Environ Advanced Vitamin Facial – My Environ Journey

Environ Advanced Vitamin Facial – My Environ Journey

I started to use the Environ skin care range in July this year. I have always looked after my skin since a young age and I am a firm believer in a good skin care regime. I decided to switch to Environ when I found that the brand I had been using for years just was not cutting it for me anymore. I heard about Environ and was interested to test it out and do some research into the brand.

Environ Skin care contains vitamin A, Vitamin A penetrates the top layer of our skin as this layer creates a waterproof barrier it is hard for active ingredients to penetrate deep down. Vitamin A is one of the only ingredients that can travel deep into the layers of skin to make it smoother, clearer. and help with collagen production. The Avast range moisturisers are designed so you can progress from a low dose of vitamin A to a higher concentrate of Vitamin A.











Today I had the Advanced Vitamin Facial, this is my second facial treatment from Environ. I previously had the signature purifying Facial back in June. Today’s treatment I had at Beauty Republic Carlow.

The treatment is about an hour-long. The therapist firstly anaylsed my skin and asked  me what my own skin condition concerns were. The treatment begins with various steps of cleansing and exfoliation to prepare my skin for the treatment and to dissolve any oils on my skin to remove congestion.

Next, 3 different vitamin treatment gels were designed to my skin type, each was individually applied to specific areas. The treatment gels contained, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamin A and C. The gels are activated using a probe that produces sound waves  and electrical pulses. The Environ vitamin facial is an electrical facial which means the uses of a machine that uses an electrical current to push products deeper into the skin.

A serum and a alginate mask is applied all over the face, including eyes and mouth. It can be a bit of an overwheling experience on your first time.Not suitable if you are claustrophobic, if so the eyes and mouth can be avoided. While the mask was setting, I then had a arm and hand massage, which was immensely relaxing. Next step was the use of another electrical pulsed current. It is applied over the mask to push the serum applied and mask into the skin. It can tingle very slightly.

The mask is then peeled off and any residue is removed. Finishing off with a Environ moisturiser that is suitable to your stage, in my case Avast Number 2 was applied.

The active vitamin facial is great for sun damaged skin, wrinkles, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, dryness and scarring. It is great for increasing hydration and boosting radiance. This treatment gives remarkable results even after one session. My skin looked more youthful instantly and feels amazing. A course is recommended for more beneficial results.

After the treatment my therapist advised me with suitable products to continue my regime at home. I was also advised to use the Environ derma roller with my avast moisturiser, this helps the vitamin A push deeper into the skin to get the most beneficial effect from the avast moisturiser .

I highly recommend Beauty Republic In Carlow, the salon is beautiful. My therapist was very  professional and gave me lots of advice on different skincare products. I’m looking forward to continuing my Environ journey and looking forward to my next scheduled facial.


Melissa xx









Reign of Terror obstacle course run- Health and Well-being

Reign of Terror obstacle course run- Health and Well-being

Obstacle courses are fun and exciting but it is important to prepare our health and skin prior to the event. I have put together some useless tips to help you look and feel your best on the day.

Cold Harsh weather conditions can deprive your complexion of moisture and wreak havoc on your skin.

Humidity levels tend to drop off in the autumn and winter months. The drier the air, the more moisture it sucks from your skin, so you’re more likely to experience dryness and flakiness during the colder months of the year, especially if you’re prone to eczema or other dry skin conditions.

Here is advice on how to protect your skin and well-being not only for the obstacle run but useful tips for the upcoming winter months.

Skincare –

  • Protection – SPF is so important. UVA and UVB  sun rays are damaging to your skin, over time it breaks down the elastin on the skin which causes premature Aging. Over exposure to the skin results in fine lines and wrinkles mostly on the face, neck and hands. Pigmentation is also caused by sun damage especially on darker skin tones. The biggest mistake most people make is only wearing SPF when the sun is shining. We are exposed to sun rays every day even in winter.
  • Moisturise is the key. Find a moisturizer that is oil based rather than water based, as the oil will create a protective layer on the skin that will retain more moisture.
  • Exfoliate – Our skin sheds every 28 days so it is important we help our skin remove any dead skin cells  remaining   Exfoliation removes any dead cells and rejuvenates the skin. Cold weather can dry out the skin so exfoliation is needed  more in autumn, winter months.
  • Cleansing – Throughout the day the skin on your face is continually covered with bacteria, pollutants, viruses, dirt, and old dead skin cells. Daily facial washing removes these impurities to give the skin a fresh look .
  • Hydration – Dont hydrate just for your skin, hydrate for your internal organs. Health reflects from the inside out. Water will Help energize Muscles. Lack of water can result in muscle fatigue. Drink water before your workout, and drink water at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating. Water also helps your skin looking good, lack of water in the body causes your skin to become dehydrated which can cause fine lines, wrinkles and a dull complexion. Drinking two litres per day will help reduces dehydration on the skin
  • Hand-cream – Our hands are our tools, we have them exposed daily in all conditions. Apply a hand cream every morning and evening to keep them soft and radiant.

Health care Multi vitamins

  •  Boosts immunity: Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant known for strengthening the immune system. Vitamins D and E boost immunity, too. These vitamins can also help reduce allergy symptoms.
  • Healthy hair and skin:  Vitamins B3 (Niacin), biotin, and Vitamin C for fuller hair. For healthy skin, look for Vitamins A, C, E, and CoQ10.
  • Feel better: Vitamin B will boost energy levels, feelings of well-being, as well as a decrease in stress and anxiety.


  • Don’t wear big, cotton t-shirts or sweatpants. Cotton will absorb water, add weight, and slow you down. It can become very uncomfortable. Wear gloves to protect your hands.

OK , so if you don’t want to go bared faced here is some quick and easy tips on still looking good while getting dirty.

  • Waterproof Mascara is a must , you don’t want panda eyes.
  • Oil free Foundation
  • Pressed face powder will Set your foundation on the skin and prevent it transferring throughout the day.

Hair care

  • Heat protection spray. Our hair can also become dry and brittle in colder conditions and can also lose moisture. Heat protection spray will create a barrier on the hair follicles to prevent any loss of moisture
  • Hair masks will replace lost moisture. Apply a mask once a week.
  • Plaits. Keep your hair back off your face, plaits are super stylish and easy to achieve.
  • Headbands are a great option for shorter hair and still stylish lots of colour options available.


Recommended product: Coconut oil









Coconut oil is a multi use product. It has over 70 uses in health and beauty. Here is some uses and how it will benefit you from the above information. Available in all Supermarkets retailing from €7 to €11.

Beauty uses:

  • Natural moisturiser – It can be used as a face and body moisturizer.
  • Anti Aging benefits
  • Makeup remover – apply all over the face and remove with a warm damp face cloth
  • Hair conditioner
  • Lip-balm –
  • Contains a small Spf factor.

Health uses:

  • Fight Inflammation – Coconut oil supports both a healthy liver, and kidneys.
  •  Boost Immunity – Coconut oil’s unique  is rich with lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid provides for strong antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that have an immune boosting effect.


Enjoy your Run and have fun x


My Top products for blonde hair

My Top products for blonde hair

Bright clean blonde hair is amazing but as a blonde lets be honest it can be a pain to maintain.

There are many elements such as Water, pollution and the sun can turn our locks brassy. Over styling can cause hair to be dry and more prone to breakage.

Over the years I have put together a few tips to help prolong my freshly toned locks.


Finding Your Blonde

Choose a professional hair colour stylist. Going to a Top class salon to get your highlights done is essential. Blonde hair is the hardest colour to get correct so its important to find a qualified colourist.


Making your colour last

I found the key to preserve my illuminating toned hair and it may sound bizarre but wash your hair less. ( your hair not your daily showers obviously  ). I know it sounds disgusting but I trained my hair to not get greasy. OK at this point you’re thinking what is she on about but it works believe me.  I found over the last year or so that every time I got my colour done it wasn’t lasting as it should. I was washing my hair every second to 3rd day so I started leaving it an extra day every week. I am now only wash my hair every 5-7 days. I found that the condition of my hair also dramatically improved it was amazing.


Choosing the correct shampoos and conditioners

As a blonde ,look for formulas that are designed to maintain and protect your colour, opt for a sulphate free formula if you have dry scalp. To keep the tone of your hair and to stop brassiness opt for a purple or silver shampoo.

Here are my favourites:


Joico Colour endure Violet Shampoo €11.70

Available at hair salons I picked mine up @ Blakes carlow

or @ Beauty Bay











Alfaparf  Never Brass €18.00

Available in Alfaparf salons











Bleach London Silver Shampoo and Conditioner

Boots €8.49











Provoke Touch of silver

Boots €4.99










Alfaparf semi Di lino reconstruction shampoo and conditioner

Available at Alfaparf Salons

€15 to €30







Happy hair days


Melissa xx







Catwalk HQ Tan – Summer goals

Catwalk HQ Tan – Summer goals

Hey guys

This weeks blog is about the newest tan on the market at the moment, which you might not have heard of yet Catwalk HQ.


I am a massive tan addict. I love testing all different tans on the market. I love looking bronzed and golden, it gives me so much more confidence. I have had my ups and downs with Tanning products. Every skin type is different, it is important to find a tan suitable to your skin type therefore its all about trial and error. Summer is also approaching , which requires more body parts exposed and we all want to look sun-kissed and bronzed.  I have found the perfect Tan.


My Top Tan at the moment is Catwalk HQ. Where do I even start, I just am in love with it. It is an Irish product and produced in the west of Ireland. I love when Irish brands create amazing products,we are seeing a lot more fantastic Irish products coming into the beauty industry over the past few years. Firstly they do not test on animals and it contains no parabens or harmful ingredients. It is full of antioxidants which are good for our skin, which is amazing.


Its a mousse formula that is available in a medium and dark shade. It smells divine and feels super soft on the skin during application. Its very easy to blend onto the skin with the help of their own branded velvet mitt. Drying time is about 2 minutes and develops within 2-4 hours. I personally leave mine over night and shower in the morning as I like my Tan to be a nice deep shade.

The catwalk tan lasts a good week and it fades gradually.

I get so many compliments when im wearing the tan and have been using it the last two months. Overall its an amazing tanning product and it gets a 10 /10  from me.




Melissa x