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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

Top Products from 2018, that I loved!

Right, so I found lots of new products that I loved in 2018.  I am always picking up bits to try out and although I do like to splash out occasionally, I do love when a product works well and has a reasonable price range.

The beauty market has been flooded recently with so many products that I find it hard to decide which one to choose, between foundation, tan, highlighters and skincare it can be a nightmare to find one that will suit you and that you won’t end up throwing in your drawer never to be used again.

I will always give my honest review on anything I use, but just bare in mind that although I might love/hate a product, it might be the opposite for you.

These are in no particular order but I loved them all and would/ will be purchasing again!

 

NOTE COSMETICS – Full Coverage Liquid concealer -€4.95
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This concealer is one of the best low budget concealer’s I have ever used.  It comes with an applicator and 3 different shades.  Ivory, Beige & Sand. ( There could be new shades brought out since)  It gives a full coverage finish but it is so light on the skin, it is great for under eye area to brighten up dark circles.  My only gripe is that I go through it very quickly.  I would love to see a large version being brought out, I’d be all over that.  My shade I use is Ivory.

 

 

STILA – Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow – €27.95stila_kitten-karma_001_productHow did I ever live without these beauties! I currently have about 8 of these.  My favourite if I was to get only one would be Kitten Karma, its a light peachy golden shade that goes with any eye look.  It can be used on its own blended over the lid or added on top of shadows to give a pop of glitter to the eye.  There is no fall out with this, unlike some glitter shadows or pigments and there is no need for any glue.  Its pricey but lasts for ages.  If your wanting to treat yourself, pick up one of these.  Rose Gold retro is another beautiful shade, slightly more pink than Kitten Karma but equally bling.

 

THE ORDINARY – Coverage Foundation – €6.80

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I bought this because I had heard great things about The Ordinary and I loved their skincare range.  I was sceptical that for that price is would be as good as it was.  This comes in lots of shades and they also do different tones, so P for pink undertones, Y for yellow undertones, R for red undertones and N for neutral tones.  This is great as we all have different undertones in our skin.

I prefer to use their 2.0 YG which is Yellow Gold, the gold being tiny flecks of gold going through the foundation which gives it a luminous finish.  The coverage is good, I would say medium coverage.  It also feels light on the skin so you don’t have to feeling like your face is dried or cracking. I have maybe 20 bottles of this now in all the different shades for use on clients.

 

BELLAMIANTA- Skin Perfecting Instant Tan – €18.00

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I usually use self tan year round, its rare I don’t have it on but this has been a god send for days when I haven’t any on or want to spruce up tan that has been on a while.  It has a beautiful scent and it is really moisturising.  It evens out the skin tone and just gives a really lovely glow to the skin without feeling that usual sticky feeling you get with some instant tan.   I always bring their travel size one with me when  I go away for a few nights, it is a life saver especially if I don’t know what outfits I am going to wear.  Tan those ankles girl!!!  You can get 20% off on their website http://www.bellamianta.com if you use the code FAIRY20 ❤

 

NOTE COSMETICS – Skin Perfecting Illuminator – €8.76

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I only found this gem around October, but I am already out.  I have used this every day and love it.  It primes your skin whilst adding a bit of a glow.  Similar to Mac Strobe cream but I need to be able to walk into a store local to me and pick something up which is why this is going on my best of 2018 list.  I also got a lot of use out of the tube, which is a decent 35mls.  For that price you cannot go wrong.

 

KIKO – Hydra Pro Mask – €6.25

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I have dry skin and if I don’t look after it nothing sits right on it, my make up starts to flake and crease and its just a nightmare.  I got this when I was Lisbon last year.  I use it once a week or if I am lazy once every 2 weeks.  It is a lovely light face mask that leaves your skin feeling so soft and hydrated after it.  It is ideal for all skin types and as usual the price is on point!

Kiko website is always doing great sales and they ship to Ireland also.

 

I have so many products that I have bought and loved but these were the ones that stood out for me be it price or quality.  You have probably heard me speaking about them on my social media, if you have any question’s don’t be afraid to send me a message.

 

Stacey x

 

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.

 

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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.

ACNE PRONE SKIN 

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.

BLEMISHES & CLOGGED PORES

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.

DRY SKIN

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.

SENSITIVE 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.

MATURE SKIN

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.

OILY SKIN 

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