Friday, 30 September 2016

Voya Even Pure

Voya Even Pure is called a "light calming moisturiser" which it is but so much more. To start at the beginning the packaging is beautiful and really intricate but with a simplicity about it ,it is essentially a lot of quotes relating to the voya brand all intertwined to look like a wave , how amazing is that concept! 

This as with anything I've ever tried from voya smells amazing it instantly transports my mind to a spa setting, it just oozes relaxation. 
This is primarily aimed towards oily skin but as I have combination skin I can vouch that it is suitable for all skin types. In fact with it's lightness I'm finding it the perfect skincare for daytime under makeup. 
The texture for me is very serum like it melts into skin like a fluid gel type loveliness (lol can you tell there isn't accurate words to describe this part) 

It has worked really well at mattifying my t-zone while still being hydrating. I find it can be really difficult to find a product that is genuinely suitable for combination skin and even though it's not exclusively marketed towards it, it should be as voya have really hit the nail on the head with this offering. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Kiss true volume lashes in Ritzy

As some of you may know,  I write the odd post for sparkle blossom beauty & today is one of those days ☺
With the glorious weather today, and while everyone was enjoying the sunshine, I was working in the salon. But it wasn't all bad as I got to do some lovely hair and makeup for a girl going to her graduation.
Which brings me to the kiss true volume lashes. Clare gave me a few to try out but these were by far my favourite. They were so easy to apply. I just had to trim the ends slightly to fit. But they just looked so natural and had so much volume. My client was thrilled with them as she said they felt very light and looked amazing.
I will definitely buy these again although slightly pricey in boots for €7.49, I have found them in a few chemists for €5.99 and of course they can be reused.
Julie @blossombeauty x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Global wellness day

I don't normally just share press release info like this but it seems like a really wonderful way to spend a day and VOYA are an amazing irish brand. I hope some of you find this info useful and get to join in :) 

Wellness Influencers Gather to Support


Strandhill Co. Sligo




lower res kira GWD

Saturday 11th June will mark the fifth Global Wellness Day (GWD), set to be celebrated around the world. With an international network of over 70 Global Wellness Day ambassadors, Kira Walton, Co-Founder of VOYA, has her paddle in hand, as she ‘SAYS YES!’ to universal wellness.


With planned activities set to promote wellness for the mind and body, those both near and far are invited to join Kira, the VOYA team and a variety of local wellness experts. Commencing at 9am on Saturday 11th June, VOYA will meet participants at the Sligo Enterprise Centre, where the day will start with a mindful meditation practice. This will be led by Noeleen Tyrrell from award-winning eco retreat centre, Ard Nahoo. Meditation helps to reduce stress, increase brain productivity and further aid a good night’s sleep. Taking a few minutes each day to reflect and gather your thoughts will allow you to instantly feel the benefits of a healthy body and peaceful mind.


Following this, renowned ‘Personal Change Coach’, John Graham, will be giving talk with helpful hints, tips and tricks on how to enable you to switch off your mind at night, for maximum energy and productivity the next day. Anne-Marie O’Halloran,founder of Yoga Meon will host a yoga session tailored for all levels. The practice will incorporate mindful breathing, whilst gently increasing body flexibility for a sense of overall wellness.


Having reset both the mind and body, VOYA will also host their annual 10,000 Step Challenge, where a gentle walk across the bays of Sligo perfectly work up an appetite for lunch. After a light lunch, Sarah Middleton, dance instructor and choreographer, will be welcoming all levels to partake in a Dance Wellness class, where fun and laughter are guaranteed for all ages. Fitness 4 All will be holding ‘Rebounding class’ and then kid’s activities will be hosted also further promising to keep children active, engaged and most importantly away from the Xbox in the afternoon. With a wide range of exciting activities, fitness will be improved without anyone even noticing. Those participating in activities will also have their name automatically entered into an exciting prize draw, where one lucky winner will receive a hamper full of VOYA goodies – the ultimate at-home, gift of spa!


To encourage awareness both locally and nationally, VOYA has created a GWD Ireland Facebook Page to get individuals thinking about their wellbeing and the small steps they can take personally to achieve a healthier and happier lifestyle. Through this page, VOYA will be engaging with people across Ireland with the intent of ensuring that they feel supported within their journey. As well as supporting others, VOYA has already received great support from their spas, as they come together to celebrating Global Wellness Day to promote happier and healthier lives.


For further information please visit  or


[Above from left: Francis and John Brennan, Irish Hoteliers & TV Personalities | Kira Walton, Co-founder of VOYA & Padraig Harrington, Golfer | Eimear Hutchinson, Irish Times]


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Rebalancing after pregnancy : part 2 haircare!

If you have read part 1 of this series (thanks for visiting again!) you will know that after baby my skin shrivelled and dried up like old fruit and the very same thing happened to my head! 
When baba was about 3 months all of the gorgeous thick hair I had accumulated during my pregnancy began falling out in giant clumps , I heard this happened but holy crap I could of made 2 extra wigs with what came out in the first week. At the same time I got really bad dry scalp and a really sensitive scalp so the usual head & shoulders suddenly burned my scalp so was way too harsh to use. So began my looooong search for a cure. I tried so many different shampoos over the last few months before I found this combo that's been doing the job for me. 
First up is this fantastically scientific offering from Bioderma node ds+ €13.50

I apologise for this photo my before ones that I always take have disappeared ! 
This is an intense shampoo formulated specifically to eliminate dandruff whilst still being really gentle. 
So how this works is for the first 3 weeks you use this 3 times per week and thereafter 1/2 times per week depending on how you feel you need it. To use you leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing off , the massive bonus for me with this was how soft it made my hair it was like using a really good conditioning treatment the second you start to rinse hair feels so silky. I used a kerastase treatment in the run up to my wedding and it was really similar to the results there. 
So back to the main purpose! By week 3 my dry flaky can't leave the house it's so bad scalp was finally cleared! Once I switched to the once a week use I started using

  Tresemme luxurious moisture think I got on offer for about €5 

shampoo for the in between washes this has been great as it dosnt bring the dry scalp back which others did plus it's just a great easy use shampoo. 
Next up in the series I'll talk about all the new make up I had to buy too (lol) 

This post contained a mix of pr samples and ones I purchased myself. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Rebalancing after pregnancy :part one skincare

 Baby sparkle is now 8 months old and thankfully he now has a full bill of health. I'm not sure if it's the norm or if it's because I had a really difficult time after but my body just went crazy in particular my skin and hair. It took me about 6 months of trialing different products to finally get the right balance again, I am still searching for the right exfoliator to finish the routine so I'd love for you to comment with any reccomendations. 

I kept reading so much about a double cleanse I figured it would be a good place to start so I use 
Blumain organics cleansing oil

This is lovely as it's really gentle and adds moisture rather than taking away like most cleansers. This also has the added bonus of being completely natural. 
Rrp: €19.95

Followed by 
NIA cleansing balm 

This is a little touch of luxury for daily routine it comes in a fab tin with cloths included. You apply onto face with sticks provided( I couldn't get hang so used my fingers!) it feels lovely on leaves a really nice softness and again isn't drying at all. 
Rrp: €19.95

For toner I have been using 
Lotion yonka 

I absolutely love this it's pure luxury but really good value for money as the bottle goes very far. Just a little spritz adds lovely glow to your face and keeps it from drying. It smells amazing too a definite favorite that will be repurchased for many years to come. 
Rrp: €30.50

 For moisturiser and this little treasure from NeoStrata 

Its a really moisturising really comfortable cream and like it says on the tin it really does restore! 
My skin before was deeply lined, greyish looking and plagued with flaky patches around my nose, chin, hairline and brows. Even thinking back makes me shudder. 
My skin after is a lot more youthful looking its softer and holds moisture in a huge leap forward from the dehydrated mess I started with! 
Rrp: €46.95 40g 

As I said I'm still on the hunt for the right exfoliator as the ones I have always used are way too harsh for me now. 

Did your skin totally change with pregnancy? Let me know in comments x 

This post features pr samples. 

Blog Template by