How to tackle those late party nights: La Roche Posay Hydraphase Masque

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We all know that over Christmas there will be a lot of late night celebrations. There will undoubtably be a  lack of water consumed and probably a lot of wine instead, so the question is how to keep our skin looking super healthy, hydrated and moisturised over Christmas? Well, here is the answer, La Roche-Posay’s Hydraphase Intense Masque.  Continue reading

Weleda Iris Hydrating Day & Night Cream: A Medicore Review.

IMG_6743You know when you just want to be wowed by a product? You want it to be excellent and a game changer in terms of skincare? Then, you get the product and find it’s mediocre. It does the job but doesn’t go beyond that. You feel disappointment but also understand that skincare products are not always miracle-workers. Often change comes from the inside out. Anyway, this is the feeling I’ve gathered from Weleda’s Iris day and night cream. Continue reading

NIP + FAB Facial Cleansing Oil.

I’ve been using NIP + FAB’s facial cleansing oil for about a week now and as much as I wanna love it, I just can’t.

On one side of the coin, the packaging is clean and appealing.  The product itself smells lovely with ingredients of mandarin, citrus and orange. It’s easy to use because of the pump-action and  it emulsifies well after adding water. Overall,  It’s works ‘grand’. It removes a lot of my make-up quite well and it feels nice to use.

HOWEVER, the minute I bought the bloody thing, the bottle I got was leaking. In order to close and secure the oil (lets say if putting in your cosmetics bag ) you have to push the pump down and twist to close, therefore losing a small amount of product. But it’s still not secure, there is residue coming out from the closed pump. I ended up putting mine in a food-bag when travelling. 

Moreover, I’ve read a good few reviews warning about how it causes your eyes to sting. To be fair, I haven’t had major stinging right away, but a few minutes after using it my eyes have watered a little. I recommend using it sparsely there, or perhaps not at all if you have sensitive eyes. I think, and I’m no professional on this but there is just too much fragrance in it for using on the eyes.

I’ve mentioned it’s good at removing make-up and it emulsifies well, but I find it leaves my face with too much oiliness. Now, I know it’s an oil based cleanser and all, but I’ve used Clarin’s wonderful Cleansing Gel (with Marula Oil) before and have never had that excess oil left on my face. It’s a bit of a turn off for me ( and maybe it shouldn’t be ) but I like my face completely clean and ready for an absorbing moisturiser. Nip + FAB’s clean fix oil just doesn’t do that for me. So…in conclusion won’t be purchasing this one again.

NIP + FAB can be purchased in Boots stores and in Debenhams.  I think it costs around €15.

Have you ever tried any NIP + FAB products? What was your experience? Let me know.

Brand Focus: YTSARA™

YTSARA™ is a luxury brand of beauty products originating from Asia, Thailand to be specific. It was founded in 2001 and they use natural, organic and traditional in all their products. These include ginger, white orchids, green tea, willow, jasmine and bamboo shoots to name a few. YTSARA’s ingredients are all freshly picked in the forests or farms so they take care of our environment right from the starting process. These products are definitely luxurious, you can tell just from the simplistic packaging. They are not that widely available in Ireland either and only a select few spas use them.

I was so delighted to get to experience these products on my recent visit to Spa Sula in the Westport Plaza Hotel. Here, the spa uses YTSARA™ products for their facials. My facial with the wonderful therapist Fiona was divine. Lying back, I could feel how well they worked on my skin. She noted I had quite sensitive, combination skin and used their Replenishing Face Cleanser, Toning Face Elixir and Time Control Quenching Mask on my face to help calm my sensitive skin.

I purchased their Clarifying Face Cleanser as it was on special offer for €23. It has a really nice orange smell which aims to deep cleanse the skin and reduce pore size. I’ll let you know how I get on! Most of their products are quite affordable averaging around the €30 mark.  I’ll be returning to this brand for sure. I think another trip to Spa Sula is in order. It’s a phenomenal place with excellent staff and facilities. If you need somewhere to take it easy and pamper yourself, then Spa Sula is the place.