Skincare

­čŤź Urban Veda Radiance Travel Set ­čŤČ

I’m going to refer you guys back to my Urban Veda Launch Event┬áblog post as this post is about the lovely travel set that I received in my goodie bag. The travel set has three 50ml bottles of Body Wash, Body Scrub and Body Lotion and they come in a beautiful canvas bag.┬áI think the bag is a nice touch as once your finished with the products you can definitely use it to store other products or like me jewellery. The set that I got is from the Radiance line but you can get the same travel set in the other three ranges as well depending on what scent you prefer and what you think is good for your skin.

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Though the bottles look small you do get a good sized amount of product in them. I also found that you really don’t need a lot of it to get the desired effect with each of them. The body wash, I personally only use a pea sized amount. The same goes for the scrub but I use 2 pea sizes, one for each leg (I only use body scrubs on my legs). The body lotion is probably the one that will be used up the fastest.

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With regards to the body wash I found it to lather amazingly. The scent of all these bottles is amazing. The key ingredient in the Radiance line from Urban Veda is Turmeric and true to the name this makes the skin brighter and more radiant after use.

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The body scrub is probably my favourite item from this set. It has almost a gel like texture to it which makes it very moisturising in my opinion. The actual scrubby pieces aren’t harsh but at the same time they do exfoliate.

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The body lotion is probably my least favourite and t’s not because I think it’s not good. It is. The texture is nice and light and I found it to absorb super quick into the skin. My only issue is that it’s scent lingers longer than I would like. The range smells amazing don’t get me wrong it’s just when it comes to body lotion I like the scent of to only be there while I’m applying it and then for it to dissipate. This one doesn’t and I found it to mix in with my perfume which isn’t very pleasant.

The Urban Veda range is available to purchase from all Shaws Department stores here in Ireland and for International readers you guys can get it via their website.

-Talk Soon xx

Skincare

A little “Mini” Review

A while back ago I attended the Urban Veda Launch Event in Shaws Department stores in Waterford City. As part of that event I got given a few products to try out, each from one of their different ranges. Urban Veda has a total of four different ranges, and each range is targeted towards a specific skin concern or type.

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The first of the ranges is the Soothing range which is for normal skin types but I personally think it can be used on all skin types. I was given both the Daily Facial Wash and the Exfoliating Facial Polish. Out of the two I would say I much prefer the facial wash. I found it a lot more hydrating on the skin and that it left no residue. The exfoliating polish is nice but I personally found it slightly abrasive on my skin. Also because it has a cream texture it did leave a bit of a residue. If you use the toner from the range after it, it will get rid of the residue but I found that with the facial wash that without having to use the toner I got no residue left behind.

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I also received two┬áday creams, and the first one is from their Radiance range which uses Turmeric as the active ingredient in order to brighten the complexion. I have to say I wasn’t the biggest fan of the scent of this moisturiser, it was slightly a bit over powering for me. That said though it is an amazing moisturiser if your looking to get skin looking nice and dewy. This is also a great choice if your looking for a moisturiser for under makeup.

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On the day I also received the Radiance Travel Set which I shall have a review on soon so stay tuned for that.

-Talk Soon xx

Primer

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer

Primer is a product that I cannot go a day without using. I wear it even when I don’t plan on putting anything else on my face. It helps even out my pores and skin tone in one easy and simple step. Most of the primers that I use are very silicone based and I generally like them with that texture. My favourites are the L’oreal Mattifying Primer and the Clarins Instant Light primer. Recently I was sent the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair primer to try out.

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The main selling point with this primer is that it’s meant to brighten the skin whilst helping with the appearance of pores and fine wrinkles. So it does have some anti-ageing benefits to it too. The texture of it is very cream based though it does have a slight silicone feel to it once it dries down on the skin. I found that my skin did look illuminated when I applied this as it does have a slight golden tint to it.

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I liked how it absorbed into the skin, it felt a bit like a lightweight moisturiser if I’m honest. The only real issue I had with this primer was the scent of it. Jane Iredale claims that the “Light, fresh fragrance will lift your mood” however I found it to be very overpowering and heavy. For a brand that caters to sensitive skin, I’m not entirely sure how this product will react on sensitive skin to be honest.

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The best thing about this product has to be that it can be worn alone and still give you a nice fresh illuminated look to your skin. I personally have been reaching for it almost every single day especially on the days when I don’t want to wear any makeup at all. A tube of this primer contains approx. 50mls of product and retails for 46 euros.

-Talk Soon xx

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Skincare

Beauty Belle Eye Masks

I have to say that after I had tried the Beauty Belle Snow Algae Mask on my skin and seen how much of an improvement it has made it to, I couldn’t wait to try out their Timeless Truth Bio Cellulose Eye Mask. This mask has only to claims to it in that it’s supposed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and make your under eye area look more radiant. When it comes to under eye masks I tend to only really use them before I have to apply on a heavy makeup look as they tend to ensure my under eye area doesn’t crease. I recently had a friends birthday so I thought t was about time I put these to the test.

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Like all sheet masks and eye masks, this also comes in the traditional single use sachet packaging. I like the gold tone that they used for the colour scheme, it gives this product a very high-end feel to it. Inside the packet you receive the pre-soaked eye patches inside a nice plastic try.

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The patches themselves are your typical kidney shaped patches that fit perfectly under the eye area. I found these very cooling and hydrating on the skin when I first applied them. I left them on for roughly 20 minutes and afterwards my undereye definitely felt plumper and more hydrated. Any fine lines that I had were highly minimised and even some of the darkness of my dark circles was reduced. Very Impressed!

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The fabric of these patches is slightly thicker than any of the other eye patches that I normally use and to be honest that just made me like these all the more. A packet of these retails for 4.47 euros a packet and is available via the Beauty Belle website which I have linked below.

-Talk Soon xx

Beauty Belle Website

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Skincare

­čî┐Artistry Essentials Range ­čî┐

There is nothing worse in the hot months of Spring and Summer than having a heavy layer of product on your skin. A lot of people, myself included like to switch up both their makeup products and their skincare products for items that feel lighter and more breathable on the skin for the warmer weather. Recently I was lucky enough to be sent the Artistry Essentials Range at just the right time of my own personal skincare switch out so it was the perfect time for me to try and test them out.

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There are a total of four products within this collection of skincare and I was sent three of them. The first of the products is a gel cleanser and this is actually a 2-in-1 product in that you don’t have to use a separate toner afterwards. I found that this product worked great at cleaning bare faced skin however when using it for removing makeup it didn’t quite get the job done. It doesn’t leave any residue behind, so true to it’s 2-in-1 claim it doesn’t need a toner afterwards. I absolutely love the green, spring inspired packaging of these products but I will say I don’t like the smell of them.

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All these products use both Aloe Vera and Cucumber extract as their main ingredients. The light lotion is absolutely amazing in my opinion as a pre-makeup moisturiser. It’s so light and cooling on the skin. It absorbs super quick into the skin and leaves behind a very hydrated surface which works great under makeup. I love that this is a tube with a pump as this packaging style ensures that all the product gets used up.

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Weirdly my favourite product from the range is the wipes! Normally I hate wipes & use them only for those nights when I’m super tired or just to clean up makeup mistakes. They always make me breakout and for a normal/combo skin girl that is saying something-I never breakout! But something about these wipes is different to regular wipes. For one their not as wet and over saturated as most wipes tend to be. They have a very dry texture to them but nothing that is uncomfortable on the skin. They remove makeup beautifully & they have never broken me out once. Huge lover & definitely going to be repurchasing.

All of these Artistry products are going to be available from the Amway Ireland website from April 24th. The gel cleanser retails for 19.95 eurso, light lotion for 24.55 euros & the wipes are 10.50 euros.

-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.

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

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Skincare

Environ Youth Essential Eye Gel

For reference before I begin this review I thought I should mention that I have combination skin that is a mixture of normal/oily (it gets oily in my t-zone around the summer) and that I don’t suffer from any major skin concerns and I know I’m lucky because of that. I’m in my mid-twenty’s and because age is a bummer I’ve started to have really small fine lines and pores appear round my eye area and a few insignificant lines around my mouth from laughing but I actually like those. My skincare regimen consists of your basic cleanser, toner, serum/moisturiser with the odd mask thrown in during the week. What’s missing…? An Eye product!

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The main reason why I skimp on the eye products is because I find most of them to really be heavy and thick. I really don’t like to feel anything around my eye area because I naturally have very sensitive eyes. The great thing about the Environ Youth EssentiA is that it’s actually an eye gel and the consistence of it is very much like water.

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The eye gel comes in a 10 ml silver tube that has a clear slit window on the side in order for you to be able to see how much is left and when your almost out. The tube also has a pump dispenser which I love as it reduces the risk of bacterial contamination. Upon initial application of the eye gel, I did experience a slight tingling sensation but not too overboard and it faded after a few seconds to a nice cooling effect.

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The gel does come out of the tube a milky white shade but it does go onto the skin clear with a slight shiny film to it. I did find it to sink in quickly but it did leave a tacky residue on the skin. This goes away the minute you apply moisturiser over top. Always apply moisturiser after any eye product in order to allow the eye product to penetrate the eye skin sufficiently.

All in all I was very happy with this eye gel, the consistency of┬áit is nice and light. I haven’t experience any irritation or sensitivity with┬áit whatsoever and it absorbs into the skin quickly. Definitely recommend┬áas a purchase if your looking to invest in a new eye cream.

-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.