What I tried this week

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream

 I’ve gotten very paranoid about the old wrinkles. Apart from them being a natural result of aging, I am very expressive; anyone who knows me knows I like to laugh, smile and talk all the time and I am paying for that now, particularly on my forehead but also around that delicate eye area.

This new eye-cream promised to slow the ticking, so not quite shut me up but slow the skin down! It promises to visibly lift, brighten and reduce puffiness, with ingredients such as pomegranate fruit, green tea and alfalfa as well as the Liz Earle botanical blend of rosehip, borage and cranberry seed oils.  I found the results instant and while it’s not a magic potion, I was happy that it did all it promised. Nothing substitutes a good and restful night’s sleep but this did go a long way towards reducing the puffiness created by a bad or short night’s sleep and did reduce the appearance of fine lines, however short term. You only need to use the tiniest amount so it lasts for ages, so is well worth the €46. As with all eye creams be very gentle, it claims to be suitable for all skin types, even sensitive and I would agree (I have dry/sensitive skin) and I think everyone’s eye area should be treated as sensitive. Apply twice daily, after cleansing and before your serum or night cream.

Shiseido IBUKI Beauty Sleeping Mask

I love masks and I love moisture; I am brutal at remembering to drink enough water but great at applying moisturising face products. This is a new and luxury product that you apply before you to bed. It promises to visibly correct dullness and tired looking skin, which was a perfect offer for me.

 It’s described as an overnight leave-on gel mask that contains condensed vitamin capsules leaving skin looking and feeling refreshed and promises to correct imperfections and resist future problems. Due to the overnight bit I hung on until I was going to wash my hair the next day, in case it sat on my face, ended up on the pillow and in the gruaig! My fears were unfounded; it sunk in to the skin very quickly and left no greasy residue. It claims to leave the skin radiant, dewy and well-rested and it really did leave it feeling and looking better and nicely moisturised. I also used it on a night when I looked particularly knackered and the combination of a good night sleep and this product certainly improved the appearance of my skin. The gel texture is a bit weird and it was hard to know how much to use, but you get used to it. I love the Shiseido brand in general and this is another fab product. The price point is on the higher end of the scale at €46 and we will be doing a post that will include lower cost masks very soon.


Kerastese Resistance Masque Therapiste 

I am a huge Kerastese fan and use their masks every time I wash my hair, so I have tried them all. I have a lot of hair, fairly long, pretty thick and a lot of highlights, so I take really good care of it. The highlights naturally cause damage and a lot of tangles and, with it being long, it needs to be well minded, so where possible I avoid straighteners and use lots of treatments. I found this one excellent for my hair, one of the best yet. It is a heavy product though, so not suitable for fine hair; if you have fine hair that’s quite damaged perhaps the Masque Force Architecte would work for you, and every second or third wash. I use that one too. People like to comb through a treatment before rinsing out but it’s actually better to emulsify and leave it on for a couple of minutes before rinsing, it will be easier to comb out this way. You also only need the smallest amount of any of these masks, picture what you think you need and halve it. So, it might seem pricey at €35.50, but it lasts ages.  It smells amazing and leaves my hair smooth, shiny and does improve the appearance of damage.

Already tried and tested

Estée Lauder Double Wear Light – Intensity 2.0 SPF 10

People are always asking me which foundation I use and as I needed to buy it this week I thought I would include it here. I like good coverage and need a foundation that lasts all day – my day starts at 6am and can often go on until well into the evening. I also have pretty dry skin so medium coverage that’s not drying is very hard to find. I think this is a hard-working foundation, gives an amazing coverage without the heaviness of Estée Lauder Double Wear. It’s good enough for TV appearances without the look of it and it’s completely buildable so you can keep a light and dewy coverage or a build fuller coverage if you like. If I apply it with a good primer and powder first thing, it only needs some powder to touch up throughout the day. At €38 it won’t break the bank and the bottle is plastic not glass so you can get all the product out of it.

Claire x

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