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Elemis Skincare Products Review!

Sawubona!

(That’s Hello in Zulu, in case you were thinking I’v gone mad)

So I have gone on a little Elemis craze. I work with Elemis in the spa I work in, so I am pretty involved with all the products and how they work. But last week I treated myself to a few products of my own and I am working on building up my collection so I am going to be using just Elemis!

I only picked up 2 skin care items, but they came with a free gift that day so I will be reviewing those goodies too!

Bare in mind these products are high end, but are on the cheaper end of the scale so don’t be turned off by the prices just yet!

So get scrolling and reading sista!

#1 Rosepetal Rehydrating Cleanser

I have very tempermental skin. One day it is dry as the Sahara and the next I am as oily as if I had been working in a chip van all night! Lately my skin has been on the drier side with flakey bits around my nose (I blame my old cheap moisturiser – I won’t name and shame right now) so I figured the rehydrating cleanser would be the best option.

I comes in a 250 ml bottle and a pump action top which dispenses just the right amount of product in one pump. The product itself is rich and might be too rich for people borderline oily/dry skin. It really does say exactly what it intends to do – rehydrate.

My skin has improved leaps and bounds since I started using it twice a day for only a week now! I still get a bit dry if I cleanse my face too soon before bed or if I don’t cleanse it right when I wake up, but the minute I do cleanse, the dryness is completely gone!

Another thing to note about Elemis is that they are 100% natural. No nasty alcohols or chemicals that will irritate your skin, and they are a company that research their products, they don’t just slap on a name to a product they didn’t make.

This did cost me €27.00 , which is a little bit more expensive than I usually paid, but I do think it is well worth it!

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#2 Skin Buff Exfoliator

Let me start by saying, this exfoliator is a MUST for every woman/girl/lady with congested, clogged, dull skin. This is a very fine exfoliator that is not like the typical large grained ones. I suffer from very congested and dull skin and this brings life and colour to it from just one exfoliate!

I like to use this twice a week, on dry cleansed skin. It is a little drying so you have to make sure you moisturise after, and it is a bit of a pain to take off as the grains are so tiny they stick everywhere! A good splash of water takes it off just fine though, and you have to be sure to wash your hands well as the grains stay in between your fingers and you end up getting it in your eyes throughout the day! Not fun!

It comes in a 50ml bottle, which may not seem like a lot, but when you only use it twice a week it lasts a long time. All of Elemis products only need the tiniest amount to work so your 50 ml will take you a long way!

This set me back €36.00 which again is a little expensive, BUT if you want radiant clearer skin, you will spend!

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#3 Pro Collagen Marine Cream

Ok so in my free goodie bag I got a few different sample sized products, but I find only 2 are worth reviewing right now. One being the Pro Collagen Marine Cream. This little gem is a life saver for my dry skin. It is advertised as an anti-ageing moisturiser, but I use it daily anyway as it is the only one that treats my dry areas and doesn’t clog me up!

I work with this everyday on women that get facials and they cannot say enough for it! It is extremely refreshing on the skin and light, even though it is designed for mild to severe dryness. It smells AMAZING! Actually, I meant to say, all Elemis products smell gorgeous!

You only need the tiniest piece to work with, it is recommended by Elemis themselves that you should feel an almost dry rub on your skin after it is all applied. It shouldn’t sit on the skin like an extra layer, you need to let your skin absorb it!

A full sized, 50ml bottle will set you back €100! This stuff is gold dust and does not sell cheap. I am yet to find a good dupe, and Elemis carry a just as good moisturiser for a lot less, but for more oily skins, which does not suit me. I would suggest getting a gift set that has a smaller version in it, or emailing Elemis themselves to see if they would send you a sample!

I give this product a 10/10 for dry skin, I cant exactly comment on the anti ageing part though (thank god!) but I have heard wonders about it from older women that come to me for facials!

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#4 Pro Radiance Cleanser

This stuff is relatively new to Elemis. It is one of their latest inventions and I just KNOW I need to have the full size! The first time I used it, I used it about a hour before I went to the gym, just after work, and I didnt take much notice of anything that it did for me. BUT, then I was in the gym and I walked past a mirror and I had to stop to take a second look!

My skin was actually radiant and glowing! I have never seen my skin like it. I was thinking ‘What the?’ and put it down to the lighting in the gym, but then I went home and saw again that it was almost kind of translucent.

I don’t know how much it is retailing for in euro but timeforspa.com have a 150ml for $49.00, which is very good considering how well the product works!

This is what the website states:

More than an anti-ageing cleanser, Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser actually withdraws impurities and at the same time infuses the skin with anti-ageing properties! 

Relaxes wrinkles and boosts skin radiance
Easily loosens and removes make-up
Thick creamy texture
Great for hormonal, dry or flaky skin
Rich in minerals and vitamins
Unique anti-oxidant power

And I believe it does exactly that!

It is a thick cream that you warm up on your fingers and rub into the skin. You leave it sit for a minute as it ‘absorbs’ the oils and grim, and then wash it off! That simple!

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And that is it for my review this time! If you have any questions about ANY Elemis products please leave a comment! I have worked with almost every product so I know them inside out by now and I would love to help!

Thanks for reading! x

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How To – At Home Facial

Welcome back, homie.

Everyone likes to save money and DIY in the comfort of your own home, right?

Well, some do anyway.

One of the things I love doing is giving myself a salon-worthy facial at home once a week. I work in a spa myself, and I often do these facials called ‘Taster facials’ they are so basic, no fancy products, no serums and lotions, just cleanse, tone, exfoliate and mask. And the results are amazing!

All of my clients come out glowing and fresh after one of these facials, and I wondered how they look so good after just a simple cleanse and mask and I don’t look that good and I do it twice a week!

But then I had a light bulb moment.

The trick is in the time and energy, not always the products. Although good products do help a lot, as long as they work for you and your needs, they are perfect!

*Quick disclaimer: All ideas and tips are 100% my own. I do not and will never copy or take content from another site or person. Just sayin’*

What you will need.

#1 Cleanser

#Toner

#Exfoliator

#Mask

#Cotton wool pads

#Face cloths/mitts

#Hot water

#Your hands and face!

Your products don’t need to be fancy and all in the same skin type category, but if you have the luxury of picking and choosing your products, then keeping them in the same skin type family is better!

Preparation

Grab all your stuff, put them on your night stand or wherever you are, fill a bowl of warm water and put your mitts in, put on a hair band, throw on some chill music, grab a book or a magazine and get ready to be pampered!

#1 First cleanse

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With any good facial, the skin needs to be clean to start. So, get your cleanser and put some into your hand. Rub the cleanser between your hands to get it all over and massage into the skin. I highlighted the word massage because this part is important. Using your fingertips, massage the cleanser all over your face, remembering your neck and in under your ears. Do this until the cleanser is almost all absorbed into the skin.

Then, get 2 cotton pads and wet them in warm water. Squeeze off the excess and start to wipe off the cleanser starting from the forehead down into the neck. Use more than 2 if you had make up on or if your face is particularly dirty. Make sure to take your time on this one and really get rid of all of the cleanser.

#2 Second cleanse

Just repeat step 1 again to remove all the left over dirt and grime!

#3 Tone

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Grab your toner and cotton pads and tone from forehead to neck. Let it dry in for about 10 seconds before moving onto the next step!

#Exfoliate

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Ok this is where the magic happens.

No really, it does.

Grab your exfoliator and put some in your hands. Again, like the cleanser, mix it in your palms and apply to your face. This takes time so don’t go rushing into it. Focus and massage the exfoliator into your whole face, dont be too harsh so keep a gentle touch on the more sensitive areas like under the eyes. Go down your neck too, and keep massaging until the beads have been absorbed and broken down.

Ok, next grab two mitts or cloths, squeeze them out and press them to your cheeks, wiping the exfoliator off gently from the bottom to top. Make sure to get all of the product off before moving on!

#Tone, again.

You need to restore your skins PH balance after the exfoliate so tone as normal with two cotton pads!

#Mask

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Apply a thin layer of your mask to your face and neck. I say thin because anything more is just wasting product. Your skin only absorbs what is on the skin so don’t waste any product sitting on top of the first layer!

Allow this to sit for about 5 – 10 minutes or however long the directions tell you. Grab your magazine or book and get chilling!

After that is done, grab clean cloths again and wipe it from your face, making sure it is all gone.

#Tone, once more.

You know the drill.

#Moisturise

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Top it all off and seal in all that goodness with  a moisturiser, and viola! Gorgeous glowing clean skin!

Quick tip: do this the day before or morning of a big event to really make your make up last all night and apply perfectly!

So there it is! It really is that simple! Having glowing skin isn’t always about the lotions and potions, it is sometimes just in good application and patience! So I hope you have enjoyed and let me know in the comments if you have any questions at all!

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Real Skin Care Tips & Tricks, From A Real Beauty Therapist

Bonjour.

Skin care is a lot like a rubix cube.

There are so many solutions, yet you can’t seem to even find one?

I am well aware of the hundreds of sites and articles written about how you can cure acne, blemishes, oily skin, BLA BLA BLA! They all claim to do this, that and the other but you just can’t really trust them.

If you have a bad relationship with your skin like me, then I understand your pain. It is hard to get control of your skin.

But,

you can take action and start to take proper care of your skin. Good skincare starts with proper precautions. I will warn you, I do not have any magic tips or solutions to make perfect skin over night. But I do know how to take care of it, the way it was meant to.

And sometimes, proper care is all it takes to change your skin, no fancy potions and lotions needed.

#1 Cleanse not once, but twice!

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I don’t mean twice a day, but twice at a time. I do cleansing facials on clients every day, and the number one thing that grosses me out every time, is how much make up and dirt I take off, and they didn’t even have make up on in the first place!

Many people don’t realise how deep down into your skin make up goes. Make up can sit down in your skin for days after you thought you have taken it off!

So always, and I mean always, cleanse twice. Once to take off the make up and dirt, and twice to actually clean the skin. If you have a Clarisonic Mia or something similar, even better. Use that to do the second cleanse to really get down into the skin.

Oh! Always cleanse and tone your neck too!

#2 Allow your skin to breath

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Something I always tell my clients after a good cleansing facial is to not wear make up for as long as possible. Make up sinks in and clogs pores which take forever to come up to the surface and be released. Even if you don’t wear make up for months, your skin will still be trying to remove all the extra gunk!

#3 Get a facial once a month

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Facials of any kind do wonders for your skin. There are so many types it is hard to know which is best for you, but I would recommend just going for a basic cleanse first. Ask the therapist what he/she thinks would be best for you and try aim for one once a month. The difference it will make in your skin will be amazing!

#4 Invest in good products

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There is a reason why some brands are so cheap and some are so expensive. The best ones are generally more expensive than the basic drug store ones, but that doesnt mean you can’t find drug store products that suit you either!

Brands like Elemis and Clarins are made and designed especially for different skin types. They work. No gimmicks, no extra costs, just buy the products and use them.

I use Elemis, which are a 100% natural brand. No chemicals or alcohol which drives my skin crazy! After using my Elemis range for less than 2 weeks I had people telling me how good my skin looked, and that is no word of a lie!

#5 Take care of your skin while it is good

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Just because your skin has cleared up doesn’t mean you can slack off. Continue to use your regular products and regime at all times.

#6 You are never too young to prevent ageing

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I started using Rentinol A creams when I was 19, not only because my skin was bad, but also because they prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

It is a lot harder to turn back the clock on your skin, so why let it age? Just prevent it, and you won’t have an issue.

Invest in rentinoids and eye creams while you are young and have fresh skin, you will thank yourself in the years to come!

#7 Learn your skin type!

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I get so many women come to me and tell me before their facial that they have oily/dry/normal skin, and then when I start the facial I begin to realise that they have the exact opposite!

Your skin changes like the weather. Always keep tabs on it and learn how to deal with it. I always have 2 different types of cleansing products at home for dry skin and combination as those are what my skin tends to jump between depending on the time of year, weather and my diet.

So many things can change up your skin type, so take the time and research how to find your skin type and invest the money in a few different products.

#8 Try not to touch your face

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When I was in college I found I was getting a lot of breakouts down my cheek bone and on my chin that I usually never got before, and then it clicked.

If you lean on your hand while in class or at work, try put your sleeve over your hand or just don’t lean on your hand at all. The oils and dirt on your hands get deep into your pores and just drive your skin mental!

#9 Find the right exfoliator for you

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Every person needs to exfoliate. No matter what your skin type is, all skin sheds and needs to be removed so clean fresh new skin can come up. But not all exfoliators are suited to all skin types.

If you have sensitive skin go for a chemical non abrasive one. Elemis do a great one called Papya Enzyme Peel, it is amazing and really leaves the skin glowing!

For dry – normal skin go for a very fine abrasive one. The finer the grains the more it takes off but without drying out the skin further or causing a rash.

For oily skin you can pretty much go for any type. I find exfoliators with larger grains work great as it takes away shine as well as leaving a healthy glow!

#10 Green tea is your new BFF

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Green tea has been the saviour of my skin. I started drinking 2 – 3 cups a day before christmas last year and it has been amazing for my skin.

Green tea detoxes and gets rid of all the toxins before they make it out through your skin. The tea bags can also be used to reduce under eye circles too! Double whammy!

I hope this helps if you are struggling with your skin! Please leave a comment or email me if you have any questions at all, I will be more than willing to help!

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