Monday, 6 October 2014

BEAUTY: DREAM DOTS


There really ain't no denying that the Irish skincare market is flying it these days, with Irish products popping up here, there and every where - showing that us Irish really have got what it takes. However, the latest product to suck in the blogging world, and skincare fanatics alike are Dream Dots*, and with rave reviews appearing almost everywhere, i thought i'd chip in and have my say!

Dream Dots(£11.67/€14.95) are overnight patches for spot treatment, which come packed in a box of 24 non-reusable patches. Invisible patches, they work at calming, clearing and healing breakouts, all while you sleep. They work at healing the infected pore, caused by excessive oil, skin cells and bacteria built up in the hair follicle. Leaving the infected pore to heal and recover without scaring over a 3-4 day basis.

To use Dream Dots, you simply cleanse and dry the area of the blemish. You then tear off one clean patch, and attach the centre of the patch to the infected area. You press down on the area for 3 seconds, before leaving it for 8-12 hours to work it's magic. For visible evidence of the patch action and to demonstrate it really is getting it spot on, the centre of the patch(the area over the spot) turns white over night.

I'm still a little on the fence about these patches, i've accumulated my thoughts numerous times, but my opinion never remains the same. They're far from terrible, and actually do work wonders - but i feel for me, their effects aren't constant. I feel as though they work sometimes, and don't work as well the next time round. In the majority of cases, they do reduce the size of the spot and they reduce the healing period. However, sometimes i feel they just don't meet the hype i was expecting, they never completely heal my blemishes, and after numerous days when the spot still isn't fully healed i feel i need to switch to another, quicker spot treatment.

I don't despise them, i just feel that for me and my skin type there are probably better spot treatments on the market. I still use them, and will continue to use them to see if my opinions of them may begin to alter, as they're the only spot treatment i have used that does not dry the area around the blemish and make it a nuisance to conceal the following day, and that is definitely a positive aspect.

As i seem to be one of very few to not have fallen head over heels for Dream Dots for Spots, i plead that you read some other reviews from people who have loved them before gathering your opinion and deciding whether to purchase or not, as it's all down to people's skin types, they may not have worked for me but they have worked for many, many others. And quite frankly, they're an incredibly innovative product!

Some positive reviews that may interest you: Zoe with Umlauts // Melanie Murphy - "Best Spot Treatment I've Tried!" // Adoreabubbles - Comparison of Two Opinions

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

LIFESTYLE: ALL THINGS AUTUMN


Autumn is undoubtedly my all time favourite time of the year. Nothing quite beats the feeling of the evenings getting darker- accommodating my lazy-self's love of sitting by the fire hot chocolate in hand, the crisp crunch of the Autumn leaves as you venture out on seasonal walks, the days getting colder making it time to whip out the jackets and coats, and the nights getting warmer with thanks to the blazing Autumn fires. To sum it up in one word, i would say Autumn is a cosy season. The clothes get cosier, rooms get cosier, and the nights in get all the more cosier kudos to your favourite hot drink, and fluffy pjs.

It seems i too change with the seasons; at the beginning of the year i love all things bright- bright rooms, bright clothes, bright makeup, and once Summer merges into Autumn, i lust for cosiness, dimly lit rooms relying on fairy lights as the only light source. I get the urge to scatter candles at every corner of every room, sweet smelling candles that fill the house with warmth, and the scent of cosiness which tickles your nostrils.

My style also alters dramatically, dark colours become my one and only, patterns become a staple and boots are my feet's best friend. Dewy skin turns to cold matte skin, bright pink lips are replaced with the darkest berry shades and it's no longer inappropriate to wear dark eyeshadows in the day time. No longer do pretty pastels grace the tips of my fingers, all that lies there now are deep dreary darks, which still fill me warmth.

I think my love of Autumn is down to the looming of Christmas on the near horizon, the hustle and bustle of the Christmas has not yet began but slowly shelves are filling with this year's selection boxes and body wash gift sets. The materialistic sides of Christmas have not yet come out- the rushing to get the latest present, the need to buy the latest iPhone as a present for your loved one, or the desire to get all the presents you've hoped for without realizing it's the thought that counts.

Fairy lights galore, fluffy jumpers in every store. It seems Autumn is the time of dreams..

Monday, 29 September 2014

BEAUTY: ROGER & GALLET HUILE GOURMANDE FLEUR DE FIGUIER


Although hair oils are a definite staple in my hair care routine, i have always avoided their sister - body oils, for fear that all the stereotypical properties of oil would apply to them. Y'know, the impossible period of waiting for the oil to sink in, or the prospect of being left with a tacky oil residue for days later -  i mean, you really can't blame a girl for shying away! However this multi-tasking offering from Roger & Gallet has set the bar high for future oils that find their way into my stash, both hair and body oils alike.

For those of you who don't know, Roger & Gallet is a French fragrance brand, renowned for the remarkable scents and incredible body products available. It's no different for the Fleur De Figuier scent, a beautiful blend of grapefruit, fig milk, and fig pulp- giving the perfect comforting, sweet aroma for a blissful Autumn pamper night. The Fleur De Figuier Huile Gourmande (£20.48/€26.23)*, contains a nourishing harmony of grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, apricot, sweet almond oils, and is enriched with omega 6, and vitamins A and E, the perfect blend to nourish your tresses and your pins.

When the lightweight oil is massaged into the skin, the scent lingers ever so slightly. The oil absorbs almost immediately, and there's no flailing around with no place to go, as you can get dressed within minutes, and avoid turning everything into a greasy disarray. Once the oil has worked its magic (quite literally) it leaves your skin feeling sublimely smooth, and looking ever-so silky, think beach ready.

However, when used on the hair this Fleur De Figuier Huile Gourmandeworks even more wonders. The impeccable oil has the ability to restore and replenish any hair type, with effects especially visible on coloured hair. We're all aware of my tresses trauma, the long thick hair malarkey(which is officially no more) but, this oil restores any shine my hair once had, while giving me a beautiful aroma to carry around with me for the day, thanks to hair for holding scents for long periods. It enhances the colour, making it look that bit more vibrant, especially on days when it's looking a bit dreary and dull. All while making it feel beautifully soft, and dare i say it, healthy.

Soft skin, silky locks - it's safe to say that this oil is a wonder worker. All with a beautiful scent that comes in a vast range of products, all view-able here. With an 'a little goes a long way' attitude, this oil definitely is worth the hefty price tag. And, rumour has it is it's on sale at Escentual right now, go!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

BEAUTY: SUNKISSED SELF TAN MOUSSE

























If there's one motto i have when it comes to fake tanning - it's go dark or go home. To me, nothing quite beats the feeling of a fresh, dark brown tan to make your pasty old self feel a little more glamorous. I'm secretly verging on tan-aholic, and just don't feel myself unless i have bronzed pins. If you were to raid my fake tan stash, you would come across a strong majority of tanning mousses, with the Sunkissed Self Tan Mousse being a strong contender as one of my favourites.

The Sunkissed Self Tan Mousse in Dark(£4.99/€6.25) is a deep bronzed tanning mousse which has the ability to look natural after applying one coat, but for darker pins i like to opt for another bonus coat. After two coats of the tan is applied, it sinks into the skin almost immediately, allowing you to get dressed much sooner than after using other tans. When first applied it can look a little in-your-face dark, verging on tango, but after rinsing off 6-12 hours later, you are left with a beautifully even tan.

Unlike pretty much the whole tanning population, there's no biscuit stench to it. There's a slight hint of an almost fruity, verging on coconut fragrance but it doesn't linger once applied to the skin, so nobody will be able to tell you've tanned after one whiff of your scent the following day. One thing i have noticed about this tan, is it's tendency to transfer. I've found that it transfers on to clothes, bed sheets, etc much more than other tanning mousses i have tried- luckily it doesn't stain is all i'm gonna' say!

The tan itself contains both Aloe Vera and Glycerine both targeted to soften the skin, and leave it feeling silky smooth. I also found it to be very long lasting, lasting anything between 5-7 days before washing off completely. After a few days of showering, the tan begins to fade evenly, prolonging the duration of your tanned pins, while not looking streaky, or old and worn.

When used with the Sunkissed Tanning Mitt(£3.99/€5.00), you have the perfect tanning duo. The tanning mitt is fitted with patented technology, which stops tan soaking into your fingers within the mitt. It's quite a dreamy duo, because nobody appreciates the cheese puff inspired fingers, ey? It also works amazing at applying the tan evenly, minus the streaks. It's incredibly easy to wash, just pop in the washing machine and the mitt is good as new!

The perfect tanning team, for a budget friendly price. Tanned pins, minus the tango-ness, while avoiding smelling of biscuits fresh out of the biscuit box.. What's not to love?