I am writing this post on Sunday so let me set the scene; its cold, wet, wild and miserable outside. It was much the same yesterday. I am training for Westport’s Sea 2 Summit, which takes place in two weeks so yesterday was the last Saturday to do a full training session, from now on we taper to avoid injury. Yesterday my training group and I did the whole course. So I spent three hours out running, cycling, hiking, cycling and running in strong winds right on the west coast of Ireland. To say the wind smacked the face off of me is putting it very politely but hey, I did enough swearing yesterday. So as you might guess I am in no rush to leave the house today. With the clock going back an hour last night, it feels like I have loads of time to do some pampering and use all the products that I buy to treat myself and then never have the time to use.
First up is my favourite face mask combo, you can read about them here. I start with Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask because my face definitely needs it today. Then fill the bath with hot water and throw in a cup of Epson Salts. If you don’t have Epson Salts you really should get some, they are a wonder cure all; I can’t even begin to tell you all their uses. I use them in a hot bath when I am all achy. I also bath in them when I have a chesty cough. Supposedly they draw out toxins and impurities through your pores. Apparently models bath in Epson Salts before photo shoots to reduce water retention. While I have never got out of the bath feeling a dress size smaller, if I soak puffy feet in a basin with Epson Salts the swelling goes down. While in the bath I pop one of the Pantene Strength and Shine 1 Minute Wonder Ampoules in to bring back some shine to my locks. After a long soak, I use Caudalie Divine Oil to moisturise my skin and the gorgeous scent is the ultimate indulgence.
After the bath comes the second mask, Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energising Mask. I find using this after the Dermalogica one really brightens my complexion and softens my skin. After the two masks I treat my skin to doubling up on the usual amounts of Serum and Moisturiser, at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew and Magic Blur.
On to hands to finish, I do my DIY heated manicure that I told you about in this post. I love doing this; it’s so nice to have warm hands for a change.
After all this I feel brand new. I am toying with the idea of heading out tonight because I am feeling like a million bucks and hopefully looking like it too.
What are your favourite home treatments?
I’m not sure why I try to do posts on perfume because I am really not good at describing scents but I love this one so much that I just had to tell you about it. I did a post on the Caudalíe Divine Oil a long time ago. I absolutely fell in love with the scent of the oil the first time I smelt it and it was only recently that I started using it again and reignited my love for it. I started to think that I would love a perfume that smelt like the oil when I remembered that Caudalíe do have a perfume. I Googled it and discovered that the perfume was indeed part of the Divine collection. I had to have it. After a bit of shopping around on the web, feelunique.com seemed to be the best price €48.17 with no delivery charge.
Irish shoppers should note that feelunique items are dispatched from Jersey, which is not part of the EU. I got hit with customs and duty but feelunique.com refunded it straight away. There is a short form on the site that you fill out with your order number and attach a picture or scanned image of the customs charge.
Back to the perfume, first off the packaging is beautiful. Like the oil it comes in a tall slim bottle with a heavy wooden lid. The bottle has an ombre mirror effect, which adds to the sleek look. Parfum Divin De Caudalíe smells very similar to the Divine Oil but I would say it’s slightly muskier, which I love. I am a big fan of musky scents with a hint of vanilla sweetness. It includes notes such as Moroccan rose essence, Bulgarian rose absolute, pink pepper, grapefruit, Vanilla Planifolia, Virginia cedar, and musk. The gorgeous mix of the two roses, vanilla, cedar, and musk remains potent throughout wear. (Sorry but I am really not sure about all the top notes, bottom notes science stuff) I think it’s the combination of vanilla and cedar that appeals so much to me and gives the fragrance depth. I love wearing the perfume layered over the oil as the combination lasts all day and makes me feel very glamorous. Even with the two layered together, the scent is not so strong that it’ll knock someone out at fifty paces, but it’s not too weak that it doesn’t get noticed either. My hubby loves it, he has a tendency to lick me when I am wearing it (too much information), apparently it doesn’t taste as good as it smells.
Have you tried any of the Divine collection from Caudalíe? What’s your favorite type of scent, light or musky?
I have mentioned before that I don’t have any particular concerns with the skin on my body, and that I usually don’t use a body moisturiser on a regular basis. I prefer to save such products for when I want to treat and pamper myself. So how did I end up with this Caudalie Divine Oil? Let me set the scene: I’m in the hairdresser, which happens to also be a beauty parlour that sells an extensive range of products from quite a few high end brands. My colour has just been applied and my stylist has left me with a heap of celebrity gossip magazines, when a beautician comes over and offers me a complimentary hand treatment. Obviously I want a complimentary hand treatment, I don’t know what exactly she is offering but I want it. The treatment is basically her massaging this oil into my hands and telling me how wonderful the oil is. Easy sale to a soft soap or what!
So apparently the benefits of this oil are that it’s quite versatile and can be used from head to toe. It is a dry oil, meaning it’s absorbed by the skin quickly, without leaving any feeling of tackiness. Not only can you massage it into your skin but you can also use it to nourish ends of your hair, your nails and cuticles, and even add it to baths. “The unique alchemy of four natural oils—grape oil, extra-virgin argan oil, extra-virgin hibiscus oil, and sesame oil—engage closely with the skin to ensure that the benefits are truly complete.”
As lovely as all that is, the truth here is that the only reason I bought it, is because I instantly fell in love with the smell. The subtle fragrance will make you swoon as it caresses your skin. I’m not great at describing scents but I’ll try with a little help from the ingredients. I find there is a freshness created by a hit of rose, a burst of grapefruit, and some spicy pink pepper, but then there is also warmth from the cedar, vanilla, and white musk.
I save this for an occasional treat but when I use it, I smother myself from head to toe in it. A little goes a long way and it is a large bottle so I’ve had it for a good while now (it was €35 for 100ml). It really does hydrate and nourish the skin. My skin feels so soft and smooth when I use it and I love that it drys quickly. It really is a lovely luxurious treat for my skin.
Have you tried any dry oils?