Wednesday, January 25, 2017

'Multi-masking' With L'Oreal's Pure Clay Masks

There is nothing nicer after a long and stressful day, than coming in, wiping off every last scrap of makeup. Follow that with a face mask and a good book to read while said mask works its magic – and you’re really on to a winner.

For a long time, that was as sophisticated as my evening pampering routine got. That was, until I discovered the phenomenon which has swept the beauty world, know as “multi-masking”.

So, what is multi-masking? Well, it involves using a number of masks in different areas of the face, to target them more effectively. Aside from giving you the opportunity to get a little bit creative with a collage of masks on your face, since the vast majority of don’t have completely ‘normal’ skin, this is actually a trend which makes perfect sense.

I decided to give it a go myself with the L’Oreal Clay Masks. There are three masks altogether and I had originally only bought one but, after using it once, quickly took myself back to the shops to get the others. To give you a brief overview, there is;

§        The Detox Mask: The grey mask, which is designed to cleanse and clarify
§        The Purity Mask: The green mask, formulated to deeply purify and ‘mattify’ skin
§        The Glow Mask: The orange mask, made to brighten and exfoliate

Whereabouts you apply the masks depends on what help you need in what area. You’ve gotta #ClayYourWay!

I applied the Purity Mask first, around my forehead and T zone. I wouldn’t say that my skin is really oily, but if I had to name any places on my face that were a bit oilier than the rest, it would be those.

Next up, the Glow Mask because who doesn’t wanna glow? I put this across my cheeks in the hopes that when the mask was washed away I might end up with some vague natural highlight as it works to brighten skin.

Last up was the Detox Mask. This is designed to be in areas that may be congested, due to a makeup build up, for example. I used this across my chin and jawline but, in retrospect, should have also put some on my nose too!

I tend to leave masks on for a little longer than specified, so these were probably on for about fifteen minutes before I washed them off. When doing so, I noticed that the Glow Mask is made up of exfoliating beads that you can rub further into your skin to draw out the impurities.

With the masks removed and the renewed ability to move my facial muscles, I did notice that my skin felt smoother and more refreshed. The Detox Mask was definitely my favourite; it produced the best results and left my skin feeling deeply cleansed.

As far as multi-masking goes, I’m definitely a fan. Yes, it takes longer to apply and yes, you may resemble a bit of clown with random patches of colour all over your face, but it works. I love having the ability to engineer my face mask to ensure that my skin really looks its best.

If you haven’t tried it yet, I would certainly recommend it giving multi-masking a go. I really loved the L’Oreal masks here and I am looking forward to seeing how my skin improves using them on a regular basis.  


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

SOS: My Winter Skin Saviours featuring Eucerin*

There is no other time in the year where my skin takes quite as much of a battering, as it does in winter.

As the climate gets that bit chillier, humidity levels drop and the air becomes drier. We start to rely more heavily on the central heating and the combination of these two things, can be a real recipe for disaster for your skin, as it actively strips it of natural moisture, leaving it sensitive.

It’s always wise to step up your skincare routine when it gets bit colder and a little while ago, I was lucky enough to receive a fantastic package from Eucerin which allowed me to do just that.
Eucerin is not a brand that I was familiar with previously, but I love to try out new things. I also think it can be really positive, when reviewing, when you have no prior experience of a brand’s products. There is no existing loyalty to the brand and your feelings about the items you are using, isn’t clouded by any expectations you might have.

The key difference I feel with Eucerin, is that they are a dermatologist-recommended skin care brand. As naïve as it sounds, I get taken in by a lot of products because of the pretty packaging or the incredible scent, but with Eucerin, everything is stripped back to basics.

Their products are based on ‘honest skin science’ and specifically formulated to relieve itching and dryness, which are symptoms commonly associated with skin conditions such as eczema. The brand’s primary focus is healthy, radiant skin – which is certainly a priority for me too!

The products I have been using are below…

Eucerin AtoControl Bath & Shower Oil (£15)  
The brand’s self-proclaimed ‘star product’ just happens to also be one of my favourites. When you step out of the shower in winter, there is nothing I want to do less than stand around moisturising. With this little gem, I don’t have to.
I use this as an in-shower moisturiser, just slathering it on, leaving it for a few seconds and thoroughly washing it off. The formula is reasonably thick and 50% of it is made up of Omega oils and other natural oils. It works to soothe skin, relieving dryness and itching and renders out of shower moisturising completely uneccessary!

Eucerin Intensive Foot Cream (£11 - currently on offer at £8.25 in Boots)
I can’t even tell you how many different foot creams I have bought in the past, all claiming to be fantastic. This is the only one which actually is.
Flip flop has long gone – apparently along with any motivation to keep my feet looking fabulous. I put this on the evenings before bed and then wear socks to sleep in, as it is quite an oily formula.
In the morning, even from the first use, my feet felt so moisturised and soft. Using this regularly, hard skin is a problem of the past. It certainly gets a recommendation from me!

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm (£9 - currently on offer at £6.75 in Boots)
While the condition of my skin does generally deteriorate in the cold, I am lucky in the sense that I still don’t tend to suffer with specific flare ups. This was one of my lesser used products, but it’s good nonetheless.
The balm is for use on very dry or cracked skin and creates a protective barrier that allows a passage of water vapour. When I have been out in the cold all day, I use this around my nose, which I find does get quite dry and can feel tight. I’ve found this to be really soothing; it supports skin’s regeneration while relieving any itchiness.

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream – Day and Night (£11)
It’s good to get into a proper routine with a day and night cream. The Eucerin day cream can be used in the morning on the face and neck after cleansing and it can be worn under makeup – or after shaving if you’re a male reader!
The night cream is a slightly thicker and greasier formula; I am forever flicking my fringe out of my face after applying so my hair doesn’t get greasy! It’s a bit more ‘hard-hitting’ and it really does revive dry skin.

Eucerin AtoControl Face Care Cream (£12)
Designed for daily use, this is an oil-in-water care cream which is made up of 12% Omega and contains licorice extract to soothe Atopic skin (skin inflammation).
This is a really versatile product which can be used morning or evening, after cleansing. Formulate with evening primrose oil, it really helps to support the skin's natural protective barrier. I've read that it can also be used as a base for under makeup. I haven’t used it in this way yet – but I certainly will!

I am so pleased to have been introduced to this fantastic brand; the products here have become firm favourites of mine. At the moment, you can pick up a lot of the items featured in this blog post are currently on offer at Boots - so you can grab the goodies for an absolute bargain. Find it here.

*This post features PR samples.