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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?

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?

Aging, General, Organic / Natural, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, Toners

Voya Ritzy Spritzy

Voya Ritzy Spritzy is an anti-aging toner which is made in Ireland from hand-harvested seaweed.When the box arrived  I examined the ingredients and the packaging and concluded that 1) it looked impressive and 2) I wouldn’t actually use it past the testing period since I’m so lazy. I am happy to report that I was right on the first count and wrong on the second.

I have been spraying this toner on my face at least twice a day. In the morning and evening after cleansing but often during the day to refresh my skin on no make-up days. I have even sprayed it over my foundation to see if it worked as a fixative and I wasn’t disappointed.

 

The claims

  • Cleanses and purifies
  • Tones and stimulates skin
  • Naturally soothes and moisturises
  • Improves suppleness and elasticity of skin
  • Helps against the signs of ageing
  • Traditionally used in the care and repair of skin

I have been using the toner for 8 weeks and my skin is smooth. The clarity of my skin has also improved. When I see the words ‘anti-ageing’ on a product I fear it will break me out. Not so in this case.

This is the only product I have tried from the range but I would love to explore some more. The background of the brand is also quite fascinating (to a beauty junkie at least). The company started in 1912 when the first seaweed baths opened on the Atlantic coast of Strandhill, Sligo. Apparently thousands still flock to these seaweed baths. I have to say, I’m a little intrigued. Their products are also organic.

This toner will also be handy for my kit so I shall be purchasing another for professional use on clients.

Celebrity Style/Makeup, General

Twilight Saga Makeup Artist – Robin Mathews

Robin Mathews is Kristen Stewarts Personal Makeup artist. She worked with her on Twilight and New Moon.

Robin won’t divulge the product list she used on Kristen in New Moon until Breaking Dawn has been filmed. Ah, a bit of a wait to find out what lipstick she was wearing! But she has shared some of her favourite products in an interview with Beauty Blogging Junkie, Yay! She loves:

  • Shiseido Moisturisers
  • Cle de Peau Concealers
  • Stila Convertable Colours
  • Most of the Laura Mercier line
  • Anastacia’s line for eyebrows
  • Va Neill Brushes
  • She Umeura Eyelash Curlers

Her best beauty tip “use the lightest formula of foundation you can get away with. If you have beautiful skin, don’t use any foundation at all!”

“Our motivation for Bella in New Moon was a look that would define Bella as an idolized popular literary character, surrounded by mythical creatures while still being a “real girl”. She is almost a realistic cartoon character if you will, but still natural, youthful and fresh”

To achieve her look at home Robin suggests “Keep it young, fresh, and natural; pretty but with a punch”

Drugstore Make-up, Foundation, Make-up

Make-up on a budget

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I am often asked about what make-up to buy if you’re on a tight budget. I get asked this question so often from Irish ladies that I decided to dedicate a blog post to it.

Let me start by saying that I don’t think there is any one great drugstore brand. I tend to pick and choose from each brand. After much testing (haha) I have decided that each brand has their strengths and weaknesses; for example Natural Collection make great lipsticks but poor eye-shadows.  Revlon is my overall favourite drugstore/pharmacy make-up brand. However, it is more expensive in Ireland (colourstay costs €17! Add a few euro to that and you could buy yourself a high end foundation)

  • Concealer: Essence Trio, Maybelline
  • Nail Polish: Essence, Rimmel
  • Powder: Rimmel Silky Loose Powder
  • Lipgloss: Essence, Bourjois 3D
  • Foundation: Revlon, Boots 17, Rimmel, Max Factor
  • Blush: Collection 2000
  • Mascara: Collection 2000 (purple tube) if you’re after Dior Show but can’t afford it. Maybelline Lash Stilleto is my favourite.
  • Lip Liner: Natural Collection
  • Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel
  • Eye liner: Loreal
  • Highlight: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer
  • Bronzer: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer , Barry M, Rimmel, Natural Collection
  • Eye-shadows: Ok this is the one area I recommending spending a little more. I am happy to buy cheaper brands for most make-up items, but not eyeshadow. The reason for this is that they tend not to be very pigmented or long lasting. I do love Barry M Dazzledusts though.

What are your favourite drugstore items?

Giveaways / Competitions

This Weeks Giveaway – Crystal Rocks Lipgloss

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Hi ladies,

This weeks giveaway is Maybelline Watershine Lipgloss in Crystal Rocks

To qualify to WIN you must

  • Follow the site
  • Leave a comment on the give-away post (open all week)
  • Tweet about the competition (or blog post on your site)
  • Subscribe to my YouTube Channel

Last weeks winner is Lisa T Submitted on 2009/11/09 at 5:08am. Congratulations, if you email me your address I will pop your Maybelline Lipstick in the post tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who entered last weeks giveaway. Good luck this week :)

Winners will be announced at the end of each week. Open Internationally.

Good luck everyone!

Amy x

Nail Polish/Care, Reviews, Swatches

Revlon Tropical Temptation – Perfect for a Summer Holiday

I’ve been wanting to buy this Revlon nail polish for months! I saw it in Cosmopolitan Magazine in February and I loved it. However, when I went into Boots to get it, it looked insanely bright under the harsh lights and I chickened out!

I’ve had it in my hand at least 6 times since then and always put it back on the shelf.

Yesterday I decided to give in and just buy it and I love it!! :) Perfect for summer! It’ll be perfect on Holiday!

What’s your favourite nail polish?