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Aging, Moisturisers, Organic / Natural, Pregnancy & Baby, Previews/Launches, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Pukka Ayurveda Nourishing Facial Oil Review

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My skin type is always changing. It used to be combination oily, then sensitive and dry. Recently it has normalised but I still have a tendency to dryness and the odd spot here and there. I’m starting to be concerned about ageing so have been dabbling in different types of products that will hopefully help with dryness and protect my skin from ageing. For the Continue Reading

Bath & Body, Reviews, Skin Care

The Best Product for Chapped Hands!

I don’t know about you but this time of year my hands are always extremely dry and chapped. I have six different hand-creams on the go and none of them are making a blind but of difference.

Instead of listing a whole lot of creams I have found useless I’ll get right to the good one!

Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion!

You will notice that it’s not a designated hand cream but let me tell you, it has outperformed all of the other hand products I have tested.

I can’t take credit for this find I’m afraid. My lovely Mammy got me on to it. It’s on offer at the moment in my local pharmacy for €3.95 so I presume it’s on offer in other places. It’s definitely worth a look if your skin is very dry at the moment.

Although it’s deemed a lotion is feels a little richer and more creamy. Despite that it’s not sticky, tacky or greasy and absorbs fast. It also doesn’t leave a residue (which I hate).

My hands felt better immediately. No chapped skin or irritation. My skin also looks plumper and more healthy. Now, to try smearing it over the rest of me!

Love!!!

Baby Products, Favourites, Moisturisers, Pregnancy & Baby, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Flippin’ Amazing! Cicaplast Baume B5 by La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay is one of those brands that is constantly raved about by beauty bloggers. I have tried a few of their products and their quality cannot be denied – the spf 50 for face in particular is fantastic. But I have recently come across their piece de resistance!

Cicaplast Baume B5… what a beautiful name :)

This has been a huge success in France, the home of the brand, where 6 months worth of product sold within 60 days. The most amazing thing about this is that they didn’t even have to advertise. That’s surely the mark of a good product. I was intrigued.

I picked up a tube for €12.50 in my local pharmacy – I couldn’t believe how cheap it was. After hearing such acclaim I was expecting a fairly hefty price tag. Now I actually bought it for baby Eve who had dry skin on her face, nappy rash and a touch of eczema on the back of her elbows (I tried all the usuals but to no avail). It cleared both up in 24 hours. My intrigue turned to delight. I proceeded to smear some all over the bumps at the backs of my arms, my knees and elbows and a dry patch on my forehead. All gone in a day or two. Result!

The product claims to sooth and repairs all everyday skin irritations, cuts and minor wounds. According to dermatologists the results of tests back them up. I have since read so many testimonials from Mammy’s online raving about this stuff. Ok, so its great for baba’s but it’s also great for us :)
I plan to use it on stretch-marks, scars (hopefully no c-section scars this time round), dry skin and irritation.
Cicaplast Baume B5, I’m so happy you’re in my life! Have you tried anything from La Roche Posay?
Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Giveaways / Competitions, Organic / Natural, Skin Care

January Skin Detox (& Giveaway)

After a month of Dublin’s low temperatures, icy Chicago winds, central heating and dehydration my skin was a disgrace. I tried a few diy facials, creams, scrubs and a multitude of other things but to no avail. I gave up and booked a appointment in Thérapie (see the end of this post for giveaway).

I opted for the Eve Lom facial. As you probably know by now, I’m a big fan of natural and organic products. My skin is too sensitive for chemicals. My main problems were dryness and congestion.

What attracted me to this treatment was the use of paraffin wax on the skin and the promise of clearing congested skin without pain or redness.

What I loved about the Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse:

  • Warm paraffin wax in painted on the skin layer by layer to open up the pores. It feels amazing! The beauty therapist then peeled the mask back piece by piece and worked on removing the congestion in that area before moving on to the next. I had quite a few extractions and there was absolutely no pain. In fact there wasn’t even squeezing.
  • The facial included a bit of an upper body massage. You know how much I hate this phrase but I think I had a bit of an OMG moment during the massage. I had no idea there were balls of tension in my upper back.
  • Following the paraffin mask and extractions the therapist applied a cool and tingly mask, followed by a fresh toner to close uo my now clear pores.
  • The treatment finished with an Eve Lom moisturiser that left my skin comfortable all day.

The results:

I left the clinic feeling chilled to the core. Best of all there was no hint of redness. My skin was clear and uncongested. I can’t believe the difference in my pore size. Obviously that won’t last forever but for now my pores are minimised and clear.

Usually after a facial my skin gets worse for a few days, this is probably down to the detoxification – the treatments often draw out the impurities. But with this facial even my tiniest pores were clear so I had no spots or redness over the following days. I also had quite a few compliments on how radiant I looked, always good.

This is such an indulgent treatment. For me it’s worth every cent. I will definitely be going back for more as soon as my pores start to fill up again. Since I probably missed something, here is a link to information on the facial on Thérapie’s website.

When I try to clear congestion myself at home I usually get the main, larger ones but I can’t reach the majority of the clogged pores. Clogged pores are a nightmare for me because they affect the texture of my skin, making it appear bumpy and swollen. I think I’ll continue with my DIY masks and then have a facial like this once a season to clear out the build up.

I am also interested in having some laser hair removal at Thérapie this Spring, it seems very affordable at the moment. I am also keen on trying the Jet Peel that I talked about before and maybe Velashape contouring in the future. Thérapie has a beautiful clinic – calming, classy and is definitely more of a clinic rather than a beauty salon.

Giveaway:

I have two Dr Murad gift sets to giveaway from Thérapie! Click here to enter. (extremely easy to enter, no fuss)


How is your skin after the harsh Winter weather?

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, Beauty Tips, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

Miracle Whip – a Miracle Beauty Cream! Skin Rejuvination

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!

Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

Egg white & cucumber mask for dry or ageing skin

Make your own skincare time. I tried this one myself yesterday.

This mask is great for dry, combination, ageing or damaged skin. It tones, cleanses, reduces inflammation and hydrates the skin – all from ingredients in your kitchen cupboard.

You also get the added benefit of knowing exactly what you are putting onto your skin.

All you need:

  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons of grated fresh  cucumber
  • Witchhazel
  • Still bottle water

Beat the egg until it forms still peaks. I’m a weed to I use the electric mixer. Fold in the orange juice and cucumber, stir gently.

Smear the mixture onto your skin and leave for 20 minutes. I wiped mine off with cotton wool pads and bottled water. I like to finish diy masks by applying a little witchazel to the skin as a toner.

It keeps for 1 day in the fridge so I tend to apply the mask twice or share with my mum :)

Foot Care, General, Skin Care

Smooth Feet

I mentioned Avon Pedi Peel by Foot Works in a recent video and thought it deserved a blog mention.

For me, having smooth feet is one of the nicest feelings in the world. I have spent so much money on foot products over the years. For a while I was using the Ped-Egg. Although I got great results I noticed that the skin grew back much faster and worse than before. When I researched this I found that when the skin in under attack (from grating, cutting etc) it responds through over compensation. So not only does new skin grow back but it can grow back faster and thicker. This wouldn’t be a problem if you used Ped-Egg regularly. But for me,the dry skin I get on my heels doens’t warrant that amount of work.

I ordered the Avon Pedi Peel pads from my local Avon rep about 6 months ago. Before I go to bed I wipe a pad on both heels and bin it.

When I’m showering I then use my own Lavender Oat Scrub Bar on my feet (very gently). I no longer have dry skin, my feet are baby smooth.

What do you do to keep dry skin on your feet at bay?

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care, Tutorials

DIY Beauty Recipe – Peaches & Cream Glow Mask

I am posting my first natural beauty recipe. This one is great for dry, dehydrated, sensitive or mature skin.It’s nourishing and moisturising. It takes 5 minutes to make and is so much cheaper than buying a mask. Best of all, it has no harsh chemicals and preservatives.

This recipe makes one treatment.

  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • Half of a very ripe, small, peeled, peach

Use a pestle and mortar or a bowl and fork tomash the peach, combine cream and smooth.

Smooth mixture on to your face and neck lie down and leave for 30 minutes. Because of the creamy consistency use a towel on your hair in case it drips. Rinse with a  warm cloth (muslin is best if you have one but an ordinary face cloth will be fine)

Enjoy gorgeous skin!

I will post mask recipes for other skin types soon.

Amy x

Bath & Body

Bath & Body Products Experiment

shampoosIt is November, it is cold, it is dark…it is bath month. Let me explain before you decide that I’m crazy :) I have noticed a pattern in my bathing habits over the last 10 years or so. For most of the year I shower each morning but at this time of the year I have more baths. I’m not entirely sure why this is but my November in my ‘bath month’. I expect it’s a comfort thing. Continue Reading