Thursday, 29 May 2014

Image Skincare Clear Cell and Vital C

Image Skincare was new to me until Sharon of Sharons Urban Escape introduced me to it about a month ago when I booked in to get a facial done. I had a full consultation and Sharon recommended/prescribed a combination of the Clear Cell and Vital C range 

Their Clear Cell range is specifically designed for acne treatment:
 “Clear Cell fights acne, reduces inflammation, eliminates excess oil and purifies skin”.

From the Clear Cell range I have been using three products every 2nd day. 
The salicylic gel cleanser is applied to wet skin, it foams up, great at removing makeup and gives you a very clean feeling once washed off with a hot face cloth.

In the evenings I follow this with the medicated acne masque. I find this quiet harsh so have only been applying to areas where the acne is concentrated. It only needs to be left on for a minute and then rinsed off.

The medicated acne lotion has quiet a potent smell and to be honest I was a little surprised as to how harsh it felt on my skin. It stung for a couple of seconds but quickly settled.  

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Alongside the clear cell range I have been using some products from the Vital C Range
 “A product line high in anti-oxidants for ultimate protection and nutrition.

The Vital C Hydrating Cleanser which I use every morning and evenings (when I am not using the salicylic cleanser), its a cream cleanser, smells amazing, and great at taking off makeup. I massage it in to the face then remove it with a hot face cloth.

On the evenings I’m not using the clear cell I use the Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Mask. Its quiet a thick formula but I can almost feel my skin drinking it. I put if on for a good 30 mins before rinsing off.

The Vital C Anti Ageing Hydrating Serum is really nice on the skin too and I’ve been applying it every other day morning and evening to freshly cleansed skin.

Moisturiser wise I have been using the Prevention + daily matte moisturiser with SPF 32. This has the most amazing smell and sinks right in to the skin.

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I know you are probably thinking I spent a fortune on products here but I didn't (i’m not that loaded). I bought the travel size clear cell kit for €15 which contains the three clear cell products, and the vital c serum and enzyme mask. These five products are all sample size.
Sharon gave me a trial size of the moisturiser and I purchased a full size Vital C cleanser for €30 (it think!!)

Soooooo what you are all wondering at this stage is did they help my skin at all?? Well the answer is a big fat yes. I have seen a noticeable difference; breakouts have decreased to barely any and my face looks brighter. 

Long term I don’t think I will use the Clear Cell every second day as I feel I have the breakouts under control now, so twice per week for the medicated masque and lotion I feel would be plenty.

I am 100% going to purchase the full size Vital C Hydrating enzyme mask as I found it a very effective exfoliater and not at all harsh on the skin.  

Overall I am so impressed with Image Skincare and would defo recommend this combination if you are looking for some acne treatment or stick with the Vital C range on its own if you are looking to brighten and freshen up the skin.

Sharon is like a fountain of knowledge on Image so if you are in and around Newbridge pop in and have a chat with her. The Image facials she does are also amazing so why not treat yourself.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Eating Clean - Some Food Ideas

I spoke here about linking my food habits to my acne issues and since then I have been making a very conscious effort to ‘eat clean’.

I know a lot of people really struggle with ideas of what to eat instead of what they have been eating for the last 100 years (slight exaggeration) so I thought it might be useful to give you a few suggestions. 
(FYI - I am by no means an expert and I’m not trying to be)

Banana and blueberry pancake – 1 egg, handful of chopped up blueberries, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nut butter, 1 banana. Mix altogether and cook on a pan with coconut oil. This can be a bit tricky to flip sometimes, so if it falls apart in the pan don’t worry, will still taste yum!

Porridge – I eat gluten free oats, use soya milk, and top up with blueberries or raspberries and some cinnamon.

Poached eggs – you can get those pans that are specifically for poaching, just grease up the little trays with a bit of butter and leave them cook for about ten mins. Will keep you full for a few hours!

Smoothie – i throw in a banana, strawberries, blueberries, a spoon of peanut butter and some dairy free ice cream (check out Nobó )and coconut mil k. Really quick and handy and if you are rushing out the door you can take it in the car with you.

Sausages – there are gluten free options available with a high pork content (get the highest you can).
Bacon/Rashers – same applies here, get the highest meat content you can.

Snacks / 11’s:
Rice cakes (unsalted) with peanut butter and banana.
Apples sliced with peanut butter and cinnamon.
Nuts - make sure they are good quality and unsalted.
Fruit – berries are your friends, top up with mixed nuts and real greek yogurt.

Preparation is key here, if you don’t plan your lunches you WILL end up eating shite.
The most convenient way of doing lunch is doubling up on your dinners.
I tend to make the following during the week as its easy, quick and tastes good:

Red Thai Curry (link here)

Fajita Mix – diced chicken, peppers, onions and mushrooms. Marinate with a teaspoon of cumin, tsp of chilli powder, tsp Worchester sauce, salt and pepper, and the juice from half a lime. If you prep this the night before you can cook it fresh in the morning if you have the time. I eat mine with some jasmine rice.  I tend to make some guacamole also to have with this.

Marinated chicken breasts – one of the easiest and nicest marinates I have had is lemon juice, oregano and thyme. Leave for as long as possible to marinate then either grill or oven bake the chicken. Team up with some cooked veggies of a salad.

Spaghetti bol – really easy to make from scratch with tomatoes, and various spices. Keeps really well and is really filling for lunch. Eat wholegrain pasta or else have sweet potato mash or fries instead of pasta altogether.

Marinated Pork Chops – soy sauce and honey is a good marinate, or any mixed spices either. Again i tend to marinate over night and cook fresh in the morning if I have the time. I will have with some salad or cooked veg.

Hope this was helpful for some of you out there, and be sure to follow me on instagram where I tend to share my food pics!! 

If you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them. 

Friday, 23 May 2014

HealGel Face: Review

As you know by know I’m always having some sort of trouble with my skin, and because of this I have been left with some mild scarring. I was looking for something to help fade these, and when I heard about Heal Gel I just had to know what all the fuss was about. 

HealGel is a range of products, face, eye, body and intensive; created by a team of plastic and cosmetic surgeons with the help of a dermatological biochemist in the UK. It is an aqueous gel, claiming to soothe, repair and protect the skin.

I have been trialing HealGel Face* for app four months now, using it twice per day.
The packaging is not dissimilar to that of clinque, in such a way that it is very clinical which I like, fancy packaging doesn’t do much for me. It comes in a pump action bottle which is great for those of us that get a little too enthusiastic!!

HealGel Face

The product itself is very soothing on the skin, is absorbed almost straight away, and a little goes a long long way. The redness and scarring has most definitely faded, and my skin in general looks like it has a bit more life to it. I have used different oils etc to help with redness reduction but none of them have lived up to this product.

The cost of the product is most defiantly reflected in the quality, RRP is £48, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy again as soon as I run out.

If you are struggling with acne scarring and redness I can’t recommend this product highly enough. It has done wonders for my confidence. 

You can check out all of HealGel products right here

Have you tried any other HealGel products?? Lemme know what you think if you have!

*PR sample gratefully received 

Wishlist: Slogan Gym Tees

So I blogged yesterday (here) about the diff pants I am wearing to the gym, 
but what I am really lacking are some good tops.

I love a good slogan tee, and wish there was someone in 
Ireland that was making these kinds of tops!

Pinterest is full of them, but a lot of the time they are coming from America 
and the postage is just way too high. 

Soooo if you know anywhere/anyone in Ireland or the UK that is making and selling slogan gym tees please let me know as I really really want/need ALL of the below!!

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I'd love to see some of the slogan gym tees you are rocking or have on your wishlist too!!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Workout/Gym Gear

Aloha All,

Finally feel myself getting back to blogging so thought I'd craic on with something I am currently obsessing over: Workout Gear - more specifically the most obnoxious/bright/patterned pants I can get my paws on!

Lets clear something up though before we start, I am not, I repeat, I AM NOT one of those people who goes to the gym with a full face of make-up and fancy labelled clothes and pretends to workout. I wouldn't be winning any beauty awards leaving that's for sure, but I do like having nice gym gear hence all the ridiculousness you are about to see!!

I've been adding to my collection over the last few months and wanted to share with you some of my favorites:

Top L-R adidas
Bottom L-R adidas & ellesse

The top right, and bottom left adidas pants have a little pocket small enough for a key which is handy, and are both clima-cool material. The top left adidas are cotton but still feel very cooling, as do the ellesse (not sure what material they are made from). 

The quality of all four is just fantastic, they are getting washed all the time and have not lost their shape at all, and are great at keeping the sweat off the body too! (nothing worse than looking at someones sweaty arse in a gym!!)

I bought all of these off Littlewoods Ireland  with prices coming in at €20-€35. 

There are so many more on my wishlist that I need/want so I will keep you all updated with any new purchases on instagram and twitter (@coco_oscarwells)...

If you have any rec's please let me know cause I am als keeping an eye out!!