On one of my many trips to Boots recently I picked up this No.7 Cleansing Gel just as a random purchase (I had a €6.50 off voucher and thought why not). I love oil cleansers/balms so was intrigued by this product. It is formulated as a gel but melts into an oil when applied to the face - perfect for normal to dry skin. If you follow me on Snapchat (@makeupbyrubysue if you fancy a look) then you might have seen me take my makeup off with this already.
For those of you who didn't catch the snaps this is how is went.
It comes out of the tube like a thick yellow paste/gel. I massaged it on to dry skin, all over my face even on my eyes & lashes.(No.7 recommended you apply it to dampened skin though). And like the name suggests it melts onto the skin into a lovely luxurious oil. It contains Rosehip Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Glycerin which makes it great for locking in moisture and makes the gel smell beautifully light and fresh.
If you apply water it will turn milky and you can rinse away any remaining residue but I actually used a warm damp facecloth as this is my favourite way of removing cleanser. I was surprised at how well it dissolved off my makeup even the eyeshadow & mascara. I did need to use a little eye makeup remover to take off whatever what was left on my lashes though. After cleansing my skin felt clean & fresh with no absolutely no tightness.
All in all a great cleanser.
So if you like oil/balm/gel cleansers then this is one for you. The packaging is nice and simple, the product inside does a great job of dissolving off the days dirt & makeup and the price point isn't too bad either. Definitely a repurchase for me. I actually haven't' tried alot of the No7 products but if they are all as good as this I will be very happy. I will be trying more from the range so if you have any recommendations please let me know in the comments below.
You can pick it up in any Boots store for €12.50 (but I'm sure if you are a regular Boots shopper then you will have a skincare voucher somewhere).
I hope you enjoyed reading this...
Until next time....Be Happy
Just a quick review today on my current eye care routine. I'm 35 this September and have started to notice the fine lines and dark circles creeping in around my eyes. So in my efforts to combat these issues I use an eye cream every morning & night.
In the morning I use Vichy Idealia Eyes and at night I am applying the La Roche Posay Redermic R Eyes. I love both Vichy & La Roche Posay because they are so easily available and are within most people's budgets. Both brands are suitable for sensitive skin and have a great range of products for all skin types.
But you are here to read about the eye products so here goes!
I have been using the Vichy Idealia Eye for about 3 months now so feel I can give you an honest full review on it.
After the success of the Idealia Life Serum Vichy decided to add an eye cream to the range. It promises to "brightens the appearance of dark circles and reduces the look of fine lines to re-awaken your natural radiance".
The tube has a silicone tip applicator and I'm still not sure if I love it or not. I apply it from the tube but use my ring finger to pat it into the skin. The cream itself has a beautiful soft texture that sinks straight into the skin. It has a gorgeous illuminating sheen which instantly brightens the eye area making it perfect for under makeup. Personally I think it makes me look a little more awake in the mornings especially on the "no makeup days".
For my night time eye care I bring out the big guns. The La Roche Posay Redermic R Eyes contains Pure Retinol which is one of the most effective ingredients used in fighting the ageing process. This eye cream has a lovely light texture which melts into the skin and is easily absorbed. I haven't noticed a massive difference in my fine lines but overall my eye area feels smoother, appears brighter and at least I am preventing further wrinkles developing.
I only use it at night because as with all Retinol products you should not expose your skin to UV light and apply a daily SPF of a least 15 (you should be using SPF anyway and shame on you if you aren't).
Just a little advice for you all - When applying eye creams just apply it to the orbital bone. Most eye products are migratory meaning they will travel to where they are needed. If you apply the cream too close to the actual eye you will cause irritation and puffiness. The skin around the eye is so delicate and thin you really have to be very careful with it. And only a tiny amount of product is needed. We all do it - lash it on thinking we are doing great but all you are actually doing is wasting product. Your skin will only use what it needs and then the rest is left sitting there clogging up your pores.
I don't think I have found "The One" yet when it comes to eye creams but I do really like both of these products and will definitely be repurchasing. They keep my eye area well hydrated and plumped and are so far helping to prevent deep wrinkles and crows feet. The Vichy Idealia Eye Cream is €27.99 for 15mls and the LRP Redermic R Eye is €29.50 for 15mls. Most stockist will give you a sample if you want to try them out before buying.
What eye creams are you using?
Let me know in the comments below and I might give then a try.
Hope you enjoyed this!
Until next time....Be Happy!!!!
Fact: Cold weather = Dull Grey Complexion.
Air conditioning, biting winds, hot showers and low temperatures are just some of the elements our poor little mug has to deal with in winter. Our skin becomes dehydrated which slows down skin cell turn over and our circulation also slows down which leads to lacklustre skin.
So what can we do to combat this I hear you ask?
Well firstly we need to work from the inside out.
1. Increase your water rich foods (tomatoes, watermelon, lettuce, broccoli etc) - this is better than just drinking water alone
2. Drink more fluids (no not alcohol!!! well some maybe..it is nearly Christmas after all!!!) What I actually mean is herbal teas such as lemon, honey & ginger or Chai, Water, Fruit Juice etc
3. Eat more food which contain Omega 3 (Flaxseed, Walnuts, Salmon, Herring, Sardines etc) or take a good supplement such as Eskimo Oil Omega 3 Liquid.
Ok so that's a great start now we can work on the outside.
1. Cleanse: Start and finish your day with a cream or oil cleanser as they generally contain less stripping agents than gels. I love the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. It is rich and creamy
and quickly removes makeup and daily grim whilst leaving
the skin clean and soft. To remove any heavy eye makeup I use the Garnier Express 2 in 1 eye makeup remover. It contains Arginine which helps care for your lashes and removes even waterproof mascara and liner without leaving a greasy residue.
2. Exfoliate: I use the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner.
This is a toner and exfoliator in one and unlike most toners (which I think are mainly flowery water) this one actually works. It contains glycolic, tartaric and salicylic acid which exfoliates and brightens the complexion and smooths the skin. It is super gentle so can be used daily however Clarins recommend once or twice a week. Perfect for removing dead skin cells.
3. Treat: I have been using a serum just over a year after falling in love with Clarins Double Serum.
What is a serum though and why do you need to add it to your skincare routine?
Well basically a Serum will treat or cure problems such as dehydration, ageing, acne and sun damage. They are absorbed quicker and deeper by your skin and are more potent than your moisturiser.
I am currently using the Lush Full of Grace Bar which is deeply moisturising. It is packed full of skin feeding oils and Portobello mushrooms which are full of skin protecting vitamins and minerals. I just warm it between my hands and apply to my face at night.
4. Moisturise: In winter your skin may need a richer cream or balm instead of a light lotion. You still need SPF so make sure your moisturiser or foundation contain one. I am currently coming to the end of the Vichy LiftActiv Day cream and Night Cream. This is a little too "old" for my skin but I love the texture of both creams. My makeup just glides on over the day cream and the night cream is rich without been greasy. They are perfect for anyone 40+ who is worried about wrinkles and lack of firmness. However I will be changing to something more suitable for my skin once I have finished both. For an eye cream I am currently using the Clinique All About Eyes which is a beautiful moisture rich cream.
When your skin is dehydrated the fine lines around your eyes become more noticeable first. So it is very important to keep this delicate skin well hydrated.
5. Masks: Again it is all about the hydration. And you are probably sick of me raving about the Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque. It is packed full of vitamins A, C & E which help to repair damaged skin, antioxidants to help stressed ageing skin and botanicals which leave your skin plumped, fresh and glowing with health. However I got a sample of the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa last week and tried it out. It feels as light as air and my skin just drank it up. I applied a good layer of it to my skin before going to bed and sleep in it. In the morning my skin was plump and glowing. So I think I will be investing in a little jar of this!
So that's it for now. I hope you enjoyed reading this...Let me know in the comments below if you would like me to do another blog on Winter Skincare Tips for Skin/Body/Lips.
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!