February 01, 2015

Serozinc in Ireland

We have good news. Very good, in fact - it seems that we can finally order Serozinc to our doorsteps from a reliable source for a semi-decent price. Now, I had previously picked it up from Amazon a couple of times but I was definitely paying over the odds, and sellers were popping up and disappearing faster than I could keep track of.

Escentual has currently got the UK exclusive on Serozinc for a fair £8.50 - currently down to £7.20 - and a can will last quite a while. Now, when this first came to light we both read the fine print and then heaved a sigh - it's UK-only. I've heard from a couple of bloggers and readers since that have had no problem with it arriving safely via Parcel Motel - a parcel forwarding service that works quite well if you want to buy from a retailer that won't normally deliver to Ireland. We use it quite a bit for Space NK, Liberty etc to save on shipping so, if you'd like a post on that and other online shopping hacks, just let us know.

So back to Serozinc and its cult status. Like most skincare trends, this started out with a blog post by Caroline Hirons. Fast-forward a year or so and we're all going mental for the stuff. The ingredients are pretty simple; hermal water, zinc sulphate and sodium chloride combined in a can. The product does absolute wonders to calm and soothe irritated skin - brilliant for breakouts, and for clarifying the skin in general. You can read Sinéad's review of Serozinc here, and also find out more about why it's great for oily skin here. Safe to say it's worth trying out - you won't regret it!

January 31, 2015

Best in Beauty: January

You all seemed to love the Best in Beauty 2014 series we pushed out in late December and we equally loved curating it - it's always fun to revisit favourites and make the tough decisions about what will make the cut! So, for 2015, we've decided to introduce a monthly Best in Beauty post. This will be a collaborative effort where we spill on what we've been loving during the month that may or may not have made it onto the blog. As always, the post is shoppable for your convenience!

January 28, 2015

5 Affordable Favourites

It's still January. *slow exhale*. 

Even if you've been paid at this stage, chances are you're not shopping too much in an effort to save for holidays or just play financial catch-up - am I right?!! 

An affordable treat may well be in order, so hopefully one of these classic 'drugstore' gems is something you've yet to try. (And kudos if you have 'em all!!) 
The bulk of these products are around the same price as a large Starbucks drink - I know what I'd prefer!

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I have pretty much tried them all at this stage, and this remains one of my most-reached-for brushes ever - I actually have two. I'm sure most of you will have heard about how good this is but it's worth emphasising - if you want seamless, flawless-looking foundation, this is your best bet. Currently only available as part of the Core Collection, it's worth picking up the set just for this.

Rimmel x Kate Moss 107 Lipstick

I'm still not over this shade - in fact, I probably won't ever be. It is the perfect vampy dark red with an excellent formula, to boot - matte but not drying, with a decent amount of slip. 

Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer

I have one of these in each handbag, and probably a few more knocking around my room. It remains one of my all-time favourite concealers purely because of how much it can do; I use it under the eyes, on spots and even as a subtle matte highlight. 

Rimmel East End Snob Lipliner

I love a good lipliner and my collection of nudes is out of control at this stage. This shade has been enduringly popular for years and I particularly love the newer stick formula; it's creamy and lasts a long time. The shade suits so many people and can be used with a multitude of nude and mid-tone lipsticks! 

NYX Taupe Blush

I think that this is one of the only true 'contour' shades on the more affordable end of the market. It's almost grey, making it perfect for us pale people - used in the right crevices of the face, it creates a convincing shadow to give way to a more chiselled look. Foolproof! 

Cauliflower Fried Rice with Prawns

Fellow bloggers will know the struggle of dealing with poor winter lighting. In other words, you have a Golden Hour for blog pictures, usually mid-morning, and outside of that everything is grey tinged and bathed in unflattering shadows. This is basically me saying sorry for the crap pictures in this post but, the recipe is so damn good that I wanted to share it anyway! Say hello, dear readers, to the dish that will help you stick to your "no takeaways" resolution just that little bit longer - Egg Fried Cauliflower Rice with Prawns.

January 26, 2015

5 Brushes You Never Knew You Needed

If you have been floating around the internet for a while now, you'll most likely have heard of the MAC 217, the Real Techniques Buffing Brush and the Sigma E45. These are all amazing brushes, well deserving of the copious accolades they have received. However, I'm here today to tell you about some often overlooked but, equally amazing brushes that you never knew you needed (but, most definitely do). Credit cards at the ready, ladies, things are about to get spendy!

January 21, 2015

The Lipstick List

Luxury lipsticks are among some of my most frivolous interests. I'll happily natter on about different brands, formulas and shades to the point where others get alarmed. I don't think it's completely ridiculous, though, to enjoy a good lipstick. It's my absolute favourite item of make-up for a good reason - it makes me feel put-together and confident like nothing else can.

This might give some way to a rational explanation as to why I am so obsessed with luxe lip products. I've picked some of my favourite formulas over €30 - so in case you're thinking of treating yourself at the end of the most miserable month of the year, here's what I recommend! It goes without saying that all of these have amazing packaging and formulas - it was pretty hard to whittle it down to a top four...

Kale Pesto

I'm still on my cooking buzz and loving being back in the kitchen and eating a wider variety of foods. This kale pesto recipe is also one from the I Quit Sugar book (see last week's sugar-free bread recipe here) and is something I make every weekend for the week ahead. I stir it through eggs, add it to salads, use it as a dip for raw veggies and spread it on cheese. It's really delicious - everyone who has tried it loves it -, incredibly easy, cheap and quick to make and freezes well so, you can always stay stocked up.

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