So this is basically a quick review of a few skincare & beauty products I have finished over the past few months. I know there isn't a huge amount of makeup but that's because I am continuously buying new products and actually very rarely finish any of them!!!!!
Eye Makeup Removers: - I LOVE smokey eyes and lashings of mascara so a good eye makeup remover is essential for me. I think the biphase formulas are much more efficient at removing stubborn liner/mascara so that's what I tend to stick to. So in no particular order these are the ones I have been using over the past couple of months:
Garnier Express 2 in 1 Eye Makeup Remover (125ml €4.50 approx, available in pharmacies nationwide) - Fantastic, does the job brilliantly without leaving any greasy residue. Have repurchased this a number of times.
Botanics Soothing Eye Makeup Remover All Bright (150ml €5.99 approx, available in Boots) - Another great one. Lifts mascara and liner away easily. Can be slightly oily but because I remove my eye makeup first this isn't a problem. I just bought a new bottle of this but have been reading that they changed the formula so I'm hoping it works aswell as my last one did.
Elemis White Flowers Eye & Lip Makeup Remover (125ml €28.80 approx, available on www.feelunique.com.).
I actually only had a travel size of this but it was perfect to bring on holidays with me. I try and use waterproof/sweat-proof/heatproof products on holidays to prevent my makeup melting off but they are always harder to remove. However this little bottle made quick work of everything leaving me with no panda eyes in the morning. This is a great one for your skincare routine if you have the budget for it.
Vichy Pureté Thermale Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover (150mls €14.99 approx, available in pharmacies nationwide). Another great all rounder. Works on waterproof mascara and doesn't irritate my eyes.
That's eye makeup removers sorted so it's on to skin cleansers now.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm (125ml €29 available in Clinique stockists nationwide). I LOVE this stuff...You just scoop out a small amount warm it between your hands where it changes to an oil and apply all over the face. It melts off all your makeup even mascara. Well worth the price tag and definitely a repurchase for me.
Bioderma Micelle Solution (250ml €14.50 approx, available in selected pharmacies nationwide). I can't fault this...it is great at cleansing and removing makeup. But to be honest the Garnier Miceller Water does the exact same job at a fraction of the cost.
L'Oreal Skin Perfect 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil (150ml €10.50 approx, available in pharmacies nationwide). Another great makeup remover. Two pumps, apply all over the face including lips & lashes and then remove with a damp facecloth. Ta Dah! All signs of makeup are gone. It does contain mineral oil though but to be honest it's not on your skin long enough to cause much damage. Will be repurchasing!!!
Next up is Serums: I would highly recommend using a serum...I actually think they are more important than moisturiser. I use a serum to treat my skin problems (in my case dehydration/aging) day & night and don't mind investing a little money in a good quality one.
Vichy Idéalia Life Serum (30mls €34.99 approx, available in pharmacies nationwide). This is a nice enough product but to be honest I didn't notice a difference in my complexion after using it. It makes an excellent base for makeup though and feels lovely and moisturising on the skin. I much prefer the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum which is a Holy Grail product for me.
Clarins Double Serum (30ml €69.50 approx, available in Clarins stockist nationwide). This was the first serum I ever used and I loved it however I never actually got around to repurchasing it. My skin looked more even and had a lovely glow to it. I think it's just because I am a product junkie that I never got around to buying a second bottle but it is definitely on my list.
Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (225g €19.95 available in Lush Dublin). I LOVE this stuff and have already repurchased a new pot. You simply use this like you would use your hair conditioner. Apply to wet skin whilst you are still in shower then rinse off. Once you get out of the shower just pat your skin dry and Ta Dah! you have beautiful soft skin. And it smells AMAZING!!!!. I have a full review of it so just click here (http://makeupbyrubysue.weebly.com/blog/lush-after-lush-ros-argan-body-conditioner).
My favourite makeup product would have to be mascara so this is actually one product I do get to finish.
L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara (€11.50 approx available in pharmacies nationwide). This is a fantastic mascara perfect for adding volume without clumping. It is a staple in my personal and professional kit.
Lancome Virtuóse Mascara (€27.50 approx, available at Lancome stockist nationwide). I firmly believe that Lancome make the best high end mascaras and always have at least one on the go. This is my all time favourite as it adds volume and a great curl to the last. Definitely will be repurchasing.
So that's it...I can finally throw these all in the bin!!!!. Thanks for reading.
Until next time....Be Happy!!!!
Wow!! It's been nearly two full months since I have sad down and wrote a blog post. Life was MANIC for most of July and early August and to be honest the longer I went without writing the harder it was to get back into it.
But here I am back with a vengance and with a "humdinger" for you....
If you follow me on Instagram then you will know that I picked up The Body Shop Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask in Knock Airport on my way to Portugal. It had been on my "To Buy" List for ages after I had heard amazing things from loads of people but it was sold out every time I went to get it. So I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted it in the Duty Free - for those of you who have never flown from Knock Airport... well it's a very small airport and the Duty Free is "limited" to say the least.
I actually used this quite a bit on holidays because it is aimed at replenishing the skin and restoring a smooth refreshed appearance....And let me tell you my ten days hols consisted of early mornings (so I could play with my nieces & nephew in the pool) and very late nights (so I could party/celebrate with the rest of my family). Of course I didn't read the instructions and used to just throw it on at night...this lead to a "sticky" face but my skin always looked great in the morning so I put up with it. However upon arriving home I done a little research and there is actually a little massage routine which you should follow to ensure the product absorbs properly.
This stuff is like nothing I have seen before. It has a very odd texture...kind of like a memory foam mattress.
It is springy & thick and actually quite difficult to get out of the jar. They do give you a tiny spatula though which does help (if you can find it when you need it!!!).
The mask is suitable for all skin types but especially good if you have dry/dehydrated skin. You simply warm the thick gel between your hands and apply all over the face and neck at night (obviously). It has a lovely fresh fragrance and feels lovely and luxurious on the skin (although as mentioned above it can be a little sticky if you apply too much). Leave it on whilst you sleep, wash off with a little water in the morning and Ta Dah!!! you should wake with beautiful plump, hydrated soft skin.
I've been using it for the past 6 weeks now and although I haven't noticed a huge difference in the "plumpness" of my skin I have noted that the dehydration lines I usually get from sun, alcohol, late nights and general neglect have been pretty much nonexistent. My skin looks refreshed in the morning and is super soft.
I apply a small amount over my serum before going to bed. I personally don't need to use a night cream as the serum/mask combination is enough for my skin however if you find your skin very dry you may need to continue using a suitable night cream.
At €30 this isn't cheap but you get a whopping 90mls of product which will last you ages. And if you can get away without having to use a separate night cream then it is well worth the investment. I use a serum to treat my skin for dehydration as that is my main area of concern so using the Bouncy Sleeping Mask is a bonus for replenishing and restoring the skin. It is available in The Body Shop stores nationwide.
I'm so glad to be back!!!
Hope you enjoyed this review...
Until next time... Be Happy!!!
Lover of all things beauty, Makeup Artist, Blogger & Wife . I am always on the look out for the perfect makeup or the best beauty product so keep reading to follow my never ending quest!