Natural skincare focus: Trilogy Age Proof Serum

When I ran out of my usual serum a few months ago, I decided it was time to switch things up a bit. My skin was badly in need of some tender loving care as it had started to look as grey as my roots on the third week of the month ( and that’s grey…)

Scrolling on Cloud10beauty, I really didn’t know what to go for other than knowing that I needed something that would be age appropriate for my skin (magically return the plumpness please) and something brightening to make me look like I’d slept in 2018.

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I’ve always loved natural products and as a fan of Trilogy Rosehip Oil I decided to give their Age Proof Nutrient Plus Firming Serum a try.

For starters I found that it works a dream under  a moisturiser, it’s fluid – very light and dewy.  I was impressed that within a week or it made my skin feel like it had been given some sort of life again – hurray! The price too is good, at 32.95e it’s almost half the price of the last serum that I wasn’t happy with.

Now on my second bottle I’m continuing to feel like the serum really does suit my skin, and I can still see the same brightening and plumping effects.  I’ve also fallen back in love with Trilogy as a natural brand ( did you see that they did a beach clean up at the weekend in Greystones? What a lovely thing for a natural brand to be doing) and I’ve reinvested in more Trilogy products. I’m trialling the new Rosehip Cleansing Oil at the moment and so far I’m really liking it’s gentle, soothing formula.

I’ve also discovered that a whole line of Age Proof products exist, all of which are on my shopping list.  If you honestly want a smoothing, gentle serum that gives quick results on aging skin, this is a great buy.

Trilogy products are available from Cloud10 Beauty and Sam McCauley pharmacies, and other good chemists and health food shops.

 

 

 

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Cooling Water Masks from Uriage ticks all the hydration boxes

I’m a simple soul when it comes to beauty – I want value for money products that really work and that are easy for me to pick up.

Lately my skin has been a right mess, we’ve recently moved house and lets just say I’ve been a little bit more lack lustre than usual with my skincare routine.  A pick me up was just what I needed so when I was sent the new Uriage Water Sleeping Mask, I stuck it straight on that night with high hopes of a miracle.

I’m a big fan of this French brand, it appeals to me because it’s mid ranged pricing suits my less than full pockets, it’s readily available in my local chemist but mostly I’m a fan because the products work, and the sleeping mask stays true to form here, I loved it.

Priced at 19e, this silky gel based mask claims to rehydrate even the driest of Winter skin, and it’s not lying. I’ve had it a fortnight, have used it every second or third night and I can visably see a difference in my tired mammy skin.

The other good news here is that a little of this product goes a long way. My beauty budget is small these days but I do like to invest in quality so when this runs out I’ll be buying it, a great little product for tired, dry skin that needs a little tlc.

Uriage Water Sleeping Mask is available from caretobeauty.com, inishpharmacy.com and select pharmacies around the country.  You can read more about my reviews of other Uriage products here.

Letting the light in

So it’s January, a difficult month for most of us.  As I sit down to write this, I’m no different. The Christmas lights came down more than a week ago, and it’s funny but the warmth they added to our home has me missing them terribly.  Suddenly we’re left with cables to hide, cobwebs to clean and pieces of glitter that don’t hoover up.  The corner over by the mantle piece is redundant and devoid of pine needles and the rooms smells all the less for it.  Out came the Christmas box and just like that, the little glow that helps us to feel cosy and content in the darkest of days is gone for another year.

Replacing this warm fuzzy glow with talk of changing everything about ourselves in the quest for perfection, has never made much sense to me.  Glittery lights, and that sweet pine smell with a side of frankincense candles wins every time.  These past few years I’ve always seemed to embrace the end of Winter, maybe not with a sense of gusto but certainly with a positive attitude.

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Late spring last year

But this year is a little different, truthfully as I write this I must admit that I’m feeling a little January pressure – to have big plans, to be a little better at doing more, to take charge and be on top of everything all at once. That’s daunting because let’s be honest,  it’s unlikely that I’ll manage a fraction of these.

But along with this tummy turning sense of newness, January does have its moments too.

The little stretch in the evenings is such a cliche, but it’s something that I love.  At quarter past four yesterday I heard a bird churning out the Spring song they sing.  The Saturday evening light was dimming when I peeped out through my blinds to see her sing, but it seemed less navy, brighter.  I’ll take that.  A friend sent me a message the other day to say she has a daffodil poking up in the garden, reminding me that it won’t be long before the grass starts getting greener in every sense of the word.

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Not quite time to smell the roses yet, but soon!

As I type this, I can see myself in my reflection on the screen.

Again the brightness coming through making beautiful shadows.  Perhaps it is an omen for 2018 and what if letting the light in is the only thing to focus on.  I’ll try that and surely the grass will push through shortly after that.

 

 

 

Healthy baby snacks to go

When its comes to baby snacks, I like to think that most of the time we try and make good choices for Edie. If we’re at home and it’s snack time, we usually give her berries, or a banana or another piece of fruit.  But when it comes to travelling ( and as neither of us are from Dublin we do a fair bit of that) we’ve learned the hard way that snacks need to be of the drier variety – and to be honest I’ve struggled with that as it is important to me to feed her natural foods as much as I can.  After a good dozen car journeys where we’ve had blueberry and banana vomit, I knew I needed to find her something that was a little less upsetting to a travelling tummy, but was also healthy.

Learning from experience

Trying to make early healthy choices for Edie has probably come from a lifetime of making the wrong ones myself.  Born with a sweet tooth, I am determined that when she is older she will mostly reach for snacks that don’t come in purple wrappers. So, over the last few months I’ve spent some time trying out some products that, although they are packaged are nutritious, are easy on her tummy and are healthy little treats when she needs one, after all everything in moderation!

Organix Goodies – ( available in Tesco, Dunnes and SuperValu) 

Organix is a brand that some of my other Mammy friends had mentioned to me – and their brand mantra of making tasty on the go foods for babies and toddlers using ‘only organic ingredients and no junk’ was certainly enough for me to want to find out a little more about them.

Their Cheese and herb puffs for example, are made only from corn, mature cheese and a little dried parsley and sunflower oil, and they’ve gone down really well as part of a snack (maybe with a few pieces of orange) that tides us over until we finish the journey to Nanny’s. Products start for babies aged 6 months and up and there’s lots to choose from, we love the  rice cakes in this house too.

Innocent smoothies – Just For Kids (available in Tesco, Dunnes and SuperValu) 

I’m a big fan of Innocent as a brand, for years i’ve been using their cookbook to make smoothies that don’t sound delicious but actually are. When my iron fell low after having Edie it’s fair to say I almost fed myself completely from their book, and when I was out and about knew that whatever I picked up from them was loaded with goodness and nothing else.

Edie has been under the weather this week, and while I normally make my own smoothies it was very handy to pick up their Just for Kids smoothie range when I was out and about the other day. I love knowing that there is nothing in it other than oranges mangoes and pineapple – yes that’s it no funny stuff, so again it’s a top car snack for travelling or for a quick healthy fix when I know Edie needs a little extra goodness.

IMG_9381Glenisk Organic Baby bio yogurts – Assorted flavours (available in Tesco, Dunnes and SuperValu) 

As with Innocent, Glenisk is a brand that I’ve been buying for Adrian and I for years, we are absolutely a household of yogurt eaters so I wasn’t surprised to find out that Edie loves her ‘yogi’ too!

The yogurts which come in handy little individual packs of four, are tasty snacks that I use as part of her morning creche snack, so add a few raspberries and a banana and its a great little filler upper until lunchtime. I’ve tried a number of baby yogurts and the reason I keep buying these is because as well as Edie loving these, they have no added sugar, no preservatives, colours are made with real fruit puree and have no bits!  They also have a reward programme where you can save your tokens from the packaging and sign up to choose rewards from the brand.  The baby bios come in a few different flavours, all of which go down well in our house.