New In: Caudalie Vinosource

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I've used Caudalie products long before they were available on these shores. I was always that person traveling with bottles and bottles of French Pharmacie products in my suitcase whenever I went to a country that sold them. 

Now that we finally can get all that beautiful skincare in Ireland and trying more things from the brand doesn't involve international air travel I am delighted to say that I am expanding my Caudalie horizons.

The Vinosource range* is the core of Caudalie as a brand, after all what they are all about are beautiful natural cosmetics created from vine and grape extracts from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy.

There's four beautiful moisturising creams in the range, each one designed to target a specific concern.

New In: Caudalie Vinosource | Pink Elephant Blog

The Vinosource range is the core of Caudalie as a brand, after all what they are all about are beautiful natural cosmetics created from vine and grape extracts from the vineyards of Bordeaux, Champagne and Burgundy.

There's four beautiful moisturising creams in the range, each one designed to target a specific concern.

First up, one of my favourites, particularly now that the weather is getting a bit warmer - the Moisturising Matifying Fluid (€22.40). It's a gorgeous lightweight fluid that while matifying reactivates the skin’s hydration mechanisms and restores its water reserves. The skin is re-balanced and left feeling velvety without being dried out.

The Moisturising Sorbet (€22.40) is perfect for anyone with a sensitive skin. It has an immediate and long-lasting calming and soothing action. The anti-oxidant rich formula helps strengthen and nourish the skin from the inside out.

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Next up we have the Moisture Recovery Cream (€22.40) that provides deep nourishment, perfect for those of us with drier skins. The velvety formula supplies dry skin with the exact dose of plant lipid nutrients required for the skin to feel nourished, soft and comfortable.

The last one is the Intense Moisture Rescue Cream (€22.40). It nourishes skin deeply, protects it from drying out and strengthens the skin barrier functions. With its rich texture, this cream is the perfect for very dry skin all year round or during harsh weather conditions (cold, windy, dry).

New In: Caudalie Vinosource | Pink Elephant Blog

In the collection there's also a beautiful moisturising spritz - the Caudalie Grape Water (€6.40). It's a superfine mist that can be used to tone, refresh the skin or even set makeup. It smells divine and is definitely a summer essential that will be invaluable if you are going traveling!

Caudalie products are available in pharmacies nationwide and online through the Caudalie website.

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The Best Toners: To Tone Or Not To Tone?

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Toners: To Tone Or Not To Tone? An easy guide to toners & our best picks!

All those bottles that disappeared from our bathroom cabinets for nearly a decade are now back with a bang! Now you have a huge choice of exfoliating lotions, hydrating tonics, anti-acing toners, rejuvenating spritzes... it's hard to know what's what and what they actually do. This is my little guide to toners and some of my favourite picks that I've have tried and tested. 

Toners have a bit of a bad rap. A lot of us think of some kind of astringent paint stripper that is full of alcohol and leaves the skin dry, itchy and tight. The toners of today, thank goodness, are a completely different story. Toning is a step in your skincare routine that is meant to re-balance & normalise your skin after cleansing and allow for better absorption of any of your skincare products you put on top. Some toners address more specific concerns, like dehydration, aging or dullness but all in all balancing is what it's all about.

Best Acid Toner

I've tried a few different acid toners and my current favourite is the Pixi Glow Tonic. It's budget friendly and most importantly, it's gentle. I've used it for years and have weitten a more in-deapth review here. Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche is a similar toner / lotion,  it's a much stronger formulation but gives fabulous results. If you are not on a budget I would highly recommend trying it! It's a bit tricky to get hold of, I finished mine a while ago and unfortunately can't get my hands on it here in Ireland.

Best Soothing Toner

One of my favourite toners to use when my skin is a bit stressed and dry is the Thayers Rose Petal & Hazel Toner. It's completely alcohol free and contains aloe vera and vitamin E so feels moisturising and calming on the skin. It's unfortunately also one that you will have to buy online but it's worth it! You can get it about £10-15 on Amazon.

Best Spritz Toner

Serozinc from La Roche-Posay is hands down my favourite spritz toner. In a nutshell, Serozinc is a zinc sulfate solution that is suitable for most skin types. It soothes the skin, helps clear up minor irritations and gives your skin that bit of extra moisture. A great all-rounder that I use most days in my skincare routine. It's easily available, affordable & a fantastic product! If you only check out one of the toners mentioned here, make it this one!

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir, a cult product at this stage, is absolutely beautiful, especially during summer months or when away in a hot country. This little spritz toner is super refreshing, smooths the skin, tightens pores and doubles up as a makeup setting spray.

Other favourites...

There are two other toners I reach for very often: the Calendula Herbal Extract Toner & Iris Extract Treatment Essence, both by Kiehls. The treatment essence is a bit different in consistency to other toners, it's ever so slightly ticker. It contains Iris Extract and LHA (Lipo Hydroxy Acid – a great exfoliator) and is designed to smooth and gently exfoliate your skin. The Calendula toner is great for oily or acne prone skin. It's gentle and rather than relying on harsh alcohol, it sooths skin with a blend of whole flower petals and natural herbal extracts. The gentle formula won’t strip your skin or leave it feeling dry.

Another toner I use from time to time is the Clarins Exfoliating Toner. It's slightly harsher as it contains alcohol but works really well on my combination-oily skin. It gets rid of any dead skin cells and really preps the skin for all the other steps of my routine. I find this one is particularly handy for times when I struggle with dry patches and congested skin.

This concludes my toner roundup. Hope it helps any of you looking to incorporate a good toner into your skincare routine! It doesn't add a whole lot of time to your regimen and will give you great benefits!

Have you been using any great toners lately?

Alex Signature

The Ultimate Christmas Gifts for Her

      The Ultimate Christmas Gifts for Her

Christmas shopping... One of the most exciting and dreaded things ever! I absolutely adore buying presents for my family and friends, but as soon as I hit a packed car park stress and panic kick in. This year, however, after extensive research online, I have made a list of things I want to get for everyone and thought I will share with you my Ultimate Christmas Gifts List. This one is for the ladies! 

There are a few standout gifts for me this season. The Happiness Planner is one of them, what a great present to kick off the year with positivity! I am also loving the golden shaker. Bar accessories are really in... and honestly, who doesn't like cocktails? L'Occitane are, as always, an amazing stop for gifts for lovers of gorgeous fragrances. Their packaging is stunning so minimal wrapping efforts required here!

(click the pictures to get the links to products)

 

Hope you like our ultimate gift picks for this season! What will you be buying for the ladies in your life?

P.S. Feel free to send a link to this post to husbands / boyfriends / dads! They may like some help ;)

 

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Caudalie Divine Oil

Caudalie Divine OilI have recently received this little miracle in a Glossy Box (one of these beauty subscriptions that are so popular at the moment) and I have to say, this is one of the best things I have ever tried. I have combination oily skin so I would never normally reach for an oil. Anything to rich and oily makes me look like I have primed my makeup with a stick of butter. While my skin is really oily it is also quite dehydrated and prone to dry patches, so I do need a very good, effective moisturiser.

According to the brand the Divine Oil  is a nourishing multi-purpose miracle oil, (...) an indulgent treat for dry skin, hair and nails. The unique blend of natural oils, gentle fragrances and softening shea butter can also be used to restore the skin in the bath or during a massage. It is also a dry oil, so it won't make you look overly greasy. I wouldn't recommend it as a base for makeup (maybe unless you have extremely dry skin...?) but used at night or on a weekend morning after exfoliating it feels amazing and gives you a soft, plump looking skin with NO dry patches or excess oil. It sinks into the skin very quickly, doesn't feel heavy and leaves your skin quite refreshed.

The smell is lovely but a little bit strong for a face product. It does evaporate pretty much completely after a couple of minutes though so unless you are very sensitive to fragrance it shouldn't be a problem. The Divine Oil can also be used on the ends of your hair and as a body moisturiser.

I can't stress enough how much of a revelation this product is for me and I would definitely recommend it!

I have already purchased the full size and will keep the dainty sample from Glossy Box in my handbag. At £28.15 (from lookfantastic.com) it is quite pricey but you only need the tiniest bit if you are using it mainly on your face.

Do you have a favourite face oil?

Caudalie Divine Oil (£28.15 from lookfantastic.com)

A xx