Elave Skincare Review

Back in January I had recommended a product that I actually swear by and use every day when in the shower, which was Aqueous Cream, by Ovelle Pharmaceuticals, who also produce Elave Skincare

Elave is an Irish brand based in Dundalk and they have been in the business of skincare for many years.

I was delighted when Elave got in touch to tell me a bit about their company and products, to which I must admit I was surprised they had such a wide varied range of skin care products.  They had seen my posts in which I detailed my “problem skin”.

If your new to following me, then let me tell you, I have thee most temperamental skin ever.  About 10 years ago after the birth of my first child, I developed Rosacea.  I had always had normal, uncomplicated skin up until then, so as you can imagine it was pretty annoying to realise my skin was starting to behave like a teenage rebel in my 20s!  This was the start of my skincare journey and really looking at what I was or was not putting onto my skin.  Let’s face it, no one seems to really care about skincare until they start to age or it starts to give them problems, oh to go back in time and tell my younger self to invest in some proper good quality skincare!

The most important thing to me , is to find skincare products that don’t irritate my skin and this usually happens if they have perfume or are scented, which Elave do not contain.

I get asked a lot about eye creams so I will start the show with this little beauty below:

Elave Eye Rescue Serum €22.95


Lately I have found my eyes quite puffy when I wake in the morning so this came as a godsend to me.  It is full of anti-oxidant Vitamins, especially Vitamin C which is great for the under eye area.  Its light and dries in after a couple of minutes, leaving the skin still soft to feel.  I use this morning and night and the tiniest bit is all that is needed.  It is safe to use during pregnancy and it is also suitable for vegans.

Rejuvenating Cleansing Treatment €26.95


I got two cleansers from Elave and I think this one was my favourite, simply because it has 12% Glycolic Acid in it, so whilst cleansing my skin, it also gently exfoliates it with the glycolic acid stimulating collagen.  So its not only cleansing my skin it also has the added bonus of that extra fresh feeling from the enriched formula.


Sensitive Intense Moisture Surge €19.95


Ok as someone who suffers from dry skin, at times its unbearable , that tight feeling drives me mad !  I tend to look for moisturisers that give me lots of moisture but without feeling greasy, I know its no easy feat but I think I have found my “one” in this cream.

It really does what it says, it gives me back my moisture and although it dries in, I can still feel it on my face the next morning, it leaves it quite supple and soft and the only thing I will put on my face when I am having a bad week skin wise, as all I want is too get the moisture into me without irritating my skin any further.

If you have dry tight skin, this will be the one for you.


Rejuvenating Night Treatment €29.95


I have a confession to make here, both Enda and I use this at night, yes I have to remind him to use it, but the  difference in his skin is amazing!  This has definitely brightened and freshened up my skin since I have started using it.  It has glycolic acid arginine to rejuvenate, Vitamin E which we all know is great for repairing the skin and it targets your fine lines.  I use this on my face, neck and rub it down onto the chest area also.  A small bit goes a long way.  I use this with my Eye rescue serum most nights of the week.

Perfect for anyone who wants to brighten and tighten their skin before bed.


Daily Skin Defence SPF 45 €22.95


I spoke about this product on my Instagram

People tend to forget to protect their skin from sun damage even with all the information and warnings out there to do so.  I never bothered much about protecting my face as I figured living in Ireland, the sun couldn’t really damage me, right?  Well only the slightest bit of sun on my face, makes my rosacea flare up like a bitch!  I have to wear SPF and whilst some foundations have SPF in them, they aren’t enough to give you proper protection.

I hated the usual sun creams, as I felt they clogged my face and gave me that greasy white mask that they usually do.  This is until I found this.  First off I couldn’t believe how nice my makeup went on over it, after looking up some reviews I seen that lots of other people found it great as a priming base for their makeup! It isn’t greasy as its oil free, so doesn’t clog my pores.  To put it in a nutshell, it doesn’t actually feel like I am wearing a sun cream, it just feels like a really nice face cream, that actually keeps my foundation in place all day and is protecting my skin from the sun. If you don’t own this, then please go out and treat yourself to a tube if at all possible, you won’t regret it.

I have a couple of other bits that I am still using and want to wait a couple of weeks to review, I have only one face, and whilst I know lots of other bloggers will review what seems like 20 products a week, I am giving my honest opinion and can only try so many products at a time.

Everyone has different skin so please make sure to do your research and read the packaging before you buy any products.  They are available on their own website and also in pharmacies nationwide.

I hope this has helped, if you have any questions please feel free to pop me a message.

Stacey xxx



The Ordinary Skincare – Explained

So The Ordinary Products have literally blown up this past year, Deciem the founding company have brought us lots of different skin care products that actually work and don’t cost a small fortune.



I use a lot of these products myself and I am always asked which ones people should get, to be honest, everyone is different when it comes to your skin, but I have put together a rough guide depending on what you are looking to fix.


Anyone with severe acne should always see a doctor to determine which type of acne they have but several of The Ordinary products have helped greatly with acne prone skin.  Salicylic Acid 2% solution will help to reduce inflammation of the skin and penetrate deep into the pores .  This should be used in the morning.  To keep the skin moisturised, 100% Plant-Derived Squalane is a non clogging product that will maintain moisture in the skin. This should be used in the evening.


This is one category a lot of us fall into! If you are one of those then you will need to use Noncomedogenic’s which are basically non pore clogging products. Azelaic acid suspension will reduce redness and brighten dull skin and is a great antioxidant.  Ideally this should be used in your evening routine.  You can also use Salicylic Acid 2% solution as above for blemish prone and clogged pores.


If you have dry skin, you want to penetrate deep into the skin and maintain a healthy skin barrier. Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 and Natural Moisturising Factors + HA are perfect for this, they provide long lasting hydration for the skin.


This is where it gets tricky for most people with sensitive skin, they are afraid to try new products for fear of a breakout.  I have very sensitive skin myself and I have tried most of the products listed and have not had any reaction.  I did find my skin got a little stingy from using the Retinol but that was my own fault as I was using it too often. Natural Moisturising Factors + HA is going to be your best friend here out of the group, its hydrating and will help skin repair.  If you really want to try out one of The Ordinary’s acids, then the Lactic Acid 5% is the gentlest of the products.


This is all about reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but we also want to keep the skin hydrated as we get older.  For morning use I suggest using The Buffet, this has gotten massive high reviews because of its formula which has over 11 different friendly amino acids and multiple other ingredients to combat aging process.  It is one of the more expensive products in or around €12 but it is probably one of their biggest sellers.  Argireline Solution 10% is what I use around my eye and forehead area for fine lines every evening. And finally I recommend you pick up their 100% L-Acorbic Acid Powder ( yes it does sound scary) but I promise you its brilliant.  It is a powder form in the jar and you mix a small amount with your everyday moisturiser, it can be built up over time as your skin gets used to it.  It is a powerful Vitamin C antioxidant , that targets uneven skin tone, signs of aging and dullness.  I use this in the evenings, mixed in with my night-time moisturiser.


If you have oily skin, believe it or not it still needs to be kept moisturised.  What you do want to work on is unclogging those pores and keeping them free from dirt etc.  I suggest you try their High-Adherence Silicone Primer underneath your makeup, as it works to  both hydrate and mattify in one application, which means the skin stays healthy and moisturised without becoming oily and greasy throughout the day. Natural Moisturising Factors + HA, this can also be used both morning and evening to maintain a healthy moisturising barrier to the skin without clogging.


So that is my little guide ladies, these products are such good quality and packed full of great ingredients its unbelievable that they are so budget friendly to purchase!   There are many more products available from The Ordinary and you can see them for yourself at :  The Ordinary

I purchase my products depending on availability from either :

Cloud10 Beauty or Beauty Bay

If you do try them please let me know how you get on !


Stacey x


Gift Ideas under €30 from Ali Express

Hi ladies

So although the Festive season is a long way off, anyone who has ordered from Ali Express knows that time isn’t on your side!  With most orders taking from 3 to 6 weeks to arrive, I have decided to do up an informative blog on some top gifts for your loved ones for Christmas.

I have shopped with Ali Express for the last 5 years and I have never had a bad experience with them.  On my last blog I told you a bit about how to shop correctly on what is really a huge online market place.  Like any other company or seller, you will always have the couple of shady ones that might put people off, but to remind you again, always look for sellers that have a high score for their store and also sellers that have sold a lot of the particular product you want, then to finish, read and look at the customers reviews these will not only help you to determine the quality of the item but also the size, type and length of time it took to be delivered.

I’m not going to put these gifts into any sort of bracket because they can literally be used for anyone, you can buy them for your child to give to their pals, a little gift for your neighbour, a gift to your husband or partner from your kids etc.  I will give a rough price which will be converted into euros, as they use dollar on the site so they will be roughly the price I state give or take a euro at most.  The whole idea is that they are cheap but good quality items that will ultimately bring a smile to someone’s face when they unwrap it on Christmas Morning.  It’s only know that I am older and have kids of my own that I really understand the joy of Christmas and that its not so much about big expensive presents, but a little bit of extra thought and spending time with the ones you love and enjoying it with them.

Anyway enough of my sentimental blabbing, you know me now, start me off about Christmas and I’ll have the decorations down, telling Enda, I’m just “sorting” through them to make sure everything is ok! Haha.






Anyone that has a teen or on overgrown man child knows about Fortnite.  I will definitely be getting some “merch” as my kids call it for my own lot.  The hoodie is classed as an adult hoodie but an XS would fit a boy aged 9-10 so you can go from there.  They also have everything from wallets, to caps to keyrings branded with Fortnite.


Stocking Fillers:

Vintage Cross Earings €2


Big, bold earrings are still all the rage and these Vintage cross ones are fab, they come in lots of different colours.





Stripe band watch


This little watch is cute and I love the band, sort of Tommy Hilfigeresque look about it! €2.50 also comes in different colour wrist band.







This is one of my faves, I ordered this for my sister in law after she had my niece, and the seller put her newborn pic on each side of it incased in glass, all for €2.50



Ah for anyone who has little girls into Unicorns , this little watch is gorgeous, only €1.50, perfect for anyone with a mountain of nieces and godkids and needing to fill their stockings!

Men-Cuff-links-Alphabet-Single-Letter-Black-Bottom-Silver-Plated-Wedding-Party-Vintage-16mm-Men-CuffLink.jpg_120x120I always struggle for little gifts for men, they are so hard to buy for! These little personalised Inital cufflinks are a lovely little gift and they can always keep them as a keepsake even if they never wear a suit again, or ideal as a present for a groomsman etc. €1!!


Cat-Panda-Automatic-Stealing-Coin-Piggy-Bank-Money-Saving-Box-Coins-Storage-Box-for-USD-EURO.jpg_120x120This is fab, and a good way to get the kids saving, not sure if these are around to buy but I love the idea of them.  Money boxes, but when you put the coin on top of the box, the little cat/ pokemon puts their paw out and grabs it in! Hillarious €8.50


New-Arrival-Q90-GPS-Phone-Positioning-Fashion-Children-Watch-1-22-Inch-Color-Touch-Screen-WIFI.jpg_350x350This I am actually looking forward to receiving as anything that will keep my kids active and safe is a good thing for me and its not costing an arm and a leg for someone wanting to try it out. There is a tracking feature, an alarm or sos button if your child is in danger, an alarm that you can set to cover an area and if the child moves outside the boundaries it sends a msg to your phone, tracks their steps etc. Some great features on it. One of the dearer gifts at €20- 24 depending on the model.


Makeup-Brushes-Set-Professional-1pc-10Pcs-Kits-Powder-Foundation-brush-Concealer-Eye-shadow-Lip-Blending.jpg_120x120Ok next up is one gift that will always be used! Makeup brushes. I’ve used lots of brushes from Ali Express and have a good few in my personal bag and I find them brilliant! You can also get these with a handy carry case for a bit extra. These are €7 for ten piece set.


ChenKe-Brand-Designer-Belts-for-Women-Fashion-Letter-Smooth-Buckle-Belts-Women-Men-Luxury-Leather-Belts.jpg_120x120 You can’t go wrong with a belt.  These G belts have been in a lot of online boutiques and shops.  You can get this one here for €6.50


2018-Sexy-Women-Nightgowns-Sleepshirts-Three-Quarter-O-Neck-Nightgowns-Solid-Full-Lace-Transparnet-Hollow-Out.jpg_120x120 If anyone was watching Love Island this year you will have seen similar to these beautiful lace over gowns, can be worn over swimwear or in the bedroom! €7, I love the black shade.

These little satin robes are timeless, I have it in mint green and I love wearing it, I am going to order the red for Christmas and pick up a few for gifts. Comes in loads of shades. Silk-Satin-Wedding-Bride-Bridesmaid-Robe-Floral-Bathrobe-Short-Kimono-Robe-Night-Robe-Bath-Robe-Fashion.jpg_220x220Perfect for bridal parties too. €6

Fashion-2018-font-b-Christmas-b-font-Gifts-Pins-And-font-b-Brooches-b-font-For.jpg_220x220These are random, but I ordered 6 of these in a couple of different little Christmas styles and they were a big hit, gave some to my Gran, Mam, a family friend and I wore one myself on my cardigan over Christmas, then again I’m an awful sucker and would love a gift of this! €2



Another thing that’s very popular with the girls is a good set of False lashes, I got these Faux mink ones, and now they come in a little gift box of 2, ideal for Secret Santa or a small gift. The quality of these lashes is always unreal, I wouldn’t buy from pharmacies anymore unless I was after running out. €4


I couldn’t do this and not include some handbags, there are bags to suit everyone from a 10 year old to a 90 year old, these 3 are my faves and I have ordered the Bee one of these to start with (€20), so I will let you know how I get on, I ordered it in black for coming into Autumn/ Winter.

The Glittery one (€11) comes in 3 shades, I think I will order the dark blue navy, its gorgeous, look it up.  The Gold Studded (large €22) one comes in 2 sizes, large and small, and it comes in about 10 different shades, I also love the emerald green shade, I don’t know how I am going to be able to pick just one!

Ok ladies, I better finish it up here, there are so many things I could have put on but I would have been here for the week.  Just to note, the prices are in or around that, as some stores sell for a little bit cheaper or dearer than others, some offer free shipping and some charge a couple of euro shipping, so just keep an eye on that.  And remember the rule of thumb, don’t buy anything from a seller that hasn’t sold anything yet or has no feedback.  I generally won’t even buy unless they have reviews with pictures!

I hope you enjoyed this, I’m not the greatest at blogging and putting bits together in an eye pleasing way but I’m only learning and I hope at least my information is clear and helpful for you.

If you do order any bits please be sure to let me know how you got on, and share any tips you might have with me!

Stacey xxx