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!!!!
I am NOT a morning person and I could hit snooze 10 times before actually getting up. So it generally doesn't leave me with a lot of time to get ready before heading out the door to work. Therefore my morning skincare routine is quick and simple.
I start my morning by cleansing with Garnier's Micellar Water. It removes any oils that might appear during the night, doesn't leave any residue and makes my skin feel clean and soft after use.
I then apply my Botanics Hydrating Radiant Youth Eye Cream. I have been using this for about a month now and its a lovely simple moisturising cream that keeps the eye area well hydrated. It is a great cream for anyone looking for a basic everyday cream. I have however just invested in the NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Cream. It promises to "target tell-tale signs of ageing around the eyes by building and plumping the deep layers of the skin and crow's feet and puffiness are effectively targeted for exceptional results". I will do a full review on once I have had a chance to try it out.
I have been using the No.7 Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum of late. I'm not quite sure if I like it or not. I had been using the Clarin's Double Serum and noticed my skin tone & texture had improved but since changing to the No. 7 serum I haven't noticed any difference. I am going to finish it anyway and will let you know what I think at the end.
I then finish with Una Brennan Super Facialist Neroli Firming Day Cream. I absolutely love the smell of this product and it leaves my skin super soft. The Una Brennan Super Facialist range is great and cannot wait to try more of their products.
I always try to double cleanse at night to really ensure my skin is cleansed of the days makeup dirt and pollution. I start with the Garnier Micellar Water as this takes off most of my makeup and eye makeup. I then use the Clinique Take The Day Off Balm. This is a lovely product. It is solid but liquefies when warmed between your hands. Apply all over the face and it melts off the day's dirt and any stubborn makeup. I use a warm muslin cloth to remove it and my skin always feels clean and fresh afterwards.
I use my Botanics eye cream and No.7 Serum again and then use the La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5. It is very rich and quite greasy but I love it. It soothes, protects and repairs whilst I sleep. Little tube of magic!
Once a week I use the Una Brennan Super Facialist Tea Flower Pore Purifying Clay Mask. It comes out white in colour, smells quite herbally (is that a word) and dries quickly. Leave it on for about 15 minutes then simply wash it off with a hot facecloth to reveal smooth well balanced skin. It doesn't dry out my face and leaves it feeling super clean.
Then once a week I use the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. (Obviously not on the same night as the Clay Mask - I usually use this over the weekend or Monday night). This stuff is a life saver the morning after a night out, when you have had at least one bottle (of wine!!!) too many. It is super re-hydrating, packed full of vitamins and smells amazing. Simply apply a layer all over your face (I even apply it to the eye area) leave for at least 20 mins ( you can leave it on as long as you want) and then rinse off. You will be amazed by how radiant and refreshed your skin will look.
About twice a week I use my Nip + Fab Glycolic Scrub Facial Polish or my Olay Regenerist 3 Point Super Cleanser Brush for a good exfoliation. The Glycolic Scrub contains both glycolic and salicylic acid which chemically exfoliate the skin and has fine granules to phsically exfoliate. It really improves the texture of my skin and leaves it bright and smooth.
I use the Olay Cleansing Brush with whatever cleanser I happen to have in my bathroom at the time . My skin always feels soft and glowing afterwards like I have just had a facial. Oh and I always remove my makeup before using this brush otherwise it can stain the bristles.
So that's basically it. Now my skin is still far from flawless but it has been looking better lately and I am putting it down to most of these products.
Is there any product's you think I should try? Let me know in the comments below.
Don't forget...Be Happy!
So I was in my version of heaven last week (Boots in Liffey Valley) but only had a quick half an hour to look around. I needed to get a new eye cream and day moisturiser
(that was my excuse for going in - like I would need one though).
So what did I buy?
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Neroli Firming Super Lift Day Cream SPF 15 RRP €19.49
What attracted me to this cream above all others in the store was the smell. I love Neroli (Bodyshop have a Neroli Jasmin Range and its smells amazing). But upon reading the info on the packaging I decided it would suit me just fine. It's an anti-wrinkle, anti-ageing day cream with Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid hydrates and plumps dry and aging skin. Now I know I'm only 33 but the dreaded little wrinkles and lines are starting to appear and I am a firm believer that prevention is better than cure. And did I mention that I LOVE the smell of it. I actually think I am going to buy the whole Neroli range just simply because of the smell :)
Super Facialist by Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask RRP €10.99
For those of you who read my blog on a regular basic you will know I have problematic skin. I suffer from hormonal breakouts ALOT so a good clay mask is essential. This is the first product I had heard about from the Super Facialist range so I couldn't wait to try it. And at €10.99 it's a bit of a bargain. The mask promises to unclog pores and restore skin balance. I will do a full review on it soon...Im actually wearing it as I type this :)
Botanics Radiant Youth Hydrating Eye Cream RRP €13.49
I just finished the Clinique Repairwear eye cream and have to say I was a little disappointed. It didn't make any difference to my eye area and is pretty pricey for something that didn't work. So I had read great things about this eye cream from Botanics. It's a lovely light cream that applies smoothly and I love the tube (I hate sticking my fingers into pots). It says " This hydrating eye cream smoothes the appearance of fine lines and hydrates, with protective ginkgo. Anti-oxidant vitamins help protect for a younger looking eye contour". Well we will see....
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Black Mascara RRP €16.49
I have a small obsession with mascara and have been very impressed with L'Oreal's mascara's in the past. So after reading a blog where this was mentioned I just had to buy it. It has a rubber brush and the brand's new anti-clump wiper which removes surplus mascara so no overload & no clumps.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream RRP € 13.99 & Bourjois CC Eye Cream RRP €10.49
I am really getting into the swing of these CC creams. This is my second one in as many weeks. (Must stop buying makeup!). I love all the Bourjois Foundations so said I'd give the new CC cream a go. It is a light coverage cream which evens out your complexion using colour correction pigments. It contains green pigments to cover redness, apricot pigments to cover dark circles and white pigments to brighten. I really hope it works as CC creams are really quick and easy to apply and save me alot of time in the morning. So fingers crossed.
The CC Eye Cream comes in a little twist up applicator with a silicone tip. (Not too sure about it though). From just testing it on my hand it looks like a nice creamy concealer. I will do a review on both of them soon for you.
Soap and Glory Super-Colour Fabulipstic Collagen Boosting Lipstick in The Missing Pink & Red My Lips RRP €11.50
Firstly I just love the names that Soap and Glory give their products. They always make me smile (People must think I'm mad smiling away to myself whilst looking at makeup). Anyway I was looking for a pinkish nude basically a my lips but better shade and The Missing Pink is just that. Gorgeous everyday colour and really moisturising on. Red My Lips is a funny name for the second lipstick as its in no-way red in colour. It is a beautiful neutral plumish colour. (Check out the photo below as both lipsticks are swatched to give you a better idea of the colour). Both lipsticks apply like a dream, feel gorgeous on the lips and I will definitely be going back for more.
Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in Drive Me Nude RRP €7.95.
Rimmel are the latest to jump on the "Chubby Stick" lipstick/balm wagon. I think they are a great idea because they are so handy for your handbag, easy to apply and most have a stain quality to them meaning they last on your lips for hours. I have loads of them from Clinique, Bourjois, Revlon and Catrice but wanted to try the Rimmel ones after reading loads of great things about them. I actually didn't have a nude one so chose this beige nude stick. I think there are seven or eight shades in total. As you can see from the photo above it's a lovely creamy deep nude shade great for everyday wear. (It actually comes out a little deeper on the lips so be careful when picking colours). And at only €7.95 I will be stocking up on a few more of the shades.
So that's my latest haul.
If you have any questions you would like answered or use any of the products mentioned above and want to let me know what you think of them leave me a comment below.
Until next time...As always... 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!