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

5 Stars: Ren Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser

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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.

Results:

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 www.renskincare.com, from BeautyBoutique.ie or inhealth.ie and Sephora in the US.

 

 

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

Addicted to Double Cleansing!

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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 voya.ie 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, 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.

Love!

 

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, Cleansers, Skin Care

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Visibly Clear Facial Wash

I bought myself a new cleanser from my local chemist last week – Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Visibly Clear Facial Wash. I have seen the advertisements for this product on bus stops around Dublin and the pinkness always catches my eye. I also love Grapefruit scented products, more grapefruit essential oil rather than sugary citrus.

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Visibly Clear Cleansing Wash

I love anything that smells refreshing and this wash is refreshing to the max. Texture wise it’s the same as most cleansing washes. I pump some into the palm of my hand, add a little water, lather and rub into all over my face. I then rinse well to ensure so residue remains.

I have quite reactive skin at the moment but I had no irritation as of yet. This may change with continues use in which case I will update this post. Otherwise you can assume that I’m still irritation free.

I had a little breakout on my chin and along the side of my nose.  The morning after my first night of use the little red bumps had dried a little and come to a head (ick but productive!) and within 3 days my breakout was clear. I do have to point out that this while this product would be great for girls with combination/oily skin that get some breakouts it probably will do very little for acne. It’s not an acne treatment so I wouldn’t expect much in that sense.

I would happily repurchase this in the future, especially since I can’t find my Vichy Essentuals Facial Cleansing Wash anywhere! I bought it for €4 which was quite surprising as I expected  it to be about €6 or €7.

What are your favourite Neutrogena products?

Cleansers, Reviews, Skin Care

Where have you been all my life? Vichy Cleansing Wash

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?

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Skin Care Favourite’s

I’ve changed my skin care routine up a bit over the past few weeks. I was suffering from breakouts go leoir but also dryness and sensitivity. My new routine has improved the situation enormously.

It’s a fickle world so no doubt I will change my routine again at some stage in the future, but for the moment I am delighted with the results of using these. What skincare products are in your arsenal at the moment?

 

Cleansers, General, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Yet another cleanser: Cetaphil Daily for normal to oily skin

I’m addicted to trying new cleansers. It’s getting ridiculous. Maybe I haven’t found the perfect one, if such a thing even exists, but I love trying new things. During one of more recent breakouts I found myself in the chemist desperately seeking a tube of Panoxyl. A large, familiar bottle caught my eye, Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for normal to oily skin.

I have never come across Cetaphil before but I have seen countless YouTube guru’s showing it off. It was time for me to give it a try.

It costs €14 which is a little steep considering the fact that it’s a detergent based cleanser with no attractive ingredients. But it is mild and there is plenty of product in there. I have heard that their original gentle cleanser isn’t fabulous at removing make- up so I was curious about this one.

It removed my make-up, including non waterproof eye make-up, without a hitch. It didn’t dry out my skin or irritate my eyes. It does exactly what it says on the tin… Ronseal wood stain tv ad reference for those of you who are wondering whether Cetaphil comes in a tin :)

That’s the good, now here’s the negative. It’s fragranced which isn’t conducive to the brand image. It’s also pretty pointless. It also doesn’t have a bunny  on the packaging which I assume means that the product may be tested on animals.

 

 

 

 

Cleansers, Drugstore Make-up, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Yes to Carrots Eye & Face Make-up Remover: Yes, Yes, Yes!

In my next video – my favourite affordable make-up and beauty products, I declare undying love for Yes to Carrots Eye and Face Make-up Remover. It’s a string statement to make about a cleanser so I thought I ought to explain myself.

The good:

  • Paraben Free
  • Creamy
  • Affordable –  €8.91 for 250ml
  • Decent amount of product – 250ml to be exact
  • Nice soft scent
  • Doesn’t irritate my current sensitive skin
  • No need for cotton wool, it washes off (I use a muslin cloth for added exfoliation)
  • No oily residue – I haven’t been toning! Oh the horror!
  • Gentle on eyes
  • Removed every screed of eye make-up
  • Easy to find; chemists, Boots, some Supermarkets. It appears to be sold worldwide. Check out their website for more information: www.yestocarrots.com

The bad:

  • I can’t think of any! I suppose the bottle is so big that it would be no good for traveling (but that’s really reaching for a fault! Maybe they offer travel size options)

According to the website Yes to Carrots products are for normal to dry skin. I have combination skin; normal with an oily chin (annoying) and this product hasn’t made my skin oily or greasy at all. Apparently Yes to Tomatoes is for oily to combination skin, Yes to Cucumbers for normal to sensitive skin.

As long as this cleanser keeps my skin in it’s present condition I shall be repurchasing this til the cows come home! Thank you little sister for buying me this one.

It makes me wonder about the rest of the All About Carrots range. Have you tried any?

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care, Tutorials

How to Make your own Cleanser: Normal Skin

Well ladies, here’s another DIY skincare recipe that’s so easy to make and leaves your skin fresh and cleansed.

Yoghurt and strawberries are gentle cleansers, whilst lavender soothes skin.

The ingredients your need to make this gentle cleanser for Normal skin types:

  • 1 Fresh Strawberry
  • 1 Tablespoon plain whole-milk Yoghurt
  • 1 drop Lavender essential oil

Crush the stawberry and combine the yoghurt and juice. Add the lavender and mix together well. Dampen your face with warm water and massage the mixture in for one minute. Rinse with warm water.

Enjoy beautiful skin naturally!

Amy x