Sunday, 17 August 2014

Ziaja-Manuka Tree Purifying Range

Another day, another skincare review, but please stay with me as these products are absolutely fantastic and after using them for 3 weeks I've made up my mind. Now when I first got these in the post I was slightly disappointed as someone who has dry skin I immediately thought the Manuka Range which is meant for Oil and Combination skin would be lost on me. However I decided to give it a whirl one night, and I must say I was VERY impressed.
We all know I'm a fan of Ziaja products, as I'm on their Beauty Panel I get some of their products to trial out every couple of weeks and have not (yet) have had any negative or bad reviews. It's amazing as I'm quite selective and I'm ashamed to admit in the past I was a bit of a skincare snob. As these products range between €4.99 and €6.99 I would of in the past been quite the sceptic but after testing these products I've been converted to lower end skincare options.  

If you've oily -combination skin you know the numerous challenges you face. Whether it's an oily T-Zone, Dilated Pores, Blackheads, Spots, Acne Breakouts or Shine control. Long story short but the Manuka Tree Purifying Range hits the nail on the head with this one. It not only purifies but normalises the skin and is alcohol free. The Manuka Leaf Extract which is found in New Zealand and has antibacterial properties reduces excess sebum secreation that causes blackheads, acnes and blocked pores. 
 Ziaja-Normalising Cleansing Gel €4.99*
I started this routine by splashing my face with warm water and using a pump or two of the cleansing gel working it into my skin, getting rid of all the makeup and gunk that my skin is left with. It works up a nice lather and you can feel your skin getting cleaner and cleaner. It's a clear gel, which I'm a huge fan of as I don't feel I'm loading my face with anything nasty. It depends on how dirty my face is, but I'll either wash it off with warm water, or use a Muslin cloth by wetting it with warm water and rubbing the gel off. If I don't have a Muslin cloth handy (I swear they go to where all odd socks go to die) a normal cloth still does the trick. 
I've been using this now for at least three weeks and I've only made a little dent which is great. There's nothing worse than getting through products as quick as you open them. The best thing about this is definitely the smell. It smells absolutely amazing, and it's a real pleasure to use morning and night.  It's not great at taking off mascara/eyeliner but that's not a big deal as I always use an eye make-up remover anyway. Over all this is a fantastic cleanser and I will definitely repurchase it if I'm on a budget and want a great quality cleanser thats is kind to your skin, while kicking ass on those spots. At under €5 it would be rude not to! 
Ziaja- Manuka Tree Purifying Deeply Cleansing Peeling Paste €4.99*
This is my favourite product out of the three, hands down. It's an absolute god send to dry skin gals, and after one use you'll feel a dramatic difference in your skin. My problem area's would be my chin and my cheeks and after using this Peeling Paste my skin was left incredibly soft. The difference was exceptional. I like to think of it as Tough Stuff for the face, as it's *that* good. I've yet to find any sort of face scrub that I'm impressed with, as I find most of them just don't do the trick, but this Peeling Paste is something else! A little goes a long way, and you can either use it as a scrub or leave it on a little longer and use it as a mask.
When I first saw the packaging I wasn't expecting this consistency. It's pretty much a toothpaste feel. I apply it onto my dry face, and focus on my problem area's. After a good scrub-a-dub-dub I then rinse with warm water. I've never been so impressed with a scrub in my life. Your face is left a little red, but after a couple of minutes that vanishes and you're left with the softest skin you've ever had. If you don't believe me drop what you're doing and run to the nearest stockist, you won't regret it! If any dry skin sufferer's that don't particularly have sensitive skin(I think this could be a little harsh) definitely give it a go. again at €4.99 this get a massive thumbs up from me!
Manuka Tree Purifying Gentle Exfoliating Night Cream with Almond Acid €6.99*
With Exfoliating in the title I knew I'd like this. As you can see below it's almost like a serum instead of a cream. Like the whole range it smells wonderful (A nice clean, fresh scent-not over powering) A little goes a long way, and I love applying this on before bed and letting it sink right in. I can't vouch for the exfoliating factor as I always use it after the Peeling Paste and my skin is nice and soft, but this definitely aids the softness and in the morning I wake up with soft skin. Since using the range I've noticed my imperfections and my blackheads have reduced, which of course I'm a pleased as punch with! 
This cream sinks right in and leaves you wanting to touch your face constantly (try to avoid this!) It claims to Exfoliate and regenerate your skin without any irritation. My skin isn't irritated and has never felt softer, so I think we're on to another winner here lads! It's the most "expensive" product which comes in at €6.99 which is still unbelievably good value. I've really enjoyed using this and the other two products and have found myself pleasantly surprised that although it's not targeted to my skin type my skin has reaped the benefits of using these products. Over all this is a fantastic range, it's cheap, cheerful and works! 

You can purchase all Ziaja products HERE
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Saturday, 16 August 2014

Daily Make Up Routine 2014

Wow, well I haven't done one of these for a while, so I thought I'd let y'all have a sneak peak into my makeup bag. My "daily makeup routine" changes so much, but I'm going to talk you through the products I've been loving for the past little while. First things first, base.. Hands up if you're like me and just not bothered with any sort of a primer. I'm a no fuss, no muss kinda gal and I tend to skip this step unless I'm going out for the entire day and need my makeup to last. I find with a good skincare routine you don't need it, but that's just my opinion. Effaclar Duo if used after moisturiser (I use mine before) is a great base or makeup, if any of you gals don't want to fork out for a primer and have the Effaclar Duo!
The only foundation I go back to over and over and over again is Rimmel "Wake Me Up" In my eyes it can do no wrong. I love the coverage, how it leaves my skin dewy looking as well as the smell! I know it's a weird thing to say, but it smells seriously good. Well my "Wake Me Up" ran out just before I went to Paris, so I ya know *had* to buy a new one when I went into Sephora. For under €15 this Brightening and Hydrating foundation is absolutely amazing. It's perfect for dry skin and lasts the entire day! It's so easy to blend and is really a dream to apply. I apply my foundation with this Blank Canvas Brush, which I've been 100% converted too. It's so much easier than any other foundation brush I've used! 

For dry skin, powder for me was always a big no-no! I avoided it like the plague for absolute years, until I found the right one. First of all I fell in Love with the Rimmel "Stay Matte" powder in "Transparent" which I think is an amazing budget powder and have re purchased it time and time again, as it's such good value for money. However recently I've been using the "Agent Zero Shine"* from the Porefessional range by Benefit. It's a really good pore minimising powder and I love the looks it gives. It's not hugely good value for money, but it does work. You don't get a lot of product but if your pores bother you, this is the product for you.

This is a no brainer and Collection "Lasting Perfection Concealer" is the first one that springs to mind. It's seriously one of the best concealers I've ever used. I seriously love this, and I would be seriously devastated if it was to ever be discontinued. It's very similar to Benefit's "Boing" without the hefty price tag. It lasts a long time too and doesn't dry up quickly! It's a Blogger's favourite and you can clearly see why. At the moment I'm also loving the Shisedo "Sheer Eye Zone Corrector"* It's not dissimilar to Touche Eclat and I use it to brighten up my under eyes and my brow bone, but in a subtle way. It's perfect for day time makeup. I've been using this for months now and it's a pleasure to use!
This NYX Blush has been my all time favourite over that last while, it's pink but not too pink and just gives you a "Healthy Glow" like my Mother would say, as well as being cheap as chips. I'm a huge blush fan, and it takes a lot to impress me and after one sweep across the apples of my cheeks I was hooked. I use the Shade "Silky Rose"* and I can't rave about it enough. I've been using it all the time for about 2 months and I've yet to touch pan, which for me is pretty impressive. I use my Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply it and even now, I get compliments from people asking about my blush, which is great-who doesn't love a nice compliment! 

As it's Summer time I like to add a teeny bit of Bronzer. I do get a nice colour when the Sun shines so it's nice to carry that on through the Summer months. The only Bronzer that's worked well for me and isn't too patchy or too dark is the Hoola Bronzer* by Benefit. Now we all know there's a lot of cheaper bronzers out there, ( A Good dupe is the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer) but I just love the Hoola. You can dust it lightly over your entire face to give you a gorgeous sun-kissed glow, or use it for contouring. Personally I don't contour during the day, as I think it's A) a bit naff  and B) impractical. For a night on the town I will go all out, and will hopefully get a handy step-by-step post for you all soon. I'm by no means an expert but I practise A LOT! ;)  

I'm obsessed with the NYX "Jumbo Eye Pencil" in "Dark Chocolate. It's so handy to swatch over your eyelids and using a blending brush, blending it out for a more subtle look. If I'm working I want a slightly darker eye, as I feel it's a little more made up but without going over board! This Eye Pencil does the trick. It doesn't crease and lasts absolutely yonks. Nyx have these in so many different colours and when I finally get to a stand I'll be snatching up a few of them. The only downside is they're hard to sharpen. After doing a bit of research I found if you pop them in the Freezer for 15 minutes, they're a lot easier to sharpen then when they're as they are. It's a little bit bizarre that they're hard to sharpen considering they're a pencil, but that's a small price to pay!
I'm obsessed with Eyebrows, we all know this and I'm always looking for new nifty products, but I've finally settled to a routine I'm happy enough with for the moment. I use the Sleek "Brow Kit" using a Real Techniques Angled brush. I only really use the powder unless I'm going out then I'll add a teeny bit of wax to set them. I get my desired shape and then I sweep a little bit of Benefit's "Gimme Brow"* to set them in place, which is a product that will change your brow routine. I was honestly so impressed with it and still am months later! If you've sparse brows this is a product you need to get your hands on. It really blows any other Brow Gel out of the water and swoops into first place. If you've confident in your Brow Routine you can do without it, but if you need a little help this is the product for you. 

This "They're Real Push Up Liner"* has changed my life. Slightly dramatic? Perhaps! I used to be utterly rubbish at any type of liquid eye-liner. I just have zero skill and no matter how hard I tried I could never get the perfect cat flick until this baby came into my life. I'd even go as far to say that if I could only purchase one Benefit Product for the rest of my life, this would be it. It's got a flexi tip that makes getting that much desired liner flick an absolute walk in the park. I'm pretty confident I could do this in the dark now. I've read a few mixed reviews on this and while I can see why people look as it like a "gimmick" it's honestly really worked for me. If you're a pro at liquid liner you don't need this, but if you're like me and rubbish you need to stop what you're doing and run out and get this now! 

A few Mascara's have come and gone in the last while, but I always go back to "They're Real"* Yes It's a bitch to take off (unless you have an oil based eye makeup remover then it's a doddle) Benefit have also brought out an Eye Make Up Remover that takes off both the Gel Liner and the Mascara. It genuinely gives me the best looking lashes out of all my Mascara's. Although not too far behind it is was the Fanomenal Lashes by No7, which I first tried in a goody bag which I was very impressed with. It's since been used up and I'm just waiting to get through my stash to buy another one. They're Real however just does something to me, it sucks me in and time after time I go back to it and unless something else grabs my attention like They're Real does, everything else is second place. 

I've a lipstick hoarder. I've so many scattered all over my house, my handbags and everywhere else in between. I'm very fickle when it comes to them and without a second thought will ditch one of my favourites for the next "must have" lippy. At the moment though I've been reaching for "Lollitint"* which is both a lip and cheek stain, so you get extra bang for your buck. I love the gorgeous lilac/pink and love how it just  stains my lips and isn't over powering for during the day. I've applied a few layers to build up the colour, but the beauty of this is that you can use it to suit your mood/look/occasion. As it's in a little bottle it lasts for absolute ages! If you're a fan of the beloved Benefit, you'll love this!
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Friday, 15 August 2014

Dry Skin | How to keep your skin Hydrated.

So you've heard me moan about my dry skin on here for as long as I've been Blogging. As of now I'm fairly happy with my routine when it comes to tackling my dry skin. As the weather has been hot and humid lately my skin has gone a bit cray and has become dryer than ever, so I decided to put together a post on how I've tackled it!  
H20- Water
Well this is a no brainer. Water has million of benefits and I find when I drink gallons of it (slight dramatisation) my skin looks and feels healthier and hydrated. Tap water is what I normally just go for as it's grand and free (for now anyway) I also got a refillable bottle from Dunnes Stores(Similar one HERE)that I bring on workouts and to work, so I don't spend a fortune buying bottled water. 

I drink approximately 3 litres a day, no matter how busy I am I always try and drink 2 as I like knowing it's flushing out all those nasty toxins. I use to suffer a lot with headaches and have also noticed the dramatic decrease in the times I've been reaching for Nurofen Pain Relief! If you're not a big fan of the taste a little dash of low sugar squash does the trick for me if I want to drink something a little less bland. Over all I feel a lot better and have really noticed a dramatic decrease in blemishes etc, and although my skin is still dry, it's not as hard to tackle as it use to be. 
Liz Earle- Hot Cloth Cleanser
Holy Grail of the Cleansers in the blogging world. I've repurchased this a few times (and got a big bottle for Christmas) and I love it. It takes off makeup effortlessly and is great. I still prefer Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm, but at the moment I'm just trying to get through my stash. The Hot Cloth Cleanser has worked wonders for my skin and at €17 for a starter pack including Muslin cloths it's not going to break the bank. 

A Pump is all you need to cover your face, which is fantastic as you know how much product to reply. You apply it to your dry face, run one of the Muslin cloths under warm water, ring it out and start getting rid of all that slap. Although I also use it in the morning when my skin is clean. It's actually a lovely ritual and taking off your makeup becomes, dare I say it? almost fun! I've noticed a my skin is a lot less red, and those pesky hormonal pimples are kept at bay as well as keeping my skin soft and subtle- this great a big thumbs up from me! 
 Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum*
So the boffins over at Vichy have extended their Aqualia Thermal Range, where they have added a dynamic hydration technology which distributes moisture more evenly on the face. I've told ya'll before I'm not going to bore ya's with all the mumbo jumbo techy details, I'll just tell you if it works or not. I'm always looking for new "hydrating" products, so when this landed on my doorstep I started using it immediately. On first thought it sinks straight into the skin, leaving it feeling fresh, revived and soft!

I love a good smelling products and have been using this religiously over the past few weeks. Every time I use it I love it more and more. Definitely a keeper. It doesn't work instantly but over the first couple of days my dry patches nearly vanished! I do use it every morning and every night, to make sure my skin gets as much moisture as possible- especially when it was humid. I find the pump fantastic. Not only is it hygenic, and it's also handy as one pump covers your face. I've seen a dent in the bottle, but I've been this every single day for 3 weeks. It's €24 and I would 100% buy this product.
Vichy- Aqualia Thermal "Dynamic Hydration Light Cream" *
When you think of Hydration products I've a preconceived notion that it's going to be very heavy on my skin and quite greasy. So this "Light Cream" was a pleasure to use. Like the Serum it smells lovely and clean. It comes in a handy tube, that great for travel or just chucking in an overnight bag. I'm such a huge fan of Vichy and this cream has made it to my Top 3, After the Serum and the Idealia Life Serum. It's just perfect for dry skinned gals, and there's not a greasy face in sight.

I apply this every morning after the Aqualia Thermal Serum has sunk in, which is quick but I like to leave it for 5 minutes or so. It's a light and airy texture, which I warm up between my fingers and then apply all over my face and neck. It takes seconds to sink in and leaves your skin feeling so lovely, especially if it's combined with the above serum. The only downside to this product is the lack of SPF. As someone who is sun care conscious this is a bit of a downer buzz for me, although I like the texture so much I'd happily apply a SPF underneath if it was a rather hot day. It also comes in a pot too, so whatever you gals prefer!
Etre Belle "Collagen & Aloe Vera Hydro Mask
Every once in awhile I like to give my Skin a big boost of moisture. I got this in a Glossy Box back when I subscribed to it (I've since stopped as I thought it really wasn't good value) However while going through my stash I found this gem and decided to give it a go. I've been a bit under the weather and desperately needed something to bring my skin back to life. This mask did just the trick!

It claims to provide an "extreme moisture boost" so I was eager to give it a whirl. It's a little bit messy to use at first you really need to stay still but once applied and you're relaxing (Preferably relaxing in a nice bubble bath) leave it on for anywhere between 10 and 15 minutes and voilĂ  your skin is left so soft. It's a quick pick me up for skin that really needed a good seeing to. The next day my skin felt incredible and my makeup applied beautifully. At just under $40 for 10 face masks I'd highly recommend it, if you're like me looking for a quick moisture boost and a bit of pampering!

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