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Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Pregnancy & Baby, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Put to the Test – Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder

I was perusing the Olay section in my local Boots  a while back and I was approached by a lovely sales lady who tried to coerce me into buying the new Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15. I politely listened to the sales pitch and allowed her to demonstrate the smoothness of said magical product on the back of my hand. I then pointed to the oily mess that has become my chin and asked how well it would work for me. I was swiftly ushered to a counter that housed Olay 7 Effects Wake Up Wonder. Apparently this is the product for those of us with combination skin. It was reduced to €10 (from €16 I think) so I tossed a box in my already bulging shopping basket while my Mum bought herself the sensitive product.

According to the box Wake Up Wonder works in the following ways:

  1. Line minimisation: Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. Hydration: For a health radiant glow.
  3. Firming: Hydrates for firmer skin appearance.
  4. Dullness: Improves skin surface dullness.
  5. Exfoliation: Smoothes and evens skin texture.
  6. Pore appearance: Helps minimise the appearance of pores.
  7. Antioxidant: Helps to prevent free radical damage to skin’s surface layers.

Does it work?

That’s a bit of a tall order but for the most part, it works. It most definitely makes fine lines look less, even if it is just an illusion. I wonder if it would do anything for wrinkles though, since they’re deeper than lines and harder to disguise – I’m not in a position to test that one out yet :) Hydration wise, my skin stayed moisturised all day without any richness or heaviness. My dry bits didn’t look chapped as the day went on and my oily bits weren’t out of control. My skin did also feel a little firmer, but nothing to write home about – bear in mind that I’m still in my 20’s. I would say I saw the most improvement in dullness. Pregnancy hormones have left me with a beautiful ashen complexion and Wake Up Wonder seriously helps in this department. It gives the skin a soft focus glow that counteracts knackered grey looking skin (video coming on this soon). My skin also felt really smooth after 2 weeks of use and the  soft-focus glow I mentioned does seem to make pores less noticeable – again, an illusion, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s altering your skin somehow. I should also point out that this hasn’t caused a breakout either. ( I have been using my usual spot fighting arsenal too).

Would I buy again?

Yes. It’s by no means a life changer but it works for my skin type and it’s affordable. ‘Nuff said :)

A note on Olay 7 Effects Sensitive SPF15 – My mum loves it. She finds it moisturising and calming on her skin. She’s quite dry so uses this in the morning and a rich cream at night. She said she would definitely re-purchase.

Have you tried any of these?

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.

Acne/Breakouts, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Organic / Natural

How to: Make your own almond milk lotion

Almond milk has been used on the skin since ancient Egyptian times.  It’s  full of linoleic acids and minerals which help nourish and cleanses the skin. It leaves the skin soft and improves clarity. This is suitable for all skin types but particularly useful for those with normal to dry, dry or ageing skin.

It’s quick, easy and cheap to make. When I make a bottle of this lotion I use it twice daily for one week. I throw out the remainder after this time. I make a new bottle every 2 – 3 months and use as a treatment.


  • 40g ground almonds (almond meal)
  • 1.5 tablespoons of organic honey
  • 400ml of still bottled water

Add the honey and almonds to the water. Stir until the honey has dissolved. Leave to rest for 2.5 hours. Filter and pour into a covered bottle (I once used a small airtight lunch box). Store it in the fridge.

Apply the lotion morning and evening to clean skin and let it work it’s magic.


Moisturisers, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Moisturiser: Is it Worth it?

I have mentioned Lancome Hydra Zen Neurocalm Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream (what a mouthful) a few times on videos and M&B posts. I have re-purchased this cream 3 times. Instead of telling you that this works for me I thought I would investigate a little further.

Lancome claims that this moisturiser hydrates the skin and helps it maintain optimum moisture balance. It was designed (or marketed rather) to help skin exposed to environmental conditions that have a negative effect on the skin.

The reason I have re-purchased this product repeatedly is due to the fact that it doesn’t make my skin break out. That aside, I’m not sure that it has any other positive effects on my skin. I decided to check out the ingredients to see if there is any benefit to it at all.

According to the experts (impartial experts) this cream is very basic and ordinary. It doesn’t contain anti-oxidants which help Continue Reading

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

Foundation, Reviews

Lancome Adaptive Foundation

A product designed to make oily skin matte and dry skin moisturized?  I was skeptical the first time I picked up Lancome Adaptive. I was matched to shade 03.

It came highly recommended by a friend who also had combination skin. I bought  it from my local McCabes Pharmacy, I received lots of Lancome freebies, with my purchase. I love freebies, they make you feel like your getting a better deal.

This is a liquid foundation with SPF10. It is designed for combination skin. The sales spiel blabbered on about mattifying the oily part of your skin whilst moisturising the dry. It’s medium coverage.

The good: It evened out my skintone and cover my blemishes. I quite like the texture. It feels quite rich without being greasy.

The bad: It made my complexion look a little flat. The scent was also a little overpowering.

And the Ugly:  After two hours of wear I noticed that my chin was sans make-up! Bear in mind that I wasn’t running a marathon or lying on a beach in Hawaii, I was sitting at the kitchen table! Not a good result.

Overall it’s a bit average for a high end product. It is superior to any “drugstore” foundation I have tried. However, it doesn’t compare to the likes of Make Up Forever, Nars or Chanel.

I certainly won’t be re-purchasing!

What do you think of Lancome Foundations?