My Dermalogica facial @ Saffron Health & Beauty

I’m a skincare addict, I adore all things skin and get extremely excited when I add a new product to my routine (sad, ahem 😛 ). So undoubtedly, I was over the moon when the gorgeous Amanda invited me to try a Dermalogica skin treatment. I had extremely oily skin during the summer months and the Active-Moist moisturizer from the range saved me.

Walking into Saffron was like entering into a complete zen, away from the hustle and bustle. The relaxing environment added to my wonderful experience.

Now to the fun part 😉
Dermalogica facials can address :

♥ Skin breakouts

♥ Ageing skin

♥ Unbalanced skin-tone

♥ Pigmentation

I do facials,peels, exfoliation – everything at home but nothing beats going to a professional. This treatment is tailored to your individual skin needs. Amanda assessed my skin concerns and planned what it needed (which was an abundance of TLC).

The tranquility in the treatment room was surreal. Amanda talked me through each step of the treatment. I definitely was drifting in and out of sleep, I was that relaxed! There was a gorgeous facial massage towards the end of the treatment. I had blocked sinuses before this, and leaving Saffron even they felt relieved.

There was a deep cleanse, a facial steam, an exfoliation and a customized mask for my skin type. A refining masque was chosen for my skin to detoxify it. Not only that but EVERY blackhead was extracted from my skin (YOU CANNOT DO THIS AT HOME). The blackhead removal was a tedious task for poor Amanda. I had several really deep ones around my chin which I was delighted to say toodle-loo to.

After the treatment my skin was instantly glowing not to mention how relaxed I felt. I was shocked at the results I got from one facial so I can’t wait to see my skin after my next one.

It was brilliant to get a list of recommendations for my skin from Amanda. Sometimes we’re trying a concoction of products on our face but we don’t really know our skin type. Or am I just talking about myself here ?! 😛

My skin is six days post facial and it is still luminous (I’m going makeup free most days which is significant for me). A few little bumps appeared on my chin but that was just the congestion coming from the lower layer of my skin.

This is way more than a facial, it’s a skin treatment. I recommend anyone who is experiencing problems with their skin to check the range of facials that are offered by Saffron. Beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin 🙂 .

NeoStrata Redness Neutralizing Serum

As Irish people we are ‘blessed’ to have skin so sensitive that it reacts even if you look at us sideways 😛 . In all seriousness, the majority of Irish people have extremely sensitive skin so it is imperative that we care for it and use the correct products.
During winter my skin can get extremely sensitive causing it to look flushed. Yes, a green concealer or full coverage foundation will hide any redness, but that’s just masking it. This serum treats the skin from the lower layers to the surface, so we can say see ya to those rosy cheeks 🙂 . Not only does it reduce redness and target rosacea, it also has anti aging properties. I’m on the wrong side of 21 so I’ll take all the help I can get to remain looking fresh-faced! This serum does exactly that. After application my skin looks plump, glowing and redness free.

I applied two pumps of this serum morning and evening before my moisturizer. It dries into the skin almost instantly which is perfect especially when you have people to see and things to do 😉 .

All NeoStrata products are based on genuine research, which I find so interesting AND no one is going to argue with scientific evidence. The serum contains PHAs which improve the skin barrier and keep it moisturized. Based on the research, this serum promised that after two weeks my skin would have a more even tone and any inflammation/redness would be reduced. Once again, NeoStrata needs to take a bow as the results were delivered in less than two weeks.

The Redness Neutralizing Serum is 44.95EURO and a list of stockists can be found on www.neostrata.ie .

Pampering at Pello with Aveda

My mum and I were invited to indulge in an Aveda Botanical hair treatment last Friday. I could not have imagined my weekend beginning better!
Pello is one of Ireland’s prestige Aveda salons, that carry an extensive range of these gorgeous paraben free products.
Before discussing my luxurious treatment I am going to talk about the background of Aveda products. These products are second to none! All Aveda products are derived from natural ingredients (even the hair colour is 96% natural). It is so enlightening to know that these products are completely natural as opposed to all the  chemicals we smother our body in. The herbal scent that the Aveda products have is unique. Aveda are major advocates for the protection of our environment. The mission at Aveda is to be respectful of our surroundings while also making clients feel beautiful inside and out! To celebrate Aveda Earth Month, the staff at Pello along with their clients will be participating in a 6K on May 2nd. All contributions from the fundraiser will go towards Aveda Earth Month. This 6K walk reflects the average distance that females and children walk daily in developing countries in the search for clean water 😔. This is an amazing cause and guaranteed to be an exciting day for all.
Now on to the fun part 😉 .The treatment is applied to my hair and immediately I am overwhelmed by the relaxing aroma that came from the concoction. The moisturizing tonic which is composed of pomegranate removes excess product from the scalp while adding life back into my dry locks. The technique which massages the treatment into the hair is phenomenal. I had a hot towel applied on three different intervals during the process.
While the treatment absorbed into my hair, I received an amazing hand massage using Aveda products. Admittedly, each time I visit Pello, I am falling more in love with this complimentary treatment. It is definitely the icing on the cake 😊 . The herbal tonic was then rinsed from my hair and I received a gorgeous curly blow-dry. My hair was gleaming with luminosity and looked extremely healthy.
There we were relaxed, pampered and with glowing hair ready to take on the weekend!
The service at Pello Hair is really delivered with a smile. I have never encountered such a friendly team. Every time I visit the salon I receive princess treatment. I have used and abused my hair in the past and now thanks to Aveda products and the team at Pello it is finally coming back into order. If you hair is lacking that oomph I definitely recommend this treatment. You will leave feeling like Rapunzel!

NYX Contour & Highlight Pro Palette

As someone who has a face as round as a football, I am constantly searching for the the perfect contouring products. I switch between cream and powder products in the search for cheekbones similar to Maleficent 🙂 .

I have been lusting over this NYX palette for a while and now it is finally under my reign 🙂 .This is a versatile palette that can create an abundance of different looks – it has so many options whether you prefer a matte highlight in preference to a sparkle highlight or a really dramatic contour! It contains four highlight powders and four contour powders. All powders in the palette can be purchased in refillable pans which is extremely convenient.

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Highlight powders

Ice Queen – This is a gorgeous pearl white shade. This colour in the inner corner of the eye makes your peepers pop!  It also looks fab above the cupids bow. I find when I highlight my cheekbones with it, it appears ashy because my skin tone is too dark 🙁 .  Pale beauty’s could use this as a cheekbone highlight if you adore that strong, sparkly glow.

Soft Light – This is the perfect nude, that has a satin finish. It’s great for highlighting if you dislike shimmer. The finish provides a nice glow to any area that needs brightening .

Cream – I finally have a yellow powder YAY 🙂 . I cannot explain how much I adore this colour for setting under the eyes. My face definitely looks brighter after I apply this. This is a stunning powder if you are in search for the perfect banana shade.

Nectar – The final highlight shade has a soft shimmer that provides a gorgeous glow to the skin. It’s extremely wearable so you won’t resemble a disco ball. A light coating over the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose illuminates the skin beautifully.

Contour POWDERS

Tan – This powder has slightly red undertones so it’s perfect for contouring olive skin tones. I adore it for contouring my forehead as it warms my skin and gives me that summer glow. It also doubles up as an eye shadow for a smokey sunset eye.

Toffee – This is a true neutral brown. This would be an amazing bronzer for any skin tone. When I first glanced at this colour I saw shimmer and immediately began panicking, but fortunately the shimmer doesn’t shift to the skin. It just provides a gorgeous subtle sheen minus chunky glitter particles. Phew!

Sculpt – This contour colour had cool undertones. This would be perfect for an everyday contour powder for all skin tones. It blended beautifully into the skin. This colour is a brilliant addition to any makeup kit.

Hollow – This is the darkest brown. I use this colour for contouring my cheekbones when I want to look like I could cut my enemies with my cheekbones 🙂 . It provides an extremely dramatic look on my medium skin tone.

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Every shade is extremely pigmented so being light-handed is essential (unless you are Ru Paul 🙂 ). I like to use duo-fiber brushes because it seems I have hands that are as heavy as lead 🙂 . I mix and match between different shades depending on the look I am creating, and I even use each powder as an eye-shadow.

On the whole, this is a valuable addition to your makeup stash. This palette will strip you of €25.00 so it is a steal for the amount of product you are getting. If you are on the contouring and highlighting train at the moment, this is definitely something to invest in.

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Contour powders – Tan, Toffee, Sculpt, Hollow. Highlight powders – Ice Queen, Soft Light, Cream, Nectar.

MAC Rebel dupe alert!

I adore MAC lipsticks but sometimes they can be expensive, especially if you want to experiment with different colours. I love finding purse friendly dupes of my beloved MAC lippies.

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Recently, I picked up Wet’n’Wild ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ for only €2.95. I confess, I did want to invest in the whole range because of the amazing shade selection, but I showed some self-control 😀 . I was shocked to see how similar this was to the renowned MAC ‘Rebel’.

Both shades are vibrant and extremely long-wearing. I would suggest popping on a lip balm prior to using ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ as it is extremely matte. The Wet’n’Wild packaging is not as attractive compared to the chicness of MAC bullets, but the amazing affordability forgives this one drawback. The two lipstick shades are wearable and will compliment an abundance of skin-tones. Either lipstick is a staple in any makeup bag!

Even if you are a MAC fanatic this lipstick steal will be hard to refuse <3

Here you can see how identical both lipsticks are on my lips. (Left – Wet’NWild ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’. Right – Mac ‘Rebel’)

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My Skincare Routine

I am constantly on the lookout for new skincare products. I believe good skin sets the base for a flawless makeup application. My morning and evening cleansing routine is like a solemn ceremony that I am devoted to.

My skin is combination to oily. I don’t have any major skin conditions, but hormones can create havoc on my beloved skin at certain times of the month *questions gender* 🙁 ! There’s not a great deal that can be done to prevent this besides remaining stress free and drinking copious amounts of water.

Morning skincare regime

As I am usually in a rush to leave the house in the morning I try to make my morning routine speedy.

  • I cleanse with Soap & Glory ‘Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk’. Honestly, I could spoon this into my mouth it smells so divine. It is designed to melt away makeup but personally I don’t like using it for that. The creamy texture is easy to work with and leaves skin looking radiant. DO NOT get this in your eyes, it feels like Satan is burning you for all your sins!  This is for all skin types and is a steal at €8.49.
  • I then spray Shu Uemura ‘Depsea Water’ in mint mist on my face to tone it after cleansing. It enriches the skin with amazing minerals. This product looks suspiciously useless but it is the furthermost thing from! It is definitely a cult product with an abundance of uses.
  • I then moisturize my skin with Shiseido ‘Ibuki Enriched Refining Moisturizer’. I use this both morning and evening. It doesn’t make my skin oily, it just provides a nice level of moisture to my skin. This is a well-rounded moisturizer.

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Nighttime skincare regime

  • Each night I use Garnier ‘Micellar Water’ to remove my makeup. I have tried various brands of micellar water but this is my ultimate fave. It doesn’t leave any residue on my skin or leave my skin feeling tight which I found with the majority of other brands.
  • I then cleanse using my Clarisonic paired with Lush ‘Dark Angels Cleanser’. These two products paired together are an amazing duo. Since investing in the Clarisonic I am amazed at how much my skin has improved. This cleanser leaves skin feeling extremely soft. It is especially good if you are prone to those nasty hormonal spots. The only downside is that it’s very messy and I look like I’ve been sleeping in a coal bunker, but hey all in the name of beauty :P.
  • In the evening I use a different toner. I use Shiseido ‘Ibuki Softening Concentrate’. I love the hydration it adds back into my skin after cleansing.
  • Sometimes if my skin is playing up I will use Nip + Fab ‘Glycolic Fix Nightpads’ as a gentle exfoliation. I love this range for problematic skin.
  • I then apply a serum. As I’m putting mileage on my clock I have started using an anti-aging serum. I switch between Clarins ‘Double Serum’ and Estee Lauder ‘Advanced Night Reapir’. Both serums are fab!
  • I only apply eye cream at night as I feel it makes my makeup slide when I use it in the morning. I feel it is important to look after those peepers so investing in a good eye cream is essential. Currently, I am using Emma Hardie ‘Age Support Eye Cream’. It is imperative not to apply eye cream too close to the actual eyeball as milia could form.
  • I then apply my moisturizer (the same cream as used in my morning regime).

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Masks, Scrubs and Peels.

  • Two nights a week I will use Glamglow ‘Supermud’. This is definitely an investment, I am getting everyone hooked on this cult product!
  • Once a week I will use a chemical peel. This clears my pores and prevents scarring from any recent, nasty spots.
  • If I’ve had a late night I will use Glamglow ‘Brightmud Eye Treatment’. I find that these little gems hydrate around my eyes and leave me looking revived in just three minutes.image

I believe by taking care of your skin and using good products it will definitely pay off.

A hidden gem – Beauty at the Lodge

I adore eyelashes. I honestly believe lushes lashes totally transform a person. I like to experiment with all the varieties that are on the market and try different salons that offer the treatment.

I have always heard amazing reviews about Beauty at the Lodge so I booked myself in for the semi-permanent mink eyelash treatment. The salon has a rural location which is perfect (especially if you are having an intimate treatment).

On arrival, the first thing I noticed was the tranquil ambiance. I was met with this gorgeous aroma.  It was like stepping into a dream as I glanced at the luxurious salon decor.

I opted to go for dramatic mink eye lashes, but the beautician will customize the lash to meet your individual requirements. I was cuddled in a warm blanket and the next thing I remember was drifting to dreamland. My beautician was amazing and extremely gentle. It can be claustrophobic to consciously have your eyes closed for two hours, but I was so relaxed I didn’t even notice. I came away with the most perfect, voluminous eyelashes. This salon was the best experience I have ever had with the mink eyelash treatment. It was pure luxury from beginning to end.

My overall result – STUNNING! Four weeks on from the treatment and my eyelashes were still fluttering like butterflies on a spring day!

Beauty at the Lodge have specialized treatments and use renowned brands such as Guinot. The salon offers an extensive range of treatments that would leave anyone feeling rejuvenated. If you want to step away feeling a princess, I couldn’t recommend this salon more.image

Nip + Fab Glycolic instant fix mask REVIEW

I used the Glycolic Fix pads and Glycolic cleanser from this brand before. I was highly impressed so opted to experiment with the Glycolic instant fix mask when my holy grail glamglow finished. Embarrassingly enough I was swayed by the fact Kylie Jenner raves about this product (as if this is all she uses to achieve that flawless finish 😉 ). I bought this product on offer in Superdrug for £11.50.

 

The instructions stated to apply a thin layer on clean, dry skin for ten minutes. I was shocked to see the mask was a clear gel. After I applied the mask to my skin I experienced a slight tingling. I convinced myself that this was due to the presence of Glycolic acid. I compulsively checked the clock to see if the time was up so I could remove the mask as it felt extremely uncomfortable. I usually view the application of a face mask as a pampering treatment. I washed the mask off with warm water. Admittedly, my skin looked soft and clear but there was small red blotches dispersed over my face. After a moment of sheer panic the blotches began to subside. My skin definitely felt tighter. I then proceeded to apply my night regime of products.

 

The next morning my skin was glowing!!!

 

This mask is a no-fuss pick me up. I would suggest using it no more than once a week as irritation may occur. It definitely is for oily/combination skin, I would avoid at all costs if your skin is anyway dehydrated or sensitive.

 

I liked this mask but I didn’t love it. I have repurchased my almighty glamglow and it will still remain at the front of my vanity shelf.