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Kiehl’s chemists proudly introduce Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, a 99.6% naturally-derived formula that is the first of its kind to leverage the combined efficacy of two world-renowned wellness

ingredients – New Zealand Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root. While cocooning the skin in a comforting and nourishing texture, this breakthrough moisturizer helps skin resist hydration loss[4]

while also aiding in recovery from existing skin damage. In a clinical test[5], skin’s radiance and glow improved by 41.8% while skin’s texture and smoothness improved by 39.7%.


To assess the advanced efficacy of their new formula, Kiehl’s chemists solicited an unprecedented

“Healthy Skin Torture Test.” In the study, a Healthy Skin Panel of women ages 20 to 30 (Control) were assessed for skin radiance, smoothness and softness, while a Less Healthy Skin Panel of women ages 35 to 49 (Treated with Pure Vitality) were tested for the same attributes before and after use of Kiehl’s new formula. After 8 weeks of using Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, the Less Healthy Skin panel demonstrated clinical scores that were either on par[6] with or surpassed[7] the Healthy Skin Panel.


  • Smoothes Texture
  • Renews Radiance
  • Helps Stimulate Skin Cell Renewal



Manuka Honey is sustainably harvested in New Zealand.

Manuka Honey is a dark, creamy mono-floral honey is valued in medicine for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and ability to treat skin wounds, even post surgery[9]. Compared to any other form of honey, it has the highest polyphenol level and anti-oxidant activity[10], which help to protect the skin from oxidative damage such as pollution and UV. It is also known to stimulate collagen producing fibroblasts and keratinocytes, helping repair damage and maintain skin barrier hydration due to its high sugar content and 4x more minerals than any other honey[11].  


Prior to formulation, Kiehl’s chemists tested the ingredient in a neutral base to evaluate its capacity to accelerate skin barrier recovery by reducing TEWL[12] vs. control site. After 2 hours TEWL decreased by 70.07% on the treated site vs 57.08% untreated[13] demonstrating the superior ability of this ingredient to maintain skin barrier.



Red Ginseng Root is sourced from Korea and is a botanical used in Asian beauty regimes.

  • skin’s radiance and glow
  • Helps stimulate surface skin cell renewal for smoother-feeling skin
  • Enhances a youthful-looking softness

Korean Red Ginseng Root has been linked to stimulation and protection of the cellular energy pathways that begin to malfunction or slow down over time. This highly potent form of ginseng protects the cell’s mitochondria from oxidative stress and increases the production of energy-related molecules and pathways[15]. 

Kiehls Pure Vitality Cream RRP €56.00

    Kiehl’s is available:

    Kiehl’s 35 Wicklow Street,

     Dundrum Town Centre, 

    and Arnott’s Department Store 

    or online at Here

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      New moisture treatment is suitable for use twice daily, even for sensitive skin

      Kiehl’s Since 1851 introduces Clearly CorrectiveTM Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment – an ultra-lightweight, innovative hydrator featuring dermatologist-trusted Glycolic Acid in concert with the company’s signature skin clarity ingredient, Activated C (a high-performance Vitamin C derivative). 
       In 2011, utilizing Activated C, Kiehl’s chemists first established leadership in skin clarity with the launch of Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution (CCDS). To date, this formula is one of the most trusted serums for skin clarity, winning 19 global beauty awards and selling over 4 million bottles worldwide. 

       14 months ago, Kiehl’s chemists began formulating a new type of hydrator—an innovative moisture-treatment—to target 3 key causes of loss of clarity: rough texture, dehydration, and discoloration. 

       “CCDS remains one of the most effective targeted treatments for clarity on the market, but treatment serums are only one component of a complete skincare regimen,” shares Helen Sung, AVP Kiehl’s Product Innovation. “We asked ourselves, how could we address the key causes of loss of clarity? Naturally we could introduce additional doses of our skin clarity ingredients into a moisturizer, a central step in a regimen. But the true innovation would be in helping skin to better reflect light, and to be more receptive to the formula’s ingredients. This is where glycolic acid offered an important enhancement to the equation.”

       While highly effective, Glycolic Acid can be irritating and dehydrating to skin. “Widely used as an agent in peels, it is a less popular ingredient in hydrators,” explains Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist. “When used in moisturizers, many formulate with glycolic acid at such a high level that it requires very specific usage and rarely allows for the moisturizer to be easily incorporated into a standard skincare regimen. And these formulas are generally unsuitable for those with sensitive skin.”  

       Always focused on the needs of even its most sensitive skincare customers, Kiehl’s chemists utilized precise concentrations of the ingredient to retain its exfoliation benefits, while remaining tolerable and appropriate for sensitive skin types.

       “We intentionally used a lower level of Glycolic Acid in our formula to help soften surface skin rather than to aggressively peel it. This complements the Activated C in the formula by helping skin to be more receptive to the skin clarifying ingredients,” stated Dr. Geoff Genesky, Kiehl’s Head Chemist. “Within the formula, we also offer moisturizing benefits by tapping into the nourishing and protecting properties of Peony and White Birch. This careful balance is our true formulation achievement. This moisture treatment not only offers 24 hour hydration to balance the keratolytic properties of glycolic acid, but our formula is so tolerable that it can be used twice a day or even applied with a thicker layer as an overnight masque.”

       Actively brightening, smoothing, and refining skin for a smoother texture, Clearly CorrectiveTM Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment is clinically demonstrated to target the key factors of loss of clarity. After just 1 week, 86% of women agreed their skin had a luminous and translucent glow and felt soothed, while 94% agreed their skin felt moisturized. 


      Clearly CorrectiveTM Brightening and Smoothing Moisture Treatment leverages the efficacy of Glycolic Acid in a gentle and hydrating formula, which when combined with the complementary ingredients in the formula, targets the 3 key causes of loss of clarity. 

      1. Glycolic Acid supports desquamation to help improve skin texture: Between the ages of 30 and 80, skin’s epidermal turnover rate can slow by 30–50%[1], causing dull and rough texture. Texture changes cause uneven light reflection, diminishing skin’s brightness and luminosity. Glycolic Acid helps to gently exfoliate the top layers of the skin allowing light to better reflect off of skin for a more luminous appearance. Proper exfoliation also allows for better penetration of subsequent ingredients or serums.  

      2. White Birch & Peony address dehydration: As skin ages, moisture binding molecules within skin begin to deplete. Essential moisture escapes through the skin’s surface, which contributes to dull, tired looking skin, coarse texture, and more visible fine lines and wrinkles. To address this, White Birch Extract and a blend of moisture-binding humectants in the formula draw moisture from the air to help offer 24 hour hydration in the skin’s layers. Peony Extract helps neutralize free radicals, helping to maintain skin health so that it more readily receives and maintains moisture.

      3. Activated C decreases discoloration: With age, skin is exposed to environmental aggressors, leading to oxidation and resulting in discoloration on the skin’s surface. In the formula, Activated C, a completely stable, fast-acting Vitamin C molecule, helps brighten skin while helping to reduce the appearance of new spots and discolorations.1



      o Skin’s tactile smoothness/texture improved by 71.9%

      o Skin visual smoothness/texture improved by 51%

      After 8 weeks (on bare skin):

      o Skin tactile smoothness/texture improved by 29.4%

      o Skin visual smoothness/texture improved by 19.1%

      o Skin radiance improved by 11.8%



      o 86% agreed their skin felt smoother, softer and more refreshed

      o 92% agreed their skin felt more comfortable

      o 96% agreed their skin felt moisturized 

      After 1 week:

      o 86% agreed their skin had a radiant and luminous glow

      o 88% agree their skin felt smoother and appeared more supple

      o 90% agreed their skin felt refreshed, and that its quality was improved

      o 96% agreed their skin felt softer

      After 8 weeks:

      o 90% agreed their skin tone appeared more even

      o 92% agreed their skin felt soothed and comfortable

      o 94% agreed their skin appeared smoother, felt moisturized and that the overall appearance of their skin was improved 

      o 96% agreed their skin felt softer and appeared more supple 

      Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment will be available from January 14th 2017 at Kiehl’s 35 Wicklow Street, Dundrum Town Centre, and Arnott’s Department Store or online at http://www.arnotts.ie
      Kiehls Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment RRP €53.00

      [1] Dermal Institute “Structural Changes Associated with Aging Skin”

      [2] Female, 30-60 yrs. of age, All skin types, 50% multi-ethnic, 50% Asian

      [3] Female, 30-60 yrs. of age, All skin types, 50% multi-ethnic, 50% Asian

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      Christmas gifts for him 

      Kiehls men’s facial fuel set €35.50

      Step One: Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash, an efficient and refreshing face wash with caffeine, menthol and invigorating citrus extracts.

      • Step Two: Facial Fuel Energizing Face Scrub, a “refueling facial buffer” that re-energizes and smoothes skin.

      • Step Three: Facial Fuel Moisture Treatment for Men, a vitamin-enriched and energizing non-oily facial moisturizer.

      • Complete with a complimentary deluxe sample of our Ultimate Strength Hand Salve, a cult classic maximum-strength moisturizer for dry, active hands.

      Available from Kiehls stores and from Arnotts.ie

      Baby it’s cold outside, so get the men in your lives a onesie to keep them cosy and cuddly. Penneys from €18 

      Biofresh Men’s skin care gift set €35.00 Available in Swords or Drogheda stores or online here:  Biofresh

      Penneys knitwear for men from €18 

      Biofresh Men’s Perfume €20 buy Here

      Daniel Wellington Sheffield Black Leather Strap Watch €150.00 buy Here

      Men’s grooming range starts from €2.50 in Penneys now.

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      Teen’s Christmas Gift Guide

      Give them the gift of clear skin and banish any acne or spots with this miracle skin care from Biofresh €55 buy Here

      Flawless palette in Natural Basics and Smoky palette includes Eyeshadows and highlighters for only €19.99

      available from Shaws department stores, Haven Pharmacies & Pharmacies nationwide or online Here at Meaghers Pharmacy

      W7 palettes are €7.95 great little stocking fillers 💗 I found these in Haven pharmacy Mullingar. 

      Sosueme Suzanne Jackson Contour and Highlighting Palettes are €29.95 and I found these in stock in Haven Pharmacy and Shaws department stores or online Here

      Alex and Ani Bangles €36 and lots to chose from in Shaws Department Store & Alannah Rose Jewellers.or buy online Here

      These Gorgeous Pom Pom hats are €18 in Shaws department stores.

      Bejewelled Hat and scarf sets are €30 in Shaws department stores. 

      Cute Zoella gift sets start at €12.95 in Shaws Department stores.

      Sosueme Suzanne Jackson Bags are €14.95 in Shaws Department stores or online Here


      If you are really stuck for ideas Why not get a Penneys gift card 💋

      Review: Microneedling my honest take on it 

      I’ve been meaning to write this review for some time now and haven’t gotten around to it until now. 

      Here’s some questions I have been asked by friends and family when they saw I had it done and my honest answers! 

       Did it hurt? 

      I actually enjoyed the sensation and as I had numbing cream applied all over my face and neck it didn’t hurt at all, I could feel the needle around my lip area but not in a painful or uncomfortable way. I knew it was doing good for my skin, so I got a kick out of it. 

      What was your skin like afterwards?

      Red! It was like I was sunburnt, which I never normally experience as I have skin that tans in the sun so this was new to me. I had sunglasses with me so I popped them on. I wasn’t embarrassed, I went into the pavilions straight afterwards and got a gorgeous pair of boots. 

      Can you wear make up after treatment?

      Ciara applied SPF50 after my treatment to give my skin a barrier from the elements and protect from sun damage. It’s advised you don’t wear make up for 24 hours to get the full benefit and let your skin heal. I have used the SPF every day afterwards.

      What was your skin like the next day? 

      The following morning the redness had reduced significantly and I was delighted to apply my make up and feel like myself again. My skin did feel noticeably firmer and plumped, my frown lines were noticeably reduced and my skin on my neck was still a bit red and sensitive so I made sure to apply more SPF there.

      Was your skin dry afterwards?

      Around day 3 post microneedling my skin did flake and peel so I made up my favourite scrub of sugar, lemon and honey and gave my skin a drenching with serum and moisturiser afterwards every night until it calmed down. 

      Would you recommend it? 

      Definitely yes if you want to reduce lines and wrinkles, improve circulation, boost your collagen in your skin, help with break outs, acne scars and open pores.

      How much does it cost? 

      €95 per session which lasts 1 hour although some times there is a deal of€250 for three sessions! 

      Where can I have it done? 

      Biofresh have two stores in Swords and Drogheda. I had my microneedling done in Swords with Ciara. 

      Contact  Biofresh here www.biofreshskincare.ie

      Kiehl’s new baby and mother range 

      I’ve loved Kiehl’s since my days working in Blu Eriu, Dublin and this new range is just gorgeous. 

      I get anxious when I see new mums using certain brands on their precious new borns but with Kiehls you can rest assured there are no harmful ingredients and will be super sensitive for your babies skin. 

      I used Kiehls and Burts Bee’s baby range when my daughter was born as I didn’t want to use anything harsh or full of chemicals. 

      Here’s the press release and prices: 

      Tested Under Paediatric & Dermatological Control & Mummy-Approved New York, NY — The joys of parenthood are many, but with that little bundle come countless decisions. From feedings and sleep schedules to tummy time and bath time, each new milestone is exciting but can be truly overwhelming. What new mums and dads crave most (except maybe a good night’s sleep), are recommendations from a reliable source about what is best for their baby, whether from a close friend or a trusted brand.    Kiehl’s caters to the skincare needs of the company’s youngest customers with the Kiehl’s Baby products. By providing formulations made from our finest, safest ingredients, Kiehl’s has been a dependable source of children’s skincare for nearly 25 years. The new Kiehl’s Baby Collection continues to provide parents with our gentlest and most trust-worthy products, giving babies a head start to a lifetime of healthy looking skin.  


      Kiehl’s is committed to formulating baby products with carefully selected ingredients that deliver on a promise to protect and provide comfort for baby’s sensitive skin. We specifically test our formulas to validate their gentleness and our new Gentle Foaming Hair & Body Wash, Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body and Baby Lip Balm are tested under Pediatric & Dermatological control. 


      The skin is the first protective layer against outside attacks, but it takes 10 years for children’s skin to fully develop and gain the same characteristics as adult skin.[1] This means that an infant must quickly adapt to its new environment after months in its mother’s womb.  

       The Kiehl’s Baby Collection was developed to help maintain the integrity of baby’s skin by providing gentle care. Formulated with a special blend of ingredients, the collection leaves skin feeling nourished and soothed, leaving baby’s delicate skin, lips, and hair feeling soft, smooth and protected.

      Nurturing Oil For Mother & Baby – A Gentle Massage Formulation Enriched with Olive Fruit Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil, with 100% Natural Origin Ingredients. Our mild formulation gently nurtures baby’s delicate skin with moisture and keeps mom’s skin feeling softer and smoother, too.

      Enriched with a moisturizing blend of natural Olive Fruit and Apricot Kernel oils, our replenishing formula helps soothe skin while leaving it comfortable, soft and smooth. Parents will delight in the way our formulation makes their own skin feel “baby soft!” Tested to help minimize allergy risk; sensitivity tested for daily use. RRP: €21.00

      Gentle Foaming Hair & Body Wash — This multi-tasking tear-free wash gently cleanses baby’s delicate skin and hair with a mild, tear-free formula. A light, pleasant scent leaves skin smelling fresh and clean. Tested under Pediatric, Dermatological & Ophthalmological control and safe for sensitive skin. RRP: €19.00

      Nurturing Baby Cream for Face & Body — A special Botanical Oils Blend of Rice Bran Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Olive Fruit Oil and Shea Butter works to leave baby’s skin feeling nourished and ensure its hydrated and protected all day. The Baby Cream deeply hydrates dry feeling skin by delivering 48-hour hydration while also improving the feel of skin softness and smoothness. Gentle enough to use on baby’s face. Tested under Pediatric & Dermatological control and safe for sensitive skin. RRP: €19.50

      Baby Lip Balm – Hydrates and nourishes baby’s lips. The formula contains Shea Butter, a natural moisturizer and helps to leave skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Vitamin E, known for its antioxidant properties, helps soothe and protect dry feeling lips. Tested under Pediatric & Dermatological control and safe for sensitive skin. RRP: €10.00


      Kiehl’s is available in stores:

      Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 Here

      Dundrum Here

      Arnotts Here

      Or online Here @ Kiehl’s

      My March Skin Care Favourites

      My skin has been so dry and dehydrated lately and I have been exfoliating 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells and replenish skin with oils and moisturisers. 

      Here are a list of products I have loved this month :
      Burts Bees Lemon Poppy Seed Facial Cleanser:  I’ve been using this for a couple of years now so I have to include it. It’s so good when your skin is feeling tired and dry as it cleans and gently exfoliates removing surface dead skin but it’s gentle enough to use daily. The lemon scent is great for mornings too and I keep it in my shower and just rinse it off with a facecloth (flannel) when I’m in the shower, time saving when I’m stuck for time. 

      Clarins one step gentle exfoliating cleanser with orange extract:  I’ve had this ages and it’s definitely my favourite exfoliator. The tiny particles really get in to the skin and remove dry flaky skin. My skin is left fresh and shiny afterwards and I love the clean feeling it gives. 

      No.7 Beautiful Skin, Hot Cloth Cleanser:  I have been using this for a few months now morning and night(it’s all gone now) I use just one pump and it removes all my make up including mascara. I apply it to my face using circular motions and then hop into the shower and use a facecloth(flannel) or muslin cloth with warm water to gently remove all my make up and it leaves my skin feeling really soft. (I boil wash all my face cloths then and dry in dryer to get them nice and soft and fluffy).

      Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water:  This is a great little cleanser which removed everything but not Inglot gel liner. (This took a bit of scrubbing) which is not great around the gentle eye area. I use this with cotton discs and gently rub in circular motion to remove my make up. 

      Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil:   This oil was sent to me by Clarins ages ago and as you can see by the bottle I just love it. I use 4-5 drops rubbed in my hands and apply to whole face (avoiding eyes) and neck and let it soak in before I sleep at night. The fragrance is gorgeous and the oil leaves my skin glowing and soft the next morning when I wake, what’s not to love.

      Check out my next blog which will feature my March Make Up Favourites 💋

      Review of Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil

        This gorgeous Golden Goddess oil created by Marrissa Carter is definitely one product every girl should have.   I’ve used it on myself, brides, models on shoots and the effect is just brilliant. I’ve used it on cheek bones to highlight and add a bit of shimmer for girls on a night out.  Yesterday I applied it to my bride as her arms needed a little glamming up and it gives a lovely sheen to the skin without looking too glittery.  The stunning Jo Archbold from Morgan The Agency for Frocknfabulous

      A lot of my clients have since bought it after seeing it in action and how flattering it is.   

      I applied Golden Goddess oil on the beautiful Grace O’Mahony on the cover on of our Confetti Magazine Summer Shoot. 


      I’ve applied it to collar bones to accentuate the neck lines. 

      It’s been applied to models arms and legs at shoots to take the bare look away and it looks amazing in photos. 

      Oh, I forgot to mention how delicious it smells too. 

      Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess oil can be bought in Meaghers Pharmacy or CocoaBrown.ie

      Review: Tan Organic Multi-Purpose Dry Oil 

      My love for this oil started on a shoot with Frock n Fabulous and the beautiful Model Jo Archbold let me in on her beautiful skin secret…. 

      Since then I was delighted when Tan Organic sent me some to try. I’ve brought it with me everywhere and used it on everyone and everything. 

      The biggest plus for me is the fact it can be used for hair, skin, hands, dry skin, tight skin, just wonderful and the smell is so gorgeous and light and it dries so quickly too which means it’s perfect to apply after the shower in the morning before you get dressed. 

      I decided to try this on my “winter feet” ( dry from winter,cold weather) and put my socks on and slept overnight. The next morning my skin has improved, it definitely worked. I’ve also added it to my bath and have used it on the ends of my hair to make them appear less dry. It’s also great for little fly away hairs instead of using hair products and as its moisturising it nourished the hairs and scalp and improved the appearance too. 

      Tan Organic is available in Pharmacies nationwide or online Here