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Best of Beauty – Skincare Saviours

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So I recently signed up to a “Best of Beauty Blog Challenge” with the lovely Samantha from All The Buzz blog.  All the bloggers participating got a range of fantastic topics which we will cover every week for the next 8 weeks with topics such as “Hair Heros” or “Makeup Must-haves”.  So I’ll basically be sharing my fave products with you all every week.  I’m really looking forward to it 🙂

This weeks topic is “Skincare Saviors” and to be honest, it’s one I could go on and on (and on!) about because I have lots of favourites when it comes to skincare products that really transform my skin but I have managed to whittle them down to my absolute all time faves and here they are:

1.  Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Cream

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I am never without this fantastic product, I have a tube of it everywhere I go – in my bag, in work, beside my bed, in my makeup kit for my makeup clients.  It’s just a wonder product that really saves your skin, particularly in the winter.  It has so many uses but here’s what I like to use it for:

  • As a moisturising lipbalm – just slather on and it will really nourish dry flaky lips.  Also use this on your lips and then blot off before applying a dark or very matte lipstick and it will just glide on
  • As a nail/cuticle nourisher – you just have to massage a tiny bit into the base of each nail and it will help your nails grow strong and take away and hard skin around the nails
  • On any dry patches on your skin, just rub some of this on regularly, especially on knees and elbows, and you will be smooth and free from hard dry skin.
  • If your baby has dry skin or cradle cap, pop a bit of this on and it’ll really help clear it up and moisturise the area.  Plus it’s fragrance free so won’t irritate.
  • Dab a tiny bit through your eyebrows (or use on a clean mascara wand) to groom them and give them a healthy natural look

2.  Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

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This is a beautiful skin cleanser that feels so gentle and nourishing on your skin and I love using it in the winter-time.  It removes every trace of my makeup, including eye makeup and I find that using the Clarins suction method of removal really works and helps take away all the grime your face might collect during the course of the day (not just makeup!)  You basically rub the lotion together in your hands, apply to your face and cup your hands over your face and quickly remove them in a “suction” action then remove with damp cotton wool and there you go, clean skin!

3. Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic

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I’ve spoken about this gorgeous skin toner on the blog before, I really am in love with it.  It’s alcohol free and removes all the last traces of grime from your skin without drying it out and gets it really clean.  Fantastic product.

4. Bia Beauty – Moisturiser

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Again for winter skin, you can’t beat this moisturiser from natural Irish skincare company Bia Beauty.  It’s super nourishing and really feels like it’s protecting your skin.  Plus I love the size of the jar – 100mls –  which means it lasts ages.

5. Yonka Gommge Exfoliator

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Again, if you’re a regular reader here, you will know this is my “wonder product”.  I just love what this does to my skin, it exfoliates using AHA’s to gently strip your skin of dead skin cells and other impurities without drying it out.  It renews your skin and gives you a fresh smooth base for your moisturiser or serum to really sink in and do it’s work.  Plus you look more radiant and have a perfect base for makeup, what’s not to love there?!

6. Body Shop Shea Butter Bodybutter

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I love a good body butter and The Body Shop is ahead of the pack when it comes to the range and quality of nourishing body butters it has.  They come in all colours and fragrances but my fave by far is the Shea Butter one.  It really moisturises your skin with goodness and helps prevent it from drying out.  If you use this after exfoliating your body (it does have a matching exfoliator) your skin will be so smooth, soft and amazingly well moistursed.  Plus you’ll smell gorgeous 🙂

So there you have it, my Skincare Saviours.  These are more geared towards nourishing your skin in winter but can be used all year round too.  If you are on Twitter and looking to check out the other bloggers participating to see what favourites they have, just search the hashtag #BOBBlogChallenge

Also don’t forget to check out Samantha’s blog over at All The Buzz, it really is a great read and she covers all manner of topics, not just beauty & makeup so have a look 🙂

Which products are your skincare saviours that you absolutely cannot live without?  Let me know in the comments below and see you next week for more 🙂

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Opening of INGLOT’s New Pro Store -1 South Anne Street

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Last night I attended an exclusive event for Beauty Bloggers to unveil the brand new INGLOT Pro Store which is opening today (Saturday 28th September) on 1 South Anne Street (just off Grafton Street) Dublin.

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The impressive new store stocks the full INGLOT cosmetics collection and make-up accessories, as well as products that are exclusive to the new flagship store.  A make-over studio, brow bar, and a spacious private studio, which will host parties, make-up courses, and professional master classes, is also part of the latest new Dublin INGLOT store.

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INGLOT’s fantastic makeup artists were on hand to help on the night and their senior makeup artist Ingrid did a demonstration to show off some of their new products like the Stage, Sport, Studio range of mattifying powders which are exclusive to the the new Pro store on South Anne Street.  Ingrid said they were a big hit with the MUA’s there and really make your makeup last the day with minimum touch-ups.

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Inglot stocks everything from priming base, foundations, concealers and blushers, complemented with a selection of body illuminators and bronzers.  For beautiful eyes there’s eye-shadows, protective base, eyeliner, brow-liner and mascara; and a range of nourishing lipsticks, liners, lip-paint and gloss to deliver truly luscious lips.

Accessories, from brushes and applicators, to make-up bags, tweezers, false eyelashes and nail art are all stocked, and there’s also a range of facial toners and gentle make-up removers, to complete this unique one-stop-make-up-shop!

I am a big fan of their unique Freedom System where you can make up your own custom palettes of eyeshadow, blush, powder or lip and brow products.

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We all received fantastic little goodie bags and I made some purchases on the night which I’ll detail in another post 🙂

Will you be popping in for a look?

August Makeup & Beauty Favorites

Here are the beauty faves I’ve been loving and using regularly in August 🙂

Orifluido Beauty Elixir Hair Oil

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I picked this up in Salon Services ages ago but have only really started to use it now.  It’s a hair oil that you massage into your locks when wet and then blowdry as normal.  You can also use it on dry hair to tame frizzies.  I love the smell of this, it’s so nice and when you apply it, your hair doesn’t become oily or greasy at all.  Plus it leaves your hair looking super shiny.  You can also get this on Feelunique.com.

No7 Eyeshadow – Truffle

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I got this in a goodie bag at the Cocoa Brown Lovely Ladies Afternon Tea a couple of weeks ago and I am really loving it.  It’s a gorgeous browny gold colour that blends really well and would suit all eye colours but is especially striking on blue eyed girls.  It’s been my go-to eyeshadow for work since and it just looks so nice swept all over the lid or just blended into your crease with a lighter beige colour on the lid.  No7 have had a bit of a revamp recently and I’m loving their slick new chrome packaging!  Available from all Boots Stores.

Soap & Glory skincare

Left to Right: The Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser, The Fab Pore Daily Micro Smoothing Moisture Lotion; The Feel Good Factor Translucent BB Cream

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I reviewed these skincare products from Soap & Glory here a few weeks ago (here) and my skin has been getting on great since using them, so definitely going to repurchase.  The Soap & Glory range is available in Boots.

MAC Nymphette Lipgloss

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I’ve been using this on clients a lot lately.  It’s the most beautiful pink lipgloss shot through with little gold particles that shimmer in the light (so great for going out) and it looks so nice over a pale pink lipstick like MAC’s Angel or Crème Cup.  Gorgeous.  You can pick this up in any MAC store.

Cocoa Brown Tan & Tough Stuff Scrub by Marissa Carter

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I reviewed this here and also the new Tough Stuff scrub here.  Both are fantastic products.  I really love the tan and find that once you prep your skin well it turns out with the same even results you‘d get from a spray tan.  Definitely the best tan I’ve used.  Also the scrub is amazing and does a great job of sloughing off the dead skin.  I reckon there’s more to it than just the little scrubby bits though, so I quizzed Marissa Carter about it at the Lovely Ladies Afternoon Tea that she put on for us bloggers recently, but unfortunately (& understandably!) she was giving nothing away 🙂  Anyway, whatever the secret ingredient is, it really works! Available from Penneys, Boots and large Pharmacies.

The Cosmetic Outlet

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I had long been avoiding this place as I knew I’d spend a fortune if I went in!  If you like The Cosmetic Outlet on Facebook, you’ll know it’s full of bargains on top branded makeup and beauty products such as GOSH, IsaDora, MAC, Clarins and more, it really is a makeup & beauty lovers paradise!  Kinda like Irelands answer to Sephora, with all your beauty faves in one place – what’s not to love? 🙂 Plus €5 for Sally Hansen tan just can’t be beaten!  They also do “Fiver Friday” deals so pop in and have a look.  I am currently testing a line of cosmetics that they stock there called Flormar and I have to say I’m well impressed with them.  Watch out for a full review coming later!  You’ll find the Cosmetic Outlet in Meath Street , Dublin.