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Monday, August 11, 2014

Lierac SUNIFIC Primer - Tan Starter Serum Review

I have already described this product in a previous post which you can find here. But for your convenience this is basically what was described in the brochure that accompanied it:


It is a primer which prepares the skin prior to sun exposure, boosting its resistance to the harmful effects of the sun, while rapidly activating a golden tan.


The formula contains sweet orange bioflavonoids (5%) and fresh carrot cells (1%) which trigger melanin production.It also contains jasmine extracts (2%) which all improves cell protection. It also has a beneficial agents such as fruit AHAs, shea butte and monoi, rouocou, apricot kernel and plant glycerin oils for a more even and more luminous perfect golden tan. The primer is a light moisturising fluid serum with notes of orange blossom, gardenia and frangipani.

How to use it? It is suggested to start applying it around 15 days before starting tanning morning and evening!



For the actual review:

I can see a big difference when using this product. Ok I admit it. I haven't been using this religiously for 15 days in a row. I have been using this for the past 2 months more or less.

It has a quite thin consistency which is absorbed quickly into the skin. I also find that it really acts as a good light moisturiser. I tend to tan quite easily however I sometimes tan a bit too dark. What I mean is that sometimes the tan is not that golden tan. You know what I mean, I hope haha. This Lierac primer helps the skin to obtain a very uniform golden tan all over your body. You can apply it on your face as well.

Don't be scared but this product has a sheen to it. It is a very light sheen of what seems like very fine glittery particles. It is not glitter by any means. To be honest I don't know how to actually describe it well. But it is this golden and very subtle sheen which makes the skin look gorgeous when the sun hits it.

Honestly a must have product for the summer but I imagine it is actually a good product for the winter as well!

xoxoxo

Pocalocca

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Soap and Glory Flake Away Scrub Review

I just love me some good old scrubs on my body and even on my face. There is something which makes me feel good when I scrub my body, I guess it has to be with the scrubbing motion improving the circulation and what not. 

I use scrubs all year round however, I tend to use different ones in winter. I haven't actually tried a lot of scrubbing brands as such which my all time favourite being the ones by Body Shop.

While I was in the UK last year for IMATS which I totally missed this year, I couldn't simply skip trying this out. First of all the tub is just huge and it took me ages to finish it up and I used it quiet frequently.


It has some very nice and good ingredients which give the scrub a yummy fragrance to it. It is certainly a sweet scent so if you're more into fruity scents I am not sure whether you'd like this or not.



This scrub contains some natural kind of exfoliants. They are very different from the synthetic beads which I kind of don't like as much. I prefer a kind of good old sugary scrub kind of thing. Having said that this is not the harshest scrub out there which I think is a good thing. 

It gets rid of the dry skin effectively and it doesn't make the skin dry out as much. I mean it dries the skin to some extent but I always suggest to moisturise the skin after wards. I find that products get in the skin much better after a good scrubbin. 

As with a lot of things, sadly enough this is not available in Malta and it is the main reason why I probably won't repurchase it again. I would, however repurchase it if I happen to be in the UK again. 

Hope this review helped!

xoxoxo

Pocalocca
Monday, July 14, 2014

Lierac Coherence L. IR Day and Night Lifting Cream Review

The reason why I have been absent for quite a while is pretty simple. I was just enjoying summer and I know that if I am committed to something I should stick to it. However, I work on a shift basis and some times on my off days all I want to do is to go out and have fun. So, sorry for the delays :) Now, on to the review.


I don't have any wrinkles so far! Thank God. But there again I am still 23 so I am not expecting to have any yet. But I like to take care of my skin not excessively but basic skincare regimes and then using one or two 'special' creams. I don't go to do facials that often and in my life I have only done 1 facial which felt quite good actually. But I prefer taking care of my own skin myself.

Months back I attended a Lierac event and in this event we were given some goodies to try out. One of them was this Coherence L.IR Day and Night Lifting Cream. It claims to redefine the oval shape of th face, firms the skin and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles. If I'm not picky on anything I am very picky on my night creams. Let's just say that this is one of my favourite ones.



First of all, it has this subtle fragrance which I cannot get over with and I cannot figure out what it is. But secondly, this night cream doesn't leave my skin greasy in the morning. I find that it is quickly absorbed in the skin. After using it my skin feels very mositurised and sort of plumped as well. Now as I said I cannot say that it really diminished my wrinkles as I don't have any. However, my skin felt really comfortable with it and it felt smooth and not tight. I have also used it in the morning and it works as fine. 

Lierac suggests using it in the following manner:

"Lightly apply to the forehead, cheeks and chin from the middle of the face working towards the exterior, then descend the median line until your neck, not forgetting above and below the lips. Lastly, press lightly with flat hands, separate your fingers stretching them gently towards the temples towards the hairline."

My final thoughts? I would give the cream a go if you are looking into trying anti aging cream! Moreover it is never too late to start taking care of your skin. Check the link Lierac Malta Website to know where you can get the products from in Malta. 


Hope that Review helped!

xoxoxo

Pocalocca
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Strawberry and Lemon Bars!

I don't usually write recipes and in fact this is my first ever recipe post. Strawberries are a staple fruit for me in spring and summer and I have been all about strawberries lately. It is actually my second time trying out this recipe and I quite enjoy it. It is pretty easy and fairly quick to make.

PS: I had an assistant who lets say helped me (ok did quite a bit !) making this recipe! That was my hubby!

So, let us start.

Ingredients: 



- For the Crust



- 280g butter

- 110g brown sugar
- 240g flour
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- pinch of salt


- For the Filling



- 800 g strawberries

- 168 g brown sugar
- 4 lemons (juice only)
- 3 egg whites
- 1 egg
- 84 g flour
- pinch of Salt
- Some strawberry jam/syrup (optional)


Method

  1. Preheat oven to around 170 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a square tin pan with parchment paper so that the bars are easily removed from the pan.
  3. For the crust, just mix the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer and then add the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour until just incorporated.
  5. Place the dough into the baking pan and spread it evenly so that it covers the bottom of the dish.
  6. Bake for around 30 minutes until the dough becomes slightly golden.
  7. For the filling blend the strawberries in an electric blender to juice them and then transfer them to a large bowl. Do not forget to was the strawberries beforehand and to remove the core and the green stem.
  8. Add the sugar, the eggs, lemon juice, flour and the pinch of salt to the bowl and stir to combine.
  9. Pour the mixture onto the crust and bake for 25-30 minutes. Do not worry the mixture is very loose at this point but it will thicken eventually.
  10. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate for around 4 hrs before serving. Do not forget to cut them into bars or squares to serve!


TIP : You can add some chocolate syrup or some strawberry jam on the crust just before adding the Strawberries for some added flavour!


xoxoxo

Pocalocca




Friday, June 13, 2014

Lierac Summer Launch + OOTD


This blog post had to be up last week! But I don't know where the days are going and it is already Tuesday and anyways one thing leads to another and  I keep procrastinating! Yeah, who doesn't?

Lierac have developed the SUNIFIC suncare range which includes sun protection creams for sun lovers. All the products contain patented UVA/UVB protection, triple performance against wrinkles, slackening and brown spots which when combined with moisturising and tan active agents to give the skin the  most radiant and sexiest of tans.  All products have the sweetest and most sensual and additive summer scents making the day at the beach as nice and pleasant as it can be.



The event started with an introduction on the skin and the ageing process of the skin. The n we had a detailed presentation on the new range itself during which two lovely girls were showing and the testing the products on us. All I can say is that I got hooked on the products at once. Especially the scrub which felt so nice on the skin!




As generous as Lierac can be we were given a very bright neon orange pouch filled with some samples and a large full size SUNIFIC Primer - Tan Starter Serum which is aimed for a rapid and sublime tan maintaining cellular protection. It is aimed for both Face and Body and doesn't not contain and SPF.



So, what does this product do? It is a primer which prepares the skin prior to sun exposure, boosting its resistance to the harmful effects of the sun, while rapidly activating a golden tan.

The formula contains sweet orange bioflavonoids (5%) and fresh carrot cells (1%) which trigger melanin production.It also contains jasmine extracts (2%) which all improves cell protection. It also has a beneficial agents such as fruit AHAs, shea butte and monoi, rouocou, apricot kernel and plant glycerin oils for a more even and more luminous perfect golden tan. The primer is a light moisturising fluid serum with notes of orange blossom, gardenia and frangipani.

How to use it? It is suggested to start applying it around 15 days before starting tanning morning and evening! I already went for my first swim so lets see how this product performs!

On a side note. This is what I wore for the event. Funnily enough most of us blogger were wearing something blue!


Pants - Zara
Blazer and top - cannot remember
Necklace - Asos
Shoes -  George


xoxoxo

Pocalocca