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Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Favourites, Moisturisers, Skin Care

Best Product Ever! Olay 3 Point Serum Review

Ok, stating that something is the best product ever is a tall order. I thought I better qualify.

First of all, here is the beaut in question…

Olay 3 Point Serum is the best product for me for the following reasons:

1. It cleared all of my spots. Yes, all. This is a happy side affect of this product. I know this is an anti-ageing product but this is not why I use it at all.

2. It makes my pores look normal, rather than irregular and swollen. It also reduces blackheads

3. It calms my red areas.

4. It doesn’t dry my skin out

5. It firms my skin and leaves it feeling taught.

4. It’s amazing when used in conjunction with Regenerist Daily Regenerating Cream Wash. I highly recommend using these together.

5. It’s cheap – at least when you buy it on ebay, like I do. (The seller I used – Link!) I also bought a little set to try it out which contained a full cleanser (which is amazing – review to follow) and a few other samples (from this seller here Link!)It was a good way to try out 5 Olay products, two of which are firm favourites.

I LOVE IT!!

As I mentioned on Facebook, I ran out of my sample bottle last week and ordered some more on ebay. In the meantime my skin started to misbehave. The new serum arrived yesterday and my skin already looks less spotty today.

My skin issues are…

  • Spots
  • Clogged pores
  • Enlarged pores – irregular shape
  • Early signs of ageing (Doubt it matters if you have this issue or not)
  • Combination skin

If you have similar issues I highly recommend you give this a whirl! Like all skin care it’s not for everyone but I am delighted with the results.

Thoughts?

Cleansers, General, Skin Care

Sigma’s Cleansing Gadget for Perfect Makeup Application?

I’m often sucked in by beauty gadgets and gizmo’s, usually hair related. Lately I have been pondering about cleansing tools.

Designed to polish your skin and leave it perfectly smooth and flawless before and after your make-up application. I’m intrigued.

You apply your cleanser and apply the brush head to your skin. It comes with different heads and it’s recommended to use the medium or firm head once a week to exfoliate the dead skin cells and the soft brush daily for one minute before make-up application. It’s also recommended that those with sensitive skin should use the softest brush head only.
What appeals to me most about this product is the promise of a flawless make-up application. We all know how important it is to have a good base for great make-up and yet it’ hard to achieve. I always find my make-up both adheres and looks better when applied after a good exfoliation but this only happens once a week since (I only exfoliate once). I like the idea of soflty exfoliating every day. There are lots of similar products on the market, namely Clarisonic, but they’re more expensive than Sigma’s version. I would love to hear from anyone who has tried a similar product.
It costs $39 from Sigma. I’m considering a purchase.
What do you think?
Fashion & Accessories, Skin Care

This week I would love…

This week I would love…

Topshop The Mimi Bag by Marc B (£42)

I love the champagne of this bag. I’m a huge fan of the shape too. I don’t have a similar bag so I feel I can justify the purchase. It’s also great value. I found it on Topshop’s website (hence the lack of euro pricing). Sometimes when I find something lovely online, I am disappointed when I see the item in the flesh. In my experience this is is usually down to finish or the materials used. I hope I’m right about this one.

 

Estée Lauder Spotlight Skin Tone Perfector

The illuminating component of this cream doesn’t really appeal to me – I have too many illuminating products. What stands out about this product is that it apparently helps prevent discolourations while helping fade the look of existing discolourations. This sounds great to me. It could very well be too good to be true but we’ll see. If you have tried products like this before let me know what your thoughts are.

French Connection Rusty Trilby (€37)

I came across this gorgeous trilby on asos’s website. I love.

Saying that I would love these goodies unfortunately doesn’t mean I will indulge. I try very hard to control myself :) Generally, if I find myself thinking about a product or item repeatedly I tend to cave and pick it up. That way I avoid impulse buying and spend my money on things I really want.

What have you your eye on this week?

Aging, Skin Care

Avon ANEW Rejuvinate Kit – Skin Revitalising 14 Day System

Avon have put together anti-ageing kits which claim to rejuvinate your skin in two weeks. I got my hands on the Anew Rejuvenate Kit – Skin Revitalising 14 Day System.

This kit is aimed at those in their thirties, Ok so I’m a few years shy of the thirty mark but they don’t sell one for twenty somethings.  I’ve decided to give this kit a go in aid of prevention :) There are different kits for those in their 30’s, 40’s , 50’s and 60’s.

The kit comes with:


1. Revitalising  2-in-1 Gel Cleanser (50ml)

 

2. Night Revitalising Cream (15ml)

 

3. Day Revitalising Cream SPF25 (15ml)

 

4. 24 Hour Eye Cream (Full size)

They sell the kits for €10 and the contents are worth €42. It’s a great way to try test the products without committing to full size pots. It would be ideal for a holiday since you would have everything you need for the fortnight.

I’ll reluctantly give up my Lancome Renergie Yeux for two weeks (friggin’ amazing!). I will start my testing today and get back to you after the two weeks are up.

Have you tried any of Avon’s skin care products?

Aging, Eye Creams, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Eye Cream Review – Lancome Rénergie Yeux Multiple Lift (new)

I have been using Lancome Rénergie Yeux Multiple Lift for 4 weeks now and I’m a happy lady.

What is it?

Essentially it’s an eye cream and concealer duo. It claims to provide a firmer eye contour, minimise crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles, diminished dark circles, reduced under eye puffiness and make the eye area more luminous.

Application

I always enjoy the application of this product. I apply the cream morning and night and the concealer part morning only. I pat the cream under my eye focusing on the areas where I suspect crows feet might form in a few years (fingers crossed for a few years and not sooner!)

I have noticed a difference in the fine lines under my eye. They were very minor but aren’t really visible at all now.

The concealer part

The concealing layer is my favourite.I pat it on under my eye, on my inner eye and on the lid after morning application of the cream. Instantly, I look rested and awake. I like this so much that I could see myself getting a little addicted to it. I like that before I even apply any make-up I look rested.


It doesn’t settle into fine lines and there is no need to set it like make-up. It counteracts under eye discoloration and hides any veins and reduced puffiness. I haven’t used any under eye concealer since I started using it.

Scent, packaging and price…

Scent wise, I would say this product smells typically Lancome. If you’re familiar with the brand you’ll know the scent I mean, it’s hard to describe.

I really like the packaging. It has a little mirror in the top which helps whilst applying the concealing layer. The main cream is housed in a separate jar under the concealer layer.

Price? Friggin’ expensive! But worth it in my opinion. It suits my needs perfectly. When the jar in finished I suspect I will miss this, I sense a re-purchase on the cards.

My final thoughts

I like this product for prevention and first signs of ageing. As for whether it would work on more mature skin, I’m afraid I can’t be of help there as I’m in my twenties. Maybe I’ll pass it on to my mum for a few weeks and see how she gets on with it. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m a fan.

What eye cream do you use, if any?


Haircare / Styling, Skin Care

Lush Goodies

I recently blogged about my interest in Lush’s Little Green Bag for St Patrick’s Day and I promised when I received the goodies I would post some photos and my initial thoughts.

So here I go :)

Lush Little Green Bag

 

Inside the little green bag…

 



Each Peach Massage Bar (20g)


I am in love! This just might be my favourite product from Lush. It smells absolutely amazing. I have found myself picking up the bag on occasion just for a quite whiff. I also managed to wangle a back massage using the bar. The bar itself is solid but when it comes in contact with the skin it starts to melt. All I did was rub the bar on an area until it was coated it massage oil and then I popped it back in the bag. This will last for ages!

 

Sea Vegetable Soap (100g)


I mentioned in my previous post that this is my favourite Lush soap fragrance. I have bought Sea Vegetable at least 3 times in the past. Although it’s gentle enough to use on sensitive skin I think this one would be best enjoyed by someone with normal, normal to dry or oily skin – very dry skinned ladies may take issue. It smells like the ocean with a hint of lime, lavender and seaweed. It’s quite refreshing – I usually bring a bar on holiday. refreshing splash in the ocean. It has a crust of  sea salt to give your body a good scrub. Loves.

 

Sugar Scrub (50g)


Sugar Scrub is vegan friendly and has a herbal lavender scent. Lush says it’s good for scrubbing away dead skin cells, tackling cellulite, and and invigorating sluggish skin – I hope so. This will be a great product for getting my skin ready for Summer.

 

Squeeky Green Shampoo Bar


This bar is meant to refresh and revive your hair and scalp. It  is made with ‘noodles’ of shampoo that are pressed together into a mould shape. Squeeky Clean contains peppermint, fresh rosemary and tea tree, as well as chamomile essential oil and nettle, to help stimulate your scalp and battle dandruff. I would describe the scent as masculine, earthy and green. I’ll be testing this one this evening.

 

Jungle Conditioner (55g)

Jungle Conditioner contains cocoa butter which slides on to your hair to make it softer, it then dissolves in water to leave it shiny and smooth. It contains five fruits, detangles and gives hair a shine. I read that I should smooth it along my hair from root to tip, leave for one minute and then rinse out. I shall also be testing this one out this evening.

 

Shampoo Bar Tin


The set costs €19.95 which I think is a pretty good deal considering all of the products you get. I look forward to trying the shampoo and conditioner.

Aging, Cleansers, Organic / Natural, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Yes to Carrots Anti-Ageing Range – Yes to Blueberries & Recommendations needed…

You know by know that I’m a fan of the Yes to Carrots cleanser (click here to see said undying love). I was thinking about buying some products form the Yes to Tomatoes range which is for combination skin and the Yes to Cucumber cleanser range also appeals to be as I have sensitive skin at the moment. Any recommendations you have would be well received, you know best :)

Whilst I was pondering on which products to get I heard that Yes to Carrots are launching a new anti-ageing range called Yes to Blueberries.. wow, how many times have I said the word ‘yes’ already! I was given the Smoothing Daily Cleanser to try out. It’s made with apple and lemon peel and is paraben free like all of their products are.

Yes to Blueberries Smoothing Daily Cleanser

I’m not entirely sure how suitable this one is for my skin type. I may have a friend put it to the test for me as most anti-ageing products are too rich for my skin – I end up with a face full of spots. I have to say though that it smells great; more like essential oil and not a hint of blueberries. I was also expecting to see some blue product which would have been a little off-putting for me personally – but no, it’s white.

Here is a little look at the entire Yes to Blueberries range….

It will be on sale in Ireland early next year in the usual pharmacies.

When I start to worry less about spots and more about wrinkles I’m glad that there are natural, paraben free products out there to choose from.

What are your thoughts on Yes to Carrots as a brand? Have you tried any of their products?

Skincare Reviews

An Update on Calavera Bath Ballistic by Lush

The other day I posted about Lush’s Halloween collection ‘Day of the Dead’ which is inspired by Mexican traditions. I thought I would post a little update on one of the products that I have been particularly enjoying.

The product in question is Calavera Bath Ballistic.

The ballistic is huge and at €3.80 a pop it seemed a waste to throw the entire thing in the bath at the same time – I was tempted though. Instead I crushed a chunk off an popped it in my bath. I kept the rest wrapped in cling film for the next use.

I have to say that the best thing about this bath ballistic is the scent. My entire house smelled like heaven for the time this little guy sat waiting to be used.

It left my skin feeling quite soft and wasn’t drying, which was a concern. It also has some bubble bar mixed in with it so it leaves a cool trail of colourful bubbles while it whizzes around the bath.

When it comes to colours in my bath products I am generally a fan of subtlety. For example a bright fuchsia bath bomb which sprouts confetti and glitter all over your bath tub is not my idea of pretty. But this bath ballistic is gorgeous with a gentle nod towards fun.

I will definitely be buying another one –  I’m assuming they won’t be around for long since the are inspired by Day of the Dead, I could be wrong though!

I’ll be back around before lunch time with some Nars! :) Mmmmm….Nars…

Bath & Body, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

DIY Thigh, Bum & Hip Scrub

lemon essential oilThis scrub contains oils that are perfect for bums and thighs. This is amazing for sloughing off dead skin on these areas, revealing fresh skin. The combination of cornmeal, which acts as a great natural scrubber, oils and massage stimulate lymphatic drainage which helps the body eliminate toxins.

All you need:

– 2 tbsp Grapeseed oil
– 6 Drops Juniper Essential Oil
– 3 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
– 80g Cornmeal (from your local supermarket)

 

Mix the oils by shaking them in a bottle or jar with the lid on. Shake well. Pour the oil over the cornmeal and mix until it looks like a gritty paste.

Apply it to damp skin and massage well for at least two minutes. The more energy you put into the massage the better the results. If you want to increase the effects you can use a muslin cloth or massage mit instead of your hands.

You can also use this scrub on your upper arms and feet.

This is one of my favorites. It stimulates my circulation and lymphatic system. It also leaves my skin baby soft for weeks. If your skin is in a bad way and in need of some rescuing try this twice a week for a few weeks.

I keep on top of exfoliation weekly so I only resort to this mask when my skin is in a bad way, usually once of twice every season.

Have you any exfoliation tips you can share with us?

 

 

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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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.

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.

Ingredients

  • 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.