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Product Post: Merumaya Skincare

By | Merumaya, Product Spotlight, Review, Uncatagorized | 2 Comments

Merumaya Skin Care

A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to a brand new product range called Merumaya Integrative Effective Skincare. Merumaya was the brainchild of Maleka Dattu, a very enchanting woman who has had much success in her 27 years working in the cosmetic industry. She has worked in the corporate sector of many of our most beloved brands including Clinique, Origins and Lancome. She was recognised as the Cosmetic Executive Women’s Achiever of the Year in 2006.  Her father had instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in her and so in 2010 she decided to fulfil her dream and began the creation of Merumaya.

I was delighted to meet Maleka recently, I found her positive, determined energy really resonated with me. As a fellow entrepreneur I could see the passion she has for this industry and her products. When I left the meeting I was really hoping that I liked the products as much as I liked Maleka herself. Well I am delighted to say I wasn’t disappointed.

As I am sure you all know by now, I am a lover of scented products, which is one of the reasons I am not mad about Clinique.  I just like the luxury and ritual of skincare, that tickles the senses. I can safely say that I am in love with the Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm and it is something that I will re-purchase. I know that they have been around a while, but I have never got around to trying any of the cleansing balms that are already on the market. I was always a cream cleanser, toner and moisturiser kind of girl, shying away from anything to do with water. My how things have changed.

merumaya melting-cleansing-balm

I have been using the Melting Cleansing Balm (RRP €18.50) every morning and night. To use, you squeeze out a small amount of product from the tube. You massage the balm with dry fingers onto the face. After this you mix in a small amount of water and bring to a lather. Then use a warm damp facecloth to remove all the product. By the time I have done all these steps, all my make-up from the day was removed and my skin felt soft, supple and most importantly clean without that tight feeling. I actually look forward to washing my face now, I feel that it helps me to relax just before I go to bed.

The next part of my new skin care routine is the Intensively Youthful Eyecream (RRP €30.50). unfortunately this doesn’t smell so nice, it kind of reminds me of the smell of mushrooms for some reason. I am sure that it is unscented because you are applying it in the eye area, so I would excuse that, especially seeing as it is so effective. I found that in the few short weeks that I have been using the skincare range I have genuinely seen an improvement in the eye area. I have never been concerned with wrinkles as I am only 29 (turning 30 this year – eek!), but I have noticed in the last year or two the slightest hint of what is to come in the shape of some fine lines. This eyecream seems to have softened them out to the point that I can barely notice them under close scrutiny. I think I will definitely keep using this.

merumaya iconic-youth-serumThe final product that I have been using is the Iconic Youth Serum (RRP €43.10), this has 10 active ingredients at full concentrate which makes skin appear youthful and vibrant. The fact that they are at full concentrate is interesting to me. What most people don’t realise is that a lot of products on the market which claim to have x ingredients that have y results in clinical trials don’t necessarily contain the said ingredient in the same proportion as the clinical trial. Which means for the consumer you can be getting a watered down version of the active ingredients that garnered the results that you are looking for. This is of course the joys of marketing and spin, check out Beauty and the Bullshit if you would like to learn more about this. So Maleka really wants to stand behind her products and is ensuring that all the active ingredients are used in the correct quantities to get you results. I found the gel based serum soaked easily into my skin and was enough hydration to keep my skin feeling and looking good. As my skin is combination I felt that I didn’t need a moisturiser with it.

Another great point about the Merumaya range is that all the skincare is designed with the adult who suffers from the odd spot in mind. I always shied away from anti-aging products as they made my skin oily and I would inevitably get breakouts, Maleka has ensured that all of the products are integrated with anti-blemish formulas for opposing needs. They will not exacerbate blemish prone skins, include spot reducing ingredients which will not undermine anti-ageing efforts either.

I really loved this range of products and I am sure you will too. Merymaya launched in October 2012 and the range is set to hit Irish shores  this month, so get yourselves down to Arnotts and try some. I will be heading there myself to grab the daily cleansing cloths (RRP €15.50) which is a set of 7 facecloths with the days of the week written on them. I think this so handy and will mean the temptation to keep using a dirty facecloth will be out out of the question.

Let me know if you are going to try them or if you have tried any of the products yourself.

Lots of love,


Beauty Lowdown: How to Prepare Skin for Makeup

By | Beauty Lowdown, Dermalogica, Human Kind, Lancome, Merumaya, Uncatagorized, YSL | No Comments

Clean Skin Makeup
So I notice that there are alot of people a bit confused when it comes to getting their skin ready for make-up. Everything that you use under your make-up will affect the longevity of the make-up and the way that it sits on the skin. Last week I did a post about primers, well now I would like to delve a little deeper than that and talk about skincare, potions and lotions.


Merumaya Skin Care


I always recommend you start with a clean base. So if you are going out at night-time and have been wearing makeup all day in the office, I would highly recommend doing a cleanse. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a full cleansing regime, but you would at least like to get rid of the oil and pollution build up from the day.


dermalogica toners


If your cleanser is creamy or oil based then it is imperative that you use a toner. If you don’t do this step, then the very oil that has cleaned your face will remove the make-up that you will apply on top of it. You will see your foundation slide or simply it won’t sit perfectly on the skin.


Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate


Now I think that serums are great for those of you that have incredibly dry skin, but it is a step that I would skip during the day for those of you with oily complexions. They are very hydrating and plumping, but can create funny issues for make-up. Serum will actually make the foundation congeal if not applied correctly. I saw this happen first hand. I popped into YSL one time for an impromptu make-up application. The make-up artist applied the YSL Youth Liberator and the YSL Touch Eclat Foundation. When I looked at my skin I was surprised to see big clumps of the foundation had curdled on my face. I had actually been using that foundation for a few weeks before that, so I knew that it was ok on my skin, I am 100% sure that it was caused by the serum. On another occasion I had a client who described her make-up sliding off her face in a slimy mess and when I pried, I discovered that on that occasion alot of serum had been applied prior to make-up application too. If you are going to use a serum you need to apply it sparingly and then allow time for it to dry before applying your foundation. So what I would usually do is apply the skincare products, then apply the eye make-up,   by the time you get to do the foundation the serums and moisturisers would have plenty of time to soak in properly.


Human Kind Skincare


Make sure you go for a moisturiser that is suitable to your skin type. If your skin is too de-hydrated, no foundation will look good, it will just get absorbed by your thirsty skin and leave it looking patchy, cakey and at worst cracked looking. If you have dry skin, you need to use a nice creamy moisturiser, but I also highly recommend a serum or a moisture booster underneath this. If on the other hand you have incredibly oily skin, make sure you use a mattifying moisturiser, this will hydrate your skin, but will also help to prevent oily breakouts later in the day.

After you have finished these steps you can then have a look at my Primer Lowdown: What are the best primers for your skintype.

I hope you have found this information useful, let me know if you have any questions.

Lots of love,