Thursday, October 12, 2017

Clarins & Arthritis Ireland

**This post is in collaboration with Clarins.  Our fee for creating content to help raise awareness for the campaign is proudly being donated to Arthritis Ireland**

This is a different post today and one I really wanted to get right.  Regular readers will know I'm a huge fan of Clarins and have to fight Mam off whenever I'm sent any of their skincare to test out!  This time she's happy to share with me (phew!) and that's because this is something very meaningful to us.

Clarins have teamed up with Arthritis Ireland for a campaign to raise money for research and asked if we'd like to help raise awareness for it.  It's something that's very close to our hearts and once Joanne was on board, we gave it everything in our guts to make this a really special campaign.

You might not know, but Joanne was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 16.  She's had her ups and downs with it over the last 21 years, having to undergo a hip replacement when she was 25, followed by an operation on her big toe to help regain movement in it.  She never ever let it get her down and coped like an absolute machine over the years.  She didn't complain despite being in constant pain, having to get steroid injections into her hip and toe, being on strong painkillers, anti inflammatories and immunosuppressants.  She carried on her full time job as normal, refusing to give in to the arthritis and now you know why we call her Robo Jojo!  She bleeps every time she goes through the metal detector at the airport and has to explain to the security team about her hip replacement which always has them remarking on how young she looks (she's been asked at a hospital appointment in recent years if she was heading back to school after her appointment!).

One year we went to New York on holidays and her knees were giving her awful trouble, swelling so much to the point where she couldn't sit down without having to have her legs up.  I think she totally took advantage of me on that holiday allowing me to hold all of her shopping bags!   When we got home, she had to have the fluid drained from her knees with a big needle which she says nearly made her pass out.  She's always been the type to just get on with things and has done her utmost to not let it affect her life as best she can.  Thankfully since having those operations, she's not had much trouble with her joints which is a blessing.

There are over 100 forms of arthritis with almost a million people in Ireland suffering with it.  It can affect all ages from babies to toddlers, all the way up to adults.  For some people, it can be debilitating, having a major effect on their quality of life.  Simple things like using a key to unlock a door or making a cup of tea can prove to be difficult and for Joanne,  she still finds it difficult to take off boots that are too tight on her and tormented Will for buying a car with a floor that was raised, making it hard for her to get in and out of it as she doesn't have a lot of movement in her hip.  He's since sold the car and now she has no excuse not to learn how to drive!  Vroom vroom Robo Jojo!

This is where you come in lads.  For every bottle of Tonic Body Treatment Oil sold, Clarins will make a donation to Arthritis Ireland to help raise funds for research to help treat this disease.   The oil is absolutely gorgeous and in a teaser photo I uploaded to Instagram last week, so many women said they used it on their bumps when they were pregnant and loved it!   Now it doesn't help with the symptoms of arthritis itself, but knowing that you're getting to treat yourself and do something nice for others is always a bonus!

We're so proud to have worked on this campaign and we hope it helps raise funds for those suffering with this disease.  You can also donate directly on the Arthritis Ireland website.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation review - before & after photos!

Last December, I had a big old birthday.  It was big and I am old, but sure listen, it's ahead of us all this whole ageing thing and I'm embracing it.  Kinda.  Talk to me in December for my next birthday and we'll see how I am!  No7's Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation in the shade Warm Ivory arrived a few weeks ago for me to test out and if you've been following me on Snapchat or Instastories, you'll already know how I've been getting on with it.

Containing as much of the Matrixyl 3000 Plus as is in the No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream, hibiscus extract to help support collagen production, an anti-oxidant complex along with a flexible polymer film formula, it sounds fierce fancy altogether.  I love the sound of the polymer formula because it's said to move with your face as you make expressions and you know how expressive I am!   But how did I get on with it?

Regular readers will know I have an oily t-zone and normal cheeks, so this is my experience with the foundation on my very own mush.  Texture wise, it's a thicker formula that doesn't run down the back of your hand when you're getting stuck in.  Because it has a light to medium level of coverage, I apply two pumps which gives me enough to cover my face and then a bit extra to go over my cheeks.

I said this before on Instastories last week but had to say it again that this is one of those foundations that has to be set with a powder on my oily skin.  When I apply it first, it looks like someone came and licked me upside the face, but never fully dries on me at all.  So if you've dry skin, I think your face will love this.  Those of us with oily bits will need to get mattifying or else we'll have nothing left by lunch time. 

If you apply too much, it can feel like a mask, so my advice is to apply a light layer and then see if you need to add a bit extra.  This doesn't sit in my pores or my laugh lines either and this is very important as either I'm doing extra laughing these days or things are starting to go south, jowls and all.

It has optical blurrers and light reflecting particles which is said to reduce the signs of skin ageing.  I haven't seen much blurring going on and any light reflecting particles must be tinchy because they're not obvious at all.  But what is obvious is how gorgeous my skin looks when I'm wearing it.  I'm left with a beautifully natural radiant glow that I'm obsessed with.  That takes care of the "luminate" part of the name, as for the "lift", I'm assuming that the more I use this, and the more I let the serum do its work on my face, then things might look and feel different on the face.  Sure we'll see!

For €24.00, it's definitely not cheap and that's because of the inclusion of the serum, so if you were trying to justify buying this, you're basically buying a 2 in 1 product, skincare and makeup.

This a really lovely base that gives lightweight coverage, will work best on dryer skin types, but once us oilier ladies either use a mattifying primer and/or powder, we can still look lovely and reap the benefits of having that bit of extra skincare too.

It's available from Boots now and online so happy shopping!

Monday, October 2, 2017

New! Clarins Joli Rouge lipsticks for autumn 2017!

I always feel like I'm repeating myself when I talk about the Clarins Joli Rouge lipsticks because every time I write about them, I always say that they're one of my all time favourite lip products and it's true.  They're some of the most moisturising, pigmented lipsticks I've ever tried and I've tested out my fair share of lipsticks in my time!

Clarins have launched three new shades for autumn and I love how they haven't gone down the traditional plum/berry route with their shades.  I'll go through the whole autumn range from Clarins soon, but I felt these needed their own post because look at 'em, aren't they gorgeous?

Shade 754 - Deep Red

Can you even cope with this red?  The answer is "No Karen, no I can't cope ok bye".  Deep Red is actually more of true red with blue undertones and despite still being terrified to wear red outside of the house, this one is very much me.  I found when I was wearing it around the house that it did bleed a bit at the corners of my mouth when I was talking, but nothing that a lip liner wouldn't fix.  The colour payoff is intense with this shade and if you're fed up with matte lips and want a juicy looking red, then check this one out.

Shade 755 - Litchi

Now you know I'm not a big pink lover when it comes to lipsticks,but Litchi is a dusky pink, almost a tea rose shade that's really flattering on my skin tone.  It's a lovely everyday shade, is tres work appropriate and is pink without being too pink.  Listen, I'm very picky when it comes to my pinks!  Again, this shade takes minimal effort to get an opaque finish and the less faffing about I have to do with my lipsticks, the better.

Shade 756 - Guava

Ah Guava, you would've been my go to summer lip shade if you'd been launched a bit earlier!  This warm peachy coral is what Clarins do best.  Pretty much every season, they'll launch a shade that was made for me and yes, that's usually peach or coral but shut up, these are my shades!  This is a colour that instantly gives my complexion a lift and if I'm having a minimal makeup type of a day, the injection of a pop of colour on the lips makes it look like I've made a bit of an effort!

These autumn lipsticks from Clarins are on counters now and I dare you to swatch them on the back of your hand and come away empty handed!  €24 is the damage for each shade and if you suffer with dry lips like myself, you're going to love the formula.

Think you'll be checking these out?

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