Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep – £26.50.

  

I am a massive fan of the Vichy Idealia range, I really love how it boosts my skins radiance whilst keeping it nicely moisturised. I’ve been using the serum and moisturisers for as long as I can remember, and when I saw that Vichy had released Skin Sleep – a night time gel balm hybrid – I knew I had to add it to my skincare stash. I wanted to get it as part of one of Escentual’s amazing offers but it was sold out. I did wait impatiently for a while but it didn’t seem to come back in stock for a few weeks so I caved and purchased it at Boots. What is Skin Sleep I hear you ask? Well, essentially it is a night cream that has the aim of making you look like you’ve had a restful and decent nights sleep when you wake up. We could all do with a bit of that, couldn’t we? I know I could. What is a decent nights sleep these days? I think I’ve forgotten… I have been applying Vichy’s Skin Sleep as the last step in my bed time skin routine for the past month or so and I feel that I am ready to finally share my thoughts. 

My skin is naturally quite oily but it is massively dehydrated as well so before I go to bed, I like to slather my face in a nice but heavy duty night cream to sort my skin out overnight. Skin Sleep has quite a thick texture and you only need the smallest amount as it goes a really long way. If you use too much, you will have a nice greasy film across your face when you wake up (yes I learnt this the hard way) – less is more. I found that the balm absorbed really well in to my skin and I was left with wonderfully hydrated, smooth and supple skin when I woke up. Did I look like I’d had a restful nights sleep? Well yes, actually, I guess I did. It did reduce signs of fatigue that I am used to when I wake up usually and my skin did look quite fresh and dare I say it – radiant. Your skin goes through a cycle of regeneration during the night which can often leave your skin looking a bit dull and lacklustre. Skin Sleep is packed full of wonderful ingredients to aid your skins regeneration process but ensure that your skin is at its optimum, and in its best possible condition. It contains hyaluronic acid to help maintain moisture and rehydrate the skin, LHA to gently exfoliate the skin, dipotassium glycyrrtizate which has anti-inflammatory properties, and caffeine – your skins very own wake up call. All these ingredients are combined to leave you looking fresh faced, bright eyed, and busy tailed. Vichy have housed this wonderful gel-balm in a gorgeous dark pink metallic jar that fits perfectly with the rest of the Idealia range. Also keeping with the rest of the range, Vichy’s Skin Sleep has the same scent that you associate with all of the other sister products. It is a very pleasant scent but it can be quite overpowering a bit too much. In my opinion, it could do with a bit of watering down but hey, it’s not a bad smell so that’s something I guess.

If you like the other products in the Idealia range then you’ll love this. It is a great little product for trying to cheat the world in to believing you actually get a decent nights sleep. My skin has definitely been reaping the benefits, it looks much healthier than normal. 

  
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Vichy Idealia Eyes* – £23.00.

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After the massive success of Vichy’s Idealia Life Serum (which I absolutely love by the way), Vichy have released a sister product specifically designed to brighten and illuminate the under eye area. Welcome Vichy’s Idealia Eyes – a lightweight, illuminating and hydrating under eye cream to wake up even the most tired of eyes. Similar to the Life Serum, Idealia Eyes has that gorgeous pearlescent shine to it that instantly gives your skin an instant injection of life and a wonderful lit from within glow. Now I don’t know about you but when it comes to my under eye area, I need all the help I can get. Tired eyes? Yes. Gigantic black bin bags hanging underneath my eyes? Yes. I only strike a tiny bit of luck in the fact that I don’t have any puffiness. Hallelujah! When it comes to eye cream, I need a pretty heavy duty one and luckily for me, this is a pretty good one so thank you Vichy. The formula is lovely – a fantastic combination of vitamin B, vitamin C, DRM-bright complex, caffeine and of course, Vichy’s very own Thermal Spring Water. I love how most of my favourite eye creams contain caffeine – nothing quite like it to wake you up eh? All these ingredients aim to brighten your eyes, helping you to look much more awake as well as energising and soothing some seriously tired eyes. This is the perfect eye cream for those dreaded early mornings before work, nothing works quite like it. It leaves a gorgeous glow to your skin and helps with applying your concealer – no creasing here thank you. This brings me on to my favourite part of the product – the applicator. Sad I know but it’s great. The applicator is a spatula-esque shape made from silicone and it has a little hole on one side which the Idealia Eyes cream out from. It allows easy, no fuss, no mess, application – you simply squeeze the tube and drag the spatula under the eye and gently pat it under the eye until it’s absorbed. Ta-dah! It has a great texture that just settles in to the skin with ease giving instant results. I’ve been using Vichy’s Idealia Eyes as my eye cream of choice for the past 2-3 months now and I have seen a vast improvement in my appearance in the mornings. I look much more alive, well rested and my eyes are definitely looking brighter. Now I appreciate that £23.00 is quite steep for a 15ml eye cream but to put it simply, it works. What more can you want? It’s worth every penny to kiss goodbye to those dark, dull, tired eyes.

SHOP VICHY IDEALIA EYES VIA BOOTS.

Have you tired any of Vichy’s Idealia range? What are your thoughts?

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I’ve been pretty much M.I.A this week as real life seems to have gotten in the way of my beloved blogging. August has been a pretty rough month for me but here’s to a better September… *raises glass* This months beauty favourites contain a mixture of oldies but goodies and some brand spanking new products that I have fallen head over heels for.

First up, I just have to mention the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation (Link, £30.50), it is absolutely phenomenal and I have been raving about it all month ever since the lady at the YSL counter in Boots gave me some samples. It offers medium-full coverage with a semi-matte finish and it is perfect for my oily and blemish prone skin. It was literally love at first application and as soon as it was released, I went back to Boots and snapped it up straight away. Another new release that I’ve adored this month has been Revlon’s ColorStay Moisture Stains (Link, £7.99). If you read my blog regularly then you’ll know that I dislike lipgloss but these are wonderful. They have the gloss of a lipgloss but without the stick or tackiness. They feel like a luxurious balm and are packed with pigmentation. Revlon are knocking it out of the park with all their releases these days. It’s seriously impressive. Aside from the Moisture Stains, I have been resorting to an trusted old favourite lip combination in the form of MAC Cosmetics Velvet Teddy (Link, £15.50) and MAC Cosmetics Hug Me (Link, £15.50) for everyday wear in work. Velvet Teddy is my all time favourite matte nude and when you apply Hug Me which is a lustre finish over the top, it just works. It is just perfect. A few other beauty products that I’ve come back to this month have been KIKO Color Fever Quad in 100 (Link, £13.90) and Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base (Link, £31.00) . The colour quad is a wonderful neutral palette that offers four gorgeous, buttery soft, complimentary neutral colours that work wonderfully together. I have been reaching for this palette nearly every day. The Chanel primer really helps keep my make up in place and stops it from looking flat. It gives your skin a wonderful lit from within glow and a little really goes a long way too.

Now moving away from the make up, let’s talk about my skincare and hair care favourites, shall we? The beauty world saw a new release from Vichy this month as part of their Normaderm range called Night Detox (Link, £15.50). It is formulated for oily and blemish prone skin to help stop the skin from producing excess sebum overnight and it really works. My skin feels clean and blemish free when I wake up – what more could I want? When it comes to night creams, it doesn’t get any better for me than Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins (Link, £34.50). I have both the normal and the oil free versions and swap and change depending on what my skin needs before I go to bed. The moisturiser smells heavenly and it really hydrates and nourishes the skin, it absorbs well and it doesn’t cause me to break out. It is incredible. I have recently purchased Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Natural Bronze Spray Lotion (Link, £7.99) and I am super impressed. I’ve always been a big fan of Palmer’s moisturisers but this has a little bit of tanning involved which I love. I do wear fake tan regularly. This comes in a spray bottle and I am all about the spray bottles lately because well, I’m lazy and they save on time. They’re convenient, easy to use with no fuss or mess. You literally spray it on to your skin, rub it in and away you go. It also happens add some lovely colour to your skin without any streaking or patchiness. Lastly is one of my hair care favourites and I have just discovered that it comes in a handy little tube that fits perfectly in your bag to carry around with you, Toni & Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum (Link, £2.19). I have really short hair (as I’m sure you all know) which is quite frizzy and unruly and can be really hard to style without some help. This has been my go to serum of choice for years now and I am so happy that they have a little handbag version for touch ups on the go. It adds fantastic shine to your hair without it looking greasy and it feels really lightweight.

What have been your August favourites?

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Vichy Normaderm Night Detox – £15.50.

Do you have oily skin? Do you often wake up looking like you’ve ran a marathon in your sleep? You know what I mean, waking up with a shiny, sweaty looking face? If you do then this product is definitely for you. Vichy’s Normaderm Night Detox is specifically formulated for oily and blemish prone skin, targeting the product of excess sebum that occurs throughout the night. I rushed to Boots as soon as this was released to purchase it as it sounded like an absolute dream to me as I often wake up with a shiny face and occasionally, I am greeted by some lovely new friends on my face as a result of all the oil. I have been trialling this product for the last month or so and I’ve been pretty impressed with the results. I really rate Vichy’s Normaderm range and this was no different – their products work really well with my skin. The texture of the product is really light and non-greasy and it absorbs quickly as soon as it comes in to contact with the skin. It isn’t the best in terms of providing moisture but it provides enough so that my skin feels hydrated. You only need to use a pea sized amount to cover your entire face. It has quite a weird and chemically kind of scent but that disappears as soon as it rubbed in to the skin. I’ve been applying Night Detox every night to clean and dry skin after I’ve cleansed and toned and gradually as the days, weeks have gone on – my skin has started to look much clearer and it feels cleaner and less oily upon waking in the morning. The product hasn’t done much in terms of reducing my large pore size but hey, I can’t expect miracles at £15.50. It has helped massively with reducing oil overnight whilst I’m sleeping which has in turn meant that new spots appearing has reduced as well. My skin is looking much healthier and glowing (not oily) – that is definitely a success in my book.

SHOP VICHY NORMADERM VIA BOOTS.

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The wonderful Zoe over at Classic Rouge (go and check out her blog y’all) tagged me to do a Top Ten Tag, picking only one product from your make up stash to use. As you can imagine, this tag gon’ be tough.

FOUNDATION
If I had to pick one foundation to wear for the rest of my days then it’d have to be Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (£26.50-£29.50, Link). It offers amazing coverage for my slick greaseball of a face which makes it look flawless and it lasts longer than any other foundation I’ve tried in a humid office.

POWDER
I need a heavy duty setting powder as most ladies with oily skin do and I cannot recommend Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder (£17.00, Link) enough. It’s lightweight, it doesn’t look remotely chalky and it keeps my face in place for longer.

CONCEALER
This was a difficult one for me as I have different concealers for different jobs but I guess if I had to pick one then it would be MAC Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer (£15.50, Link). It covers any blemishes and spots with ease – they literally disappear with this stuff. It’s awesome.

BLUSHER
I love orange-red toned blushers, they suit my medium and slightly yellow complexion down to a tea. If I had to pick one then it would be Illamasqua Powder Blush in Excite (£21.50, Link), using a very VERY light hand. This blusher is super duper pigmented so you need to tread carefully but it is the most beautiful colour.

BRONZER
This has to be the easiest question of the bunch for sure. If I could only have one bronzer for the rest of my days, it’d definitely be NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna (£27.00, Link). It is the holy grail of all bronzers. It is ideal at adding warmth to your complexion without looking muddy and it is a great shade for contouring as well. Everyone needs this in her stash.

HIGHLIGHTER
I adore highlighters and I own so many now… I’m like a magpie drawn in to all of the shimmer and sparkle. If I needed to pick just one from my stash then it would have to be theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer (£16.00, Link)- a gorgeous champagne subtle shimmer highlight that adds a stunning lit from within glow to your complexion. It adds just the right amount of radiance.

MASCARA
My eyelashes are pretty short and pretty sparse. It makes me so sad that I wasn’t blessed with gorgeous, perfectly curled lashes. There is only one mascara that works wonders for me and that is Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Macara – the gold one (£10.50, Link). It doesn’t break the bank and it really adds a decent amount of curl, volume and length to my needy little eyelashes.

EYESHADOW
Now, what kind of a question is this? How can any girl possibly pick one eyeshadow or one eyeshadow palette to use for the rest of their days? It’s a crime! I own a ridiculous amount of eyeshadow palettes and I reach for different ones almost daily depending on what I’m wearing and the look I ant to achieve. I guess the one I’ve been reaching for most recently is my fabulous custom made five pan Inglot Palette (Link). The eyeshadows are buttery soft, easy to apply and blend and the colours are to die for.

EYEBROWS
This has got to be the ultimate eyebrow game changer that is Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (£15.00, Link). If you don’t own this, then I suggest you get it together and get purchasing it. I have the shade ‘Chocolate’ which is a warm medium brown that ideal for the red undertones in my hair. It is smudgeproof, waterproof and absolutely incredible. This stuff creates the most perfect eyebrows that you know won’t budge.

LIP PRODUCTS
You should all know the answer to this if you read my blog regularly… MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks (£15.50, Link) all day, everyday. I have a collection of around 80 MAC lipsticks and growing. I absolutely adore them – the different colours, the finishes, the fancy limited edition packaging. What’s not to love? My favourite finish has to be matte.

I tag anyone that wants to do it – what are your top ten products?

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