Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Review, Divine eye cream, L'Occitane £46

How often do you apply a hand cream? Couple of times a day? Once a day?
What about an eye cream? Day and night? Once a day? Once a week?.... Never?
Just like our hands, our eyes are constantly being used, however I feel it is a product that is overlooked. I am one of those people!

Divine Eyes, L'Occitane £46
Your eye area is 6 times thinner than the rest of your face so it is really important to use a specific product for the eyes. Your moisturiser is too thick and can actually do more harm than good and should only go as far as your eye socket.
The product I have been testing is L'Occitane's Divine Eye Cream. This is a high end product costing £46.00 that contains natural plant extracts and oils. It claims to be a 'one does all' product, which I like, and be effective on puffiness, dark circles and lines.

Key ingredients:
-Rose to calm the skin. Also good for lines
-Buckwheat extract for puffiness
-Ash tree extract for dark circles
-Organic Immortelle flower extract for smoothing the skin
-Hyaluronic acid that is encapsulated so that you get 24 hour hydration
Sounds magical!!

I applied half a pump of the eye cream around the eye socket after moisturising. This felt very calming and cooling with a light creamy texture. I had no problems applying my concealer on afterwards, which is a big thumbs up. I also suffer from very sensitive eyes, and it did not irritate.

This isn't the colour of the product, just an indicator of where to put it!
I found this product moisturised my eye area. I am lucky that at the moment I do not suffer with lines or puffiness but I do get dark circles. I think you would need to use the product for longer to see results.
I would recommend this product to people with sensitive, dry eyes. 

Apply your eye cream with your wedding ring finger and dab along the eye socket with the lightest touch. Do not drag the skin!
Always apply your eye product after your moisturiser both morning and night.
Add your eye cream to your make-up routine. Make-up unfortunately is one of the biggest culprits for dehydrating your skin. Apply before your make-up and that way you will not forget about it.

So I am going to try and remember to use my eye cream. If you have a favourite I'd love to here about it.



Monday, 25 November 2013

Occo Dalmacija No.1 Hydrating Lotion

Sunday shopping trip to TK Maxx and I could not believe how many cosmetic brands I had not tried.
I love a bargain and I love the process of finding a bargain. It feels like you have worked hard to get your purchase, filtering out the rubbish and finding the gems, and I believe this has got to be one. Anything that states hydration tends to grab my attention.

Occo is a luxary spa brand that uses natural at least 96% natural ingredient. This product contains algae, conditioning wheat, nourishing pomegranate and plant anti-oxidants. Not only does it sound like you could eat it, the smell is something else!
This product has that spa like quality. The packaging was what got my attention with it glass bottle and Art Deco print.
Occo Hydrating Lotion £20.00, TK Maxx £5.99
What is a lotion?
Lotions are relatively new to the market but are a step that can be used instead of a toner or used after toning. The difference to a toner? It is slightly thicker in texture and contain far more active ingredients. It will penetrate in to the lower layers of the skin, like a serum and is particularly good at tackling dehydration. We all seem to suffer from dry skin this time of year so adding this step is really worth it.

I just put one pump on to a dry cotton wool and swept over my skin after cleansing. It feels like your skin is drinking a smoothie. It absorbs very quickly and I found I needed to use less moisturiser. 

I tend to have a combination skin and have a slightly dehydrated forehead. This particular product is for dry and sensitive skins. Now I don't particularly have that skin type so I am just using it on my forehead, but if the weather gets colder then my whole face will be treated.
tip: always adapt your skincare to the weather. I am not sure I would need this in the summer,  but I may just use it because I love the smell.
I will be purchasing some of the other products in this brand. Any recommendation?

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dry skin + Shea Butter = Soft Skin Review

I have been a big fan of Shea butter for years. Ever since a friend recommended using L'Occitane's shea butter for my dry lips I was hooked. This product WORKS.

L'Occitane Shea butter 150ml £26.00

Shea butter is close to the natural oils in our skin and so it puts back what is needed. Whether it is for you lips, face, knees, feet, hair, anywhere, it works. Whatever your skin type there is always room for a tin of this in your beauty stash. It is also said to have healing powers and is great on scaring, eczema and cirrhosis.

There are so many uses for this product. I have even used it as a shoe polish! However for the skin I love using it as a face mask.
For very dry skin apply after cleansing heat a pea size in your hands and massage on to the face. Leave for as long for about 10 minutes. I sometime do a 3 minute express mask which is great if you have little time. Then remove with a damp muslin or cotton wool. Use warm water.
Tone, serum and moisturise afterwards.

No more dry patches. Your make-up will glide on.

Other uses- lips balm, eye brow shaper, cuticle cream, hair masked, hair serum, hand cream, foot cream, body cream, after shaving balm, scarring, bites, eye lash cream, cleanser.... any others you can think of?

I use L'Ocitane's Organic and Fair Trade Shea Butter which is from Africa. The company was one of the first to bring the ingredient to the UK and take pride in the high quality. I have had this tin for about 2 years now and it is still going. Impressed

Monday, 18 November 2013

Review Ren 3-in1 cleansing water


Ren 3-in-1 cleansing water £13

This product was given to me as a present and I have used about half of it now so I feel I am worthy of giving it a review.
I am a fan of Ren products so I was excited to use this one.
On the bottle it states that it is a gentle 3-in-1 cleanser, make-up remover and toner that is suitable for the most sensitive skins.
I followed the instructions and applied it over the face, eyes and neck area with a cotton pad.

This product contacts Rose flower water to calm and sooth the skin, as well as acting as a natural anti-ageing ingredient. It also contains citronella which is great for acne or oil prone skin.

I am used to using creamy cleansers, so the watery texture was different but pleasant and you can really smell the rose water in it. It did remove some of my make-up, however I still used another cleanser afterwards as I felt there was product still left on my skin. I wouldn't use this around my eyes as it made them sore.

Other Ingredients
Polysorbate 20 - acts as a detergents and emulsifier
Sodium Chloride - salt to thicken the product. This can also dry out the skin and make the skin sore (could have been why it made my eyes sore)
Phenoxyethanol - a preservative 
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate- preservative. Can react on sensitive skins in more than 0.1% used instead of parabens
Lactic acid- brighten the skin. Is derived from fruit or milk

I would use this product as a toner rather than a cleanser and not apply it to the eye area. I have also used it as an on the spot treatment using a cotton bud after moisturising.

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Lip Scrub- Lush Bubblegum Sugar Scrub

Winter cracked lips is not a good look, especially when wearing lipstick.
I have had this lip scrub from Lush hidden away since last Christmas!
So I have dug it out to give it a review to see if it really works.

Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum £5.50

This is one for those of you who have a sweet tooth. It contains organic sugar and jojoba oil and natural flavourings, yum. Jojoba oil is great on dry skin as it is very close to the natural oils in our skin so it will replace any oils lost. The sugar will remove the flaky dry skin cells to give a smooth finish.
I use this product this morning. I love the bright pink colour and bubblegum smell. It is so mouth watering. I recommend using before applying your make-up, as it gets a bit messy!
I applied a pea size to my lips using circular movements. Had a little lick to taste and removed the rest of the sugar with a towel. It tastes just like bubblegum!! Then I used L'Occitane's Shea Butter lip balm and a coat of lip stick. Done


The product made my lips really soft and removed the dead skin, however I did feel the need to apply a lip balm afterwards. My lips started to get slightly dry around lunch time, which is not bad.
I recommend using this product before a night out as my lip stick went on really well afterwards and it temporarily made them look fuller. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Up-Cycle Your Hand Cream in to a Hand Scrub

The cold weather is harsh on our hands. This will get them silky and soft in no time.
If you have not tried this before, please do. It makes your hands feel like new and only takes one minute! I recommend to do this once or twice a week.

All you need :
Hand Cream/body cream/body oil
Sugar (any)

1- Add hand cream in hands (grape size)
2- Add 1 tea spoon of sugar
3- massage together on dry skin for one minute
4- wash off with water

What this is basically doing is removing the dead skin cells so will brighten, soften and moisturise your hands.

I like to add a little hand cream after just to finish.

Tell me what you think

Monday, 11 November 2013

Make-up Preparation

Having a Christmas party and want your make-up to look fabulous? Whatever your occasion to get your make-up to have the best finish possible it's all about the preparation. Even with the best make-up if your skin is not prepared it can clump, make your skin look dry and ever worse add 10 years to you! Here is my tried and tested party prep. Give it a go and tell me how you got on.

Cleanse the skin first using one for your skin type. I recommend Ultra Bland from Lush as it is for all skin types, even the most sensitive.
 1. Massage a pea size directly on to the skin (don't forget the neck) in circular motions and remove with a damp cotton wool/flannel/muslin cloth. Use warm water as it will help remove dirt and impurities but also your skin will like you for it (the skin hates anything too warm or too cold)

 2. You can tone the skin at this stage to make sure that you have removed all dirt however I reapply Ultra Bland and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. I absolutely love products that do more than one thing, this can be used as a mask, cleanser, lip balm, cuticle cream, eye brown shaper, the list is endless. If you are not using this product apply a mask after toning.
3. Remove the product. I love using a damp flannel and to used circular motions to slightly exfoliate the skin. This is going to give your foundation/powder the smooth, natural, no clump finish. Be gentle as you don't want a red face!

4. Apply a serum, I love L'Occitane's Precious serum. Sweep a pea size over the face and neck and lock and seal by patting it in to the skin.
5. You are ready for your moisturiser! pea size again. A little goes a long way with concentrated products and I recommend the L'Occitane's Divine Cream which is for all skin types.

Leave applying your make-up for about 5 to 10 minutes. Use a tissue to remove any access oil and you are ready for your make-up.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Divine Walking Days

I have always had a great interest in natural beauty products and I feel as though it is time to share my secrets! I have worked in the industry for over 13 years and I hope I can let you in on a few secrets. My main passion is facial skincare. Since I was little I had draws filled with creams and I know the frustration with products that just don't work. I hope this will filter out those that what work. 

Today has been a 13 mile walk in the cold. My skin couldn't have survived it without my L'Occitane Divine Cream. The silky, quick absorbing texture is dreamy and it smooths, hydrates and brightens the skin all in one.
I am a great fan of 'all in one' products. There are so many on the market that have high claims of doing this, that and the other but a really good cream should cover all. The Divine cream just does that! It Contains 40% natural oils and extracts with Immortelle extracts of the highest quality (L'Occitane have their own fields of the flower in Corsica). The Immortelle flower acts as a natural anti-ageing ingredient, and products your skin from the environment. The smell is herbal with daisy extract to brighten the skin and encapsulated hyaluronic acid to not just have an instant hydration, but droplets of hydration throughout the whole day. Say goodbye to those flaky dry skin days. It does what it says on box.