Caroline Hirons Skincare Book

A couple of weeks ago I received Caroline’s Skincare Book. I had been excited about receiving this and I wasn’t disappointed. Its a no nonsense guide and written in the style Caroline talks.

Caroline is a lady who loves Camo,Duran Duran and Heavy Rock. She has 23 years experience in Skincare,consulting /advising for retailers and brands in the the Skincare Industry. She is a trained aesthetician and worked for top brands.

Born and raised in Liverpool and the U.S. Caroline has lived in London since the late 1980s with husband Jim and their 4 children.

The book is divided into several chapters.

The Introduction includes a explanation of how the skin works.

A Good Skin Routine chapter helps you plan the best routine for you and your lifestyle. It includes extra information on a summer and winter routine.

Skin Types and Conditions chapter helps you know the difference between skin types. And the condition of your skin resulting in lifestyle. It also shows different skin conditions such as Eczema and how to treat it.

When life Happens this chapter is all about dealing with the skin during ageing, puberty,menopause and illness.

Your Kit chapter helps you find the best products for your skin concerns and your age group. She also discusses the products she doesnt like and why.

Here’s the Thing chapter talks about myths of the industry. Caroline talks about what are the fear selling tactics of the brand.

There is also a Glossary of Terms and Brands section mentioned in the book.

I think this book is suitable for someone struggling with there skin, someone interested in Skincare and people working in the Industry. It has lots of photos in this book to show you information as you go along too. Even Dermotoligists have been impressed with this book.

At present it’s a No 1 bestseller. Its price is £20, but can be purchased cheaper in supermarkets Amazon and WHSmith in the UK.

On Caroline’s Blog it gives information on where you can buy it internationally. Caroline has a blog which started in 2010 with 120 million views.

Where to find Caroline online:-

carolinehirons.com

Facebook CarolineHironsOfficial

Twitter CarolineHirons

Instagram CarolineHirons

You Tube CarolineHirons

I hope you enjoy this article and look up Caroline .Shes hard hitting down to earth and funny.

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Disclaimer I have not been paid for this article . The book has been bought with my own monies.

What I’m loving right now

Well I’ve purchased some new products from my ebay sales.

Firstly, I bought a new Elomi bra as my Panache ones were worn out. I can’t get to Bravissimo for a fitting due to Covid19.Plus my nearest Bravissimo shop is over 30 miles away in Leeds. But by the way ladies Bravissimo in the UK is the best place I’ve been for a fitting. As they took there time and the bras fit like a glove, I got the Panache Envy at my last fitting which is a great bra.

My Elomi Morgan bra still fitted me well so I went for the Lydia this time. I bought it direct from there website. Look at the outlet page to on there site bras there selling of cheaper. It came in 2 days and fits so well. There bras are very sturdy but pretty.

My favourite brands are Elomi, Freya and Fantasie, which are all from the Wacoal group. And Panache a Sheffield based company that also sells in the USA I believe.

I also bought a new dress for £20 from Ruby and Daisy. They are a small boutique north of Manchester that ship internationally. Now there dresses are one size and go from a UK 8 to upto a 24. So basically you can wear the same dress if your a size 10 and your mates a size 20. Yes incredible do look at there website. One of the co owners is Antonella Brollini, who in the UK is known as Aunty Nelly the uncensored reviewer, and been a guest on ITVs This Morning programme. She was on live on the Ruby and Daisy Facebook site last week and shes says shes going to get stock in soon up to a size 32. They have there own website, Facebook and Instagram.

I bought the Bayview dress which the material feels lovely and looks flattering. I bought it in the Navy and I’m going to wear it this week in the hot weather.

Nelly in a Bayview dress

Finally I bought the small Caudalie Grape Water for £6 75ml. It is a moisturising mist/toner spray and refreshing in this hot weather. It feels great on the skin and a good buy worth it. I got it from the Escentual site I’ve mentioned before took 2 days for delivery. And I got a Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse in a mini size 10 ml and La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 mini size 3ml too for free.

I’ve used the oil on my face and hair as its multi functional and its brilliant. Not greasy on the skin it’s a dry oil. And smoothed my hair using it before washing my hair.

I’m looking forward to getting my Caroline Hirons Skincare book. I will let you know about that soon.

Links:-

Ruby and Daisy http://www.rubyanddaisy.co.uk/

Elomi http://www.elomilingerie.com/

Esentual http://www.essentual.com

Bravissimo http://www.bravissimo.com

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Disclaimer I have not been paid to promote or buy any products. Products have been paid out of my own money.

Make up for Sensitive Skin

When I was a teenager and only had a small amount of money for college, I used a lot of Avon. But the oil free foundation I used when I socialised on a weekend evening brought me out in spots. My skin was oily and I removed it properly. And I’m not saying Avon is a bad Brand but there was something in the ingredients that flared my skin up.

I then heard about Various Hypoallergenic ranges for sensitive skin and the were also non comedgic. So they shouldn’t block your pores or flare up your skin. This I read in my teenage mag in the beauty column. One brand I had seen in Boots in the city centre. Boots is a major chemist in the Uk. This brand had it’s own counter in the store, it was an American brand Almay. I tried the foundation and low and behold no spots or flare ups. I gradually purchased more and more of the brand, eye make up for my new contact lenses I purchased etc.

After 3 or 4 years Almay stopped selling in the UK. And I bought Boots own sensique brand, the eye make up was brilliant. But sadly they stopped the line after a few years.And when I went for my Clarins facial the therapist gave me some of the make up to try in samples, as I was running out of foundation. The Clarins was fantastic and a little went a long way. So a bottle would last me a couple of years as I didn’t wear it every day. Like the Almay which was cheaper it didn’t irritate me plus it had skin benefit ingredients in it.

I understand that Almay can still be bought in the USA so all you American ladies out there try it.

Two other American brands I like are Laura Geller her eye make up is safe for my eyes. And I love her baked foundation and blusher.

Benefit blusher, concealer, bronzer and highlighter I like but I cant wear the eye make up. There is something in the eye make up that irritates the eyes. I find some brands are not labelled hypoallergenic but because they dont have certain ingredients in them a sensitive user can use them. And Benefit is one of these examples.

I think personally it’s a good idea to try before you buy. The Benefit counter does encourage make overs on counter, which is great. I was having a make over and I had my glasses instead of lenses. And it how I realised the eye make up didn’t suit, but I’m fine with the face makeup. But you can always try mini versions or samples of make up.

Look for paraben free,phlates free, hypoallergenic and non comedgic in the descriptions of make up if your not sure.

I will list below other brands that are best for sensitive skin.

Colorscience

Jane Iredale

Burts Bees

Physicians Formula

Georgio Armani Beauty

Neutrogena

Bare Minerals

Clinique

Glo skin beauty

Vmv Hypoalergenics

Tarte

Trish McAvoy

Links :-

http://www.almay.com

http://www.clarins.co.uk/

http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/

Almay

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Disclaimer I was not paid to write this article it is written on my own own opinion experience and make up has been bought by my own monies

Caudalie

After hearing Caroline Hirons liking Caudalie products I thought I would look into Caudalie

Caudalie products are cheaper the brand of skincare I normally use. So I thought I would browse a site Caroline reccomended too esentual.com

I found the products were priced between £6 and £46. And above this price the premier cru range.

I needed moisturizer as I was on my dregs of my moisturisers which were samples, having run out of my Clarins Hydra moisturizer. I chose the Vinosource range as it’s the moisturising range , and my skin as been dehydrated with been indoors most of the time.

But first I will let you know more about Caudalie. Its a green skincare range made from grape extract, veg oils waxes and butters, essential oils, floral and botanical butters,plants and fruit extracts.

Caudalie does not use parabens and phenoxyethanol, animal derived ingredients,mineral oils or sodium laureth sulfate.

Caudalie also gives 1% turnover for reforestation.

I saw the moisturiser in a collection it was a best seller the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet £23 for 40ml. With it was a Vinosource SOS Thirst quenching serum sample 10ml and Moisturising Mask sample 15ml.

The moisturizer ingredients includes Chamomile, Shea butter,grape water,polyphenols ( anti age and antioxidant)

The serum full size retails £29.00 for 30ml and ingredients are Hyaluronic acid, vinolevure,olive squalene,grape water and polyphenols.

The mask retails at £22 for 75ml and contains Hyaluronic acid, Vinolevure and green grape.

Photos below

The mask is lovely I have had it on twice now. For 15 minutes and overnight as you can use it both ways. It left my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. It has a very earthy smell to it and a creamy thick texture.

Both the serum and moisturizer have fruity fragrance to them but a natural smell not synthetic. The serum absorbed into my skin and both products were soothing. The moisturizer was light and mousse like and the serum light and silky on my skin.My skin as felt soft and smooth since and its alleviated my dryness.

I did like the packaging it came in and they try and make it recyclable.

I feel as I may repurchase in the future. As I feel that they benefit my skin. And they are worth the price considering the ingredients.

Caudalie do a few collections and mini size products to try. Do look at the Caudalie site for further information as they can give you more information on there values and ingredients.

http://www.escentual.com

http://www.caudalie.com

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Disclaimer I was not paid for advertising and my opinions are my own. I bought the products by my own monies they were not gifted.

Spring look

Hi thought I would do a spring look for the modern day rather than retro.Make up is more sheer and natural with soft colours.

Make up used

Face

Clarins SOS primer 00 Universal light

Benefit Stay don’t stay eye primer light/ medium

Benefit fake up concealer 02 Medium

Clarins Skin illusion Foundation 110

Becca skin perfect highlighter in Rose gold

Clarins bronzer from Colourful Horizons pallette to contour

Eyes

Clarins mono colours in 16 pink frost 23 silver green

Soap and glory crazy sexy kohl in black on top eyelid

Laura Geller Inkredible liner in Purple Rain underneath

Clinique superfine liner for brows in Brown

Clarins supra volume mascara in Intense Black.

Lips

Estee Lauder pure colour envy 420 in Reckless Bloom

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Disclaimer not been paid for this article products are my own.

1950s Make up look

1950s Make up was simple no contouring highlighting etc. Just a matte face, simple eyes and red or pink lips. Think Marilyn Monroe , Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.

This is my take on 50s make up.

Make up used :

Face

Clarins everlasting foundation SP15 colour 107

Benefit Boing Concealer 01

Benefit stay don’t stray eye primer light/ medium

Clarins mineral loose powder 02 medium

Clarins Blush Prodige 05 Rosewood

Eyes

Estee Lauder sugar cube white highlighter

Clarins the essential eyeake up palette in neutral

Beige for Transition colour

Matte Brown for crease.

Laura Geller Inkredible eyeliner in Blackbird.

Clarins supra volume mascara intense black.

Lips

Clarins lip liner in Roseberry

Clarins water lipstain in red

Laura Geller clear lip gloss City lights.

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Disclaimer I have not been paid for this article. And the cosmetics used are all my own.

Contact lenses make up guide

When I started using contact lenses I was advised to use make up labelled ophthalmology tested, hypoallergenic and safe for contact wearers.

I used Almay for a few years from Boots in the UK, as it also suited my sensitive skin. However, Boots stopped supplying this brand .I also tried Boots Sensique range which was more affordable at the time, then they discontinued the range. So as I started using Clarins for my face sensitivity I asked them about eye makeup if it was safe for lens wearers etc and I always have used it since when wearing lenses.

I have used other eye makeup brands with no lenses in. But I have had sensitivity difficulties with certain brands.

Bare Minerals

This is a general guide for contact lens wearers.

Wash your hands before inserting lenses. And insert lenses and leave them to settle before applying make up.

Use an eye primer to keep shadow liners in place.

Avoid getting make up on inner eyelids.

Replace mascara regularly and keep brushes clean.

Dont apply makeup on the go to avoid eye injuries and make up all over eye and lens.

Use daily lenses if possible or keep traditional lenses clean.

Dont share make up to avoid cross infection.

Dont use eye make up that contains oil. Oil and water dont mix and it could cause lens to cloud.

Avoid lash extending mascara they have micro flakes that get into your eyes.

Use powders and mascara that are Hypoallergenic because fibres can fall into eyes. And if it’s not Hypoallergenic it can cause discomfort and infections.

Make sure cream eyeshadow is water based to avoid getting oil into the eye.

Remove lenses before taking off makeup.

If you looking online or in the shops it should say on the packaging its Hypoallergenic, safe for contact lenses or ophthalmology tested. So if it’s not a brand not listed here, do check out other brands on the packaging. As since I started wearing lenses more brands have become contact lens friendly.

Here’s a list of brands but not all of them.

Almay

Bare minerals

Blinc

Burts bees

Clinique

Giorgio Armani beauty

Jane Iredale

Physicians Formula

Tarte

I hope this information as been useful for you and helpful.

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Disclaimer I have not been paid for this article by any brands.

Sensitive Skincare

Sensitive skin is skin suffering from Rosacea, Eczema or just sensitivity.

Sensitive skin should seek out non comedogenic which doesn’t clog the pores and hypoallergenic brands to prevent sensitivity.

And avoid alcohol,fragrance and phthalates which cause irritation and skin reaction.

During my teens my skin often got inflamed with different skincare brands, I suffered with a irritated scalp and contact dermatitis.

Reading my teen magazine Beauty pages I learned about Hypoallergenic skincare available at the time and Cosmetics. Which made an improvement. The doctor prescribed me E45 and Hydrocortisone for the Dermatitis. I occasionally used Neutrogena Shampoo to get the build up from scalp cleared. I learnt from the hairdressers in later years it sulfates and silicones in shampoos that cause irritation of the scalp. In my teens my mum bought me Avon Clearskin skincare but Simple skincare was a little kinder . In my early twenties my skin still had problems sensitive but very oily, a friend suggested a local beauty salon for a facial. I booked in for a Facial it was a Clarins salon and I couldn’t believe the difference in my skin even for a few weeks after. So I booked in for a basic facial every few weeks and after a few months I could see a difference. I used there moisturiser after. And when I could afford it I bought more Clarins products over the years as it was the best I had tried.

The last few years my skin as suffered again I was Ill with my Thyroid and you could see the difference in my skin. I wasnt working due to the illness and I could only afford Garnier skincare. Illness can also affect the skin .As soon as I started earning a bit of money I went to Clarins Beauty Bar and had a few mini facials.I could see a difference my skin softer, clearer and pores less visible. And I bought some new products from the range.

So if your skin starts to get irritated try a sensitive skin brand to see if you see a difference.

There are many skincare products out there some are solely brands for sensitive skin. There maybe more brands out there depending where in the world you live. Some include a sensitive skin range here are a few that will fit all budgets. From low budget to high end.

Specialised Brands

Avene, Eucerin, Dermalogica,Neutrogena, La Roche Posay, Vichy, Bioderma, Ren, Curel Embroyolisse, Sisley,Clarins,Simple,Weleda,Indeed,SVR.

Brands with a sensitive range

Burts bees, Body shop, Superdrug The Ordinary, Origins, Caudalie, Garnier, Paula’s Choice.

I hope you find this guide useful and this post enjoyable.

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Disclaimer I was not paid any monies for this article.

French Skincare

The French have amazing skin due to the hard working French brands they have access to. I have been researching a few brands for you to take note of.Some of these brands can be bought in the bigger pharmacies, some in department stores and online. It will vary from country to country what you can buy. That’s why I have included more well known brands such as Clarins and Vichy which will be easier to obtain worldwide.

Nuxe

Founded 1989. They have a iconic product called Huille Prodiguese Multi Usage Dry Oil £30. Jennifer Aniston is a fan of this range.

Bioderma

Founded in the 1970s, it is famous for its Micellar water,which was launched in the 90s.

La Roche Posay

Launched in the seventies specialist in gentle products used by Dermatologists,tested on sensitive skin.They are non- comedogenic which wont clog pores. I have the Anthelios sunscreen which is great in the summer and works well. And the spring water spray which cools me down in the hot weather. Like the affordability of this brand too.

Thermal Spring water £5

Caudalie

Founded in 1995 the inspiration comes from grapes that contain anti oxidants. There is a big fan base of Rosie Huntington -Whitely, Holly Willoughby and Victoria Beckham. I am considering of trying something in this brand in the future.

Beauty Elixer £12

Vichy

Founded 1931, by Prosper Haller from the Volcanic region of Auvergne,using mineral water from the springs. Dermatologists also work with Vichy to produce products for sensitive skin.

Mineral 89 Serum £19

Avene

Named after the region in France in which it was founded. It also uses Thermal Spring water in its ingredients. Founded 1990.

Embroyolisse

Founded in 1950 in the Parisian hospitals. They used the cream to hydrate and care for patients skin. Gwyneth Paltrow is a fan of this brand.

SVR

Founded in 1962 by a French pharmacy for those with sensitive skin.

Finally my favourite a little more expensive, but not as expensive as other high end brands. I have been using this brand since 1990s whenever I can afford it and the results on my sensitive combination skin have been impressive and I have had compliments.

Clarins

Founded in 1954 by Jacques Courtins a medical student. Who based his body and face treatments on plants. I found the skincare range caters widely, its heritage is skincare. The make up is amazing and doesn’t get the publicity it deserves. Most make up brands brings me out in allergies and sensitivities. This brand as never failed me. And I stopped burning when abroad using there sunscreens. I have mentioned products in this brand in other blogs, so I will leave it there.

Also before I forget do look up Caroline Hirons she has a blog. A facialist I met last year at a Clarins launch. She knows everything all the best brands worldwide. Her blog is http://www.carolinehirons.com

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Disclaimer I was not paid for this article. All my opinions on products are my own paid for by myself.

Skincare essentials

The last few months I have tried a number of products for hair, skin, body and hands.At the moment where all stuck indoors on lockdown and we still need to look after our skin.

Why well it’s our largest living organ and helps to defend infection getting into the body. That’s why it’s important to treat skin quickly with cuts tears etc to stop infection getting in.

Some of the products you can get online presently from good sources. Either the companies themselves, online suppliers or department stores online.My skin type combination/sensitive.

Cleansers

Clinique Foaming cleanser (gifted)Little goes a long way so very economical, feels clean without stripping and feeling dry. 30ml lasted me 3 months. To buy 150ml its £17.50

Clarins Foam Cleansers Tamarind for oily skin And Cotton seed for combination.Tamarind was a sample only found it too strong for my skin,better for really oily skin. Cottonseed suits me better little goes a long way like the Clinique one. Very economical. The Cottonseed I bought myself and lasted 6 months. 125ml costs £21.00

Clarins one step daily with exfoliate 30ml lasted me 4 months go gentle with this as it’s a cleanser and exfoliate in one. I received this as a bonus treat on counter it was a quarter size. Clarins do bonus treats regularly. Good way to try before you buy. I would use this again if I didnt have a exfoliater. 125ml costs £22.00

Liz Earle Cleanse and polish I didnt like the perfume of this or the cloth that came with it. Much prefer a flannel instead. Now it didnt do any harm to my skin it worked fine but the cost of the tube was £15 and it lasted me 2 months on a twice daily use. So I didn’t find it economical.

Moisturizing I received some samples to try from Clarins of their moisturizers. These weren’t all from the range. The cheapest I’ve listed first to the highest price. Look at the Clarins site for more details on prices and the different ranges they have. There are age range moisturisers and skin type moisturisers.

Hydra essential Gel

Love this range and been using the cream over the winter which is lush. The gel is a great summer alternative.

Extra firming day cream

Aimed at 40 plus. Lovely to apply nice on the skin.

Super Restorative

Aimed at 50 plus, very rich I loved it.

Hair

Maui

A new range which is silicone or sulfates and Vegan. Made in Hawaii with the different scents of Hawaii. I love the Hibiscus water shampoo and conditioner. It doesnt irritate my scalp and rinses out easily. I have found it in Boots UK and Superdrug. It retails at £8.99 but it goes on offer at £5.99 every few weeks.

Aussie

There shampoos and conditioners change from season to season. Not all of there range suits me I prefer the Macedemia nut oil ranges, the Pure range and the Eucalyptus oil range. Prices range between £3 to £5 depending on size.

Body

Maui

Have a body wash range to a big 400ml size that lasted me 6 months which I got on offer. It has the lovely Frangipani scent and I’m on my second bottle. Do check out the Maui website for more information. This range is new to the UK. Same price as the shampoo and conditioner but last ages.

The Body Shop Tahitian Tiare

This is more of oil based body wash product. This is another exotic scent this I bought from Body shop at Home which retailed at £5. Gorgeous I would repurchase this

Hands

Neil’s yard Wild Rose Cream

Gifted by a magazine. Very rich does the job well hands nice and soft slow to absorb.

Body shopMango hand cream

Given to me and absolutely beautiful smell absorbs quickly, works well and not too expensive.

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Disclaimer I was not paid to advertise all my opinions are my own.