The Skincare #42: Biologique Recherche Rave Round II

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

I've said it before and I'll say it again, I hold my hands up and confess, I'm a skincare addict! Shopping is a sport right?  I'm on first name terms with the girls in Space NK, a quick glance of my browsing history will tell you that I buy from Cult Beauty an unspeakable amount of times and I love trying new products and discovering new brands.  That being said there is one brand that I have remained loyal to since I first tried it Biologique Recherche

My introduction to all things BR was thanks to Caroline Hirons.  If this website is not currently saved to your favourites, where have you been?  For she is the skincare guru.  I started with the Lotion P50V which is slightly more gentle for newbies or sensitive skins and now I use the original Lotion P50.  The formula has changed and it no longer contains phenol which is what I think particularly worked for me but I still love, love love this product. While I have quite collection of toners/lotions and use different ones depending on my skin that day, I will always have this exfoliating saviour in my skincare stash.

The latest addition to my complexion collections is their Creme Dermopurifante.  Designed for oily/combinations skins, while this looks like a rich butter it has a super light texture, that works well under makeup.  It absorbs easily into this skin and moisturises while giving a shine free finish.  When it comes to day creams, I have never really found The One but this could be a contender.

Not the easiest of brands to get a hold of, I buy mine from Sanctum Clinic Dublin and not the cheapest either but all in the name of beauty eh?

The Shopping #26: Whistles & Topshop

Sunday, 13 April 2014

This post is just another fine example of why I could never ever be a fashion blogger.  Kudos to them! Besides my inability to pose any way other than awkward (ruining photos since 1990!) I literally live in boots, skinny jeans and tops and today's post features items purchased to add colour (yes, this is colour) to my mostly black wardrobe...

First up I took advantage of the 25% discount code for Whistles that was recently in Grazia and snapped up this grey jumper and while I'm more of a Mary Poppins-esque everything-including-the-kitchen-skin bag kinda girl I couldn't resist adding the Small Shiny Croc Clutch to my basket. Annoyingly, I can no longer find the sweater on the Whistles site but they have lots of similar styles and I really love this one!  

Then because I was obviously feeling wild that day, I thought I would go mad and add yet more ahem colour to my collection and bought another grey jumper...hey, I'm nothing if not consistent!  I picked up this LA Patch Sweater from Topshop.

I think these additions will work wells with my black coat, black skinny jeans and black boots, no? What have you been buying recently, did you use the Grazia/Whistles voucher?

The Skincare #41: Crème De La Mer - The Tonic

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Toners have always played a part in my skincare routine as this recent post will attest to.  While I'm no stranger to oil absorbing or exfoliating toners, it is only recently that I have added more hydrating ones into the mix.  And it was the search for such a toner that lead me to a LA Mer counter and purchasing the Crème De La Mer - The Tonic.

With a blend of marine rich ingredients, the tonic refreshes and tones the skin after cleansing.  My cheeks can be prone to redness but this feels soothing and calming on the skin.  Its hydrating formula leaves my skin feeling soft and supple and works wonders on any dehydrated areas.

I've tried a few things from La Mer previously and not all have blown me away but while I'm not completely sold on it's revitalising claims but I'm really impressed with this so far.  Also, it is very refreshing on the skin.  I can't wait to use this when (if) the weather gets warmer.

I bought mine from Brown Thomas but you can also find La Mer in Harvey Nichols Dundrum. Extremely spendy, but can you really put a price on glowing skin?  (Yes, I could justify almost any purchase!)

The Fragrance #6: Escentric Molecules, Molecule 01

Monday, 7 April 2014

While I might be some what of a lipstick floozy, I'm not really a sucker for scents loyal to Tom Ford Black Orchid year round.  I tend to go for more woody, musky fragrances which is why I'm so surprised at how much I love Escentric Molecules, Molecule 01.  I bought this on a whim after really many (some hilarious) reviews which piqued my curiosity and spotting it in Harvey Nichols.

You can see from the picture how much I've used in a matter of weeks.  Love at first spritz.  Containing only one fragrance molecule, this dries down to a subtle yet sultry scent.  I can't describe it other than your skin but better perhaps?  If you come across this, I suggest having a little sniff sesh for yourself.  As there is only one fragrance molecule, its simplicity means that it's a great pick for layering. While I can't always smell this strongly on myself.  Longevity is impressive too.  I apply this in the morning and the soft scent lingers all day and I always catch traces of it on my coat/scarf etc. days later.

I bought mine from Harvey Nichols but Escentric Molecules is available from Cult Beauty too.  While I haven't had any crazy experiences (I feel a bit cheated...) I always receive compliments when wearing this.  I have the travel refill size and there are larger versions too.  One of which I'm definitely going to pick up once this runs out.