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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Travel Beauty | In Flight Essentials

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When it comes to air travel, there are a few little tips and tricks that make all the difference in keeping your skin looking half decent and you comfortable, especially when flying long haul. Being a cold creature I basically turn hypothermic within about an hour of taking off. Having learned the hard way, I now always pack thick bed socks and my favorite chunky jumper in my hand luggage. I’m a big fan of oversized scarves (H&M do some great ones right now) that can double up as a soft blanket on flights too.

When it comes to In-flight beauty, I’m not quite at the stage of rocking up to the airport bare-faced and ready to go, but I have learned to keep it to the basic beauty essentials and bring some really nourishing moisture-rich bits along for the ride. I’ve dry skin on a good day, and as my fellow dry-skinned lovelies will understand, flying does no favours for our skin type.

I’ll generally try to avoid silicone primers, heavy foundations and strong lip colours when flying long haul. Instead going for lighter BB creams and tinted nourishing lip balms. My skin definitely needs room to breathe or I’ll pay the price with a fabulous holiday breakout on arrival.

Earlier this week I done a mammoth long-haul slog from Mexico to Philadelphia onto our Emerald Isle, relying on these beauty superstars to keep my skin hydrated along the way:

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Ellie Goulding for MAC Lip Crayon, €21.00 | A lip colour that combines the sheen of a gloss with the precision of a lip pencil and in my favourite pinky nude shade, so perfect when you're practically bare faced. Lovely moisturising formula too so perfect for flying.

Yogandha Roller Oil in Grapefruit and Bergamot, €19.95, Harvey Nichols | An uplifting aromatherapy fix in a handy handbag sized roller-ball. I love applying this to pulse points, the fragrance is gorgeously refreshing without being overly citrus or sharp.

L'Occitane Precious BB Cream, €35.00 | Lovely, light coverage with a gorgeously nourishing consistency. Like my own skin, but that bit better!

Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask, €33.50 | I always apply this the evening before and after a long-haul flight for some seriously restorative moisturising  love. Not one for everyday use but it's just the ticket for dried out, lacklustre skin.

L’Occitane Precious Mist Immortelle,  €17.50 | The most gorgeous hydrating mist to refresh you when you've been sitting in the one spot for ten hours! Yes a little pricier than your Evian mist, but with floral water, soothing alpha-bisabolol and plumping hyaluronic acid its worth it.

Urban Decay High Definition Loose Powder €30.00, Debenhams | I picked this up at Debenhams pre-honeymoon to take care of my shiny t-zone issues and I love it. So fine and silky, there's a lovely luminescent finish that prevents that powdery caked look.

L'Occitane Hand Creme €16.50 | This scent, Arlesienne, is limited edition and no longer available, however I just cant get enough of all the L'Occitane hand creams. They're so nourishing and absorb in seconds. The perfect handbag size for travel too.

Have you any travel beauty favourites you can't live without?

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Dry Skin Winter Favourites

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The combination of harsh cold weather this time of year combined with indoor heating does nothing to help my already dry skin. I’m all too conscious that dry skin draws the short straw when it comes to aging gracefully, and so am nothing short of religious in looking after mine and putting back moisture at any given opportunity.

 I try a lot of skincare products and admittedly am hard to please in this area and expect noticeable results, especially when forking out a considerable chunk of change on skincare. Every now and then comes along a product that knocks my socks off leaving me in a hydrated baby-soft skin situation that I’ll gladly part with cash to achieve! Right now, my dry skin secret weapon skincare line-up for winter is looking a little like this:

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Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil

Cleansing oils and balms are always my product of choice when it comes to taking the war paint off before bed, and I’ve recently fell in love with Caudalie’s makeup removing cleansing oil. Started by a couple living on a French vineyard, this brand stays true to its all natural organic roots and produces some beautiful natural skincare. With sunflower and grapeseed oil, waterproof mascaras and long-lasting lip stains are lifted clean off without any greasy residue. Now available in lots of independent Irish pharmacies and Space NK (Hallelujah!) priced €19.95.

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Clinique Moisture Surge Melting Mask Balm

No doubt inspired by the Korean skincare regime hype that we’re hearing so much about, I’d read Clinique moisture surge melting mask balm to be just the ticket for dried out winter skin. Having always been a big fan of the Clinique moisture surge range, I was intrigued to give this one a shot. A thin layer is applied before nodding off and thinking no more about it until the morning, when I woke to baby soft, plumper skin- result! Usable as a regular face mask, I find the best results are when used overnight. Visibly more hydrated and softer to the touch, this absolutely deserves a place in your winter secret weapon skincare stash.  Available from Clinique counters nationwide, priced €32.00.

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Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil

Featured not so long ago, this little beauty deserves its place on our dry skin secret weapon arsenal. It may be small, but so is dynamite! This potent facial oil targets dry, lackluster skin with a combination of cold pressed seed oils from all around the world including Black Cumin seed oil from Egypt, Camellia seed oil from China and Rosehip seed oil from Chile, bursting with Omegas and Antioxidants. Despite the decadent ingredient listing, the formula is lightweight and non-sticky giving instant softness and revitalizing tired skin without and heavy, oily residue. Available from The Body Shop stores nationwide, priced €48.00, admittedly a little steep but considering it seriously gives back the results department, I reckon well worth it.

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Dry Skin Fix: Clinique Smart Treatment Oil

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Clinique Smart Treatment OilMy skin is prone to dryness, especially in colder weather. The combination of full on car heating (and I mean as hot as it will go!) and colder outside temperatures wreaks havoc on my skin, leaving if dried out and a little lackluster. I know hydration has a big part to play here, so I religiously guzzle water throughout the day, take vitamin E supplements and could rival a newborn on the napping stakes, but find I still need a little something extra during these colder months to get that full, plump and hydrated complexion.

Facial oils have been a longstanding love of mine, in fact throw in cleansing oils and dry body oils there too. I’ve tried them all, some I ‘ve loved and others would take or leave.

I recently got to try out Clinique’s latest facial oil offering, Smart Treatment Oil. Admittedly Clinique is a brand that had somewhat fell off my skincare radar in recent times and having used this I feel like I’ve been missing a trick.  Instantly absorbable, I’m torn between wanting to douse the whole bottle on my face and using the teeniest, tiny drop in order to make it last longer.

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As with all Clinique skincare, Smart Treatment Oil is fragrance free which I love. Packed with plant oils and rich in anti-oxidants, there’s almost a serum-like quality to this oil which I cannot get enough of.

There’s an immediate noticeable moisture boost every time I use this; something which I’ve struggled to find before. Complete with a glass-like plastic bottle perfect for travel and those prone to dropping, like me. Application takes the form of a dropper style lid to allow you precisely control how much product you apply.

Clinique Smart Treatment Oil is priced €44.00 and available from Clinique counters nationwide.

Becky Signature

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Autumn Skincare: Nourishing Facial Oils

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Autumn Skincare: Nourishing Facial Oils

Now that Autumn has truly started, the days are colder and the radiators have been turned up slightly it is time to up the skincare game. In summer I tend to avoid heavy oils and rich creams but come September my skin just can't get enough. 

I have recently been trying out different face oils and these three really stood out for me.

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate is a gorgeous daytime oil that is light yet nourishing. Enriched with natural ingredients, Ginger Root, Sunflower Oil & Tamanu Oil it claims to help skin look radiant and banish signs of dullness and fatigue. To banish the signs of fatigue on my face I think plastic surgery would have to be involved but the Concentrate definitely adds to the glow and improves skin texture without feeling greasy and making my makeup slide off. This is the first oil I have used every morning and I am very impressed!

Kiehls Daily Reviving Concentrate* is available in Arnotts (€42.50 for 30ml)

Second up is a new facial oil from The Body Shop new range Oils Of Life. I love the whole range, it is very luxurious, the glass jars & bottles are heavy and the packaging is beautiful. I am even more impressed with the product inside! Formulated with 99% natural oils it is a potent oil that feels fabulous. The formula effortlessly melts onto skin leaving a non-sticky, soft finish. It is very nourishing and I love using it in my nighttime routine or for a pampering facial massage!

The Body Shop Oils of Life Facial oil* available from September (€48 for 30ml)

Autumn Skincare: Nourishing Facial Oils / Kiehls, The Body Shop, Trilogy

Last but most definitely not least is an old favourite - the Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant +. The Trilogy Rosehip Oil is an old faithful that is always present in my skincare stash and I wouldn't want to be without it. The Antioxidant + is just a slight upgrade that combines the benefits of Trilogy's award-winning Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, plus the addition of red berry super antioxidants for a super charged nourishing oil. It is great for all skin types and I highly recommend it when your skin feels very dry and in need of a rescue.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant + available for pharmacies & Cloud 10 (€16.50 for 15ml)

Are you a fan of facial oils? Which one is your favourite?

Dry Skin Therapy: L'Occitane Whipped Shea Butter

L'Occitane Whipped Shea Butter

I'm all about dry oils when it comes to body moisturisers for one reason only- zero greasy residue. With the exception of waiting on tan to sink in (and even then it's a challenge). I just don't have the patience or time to let heavy body lotions soak into my skin, which generally leaves two alternative options; either an ultra-moisturizing shower gel or a dry oil which sinks in immediately. That is until we got to sample L'Occitane's new fabulously light formula: Whipped Shea Butter (is it wrong I just want to eat this?). L'Occitane are nothing short of famous for their Shea Butters, and their iconic hand cream would always be a handbag staple of mine, but when it comes to light, melt-into-skin consistency, this new Whipped Shea Butter formula takes home the gold. It also boasts all the usual intense hydration of Shea Butter, vitamin A & E, and is perfect for sensitive, dry skin.

The lightest of light moisturisers! L'Occitane Whipped Shea Butter

The mousse-like texture is nothing short of gorgeous and literally melts away, with zero greasy residue left sitting on your skin. Packaged in the usual retro-esque shea butter silver tin, it makes a lovely addition to any dressing table or bathroom cabinet (we're suckers for cute packaging). The Shea Butter Whipped Collection includes Shower Foam (€16) Hand Cream (which squeezes out like cupcake icing - €11.50) and Body Cream (€22). This is a limited edition collection so if you want some for yourself, get to a L'Occitane store pronto!

B. xx

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Lazy moisturising

Nivea In-Shower Body MoisturiserI have to honestly admit that moisturising after a shower or bath are one of my least favourite things in the beauty department. I don't mind putting on a luxurious lovely body cream on a weekend when I have lots of time to just wander around my bedroom and let the cream dry. There is only few things worse than trying to put on your skinny jeans while your legs are still sticky and every little fiber of your clothes decides to stick to your skin.

You cannot imagine my delight when I discovered the Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser. I am sure there were ads on telly and in magazines but somehow I missed it all and discovered this baby sitting on a shelve in my local supermarket. It basically does what it says on the tin, you put it on in the shower and rinse it off, like you would a hair conditioner. The product smells nice and does not leave a huge amount of residue on your skin - enough to feel you have moisturised but not enough to make your jeans go on like cling film.

I love this product and am really pleased with the results (there is also a version of this for sensitive skin in a white bottle). It may not be as moisturising or lux as the more traditional body creams (Keihl's Creme de Corps being one of my absolute favourites) but it does the job when I am in a hurry.

I somehow manage to go through tons of this stuff (maybe slathering on a bit too much...) but for the €2.50 for 250ml, I really don't mind. I hope some more brands will come out with products like these. I'd say this is also a good product to recommend to the gents - I have been laughed at when I suggested to the husband to use a body lotion but this could be something he would be willing to try... I'll keep you posted on how it went : )

Let me know how you got on with this product or if you know of others like that!

A. xx