Wednesday, 9 April 2014

 How to Prevent Wrinkles and Premature Ageing

We all know smoking is one of the top 2 ways we can age prematurely. All that lack of oxygen to the skin really takes it's toll on our skin amongst other things. So what would have the opposite effect of smoking on our skin? Well Oxygen Facials for one. But there's a cheaper way to get extra oxygen pumping to our aesthetic layers and have us looking youthful, blushing and glowing... Exercise!!! Whether its dancing, karate, jogging or walking, all that activity keeps us looking younger, healthier and less wrinkly! Another great reason to get up & about. We can really reduce our biological age with a regular dose of physical activity ;)

The next demon cause of premature ageing is of course Sun Exposure. Exposing our skin to harmful UVA & UVB rays causes uneven skin tone, fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, broken capillaries, age spots, cancer and more. We can protect our skin with daily, broad-spectrum, SPF moisturisers with antioxidants. (I have listed my faves below) Good skin requires less foundation make-up & PREVENTION is better than cure!! 
So the secret to looking young is to ALWAYS wear sunscreen, even on cloudy days. When you're spending time outdoors, apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen to prevent both UVA and UVB rays. Essential for all you outdoors people, gardening, surfing, walking, swimming, running 5K's and all! 

A little birdie in Therapie Clinic told me that our computer monitor and laptop screens ALSO emanate UVA rays!! Yes those ones that cause the owl wrinkles an' all.. Another great reason to always wear a daily moisturiser with SPF  ;)

Below are some of my top SPF picks available in most pharmacies, on-line and in department stores. Happy shopping!! :)  <3

My Top Picks! - Moisturisers

The wording on the product is important when buying moisturisers. Look for a day moisturiser that says 'Protecting'. Make sure it has a high SPF Factor, and that it is broad spectrum, i.e. that it blocks both UVA & UVB rays. Look for one with Antioxidant vitamins C and E. These antioxidants mop up the cancer-causing free-radicals that are generated when we are exposed to the sun.

  • Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex with SPF 30 with antioxidants 60ml €27.50  

    This lightweight lotion with antioxidants provides gentle, broad-spectrum sun protection with a soft, powder-like, finish. Great for those of you who find your skin to be a bit oilier in the Summer. It's also perfect for wearing under make-up and has an SPF of 30! With daily use this lotion will prevent and repair multiple signs of ageing.

My Top Sunscreen Picks!  <3

Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50, 148ml €20.90

This amazing product from Paula's Choice is my top sunscreen pick and is available on-line at   ;)

This antioxidant-rich sunscreen provides broad-spectrum sun protection without leaving a greasy or waxy film on skin. Formulated for the face and body, it may be worn under make-up and is ideal for outdoor activities because it is very water-resistant. You can buy it on the Paula's Choice Website

Vichy Ideal Soleil Mattifying Face Dry Touch SPF50+ 50ml €20

In warm weather our skin is much oilier than usual, and often suncreams can be quite greasy! I always repurchase this one as it's great for those prone to breakouts. 
"Expert sun protection for normal-combination skin. High protection from UV rays and a mattifying effect against shine with a dry touch texture. Vichy Ideal Soleil Dry Touch includes a wide spectrum filter system and photostable UVA-UVB based Mexoryl ®. A soft, dry, no-shine, water resistant finish."

Thank you so much for reading my blog post! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I'll do my best to get back to you. If you enjoyed this post please like & share and I'll do more similar beauty posts in future  ;)

Selina  x

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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Wet 'n' Wild 

Hugely popular, American, budget Make-Up brand, Wet 'n' Wild, comes to Ireland!!!

Wet 'n' Wild Cosmetics has been launched in Ireland, and in our very own, Dunnes Stores! Selected Penney's stores & retailers nationwide will also stock the make-up brand, which ranges in price from just €1.99 to €6.49!!  

Yes the brand-name itself is a tad cringe, but the Wet 'n' Wild cosmetic range has gained worldwide popularity due to the high quality of the make-up range and the fact that it retails at such low prices! Plus, as my LA-based, vegan sister tells me,  Wet 'n' wild is one of the few drugstore make-up brands that do NOT test on animals! Big ups! Guuuuurl, I'm all over this ;)

So what is available and what do I recommend?

The range is pretty extensive so I took HD pics of everything so you can have a look at prices, see what's available, and I swatched pigments on the back of my hand so you can see the colour pay-off. There are a few products within the range that you should avoid, but I also have a few favourites that I highly recommend so I'll start with these.

Wet 'n' Wild COLOR ICON™ BLUSHER €4.49

Beautiful!!! These blushers swatched like a dream! These were one of my faves. Highly pigmented, satin texture, great selection of shades.. They seem to contain a stain that keeps the colour long-lasting, and just the right amount of light-reflecting pigments to give the skin a natural glow,without being glittery. I loved these and at €4.49, they're a steal. Tip: Apply with a very light hand, and tap excess of your brush before applying on your face as a little of this goes a long way ;)

Wet 'n' Wild COLOR ICON™ BROW & EYE LINER €1.99

I love how these pencils are marketed together as brow and eye liners, and there's a varied selection of shades. I picked up the E651 Black Black and theE649 Mink Brown which is a perfect shade for brows.. I've swatched both below, a harsh line for each pencil and a blended line. 
These creamy pencils are fantastic, and at €1.99 each, they are a bargain! The texture reminds me of the MAC eyeliner pencils. And once blended and set, these stay put! Fab ;)

Wet 'n' Wild COLOR ICON™ Eyeshadow Palettes (8 Colours) €6.49, (5 Colours) €5.49 and (3 Colours) €4.49

These eye-shadows are intensely pigmented and excellent value. The matte shades don't give as good a colour pay-off as the satin or shimmering shades but for the price, these are a great deal. The best-selling palettes were the neutral palettes, namely 'Comfort Zone' (Neutral and Olive shades) and 'The Naked Truth', which includes 2 good matte shades and perfect neutrals for any eye look. They were sold out in the first Dunnes Stores I visited, but I picked both palettes up since, and I'm going to do a giveaway on my Facebook page so keep an eye out!! ;)
Below are both palettes..

My favourites of the trios were  'Don't Steal My Thunder' and 'Walking On Eggshells' €4.49. Both highly pigmented, and great for so many eye looks.

My final favourite, (for now ;) I'm sure I'll fall in love with others as time goes on) is...


This is something that everyone should have in their make-up bag, and is my secret to a feminine, defined eye. I never leave the house without a slick of this on the base of my upper lashes. Magic! and it's waterproof too so it will be replacing my GOSH liquid liner.

I chose a Black-Brown for everyday wear, but I'll be picking up another two in black (1 for my Pro Kit) as it'll be perfect for creating a dramatic eye look. the felt tip applicator makes applying it a cinch! and once it has dried, it doesn't budge.

So those are my favourites so far!! I'm looking forward to trying their Foundations and Powders in the coming weeks as I've heard great things about them Stateside.

The Coverall Foundation and Powder range is meant to be way better than previous Wet 'n' Wild base make-up offerings. I'll have to put it to the test!

There's a massive range of nail varnishes most for only €2.99 with the glitter varnishes just an extra euro, and the quality is good. 

They have a wide range of lip products in various finishes, including the famous Megalast lipsticks which are just as good as many expensive ranges. They seem to contain a stain which holds the colour for a long time after it's applied, and retail at only €2.99. 

 Wet 'n' Wild have a selection of good quality mascaras ranging from €2.99 up to €5.49 in price. The Mega Protein Mascara at €2.99 seems to be a favourite with American beauty gurus so this will def be on my shopping list next time!

Watch this space as I'll review more of their products in the near future. ;)

To enter the draw to win one of two Wet 'n' Wild eyeshadow palettes, simply share, like and comment on the link to the Giveaway on my Business Page on Facebook right here!

So have you tried any of these out and what are your favourites? Have you had good/bad experiences with Wet 'n' Wild so far? Please leave any questions or comments below, and thank you for visiting my blog  x x x
Selina x

Selina G Make-Up Artist