daily for one minute before make-up application. It’s also recommended that those with sensitive skin should use the softest brush head only.
What appeals to me most about this product is the promise of a flawless make-up application. We all know how important it is to have a good base for great make-up and yet it’ hard to achieve. I always find my make-up both adheres and looks better when applied after a good exfoliation but this only happens once a week since (I only exfoliate once). I like the idea of soflty exfoliating every day. There are lots of similar products on the market, namely Clarisonic, but they’re more expensive than Sigma’s version. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried a similar product.
It costs $39 from Sigma. I’m considering a purchase.
What do you think?
Aging, Cleansers, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Review: New Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel by The Body Shop

I’m going through a bit of a cleanser addiction lately. I love trying new cleansers. Maybe it’s because my skin rarely reacts to cleanser, moisturiser testing on the other hand can be treacherous :)

This week I have been using Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel from The Body Shop. It’s a little different to the cleansers I have tried before, it’s a gel to oil formulation.

Essentially this product melts off make-up and removes impurities. ‘Melts’ is the appropriate word since it looks like a gel but then transforms into a luscious oil once it hits the skin. It feels rich and luxurious. Products like this make me look forward to make-up removal, instead of it being a chore.

You get 100ml / 3.3 FL OZ in the tube which is a decent amount. I don’t seem to use a lot during cleansing and one application is enough to melt my make-up off. I tend to use my eye make-up remover first and then follow with this cleanser on dry skin, massaging it in and removing with a warm muslin cloth.

It’s not a million miles from Voya Totally Balmy and much cheaper at €13.60. It’s really good for skin showing the first signs of ageing or skin that is dry. That being said, it didn’t break me out or cause any spots on my oilier areas.

Nutriganics is also certified by Ecocert and is made with comunity trade ingredients where possible. I approve.



Cleansers, Organic / Natural, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Voya Totally Balmy organic cleanser and Muslin Cloths

You all know that I tend to faff around with different skincare brands, all in the name of blogging, of course :) I first came across Voya last year when they launched a Seaweed based anti-ageing toner, which I loved.

I have since moved on to their Totally Balmy Cleanser. I have become quite the fan.

My thoughts

Two words – pure luxury! It’s made using organic seaweed, well, we do have an awful lot of it in Ireland. I’m glad someone is putting it to good use.

It smells divine, feels divine, looks divine. As you can probably tell, I’m a fan :)

It’s quite thick when you apply it first, then as it comes into contact with the heat of your skin, it just melts. That means it also melts off the make-up on your skin too, which I love.

It comes with a muslin cloth, which I think is essential when using balms like this. Otherwise, you could end up with residue issues.

If you have parched, dry skin you will most likely adore this as much as me. The downside is the price. It is definitely a splurge at €40. It is luxurious though and feels like a treat. I might reserve my purchase for  dry skin season.

Best of all – tis’ made in Sligo :)


Muslin Cloths

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the aul’ muslin cloth. I go through quite a few every year and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  They’re kinder than cotton wool and more effective than wipes. They slough away dead skin cells and stimulate circulation. What more could I want. After a few uses I pop mine into a white wash and they come out as good as new.

Voya now sell Organic Muslin Cloths which cost €12 for a pack of three. They arrive in a drawstring bag which is handy.

I found Voya online here or their Irish seaweed skincare products are available from spas around Ireland (listed on their website).

Can’t wait to try more of their products. I love supporting Irish business, no better time for it, but I would love this cleanser regardless!

What do you think of cleansing balms?

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Cleansers, Moisturisers, Organic / Natural, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Video: Caring for Dry, Dehydrated, sensitive skin (with acne)

I have meaning to record a video on skincare for dry, sensitive skin for ages. I have always had combination skin but this Winter I became a member of the dehydrated, thin skin club.. woo hoo (dripping with sarcasm).

I have finally found a routine that has calmed my irritated parts, toned down the acne and most of all hydrates my parched skin. Here is the video.


What skin issues have been plaguing you this Winter?

Aging, Cleansers, Organic / Natural, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Yes to Carrots Anti-Ageing Range – Yes to Blueberries & Recommendations needed…

You know by know that I’m a fan of the Yes to Carrots cleanser (click here to see said undying love). I was thinking about buying some products form the Yes to Tomatoes range which is for combination skin and the Yes to Cucumber cleanser range also appeals to be as I have sensitive skin at the moment. Any recommendations you have would be well received, you know best :)

Whilst I was pondering on which products to get I heard that Yes to Carrots are launching a new anti-ageing range called Yes to Blueberries.. wow, how many times have I said the word ‘yes’ already! I was given the Smoothing Daily Cleanser to try out. It’s made with apple and lemon peel and is paraben free like all of their products are.

Yes to Blueberries Smoothing Daily Cleanser

I’m not entirely sure how suitable this one is for my skin type. I may have a friend put it to the test for me as most anti-ageing products are too rich for my skin – I end up with a face full of spots. I have to say though that it smells great; more like essential oil and not a hint of blueberries. I was also expecting to see some blue product which would have been a little off-putting for me personally – but no, it’s white.

Here is a little look at the entire Yes to Blueberries range….

It will be on sale in Ireland early next year in the usual pharmacies.

When I start to worry less about spots and more about wrinkles I’m glad that there are natural, paraben free products out there to choose from.

What are your thoughts on Yes to Carrots as a brand? Have you tried any of their products?

Acne/Breakouts, Cleansers, Product Revivals, Reviews

Product Revival & Review – Olay Daily Facials Clarify Scrub

Whilst cleaning out the press under my bathroom sink last week I found a tonne of unloved products. At the very back I found Olay Daily Facials Clarity Daily Scrub.

I bought this last year used it a handful of times and moved on, the usual story. In the interest of clearing out the press I decided to use it up.

I have been using it for nine days now and I have to admit, I like it.

It contains tiny little beads, so tiny and so few that I’m not sure how exfoliating this product is. This doesn’t bother me since I have been using it as a cleanser morning and evening. I follow with Liz Earl toner and Origins Mega Mushroom Serum (video review coming soon on this one!).

My skin has been quite sensitive lately so I was expecting a little irritation. Not so. My skin feels soft. I actually look forward to using it before bed.

The only thing that puts me off is the colour, it’s blue!

The scrub contains green tea, aloe vera and salicylic acid which makes this a good option for those of use who suffer from spots.

As much as I’m enjoying using the wash I’m not sure if I would repurchase. We’ll see! It costs around £4.50 / €6 for 150ml’s.

What are your thoughts on Olay products? Are there any that you recommend?