Hiding under-eye dark circles is a lifelong obsession of mine. Sadly mine are hereditary and no amount of sleep and hydration helps me from looking like the a zombie. Continue reading
I have recently re-purchased Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation for the third time in a row. A third consecutive purchase for me means that the product in question has become a firm favourite and a necessity.
I am fickle and greedy when it comes to make-up, i want to try everything and get excited by new products so it is the exception rather than the rule when products like this take up permanent residency in my make-up bag.
Double wear light is not new to the market, it has been around since about 2008 and it is the little sister to the original Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation. I, of course, tried the original Double Wear when it came out but found the coverage a little too heavy and the foundation a bit drying on my skin but i couldn’t deny the staying power of Double Wear. If your skin is on the oily side and you like full coverage then this is worth trying.
Double wear light like the name suggests is a lighter formulation that gives a very natural semi-matte fresh finish that doesn’t evaporate, change colour or turn patchy as the day goes on. It is a longwear foundation but it doesn’t feel in anyway cakey or heavy on the skin. It has a SPF 10 and is oil free. I imagine most skin types will get on well with this with the exception of those with very dry skin. If your skin is very dry then you will need a foundation that contains oil and is a bit more nourishing.
It comes in ten shades and it is very easy to apply. I am usually applying this before work as i simultaneously feed, dress and make lunch for my sons so let’s just say it is applied speedily with fingers.
It costs €38 and i have seen it stocked in Boots, Brown Thomas, Debenhams and House of Fraser. A word to the wise, they have stopped stocking at the loop in Dublin Airport recently if you are planning to stock up with savings the next time you are in the airport.
Estee Lauder also have a number of other double wear products in their range including concealers and powders, has anyone tried them? Would love to know if you have and what you thought of them in the comments.
Dublin Mummy x
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This is probably one of my favourite face masks that i repurchase and always have in my bathroom.
If your skin is dry or dehydrated, this mask will boost moisture levels and quench thirsty skin in five minutes leaving your skin feeling replenished and soothed. It contains some great ingredients including vitamin E, white willow extract, urea and marshmallow extract.
This mask is suitable for even the most sensitive skins. I can testify to this as i used it liberally post-babies during my most dry and blotchy sensitive skin phase.
It has a thick creamy white opaque consistency and a has bit of an ‘old lady’ musty rose scent which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. It is recommended to use the mask once or twice a week on a thoroughly cleansed face and neck, leave for five minutes and rise with lukewarm water.
If your skin is quite dry, dehydrated or sensitized i would recommend applying a thick layer before bed and leaving it overnight to for maximum benefits. It is one of those creamy masks that sinks into the skin so it won’t rub off on your pillows. You will wake up with your skin feeling plumper, nourished and more radiant.
Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask is €11.99, a really great price point for such a good product. I would certainly pay double that and the tube lasts for ages.
Dublin Mummy x
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Aveda Tourmaline-Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. This is great product for time-poor ladies and busy mums. I adore this product. I am always looking to cut down on the number of steps in my daily routine and this is perfect as it’s like a cleanser/face wash/exfoliator all in one, perfect to use in the shower!
Aveda Tourmaline-Charged Exfoliating Cleanser daily cleanser with jojoba exfoliating beads helps increase cell turnover and remove impurities. It has a lovely creamy consistency that smells of mangos.
It leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean, refreshed and nourished. I’ll admit it is a little pricey at €31.30 but the tube I have at the moment has lasted nearly 3 months, a little goes a long way with this cleanser.
Have you tried it? What did you think? What are your hero time-saving products? Let me know in the comments.
Dublin Mummy x
Talika Photo-Hydra Day Cream is a deeply hydrating moisturiser which smoothes and re-plumps the skin. It contains Lipopeptides that soothe the skin; Hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that plumps and hydrates. Photo-Hydra Day Cream is also enriched with Mango Butter which nourishes and prevents dehydration.
This cream is suitable for all skin types. It has a serum-like texture which absorbs immediately into the skin. It feels light on the skin but yet skin feels really nourished and it’s gelish consistency lends to a soothing feeling.
I have noticed a positive improvement in my skin from using this, my skin looks and feels smoother and less congested. The downside of this product is that it doesn’t contain an SPF. I also found that for best results use this product over a serum. I found when i used it on its own that it didn’t make a great base for make-up, but when layered over serum it worked as a great make-up base.
Overall, i give this cream a 7/10. I think ladies in their 20’s & 30’s with oily, combo and sensitive skin will do well with this product but, if your skin is more mature or indeed quite dry then i would recommend something more nourishing or oil based.
Dublin Mummy x
I have a love/hate relationship with fake tan. When it works well, it’s a lovely thing and i feel great not looking so pasty but when it goes wrong, as it often does, it is a stinky orange streaky mess. It also can lead my better half sleeping in another room due to the aforementioned stench. Continue reading
Admittedly i am late to the Micellar water party and only discovered it recently when last minute packing for a trip away. I never gave it much thought thinking it was a faddy thing but I needed something to remove the war paint under 100ml that could squish into my hand luggage so i grabbed a travel sized bottle. Since then it is a permanent feature in my beauty routine and an absolute gift for us busy mums. Continue reading