Skincare

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream

Biggest downfall of this product is it is not cheap 😥 but boy is it good!!!!. I got this about 2 months ago and its a mini travel size version (30ml) of the full thing which I think sells in both a 50ml size and a 70ml size. Now the cost of this product is, and I dare say it, 17 euros which is pretty pricey for a 30ml hand cream. However it is amazing and I’m going to tell you why 🙂

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Let’s start of with how cute the packaging is. This bottle is so small it literally fits into the palm of my hand. I love the plain white container, gives it a very classy look and the gold band around the lid adds a touch of expense to the products packaging. When I first opened this to try it, it was the smell that drew me. It smells like oranges and omg! does it smell good. Now I’m not normally a girl for fruit smelling things but this smell is so light and soft that its just irresistible.

The cream itself comes out white with a light orange hue from the tube. It applies beautiful even across the hands and doesn’t leave any greasy residue that you get with Lanolin based hand creams. Its fast absorbing, I found myself able to go about the house and touch things in a matter of seconds after applying the cream to my hands rather than having to wait a good five minutes for the cream to dry.

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Its especially useful for the summer months of the year when the weather is especially hot and the skin on the hands are the first thing to become dehydrated. So dry hands beware with this stuff cause it’s very hydrating and gives a sort of plumping effect to the palms and back of the hands when applied.

All in all this is a good hand cream to have. People who don’t like the smell of oranges may not like it as much as I have but if your looking for a good hand cream than this is a guaranteed product. I know the price is super pricey but like I said I’ve had it for 2 months now and I’m only half way through the tube so it does last a while if your up for the splurge. Will definitely be repurchasing this when I run out 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Skincare

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source

Way back around Christmas time I was invited to the Crabtree & Evelyn Feast party which was for the launch of all their Christmas gift sets. I was gifted in my goodie bag three of the Crabtree & Evelyn hand creams and one of them was the La Source hand cream which is probably one of my favourite scents that they make. I’m thinking I’m not the only one who likes it as Crabtree & Evelyn have released an entire collection of products based around the La Source scent and special ingredients. All La Source products have the Crabtree & Evelyn rejuvenating marine blend in them which makes for amazing hydrating and caring products.

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I was lucky enough to be sent three of the products from the newly released collection to try out and the first is definitely my favourite out of the lot, La Source Overnight Hand Therapy. This product is hugely loved by the UK beauty blogger Estee Lalonde and for good reason. It is a hand cream that is applied at night in order to repair any damage or wear and tear that the hands have suffered during the day. Because of the gorgeous scent it has it also helps lull me to sleep and is very relaxing and therapeutic to use.

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The consistence of it, as expected from an overnight hand cream, is very thick and buttery. I’ll be honest that it does feel very heavy upon initial application and that it does take a while for it to sink in. Please don’t use it until you’re 100% sure you’re going to sleep afterwards as the slip it gives won’t let you be able to use your phone or even really touch anything. Once it has sunk in however (i.e. the next morning) you are left with the most incredibly soft and velvety hands ever. I’ve also noticed that the nails do benefit from this hand cream also.

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The next product that I have is the La Source Foam Foot Soak crystals and I’ve only really used these once. They are amazing crystals that you pop into a 1/4 filled bath or even a small basin and they foam up to give you this amazing silky water that is great for relaxing tired feet. I ended up using one straight after one of my dinner parties that almost always have me standing up in heels for longer than required.

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The crystals come packaged individually in plastic packets. You get 5 packets in the box and you do need the entire pack for a proper foot soak. I would say these would be amazing to use if you have one of those at home foot spa machines. You would definitely get the best use out of them that way but I found in the bath worked the best for me.

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Last of the products that I have is the La Source Body Wash and to be frank there really isn’t anything special about this body wash. Yes the iconic scent of La Source is infused into it but it’s just a regular body wash in the end. You do get 250mls of product so it does last quite awhile and it did lather up beautifully when I used it. I do like it but I also like my cheapo Nivea body wash too. This retails for 15 pounds/17 euros so it isn’t cheap.

I should mention that these are available in all Arnotts stores here in Ireland and that the foot soak crystals are 12 pounds/15 euros and the overnight hand cream is 19 pounds/21 euros approx.

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

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✋Hand Mask!? 🤚

Face masks are something in this day and age that we use at least once if not twice a week. Sheet face masks have very recently become exceptionally popular due to Korean beauty trends. For those of you who don’t know what a sheet mask is it’s simply a pre-soaked lightweight fabric that can then be applied to the face for roughly 20 mins before peeling off. I, myself love sheet masks and have reviewed quite a few of them on my blog including very recently the  Beauty Belle Snow Algae Mask.

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Due to how popular face sheet masks have become, skincare brands, especially those that specialize in masks, have started releasing sheet masks for other areas of the skin such as under eye patches and lip masks and I’ll have upcoming posts and reviews for my favourites coming up soon. Most recently however I got sent a hand mask by the brand BeautyPro and after trying this out I really think more brands need to start making them.

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The mask comes as a single use sachet that contains two gloves, one for each hand. The glove is a dual layer, with the top layer being dry and the bottom layer being the pre-soaked light weight fabric. I was worried when I first got this hand mask that the gloves were going to be soaked and the moment I popped them on start dripping everywhere but because of the dual layers it doesn’t have that problem what so ever.

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The main ingredient in this mask is collagen and their really targeted for dry and worn out hands. I myself find my hands get dehydrated from consist use of detergent liquid when I’m doing the dishes as I don’t like to work with gloves on. The hand mask does feel cold when you go to insert your hand into it initially but then after a while the gel heats to your body temperature and begins to soak into the skin.

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An interesting feature of these gloves is that they’ve got removable fingertips to them meaning you can go on Twitter (@SooSoBeauty) or browse Instagram (SooSoBeauty) while the hand mask does it’s thing. The instructions state to leave them on for 20 mins but I honestly left them on longer. Totally recommend popping on an episode of your fav show and watching it while this mask is working.

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Afterwards my hands felt super soft and completely rehydrated and plump. Even my nails appearance improved if I’m honest. My only grip with it is that after you take the gloves off it does take around an hour or so for the excess to sink in. You can of course wait as I did or wash it off. Either way your left with the softest hands ever.

Let me know what masks you’ve recently tried so I can give them a go also!

-Talk Soon xx

Disclaimer: Some of the products featured on this site have been sent for review consideration by brand PR teams, however all opinions and comments are the authors. Any sponsored content (paid for product placement) will be clearly marked as such. All opinions remain the authors own, even when the content is sponsored.

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Crabtree & Evelyn Goodie Bag

If you’ve read my recent post all about the lovely night I had at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin for the Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas PR Event than you would know that at the end of that night I was gifted with a lovely gift bag from the girls at Rachel Dalton Communications. For this post I’m simply going to be going through the lovely box of hand creams that I got inside my gift bag.

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On the night of the event we had the pleasure of getting our hands massaged by the lovely Sinead (who works professionally as a hand massager…didn’t know there was such a job if I’m honest!) and she used the scent Gardener on my hands for my massage.

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The second scent in the set is called La Source and I found this to be quite light and refreshing almost as if they managed to capture the scents of the sea within the cream. Texture wise all three of the hand creams are the same. They only really differ with their scent and their outer packaging colour.

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Last of hand creams is Caribbean Island Wild Flowers and this is a floral scent that is lighter than Gardener but heavier than La Source in fragrance. I’m not a fan of this scent in all honesty but I will still use it because I love how hydrating these hand creams are however I find that if I use them throughout the day they can cause my hands to become overly slippey so I tend to only really used them at night, so they can soak in as I sleep.

I honesty had one of the nicest nights for the event, the food was great and the company even better! Though these are part of the Crabtree & Evelyn Christmas releases you can still purchase these hand creams individually.

-Talk Soon xx