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A Magic Treatment – Image 02 Lift (No downtime!)

skincare-6We have always been told to leave enough time between a facial and a special event so your skin looks it’s best. It has been my experience that the benefits of the facial have often worn off before the big day. I was excited when I heard about Image’s new treatment – the O2 Facial. You can have it the day before a big event or even on the morning of. I was intrigued. Continue Reading

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.


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?

Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Organic / Natural, Salon Treatments, Skincare Reviews

PHYT’s Multi-Vita Facial – My Winter Skin Saviour

I had the most amazing facial last week. I have had a few facials lately as my skin has been in pretty bad shape. The best one I have had so far was a PHYT’s Multi-Vita Facial.

PHYT’s products are 100% organic and natural which is what initially appealed to me about this treatment. You know how I feel about skin products that are pumped full of chemicals, what a waste of money.

Get ready for some ‘oohing’ and ‘aah-ing’. As always, this review is based on my own experience and I am expressing my own views, I also have no affiliation with the brand or the salon (just to get that out of the way!).

When I arrived Virginie evaluated my skin and surprised me with the news that my skin was very dehydrated and fine. I thought I was doing my skin a favour by using anti-acne products. It turns out that I have been destroying my skin. I will now be moisturising like mad woman.

The facial itself was gentle and relaxing. The pore extractions were not tear inducing, I barely noticed it.  Virginie applied layer after layer of nourishing goodies (see below) which left my skin looking fresh and plump. There was a face and neck massage which is designed

The absolute best part was leaving the salon with calm skin –  with NO redness! This felt like some kind of miracle. Usually I look like I have done a round in a boxing ring when I leave a salon. My skin is prone to redness and is easily irritated so any extractions I have had before have left my face looking sore. Not this time. I left the salon without slipping to the bathroom to smear on some foundation and happily faced the world bare, my face that is.

My skin continued to improve all week. It felt comfortable, not tight. It also glowed – which made a change from my rather ashen appearance of late. Best of all, my breakouts cleared.  I also had quite a few compliments, always a good thing.

I also got quite a few tips from Virginie, who has amazing skin herself. Firstly I learned that a separate eye cream is not necessary if you are using organic products as there is no man-made particles that need to be absorbed. Conventional, non-organic skin creams often include artificial fragrances which make this unsuitable for use near the eye are. As a testament to how natural the products are, Virginie applied the face masks to my eyes too. There is nothing irritating or lab made involved, just goodness.

Secondly I learned that face scrubs can be too harsh on thin Celtic skins and that an organic face peel is a much better option. After it dries you gently flake it away. And lastly that hot water is not my friend – I use only luke warm water on my skin now. It causes far less irritation. I’m also quite shocked that I don’t have combination oily skin, apparently there wasn’t a trace of sebum in my skin. I need to treat my skin as dry and sensitive going forward – acne breakouts included.

I will definitely having another PHYT’s facial, it felt like Winter skin rescue. I’m looking forward to exploring the brand’s skin care products further.

There is more information below for anyone who is interested.

Have you heard of PHYT’s? Do you treat yourself to facials?



Here is some more information on the Multi-Vita facial

  • The Multi-Vita Facial is designed to brighten, tone and rejuvenate the skin giving instant and obvious results.  It benefits all skin types and ages, especially dry mature skin. It uses products which contain oils derived from wheat germ, yeast, sage and lemon & a high content of vitamins (A, B2, B5, C, A, E) all of which help to revitalise, lift and plump up the skin.


  • The facial takes one hour and 15 minutes to perform.


  • It costs €95 and is available from Virginie Claire Salon in Harold’s Cross and selected PHYT’S salons nationwide

The Multi-vita Facial : Step by step

Step 1
The face and neck are cleansed with PHYT’S ‘Lait de Soins’ removing all traces of make-up and pollutants.  Eyes are cleansed with PHYT’S ‘Lotion Demaquilliant pour les Yeux’.

Step 2
PHYT’S Tonique is then applied to remove residue cleanser and to help balance the skin’s pH.

Step 3
The skin is exfoliated using PHYT’S Contact +.  This very gentle buffing cream can be used on even the most delicate of skins (including eyelids, neck and lips).  This exfoliation prepares the skin ensuring that it gets maximum benefit from the serums and mask treatment which will follow.  

Step 4
PHYT’S ‘Prelude 108 Serum’ is applied to the face and neck.  This lifts the skin, plumping up fine lines and boosting circulation. This serum contains cinnamon, 21 amino acid and silicone.

Step 5
Pressure is then applied with single fingers) to key pressure points on the face and neck.  This helps improve blood circulation and relaxation.

Step 6
PHYT’S Serum Multi-Vita is then applied to the skin.  Enriched with Céveble and vitamins A, B and E, zinc, yeast, lemon oil it brightens the complexion and smoothes the skin.  (Céveble is a PHYTS patented vegetally derived active element which is scientifically proven to firm the skin cells.)

Step 7   
PHYT’S Serum Anti-Rides is then applied.  This nourishes the skin and helps lymph drainage.  Massaged into the skin it helps plump up the skin.  (Key ingredients are Rosemary, Thyme, Cypress & Virgin oils, wheat germ, hazelnut and palm oil.)

Step 8
Masque Multi-Vita is then applied.  This helps seal in and re-enforce the benefits of the serums.  

Step 9
Sérum Multi-Vita is again applied to further boost firmness and radiance.

Step 10
An appropriate moisturiser is applied to complete the facial. Creme Ylang in my case.



General, Salon Treatments

Beauty Salon treatments – Your thoughts?

I am up bright and early with a spring in my step this Saturday morning. Why am I a crazy woman up at 7am on the weekend?

I’m off for some much needed beautifying this morning. It was booked as a surprise present for me. I am heading off for a massage, facial and manicure. It may surprise you that I’m not a salon regular. I had more facials as a teen than in my adult life – When I was 14 when my mother freaked out about the emergence of  visible pores on my nose. She sent me in to Sherry in the Shelbourne Hotel for some emergency blackhead removal – they were just pores Mam, calm down :)

I’m a fan of home beautifying. I enjoy the buffing, scrubbing and filing. I happily apply my own false tan, whip up some body mask from ingredients in my fridge and smear on homemade goodies as part of a DIY facial. I also occasionally use shop bought products but my point is that it’s always done at home.

But for today I am happy to put my beautifying into the hands of some professionals.

This lead me to wonder about the rest of you. I would be really interested to know what your thoughts on salon /spa treatments are – do you frequent the salon? If so, what for? What am I missing out on?

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!