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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?

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

Human+Kind Review: All-in-one Anti-Ageing Cream

Being an advocate of natural skincare I have certainly worked my way through a hefty number of natural moisturisers. It was time to try a new one.

Enter All-in-one Anti-Ageing Cream by Human+Kind.

This cream is designed for women who lack the time for lengthy beauty rituals. It is a multifunctional product designed to work as:

  • an anti-ageing cream
  • an eye cream
  • a protective moisturiser
  • a night cream

It evens out skin tone reduces fine lines and wrinkles, softens the skin and reduces the appearance of age spots. The cream is packed with concentrated active natural ingredients which are designed to heal and rejuvinate.It contains jojoba oil, marshmallow, onopordum, centella, rosehip oil and shea butter. It also contains achmella oleracea, which is apparently known as nature’s botox.

Results?

I have been using this cream for ten days. I’m quite impressed. Not only is this a great all rounder it also helped even my skin tone. It didn’t break me out but left my skin soft and moisturised. This one is definitely for normal to dry skin types. If you’re oily I recommended stearing clear of creams and looking at lotions, gels or serums instead.

It costs €29.95 which is a fair price for a product that contains so many good ingredients. It’s always cheaper to buy creams laden with lab made chemicals as those ingredients are often cheap. If you’re a fan of natural skincare this one is definitely worth a look.

You can find Human + Kind products in health stores and pharmacies or at humanandkind.com.

Acne/Breakouts, Moisturisers, Organic / Natural, Skin Care

Saoirse Ronan’s Fav Moisturiser – had to try it!

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.

Aging, Celebrity Style/Makeup, Moisturisers, Skin Care

Egyptian Magic Skin Cream – If Kate Hudson Loves it, I need it!

As soon as I heard that Kate Hudson is a fan of Egyptian Magic Skin Cream I had to try it. Besides the fact that I love that woman I would also die to have skin even half as pretty as hers. Sure, she has beauticians and dermatologists at her finger tips. Since that’s not attainable for most of us, I’ll stick to trying out her favourite cream.

Egyptian Magic cream is one one of those all-purpose type products. So far I have used it  in the following ways…

  • On the dry ends of my hair
  • As as night time moisturiser
  • After shaving my legs
  • On my cuticles
  • On sunburn
  • On my scars and stretch marks
  • As a lip balm

I could also see myself using this on a chapped nose during Winter flu season. I friend of mine swears by it as a great eye cream too. I might have to test that out. I haven’t had the guts to apply it near my acne prone areas yet though.

When I wake up in the morning after using it my skin feels so soft.Other bonuses are that the pot is larger and a little goes a really long way. There are two downsides for me are (1) the packaging and (2) the fact that this is a solid product. It’s hard to get product out without it getting stuck behind my nails. I’ve resorted to using the back of a teaspoon. Of course, a spatula would be ideal. Although the cream is solid in the pot, the heat of your skin melts it into an oil-like consistency. I should point out that although it is an oil, it’s not greasy.

It contains these 100% natural ingredients

  • olive oil – moisturise and soften skin with eczema
  • bees wax – Anti bacterial emollient, locks in moisture and forms a barrier on the skin
  • honey – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • bee pollen – antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • royal jelly – vitamins A, C, D, E, B5 and B6 and also provides anti-aging functions
  • bee propolis – a natural anti-biotic

I’m seriously loving this product! It’s expensive (€44.95) but if it’s good enough for Ms Hudson, Madonna and Emily Blunt, tis good enough for me :)

*Available at Avoca Suffolk St, Rathcoole and Kilmacanogue. In the UK it’s available from Whole Foods.

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

Voya Me Time Review: Anti-ageing Moisturiser with Irish Seaweed

If  you’re a regular reader than you have probably heard me harping on about Voya before. For those of you who haven’t heard of them, they’re an Irish skincare company based in Sligo that use hand harvested seaweed in their products. I have raved about their Totally Balmy Cleansing Balm, their anti-cellulite tea and their anti-ageing Ritzy Spritz Toner but this is the first time that I have tried any of their moisturisers.

The moisturiser in question is called Me Time.

The cream is designed to reduce the signs of ageing and give the complexion a boost. It leaves my skin soft and hydrated. It also feels like it provided a barrier from the environment.

According to Voya seaweed is a highly concentrated source of minerals which is said to improve suppleness and elasticity and primes the skin for regeneration.

I apply it in the morning and evening after cleansing. I started applying it to my face only but the other day I decided it was high time I started looking after the skin on my neck.

Although it’s made for normal to dry skin it’s not overly rich in texture so it works on my normal skin. So far it hasn’t clogged my pores and it’s easily absorbed. There is no greasy residue, which I hate about some moisturisers.

It’s expensive at €55 but I feel it’s worth paying for quality organic ingredients. In my opinion it’s a much better deal than many high end cosmetic creams where you’re often paying for the label and advertising.

What moisturiser are you using right now?

Moisturisers, Organic / Natural, Reviews

Spéirbhean – All Natural Irish Body Balm

I recently raved about Mil’s organic Béalghrá lipbalms. Since I loved them so much I was sent some of their other balms to try. I was delighted to try more products from the Irish brand so here is my honest opinion on their body balm.

One of the products Mil are most proud of is Spéirbhean Body Balm. (Speirbhean means’ beautiful woman’ in Gaelic, mil means ‘honey’).

 

I have been using the balm for a week or so and I’m impressed. I like using balms on my skin, I know not everyone does. I usually use lotion but my dry patches seem to drink it in so fast and then I have to reapply. The balm feels quite luxurious and worked well on my dry patches.

I heard that women have raved about this product for use after shaving so I decided to give it a try. My skin is usually a little sensitive and irritated after hair removal so the idea of then applying a product wasn’t really appealing. But the balm seemed to calm my skin and leave it feeling smooth.

Scent wise, it smells natural and soft. Nothing intrusive. I did wonder about the size of the pot. 40g seems quite small for a body product. However, it liquefies on your skin and a little goes a long way.

I should point out that Spéirbhean is a natural product, so  I didn’t experience any reactions. It contains lots of luxurious ingredients that I tend to look for when I’m buying body care products; Jojoba, Organic Shea Butter, Beeswax and essential oils like Geranium, Chamomile and Lavender.

I like!

Mil balms are available from milallnaturalbalms.com. This body balm is priced at £6.99, I’m not entirely sure why the prices aren’t in euros. The fada’s on the vowels also appear incorrectly on my mac book, again I’m not sure why.

What have you been using on dry skin?

 

Ingredients
Hellianthus Annus (Organic Sunflower) Seed Oil, Buttyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Butter), Cera Alba (Yellow Beeswax) Simmindsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia ( Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil.
*(Citrol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool)
* Occurs naturally in essential oils – Contains nut extracts

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.

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkwG-SmfP1s

What skin issues have been plaguing you this Winter?

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Moisturisers, Skin Care

Anti-Redness Cream by Roc – Does it work?

I have had quite a bit of redness going on this Winter. Thanks to some breakouts and the harsh weather I have had a red chin for months. I have always been dubious about anti-redness products but I decided to try Roc Calmance Intolerence Repairing Cream which claims to reduce redness and irritation.

I choose this one because 83% of testers on Make-up Alley said they would repurchase. That being said there were differences in opinion – some people broke out horresndously whilst some mentioned it cleared their skin. I have had no breakouts, as of yet. Just to be thorough I should mention that my breakouts also haven’t improved. I tell you this only so that you are aware of the limitations of an anti-redness cream.

It’s also quite cheap and non-greasy (not one for oily skin though as it’s very moisturising). Very often when I apply creams loaded with lab chemicals my skin gets irritated and stings. This cream soothed my skin and reduced redness.

It’s not green like you would expect, instead it’s a very pale yellow colour which helps correct a ruddy complexion. Personally I hate using greeen correctors on redness – unless you have the know how to correct the green after the green corrects the red, you’ll just look odd. A hint of Wicked Witch of the West is not a look we’re going for.

It’s also preservative free and contains a fragrance specifically developed for sensitive skin,

Roc claim that this cream reinforces the skin’s natural defenses against irritant factors to reduce its hyper-sensitivity progressively. I can’t vouch for this yet as I have only been using the cream for three weeks but I will keep you updated on my progress.

It’s also quite good as a make-up base, but not if you’re oily. I should also point out that f you have very dry or dehydrated skin you will need to moisturise further. Some people mentioned that they hate the smell, I have to say that it doesn’t bother me at all.

I bought a 100ml tube for £6.99 from Amazon and had it posted to Ireland. I have also seen Roc products in chemists all around Ireland.

Have you tried any anti-redness products?

Ingredients: aqua, glycerin, cyclohexasiloxane, paraffinum liquidum, dimethicone, cetyl alcohol, squalane, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate, cera microcristallina, simmondsia chinensis, butyrospermum parkii, chrysanthemum parthenium, bisabolol, panthenol, allantoin, ginkgo biloba, sodium carboxymethyl betaglucan, sodium acrylate/acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, polysorbate 80, isohexadecane, pentylene glycol, cyclopentasiloxane, paraffin, caprylyl glycol, p-anisic acid, sodium hydroxide, disodium edta, tocopheryl acetate, CI 77891, [FPT 0743].

 

Lipbalms, Moisturisers, Skin Care

Top Winter Product: Lush Ultrabalm

Since the snow and ice set in here in Ireland I have been layering on the beauty products to try and protect my skin. I was chatting with some of you on Twitter the other day about the best products for the extreme dry bits. This got me thinking.

One of the products I have been relying heavily on is Ultrabalm by Lush. Ultrabalm is designed ‘For bits that chap and chafe’, I sure have plenty of those this season!

Basically this is a medium size tub of emolient skin saviour. It’s said to relieve, protect and moisturise – it delivers.  It does everything it is supposed to to. It’s also a vegan product.

I use it on my lips, elbows, knees, I also rubbed a little into the heels where my shoes were causing chaffing, that solved that problem. It also makes an excellent lip balm, cuticle balm

Don’t expect to smell any delicious scents as this has none, it smells like wax. That might be off-putting to some of you but for me that means no artificial fragrance. In fact one of the things I like about this balm is that it only contains three ingredients; Organic Jojoba Oil, Candellila Wax, Rose Wax. This  means it doesn’t cause any irritation. So if you have a chapped nose from a head cold, smearing some of this balm on will protect the skin but won’t cause any stinging.

This is a classic, reliable product. One that belongs in your handbag.

The balm isn’t expensive either, €10.95, which is a good price, particularly for a vegan product. I use so little at a time that my pot should last me all Winter.

 

What are you using on your dry bits?

Acne/Breakouts, Moisturisers, Skin Care

My Favourite Moisturiser – Liz Earle Skin Repair

I have been using Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser for the past two weeks. As always, no beating about the bush – I love it. I can’t believe I’ve had this is my drawer for nearly a year and hadn’t given it a decent try.

The reason it spent so long in my drawer is that when I first tested it it seemed quite rich, despite being for normal / combination skin. If you’re a regular reader or you watch my YouTube videos you will know that I am plagued by breakouts on my chin. I am always afraid to use heavy moisturisers on this area, fearing that it would lead to more clogged pores.

Imagine my surprise when I resurrected this moisturiser and found that after a week of use the acne on my chin looked better! I am absolutely delighted. My breakouts are thanks to hormones but also skin sensitivity. I don’t have oily skin, rather combination / sensitive. I wouldn’t recommend this moisturiser for those with oily skin, it would be too much.

What I like most is that it is light yet richly moisturising. It hasn’t blocked any pores and has actually eased the breakouts.

According to the tube, Skin Repair contains active ingredients – Borage oil, Avocado oil, Echinacea, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E.

It doesn’t have a very strong scent, it actually smells quite natural – more like natural oils (not essential oils).

I bought this as part of a Liz Earle set on ebay (the seller sold it as an unwanted gift). I always check ebay for unwanted gift sets, I often find things I like for €10. I’m going to buy the full size from the Liz Earle site this afternoon. €19.75 for a 50ml jar or tube. I have the 15ml trial size right now (€7.50). Handy to try it out first instead of wasting money on a products that doesn’t suite your skin.

I’m still using Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish (click here to read my thoughts on this gem) morning and evening with my muslin cloth. It’s just plain fabulous.

Have you tried any Liz Earle products?

Aging, Moisturisers, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Origins Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Advanced Face Serum

I got my greedy little hands on Origins Mushroom Relief Advanced Face Serum. I was excited since this is a product for relief of redness, sensitivity and reactivity – three words I associate with my skin.

Apparently it’s a clinically proven formula so I have high hopes for this one. Two positive observations on first glance is that it has a dark glass bottle which prevents light affecting the ingredients – no plastic contamination either. Also, it has a pump which means no oxygen reaches the product to affect active ingredients.

It contains a blend of Chaga, Cordyceps Mushrooms ans Sea Bukcthorn (I can see you nodding in understanding, just like me). It’s also made without parabens, phythalates, mineral oil, Paraffin, Patroleum etc. Basically no bad stuff.

According to the instructions I must apply the serum to a clean face morning and evening. Doesn’t sound like too much work so far.

There is no leaflet so I’m going to have to pay their website a visit for more information. I’m not entirely sure I should continue using other skin care products at the same time.

This bottle contains 50ml / 1.7 oz but also comes in a smaller 30ml bottle. The 50ml costs £50 and the 30ml £41. It is expensive but hopefully it’s worth the dosh. I’ll get back to you on that one.

On the label it states that Dr Weil donates all his after tax profits to the Weil Foundation. Nice.

Have you tried any Origins products?

Moisturisers, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, Tanning Products

Olay Touch of Sun Moisturiser SPF15

According to the box Complete Olay Touch of Sun Moisturiser SPF15 provides your skin with everything it needs to be healthy whilst adding a little self tan to you skin each day. That’s a bit of a tall order but I do like Olay creams so I decided to give it a whirl, it was also on special in Boots last month.

The lotion felt a little too thick and greasy for my liking. Although it didn’t break me out, it certainly has the potential to break someone out. The good news is that it didn’t leave a film on the skin. It also doesn’t smell like fake tan which is always a bonus.

This cream contains DHA to tan the skin. I didn’t have high expectations for this part of the deal but I was pleasantly surprised. I used it before I jetted off to the sun and found that it added a very subtle glow following the first application. After the second day it provided a light tan. It wasn’t orange or streaky on my skin.

It comes is light/medium and medium/dark. I bought the latter, light tans don’t show up on my skin. I recently read a review written by a very fair and sensitive skinned lady who said that it made her skin look a little orange and broke her out. I haven’t Continue Reading