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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

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?


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?

Aging, Organic / Natural, Previews/Launches, Skin Care

NEW! Yes to Blueberries: Anti-Aging Products Under €25!

You probably know by now that I’m a fan of Yes to Carrots. I was happy to hear that have launched an anti-ageing range called Yes to Blueberries, age-refresh.  The range has been created to fight the signs of ageing by improving skin firmness and diminishing fine lines.

“Yes to Blueberries is the ideal companion to the skins natural ageing process. It actively aids the skins own ability to regenerate, helps reduce signs of ageing while deeply moisturising”.


Overnight Hydrating Cream €19.99 (50ml)


Daily Repairing Moisturizer €19.99 (50ml)


Intensive Skin Repair Serum €24.99 (30ml)

Eye Firming Treatment €22.99 (15ml)

Yes to Blueberrries Daily Smoothing Cleaners €12.99

I’ve tried the cleanser myself and really liked it. It smells like honey and is very mild. I should point out that the product isn’t actually blue like you would expect (I suppose that makes sense since it’s the skin of a blueberry that’s blue).

These products are available at Sam McCauley Chemists, selected pharmacies around Ireland and also online at If you live in the US you can order directly from the Yes to Carrots website.

Do you like Yes to Carrots products?

Make-up Tips

Putting together a Make-up Kit – Older Women

Helen MirrenI’m doing some TV work with ‘Off the Rails’ this week with more mature women. I was busy preparing my kit this morning and it got me thinking about a make-up kit for more mature skin. I decided to put together a list of all the ‘must haves’.

Unfortunately skin changes as we age. Boo Hoo.  Skin becomes less firm, skin tone can become patchy and uneven, eyebrows can become sparse and lighter in colour, hairs can sprout on the chin and to top it all off skin pigmentation can become an issue. Sounds a little depressing, I know, but the good news is that the right make-up can really make a difference. Don’t give up.

Makeup Products for aging skin:

A great foundation /Tinted Moisturiser – ‘Sheer’ is the way forward. You should still be able to see the skin, it should not create a mask effect – this will make you look older. Choose the lightest coverage you can get away with and go easy on the powder. Dewy skin looks fresh and youthful.

Concealer – There are two types and you probably need one of each. 1) a light reflective concealer (like YSL Touche Eclat) to brighten under the eyes. It can also be used in the laughter liner between the nose and mouth. 2) Fuller Coverage Concealer – thicker in texture this provides great coverage for broken capillaries and blemishes. This one is usually best kept away from the delicate under eye area as it seeps into lines.

Eyeshadow – If you could only have one go for a taupe shade. This works with all eye colours, looks sophisticated and can be used as an eyeliner too. If you are more adventurous choose a shade that accentuates your eye colour.

Mascara – This is an essential. Mascaras open up the eyes, creating a more youthful look. It also gives the illusion of definition. There a so many on the market that you will have no problem finding one that suits your needs and your budget. If you aren’t blessed with curly lashes than you will benefit an eyelash curler. Use it daily before mascara application to give that ‘bright eyed’ effect.

Sheer Lipstick or Lipgloss – Again, sheer is key. Thick, matte lipstick will make you look older. For a more youthful look go for a colour one or two shades deeper or brighter, depending on your preference, than the natural lip colour. This will emphasise the lips, make them look fuller but still natural and fresh.

Cream Blush – Cream is better than powder for maturing skin, there are quite a few reason for this: 1)Skin often gets dryer as we age, a cream blush is more suitable for dryer skins than a powder. 2) It’s long lasting and 3) Powder can look ageing whereas cream adds a soft flush of natural glowing colour that looks like it’s coming from within.

And that’s really all you need. Anything else you add is a bonus.

Helen Mirren and Judi Dench are great examples of how to get make-up right when your older!

Best of luck and I hope this was helpful!

Aging, Foundation, Reviews

My thoughts on Avon Anew Age Transforming Compact Makeup SPF15

Foundation review time!

I have been trying out Avon Anew Age Transforming Compact Makeup SPF15, wow what a mouthful. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Avon products. This one was a gift from my aunt last year. It has stayed in the bottom of my makeup drawer but last week I decided it was time to give it some life.

This is a silicone based compact foundation. I generally don’t like compact foundations but I tried to be as unbiased as possible. One great things about this product is that it offers protection from UVA rays thanks to Titanium Dioxide. The downside to this ingredient is of course that it can look a little pasty when exposed to flash photography. Right away that makes this a no no for a bride.

It feels quite greasy when first applied but it’s smooth and easy to blend. It sets to a satin finish, no grease. It’s a little powdery to the touch but didn’t actually look powdery on the skin. It provided a light coverage which didn’t last very long on my normal to combination skin.I tried a little on an older client to see if the foundation seeped into wrinkles and pores. It didn’t thanks to the silicone.

This product also contains a retinol blend. I wouldn’t get too excited about this, the levels are more than likely ridiculously low (to avoid skin reactions in customers) and even at that the tiny dose of retinol could be affected by it’s exposure to light and oxygen.

This foundation would be a good option if you..

  • have dry or mature skin
  • like light coverage
  • need UVA protection in your foundation
  • like compact foundations

For me, I’m afraid it’s a thumbs down. In fact every Avon foundation I have tried, admittedly a few years ago, left me disappointed.

What are your thoughts on Avon foundations and their make-up in general?

Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Organic / Natural, Skin Care

DIY Anti-Wrinkle Oil (30’s)

I previously did a post outlining how to make a wrinkle preventative using ingredients suited to those in their twenties. Today I’m moving up a decade. This anti-wrinkle oil has ingredients prove to protect, sooth and nourish the skin whilst keeping the aul’ wrinkles away.

Dilute the following ingredients in 2 tablespoons of almond or hazelnut oil.  Store it in a sterilised glass bottle (like the tincture bottles from natural shops).

Aging, Skin Care, Tutorials

The ins and outs of AHA’s in Skincare

AHA is a term we beauty junkies  hear thrown around regularly. Since I have now become more concerned with looking after my skin I though a little further investigation was in order. I wondered whether there are enough benefits to AHA’s in skincare to warrant buying such a product.

What is AHA?

AHA’s, Alpha-hydroxy-acids, are fruit acids and come in a variety of forms including lactic acid and glycolic acid. They work by chemically exfoliating the skin. Many a dermatologist recommend AHA products in place of a good old facial scrub.

Research shows that AHA’s…

  • help cell turnover
  • Increase collegen in the skin
  • Clears  pores
  • Reduce skin discolouration
  • Break down the protein that binds dead skin cells together leaving plumper skin

What skin type benefits from AHA’s?

Products that contain between 5% and 10% AHA are recommended to see a difference.They are also best for those with normal or normal to dry skin as they AHA’s have difficulty getting through oil. If you have very sensitive skin you may want to pass on AHA’s.

My experience with AHA’s:

As mentioned in a previous post I love The Doctors Collection glcolic cleanser. I use it for 3 weeks in a row every 6 months. It contains 10% glycolic acid. I never experienced any irritation although I wouldn’t use a product like this all of the time. I picked this up at my local beauty salon last year. I’m sad to report that they don’t sell it anymore but there are hundreds of similar products on the market. I noticed a huge improvement:


AHA’s have been used for aging skin for centuries. They can be found in moisturisers, sun creams, cleansers, foundations, the list goes on.

What are your thoughts on AHA’s?

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Drugstore Make-up, Moisturisers, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Aging plus Blemish Control

It occurred to me that I should probably start thinking about anti-aging products. I do use SPF in the daytime all year round but I wondered could I be doing more. At the moment fine lines aren’t visible but I want to be prepared.

The problem is that I’m still prone to  breakouts on my chin. This is a bit of an annoying situation since most anti-aging moisturisers are too rich for my skin and will no doubt end in a major breakout. So I started my search for a product that is designed for my age and my skin type. It has not been a very easy or successful search but I did come across Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Aging plus Blemish Control in Boots.

I have been using this morning and night for a month now. I decided it was time to share my thoughts on this product.

It contains beta hydroxy acid and 1.5% salicylic acid (for those with breakouts). I have it on good authority that this moisturiser had a low ph which could irritate sensitive skin, although it didn’t irritate mine.

I have been applying this product straight after cleansing with All About Carrotts cleanser, blending in with my fingertips. I’m not Continue Reading

Cleansers, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, YouTube Videos

A Product that has Changed my Skin…


My local beauty salon have recently started offering Glycolic peels as part of their services.

I have some discolouration on my chin from teenage spots. The texture of the skin there is different to the rest of my skin. I spoke to the dermatologist about this and she recommended a mild glycolic peel. In order to prepare my skin for the a few treatments I was told to use this cleanser for a month before treatment (which cost €51!Extremely expensive for a cleanser!!)




It says on the box that the cleanser is suitable for all skin types that require deep clean, refining of pores, lines and congestion. It can be used to remove make-up which I’m quite thankful for as I couldn’t possibly add more steps into my beauty regime, I’m far too lazy! It also removes eye make-up remover without irritating your eyes.

I was told not to use this whilst on holiday as it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.


I’ve been using it for 2 weeks morning and before bed. The texture of the area has improved dramatically and I have seen a huge improvement in pore congestion. The dermatologist recommended I use this product for one month every year.

I’m really happy with the results so far. I’ll let you know my final verdict in 2 weeks :) Hopefully I won’t get any irritation.

I bought mine in Slender Health Beauty Salon in Dublin.

This particular product can only be sold by professionals because it has such a high percentage of glycolic acid(it doesn’t state what percentage on the box as it’s not sold commercially. I would suggest that you see a dermatologist if you want to try a similar product, as any glycolic acid product you can buy online will not not be the same strength and will not provide dramatic results.

Amy X