Category Archives:Skincare

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Oct. 07.

Tried Tuesday: Vaseline Spray and Go Moisturiser

vaseline-thI’m lazy. If I can get away without doing something, I guess I am not going to do it. Things like using a body lotion. The time and effort it takes to slather it on, rub it in, and then wait for it to sink in. No thanks! It seems though, that there is no longer a reason for me to be lasy in this regard with the Spray and Go moisturisers from Vaseline.

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The concept behind this is simple. It is a big spray can, with a wide action nozzle. It says that it lets you moisturise in seconds and that it is non greasy. It is meant to be really that simple, but is it?

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Well, I’ve been trying it, and my uneducated thoughts are that, yes, it is simple. I get out of the shower, hold this 10cm away from my body and spray all over in a continuous motion. Well, I haven’t actually been spraying it in a continuous motion. I have been doing an arm, topping, doing the other one, stopping and so on. Mainly because I am spraying it in my bedroom and don’t want to coat everything else in too much of it. I am not sure if it really makes much of a difference though.

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The nozzle is described as being wide angle, and it really is. It does distribute the product exceptionally well. Maybe this is part of my concern with spraying it too long, that the nozzle is too good at spraying everywhere. It’s not necessarily a bad thing though.

I’m actually thinking that this does stand up to its claims. From my few uses of it It does absorb in seconds, partly because the mist is so fine. It does dispense evenly, so don’t bother trying to spray stripes of it, and it is not sticky or greasy. As for my skin being instantly soft. Well, it has made my hide softer, so that has to be a good start.

Vaseline Spray and Go is €6.99 and is available in supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.

Robyn

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Sep. 23.

Tried Tuesday: Cuticura Anti-Bacterial Hand Serum

cuticura-thNormally I am not one to bother too much with anti bacterial serums and scrubs unless I need them. Usually, if my hands are washed regularly, it is not a problem for me. But, with being under the weather with a cold last week, and coughing and sneezing and still having to do things, I always had a bottle of this Anti-Bacterial Hand Serum from Cuticura close to me, just in case.

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Cuticura Anti-Bacterial Hand Serum is developed to be alcohol free (so it is kinder to your skin), to kill 99.99% of bacteria fast, and to last for up to 8 hours. Instead of using alcohol to kill the bacteria it uses the active ingredients poly(hexamethylenebiguanide) hydrochloride and dydecldimethylammonium cholride in a water based gel. It might cause an allergic reaction though, so be sure to test using a little of the product first. I don’t want you destroying your hands and blaming me, okay.

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The bottle is a small, compact 50ml, which is ideal for putting into your handbag or pocket without taking up space. The down side of the small bottle though, is that using Cuticura’s own recommended dosage of 3ml means that you are going to run out of it pretty quick. Regular handwashing, normal be careful with what you are touching and common sense should see you using it a bit less though.

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On top of the bottle is a pump nozzle, allowing easy dispensing of product on to your hands. I find it easier to handle when you are juggling bits and pieces, as you are more likely to get it onto your hands and closed again without squirting it onto some unsuspecting passerby (hasn’t happened to me yet, luckily).

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Here you see the small amount that I would use, which is 3 pump loads of the product. I really shouldn’t have to explain it, but just rub it across your hands (as you would do if washing your hands) until it sinks in, which takes about 30 seconds. Avoid touching much for a couple of minutes afterwards while it dries in and you’re done.

I am quite liking this. It has been super handy to have about, as I have not been afraid to go about doing things. It was something that I was using on and off, but last week reminded me of the benefit of having it available more often. I think this, my second bottle of it will be taking up permanent residence in my handbag.

Robyn

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Sep. 16.

Tried Tuesday: Ziaja Natural Olive Cream

ziaja-thI’m notorious for hopping about different face creams. I’ve never been able to settle on the one for me. In a way it’s great as I get to go through so many of them, but having so much choice can be a curse. However, as I was suffering from an attack of dry skin on my forehead over the past few days, I was glad to have one of the new Natural Olive creams available to me from Polish brand Ziaja.

Firstly, a side note. I have no idea how to pronounce Ziaja. If anyone can leave me a comment explaining how to pronounce it I would appreciate it.

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But now on to today’s product, the Natural Olive Cream, part of the new range of products that includes a top to toe line of shampoos, conditioners, face creams, lip balms, body creams, hand creams and more. It is also great that no product in the range costs more than €9.99, so it is not going to hurt your pocket. The packaging is simple, nothing special, but not awful to look at. It is not something I would be proudly displaying on my dressing table, but it is not something that I would use then immediately hide away either. For a budget range it isn’t bad looking, and I do find the green used in the packaging to be quite pleasant.

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The directions on the box are delightfully clear, explaining what the product is suitable for, how to use it, and how much of it there is. This can, at times, be so small and hard to read that it is just a pain, so I am quite happy about this. It is then repeated in other languages on the other sides of the box, again, in a clear, easy to read way.

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Once you open the box though, you hit my big bugbear. Can you tell what it is? Okay, I’ll tell you. It is the smaller tub perched on top of the clear plastic filler. I can understand why this was done. The bigger box does look quite impressive, but I can’t help but be disappointed when there is so much empty space in the box once it is opened. That is a fairly minor thing though, as it is still in line with the usual 50ml size of other brands of face cream.

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Inside the tub though is the thing of greatest interest, the actual face cream. It is a rich, firm cream that has a light, neutral scent, smelling slightly of well, olive. It sinks in, mostly, within a couple of minutes, but I did feel that for a while there was still a slight residue on my skin. It is possible that I was applying a little too much in trying to tackle my dry skin, and it was not a total oil slick, but I can understand why it is billed as being for normal/dry skin. I’m sure that once my skin calms down and I can use it more sparingly it will become less of an issue, and as it stands I am not overly concerned by it.

Overall, for a budget brand I can’t overly fault this. Yes I do think that the small tub/big box thing is a little disappointing, but it is me being pedantic. I have used a couple of Ziaja products before, but never took much notice of them. I think now, however, I may have to pay more attention to them.

Ziaja Natural Olive Cream is €4.79 (rrp) and is available from pharmacies nationwide

Robyn

* Product was provided for review

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Aug. 21.

Tested Thursday: Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream

shiseido-thSometimes things land in my review basket, and other things land on top and I end up forgetting about what’s below for a while, until a rummage tosses up something interesting. That happens to be the case with this product which has been unnoticed until recently. However, it did emerge from the basket, and for Tested Thursday today, I am trying out the Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Regenerating  Body Cream (yes, that whole sentence is its name).

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The one I have here is a 60ml sample size, but the full size one is a respectable 200ml, and while it doesn’t make the tea for you, my notes tell me that the Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream is:

A lavishly silky textured body cream that improves skin quality, helping skin to become better with time. Regenerates moisture, resiliance and evens skin texture and tone. Skingenecell 1P is formulated in the product to help skin on the body resist future ageing signs, combined with Houttuynia Cordata Extract to prevent puffiness and water retention, along with Angelica Root Extract, to improve microcirculation to help prevent uneven skin tone.

All that, yet it can’t make tea. Probably a good thing, because while the Japanese have the science of skincare pretty much set, they haven’t perfected making a good mug of Lyon’s yet.

My notes also tell me that it is formulated with “an exclusive SP emulsification, that melts deep into the skin delivering premium anti ageing benefits”, is suitable for all skin types, and is recommended for day and night use.

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But anyway, as Shiseido did the science in the product, we don’t have to. The most important things I need to show you are how it looks, how it smells, how it feels, and did it do anything. So, let’s find out…

Look: When you get something from Shiseido, you are paying for quality, and quality is expected from the packaging onwards. The packaging of it is solid. It feels the way a quality product should, which is always good news. So often products are let down by the packaging not living up to expectations. It is not a shapeless white tub that you shut away, and barely even look at when you do go to use it. I’d have no problem with the elegantly curved tub sitting on my dresser.

Smell: I’m trying to come up with a single word to describe the scent of this, but I’m not able to. In the tub I am getting floral, a bit of sweetness, and I’m not entirely sure, but possibly a very slightly synthetic smell too. On the skin though, the major scent is a floral one, and is really very pleasant. I wouldn’t want to be smothering this on myself every day if the scent was something that I didn’t like. As it is though, I would be more than happy to smell of this all day.

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Feel: The texture of the cream is really light, slightly gel like, but very very movable. A little bit really does go a long way here, and while it does penetrate the skin really well, it doesn’t do so immediately. You do have a little working time, but when it does soak in, you don’t feel it on top of your skin, and there is no problem with having to wait a year and a day to get dressed.

Finally, does it work: I’ve been using this constantly for the past week, and yes, there is a difference in my skin. It doesn’t feel as parched, and does feel smoother and more refined, particularly in areas where I would have suffered from patches of dry skin. I can’t really vouch for the anti-ageing benefits of the cream, but in terms of noticing everyday differences, it actually does do the job it says.

And herein lies my problem. I think I could be tempted to go and buy the full size version, which for the 200ml is €130! I don’t know how exactly to justify spending that much, no matter how amazing the product is, knowing that my €5.99 Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip does a decent job. I know I am kinda comparing apples and elephants here, so maybe I can convince myself that once, just once, as a treat that this should be mine!

Robyn

* Product was provided for review

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Jun. 19.

Tested Thursday: Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray

sun-thDid you see that funny looking yellow ball in the sky over the past couple of days? You did? Good! I was worried I was seeing and feeling things that weren’t there. The good news is the sun is meant to be with us for another couple of days at least, and that means that we need to talk about sun care. So, for Tested Thursday this week, I’m trying out a sun care oil spray from Clarins.

I suffer from the terrible condition called “good Irish skin”. That means I burn at the mere thought of sunlight, and also means that I tend to bathe in a factor 50+ spray. It stops me from burning, but also stops me from getting any colour whatsoever. That has good and bad side effects. However, with this having arrived in my basket a few weeks ago, I broke it out, along with a couple of maxi dresses and got to work (enjoying the sun for work – I love this job, pity it isn’t sending me to the Med to enjoy the sun though)

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This offering from Clarins is a high protection UVA/UVB with sun protection factor 30. It is a fairly large bottle (150ml) and contains a dry oil spray, which is different from the cream sprays I normally use. Clarins state that this can be used on body and hair (I just used it on my body), that is a transparent dry oil with no oily feel. It is made with organic Nyamplung oil (a sacred tree from Indonesia they tell me). The oil helps boost the look of a radiant tan, leaving the body satin-smooth and is water and perspiration resistant.

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The spray pump on the top of the bottle sprays quite wide, so either stand away from anything precious, or keep it quite close to your skin. The wide spray does help to evenly distribute it over your skin though!

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When you spray it on, it takes so little effort to work it into the skin. With some you have to work unbelievably hard to work it in, and still end up with a slight white coat on. This literally takes seconds to rub in and you’re done, a delight really. It, true to word, doesn’t leave you with an oily feel either. That said, it does look lovely on the skin, leaving behind a radiant sheen.

The scent is really pleasing with a light fresh smell, ideal for something you will be reapplying all day. It is not overpowering, and perfect to go with your favourite summer perfume.

Finally, we have to do the burn test. As in, I’ve been wearing it for the past 2 days in the sun. Did I suffer sunburn? Simple answer – no. Even wearing short sleeves and walking around Dublin for a few hours, my arms have not suffered any kind of sunburn or irritation. They do have a slight colour, which is a big plus.

This does live up to everything Clarins says it does. I actually can’t fault it. A fabulous product!

Robyn

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Mar. 13.

Tested Thursday: Shiseido Ibuki Range

shiseido-thHello from Tested Thursday. The idea of Tested Thursday is that a product is put to the test to see if it lives up to claims made by the manufacturer. It is a kind of in depth look at a product.

Today is the turn of the Shiseido Ibuki range of skincare, which I have been using for the past couple of weeks. The range says it is “designed to visibly correct imperfections by targeting dryness, dullness, uneven skin tone, blemishes, roughness and visible pores”. That’s quite a lot for a skincare range, but as Shiseido are experts in skincare, it is not too outlandish. So, lets have a look at the products used first.

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This is a 3 step system, consisting of a cleanser, a softener and a moisturiser, used in that order.

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The gentle cleanser is a rich cream that lathers well, and does what it is designed to do. It lathers well, rinses easily and leaves my face feeling, well, clean! If step 1 didn’t do what it was meant to do, I would be worried. So far, however, so good.

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The softening concentrate used as step 2 is designed to soak in to the skin quickly, delivering its nutrients to the heart of the skin. While the instructions do say to use a cotton pad with this, I’ve been using my fingertips, as I’d be afraid of losing too much product into the cotton. Even so, only a tiny amount of this is enough to do my whole face, and afterwards my skin does feel so much better.

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Finally, the refining moisturiser is applied. This is rich and creamy, and yet it is not something you need to use much of. It spreads so incredibly well over the skin after the softener that again only a tiny amount is needed, and it too soaks in exceptionally well.

Now, the results. I’ve been using this on my combination normal/dry skin for the past couple of weeks. Not constantly, as I am kinda forgetful when it comes to my skin (which is very bad of me – I know!) but I have been using this very regularly. And well, it does most of what it claims. My skin does look and feel so much better when I’m using it. I also suffer quite badly from visible pores on my nose, and while they are still visible, they are not as visible. I can imagine that if I could actually remember to use it as I should, every single day, it would do a great job on my skin.

The Ibuki range is available on counters now, and is also available as a trial kit, containing sample sized products for €29. Note: The trial kit is limited edition and may sell out quickly.

Have you tried the Ibuki range? What skincare are you loving right now? Let me know below!

Robyn

 

A sample was provided for review.

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