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Favourites, Reviews, Skin Care, YouTube Videos

Skin Care Favourite’s

I’ve changed my skin care routine up a bit over the past few weeks. I was suffering from breakouts go leoir but also dryness and sensitivity. My new routine has improved the situation enormously.

It’s a fickle world so no doubt I will change my routine again at some stage in the future, but for the moment I am delighted with the results of using these. What skincare products are in your arsenal at the moment?


General, Skin Care, Toners, Tutorials

Toner: Is it a Beauty Necessity?

Whilst tidying my bathroom shelf I counted not one but three toners. As you can probably guess, I rarely use one. The mantra ‘cleanse, tone & moisturise’ was passed on from my mother at a very young age but I’m afraid to say, I never took heed.

I decided to consider using a toner for a while to see if it improved my complexion in any way. Before doing that I decided to do a little research. It has become clear that toners have multiple benefits:

  • Stimulate circulation
  • Removes remaining dead skin cells
  • Removes gease and oil form the skin
  • Refreshes the skin
  • Helps to restore the skins natural pH balance
  • Can help lessen the appearance of pores
  • Toners that contain humectants help prevent the evaporation of moisture from the skin
  • Alcohol based astringents dry out oily skin

It is clear that I need to incorporate a toner into my skincare regime.

What are your thoughts on toner?

Foundation, General, Make-up, Skin Care, Tanning Products

Products I’m Using right now

I was inspired by Lisasz09’s blog post to do this!

Shampoo: L’Oreal Colour shampoo (the red one)

Conditioner: Umberto Gianini Deep conditioning mask / Clairol Red Condition

Styling products: None

Shower Gel: Lush Almond Smoothie

Body Moisturiser: My own natural vitamin E Cream and The Body Shop Love etc Body Lotion

Deodorant: Mitchem Powder Roll On

Fake Tan: St Tropez  Mousse on upper body and St Moriz on lower half

Cleanser: All About Carrots and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Exfoliator: Liz Earle

Primer: Laura Mercier (although I don’t often use a primer)

Foundation brush: MAC Duo Fibre and Sigma Duo Fibre

Concealer: Revlon Age Defying concealer (may not need the age defying part but I love this)

Powder: MAC MSF Natural in Medium

Blusher: Maybelline Mousse in Peach Satin and Milani Luminous

Bronzer: Chanel Bronze Universal and Prestige (huge round one)

Highlighter: MAC Perfect topping and Prestige Sun Baked Minerals

Eyeshadow base: Urban Decay Primer Potion

Eyeshadows: MAC All That Glitters, Embark, Mythology, Barry M Dazzledust Winter Berry

Eyeliner: Stila Smudge Pot in Brown

Curler: Avon Heated Curler

Mascara: 17 Va Va Voom

Lipstick: Maybelline Coral Pop, Revlon Nude Attitude, Collection 2000 Brazen, MAC Creme d’Nude

Lipgloss: MAC Love Nectar, Stila Marshmallow,

Nail Colour: Collection 2000 Button Moon (terrible consistency but I love the colour)

What are you using these days?

Bath & Body, General, Skin Care


I have received quite a few questions about cellulite lately. I’m no expert. My brief run in with the dreaded orange peel was short lived thanks to 7 cups of Dr Stewarts Detox Tea daily over a week. Excesseive? Certainly. Necessary? Absolutely.

The tea worked a treat because I noticed a small patch of cellulite one day and two days after I started hammering back the detox tea  (I bought it in Holland and Barret). That was  about 4 years ago and I haven’t seen any since. At the time my diet was sinful. I eat fairly healthily now and have no cellulite issues. (touch wood)

I’m assuming the  tea worked because the cellulite was newly formed. For more stubborn stuff you’re gona have to work a little harder. With this in mind, and bikini season approaching, Continue Reading

Cleansers, Drugstore Make-up, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Yes to Carrots Eye & Face Make-up Remover: Yes, Yes, Yes!

In my next video – my favourite affordable make-up and beauty products, I declare undying love for Yes to Carrots Eye and Face Make-up Remover. It’s a string statement to make about a cleanser so I thought I ought to explain myself.

The good:

  • Paraben Free
  • Creamy
  • Affordable –  €8.91 for 250ml
  • Decent amount of product – 250ml to be exact
  • Nice soft scent
  • Doesn’t irritate my current sensitive skin
  • No need for cotton wool, it washes off (I use a muslin cloth for added exfoliation)
  • No oily residue – I haven’t been toning! Oh the horror!
  • Gentle on eyes
  • Removed every screed of eye make-up
  • Easy to find; chemists, Boots, some Supermarkets. It appears to be sold worldwide. Check out their website for more information:

The bad:

  • I can’t think of any! I suppose the bottle is so big that it would be no good for traveling (but that’s really reaching for a fault! Maybe they offer travel size options)

According to the website Yes to Carrots products are for normal to dry skin. I have combination skin; normal with an oily chin (annoying) and this product hasn’t made my skin oily or greasy at all. Apparently Yes to Tomatoes is for oily to combination skin, Yes to Cucumbers for normal to sensitive skin.

As long as this cleanser keeps my skin in it’s present condition I shall be repurchasing this til the cows come home! Thank you little sister for buying me this one.

It makes me wonder about the rest of the All About Carrots range. Have you tried any?

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

Cleansers, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, YouTube Videos

A Product that has Changed my Skin…


My local beauty salon have recently started offering Glycolic peels as part of their services.

I have some discolouration on my chin from teenage spots. The texture of the skin there is different to the rest of my skin. I spoke to the dermatologist about this and she recommended a mild glycolic peel. In order to prepare my skin for the a few treatments I was told to use this cleanser for a month before treatment (which cost €51!Extremely expensive for a cleanser!!)




It says on the box that the cleanser is suitable for all skin types that require deep clean, refining of pores, lines and congestion. It can be used to remove make-up which I’m quite thankful for as I couldn’t possibly add more steps into my beauty regime, I’m far too lazy! It also removes eye make-up remover without irritating your eyes.

I was told not to use this whilst on holiday as it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.


I’ve been using it for 2 weeks morning and before bed. The texture of the area has improved dramatically and I have seen a huge improvement in pore congestion. The dermatologist recommended I use this product for one month every year.

I’m really happy with the results so far. I’ll let you know my final verdict in 2 weeks :) Hopefully I won’t get any irritation.

I bought mine in Slender Health Beauty Salon in Dublin.

This particular product can only be sold by professionals because it has such a high percentage of glycolic acid(it doesn’t state what percentage on the box as it’s not sold commercially. I would suggest that you see a dermatologist if you want to try a similar product, as any glycolic acid product you can buy online will not not be the same strength and will not provide dramatic results.

Amy X