Thursday, 27 March 2014

Garnier "Start Afresh" Refreshing Toner: An Excellent Dupe........For BATTERY ACID

A lot of people skin the toner step when they are looking after there skin, thinking that toners are harsh and drying, but toners have changed in recent years, they have adapted to our new cleansers that don't leave greasy residues on the skin. Now a days toners a light, refreshing and prime the skin for moistuiser. OR SO I THOUGHT. 

I have been using toners for years now and I  rarely come across one that I didn't like. I picked up Garnier newly packaged Refreshing Toner a couple of weeks ago from Boots. It only cost around €3.50 but I would never normally spend too much on a toner anyway. 

I applied this toner with a cotton pad after cleansing my face and it stung the actual Effff out of my face. I don't have sensitive skin, and I have never had a bad reaction to a product, but this made me feel like my skin was on fire. For hours after my face was roaring red and tender to touch. The next day I had what looked like little red spots under my skin. I tried it one more time after that using a different cleanser but it did the exact same thing. This has gone straight in the bin. 

Have you tried Garnier Refreshing Toner? 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Irish Rain Natural Skincare Essential Deep Cleansing Oil

Irish rain essential deep cleansing oil review

We all have our little night time cleansing routines. There is nothing quite like removing your make up at the end of the day, its almost ritualistic. Many use just a face wash, but I prefer to go that step further and use a cleansing oil as a pre-cleanse. Cleansing oils need not be reserved for those with dry skin, Nope. My skin is on the oily side and I have been using oils on my face for years. There have been some cleansing oils that I've loved (review HERE) and some that have been just plain MEH!! (review HERE

My latest product of choice is Essential Deep Cleansing Oil  from an Irish company called Irish Rain Natural Skincare. This oil is just a dream. It has a distinctive herby scent which is down to the Lavender, Frankincence and Tea Tree essential oil. These tree essential oils are in a Sweet Almond Oil base oil, and the mixture is a powerhouse of skincare goodness. 

To use I apply onto dry skin and massage slowly over my face (even the eyes, its a great eye makeup remover) you can see the make up dissolving. I then remove the oil with a damp face cloth. There is no residue left on the skin which is great, thats a little bugbear of mine. I followthis up then with a nice face wash, and skin is squeaky clean. 

I was very kindly sent my Cleansing Oil by Irish natural skincare website Tantrum Natural Skincare. They specialize is products that are free from chemicals and are Natural and Organic. They have everything from skincare, suncare, first aid and kids products. Give them a visit on their website  where you can pick up the Essential Deep Cleansing Oil for €19.99.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint Review

If there is one this that I would be beauty obsessed with its foundations. A foundation that suits you down to the ground is a very hard thing to find, and sees me spending an absolute fortune on high end and drugstore products. Lately, as money is a little tight right now, I have focused more on budget foundations (you can read my Catrice foundation review HERE) and my next port of call was the L'Oreal Nude Magique Eau De Teint

I had read many a rave review of this this foundation, and found myself dying to try it. It really sounded like a foundation that would suit my skin and give me the coverage I love for daytime wear. On first impressions I was struck by how tiny the bottle is, its miniscule, I kind of didn't mind at the time though as I had read you only need a very small amount for some decent coverage. 

I picked up what I thought was the lightest shade Porcelain and was surprised to see how dark it was. 

There are 6 shades in the range, I recommend you go and swatch before you buy. 

L'Oreal state that the formula is "Lighter than water" and I have to agree. It is really light and fluid. Give the bottle a good shake before using as sometimes when pouring out all you will get is a weird oily substance with zero pigment. I applied this with my fingers, I think a brush would just swallow this up. Unlike the TV ad for this one little finger tip sized blob did NOT cover my face, I had to keep going back for more, so that was disappointing. I don't think it gave any great coverage either, It didn't go near evening out my skintone or covering any redness or imperfections. 
It also clung to my skin in a weird way, like, I have oily skin, but this made it look like I have patches of really dry skin, which is weird, no foundation has ever behaved in such a way on me. 

It was kind of hard to capture how odd this looked on my skin, in fact the photo makes it kind of ok, but trust me, I found it a nightmare. 

As you can imagine I will not be picking this up again and at €14.99 (£9.99 in the UK, How??) it ain't the cheapest, it can stay in Boots as far as I am concerned. 

Have you tried the Eau De Teint foundation?? 

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