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Organic / Natural, Skin Care

Magic Mask for Dry Skin

I’m trying out another Voya product this week. This time it’s a mask called Maskerade. This one is geared at dry,  dehydrated skin. Perfect for Winter.

Like all Voya products, Maskerade is made from hand harvested seaweed. It’s also organic. Yay.

I have used it roughly five times and so far I like it. It feels like a little moisture injection. The mask still manages to draw out impurities so like all face masks it’s probably best not to use it right before a big event. I would use it a week before any event to be on the safe side. After use my skin was soft and luminous. My forehead also felt less tight.

It’s also very easy to apply – I apply it with my fingers to clean skin in an upward motion. Leave it on for 10 minutes  and then wash off with a muslin cloth (is there any mask or cleanser that doesn’t work better when used in conjunction with a muslin cloth!)

Like most Voya products, this one is expensive at €35. Well I suppose it is a luxury brand. It’s also organic and uses hand harvested seaweed. The bottle is also large so I’ll get plenty of applications out of it. It would actually make a nice present. I noticed on their website that Voya won Best Natural/Organic Spa Product Range in the The Crystal Awards. Easy to see why.

For those who might be interested, Voya products are sold from their website and through spas and salons around Ireland.

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, General

Make your own Healing Mask

This blend can be used on damaged, dry, mature or sensitive skin. The recipe will last for one month and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare. The ingredients are very especially beneficial for ageing skin. Expensive skin care products often use these ingredients, but in minuscule proportions. Making your own treatment costs a fraction of the price, you have the benefit of knowing exactly what your putting on your skin and you have everything you need to make the treatment again.

You need

  • Still bottled water
  • 9 drops Geranium Oil
  • 6 Empty Evening Primrose Oil Capsules (the oil inside)
  • 20ml Wheatgerm Oil
  • 20ml Rosehip Oil

Pour rosehip, wheatgerm and evening primrose oil into a dark, clean bottle. Add the Geranium oil, close and shake.

This treatment mask can be used twice a day. Apply to damp, clean skin using cotton wool. This recipe is suitable for the eye area. Apply a thin film and leave it to absorb for 20 minutes.

If you have dry or mature skin you can go ahead and apply your make-up after the allotted time. If you have normal skin I recommend some oil blotting paper first.

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DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, General, Skin Care, Tutorials

DIY Skincare: Rasberry skin brightener (Contains AHA’s)

This is an old favourite of mine. My friend and I used to make this when we were 14 before the kiddie disco on a Friday evening, ah the memories (at that time I took my fashion inspiration from the Spicegirls, Baby Spice to be exact).

This recipe is best suited for normal to oily skin which makes it great for  those prone to breakouts. You only need three ingredients, occasionally I have done it with only two (leaving out the essential oil). This recipe contains AHA’s and lactic acid. The AHA’s in the raspberries act as a gentle exfoliator and the lactic acid in the yoghurt (yes, that’s how we spell it this side of the Atlantic) brightens the skin.

Haircare / Styling, Reviews

John Freida Frizz Ease Mask & Serum

Hi ladies,

I’m addicted to John Frieda products at the moment. My hair has been quite dry lately. I assume a summer of sun and chlorine has done my hair no favours.

When I was in Lanzarote my hair was completely un-manageable. I think the extra mineral content in the water makes my hair limp and very difficult to style. I set out to find a deep conditioning treatment.

Ijohn_freeda_frizz came across John Frieda Frizz Ease Recovery Mask in the supermarket so gladly gave it a go. It is recommended to leave the product in for 5 minuntes but since my hair was so dry I left it in for an hour and then rinsed it out.

My hair was like silk afterwards! I was so pleased that I bought a whole tub of it when I got home. I now use it once a fortnight for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Since I loved it so much I decided to try some of their other products. I settled on Frizz Ease Serum. I don’t usually have frizzy hair but occasionally after lots of styling my hair could do with a relaxing serum.

I applied a small amount to damp hair, avoiding the roots like the plague. I let my hair dry naturally. My hair was really soft afterwards. A downside for me is that whenever I use the serum my hair gets greasy more quickly.

I think I’ll stick to the Miraculouos Recovery Mask and save the serum for really bad hair days (the kind that only happen once or twice a year!)

 

I’m keen to try their range for Blondes.

What are your favourite hair products?

Amy x