Saturday, 9 January 2016

Beauty // Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

I feel like I see everyone with an interest in green skincare has a well loved bottle of Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil. 

As you can see mine has been well used and for good reason. It has become a staple in my skincare routine and I have been loving it. I love the texture, the scent and the results I get when I use it regularly. I had tried a few cheaper alternatives before I purchased a bottle from Pai. At £22, its not out of many people's budget, seeing as it does last a long time, it has a long self life.
I often try a cheaper product first, especially when its a new ingredient and I want to test it out. I dont know if that seems redundant, but I always look for affordable products that offer results. If I'm not satisfied, I go up on price a bit. I'm really glad I purchased this after about a year of thinking about it! - I kid you not (I was keen on using products up before I brought anything new)

I feel that this bottle is great value, because I can use it in many ways. During Summer this is all I put on my face after cleansing and toning and of course..... an eye cream (my fave). During Autumn I noticed that the oil on it's own was not enough to prevent the dry patches I can get around my mouth and one my cheeks. I have dryer skin now that I am taking tamoxifen (it causes menopause type side effects). But I know I that I have had dry- combination skin before, so it is not a massive deal.

Come Winter, I have gotten in the habit of massaging a few drops of the oil into my skin. I do this whilst my toner or face spritz is still damp and then let it sink in to the skin for a few minutes. I will finish with a thin layer of face cream and I'm good to go, my skin stays hydrated for a lot longer. I have been doing this day and night for about five 4 months and I see this working for me well into the Spring.

What's key, for me at least, is that my skin likes thin layers and only a couple. When I whack loads on, or perhaps layer 3-4 products etc, my skin cant handle it, it takes ages to absorb. In the mornings, I cant be doing with that. So Quality and reliability are key.

At night, if I want more of a treat, I will put more of the Pai Rosehip oil on my skin and let it do its magic. I don't put any other cream on top. I dont mind if I am an extra glowy for an hour before bed, especially when I wake up with calm, plump, soft skin.

I often add one drop of the orange elixir to my foundation or tinted moisuriser and it provides a soft glow, while sheering out my base giving a really natural look. It also adds more hydration to a foundation that you may find drying, but love the coverage.

Here's what Pai say:

  • Refines appearance of damaged skin and fine lines.
  • High levels of Omegas help regenerate skin without causing irritation.
  • Unique, highly concentrated blend of Rosehip fruit and seed oil.
  • Skin Type: All Skin Types

    Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil is the ultimate multi-tasker. With regular use, it conditions the skin, improving firmness and elasticity.
    Its high concentrations of essential nutrients feed the skin, restoring it to its clearest, healthiest and most vibrant condition.
    Omegas 3, 6, 7 & 9 fuel the skin’s natural functions and smooth its surface. Potent antioxidants in the form of carotenoids repair and protect the skin against environmental damage.
    For a more concentrated, effective treatment – we blend Rosehip seed oil with Rosehip fruit oil, which contains five times the carotenoids and twice the regenerative sterols.
    Can be used for: dull skin, damaged skin, blemishes, scars, stretch marks, sun damage, age spots, or fine lines.

    Have you tried it? I think I will always have it on standby, even when trying something else.
    Got any facial oil recommendations that you want to share?

    Let me know! x

    Monday, 4 January 2016

    Project Pan: No Buy

    Almost two years or so ago I wrote about my own attempt at a Project Pan. I took a make-up inventory and laid it all out there.

    In March 2014, I had in total 138 Products, which were:
    Blusher 17
    Eyebrows products 3
    Lip liners 4
    Single Eyeshadows 22
    Small Eyeshadow palettes 9
    Large Eye Shadow palettes 4
    Concealer 8
    Bronzer 8
    Mascara 8
    Setting Powder 2
    Lip products 25
    Eye Pencils 18/ 5 black
    Liquid/Gel liners 3
    Primers 2
    Highlighters/Illuminaters 2
    BB Cream/Foundations 3

    After a major decultter I got down to 90 products, which then easily grew to back up to 100.

    As of today, I have 73 makeup products.

    Yes, 73. This is still a hell of a lot of make-up! I'm not a makeup artist or full time beauty blogger, so I'm not completely comfortable with the amount still in my collection.

    So this is what I have now:
    Blusher 6
    Eyebrows products 3
    Lip liners 1
    Single Eyeshadows 13
    Eye Shadow palettes 9
    Concealer 7
    Bronzer 3
    Mascara 3
    Setting Powder 2
    Lip products 5
    Eye Pencils 7
    Gel Eye Liners 3
    Eye Primer 1
    Face Primers 2
    Highlighters 3
    BB Cream/Foundations 3
    Setting Powder 0
    Finishing powder 2

    I hope to get this amount down to 45-50 by the end of the year. I also am not totally cruelty free yet as I am still using up some concealers (two of wish are nearly finished!). I hope that by the end of the 2016 I will have accomplished that goal. As you can see this has been a long project. Which has not been helped by me buying more beauty products then I needed because I wanted to swap my make-up to green beauty products, like yesturday.

    The problem is that I have not had the best luck with the the green make-up side of things, I will still try out products, but it is time to use stuff up and get a great replacement. For me if that means if it is cruelty free but not as green as I had previously bee looking for, I'm okay with that.

    I don't want to be checking every five minutes if my make-up has disappeared of my face or is my mascara has crumbled off. As for skincare I am completely green and cruelty, so I feel that I am balanced. It wont work for someone else. But I good with that.

    So how am going to use up all my stuff?

    I'm on a serious no buy. I wont buy a replacement product until I have used up all of items category. For example, I have 7 concealers. Once one has been used up, I move onto the next one and so on. If a make-up product reaches it's expiry date that still counts. I will be doing the same thing with my skincare. To keep me motivated I already have a wish list in the making. Full of inspiration from fellow bloggers and window shopping. I'm not allowed to buy any of it until I have used up a category. And what I do buy must replace that category. Do you see where I'm going with this?

    There is a mix of green beauty and what I would call convention cruelty free make-up items.

    I don't want to be keeping make-up for just in case!

    I got the habit of saving a product or trying to make sure I wouldn’t use t up because I loved it so much. Now I realise that is stupid as make-up goes off and I use it up, I will allow myself to buy another one and perhaps a back up, if I have loved it that much!

    So in the end I've not made much of a dent, I was really reserved when buying things in 2014 and then I started a buying frenzy again in early 2015! So that's how I got here, the later months have not seen many splurges.

    I have a new sense of contentment. I have enough to get on with and am able create plenty of looks and I want to use it up before the majority of my make-up collection expires.

    Waste not want not!

    I'll let you know how I get on!