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Bliss Spa Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask Review

24 Jan

Hailing from New York, Bliss Spa comes with its own cult following. With product names such as Fat Girl Slim, Peeling Groovy and Thinny Thin Chin how could I resist? Simple packaging, easy to use instructions and product names that scream out what they do have helped to lure me in.

Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. Now there is a product name worth handing over 85 shmakaroos for. Or so I thought. Admittedly, I love it. It does everything it claims to and leaves my skin so ridiculously radiant and energized I could be mistaken for Lea Michelle. Using a complexion-brightening formula, plus vitamin C and antioxidants, the energising mask does actually completely energize and revitalise my skin. The mask has a zingy citrus scent, which helps to make me feel refreshed. I love anything citrus scented!

It comes in a cylindrical pump dispenser bottle that pumps out a silky gel like texture that transforms into fun little bubbles that tingle, froth and pop once massaged into the skin. So much fun!!

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What the website says:
A super quick fix for dull, tired and sallow, ‘I’m sick of my skin’ skin. Engineered to mimic the effects of our spa’s famous Triple Oxygen Treatment Facial in seconds. This fabulous complexion brightening formula uses every ‘tech’ in the book to give you fresher, younger-looking skin.

•delivers oxygen to the skin with innovative Fluid02 technology
•brightens, lightens, and tightens the skin with the most active powerful form of Vitamin C available
•protects cells from free radical damage with powerful antioxidants

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Guess what? Since 1996, Bliss Spas have given over 75,000 Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Treatment facials!

Pros:

  • Instantly energises and is actually a “super quick fix”
  • Immediate results and fun to use!
  • Leaves my skin looking extra radiant
  • Skin feels smoother for about an hour after using

Cons:

  • The radiant and smoothing effect didn’t last very long, was very temporary. Max 3 hours.
  • Very $$$
  • Bliss says to leave on for 5 minutes however I found the bubbles didn’t last that long, only about 3 minutes.
  • I’m a bit sceptical about a products that claims to deliver liquified oxygen into your skin. Really? Does it really work…? My skin didn’t feel particularly hydrated afterwards…

Was it worth it? I think so. If you can afford to hand over $85 for a bottle that’ll last you about a year, then I’d definitely recommend it. I use mine about once a week or just whenever I find my skin needs a little kick up it’s rear end. Coupled with the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm afterwards I am literally GLOWING!! The great thing about this mask too is that it’s so quick and easy to use. If you don’t have time to sit down for a full blown facial or a 30 minute face mask, this 5 minute action packed pumper will whack some life into your skin stat.

Overall rating? 8/10

Price: $85 for 100mL

From: Selected Myer stores nationally.

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POP Comp Winnnerrrrr!!!!

11 Nov

And the winner for my first ever POP Competition iissssssss…………….

…………………Lilpil from Things I Love!!! Congratulations lovely! You’ve just won an amazing Benefit “Valley of the Stars” kit that will get you glowing just in time for the party season!

Thank you so much to every one who entered my competition, for leaving a comment and supporting me on my blogging adventures. I love receiving feedback and knowing what you guys want to see more of, what you’d actually like to see some of and how I can improve! Feel free to email me, tweet me or comment whenever you guys want, even if it is just to say how much you too, are obsessed with getting a pet dolphin.

POP Tip: Scrub it off!

1 Nov

Summer is just around the corner which means long days at the beach, sipping cocktails by the pool and awesome music festivals which all involve showing a LOT of skin. If your skin is still in denial that summer is approaching and you need to whip it into summer-goddess mode, then keep reading! These few tips will make you look like that chick <—– (ha, I wish.)

Get ready to scrub. I never buy body scrubs or polishes cos you can make them yourself at home for a fraction of the cost with twice the added nutrients! Double win! A quick and easy one I made up and like to use which also helps get rid of fake tan is an oil based one.

Heat half a cup of olive or almond oil with 2 tablespoons of honey in the microwave for about 30 to 40 seconds. Add in roughly half a cup of salt (table, sea or Epsom it doesn’t matter) and about half a cup of sugar. Mix in until it’s all combined to form a paste. Add more or less sugar/salt depending on how runny it is, it’s up to you how you’d like it really.

Time to scrub it in! Rub in a circular motion working from your feet up. Focus on dry areas like your elbows, knees and heels. For extra smooth hands scrub it in vigorously after you’re done.

Rinse off and pat dry. Whilst skin is still damp use an light but ultra moisturising moisturiser all over. I love the L’occitane Organic Olive Tree Body Lotion.

This scrub is super easy to make and even better at removing dead skin. The olive oil or almond oil will help slough off the dead skin and any fake tan you may have on while the honey will work in conjunction with the oil to keep skin hydrated and fresh and prevent drying. Honey is also a natural antioxidant and has anti-microbial properties that help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun’s rays, supports the skin’s ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin to leave it feeling silky soft and supple.

I like to mix both sugar and salt so there’s a combination of both fine and course exfoliators and both sugar and salt are anti-oxidents as well as anti-bacterial.

How many body scrubs do you buy pack this much punch for $0?

Try this out next time you feel like a good scrub and let me know how it goes!

Ps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a “Benefit Valley of the Stars” kit!

Estee Lauder ANR Concentrate Review

28 Oct

Little jar of hope...?

I’ve heard so much about this little guy. Always being featured in magazines, beauty ed’s top picks, various bloggers raves, so decided once and for all to try it out. The Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate Recovery Boosting Treatment (whoa, tongue twister) is the older cousin to the original Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex (another mouth full!) aka ANR.

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From the website:

A 21-night treatment to free skin from visible damage.

PRODUCT DETAILS
This intensive boosting serum frees your skin from the visible accumulation of excessive damage.

Helps dramatically boost skin’s natural ability to repair the visible effects of this accumulation, helping to “clean the slate” of past damage.

Concentrated Recovery.
Advanced Night Repair Concentrate is formulated with 5 times the concentration of the patented* recovery complex found in the Advanced Night Repair serum you use every night.

Concentrated Anti-Irritation Response.

  • Immediately begins to relieve and calm the look of redness.
  • Helps skin naturally inhibit the irritation that can lead to more serious visible damage.
  • Amplified with the potent anti-irritant Amentoflavone.

Concentrated Barrier Restoration.

  • Quickly helps rebuild a weakened moisture barrier to keep more environmental irritants out, more moisture in.
  • Includes a highly concentrated blend of proven, skin-strengthening lipids, including Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol and Wheat Bran.

HOW TO USE

  • Use Advanced Night Repair Concentrate as an intensive “booster treatment” in addition to your regular skincare regimen.

Every 3-4 Months.

  • Apply 2 full droppers all over cleansed face and throat each night for 21 days.
  • Follow with the Estée Lauder moisturizer that’s right for you.

After Excess Exposure or Dehydration.

  • Following too much sun or environmental exposure, apply as needed.

Pre- and Post-Procedure.

  • For cosmetic procedures such as micro-dermabrasion and chemical peels, use for 21 days: 1 week prior to your procedure and 2 weeks after.

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Anyway what did I think about it? Personally, I didn’t love it. I used it for 21 days straight, 3 drops every night over my face (felt that was enough, didn’t need 2 whole pumps) and neck just before my moisturiser and I have to say that it did little to improve well, anything on my skin. Sure it’s a little smoother but that’s all I have to say about this gilded bottle. Not very impressive it seems!

However, it does absorb into the skin beautifully leaving it very soft and smooth.

I was hoping that it would smooth out my many lumps and bumps, plump up my fine lines, calm down my redness (borderline rosacea), brighten my skin, and maybe even possibly reduce the appearance of my constellation of pigmentation however, it didn’t really do any of that! I knew it wasn’t going to be some miracle product but I was hoping for something more than what my beloved Rosehip Oil already does.

The concentrate is water based but with quite a lot of silicones in it as I can feel an immediate smoothing of my skin when I massage it in. I wonder if this is a good or bad thing?

Even though it didn’t really do anything for my face, I have to say that it did actually perform on the burn on my finger! A day before I started using this, I burnt my finger badly on the oven. It was all red, blistered, angry and very very sore. As far as burns go, it had to be up there as one of the worst ones I’ve had. Anyway, I was expecting it to peel and go all watery/pussy and gross BUT surprise surprise! After about a week I took another look at it and it had nearly healed! What?? I was so confused until I realised it was my middle finger and I used that to apply the ANR Concentrate with. So it clearly does have healing properties in it since my finger is all back to normal now and doesn’t even have a scar.

This makes me think it would be great for you if you have acne, healing acne or sunburnt skin. However, if you have normal skin it probably wouldn’t do much for you and you’re better off saving the $$ to splurge on something else.

Overall rating? 6/10

Price: $170 for 30mL

From: Estee Lauder counters, direct from Estee Lauder website.

Ps, I received this product as part of a swap with a friend of mine who works for Estee Lauder and raves about it.

Pps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a Benefit “Valley of the Stars” kit!

Fabulous.

27 Oct

Just a few beautiful pictures that are inspiring me at the moment. Currently loving the muted pink palette for all things pretty!

Ps, remember to enter yourself into my POP Comp to win a Benefit “Valley of the Stars” kit!