Happy Friday lovely ladies. Isn’t it great to see a bit of sun? Ireland is such a nice little country when the sun is shining…pity we don’t get more of it! We’re all in a good mood cos we are all looking for the nearest beer garden or thinking of sparking up the BBQ. Oh I just love Summer drinks and food!
Recently, I was contacted to see if I would like to sample some products from the Forever Living range. I am a bit of a cosmetic junkie and only loyal to a few. I go from brand to brand depending on what’s going on with my skin and how much money is in my bank account! One week it’s the supermarket brands, and the next week I’m in Brown Thomas or Debenhams convinced I need the ‘good stuff’! But of course never one to refuse putting potions and lotions on my mug, I said I’d give it a whirl. My skin is predominantly dry for a few reasons…I don’t drink enough water, I drink too much coffee and I go from house to car to office, and like you all I’m sure the heat has been blasting for the past few months in all these places. I’m also at a stage where I’m noticing my ‘rapidly’ ageing skin – all of my friends will tell you that I’m totally obsessed with my lines because they are all I see when I look in the mirror. I have very bad dark circles under my eyes too.So basically reading all of that you would nearly wonder why I would even leave the house at all!
Anyway, the reason I am telling you about my skin is that when you try a product it might be good for a certain skin type but not necessarily good for other skin types so I can only say what works for me.
So what did I try and what did I think?
Well firstly I am very familiar with the brand as I’m sure most of you are! Forever Living Products are made from pure aloe vera and I’m sure at some stage every home in Ireland has bought at least one product. Lots of people I know take the Aloe Vera gel daily and I have heard of so many who did the Clean 9 plan. What I didn’t realise was the vast range of products they offer; from household, skincare, health and wellness, supplements, sunscreen, hair products etc.
Firstly, I have to tell you about the Aloe Vera Gelly . Since the time I ran my own beauty salon this product has become a firm favourite of mine, so it needed no introduction to me. I use it for many different reasons – easing a burn or a rash, putting it on my skin after waxing (it’s extremely soothing) or just to use it after plucking your eyebrows to reduce the redness. It can also be used to pop around the hairline if applying colour to your hair. It’s colourless, absorbs quickly and doesn’t stain your clothes. And of course if you get sunburn this is one of the best products you can apply to your skin. You can even take a teaspoon of it to soothe a sore throat…that’s how natural it is! I always keep mine in the fridge.
Aloe Fleur de Jouvence Mask Powder
When I met Rachel, the lady who asked me to try out the products she swore by this mask. She said it was excellent for tightening the skin and my God was she right! You add a spoon of Mask Powder to the Aloe Activator until the mixture has the consistency of a lotion, then you apply a thin layer from the neck up. The next part was literally mad!!! You have to limit your facial movement for approximately 30 minutes – I had to check that a few times as it seemed like a very long time to leave a mask on, but it was correct. It set like cement – not a word of a lie! Colin came in to talk to me during this process and I could just about move my lips but that was it – my face was practically frozen. He headed out the door laughing and secretly delighted I’d say that something actually silenced me!! I found it a strange experience to be honest. But after the 30 minutes I placed a moistened face cloth on my face to soften the mask and then rinsed it off. I then applied the Aloe Vera toner. My skin was a bit red for 5-10 mins (this is only due to your skin being stimulated) and then it resumed to it’s normal colour. It was so soft and fresh looking I couldn’t believe it! I would highly recommend this before a big event…it’s unreal for smoothing skin and my make up went on flawlessly for days after it. But, as with all products, patch test your skin first a few weeks beforehand.
My favourite product of them all was the Aloe Scrub…I had never tried this before and it was just soooo gentle and perfect for every day use if desired. It has very small grains rather than hard granules that you find in some scrubs which will aggravate your skin. If you follow me on snap-chat you will have seen it over the past few weeks appearing in my photos. I keep it in the shower and give my face a little scrub once or twice a week and I have to say this is one I will be buying. It’s just makes my skin look so much brighter and when I apply my moisturiser afterwards it soaks right in and is not sitting on top of dry, flaky skin. It can also be used on the body.
Other products I tested:
Forever Essential Oils: I burned the lemon one and it was just gorgeous – very energising and left a really nice fresh scent which lingered in the house for days. I have yet to burn the lavender or peppermint – you can buy them separately or in a set (as pictured).
Aloe Propolis Creme:
A great all-round moisturiser and very nourishing – I used all over my body.
Relaxation Massage Lotion :
I just massaged it on myself…no fun in that!! But, I have to say it was so luxurious. It contains lavender so I used it after my shower one night and it definitely aided a restful night’s sleep – lavender will do that!
Forever Marine Mask:
This is a really deep cleansing mask – it also contains honey and cucumber extract and leaves your skin feels nourished and conditioned. Unlike the Mask Powder I mentioned earlier, this can be used a couple of times per week.
I have some other products to test our too including their deodorant, toothpaste and items from the Sonya range (which is another skincare range they retail) so once I try them I’ll let you know the outcome!
So now, the next time you are looking at your aloe vera plant sitting in it’s pot, it might just remind you of what a hard working little plant it is!
If you would like to find out more information or purchase some of these products here are the details for Rachel Jordan who is an independent business owner for Forever Living Products Ireland. Rachel is based in the midlands but supplies all around the country and internationally too.
Facebook on http://bit.ly/Rachelsaloe
Rachel has promised one lucky follower a €50 voucher so head over and like her facebook page over the weekend and I will post details of how to win it tomorrow! You can have a look around her shop too and plan what you will purchase if you are the lucky winner!
Have a fab weekend ladies.
P.S. You know the drill with me…all opinions are my own – I wasn’t paid to say any of the above and I thoroughly enjoyed trying them all. Jeez, when will all this blogger money start rolling in??? haha…I better hang onto the day job!