Monday, February 23, 2015

25 Years of Ziaja + a 1989 Flashback

***Disclaimer: Products provided for review. Opinion 100% honest and 100% mine.***


Today I want to talk about skincare brand Ziaja, who are celebrating their 25th year in operation this year.

Ziaja were founded in Poland in 1989 by Aleksandra and Zenon Ziaja. Their first product was an Olive Oil cream, so in celebration of their 25th year, they have released a range of olive leaf products.

There are five products in the range:

* Cleansing Oil
* Concentrated Nourishing Cream
* Duo-Phase Makeup Remover
* Regenerating Mask
* Gel Scrub

I was sent three products from the range to try out:

Cleansing Oil
Described as a "waterless cleanser", I wasn't 100% sure what this actually was. The first time I used it, I used it in the shower and it ran all over the place. The next time I made sure to actually read the instructions, and used it sparingly in the shower. It's very gentle on the skin, and helps to lock in moisture and prevent dryness. I do like how this leaves my skin - the only thing I would like is a pump instead of the current cap, as I found it hard to manage when my hands were wet. I'm not sure if I would use it on my face, but I will definitely use it on my body. This costs €9.99.

Regenerating Mask with Hyaluronic Acid
This is a very generous sized mask - I've used it once now and still have enough for another application. It didn't dry my skin out, some other masks have left me aching for moisturiser. My face felt lovely and smooth and felt really soft. It's not heavily scented, I had no tightening, and my skin drank it up - I didn't have anything left to wash off after a few minutes! Lovely, will repurchase. This costs €0.69 for a sachet that will give at least two good applications. Fantastic value!

Concentrated Nourishing Cream Spf 20+ Protection (UVB + UVA)
At just €5.99 for 50ml, this is my favourite of the bunch. After spending a ridiculous amount of time on Caroline Hirons' website a few weeks ago, I've really tried to concentrate on my skin in the morning as well as the evening. This is a great little moisturiser - it smells lovely, it's nice and thick, and it sinks in really well. It makes my face feel hydrated, and it doesn't leave a greasy residue on my hands. All that, and it has SPF too - winner. I do still use a separate SPF because I am Casper-like and need all the protection I can get, but this is definitely a welcome addition to my routine. My T-Zone gets very dry, makeup tends to cling to it and cake - this really has helped with that along with a change in primer.  It's not often that I will desert products I've bought myself in favour of something I've been sent - but that is definitely the case with this, hand on heart I have used it every day since I got it.

So - congratulations to Ziaja on 25 years. I will admit this is my first experience with the brand, so I can't comment on whether other ranges live up to this one - but this was definitely very positive. The range is lovely, and the value for money is very impressive. Ziaja also refrain from testing on animals, which is brilliant.

You can find the official Ziaja store for the Republic of Ireland here on Original Beauty.

Back to 1989 (not the Taylor Swift album - but thanks, Taylor, for rendering google searches for the year "1989" almost impossible). In 1989 in Ireland, we were watching as Charlie Haughey teamed up with the Progressive Democrats to slime back into power again. Well - I say "we" - I was six in 1989, so I was probably not arsed - I do know that I would definitely have been watching this:

Who remembers the People in Need Telethon? It was first broadcast in September 1989, and went on to be televised 8 more times over the next 18 years. We definitely did something in school for this, because I remember the excitement, but I haven't a baldy notion what it was.

Some of the best films of my childhood were released in 1989 - here's a selection. Did you go to see any of them in the cinema?

1989 was also a huge year in music, with many iconic albums being released. In honour of one of my favourite bands, and of Ziaja's homeland Poland - here's a song that hit the Polish charts in 1989 and stayed on there for a massive 43 weeks. Poland, you have good taste.

Do give Ziaja a whirl - especially that olive leaf nourishing cream. It's brilliant.


  1. Ah glad I'm not the only one getting a new skin care education from Caroline! Have to admit I haven't started the morning routine as well though, just being careful at night but should probably get on with it!

    1. The morning is a bit dodgy with me yet - seems to be a bit of eye cream, SPF and moisturiser - but it's better than what I was doing (nothing)! Between Caroline & the Sali Hughes book my head has been awash with toners and acids since Christmas, I'm not even sure I'm using things right! x

  2. I enjoyed your Reeling In The Years style post today... In 1989 I was listening to Bros and wearing stone-washed denim... I have that Taylor Swift album in car and cringe at the title!! Oh to be only 26!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    1. Thanks Rebecca! I remember Bros on Top of the Pops :) I know, the Taylor album title is very cringe alright but it's a great album!!

  3. Caroline puts the fear of God in me! I'm forever on her blog. She should (and I'm guessing will) do a book.

    1. Oh god I know, I stalk her instagram feed too and feel like jumping for joy when she uses something I have!!!


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