Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts
Showing posts with label skincare. Show all posts

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Back to Blonde & Thursday Faves!

Happy almost Weekend everyone! I hope the last week in Jan has been going good! It's been all go here at EIC! I'm in the middle of planning a wedding with one of my oldest friends, and I honestly never knew how much WORK it was for one day! Insane! Glad I'm not the bride just yet! ;)

#NewHair! I decided this week to take the plunge and go back to blonde again. It's been over three years since I've been this bright and I have to say, I love it! Even though it's that much more difficult to maintain, and I was rocking the dip-dye and then the baylayage look for some time, I was feeling brave and wanted to be brighter! Have you taken the hair plunge lately? If so how did it turn out for YOU?!  A huge thank you to CM Hair for her work on my do!!

#Longhair kinda DO care :D xo






Thursday Faves!!


Two trusted favourites and some newbies for this week in details. I'm never far from my +BourjoisFrance  foundation - one of my all time holy grail products with the Healthy Mix foundation. And my go-to scent recently  from +Juicy Couture  that just gives that fresh spring time smell that is just what is needed for the still-too-dreary Jan days!

The newbies are in the form of the +MAKE UP FOR EVER   Artist plexi-gloss in 202. I love this for shine and texture but there is a slight smell that reminds me of petrol and that's really not nice at all. But the form of the gloss makes up for the scents, but only just.   The two skincare/makeup items are my new +Lancome USA  Hydra-Zen eye cream and the +Clarins  Rouge Eclat in No.13 Woodrose, a really soft, wearable dusky rose that is perfect for every day wear without appearing over done.

Until next time,

LC
xo

F O L L O W O N I N S T A G R A M 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Affordable skincare gems from Superdrug!

 Happy New Year everyone! Hope that 2016 is treating you nicely so far! Just a super quick post from some recent finds of mine from +Superdrug .

First up the +Superdrug brand own Vitamin E Moisture Boost Facial Serum, this was a impulse buy about two months ago, I was on the look out for a new Vitamin E cream product and stumbled onto this, and I have to say it's fantastic! Light weight, fast absorbing and leaves the skin with a really realistic glow that makes it fab for wearing in lieu of a heavy moisturiser, or as one of the steps in your pre-makeup routine. I've found that since I've started using this (and since the cold snap just refuses to go away) that it's really helped add an extra layer of protection to my skin as well as ultimately helping my makeup look smoother and more glowy and for the price point of under £5 can you really say no?

Nope!

So, if you're on the look out for something similar, be sure to give this a try.
Now this might seem silly, because it's really only make up wipes, but honestly how many times have you picked up makeup wipes and they've done nothing but wipe your makeup around your face? In my case, far too often. 

+johnsonandjohnson  Face Care Makeup Be Gone Wipes.

Now, I try not to just resort to wipes when taking my makeup off, because as we know, there's still a lot left even if we 'look' like there's not. But these, again, were another impulse buy, I needed new ones so these were the first I saw. But honestly, as someone with dry and very picky skin, things like face wipes can be utterly drying almost instantly, so when I found these - thick and full of hydration (if you follow my TWITTER you'll have seen me raving about these already) and they removed, I want to say, at least 90 percent of my makeup with two wipes. I followed that up with my new ALPHA H  face wash, but for those of us on the go, or just feeling lazy. These are fantastic for dry skin. Not drying in the slightest either.
Win for affordable January finds!!


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jessica Alba's 'Honest Company' Launch Beauty Line.



While it's not a household name in this part of Europe, Jessica Alba's billion dollar company has been making headlines, for all the wrong reasons on this side of the pond (you know, nappies burning skin, sunscreen not doing all that much screening! Eek!) But, I figure my lovely American readers (Hi thanks for popping by all of you :D!!) would be interested to know that her company is set to launch it's own beauty line on September 9th. 



As you know, I'm always on the lookout, not only for new cosmetic lines to try (because hey, who doesn't like trying new makeup, right?!) but to find some that have a certain ethical code, that also promise to be kind to skin and offer as many naturally based ingredients as possible, it's a mission. But, when you stumble upon them it's rewarding in a weird makeup obsessed way, right?


The beauty line will have it's own website too, and as such may be hoping to distance itself from the product fail scandal of late.

The collection promises to include a whopping 17 options for skincare, and a 66-product makeup range including lip pencils, concealer, blushes, eye shadow to name a few pieces. The skincare options will, apparently, offer SPF-infused moisturizers (made from an entirely different formula from the failboat ones causing all the scandal, thankfully!. They'll also offer skin cleansers and eye creams all with the promise from THC that it would be made from natural ingredients, naturally.

So my question is this, do we care? Do we need another celebrity beauty range making us promises that it may be unable realistically to keep? As seen by the SPF fails and such within their other lines?


Hm. I'm not sure, but having options is never a bad thing. My American peeps will have to tell me all about if they decide to give The Honest Company an Honest try! (Sorry, I do love a good pun!) 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Makeup Shake Up!

Hi guys! How is March treating you so far? Has there been any March Madness you'd like to share? Or has it been a calm but cold transition into 'Spring'? I've been a little MIA from here but you can always find me on Twitter / Instagram or Tumblr if you need to get in touch!

I have been on a bit of a journey this past month or so, I've been helping a few makeup newbies take their first tentative steps into the world of 'doing yourself up', as I liked to call it.

First up let's talk about Lindsay, a great girl in her 20's from the Mid-West in the United States. She and I have been blog buds for some time now, and once I learned that she never really had experimented with makeup or skincare in the past (She's now in her early 20s!) I was itching to help her discover this side of things. It took a little gentle convincing (or, you know, firm but loving pushes in the right direction, either or...) to get her to open up to the idea that she could wear makeup and look amazing, it could feel natural and not like a mask of madness on her skin, and it could make her feel more confident. We talked over a lot of her fears too which I think are beyond important, when first starting to experiment with anything you're unsure of.

"But what if I look like a drag queen" - says She.
"Trust me you won't!" - says I. 
"Are you sure ?!" - says She.
" I swear, we'll teach you how to blend!" - says I.

 We started off with basic skincare, cleanse right, and moisturise day and night - now is the time to start investing in your skin so twenty years from now your skin won't look like it's fifty years from now. I suggested something light and natural, and she settled on +Aveeno Cetaphil skincare to start with. We then moved on to makeup, I wanted her to experiment at first, to see if it felt like something she'd want to continue, so we decided to go with cheap & cheerful - just in case she never used them more than once, I was conscious of a budget for beginning.

I decided to try a middle of the road - budget wise - Foundation. For me the key elements to a good face of makeup start with the moisturiser, or primer, and the foundation. Everything else can be as budget friendly as you like, depending on how you use them. For this I suggested my favourite foundation - the holy grail of high-street makeup - +BourjoisUK  Healthy Mix. However, we discovered that this wasn't widely available in the states, and if it was, it was for almost triple the price that we pay for it here in Ireland/ Uk. So, that was a no go. The next stop for us was +Boots UK  and their US site. Here we settled on their own brand No.7 for foundation, ordering it in the palest shade they had, because like me and many of us Caspers, Linds is a pale girl. So, without me being there in person to swatch for her, I sent in her right direction, crossed my fingers and hoped for the best come delivery day.

Then came tools, and the only ones I could suggest to her in good conscious was the +realtechniques core collection to start. I've been a massive fan of the +Sam Chapman creations for ages now, and only seemed right to start her off with the best - and the best value for money too - because as hard as it was to rein me in, budget, budget, budget!! 

Next up we hit +e.l.f. Cosmetics for just about everything we could think of, and well, she went a liiitttle crazy!

And it was amazing.

 I was attempting to welcome her gently, thinking, hey there's a half price sale, maybe she'll see one or two things she'll like. Nope, it turned out she was a natural and demanded almost one of everything they had on offer! I was doing my Chandler happy dance, and was so excited for her to dive in and have a play around with all this stuff!  It sounds strange, I suppose but I knew that she would benefit so much from it all. Not just from the superficial fun aspect of it all, but from the other side of the coin too.

The side that most people can relate too.

That, no matter how beautiful you are naturally - and let's face it, when we're being objective, we've all got something naturally beautiful about us - but when you get that new product that enhances your already epic lashes or compliments your freckles or makes your amazing eyes stand out just a little bit more. There's a moment of empowerment that comes with that, something that puts that extra little pep in your step.

So my excitement and pride was pushed aside as we waited for her to receive all her goodies, and when she did, she was just as excited to try things out. Lindsay started off slowly, spending time blending and perfecting her foundation *which was a perfect match!* and moved on from there. She most importantly was having fun with her new adventure, and I was happy she was happy. I had in a weird, roundabout way helped a person thousands of miles away, even in a small way, it was an amazing feeling of accomplishment - even with something as 'silly' as makeup.

I'm not a 'guru' or an 'expert' or even someone who gets it right every time. I'm not the girl that wears ten pounds of slap, fake tan and hair extensions every day, but I'd never judge those who are! If I had the time or notion to do this everyday, I probably would, because whatever floats your boat, right?

I think that starting to feel comfortable with yourself and within yourself starts with finding even the littlest of ways to make yourself feel like your best self. If it's going for a run, or going window shopping or starting a new diet, or buying that new lippy, whatever it is that makes you feel like the best you, I say go for it! 


Some products used included :











Monday, January 6, 2014

The Best of 2013 BBLOG Edition!





Hi all! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and a great start to the New Year. 2013 was a complicated year for me (and I’m sure for many of you as well!) and I can’t lie I’m glad to see the back of it if I’m honest.

 A little catch up as to why my blog has been so empty as of late, not so much excuses more legit reasons as to why I felt too burnt out by life to actually get excited about writing for myself again. I hope that 2014 changes that, starting now! 

(Mini Mexican Wave!)

The year started off promising with a great internship that really helped me grow and develop my skills and it led to meeting some fab people and great opportunities. One of which was a ‘real’ job in a new somewhat unfamiliar industry, that seemed like a good idea at the time! Interspersed between the good there is also some of the bad, most notably, Cancer. 

Yeah, that horrific little blighter that seems to cast a shadow on too many families lately. I had a double whammy as both my grandfather and father were diagnosed around the same time (the same week actually, a week after I started the new job, awesome timing life…), and so, 2013 was a year of battles in more ways than one.  A lot of juggling was done, and a lot of lessons were learned both personally and professionally. 2013 taught me that I need to start trusting my gut more, when it comes to people I meet, be it friends or relationships, jobs, opportunities, and doing what’s right for me and not being so overly worried about what people are going to think of me.  

 Because I realised, people are going to judge you and talk about you no matter what you do, no matter what choice you make or let be made for you, and I think it’s about time we stop giving a damn!

To quote the fine wine (or is that full of wine?) that is Johnny Depp -  

“Just keep moving forward and don't give a shit about what anybody thinks. Do what you have to do, for you.”

So on that note!

 Let’s move forward with 2014, cuddle in from the battering wind and storms outside and revel in the  
Best of…2013 #bblog edition!
 
 First up with skincare, like most women I chop and change my routine depending on my skin needs or, being honest, if something new and shiny just takes my fancy and I have to try it. But this year I think I’m managed to keep things to a bare minimum starting with two of my favourite moisturisers starting with the cult fave - Clarins -Beauty Flash Balm. 



Most people know of this if they haven’t tried it for themselves yet but if you haven’t I suggest you do as I think it’s fantastic for keeping dull winter skin bright and toned and it’s amazing just before makeup it really aids to its longevity and keeps your skin fantastically refreshed in the process! Win, Win!

In the same category is the high street find from Oilatum. Their Natural Face Cream is amazingly soft and easy on dry, dull skin and really helps eliminate any tightness that can be caused when you are prone to drier skin in the colder months. This I use all year around really, and mostly every day as it’s super light in texture too and lasts all day.


As far as facial cleansers go I have two: Burt’s Bees SoapBark & Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream – really, really soft and gentle on the skin and removes the majority of any makeup or residue before you can go back in with a makeup cleanser to take off the rest. Purse friendly too as it’s in and around £10 I think. 


The second is a cleanser that I have been somewhat obsessed by for some time now. 

Pai Camellia & Rose Hydrating Cleansing Cream. This is a really great brand in my opinion and if you haven’t checked out their range you should get on that because it’s fab! This amazing cleansing cream is just love. It’s camellia and rose qualities are super gentle on the skin and is just bursting with all the things sensitive skin loves like  Omega 3 with Vitamins A, B & E as well. This purchase came with a exfoliating muslin cloth that allows you to gently remove the cleanser and everything it sweeps off your face in a skin friendly way that won’t cause too much harsh irritation.  If you don’t fancy the feel of the muslin in this instance any warm face cloth does the trick just fine, but I have to say I will be going back to the PAI brand in the future if this is any example of how great their line really is. This is definitely on the repurchase list for sure! 


Ps. Side note but I’ve been singing the praises of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil forever and a day now, and it’s really my go-to for hair and skin SOS. For hair, especially hair that’s fine genetically and may be subjected to bleaching or dying and a lot of heated tools it works really well in restoring some of the life and moisturiser back into the follicles. You can get it from any good health food shop and it would be worth adding to the pamper routine if you’re looking for something new and skin friendly also! 



Makeup faves I think I covered on here in these posts but feel free to go back and have a nosy! Featuring Bourjois, Origins, and Benefit can be found on the blog already!

For hair there have been two things I couldn’t live without this year and one is the trusted GHD range of hair straighteners. My last pair the originals lasted me SIX years, now if that isn’t an epic investment I don’t know what is. They gave out for the final time earlier this year and I just knew I wouldn’t last long without them so I treated myself to a pair of the Limited Edition Coloured GHD straightens. And they’re Piiink! A metallic hot purple-pink and it came with a GHD flat brush too, if you follow my instagram you'll have seen me fangirl over these when I got them recently. Needless to say I love them; they’re fantastic for straightening and curling so it’s an all in one with a million percent less hassle and less hair tools too. Love, love, love, and did I mention they’re pink!? :D 


The next one was an impulse buy for me but it’s been a surprisingly great find all the same. The Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, it’s a tiny miracle for fine haired girls like moi. Just spraying some of this into damp hair after a wash, blow drying and then adding some curl, it really helps I think. It adds ‘something’ without adding weight, which is key for me as I find some leave in products just sit in the hair and weigh me down, and with fine hair that’s really the last thing anyone needs! Bounce and texture with very little work. Definitely will be buying again!!


I narrowed it waaay down for obvious reasons, but I hope that you’re still with me either here, on Twitter or on Tumblr and if you’d like to follow me on my Instragram feel free to join the nonsense there too! What have your favourites been in 2013? Anything already making the list in 2014?!

xox

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Skincare: Origins DrinkUp Intensive Mask Review!

I had heard good things about this product in the blogger-sphere lately, and the final endorsement came from +Lellie Moi  during our lovely Blogger meet up / sleepover at the @Malone Lodge Hotel in @Belfast. There we chatted away about all things skincare and the ins and outs of being a blogger. One of the recommendations she gave me (aside from continuing my obsession with handbags!) was this beauty. I love trying out new products, this blog is nothing if not proof of that, and this was no different. Having heard such good things about it's skin rescuing qualities and what not, I went straight out and got this to give it a real try. After testing it overnight at the blogger sleepover, waking up feeling tired but looking much more refreshed than I felt, it was only right I gave it a fair trail to see how it worked on a more long term basis.




First off, it smells AMAZING. Like I can't even really describe it but it's fruity and fresh but not too much... sort of smells like frosties sweets if you know that smell? But there's also Apricots and Mango scents in there too, it's a feast for the senses first of all. Secondly, it's super absorbent in that it doesn't sit on the skin at all like other 'masks' tend to do - and it's a fear one might have when committing to wear it overnight. The fear of smearing it all over your hair, or your pillow in your sleep? Legit fears! But fear not with this one, it melts into the skin like a regular moisturiser, but you feel it there for ages and when you wake up in the morning to wash your face ... my god my skin just felt so soft and smooth and like there was a real boost to the system before I would apply my day cream and put on my makeup.

They say -   Helps skin feel smoother and hydrated
Skin depends on water for its youthful functioning. But all day long, skin loses vital moisture. And the busier you are, the more it loses. This intense moisture replacement mask deeply quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature ageing.
  • Best for dehydration
I say - It's true. You can use this more than the twice a week that is recommended if you like me find your skin unpredictable and on the dry side of the scale (pun intended? idk... ). It will draw out the toxins in the skin too, which is to be expected with any mask so afterward you may experience a small regional breakout but mine was tiny, and didn't last long at all, and for the results I felt in my skin that lasted so much longer than any little breakout issues. I use this now on pamper nights, or when I'm feeling tired and want my skin to have a boosted glow the next morning. It retails in the UK/Ireland for £22 - E29 for 100ml which is fantastic considering the size and the little amounts you only need to cover your face in a thin layer at a time. I purchased mine in +Debenhams Derry if you're wondering! And the Origins sales girl was just fab and friendly which is a big plus!  You can get it online too which is fab here at +Origins

All in all 10/10 I love it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vichy Essentielles Foaming Facial Cleanser Review!


The hunt for the perfect skincare routine continues, it's a hunt that may never end, but it's fun to search right? This month I've been dipping my toes in the #Vichy #skincare pool, having heard amazing things about this brand I decided it was time to give it a go. I started with the Essentielles Foaming Facial Cleanser. Since I'm looking to save time during the week where my skincare routine is concerned the idea of a foaming face wash that breaks down the majority of my makeup on the first application sounded good.


They say -  Essentielles, with rose polyphenol, glycerin,Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It protects, hydrates and soothes your skin to give you that healthy and radiant glow!
 
It's Paraben-free (yay), hypoallergenic and previously tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control before marketed. The rose element teamed with the other ingredients give it a soothing quality that I love and is somewhat hard to achieve in drugstore/high street available skincare, so this was pleasing to say the least. I've been using it for a little over six weeks as the first step in my week night routine and I really like that it's a time saver that leaves my skin soft without much reaction from my sensitive skin. It's also made me want to try out the rest of the Essentielles range to see if I have as good an experience with those items as I had with this.
 
You can pick up Vichy products online & at most pharmacies!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Liz Earle - Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask Review

Hi there! I know, it has been ages hasn’t it? Well not really ages, but in blogger world, it’s been practically a life time since I’ve been here with something for you guys and for that I am ever so sorry! You know the drill, life, work, life, work, it all gets in the way and suddenly you have a list as long as your arm of reviews you want to write and things you want to talk about! 

Without further ado let’s get on with it, shall we?




The one product that I’ve been dying to discuss recently is the Liz Earle range of skincare, specifically their Intensive Nourishing Treatment Mask. I’ve been curious about the Liz Earle range for some time now and decided to bite the bullet with this being my first product from their range – and there’s tons of products and they all sound great to be honest. Then again, most things sound great at first before you try them, it’s in trying them we get to know what suits us, and what doesn’t, the joys!

 This treatment mask contains West African Shea, Borage seed oil (to enhance the skin’s natural barrier and comfrey to calm – they say) while the uplifting fragrance of rose-scented geranium that (helps refresh your senses – they say). The packaging is quite simple and straight forward, very ‘this  belongs in a fancy spa’ feel to it really, but since it’s about what’s inside that counts, I was more fussed with what it would or wouldn’t be doing for my Irish winter worn skin and if it would save me from the brink!

Did it?

Well, actually I think it did.

The mask itself is light, but has a clay like texture when applied (rather liberally in my case) to the face, you can choose to do an all over job or if you just have some dry areas, choose to focus more on them. I choose because of my skin type, the all over, lather it on like its’ going out of fashion type of approach and I loved it. After the first try where I cleansed, toned and applied, left it on for about 15mins I’d say… and then washed off with warm water and a muslin cloth.

 Goodness me!     

It left my skin feels beyond baby soft, after just one go! I was well impressed! However, the test for me would be in the reaction my skin would or wouldn’t take from it the next day – the pitfalls of dry, super sensitive skin ladies! The next day I did have a small break out, on my cheeks and chin, but it wasn’t crazy painful breakout like I usually get from a ‘bad reaction’ it was more ‘hey this is your skin dealing with a deep clean, deal with it’ kind of thing. It faded in a day, so there was no real issue, so I kept on using the mask. About twice a week, I reached for this, and since May, I’ve noticed that when I use it, it leaves my skin softer, and a lot less parched than it was before. I find my makeup goes on smoother, and I’ve less dry patches around my nose / chin area etc. Apparently it’s one of those masks that you can leave on overnight for a really deep treatment, and if that’s the case maybe this is one for the long haul flights? I think it would be a great option to have, as it doesn’t leave that crazy scary ‘face mask’ look when it’s sinking in either, so wearing it in public for such things like a long haul flight would work because you would be protecting and treating your skin AND not scaring small children or the flight attendants! Score!
Over all for the Liz Earl Treatment Mask 9/10. I will definitely be repurchasing.


Have you tried any of the +Liz Earle products? And if so which should I aim for next and why!?

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Until next time! 

Laura
xo

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo – On and On Bronze (aka Bad to the Bronze) Review

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream/Gel Shadow – On and On Bronze (aka Bad to the Bronze)




I had been wanting to try the +Maybelline UK Colour tats for a while now, and I kept forgetting and forgetting every time I popped into the high-street to pick one or two of them up to give them a whirl. I finally remembered, and I picked up the bronze shade – On and On Bronze – to see if what all the fuss was about?
 I have had it a few weeks now, and I have to say, at first, I was not very impressed with it, I just wasn’t so sure if it was the over-all texture, or the getting used to blending or the shimmer or whatever it was, but at first I was like ‘meh’. Then, I was going away this weekend ( to Belfast actually, I did the Titanic tour and everything I may blog about it) and decided to pack it anyway just in case. 

Well, my tune has changed I have to admit. Given a little bit of time with this and the right eye shadow primer, it became a really great shade for a night on the town for me. It does all the work for you when it comes to the start of a ‘smoky’ eye, in fact it even appears that little bit darker in the eye crease so you don’t even have to have a darker shade at the ready to deepen the look in that area. So you can skip an entire step in the eye routine, and hey, who doesn’t want that right?


In the photos, you can see the packaging of course – and the product itself in soft lighting – and more helpful I hope, in bright day light. 

Maybelline’s promise with this product is that it’s a

  • Dare to wear 24HR shadow with Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting colour saturation 
  • A Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps colour vibrant. That it is also ophthalmologist-tested, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers ( I can attest to this as I am both a sensitive eye having person ;) and a contact lens wearer, and it didn’t irritate me on either fronts, so well done there!)
Now one of the biggest problems I have with eye shadows, as a glasses wearer is the creasing – obviously it’s going to happen with the condensation / extra heat and what not around the eye area when I wear my glasses day-to-day, and that’s fine. However, even with primer, this happens sometimes and it is a bit of a nuisance to be honest. Therefore, when something comes along and says its twenty-four-hour long lasting AND crease free, best believe I want to try these babies out to see if they do what they say on the tin … er pot. As well as all the hype that they fall under pretty decent dupes for the MAC Paintpots, it all seems very positive! 

Does this?

Yes and no. 

With glasses on, there is still a little creasing, but not a lot and I can deal with that. It doesn’t really fade throughout the day either which is also great, so the only thing you need to top up is your mascara or eyeliner where your eye makeup is concerned, and with contacts the creasing was limited and it blended easily. On the other hand, I would use this sparingly unless of course a dark smoky is the effect you’re after. I find for super pale Casper-esq ladies like myself it can almost appear too rich for day time, and it took me a couple of days to get a hand of just ‘how much was too much’ as far as application was concerned.  Overall though this was well worth a second chance and I’m glad I gave it another go. I really want to try out the rest of the range now to see what they can offer me!


 The pots retail for £4.99 and are currently on 3 for 2 in +Boots UK !







Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Product Review : Elemis Fresh Skin!



Elemis skincare – one of the UK's leading luxury skincare brands have a new project, and it’s one that I couldn’t be happier about. They are in the middle of launching their newest line of skincare products for those of us coming out of our teens and into our twenties where we are as they say stuck in the ‘in-between’ period of skincare – something I definitely agree with. I found in my teens my skin was manic, with hormones and school stress as well as being a teenager in general and just the everyday confusion that comes with that time. I found my skincare routine was beyond misinformed. So, I love that large luxury  brands like Elemis is targeting this period in our lives and attempting to improve the knowledge out there for girls in their teens, before their precious teenage skin is ruined by chemical filled products that can do more long term damage than we realise at that age.

Now, it is safe to say I said a thankful goodbye to my angst-filled teen years a while ago at this stage. But still, as a twenty-something with what seems to be lifelong sensitive skin (thanks, genetics!) that spa brands with excellent reputations such as Elemis are coming up with something that treats my skin for its age and not just ‘anti-aging’ or ‘youth-activating’ or whatever the tagline might be this month.

 Products designed for the stage of our skin, at the stage of our lives right now.

We have ‘Fresh Skin’ by Elemis. It’s a range of ten products aimed at the market of us ‘in-betweeners’ and so far I’ve tried three of the ten products and I am really impressed. The first of course was via @GlossyboxUK in form a of a sample sized scrub (Review Here) which I have since re-purchased because not only does it smell divine but it doesn’t break me out (score!). Next up I have tried out two more products in the form of the *Dreamy Sleep Night-Time Moisturiser, and the *Super Boost Moisturising Serum. 



First up I tried the serum, as I am a huge advocate in my circle of friends for the benefits of a good serum for dry/dehydrated skin, I cleansed and toned and set about using a pump or two of this by patting the product into my skin as opposed to rubbing it in. I like it better this way as I feel it gives the product more time to rest on the skin and sink in more naturally instead of harshly rubbing and buffing in. Having been using this daily for over a week now, I can say that it really does add a bit of a ‘boost’ to the skin, particularly to naked skin and I even got some compliments when I wore it under my makeup instead of using my regular moisturiser. 

Never a bad thing, right?! 




Next up was the night cream, and I have to admit I have been a bit lacking when it comes to really doing much in the form of nighttime skin care. I mean, I always try to remember to take my makeup off, but we are all guilty of forgetting (or you know, being too lazy…tell me I am not alone on this one!) to take it off, but really my usual routine is that at best at night. I had been sort of kidding myself in that I didn’t need any night time creams, until now.

 I think I’ve seen the light on this part of skin care to be honest, I didn’t really think a night cream could make that much of a difference to my skin, particularly as quickly as it has, but using the Dreamy sleep I have noticed a huge difference in the state of my skin first thing in the morning. I’m noticing that the over-all redness is less so, and the hydration levels seem better, at least my skin feels super soft and supple in the am, and that’s pre-any makeup etc.

Nothing about the products really put me off, they smell lovely (like the scrub too, so I’m sensing that their overall scents are all similar fruity /fresh), they don’t break me out or leave redness or a heavy feeling on my skin and they’ve improved the texture of my skin and the look. What more could I ask for really? Right? If you're looking for an affordable range of skincare with a luxury backing, this would be it for sure!
 




Do you have a favourite Elemis product? If so what is it! Let me know!!

EIC
xo









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