Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Scrub a dub dub

To be honest exfoliating is very low down on my list of things to do. Like I said I am lazy to use products that require me to wash my face apply the product and then wash off again. I tend to do it once a week and leave it at that.

So for my face I am using Nivea Young Wash & Refine Daily Scrub.

This product is quite strange, It doesn't lather up at all and it just smells like soap. I haven't really noticed any improvement in my skin so far. I don't think I will repurchase at the moment I am searching for a new facial scrub. I saw one Cucumber Facial scrub that i have my eyes on But I have to resist until this runs out....

I have been using 2 Body Scrubs these days Soap of Glory Breakfast Scrub when I'm at my family's house and Miss McCole Perfectly Polished Body Scrub at the appartment. 

I absolutely love this Body Scrub! It smells so yummy and I think it is the way a real Body scrub should be very gritty. I am strongly considering buying a smaller pot version for my appartment. 
I got this as a gift for Christmas from my brother, It came with a shower gel and bubble bath. and a body butter. The smell is quite floral, and the beads are very tiny. It is not a strong exfoliator, I personally just use it like a shower gel.  I think in future I want to stick to proper gritty scrubs.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

"One may live without bread, not without roses" Jean Richepin

Oooh its that time of year again, The Rose of Tralee festival will be on Tv on Monday and Tuesday next week, I have been watching this show almost religiously since as long as I can remember, and it never grows old. 

If I had a rose for every time I thought of you, I'd be picking roses for a lifetime.
Swedish Proverb

Apart from the TV show I also quite like the scent of roses, when I was living in Kilkenny with my boyfriend, I came across this beautiful Hand Cream called Figs & Rouge Nourishing Hand Lotion with Organic Rambling Rose. Its actually one of the only souvenirs I have from Kilkenny apart from a flowery piggy bank that broke on its way home from Kilkenny and my Dad had to glue back together. 

Ever since I got it I have been dying to try out other products from this range and I couldn't find it anywhere, so I actually wrote to them and found out its available in one small shop in the West Of Ireland and I contacted that shop and they said I can pay by visa and they will post it out to me. I am planning to order it next Thursday. They have so many different things in there range. 

At the moment I am thinking of ordering one of their all purpose balms and see how I get on with that. 

Have any of you reading this tried any of the Figs & Rouge Brand?

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mask it

This week I found a wee gem of a product, I can't wait to share it with you all,


Oh my god, I bought this on Tuesday and used it the same day, and I have to say I absolutely loved it, after I washed off the mask my skin felt so smooth and so soft, The only thing that i am disapointed about is only being able to use it once a week, I would use it every day if i was allowed and had enough time....

Before I analysed the ingredients of Cyclax oil of evening primrose, so here are the latest ingredients in the face mask


kaolin clay is also known as China clay, It is a natural clay like mineral  (silicate of aluminium) and is composed of silica, iron, magnesium, calcium,  sodium, zinc and other minerals It can help cleanse, purify, heal, soothe, nourish and tone all skin types. 

Stearic Acid 

Also in Yes To Carrots Cream Cleanser it fulfills the role of a thickener or hardener in Cosmetic products. Stearic acid also acts as an emulsifying agent, meaning it binds together materials -- such as oil and water -- that would usually separate.


Also in Yes to Carrots Cream Cleanser Glycerin is a neutral, sweet-tasting, colorless, thick liquid which freezes to a gummy paste and which has a high boiling point.

Isopropyl Myristate,

Also in Cyclax Oil of Evening Primrose Night Cream Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil used as an emollient, thickening agent, lubricant or moisturizer in beauty products 

Cucumis Sativus, 

It is derived from cucumber, it is known for its soothing and astringent effect. Its moisture binding, aids in removing dead skin cells and alleviates inflammations and irritants. It also tones and tightens skin.

Glyceryl Stearate, 

Also in Cyclax Oil of Evening Primrose Night Cream, and Yes to Carrots daily cream cleanser It is deriven from Palm Kernels It's small molecular structure enables it to penetrate the skin's surface easily and it helps in slowing the loss of water by forming a barrier that prevents evaporation. 

Parafin is derived from petroleum. For cosmetic use, this oil is refined to eliminate the carcinogenic aromatic hydrocarbons. Despite this, an analysis did find that “mineral oils used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes reveal the presence of several carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons

Cetearyl Alcohol,
Also in Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Cleanser cetyl alcohol helps pull moisture back into your skin. Cetyl alcohol also helps protect your skin by shielding it from irritation, such as wetness.

Also used in Cyclax oil of evening Primrose Night Cream Triethanolamine is s a strong alkaline substance used as surfactant and pH adjusting chemical.It adjusts and buffers the pH, and solubilises oils and other ingredients that are not completely soluble in water.Warning this chemical is known to be very harmful to both your lungs and your eyes by causing painful inflammation. it is safe to use as long as the exposure is very short as in a product that gets washed off. 


Tocopherol Acetate, (Vitamin E)

  • It protects the skin from environmental pollution
  • It has a protecting action against UV radiation – although it cannot be classed as a sunscreen
  • It is an excellent moisturizer It contains powerful anti-inflammatory action – and this prevents premature aging, as inflammatory conditions in the skin is a leading cause of skin aging
  • It has excellent wound healing properties

Benzyl Alcohol
Also in Cyclax Oil of Evening Primrose Night Cream, Benzyl alcohol is produced naturally in many plants, fruits (such as strawberries) and some essential oils (such as ylang ylang, hyacinth and jasmine). As it derives from aromatic material, it has an inherently pleasant scent.Benzyl alcohol functions by killing or preventing the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria, yeasts and moulds, and is ideal for emulsions 

This is a widely used preservative. In pure form or in high concentrations, methylchloroisothiazolinone can be a skin and membrane irritant or cause chemical burns. It should only be found in rinse off products.


Methylisothiazolinone (MIT) is becoming increasingly popular as a preservative to replace parabens. Even some products claiming to be certified organic use this preservative, as certain percentages of non-organic material is allowed by the USDA.
A great product will definitely repurchase, if i can find a store that sells it... it cost ¢2.99 which is quite reasonable, The only warning I would give is like all masks don't let it get in your eyes, the first time I used it happened and I almost came down with conjunctivitis. Maybe I will wear my boyfriends goggles the next time i do a face mask lol

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Olympians of the moment!

I am not a natural sports person, I wish I was, but I just never found a sport that I really loved, But nonetheless I still enjoy watching the olympics :) My favourite is the Athletics running races. But yesterday I found a new sport that i had never considered watching ever that has some serious eye candy...

Meet Teddy Riner from France!
Wow what a body! Talking of teddies, Last night me and my boyfriend went to see the other Teddy of the Moment Ted :)

Another athlete to watch out for is Chen Yi Bing, I think he's chinas hottest olympian at the moment lol