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Previews/Launches, Skin Care

Yes to Carrrots Christmas Sets

I really like Yes to Carrots products. I’m all on for anything natural and gentle.

At the moment I’m using the Body Butter, shower gel and shampoo. Last Christmas I bought myself a gift set as a way to try out a few of the products. I like sets in general since they are usually more cost effective than buying the products separately. This year I’d like to try some of the Yes to Tomatoes range which is probably more suited to my skin.

Here’s a little look at the sets available this Christmas…

Yes to Carrots Body Care Kit  €21.99

  • Yes To Carrots Hand Cream (100ml Tube)
  • Yes To Carrots Body Scrub (200ml Tub)
  • Yes To Carrot Body Butter Full Size (250ml Tub)

Yes to Crarrots Carrot Loving Care Set

  • Carrots Moisturizing Day Cream (18 ml Tube)
  • Carrots Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (18ml Tube)
  • Carrots Body Butter (30ml Jar)
  • Carrots Shower Gel (60ml Bottle)


Yes To Carrots Shower Kit   €19.99

  • Yes To Carrots Shampoo (500ml Bottle)
  • Yes To Carrots Conditioner (500ml Bottle)
  • Yes To Carrots Shower Gel (500ml Bottle)

I think I’ll buy the Body Care Kit for myself. I have yet to come across any of their products that I don’t like so it’ll be money well spent.

What are your thoughts on Yes to Carrots? Do you buy sets often?

I’ll be back this afternoon with a post on my mac eyeshadows.

 

Acne/Breakouts, Cleansers, Product Revivals, Reviews

Product Revival & Review – Olay Daily Facials Clarify Scrub

Whilst cleaning out the press under my bathroom sink last week I found a tonne of unloved products. At the very back I found Olay Daily Facials Clarity Daily Scrub.

I bought this last year used it a handful of times and moved on, the usual story. In the interest of clearing out the press I decided to use it up.

I have been using it for nine days now and I have to admit, I like it.

It contains tiny little beads, so tiny and so few that I’m not sure how exfoliating this product is. This doesn’t bother me since I have been using it as a cleanser morning and evening. I follow with Liz Earl toner and Origins Mega Mushroom Serum (video review coming soon on this one!).

My skin has been quite sensitive lately so I was expecting a little irritation. Not so. My skin feels soft. I actually look forward to using it before bed.

The only thing that puts me off is the colour, it’s blue!

The scrub contains green tea, aloe vera and salicylic acid which makes this a good option for those of use who suffer from spots.

As much as I’m enjoying using the wash I’m not sure if I would repurchase. We’ll see! It costs around £4.50 / €6 for 150ml’s.

What are your thoughts on Olay products? Are there any that you recommend?

DIY Skincare - Make Your Own

DIY Skincare: Coffee Scrub

DIY Homemade Coffee Scrub

I’m not a coffee drinker but you know how much I like making skincare products with stuff from my kitchen presses. I opened the cupboard the other day to look for inspiration and on front of me stood this lonely bag of ground coffee beans – unloved and getting old!

I decided to incorporate them into a scrub that I could use in the shower. Although I don’t like the taste of coffee I do love the smell so I was excited about this little mini project. Coffee is said to be good for stimulating lymphatic drainage – I can’t testify to that but it’s a common ingredient in anti-cellulite products.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of ground coffee
  • Half cup of cup or granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oil (Olive oil, grapeseed, almond etc)

Mix all the ingredients together and  massage into damp, warm skin. You could store left overs in a jar and keep in the fridge for use later in the week. It’s that simple!

It does look a little messy but you’re in the shower when you apply so getting messy is part of the fun. The scrub leaves your skin silky smooth.

Finally, I have a use for coffee!

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?

 

Bath & Body, General, Organic / Natural

Hubble Bubble Bath Potion: Bath Fizz for Grown-Ups

I have been a busy little bee this week. I have been trying to find an alternative to bath bombs. I was sick of the waste and the breakage and fancied something a little more grown up. I experimented for quite some time and finally came up with a recipe that was as fantastic in reality as it was on paper.

From my site:  filled with witchy ingredients that heal and sooth the skin and the soul. It softens and moisturises your skin, soothes aching muscles, draws out impurities and calms the mood whilst also offering some anti-aging… click here for information…

Recently I asked for your help in naming this bath product. I had a giggle reading your thoughtful suggestions. It turns out that I was right, you are far more creative than I and I was right to consult you first :)

I loved so many of your suggestions but in the end I settled on a name inspired by two readers. Although I won’t be using the exact suggestion it was inspired by them – Kelly and BeautyJunkie86. The name I settled on was Hubble Bubble Bath Potion.

Thank you all for your suggestions. There were some great ones that I would like to use for future soap projects. Don’t worry, if I use your suggestion I will send you a sample!

A 100g bag costs €4.50 and shipping worldwide on any size order is €3.50. Click here to see my shop

‘Til next time ladies

General, M.A.C, Reviews, Skin Care

New love: MAC Prep & Prime Brightening Serum

I’m always chasing a good brightening cream. Enter MAC Prep & Prime Brightening Serum. I bought at MAC Pro in London last year. I was really excited about trying it but when I got home to Ireland it was nowhere to be found. Whilst packing last week I decided to go for a different travel bag than usual and guess what was in the front pocket!

This product claims to brighten, smooth, brighten and firm the skin. I have been using it for a week now so it’s time for my initial impression…

The good

  • Full of antioxidants – One of which is Vitamin C
  • Suitable for even oily skin
  • Lightweight serum
  • No heavy, pore clogging Continue Reading
Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews, Tanning Products

Revisiting Yon-Ka: Lait Apres Soleil

As a teenager  I was lucky enough to have access to Yon-Ka  skincare products (thanks to my dad adding a beauty salon into his hair salon). Now that I know how expensive it is I realise that I was spoiled. The plant extract scent reminds me of my childhood so I decided to treat myself to one product as a means of revisiting the brand. Since I was heading away to the sun I chose Yon-Ka Soothing Hydrating After Sun / Lait Apres Soleil.

The good

Brilliant moisturiser for very dry skin

  • No irritating ingredients
  • Chock full of good quality emoilients
  • Contains plant extracts
  • Contains Retinol  which helps skin repair itself
  • Smells deliciously Yon-Ka. If your not familiar with the scent
  • Takes down any redness from sun exposure

The bad

  • Expensive ($42, God knows how much it costs in Ireland, I dread Continue Reading
Cleansers, General, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

Yet another cleanser: Cetaphil Daily for normal to oily skin

I’m addicted to trying new cleansers. It’s getting ridiculous. Maybe I haven’t found the perfect one, if such a thing even exists, but I love trying new things. During one of more recent breakouts I found myself in the chemist desperately seeking a tube of Panoxyl. A large, familiar bottle caught my eye, Cetaphil Daily Cleanser for normal to oily skin.

I have never come across Cetaphil before but I have seen countless YouTube guru’s showing it off. It was time for me to give it a try.

It costs €14 which is a little steep considering the fact that it’s a detergent based cleanser with no attractive ingredients. But it is mild and there is plenty of product in there. I have heard that their original gentle cleanser isn’t fabulous at removing make- up so I was curious about this one.

It removed my make-up, including non waterproof eye make-up, without a hitch. It didn’t dry out my skin or irritate my eyes. It does exactly what it says on the tin… Ronseal wood stain tv ad reference for those of you who are wondering whether Cetaphil comes in a tin :)

That’s the good, now here’s the negative. It’s fragranced which isn’t conducive to the brand image. It’s also pretty pointless. It also doesn’t have a bunny  on the packaging which I assume means that the product may be tested on animals.

 

 

 

 

Aging, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Skin Care

Make your own Fruit Enzyme Mask

It’s been a while since I posted a DIY skincare piece so I thought it was high time to share the recipe for a mask I have been making lately. This mask is full of AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) which naturally exfoliate the skin leaving you skin supple and smooth.

What you need:

2 sliced strawberries

30g chopped apple
1 teaspoon of honey
2 tablespoons plain yoghurt
2 teaspoons of cosmetic clay (Health shop,some chemists, cheap online)

    It’s best to use organic fruit where possible to avoid covering your face in pesticide. Blend the honey, yoghurt and fruit until the mixture is smooth. Add in the clay until the mixture forms a paste. Cleanse your face and neck then apply the mask. For best results leave the mask on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and your done! I usually follow with a home made toner and then my moisturiser.

    Eye Creams, Reviews, Skin Care, Skincare Reviews

    Lush Enchanted Eye Cream

    I was delighted to try Lush’s Enchanted Eye Cream. I thought it might be time for me to start incorporating an eye cream into my skin care regime.

    Firstly let me start off by saying that I like the packaging. Although it’s a little pricey for Lush you get quite a lot of product. Considering how little eye cream we use on a daily basis this would last ages.

    Texture wise it’s not oily or greasy. It absorbs quickly which is good. That aside, this eye cream did pretty much nothing for me after 7 weeks of use. There is no difference to the skin around my eye. But I have to point out that it may be that I don’t need an eye cream yet.

    During the 6th week of use I noticed a few clogged pores around my eye area, not good. I have read quite a few reviews on this cream. Some people love it, particularly those who suffer from skin sensitivity and can’t use the usual eye-creams. Some ladies Continue Reading

    Acne/Breakouts, Aging, Bath & Body, DIY Skincare - Make Your Own, Organic / Natural, Skin Care, Tutorials

    Jojoba oil – Beauty benefits & uses

    My skin has recently been reeping the rewards of Jojaba oil. I add a little to my soaps and my night serum. Since it’s so widely accessible I thought I’d share a little about its benefits and uses. I’m all on for affordable ways to improve  my skin.

    What is Jojoba?

    Jojoba is a liquid wax obtained from the seeds of a Mexican shrub. Native Americans once used it to heal wounds. Now it’s mainly used for beauty purposes.

    The benefits of Jojoba

    • It’s gentle and non-irritating
    • The composition of Jojoba is similar to skins natural sebum so it absorbs quickly leaving no residue
    • Non greasy
    • Prevents the skin from becoming too oily
    • Reduces sebum production which is great for acne sufferers.
    • Very moisturising, improves the skins condition
    • Promotes healing
    • Contains antimicrobial properties which prevent the growth of many bacterias and fungus
    • Allergic reaction is very rare.
    • Doesn’t clog pores
    • Suitable for sensitive skin
    • Acts as an environmental barrier for the skin
    • Contains Vitamin E, B complex, chromium, zinc, iodine and copper

    The uses for Jojoba Continue Reading

    Acne/Breakouts, Reviews, Skin Care, Tutorials

    My Breakout Clearing Skincare Arsenal

    I have been whining for a week now about the state of my skin, as you all know. I decided to leave my skin alone and see would it clear itself. Nothing happened. Enter my skin clearing arsenal:

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    • Netrogena Visibly Clear 2-in-1 Wash
    • Clearasil Rapid Action Cream
    • Profound Advanced Performance Glycolic Cleanser

    After 2 days of using this combination of products my the breakout has dried out. The marks are still these but no more spots are coming up. In the past I have relied on a combination of the Neutrogena 2-in-1 and Clearasil Rapid Action to tackle a bad breakout and they have never let me down. I decided to add in the glycolic cleanser to help eat away the dry skin left from the use of the other 2 products.

    Both the  Neutrogena wash and the Clearasil cream contain salicylic acid which eats away dead skin cells and penetrates the pore Continue Reading