NUXE CREME FRAICHE SERUM: REVIEW

After reading this review of Nuxe Crème Fraiche Mask on beaut.ie I headed into my local Nuxe stockist to purchase it, however, I am easily distracted. There were so many Nuxe products on offer that I ended up buying the serum because I had recently run out of the serum I was using.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche Serum
The first thing I like about this is that it’s for face and eye contour, AND you can use it day and night. I find it annoying when you can’t use the same product on your whole face or it suggests you only use it for morning or night; not both. You end up with day serum, night serum, day moisturiser, night moisturiser, eye serum, eye cream and you can even have a day eye cream and night eye cream. Just imagine how mental you look packing all those products to go away for a weekend. What I really want from skin care is simplicity and quality ingredients. I’m getting fed up of all the hyped up science yarn and big promises of targeted this and that for a smidge less than a 100 bucks with little noticeable results. All I want to know is will it do what it says it’ll do. That’s the beauty of Nuxe Crème Fraiche Serum.

Nuxe Creme Fraiche Serum
The promise here is your skin will be “moisturised for 24 hours and energised, skin feels fresh and looks radiant. The appearance of visible signs of fatigue is reduced”. It uses a combination of 8 plant milks and essential oils to provide all this moisturisation and anti-fatigue benefits. I’ve been using this for 5 weeks now and I can say that I am really happy with it. I use it morning and night under my Comfort Hydramemory moisturiser. The lotion texture is lightweight and sinks in quickly. There is a light floral scent but it fades quickly. It hydrates my skin really well and leaves it bright and radiant; not shiny or greasy. Its a good base for my makeup.

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It didn’t promise to make me look like that last ten years didn’t happen, but it does make sure that dehydration lines don’t add to what’s already there. This is €32.95 for 30ml, which I think is good value.

Have you tried any of the Nuxe Crème Fraiche range? (Here is a link to their website if you want to check out their product range https://uk.nuxe.com/ )

DOVE GO FRESH RESTORE BODY WASH WITH BLUE FIG & ORANGE BLOSSOM: REVIEW

Dove Go Fresh Body Wash with Blue Fig & Orange Blossom

I’ll be honest here, if I am splashing out on an expensive beauty product, nine times out of 10 it will be a product for my face. I don’t have any particular concerns with the skin on my body like eczema, sensitivity or dryness, so I don’t feel the need to shell out lots of money when I can get an excellent quality product that does what I need it to do for less than a fiver. Dove’s new Go Fresh Restore Body Wash with Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent is €4.06 for 250ml and the truth is that if I wasn’t sent this to try, I would have bought it anyway. You see I have been a big fan of Dove for years. The only deodorant I use is Dove Invisible Dry and I don’t know when I last used a body wash that wasn’t Dove Silk Glow.
I was excited to receive this new body wash from Dove because, well it’s new, and the Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent sounded intriguing. Fig has been popping up everywhere in terms of scented products lately. There have been a lot of fig scented perfumes, body lotions, and even reed diffusers hitting the market this summer and I haven’t gotten around to trying any of them until now. This Blue Fig and Orange Blossom scent is only gorgeous. It’s light and delicate, fresh and clean, with a hint of sweetness but not in a sickly way. It’s a lovely summer scent but it is subtle enough be the type of scent that gives you a little lift (instead of being just annoying) when it’s colder and darker in the winter.
Dove Go Fresh Restore Body Wash with Blue Fig and Orange Blossom does exactly what you want a body wash to do; it leaves you feeling fresh and clean and your skin kissed with a delicately delicious scent. More importantly, thanks to Dove’s “NutriumMoisture technology” it doesn’t dry out the skin, which is why I am such a devoted fan of Dove’s body washes. “NutrimMoisture” “(in case you were wondering)” “contains a blend of skin-natural moisturisers and mild cleansers which helps address lipid damage which can be caused by regular shower gels, leaving skin with deep down nourishment.” Basically this leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. All that at a smidge over €4 makes me very happy.

FRIDAY STYLE: NAVY TUNIC WITH CORAL

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After seeing the finished result of the outfit I put together for this post, I decided I really do need to have a proper look at what I actually already have in my wardrobe. I also need to go beyond just looking and start trying things on and trying them on with lots of other items, because sometimes you can be surprised by what ends up working together.

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I got this tunic in Awear a while ago. I have only ever worn it once on a night out and I didn’t really like it on, so it’s been sitting on a hanger ever since. I think the problem was that I wore it with jeans and it just didn’t look right. However, when I thought about it again I tried it with these navy leggings from Swamp and I think they look really classy together. In fact I am surprised by how dressy this outfit looks with the leggings as I would usually only wear leggings for casual wear. But that is more so because I am not a big fan of my legs and I’m not sure leggings do them any favours.

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I decided to break up the block of navy with coral because it’s a bright and pretty colour for Summer. The blazer is Cutie from iclothing.ie and you may have seen it in this previous post. I am afraid this blazer is one of the few items of clothing that I have purchased in a number of colours, because the cut of it is just really versatile.

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The necklace is from New Look and has also been in a previous post here.

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The nude wedge heel courts are from Oasis. I get great wear out of these because nude shoes go with everything and the wedge heel makes them really comfortable. You can see them again in this post. I was sorry I didn’t get the nude wedge courts in New Look last year so when these popped up in Oasis in spring I was on them like a fly on …well, you know.

So have you started searching in your own wardrobe yet? Have you found any gems?

L’OREAL NUDE MAGIQUE CC CREAM FOR ANTI-REDNESS: REVIEW AND PICTURES

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream Anti-Redness

A few months ago I showed you how I got on with a sample of the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream in Apricot for anti-fatigue. We didn’t get on too well together because the colour of the CC (colour correcting) cream was too orange for me. So you may have guessed that I didn’t actually but this one for anti-redness; I won it along with a few other L’Oreal products in a competition on frillseeker.ie. Surprisingly I am liking this a lot more than the apricot one.

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream Anti-Redness

So this claims to be a “colour correcting beautifier” that “transforms into foundation” to “neutralize redness for a perfect nude look”. It’s a green cream with bits (smart pigment capsules) through it. When you blend this into the skin it turns beige, like magic. I don’t know why I didn’t expect the beige when it says quite clearly it “transforms into foundation”. The only green colour correcting products that I have used before were primers that stayed green on the skin and redness was neutralised when foundation was placed on top of the green primer. The beige of this is still too dark for me, but with careful blending the finished result is good.

The first time I used it I put a blob on my palm, rubbed both hands together and then rubbed it into my face and that didn’t work out well at all; it went pulpy. It works much better when you use your finger to gently blend it on smaller areas at a time, like around the nose, chin and the top of cheeks or use a stippling brush to buff gently. This way you also blend out the colour from the centre of your face outward so you don’t end up with a tide line.

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As you can see from the pictures, it really does tone down redness. The coverage is very sheer so your own skin still shows through. It is ideal if you don’t want to wear or don’t need to wear foundation but still want to tone down some redness (i.e. does what it says on the tube). I prefer more coverage so I will be using it as a primer under my regular foundation like in the photo below or under a BB cream for when I want less heavy makeup, like on a sunny day out.

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(Please excuse the eye baggage, an unfortunate by-product of the humid weather. I really must get something to sort it)

Have you tried any of the L’Oreal CC Creams?

LOREAL VOLUME MILLION LASHES NOIR EXCESS: REVIEW AND EYE MAKEUP LOOK

I actually won this mascara along with a few other L’Oreal products in a competition on the Frillseeker web site. If you haven’t checked the site out yet, I suggest you do so soon because it’s brilliant. So I thought I would do a little review and show you the mascara in action in a makeup look.

Loreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess
I am a big fan of L’Oreal 4D Mascara so I had big expectations and big is what I got. The wand is massive but it is still actually easy enough to work with. I’m a little clumsy and I managed to use it without covering my entire face with mascara.

Loreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

It gave my lashes length and volume without any clumps. It dries quickly so no smudges for me, and the colour is blackest black. All in all its a great mascara that rivals the high end pricier completion.

For this look I used:

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MAC Mineralsie Eye Shadow Twilight Falls MAC Mineralsie Eye Shadow Summer Haze

MAC Paint Pot Painterly – Primer
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow in Twilight Falls – Crease
MAC Mineralise Eye shadow in Summer Haze – Lid
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl eyeliner in Bronze
L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess Mascara

Without Mascara

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With Volume Million Lashes Noir Excess

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Have you tried any L’Oreal mascaras?

FRIDAY STYLE: CAPRI JEGGINGS, MIXING NEW WITH OLD

Last Saturday night was another beautiful warm night. I headed into town to meet a few friends and this is what I wore.

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The black Capri jeggings are a recent purchase from Zara (of course I bought them just before the sale).

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I have had this top for a long time and it is from a brand called Self Esteem (I don’t remember where I bought it). It just goes to show you that every now and then you should shop in your own wardrobe. Revisit some old items with a fresh perspective. It’s amazing how something old can look great with some new pieces.

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These shoes are Enzo Aglioni and I picked them up recently in the sales. Pointed toe courts are everywhere at the moment and it looks like the trend will continue into the coming autumn and winter season. I suspect that they will be sticking around for quite a while as they look really classy with just about everything.

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The necklace and earrings are from Pulse and I have had these for a few years also. When a local Pulse store closed, I stocked up on accessories during the closing down sale.

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The jacket is from New Look. I tried a few different blazers with this outfit but none of them seemed right so I settled on the biker in the end. I carried the jacket around a bit as it was too warm for a faux leather biker but was glad I had it when it got a lot cooler later in the night.

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The clutch is Michael Kors and has been in quite a few posts before like here, here and here
Did you ever find some old items in your wardrobe that look great with new purchases?

JOHN FRIEDA LUXURIOUS VOLUME RANGE: REVIEW AND PICTURES

In case you haven’t noticed, I have very straight and fine hair. Over the years I have tried loads of volumising products. Generally one of three thing happen: 1) nothing at all, 2) my hair ends up sticky and gross, or the best case scenario is 3) my hair is left a bit more lightweight and bouncy appearing slightly more voluminous but it’s not really. Now I am not looking for 80s power shoulder big hair. Apparently everyone and their mother still wants the soft and voluminous Kate and Pippa style blow-dry. I’m saying nothing and I’m definitely not admitting to anything. I just want my hair to look a bit healthier and fuller and most importantly, swishy.

Photo courtesy of Slattery Communications Ltd

Recently I was sent a few products from the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Range to try. With the warm weather of late I’ve just been putting my hair in a pony-tail every day so I couldn’t wait to actually style my hair. I hate when I get stuck in a bit of a rut but there is nothing like a new product to give you a bit of a lift. There are six products in the range: Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner, Volume Building Mousse, Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster, Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo, and Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray, all of which retail at €6.31 each. I was given sample sizes of the Shampoo, Conditioner and the Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray to play with.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume

The promise from the Luxurious Volume collection is “full-bodied, salon-quality style even on fine, flat hair, whilst leaving it feeling natural and supple”. First off, I really like the scent of these: it’s clean and fresh but don’t worry the scent is soft so no need to have the asthma inhaler close to hand. You may have noticed that I am a sucker for nicely scented products. My hair definitely was left feeling “natural and supple”: absolutely no hint of stickiness. In my opinion, the products I have do live up to the promise.

John Frieda Touchably Full Shampoo John Frieda Touchably Full Conditioner

The Shampoo and Conditioner did a great job of cleansing and moisturizing my hair. They are lovely to use even without any of the after styling products and left my hair lightweight, bouncy and swishy. I have to say that I really liked the Fine to Full Blow-Out spray. You spray it all over wet hair. As a fine headed lady I always blow dry my hair upside down (it’s a rule), usually with little effect but with the spray, my hair is left with more volume.

John Frieda Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray

When I use all three products my hair has noticeably more body and bounce and it is nice and swishy. My hair looks healthy and fuller, result!

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I am interested in trying more products in the range, I think I will pick up the Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo and I will definitely purchase the full sizes of the Shampoo, Conditioner and Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray. I really do like them that much. Will you be trying anything in the range?