As a teenager I relied heavily on Vichy products but in the last few years I have gone cold on them. Lukewarm might be more appropriate.
Well consider me warmed up!
I have been using their Essentielles Facial Cleansing Wash and I am in love – the kind that never dies (or at least until I find something amazing!). I haven’t felt this emphatic about a product since Nars Sheer Glow Foundation so forgive my love rant.
According to the box the wash is enriched with Rose Gallica which apparently soothes and protects. I can’t vouch for that but I can tell you what ingredient makes this wash stand out from others I have tried – Glycerin! Glycerin is a common ingredient in skin care products but appears to be in abundance in this wash.
When I first applied it I thought it felt too thick. I also assumed that this thickness would some how bring on a cataclysmic breakout. Wrong. Basically you massage it in and lather it up like any other wash. The magic comes after the washing off! Your skin feels tight for about 30 seconds (don’t be alarmed it’s not true tightness associated with dryness). After that time your skin is literally squeaky clean, yes, actually squeaky! The initial tightness is something you may have felt if your use handmade soap (supermarket soap manufacturers remove the glycerin so they can re-use it, that’s why imperial leather etc is so drying). It’s actually from the air hitting the glycerin on the skin. Not only is it a barrier but because of it’s make up it attracts and contains moisture.
If you haven’t guessed already – I truly heart Glycerin :)
This is one of those products that I can see people either hating or loving. I’m not sure how well this would work on dry skin to be honest. I only know that it works a treat on my combination skin.
The price is also a little surprising – €4.90 in my local pharmacy. That is less than one would usually expect to pat for a Vichy product. This just means that I need to buy 4. You know in case of disaster, emergency etc.,
There are more products in the range but I haven’t tried them yet. After my experience with the cleanser I will happily explore the rest of the line.
What are your thoughts on Vichy? Do you approve of facial cleansing washes in general?
This blend can be used on damaged, dry, mature or sensitive skin. The recipe will last for one month and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare. The ingredients are very especially beneficial for ageing skin. Expensive skin care products often use these ingredients, but in minuscule proportions. Making your own treatment costs a fraction of the price, you have the benefit of knowing exactly what your putting on your skin and you have everything you need to make the treatment again.
Still bottled water
9 drops Geranium Oil
6 Empty Evening Primrose Oil Capsules (the oil inside)
20ml Wheatgerm Oil
20ml Rosehip Oil
Pour rosehip, wheatgerm and evening primrose oil into a dark, clean bottle. Add the Geranium oil, close and shake.
This treatment mask can be used twice a day. Apply to damp, clean skin using cotton wool. This recipe is suitable for the eye area. Apply a thin film and leave it to absorb for 20 minutes.
If you have dry or mature skin you can go ahead and apply your make-up after the allotted time. If you have normal skin I recommend some oil blotting paper first.
The thoughts of Summer coming to an end usually draw makes me miserable but I just came across an image that has changed my mind. How can one image get me excited about Winter? I don’t know but here is said image..
I want this for Winter- snuggley, warm skin, soft but pretty make-up, cascading lock…ok so it might be a lot to ask for. Clinique are launching a Strawberry Fudge Holiday/Christmas Collection. Is it just me or is Strawberry Fudge an odd name for a Winter collection? Strawberry fudge evokes images of frolicking in the park in the heat of the Summer sun. Just me?
Anyway, it has been said that this collection Read more…
Yay, new nail shades for Autumn! But before I dash out and part with my money I will ponder over which I actually want. No Amy, you don’t need them all! I read that Jin Soon’s inspiration for this season’s nail trends are from Imperial China. This makes me want them more, surely exotic nail polishes are fancier? :)
Overlacquer, Earthly Harmony, Imperial Flower, Ming Blue, Jade Dragon, Concubine, Rain of Flowers.
Here are a couple of pointers about the range – 1. They need a few coats to get even coverage 2. Apparently they dry a little flat so a top coat is necessary (sure they have to sell Overlacquer now don’t they) and 3. The consistency is on the thin side in some.
That being said I find myself pondering on which to add to my collection. I’m not too excited about Concubine which is a ruby shade with scarlet shimmer flecks. Although the colour appeals to me it’s a real case of ‘been there, done that’. I think I’ll give it a miss. Imperial Flower looks interesting. It’s an orange with flecks of gold and orange shimmer. It sounds so tacky but somehow I’m drawn to it. Not sure if I’ll have the guts for this one though!
I have bought so many taupe shades this year that there is no way I should buy Earthly Harmony. I’m usually terrified of blue shades but I find myself drawn to Ming Blue – maybe it’s the shimmer factor! Jade Dragon (deep forest green with flecks of green-teal shimmer) and Rain of Flowers (black-purple base with flecks of violet shimmer) are definites for me. They’re different to anything I have in my collection already…at least that’s what I’m telling myself.
This nail polish rant actually increased my heart rate. Man I’m sad.
Hopefully sad with a delightful bag of new nail polishes. Soon my pretties!
Are you planning on picking up new nail polish shades for Autumn or will you be making use of what you’ve got?
If you are a hair product junkie like me you are familiar with the downside to this addiction – Build-up. It makes your hair look dull and lifeless. You can use a clarifying shampoo to sort out the problem but if you have colour treated hair I wouldn’t recommend this.
One of the quickest ways to remove product build-up from the hair naturally is to use Baking Soda. A baking soda hair wash cleans out the excess product, remove impurities, and cleanses your hair naturally.
All you have to do is put two tablespoons of baking soda into a cupful of warm water. Mix with a fork until the mixture resembles a paste. Then apply the paste to damp hair. Massage and ensure even distribution. I wash it out immediately after massaging it in.
It feels weird at first, especially when you are used to suddy shampoo. It feels a little gritty, exactly what you expect from putting baking powder in your hair I suspect :)
Take your time when rinsing to make sure the baking soda is completely washed out of your hair. You want to avoid any residue. You don’t have to follow with shampoo and conditioner as your hair should feel squeaky clean. That being said, I usually do. I’m not entirely sure what -probably because I’m a slave to routine.
Hair products work so much better after some clarification so I like to do this once a month to clear gunk out of my hair. Some people use baking soda as a shampoo. Personally I wouldn’t go that far but I’m happy with the effects once a month.
A friend of mine once told me that her mother swore by using Miracle Whip, yes the icky salad cream, as an exfoliator. This woman has the most amazing skin so I put my mild revulsion aside and decided to give it a try. Nobody said make-up and beauty blogging was pretty!
I was informed that the ingredients in Miracle Whip remove dead flaky skin. It also helps normalise excessively oily skin.
Firstly, tie back your hair – unless you want to experiment with the effects of Miracle Whip on the hair! If you do, let me know how you get on :)
Next, apply a thin layer on your face and neck, avoiding the the eye area.
Leave on for 10 minutes and then massage gently. The dead skin cells roll off with the salad cream.
Rinse your skin with warm water. Follow with your usual skin regime.
A word of warning – it stinks to high heaven! Vinegar is responsible for the smell but is probably responsible for the amazing effects too so I can’t complain. It also feels oily and weird but after 3 minutes it melted onto my skin.
My skin was in such a state, thanks to the flu. I am delighted to report that all of the flaky dry skin is gone and my skin feels smooth and tight. I’m quite surprised.
I also heard that Miracle Whip can be applied a few times a week for 5 – 6 weeks to reach skin rejuvenation.
Consider me on board! I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
Maybe the manufacturers should rename it – ‘Miracle Cream’ has a nice ring to it!
I am often asked how the shape of facial features effect make-up application. I will start with lip shape since the last email I received was from a girl who wanted to correct a wide mouth. No ones lips are perfect but there are a few things to bear in mind when choosing make-up.
Use gloss – Matte lipstick can make lips look flat. Gloss will give the illusion of depth. Apply it to the centre of the bottom and top lip to make them appear plumper and de-emphasise the length.
You could also use a lip liner to emphasise the bow of the lip. This will draw the eye away from the width.
If you are emphasising your eyes with make-up it’s a good idea to use a nude colour on the lips.
You could also try lining the inside of the lip line if you want to de-emphasise your lips completely. Although this is extreme and unnecessary.
I hope this helped! I will be posting again in the next few hours :)
When I started out in make-up the only adhesive I had to my name was Duo. While it’s great for eyelashes and latex it’s not really an all round adhesive. I have since explored other types and have found that they each have their strengths and drawbacks. So if you were wondering what adhesives to buy for your kit or are unsure about the one to choose to meet the requirements of the job at hand here is a little information on the types of adhesives used by artists and what they actually stick.
Duo – Sticks latex. Great as an eyelash glue. It can also be used to blend the edges of prosthetic pieces made from latex.
ProsAide – This sticks latex only. However, it can be mixed with water and used as a sealer on foam pieces.
Spirit Gum - sticks latex, gelatine and plastic.
Dow Corning 355 Medical Adhesive – This is great stuff. It sticks plastic, gelatine and latex quickly. It can also be thinned using the same thinner used to thin Tipp-ex (trichlorotrifluoroethane – good job I didn’t have to attempt to pronounce this!).
Some of these adhesives are only necessary for the application of prosthesis and bigger jobs. If want to explore fantasy make-up or special effects however it’s worth making sure that you have something in your kit to stick anything!
The idea of a drawing on a French tip with a marker is very enticing. I am useless with my left hand so when attempting a French polish I end up with one perfect hand and one that looks like it was applied by a 5 year old!
When this pen arrived I settled down for some nail pampering. It took me about 10 minutes (no exaggeration) to figure out how to get the colour to come out. The instructions told me “press tip of pen against protected surface”- I wasn’t sure if that was press down or just lean on. If you’ve tried this product then I’m sure you’ll understand my dilemma. It turned out that it was ‘lean on’ rather than ‘press down’ so the instructions are confusing.
When the colour finally came through it applied like a dream to my first nail. Realising that I applied the pen without the expected French polish base-coat, I scooped up a clear base and hastily applied. The pen was not happy!
It got stuck, dragged, blobbed and smeared. Not a good look and a far cry from the nail elegance I was looking forward to. In the end I got frustrated and went to town with the nail polish remover. This could have been because of the base coat or maybe I did something wrong but surely a white tip pen should make life easier.
Although this pen wasn’t for me I do recommend their false nails. I photographed a step by step tutorial on perfect application which I will post tomorrow.
What are your thoughts on French tip pens? Have you tried on that works?