Friday, 6 December 2013
From talking to friends and family, €30 seems to be about the average spend on a Christmas present these days. Of course, there are those who spend a bit less and those who spend that bit more but, €30 seems to be somewhere in the middle and it would seem that this is where the market is placing itself this holiday season too. Pretty much everything I included in this Under €30 gift guide is something I would love to receive myself (hint hint!) and I think they are all high quality, really decent looking gifts that would suit a wide variety of people.
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
At the risk of sounding rather dramatic, I think that the Real Techniques brushes were a total game-changer when they were first released and have made affordable, good quality make-up brushes much more of a reality than previously. I own pretty much all of the Real Techniques brushes at this stage, including the limited edition Duo-Fibre set, and use many of them daily - I'd say there are definitely more Real Techniques than MAC brushes involved in my daily routine but I still rely on mostly MAC for the purpose of blending eyeshadow.
The Sam's Picks Set* is a new release for Christmas; Cloud10Beauty have the Irish exclusive on this so, as far as I know, you won't be able to get this in Boots. It consists of a fairly solid line-up or 'best of' collection of brushes for applying powder, foundation, eyeshadow, concealer and eyeliner. I'm going to run through all of the brushes in the set but I won't go any further before telling you that this is a great deal for €34.99 - had I not been sent it, I most likely would have purchased it at some stage to bulk up my collection of brushes!
Posted by Dee at 06:00
Monday, 2 December 2013
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Posted by Sinead at 12:00
Welcome to December folks, what a lovely month to be in! I don't know about you but, I find that, when Christmas is coming, I have a wishlist as long as my arm and most of it is entirely unattainable! However, I think I have whittled it down to a gorgeous little selection, any of which I would be delighted to get this Christmas!
1. Ren Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask // 2. African Botanics Pure Marula Oil // 3. Estée Lauder Zodiac Compact // 4. Juice Cube // 5. Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Mini Moto
Saturday, 30 November 2013
If you didn't win this time round, fear not! We have another amazing Christmas giveaway with Maybelline coming up next week and plan to run frequent giveaways in 2014!
1. Tamara Seerkissoon
2. Patrick Ellard
GUESS: Debbie Cleary-Sewell
Katy Perry: Cint Dunne
Calvin Klein: Anna NicAmhlaigh
1. Ellen Sheehan
2. Saranne Murray
Blathin De Paor
Amy Ní Bhriain
Natural Olive: Karen Ní Aodha
Cocoa Butter: Lorraine Brady
Posted by Sinead at 16:39
Friday, 29 November 2013
Over the next four weeks I am going to cover gifts under €10, €30, €50 and also Last Minute Gifts that might help you out in a pickle! For the most part, these will be aimed at girls and women but, maybe I will throw in a few unisex or man-friendly gift ideas along the way!I love reading and watching Christmas Gift Guides as I get so much inspiration from them, especially for those hard-to-buy-for people that seem to exist in every family and I hope these gift guides get you in the spirit of the holidays and help you out if you're stuck for ideas!
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
As the weather has gotten colder and my skin has started to enter into a period where it feels unbalanced and lacking in any real moisture, I have once again noticed these more defined pores rearing their ugly heads. To combat it, I usually reach for some kind of pore perfecting, ultra hydrating serum to bring some life back into my skin and blur the particularly obvious pores. Today I wanted to take you through three serums that do just that in case you feel like your skin needs a helping hand or if you just want to create a perfect, poreless canvas.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
A few of you might remember seeing this product in my post about what I bought in Belfast a few weeks back. Some of you were interested in seeing a full review, so voilà!
First up, what exactly is this?! The Sensual Skin Enhancer is billed as a multi-tasking product; one that can be used as a concealer, foundation or mixing medium with moisturiser to create a light base. Now, there are plenty of products that you could technically do the same thing with; maybe MAC's Pro Longwear concealer or Inglot's Cream Concealer but, you would run out fairly fast. The beauty of this stuff is how richly pigmented it is - you really have to swatch it and feel the texture to believe it. It is thick, but not hugely cakey and melts quite easily into the skin. The texture is definitely something I've not come across before, which is what really drew me to the product and had me wanting it for a long time. It is expensive at €36 for a small pot, but a tiny, tiny amount goes a long way with this stuff - I feel like I'd have plenty left after a full year of using it daily.
Monday, 25 November 2013
Last month I did a post where I shared my top picks from Maybelline, a brand that was (and still is!) really impressing me. A lot of you seemed to really like that post and chimed in, sharing your favourites from the brand which I loved reading. This time, I wanted to shine the spotlight on a higher end brand that, over the last year or so, has consistently impressed me and has shot right to the top of my favourite brands. It will probably come as no surprise to many of you who read the blog frequently that the brand is Laura Mercier!