Saturday, March 23, 2019

Pestle & Mortar Erase & Renew - The Double Cleansing System

Hands up, who double cleanses?  I won't be mad at you if you're just a single cleanser, and if you use wipes, I'm giving you virtual smack upside the head lads.  You can spend all of your money on the fanciest makeup, but if your skin is scaldy, you're wasting your time and money!

I talk about double cleansing a lot and get a good few DMs on Instagram asking why I cleanse my skin twice and when I explain why, I always get the response "Ahhhh I seeeeeee".  I only double cleanse in the evening if I've been wearing makeup because the first cleanser, that breaks down my makeup and removes it.  The second cleanse actually cleans my skin.  In the morning and on days where I'm makeup free, the single cleanse does the job for me.

I was given the Pestle & Mortar Erase & Renew Double Cleansing System * (€60) a few weeks ago to test out and I've been putting the products through their paces since.  A set like this is a great way to try two smaller products (they're half the size of the original versions) without spending as much money.  Go on the Pestle & Mortar!   I have to say that I've been using products from the brand for the last six months or so and I'm just loving them and so is my skin.  And I'm continuing my mission to try all of the products as the year goes on, sure it has to be done!

Anyway, the double cleansing system consists of the Erase Makeup Removing Balm Cleanser - that's the one in the black pot - which has grape seed oil to break down your makeup, mascara and all.  I apply a small amount onto my fingers, rubbing my hands together to warm it up and melt the product before massaging it into my dry skin.  A little bit goes a long way, it smells incredible and one of the most important things for me when it comes to any kinds of cleansers is that it doesn't irritate my eyes.  This doesn't at all and makes quick work of removing my makeup with the next product in the trio - the Double Cleanse Facial Cloth.  This cloth has a soft microfibre side and a muslin side to cleanse and polish the skin.  It's only fab and I'll be stocking up on more of them *.

The second cleanse in the system is the Renew Illuminating Lightweight Gel Cleanser which has fruit enzymes which gently exfoliate and increase cell turnover along with Superoxide Dismutase (this fights free radicals, lessens inflammation and and protects the skin against premature ageing).  It has one of those dispensing mechanisms where you press the top down and product comes out of the middle.  Like the front says, it really is lightweight and leaves my skin feeling soft and looking all lovely and glowy.

As I said earlier, sets like these are a great way of trying a couple of products but without having to shell out for the full sized version.  But if you do want to try the full sized ones, you can buy the Erase Makeup Removing Balm * in full size separately for €45 here along with the 100ml bottle of the Renew Illuminating Lightweight cleanser is €43 *

You can get all of your Pestle & Mortar bits on Cloud10Beauty*, so happy shopping!

* Affiliate links

Friday, March 22, 2019

Skeyndor Derma Peel Pro at Edvard & Pink!

You might have noticed by now that I'm a skincare fiend and love trying new brands and new products.  New to Ireland, Spanish brand Skeyndor is loved by celebrities like Eva Longoria, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman and Karen Constantine.  Say nothing, it'll catch on.

With serious science behind the brand (which has been around for 50 years), their ethos is that science creates beauty and that is music to my ears.

My skin right after the treatment and yes, I'm wearing a backpack as am a geriatric on the inside but you would never know that from my ridey skin

I was invited by Skeyndor for a treatment, and was recommended the Derma Peel Pro, a treatment that has minimal down time and immediate results.  For me, my skin is in decent condition, so a treatment that would give me smoother, brighter skin.

Ciara from Skeyndor started by cleansing the skin before spritzing a protective spray all over my skin to help keep my skin more comfortable during the peel.  I felt a small amount of tingling when the acids were applied and because it was my first peel, we kept it on for just a couple of minutes but it can be left on for up to ten minutes.

The peel uses three different acids - Glycolic, Lactic and Mandelic acid.  I now have a new favourite acid girls.  Mandelic acid is just whopper and while I don't think I'd heard about it before, Ciara explained that it helps with pores and I remember thinking to myself, you have your work cut out for you with the ones on my nose and either side of it!  But the difference in them after the treatment was immense.  I mean I used to use those pores for storage they were that big and some foundations would sit in them, judging me.  But I wish my camera had pore vision because they appeared to be so much flatter and I thank Mandelic for all of the work.  Ok, the rest of the ingredients totally helped too, working together to slough off dead skin cells, leaving it smooth and glowy.

Me outside right after the treatment. still wearing my backpack and also being blinded by the brightness of the sky and the brightness of my skin
After Ciara removed the peel, she applied a peptide cream before applying an SPF.  I went back to the office after the treatment and made everyone touch my skin, that's how impressed I was with it.  I had no redness at all after the peel and there really is minimal down time at all.  Ciara recommended to go makeup free for the rest of the day, or to just apply a mineral makeup if I wanted.

My first Skeyndor experience was just whopper and thank you to the team for having me and my pores.  You can book in for a Skeyndor treatment at Edvard & Pink in Dundrum Town Centre and I can't recommend the Derma Pro Peel enough!

There is a home treatment version of the Derma Peel Pro too if you're a bit more au fait with peels but I think I need a bit more professional help before I go it alone!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Flawless, glowy skin with a statement nude lip with Flormar!

A question I get asked all the time is to recommend an affordable foundation that offers high coverage and time and time again, I always say to try the Perfect Coverage Foundation from Flormar.  I've been collaborating with them on Instagram over the last few weeks, so while the job itself is over, I wanted to post this video here so we'll call it an #ad but I haven't been paid for the extra coverage!

I had the option to film whatever I wanted and so last weekend, I decided to do a full coverage yet glowy base with a simple neutral eye and used one of the Colour Up Lip Crayons in Caramel.  You can read a full review of all seven shades in a post from last year and see them all in action.

Make sure to watch the video and let me know what you think!

Fancy gorgeous glowy skin? Then watch my final video with @flormarireland_uk who I’m working with! I got to choose whatever I wanted to film and I decided on showing how to get flawless, glowy skin and my type of statement lip! Products used (all @flormarireland_uk ) 💕 Double Radiance Primer 💕 Perfect Coverage Foundation Shade 101 💕 Invisible Loose Powder 💕 Bronzing Powder Shade 4 💕 Terracotta Blush On - Marble Pink Gold 💕 Powder Illuminator - Morning Star 💕 Nude Eyeshadow Palette 💕 Precious Curl Carbon Black Mascara 💕 Colour Up Lip Crayon in Caramel So this is the makeup I wore heading out with the girls the other night and I loved it 😍 I knew I wanted to keep the skin looking natural her flawless, I wanted to have neutral eyes and I wanted a stronger lip but one a bit darker and I love the finished look! Thanks so much for watching!! #lovelygirliebits #flormarireland #flormar #glowyskin #sp
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I only ever use the Double Radiance Primer on my cheeks as my t-zone doesn't need any extra shine thank you very much!  I've found from experience that the Perfect Coverage foundation goes on the best for me with a makeup sponge and it's such a great base for the price.  I kept things nice and glowy for the cheeks and on the eyes, opted for a simple neutral eye with mattes from the Nude Eyeshadow palette in the crease and outer corner and the gold shimmery shade patted onto my lids.  The Precious Curl Carbon Black Mascara is a revelation and the first time I used it all those weeks ago, I wondered if it could outdo the regular Precious Curl Mascara and it's on par!  I must compare the two and see what they're like side by side, but here's my review of the original Precious Curl Mascara from 2017 which remains one of my favourite budget mascaras ever.

What are your favourite products from Flormar?


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating & Shaping Lip Colour for Spring

Inspired by Paris, Lancome's spring collection is beautiful, but it was the lipsticks that stole my heart.  The three L'Absolu Rouge Hydrating & Shaping Lip Colours (€30) are the perfect addition to my spring makeup collection, and I've been struggling to pick a favourite!

Each of the shades are creamy and comfortable to wear and while shade 125 and 130 are similar, they're totally different (obvs) and that pink, shade 135, well that's a thing of beauty and was the absolute surprise of the trio!  See, I knew I was going to love the neutral shades, they're my jam, and when I saw the pink, I thought sure that's going to look mad on me... Never judge a lipstick by the bullet is what I've learned today my chums.  Keep reading...

Shade 125 and 130 are definitely more sheer compared to 135 and are for those who love their neutrals and by those, I mean me.  I love a nudey neutral lip that goes with any look, that isn't overpowering and that I don't feel self conscious wearing.

Shade 125 (pictured above) is a peachy nude and is just so beautiful on, giving a subtle hit of colour and has that balance of peachiness and brightness that isn't too much, especially for an aul one like me.  It's really comfortable on the lips and has a light semi glossy finish which I love.

Shade 130 (above) is a more caramel nude and again has a slight sheen in terms of finish.  I feel like this is the sophisticated older sister of the trio and is fierce ladylike altogether.

Shade 135 (above) is just the most perfect blue toned pink that I'd never reach for myself as it's totally out of my comfort zone.  It can't even see my comfort zone.  My comfort zone is a dot to it.  And yet I love it on me!  It seems to lift my complexion and add a bit of life to my skin and for that, I'm going to make an effort to wear it more often.  It's more opaque than the other two, but still feels just as comfortable on.

And thus ends this here blog post where I finally got excited about spring makeup!  The spring collection from Lancome is on counters now, so head in and get swatching them.  Which is your favourite?


Monday, March 18, 2019

No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation & Dark Circle Concealer review, before & after!

Now that spring has sprung, I'm all about the glowy skin life, even though I have my oily bits, but if you can't look fresh faced and lovely when the flowers are starting the bloom, when can you?

I did a collaboration with Boots recently where they sent me some of their new beauty bits and I've been getting stuck into them since.  The collaboration is long over and this isn't part of it, but just wanted to flag it, disclosure and all!

I was sent two shades of the No7 HydraLuminous Moisturising Foundation, Porcelain being too light for me and Beige which is slightly too dark, but looks gorgeous on when I blend it down the neck, so that's what I've been wearing and what you see in these photos.

Promising to give fresh and radiant looking skin in an instant, my dull and lacklustre skin was ready to give it a go.  I've tried this a good few times now, using different application methods and it's mad how different brushes etc can make a foundation look so different!  I found that applying it with a makeup sponge sheers it out a lot, so that's worth noting and if you have perfect skin, then good luck to you!  I've tried my usual buffing brushes and thought the application was just grand, but it was only when I applied it with the Real Techniques Brush Crush Blush Brush that I fell hard and fast.  It just seems to place the product really evenly and not buff it out into nothing and using it means I can get a decent level of coverage too.  We're talking a medium level of coverage but it's buildable on areas that need a bit extra.

While I'm loving the radiance it gives and enjoy how it looks and feels like skin, I still need to powder my t-zone ever so slightly, just to keep it in place all day, but I think those with a dryer skin type will love it because it feels nice and moisturising on.  The coverage is ideal for me in that you can still see my skin but it hides the redness and looks so natural on.  I think this is my favourite No7 foundation to date I tell ya!

On to the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer.  This comes in eight shades and I was given the lightest, shade 1 - Porcelain & Calico.  It has a little sponge tipped applicator that doesn't have any squidge to it, so while it's grand for applying the product, in terms of working it into the skin, I use my finger, a brush or a sponge to make sure it's all evenly distributed.

It does a great job at brightening under the eyes, but without going over the top.  Maybe it's old age, but I can't do the really pale under eye look at all.  This is much more my type of finish - lightweight with medium coverage.  I find it lasts all day when I set it with my usual face powder.  What can I say, I need to set all my bits!  If you're after a full coverage concealer, then I don't think this is the one for you, but for those who like a lighter coverage, you're in for a treat.

At the time of this blog post being published, the No7 HydraLuminous Foundation is €14, down from €20.  With just 12 shades, I think they could do with adding more and I haven't see the palest and darkest shades in person yet, but will report back when I do.  And the No7 HydraLuminous Dark Circle Concealer is also down to €14 from €18.

I've been really enjoying using them and have sneakily been posting photos on Instastories of my face wearing them and every time I do, I get lots of lovely comments on how nice my skin is looking and that's the sign of a winner to me.

Will you be trying these?

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