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The Ugly Truth Vibram FiveFingers Workout Shoes

3 Jan

When it comes to working out, you’ll endure all sorts of humiliation to reach your goals. (See: pole dancing on a Power Plate.)

Confidence, meet your match. Vibram FiveFingers, new fitness shoes with space for each toe (like gloves for the feet), are about as sexy as tractor tyres.

Engineered for running, walking and yoga, the shoes act like a second skin, with thin, flexible rubber soles that grip any surface. They’re lined with stretch polymade fabric and require no socks.

The benefits are similar to reflexology: they stimulate acupressure points (aiding ailments like fatigue, poor digestion and muscle tension), strengthen muscles and improve balance, agility and posture.

What’s more, they help you run faster. Minimizing the time you can be spotted wearing them.

Available from www.amazon.co.uk

Daily Candy.

Two weeks’ notice. Lash Lab’s New Semipermanent Mascara Treatment

14 Dec

Along with an empty bank account and perpetual hangover, smudged lashes are a holiday inevitability like crying during A Charlie Brown Christmas, sweating off a sugar cookie binge, etc.

Since the pain of removing waterproof makeup turns you into a Grinch, simplify your routine with Lash Lab’s new semipermanent mascara treatment — it stays on a full two weeks.

Technicians mix the treatment to order, and a variety of wand thicknesses means you can decide between naturally blessed and Twiggy-thick. They even curl your hairs pretreatment. After just 30 minutes, you’ll have budge-proof eye makeup that will make you look wide-eyed and fresh during even your most cringe-worthy shenanigans.

Unleash the tears of joy.

This post first appeared on Daily Candy.

Serums – Skincare’s new Superheroes

14 Nov


Serums have undoubtedly become the superheroes of skincare.  Demand is growing so quickly for high potency serums that Olay’s waiting list reached 10,000 for its new serum Regenerist 3 Point Super Serum. After using this product for a month it’s easy to see what all the fuss is about, it really does work just as well as many of its more expensive counterparts (Cost €38)

How do serums differ from face creams?

A serum does not replace your moisturiser, rather it should be layered beneath your daily face cream where it will act like a bespoke troubleshooting treatment. They are designed to be intensive, penetrating beyond the top layer of the epidermis, creating real results which can be seen the morning after you’ve applied a serum -even for the first time, and it allow you to give yourself the type of treatment which was previously only available in salons.

Some of the Best Serums on the market.

Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate  (€310)


Sisleya Radiance Concentrate is a very high-quality anti-aging product with convincing results.

Cliniques Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector (About €40)

This ‘cocktail’ of potent enzymes, peptitdes and antioxidants help smooth existing lines and protect against future damage.

Chanel Sublimage Essential Revitalising (€320 )



The Must Have Glitter Eye Shadow

24 Sep

For years I’ve been trying to find a glittery eye shadow that (a) is as glittery on my eyes as it is in the container because often I find I’m disappointed with the quality of glitter post application, and (b) that the colour stays true instead of fading once applied and, (c) is so light weight it won’t aggravate my eyes or cause tearing.

So I’ve tried many of the expensive brands over the years and in the end I just gave up and thought the problem was perhaps with the applicator (me!) as opposed to the products. Then last week I was in Boots and came across My Face Blingtone eye shadow collection, what particularly caught my eye was the Crystalline Green colour – the perfect match for my hazel eyes.  So I purchased the green and also an incredible iridescent blue called Caribbean Queen as they were running a special offer, two for €15.

At home later the night I tried it. I didn’t even use a brush, simply rubbed some on my eyelid to see what the colour would be like on – I was amazed by the results. How was it possible that one careless application could look this good? Then I applied it using my eye brushes and the results were near professional. This is the perfect shadow for someone who’s given up on glitter.

Paying for the science is worth the money – Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift

14 Sep

Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift.

In truth I would pay all sorts of ridiculous sums of money or even pull out the big guns in the form of my credit card if I was guaranteed that a beauty product would work, that it really would do what it says on the label.  And I too know the disappointment of spending a vast sum of  money on a product which is about as potent and effective on lines as whipped cream, so I don’t say this lightly –  Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift works.

What you’re not paying for is an expensive perfume  or fancy packaging, what you are paying for is scientifically proven ingredients.

I saw this product working immediately, after the first application the fine lines around my eyes began to blur and ultimately dissolve.  It also tightened the skin without causing that drying sensation I’ve experienced with other eye products.

I would not hesitate in buying it again, even at this price, it’s worth every penny and it was no surprise to later learn that this product is a best-seller and recommended by dermatologists.

Price €95

Best on-line beauty stores with worldwide delivery.

22 Aug

On pay day I used love nothing more than skipping into an upmarket department store to sample the delights at the cosmetic counters, but over the years some haughty sales people staffing these counters have turned it into a fairly traumatising experience.

You know the type, they look you up and down, are snippy and condescending when they realise you’re not going to buy a 200euros tub of face-cream without sampling it and I don’t just mean a dab on the back of my hand because that’s about as helpful as lawnmower. I need a proper sample, a sachet which will let me test the product at home, when I’ve had a chance to wash off the day’s grime and can investigate the product’s possible merits. Even though the sales person has a drawer of samples, her reply to my request is, ‘sorry, samples only come with purchases’.

If I were purchasing the product I wouldn’t need a sample, I explain, but she gives me one of those withering looks sales people reserve for such annoyances as customers.

In truth, it’s more their tone and bad attitude that kills me, so much so I now do almost all my cosmetic shopping on-line, which is not only cheaper but also more convenient without the chance of being looked down upon.

Here’s my top three on-line cosmetic stores.

No. 1 StrawberryNet
Fantastic selection of well known luxury brand cosmetics. Free shipping world-wide and 5%  discount for purchasing three or more products, the more times you return to this site the greater your discount will be. I use this site for birthday gifts for friends and family living abroad as the site also offer a free gift wrapping service.

www.strawberrynet.com

No. 2 Drugstore

Shop for an extensive selection of great every-day products as well as many American brands which are not freely available here. They also have fragrances, hair care and perfumes. I particularly like their Avalon Organics body moisturiser and Reviva products, which are a little cheaper here than else where.

Delivery to Ireland is now available.

www.drugstore.com

No. 3 Beautyhabit

Hand-picked assortment of the best independent beauty. Free samples are included with every order from this American websites. They also offer an outlet section with 20-30% off and deliver to Ireland.

www.beautyhabit.com

Smooth skin – Magic Peeling Exfoliating Glove

18 Aug

Magic Peeling Exfoliating Glove

The claim:

The Magic Peeling Glove® is made of a cellulose fibre extracted from the plant broom of the Ginestra plant.

Promotes the skin’s natural exfoliating process and Improves the flow of OXYGEN to the skin

Eliminate impurities

Replaces chemical peeling Process in a totally natural way

Enhances the effectiveness of the active principles in ANTI-CELLULITE, MOISTURIZING, ANTI-WRINKLE, AND ANTI-STRETCH MARK creams

The results:

The skin on my legs has never been so soft, allowing body cream to be instantly absorbed, in fact I had such good results on my legs that I even used this on my turkey skin neck (I know, disgusting, but it happens to us lazy girls who only exfoliate our faces) and chin, again resulting in super soft skin as if I’d just had some type of dermabrasion, except without the burning.

The material used in this glove is not abrasive, though it did make my skin a little pink, I was, however, using quite a bit of pressure when working the glove on my body, this reaction disappeared quickly afterwards leaving smooth soft skin.

If I could only keep one body product, right now, I’d choose this.

Be warned.

Stand in the shower or the tub when you’re using this glove as you won’t believe the amount of dead skin that will flake off!

Purchase: www.magicpeelingusa.com

Price: Under €30

Goodbye puffy red eyes – Ocusoft Lid Scrub Foaming Eyelid Cleaner

17 Aug

I presented myself to the eye-specialist with very dry eyes, a condition I thought I’d developed from spending too long on the computer, but he identified a different cause, namely my eye-make remover, which he considered ‘harsh’ even though the labelling stated otherwise.

Instead, he recommended Ocusoft Lid Scrub Foaming Eyelid Cleaner.

This is an outstanding product. It gently removes all eye-make up but doesn’t dry my eyes. Within a couple uses my itchy puffy red eyes were a thing of the past.

What I liked most about this product was the fact that not only did it remove all my eye make-up, it also felt like a ‘treatment’, lubricating my eyes.

I gave a sample of this to my friend who uses contact lenses and also suffers from dry eyes.  She too is now a convert and says it make wearing her lenses much more comfortable.

Purchase from: http://www.lenscatalogue.co.uk

Price: under €13.00

Neutrogena’s Advanced Sunscreen SPF 100

7 Aug

I’ve been on a major freckle alert all Summer but thanks my newest favourite find I’ve had nothing to worry about. Neutrogena Spectrum SPF 100 is must-have for anyone who wants to stay young, skin cancer-free and basically avoid burning or even tanning. In fact I think anyone who has skin should own a tube of this.

The claim:

  • Ultra Light
  • Clean Feel
  • Non-greasy, leaves skin soft and smooth
  • Waterproof, sweatproof, resists rub-off
  • Light fresh scent
  • Oil free
  • PABA free

Sunscreen with high-factor tends to come in a sudocrem like consistency, with a greasy texture that just sits on my skin and stain my clothes – and let’s not even mention tiny flies drowning in it and having to peel them off my skin. There is nothing sexy about sunscreen. In fact, a burka has sometimes felt like a more favourable option. But this sunscreen is different.

Neutrogena has developed a breakthrough sun protection technology complex specifically engineered to deliver very high, very broad and photo stable UV protection.  Unlike other sunblocks this one is ultra lightweight, so much so that I didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything on my skin. It’s non-greasy, absorbs in seconds and lasts for up to five hours.

I’m a devotee.

Where to buy it:

I had trouble finding a stockist in Ireland or even the UK and ended up buying it on Ebay, though I see http://www.amazon.com are also stocking it.