CURRENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

It’s been a while since I did a skincare update so I thought I would give you a quick rundown of what I have been using lately.

Let’s start with cleansers. These haven’t really changed since the last post. As much as I love to try new things, when I find products that work well for me I tend to stick with them, especially if they are not too pricey.

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Garnier Micellar Water – I use this for a quick cleanse in the morning to remove any residue left from the products applied the night before.

La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – I use this to remove all traces of makeup in the evenings. It’s a gentle and effective cleanser.

L'Oreal Revitalift Peeling Night Lotion

Toner is a step I have been skipping for years until I started using and loved some other products from the L’Oreal Revitalift range. I saw a review of the L’Oreal Revitalift Night Peeling Lotion on Beaut.ie and decided to give it a go. I can’t say I’ve noticed much difference when using this so when it runs out, I’ll probably go back to skipping toner in favour of spending the cash saved on serums and moisturisers.

Serums and Moisturisers

L'Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum

I’ve recently repurchased the L’Occitane Immortelle Precious Serum. I used this ages ago and decided to give it a go again. I’ve only been using this since the week after Christmas so I’ll do a proper post on it when I have been using it for a few more weeks. Needless to say that I really like this serum, hence the repurchase.

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Before Christmas I was using a trial size of Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum. I didn’t have enough of this to do a proper review but my initial impressions from the trial size (5ml) were good. It’s a lovely oil that really hydrates the skin well and sinks in quickly.

I also had a trial (15ml) size of Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, which I absolutely loved and am really tempted to splurge out on a full size. The texture is a light almost gel like cream, which is kind of cooling and refreshing to apply. A tiny bit is more than enough and it smells gorgeous. I kept this for night time and found that my skin looked really good in the mornings. Nicely hydrated and plumped, even over the Christmas, when healthy eating and drinking water went out the window.

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So at the moment I am using L’Oreal Revitalift Global Care Day SPF 25 in mornings if I have used the toner the night before or the Magic Blur if I didn’t use the toner. At night I am using a trial size (25ml) of No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream, which I got in the Boots No 7 Christmas crackers.

No 7 Protect & Perfect Night Cream & Intense Eye Cream

My current eye cream, No 7 Protect & Perfect Intense Eye Cream (5ml), is also from the No 7 Christmas crackers. I have to say, so far I really like the two No 7 products and when I finish the trial sizes I’ll let you know my final thoughts on them. I have a funny feeling I will be purchasing the full size versions of these.

Any products here that you rate? Any suggestions for the future?

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L’ORÉAL REVITALIFT MAGIC BLUR MOISTURISER & LASER RENEW SERUM: REVIEW

L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Moisturiser and Laser Renew Serum

Today I am telling you about two products from the L’Oréal Revitalift range: Magic Blur Instant Skin Smoother Moisturiser and Laser Renew Anti-Ageing Super Serum. I picked these two up on offer in Boots before heading off on holiday. They are aimed at an, ahem, older age bracket but I figured I might need a little something extra to help combat the damage that would be done to my skin by all the exposure to sun, heat, eating out and drinking. So I have been using them for over four weeks now and was going to wait a bit longer for my review but I was looking closely in the mirror, thinking about what I might say about them when I noticed something, or more accurately didn’t notice something.

L'Oreal Revitalift Magic Blur Moisturiser
The Magic Blur Moisturiser promises, as you would expect from the name, to instantly blur lines, wrinkles and pores but it also contains Pro-Retinol A to target signs of aging with continued use. The first few times I tried products with instant blur promises I waited with my nose pressed against the mirror to see the results and was really impressed. However, I now realise you do actually need your nose pressed to the mirror to see these results; the difference really isn’t noticeable from a distance so I’m not wowed by it anymore.

L'Oreal Revitalift Laser Renew Serum
The Laser Renew Serum promises to re-plump wrinkles with Hyaluronic Acid. It is enriched with LHA to refine pores and has Pro-Xylane 3% to transform skin texture. Some pretty impressive sounding ingredients there. So back to what I did or didn’t notice.

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Top is before and bottom is after Magic Blur Moisturiser

I have a few fine lines here and there. There are two crescent shaped lines running the whole way across my forehead, and I have crows feed at the corners of my eyes, but the one that really bothers me is the vertical line between my eyebrows. You might call it a squint or in my case a scowl line. It’s quite deep and wide. Foundation doesn’t so much sit in it, but more splits at it. It’s like a crack in the wall of a house. Of course it looks even worse when my skin is dehydrated. It’s the one line I look at to see if there has been any improvement when I am using new skincare products and I really have never noticed any improvement till now. It’s normally the first thing I see when I look in the mirror; sometimes it’s all I can see. It suddenly occurred to me the last day when I was inspecting my pores (before using the Magic Blur Moisturiser) that I hadn’t noticed it and when I turned my whole attention to it I realised it was no longer a deep crack but merely just a fine line that you have to look closely at to see. The lines on my forehead are a less noticeable especially towards the temples and around my eyes looks smoother also. I can’t believe that I can actually see results from budget skincare. I will definitely be repurchasing.
Both of these remind me of the Skin Perfection range, not just because of the packaging but also because of the textures. They both sink into the skin quickly and leave a nice matte base for makeup. I find they are nicely hydrating but I do have oily skin so I don’t know if they would be hydrating enough for anyone with dry skin. I have enjoyed using them both and not just because of the results.

EYE LOOK FEATURING KIKO AND MAC

You may already know that I usually use MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as an eye lid primer and I have very oily lids. Lately I picked up some Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Sticks so I decided to use my favourite one, Rose Brown, as a base and primer for a bronze and brown eye look. I use these MAC shadows to do this eye look a lot but I like the extra dept the Kiko Rose Brown added to this look. Also it has to be said that as a base to hold eye shadow in place all night, the Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick was brilliant. At the end of the night my eye shadow looks just as good as it did right after I applied it. There were no creases or fading, Rose Brown did as good a job as Painterly so I am going to try my other Kiko Shadow Sticks to see if they all perform equally well as primers. So here are the products and pictures of the look:

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Products Used:

MAC Shadows, Embark, Mulch, Tempting and Phloof!
Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Rose Brown
Kiko Sportproof Eyeliner is Metallic Taupe
L’Oreal 4D Mascara

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First I applied Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Rose Brown all over lid and crease and patted it with my finger, and then I applied Embark in the outer corner of the lid and crease.
Next I applied Mulch to the crease and outer half of lid and applied Tempting in the inner half. I  used Phloof! as a highlight in the inner corner and under the outer brow. I lined my eyes with Kiko Sportproof liner in Metallic Taupe and then went over the liner with Mulch to soften the line. I finished off with L’Oreal 4D Mascara.

What base or primer do trust to keep you eye shadow in place?

 

EYEKO SKINNY LIQUID EYELINER IN NAVY: REVIEW AND PICTURES

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy

I actually got this liner free with Glamour Magazine a while back but I am only getting around to reviewing it properly now. Some people love liquid formula liners but I always prefer to work with pencils. There was a choice between, navy, black or brown, but brown was all gone. I choose the navy instead of black because I have a few black liquid liners already and thought navy would be a bit different since I usually wear either brown or purple liners.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy
When I first swatched this on my hand I thought it was going to be great because the nip seemed to be perfect; not too hard, not too soft, not too thick and not too thin. The formula looked good on my hand; it seemed to glide on smoothly. Pressing hard gave a thick line and pressing lightly with the tip created a nice thin line.

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However, this did not translate on my eye lid. I assumed the position with my elbow rested on my dressing table. All was going well for a second or so and then the liquid stopped coming out. I had to keep pressing the nip on the back of my hand to get the liquid to come out, which made it impossible to create a clean smooth line.

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I persevered and managed to line both eyes neatly enough in the end. It is long lasting with no smudging or fading. It’s well pigmented and the colour payoff is intense. I just wish the liquid would keep coming out so I could do one clean line. Here are the pictures.

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If anyone is wondering the eye shadow is L’Oreal Colour Infaillible in Flashback Silver.

L'Oreal Colour Infaillible Flashback Silver
Have you tried any Eyeko Liquid Liners? How did you find them?

EYE LOOK FOR GREEN EYES: PURPLES

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They say opposites attract and the same is true for colours in that colours opposite each other on the colour wheel complement each other. Apply this logic to eyes and the colours opposite your eye colour on the wheel will compliment your eyes and make the colour of your eyes really stand out. As you can see on the colour wheel below reds and purples will make the green of my eyes pop. For blue eyes reds, browns and golds will work and on brown eyes greens, blues and purples.

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Below I have an eye look using purple eye shadows and you can see how green my eyes look with the contrast of the purples.

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Products used:

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1. MAC Satin Taupe in outer corner and crease
2. MAC Nocturnelle on the centre of the lid
3. MAC Pink Freeze in inner corner of lid
4. Smashbox Limitless eyeliner in Black Violet
5. MAC Parfait Amour lined over the Black Violet eye liner.
6. L’Oreal 4D Mascara.

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So there you have a purple eye look to bring out green eyes. What eye shadows do you use to bring out the colour of your eyes?

CURRENT SKIN CARE ROUTINE

I haven’t done a post on my skincare routine in a while and since I think my skin is in pretty good condition at the moment I figured I would tell you about what I am currently using. There are a few new products to tell you about but if you have seen my previous skincare posts you will recognise a few old reliables. As much as I love trying new products, when I find something that does everything that I need it to do I will repurchase it over and over again. I may be fickle with makeup but when it comes to my skin and finding a product that does my skin good, then I am faithful. Here is a look at what I am using:
Cleansers:
L'Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Micellar SolutionL’Oreal Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution – Instead of washing my face in the mornings this is what I use to remove any residue left from the products I applied the night before. It’s a quick and easy way to cleanse my face in the mornings when I am rushing and still groggy.

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La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel – this is one of my reliables that I have repurchased over and over again. I have reviewed it here so I won’t say much about it now except that it is a brilliant cleanser that quickly and gently removes all makeup. I keep one in my bathroom and one in my gym bag.
Serum:

The Body Shop Vitamine E Ovenight Serum-In-Oil
The body Shop Vitamin E – I only review this last week so no need to go on about it now again. It is a really good hydrating serum that seems to be keeping my usually oily skin in check so I use it both morning and night.
Eye Cream:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Eye Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Swirl – I’ve only been using this for just over two weeks now so I will review it properly in a few more weeks. I will say that first impressions are good; it’s a nice hydrating eye cream with light reflecting pigments, which brighten my dark circles.
Moisturiser:

Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream – again I have only been using this for just over two week and I will review it properly when I have been using it for a good five or six weeks. First impressions are good here also. I am really enjoying using this moisturiser. It’s really hydrating but also leaves a matte finish to my skin creating a perfect base for my foundation.
Masks:

Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Clay Mask
Clinique Deep Cleansing Emergency Clay Mask – I haven’t actually needed this in a while but this is the mask I turn to when my skin looks a bit spotty. I find it helps the spots that are already there heel quickly and generally clears my skin up so it stops breaking out.

Dermalogica Multi Vitamin Power Recovery Mask
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask – this is just a lovely mask to use as a treat for my skin. It’s really hydrating and just really lovely to use when my skin is already in good condition. What I love about it thought is the way it sooths my skin when it is irritated, like from sun or (more likely) wind burn.
There you have it. There have been times when I have got carried away and ended up with loads of products like day cream, night cream, day eye cream, night eye cream, a hydrating serum, an anti-aging serum, lots of different cleansers… but for the moment I am trying to keep it simple and use as few products as possible. I look for products that can be used both morning and night time, along with cleansers that can clean my whole face including removing stubborn eye makeup while being gentle.
Do you use any of these products? What are your old reliable?

L’ORÉAL GLAM SHINE BALMY GLOSS IN FALL FOR WATERMELON: REVIEW AND PICTURES

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I saw this advertisement in a magazine and I knew I had to have one, I mean really, can you have too many lip crayon type thingies? No and anyway this one is different, it’s super shiny and glossy according to the ad. When I headed into Boots and there was a 3 for 2 offer on, then really it would have been just wrong not to get one. I choose a bright bright pink colour since my other lip crayons are shades of dusky and plum pink, so totally different then.

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I have to say it’s not quite what I was expecting. Because of the ad I was expecting more of a pearlescent shine (I have a bit of a thing for pearlescent shimmer). Now it is glossier than my other crayons but nowhere near as pretty and shiny as I thought it would be. It’s no replacement for lip gloss. I know all about airbrushing in ads and all that jazz and I didn’t expect it to be the exact same but it is a let-down when something is nowhere near as pretty in reality as it is in the advertisement.

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Having said all that, it’s still a nice lippy. I thought the colour would be slightly coral but it’s quite a strong bright pink on, so more of a going out lippy for me. It is very comfortable to wear and lasting time is what you would expect from these crayon type lipstick / balm hybrids; a couple of hours as long as you don’t eat or drink. As the colour fades it leaves a stain but more so around the outer part of your lips so keep an eye on that or you may end up looking like a child that just had a Popsicle. All in all it is pretty and it’s nice to wear so even though it’s not exactly what I expected it’s still a good lip product especially for €10.75.

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