Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Using hyaluronic acid in the winter - are you doing it right?

I talk about Hyaluronic Acid a good bit on my stories as it's something I use most days, and whenever I mention it, particularly in the winter, I tend to get messages from people saying they don't like it and that their skin feels tight after applying it.  I usually have the chats with them and give them some advice, but thought I'd write this post for anyone else who doesn't get the hype when it comes to Hyaluronic Acid.  Now that it's winter, it's so important to make sure you're using it properly, and that's where your Auntie Karen comes in.  Keep reading gals and guys.

Let me give you a bit of background without going too science-y.  Our skin naturally produces hyaluronic acid to help maintain its own moisture levels, but with aging and environmental aggressors like UV exposure, those levels can take a dip.  There's nowt we can do about that internally, so it's up to us to help our skin topically.

Now, Hyaluronic Acid is a humectant, so it draws moisture from its surroundings, holding up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture.  You might hear about some products using high and low molecular weights of hyaluronic acids in them, and that means that the larger molecules sit on the top layers of the skin, plumping those layers away like a good thing, and the smaller molecules can penetrate a bit deeper, plumping out the lower layers.

Remember when I said above that Hyaluronic Acid draws moisture from its surroundings?  In the winter, using the central heating can make the air dry.  And so the hyaluronic acid automatically wants to pull water from where the moisture is to help balance it out.  And that means it's pulling it out of your skin thanks to being in contact with the dry air, where it evaporates.  So it's vital to apply a barrier between the hyaluronic acid that's on your skin and the air.  That's where your moisturiser comes in, or even a facial oil.  These will lock the hyaluronic acid in and prevent it from pulling any moisture out of your skin.

I hope that helped!  And if you're in the market for a Hyaluronic Acid Serum, here are some to check out.

Image Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler - €78.50

La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum - €38

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum - €6.99

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 - €6.80


Monday, January 13, 2020

6 multifunctional products to have in your collection

I feel like 2020 is the year where we're going to try and cut down on the amount of beauty products we have.  We've become overwhelmed with the sheer volume of tubs and bottles in our bathrooms and in an attempt to cut back, reduce our plastic use, and save a few bob, I've picked out some of my favourite multifunctional products that I reach for time and time again.  They're only whopper, so take a look and then let me know your favourite multifunctional products!

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - €19.50 - €35 (Affiliate link)

Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse isn't just for the summer holidays, you can use it throughout the year.  And you can best believe that I'm lashing this on like a good thing this month while I wait to book a holiday...  Nuxe have four variations of their much loved Huile Prodigieuse - the original (and my favourite), the Huile Prodigieuse Riche which is for drier skin types, Huile Prodigieuse Or which is lovely and shimmery, and the newest member to the family, Huile Prodigieuse Florale.  Each of these can be used on the face, body and hair and while they all smell incredible, they're packed full of botanical oils and vitamin E to help nourish the skin.  If you're using them on your hair, you can apply them as a pre-shampoo mask or to the ends of your hair after you've finished drying it.  Using these makes me want to book a holiday so if you'll excuse me....

Last year, I developed a penchant for using my bronzer on my eyes.  Is this revolutionary?  Not a bit. Is it handy AF?  You betcha.  I always feel like adding a bronzer, or even a cooler toned contour into the crease or on the lid gives depth to my eyes and makes me look more awake, which is something I'm needing a lot of help this month.  The effort of January...  And the bronzer I reach for over and over is the Note Cosmetics Bronzing Powder which has the most subtle shimmer in it, thus adding a bit of light and life to the face, while also warming it up and sure that's what it's all about isn't it?  Light and life. This will last me for ages as it's absolutely massive!

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm - €59 (affiliate link)

My sister finally tried the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm before Christmas, proclaiming to me that it was absolute gorgeous, like I haven't been saying it to her FOR YEARS NOW.  Sacre bleu. I've gone through tubs and tubs of this cleansing balm over the years and there's not a single time I go to use it and don't inhale the gorgeous scent.  It feels like such a treat every time I got to use it.   Not only does it cleanse the skin and remove makeup effortlessly, but it can be used as a face mask too.  Leave a thicker layer on for 10 minutes to work its magic before removing it.  And finally, it can be used on your dry bits too as a rescue balm.  I'm talking scaldy dry elbows, lips, cuticles, you get the idea.

This is as multifunctional as they come because Beauty Base is a serum, a moisturiser, a primer, an SPF and a highlight too.  It has peptides that help plump the skin along with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration, not to mention SPF 30 to give UVA & UVB protection.  This gives a gorgeous glow under my makeup and it smells fabulous too.  You can wear it on its own on bare skin for a lit from within glow, or mix it in with your foundation too to help sheer out the coverage and give your skin some soft focused radiance.

These little pads of joy have saved me many a time and for different reasons.  The magic is in the salicylic acid which exfoliates the skin, so whether you have a painful ingrown hair, or a nasty blemish that's appeared from nowhere, or maybe you have Keratosis Pilaris on your upper arms, these will take care of you quick smart.  Last year, a day before the Image awards and what happened?  I woke up to a whopper second head trying to grow out of my chin.  TYPICAL. It was one of those pimples that had a pulse, but I knew I had the Wonder Pads in the office, so went on a deep dive for them, found them, and sat for the evening holding one up against the pimple.  After an hour, I genuinely saw and felt a difference in the blemish.  It was less red and angry looking and it wasn't as hard.  And the next morning, I woke up to nada on my chin.  These are magic and are a staple in my house.

I first heard about this years ago from the Chapman sisters (Pixiwoo on YouTube) who were massive fans of this, but it was only last year when I realised just how many different uses it has, and after finally trying it, I was hooked.  Hence the scaldy looking tube that I need to replace!  This is a primer, a moisturiser, a makeup remover, a face mask, an after-shave cream and a baby-care product.  I can attest that I've used it in four of those ways, but if I ever need to use it post shave or somehow acquire a baby, I'll let you know how I get on.  The reason why the tube is so messy is because I brought it travelling with me last year in an attempt to be able to fit all of my liquids into that teeny tiny sandwich bag for airport security.  My main uses for it are as a moisturiser and a mask, and a cleanser while I'm travelling.  I find it too heavy for my skin to wear under my foundation, but on no makeup days, it gets lashed on, as well as before I go to sleep.  And when my skin is feeling tight or dehydrated, I love applying a layer and then watching it get soaked up by my skin, leaving it feeling plumped, soft and supple.

What's your favourite multifunctional beauty product?


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Estee Lauder Double Wear Dupe? PS... My Perfect Colour Double Coverage Matte for €5

Funds might be a bit low after Christmas and as it's approximately 8.5 weeks until the next payday, we need to make our cash stretch a bit.  And yet this might be the time where we've used up all of our makeup and skincare at once and girlfriend wants to wear a bit of foundation.  But fear not, for I have a dupe of my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear in the form of the PS... My Perfect Colour Double Coverage Matte Foundation.  Keep reading!

Both bottles look similar enough with the frosted glass, but it's what's inside that counts isn't it?

Now these shades aren't identical, but they're close enough so I can get away with it and still be able to show you a proper before and after.  For the application of both foundations, I used a damp makeup sponge as it's the only way I've been applying my Double Wear for years for the best and most flawless finish on my skin.  So I wanted to keep it even Stevens.  Also, for full disclosure, because I was taking the photos on a day where the sun kept going in and out and in and out and wrecking my head, for consistency, I used a ring light for the photos, but adjusted my camera settings so that the colour was as accurate as possible.

Let's start with Estee Lauder's Double Wear in the shade 1N2 Ecru.  This is a repurchase of mine, made in The Loop Duty Free last summer and it's one of my all time favourite bases (once applied with a sponge).  For those with oily skin like myself, this foundation has incredible longevity, and has saved my face many a time in the summer and stays put all day too, while wearing well.  It's my go to fancy foundation when I'm on a night out or at an event where I know I won't be able to hide from the photographer.  Behold a before and after photo that's one layer blended out on my skin with no powder or concealer.  It looks natural and radiant and hides the redness easily.  And it's €40 in shops (€34 in The Loop), so definitely on the spendy side.

Estee Lauder Double Wear before & after
And then below we have the PS... My Perfect Colour Double Coverage Matte Foundation in shade 05 Nude which is €5.  Because neither of the bottles come with a pump, I had to estimate the amount being poured onto the back of my hand, so while the finish of this is pretty much identical on me, it gives slightly fuller coverage, but that could be because I applied a bit more out to begin with.  But look at the finish...  It's flawless, high coverage and while it dries down matte, it still gives a radiant glow to my skin, but without looking sweaty.

PS... My Perfect Colour Double Coverage Matte Foundation before & after
And for a proper side by side of the two, have a look at the photo below which shows Double Wear on the left, and My Perfect Colour on the right.  Both apply identically on me, they have the same texture and finish when they dry down, they have the same level of longevity and I cannot find a difference between the two, except for the price.  Ok well Double Wear has SPF 10 and My Perfect Colour has SPF15 and a slight scent compared to Double Wear.  But let's see what they're like side by side!

Left: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Right: PS... My Perfect Colour Double Coverage Matte
Left: Estee Lauder Double Wear
Right: PS... My Perfect Colour Double Coverage Matte
And there we have it, if funds are low, sure even if they're not, and you love your Double Wear, give the My Perfect Colour version a go!  If you do try it, let me know how you get on!

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