Asarii Green Tea Mud Mask

It’s very few and far between that I’ll treat my skin to some hardcore TLC. I look after it with a day and nighttime routine but it doesn’t combat my problem areas completely. Enter the mud mask.

For the past two months I’ve been trying to incorporate a pamper day into my week, it’s usually on a Sunday. I give my skin a good cleanse and clean to get rid of any congestion as the texture of it can be a concern. My texture and sensitivity differs on a regular basis, it depends on my hormones, products I’ve used and if I’m feeling stressed. I drink green tea everyday to try and put some good ingredients into my body and that includes my skin. I’ve always heard that it works wonders for skin and now I’ve amped it up a notch with an Asarii Green Tea Mud Mask.

PRO’s:

  • Made in the UK and is vegan friendly.
  • Natural Green tea is used in the mask, sounds obvious but some brands use a supplements which can do your skin more harm.
  • There’s also Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Stearic Acid to help keep the mask thick.
  • Mini exfoliant beads in mask which helps soften and smooth skin when washing off.
  • Good for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin.
  • Nice thick consistency, easy to use.

CON’s:

  • Takes longer than 15 minutes (recommended time) to set.
  • Shake well before use or a brown liquid will form.
  • Not a massive improvement, skin was only a little smoother. (If I use it more regularly maybe that could change).

Overall, I enjoy using this product even with the con’s. I think if I use it more my skin’s texture and blemishes will improve over time. In my opinion it’s a nice and natural product to use on those pamper days. For those of you who suffer from texture and blemish concerns then consider investing in this mask.

Nx

Autumn Beauty Essentials

I was thinking of ways to share my favourite Autumn skincare and make up products and instead of featuring them in separate posts, I thought why not combine them in one essentials collection. During the colder months, my skin definitely likes to plays tricks on me. A lot of hydration is required and minimal skincare products play a huge role in looking after it. When it comes to make up I love nothing more than opting for a warm red/burgundy smoky eye for an evening out.

Make up:

Over the weekend I was in Dublin and popped into Brown Thomas to update my Charlotte Tilbury collection and invest in another of her eyeshadow palettes in The Dolce Vita. The pigmentation from her quartz are so beautiful and buttery. I find them a dream to blend and I love how I can create a neutral or bold look using only four shades. Her idea behind this product is to give us ladies the perfect desk to disco using limited shades. The fabulous rusted gold colour is amazing on its own but spritzed with some one MAC Fix+ it pops like no other. The shades are very Autumn appropriate and the perfect foursome for this season. I also have one of her other quartz in The Vintage Vamp. I get so much use out of it and even though her products are quite high end, I personally think they are worth every penny.

The highlight takes a more natural front with beautifully simplistic dusting on the high points of my face. Obviously during the summer months, it’s all about that glow but during the darker months I like to take it back a bit and only apply little amounts on certain area of my face. I’ll use a matte primer and add highlight through my favourite products, Champagne Pop(a collaboration between Jaclyn Hill and Becca Cosmetics) and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. These are my saviours during this season as they help set, bronze and highlight my skin when it is looking a little dull.

Skincare:

Over the past four months the penny has finally dropped for me when it comes to skincare. It took me years to truly understand certain products, what they’re for and what ingredients are best suited for my skin. I’ve an oily skin type and it is so sensitive. I tend to lean towards gel/foam pike products that have hydrochloric and salicylic acid. I have loved serums for so long and I have recently introduced oil based skincare into my routine. I was under the wrong impression regarding oil products as I thought they would clash with my skin type but it adds so much hydration. A few week’s ago, I started using The Body Shop and their Vitamin E Face Mist along with the Oils of Life. Both have been a God send and I actually look forward to prepping my skin. The mist is so refreshing for wearing as a stand alone product or misting over make up. Once a week I try to use a mask to clean the previous seven days out of my skin. Green tea is notoriously good for the skin and I was very excited to try Asarri and their Green Tea Mud Mask. I haven’t been using it for very long but so far I’m enjoying the results.

I’m convinced that this next brand has helped save my skin and settle it down. Bioderma has been a new edition to my routine and I can’t imagine what I would do without it. It is such a natural brand and I find their products to be incredibly kind to my skin. I use their H20 serum, lip balm and Sensibio H20 Micellaire water to remove make up and cleanse my skin. Definitely a recommendation!

Nails:

As we layer so much during A/W I find it crucial to manicure my nails as I’m always so covered up. Accessories and nails are always a must for me and I love keeping it all classic with a simple red. I reach for my Marc Jacobs polish time and time again. To give it more of a gel finish, I’ll set it with one coat of my Nails Inc top coat. A perfect duo that will create maximum effect.

I think I need to invest in some dark brown lipsticks to make my Autumn collection complete. I want to change up my lip shades a little and I think opting for a more 90’s look will be fab.

Nx

Destination Skin

Over the past year my skin has became incredibly sensitive. With this, I jumped at the chance to visit Destination Skin based in the House of Fraser, Belfast. I wanted to ask the beauty experts some questions regarding specific ingredients that I should be using, reasons behind my skin sensitivity, certain areas of my skin and what brands they would recommend.

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For a while now, I have suffered from Malia around my cheekbones and more recently I’ve developed Keratosis Pilaris lumps under my eyes. When I first went in the lovely, Suzanne explained to me the process she would be taking, what treatments I would be receiving and what products/ingredients she would recommend.

I was very lucky to receive two luxurious skin treatments, a Vitamin C peel and a little Microdermabrasion clean up. After a quick cleanse of the skin, Suzanne started the Vitamin C peel that was honestly such a strong and deep clean. It worked through a few layers of my skin and I have to say, the burning sensation (which is completely normal) was a testament. After the peel, it was time for the Microdermabrasion treatment that is basically a non-invasive procedure that uses exfoliating material like crystals or diamond flakes and a machine based suction to gently lift up the skin during exfoliation. This was like a vacuum on my skin and sucked up every inch of dead skin, it was a little uncomfortable at first but it soon settled. I think it just takes a little getting use to. 

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Once both procedures were complete, Suzanne talked my through any areas of my skin that I should concentrate on and therefore which ingredients/products I should use. It was advised that I base my skincare routine around Hydrochloric Acid as my skin was a little dehydrated. Any gel/foam based products were recommended along with Salicylic Acid for my sensitive skin. It was explained to me that because I had been using thick heavy cream that were very rich, my skin couldn’t deal with it so it was reacting and causing breakouts and Malia. Since the treatments, I have switched up my skincare and based my products around the key ingredients and I genuinely have noticed an improvement which I’m delighted about.

A few week’s ago, I was invited back down this time to view the new Young Blood Cosmetics and their latest mineral collection at Destination Skin. With a variety of foundations, mineral powders, concealers and primers, each product is made with delicate ingredients that are skin friendly and suited to each skin type. The mineral setting powder is a personal favourite of mine as it is formulated from rich starch, corn starch and minerals and there is no talc in it (unlike other setting powders).

I was matched up for the foundation and when wearing it I couldn’t help but notice how natural it was. During my consultation, I did have a lovely little break out that had been playing havoc with my skin prior, so I wanted to see how the foundation worked against sensitive skin. It was definitely like wearing a second skin with a soft matte finish. It was a light to medium coverage finish that in my opinion was buildable to suit your personal preference. I still needed concealer to target my under eye area and any imperfections. One thing I will say is that I feel like this foundation is best suited for normal to dry skin types as it moved around on my oily skin quite a bit even after I set it with powder. I’ll continue to test it out to see if it settles as the feel of the foundation is lovely, I genuinely don’t feel like I’m wearing any make up which I love. It is still early days so I’ll be sure to keep all of you updated on my thoughts of it over on my Instagram in a few week’s.

Thank you to Jennie and Suzanne for inviting me down and taking such good care of me.

Nx

Skincare Review || The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist

For about six months now, I’ve been hearing so many reviews about The Body Shop and their Vitamin E Face Mist. UK blogger, Victoria from In The Frow swears by this hydrating face mist in all of her You Tube videos. Sometimes I can be quite lazy when it comes to getting that one product I keep telling myself that I have to buy. A few week’s back, I was in town when I popped into The Body Shop and finally made the purchase. Since then it has then been thee best buy I’ve made regarding skincare in a while.

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To say it is refreshing is a slight understatement. I actually get carried away spraying it at times, it’s just so good. The three main areas with this product are refreshment, moisture and protection. It has a delicate rose scent to accompany it which is great for the skin and helping to keep things calm. I have particularly sensitive skin so I find it great for keeping any irritations at bay.

I apply it morning and night before I apply my skincare products and afterwards for that extra hydration (not essential). It says you can use it to set your make up, however I find that step optional. As I have oily skin, I need a certain type of make up setting spray. Perhaps those of you who have dry skin would benefit from using it on top of your make up. A little really goes a long way with this bottle and it is definitely an essential part of my daily skincare routine.

Have any of you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ve also heard that the Vitamin E serum is amazing, I’ll be adding that to my list.

Nx

Pestle & Mortar

When I first heard of Pestle & Mortar I immediately think of the cooking equipment used to crush and grind spices and other ingredients. However, when I discovered that it was actually a skincare brand that is created with beauty and body wellness as its mantra I was definitely intrigued. Founded in early 2014 by Sonia Deasy, it is a family owned company that wanted to create a serum that was genuinely healthy for your skin and hassle free for those of us who have a busy lifestyle.

First of all can we just take a minute to appreciate the incredibly gorgeous packaging of the Pure Hyaluronic Serum?! It is just so chic and simplistic, I’m such a sucker for a well designed product! Now, back to business… For those of you who follow my blog or social media accounts (shame on you), you will all know just how much I love a good serum. I find this type of product works best with my skin type. I recently learnt that a liquid or gel product is best for my skin as it gets congested quite bad. I love the luxury feeling you get with a serum and the way it leaves my skin feeling. Less is certainly more when applying them as they’re quite a liquid based product you don’t need much. It actually reminds me a lot of the Josie Maran Aragon Oil that I got when I was in America. It’s pretty lightweight when applied and it doesn’t leave a greasy or oily residue. Bonus points!

  

I’ve been using this for just over one month now every night as this is when my skin responds best. It allows my skin to absorb the serum to its full potential. Each morning I can still feel a some of the product on my face which I actually like as I’ll know that my skin hasn’t completely drained it.

Have any of you lovelies tried the Pestle & Mortar brand before? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Nx