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#PamperWeekend: Nakin Skincare

This is going to be part eight and the last post of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

For todays post I’m going to be focusing on the skincare brand Nakin which is a natural anti-aging brand that is great for those of us who are looking for a bit more from their skincare but don’t want the commitment of using those super expensive and very thick creams.

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From the Nakin Skincare range I have both their Performance Face Serum and their Eye Complex and both of these in my opinion are great products. The serum, if I was to compare it to some of my other serums such as the Clarins HydraSmooth and the HollyBerry Hyaluronic Serum, wouldn’t be considered my favourite but that’s not to say this isn’t a good serum because it is.

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It’s probably obvious from the images that the consistency of this serum is that of a cream. It is super lightweight and absorbs almost instantly into the skin. If you do massage this in with your fingertips, especially using upward motions, it does give of a bit of a milky texture making it even more luxurious feeling on the skin.

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The packaging of it, as with the corresponding eye cream, is basic and simple-almost clean looking to a point. I like that it has a pump applicator, and that one pump is more than sufficient to use across the entire face (pump and a half for both the face and neck). Scent wise it’s very organic with a slight floral undertone to the cream but it definitely isn’t offensive and it goes away the minute it’s absorbed into the skin.

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I have to say if I had to choose between the two Nakin Skincare products that I have on which one I like better, it would have to be the eye complex. I have started using this instead of my Environ Youth Essential Eye Gel and to be honest I think I like this better than that one.

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It doesn’t have any of the stickiness/tacky residue that the Environ one did and I also found this one absorbed much quicker than that one too. I didn’t however experience any cooling effect with this one like I do with the Environ but I say if I put in the effort and actually bothered to pop this into the fridge than that issue would be sorted (the environ one comes in a metal tube which is why it’s always cold without a fridge).

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With regards to fine lines and my dark circles, I did feel that they were pushed back and have become less noticeable by using this. For future use I probably will keep this as my morning eye cream because it’s lighter and quicker to absorb into the skin and the Environ one for the evening.

All of the Nakin Skincare products are available to purchase from their website which I have linked below in case any of you are interested 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Nakin Skincare Website

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#PamperWeekend: Hollyberry Skincare

This is going to be part seven of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

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Today’s post features some amazing products from the brand HollyBerry which is a cruelty free family owned skincare brand. It focuses on using ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid to promote flawless skin. The first product I actually have to show you guys from them is their Hyaluronic acid and vitamin C serum.

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This serum comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a pipette/dropper style dispenser to it. Texture wise I absolutely love this serum as it’s nice and light and unlike most serums it doesn’t create a tacky finish after it’s applied. The bottle is also dark glass which delights me as it’s well known that Vitamin C degrades with light.

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It is recommended that this serum be used both morning and night however I have been using it basically anytime I’ve felt that my skin needs a shot of hydration. I always follow up afterwards with a moisturiser and have been using my L’oreal HydraBoost which I featured in my last #PamperWeekend post.

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I received the Hollyberry Clay Mask which I didn’t like as much as the serum if I’m honest. This product only uses one ingredient and I personally found that it didn’t really do much for my skin. The way this mask is used is that you mix a small amount of it either with water or a serum that is very liquid based.

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It goes on very wet  and as it dries, it tends to go hard and tight which is great for giving you a temporary face lift but not anything else. I’ve been using this for roughly 3 weeks now, twice a week. It’s nice if your looking for something to pop on with girlfriends or just to relax but if your looking for benefits when it comes to your masks than I don’t recommend this.

All of these products can be purchases from the HollyBerry Website which I shall link below. The serum as far as I know costs 12 pounds which is roughly 14 euros and the mask is roughly the same.

-Talk Soon xx

Hollyberry Website

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#PamperWeekend: L’oreal Hydra Genius Moisturiser

This is going to be part six of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

I hope everyone has been enjoying my new series so far but you can probably tell from it that I haven’t been having the best of luck with skincare in terms of moisturiser. Both the Urban Veda Purifying Moisturiser and the Environ Avst 1 Moisturiser were too thick for my skin and felt very greasy.

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Recently while browsing the many aisles of Boots, I noticed that L’oreal Paris was after releasing a new moisturiser called Hydra Genius. Now this moisturiser has the words normal/combination skin so I thought it would be great to try out a moisturiser that was specifically designed for my skin type.

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It was probably the best idea I’d ever had as I absolutely love this moisturiser and the way it feels on my skin. The packaging of it is this super sleek and very elegant glass bottle that has a pump dispenser to it. The colour of it is this lovely turquoise blue that is very eye-catching and looks super pretty on ones vanity.

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The texture of this moisturiser is more of a gel than a cream. It uses Aloe Vera Water as it’s main ingredient so you can imagine how cooling and hydrating it is on the skin. You can use this moisturiser both morning and night but I personally have been using it at night instead of the Urban Veda one. The main reason for this is that it does have a slightly tacky feel to it once it dries down which I find really bothersome throughout the day. Asleep I honestly don’t care how it feels as long as there’s no residue in the morning and with this moisturiser there isn’t.

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I highly recommend this moisturiser not just for normal/combo skin but for those who have both dry and oily skin as its so light and refreshing I think it would work for both. Price wise it’s mid range coming in at around 13 euros however I got it with it’s introductory price of 8.49 euros.

-Talk Soon xx

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#PamperWeekend: Ko•To•Ha London

This is going to be part five of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

Ko•To•Ha London is a relatively new skincare brand that has only really been on the market for roughly two years. It’s a natural organic brand which means it only uses natural based ingredients in it’s products. Most of it’s ingredients are herbal and are obtained via the far east.  For me, this is the first time I’ve ever tried anything from this brand and I thought it would be a good idea to include it as part of my #PamperWeekend series as some of these products are absolutely amazing to use.

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These first two products are actually hair products in that they are shampoo and conditioner. I have to say these are probably my favourite products out of the ones I own. Both the shampoo and conditioner use Tsubaki and Argan Oil as their active ingredients. The shampoo has a very oil like consistency to it, that if I’m honest had me worried at first that it would cause my hair to get oily too quickly after washing but it doesn’t. Instead it’s actually very hydrating and nourishing for the scalp. Because of it’s texture it doesn’t lather as much as other shampoos but the lather it does create is sufficient enough to clean the hair. I also found that my hair looked a lot more shiny afterwards and I think that’s probably because of the Argan Oil in it.

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The matching conditioner has a completely different texture and consistency to it in that it’s more like your average cream conditioner. I only ever use conditioner on the ends of my hair as applying it to the scalp causes my hair to get oily the very next day (normally I get oily on 3rd day hair). I like this conditioner and I think it works great with the shampoo, I just don’t think it’s anything special. The shampoo is definitely something unique to this brand but the conditioner for me, I found comparable to your basic conditioner that you can get from your local supermarket.

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The Moist Water from Ko•To•Ha London has a very misleading name to it in that I was expecting this to be a water spray similar to the Caudalie Hydrating Mist or La Roche Posay Zerosinc but it’s actual a toner. Probably the nastiest smelling toner I’ve ever used too but that said my skin absolutely loves this stuff. It’s so cooling and whenever I wipe it across my skin it absorbs almost instantly like my skin is craving for another swipe. I’ve actually decanted some of this into a little spray bottle and have taken to misting my face with it throughout the day because it’s just that good.

SAM_3256As a beauty junkie I am a huge fan of serums as they can be sometimes doubled up as primers under foundation. The Ko•To•Ha London Rejuvenation Serum is a great example of that. It has the consistency of milky water and when it’s rubbed into the skin it creates a lovely hydrating tacky surface that is perfect for layering your foundation/bb cream/tinted moisturiser over it.

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Last product from this brand is probably the only one I didn’t like and it’s their Olive and Coconut hand cream. This is a very very very thick hand cream and one I would only subject to using at night directly before bed. I would have been okay with doing that if it wasn’t for the super over powering smell of it. It smells of olives as you can guess but it’s a very artificial scent that just didn’t work for me so this product, for me anyways, is a pass.

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From this brand I would definitely have to say that both the shampoo and the moist water toner are must haves and I totally recommend them. The conditioner and the serum I also love but I think both these products can be found in other brands and possibly with a lower price tag.

-Talk Soon xx

Ko•To•Ha London Website

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#PamperWeekend: Environ Essential Vit A Moisturiser

This is going to be part four of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

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It’s very rare that I come across a moisturiser that I don’t like simply because I have normal/combo skin so I don’t tend to have major problems with my skin other than the odd breakout (which tends to be hormone related 99% of the time). I’ve found one and it comes in the form of the Environ Essential AVST 1 Moisturiser. This moisturiser claims to be super hydrating on the skin whilst being lightweight. It states that it reduces fine lines and improves the appearance of the skin.

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That’s all good and well but in my opinion and on my skin it didn’t do that. Texture wise this moisturiser was very thick in consistency and I found that it took forever to soak into my skin. It was hydrating but it left behind so much greasy residue when applied that I just didn’t find it pleasant to apply. Under foundation, it turned even the most matte foundation I have into an over-dewy mess making me look like a grease ball at the end of the day.

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This moisturiser does come with a pump so I do give it points for it’s packaging. With regards to the reducing fine lines, I found my little lines around my eyes to still be the same after using this for a month. I recommend if you want a product for that purpose to try out their Environ Youth Essential Eye Gel which I love.

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This product retails for 49 euros and for a price tag that high I personally expected more. Now that I’m finished testing it for this review I don’t find myself reaching for it ever and that just shows me how much this product just didn’t work for me. Maybe dry skin gals may like it 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

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#PamperWeekend: Urban Veda Purifying Range

This is going to be part three of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

A while back go I received a very generous package from the brand Urban Veda which is a brand that newly launched in Ireland back in April. I featured what was in this package over on my Instagram (@SooSoBeauty) but in case you didn’t catch that pic, the package contained a few products from their Purifying range. Urban Veda works by giving you a questionnaire to fill out where it basically ask you questions based on your skin concerns. The results of your questionnaire is then the range you should use from Urban Veda. Because I have normal/combo skin I can use both the Soothing Range and the Purifying. I explain this better in my Urban Veda Launch Event post.

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The active ingredient for the Urban Veda purifying range is Neem and this definitely comes across in the facial wash as the scent is one of the nicest things about this product. I have been using this cleanser every single night before going to bed as my night-time cleanser. It’s got a gel formulation to it so it’s perfect for breaking down makeup and making sure the skin feels nice and clean. The gel itself does have a slightly milky green shade to it  and it lathers up beautifully when water is added. The Neem scent I found works a bit like lavender before bed, in that it kinda relaxes me and gets me ready to pop into bed and straight to sleep.

SAM_2905I was also sent the toner from the range and as you guys can expect I have been using this in conjunction with the facial wash. I pop a little of it onto a small cotton pad and give my face a quick swipe all over. I found that this does have a slight tingling effect to it especially when you apply it straight after your facial wash. The scent of it is no where near as strong as the wash either. The consistency is that that of water but because of the packaging and the way the nozzle is set there is no risk of you overloading your cotton pad with too much product.

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The last product in my package was the day cream and to be honest this wasn’t my favourite. It’s a good cream don’t get me wrong but I personally found it a bit too thick to use especially for the daytime. As a result I’ve been popping it on straight before bed and because there’s no SPF in it you can use it at night fine.

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The cream itself has almost a whipped texture to it and when applied onto the skin it does feel nice and hydrating. It even has a slight cooling sensation to it. My only issue was that it took forever to skin into the skin and like I said because of that I felt it was a bit thick and heavy for me personally. Under makeup, for me, I just ended up super shiny especially in my t-zone where I have oily skin.

I still totally recommend this range especially if you like nice uplifting and slightly herbal scents. I would just pass on the day cream if your not a fan of heavy creams.

-Talk Soon xx

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#PamperWeekend: Hey Honey 🐝 🍯

This is going to be part two of the my ongoing series #PamperWeekend where I basically show you all the amazing skincare products that I have been loving recently. Make sure to tweet me using the hashtag all the products you’ve been loving too so that I can get some more inspiration.

Recently a new brand has hit the Irish market called Hey Honey and it’s a skincare brand that relies on, you guessed it, honey as it’s active ingredient. One major flaw when it comes to this brand is that if you have an allergy to honey -stay clear of it. Other than that I think I’m in love.

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First of the products that I have is their Hey Honey Don’t Miss A Spot Propolis Cleansing Foam. Now I have been recently using the Lancôme Aura Miralis cleanser which is also a honey based cleanser but if I was to compare the two I think they each have a different purpose. This cleanser I think is an amazing morning wash, especially because it’s got such a gentle and soft scent and foam to it that it really awakens the complexion.

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The Lancôme one I think is more suited for the removal of makeup because of how thick a texture it has as it’s more a gel cleanser whereas this one is a foam. You can definitely team the two of them up and use this one as a second cleanse cleanser. The foam itself isn’t super foamy though it does build up to a nice lather when rubbing into the face even if you’ve applied it on dry skin. Definitely love this cleanser and I’ve popped it aside to take on holidays with me as I think it’s a nice one to use when your feeling overly sweaty in hot weather.

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The second product that I have is the Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum and this is a must have product. I rarely tell people to go out and purchase an expensive product probably because I worry if they don’t like it’ll be on me but this is one of those products that I personally think everyone needs in their stash.

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Though it’s marketed as a serum, I personally love using it as a primer under my foundation. Because of it’s slightly tacky texture when it dries, it helps the foundation go on super smoothly. If you do want to use this as a serum and not a primer-the tackiness isn’t super sticky and can be gotten rid f by popping a good moisturiser over it.

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Both of these product have pumps so they get extra brownie points from me for that. The only real store that I’ve seen these in is Shaws Departments but you can of course purchase from their website which I shall link below.

-Talk Soon xx

Hey Honey Website

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