Thursday, 26 March 2015

Arcaya Dermapur Serum & Hyaluron Ampoules

I am one of those people, who no matter how much I love being pampered at a beauty center, I don't do it that often. I have always tried to find quality skincare products to cover this and believe me Arcaya can surely substitute for your missed spa facial treatments! 
Their Dermapur Serum, provides a deep cleansing and purification thanks to its unique biological enzymes. I have been using it for about a month now and I can definitely claim that it does work! I have been suffering from blocked pores and black pimples pretty much all over my life and it's the first time I have seen them diminishing.
I use it 3-4 times a week on a clean and dry skin. I apply the content of one pipette mostly on my T-zone and massage it gently, avoiding the eye area. (If you have an oily skin you may use 2-3 pipettes).  I leave for 5-10 minutes (sometimes more doing housework) and then wash it away without rubbing my face. My pharmacist told me that I might get some tingling but I've never felt it. The amazing part is that the pore contents get flushed out and your skin is super clean and ready to absorb your serum and cream. The whole experience is incredible, you get the feeling of a professional deep enzyme cleansing in the comfort of your own home with amazing results, in less time and at a very good price! So, it's undeniably a win-win! 
I purchased the Dermapur Serum in a limited edition promotion package with a kit of 5 different Ampoules 2ml each and a €5 off coupon for my next purchase. The kit contains a Crystal ampoule for a firming effect that can immediately erase sings of aging, a Caviar ampoule for demanding and mature skin, an Hyaluron ampoule for deep hydration, a Quick Lift ampoule for immediately visible and tangible lifting of the facial contours and a Multi-Vitamin ampoule for intensive immune protection of the skin. 
(In the photo down below the Caviar ampoule is missing.)
I immediately tried the Hyaluron ampoule since my skin was quite dehydrated from the harsh weather conditions, and was in need for something drastic. I use it everyday and apply it like a serum before my moisturiser. It claims to store moisture and prevent loss of fluide, which enables rapid and sustained firming of the skin and optically "fill in" wrinkles and lines for immediately visible success. At first I was disappointed as I didn't quite feel my skin hydrated. I thought after applying it I would have a sense of freshness and moist on my skin. However after a few days my skin looked brighter, smoother and plumped up. After using the samples I purchased the Hyaluron ampoules and it has become a must-have in my daily beauty ritual. 
You can find the Arcaya products in Greece distributed by Neobeauty Cosmetics in selected pharmacies at a very good price. The Dermapur Serum costs about €20 (try to find the promotion kit to get the €5 off your next purchase!) and the Hyaluron ampoules about €28. 

I can't wait to read your comments on these amazing products!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

My La Roche Posay sensitive eyes favourites

Three years ago, I decided to wear - for the first time in my life - a pair of lashes. At the same time I wore a friend's mascara (please don't do that since mascara brushes carry lots of germs). The result? From the next day I suffered from a major allergic reaction that resulted in losing 5-6 lashes from each eye everyday. 

There is no point to reveal the brands of the products since I don't think that it will do any good. It might have been the mascara, or the glue or the lashes themselves or the combination of all of them..Who knows? The point is that I was devastated.. I started avoiding make-up around the eye area - not only mascara, but eye shadows and eye liner as well, since even with gentle demaquillage the result was the same. This situation lasted more or less six months..The process was difficult, however I discovered some really great products that I still use till now in fear of happening again. 

I'll start with the products discovered recently and soon a second post will come. I was in need for a really gentle eye make-up remover for quite a long time and believe me, I tried quite a few. Eventually my eyes laid on La Roche Posay Toleriane Eye Make-Up Remover.

It comes in 30 sterile single doses of 5ml (how handy for travelling!) and each dose is enough to do both eyes. It is designed for intolerant and very sensitive eyes and is even suitable for contact lens users. It has no perfume, no preservatives and no parabens. I use it every time I want to take off my eye make-up. I soak two cotton pads and then press them onto my closed eyelids and leave them there for about 30 seconds. I find this softens the mascara and "absorbs" the excessive make-up. Then I pat them and wipe them gently without rubbing and ta-da! The make-up and most important the mascara, is gone! 

Bear in mind that the skin around the eye area is very delicate and by rubbing it may result in premature aging of the area! (This is so going to happen someday we don't want to have our hands on it too!!) The only thing that might keep some of you off is that it isn't suitable for waterproof make-up. I bought it from for 8.29.

So, not only had I a problem in choosing an eye make-up remover but a mascara too. When La Roche Posay announced a couple of years ago a new mascara for sensitive eyes I knew I had to buy it. Since then, Respectissime Ultra Doux became a must-have in my cosmetic bag. 

Its 94.8% natural formula fulfils the needs of utra-sensitive eyes for absolute tolerance and safety. It is enriched in Argan oil and Shea butter which leaves lashes soft and nourished. It is a great mascara for a morning look since the slim brush defines every single lash there - even the tiny ones - giving you a natural result without overloading clumps. Its thin buttery formula gives you the opportunity to build-up more coats that will add more length than volume. 

I adore the fact that even when it dries the feeling is still soft and comfortable. Moreover, it goes off super easy without any fuss! The only thing I don't like is that the wand is quite long which is not that handy for me and that it is only 5.9 ml. It cost me €12,81 from .

I definitely recommend these products for anyone in need of a gentle eye make-up remover and a natural ingredients mascara. Both these products work and would suit anybody, not just people with sensitive eyes.

Have you tried them yet?