My Faves Part 1: Eve Lom Rescue Mask

Last night as I was applying my favourite face mask for a bit of evening pampering, I decided I would write a blog post about it to share with you all. I have a lot of favourite products that are not new to the market and therefore haven’t written about them, but then I thought, why not write about them? Some of the greatest products out there are classics! So going forward I’ve decided to add a new section to my blog called ‘My Faves’.

For this post, I’m talking about my Eve Lom Rescue Mask. This face mask is by no means new on the market, in fact many of you may have already tried it, but it’s the best one that I’ve come across in a long time and have been using it for over a year now. I apply it usually around every two weeks or so and still love it as much now as the first time I tried it.

The Rescue Mask is made of a clay called Kaolin Clay and contains some great ingredients such as honey and sweet almond. According to Eve Lom; Kaolin Clay (absorbs excess oils and reduces puffiness), Camphor (cools and decongests), Ground Almonds (gently exfoliates) and Honey (conditions the skin).


The mask is quite thick, as you would imagine from any clay mask, and I tend to apply a generous amount all over my face, obviously avoiding my eyes and mouth. The mask smells amazing, and starts to dry into the skin and harden quite quickly after application, so be prepared to sit quietly for ten to fifteen minutes while the mask does its work. The perfect excuse for some quiet time!

After roughly fifteen minutes, I splash some warm water over my face, then using a warm damp muslin cloth, gently wipe and remove the mask from my face.

The softness of my skin after this mask is just incredible, and it also leaves skin looking fresh and glowing. So in other words what I’m saying here, is that Eve Lom is very justified in its product description. It reduces puffiness, it decongests, it exfoliates and it conditions. What more could you need in a mask?!

The 50ml tube that I have will set you back €45 so it’s not cheap, but it will last you around three to six months depending on how often you use it. So given the lasting time, to me that’s not bad.

If you’ve tried this, or decide to try it then I’d love to hear your thoughts, and I’d love to hear about your favourite masks too. As you know, I’m always on the lookout for new things to try so send them on!

Sorcha x

Upcoming Beauty Reviews

Things have been very busy over the past couple of weeks so I haven’t got nearly as many beauty reviews written as I would have liked. But I’ve been trying out lots of new products and I’m excited to share all my thoughts on them with you.

There will be full reviews up on all these products shortly but here’s a sneak peak into what I’ve been putting to the test:

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette 

A few weeks ago I bought the UD Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette and it is amazing. There are a great mix of colours, lots of soft nude and brown shades, combined with a few very strong shades like blue, burgundy and black.

I’m a massive fan of UD palettes in general so I was really excited to get this, and so far it’s is looking like a good all-rounder. Keep an eye out for some of my makeup looks using this palette which will be live next week.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 

Okay so I’ve read loads of reviews of Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream and I was expecting wondrous, ‘magic’ results. Like, it’s nice and all but it hasn’t worked any magic on me so far. And the biggest question I’m asking is, is it worth the €90 price tag? I’m not convinced so far. I’m worried this is all hype and no substance…

But, I’ve only tried it a couple of times so in the interest of fairness, I’m going to give this another week or two before I share a full, detailed review.

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Gel

 

I really love Benefit primers and their ‘That Gal’ offering has been a staple in my makeup bag for years. I also like their POREfessional offering, so when they released this mattifying gel in January, I instantly added it to my wish list.

I have dry skin, well maybe normal to dry, so I don’t suffer with excess oil on my face. I do however like most people, experience some shine in the afternoons around my T-Zone area. I’ve read that this does wonders for keeping shine at bay so I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts once I’ve given it a proper go.

Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Felt Tip Eyeliner Pen 

For those of you who read a lot of my beauty posts, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of MAC eyeliners. I use their Penultimate Eyeliner Pen as my every day eyeliner, and their Fluidline pot for a more dramatic look.

Because I’ve been using these for so long, I got a bit lazy about trying other market alternatives so when I was in Urban Decay a few weeks ago, I decided to try their version of a felt tip eyeliner pen, Ink for Eyes.

It’s super easy to use, I’m really liking it so far. The only downside I’ve noticed is that it does start to dry quite quickly on application so I’ll be watching it over the next while and will report back soon.

I will get full blog posts on each of these products up over the next week or two, I promise!

In the meantime, have you tried any of these? If so I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Sorcha x

Review: L’Occitane Zesty Lime Hand Cream

Due to all the cold weather we’ve been having over the past few weeks, my hands have been particularly dry of late. I’ve always suffered with dry skin, I have Psoriasis on some areas of my skin, but whilst my Psoriasis has never thankfully, spread to my hands, they still can become very flaky, dry and sore at times.

I don’t tend to use perfumed creams when my hands are very bad as I fear it might irritate them but I was in L’Occitane a few weeks ago and came across this Zesty Lime hand cream. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve used L’Occitane hand creams before but sometimes found them to be a bit sticky so have never been particularly overwhelmed by them. However, I’m a sucker for anything with a citrus scent so I decided to give this one a go.

Made from 20% Shea Butter, Lime Oil, Lemon Peel Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil amongst other ingredients, the cream itself is quite thick on application, but super hydrating and moisturising. It also leaves a lovely soft shimmer on your skin. Most importantly of all however, it’s not sticky like some of its counterparts that I had previously tried.

But the real selling point for me with this is the scent. My god, the scent! The minute I apply it to my hands, I literally sit there smelling my hands like a weirdo for a few minutes because I love it so much. Isn’t that the sign of a great product though?

If you’re not a fan of citrus then this isn’t for you as it is quite strong. If like me you can’t resist it however, and you’re looking for a new hand cream then I’d suggest giving this one a try.

The tube costs €8.00 for the 30ml tube, so it’s not going to last forever. Having said that, you really only need a small amount of cream for each application so it’s a winner in my view.

Don’t you just love when something surprises you?!

Sorcha x

Review: L’Occitane Sels De Bain – Relaxing Bath Salts

After my busy weekend of hen celebrations, I woke up yesterday with the severe Monday blues. And it seems I wasn’t the only one as yesterday was apparently the most depressing day of the year, or Blue Monday as it’s called. It also didn’t help that I was suffering from a two day hangover. As a result, I came home from work feeling exhausted and very sorry for myself so the only cure was to have a nice long bath and an early night.

If I’m being honest, I don’t ever need an excuse to pass an hour or two relaxing in a bath reading a book, but this time it was desperately needed! Also, at Christmas I got a present of L’Occitane Relaxing Bath Salts which I’ve been dying to try out for ages so I thought what better time to give them a whirl.

I’ve heard great things about these bath salts and so had high expectations. Made from natural essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Orange and Geranium, they smell absolutely amazing in the tub so I thought I was in for a real treat.

The recommendation is to put one to two spoonfuls into the bath, but after two I wasn’t happy so I went for a third. It took a while for the scent to fill the bathroom, but it got there eventually. And though I didn’t really get the feeling of essential oils in the same way you do with a bath oil, my skin was lovely and soft afterwards.


I’m always trying out new bath products, bath time is precious so it has to be amazing. Was this amazing? Hmm, not really. But would that stop me using them again? Probably not. I did come out of the bath feeling very relaxed and zen, and had a great sleep last night. Plus the scent did linger for quite a few hours after which is always good.

At €19 it’s not the cheapest and I’ll be interested to see how long the tub lasts. But it is definitely relaxing, so if you’re looking for a luxury relaxing soak and don’t mind forgoing bubbles, I say go for it!

Sorcha x