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: 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

Face Mask Files: Lush Sacred Truth | Review

A Face Mask for Dry, Tired or Mature Skin

My  neighbour has perfect skin. Hardly a wrinkle in sight and beautifully clear; she looks like she is in her 60’s but she is over 80. One day when I was talking to her I asked her how she managed to keep her skin so beautiful and she said since her early 20’s she has used a face mask at least once a week. Mrs C has inspired me to start a new series on the blog; The Face Mask files, as I attempt to maintain my 24 year old skin and battle a few skin issues while I’m at it.

Every so often I will review a Face Mask product for a different skin condition, from a different price range and tell the wonderful readers how it shapes up.

First up is Sacred Truth; a mask from High Street organic cosmetics brand, Lush.

I have an unyielding love for Lush; there is only one product thus far that I have tried and been horrendously disappointed (Toothy tabs – big fat no). I love their hand creams, toning water, body butters, e-ver-y-thing (bar the toothy tabs).

It’s only been in recent months that I’ve started using their masks in a bid to rid my skin of various ailments; namely dry patches, tightness AND oiliness and spots (my skin is an enigma).

The first Lush mask I picked up was Sacred Truth (€8.95) after asking the lovely folk in the Henry Street branch for something that will help loosen my skin up, treat it gently and brightens things up a bit.

When using Lush masks, always be aware of the use by date. Their masks typically have to be used up in four weeks and they have to be kept in the fridge!


Lush Sacred Truth Mask Review

Sacred Truth is thick, creamy and smooth on application.

Because of the creamy texture it slicks on quite easily and doesn’t sit too heavy on your face despite its intense moisturising qualities.

What it claims to do

This is not an anti-aging  face mask although because it is high in moisturising properties thanks to the Shea Butter, honey and some other skin softening ingredients. Because of this it claims to loosen and brighten the skin, much like an anti-aging cream, and intensively moisturises any particularly dry patches.

It also has lavender in it which, I was assured in store, eases redness on the skin, which I was glad to hear.

The green tea, wheatgrass and linseed work together to energise your skin and take away any tiredness, which begs the question, when will they make you specifically for under the eye?

Ultimately this mask should tackle the dry patches around my forehead and nose, reduce visible redness and take away the tired greyness that seemed to creep up on me mid assignment flurry!


I used this once a week for four weeks, although because the texture is so thick I could have easily gotten two uses a week out of it.

Using it this often delivered favourable results. Although I saw no reduction in redness at all, my skin looked and felt fresher, it was more evenly toned and textured than before and I have definitely seen huge difference in the levels of dryness I’ve been experiencing.

Overall the result of using this mask has been brighter, looser, fresher skin and I can’t complain about that.

I would recommend this to anyone who is troubled by dry skin or perhaps is concerned about wrinkles and tired looking complexions.

Marks out of 10

 8/10. It doesn’t get a nine or a ten purely because I was expecting it to be a miracle cream and address the red tone of my skin. While other products I use help with it, I was expecting, because of some of the ingredients and ultimately because I was told it would, that it would help just that little bit more. That aside, I would 100% repurchase; in fact I am this week because I have noticed my skin reverting back to its drying ways since I stopped using it.

Lush Sacred Truth Review

Impossible to resist the urge to be the hulk whilst wearing a face mask


Have you used this face mask? Would you recommend a different one for intense moisture? To the comments with you! 

Beauty: Vichy Capital Soleil BB SPF 50 BB Cream | Review

Protect your skin with an SPF BB Cream.

Everyone in Ireland is in a good mood today. Why, because the sun is back!

We are so rarely teased with Mediterranean-esque sun, that we don’t quite know what to do with ourselves. As I nation I would hazard to guess that we are one of the worst in Europe for suncare, generally speaking.

In recent years people have seemed to become more savvy; the trend of slathering yourself in baby (or cooking!) oil in the hopes of getting a tan are gone as, finally, younger generations are becoming aware of the dangers of UV rays.

Vichy is a go to skincare brand of mine, so it is no wonder I am drawn to their sun protection range. It is gentle on the skin, comes in high factors and as a brand they really seem to know a thing or two about what is good for your skin in the sun.

Vichy BB Cream with SPF review

Their Capital Soleil BB Cream has a higher factor than most foundations, a sizeable factor 50; ideal for our stereotypically pasty Irish skin.

Personally, I favour La Roche Posays equivalent, the Anthelios XL tinted moisturiser. Here’s why:

Vichy’s BB cream is quite thick, which will suit people with clear skin who can get away with using a BB cream as their soul foundation. It will also, like most BB creams, suit those with a slightly darker complexion. I haven’t got great skin and I am of the paler irish girl variety so I like my tinted moisturisers/BB creams to be light enough both in consistency and colour so I can put it under a primer and foundation; I find the Anthelios XL cream is ideal for this but Vichy’s product is a little heavy on all fronts for my complexion.

Vichy BB cream with SPF

On the left; the darker, creamier Vichy BB and on the right, the more watery, peachier LRP moisturiser.

That being said, oh how I wish I had the skin to carry this off. It is a wonderful product that not only protects you against the rays and gives you a beautiful glow, it helps improve your skin with regular use. I used this BB every day for a week and I saw serious improvements in my skin.

The cream has a welcome addition of Hyaluronic Acid that plumps the skin beautifully, giving it a dewy, moisturised textured and leaving it more supple over time. It also has a little Vichy Thermal Spring water in it, a favoured product of mine in the summer, which further moisturises the skin and balances it against the ever changing Irish weather.

If you tend to burn easily or if you forget to add in some SPF to your foundation, this product is a simple solution; Highly protective and decent pigmentation render it leagues ahead of other BB creams readily available in chemists.

There are plenty of perks of this product if you have the suitable complexion; not least of all the light but beautiful, summery scent.

Please, oh please, Vichy, can we have this in a lighter shade?

You can pick this up in all Vichy stockists for €16.50

Have you tried it? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Or maybe you have another high SPF BB or Foundation you’d like to big up. Too the comments. 

Beauty: My Wishlist

Pay day is a-comin’. This month has mostly been spent complaining about literally having no money so god help paypal this weekend, it won’t know what hit it!

I need to shop. I don’t care if that makes me shallow, but I just like things and I like trying new cosmetics and seeing how how they improve my increasingly irksome skin. I like new clothes to match with my old ones. I just like spending!

I need to shop
Source – FYI, that book and film was based on my life (not true)

Due to my involuntary spending ban I’ve found myself wondering on to websites like Lush, MAC and most often,, to visually tease myself in the hope that digital window shopping will provide some kind of satisfaction.

For those who don’t know about, prepare for you bank balance to suddenly empty! Dolledup is a cosmetics website set up by admirable business woman Anita Whyte. They stock a plethora of Irish brands, which is obviously fantastic to see; now we have no excuses not to buy Irish. Dolledup also stocks a wide range of international beauty ranges for the cosmetic luxury seeker and the bargain hunter.

Here is my wishlist for

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix 

This was recommended to me by skincare extraordinaire, Kat from Dollyrouge when I told her about my skin issues.

I have combination skin, prone to spots and redness but also annoyingly dry in parts, particularly around the nose and forehead. I was complain via twitter to Kat about this and the fact that scrubs, even the finest scrub from La Roche Posay have started to irritate my skin overall. She said I needed an AHA, and recommend Nip + Fab as a reasonably priced solution. At around €13, if it fixes my skin, bargain is not the word.

Waxperts Ingrown Hair Pads 

As I’m approaching the end of my Laser Hair Removal with Urbana (read about it here) I really want to ensure that any ingrown hairs are banished. I came across this product on after hearing so much about the products Irish brand Waxperts has to offer. Price comparisson made this any easy choice; other in grown hair solutions can cost as much as €30, at  €7.99 for these pads, there is no contest.

Bia Beauty Stop The Clock Eye Gel

I am just about finished my first ever eye cream <screams>. I will reveal and review it at a later date, but I am in the market for a new, cheaper and effective eye cream or gel that is gentle on young skin and preventive when it comes to wrinkles <screams>.

I use the Body Shops perfect cooling eye gel every night before to ease my sleepy eyes, but it’s not great for smoothing the area out.

Bia Beauty, another Irish brand, created this natural eye gel that claims to be soothing and cooling while remaining light on the skin. Worth a try.

Pixy Glowing Body Butter

Confession time! I do the bare minimum when it comes to skincare beyond my face. I don’t moisturise my body every day despite warnings from older relatives about things sagging <screams>. I need to get into a routine of moisturising after every shower and there is no better place to start than with a product that has the word “glowing” in it.

Pixy Cuticle Balm

Another area I neglect is nailcare. I am atrocious at it. I am a life long nail biter and when they grow, they break and I bite them again. I would love to at least try to have strong, shapely nails and I think using a cuticle balm could help to nourish my clearly lacking nail beds.

Episilk Lip Balm with Hyaluronic Acid

Someone STOLE my favourite lip balm. How disgusting is that. I have been waiting weeks to come so I can repurchase my Nuxe Lip Balm however this Episilk alternative has me very much intrigued. Could the baffling and appaulingly unhygenic theft be a blessing in disguise. We shall see.

Ren Skincare Invisible Pore Detox Mask

This is precisely what my skin needs right now. Recently I have been saying to everyone that I can feel how congested my skin is and it just needs a good clear out.

I can’t think of a product I have seen in recent weeks that clearly describes just what I need. I must buy. I must.

There it is, my wishlist. Hopefully this will satisfy my need for shopping and solve the various irritations I’ve been struggling with the last while.

AYU Blush Palette

AYU is another Irish brand that is proudly featured on dolled up. The packaging is sleek, the offer is professional (owner Suzanne is a beauty artist and tutor) and the price is reasonable at just €20 for a 10 colour palette. This looks ideal for anyone who likes to play around with highlighting and shading without using darker colours and is therefore ideal for pinky shaded skin.

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 Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of Dolledup? Let your opinions run free in the comment section! 

Beauty: Clearer Skin thanks to Vichy and La Roche Posay | Skincare Review

La Roche Posay’s Rosalic Make Up Removal Gel and Vichy’s Normaderm Hydrating Care Lotion are the perfect duo for clearer skin.

When someone says their skin isn’t clear we automatically think ‘outbreak’, ‘spots’, ‘acne’, but that isn’t always the case. My skin has never really been clear having suffered with acne as a teenager and struggling with imperfections and mild rosecea ever since. It’s a nightmare and the envy can be unbearable when you hear clear skinned ladies complaining about one tiny spot on their chin making them look “diseased”. That was an actual occurence in recent times.

Mini outbreaks and constant battles with redness have grown tedious to say the last so I decided to finally do something about it and try out some products from trustworthy brands La Roche Posay and Vichy. 

I boasted about my clearer skin, teasing that it was thanks two products in particular, So here’s my secret.

La Roche Posay Rosalic Make Up Remover reviews

La Roche Posay Rosalic Micellar Make Up Removal Gel

That really is a mouthful, isn’t it? Micellar is a new beauty and skincare buzzword with french brands in particular releasing new products with this word emblazoned on it. According to Wikipedia a micellar solution “consists of a dispersion of micelles in a solvent“. What? I don’t know either but apparently “micelles” help in the absorbstion of fat-soluble vitamins which are good for your skin so that can only be a good thing.

I bought this make up remover because I had been using face wipes as part of my cleansing ritual despite knowing that cause nothing but havok for your skin. I decided to ditch this skincare fauz pas for something a lot kinder to my skin, trusting La Roche Posay to deliver.

I much prefer using the gel to the face wipes as I can plainly see the difference in the amount of make up it takes off my face. I put the smallest drop of the gel on a cotton pad, gentle remove the make up and cleanse with my favourite cleanser when I’m done.

I noticed the effects of this gel immediately, waking up to much clearer skin after using it the night before. Normally I would be wary of such instant results but because this Gel is virtually everything-bad-free, I wasn’t worried at all.

La Roche Posay Make Up Remover Review

My night time dream team

This is just the latest La Roche Posay addition to my nightly skin care, combining it with the Hydraphase Serum, which tends to the parts of my complexion that are dry, and the Effaclar K, which tends to the oilier parts of my skin and keeps spots away. I find the combination of all three of these products calms my skin down after a day of city living, particularly if I have been wearing quite a lot of make up.

I picked this up in Boots for only €10.66 and I cannot recommend it highly enough for anyone who suffers with red pigmentation or outbreaks.

Vichys Normaderm Hydrating Care Lotion

This product was sent out to me to trial a few weeks ago. Normally I would leave it a month or two before I review a product but I don’t think such a long time was necessary with this product.

Although not named a “moisturiser” this lotion has become my day cream. Even if I only have time to cleanse and go in the mornings I will make sure that I give my skin a dose of this fantastic product because it is such a treat to the skin.

It is quite light in consistency, as you would image for a lotion specifically designed to help imperfect skin.

This product claims to tackle the 6 main concerns people with blemish and imperfection prone skin have. These are: Blemishes, Pores, Shine, Oily Skin, Marks, Uneven Complexion.

  I have had to stop using the product on my forehead, however as it only lending to the dryness of it; combination skin is such a pain, isn’t it?

The Salicylic Acid is probably to  blame for undoing the work of my skin hydration routine; this is an ingredient recommended by doctors to people suffering with acne and it dries out any oil in the skin. That being said, I don’t mind avoid one area on my face if it means reaping the benefits in other areas. Not only has using this product further enhanced the effects of the remover gel in terms of keeping redness at bay, it has vastly improved the appearance of pours on my skin. Not only has using this product further enhanced the effects of the remover gel in terms of keeping redness at bay, it has vastly improved the appearance of pours on my skin. My skin is certainly less shiny, particularly on my nose and it has overall improved my skin tone, making it easier to apply and blend make up.

Again, this product is only €10.66 in Boots and it is an absolutely elixer for blemish prone skin.

Have you used either of these products? What do you think of them? Maybe you have your own blemish battling dream duo, in which case, feel free to tell us! 

Beauty: Ziaja Skincare Products Review

Ziaja Skincare Products are things I have only become aware of in the last 6 months or so. I’ve read about them on other blogs and it seems as though they are big among the Eastern European population of Ireland. A friend of mine from Poland said every Polish women has at least one product from their range that she swears by before gushing over why they are the best brand ever.

Needless to say I was intrigued when I was asked to try out a couple of their products.

Not so long ago I wrote a blog post pitting three handcreams against one another and Roger & Gallet came out on top. I was not expecting to come across any product that could live up to how much I adore their hand cream. Ziaja comes pretty damn close with their Natural Olive Hand & Nail Cream which I have been using daily for the past couple of months.

Ziaja Olive Hand Cream

First of all, it smells wonderful. It is mild and has a somewhat nostalgic scent which took me back to mornings spent watching my nana execute her daily skincare routine. It renders your hands silken with the smallest amount applied which means you are getting incredible value for just €2.99 on; I would put it leagues ahead of some of the most expensive handcreams I’ve used.

I can vouch for the effect it has on nails as mine have never been stronger since I started using Ziaja. One little annoyance, however, is the fact that when you wash your hands after using it, it is clear that it loves a light residue. Even if you are just rinsing your hands you can feel a soapy texture on your hands, which is quite off putting.

Other than that, I certainly and wholeheartedly you recommend trying it out.

I was also trying out the face moisturiser from the same range and I wasn’t as impressed by the results. The Ziaja Natural Olive Face Cream is not for me. While it has the same pleasant scent, its thick consistency is not suitable for anyone who might be prone to oily skin or breakouts. I used this for about a week before having to give up as it was wreaking havock with my complexion, which is problematic at the best of times. If you have atrocious issues with dry skin, this might be the product for you and given the results of the hand and nail cream I would definitely take some time in seeking out a more oily skin friendly moisturiser from Ziaja.

Olive Face Cream Review Ziaja

Although this brand is little known in this part of the world, it has been around for a long time and they seem to know what they are doing. If you are big on getting great results for good value, this brand is worth checking out. I am seriously impressed with the Handcream, particularly with the strength it has given my nails so for that alone I will definitely be clambering back for more.

Have you used any of their products yet? Or do you have any other hidden gems you swear by?