Beauty: Skin Saviours by Vichy for the busy bee

Vichy Idealia Life Serum and Normaderm Night Detox Reviewed.

I’ve been a little snowed under lately, and loving it! Usually when things are getting hectic my skin suffers, thankfully, however two things have helped me keep the signs of fatigue and stress away from my skin: Good nutrition, and Vichy!

You know what I mean when I say the signs of fatigue and stress; dry skin, spots, general dullness and two products from Vichy have helped to keep things in control.

In addition to my usual skin care routine, typically involving Nip and Fab Glycolic Cleanser OR Soap and Glory’s Micellar water, Vichy’s Normaderm hydracare cream and La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Duo+, I have been using Vichy Idealia Life Serum and their Normaderm Night Detox. 

Vichy Idealia serum review

Although from different ranges I find these two products work great together, using the former in the morning and the latter at night.

The results of the Life Serum, which I began using first, were immediate and personally astonishing.

It claims to battle the following complexion issues:

Dull, grey complexion (yep, that’s me)

Marked and uneven toned skin (check)

Tired looking skin, drawn features (um-humm)

and Enlarged pores with oily and dry patches (It’s like reading a biography of my face!) 

I used this first on a Thursday evening, heading to personal training with no make up on so I could see if it really made a difference. My trainer said I was “glowing”. This was the first time in my life anyone had said that to me so the Life Serum immediately got full marks from me. Prolonged usage has led to a more even complexion and less annoying dry patches on my forehead. the serum itself appears thick but it’s actually quite light on the skin; ideal(ia) for anyone with sensitive skin, prone to react to heavy creams and serums. While I’m not swanning around in a make up-less face, I feel less self concious and a lot fresh than I had before.

Here’s the scary part. It’s almost €40.  I always say that I would never spend that amount on a skin product but it’s so damn good, I can’t imagine not buying it when my current bottle runs out. If you have very problematic skin I can’t recommend it enough.

The Vichy Normaderm Night Detox is a good evening partner to the idealia serum. Less of it is needed; literally just a dot on your hand of this light serum-like cream will do.

Normaderm Night Detox Review

I was using this for a while before I remember to check the results. The detox treats your skin in a more subtle way that the serum; the serum adds an instant glow and lends a dewy effect to your skin. The detox, on the other hand, absorbs into your skin, tackling your sebum levels.

To get a little scientific, sebum is the stuff secreted from your sebaceous glands under your skin. It is the culprit for hormonal spot outbreaks, especially those nasty whiteheads! Did you ever wake up in the morning and feel a little bit… greasy? That’s your sebaceous glands going into overdrive when you sleep. Night time is the best time to treat it and that’s where this product comes in.

I find with stress and air conditioning in work I am in an endless battle against that horrible, heavy feeling on my skin and this has certainly helped with that and to help that pesky reappearing spot disappear. Huzzah!

This comes in a smaller tube but is €10 euro cheaper so, if you are buying something to ease complexion problems I would commence with this before trying out the serum, just to save the pennies.  Normaderm is Vichy’s anti-blemish range so if you are often plagued the annoyance of spots and red marks, it is certainly worth checking out. Sidenote; I find the detox solution works particularly well with the normaderm cream I mentioned before, you can get this in Boots for about €13.

For more on the Normaderm range click here. 



Beauty: Fuschia Eye Shadow Palette Review

If you are a regular reader of Irish blogs you will have read quite a bit about Fuschia Make Up. 

They sent some products out to what seems like every beauty and lifestyle blogger in the country, some of which were amazing and others not so great.

Most bloggers focused on the (non) issue of Private Labelling, however as I sincerely don’t think that this impedes on the quality of the product or genuineness of the brand.  Read about Private Labelling here. 

First, a bit of background on the company.

Fuschia Make Up is a multi award winning Irish make up brand and salon. They initially launched in November 2005, opening a salon in Scotch Hall, Drogheda, and they seem to have done nothing but grow ever since.

With an additional salon in Swords and stockists throughout the country, Fuschia is becoming a familiar brand in Ireland. Next stop, it seems, is off these shores.

In the pack they sent out to me I was only really taken with one product, The Eyeshadow Palette. While other products such as the lipstick and lacquers and lip pencil were of somewhat decent quality I found them to be oily/waxy and very sloppy so I only used them once. The eye brow wax palette I was sent couldn’t be compared to the Wet N Wild one I use every day so, again, it only got one trial.

Fuschia Eye

The Eyeshadow palette, however, is a different story. Much like MAC, Fuschia give you the option to create your own palette. The colours they send me were soft, neutral colours that I probably would have picked myself.

The texture of the shadows is soft, they blend exceptionally well and they last all day. That is three of the boxes ticked when it comes to eyeshadow quality.

The Palette has been awarded everyday usage status in my house, noting that even my mother has sneaked it a few times. Yes, ma’, if you’re reading, I know what you’ve been up to; I know my shades!

For something I’ve been sent by a company or PR to work it’s way into my daily routine is a testament to it’s quality, particularly with eyeshadow as I tend to be loyal to MAC, Bourjois and MUA in that respect.  Top marks on quality and shade for Fuschia’s custom palette.

However, and I regret that there is a however, that I find the price bothersome. The price list I was given states that the five pan palette is €40, although the company is endeavouring to lower prices as a result of blogger feedback. While I don’t want to get bogged down into Private Labelling, as I said, I don’t think it’s an issue so long as the product is usable, the price is a little jarring because you could probably get it else where for cheaper. Crown Brushes, one of the most successful private label brands, offers a 26 colour palette for around €26 and a counter palette which is a duplicate in terms of packaging for Fuschia’s eye palette for €28. This does make you think.

Overall, I’m impressed with Fuschia as a brand; I think how they have grown their business in less than ten years is phenomenal and I commend their business acumen and enterprise skills. Although some of the products they are selling a below standard, I feel the palette could be their saving grace if they price it a little more fairly; at €40 I wouldn’t be in a rush to purchase it, particularly when I can get an Urban Decay Palette for only a couple of euro more.

Beauty: Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads

Could this be solution to pesky ingrown hairs? 

While I was getting laser hair removal done with Urbana in Dublin I experienced the discomfort of ingrown hairs on my legs. At first I thought it was a rash but my laser therapist, Michelle, assured me that it was ingrown hairs and that this is very common.

Michelle suggested that on top of my daily exfoliation I use ingrown hair solutions, recommending I take a look in Boots.

The range available in Boots was a little pricey for my taste, so I went online to find cheaper alternatives, starting and finishing with Irish business Waxperts.

Waxperts Wax ingrown hair pads reviews

Who are Waxperts?

First of all, I’ll give a little round up about who Waxperts are. Waxperts Salon is lauded establishment in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin set up by Ellen Kavanagh and providing a boudoir salon experience.

Since the business was born, out of savvy and determination, the brand has expanded in the a range of Waxing products, with many beauty bloggers agreeing that it is the most supple, effective wax they have yet to try.

Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads- do they work? 

Put simply, these ingrown pads, available on for just €8, are a very effective tool to have in your problem solving kit.

Let’s face it, we all want smooth legs, and unsightly lumps and red spots take away from that ideal. I’ve been using, and have twice repurchased, these pads, which I think is a testament to them; I rarely rebuy, always on the look out for something new, something better value and something more effective.

Using after a shower and after shaving, prior to application of , I noticed how easy and effective these simple pads are. They look like the cotton pads you would use to remove make up and you lightly rub the area you want to treat with them, bringing the ingrown hairs to the surface and tackling any unwanted redness, thanks to the inclusion of salicylic acid. On top of this, the packaging is lovably retro. Always gets you extra marks here on Music & Everything.

Waxperts Wax reviews

The best part about these pads is that they are gentle. One would think a product like this would be abrasive on the skin but even my sensitive skin can deal with daily use.

This comes with a thumbs up from me; they are Irish, which is a bonus, they are effective, they are gentle and they don’t give off an offensive smell. Adding to that the exceptional value, you have yourself a winner. Boot’s own brand ingrown hair solution is over €1 more expensive, and brands like Nair expect you to pay €11 or more; Waxperts pads work and they are friendlier on the purse.

To find out more about Waxperts Wax’s products visit

Beauty: Paesebox | Pease Cosmetics Review

Don’t you just love trying out new make up brands? Paese Cosmeticmay not technically be new, but they are certainly new to me. I’ve been aware of them for a long time however I always assumed they were high end and out of my budget. Turns out I was wrong; this is a totally affordable cosmetic brand with a wide selection of skincare and make up products that look like they cost a lot more than they do.

When I saw that Paese regularly sell a “Paesebox” for €20, delivery included, on their own website , I was compelled to purchase on impulse. This box really gets you bang for your buck, as they say, with five fullsized products stuffed into a sleek black box.

Paese Reviews Ireland

I was genuinely impressed with the products included in my box; A Lipstick in a wonderful Purple shade (€6.99), A lipgloss (€6.99), A blush (€9.99),  A Matte Eyeshadow Trip (€6.99),  and A Nail Polish (€4.99). That’s €35 worth of make up for €20 – not too shabby.

Paese Ireland reviews

Admittedly I wasn’t overly impressed with all of the products. I haven’t tried the nail polish yet  and the lipgloss was a let down. I’m not a fan of Lipgloss at all, to be frank. It reminds my of my teenage years for starters, and also it is not suitable for living in such a windy country. That being said I was particularly unimpressed with this decidedly sloppy lipgloss.The Manifesto Lipgloss is thick in consistency; more of wet lipstick to be honest, and it is messy to say the least. It doesn’t slick on like a lipgloss should and itgot all over my teeth all day long! I won’t be wearing it again.

Pease Cosmetics review

Looking particularly tired! – Paese Cosmetics Blush, Matte Eyeshadow and very sloppy Manifesto Lip Gloss

I do however, love the blush; it has been promoted to my daily make up routine, bumping my trusty revlon out of position. I love the shade (35); a delicate peach shade, I also love the blending quality of it; some cheaper blushes sit on the skin but this works in really with minimum effort, highlighting the cheekbones and bringing life to the face.

Similarly I have found myself often using the matte trio which I got in shades of grey and black. I have taken to using browns during the week days, but I do love creating intense looks with darker shades and I was in need of a matte black/grey combo, growing a little tired of shimmering shadows. This is the most fantastic eye shadow you will ever use, but for it’s bargain price it is quite good. Using the right tools a simple or intense look can easily be created using these three simple shades.

Pick of the bunch goes to the lipstick! I adore the purple shade and actually felt like it was hand picked for me because I tend to go for bolder, stronger colours when it comes to my beloved lipstick. The argan oil in the lipstick moisturises the lips, which is always a bonus as some products actually dry them out. It was easy to apply and wasn’t at all messy; a relief aftering trying the gloss. Although I’ve only worn this lipstick once it will be reused again and again; definitely worth the low price and certainly meriting purchases in other shades.

Paese Cosmetics Review

Loving the Paese Cosmetics Lipstick

Not only are these products great quality, especially for the cost, they also claim to be good for your skin with “About 85% of cosmetic ingredients are natural” and many of the products packed with Vitamins C, A, B and E. When so many beauty products do more harm than good to your skin this comes as a pleasant surprise.

You can purchase Paese Cosmetics on their Irish Website  or on one of my favourite online beauty stores

Have you tried Paese Cosmetics products yet? Anything you would like to try or recommend?