Thursday, 29 August 2013

So...? Fragrance Giveaway!

I've been wanting to do some sort of a giveaway on my blog for you guys for ages now! I really do appreciate everyone who reads and follows my blog. Little did I think a year ago when I began to blog, that I would have people who liked reading my little beauty blog and enjoyed stopping by. When you follow, I smile, it's as simple as that. I'm so happy that you want to see more!!

I have been contacted by So...? Fragrance and they have recently added a new fragrance to their Rock 'n' Roll range and have kindly sent me over four body fragrances from the Rock 'n' Roll range to giveaway to one of you guys! How exciting!!

So, on to some information on the four bottles of So...? that I'll be giving away to one lucky winner. The So...? Rock 'n' Roll range was designed with personality in mind and therefore has a scent to suit everyone. The first one is So...? In Love (beginning with orange, leafy green raspberry and pear notes and then settling into a beautiful mix of jasmine, gardenia and rose). You also can win So...? For Me (featuring a fresh blend of orange flower, freesia and strawberry notes). Also up for grabs, from the Rock 'n' Roll collection is So...? Fab (featuring a sweet mix of bergamot and freesia, jasmine, cedar wood and praline, vanilla beans and musk finish off the fragrance leaving you with a warm subtly-sultry scent). Finally I'm giving away So...? Daring (containing grapefruit, bergamot and plum; heart notes of jasmine, peony and blackcurrant and a woody bottom of sandalwood, cedar wood and white musk. One to make you stand out from the crowd!)

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Giveaway Terms & Conditions
1. Closing date: 12th September 2013. I will then notify the winner via their contact details and announce it on my Twitter page so be sure to follow me (@SarahWhelehan). 
2.     Competition open to residents of the Republic of Ireland only (I'm sorry to my other readers but due to restrictions I cannot send these outside the country) with the exception of employees of INCOS LTD, their families, agents or anyone professionally associated with the administration of this promotion.
3. The winner will be chosen by the owner of this blog. Personal details used when entering this giveaway will not be passed on to INCOS LTD.
4. You must have parent or guardian's permission to register and enter if you are under the age of 16 years old, because I will be looking for your address to post the prizes.
5.     There is no substitution available and no cash alternative. The prize for the competition is 4 body fragrances 75ml.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Review: Avène Skincare Range

Avène specialize in skincare that has soothing properties and is suitable for sensitive skin. The products are made up of Thermal Spring Water which is know for its soothing properties and is suitable to be used on skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
A while back I was given some products from Avène to try out and I dived right in. I was aware of the brand before but I was not aware that their products are specifically tailored for people with sensitive skin. I have mentioned on many occasions that I have quite sensitive skin when it comes to what skincare products I use. I often find myself swapping and changing up my skincare regime, as many products just don't work for me.

I have often applied a face scrub or cleanser on my face and been left looking like a tomato, so I was really looking forward to trying out these products from Avène. Welcome, Avène.

Avène Micellar Lotion/Water

I used this product as a face cleanser and to remove makeup. I applied this water, which I love because it's light and fresh and gentle on my skin, onto a cotton pad and gently cleansed and removed my makeup. I wasn't wowed but this Micellar Water in the Blind Trial and honestly found others were better for my skin. It did clean my skin but I felt my skin was slightly dry after using it. I did love the smell of this product, as with the entire range! (That is one thing I really enjoyed and it made the use of these products enjoyable as the smell was very fresh!) I will finish this product for sure but I am unsure if I'll re-purchase it again. It removed my makeup quite well and it is suitable for sensitive skin as it says, but I just didn't find it as moisturising as other Micellar Waters I've tried.

Avène Gentle Purifying Scrub

This face scrub ended up being one of my favourites from the range and one I will be repurchasing. I used this face scrub after cleansing my face with the Micellar Water. It really does exactly what it says. My skin felt purified and it removed all the dead skin cells. I applied this scrub onto wet skin, rubbing it in gently, in circular motions (for blood circulation/flow) and washed off. My skin felt fresh and this product is definitely suited to sensitive skin. I used this face scrub once a week and as a result it is now empty! It comes in a really handy size (50ml) to fit in your skincare bag and is ideal for travelling.

Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream

After cleansing (daily) and exfoliating (once a week) my skin, I then begin to moisturise my skin. It is so important to moisturise your skin directly after you cleanse and exfoliate your skin. After cleansing, and especially exfoliating your skin, your pores on your skin are open and you want to apply your moisturiser immediately to get that moisture back into your skin. I apply my eye cream first, to the eye area but I don't use eye cream everyday as at the minute I don't really see that much of a need for it. This eye cream has very little smell and as with any eye cream you only need a small amount of it and I apply it with my ring finger. I do enjoy using this product.

Avène Soothing Moisture Mask

This moisture mask was my favourite product out of the range! This has become a must-have staple in my skincare bag and I can see myself repurchasing it over and over again. I applied this mask on my face after cleansing and exfoliating. This mask provides so much moisture to my skin and left my skin super hydrated. I use this once/twice a week, depending on how my skin is. If I feel like I need a moisture boost I call on this product. I apply it to my face and just down my jaw-line using clean hands. This mask is meant to be left on the skin for 10-15mins. You then take off the excess with a cotton pad/tissue. After taking it off you can then apply your regular moisturiser. Personally I use this at night time as a real treat when I have a pamper evening!! As I tell everyone, "It is like a drink for your skin!" LOVE!

Avène Skin Recovery Cream

For me, I have not really got much use out of this product as I don't find my skin needing it. This product is a recovery cream for when your skin gets irritated/red but with using this Avène range, I don't find my skin getting as irritated/red. Yay! But I shall be keeping it just in-case I have any skin irritations or reactions in the future!

All in all, I really found some gems among the Avène Skincare range and I will definitely be continuing to use these products. I can also see myself repurchasing a few items! 

Have you tried any of these products? Or have you tried any other products from Avène and that you would recommend? Let me know!!