Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Face Mask

I thought I would do a quick  review of the L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask as this range has featured quite heavily in my social media feed over the last few months. I actually received this as part of a Christmas skincare hamper but because I travel so much and haven't really been home, I only got around to trying it out last week.

There are three masks available in the Pure Clay range and each of them contain 3 pure clays + 1 specialised ingredient (red algae, eucalyptus or charcoal).



What masks are available in this range?
Glow mask: brightens + exfoliates.
Purity mask: purifies + mattifies.
Detox mask: detoxifies + clarfies,

What are the benefits of using a clay mask on your skin?
Kaolin + Charcoal (2 of the ingredients in the Detox Mask) are mineral rich and work together to gently absorb impurities to balance and purify your skin.
The clay gently exfoliates and your skin should feel purer and clearer and more luminous after use.

How do you apply it and does it work?
The product comes in a glass jar with a screw top and plastic seal over the clay itself. I would suggest keeping it and not discarding it, otherwise the clay might leak from the jar. It's quite messy and I would recommend applying a thin layer with a flat foundation brush to minimise mess. I left this on for 10-15 mins and washed the product off with warm water.

Would you recommend this product?
If you're looking for a nice budget friendly mask to add to your weekly skincare routine I think this would make a good addition. It didn't have any groundbreaking results for me but my skin did feel nice, refreshed and more luminous after using this.
3.5/5

The L'Oreal Clay Mask range retails at £7.99 and is currently on offer for £5.29 in Superdrug.

 Have you tired any of the masks from this range?
Rachael O ♥


Thursday, June 30, 2016

New in Beauty Review: Urban Decay, Mac, Benefit, The Body Shop

I LOVE trying out new products and I always look to other bloggers for their honest reviews and opinions before I go and buy them myself. I bought a few makeup and skincare items recently and have been putting them to the test over the last few weeks. I feel that I  have given them a proper test run and can give a more honest review of them now.

This haul is a mish mash of new products and repurchases such as Benefit's Hoola, POREfessional and the Eyelure Lashes. 

I have definitely found some new favourites within this bunch and was  most impressed with the Camomile Cleansing Butter from The Body Shop and the Dragon's Blood Fix Daily Cleansing Pads by Nip+Fab. .



Camomile Cleansing Butter, The Body Shop, £13
Camomile is known for it's soothing and purifying properties and this cleanser is suitable for all skin types. It takes off eye makeup without the stinging or dragging effect and leaves skin feeling hydrated instead of dry and tight. I will definitely repurchase this again.

Exaggerate Eyelashes in no.140 & 141, Eyelure London, £5.45 ea
If you have hooded eyes like me and want a full, dramatic lash for evening time, both of these lashes are perfect! The 140s are fuller and give a graduated effect whereas the 141s are more of a wispy style with the inner, middle, end lashes all being the same length. I always cut off a small section of the inner corner of the lashes as I find that they are too wide and end up dragging my eye down at the outer corners if I don't. Both styles are longtime favourites of mines and I always find myself gravitating back towards them. 

Hoola Mini 4g, Benefit, £9.95
I haven't used this bronzer in years but I know that it is a cult favourite. I recently ran out of my Smashbox contour and wanted to try something different. After hearing so many great reviews about Hoola I decided to try it again. I didn't want to commit to buying the full size in case I didn't like it so the mini travel size was perfect and because I travel alot it made sense to get a smaller size anyway. It's very pigmented, easy to blend and is a lovely ashy, cool tone that gives a very natural contour.

The POREfessional Mini 8ml, £9.95
This is definitely my holy grail primer and know it is a favourite for many others too. It just does exactly what it is supposed to do - minimise pores and create an even base for foundation. If I have any dry patches it glides over them and doesn't flake anywhere which gets a huge thumbs up from me. I've tired other primers both high end and cheaper alternatives but I always gravitate back to this product. 

Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Stone, £15.50
This is one that I have always admired on others but never thought I'd be brave enough to try this myself. It is a very grey toned brown but it is surprisingly wearable and does not leave teeth looking yellow. It is a matte texture so it stays well but can get very drying after a while.

Urban Decay B6 Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray 30ml, £10
This is a very refreshing spray that can be in the same way as Mac Fix+ - before you apply your base or if your makeup is starting to appear cakey after a few hours wear. This is a nice product to have but it's not a holy grail for me and I have found other products to have the same effect on my skin such as a thermal water spray that is a third of the price. (You can get the Avéne Eau Thermale spray in Boots for £3).

So that concludes my mini beauty haul! Have you tried anything recently that is a new favourite? Please let me know!
Rachael O ♥
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Body Shop Vit E Duo

First of all before I get into why these two products are my holy grail of skincare, I need to apologize for being MIA. Dancing became my full time job in October and things became so hectic I just didn't have the time to post anything worthwhile; and then of course, the longer you leave it the harder it is to come back... (I'm not even sure if I know what I'm doing.)

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Anyway, now that that's out of the way I can get back to what this post is really about!



I started using the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil along with the Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream more than a year ago. My skin type is dry-normal but usually more on the dry side. When it is going through a rough patch it is literally that. Rough patches EVERYWHERE. 

So I began searching reviews online of affordable products targeted towards dry skin. When I saw that Skincare Queen +Caroline Hirons approved of the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil I knew I had to try it. 

The Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil is £15 and the Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream is £13; however, The Body Shop also sell these in a set for £20 which is much better value and the one I keep repurchasing.


According to +The Body Shop Ireland :
  • Skin feels recharged, replenished and softer
  • Non-greasy, fast absorbing formula
  • Skin looks fresher, rested and more radiant
I have to agree with their claims as the thing I love most about this oil is that it really absorbs into the skin. You can feel it working and doesn't sit on top leaving a greasy film behind like many other products I've tried over the years.

I apply a few drops of the oil at night, leave it to absorb for a few minutes and the apply the Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream on top.
If my skin is feeling quite dry before I put makeup on, I will apply a drop or two before I use my day time moisturiser.

If you have dry-normal skin and it feels a bit on the dry side or is looking quite lacklustre in general, definitely try this Vit E duo. You'll be as hooked as I am!

Rachael O ♥
Friday, August 28, 2015

Clear Skin Tips: How to Prevent Cystic Breakouts

I'm sure many of you have experienced the wrath from the demons that are CYSTIC SPOTS! You know... the ones that are unpoppable (sorry!) and instead form hard, painful lumps under the skin and leave the surrounding area red and swollen. These little demons last for weeks, don't respond to topical spot treatments and then when they do go they leave behind dark pigmentation marks. 

What causes Cystic Breakouts?
I have researched this and there is no definite answer. Many Dermatologists believe that cystic spots are caused by hormones and an over production of sebum that leads to blocked pores. 

What is a Cystic Spot?
A Cystic Spot is a hard nodule beneath the skin that never reaches the skin's surface. When the oil gland becomes permeated in sebum, it swells and hardens. The gland then bursts which causes a cyst to form underneath the skin's surface.

I am definitely not a skin expert but I have been getting cystic cpots every few weeks for a number of years. As a result of a few simple changes I have not had a cystic breakout now in a few months which is unusual so I thought I would share with you what I have found to be helpful. I cannot give any advice when it comes to acne, however, the stunning Model, Makeup Artist and Blogger Tara O Farrell (Tara Makeup) has written an in depth blog post about her personal experience which you can read here.

Below is a list of things that have helped keep cystic spots at bay over the last few months!



1. Water, Water and more Water!
This one won't come as a shock to you. I've heard this countless times over the last few years and I'm only beginning to implement it now! Water flushes out all those nasty toxins that lead to ill effects on the body. Upping your H20 intake helps keep your skin looking hydrated, plump and glowing! Research has suggested that dehydration can affect the type of oil and sebum your skin produces which in turn leads to breakouts. If you're not convinced, aim to drink at least 1-2 litres of water a day for a few weeks and note the difference in your skin.

2. Ditch the Face Wipes
I used to swear by using Face Wipes to take my makeup off. Cheap and convenient however, they don't actually clean your face and instead push the makeup back into your pores. I know... it's quite disgusting when you think about it. Your love of face wipes is clogging your pores and leading to breakouts which doesn't actually make any sense when you think about it!? So, if you take one thing from this post then PLEASE DITCH THE FACE WIPES!

3. Double Cleanse in the morning AND single cleanse at night
Double cleansing ensures that your face is as makeup free as possible which means your pores are less likely to become clogged and you're less likely to have a breakout. It seems so disgusting now but I used to only cleanse at night and now realize it is essential to cleanse away the sweat and dead skin cells that accumulate as you sleep! In the evening the first cleanse acts as a makeup remover (pretty obvious I know) and it's best to use an oil, butter or micellar water to melt away your makeup. The second cleanse is to literally cleanse and nourish the skin once the make up is removed. Does it make more sense now? Caroline Hirons aka the Queen of Skincare talks about Double Cleansing here. If your budget doesn't stretch that far you can just the same cleanser for BOTH CLEANSES. In the morning you only have to cleanse once as there is no makeup on your face and you can use the first cleanser (oil, facial butter, micellar water).

4. Spot Clean your makeup brushes at least once a week
I'm not afraid to admit that I was slack when it came to washing my makeup brushes. They are a breeding ground for bacteria and it's disgusting to think that you're then wiping that ickiness all over your face on a daily basis *shivers*. Makeup brush cleaning always felt like such a time consuming task and my brushes took AGES to dry which was so off putting. However, the P.S Love Makeup Brush Cleaner from Penneys, €2.50, is so quick and handy to use every few days to give your brushes a quick spot clean if you don't have time to give them a deep cleanse with Johnson's Baby Shampoo and Water. Quickly spray them with the P.S Love Brush Cleaner, wipe them on an old towel until all the excess makeup is removed and you're good to go. Practically zero drying time so it's pretty AMAZING!

5. Vitamin C
Anyone who has experience with cystic breakouts will know that the post inflammatory pigmentation marks (purple/red marks that are left behind from the spots) take FOREVER to clear up. Topical creams and products containing Vitamin C will help lighten the pigmentation marks so that they don't linger on the skin as long as usual! The Body Shop do a fantastic and affordable Vitamin C range and if you love a bargain as much as I do then it is a third of the price on fragrancedirect.co.uk.

I really hope this post was helpful and I didn't ramble too much! If you have any tips please share them in the comments.
Rachael O ♥
Saturday, July 11, 2015

Boots & Primark Haul


Have you picked up anything recently that you've been loving? Please let me know below!
Rachael O 
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Mac Fix+ Dupe: Nivea Refreshing Toner

If there is one product that I see Makeup Artists continuously use in tutorials it's Fix+ by Mac: "Helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application." I've always been intrigued to see if it would make a difference to the finish of my makeup and when I found a dupe for it on Pinterest I had to give it a try. I picked up a bottle of the Nivea Refreshing Toner and also bought a travel sized spray bottle from Superdrug to transfer it into. 


Mac Fix+ and the Nivea Refreshing Toner are both water based products with similar ingredients such as glycerin and hydrogenated caster oil.
As I suffer from dry/dehydrated skin I find this so refreshing and hydrating to apply before makeup and after I set it so that it appears less "powdery."

Uses: 
Skin Refresher/ Finishing Mist NOT a setting spray. 
Spritz onto beauty blender before applying foundation for a more natural finish.
Spritz onto eyeshadow brush before applying baked/shimmer eyeshadows to give a more vibrant effect.
Spray after setting with powder so the powder sets into your skin and the finish is less "cakey".
Use with gel liner that has hardened in the pot to break up the product so that it will glide on easily.


The Nivea Refreshing Toner retails for €4.79 for 200ml in comparison to Mac Fix+ which costs around €18.50 for only 100ml.

If you have any makeup or skincare dupes I would love to hear them!
Rachael O 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Secrets to Good Skin

Identify your Skin Type
It's important to know if you have normal, dry, oily or combination skin so that you can use products that cater for your skin's needs. If you are unsure of your skin type then you can do the following to determine it:
Cleanse your face and wait an hour before applying any product and try not to touch your face.
Pay particular attention to your T-zone (forehead, nose, chin).
Normal: skin feels smooth with no oil or flaking in T-zone.
Oily: T-zone is quite oily.
Dry: skin feels tight and may appear flaky.
Combination: the t-zone is oily but the rest of the skin may feel quite dry.

Use a moisturiser with SPF
Even if it the weather is miserable and it seems overcast, your skin is always being subjected to sun damage. Using a moisturiser with SPF reduces harmful sun exposure that can cumulatively lead to premature ageing and skin cancer.

Exfoliate twice a week
This is a step that most people often  neglect to do and I've been guilty of it in the past also. Exfoliation is necessary to remove the dead skin cells that gather on the surface of the skin. If you don't do this often enough then the products you use will not be absorbed by the skin and will sit on the surface. However if you exfoliate too often or use a product that is too harsh then it can strip away the natural oils and cause excessive dryness, irritation, redness and sensitivity. To keep a balance you should aim to exfoliate twice a week.

Use a serum
A serum can improve the overall look of your complexion by bringing antioxidants to the skin, restoring cell growth and decreasing pore size.
If you have acne prone skin look for a serum containing L-ascorbic acid and retinol; for normal skin alpha lipoic and glycolic acids should be in the ingredient list. It is best to use a serum after you exfoliate and before you moisturise so that it sinks into the skin. Again, you don't need to use a serum on a daily basis but a few times a week or when your skin is looking dull and needs a boost.

Stay Hydrated
This one is simple: if you are hydrated on the inside then you will see the benefits on the outside, i.e your skin. Wrinkles and dark under eye circles will be less pronounced and you will be less likely to get spots as you are flushing the toxins from your body. People who suffer from dry, flaky skin will see the benefits of this quite quickly (talking from experience).

Antioxidants
Antioxidants help to repair and prevent damage to the body's tissue. They also soak up harmful free radicals that lead to diseases and cause the skin to age. There are many facial products on the market that contain antioxidants but the best way of getting them is through fruit & veg. I've been taking Juice Plus for a year now and have noticed a big difference in my skin: it is brighter, my complexion is more even and I rarely have breakouts(went through a period of constantly getting those under the skin spots that are painful and leave a purple/red mark behind.)

Exercise
This increases blood flow and circulation which in turn leads to healthy and vibrant skin. Sweating through exercise also rids the body of toxins that often lead to spots and breakouts. When you exercise your skin also produces more of it's natural oils which leads to healthy, glowing skin.

Remember: As you age, cell turnover can take anywhere from 35- 57 days.
So if you are trying out new skincare or taking supplements then it is likely that it will take this long for your skin to see the benefits.



- Rachael O